Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson




I didn’t rush out to get the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson when it was released last October 24 because I still had so much reading to catch up on. Plus real-life work which included reading, writing and creating pretty things (trying). Today I figured, I’d walk in to the book store and pick up a copy. Duh. It’s sold out and everything that’s coming in has been pre-ordered.

Of course!

This article in the Wall Street Journal talks about how readers chose to buy Isaacson’s hardbound copy of “Steve Jobs” over the e-book version. And as soon people got their copies, they posted photos of the book on Instagram and Twitter – kinda like the ritual of “unboxing” an Apple product.



In Isaacson’s last conversation with Jobs he asked the one question that has puzzled him for so long – why did the very private Jobs want to reveal so much in a book? “I wanted my kids to know me,” Jobs told Isaacson. ”I wasn’t always there for them, and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did.” Source: ABC News


The book was scheduled to be released in November 21. But because of Steve Jobs’ death (gosh I still feel so orphaned every time I say that), Simon & Schuster released the book earlier. Needless to say, it’s #1 on the New York Times best seller list.



I have some down time right now and this book would just be perfect for me this week. Ugh. I wish I had it now.

I called the head office of National Book Store. They found one last copy for me. One! In the Ermita branch. It’s headed my way now. I should get it tomorrow. It’s P1275 hardbound.

If you want to reserve a copy of “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson, just visit any National Book Store and give your name at the Customer Service counter. No need for deposit. Or check their Facebook page for updates.

Curious. Who has read this? Share your insights please…





Winners of Facebook giveaway



Thank you to those who joined my little Facebook giveaway a couple of weeks ago. All your photos are here. I appreciate all the new “likes” in my Facebook page. It was so easy and stress-free for me. This time I didn’t have to count and double check the hundreds/thousands of entries. I know not everyone is comfortable with “like-like” contests. But until an easier random way is discovered, I think I like this. Spare me the lecture about Facebook policies and DTI rules. None of my personal giveways require purchases. And these are just for fun. My computer-generated random giveaways before were headache-inducing because I still had to manually count each entry. Gasp.

I decided to give the runner-up a gift too. Because she worked so hard on getting her votes.


Helen Ramos
Helen Ramos. 662 likes.


Helen wins this box of hair accessories.


Sun Manahan
Sun Kyung Manahan came in second at 549 likes. I was touched by her effort so I decided to send her a little present.


I bought this book in National Bookstore. It’s loaded with tips on personal style from the world’s top fashion bloggers. It’s cute and user-friendly. Check it out in NBS.


Check out my FB Page regularly for more giveaways. And Helen & Sun, I sent the packages already but because of the holiday, you’ll probably get it on Wednesday.





House by Periquet Galicia




Here are excerpts from the October 28, 2011 episode of Urban Zone. This house was designed by a husband and wife team. Dominic Galicia, an architect, and his wife Tina Periquet, an interior architect, each maintain their own separate practices. They’ve worked on several projects together before and here is an example of the success they attain when they put their creative minds together.

Here in her own words, Tina Periquet, principal designer of Casa Periquet.

The house was originally built for investment purposes. The owners planned to rent it out upon completion. So we were asked to design a simple, attractive three-bedroom house that wouldn’t cost the earth.

Dom and I have worked together on several other projects, and although we went to the same school (Pratt Institute) and share a passion for design as a means of expression, we differ markedly in our style and approach. We had quite a few tugs-of-war about what this house would look like. One thing we agreed on was that the house needed to appeal to the mainstream market, so it could not be too avant-garde.

Another consideration was the relatively small lot and the owner’s desire for a decent back garden. Lastly, the nearness of neighbors and lack of views made it impractical to have large wide windows except toward the back garden.

Lot size: 410 SQM
House size: 300 SQM
House footprint: 160 SQM
Cost / SQM: 30K/SQM +


The foyer in black and white marble laid in a checkerboard pattern.


I asked Tina about the style or theme. “We all agreed that we didn’t want this house to be another “modern Asian” clone, nor did we want to do a pseudo-Mediterranean villa. As far as possible, we avoid going with any prevailing style, as that is the surest way to date a house.  Generally, when we put together all the concepts, solutions and client considerations, our houses tend to design themselves. That said, I will admit that the mostly white-on-white palette was inspired by a recent family trip to the Mediterranean, where the pure white stone and white plaster of ancient and new structures made a deep and lasting impression.”


“We tend to focus, not on style, but on the creation of an experience or the weaving of a story. So at a certain point after we have worked out the space plan and considered all the issues, the house starts to evolve on its own. For instance, we wanted a lot of light and air, while maintaining privacy and keeping out noise, so we ended up with tall, narrow windows and thick plaster walls. We wanted the gracious proportions of an old-world house, which meant high ceilings and tall doorways, rhythmic repeating elements, and refined details.” – Tina Periquet.


Samples of the different types of wood used in Casa Periquet furniture.


We conducted the interview in the living and dining area. It was refreshing to see a new house that wasn’t “modern Asian” in theme.


Click “More…” to see the rest of the house.


Reminders and panic



Hi everyone.

I wrote this last night when I just got back from the Black Eyed Peas concert. It was fun. But Holy tiredness Batman. Age… Then I fell asleep before posting it. So here it is again.

I just wanted to post a few quick reminders before I completely doze off. I value this website so much, I spend a lot of time and money on it. I’m more than happy that these efforts are paying off because the readership has tripled since I launched this site (compared to my livejournal). I’m so thrilled at the community we have here. You are awesome readers!

I have technical issues with my site right now. So while I’m figuring everything out, please check my Facebook page. And if you like it, please “Like” it. I plan to have a little giveaway there.


And now the reminders:

1. Please respect intellectual property rights. I do not feel good about my photos being grabbed and reposted on other sites. So please do not borrow my photos. But feel free to link to and attribute my site. Links are always good. However if you really feel strongly about borrowing my photo to use in your blog, please ask me at October, by the way, is intellectual property month.

2. Re-blogging is also not cool. I personally find it unethical. I read somewhere, Huffington Post I think, you can only quote up to 3 or 4 sentences from another site -with links and credit of course. But any longer than that is already somewhat like plagiarism. I’m okay with one paragraph with link. But please do not cut and paste my entire entry and repost in your site. Not cool. (Unless it’s for a good cause and I specifically request you to.)

3. This is not Please do not post links to your selling sites. That’s spam advertising.

4. I really appreciate all your comments. I read them all. Sometimes though, I get to read them while I’m on the go then I lose track of which comments I’ve answered or not. If you don’t get an answer to your question, please ask me again. I don’t mind. But I hope you don’t get frustrated. The one who sent hate mail just because her question got “ignored” was… not cool.

5. There are questions I really can’t answer always – like a) how much is this/that, because I’m not a selling site;  b) where did I buy this/that, because I usually identify my sources in my captions anyway, and those that I don’t identify are just random things. I don’t feel like I have to credit every single item that I own or wear. Or should I? I don’t consider myself a style blogger; and c) what’s the contact number of architects and designers, because there’s Google and professional directories. Anyway if I had their contact info, I would have written it in the entry.

6. The items in 5a, b and c are not written in stone though. I mean, I could give you info that I’ve just forgotten to put in the body of the story. So please don’t be afraid to ask if you feel compelled. Just please do not get offended if I can’t answer you.

6. For UZ concerns – like contact numbers, you may email

7. For interest in advertising in this site, you may contact me through

8. Pinterest is ok. Pin away…



I’m a little freaked out right now, since last night actually.  Apparently traffic to my site is so high that my webhost’s other clients are being affected. So I may have to transfer to another webhost. I don’t even know what all that means. But hopefully it’s all under control.

It’s true. Bandwith is the new gold. Where can I hoard that?

While I’m having problems here, please check my FB regularly… Thanks!



Banana Morning Smile




Here’s my banana smile.


There is a reason why I’m doing this banana smile. And it isn’t just to be silly. Although my kids and I love doing these things with fruits – bananas, oranges, apples and grapes. It’s not like we play with our food though. But as most parents would agree, we try anything to make healthy food fun to eat. Bananas were never a problem though because it’s one of those first foods babies love to eat – ofcourse only after 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding.

Back to the banana smile. Dole Fresh Philippines is launching a Facebook promo under the Dole Fresh Philippines fan page, entitled “BANANA SMILE.” It is such a cute promo because it promotes positivism and fresh mornings by asking users to upload their own smiling photographs. So you start your day right – by smiling and eating healthy.

And here’s why I’m supporting this campaign… by joining the BANANA SMILE Facebook promo, you will actually be helping Operation Smile Philippines.  For every entry that you send, Dole Philippines will donate a cluster of DOLE® Bananas to Operation Smile Philippines’ missions and on top of this, it will sponsor one child’s operation per week for four weeks – so she or he can smile big again.



The BANANA SMILE promo is quite simple. Users only need to:



You can be as creative as you want. You can even draw and decorate your banana. Very important that your DOLE®  banana has the Dole sticker.


As you can see, I had way too much fun trying to do a sample shot. The telephone shots in the bottom would probably be unaccepted because remember now, it’s all about smiles. With every entry, a cluster of DOLE® bananas will donated to Operation Smile Missions. And every week during the promo period, Dole Fresh Philippines will sponsor a child with a cleft lip and/or palate deformity via a free reconstructive surgery .



Entries will be judged every Friday (Promo from October 24 until November 21, 2011) for a chance to win the weekly Fitness First Gym Membership prizes – while the lucky grand winner can take home a 16GB Blackberry Playbook!

Criteria for judging are as follows:

  • 20% Likes – get your friends to vote for your entry
  • 50% Creativity – time to get those juices flowing and smile big
  • 30% Total Impact – over-all clarity and brightness of smile

*make sure you read through the promo mechanics and uploading mechanics as there are limitation to file sizes and formats. All the information you need is in their Facebook page.


It just takes a few minutes to upload a photo and by simply joining you already get to make a difference in the lives of many kids. If you’re lucky enough to win during the weekly judging, you get a Fitness First membership. And the grand prize winner gets a 16GB Blackberry Playbook. So get creative and upload your photo here.

Promo runs from October 24 to November 24, 2011. I’ll be checking to see how you guys are doing with the photos (but I’m not involved with the contest). I’ll also be tweeting occasionally and inviting you all to retweet this so more people get help from Dole Philippines and Operation Smile. Open for anyone 18 yrs and older, within the Philippines only (DTI-NCR Permit No. 7851 Series of 2011.)

Good luck and have fun! Smile!