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.

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,

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.

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.

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

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

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

ceneter piece
Shabby chic isn’t chic without flowers..=)
flowers on table
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”.

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.

Not too small, not too big for a menu..
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I enjoyed the menu boards written in chalks..
chalk menu
filipino menu
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.

choco cake
She had a hard time consuming it, it’s bigger than the usual. ahaha!
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.

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.

6 seater
We can bring friends here!

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

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.

cleo chair
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..
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..=)

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


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)


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.

Very welcoming!
Falling for ceilings lately..
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.

Almost empty!
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Wow! They almost run out of my favorite!
table for 2
We got our corner..
Have a sit! ❤
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.

Let’s start!
our cakes
Caramel and Blueberry!
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,

purple mug
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.

al fresco
Al fresco!
all smiles
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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. =)

Mirror, mirror on the wall! <3

Mirror, mirror on the wall!-Full-length & huge mirror junkie! (–,)

“Life is only a reflection of what we allow ourselves to see.”

Gone are the days when you need someone else to take your pictures! Mobile phone companies came up with innovations like phones and cameras with capability of taking pictures from the front and back. The sensational “selfie” trend hasn’t died despite of several claims that it is a mental sickness, people (including me) continue to take selfies at every chance. I personally oppose it’s a sickness, because loving oneself or appreciating oneself despite of known flaws or imperfections and looking at the prettier side of oneself is the only key for us to love another.  Unless a person is no longer productive due to addiction of taking pictures of herself 24/7! That’s the only time I will refer to it as a sickness. However, this issue I believe is “To each his own!”

Personally, one of my habits that’s really hard to break is to take picture of myself every time I see full length (and/or huge) mirrors (or ask my friends to take it for me)! =)

Unlike popular celebrities taking their OOTD on a daily basis. I don’t have that chance. I take selfies on these huge mirrors only if I feel like it. And mind you there are instances that there is a full-length mirror and yet I was not able to take my pictures since there are other people in that area. It felt too awkward for me! ahaha!

Just the same, waiting for people to leave doesn’t hurt that much, I was just like a Pink panther sneaking my ownership of that huge mirror! Ahaha!

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Here are those instances!

1. At our favorite shop in Rockwell..

While shopping at Rockwell..

2. Bellevue hotel..

Attended a wedding in Alabang! ❤

3. At an Art Fair

The mirror isn’t just huge, it’s so fab!

4. Before checking-out, I had to stand beside this round mirror! ❤

Soho lobby..

5. At an Art Fair again..

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I so love this mirror!

6. Mind museum..

Mind museum..

7. With my college buddies..

with bffs
With my BFFs!

8. Somewhere in BGC..

On my favorite striped pants..

9. In Alabang..

In a French patisserie..

10. Somewhere in Ilocos..

At a vintage mansion in Ilocos..
At a vintage mansion in Ilocos..

11. Somewhere in Shaw..=)

Somewhere in Shaw..

12. Bay Leaf hotel


13. Manila Ocean park

At the Manila Ocean park… Souvenir shop..
Far shot..=) Still at MOP…

14. In Laguna

loo mirror
At Patis Tito Garden Cafe..

15. In Cebu..

While waiting for the concierge..
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Inside the waiting area of the loo..
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Dining area of Balay Indang has a mirror in the ceiling. We decided to take this pic out of fun! =)
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Another vintage mirror is located in one of the dining halls.. =) This is in Balay Indang, Cavite.
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Sulyap Gallery cafe..
Shangri-la EDSA…
Commerce center Alabang..
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We’re like kids!

You see I would not really accept that I’m sick out

Pablo Picasso’s famous painting.. Source:

of taking my own pictures, for all I know, each one of us  are picture addicts and those who are not comfortable taking their pictures are the ones that I think that needs treatment. It is a beautiful world after all! ❤

My Dream Studio…


“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

I just wanna be transparent. I have been dreaming for so long to have my own studio. A haven wherein all my artsy stuff will be confined in one place. My heaven. My lair. My sacred place.

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I am so in love with this pinky girly work area! ❤ I guess this is so me!
Love! The source of it all!

My uncle who used to paint and who has worked with the late Pablo Antonio in Pasay City, (which reminds me to visit: kept this art room and each time I passed there I am often amazed and would lovingly stare at each item. He has collected a lot through the years.

His fishing rods, cowboy hats, his fringed boots, his paintings (we have four of his on our walls), some grotesque masks (which scares us the whole time), antique bangles and necklaces and his easel too. The scent of paint I still can recall. I often look up as to what he will be working on next. At first look without knowing the owner you will instantly conclude that it belongs to an artist. As a child, I’ve said to myself, I’ll have my own studio too.

When everyone else is making their house become a a little bigger, expand here and there. My mom and I opted for a smaller place at that time when my father left us. The 240+ sq. mts. got too big for me and my mom and my son. She sold some more than 50 sq. mts. of our lot and we ended up getting rid of some stuff and make do of the space that was left of us.

Two things I have in mind before which my dad knows about is having a studio (he is also an artist and kept his own) and my walk-in closet. The supposedly walk-in closet area allotted for me was turned into a very small bedroom for my son. We didn’t want him to feel alienated since part of what was sold was his old bedroom. So my space can only be done upwards if we intend (or can afford) putting-up a second floor.

Since we can not (yet), our living room is the only place where I can the very least put into reality my dream of a little studio for the mean time. =)

All I need is the gypsy/ beaded curtain to cover the brightness of daytime coming from my mamas store window and a little privacy for me too.

beaded curtain
Beaded gypsy curtain! Courtesy of:

Some quilted curtains,

Quilted curtains.. Courtesy of:

some art pieces and vintage items from this shop I found in Tagaytay: Lucina Home,

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quilted throws and shams, a DIY Topiari,


some repros on the wall,

This and maybe one of mine..

I have “The Sunflower” by Van Gogh, and lots of frames on the wall,

wall frames

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the easel which my BFF promised me,

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a framed inspirational quote that is written in typography,

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travel quotes
Travel quotes! Courtesy of:

Three vintage lanterns on the corner (I want them in teal, fuchsia and purple)

Rule of threes..
Rule of threes..

and a collage of my travel photos.

What I badly need to save for is my led monitor and a pretty accent chair, a buttoned ottoman perhaps and a swivel chair for myself.

egg chair
Just one…=)
A DIY Ottoman..=) Courtesy of:

I was hoping it’ll be a quilted one too like the one I eyed from Heima. (–,)

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I just printed one of Audrey’s famous quotes on a vintage frame. Of course, in purple.
Shams in bright colors.

The old lamp that had been there in a corner which was bought by my papa when I was still in high school (which means the lamp is already 20 something years old) would need refurbishing and I intend to smother it with buttons. Why buttons? Because my mother was a dressmaker/ cutter before, I was thinking that she will love it and I can complete it soon if she permitted me to use her buttons collections.

Patience is a talent! (–,)

Through the years of her sewing days, I think she accumulated hundreds of buttons (of different kinds, sizes and colors) so I would not need to buy buttons anymore! Ahaha!

I spotted some working tables of a few famous people which inspired me to establish my own space. To come up with one is truly infinitely interesting to me. Looking around it while at work is definitely stimulating. Nothing short but only inspiration on a daily basis.

This article is very inspiring!

I also eyed a wooden mobile pedestal wherein I can keep my papers at work on the first shelf and my personal portfolios (all about art) on its second drawer. I will have to alter the knobs since I eyed something that interests me from a flea store somewhere in our town. My bathroom knobs now are heart shapes. I don’t want my studio to be too girly, so I had to shift a little from floral and heart shaped stuff.

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I want some peacock feathers too. Photo grabbed from:

The rigor of our kind is endless and forever and infinite. Anyone inclined to the arts whatever genre will understand where I’m coming at.

This place will be my heaven on earth despite of the harsh truths of reality. Like a dreamland.

It’s just sweet and great to know that the vision get stronger every year. =) The blood of an artist embedded in my vein.

I will post this dream studio immediately once it materialized. Meanwhile, this will become my reminder (inspiration board) for the good stuff that I want to see around me, hopefully very soon. =)



“I am going to make everything around me beautiful – that will be my life.”~Elsie de Wolfe~ 

The campaign to “Go Green” is all around us. It’s like rewriting the rules and going back to the basics. Literally displaying our love for mother earth. Even at work, I am incorporating them at every chance.

For a few years from now, It’s going to be a strict requirement of every client. I am so sure of that.

A lot of cities in the Philippines are creating ways in fulfilling their pursuit to be known as members of the Green Community. Ours started to get rid of utilizing plastics last year.

It’s nice that there’s a higher percentage who complies and follow. There are Green buildings in the CBDs (Central Business District) already who passed International requirements to be one and has become the parameter among others. It is all over, even in chips, even in this bread called “pandesal”, a staple food for breakfast of Filipinos are now with those green leaves called malunggay.

I’ve been hearing a few fellow countrymen commenting (and complaining) on the absence of plastic bags in most supermarkets. They’re complaining while we’re on queue and I wanted to explain to them that they’re just still in their comfort zones, you know, the adjustment phase and eventually, they will appreciate the government’s move to get rid of utilizing plastic bags and use paper bags instead.

As a rule, it is BEST to bring your own eco-bag (or tote bag), for storing the items that you’ve bought. And you’ve help lessen production of paper bags as well. As both: Production of plastic bags and paper bags has their own specific downfalls. As study shows, whether the other is more advantageous than the other is still unresolved. So now, I have at least more than 5 different tote bags . =) I’m a girl scout remember? (–,) Either plastic or paper. I am more leaning to recycling.

At home, I managed to channel myself into that direction, I wanted to give my share in my littlest way, I have learned segregating cans from plastics from those that are recyclable and those that can decay in time. I orient my family to do the same, and since the air is something that comes in and out of our system, I opted to do general cleaning more frequently than usual. I can remember this movie where Jack Nicholson’s portrays having an “Obesessive-compulsive” behavior (no, I am not as OC as him) though I researched for products that are literally supporting the theme of “Going Green.”

I discovered ECHOStore (will blog about it soon) and Messy Bessy. Initially acquiring a lavender scented air spray which can also be sprayed on fabrics because I decided to discontinue use of those airsprays with too many unknown chemicals when I read their contents, most of which I could not understand.

I’ve come across Messy Bessy during a flight years ago, as a travel kit, it completely comes with an insect repellent, hand sanitizer, creme and a hand wash. I researched for it and fell in love with it instantly.

Initially, I got “The Little Warrior” out of curiosity. The reason behind the name is due to it’s being multi-purpose. It is a hand sanitizer, a disinfectant and a surface cleaner all at the same time. Good invention at a very affordable price. It is also very handy, you can bring it all the time.

The Little warrior..

And then I got the linen/ room spray. As expected,  I got the lavender flavor with mix of rosemary oil.

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Unintentionally, my camera captured the paint of my side table slowly erased in time creating a Shabby chic look. I love it!!!! =)

The scent is too gentle, you wouldn’t almost feel like it’s there. I don’t mind as long as it helped me enhance the air in our home which is mostly needed. Especially that we have pets (2 cats and a dog) and my mom is in her 70s already.

Linen spray..

I am getting the odor absorber and the laundry powder and the hand wash soon. =)

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The odor absorber..
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Their hand wash..
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This “Little Warrior” is so handy. =)

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Thank you Messy Bessy! ❤

Messy Bessy..