LUCINA Home…

Lucina Home

“An artist cannot fail, it is a success to be one.” ~Charles Horton Cooley~

Christmas is my favorite season of the year. I remember myself as a child helping my father in putting up our Christmas tree. He will assign me to neatly hang all the embellishments and he will be in charge of the lights. I look up to it.

Now that he’s gone, it is our 5th year celebrating the season without him. And me putting up the tree alone.

Despite of that sad part, I still am excited to put up my tree. I collect photos of the grandest trees and search for places where can I get my decors. I also wanted to create “DIYs” as my trimmings. I assign what color to use each year.

Come November, I was able to visit this shop in Tagaytay which I’m eyeing for years now. Lucina Home.

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This caught me while I was about to enter the shop…

I have talked to the owner last year that I am visiting them for a project,
however said project didn’t push through for having a full plate during the “ber” months.

So I made time for it. I can’t wait to see their items. And when I did? I can’t get enough of it. I hoarded decors for my tree,

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It’s that time of the year when you’re excused for splurging.

I bought some for my boss too, a cute notebook for my foodie buddy, gifts for friends and I promised to come back for more.

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All the cute stuff are here..
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Even repros of famous paintings..
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Even millennial stuff..=)

What made the visit sweeter is the manner of their attendants tending to guests, Paul, whom I have been talking to since last year was there. Paul was busy unpacking and arranging stuff which I must assumed has recently arrived.

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You can find best finds from all corners..

They also introduced me to to Joey. Both were meticulously checking their displays, inter-acting with guests, and giving me discounts!

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I saw from google a chandelier filled with Christmas baubles, and then I saw this. It is beautiful..

Yes, Joey even gave me one of my best finds for free! It is a unique dream catcher without the real feathers on it as the whole thing is made of stainless steel.

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(–,)

I accidentally saw it while I was waiting for them wrapping the items I’ve bought. And I shrieked (sorry) upon seeing it. It was glaring in front of me hanging on one of their stands and instantly grab it, head to the cashier’s counter to add it to my purchases.

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I think this is where I found the dream catcher..
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And this is where Jen found the lighthouse..
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I actually eyed this for our porch..=)

It was such a surprise when the cashier told me that she was instructed by her boss (Joey) that the dream catcher will be free. Awww! it was really sweet.

There’s this one attendant too who is such a good up-seller. He knew what I wanted and kept on gathering similar items and giving them to me.

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Christmas stuff..
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Jen hoarding!
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Such a cool idea, egg shells, painted in pastels as Christmas wreaths and can be used for Easter too.. =)

Leaving with shopping bags on both hands, I knew then that there’s going to be a second visit, and a third and a fourth. I think you know what’s it like to find something you’ve been looking for. It’s like “Eureka”!

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Vintage, shabby and chic..
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All the elements you need for Christmas..
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They have furniture too..

I’ve been hunting for a shop like theirs in the country for so long. An array of what I want, shabby chic items, vintage, quirky, artsy, bohemian and unique finds. Actually, I’ve taken photos of some that I intend to get soon.

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Don’t you love that gilded mirror?
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How about that cabinet?
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And that pastel chair..

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They sell hand-painted furniture too. Something which I will be saving for. A piece in pastel pink or two will absolutely spell happiness. Until then.

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Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas!

“I just want to wish everyone a happy Christmas that will extend till the next New Year! Stay happy, strive for it, be kind if possible at all times and wake up each day with a grateful heart.”

Love, Beaut

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Photo grabbed from: https://impremedia.net/girly-christmas-wallpaper/
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It’s a boho chic Christmas spread this time…<3

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Photo grabbed: https://www.pinterest.cl/pin/A3hcZQEQwOQEw-DbkKILRaQ/

Happy Christmas everyone! ❤

I’m just so excited!<3

I am so excited that soon I’d be upgrading my WordPress account! Thank you for all those who have visited and took time to read all those that I’ve shared! I hope to see you again and again!

I looked back... and smiled...(--,)
I looked back… and smiled…(–,)

Namaste! ❤ ❤ ❤

FIG TREE Cafe – Another Shabby Chic themed restaurant in the Philippines…

Fig Tree Cafe – Another Shabby Chic themed restaurant in the Philippines…

“The best is yet to come…”

Almost everyday I passed by this place before (or after because I came from work) Susana Heights in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila (a town away from my place), I am agitated to stop and drop by and check it out.

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Fig Tree Cafe…

As expected, sometimes I am so busy juggling duties at work and at home (and others), Foodie buddy was the one who informed me about Fig tree cafe. Lately, she is now doing recommendations, she knew what I like and what I will approve and not disapprove. I love her for that. =)

Since she told it to me, Fig tree is so distracting and very attractive,

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Isn’t it so distracting?

each time I passed by it, I really wanted to stop! It’s just that, either I lack time or It’s best to go there with friends, I have been passing by it for months now.

And then finally, We get to see it! Unplanned.

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Lovely sight to behold!

And believe me, it was so lovely! Very “Shabby chic”. I had this “happy feeling”, that those stuff I am passionate about have been appearing here and there in my own country.

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Eclectic too..
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I fall in love all the time with quotes hanging on the walls. These and family photos take my breath away..
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I have been working on my own house too, hanging photos and quotations here and there.

Although, honestly, I also felt something is lacking. I can’t figure it out specifically, The “Shabby chic” feel is there. But I am not seeing something that if I see it, I would instantly know it would be it.

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Lighting fixtures..
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Those are pails right?
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This chandelier I think is the focal point. =)

Anyway, let’s go to the “Food testing” ceremony.

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That giant mug meant for the cubiertos is trending! =) I saw it from Matis’ too!

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Shabby chic isn’t chic without flowers..=)
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Each bouquet per table shows one positive word, I thought they’re the seven fruits of the Holy Spirit, although there are a lot of tables.

Since I already had my lunch from work, my Foodie buddy was the one who get to try their “Caldereta”.

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Feels like home..=)

It’s one of those staple Filipino food that you will normally see from Filipino households. Along the list are: Adobo, Menudo, Kare-kare, etc. Said list is one of their specialties.

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Not too small, not too big for a menu..
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I enjoyed the menu boards written in chalks..
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Desserts..
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Most of them are favorites of the Filipinos..
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Filipinos are naturally foodies..=)

I tried it too. And honestly, I liked it. It is very “Caldereta” for me, and not so spicy which is why I like it. I am not a spicy person. I’m like my late father, he doesn’t want food that are too spicy, unlike my son and my mom who always have a sauce with chili during meal times. I’d rather go for food with something salty or sweet on it. Not too much of sour and spicy.

After she finished her late lunch. We ordered for a slice of chocolate cake for her and blueberry cheesecake for me.

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She had a hard time consuming it, it’s bigger than the usual. ahaha!
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Mine is quite small, though, good enough for me. I even shared some to my buddy.

I was not able to ask if they’re the one who baked them, although I assume they did, I later discover that they have a Catering business.

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Maybe they can help us with our up-coming birthday (s)..=)

Nothing extraordinary to the two sweets that we ordered. Just the usual of what to expect from a chocolate cake and blueberry cheesecake. Just the same, these two are our comfort foods. So, it was a happy experience having our favorites available in their menu.

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We can bring friends here!

Maybe we will try next time those cupcakes lining up in their display area.

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I see red velvets!

As I was asking the attendant who owns the place. He whispered to me that it was that guy sitted on the 3 seater couch on the left corner of the place. He just smiled at us and before I know it, he was gone. I was expecting he would somehow do PR or mingle or just find out whether the food were great or what.

Fig tree cafe is kinda big for a restaurant in the provinces. It can seat around 40 to 50 persons during peak hours. A Cleopatra chair is there for waiting guests.

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One of the attendants told us they peak at night..

A vintage bike is also situated beside the entrance giving the feel of countryside scenes.

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Very country..
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The frame reads: ” ….Ours is my favorite love story..”

Isn’t it nice to dine in a place where you feel like you are being transported to another country and your food are those that your grandma cooks every weekend? Take your pick. I think mine is still “Mechado”.

When we asked for the bill, this one surprised me..=)

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Reminded me of “Papemelroti”, a shop I frequented since college..

They can boast the good ambiance, it was so humid coming from the outside and when they heard us complaining that it was really hot outside, one attendant immediately turned on one ACU (air-conditioning unit) to suffice the temperature outside. So we were very comfortable the whole time we were eating. The lights coming from the outside (because the windows are made of glass panels) weren’t glaring at all because of the dainty curtains they provided.

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I guess I’ll try their creme brulee too..

See you soon Fig tree! It’s cool that you’re just 30 minutes away from our place! =)

Vanilla Cupcake Bakery…

Vanilla Cupcake bakery

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

My foodie buddy like me is a sweet tooth too. Bring her to any cake shop or pastry shop and she will definitely love it!

I have been eyeing this Shabby chic themed bakery in Alabang and at last, we made our first try. And surely, we will come back. Oh, I am coming back to a lot of places! Ahaha

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Facade..

Here’s why:

The over-all ambiance is truly Shabby chic. A modern one. Shabby chic in the Philippines is not that much “in” unlike most countries in the USA and Europe.

Shabby chic items are often heavily painted through the years, with many layers showing through obviously time-worn areas. The style is imitated in faux painting using glaze or by painting then rubbing and sanding away the top coat to show the wood or base coats, known as “distressing” the finish of the furniture. Furniture pieces that are not genuine antiques are usually selected for their resemblance to older furniture styles, and may be reproduction furniture with a distressed finish. Elaborate furniture appliques depicting flower swags and garlands, cherubs, and other motifs may be added.

Fabrics tend to be cottons and linens, with linen being particularly popular, inspired by old French linens. Pure whites, as well as ecrus and worn or bleached out pastel colors are favorites. Fabric is often stained with tea to give it the look of old fabric. Bleached and faded are terms often applied to the style. Vintage floral patterns with pastel colors, cotton tickingpatterns, or linen in earth tones, are all typical of shabby chic style.

Antique pieces such as pie safes and jelly cupboards are popular in shabby chic décor.[1] Besides white, the shabby chic style also includes soft neutral colors such as sky blue, rose pink and beige tones. Hints from French-style interior design often show in shabby chic homes such as Rococo-style lighting fixtures, furniture or wall paneling.

The shabby chic aesthetic also expands to the garden, with the same design principles of using timeworn garden furniture and feminine accessories. Rose gardens are popular with the shabby chic style of decor.

Other popular decor items are pillows made of vintage barkcloth fabric, vintage linens, chenille bedspreads, vintage chandeliers, and anything with roses in the design. It is a soft, relaxed, feminine, romantic style of decorating that looks comfortable and inviting.

Variants of shabby chic style include:

  • Cottage chic
  • Beach cottage chic
  • French country
  • Gustavian (Swedish)

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shabby_chic

Vanilla cupcake bakery is modern Shabby chic utilizing framed quotes in typography (ephemeral or classic), chandeliers and quilted chairs from Heima, prints of floral, polkadots and stripes are in all corners too. It usually is on the pastel side – pink, mint, powder blue, peach, pale yellow, lavender, pistachio green. There will be some elements that is darker or bolder in color which makes it as an accent. Just keep looking around, and you will agree with me that it is another “happy place” to visit if you have the time.

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Very welcoming!
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Falling for ceilings lately..
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Focal point..

Undeniably, it clicked locally since we waited for a table to be vacant and during our visit, a celebrity is doin’ her shoot on one of its corner. The place isn’t that big, roughly around 7 tables for 2-4 persons inside and 4 tables outside. Proof that guests flock their store? The display shelves of their cupcakes were almost empty and theirs are baked fresh daily.

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Almost empty!
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Wow! They almost run out of my favorite!
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We got our corner..
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Have a sit! ❤
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Quilted!
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Quotes in typography!

What I have is blueberry cheesecake cupcake (what else is new) and my foodie buddy took her own favorite variant-salted caramel.

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Let’s start!
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Caramel and Blueberry!
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Can’t do without these!

More than ten years ago, I instantly knew it was her favorite since each time we go to McDonalds, I will get my sundae with Oreos or hot fudge and she will always get her caramel flavored sundae.

They served our coffee in these lovely mugs,

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They know me?

iced water in mason jars and those adorable plates have stolen our attention from our favorite cakes. One mug holding our “cubiertos” I suspected to be from Cath Kidston.

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Kidston mug!

Much as we want to linger longer, there are people outside waiting for some tables to be empty. Unless we place another order to be able to stay a little longer, but we can’t as our tanks are full, we just finished our heavy lunch from another place, had frozen yogurt and we just wanted to try this dainty country-side store that I have been seeing from google for several times now.

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Al fresco!
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Versions!
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From another angle..

This shop brought me into searching for more places in my country depicting this awesome feel of Shabby chic. I really hope to find more. =)