Shaw’s Crab House



I spent a couple of nights in Chicago a few weeks ago. So sorry for the late posts. Been so busy living real life that I get too tired to blog at night. Notice, I haven’t even written anything about Toronto and we’ve been here since March! Yikes.

Chicago. Beautiful city. After three nights in New Orleans, the Kohler Co. team brought us to Chicago to see their design showroom and meet Rachel Kohler at her house. Everything was lovely. I shall post separately.

For now, another one of our unforgettable meals.

P4235387 Had dinner at Shaw’s Crab House. While waiting for our table at the dining room, we had cocktails at the Oyster Bar.


P4235382 The Bloody Mary that was so good, it almost tasted like a Bloody Caesar (Canadian version). It must have been the dill pickle and the fact that they used celery salt instead of the usual salt. Mmmm.


P4235393 What I had for dinner! Surf & Turf. 8oz Maine lobster tail and 6oz fillet mignon, Oscar-style (with additional blue crab and that crabmeat topping on the lobster). It was insane!


P4235395 Seriously.


P4235397 Thank you Kohler Co. Yum.


More Chicago stories coming up. What are your favourite restaurants in Chicago?



Another ad in Elle Decoration Philippines



I forgot to post this a few weeks ago. My full page ad in Elle Decoration April 2013 came out nicely (in terms of position in the magazine). Thrilled. It never gets old.


Elle Decoration April 2013


Elle Decoration April 2013



Canada Philippine Fashion Week



Canada Philippines Fashion Week


A bit over a year ago, my friend from Toronto, Jeff Rustia, and I met up in Manila for afternoon tea. He was going through a personal journey and rediscovery of the Philippines. He told me of this “crazy” idea of doing a fashion event where he’d bring Filipino designers to show their stuff in Canada. And now we have Canada Philippine Fashion Week on June 10-15, 2013 in Toronto.


Jeff & Rommel
Lunch with Jeff and fashion director RomMel at Holts Cafe in Toronto.


Tickets are on sale online for the gala show at C$55. This includes a FREE $30 black car with driver to take you to the event.



For Boston



A few days have passed and I still can’t make sense of the Boston Marathon bombings. I don’t think I ever will. What kind of world is our children living in? Horrible.

Amidst all the conspiracy theories are stories of heroism, resiliency and love. At times like these when we see the worst and most evil of human acts, we also see the best and kindest in people. My heart goes out to all the families of those who’ve been hurt and killed. Nothing I say or do will ever take away the pain. In fact, I am even living in fear myself. It’s the mama bear in me. Sigh.

Hours after the attack, I got an email from the president of my site partner Rue La La. Their headquarters is in Boston just blocks away from the bombing. They are doing a small fundraiser to pay for medical expenses of victims. Available at Rue La La, keywords Honoring Boston.


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Rue La La will donate all net proceeds from the sale of this Honoring Boston tee to the Emergency Medicine Fund at Massachusetts General Hospital, which supports the patients and families affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy.

This item will be shipped standard (within the US) for free. Sale ends April 21, 2013.




Tiff Kids 2013



I attended the opening of TIFF Kids (Toronto International Film Festival) with my sisters and their husbands. My brother-in-law Mathieu’s aunt, Nancy Florence Savard, directed and produced the movie that was chosen to be the opener. The film Legend of Sarila is Canada’s first 3D animated feature — a really charming story about the adventures of three youths living on the Arctic tundra who must brave numerous dangers to save their community from starvation.


TIFF Kids offers a diverse slate of films from Canada and around the world at the Bell Lightbox from April 9-21.


The screenings include an opportunity for children to engage in discussions with filmmakers and special guests.


With my lovely sisters Pauline and Johanna.



The film maker Nancy Florence Savard. This movie took 11 years to make.


Nancy with Pauline and Mathieu.


Loved the bar and lounge, overlooking King Street.


With the greatest Toronto landmark, the CN Tower.


We had an ice storm the night before (yeah, in April). But the temperature went down and it was my first time to dress human again.


Check out the films that are in TIFF Kids. The festival is on until April 21.