Heima’s happy accent chairs

aside from work, i am engrossed on reading home magazines, and during weekends, i loiter to different home accessories and  furniture hubs all the way from greenbelt to quiapo ilalim. of course dapitan arcade included. last week i went to lri design in makati, then i tagged my mom to tiendesitas thereafter. hoping that she’ll buy the the dining table i have been meaning to have. scouting items to bring in to my abode is something that i really need to do especially when i am on a budget. for the past months, i am very eager to renovate and design my humble abode, all i do is to scout, scout, and scout where on earth will i find the perfect item to match my tiny condo. taking into account my home theme: shabby chic. my aim is to achieve a relaxing and casual atmosphere making use of soft touch, light and neutral colors.

one of the stores inside LRI building is a strikingly unconventional furniture shop called heima. it has a collection of colorful accent chairs, wall art, and the cutest home accessories. the entire shop evokes happiness. i would love to transport each and every item from their store to my house, but that is jut a wish as of the moment 😉 beautiful items sold in this store are also handsomely priced.

so here take a look at what heima has to offer.

wall art

lovely accent chair

if the accent chairs above are too pricey for one’s budget, perhaps consider buying these tiny chairs?


LRI Plaza N. Garcia St. ( formerly Reposo) Bel Air II, Makati

Heima has also a branch located at  Cubao Expo, Cubao QC.

Gracious Host, Awesome Company, most of all Sumptuous Lunch

Thank you Jan for inviting us to take part on your foodbuzz 24×24 project.

table setting . i love the details.

juice station

tropical shrimp ceviche

clam soup

baked chicken adobo

bagnet ensalada

banana cream

blueberry cheesecake shot

fresh dalandan

dalandan juice

tea and coffee

Amazing isn’t?  Chef  Jan prepared all of these 😉 Thank you so much 😉

great food + friends = happiness

it was my pleasure to be invited 😉

Hello world!

back to regular blogging. honestly i can’t even recall how to post photos from flickr to wordpress, thank you thelostrays. i just thought of posting these lovely and fresh flowers from dangwa. i feel energized by just staring at them. i need this to start my week right 😉 oh  how lovely.

thanks by the way for visiting my site despite my online absence for quite a while 😉

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar – Bagac, Bataan

Tucked in the peaceful town of Bagac, Bataan is a collection of Filipino century old houses known as “bahay na bato”.  The Bahay Na Bato, a style of construction, is a mixture of Filipino-Spanish influences.  A house built on stone foundation with wooden legs designed to stand earthquakes.  Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a brainchild of Mr. Jerry Acuzar who owns a beachside property converted into a historical village resort.

Our recent travel transported us back in time, and fortunately we have witnessed an enthralling world of old Filipino houses.  The Acuzar village depicts the old Filipino town where twenty-two bahay na bato stands on a cobblestone streets.  One who wants to go around the area may either take a leisure walk or take the kalesa ride. The grand houses surrounding the area were formerly owned by prominent families in their respective provinces.  These houses were either abandoned or dilapidated.  Acuzar bought them from its present owners, then transported each and every part of the house, then rebuild it to its present location. Just exactly how it looked ages before us.

The first school of UP College of Fine Arts

Aside from the historical houses, the village is also a resort; it is located next to the beach where one can enjoy swimming.  There’s also a mid size pool available for guests.  A restaurant and bar is also present in the area. The main objective of Mr. Acuzar  in building this village is to showcase and preserve the old Filipino-Spanish architecture. One of the most notable structures in the area is the Casa Hidalgo, the grandest house in its time. It was the first School of UP College of Fine Arts. Its notable products were Fernando Amorsolo, Tomas Mapua, Carlos Francisco, and Guillermo Tolentino.  Accordingly, when the school was transferred to Padre Faura, the building was poorly maintained it became a bowling alley, dormitory, venue for sex live shows and an abortion clinic.

The once glorious Escolta is also pictured   in this village. A building patterned from Escolta’s shopping district stands and serves as the hotel.  Each room is beautifully designed by Mr. Acuzar’s wife, who is also an interior designer herself.

Each house has its own story to tell.   The creation of this village is coupled with controversy. I do not want to delve into that issue.  It is my humble thought that while it is true that the situs is part and parcel of these old houses’  historical importance,  I would rather have it transported to a place where it can be preserved and kept to its former grandeur than letting it decay and perish in a matter of time.

More of Las Casas Filipinas photos here. 

Read my revisit to Las Casas Filipinas Acuzar click 😉

SATC 2 – Carrie Bradshaw’s Home

SATC I am woman

Yes! despite the negative reviews over the internet, I still love SATC 2.  I will never be disappointed because i just love everything about SATC from series to the two movies. SATC2 focused more on style, on travel, and interior design. I love love the interior of  Carrie and Big’s new home, I am equally inlove with the  new look and feel  of her old apartment. I searched for its  photos, because I am considering to have my unit decorated inspired by SATC theme. It’s the visual representation of what I actually want in my unit.

Here’s what I have found 😉

The vintage armchair is so fab! and the ruffled light blue ottoman too;-)

pictures from: stylelist.com

Also, I enjoyed the interiors of Abu Dhabi Hotel, where the 4 girls stayed. Can’t get enough, I’ll probably watch it again later, because style over substance is not an issue to me 😉

Lastly, I enjoyed the “I am woman” rendition of the girls!

Makati and Manila: These streets will make you feel brand new

During the lent, I was wandering around the metro and it was so frustrating that major establishments were closed. The  bustling thoroughfares on normal days were  unbelievably clear and silent. Due to the population scarcity on those days, I took advantage to roam around Makati and Manila. Here’s where I have been to 😉

Graffiti walls along Reposo St. Makati

Reposo street in Makati – touted as the art center in our country’s central business district. Art galleries are ubiquitous in the area. The most popular are Alliance Francaise de Manille which hold art events and exhibitions and LRI design Plaza, a one stop shop for art decos and one of  a kind furniture.

The walls along the street are entirely devoted for graffiti paintings.  Unlike the usual hip- hop graffiti found under the pasig river bridge, the graffiti  in Makati are colorful and lively. The images are reaching out a strong social messages to the people from all walks of life.  One wall delivers a message about caring and preserving our trees . It requires no entrance fee to treat our eyes with visual feasts.

Sidewalk musicians

Then I  moved to Malate  district. Juggling the street is probably no ordinary for sidewalk musicians.  They spent their lives on the streets with their guitar, flute and improvised speaker. They entertain us with their music. Thousands of people pass them  by on a daily basis, and since we are all busy minding our own, they remain unnoticed. We sometimes acknowledge them,  a quick glance then we head  toward our own destinations. Most of the times,  we drop a coin  because we  pity  them for  their undeserved misfortune.

Roxas Boulevard

Of course, I did not dare to miss Roxas Boulevard, the sun had set by then  and the boulevard is illuminated by bright and colorful street lights. It’s this stunning street  that takes  me through vision of Manila by night. I found a spot to sit on a ledge and closely observed the surroundings. I have noticed that the boulevard is a lovers venue , moreover a haven for runners and joggers.

It was getting late, slowly people were abandoning the area, an old man in front of me stretched his body on a bench  calling it a good night. Roxas Boulevard was empty, bright and peaceful.

That day I found myself everywhere. I was sure I had my fair share of slices of life in the metro.

I’m glad.