Justin Bieber, Sophia, Sofitel and the Sunset

Sophia's work
Sophia made this the day before the concert. She also carefully planned her outfit.

On the way to the area. She would ask me, “Am I a fan? Is this what fans do?” She chose her outfit – jeggings, a “rock star” Tshirt (she thinks its purple, Justin Bieber’s favorite colour but it’s magenta), her only baseball cap (souvenir from Boracay market, must get her a better one), and her cool sneakers (silver high tops).

She borrowed my Swatch bracelet/cuff thingy, which was a gift from Cecile.

Our tickets were gifts from TV5. don’t hate me for getting freebies. My husband works there.

It was my turn to be going to a teeny bopper concert. Remember I missed Taylor Swift? This time we got only two tickets. So we had to break it gently to Lily, who was actually the bigger Bieber fan (Justin Beaver). She was a bit sad. But after a few minutes she said, “Ok fine, but please buy me jeggings too. I want jeggings.” More on that later…

It was all planned out well. Sophia and I would go to the concert. But days before, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel called and invited me to host their event. I was torn. But in the end we decided that I’d take the Sofitel job – cushy, glamorous and luxurious… and fun! While Patrick would sacrifice again and take Sophia to the concert just as he did when Taylor Swift came to town. In the end it was a win-win situation for all. I got to spend alone time with Soph at the Sofitel. She loved our room and all the amenities. Patrick and Sophia had a great time. It didn’t rain. Lily and Stella were home safe. And in the end of the night we were all together.

My groovy sneaker girl pre-concert at the Sofitel.

View from our room. Manila skyline.

At one point Sophia almost wanted to give up the concert and just swim at the pool. I told her we’d go back when we’re a complete family. Looking forward to staying a weekend here. Sofitel is a landmark hotel. It brings me back to my childhood when my parents would bring us to the Philippine Plaza for halo-halo by the pool.

Photo by Sophia
I did my hair and makeup. Soph took this photo.

My family, we’re big on sunsets. This one made me sigh…

Then the sky gave us this amazing show at sunset

The most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen

Reposting: This was tonight's sunset in Manila Bay, from Sofitel.
Quickly posted it on Twitter and instagram. It’s universal. Everyone loves sunsets.

I don’t hace photos from the concert. They’re all in Patrick’s phone. I’ll upload them soon.

Justin Bieber was sick. He tweeted so. I retweeted it. Ces Drilon read it on the evening news. I felt like Justin Bieber’s spokesperson. Haha. There are some issues coming out now – that he did this and didn’t do this. Whatever. He’s a kid. Can everyone please let him be? (spoken like a fan, haha). Honestly though after watching Never Say Never, a scary thought crossed my mind. The kid is frail. And they’re working him like a dog. That scene where the doctor gave him a mystery drink to heal his throat made me nervous. Remember Michael Jackson? Sorry to be a bummer. But really. No one is invincible. And with this crazy world tour, how much stress can a little body take? Awww, hugs.

After the concert, Sophia was disappointed. She told me they confiscated her fan sign. They took everyone’s. I told her it was so everyone could have a view to see Justin. Then she said, “But I like the sign and I’ll never see it again. And he didn’t see any of our signs.” I told her I took a picture of it. I also said, “Don’t worry. The guards brought your fan sign to Justin Bieber’s hotel room. He’ll see it.” She looked like she didn’t believe me. “Really, mommy?” Yup.

Then she goes, “I heard Hannah Montana is the next concert. I want to go to that one.” And with that I said, “Nope. She’s Miley Cyrus and we don’t like her. Stick to Taylor Swift.”

Enough concerts. You’re only 8.

House by the bay

As seen in Urban Zone:

House by the bay
with Gilbert Lui, the architect of this modern home by Manila Bay.

House by the bay
Living room. That glass wall behind me is actually a space divider encased in glass. It hides the electrical and airconditioning unit. There’s also extra storage behind the painting.

House by the bay
Here’s a better look at the other side of that glass divider/secret storage.

House by the bay
On the second floor landing, Gilbert placed these cubes as shelves…

House by the bay
To hold the collection of little guys like this.

House by the bay
All the materials were carefully chosen for this sophisticated urban house because it’s so close to Manila Bay. Salty wind and water can easily corrode metal.

House by the bay
I fell in love with the shower.

House by the bay
The glass doors can completely be opened and you end up taking a shower outdoors! Beautiful.

House by the bay
How to de-clutter. Muji storage boxes.

House by the bay
On the roof deck.

After the storm

Storm “Bebeng” left a huge mess in our street. Lots of fallen branches and debris. I worried yesterday because water started to seep in through our lanai. The runoff was too strong outside, our drainage couldn’t pass clearly. So it started to back up in our property. But whew… luckily the rains started to let up. No damage. I hope you’re all okay.

This morning, Sophia was eager to help clean up the mess from the storm. She wouldn’t stop talking about the strange branch that fell on top of their playhouse. She said it had the most beautiful flowers. She wouldn’t stop until the driver reached for the branch and she walked in with these…

Storm blew these flowers into our back yard.
The most beautiful flowers I’ve ever seen!

Storm blew these flowers into our back yard.
The colours, shape and texture were so pretty!

Storm blew these flowers into our back yard.
They were cut close to the bud, so there were hardly any branches to hold them…

Storm blew these flowers into our back yard.
So we placed them on old sake cups (oops just noticed the chip there, tsk tsk)

Storm blew these flowers into our back yard.
And placed them all on a cake stand.

Storm blew these flowers into our back yard.
I can’t get over how pretty they are!

Storm blew these flowers into our back yard.
And neither could Sophia. She sketched…

Lily May 2011
Lily drew the scene when they woke me up with the news about the perfect flowers falling onto their playhouse.

Storm blew these flowers into our back yard.
Can anyone identify the flower? What is this perfect thing?


Daphne cupcakes!!



I always say… sometimes the sweetest people are those you haven’t met yet. No offence to the lovely people who I’ve already met. But this morning I got a surprise on Twitter. Aikko, a blogger, created these adorable cupcakes inspired by the Daphne chairs.


From bakehappy.blogspot.com




From bakehappy.blogspot.com


Check out her awesome blog bakehappy. Its filled with amazing photos, recipes and tutorials for cute yummy cupcakes. Thank you Aikko. I hope I can order these Daphne cupcakes one day.