Todd English Food Hall

Charred Octopus

Easter Sunday we decided to have dinner at one of Manila’s newest foodie destinations; the Todd English Food Hall at SM Aura. There was a rather long line to get in so I decided to check out Ramen Nagi in the same area but they also had a crowd trying […] Read more »

Currently lusting after… Chloe + Isabel baubles

Chloe + Isabel

How was your Easter, everyone? I’m on an extended shopping abstinence, but these charming floral and crystal earrings from the Tresco Isle collection by Chloe + Isabel are proving to be the biggest temptation yet!     My friend Lisa Lazaro Russel introduced me to Chloe + Isabel, an online […] Read more »

Staycation Buddies: Grandma’s Secret

Grandma's Secret

As a teen and all throughout my twenties, my Easter S.O.P. was to head to the beach with friends. And yet these days, when Holy Week rolls around, I no longer feel compelled to join the exodus from Manila, and instead enjoy my staycation in the city with the hubby, […] Read more »

Writing Workshops for Kids and Teens

creative writing

Know of any kids, teens, or college students who love to write or illustrate? Tip them off on these workshops, facilitated by some of the best writers we know! WHAT: Creative Writing Workshops (Write and Illustrate Your Very Own Comics for Children and Teens, and Incorporating Creative Writing in Your College […] Read more »

Family Redefined: A Day at Kamp Pagkakaisa

Pia and Pia

For most Filipinos, Sunday is Family Day. Ours is usually spent with extended family — lunch with the hubby’s clan, or afternoon coffee with my mom, possibly dinner out at some restaurant (usually at Jay’s recommendation). Last weekend, we decided to extend the definition of family beyond mere consanguinity by […] Read more »

Dessert Heaven: Magnum Manila!

Rainbow Cake

Oh. My. Gad. If you are a Magnum lover and dessert junkie (the most important part of the meal for me!), you have to come and visit the Magnum Pleasure Store, AKA Magnum Manila, which opens today–just in time to beat the summer heat! We got the chance to taste […] Read more »

Mostly Rhones at Impressions

Pate en Croute of Duo of Duck

After about 3 weeks without a wine dinner, I was pleased to get an invitation to join some friends at Impressions for some great wine, food and, of course, company. The menu was mostly composed of dishes we had at a previous dinner where Chef Cyrille unveiled his surprise Pate […] Read more »

Handmade Finds at 10a Alabama Arts & Crafts Fair


It’s the 10a Alabama fair this weekend! If you’ve been following this blog (and especially our Instagram account @thehappylab), you must know by now that we always get giddy about the 10a Alabama Arts & Crafts Fair. Held about every quarter at an aptly retro bungalow in Quezon City, it’s […] Read more »