Lomonosov “Bridesmaid / Baskets” Pattern Teapot

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Just when I thought I have given my wallet a breather by not actively looking for teacups to buy, I saw a Lomonosov teapot being sold in a group selling site at Facebook. I immediately recognized the design as the "Bridesmaid" (or "Baskets") pattern that was first introduced in the '70s, and combines the following trademark designs of Lomonosov: the fishnet (but ... READ MORE

Launching of ‘Francesca: Isa, Dalawa, Sorpresa! (A Fabulous Celebration!)’

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I was tickled pink by the invitation of mother Ellen to grace the launching of her and her friends's first book project, the bilingual children's book "Francesca: Isa, Dalawa, Sorpresa! (A Fabulous Celebration!)" last Saturday, June 10. The launching was held at the most appropriate place I could think of: at the furniture and bedding section of Pottery Barn Kids, Central ... READ MORE

Channeling Madonna and the 80’s

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Hello, I'm back!   Guess what I did during my month-long absence from blogging? Clue: Our office celebrated its 80th founding anniversary last week, where we had activities lined up for both employees and our stakeholders.  The most anticipated activity was of course the Employees's Night which took place last Friday (May 26) at the PICC.   The theme was the 80's, and ... READ MORE

Coffee Project at Vista Mall (Sta. Rosa)

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We found about Coffee Project in Sta. Rosa (Laguna) in an 'earth shaking' way, so to speak. After spending AJ's birthday weekend in Tagaytay last month (where we stayed at Eco Hotel Cabins), we went to stop at Vista Mall in Sta. Rosa, Laguna for a late lunch at Denny's. While dining and watching TV inside the resto, AJ and I felt the building shook.  Everyone at Denny's ... READ MORE

Eco Hotel Cabins Tagaytay

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We had a very pleasant stay at Eco Hotel Cabins in Tagaytay last weekend.   It's our first time to stay here actually, and we were beyond impressed! To start off, the location's perfect. It's just across Ayala Malls Serin, and with Pamana, Tsokolateria and Hawaiian BBQ - 3 of the most loved restaurants in Tagaytay - as its next door neighbors, hindi k'me magugutom ... READ MORE

MINISO Japanese Lifestyle Store now open at Glorietta 2

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Japan's fast fashion lifestyle brand, MINISO, opened this week at Glorietta 2.  I passed by the store earlier (on my way home) and found lots of cute items that are perfect for gifting. I'm not a make-up junkie so I skipped the beauty counter, hehe. But I wasn't able to check out their stationery and paper section either (sayang!) because ang daming nagtitingin talaga. ... READ MORE

A Weekend Getaway in Baguio

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Sharing with you snippets of our spur-of-moment road trip to Baguio last February (before the Panagbenga season), where everything was done last minute: last minute hotel booking, last minute decision to bring our car (instead of taking the bus) and last minute packing hehe! We left Manila early Saturday morning at 4 a.m. and thanks to the wonders of expressways ... READ MORE

Exploring Tokyo, the DIY Way (Day 5)

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On our last day in Tokyo, we took the train going to Odaiba, (お台場) is a popular shopping and entertainment district on a man made island in Tokyo Bay. It originated as a set of small man made fort islands (daiba literally means "fort"), which were built towards the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) to protect Tokyo against possible attacks from the sea and specifically in ... READ MORE