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Oh Such Happy Colors and My Recent Fab Finds

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Today is exactly my 37th week of pregnancy and that means I’m already full term. I really hope we can see our new bundle of joy next week.  So, exciting!

And since there’s a new girl joining the family soon, I really want to inject more bright colors into our home. And now having a balance in gender (2 boys and 2 girls) means I can add more pink, coral and orange. It’s taking me quite slow to achieve though because I don’t go out a lot and it’s hard to find fabrics with the colors and patterns that I want. That’s why I was so glad when I found these cute and really cheap throw pillow covers in Landmark Department Store more than a month ago.

Also, in the picture are three of my fab finds. I wanted to add greens in the house but I still don’t have the guts to go for live ones for fear I’m gonna kill it again (waste of money). Artificial ones from the malls cost P3,000-4,000+ each. Uh, no thanks! So when I went to Mandaue Foam (Quezon Avenue Branch) after our Tagaytay break to buy a rug, taking advantage of their annual sale, I found this artificial plant for P1,500 with 30% off. I bought it without second thoughts since I already scored the bamboo rug (160 cm x 220 cm) for P1,750.00. I originally had a budget of  P3,500 for a jute rug which I was waiting to be on sale in Landmark, but now I know better. I’m going to wait for Mandaue Foam’s sale so I can buy a rug for the dining room and Bryce’s room and more artificial plants for our house.


By the way,  the native pouf was from Silang, Cavite. If you are on your way to Tagaytay, you surely wouldn’t miss the stores on either side of the street that sells reclaimed woods and antique furniture. Keep on the watch for this store on the left side of the road (on your right if you’re on your way back to Manila). It is the only store (I found so far) that sells banig ottomans, basket and bags. I asked for the store’s name, but unfortunately, I forgot. It’s no use though even if I told you the name because it wasn’t displayed on the store anyway. Just keep your eyes open if you want to buy one. I bought the medium one for P700 (haggled from P750).

Anyway, here are some interior pics with such happy colors. I wish someday we would have a sun-filled house so I can have white walls and plenty of brightly colored furniture and accessories to go with it.

happ2Have a happy, colorful weekend!

My Curiosity: The Henry Hotel in Cebu

I’ve always loved boutique hotels oozing with personality. I’m really not into hotels with hundreds of beige, minimalist rooms exuding pure elegance. I guess I’m just not the elegant kind. Hehe!


So, when I saw the photos of The Henry Hotel, I instantly fell in love. I love the polished concrete flooring, the industrial chic look of the lobby, the daring pops of engine red and the “unfinished ceiling” look. I know not many people would appreciate the look but it is what can make one’s hotel stay unique.henry2

I love that wooden wire spool turned into coffee table. I’ve been looking for a spool for quite some time now but haven’t had any luck yet.  Found one in though for P750 each. I’m just not willing to shell out that amount of money. Maybe I should ask hardware stores if they can sell me one or better if they could give me one. But I doubt since you can hardly get anything for free here in Manila. 🙁

Anyway, back to The Henry. I’m not sure how many rooms they have exactly, but from their website, I gathered they have four (4) kinds: big, large, x-large and xx-large.


BIG: 36sqm of individual space with rain shower and handheld showers


LARGE: 42sqm of individual space with rain shower


X-LARGE: 72sqm of individual space; rain shower, double sink, and some rooms with pedestal bathtub


XX-LARGE: 108sqm of individual space; 2 king size beds; 2 bathrooms, one with double sink and pedestal bathtub

I just love how generous they are with room spaces. The x-large and xx-large rooms are even roomier than typical Metro Manila 2-bedroom units. Staying here with a couple of hyper-active toddlers will never be a problem.

Sigh… I just love how visually refreshing this hotel is. (I know, “love” is overused in this post. But I just love it!) I wish someday I would be able to write a personal review about this place. I bet there’s so much DIY ideas I can steal here.

*All images and information were taken from their website

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Like I’ve said before, our house is undergoing mini renovations and such renovations, however small, still hurts the pocket. If I only have extra time in my hand, I would try to do the painting work myself. And I wish I can learn basic carpentry works. I swear though, one of this days I will.

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