Dinner with James Jean, Part 2

Last Thursday night began at the Silverlens Gallery, where Nikki Luna and Zean Cabangis opened their two-man show called Shade My Eyes and I Can See You.

Nikki Luna and Ely Buendia
Nikki Luna gets a surprise visit from Ely Buendia

NIkki Luna
She showed drawers that had light boxes inside. (Photo: manilaartblogger.com)

Nikki Luna, Stephanie Kienle, Christian Gonzalez
Nikki with Stephanie Kienle and Christian Gonzalez

Daryl Chang, Pauline Juan, Eugene David, NIkki Luna
Daryl Chang, Pauline Juan, Eugene David, Nikki Luna

Hunger happened, so Grace, Len, Keri and I walked over to Terry’s next door where I had this ribeye

Terry's ribeye

At 9 PM, we went to our 2nd dinner with James Jean in this beautiful house. I rarely get floored by houses, and this one took my breath away because of all the space, high ceiling, and art.

Living room

The house was designed by the owner of the house. He is an architect trained in Barcelona, a businessman, and a serious collector of books and art.

Living room

But before I could see the rest of the house, I had to behave and sit down for dinner.
There was a bottle of shiraz designed by James Jean

A bottle of Shiraz by James Jean

James Jean bottle

James spoke art with Nikki Luna

James Jean and Nikki Luna

and showed us pieces from his jewelry collection

Ring by James Jean

James Jean rings

He signed my books

James Jean signs Kindling

And then we got a tour of the house. First, the massive two-story screening room/library


A spiral staircase in the back of the room leads to an upstairs

Art and stairs

where you can watch the same screen


There’s the balcony


and a view of the pool

Swimming pool

More paintings on the second floor: an entire wall of Shepard Fairey


You might recognize it by the style

Shepard Fairey

An original James Jean cover art

James Jean art

right next to the cover itself

James Jean cover

Here’s the view from the 2nd floor

View from the top


What I liked most, besides the pool, was truly restroom. I wasn’t able to take a picture inside because my camera battery conked out at a most inconvenient time.
The owners shared they used mostly Domus furniture and Parador floors in their house.
Domus has a showroom on the Lower Ground Floor of Greenbelt 5. Must check this out again.

Good old days

Please forgive me if I don’t get to answer your email right away because so much email comes everyday, including junk, that opening email becomes a task. This is exactly how I feel about it.

Email vs. mail

When we were kids we used to collect Hallmark Postalettes. Had to go to Cartimar to buy them. Where is Cartimar anyway? I just used to ride the car, so I don’t know… Betsey Clark was the coolest.

vintage POSTALETTES betsey clark

Holly Hobbie

Holly Hobbie

Little House on the Prairie. Bakit nga ba nauso ang prairie in the ’70s?

La petite maison dans la prairie

It may seem like I’m drifting away from the subject. I’m just saying, I miss the analog life.
All this technology is making me fat, stressed, and tired :(

Mamma Mia! goes to the CCP

The international tour of the highly-anticipated musical, MAMMA MIA! will be staged at the CCP Main Theater this January 24-February 12, 2012.
The story unfolds on a Greek island paradise, where in a quest to discover the identity of her father, Sophie Sheridan brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

Sara Poyzer plays Donna Sheridan, mother of Sophie Sheridan, played by Charlotte Wakefield.
Poyzer has performed in hit shows like Othello, Billy Elliot – The Musical, and Merchant of Venice
Wakefield made her West End debut starring in Spring Awakening and was nominated Best Actress In a Musical in the 2010 Laurence Olivier awards.
Rosie Heath and Tasha Taylor Thompson play Ali and Lisa—Sophie’s best friends who help her find her father.
Heath trained in Musical Theater and Dance from Master Performing Arts College and has performed in Aladdin, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind, and Les Misérables.
Thompson trained at the National Youth Music Theatre and the Marilyn Baker School of Dance in Doncaster. She has performed in Starlight Express, Howard Goodall’s The Dreaming, Call Me Madam, and Frank, Dean and Sammy – Live in Las Vegas.
The production features 22 of Abba’s hits, including Chiquitita, Dancing Queen, I Have A Dream, Knowing Me, Knowing You, The Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper, Take A Chance On Me, and Voulez-Vous.

With music and lyrics by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, MAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast.
Production Design is by Mark Thompson, with lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken; and musical supervision, additional material and arrangements by Martin Koch.
The International Tour is produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal, Stage Entertainment and NGM.


Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at 8 PM
Friday and Saturday at 8 PM

Weekday rates: Php 750, 1500, 3000, 4000, 5000, and 6000; including shows on Sunday at 8 PM
Weekend matinee rates: Php 1000, 2000, 3500, 5000, 6000, and 7000.
Groups of 20 or more can get a 10% discount.
Senior citizens also enjoy a 20% off.
At Ticketworld.

For more information click HERE or go to Facebook.

Louis Vuitton goes dotty in July


Louis Vuitton, we’re not done yet.
Women’s Wear Daily reports that Louis Vuitton’s artistic director Marc Jacobs has collaborated with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.
Expect a broad range of products, including leather goods, ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, watches and jewelry to debut in Vuitton boutiques in early July, along with special window installations.
Kusama, 82, is best known for her obsession with polka dots, which she has painted since age 10 and applied to canvases, tree trunks, entire rooms and even people. She has also done collages, soft sculptures and performance art.


The Kusama project is tied to a major retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and then heading to the Tate Modern in London and Whitney Museum in New York.
A Vuitton spokeswoman described Jacobs as a longtime fan of Kusama, noting the American designer visited her studio in 2006 while on a trip to Japan.


Vuitton is a supporter of the Kusama exhibit at the Tate Modern, and plans to display some of her artwork inside its London flagship on New Bond Street, she noted.
However, it is understood Jacobs will not showcase any the collaborative designs on the runway during Paris Fashion Week on March 7.

Bad mommy

My son Ben came home from school today and said, in Social Studies they learned about the “It’s more fun in the Philippines” campaign. Teacher showed them cool images from the Internet such as

It's more fun in the Philippines

It's more fun in the Philippines

It's more fun in the Philippines

Ben said, “I didn’t know Philippines was fun and cool. I thought it was just dirty. Mommy can we go to those places please?”
“Sure,” I said. I felt like a bad mommy because we’ve only been to Tagaytay and Lipa, and Baguio when Ben was a baby.

When Ben was a blond

I’d like to go to Baguio more often (we have a house) but I’m really scared of how our driver drives to and from Baguio. Plus I heard there’s no more airport in Baguio. I really want to go out of town but I’m very prissy about hotel accommodations and bathrooms.
“Let’s go to Cebu!” I told Ben. I already know what to eat (lechon) and where to stay.

Abaca resort- a quickie escape from Hong Kong

Abaca resort room 2

Abaca resort room 6

We should really do Cebu this year.
Jeroen has taken the kids to the beach while I was traveling, but I come home to pictures like this. The horror!

The horror!

Jeroen has seen more of the Philippines than me. He’s been to Sagada, Batat, Boracay, Bohol, Davao, Cebu, etc.
I’d really like to see more of the Philippines, if only there were more posh hotels with really nice bathrooms. I don’t mean “clean” or “decent” bathrooms, I really mean NICE. We need to discover Philippines this year.


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