Common Room X Power Plant Mall

Arts & crafts wonderland

If you’ve always wanted to visit the magical happy place that is Common Room, but can’t seem to find the time or energy to trek to their shop in Katipunan, Quezon City, great news: they’ve just opened their new (pop-up) branch at Power Plant Mall in Makati! This charming arts […] Read more »

Old Favorite, New Place: Va Bene Pasta Deli in Circuit Lane

Clockwise: crispy polenta arancini; pizza prociutto; bruschetta trio (mushroom salami, salmon tartare with tuna sauce, pumpkin & ricotta)

This week’s happy place is actually an old Happy Lab favourite: Va Bene Pasta Deli! Before they opened at BGC, we would regularly frequent the Pasay Road branch (read about it here, here and here). When we heard that Chef Massimo Veronesi was opening his newest branch last night, of course […] Read more »

Shed those pounds the healthy way!

Plant-based Diet

I caught up with my friend Janis over the holidays, and was amazed at her radical transformation. For years, I’ve seen her struggle with her weight, and now, she’s not only over 70 pounds lighter—she’s healthier and happier, too. Her turning point? Meeting nutritional coach Kay Sy. Janis says, “I […] Read more »

The Quickest Happiest (Studio) Fix!


Hair has always been my most fussed-over beauty to-do. For the last five years, stylist Alex Carbonell of Studio Fix has taken my hair from short to long, straight to curly, and back again full circle. I had time to kill at Greenbelt 5 yesterday and found my feet taking […] Read more »

See you at the Barre


Pia had already written about her Barre3 experience a couple of years ago, but I thought it would be fun to share mine. When the yoga-pilates-ballet workout first launched in Manila years back, I dragged my best friend to take a free class. After 60 minutes, one line stuck: “Say good […] Read more »

Wellworth Department Store now open at U.P. Town Center


It’s been quite a while since we’ve posted a happy place, hasn’t it? Well today, we discovered that shopping in QC has just gotten more exciting with the opening of Wellworth Department Store at the bustling UP Town Center–and coincidentally, their tagline is “the happy place!”     Brought to […] Read more »

Heart On My Sleeve

Cathy S. Babao

    Last February 14, instead of the usual chocolates or flowers. Toto and I sent our moms each a copy of “Heart on My Sleeve,” written by our ever-inspiring friend Cathy Sanchez Babao. I suppose a book about a woman’s “countdown to 50” sounds like an odd choice for […] Read more »

Finding Healing through Reiki


I discovered Reiki eight years ago while recovering from a major illness. Our neighbor was a psychologist and a Reiki master who saw patients for counseling and for healing. While I definitely saw the benefits of Western medicine (it had cured me, after all!), I didn’t see any harm in […] Read more »