More space at the new Chowking Laoag

Chowking Laoag

The newly renovated and widened Chowking in Laoag opened recently, bringing happiness to Chowking loyalists from allover Ilocos. The lines were long just the same, but it was easy getting a table. Did you know that the Laoag branch consistently tops CK nationwide sales?

What sells in Ilocos is a juxtaposition of yin and yang. Halo-halo rates very high, as well as hot buns and noodles.

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Ria Faust’s Sugarcane S/S 2015


If there’s anything I learned from Sugarcane Toddler, it is the endless possibilities of local textiles.

The fabrics that Sugarcane designer Ria Faust uses is an ode to time-honored Filipino hand-loomed fabrics. The dresses are the kind of clothes I regret my mom didn’t make for me while growing up. She made me pretty voile with lots of smocking and floret appliques. I loved them, but looking back, wouldn’t it have been uncommon if she fashioned abel cutesies worth keeping as heirloom pieces for the little ones? But as a mom, I never thought either about dressing up Martine, Ericke and Alex in mini me abel even for once.

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To help sustain tradition, Filipino Ria Faust started Sugarcane in 2013. It is a vibrant line of globally-inspired toddler clothes, sizes 12 months-5 years, made of carefully sourced handcrafted fabric by women artisans in Philippine rural villages.

In the Sugarcane Spring/Summer 2015 lookbook are softly-hued binakol vests and dresses in arresting traditional abel, accented with pom-poms for a dose of boho whimsy.


Limited-edition Sugarcane is available in select toddler boutiques in San Francisco, but the good news is Ria ships also to the Philippines.

BTW, moms out there, check out Ria’s blog, Sugarcane Life (with her little daughter) for doses of inspiration.

Tel: 650 483 7685

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OOTD: Paint me up


It’s actually the hair that I want to show you. Been going twice now to Tony and Jackey for haircut. The Beatle bang is growing super fast:(

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Vigan among final shortlist for New7WonderCities

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Vigan made it to the 14 official candidates of New7WonderCities. Other cities that made the final list are Barcelona, Beirut, Chicago, Doha, Durban, Havana, Kuala Lumpur, La Paz, London, Mexico City, Perth, Quito and Reykjavik.

All votes have been reset. Voting for your top cities around the globe is til December 2014. Vote here, friends. Or vote via SMS: Text VIGAN10 to 29290777.

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