Saturday, March 25, 2017

An Early Easter Table, 2017

John and I just got back from a 2 month trip to the Philippines with side trips to Vietnam and Thailand and I am having an major jet lag issue. The time difference is 12 hours so I think it will take time for me to adjust. I woke up so early again and instead of counting sheep in bed, I decided to get up and be productive. I set an Easter table on the small dining table by the kitchen. You can tell that the sun is just beginning to rise.

Sheer embroidered pink tablecloth. It was too sheer that the brown table was showing through so I added a plain white lining underneath

I followed the table topper with some nest plate chargers, and then added the dinner plates by Spode in "Emma's Garland" pattern.
I dug out the Bordallo Pinheiro bunny salad plates from the garage. Luckily, I knew exactly where they were because I have seen them when I was organizing there.

Pulled out some green handled flatware to blend with the table.

For the centerpiece, I mixed a bunch of bunnies, small wooden flower pots and a real lavender plant all placed in a white wicker tray,and then added a green taper candle holder with a candle.
Bunny salt and pepper shakers
The goblets were handmade in Italy by Crystalleria Fumo.
Cast iron bunny name place holders and ceramic bunny napkin holders
And there is my place setting!

I set the kitchen counter bar for the 3 grand kids for dinner tonight.

These milk glasses are the kids' favorite to use for their drinks. They call them cowie glasses.

I could not find my Bordallo Pinheiro bunny tea set so I used Spode's Emma's Garland, which matches the dinner plates. I like that they are so springy too.

Since I had taken down my Easter decor bins from the garage, I decided to create various bunny vignettes around the kitchen.
On the kitchen island.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I am missing you all cause I have not blogged for almost 2 months. We have been so busy travelling.
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bataan, Philippines

I am so glad we had a chance to tour this heritage and convention center. The APEC meeting that was attended by former President Obama, was held here. What is so interesting about the place is that old houses from different locations in the Philippines were dismantled piece by piece, brought here and reassembled piece by piece back into their original grandeur.

A picture with my very gracious cousin, Gemma, who is hosting our whole stay here. We couldn't be any more spoiled than we already are. She takes us places, feeds us our favorite food and gave us our own van and chauffeur to use during our entire stay here.

a  jeepney was used to shuttle people inside the resort

John inside the jeepney
 The project is not complete yet. More houses are still being assembled but it's already all worth visiting.

Casa Ladrillo
 I like how the staff were wearing period outfits. It made us feel like we were really living in the olden times.

Casa Hagonoy

Casa Jaen I. The crowns on top signifies the prominence of the family who lives there, a status symbol

 I just love this arched entry. It was moved from Jaen, Nueva Ecija, reconstructed in 2007.

Paseo de la Escolta. The strip of commercial structures are replicas of the typical Escolta buildings in Manila during the early 1900's, Shops and stores on the ground floor and hotels on the top 2 floors. The structures were built based on old photographs found in magazines, using old and new materials.
 the pool

Casa Luna
Our tour guide showing us some antiques inside the Casa Luna, circa 1850, a house named in honor of the Luna brothers, General Antonio Luna and Juan Luna, the famous artist. The house was moved here in 2007 from Luna, La Union.

Casa Byzantina, moved from San Nicolas, Binondo, originally built in 1890. It was leased to a an elementary and HS from 1914 to 1919. After the 2nd World War, it was leased to various tenants and until 2009, it was home to 50 squatters,
There is pure elegance inside Casa Byzantina, now that it has been moved and restored. This 3 story house with 7 bedrooms is now available to rent for $3000 (P150,000) per night. But if you do not need the whole house, individual rooms are also rented out, the lowest costs P16,600 which is equivalent to $332 per night. You get a butler per room.
I love this!
The wall paper is hand painted.

Can you imagine how much work it must have been to finish this?
Dining room inside Casa Byzantina
The Convention Center where APEC meeting was held.

Below is what is referred to as the Island. The 3 houses on the far right can be rented collectively for P250,000 ($5000) per night. You get butlers, a heated pool free breakfast and of course 3 houses right on the water. Pretty steep price to rent but wouldn't it be ideal for a big family reunion?

Hope you enjoyed the tour. It was hot and the streets were paved with uneven stones, making it difficult to walk and it was a walking tour. We started with 14 tourists and at the end, it was just me and the tour guide left, lol, so I was like having a private tour with my own photographer. We toured a lot of houses but I did not want to upload a lot of pictures cause this is already getting long.

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