My Hawaii adventure day 2 part 2!

Our second day was really filled with loads of actions and activities and we were lucky enough to tick off some of our must do in Oahu. One of those “musts” was to try the famous Matsumoto shaved ice in the North Shore. My good friend Bianca Gonzales recommended us to go and boy was she right. Matsumoto is a  Hawaiian institution that began in 1951. http://matsumotoshaveice.com I heard that the lines could be so long that you would need to wait for over an hour. There are always lines in Matsumoto but gladly the day that we visited it was only a 15 minute wait.

The never ending lines at Matsumoto shaved ice in Haleiwa.

 

Loved the vibe! Still feels like they remained true to their origins.

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#HonoluluGangTaktak Hawaii day 2 – part 1

It’s already getting to be a habit of mine to have these funny hashtags when I travel and share my photos in social media. I just find it hilarious when my friends come up with these hashtags and make our images more memorable.  The best ones are actually created by my friend Tim Yap and Bianca Gonzales.
Nix and I began our 2nd day in Honolulu quite early. I love it when jet lag hits me this way as I get to do more things and experience the place better. We began by having breakfast at Eggs’N Things which from my research is an essential and must experience when coming to Oahu. https://www.eggsnthings.com What began in 1974 is still one of the most delicious places to grab brunch and breakfast. Nix and I shared a crab cake, eggs benedict and some sausages and pancakes. The verdict? It was so good that we had to come back one more time before we went home.  I love breakfast but normally I eat this in a rush when I am home so I really relish this when I am travelling and have more time.

When in Honolulu you MUST have breakfast here!

 

Lots of cute merchandising that felt very Japanese.

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Hello! HAWAII!

Hello from Hawaii! It’s my very first time on this beautiful island and so far I am really loving it. The vibe is really relaxed and the place reminds me of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sydney and Las Vegas in one place. We took the PAL flight to Honolulu which is pretty perfect as you leave Manila early evening and the flight takes 10 hours and by the time you land it’s 9am.

Took the early evening flight to Honolulu.

My travel essentials. Loving the new book of Dana Thomas.

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THE GOURMAND MARKET!

I love a good market! It brings a community together and you really get a chance to feel the pulse of a place.So when my friends started to brew their creative and culinary minds together I knew that something good was bound to happen.
For 3 days over the weekend my friend’s brainchild came to life. Trish Panilillo, Dong Ronquillo and Dara Roa worked tirelessly to create a very special market geared towards a more distinct clientele that appreciates the finer things in life. Thus THE GOURMAND MARKET was born.
Even though my weekend was pretty swamped with work I really promised myself that I would take a gander and visit the market and experienced what all these wonderful enterprising minds had to offer. It was so lovely to see old and new friends sharing their own passion projects and in the course enjoying the fruits of their labor so to speak.
I just wanted to share with all of you my photos and experience and to congratulate my friends in this wonderful idea. I honestly cannot wait for the next one.

So happy to see my dear friend Johanna Garcia! Loving her new chapter in her life as a purveyor of healing and good food!

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My Favorite Summer Destination

Be open to adventure. Don’t be afraid to get lost. Such is my mantra when it comes to travel and since summer is just around the corner, I wanna share with you my favorite places to visit.

Look at that Batanes view!

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RAJO! #MATISSE

Today marks the launch of our Matisse collection in Rajo! Rockwell. While our House of Laurel clients are treated to more exclusive and high end pieces, our Rajo! brand is more casual and relaxed with a more retail oriented price point. Store construction is always a frenzy! There are so many things to plan and organize before we can even begin. Nevertheless it is an artist’s dream. Imagine an empty canvass and being able to produce a masterpiece with it. It is always fun to create an enjoyable and exciting shopping environment for our clients. This season we are so excited to unveil the new design of Rajo! It is indeed frantic with color with the ceilings decked in vibrant and abstract cutouts! We also hung images of the collection for full effect. It is like a preview of what is to come for our Look Book! Let me invite you to the creatively chaotic world of Matisse! Visit Rajo! store at 2nd Level Powerplant Mall,  Rockwell. See you there!

Visit our website to view the full collection  http://www.rajolaurel.com/html/collection.html

Our store construction always starts out in chaos with pieces of materials everywhere.

Mannequins on one side waiting their turn to be glammed up.

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Art in the Park 2015

I rate how much fun I am having when I forget to take photos. So you can imagine just how much ART IN THE PARK was this year as I was only able to get a total of six photos during the entire event! It truly is my most favourite art event of the year. I love it so much that I sleep early the night before and rest. I wake up really early and go to the Salcedo park several minutes before the gates open and literally have a blast!
It’s like going on that proverbial hunt where you go and find that beautiful piece that resonates and feeds your spirit and soul. I also love the fact that it’s a venue for young artists to just shine and see people react to their work. The fair is also very affordable making art lovers like me able to really enjoy the process of actually buying art. Best of all it’s all for a very good cause because part of the proceeds go to the Museum Foundation of the Philippines which really needs our support and love.
So after surveying my camera and seeing my photos I was like oh dear! I really didn’t get to take any photos but I did get to really do some fun art shopping that kind of exceeded my budget but I take solace in the fact that I did my Christmas shopping early and that I am helping the Museum Foundation.
I came home really happy, content and completely exhausted as I was in the fair for more than 6 hours! That’s how much I loved it! Anyway here are the photos I took. Cannot wait to do it all aver again next year.

Saw this really cool series the Tin Aw gallery.

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The Love Collection Launch Party

The launch of the Love Collection 2 last Saturday was a blur of kiddie fun and excitement. The designs came to life as the children paraded around in outrageous prints and colors perfect for our Coachella theme . The whole Guttierez family came to support style sisters Lorin and Venice who were stars of the show together with their mom , Ruffa Guttierez. Of course, not to be outdone is the very adorable Baby Zion and his  gorgeous mom, Sarah Lahbati. Im so excited to share this with all of you!   The collection is now available at House of Laurel and RAJO!  At the Powerplant mall Rockwell.

The event would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors, Jollibee Food Corporation, Joel Cruz of Aficionado, Germany Perfume, Century City Mall, Nice Print Photography, Cupcakes by Sonja, Magnum, Creative Styling, Party Station, Instamug, Instabooth, Mustela: Skin Care Expert for Babies, Potato Corner, Candy Corner, Inglot Cosmetics, and Island Rose Flowers.

I would just like to extend my deepest appreciation to all those who came and partied with all of us!

Flower Power courtesy of Insta Booth.

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THE FABULOUS FURNITURE FAIR!

It’s been such a whirling dervish of design driven activity these past few days. I am not complaining it’s just a lot to take in and digest. Every time there is the Manila Citem and the Philippine International Furniture show I do clear out my schedule and make it a point to come and visit the show.

Love how Beti’s of Pampanga uses the beauty of wood and just brings it completely to the next level.

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#DIVAGUETE

Dumaguete was christened by my friend Angelo Villanueva as  “DIVAGUETE”.  Angelo, an icon in the Manila Club scene as a DJ and performance artist by night and a professional fashion stylist by day has worn several feathers in his cap. His most recent achievement is running a fantastic tour company called http://dumagueteoutdoors.com. If you want an unforgettable Dumaguete experience do call on him and expect a fabulous time.

I love the gigantic trees of the Siliman campus.

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