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Rei Kawakubo at the Met’s Costume Institute

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Art, Lifestyle | 0 comments

Deemed as the Oscars of the fashion world, the gala for the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute exhibit is always something to marvel at. There’s always controversial outfits donned by celebrities like Rihanna and Lady Gaga but the actual exhibit is often overlooked by many. This year’s Costume Institute exhibit is on the legendary Rei Kawakubo from the design label Comme des Garcons.

I have to be honest but I’m not a big fan of Kawakubo’s design. Her figure distortion in clothing design definitely makes us rethink of the relationship between the clothes’ fit and the human form. But I’m a classicist in this sense and love designs that flatter the body rather than contradict it. Nevertheless, here are some pics from the exhibit. What do you think?

Relaxation Station

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Family and friends | 0 comments

A couple of weeks ago, Ines and her friend, Miya, participated in the TREPs Program in their school.  I love this entrepreneurial program for 4th and 5th graders where they get introduced into the nuts and bolts of starting a business.  The girls came up with their own business venture called Relaxation Station where they sold candles and lotions and provided two-minute massage sessions.

I love how both girls really took ownership of their business idea and seriously prepared for the big TREPs day. There were a few after-school meetings to discuss their venture and finalize details like product design and sales pitch.  I was quite satisfied that both girls stayed at their booths to talk to potential customers about their products and service, despite the numerous distractions like stopping by other friends/vendors’ booths.  I think the most remarkable lesson from that day was that both girls learned how to handle their finances and ensure that expenses are at minimum so they can yield a higher profit.  Never too early to learn some life lessons go along the way, don’t you think?

When I Grow Up, I Want To Be Like Erni

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

Have you seen Erni Stollberg?  She is the 95-year old Instagram sensation and model for Park, an Austrian concept store. A former dancer for a Jewish dance company in Austria in the 1930s, Erni and her troupe were able to escape to Buenos Aires before Germany invaded Poland in 1939. Her exuberance as a former dancer comes through so vividly in her expressive and full-of-personality Instagram poses.    Yes, when I grow up, I want to be like Erni.

A young Erni

Images from and @park_wien

A Quick Pause

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Family and friends, Travel | 0 comments

With the girls going to two school systems with different vacation weeks, our Spring Break was pretty much limited to five days.  And so with that limited time, we decided for a quick getaway in Miami even though we already had spent Spring Break there two years ago.  At least with Miami, we did not have to worry about connecting flights, time change or unpredictable weather.  Sunny days, entertainment and good food are pretty much guaranteed.

I wish I can say we did all these novel things while in Miami. The reality was that we wanted to enjoy every minute of sitting by the pool and the beach and really not doing much of anything.  Our sole outing, apart from eating out, was going to the Perez Art Museum while my biggest accomplishment was finishing two books.

As short as this vacation was, I still feel recharged from putting a quick break from the usual routine.  How was your Spring Break?

Finally, Spring is Here

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Family and friends | 0 comments

I never thought we would see spring emerge after the last snowstorm we had in March and the heavy downpour from the last two weeks. Yet almost in a blink of an eye, signs of spring are simply everywhere from the birds chirping in the morning to the crocuses and daffodils blooming everywhere.   I love spring, the renewal of life, the longer days, and the warmer temps.

Like the other seasons, spring acts as a milepost that marks where we are in life — another winter under the belt, another summer to look forward to.  Yet what’s most prevalent in my mind these days is the unstoppable forward motion of time.  Five more years before Chiara goes to college, eight more years before Ines leaves.  While a lot can happen during that time frame, I know the remaining time I have with my girls will go fast.  Slowly, I’m learning to let them go as they prepare to take off and begin to define themselves in relationships and roles outside our family.