UZ: Tagaytay weekend home

Hello friends! I’ve missed you. Sorry for taking that long break. We are THIS close to turning over and moving into our new site. I didn’t realize how tedious it could be. Plus I’ve been learning new skills that I’ll be applying to the new site. It’s like learning a new language, literally. And I’m having a hard time retaining the info unless I practice everyday. Yikes.

So in the meantime I’m back here in LJ to give you a few updates… because I’ve missed you all.

Here are a few photos from last week’s UZ shoot. This is a weekend home in Tagaytay. The owners wanted something that looked playful and fresh. The exterior of the house was dictated upon by the developers – all country-ish. So Mark Madolaria (interior designer) used that basic idea as well.

 

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Lovely climate in Tagaytay.

 

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All the homes had this character.

 

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Setting the tone at the front entrance.

 

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With Mark Madolaria, the interior designer.

 

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Living and dining areas.

 

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Dining area. Yellow was the main colour.

 

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A couple of wing chairs by the side of the stairs. Nice use of those see-through acrylic nesting tables.

 

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Most of the furniture came from Heima store.

 

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They added new floors – engineered wood floor boards. The original floor was indoor/outdoor tiles.

 

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Bedroom of teenage girl. She wanted something inspired by glam Barbie.

 

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Bedroom of older sister. She wanted “Tiffany blue.”

 

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Everything was new.

 

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Mother’s bedroom. Very cute.

 

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Wingchair from Heima. It’s called “Holly Parrot.”

 

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Interiors by Mark That Space.

 

 

 

Staycation at the Sofitel

 

 

A couple of weeks ago we stayed at Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. We didn’t go anywhere far or exciting this summer. Though the kids’ activities were action-packed, we couldn’t let this summer go by without a little treat so we went for a staycation instead of a trip. The universe conspired and we ended up at the Sofitel Prestige Suite for three days. It was wonderful.

 

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View from the entrance to the room.

 

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The living and dining areas.

 

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Same area, reverse shot. Can you see my kids checking everything out? They do this type of inspection everytime we enter a hotel room.

 

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View from one of our windows. I lost count of how many windows and balconies there were. Our room was really long.

 

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I wear a lot of blue and white stripes. I was so pleased with our room.

 

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So were the kids. They couldn’t believe how big it was. The two “littles” danced.

 

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Lily checked out the amenities. The bathtub was big. The kids loved it.

 

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I loved the toiletries. For three days we all smelled like Hermes.

 

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Our bathroom had two back to back lavatories.

 

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Lily claimed the rights to the “office.”

 

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I loved the idea of having a little home office like this – adjacent to the master bedroom and facing a view of the bay.

 

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Lily’s drawing. Check out the personalized stationery!

 

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Of course we hit the pool right away.

 

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I have fond memories about the Philippine Plaza pool. It was a landmark then. It’s still spectacular now. Lots of kid-friendly parts. But there were very deep parts too (I’m so not used to deep pools anymore). The slides were not for kids below 12. It’s pretty trecherous. Exciting for big kids.

 

Lily's way of relaxing
Lily loves doing this. Chillax.

 

She looks so grown up
Sophia loved the idea of being so close to the sea.

 

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They were wishing there was a beach. (Soph’s multicoloured nail lacquer was badly in need of a re-do.)

 

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Lily and Stella

 

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Good thing there was a sandbox.

 

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Stella took long naps. Here, she just woke up and took off her clothes.

 

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Warning, this photo is guaranteed contagious. After her siesta. Yawn…

 

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The hotel is so beautiful at night. We took long walks and even swam at night.

 

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The kids played in the playground and stayed up way past their bedtime.

 

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Beautiful architecture, inside and out.

 

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Best view of fireworks from our room. There just happened to be an event at their tent.

 

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Patrick and my favourite part was our access to Club Millesime, their executive lounge. Everything was free.

 

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It had been newly renovated.

 

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Beautiful.

 

Great memories were made again.