Fab finds for your space
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After featuring my new office space a couple of entries ago, some of you have been asking where I got the stuff, particularly the wallpaper, the print, and the throw blanket.

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The Piet Hein Eek wallpaper was purchased from Mel Ongsue ( She has a very limited supply left, so check with her what she has. Hurry because her price is much cheaper than what you’ll find online.

I love uplifting prints, such as the ones I got from this Etsy shop.
These are nice to hang around to remind oneself to keep positive—it’s good for the soul.

I screen you screen poster
I screen you screen poster

The throw blanket was purchased from one of my favorite online stores,
I realize the message isn’t exactly positive, but there’s the other side of me, which is pasaway (naughty).

Don't Fuck It Up throw, $50

Here are some other finds you’ll see at—the brick wall mural for $89

brick wall mural, $89

The giant ruler wall decal for only $29.50 is great for your children’s room

giant ruler decal $29.50

Manila poster by Loose Petals, $22

Manila poster by Loose Petals

I’m thinking of purchasing the Brillo stool from the Andy Warhol Foundation, on sale for $379
Brillo stool

brillo box stool $379

Love the Merde pillow by Alexandra Ferguson, $99

merde pillow by alexandra ferguson $99

Bookmark stand by Paul Cocksedge, $93

paul cocksedge bookmark stand $93

Suck UK pen holder, $23.50

suck UK pen holder $23.50

Acrylic pencil holder, $38

acrylic pen holder $38

and Another Fucking Tote, on sale for $12

another fucking tote

I find that is a great source of curated finds from cool brands and artists I may never hear about otherwise. I’ve been ordering from them since 2011. But since they don’t ship to the Philippines, I get my stuff sent through Johnny Air or my friend Cedric in the US, who sends them to me.
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Please vote for me pag may time!
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I don’t really know how the expression “pag may time” originated, but I think it’s funny.
The first time I read it was when Carlos Celdran posted “selfie selfie pag may time.”
Well, it’s voting season again. I really don’t know why Preview’s Stylebible included me in their shortlist of Best Blogger of 2013 when (almost) everyone in that list is below the age of 25!!

Vote for me!

When I first saw the shortlist I thought, I don’t stand a chance from these Instagram rockstars whose following runs into the hundreds of thousands.
So why do I want to win? Because my kids are excited to see mommy in it!
“I’m gonna use five iPads,” Markus said when he found out.
It’s a family thing I guess. The kids will put in some votes for me pag may time—from school, tutor, homework, and Minecraft.

“What’s the prize Mommy?” Ben said.
“Nothing, I think. Just bragging rights,” I said.
“What’s that?”
“Well, you get to brag that you won something.”
“Oh,” Ben said thoughtfully. With that, he voted for me 10 times last night before going to bed, while and my husband has been clicking away, bless him.

Please vote for me pag may time until January 31, 2013. And special thanks to Bes for keeping the votes up in U.S. time!

Adidas Originals brings back Stan Smith
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A global fashion icon comes back this Spring/Summer 2014 as the legendary Stan Smith tennis shoe returns from its sabbatical.
Removed from the shelves for the past few seasons, the classic style has been re-invigorated and updated while staying true to the look and shape of the original.
Stan Smith x Adidas
Since its debut as a tennis shoe, the Stan Smith has made its way from the tennis court to the street, becoming Adidas’ best-selling shoe of all time, with over 40 million pairs sold.
American tennis icon Stan Smith began wearing what was the world’s first ever leather tennis shoe in 1971, when he won the US Open on grass and the Davis Cup on clay with the American team.
In 1972 he won Wimbledon wearing the classic adidas shoe.

Stan Smith

Originally introduced and developed for French tennis player Robert Haillet in the mid-1960s, the name of Stan Smith was added to the tennis shoe along with Haillet’s at the start of the 70s, before it was designated as the signature sneaker of the American sporting icon in 1972.
Stan Smith x Adidas
The Stan Smith is available in leading Adidas and Urban Athletics stores in the Philippines this January 2014.
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Welcome to my office space, Part 2
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Last October 24, 2013, I got my office space at the Fort. From that time until November, I was obsessed with fixing it.
December was very hectic for me. Besides Christmas and new year festivities, there were a couple of birthdays (my mom and Christian), my parents’ golden wedding anniversary, and the Grand Zamora Reunion—which all occurred on December 19, 24, 29, 31 and January 4.
New Year officially began for me this week as I recovered from all the physical and emotional stress December brings.
It made me glad to have an office space where I don’t feel cluttered and sleepy, where friends visit me.
After buying the main pieces of furniture it was time to choose wallpaper.

Office space

My husband and I are big fans of Piet Hein Eek, which we discovered in the Netherlands care of my father-in-law.
Luckily there are a few rolls available in Manila. I chose this one

Piet Hein Eek wallpaper

The guy who applied it did an amazing job within hours!

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Amazing how wallpaper can change the mood of a room just like that

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Ghost coffee table from Dimensione

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I met up with Pipo Garcia of Archion Architects and showed him my pegs for wall furniture.
We decided to focus on these two. I usually go by feel, for example, the picture of this office space makes my heart flutter.

Office peg

That’s ususally a sign that it’s right.

Office pegs

I’m not a professional designer so I consult many people before making a decision.
Pipo did a rush job over the holidays

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They did a great job on the wall furniture.

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Et voila! This is how it looked yesterday. That poster on the floor should be up by tomorrow

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My shelves are finally here, with junk that needs fixing

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The TV keeps me company while I work

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There’s the fluffy Muji couch we all love

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My blanket

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To make a space cozy, you need to fill it up with things you love, like the tissue box from Tinay Villamiel

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The Philippe Starck special anniversary Ghost chair

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My Fedrigoni stationery

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and a Christmas gift from my sister Ana 🙂

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My Chanel snow globe was a gift from Rustan’s

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My red riding hood candles are from Sayoko Hokazono

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Jude says I need to bring more books

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There’s my favorite gnome from Tokyo, in front of Line toys I am giving away

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My Monocle tote from Ethan Hawkes-Pippen of Monocle 🙂

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Kakao toy from Fleishman Hillard, Ely Buendia doll from Secret Fresh, and yes, the Filipino can from Team Manila

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This lucky cat is a gift from the hubby

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The Yayoi Kusama mousepad

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My reading glasses from the hubby

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The Yoshitomo Nara candy case and a picture with Adrian Joffe of Comme des Garçons

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I got a 2014 calendar of hottest Roman priests

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and cord organizers need to be cute too.

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So yes, I am happy.
And to all the friendly PRs, ad agencies, entrepreneurs, and companies, here’s my office address if you want to send me something 🙂

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Thank you to my benefactor 🙂

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