Monthly Archives: March 2007

2007 Philippine Blog Awards

If you have a blog, please vote here for our friend’s sister’s blog, Dessert Comes First, a yummy foodies space kept up by Lori Baltazar!

All of the finalists rock! They are our blogging heroes, and we know that they all do a zillion other things in addition to pro blogging, like, say, raise kids/families, have a FT day job and travel a helluvalot, to name a few.  Jay and I have met a few of them and everyone’s been really nice, resourceful and open – so more power to the Pinoy blogging community!


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The Lining

I fit my lining today 🙂 amazingly (even after that weekend of stuffing myself with food and feeling a bit bloated) it was a bit loose (and yes, i ate breakfast!) so they had to take it in a bit, but otherwise, just a few tucks here and there with regards to the bust line, etc.  Michi added this really whimsical detailing to the neckline which I really liked and it just felt really comfortable to have on.  I can’t wait to see the finished product!  I think I’ll have my first fitting some time late May or early June, and then probably again some time in October.  Michi and I also discussed my veil.  I told her I’m ok with having something over my face as long as it’s not too long/just about wait-length and simple.

Then, I spent some major bride-to-be bonding time with my friend, Charley, who went to The Oasis with me (while I was at Michi’s fitting my lining, she was chatting with the people at Printed Matter next door).  It’s always good to share with someone who can empathize with what you’re going through and I think Charley and I are on similar wave/life/philosophy lengths at the moment. Another person close to me who’s a bride-to-be (see, I wasn’t kidding when I said about 10 of my closest friends/relatives are also getting married this year!), my cousin, Dette, called tonight and asked about Tippi Ocampo; I hope her first meeting with Tippi goes well :). 

After lunch with Charley and meeting up with Jay for a brief drop-in at work in Makati, I headed to my old high school (well, the one here in Manila that is) and judged their dance company auditions.  Their theater is dope.  We used to get scared that we’d get tetanus at our old studio in the ghetto red light district (old) campus.  But the new campus?  Impressive. So anyways, at the end of the auditions us alumni dance co ladies got talking with our ‘Mama Bru(ha)’ YekYek, and somehow I found myself agreeing to perform at their next performance (with other alumni included, their biggest one yet) along with about 6 other ladies. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being super rusty and dance-challenged (considering I haven’t taken class in… at least a year and a half), I’m about a 10. So this is going to be very interesting. 🙂 

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The Journey

There’s something very symbolic about when we take these road trips. We find new favorites, travel down many different roads, some bumpy, some smooth, enjoy the wide open spaces, and get cozy in the tiniest places. Ultimately, we always discover something new and end up loving it more in the process.

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Viaje del Sol + Measurements + Happy Birthday, Momma!

Jay and I arrived on Sunday from a work-related trip that’s been termed ‘Viaje del Sol,’ or ‘the way of the sun’ by Patis Tesoro (fashion designer), the same woman who help put together the Viaje del Sol map. This year, there are 18 spots -bed&breakfasts, artist studios-cum-shops, restaurants, guided tours – included in the map and I think they’re going to continue adding more and more new places every year. Good thing, too, because the Laguna/Batangas/Quezon area is so lush with vegetation and rich with our southern/tagalog cultural heritage once you really explore places off the beaten path.

The trip was tiring! We had to cover the ‘highlights’ of the Viaje del Sol journey (meaning we picked 6 spots to feature: Casa San Pablo, Kinabuhayan Cafe, Pettyjohn Pottery, Kusina Salud, The Original Collete’s Bakeshop, and the sixth we have to go back to on Friday, the Laguna Lake Tour), but along the way we got a chance to eat the yummyyummy food and to get ourselves some good souvenir loot from each of the places we visited. Must tries are definitely the newest creation over at Collette’s (across from Caffe Curio), the Buko Pie Supreme (and also a plug for Lety’s Buko Pie, which is different from Collette’s Supreme); the hot chocolate and mango crepe over at Kusina Salud (as well as their Sunday brunch served by Chef Paul – delish!); whatever Jay Herrera cooks for you over at Kinabuhayan (amazing cook, that man), and breakfast over at Casa San Pablo (the pinipig-filled tsokolate… soooo good! with the daing and tusino and itlog na pula with kamatis… aaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!).

I felt a little guilty yesterday as I got measured for my gown at Michi Calica’s bridal boutique. 🙂 Casa San Pablo would be a bomb place to have a wedding reception because at night, you can lay out the banigs and look up at the stars, listen to live music, drink, and be merry. Kusina Salud also specializes in wedding receptions of up to around 180 people. Both places are so rustic, charming and extraordinary… we highly recommend that if you’re looking to have an intimate garden reception, to look into both Casa San Pablo or Kusina Salud.

So about the measurements – Chesa and I schlepped to QC to get fitted over at Michi’s salon. She wasn’t there, which was a bit disappointing because I had a lot of things to go over with her, but I’ll see her on Wednesday when I go in to fit my lining. The color swatches that her staff had to show me were off 😦 like way off 😦 because apparently when I sent her the sample Save The Date, the colors on her laptop’s screen came-off a little too pink/mustardy. But anyways, I texted with her after and we’ll get it right on Wednesday, hopefully 🙂 Thanks to Chesa for coming with and for spending the day with Jay and I!

And… HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE MOST IMPORTANT WOMAN IN MY LIFE, MY BEAUTIFUL, DARLING, HILARIOUSLY QUIRKY MOM! 🙂 She doesn’t know it yet (and there’s no chance of her finding out as she doesn’t use the computer), but my dad and I have planned a surprise party for her tonight 🙂

Anyways, more on our Viaje del Sol journey when the article and video are both up on We leave you with a few lomo and Vivitar pictures (yep, Jay’s new viv came along for the ride) of our Viaje.

hot wheels room/loft. the casa cottage of Mama.

a moment to rest. jay and the map.

the all powerful and wise

jay squinting at ATC parking lot (home na). at kusina salud finishing up brunch.

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Sitio Remedios

Jay and I along with our friends went to Sitio Remedios in Currimao, Ilocos Norte.  The place is so incredibly picturesque and while there, you get the feeling that the heritage village in which you’re staying is the only thing that exists in the entire world.  It’s a Balinese villa and a luxe bahay kubo rolled into one – with all Ilocano materials used for the beddings, towels, decor… it was modestly gorgeous and we highly recommend it to everyone out there looking for a place to clear your head, enjoy lots of space, good food, but with the accessibility of the beach. 

And to all couples out there looking for a unique destination wedding locale – this is it!  Not quite as far as Pagudpud, but still about an 8 hour drive from Manila (so worth it!) and close to Laoag airport.  If you fill the 6 villas (which can hold roughly 25-30 people comfortably), it’s only about P50,000++ for accommodations (dinner included)!  They have an onsite church (seats around 30-35) and seriously, if Jay and I could just invite 30 of our closest friends and family, you can bet that we would’ve chosen Sitio Remedios as our spot!


A ROOM IN BALAY PIDDIG (kwarto ni cecile, as in Cecile Licad, world renowned pianist)

 Nice, right?

For more information on Sitio Remedios, contact Josue Barona at 0917-3320217 or e-mail jcb_barona@ and/or

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Michi Calica Summer Sale

Michi Calica is having a SUMMER SALE from March 26 – 31! 30-50% off on her bags, shoes, dresses. Her RTW stuff is so fresh, very South Beach/St. Tropez meets Manhattan girl in the springtime. Oh, and the jewelry pieces are stuff to drool over. 🙂



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Number 27

Pictures are worth a thousand words they say.

Thank you Cathy, for putting everything together on my birthday and for being there for me always. I love you.

Picasa Web Album: Number 27
Photobucket Slideshow
Photobucket Slideshow II

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