Friday, October 26, 2012

Sunday Surf & Sausages

 The weekend came and we found ourselves having an impromptu grillin' party at the beach apartment, in between happy surf sessions at the Point.

Sausages & peppers were chopped & skewered, ice was bought and mojitos were made! Blankets (and babies) were brought out to bask in the shade & the sun.

Music was played, friends caught up with each other's lives, and talk of the morning surf filled the air.  Our tummies & spirits were happy.

Instagram from Jam Choa

view from the (dirty) window of our apartment

waiting for the BBQ to be ready

Cadeycakes Cosio w/ tita Jam
Dylan being his usual ball of cuteness
waiting for the Golden Hour

Enjoying the morning session.  photo by Jeremy Ramilo

Mia & Marie, morning coffee :-)
Summer is pure happiness

It was the opening of the Circle Hostel too.
Find out about this beautiful commune at their FB page.
Click HERE
What a wonderful place to hang out in! photo from The Circle Hostel 
Buji from Coast thru Life looking for a place to paint.
photo from The Circle Hostel
Paulino doing his thang for the opening of The Circle Hostel 

cool place.  Congrats Ziggie!
photo from The Circle Hostel

my fave photo of the weekend. tie-dye Jam.
(who hangs a hoop on a tree anyway? so cute!)

The next morning, I was back at work.  With a big smile on my face!

When things got too toxic at work, I would remember the weekend at this place. 

Oh, how I live for the simple, random, spur-of-the-moment happy things that just come my way.  

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Dinners With Girls

It's funny how even if we see each other regularly at the beach, we still miss each other's company on ordinary days in the city. I'm talking about my wahines, my surfer girls, that group of beautiful swans who fit this description:

grabbed from Noelle's FB wall.  check out her beautiful blog, "Wanderlust Drifted", here

Well, to add to that, surfer girls LOVE to eat! Last night, we had another dinner at neighborhood Japanese restaurant.  Another night of (very LOUD) laughter and teasing and screaming! Of course, our good friend (& awesome surf photographer) Kage Gozun just came from the Samar surf competition and everyone wanted to hear the exciting stories from the event.  Check out her photos here.  Here are photos from last night:

And because I was feeling a bit sentimental, I took a little trip down memory lane and tried to hunt down photos of past dinners like these. 

These are from 2009:  

we look like teenagers!
and Carla looks like, a toddler. haha

These are from 2010-11:

We met one of our favorite long boarders, Belinda Baggs one night. It was a thrilling occasion for us and a memorable evening!  

it's fun to have the surfer-dads mingle & compare surf and umm, daddy notes. 

These 2 ladies have popped out 2 adorable baby boys already, by the way!
and they're both my godsons. Imma proud ninang!


gigil mode 

mica, nica, and nikki

well, sometimes, it USUALLY starts out as all-girls.
IG screen grab from Jam

IG screen grab from Kage Gozun

IG screen grab from Kage Gozun

I love my girls! 
I can't wait for the next random, laugh-out-loud, 
roll-out-the-private jokes, eat-your-heart-out dinner. 
CHEERS, ladies!


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Jericho Rosales for Men's Health

Did you get a chance to buy the September issue of Men's Health? Our very good friend, Jericho Rosales, says it plain & simple: Surfing is positivity. Follow Coast Thru Life at

Monday, October 08, 2012

Of Mouldings & Cornices

I am absolutely drooling over this bedroom.  

The graceful arched entryway, the creamy cornices, the sunlight going through the windows, and the pillow-filled patio just two steps away from the bed!

I want WANT WANT this room!

(all photos from El Mueble)

Reminds me of a project of ours back in 2008: a 3-bedroom condo in Makati owned by a nice, elegant lady who wanted traditional moldings and cornices in her home.  I wanted to avoid a heavy, antiquated look so I tried to stick to whites, creams, and very faint pastels for the woodworks.  

(forgive me for the poor quality of the pictures, this was back in 2008 and I didn't have a good camera  yet! Well, come to think of it up to now I don't have a good camera) 



I put a nice cream & gold brocade wallpaper on one side of this wall where the dresser was placed.  The client loved it.  

Most of the time I like modern, clean-cut designs.  But sometimes I also love to use moldings and cornices for clients who want a more traditional look.  It's all in the restraint, the use of it in its proper place and location.  It adds character to a space depending on the theme and the look you are aiming for.  Most of all it should suit the client's personality & taste as well.  

I have to come back and take proper photos of this residence, and be reunited with my wainscoting. :-)