Garden stuff



Inspired by gardens — vertical ones.


The vertical garden on The Bund, Shanghai. 2012.


Detail of The Bund vertical garden. Each plant was wrapped in foam and placed on the grid.


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Sophia and Lily at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. 2013.


At that same garden in Singapore, the tallest vertical garden I have ever seen. It had a sophisticated irrigation system.


Just last February I was at Bali. The parking building at Bali Denpasar airport caught my eye. It reminds me of the San Miguel HQ in Ortigas… and the Park Square building in Glorietta, which has now been replaced.


Ayala Ave tries a wall garden. Nice!
Ayala Avenue as it turns to EDSA also has san impressive set up. I took this a while ago and it seems the wall gardens are still alive. I won’t include the MMDA versions by the tunnels. Because I don’t  understand what they were trying to do.


Dusit Hotel does the vertical garden so well! #makati
I like what Dusit Hotel has done in this little piece of wall.


I found some interesting garden fixtures from some of my site partners and friends. Of course no one really needs to buy expensive wall brackets for vertical gardens. I’ve seen many versions of it, even the basic trellis would do. But it’s good to have options, especially the one by Gronomics because it has built in pipes for easy irrigation. I’m also loving the quirky planters from Kenneth Cobonpue’s Hive.


collage garden


1 Gronomics Vertical Garden from Target

2 Sugar Cone Wall Planter from Anthropologie

3 Plantscape Vertical Garden from Target

4 Boulders Table Planters by Jinggoy Buensuceso at Hive

5 Animal Farm by Kenneth Cobonpue at Hive



Chalkboard labels





I tried to organize my pantry the other day. I had some half-opened dry ingredients that ate up too much space in the shelves. So I brought out some of the mason jars I’ve been saving. (My husband was not a fan of my jar collecting. But when he saw that I actually re-use them, he was fine.)

These glass jars are all recycled. The jar on the left was from a cookie-making gift. The one on the right was just from pasta sauce. I have a few “new” mason jars which I use for my green juices. Those were all gifts. I still can’t justifying buying glass jars because we use so much from our groceries alone.


Chalkboard Sticker Labels from Hallmark. These were part of the gift I received from Hallmark and National Book Store. Lookie.


Each pack comes with 6 chalkboard stickers and one piece of chalk. Only P37.00 per pack.


Sophia was my calligrapher.


The kids are into Milo Dinosaurs (cold milk with powdered chocolate mix).


Tadah! The “Milo” jar is labelled.


Soph made a mistake with the spelling of Bisquick. It wasn’t a problem. We erased it using a wet cloth and the chalkboard sticker was good as new.


And there they are. Practical re-usable sticker labels for our glass jars.


Chalkboard Sticker Labels by Hallmark are available at National Book Store. Each pack has 6 stickers and one stick of chalk. Only P37.00 per pack.





SOFA Designer’s Creed




“As practitioners, we know that design is a marriage of aesthetics, functionality, intellect, economics, necessity and of course, loads of imagination. Design is transformative. It moves culture and society forward. However, it is something often unappreciated, undervalued and misunderstood by many.

SoFA Design Institute recognizes the need to empower people on the power of design. The college is committed to promoting design as a positive force in the society, economy, and in people’s lives. It is part of our mission to propagate a true appreciation of design to unite, empower and encourage designers, creatives and artists from all walks of life.

One of the ways we aim to do this is through a common battle cry. SoFA has written and produced a short video entitled “A Designer’s Creed”, with the participation of Rajo Laurel, Kenneth Cobonpue and other creative professionals. It is an inspiring statement of what it means to be a designer. Whether you are a design student, design practitioner, or creative professional, we hope to give you a voice,  a testament and expression of your convictions as a creative person.”

Amina Aranaz
Founding Partner, SoFA


I love what Amina Aranaz and Loralee Baron-Soong have done with SoFA. I’ve seen it grow from an idea, to a small school and to the design institute that it is now. Today, SoFA is hosting their 2014 Graduation Show at 6pm, Rockwell Tent. Admission is free.

This summer, SoFA continues it’s short programs for kids and teens. Check out the photos from past summers.










5-yr old Lily at skirt-making class at SOFA (school of fashion & arts)
Lily and Sophia did a session of fashion and crafts at SoFA one summer.


Here are the programs offered at SoFA this summer. Sessions start on March 31st, so call soon as slots tend to fill up fast.




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For information on SoFA programs, check Sofa College on Facebook or

G/F Enzo Bldg Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue
Makati City, Metro Manila
Tel 4784611

Garage sale: My stuff



Charles & Keith size 38, P400


Okay here’s a sneak peek at what I’m selling. Mind you I haven’t had time to photograph the clothes. And there are a lot clothes.

See you all tomorrow. We open doors at 8am. Come to 8 Tangile Road, North Forbes Park. Just tell the guard you are going to the “Garage sale at 8 Tangile”. Please do not tell him you are there for “Daphne’s garage sale” because he will look at you like, “Daphne who?” Haha.

And yes, it is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Just tell the guard in North Forbes Park that you are going to the garage sale in 8 Tangile. Please bring your own ecobag. Also, we are so sorry, we don’t have a fitting room. If you’d like to try something on, please wear comfy clothing so you can slip clothes on top.


CMG Matthews size 38, P400


Zara size 37, P500
Used only once


Imarflex juicer, P500. No box.
Brand new costs around P1,500 to P2,000. This is a real juicer. It works just fine. But I’ve decided to upgrade.


Hamilton Beach Meal Maker Express. P900
110 volts. Used only once.


Details of that indoor grill.


10 years ago these were “top of the line” models of Samsonite. Haha. Hard shell Samsonite, complete with hangers inside and key lock. Dented on one side. P800. Black carry on from Samsonite’s Black Label line. Wheels are a bit worn out. P700


Lomography Color Splash 35mm camera. Complete with box and papers. New battery for flash. P800.


There are lot more from my closet. I just didn’t have time to photograph. If you want to see what the others are selling, please click here. See you tomorrow and Sunday at 8 Tangile Road, North Forbes.





Garage sale this weekend





As some of you know through Facebook and Instagram, I’ll be selling my stuff at a garage sale this weekend at 8 Tangile, North Forbes. This is the home of my friend. It’s my first time to join them in their annual garage sale. I’ll be selling my clothes, shoes, bags, kitchen appliances, a bicycle and whatever I can let go of from my home. I will be posting some photos of my stuff tonight.

My friend has posted some of her items online to give you a preview. Her things are so beautiful! And lots of stuff for men too! Here are some of her items. You can find more in our Facebook event page.

And yes, it is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Just tell the guard in North Forbes Park that you are going to the garage sale in 8 Tangile. Please bring your own ecobag. Also, we are so sorry, we don’t have a fitting room. If you’d like to try something on, please wear comfy clothing so you can slip clothes on top.


Hermes 100% silk ties. Authentic. No box. P500 each


Hermes 100% silk ties. Authentic. No box. P500 each


Bally and Cole Haan men’s shoes. Size 8-9. P1000 each.


Assorted long sleeves Brooks Brothers shirts. Size 15.5. P300 each.


Assorted baskets P50 to P175 each


More baskets P50 to P150 each


LAUREN by Ralph Lauren shoes. Size 7. P900


Salvatore Ferragamo mules. Size 7. Two inch heel. P3,000 negotiable.


For more info, check out Garage Sale @ Tangile.