The American Club



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The beautiful American Club was once a dormitory for new immigrant employees of Kohler. It is now a luxurious 5 star, 5 diamond hotel resort. Photo from press kit.


After a few days in New Orleans and Chicago, Kohler Co. brought me to Wisconsin — specifically to Kohler Village. Yup, an entire village/town owned by the Kohler family. More than 75 years ago, Walter Kohler envisioned a community that evoked the same spirit and beauty of European garden cities. He hired the Olmsted Brothers, designers of New York’s Central Park and Harvard University Campus, to design one of the first planned communities in the US.

It was the perfect way to end the one week US trip with a luxurious stay at the 5 star, 5 diamond American Club resort in Kohler Village. The American Club was built in 1918 to provide housing, meals and recreational facilities for immigrant employees who could not afford housing. It is now a luxury resort with the best golf amenities. The hotel is situated across Kohler’s headquarters and main factories, though you wouldn’t guess there are factories because of the beautiful tree-lined streets and public art in many gardens.

Here’s what my grand room looked like…


Foyer at my room. I love the little bar area.


Kohler also makes chocolates. Really good ones!


This is how mini bars are done. Total branding!


Needless to say, all the fixtures are by Kohler Co.


View from the entrance.


Half of my room.


The wing where my room was had each room named after famous American figures like Ella Fitzgerald, Daniel Boone and Ernest Hemingway.


The sitting area in my suite. There were snippets of information, photos and paraphernalia that reflected the life of Sinclair Lewis.


The bathroom, all Kohler of course.


Glass lavatory from one of Kohler’s prime designer lines.


The photo doesn’t do enough justice. The tub is far from ordinary. First, it’s huge. Second, it’s the Kohler VibrAcoustic tub.


Just plug your music source…


Fill up with water…


Tinker with the VibrAcoustic settings…


And… the water vibrates with sound waves. This experience was amazing! Not your ordinary whirlpool tub. You feel the relaxation down to your bones. Both times I tried it, I slept like a baby right after.


The enclosed shower with multiple heads.


This kept my towel warm and toasty. Perfect for Wisconsin weather.


The library near the lobby.


5 star, 5 diamonds


Waiting area near the lobby. So cozy.


With the perfect fire.


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Every window offered a serene view of gardens and original architecture of Kohler’s American Club. Photo from press kit.


One of the four courtyards.


Facade at night


The American Club resort, a 2012 Forbes Five-Star Recipient and the Midwest’s only AAA Five Diamond resort-hotel was named #3 Golf Resort in North America, by Golf Digest Magazine. The resort is one of only 45 hotels with both the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond distinction. The resort features 11 dining establishments from the Forbes Four-Star Immigrant Restaurant to traditional pub fare at Horse & Plow and rustic Italian at Cucina. The resort is located in the Village of Kohler, Wisconsin, one hour north of Milwaukee and two and a half hours north of Chicago.

Unless otherwise indicated, all photos are my personal snapshots.



P&G Beauty in Bangkok



It has been the coldest spring in Toronto. Just last night it went down to 4°C. Unbelievable. It was wonderful spending the whole season with my family here. I was also able to see and experience the actual Spring/Summer 2013 beauty and fashion forecasts come alive. Because where I live, we just have two seasons — hot and hotter.

A few months ago I was able to attend P&G Beauty’s Vision House in Bangkok as one of the Philippines’ P&G Beauty brand ambassadors. It was a wonderful two-day event that not simply presented trends per se, it drew inspiration from across the planet in the fields of art, architecture, design, technology, and music to identify the global trends that would define the beauty landscape over the upcoming year. I will highlight some of the trends that resonated with me in a series of posts.

Here’s a quick recap of what it was like surrounded by beauty and inspiration in a beautiful hotel So Bangkok designed by Christian Lacroix.


At the executive lounge at So Bangkok while waiting for my exclusive interview with Liv Tyler. I love this room. That tapestry was designed and created by Christian Lacroix.


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Liv Tyler’s appearance on the Pantene Goddess. Photo courtesy P&G Vision House.


Liv with Pantene Regional Creative Director Duffy and P&G Beauty’s Dr. Steve Shiel.


With co P&G Beauty Brand Ambassador Tim Yap.


Most of the sessions took place at the grand ballroom of So Bangkok.


The rooms were all worth a story. Floors were divided into elements – water, metal, wood, earth. I got earth.


Very whimsical bathroom.


Stunning view from the roofdeck of the So Bangkok.


With P&G’s Anna Legarda, dermatologist Dr. Emily Soriano, MEGA’s Suki Salvador, P&G’s Dierdre de Padua, Cosmo’s Regina Belmonte and fellow P&G Beauty Ambassador Tim Yap.


Picture, picture.


With Creative Directors of Wella Professionals Eugene Souleiman and Josh Wood.


Olay scientist David Khoo and Cris Horwang, Thailand’s Olay Ambassador


Day two of VisionHouse started off on a high note with the launch of the first global hair care forum, the Pantene Hair Research Alliance.



More P&G Vision House beauty stories… coming soon.


Tod’s D-Styling bag



You all know that designer goods isn’t my forte. I have a few. Very little. And the little that I have, I wear to death. Case in point, my Tod’s D bag. My good friend Ingrid introduced me to it. Actually, Kate Middleton did.

It’s been my favourite everyday bag.


At my recent trip to New Orleans.


Roughing it. Set up day. World Trade Center.
I’ve even abused it more than once. This was set up day for my booth at World Bex in 2011.


For a very limited time, like 2 days, this bag is on sale at Ruelala. The boutique includes other Italian luxury brands like Prada, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, MiuMiu, Versace, Ferragamo and more.


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Tod’s D Styling leather mini satchel was $1,565.00 currently $1,249.00 until May 26 at Rue La La. Deliveries to US addresses only.






My sister and I are thinking of getting clogs again. I remember that they’re not really the most comfortable – being flat and wooden. But with all these gel insoles available now, I’m ready to give it a go again. Because they are so cute. And they remind me of my childhood.




01 Flogg Fantastic Platform Clog Sandals. Patent leather straps and a lightweight wood sole. Buckle ankle strap and luxe foam footbed. Rubber sole. Comes in nude, poppy and black.

02 A.P.C. Slingback Clog Sandals. Calfskin leather clogs now 30% off. It comes in only beige natural colour. Only a few sizes left.

03 Flogg Rexforth Metallic Platform Clogs. Unlike most wooden clogs, this has a dense foam footbed providing extra comfort. Soft, metallic cowhide leather straps secure the foot, while a lightweight wood sole adds a playful, retro touch. Velcro® closure. Rubber sole.

04 Madewell Wylie Wedge Sandals. Not really a clog but a sculpted wooden wedge that lends natural appeal to a pair of vintage-inspired leather sandals. Buckled ankle strap. Rubber sole.


All these shoes are sold at Shopbop which delivers all the way to the Philippines with no hassle. You can opt for pre-paid customs and duties so that you won’t have to worry about any extra charges upon delivery. You may even use your local credit card.



Sweet Cocktales



I’ve been getting a few emails and comments asking if I’ve moved to Canada for good. The answer is no. We are simply on a summer vacation. My husband was with us for the first three weeks but he went back to work in Manila right after.

I am doing absolutely nothing here in Toronto but enjoying sweet time with my siblings, parents, niece, nephews and my three lovely daughters. Every day is a mix of nothingness and everythingness. I hope I get time to write about this special summer.

Before I left in March, we taped advanced episodes of Cocktales. Those episodes have ran out and the show has been going on without me the past few weeks .

Today I got this photo from my Cocktales family. They are the sweetest.


I miss you too!


I will be back soon to resume shooting the show. Fully recharged and inspired. Here are some highlights from the interesting people we’ve met in Cocktales…


With Messy Bessy’s Krie Lopez


Janina and Candy Dizon of Jul B. Dizon jewelry


My first day of taping with Vic Agustin and Cita Revilla, May 2012.


With Ruffy Biazon, BoC Commissioner


New senator Bam Aquino


Cristalle Belo Henares


Kenneth Cobonpue


Midas Marquez


Marco Lobregat


Sen. Bongbong Marcos


We had Atty Leni Robredo and daughters Aika, Trisha and Jillian on as guests in Cocktales today.
Leni Robredo (now Congresswoman) and her daughters’ first TV appearance together.