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.

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.

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.

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

You can find best finds from all corners..

They also introduced me to Joel. They are business partners and put this shop together, bringing myriad of stuff from their travels. Both were meticulously checking their displays, inter-acting with guests, and giving me discounts!

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

Yes, Joel 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.


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.

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

It was such a surprise when the cashier told me that she was instructed by her boss (Joel) 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.

Christmas stuff..
Jen hoarding!
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”!

Vintage, shabby and chic..
All the elements you need for Christmas..
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.

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


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.

They have two branches: One at Serin, Tagaytay. The other one is in Solenad. You can contact them at: 0917 887 8850


Arte Mondo…

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” ~Albert Einstein~

As part of of a personal project I’m working on. Attending fairs and exhibits helped me a lot to broaden my horizon and discover more possibilities that helps me with my growth.

Arte Mondo was part of a recent fair that I visited. Their booth showcased some of the original designs of several designers located inside the compound of Henry hotel in Pasay City, Manila.


Their booth’s attendants were vigilant enough to invite us to check out their shops at F.B. Harrison St., Pasay City.

My frog prince..=p

I am very willing to see it and who else can I tag along here, but Jen. She has her own thing lately and busy as a bee, she just got promoted and spends more time at work. Though, it’s nice to see her flourishing, the “late bloomer” that she is. Long way to go, but with each progress, I’ve always knew, she will be there. While I’m happy that she can still allot time to accompany me wherever our feet leads us.

It was also good to know that a year ago, when I missed an event by Travelling Trunk, and this time, I’ll make sure I won’t miss it.

As you see, there’s always some level of excitement each time I set a date to check out works of fellow artisans. They literally inspire my soul. They give me hope and aspire bigger dreams. I never wanted to lose that kind of hope. Ever. That someday, I will be a major part of some cool projects that will be witnessed by many. Especially those who are close to my heart. Like a full circle. A kind of journey to something new. A creative process.

Please take a look.

Reminded me to light my garden..


I can’t wait to wander..

Don’t forget to look up, there’s more..

Kitchen stuff..

A wall is full of beautiful plates.


They have one of my favorite scents – verbena..


I took a photo of my favorite.. that insert of floral..

Little mason jars..

I thought I had enough when the attendant directed us to go up as there are more displays on the second floor..

I honestly felt here a “deja vu”..

This set-up will welcome you upon reaching the second floor.

I have qualms to sit and try the cushions when the attendant asked me to try. So I did, and I had my photo here..

This is the door to the terrace…

On the left side are framed birds of different species..

And on the other room is a Trompe l’oeil..

The second house is equally amazing…


An antique stand holds the poster reflecting the names of the designers..

Nothing but Art..

This one is a collection of tea cups, jars and glasses.

These are display items in different shapes and sizes. Materials used are old pages of books..

There’s a little girl in the glass..

Behind the door is an art depicting inca symbols..

Our last stop is:

On a bamboo easel..

My grandmother has a cabinet like this..

Indirect lighting definitely adds drama to any area..

The soaps are wrapped in floral papers and were neatly arranged in such a way that it looked delicious to me..=)

The hard part is to decide when to go back again. Jotting it down in my calendar, since I spotted items as Christmas gifts to friends and loved-ones. =)

What’s With Murals? (–,)

What’s with murals?

“Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures.” ~Joseph Campbell~

Time and again, we’ve been often surprised by unexpected discoveries. As I am working on a big framed vintage world map that I’m about to mount on my bedroom wall as headboard. It brought me to the realization that I was inspired to do it due to the whims I’ve come across with from several adventures.

I am speaking of the beauty of a mural. During college, we were taught of the difference between a mural and a graffiti. What a Trompe – loil is and all those far-off terms that only Fine Arts students are familiar with. Just like with Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers, Chefs, Psychologists, etc. Even celebrities have their own jargon. Each discipline has a vast frontier of terms being used by each that might be unknown to another.

Unless of course, if a person is well read or well-traveled. He/ She is well-informed and must have encountered such words in one occasion or another. Then they can define it profoundly. It just all boils down that we all take pride that we will often be associated with what our turf and fervor is.

As a Fine Arts student, I’ve been artsy ever since and most probably the reason why I ended up taking it in college. I’ve always been fascinated with this particular world like owning it and referring to it like an inherent dynasty.

The biggest influence to that move is perhaps my father who exposed me to the Arts, he was an Illustrator and had been reputed during his generation. I grew up witnessing his paintings on our walls, Art books, subscription to International magazines which wired me to fall in love with reading. I am so grateful to my father. If not for him, I would not have such appreciation.

As a child, I would watch him for hours while he is on his drawing board. Auspiciously, I also was exposed to an uncle who was a painter, and his Art room is still crystal clear in my mind. I secretly wish I would have my own Art room one day. I owe him my interest in Arts too.

There are actually a lot of splendid thought if you think of Arts. Some of which are as follows (I am pretty sure, you’ve encountered them already):

*Origami – is a Japanese art of folding papers

*Pointillism – A technique where the painter uses small dots in various color to  create an image

*Prestezza – At first the artist applied a brown undercoat, using a color that was used for etching technology on the canvas. Thereafter he made a rough drawing using white color, very often like a sketch. Then the actual painting process started

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*Ikebana – Japanese art of arranging flowers

*Renaissance Art – is the painting, sculpture and decorative arts of that period of European history, emerging as a distinct style in Italy in about 1400, in parallel with developments which occurred in philosophy, literature, music and Science.

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*Alivar Furniture – a collection of furniture and accessories designed by the contemporary masters

*Fretwork – a form of art which pattern is usually geometric in design

I am focusing now with murals. Looking at them, I later learned that there’s more to them than meets the eye. They go beyond our inner self like a window encompassing our soul. Below I personally encountered and admired:

1. Scarsdale

scarsdale mural
Very simple, yet very attractive!

2. Bistro de’ Vert by Chef Sau

chef sau
Had a hard time finding this, thanks to my bff, we found it! yey!

3. Resorts world

resorts world
Resort’s World Manila – Nicolas Cage is one of my favorite actors (Leaving Las Vegas, Con-air, Face-off, City of Angels are some of the films I learned to love..)

4. Bonna coffee

bonna coffee
Bonna coffee in Alabang..

5. Mile-hi Baguio

mile hi baguio mural
Mile-hi cafe in Baguio…

6. Serenity Place

serenity place
One of the biggest I’ve seen!

7. A certain coffee shop in San Pedro, Laguna

sn pedro
I’m not looking! ehehe!

8. Cafe 101 Gensan City

gen san mural
Cafe 101 – General Santos City

 9. A Diner in Singapore

Sg mural
A cute diner where we had our breakfast..

10. Starbuck’s branch in Teachers Village

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Starbucks in Teachers Village (Courtesy of

11. Project Pie

Project Pie
They seem to love most of Eleanor Roosevelt’s quotable quotes..

Project pie 2
Project pie..

This whole wall of a nice mural is somewhere in Makati.. the Central business district of the Philippines..

lucky noodles
Lucky Noodles Restaurant at Solaire Hotel

Soon, If I have the chance, there are restaurants in New York (Café des Artistes & Monkey Bar in Hotel Elysee) and a Mexican Restaurant in Germany, The parish of “St. Joseph the Worker” in Bacolod,  and of course the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. An addition to my Bucket list. Who says it’s wrong to dream this BIG? Wouldn’t you? (–,) Happy reading! ❤


Actually, with Murals, the list is endless. (–,) Any recommendations? =)