Why do women lie about their age?



Have I ever lied about my age? When I was 17 or 18 and wanted to get in to bars in Toronto, maybe . (Sorry, mom and dad). Back then the age of majority was 19 (now 18). I always got carded — by nature of my genes and ethnicity, I looked younger than my age.

Olay Philippines has an interesting campaign about age. My take on this – and it sounds cliche – is that age really is just a number. I’m 43 and I love being 43. I enjoy seeing the shock on people’s faces when they learn my age… especially in North America.

There is one downside to aging — the feeling that time is going by so fast. Too fast. Especially when you have little children, special people, and work that you love. That’s the only issue for me. Aging and health issues scare me.

But on the physical side, I’m not really worried. Have you seen my mother? She’s turning 70. Most people think she’s lying. She looks 20 years younger.



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Nate Berkus for Target



How is everybody’s long weekend going? I was supposed to take a blog break this weekend but I couldn’t contain myself. Because I just found out that Target is now my site partner!!!

Up until this Spring, I was a Target virgin. I’d never shopped in Target before. We didn’t have Target in Canada forever. And with every trip to New York, my New Yorker SIL cringed at the thought of us stepping inside a mall. So, until Target first opened in Mississauga this March, I’d never been before! Don’t laugh but I actually went on the first day of opening. Haha. Then a few trips to Target Buffalo as well. Target is fun!

So what does this mean for DAPHNE readers? I hope to do a weekly round up of my favourite Target picks. Those in the US can easily click and shop. And for those of us here in the Philippines, we can shop and have the goods delivered to a US address. Isn’t that what balikbayan relatives are for? Haha. So click, click and fill up your balikbayan boxes regularly.

For my first Target post, I did the obvious — everyone’s design crush Nate Berkus. Most have already been marked down. I hope you find something you love here. Or at least, some inspiration.


Collage Nate


The Nate Berkus Collection at Target.

01  Ikat Link Bath Towel $9.99

02  Decorative Bolo Knot Figural $9.99

03  Pebbled Bowl – Brass Finish $7.99

04  Blue Pineapple Figural $12.48

05  Geometric Toss Pillow $24.99

06  Decorative Rhino Figural in silver $24.99

07 Branch Lamp $59.99




Juniper Books



I’ve seen this in countless magazines and design sites, a favourite of interior designers and set designers – using books as decor, art, highlight. I love collecting beautifully bound versions of classics I’ve read in the past. I dig through book sales and antique shops in search of (if you’re lucky) leather-bound and engraved books.

Juniper Books can turn any book into a work of art – from classics to cookbooks. The design and print custom book jackets and covers in different genres. These make the perfect gifts for someone who has everything… or for anyone who loves books.

For a very limited time – like three days – these book collections and services from Juniper Books are on sale at One Kings Lane. All photos and text below, from OKL.


Puffin Classics for Young Readers
This set of 10 books makes a great gift for kids and adults alike. The books are published by Penguin, with bindings designed by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazini. The titles:Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie; The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum; The Secret Garden andThe Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett; The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame; The Adventures of Robin Hood by Richard Green; The Call of the Wild by Jack London; Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery; Black Beauty by Anna Sewell; and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.



Personalized Cookbook Set
Juniper Books’ set of “Cook’s Books” is one of the company’s most popular offerings. This version takes the product to the next level allowing buyers to customize their very own cookbook set by specifying a name to be printed on the jacket spines and the color of the jackets. The five titles in the set include: The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century by Amanda Hesser; James Beard’sAmerican Cookery; Joy of Cooking, 75th Anniversary Edition; Gourmet Today by Ruth Reichl; and The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen. The titles and authors are printed on the jacket spines along with an antique engraving from a French cookbook.


Charles Dickens Penguin Classics
2012 marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. This box set published by Penguin contains six books by the 19th century master including Great ExpectationsHard TimesOliver TwistA Christmas CarolBleak House and A Tale of Two Cities.


Hemingway Books
A selection of nine brand new Hemingway books, with book jackets that integrate Hemingway’s signature across the spines with a beautiful multi-dimensional design. A true work of art. The titles include: Across the River and Into the TreesA Farewell to ArmsFor Whom the Bell TollsGreen Hills of AfricaIslands in the StreamSun Also RisesDeath in the AfternoonSelected Letters 1917-1961 and The Short Stories.


5-Piece Personalized Book Set
This set of five literary classics makes for the perfect gift as it can be personalized with a name printed across the jacket spines. Each set is also printed in a requested color and the five books in the collection can be custom curated in consultation with the purchaser or gift recipient. The list includes various classics by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, etc. as well as modern works by Raymond Chandler, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and others.


As seen in Vogue’s 2013 Wedding Guide


Need more inspiration? Watch this from juniperbooks.com.



Nice Print Photography



I remember when the world of weddings was all I could think about. I used to be the editor-in-chief of Metro Weddings. Though I only did four issues/two years, I met some of my best friends there. It was wonderful. But I quickly outgrew it. I think after you become a bride, you move on to decorating your home and for some, being a mom. But I do remember all the lovely shoots and concept weddings we created and styled. Now that I see how huge and successful the wedding industry is, a part of me wishes I had stayed on.

A friend of mine, Charisse Santillan-Tinio, who I met through Urban Zone when we featured her house, is doing quite well in the wedding industry. She used to own a few photo labs. But when people stopped having photos printed, she shifted her business to photography services. Now,  Nice Print Photography & Exige Weddings is one of the most popular choices of celebrities for their weddings. Check out the albums of Carmina and Zoren, John and Priscilla, Ogie and Regine among a few.


Zoren Legaspi and Carmina Villaroel’s wedding video by Nice Print Photography.


This is the bridal lounge of Nice Print Photography & Exige Weddings at Unit 206 Emerald Place, 604 Shaw Boulevard. It was designed by Grupo Santamaria. You may see more photos of the lounge here.


They have created a one-stop shop for everything wedding. Here is a wall of album samples.


Hanging on the wall is the famous couple Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid.


Regine Velasquez-Alcasid at Nice Print weeks after giving birth.


The bridal showroom was also visited by Kyla and Rich Alvarez.


Another Nice Print bride, Priscilla Mireilles.


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And to respond to the needs of their wedding clients, Nice Print Photography set up a photo studio for creative pregnancy shots and baby portraits. It is at SM Mega Mall 5th Floor Building B.


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Some samples of the studio photos hang on display at the studio.


Makes me wish I did some of these studio shots for my babies.


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One month old baby. Awwww… I miss babies!


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Here’s another cutie pie with his rubber duckie.


Cuteness overload.


Interesting father-sons photo.


Nice Print Photography & Exige Weddings
Unit 206 Emerald Place 604 Shaw Boulevard, 1100 Mandaluyong
+632-6365505 / 6333812 / 6385206/ +639178642377 (call only)

Nice Print Photo Studio
SM Mega Mall
5th Floor Building B







Watsons invited me and a few bloggers to experience the revamp of their new shopping experience and brand revamp. We shopped with the new refreshed brand “look and feel” — modified Watsons logo, store interiors, brand visuals and new store front. There are new staff and manager uniforms featuring a smart tailored look, together with enhanced pharmacy, health and beauty counseling for customers, delivering a new level of personalized shopping.


Looking sharp! New staff and manager uniforms.


There is a wide selection of health and beauty products personal care, skincare, hair care, cosmetics. Filled my basket with pocket tissues and wet wipes (always practical in this world of bring-your-own-tissues). I’m also trying BYS nail polishes for the first time – one is matte and the other one is scented.


I decided to stock up on these boxes of tissues. They were on sale and were already very cheap to begin with. Oh my shoes – if you’ve been following my Instagram during my travels, you’d remember these one of the pairs of Swedish Hasbeens I bought in Imelda shoe store in Toronto. Dress is from J.Crew.


“The new brand ‘look and feel’ is designed to reflect Watsons’ dynamism, immediacy and personal touch that today’s customers in Asia expect from a leading retailer,” said Viki Encarnacion, Watsons Philippines Marketing Director. “We are enhancing the overall Watsons’ shopping experience, whilst continuing to ensure our pioneering products.”


“Watsons, as a brand, stands for contemporary living,” Robert U. Sun, Watsons Philippines General Manager. “We conducted extensive research with our customers and, based on their feedback, are evolving the Watsons brand to a more contemporary, attractive and engaging retail experience.”


I tried this deep heat massager. Because I have a neck situation, I bought it. I’m using it sparingly though until I get the go signal from a physical therapist.


Bumped into Frances Sales of Topaz Horizon there with her cute boys Inigo and Vito. I miss this baby/toddler stage. Sigh.


By August Watsons will launch its Android and iOS app. It will have health and beauty tips, new product updates and exclusive discount coupons. Check out the App Store and Google Play in August.


For more information, log on to Watsons website or Facebook.