Corners of our home


I did the ultimate in working from home today. My UZ team came over to shoot some spiels. This means you’ll be seeing snippets of my home in the next three episodes of Urban Zone. It is always a major production when my house is being shot. I’m glad I’m done the rounds of “publicity” for my sheets and furniture. There was a time we were shooting at the house every week. But now we’re back to reality. And reality with a husband who loves bicycles and three daughters who love toys just means we have clutter.

So I warned my team that we’ll have to do some major camera angling tricks to avoid the undesired shots. We are in the middle of supposedly having a garage sale and kitchen renovation. But those don’t seem to be happening. So we have stuff in boxes. Ugh.

I keep looking at how things were when we finished our room renovations. We had a clean slate. Now there are too many layers. Especially in my closet.


Master Bedroom
This is the “escritorio” in our room. Right now though there’s a TV on top of that desk. But we manage to keep this looking the same.


My favourite flower
This is my work desk, but now the kids have taken over. It’s full of bins of crayons and pens. Still relatively organized. Just a bit tight.

So here’s how our shoot went today. We limited the shots to little corners…


UZ shoot at home
We played with parts of the small lanai. I wore a sequined top which is the itchiest top ever created I think. I paired it with slim taupe pants and nude coloured heels. My bangs are getting long again and they’re starting to really bother me.


Manny and Denmark of UZ moved some furniture around. This is one of our outdoor chairs. It’s from the 60’s.


UZ shoot at home
Then they brought one of the Cobonpue chairs outside.


UZ shoot at home
I got this dress because it looked like fun. From Forever 21. I wore it with earrings that can convert into a bracelet. It’s a genius design by Diane von Furstenberg for H. Stern. Ring was a gift from Tito Villanueva, an interior designer friend.


UZ shoot at home
The red door. By the way, look at the icons of this website. The icon for Home/Blog is this exact door.


UZ shoot at home
This K&Company dress has a stunning colour. It’s just not registered well in this photo. I like wrap dresses. So easy to wear. My necklace is a collection of antique charms. The shoes are made by a local shop, the name escapes me.


So this is how my day went. In between filming, the kids were running around and air conditioning units were being cleaned.

Tell me, how did your day go?




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.


Lovely climate in Tagaytay.


All the homes had this character.


Setting the tone at the front entrance.


With Mark Madolaria, the interior designer.


Living and dining areas.


Dining area. Yellow was the main colour.


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


Most of the furniture came from Heima store.


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


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


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


Everything was new.


Mother’s bedroom. Very cute.


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


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.


View from the entrance to the room.


The living and dining areas.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Our bathroom had two back to back lavatories.


Lily claimed the rights to the “office.”


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


Lily’s drawing. Check out the personalized stationery!


Of course we hit the pool right away.


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.


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


Lily and Stella


Good thing there was a sandbox.


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


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


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


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


Beautiful architecture, inside and out.


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


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


It had been newly renovated.




Great memories were made again.