National Book Store flagship store



Have you seen the brand new National Book Store flagship store at the new Glorietta 1 in Ayala Center, Makati? It’s huge. There are three floors with the most complete selection of books, school and office supplies. The store also has a dedicated book signing and events area, numerous shop-in-shops for signature brands like Moleskine, Crane & Co., Sheaffer and Work Station, and Illy Café (yay!).

I had the honour of hosting the reopening of this flagship store last week. As always, it was a pleasure being with the NBS family.


National Book Store's Xandra Padilla, Presentacion Ramos, Cecilia Licauco, Alfredo Ramos, Socorro Ramos, Ayala Malls' Rowena Tomeldan, Trina Alindogan and Daphne Oseña-Paez
National Book Store’s Xandra Padilla, Presentacion Ramos, Cecilia Licauco, Alfredo Ramos, Socorro Ramos, Ayala Malls’ Rowena Tomeldan, Trina Alindogan and me


Ayala Malls' Rowena Tomeldan, Daphne Oseña-Paez, AC Ocampo and Myrna Fernandez
With Ayala Malls’ Rowena Tomeldan, AC Ocampo and Myrna Fernandez


National Book Store's Miguel Ramos, Trina Alindogan, Daphne Oseña-Paez and Xandra Padilla
With the new generation National Book Store cousins Miguel Ramos, Trina Alindogan and Xandra Padilla. When I posted this in Instagram, the dress got a lot of feedback. Yes, another white lace dress. I’m wearing K&Company and Jewelmer south sea pearls.


Socorro Ramos
It’s been 70 years since Nanay Coring opened her first store in Avenida Rizal back in 1942. They now have over 140 stores nationwide. In fact this National Book Store Glorietta 1 is the seventeenth National Book Store branch opened this year. Other new branches are Antipolo Victory Park, Ayala Cagayan Centrio Mall, Greenhills Greenlanes Arcade, Lucky Chinatown Binondo, Mandaluyong, Manhattan Parkway, Robinsons Calasiao, Robinsons Magnolia Town Center, Robinsons Palawan, San Antonio Plaza, SM Consolacion, SM General Santos, SM Lanang, SM Laoag, SM Olongapo and SM San Fernando.


Interviewing Socorro Ramos
Back in 2007, I interviewed Nanay Coring for Proudly Filipina. She told me her story about how she set up her first store during the war and passing on the entrepreneurial genes to her children and grandchildren. Nanay Coring is now in her eighties and still goes to work everyday.


nanay coring
My kids enjoyed reading this lovely book written by Yvette Fernandez. When Sophia saw these photos as I was writing this entry, she retold the story in her own words. She was amazed to see that Nanay Coring was a real person and that I knew her. Now she wants to meet Nanay. I think that can be arranged.


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Bauble Bar



Bauble Bar
Check out new advertiser BaubleBar + Atlantic-Pacific Collection. All very affordable. Visit to see blogger Blair Eadie’s jewelry picks.


Bauble 2
The arrow is the symbol of my university women’s fraternity. I used to collect everything arrow. This is so cool. Gold Arrow Ring, $24


Here’s how Blair Eadie wears the gold arrow rings.


Bauble Bar 1
Marie Fruitbowl Bib, $42


use FINAL 4
Butter Bauble Bib, $36


Bauble Bar Nina Garcia
They also have the Bauble Bar + Nina Garcia collaboration in four jewellery trends for fall. Click here to see the Nina Garcia collection.


Bauble Bar only ships to the U.S. and U.S. post office boxes.



Daphne® stuff



I had a gazillion of these postcards made for my booth at World Bex last March. I had spent so much on all this branding (good quality paper and design) that I was very careful about distributing them during the 3-day trade fair. I didn’t want to run out before the show ended. And look, now I ended up with so much left over. I use them as stationery and my funny business card sort of thing. The thing about having a self-named brand is that no matter how it’s viewed, I will always look like a self-promoter. Yikes. Haha.


This is part of the batch I sent out to the winners of my last raffle months ago.


My heart still skips a beat every time I see a DAPHNE® display in Bench or Dimensione. This is the one in Bonifacio High Street.


They look so lovely here! I must say, they make the best gifts. Really. I often randomly walk in to Bench or Dimensione to buy a few bottles when I have to give gifts.


I always get asked which one is my personal favourite. But that’s like asking me which of my daughters I love most. They are all the same. Acres of Lavender is the best-seller because I think lavender is the universal scent for relaxation. It is also the most familiar among the three. The more adventurous ones go for Homemade Lemon Tart. This is the one that is most talked about. You smell more of the cookie tart rather than the citrusy lemon. It’s a great mix. Then the Mint Jasmine Infusion smells the most refreshing.


Since it is already Christmas in Manila (it has been since the last week of August), early planners should consider getting Daphne Home Scents to fill up their list.


It’s Christmas in Dimensione.


I love that my bottles are displayed at the check out counter!


If I saw this at the check out counter, I would buy impulsively.


Not so hard-sell, self-promoting, eh?



Bench Universe



I’d never seen a Bench underwear show before. Knowing that this year is a very special one being the brand’s 25th anniversary, I mentioned it to Kristine Lim of Suyen Corporation. Since we are all family now (hehe), she sent me three tickets in the Lower Box. I brought Ingrid and Isabel. All three of us were Bench underwear show virgins.


With Ingrid Go and Isabel Gatuslao. It was a hoot being with these girls. MOA Arena is huge. Even though we had great seats, it was hard to identify who was walking the ramp. (I’m making a lousy excuse of course. We just really didn’t know who was who. Everyone looked stunning and that’s all that mattered.) Here are some I’ve identified. Please correct me if I’m wrong.


Enchong Dee descends from above and jumps off a suspended row boat…


… and gets on stage this way.


Models. (All photos taken using my Olympus OMD).


Kim Chiu just being pretty.


Kim Chiu and Jake Cuenca


Diether Ocampo and bike.


Richard Gomez


I see Richard Gomez, Diether Ocampo…


A closer look at Diether’s abs.


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