Dean

I’ve been in Bangkok for work since May 30th and loving my stay here. It’s been five years since my last visit. I’ve missed my friend Joey so much, I decided to extended two more days.
Today Joey took me out for major shopping. Tell you all about it later, but first, I want you to meet Dean.
Joey took me to Gaysorn, to a store called GGUB, which sells one-of-a-kind hand-painted bags and accessories made from recycled T-shirts.
As I was browsing through the store, I saw this little boy who had just woken up from his nap, still holding his blanket.

Dean

“Hello!” I called him and dropped to my knees. He didn’t talk. He was so tiny, only 1.5 years old.
He came to me and I picked him up and smelled him. He smelled like heaven.
Through my Thai friend Joey, I spoke to the mom who said Dean was her only child. She had a problem conceiving and had him when she was 40. Dean’s mom works in the store. I asked her if it was OK to take his picture. Luckily she said yes.

Dean

I can’t tell you how much I felt for this child. It was an Angelina Jolie moment. I really wanted to take him home, and I’m sure all my boys would love him. But he’s not for sale.

Dean

It was like meeting Christian for the first time, like my heart jumped. I was full of emotion. Maybe I knew him in a past life. I never do this with strangers. I took pictures of us.

Dean

I’m so happy. I’m so in love. I cannot tell you how much.
He was really fascinated with my camera.

Dean and I

If it were up to me, Dean would be my fourth child. But I had to leave him with his mommy who loves him.

Dean

When will I see you again? When will I smell you? I want to come back and show him to Jeroen.

Dean

What’s your mix?

Each one of us comes from a different lineage. My maternal grandmother—believe it or not—was blonde and blue-eyed, of German-American-Spanish descent. She’s the one on the right.

I love those leaf tables

She loved to travel with my paternal grandmother (dark hair and eyes) on the left.

My Lola is dressed like Mary Kate

This is me. Obviously I look more like my Filipino lola.

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In their latest ad campaign, Bayo celebrates everyone’s uniqueness, whatever your mix is.
Just like their collection, Bayo and encourages you to mix and match their pieces and create a style that is you.

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What about you? What’s your mix?

http://www.bayo.com.ph/

NKOTBSB: The ultimate boy band mash-up, live in Manila

Looks like fun!
Ovation Productions brings two of the ultimate ’80s and -90s boy bands in a once-in-a-lifetime event on June 3, 2012 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
NKOTBSB or New Kids on the Block x Backstreet Boys started in 2010 when NKOTB performed an acoustic set at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, singing Backstreet Boys’ I Want It That Way. Then the audience went wild when the curtains went up to reveal four members of the Backstreet Boys.
In this ultimate mash-up tour, the bands alternate onstage, but also perform their hits together.
NKOTBSB’s repertoire will include Please Don’t Go Girl, You Got It (The Right Stuff), Everybody (Backstreet’s Back), Get Down (You’re the One for Me) among others.
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Ticket prices:
SVIP: Php 13,200 (RESERVED SEATS–FIRST 3 ROWS)
VIP: Php 8,980 (RESERVED SEATS)
LOWER BOX VIP: Php 8,450 (RESERVED SEATS)
LOWER BOX: Php 7,920 (RESERVED SEATS)
UPPER BOX: Php 3,700 (RESERVED SEATS)
GENERAL ADMISSION: Php 1,060 (FREE SEATING)
+ applicable service charge.

Call SM Tickets at 470-2222 or go to http://www.smtickets.com.
For promos, go to http://www.facebook.com/ovationproductions.

NKOTBSB Live In Manila! is presented by Ovation Productions in association with RJ 100 FM, The Rockwell Club and Edsa Shangri-La Manila. Supported by the Manila Bulletin, BusinessWorld, Monster Radio RX 93.1, Mellow 94.7, Home Radio 97.9, MYX, ABS-CBN and OptimaSignsolutions.

Team Jake or Team Matty?

Another month to go before Awkward Season 2 starts June 28!

How to build a Tripp Trapp chair

When Christian outgrew the baby chair he uses at my parents’ house, I started looking around for a replacement he can use for many years, and one that doesn’t look like a baby chair.
Three years ago, I bought this baby chair at Dimensione, and funny how time flies. It served us well during many Sunday lunches and family dinners.

Building a Stokke chair for Christian

Luckily a friend gifted us with this Tripp Trapp chair from Mothercare, which comes in many colors, and can be adjusted as the child grows.
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We took the box to my parents’ home

Building a Stokke chair for Christian

and I was supposed to assemble it, but then the kids got down and did everything for me!

Building a Stokke chair for Christian

My nephew Miko is an expert in building furniture

Building a Stokke chair for Christian

So fast

Building a Stokke chair for Christian

Christian tries it for height

Building a Stokke chair for Christian

So safe, he can even step on it

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Et voila!

Building a Stokke chair for Christian

The Tripp Trapp Stokke chair is available at Mothercare Greenbelt 5 • Shangri-la Plaza • TriNoma • Abreeza Mall, Davao • Robinsons Galleria • Petaluma, Bonifacio High Street • SM Masinag

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