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    #HeyjowLoves: Southbank Cafe + Lounge

    Looking for a laidback place to catch up with friends and family this holiday season? Head to  Southbank Cafe + Lounge, a Melbourne-inspired spot in the south metro where you can enjoy a full Aussie breakfast and coffee for brunch as well as craft cocktails and wine for a nice night out.  

    “We were all living and working in Melbourne before and the suburb where we lived was called Southbank. It was an area full of small homegrown cafés and we wanted to bring that vibe here,” shared Patrick Leyble, Jr., one of Southbank’s owners.

    The café’s interior was designed by Kitty Bunag of creative council Craftsmith Guild, which she describes as “a mix of industrial, botanical and mid-century modern.” 

    Interior design consultant Kitty Bunag who designed Southbank's Melbourne-inspired look

    The highlight of the interiors would be the bar where the café’s logo, which is inspired by aboriginal art, can be seen prominently.

    The menu is also inspired by the Melbourne food scene with choices that include the Southbank Burger. For their coffee, Southbank is proud to be the first to carry Allpress Espresso. Originally from New Zealand, Allpress caters to 1,000 independent cafés around the world with their beans roasted in their Melbourne roastery.

    Southbank's menu includes the mouthwatering Southbank Burger

    The owners also have their own take on cocktails with some named after themselves such as Wendy Lene’s (classic coffee martini infused with raw maple syrup finished with Madagascar vanilla saffron mousse). For the wines, there’s a selection of California and Australian bottles.

    Craft cocktails include Wendy Lene’s or coffee martini infused with raw maple syrup and Madagascar vanilla saffron mousse

    “We put together a wine list that’s not intimidating so we selected ones that we know are really good and proud to carry,” shared co-owner Wendy Esteban.

    From top left (clockwise): Southbank owners Patrick Leyble Jr., Stevie Ang, Chef Martin Espiritu, Sunshine Arcilla and Wendy Esteban

    The Heyjow team with Southbank co-owner Wendy Esteban (2nd from left) and interior design consultant Kitty Bunag (5th from left)

    Sophisticated yet approachable dining is the main appeal of Southbank – and with its quiet location in Alabang, a brief get-together with friends feels like going on a mini vacation.  

    Follow Southbank Cafe + Lounge: @southbankcafelounge 

    #HeyjowLoves: Rissa

    One of the brands that inspire our team is homegrown make-up brand Happy Skin. We had the pleasure of working with them back October 2016 for their 3rd anniversary where we came up with a special collection inspired by lovable princess characters.

    Happy Skin co-founder Rissa Mananquil-Trillo also shared with us her personal beauty philosophy for her Style Stories feature back in 2017.

    Rissa recently did a book signing of her first book entitled “Read My Lips: What It Takes to Build A World-Class Homegrown Brand” during the Philippine Readers and Writers Festival held at Raffles Makati. During the event, she talked about the process of creating what she calls her part-memoir and part-business manual.

    Happy Skin co-founder Rissa Mananquil-Trillo talks business and beauty in her first book

    “I wanted it to be different from other business books. I wanted to make sure the content was not something you can find on another business book or on Google or YouTube,” she described.

    “A lot of people think that business is just about A + B + C + D but being an entrepreneur tests your values. In this era, strong values and a strong sense of self is so important especially if you want to get into business,” Rissa shared.

    “When I was in graduate school, I would listen to my classmates and professor and they would share real-life experiences. I wanted to be able to give that to the readers.” The book is also Rissa’s thesis but she didn’t tell her book team and publisher Summit Books until it was ready to be printed.

    “The pressure of something so permanent is indescribable. It’s not like social media where you can edit or delete it. We probably proofread it a million times and I would rethink some things I’ve written. I wanted it to stand the test of time so that even if you read it 5 years from now, it will be relevant."

    Apart from answering questions about entrepreneurship and sharing her life experiences, the book also includes interviews with notable business owners like Coring Ramos of National Bookstore and Ben Chan of lifestyle brand Bench. You can also find insights on inner beauty from personalities like Lucy Torres-Gomez and Heart Evangelista-Escudero.

    Congratulations on this milestone, Rissa!


    #HeyjowLoves: Taste by Grace Home

    Our team meetings are usually a combination of work and play - and usually, there's a bit of wine and cheese involved. 

    When we're in the mood to indulge, we bring out our stash of artisanal jams from Taste by Grace Home. Created by mompreneur and blogger Grace Barbers-Baja aka The Spoiled Mummy, these cheese-pairing dips are homemade, all-natural and oh so yummy! 

    Taste by Grace Home's homemade and all-natural cheese-pairing jams

    They come in bold flavors such as Two Tomatoes and Habaneros with Sage, Figs and Almonds with Truffle Honey, Black Grapes and Pistachios with French Butter, Organic Spinach and Mushroom Chimichurri, and Organic Tomatoes and Kaffir Lime Chutney - perfect for setting up a grazing table at home. They also come in beautiful packaging for thoughtful gift-giving. 

    Aside from serving them with cheese, crackers and bread, these can also be used in marinades and salad dressings. The Spiced Rosemary Honey with Pink Peppercorns, for example, can be used to marinate roast chicken and topping for ice cream and cheesecake. 

    Have you tried Taste by Grace Home's dips? Which one is your favorite? 


    #HeyjowLoves: Artesania Furniture

    We love finding 'secret' cafes where we can indulge in good coffee while brainstorming.

    We recently had the chance to check out Caffeined by Artesania, a nice little nook tucked along Arnaiz Avenue that serves specialty coffee, small plates and gourmet meals. What makes it different than your average cafe is the fact that it's inside the showroom of Artesania Furniture, a local company that makes modern custom-made furniture. 

    Artesania also showcases other Filipino home and lifestyle brands such as Strange Mercy, Sa Isla, Hima and Saan Saan.

    Scarves from Strange Mercy

    Palawan-made baskets from Sa Isla

    Amethyst crystals from Hima

    Handmade soy candles from Saan Saan

    The space is also good for events and we were grateful to be part of the fifth run of Celebrating Gracecfully, a positivity workshop hosted by life coach Kimi Lu and mompreneur and blogger Grace Barbers-Baja aka The Spoiled Mummy held at Artesania in celebration of Independence Day. 

    Kimi and Grace during the 5th run of their workshop at Artesania

    If you need a dose of caffeine with a side of design inspiration, Artesania Furniture is good place to get your creative juices going.