art & design, interior design

scandinavian chic

i swear on hamlet’s dad this is absolutely charming.

to be able to attain this kind of quasi-minimalist clutter here in the philippines, you gotta have a huge house. then add crazy big windows (which we have in mindanao btw) and you’re almost there. except that you’d be insane to put glass on your windows because it’s so hot here. and the sun never gets to this angle in the house. oh well.

omg eames chairs! and a coral! i know right? bad bad bad. but i love it! have one in my room.  and the big letters! hahaha im crazy cray cray over text i havent decided what to put on my walls!

the next two photos have darker walls but nevertheless charming.  and it can work in so many houses in the philippines who cant afford to do final plastering and paint their bare cement walls. all you need is a cheese cloth table cover and frame invisible pictures and you’re all set!  🙂

you can get more swedish love from emma’s design blog, so much love!

art & design, filmmaking, food trip, laundry therapy, movies, musings

i was once a filmmaker

before all these pd work on tv commercials, before regal films and centerstage, revolver and abracadabra, before doing design for brillante mendoza and jerrold tarog and chito rono and tikoy aguiluz, before getting the urian and a ycc, before graduating and all the bills, i was once a filmmaker. i wouldnt go as far as say i was great, but i was a friggin filmmaker.

and i got reminded of that by eating my instant pancit canton.

and watching the trailer of amorres perros.

in high school and college i got interested in a lot of movies. i read about some highly-praised films that i would never get my hands on. being in the province with no access to obscure movies and art house films, plus technology would not be pirate friendly for another 10 years, i was cinema-starved.

in 2000 i transferred to the college of fine arts and met kindred spirits who were also hungry for good movies. we fed on films by fincher, lynch, inarritu, mike de leon, lav diaz, tornatorre and of course on lucky me pancit canton and red horse beer. after a few years, pirated dvds and players started popping up in quiapo and it was the motherload. we continued feeding on more world cinema along with our unsatiated appetite for pancit canton and moud halal’s roasted chicken and kabsa rice.

back then we dreamed of films, ate films, breathed films. ive been lucky to have shot, produced and directed a few short films. we were living the dream, quite frankly.

before i graduated, my choices of meals were cheap or cheaper. when i started working (with then PD dante mendoza), i could afford to watch more movies on the wide screen and eat in a variety of restaurants. more when i started to do my own PD work in tv commercials and films. now it was a choice of whether we’d eat japanese, italian, pinoy or whatnot, no matter the price.

today i stayed home and waited for the rain. by the time the roofs started their staccato beat, i got hungry and cooked a batch of pancit canton. who’d have thought this bowl got me reminiscing and find enlightenment?

before all these pd work on tv commercials, before regal films and centerstage, revolver and abracadabra, before doing design for brillante mendoza and jerrold tarog and chito rono and tikoy aguiluz, before getting the urian and a ycc, before graduating and all the bills, i was once a filmmaker. i wouldnt go as far as say i was great, but i was a friggin filmmaker.

and i got reminded of that by eating my instant pancit canton.  and now maybe it’s time to go back and make my own films.

art & design, interior design, set design

kitchen! i love

how cute is this? i want a kitchen like this. exactly this much light exposure, contrast and pseudo grit. first i need a house.

then again, maybe i really just like that grocery signage they put above the shelves. i love text, i love type faces. i swear i will be tattooing “i love arial over verdana” on my arms one of these days.  reposted from country living


happy days are here again/ get happy

i thoroughly enjoyed last night’s glee duets episode. there were less gimmicks, no guest stars, no pop icons (britney spears, madonna etc).  then again, the songs are big on pop references. the glee stars channeled heavy names like julie andrews, tina turner, elton john, judy garland and ms barbara streisand.

more on the latter two, it would probably be unnecessary for lea michelle to sing again at the end of the episode but she and chris colfer did such an amazing job on “happy days are here again/ get happy” i had to post the vid. take note the image of the only available vid of this clip is flipped (lea michelle is really on the left and chris colfer on the right).

and here’s the original barbara streisand and judy garland

lea michelle’s fantastic singing streisand’s songs (dont rain on my parade, papa can you hear me). in fact, she’s prepped up to star in funny girl if the production gets off the ground (source). chris colfer’s version of “le jazz hot” is julie-lite but still fabulous. i loved naya and amber’s take on tina turner’s “river deep mountain high.” and of course dianna and new member chord overstreet’s “lucky” is indeed charming. im not sure but i think this is my first glee post. ive been watching since the trailer unveiled 2 years ago and im a huge fan. i wonder if finn will sing “gethsemane?” or charice tackle fame’s “out here on my own.” i wish i wish.


lea salonga on les mis

i love lea salonga. she has proven to age appropriately well, starting as annie when she was a kid and debuting on the world’s stage as kim in miss saigon when she was 17. then she tackled unrequited love embodied as eponine in the 10th anniversary concert of les miserables, where she drew raves and was often regaled as the best eponine ever.

eventually she got invited to perform as fantine on broadway when she matured and was also featured in the 25th anniversary concert.

and i guess it would be really (extremely) funny if she got called back on the 40th anniversary to sing as madame thernadier

i do hope not! haha


love never dies

i cant sleep! ive been up since 6am yesterday, went off to a shoot and got home at 6am today. but it’s already 8.30 and not counting me dozing off in the service, i really havent slept yet. by that i am distracted so much by music this morning. which do you prefer?

sierra boggess’ version as christine on the cast recording?

katherine jenkins’ classical take?

or dame kiri te kanawa’s previously recorded version formerly known as “the heart is slow to learn” (and later tweaked to be “love never dies”)

is it A, B, or C? text your answers to 2366 if you are a globe subscriber, 2699 if youre on smart. and of course i am kidding.

art & design, interior design

japanese rooms and emptiness

this is a repost!  interesting view of the japanese on empty space and how similar the transformation of a room corresponds to our own pinoy sensibilities on fluidity and flexibility of spaces in the bahay kubo setup. the argument is trivial (it’s almost the same banana) but i respect the idea.

Posted by hipstomp | 30 Sep 2010


I received an interesting note in response to yesterday’s post about living with a traditional Japanese futon. The author of the note, Ko Nakatsu, took exception to my oversimplified blog-ready description of why futons are folded and put away, and wanted to set the record straight in greater detail (which should be of great interest to architects and designers of environments):

The futon’s fold-away function is not [just] for “freeing up useable square footage in a space-tight country”. That notion is merely a benefit from the true meaning and original philosophy of a futon. The true reason for the fold-and-store-away function is so that you can create an “empty space”.By creating an empty-space, it allows for limitless potential of reasons for the room’s existence. It could become a tea room, dinner room, bedroom, entertainment room… the empty room creates “potential” to be any room. Traditional rooms in Japan (which are becoming rare) often have nothing that is permanent, even the “walls” or fusuma, slide away to create a larger expansive empty-space. The people, wall, furniture, and artwork, enter and then leave the room, to return it to empty-space, full of potential….

This philosophy can often be seen in many parts of the country, from objects to culture, to even an international company like Muji (“Mu” meaning “empty” or “absence” with a hint of “tranquility” and “potential”. That would be the closest translation in English. )

Nakatsu then provided a link to the following video of designer Kenya Hara (you probably know Hara’s work from Muji or Haptic) giving a presentation at Google headquarters on “the meaning of Mu, or emptiness…. He doesn’t talk about the futon exactly but that object still embodies the philosophies of Japan that he talks about.”

(Warning for those of you at work: The vid is nearly an hour.)