Birthdays and blessings, Part 1
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It started with a dress.
My husband accompanied me to the Comme des Garçons flagship in Aoyama, and while I usually start on the right side of the store, Jeroen made a quick round before settling onto a chair to wait while I shopped.
“You have to look in there,” Jeroen urged me to look inside of the circular nooks in the store.
“You have to see what those girls are wearing,” he said excitedly.
I recognised one of the “girls” as the famous Japanese blogger and Comme des Garçons collector, Room Boy Pony.
I wanted to say, “Hello! I’m a fan! May I take your picture please??”
But this was Comme des Garçons and we are supposed to be cool and detached. Room Boy Pony left the store.
The other girl happened to be a Comme des Garçons sales assistant who was wearing this dress.

Comme des Garçons

Ah…I fell in love! Here it is on the runway (Photo:

Comme des Garçons

And on the street

Comme des Garçons

I bought the dress not knowing where to wear it.
Back in Manila, I saw my clairvoyant therapist Jinky Amores, who said it is important for me to celebrate my birthday this year because of all the unfortunate events that have happened in the first quarter of 2014. It’s going to get better!
It had been seven years since I last had a big birthday party, so I went ahead and planned it.
Through the help of graphic designer Yodel Pe and Tinay Villamiel of Bleach, we created this throw pillow which was given out to 70 friends and family. (Photo: Hayden Kho)


I imagined a place full of dots. Comme des Garçons was my peg for the decor.

Comme des Garçons

I found the polka dots online and secured Whitespace for my venue.


I met with my friend Melvin Mojica, Anthony Prudencio of Margarita Forés catering, and Ashley Rye of Saga Events to sort out the details.
I found the polka-dot balloons and paper placemats online and shipped them through Johnny Air. (Thank you Analyn Diego!)
Anthony and I came up with this table setting

Table setting
Table setting

While Ashley got the 70 ghost chairs and supervised as Saga Events placed 400 polka dots on the walls.
Together we transformed Whitespace into this magical party venue.

Table setting
Table setting
Table setting

(To be continued)

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