Lifestyle Category

October 22, 2014

A First Look at San Francisco’s Transbay District

I moved to San Francisco from Manila in 1997 and moved to Washington, DC and in a year, to New York in 2000. But I did leave my heart in San Francisco and made it a point to come visit 1-2X a year. Every time I did, a new development surprised me (though in the […]

July 17, 2014

What is it about Tangier ?

An article in the NY Times magazine last April 11, 2014 featured 10 foreigners who came to visit to stay a while and decided it was the place to stay. Since then have made the city their home and let the years go by. Morocco has always titillated me and long been on my travel […]

April 8, 2013

William Hefner – C Magazine for Men Spring 2013

Aged brass accents, unfinished woods and plenty of natural light. This William Hefner designed home is a testament that good elements that stand on it’s own can never go wrong in any setting.   The muted and aged patina of the brass candleholders and main overhead lamp fixture depict a way of life that shows […]

March 26, 2013

Amanda Pays & Corbin Bernsen – C Magazine, April 2013

  My tree whispered that spring was about here when I saw a bud on it last week. My watery eyes and sniffles today confirmed that indeed the sun and longer days are here to behold. Thumbing through the article in California Style’s feature on actors Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen reminds me of how […]

February 14, 2013

DVF in 24 Hours – Harper’s Bazaar March 2013

There are days that, no matter how hard I try, there are things in my agenda that I did not get to do. At the day’s end, I ask myself what happened in 24 hours ? Hence the curiosity I have for even busier celebrities such as Diane von Furstenberg, of the wrap dress fame, […]

January 30, 2013

Count Benedikt Bolza’s Umbrian Estate – Architectural Digest Feb 2013

There is always an image in my head that comes with the words Umbrian estate- a stone exterior structure in the middle of rolling hills, verdant and picturesque with vines that stand like soldiers on march set upon a flood of vibrant sun. But the adjective estate, much as my current enamor for Downton Abbey, […]

August 29, 2012

Russian Style

A recent trip to Russia and an article due on design trends has evidently posed a question: What is Russian style? Most design observers can easily tag a style that is Parisian, Milanese, Japanese, Scandinavian and closer to me, Californian. But Russia, in its enormity both geographically and in economics, possesses a mystique that is […]