It’s humbling and flattering to receive emails from complete strangers who express interest in my blog and my life, so I’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions…
What do you do for a living?
I have had quite a few career changes. When I was living in Manila, I worked in advertising/public relations and television. When I moved to California in 2000, I became an immigration paralegal and stayed in that job for about 9 years. I’m currently in the manufacturing industry handling everything from event planning, entertainment and travel, to writing, design/graphics, and the like.
Update (as of July 2012): I am ACE and AFAA certified in pole fitness and ballet barre, and regularly teach classes at Embody Pole Fitness studios in Anaheim Hills and Corona, California.
What camera/lens/other photo equipment/accessories do you use?
I use a Canon 50D with a Canon Speedlite flash (which probably needs to be replaced soon!). My tripod is a Manfrotto. I store my equipment/accessories in a Lowepro bag. My video camera is a Sony HDR SR-11, also stored in a Lowepro bag. A, my better half, has a 5D Mark II. So when he is shooting with me, we use his camera of course!
I know photography is a hobby of yours. When you take photos of yourself, do you use a tripod or is someone else behind the camera?
I usually have A take them. He’s an extremely experienced photographer so I consider myself very lucky to have learned so many things from him! If he’s not available, then I use a tripod. You’ll notice though that I don’t take too many “outfit” shots.
Do you allow use of your photos?
Thank you for your interest and of course you may use them! Just kindly link back to my blog
Where did you attend college and what did you study?
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.
What do you do to de-stress?
Believe it or not, I dance to de-stress. I train in pole fitness 4x/week and ballet barre 2x/week. Dancing is extremely freeing, gratifying and well, de-stressing.
What do you indulge in/splurge on the most?
Jewelry, purses and shoes – in no particular order.
Among all your indulgences, what do you splurge on the most and why?
Jewelry. Mainly because diamonds and precious stones appreciate in value and I know my daughter would benefit greatly from them when the time comes that they’re passed on to her.
What kind of jewelry do you collect?
Serious jewelry, but I also keep a modest collection of fun accessories such as statement necklaces and cuffs/bangles.
What are the top 3 beauty items you cannot live without?
Moisturizer w/ SPF, concealer and lip gloss.
What are your favorite brands of shoes and bags?
Shoes – Louboutin, YSL, Burberry, Prada, Dior, Alexander Wang, Alaia, Balenciaga, Givenchy & Lanvin.
Bags – Hermès, Céline, Chloé, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Bottega Veneta.
What are your hobbies/talents?
I have always drawn towards the arts… so it’s natural for me to be passionate about anything from dance, music, film and theatre, to photography, culinary arts, writing and drawing. Because I started dancing and performing at a very young age, I’ve never had stage fright and actually take pleasure from performing in front of an audience. I also grew up doing a lot of athletics as my dad was quite the sportsman. I play golf, enjoy swimming & running, and have been a licensed scuba diver since 1997.
When you watch TV, what channels are you usually on?
Food Network, HGTV, the Travel Channel, Bravo, NatGeo. I also enjoy watching movies but I can get quite picky.
Do you enjoy baking over cooking? Any favorite foods/desserts?
I like both baking and cooking, although I don’t bake as often as I used to mainly because I avoid sugar & starchy carbs as much as I can. No particular favorite dishes BUT I am picky about what I put in my body. I love cooking, preparing and eating Japanese cuisine though because I can put so much creativity into the plating. Same goes w/ desserts.
What would you be never caught wearing?
Clogs & Uggs boots. They’re just not my style. Luckily, no one has ever gifted me with either.
Whose closet/s would you love to raid?
Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Palermo, Anna Dello Russo, Jenna Lyons, Ashley Olsen, Giovanna Battaglia, Tamara Mellon.
What makes you sane?
Prayer and a strong connection and relationship with God.