Walk like a Parisienne

What do Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola in Repetto


Madonna in Repetto

Kate Moss

Kate Moss in Repetto

Katy Perry

Katy Perry in Repetto

Agyness Deyn

Agnyess Deyn_CDG

Angelina Jolie, and Scarlett Johansson have in common?

Angelina Jolie in Repetto Scarlett Johansson in Repetto

They all wear Repetto shoes!
Spotted at Greenbelt 3: Repetto opening this late January, or February 2012.

Repetto boardup

The Bench group, with over 20 brands in their roster, brings to Manila the most coveted pair of ballet flats from France.
It started in 1947 when Rose Repetto designed her first ballet shoes upon the advice of her son, choreographer Roland Petit.
Produced in a tiny workshop located close to the National Opera of Paris, Repetto instantly became the shoe for every dancer.
Nine years later, upon Brigitte Bardot’s request, the first Repetto ballerinas were designed using the le cousu retourné technique, where the sole is sewn inside out before being turned out, bringing an unmatched comfort and flexibility.

Brigitte Bardot in Repetto

Very soon, Manila girls will find out why many women and celebrities can’t resist Repetto’s appeal and comfort. And for that, we’ve got Bench to thank for.
To know more, go to http://www.repetto.com/.

Lechon 101

“December 26 and January 2 are National Paksiw na Lechon Days.” — Anonymous

I’ve been meaning to write this entry for the longest time because I am passionately in love with lechon and get upset when people serve it wrong.
I feel bad for the loss of life (of the pig) if ever the lechon doesn’t taste good or if the skin is makunat (not crispy).
Here’s what you should know about serving lechon:

1) Order your lechon at least two days in advance (obviously, everybody knows that).
2) If your party is at 7 PM, arrange for the lechon to arrive at 6:30 PM. Hopefully the guests aren’t too late to arrive and enjoy piping hot, crispy skin.
3) Lay the lechon on a table covered in paper (at home we have a giant roll of kraft paper for this purpose).

Abub's lechon

4) If you have heating lamps, all the better. This will prevent the fat from turning into sebo in an airconditioned setting.


5) Uncover the lechon right away as keeping it under wraps will steam the pig and soften its skin (read: kunat).
6) Transfer the lechon sauce to bowls and heat them up if necessary.
7) Do NOT chop the lechon and pile them up on a platter because: a) it is unsightly and peasantly and b) piling it up like kanin baboy (pun intended) will make the skin soft, which is a waste of life!


8. It is better to leave a carving knife, tongs, kitchen scissors or what have you and allow the guests to cut the parts they want. Or have a person cut the lechon as requested. This is assuming you have civilized guest who will not take an A4 size of skin—unless you have invited me or I am the one bringing the lechon.

Lechon and rice

9) I always scrape off the fat under the skin because otherwise I will get umay/feel nauseated/hate myself for eating too much.
10) The parts with the bubbles are usually the crispiest.

Abub's lechon

11) The best way to enjoy lechon really is to order it at home where you don’t have to compete with a whole barangay, get your table, plates, utensils ready, plus a pot of rice and ice-cold coke on standby, wait for lechon to arrive and EAT.
Feel free to put leg up on the chair as you eat to your heart’s desire (no pun intended).

Abub’s Cebuana Native Lechon

12) I really love the strings of meat that get roasted on the skin. This + rice = heaven!!

My plate

13) The best lechon in Metro Manila can be had from Abub’s Cebuana Lechon. I purposely didn’t publish this last month because I was afraid many, many pigs will die due to my blog entry but they really have the best prices and the BEST lechon in town. No sauce necessary.

Abub’s Cebuana Native Lechon

To order call (0917) 828-8080 or click HERE for more details.

To streak or not to streak

I remember certain milestones in my life which signaled another stage of growing up. I remember the night I felt pain on my chest as I lay on my front to sleep (I was growing boobs). I remember my first period in Baguio (I was traumatized) and certain other discoveries which should not be blogged.
Anyway, the year 2011 was the year my white hair started to sprout everywhere, so much that I could no longer pull them out as I would get bald.
I estimate having about 50-100 strands of white hair all over my body. I was avoiding dyeing because my mom’s maid Mila said when she started to dye her hair, the rest of her hair turned white quite rapidly.
Most of my white hair is concentrated on the middle part of my scalp, it could form a streak if I let it grow out.
I started to think about people who had streaks in their hair:

1) Sergei Diaghilev of the Ballet Russes

Bakst, Leon (1866-1924) - 1905 Portrait of Sergei Diaghilev and his Nanny

2) Alexandra Cabot of Josie and the Pussycats


3) Cruella de Vil of The Hundred and One Dalmatians


4) Daphne Guinness


5) Irene Marcos Araneta

Irene Marcos

Besides having an odd streak of hair, what do these people have in common? They are all rich, most of them fashion icons, and they are all characters.
So I thought that maybe I should let my streak grow out and see what happens. The thing is, white hair started to sprout in other places. I’ve been tempted to pull them out, especially when locked in the privacy of an airplane toilet where the lighting is quite harsh.
Today, 1/2/2012 to be exact, I decided was the day I was finally going to get my hair colored. After going to the gym (and yes I worked out today and yesterday) I headed over to Studio 546 at Shang to get a cellophane treatment.
After I had it done, all I could think of was, why did I wait this long?? This is so liberating, like LASIK! I can’t tell you how good this feels. I’m so happy and what a great way to start 2012.


SINGAPORE—I would’ve wanted to eat at Mario Batali’s Mozza, seafood at Ming Kee, or chicken rice at Powsing, but it’s not so easy with the kids. Markus wanted to eat in the hotel with his yaya. Ben is easier, he will try anything and Jeroen of course will eat almost anywhere (except Max’s). So I found this sign at Ion Orchard and took a picture for Jeroen and convinced them to have dinner there.


Magosaburou, a high-end Japanese barbecue restaurant, just opened here last December 1, 2011. Lucky that we were able to walk in without a reservation.



Love the place setting


with the steak sauce, salt and lemon


On the menu: Wagyu T-born Porterhouse Steak


and Mangalican Pork Boston Butt


We settled for the more familiar stuff and started with three kinds of kimchi, which we loved. I had never tasted “posh” kimchi before


Not knowing what to order, we got this special platter with assorted beef


Ben and I loved ribeye, while Jeroen liked the Kurohana beef


My boys love to cook together

Cooking daddy and son

We had “special” Niigata rice, LOL

Niigata rice

The scallops came like this


but seriously pale in comparison with the beef (read: sayang)

Steak and scallops

OK, here’s the most delicious thing I had: the thinly sliced Kurohana beef. Cooked well done, it taste like beef bacon from heaven


These shots are from the website






Take note our bill was mahalia jackson (SG$410 for three people) but should be less next time without the scallops and the beef sushi which weren’t that great.
Just for that I’m excited to grill again tonight in Makati.
Happy new year everyone!!

Magosaburou is on the 4th level of ION Orchard Singapore
Tel. +65-6634-1411
Open for Lunch from 12 noon – 3 PM
Dinner 5:30 – 11 PM


Ketna Patel

SINGAPORE—I first spotted a very colorful Ketna Patel chair at All Dressed Up during a press event here last year and wanted to visit her showroom today, but with three boys to take care of, I simply had no time.
The British-Indian mixed-media pop artist is currently based in Singapore where she has been a permanent resident since 1996.
I have a feeling I can’t afford her, but I’ll make sure to visit next time I’m in Singapore (though I don’t know when that will be cause I’m sara).

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Ketna Patel Studio
35 Jalan Puteh Jerneh, Singapore 278063
Tel: +(65) 6479 3736
Mobile: +(65) 9735 0901

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