Wednesday, August 24, 2011

the artsiest diner you'll ever see!

Mum got me this shirt from her New York trip. I have always loved seeing I <3 NY shirts on Ashley Olsen.
So happy to own one, especially that it's reaaaally from NY. It adds to the high. haha.

Whenever I see something nice, I remember my blog and just go "Oh they have got to see this!"
And then I start clicking away and annoying my little brother Kristof. " I'm an architecture kid. I need to take photos of possible future inspirations" is a perfectly good excuse. :D

On our trip to Dumaguete a year ago, I posted an album on facebook and a lot of it were from  this place called "Gabby's Bistro", I swore to myself  that I'd take more photos when I get back there, this time with our baby Star, the dslr. :D 

Gabby's Bistro is the restaurant serving Florentina Homes, It's like a very quirky apartment/ pension house (Yes, you can cook they have a kitchen and 2 bedrooms per unit) It's England-inspired, their units are named after places like York and Liverpool, but that's another story.

Gabby's Bistro is the restaurant of young chef Gabby, a culinary arts graduate from De la Salle University- St Benilde. He is the face of a lot of Culinary Arts brochures in Benilde during his time- the point being: Aside from he's a great chef he's also photogenic. *wink* HAHA.

Anyway, I've never seen a diner-inspired restaurant as artsy as this place. Scroll down and see why. :)

Say hello to Star's parents.

From the FB album, cant help it. See unique couch, toy airplane
and sky-painted Ceiling

very "good old granny's kitchen"
Don't miss the mural painting! It looks like real stone.
They also have murals of wall holes and Betty Boop.:))
checkered floors, that totally contrasts the bright walls
and painted glass, the wing there is again, another story

Took lots food photos but this is my favorite

Best crepe ever at 110 bucks! :D

Even their suspended lamps are hand-painted, every single one!
see the painted wine bottles above too.

Gabby's Bistro's al fresco afrea

A whole new ambiance at night

Love wood. 

Series lights. Upholstered Seats with clashing print.
Notice Painted ceiling.

Gas up?

That's in one of their CR's.
They painted towels on the walls. So cool :))

For private dinners. Another set of painted lamps, potted plants,  PINK WALLS

Check out the vintage movie posters/ magazine covers and
 plate numbers

Pink panther? Idk. Marge Simpson and Marilyn Monroe.
That's at the CR

CR door. before you enter it, you'll see photos of people  who visited the place
plus news features on Gabby

The news features and brochures of the owner/chef

I wonder what da Vinci's CR looked like

I can poo for hours here.

Little details like this even on top of the toilet bowl. extreme.

Aunt Oprah, Uncle Elvis brushing and Bruce Lee fixing the lavatory


 Sans Rival

You can not go to Dumaguete and not visit Sans Rival.
They opened a branch in their new Robinsons mall (which is way awesome than our Robinsons here by the way!) Took photos since the it inspired me for the french interior I was working on during that time.
I like how "Sans Rivaly" it still  looks despite the new elements they added like the chandeliers. Talk about good branding.


Totally Insignificant

Posing before bed. Cozy Reindeer top from BLINDxx. :)
The girls room. Mum and sissy saying hi!
Brother Don looking like a statue

Me in the jammys and star in my hand. Goodnight! :D

Convinced yet? Check it out yourself the next time you visit Dumaguete City. You'll like their menu and it's fairly easy on the pocket too ;)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Featured on Philippine Street Fashion :)

Dress turned corset top by Alyn Paige, Shoes: Moy
               Mom's vintage trousers
( I love how people used to have these tailor made for them)

When Marco approached me and I posed, I secretly regretted not bringing
my golden Liz Claiborne purse with me :((((


See feature here

Forgive me for being so redundant, I'm just really grateful to be on philippinestreetfashion. Can you blame me? I'm a new, not to mention occasional blogger (I don't even qualify as a fashion blogger since the few times I blog, I rarely get to blog about what I wear!) So you see, this really meant something to me. I'm just happy that people "get" my drift. Haha. ( I wanted to say style but..) Right now I  love chic/ classy looks with a dose of attitude. I dig tropical colors and things with a hint of boho. I'd like to believe that I'm a reincarnated gypsy or Princess Jasmine. Haha. Thus the ensemble. 

I wore this to the Trappings Fashion Show at Formo last July. It was a last minute pick since we were running late and I originally planned on wearing a french cut midi dress but realized I was going to a resto bar (hahaha). I didn't come in denims as per dress code and I felt bad for violating but I just didn't feel like it :(

So there. Thanks so much Marco, if you're reading this. You don't know how shocked and psyched I was after you shot me. Haha. :))

I have a list of blog entries to catch-up with but I just HAD to squeeze this in. Goodnight :)

P.S. Thankyou Tita Jill for sending me this gorgeous dress <3

Monday, August 22, 2011


BLINDxx' Third Collection
Photographed by: John Borga , Ed Dilla
Models: Chessa Pales and Erich Munoz
Make-up by: Jo FajardoStyled by: Dawn and Ninz Sy

(Cover Layout executed by Buddy Ong)

For the month of July, BLINDxx went from young and quirky to more mature-sophisticated.

As most of you know, In this batch we had two editorials from two talented photographers, John and Ed. One of them was suppose to do catalogue, and the other editorial. However upon seeing the photos, being a noob photographer myself, I just couldn't let the photos go so I decided to take both in! The more the merrier! The photos were treated beautifully each in their own way.. I wanted to honor that beautiful artistic Individuality so tada! Two Editorials One collection! :)

 The theme was supposedly wanderlust but our shoots as always, have minds of their own. I'm happy about the way it turned out though.  To John the frisbee throwing dude I just met who hated my wanderlust bag and my half baked initial concept (haha), to Ed who really volunteered to shoot  (spell passion?) and was very patient about all my kulit changes despite his sched, Buddy Ong for the post-process and layout of Ed's shots in the catalogue as he went on with his editorial, Chessa and Erich for being so game and for looking perfect in our shoot, to Jo who placed her schedule in jeopardy for me (I thought you'd never wake up! :)) ) BIG FAT THANK YOU!:D

Let me take you on a trip back to the set of Trance

Out takes

Venue. Thanks to Jayjay Chiu for the suggestion :D
The girls. Insert Jo here.<3
 I should really get a haircut (or a good comb), yes?
Ed, are you bullying Erich?
Goofing around with my very pretty models
just because they hate being photographed. :))
Erich's stubborn bangs!
Look! Models eating!
Assisting the photogs. Shooting outdoors under the noon time sun, HARD.
The grace and poise ofChessa
plus the  girl next door gorge-ness of Erich
**L U C K Y G U Y **
hahahah :))
Its actually the first time we had guys involved in the shoot.
Thanks John and Ed for not traumatizing us :D
Jo Fajardo's hand at work. Jo left early so I have very poor photos of her x_x
Love You Jo! :)
Glory Hill is love. Greek Columns, abandoned swings, dancing statues.


Ed Dilla's Set

John Borga's Set

I did the editorial layouts to somehow sew things together, 
I hope I didn't disappoint the boys?:))
Anyway,I should really be more punctual with my BTS.
Thanks again to my vibrant team for EVERYTHIIIIING! 
See you all next batch! Thanks for your unending support to BLIND :)
Visit or for the full set

Leaving you with a little something something from my kit lens during the shoot.

Softness of a woman

"She's no stranger to my reveries"
"She used to be my playmate"
Still Here

Kdawn :)