Love Lokal: Beatriz Accessories 

This is a post I have so much excitement for. I love treasure hunting and I love it even more when it is in my barangay. Last month I was gifted a Beatriz Bag from The Travelling Trunk. Upon finding that it was one of Oprah’s Favorite Things 2016 I felt so much Pinoy pride. If…

Craft Camp

I upgraded my tent and bugs for gourmet food, art museums and craft workshops right here in Manila, Antipolo to be exact. Best decision ever! I love Manila and Filipinas so much. Filipinos have a vision and they go for it. A group of creatives put together a day camp filled to brim with beauty, nature…

Dept 24, Christmas and Home Decor 

Textiles, baskets, home decor, handicrafts I love it all. Markets, bazaars, trade shows I love them all. Manila Fame is The Philippines biggest trade show. While I love going, I am always so sad when I hear the reply, “Export only Ma’m,” meaning they won’t sell to me. Those words hurt my shopping heart. When…

Nerd Alert: How To Have A Star Wars Family Photo Shoot In Manila

Alternative title: The day my husbands dreams came true. Joke lang! Guys, we are a nerd family and I have decided not to fight it but embrace it, full on. A few years ago we visited Yexel’s and found this incredible Vader and Storm Trooper stage. We snapped the photo below in 2015 and it…

Manila Fame, Peacock Chair Redux

Peacock chairs have become one of the most iconic decor items in home decor, especially bohemia and island style interiors. Antique shoppers and DIY’ers are fanatics for the peacock chair, making pilgramiges to Palm Springs and other hot spots. And here we are living in the birth country of this chair! This iconic ratan chair…

Kitchen Camp With The Adobo Queen

This year I have tried to be more exploratory with Filipino Food. It helps to have a friend who knows your palette and can recommend flavors and combinations you would enjoy. With all the consuming I have been doing I haven’t actually learned to cook Filipino food. Lucky for me, I attended Kitchen Bootcamp by Masflex…

Jeepney Factory, Sarao Motors

There are so many things I am in love with about The Philippines. I love suman, palitaw, the warm culture, baskets, bags, textiles, people, places the list can go on. I created a list of experiences I want to have to deepen my understanding of these things I love. For example, I want to know…

Escaping The Mall

For living in the land of malls my kids aren’t accustomed to shopping or spending much time in malls. In fact, my oldest loathes it and I bribe him with Pokémon Go when we are both in dire straits. I figured out a way to skip this whole ordeal and we all win in the…

Salcedo Market, Stall Crawl

You are probably thinking, “Really Amber, you’re writing about the trendiest and well known market in Manila.” And to that I answer, yes I am. I am reinventing the wheel because this wheel was way more fun! Guys, I used to live in Salcedo and went to the Salcedo Market almost every Saturday for years. When…

Becoming Filipino, Birthday Edition

The longer I live here the more I love it. I was really good at being negative our first two years here. Things were different than my own culture and I wasn’t sure how long we would actually be here in Manila. Well, we moved out of my bubble of Makati and dug our roots…

High Tea, Shangri La The Fort

Manila has everythaaaaang. I wouldn’t say I am a fancy person, obviously not because I am using the word fancy and my other party was in my garage so…but I do love myself a good high tea. I have a sweet circle of friends that I have come to love and cherish, you have to…

Toast, Bites In New Manila

Manila has so many diverse pockets it could decades to explore them all. It’s invigorating to drive though a new barangay and not only see but feel the difference. Little Baguio in San Juan lives up to its nickname. It is charming and even a little fun driving on the rolling hills. Tucked in behind…