Holiday Highlights {2015}


For the first time in many years, I started my Christmas preparations late.  As in really late.  If not for our week-long break due to the APEC summit held in Manila last November, I wouldn't be able to start wrapping gifts. Swamped with work and project deadlines, I skipped decorating our apartment for Christmas.  I thought I'll have to forego Christmas shopping as ... READ MORE

Gingerbread Houses


A (Belated) Merry Christmas to y'all! I hope everyone had a great Christmas celebration! The hubby and I spent Christmas Day at Hyatt City of Dreams, reliving our spectacular Christmas Eve stay there last year.  A lot of restaurants have opened since our last stay there (during my birthday early this year); giving us more food choices to explore and discover. As I am ... READ MORE

A Week-Long (Free) Vacation


Where and how did you spend your APEC week vacation? I spent mine mostly at home; taking the days off as opportunity to catch up on cleaning and to do the things that were forever in my to-do lists. It was not purely R&R though; I have to check my office email at least once a day to see if there are urgent matters to attend to, update reports and review our ... READ MORE

From Russia with Love: Lomonosov Porcelain


Here's another teacup story, originating all the way from Russia and with a colorful history to share, too. A teacup collector would not miss Lomonosov's Cobalt Net design because of this interesting fact: it was based on the blue net pattern painted into the porcelain dinnerware pieces of Catherine the Great (source). More than that, I think what makes owning a ... READ MORE

Christmas Home Decors at The Landmark


It's that time of the year again! Christmas trees are now on display at the Landmark and they're all so festive! My favorite is the one decked with polyresin figurines of Santa Claus, angels and snowmen: Up close: I found the wooden carousels as ornaments in another Christmas tree.  It comes in pack of 6's and costs only ... READ MORE

Christmas Candy Jars


It's gonna be October in a few days and I have not even started with my Christmas list yet!  But I have a good idea already of what to give as Christmas giveaways this year: glass jars filled with Christmas-themed candies.  I like the idea of giving something reusable and filled with sweet treats! How about these as inspirations? Here's another version of ... READ MORE

The Good Stuff #7


I'm still hung up for the holidays, and who isn't?  The chilly January weather makes me crave for coffee and sweet dessert (aside from sleep) any time of the day! Let me share with you some of the good stuff I discovered while on a 2-week Christmas break last year.  I can't believe I had so much sweets(!), but all were in eaten in moderation naman  =) ... READ MORE

Post-Christmas Sale at Pottery Barn


It's officially the last day of my 2-weeks holiday vacation, and the start of the post-holiday (or end-of-season) sale in most stores here in Manila.  Ba't ba kung kelan ubos na ang year-end bonus eh doon nagse-sale?? Thankfully, I just did some serious de-cluttering at home and found a lot of items that I no longer need or didn't want to use anymore.  This taught me ... READ MORE