Streak of bad luck
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July 2016 is a horror story.
Sorry if this sounds like a haphazard post but I just came back from the hospital. I am exhausted.

1) It started when I experienced leg, lower back, hip, and buttock pains after training in the gym about 3 weeks ago. The pain wouldn’t go away. One week later I tested for UTI and got antibiotics. A week later my urine culture was clear but I still experienced pain.
I saw my OB-Gyne and had an ultrasound and Pap smear — both OK.
I saw a gastroenterologist and had my colonoscopy today. I’m OK!!
But I still have pain. Hoping it will go away soon. Do you think it is old age?

2) Last Sunday my phone “disappeared” at the Shangri-La Mall and I don’t know why. Places I visited were Belo clinic, National Bookstore, Marks & Spencer food section, and Zara. I think I may have lost it in Zara.

3) And now I get a call from a credit card company. Apparently somebody has been going on a shopping spree in the US with my credit card. I have never been to Panda Express, ever. I don’t have a Sprint phone. I have not been to a Walmart store since 2008.
I swear the caller and I even had a discussion about Walmart and Waltermart. He kept saying the card was used at Waltermart, and I said, OK that’s in Makati?? Yun pala it’s Walmart!! #confused #kainez

4) Oh, and last week, I got bullied by hundreds of Aldub fans, but I don’t want to discuss it. You can check my Instagram to get an idea.
It was so bad it even appeared in a tabloid. Luckily I am friends with the owners of Inquirer, so I was able to ask for a correction. The bullying stopped after that. Thank God.

Thank God July is almost over. I’m just grateful my medicals are OK. Hoping and praying my pains go away and my Eastwest dispute is settled cause that hacker, medyo garapal ha!! Shopping everyday. Greedy!!
Dear God, quota na ako this July. Please help and shield me from all evil.

Casa De Memoria: Meet the girls behind Manila’s youngest auction house
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When I was in my 20s, I took my first job as a writer at the Daily Globe before deciding to follow my dream and study fashion design in New York.
Four years later, I came back to do fashion, but in the years that followed, I switched back between writing and fashion. I was already in my 40s when I considered my struggles over.

Times have certainly changed. When I look at 20-somethings today, I think about how different they are and how lucky to have other options to make money—what with social media and self-promotion. It’s all about the likes and numbers.
That’s why I was impressed to meet three young women who doing things differently, and brave enough to join the grown-up world of luxury auctions.

Casa De Memoria was started by (L-R) Camille Lhuillier (marketing manager), Angelique Miranda (director), and Tiffany Mathay (operations manager), who all love and appreciate art.

Camille, Angie and Tiffany

What makes Casa De Memoria different from other Philippine auction houses is that many of their pieces are European and date back to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Last May, among the pieces sold during their first auction was a pair of Art Deco diamond earrings.
Nearly two carats, the earrings were sold at almost Php 1 million from an initial bid of Php 830,000. Other prized pieces were sacred images in bronze and ivory (made before the worldwide ban on ivory) and art works, including a painting of King Philip II of Spain.
A 19th century malachite-mounted console table from Italy was sold for almost Php 1.5 million.

Their buyers are usually collectors in their 30s and 40s who appreciate not only the art works but also the jewelry.
Their first auction had 235 lots while the second one on July 30, 2016 will have 250.
The second auction will include modern pieces, such as a painting by Portuguese artist Carlos Carreiro called Super minhocas e a Casa dos Bicos (or “Super worms and the home of the nozzles”), which depicts the historic Casa dos Bicos in Lisbon, Portugal in Surrealist style.

Casa de Memoria

Another relatively modern piece is a bronze sculpture of a naked cabaret woman by John Koch.

Casa de Memoria

Check out her heels

Casa de Memoria

Camille, 25, heads a small team that includes two in-house historians, while the back-of-the-house team is made up of researchers and restorers.
“Our historians and researchers study books instead of just looking at the Internet. A lot of heart is involved in the research. They really love what they are doing. We all do,” said Camille.
She was seven when her family left the Philippines to live in Europe. That’s where she learned to appreciate and love art, seeing sculptures in the park or going to museums.
She came back to the Philippines four years ago and realized she wasn’t ready, so she left again. Two years ago, she came back when she realized the art scene was booming.
“When my sister Angie asked me to join Casa De Memoria, I was very happy to do so. I was finally ready,” she said.

Casa de Memoria

Tiffany, 27, studied fashion communications in Spain and before working for Stores Specialists Inc. in the Philippines. She’s the one who takes care of the retail side of the business.
With the help of a branding agency, they developed a logo that depicts an 18th century house that they are moving into later this year.

Casa de Memoria

“We have big plans for Case De Memoria. Our future Roxas Boulevard location is more suited for what we do so our clients will have a feel for the pieces, unlike here (in Makati) where they can be easily distracted,” said Camille.

Casa De Memoria’s permanent home will also house a restoration facility run by the auction house’s art scholars.
“One of our goals is to support art education in the Philippines. We don’t have the specifics yet but we would like to donate part of our auction proceeds to a foundation that supports art appreciation among students,” said Tiffany.

Casa de Memoria

“Casa De Memoria is definitely a bigger endeavor than just being an auction house,” said Camille. “Because it is a temporary home for the pieces, we want it to be a home to our clients, artists and anyone who is interested in art.”

The pieces in Casa De Memoria’s care right now came from only one family (it’s a big one, they said). But anyone can have their antique pieces appraised at the auction house and leave it with them on consignment. Restoration is done at the owner’s expense, while appraisal is a separate service that is offered to owners of art pieces who just want to know what they are worth.

Pair of Serpentine Candelabras
Pair of serpentine candelabras

English porcelain service plates
English porcelain service plates

Portuguese silver cutlery
Portuguese silver cutlery

“All the pieces are authenticated. We require the owners to show the certificates of ownership and provenance. Then, our historians and appraisers look at the items and study them,” said Camille.
The house works on commission, taking 15% of the sale without charging other fees, but 5% of the commission will go to a foundation.”

Niña Maria and St. Anne
Niña Maria and St. Anne

Pair of cherub candleholders
Pair of cherub candleholders

Visit Casa De Memoria is at Jupiter corner Comet Street, Bel Air, Makati.
To know more, like them on Facebook.

From Zoe Kravitz to Grace Coddington: Diverse mix in new Calvin Klein campaign
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For Fall 2016, photographer and filmmaker Tyrone Lebon shot Calvin Klein’s ad campaign, which brings together an evolved cast of talent that includes actors, musicians, cultural icons, athletes, fashion idols, social media heavyweights, artists, and professional and street cast models, like actress Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie_Tyrone Lebon (1)

Real Madrid footballer James Rodriguez

James Rodriguez_Tyrone Lebon (1)

Fashion industry veteran Grace Coddington

Grace Coddington_Tyrone Lebon (2)

Social media star and model Presley Walker Gerber

Presley Walker Gerber_Tyrone Lebon

Musician and model Zoe Kravitz

Zoe Kravitz_Tyrone Lebon

Social media superstar Cameron Dallas

Cameron Dallas_Tyrone Lebon

Model Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid_Tyrone Lebon (2)

Also in the campaign are songwriter and producer Frank Ocean; fashion icon and supermodel Kate Moss; critically-acclaimed rapper Young Thug; indie actor Lola Kirke; musician and cultural icon Henry Rollins; singer-songwriter G.E.M.; Little League baseball phenom Mo’ne Davis; actress and dancer Sonoya Mizuno; trap artist Yung Beef; indie actor Antoine-Olivier Pilon; actor and model Aomi Muyock; artist and model Cuba Tornado Scott; model and social media star Selah Marley; singer-songwriter Kacy Hill; trap artist Keith Ape; models Anna Ewers, Mark MacEachen and Roos Abels; musician Tommy Genesis; and rapper Yung Lean.

To know more about the campaign go to to view a collection of over 50 videos featuring campaign cast interviews, behind-the-scenes content and unique talent performances.
Its digital “zine” will provide an audiovisual stream of stories, updated regularly, which the user can explore to more fully engage in the campaign and learn more about its cast of characters.
Additionally, the site will offer Spotify playlists, rolled out through the season, as well as a custom Spotify playlist generator, where the user can choose a verb from a list of options and create a customized music playlist.

In the Philippines, Calvin Klein Jeans is located at Alabang Town Center • Ayala Fairview Terraces • Century City Mall • Eastwood Mall • Greenbelt 5 • Robinson’s Magnolia • Robinson’s Place Manila • Shangri-La Plaza East Wing • SM Mall of Asia • SM Megamall and Trinoma.

Calvin Klein Underwear is located at Ayala Fairview Terraces • Bonifacio High Street • Estancia Mall at Capitol Commons • Greenbelt 5 • Podium • Power Plant Mall • Robinson’s Place Manila • Rustan’s Cebu • Rustan’s Makati • Shangri-La Plaza • KCC Veranza Mall in General Santos City • 158 Designer’s Boulevard at Alabang Town Center and Nuvali.

Muji end of season sale this July
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There’s no place like home, and with Muji, it gets even better.
Muji’s end of season sale showcases a selection of household products up to 70% off until July 31, 2016 at all stores nationwide.
Sale includes Muji’s white porcelain tableware made of high quality Amakusa pottery stone clay, minimalist wall clocks,polypropylene storage and dust boxes, essential oils, beddings, and more.


In the Philippines, Muji is located at Bonifacio High Street, Greenbelt 3, Power Plant Mall, Robinson’s Magnolia, Shangri-la Plaza East Wing, SM Mall of Asia, and Ayala Center Cebu.
Visit or follow @muji_ph and @ssilifeph on Instagram.

Tried & Tested: Toyo Eatery
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I’d been hearing a lot about Toyo Eatery as the hippest place to eat (though my friend James hates anything that’s “hip”) but I’m at a loss for words.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to check it out because of mixed reviews and the supposedly expensive tab.
My friend James, who recommended it first, said he paid Hong Kong prices, which is usually HK$500 or about Php 3000 per head.
I finally had a chance to go when National Book Store invited me to lunch for a Caran D’ache event and I surprisingly loved it. I decided to invite my husband and a group of friends to dinner last week.

Reservations are a must because this is the place to be. Luckily we are friendly with Chef Jordy Navarra who I met previously at the former Black Sheep restaurant at the Fort.
Two years ago he sent really nice chocolate to my office, and I never forgot it.

Black sheep chocolate

Toyo Eatery is located at the Alley at Karrivin, a new development owned by the (SM) Sy family at Pasong Tamo Extension. It is right next to the Silverlens Gallery, where the old Terry’s restaurant used to be.


This is my hubby


We even bumped into Sandro Marcos and his friends, who was so friendly—much more friendly than the other candidate’s son we bumped into at Pink’s Hotdogs last month.

Sandro Marcos and friends

This way to Toyo Eatery.

Toyo Eatery

I love the Milo Naval interiors using cement, oddly shaped wooden tables, and E. Murio chairs

Toyo Eatery

There’s a communal dining table for sharing or for a large group

Toyo Eatery

We were early so Chef Jeroen got to meet Chef Jordy before they got really busy

Toyo Eatery

The choice of glass says it all. Jeroen and I love them, but we could never have these at home because the maids and kids would break them…

Toyo Eatery

I started with the fresh plump oysters on a bed of corals??

Toyo Eatery

Tata and Jeroen had the grilled octopus which came with a special broth

Toyo Eatery
Toyo Eatery

Then we all got a palate cleanser that looked like macarons (sorry I didn’t taste it 🙂 )

Toyo Eatery

Then everyone in our group had the fancy pork barbecue grilled to perfection, served with vinegar, which everybody loved

Toyo Eatery

We also had the fancy “silog” topped with egg and cracked chicharon—yum!

Toyo Eatery

I had mine without egg. Since the dishes are toyo- or soy sauce-based, it was perfect with ice-cold Coke

Toyo Eatery

For dessert we had grilled cassava and Jordy’s famous chocolate truffles slightly infused with fish sauce (patis). So good!!

Toyo Eatery

Our bill for six people, including glasses of wine, was Php 8000 and we were all full!
So it is possible to have a nice meal at Toyo without paying Hong Kong prices.
I would love to come back and bring the kids.
It’s a perfect place to entertain foreign guests who would like to try Filipino dishes that don’t look like a sloppy babuyan island (sorry!!).
Service is excellent.

Toyo Eatery is open from Tuesday to Saturday (dinner only) from 6PM
at 2316 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City, Philippines
To reserve, text May at 0917 720 8630
To know more about Toyo Eatery, like them on Facebook.