Great Finds: Awesome Dedon Products

For those who have sent their encouragement and support, thank you. For those who are asking, I’m doing better the past few days–and I’ll continue to do so.

In the meantime, let me talk a little about Dedon, one of the leaders in outdoor furniture design. It’s such a huge global brand it has tapped the creativity, ingenuity, and style of Philippe Starck, Lorenza Bozzoli, Richard Frinier, and Daniel Pouzet.

But what makes it even more remarkable is the fact the furniture pieces are actually produced right here in the Philippines! Yup, in the bustling, beautiful island of Cebu. To quote its official website, “Our Philippine team was responsible for creating the most beautifully hand-crafted outdoor furniture in the world. It was critical that their new factory be a model for the country and the world.”

Reality check, I cannot afford any of these pieces, yet dreams are free. So let me drool over these while pretending I’m on a beautiful country home somewhere in Europe:

Dedon Green

Dedon Summer Cloud

Dedon babylon planters


dedon orbit

dedon swing rest



Crappy Day

This is one of the worst days of my life. I don’t feel good both physically and emotionally–and it’s almost Christmas! I’m supposed to be overly excited for the Advent season, gifts, meetup with friends, dinners and lunches with the family, and great time with the husband and Chuck.

But then again, everyone goes through some serious down time, some trouble, and there’s nothing else one can do but to live with and in it for a moment. To let it pass, take everything in, so when it’s time to bounce back, he or she is fully ready.

That’s what I’m doing. I’m trying to heal myself from all the pain. I’ve stopped understanding the most incomprehensible things and letting go of situations I have no control over. I will let each day pass, counting my blessings and keeping my silence.

Hopefully, before Christmas Eve, I’ll be whole again. I’ll be 101 percent better than today.

Design Inspiration: Manila Sole

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Sometimes I call myself an old soul. There’s something lovely about things are 10, 20, or even 50 years old. So when I saw Manila Sole’s catalog, I instantly fell in love with it–so much that I can’t get it off my mind for days now.

But there’s something even more special about their shoes. They’re not only elegant and old school looking, but they’re eco-friendly as well. Look at the soles; they’re made of recycled rubber, sourced out right here in the country. You can never ever doubt the durability of these shoes.

image from manila sole

This proudly made Filipino product (and brand) is worth a purchase–and it’s a great steal. Where else can you find  too-good-looking shoes for less than a thousand? Manila Sole has two of those.

I honestly can’t wait to own a pair.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

No Beef, No Pork


A couple of weeks ago, I made one of the biggest decisions of my life: stop eating pork and beef. So far, I’m doing just fine.

The road toward it wasn’t easy. It took months of mind conditioning. For months, I had to skip red meat when we buy our groceries. My efforts, fortunately, are paying off. I no longer crave for them–not even siomai, Virginia hot dog, and humba.

But what is this doing to me? A lot of good things, really.

  • It makes me feel lighter. I don’t feel bloated every time I’m through eating.
  • It actually helps me in portion control. I loved red meat, so I always ended up consuming more than I should.
  • It allows me to explore other dishes and ingredients, such as more fruits and vegetables into the diet. It even got me back to juicing. Besides, my aunt’s tuna lumpia and rellenong bangus are to die for.
  • I feel less lethargic.
  • It’s helping me deal with emotions more effectively. I am an emotional eater, and almost always, I dine on red meat to enhance my mood. Right now, I’m channeling my negative emotions to something else, like cleaning the house or journaling.
  • I’m helping Bernard as well, since he also likes to lose weight and be healthy.
  • I definitely believe that I’m helping save my health and the environment.

I’m planning to wean myself from chicken soon too, especially after what happened to my sister (I’ll talk about this in the coming days). Hopefully even before I reach 30, I’ll be a full-fledged pescetarian or, better yet, vegetarian.

PS: I would like to thank my family for their support. It definitely helps when people around you believe and respect your decision.



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