Global Views



Julia Buckingham for Global Views


A couple of weeks ago, I attended the opening of Global Views, a luxurious furniture shop in Ayala Vertis North Mall. Global Views is a US home decor wholesale company with showrooms and distributors across the US, Australia, China, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and now Manila. It offers a wide assortment of furniture and home accessories that can blend into elegant, refined, casual, and exotic settings. Global Views is the go-to design source of interior designers and decorators for residential and commercial projects. Now in Manila, Global Views is open for retail to the public.




The shop window at Global Views in Ayala Vertis North


Boomerang Chairs


The Wiggle Dining Chairs in black, by Julia Buckingham.


Just next door is another furniture shop called Home and Beyond. It is owned by the same couple that owns Global Views. In photo are the Global Views Philippines owner Josephine Lim and her team with influencers Tessa Valdes, Mikaela Martinez, Aubrey Miles, and Troy Montero.


With Tessa.


Home and Beyond has contemporary pieces of furniture and accessories.


Cowhide rugs from Brazil at Home and Beyond. Im wearing a K&Company top, Azotea bracelet, and Rabeanco bag.


With the owners of Global Views, Josephine and Frank Lim.


Dwell Studio accessories.


Wall sculpture that come in nickel, brass, or bronze.


Detail of the wall sculpture.


Kyoto cabinet.


With TV host Regine Tolentino


My favourite, the Link Bunching Table. Pieces with travertine tops shaped like jigsaw puzzles that link together. I also like the many choices of wall decor that come in brass, nickel, and other finishes. Here we see the Lily Pad Clusters in antique nickel.


A nickel plated “gravy boat” used as a wine cooler. This, too, is one of my favourite pieces.


The raindrop rug by Julia Buckingham. I had to show it to scale with my feet. I’m wearing French Sole.




Visit the Global Views Manila showrooms in Ayala Vertis North Mall in Quezon City, and in Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila +63 946 3940.  Follow them in Facebook at GlobalViewsPH and Instagram at @GlobalViewsPH



My Dyson Pure Cool Link



The Dyson Pure Cool Link has made our home healthier and safer.


Last November, I got a phone call from the doctor in my daughters’ school. She asked me to pick up my daughter (I won’t identify which one, to respect her privacy) because she was wheezing and having difficulty breathing. We had been warned by the pediatrician that she could develop asthma, there were already telling signs but it was too soon to diagnose. I quickly went to the school and brought her medication. We have been on asthma alert ever since.

Any parent of a child with asthma or severe allergies can tell you that we do whatever we can to prevent episodes and attacks. The most common intervention is to get rid of dust. This involves constant cleaning of your home environment. But there are so many allergens that are invisible to the eye. These can aggravate allergies or worse, can even enter your bloodstream.

Last Christmas, I received the Dyson Pure Cool Link purifier fan. As the name suggests it is a fan and air purifier in one. This is the first Dyson product in our home. And I can’t tell you enough how excited I am to finally own a Dyson – their products are not just technological breakthroughs, but also major triumphs in design.

I just love that the Dyson Pure Cool Link automatically removes 99.95% of indoor allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns from the air. Just to give you an idea of what 0.1 microns means – these are particles that are 1,000 times smaller than a single strand of human hair. These particles are so small it can penetrate the bloodstream and cause respiratory diseases.

The Pure Cool Link is a well-designed vertical bladeless fan with a sleek cylindrical air purifier at the base. It has a small footprint – not bulky at all. Its sleek design goes well with any style of interiors. We’ve seen them usually in new, modern homes. But as you will see, it looks great even beside our antiques and tropical furniture.


Stella was amazed at the fan. Finally she won’t be risking hurting her little fingers. The air she breathes from the Pure Cool Link has been removed of toxic fumes and odours.


The remote control has the simplest and easiest buttons. Nothing frustrates me more than a remote control that I don’t understand. With the Pure Cool Link, you simply turn on the power button and control the strength and circulation. It has 10 airflow settings and an automatic night-time mode for the lightest sleepers.


I love that you can rest the remote control on the fan, and it becomes one with the silhouette. That magnetized surface is perfect for storing the remote control.


The Dyson Link app can automatically monitor the air quality of the room. You can use it to control the air purifier and fan from a remote location.


I downloaded the Dyson Link app so we can see the air quality and purify the air in the room even before we get back home.


Of course I had to try it from outside the house.


The app monitors indoor and outdoor air quality. You can also check your usage and air quality history.


Patrick sent me a screenshot of the app while he was at his office.


Since indoor air pollution can be up to five times worse than outside (due to trapped air), we maximize the use of the Pure Cool Link by moving it around the house. Here it is in our bedroom.


My tiny desk in our bedroom. Yes I have succumbed to working from the bedroom. But we will change this in 2017. I believe the bedroom should be just for resting. The Dyson Pure Cool Link has such a small footprint that it can stand anywhere a letter sized paper can fit.


This uses a Dyson 360 Glass HEPA filter. It has a layer of activated carbon granules that captures odours and harmful toxins like paint fumes. The Glass HEPA filter is the reason it can stop even 0.1 microns of pollutants, as it has borosilicate fibres that are densely compacted and woven together. The filter lasts one year if you use the machine 12 hours a day.


My kids are crazy into art and books. This afternoon I kept the Pure Cool Link on in the family room, so when they come home from school, the air is purified. The sensors inside the machine detects changes in home conditions. So every time I move it to a different location, it analyzes the air quality first, then cleans it.


In the kids’ bedroom. The Pure Cool Link removes pollen and allergens, bacteria and mold, industrial and auto emissions, odours and fumes, ultra fine particles, and pet dander.


The simplest and easiest interface on a remote control.


It looks great in our family room. It can be damp in this part of the house. The machine can detect high levels of humidity and prevent poorly ventilated areas from accumulating excessive mould.


Even scented candles, anti-perspirant, and household cleansers can contribute to poor air quality. We don’t have furry pets, but for those who do, the Dyson Pure Cool Link can get rid of pet dander to prevent allergies on humans.


For more information on Dyson Pure Cool Link, visit the Dyson concept store in Greenbelt 5 and in Century City Mall, Rustan’s Makati, and SM Mall of Asia.



Alphaland Makati Place



It’s been a while since I blogged about homes and condos. I used to do it weekly because of my old show Urban Zone. But now I rarely have a chance to feature homes. I’m sure many of you are missing my house tours from UZ. It’s a good thing my friend invited me to check out a new development in Makati. I visited The Residents at Alphaland Makati Place. It is a very unique new development just at the foot of Ayala Avenue, a stone’s throw away from the Makati Central Business District and two minutes away from Makati Medical Center.

Alphaland Makati Place is an integrated urban lifestyle solution, with residential, sports and leisure, and retail necessities all in one complex. There is nothing quite like it in Makati . You could practically stay in the Alphaland Makati Place for days and never have to step out. Everything is there. Alphaland Makati Place is a complete community that will cut down on commuting, save time and energy for its residents, and minimize traffic, all in secure, private surroundings. All units are fully fitted and fully furnished, and come with Home Automation. The entire development is 100% covered by a backup generator.

Alphaland Makati Place was built by the same developer of Balesin Island Club Resort. It consists of three residential towers above a six-storey podium that houses an upscale shopping centre and a membership sports club – The City Club. This isn’t your ordinary sports club. It has state-of-the art exercise facilities and a wellness centre. Ownership of a unit at The Residences will give you the benefit of using 52 amenities in a three-hectare area. Alphaland Makati Place is designed by Wong & Ouyang who also had a hand in designing Hong Kong’s Pacific Place.


Alphaland Makati Place


The scale model of the development. Alphaland Makati Place is designed by Wong & Ouyang who also had a hand in designing Hong Kong’s Pacific Place.


The Residences at Alphaland Makati Place.


Lobby of Residences


I had to take a selfie at Master Bedroom of the units I visited. Sorry for my serious face. That wraparound view!


Here is an example of a one-bedroom floor plan:



And what it actually looks like. The model unit shows exactly how the units get turned over — fully fitted and fully furnished.


The same room in reverse.


The living room of the same unit. I love that huge window.


The bedroom in this 1BR unit.


The washer and dryer are hidden away behind folding closet doors.


The Premium Two-Bedroom looks like this:


And the 3-Bedroom unit looks like this:


There are a minimum of five and a maximum of seven units in each floor. Each tower has three passenger elevators and one service elevator. And as part of Alphaland’s excellent property management style, they have a maid service available for P600 per day. And should a resident wish to employ a maid full-time, there is a dormitory for staff available at P4,000 per month.


The bigger unit’s living room is fitted with built in shelves, lots of storage space, and recessed lighting.


Wonderful kitchen. And take note of the extra storage under the bench by the window.


Appliances are built-in and the solid surfaces are seamless. These appliances are all included in the unit, by the way. All you have to do is just move in.


From the living room, you can draw the sliding doors in to separate the bedrooms if you are entertaining in the living/dining area.


The living room and kitchen of the 3-Bedroom unit.


Bathrooms are well designed with modern fixtures in chrome and white surfaces.


The second bathroom in the 3-Bedroom unit.


This is the ensuite of the master bedroom in the 3BR unit. I love the double lavatory and use of mirrors.


The shower area is enclosed in a domelike structure with glass mosaic tiles.


The hallways leading to the private quarters in the Two and Three Bedroom units are lined with shelves and drawers. (That’s my bag, btw).


All the bedrooms have huge window views.


The second bedroom in a Premium Two-Bedroom unit can fit two twin beds comfortably. It also has its own bathroom.


They have been well designed to be mindful of maximizing space and storage.


An extra bedroom can double as a den or guest room with this day bed.


Which pulls out into a trundle


The City Club

All residential unit owners of The Residences at Alphaland Makati Place are automatically members of the City Club. Non-residents may also purchase memberships. The City Club occupies an area of 30,000 square meters. It is within walking distance of most of the major offices, residential buildings, and commercial establishments in Makati.


The City Club lobby


Ownership of a unit gives you access to all the club amenities – sports, wellness, restaurants, meeting rooms and more.


Boxing ring


Auditorium (2)
Auditorium Theatre


Outdoor pool


All the themed restaurants in Balesin Island Club Resort can also be find here in Makati Place


The Italian restaurant.


The Balesin Islander restaurant.


The Balesin Islander Restaurant offers fine Filipino cuisine.


The restaurant also has cosy private rooms.


Aegle Wellness Center

By being a member of The City Club, you have access to Aegle Wellness Center. Walking through the halls of Aegle made me feel like I was walking in a white cloud. It was so pristine and immaculate.

Aegle Wellness is a state-of-the-art Center for Longevity and Holistic Health devoted to the enhancement of health through personalized health support, medical- and science-based technology, and extensive life management tools for long-term lifestyle modification. Aegle offers comprehensive programs uniquely designed to provide the resources, motivation, and support needed to alter one’s lifestyle through sustainable holistic healthcare programs — Total Ageing Management, Medical Detoxification, Weight Management and Nutritional Intervention, Functional Exercise and Fitness Program Design, Thalassotherapy for Anti-Ageing, Longevity and Regenerative Medicine, Customized Supplementation, Women’s Health, Men’s Vitality.


Aegle’s reception area just by the pharmacy.


The Hyperbaric Room


The hyperbaric chamber involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or tube. A hyperbaric chamber can treat decompression sickness caused by scuba diving. Other conditions for hyperbaric oxygen therapy include serious infections, bubbles of air in your blood vessels, and wounds that won’t heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury.


Through an integrated approach based on scientific and medical diagnostics for early detection, prevention and correction of age-related imbalances, Aegle Wellness Center offers comprehensive evaluation of your body at cellular level for a personalized program based on your specific profile. (Source.)


Therapeutic bath, located outdoors.


The reception area of Aegle, leading to the therapeutic bath.


Alphaland Makati Place is designed from the ground up as an intelligent development, with state-of-the-art building management and security, as well as energy efficient mechanical, electrical, and sanitary systems. The complex will consume far less water and energy than comparable buildings, minimizing carbon emissions and unnecessary costs, while still achieving a high level of comfort. The project is registered under the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) rating system, which administers the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Makati Place is designed to a Gold level of certification.

In the past decade and a half, we saw a boom in the real estate market in Metro Manila. Much of this was chronicled in Urban Zone. The skyline of Makati, Bonifacio, Ortigas and Manila have changed so much. High rise condominiums and office towers dominate the city centres. And there are still more plans and promises for new condominiums.

When I saw Alphaland Makati Place already completely built with all the amenities and establishments in place, I was impressed. Not only was the place well designed and situated, it had all the amenities I would need. It even houses some international schools in the same building. No need to wait or base decisions on drawings and scale models. Everything is already there. All you have to do is move in.


For inquiries and a visit:
Jela G. Daclan
Cellphone: +63908-8868981 and +63977-8413884



Series 7 Project Manila





I hosted the launch of the exhibit of Fritz Hansen’s collaboration with esteemed Filipino architects and designers at Studio Dimensione at BGC.

It is the 60th anniversary of the Series 7 chair by Arne Jacobsen whose collaboration with Fritz Hansen dates back to 1934. The Series 7™ was designed in 1955 and is by far the most sold chair in the history of Fritz Hansen and perhaps also in furniture history. It is made of pressure moulded veneer with four stackable legs.

Each of the Filipino architects and designers were given the task to re-interpret the timeless and classic Series 7 Chair by Arne Jacobsen. It was a celebration, of not just the chair, but also of the local Filipino architecture and design ingenuity. It is taking a design made way back in 1950s and showing how it is still relevant to us. The classic silhouette of the Series 7 transcends time and space.


From left to right, Dean Yupangco, Ed Calma, Carlo Calma, Andy Locsin of Leandro V. Locsin Partners, Fritz Hansen’s Dario Reichl, Ben Chan, Gil Coscolluela, and Bong Recio.



I hosted the official opening of the exhibit which will run until March 31st at Studio Dimensione. (I wore a K&Company dress.)


Dario Reicherl, VP for Asia Pacific for Fritz Hansen, gave a brief talk about the history and relevance of the Series 7 chair.


Gil Coscoluella wrapped the Series 7 in purple calfskin leather.


Ed Calma kept the Series 7 form but added different colours and layers of wood veneer.


Architect Juan Carlo Calma worked with three Series 7 chairs, superimposing them creating layers that represented a grotto.


Andy Locsin of Leandro V Locsin Partners paid homage not just to Arne Jacobsen, but to his own father Leandro V. Locsin, by creating a mold of the Series 7 in poured concrete.


I asked Andy if I could sit on the chair.


Dean Joey Yupangco dressed up Series 7 in “leggings”.


Bong Recio worked on a fusion of the Series 7 and the Filipino “batibot” chair.


Suyen Corp’s Miguel Pastor and Nenita Lim.


With fashion designer Joey Samson.


The event was followed by a lovely dinner at Blackbird Restaurant.


Seated, Lucy Torres Gomez, Ben Chan, Bong Recio. Standing, Robert Mananquil, Carlo Calma, Millet Mananquil and Dario Reicherl.


With Dario.


With old friend Keren Pascual and the Mananquils.


Barbie and John Rey Tiangco.


Suyen Corporations’ Noel Manapat and Keren Pascual.


The Series 7 Project Manila exhibit runs til March 31, 2016 at Republic of Fritz Hansen in Studio Dimensione, One Parkade, BGC. Photos by Miguel Pastor.



Meralco Orange Tag



My kitchen, renovated in 2013


When I was a kid, I never understood why my mother was always so conscious of us closing the door whenever the air conditioner was on or shutting off lights in rooms we were not using. I knew it was about energy conservation. But when you’re not the one paying the bills, it remains an abstract concept.

The past couple of years, I had gotten way more conscious of our energy consumption, most especially during the exaggeratedly hot summer months. Try being in Manila in April and May. You will melt without the air conditioner on. It’s almost a given that the chart of our electricity bill peaks during summer months. And needless to say, I have turned into my mother.

I have learned some tips along the way, especially when I renovated my kitchen a couple of years ago. All my new appliances were energy efficient (digital inverter types). We also use our washing machine and dryer during off peak times – like weeknights as opposed to daytime or weekends.


I have an all-gas range and electric stove. My refrigerator is inverter type.


My kitchen air conditioner also uses digital inverter technology.


But now, there are even more tools that can help you figure out the energy consumption of a certain new home appliance. And this is done not by the appliance brand, but by our own local electric company — Meralco. Very timely as I’m sure a lot of families are shopping for new electrical appliances this time of year — because of Christmas bonuses and homecoming of family members from abroad.

So before you go out there to shop for that new air con, fridge or washing machine, or small kitchen gadgets, look for the Meralco Orange Tag — brought to us by the Meralco Power Lab. In one look you already know the estimated operating cost of the new appliance. And you can make better decisions based on this information.


Cute commercial…


Now you can compare appliances not just based on design and performance, but by energy consumption levels. Look at the numbers! That’s cost per wash.


image5You won’t miss the Meralco Orange Tag. It’s big and orange!!


The Meralco Orange Tag shows the estimated cost consumption, estimated energy consumption and rate used, and transparency in computation.


It’s a great way to get the whole family involved in energy consumption consciousness.