Yahoo logo



I’m so glad Ghost Month is over. I never even knew it existed. But because of the new things I’m doing, I was made aware of it. I was told not to start anything new, sign contracts, or build anything during Ghost Month. Well, I broke all the rules and did all that. And I’m still alive. And hopefully my projects are all successful.

Yahoo! did the same thing. Is it just a coincidence, or did Yahoo! purposely use Ghost Month to tease and try out 30 different logos every day? Those were cringe worthy days, I tell ya. Then on the last day of the dreadful Ghost Month, September 4th – they unveiled the new Yahoo! logo.




It’s a bit more precise, without looking the quirk. There’s still a yodel in the end, so the playfulness is still there. I like that there are no real straight lines. As Yahoo! CEO Marissa Meyer puts it – “straight lines don’t exist in the human form and are extremely rare in nature,” explaining all the slight curves.

It’s the first time Yahoo! updated it’s look in 18 years. I guess change was inevitable. I will miss the serifs and chubbiness of the old Yahoo! but I think this one isn’t so bad. It could have been worse, if you remember those 30 days. I don’t know if I like this, but I don’t hate it.

Be like Yahoo! CEO Marissa Meyer and geek out on every detail of the logo here.



Conversation with Carlos Ott



Just edited an old taped interview with Carlos Ott, an Uruguay-born Canadian-resident architect who built landmark buildings like the Opera de la Bastille in Paris back in 1983. He also claims to have created the original concept of the Burj al Arab which was adapted by another architect.

Carlos Ott is the architect of Rockwell Land’s The Proscenium.



I have a few video taped interviews with other interesting design personalities still to be edited. Let me know what you think of this video concept.



Chicago in a day



I had two hours to spare one morning in Chicago. I did some crowd sourcing on Twitter and asked readers what I should do. Almost everyone recommended the boat tours. I found one perfect for that morning, a 75-minute Chicago River Architecture Tour. The station was within walking distance from our hotel.

Since it was my first time in Chicago and probably the only free time I’d have during the trip, the river tour was the best way to the the city and get the big picture. I was knocking myself in the head — why, an urban planning grad like me, had never been to Chicago, the birthplace of the skyscraper. Prior to this all my US trips had focused on New York City only. It took Kohler to bring me to Chicago.



The Wendella boat tour started here…


… at the foot of this building. (So I lost my notes).


I took photos of me. 958th reason for missing my husband. I didn’t have a photographer. Haha.


Style notes: I wore my Burberry trench coat and H&M pants I got on sale for $14.


Selfie under a bridge.


Selfie without aviators… and makeup.


One of the Japanese tourists finally felt sorry for me and offered to take my picture.


It’s not called the Windy City for nothing.


More photos of architecture and bridges from different periods and styles. Some of the most important buildings in modern architectural history. I played with my Olympus OMD and used some crazy filters. It was overcast and it actually started raining halfway. But the camera is weather-proof so I wasn’t worried about it getting wet.

Promise, no more selfies.


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Louis Vuitton Architecture and Interior Design



Wow. Friends at Louis Vuitton Manila just sent me this book. Louis Vuitton Architecture and Interior Design. (It’s like… they know me so well. Haha.)

I’m not at liberty to say who, but someone close to me was involved in the sales/selection of metal skins that envelop most of the new U.S. stores. The person never told us until all the work was done and took us inside the store and told us the story. Now everytime I enter an LV, I always look at the metal skins.

I love it. I’m not sleeping early tonight. I’ll be reading this. In my work, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing a couple of the world’s top architects and designers. That’s my most favourite part of my job (and I’m still dreaming for more). So I’ll be reading the notes of Peter Marino, Moshen Mostafi and Jun Aoki. And soaking in all the beautiful branding, imagery, and architecture.



Thank you LV!



Urban Zone: Modern Contemporary by Jason Buensalido



Last night I went to the birthday celebration of ABS-CBN executive Deo Endrinal. There I met up with old colleagues and celebrities I usually only get to see on TV. Many exciting exchanges happen. But one thing left a smile on my face as I went to bed. Every single person I talked to expressed their love and longing for Urban Zone. It was very touching and encouraging.

I can proudly say that UZ really made a huge impact and influenced many people’s lives. It helped move the design and construction industry. It was a source of inspiration for many. I’m so proud of my core team – Manny Segunto, Denmark Alejandro, Maila Cuevas, Stanley Castro, Dave Bola and Princess Fulgar – for doing so much with so little resources. Hoping to work my awesome team again.

As you know, I’m producing Urban Zone® webisodes for now. With the help of my friend Marty Ilagan, we made this webisode last month featuring Jason Buensalido. Many of you may have already seen it. I’m now posting photos I took during the shoot.

If you love UZ and would like to support our little creative enterprise, please, please, please repost/share on Facebook, Twitter and embed the video in your blogs. Thanks and lots of UZ love.



A few months ago we drove by this house that stood out in a new subdivision. It was completely out of the box. I didn’t know who the architect was, but I had some inkling it could be Jason Buensalido. So I asked him, “By any chance did you design and build this house in XX Subdivision?”


I described it to him. He described it to me. But we were not sure we were talking about the same thing. Until he showed me photos.


This house has never been shown in any magazine or TV show. It took some convincing and a lot of trust. Thankfully, the owners agreed.


The entrance was lined from floor to ceiling with cedar wood.


More than just describing the style, Jason said this was about honesty of material, showing them in their most pure form, unadorned. The main common area is one open space that flows into the courtyard/deck. This living room, dining and kitchen area appears sunken from the external lanai.


Thank you Marty Ilagan for shooting and editing the video! Awesome team!


One bonus of having a sunken living room is the built in sofas which are made of the continuous concrete ledge surrounding the sunken area. It felt very mid-century modern America.


Cantilevered wooden steps to the second floor. The pattern on the wooden ceiling corresponds to the lines on the concrete floor.


Honesty of material. Concrete is shown as concrete.


Second floor hallway.


No need for huge windows in this hallway. This wall acts as a total barrier from the outside world and the one enveloped in wood and concrete inside.


All rooms upstairs have clerestory windows to benefit from natural light from both sides of the house.


The deck in the courtyard with reflectorized sliding glass doors.


Concrete ledge built into one wall of the deck.


The view into the house from the courtyard. I love the transparency of it all. Yet there is a level of privacy because the living space is “sunken” and the exterior wall and lanai is actually raised above ground level.


The exterior details – concrete, glass, steel and wood.


The exterior wall. This is the same wall that envelops the slanted hallway upstairs. Can I just say that I am so loving how they used the humble Santan as landscaping? This is how it’s done.


Again, santan love.


The house is branded. Here is the Buensalido logo. You can see more of Jason’s work here.