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    #HeyjowQuarantineCorners: Sarsa's New Concept by JP and Camille Anglo

    Since the quarantine started, most of us had to look for ways to adapt to our new reality. We asked Camille Anglo and her husband, JP Anglo, owner of Sarsa Kitchen  on how they transformed their restaurant into a lifestyle market.

    Sarsa restaurant is known for their best traditional Filipino and Negrense dishes, done with a contemporary touch.

    The power couple were able to pivot their business and stay productive, even during these uncertain times.

    "Sarsa Stockroom started because during the start of lockdown, we literally had to sell some stuff from our stockroom just so that we could liquidate them, and we just continued to do it after." Camille shares.

    Along with dine-in by reservations with a set menu, Sarsa now also sells fruits and vegetables, plants, dinnerware, home decor, and apparel among other things.

    "I guess we just all gotta be resilient these times and do anything to keep the lights on, diba." Camille shares.

    What changes did you have to make during the lockdown? Let us know in the comments.

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    Sarsa Kitchen Instagram: @sarsakitchen

    #HeyjowQuarantineCorners: Inside an Expat's Nordic-Inspired Manila Home

    There is an upside to spending our days at home: we can finally clean, declutter and even redesign our spaces. This new series called #HeyjowQuarantineCorners aims to inspire creativity and joyful living at home despite what's happening in the world right now. Let's explore these beautiful spaces together, which have been generously shared with us by friends. 

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    Interior designer expat and founder of the blog Chuzai Living, Kaho's Manila home is inspired by Nordic design with minimalist sensibilities.

    "When we moved to our current home in Manila, it was already furnished, and the big furniture pieces already came with the house" shared Kaho. "I painted some rooms, ordered customized slipcovers, and decorated in white to give our home our personal character. I also added natural materials to incorporate local design"

    "I like white furniture like those in our landing to brighten a room.  At the same time, I love using black as an accent color in interior design.  Black adds a modern, edgy feel to a space." 

    "Since the lockdown started in Manila, I have purged and reorganized our home room by room. I was also able to deep clean and redecorate the kids' shared bathroom." shared Kaho.

    "My girls and I redecorated the 2nd floor balcony together. I added a desk and chairs so that my older two girls can study there. We also started using our patio outside the dining room, which we never had before. My family and I sometimes eat breakfast or lunch there now, which has been a nice alternative to eating out."

    Kaho uses a rainbow blanket designed by Amber of A Momma Abroad for Abel .

    "As we started spending days inside our house, it definitely shifted the flow of our home. Our family room became a gathering space where we enjoyed watching TV together as a family after dinner every night.  We've never allowed our children to watch TV during the week before COVID-19, so my husband and I introduced it to our children as a new routine for the new normal." Kaho shares.

    "We feel fortunate that the process of adapting ourselves to a new life in Manila was smooth and easy. It's been lovely to live in a city where people have friendly smiles all the time." Kaho shares when asked about life in Manila as an expat. "As for inspiring discoveries, I love the tropical island design that is unique to the Philippines. The beauty of modern tropical jungle with a beachy vibe is what I have embraced."

     

    Kaho's home is a product of how you can complement and mix your personal style with a house that has its own charm in itself.

    Which part of Kaho's house is your favorite? Share it in the comments!

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    Visit Kaho's blog: www.chuzailiving.com

     

     

    #HeyjowQuarantineCorners: Decluttering Tips from Ayessa of UnDiplomatic Wife

    Being in quarantine, most of us has been rearranging, organizing and decluttering our work spaces or homes. Ayessa, founder of the blog UnDiplomatic Wife, shared with us her tried and tested decluttering tips that she also practices in her own home.

    1. Repetition is key. From repeating certain colors (mine is white, gold, natural wood and green plants) to repeating the same organizers/containers, repetition makes a space look and feel pulled together.

    2. Before buying organizers, always declutter and reduce first. I swear by the Marie Kondo Method of decluttering. It can be quite shocking to the system, but it's fast and it works.  By the time we are done, we realize that we have enough space for everything that remains.

    3. Everything in your closet should be your favorite thing.  Discard anything that makes you feel fat, uncomfortable, or guilty. If you really love a piece of clothing, don’t be scared to get 3-5 pieces in the same color. There is no shame in uniform dressing.

    4. We have equal rights with our children at home. When choosing your children’s things, it doesn’t have to be loud or have cartoons on it. Choose a gender-neutral or neutral color theme. 

    5. Rotate your child’s toys. The toys don’t have to be out and displayed all at the same time. When my son gets bored with his current toys, I put them away and then bring out the ones that I had stored beforehand. It’s like having new toys without going shopping.

    Which of Ayessa's tips will you be trying out? Share it with us in the comments!

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    Photos of Ayessa's home from www.chuzailiving.com

     

    #HeyjowQuarantineCorners: Inside Ayessa’s Scandinavian - inspired condo

    There is an upside to spending our days at home: we can finally clean, declutter and even redesign our spaces. This new series called #HeyjowQuarantineCorners aims to inspire creativity and joyful living at home despite what's happening in the world right now. Let's explore these beautiful spaces together, which have been generously shared with us by friends. 

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    Professional declutterer and founder of the blog, UnDiplomatic Wife, Ayessa's condo is filled with Scandinavian influences, and infused with her own personal style.

    “My secret to #whiteliving, without it feeling clinical, is to layer different textures of white details, then mixing in pops of gold and natural wood. I invested in a few beautiful pieces - like the gold balloon dog lamp - to mix high with low.” shared Ayessa. 

    "During the lockdown, I’ve been taking courses to improve myself and learn new skills. I also learned how to bake sourdough, Japanese milk bread, cake and I even started making ice cream!"

    "We live in a condo so our living room & bedroom now also functions as our gym, playschool and movie theater! While our dining area also doubles as our office."

    Ayessa's space expresses her personality throughout it: elegant and simple, and full of light. She enhanced the beauty of the environment and brought simplicity to the smallest detail. “I always decorate by creating vignettes in every angle of the room wherein the things on the wall are placed relative to the furniture and lighting that’s also on the wall. This way there is balance & things look anchored and settled in." shared Ayessa.

    “All our bedrooms are mostly white because I want it to be super relaxing and promote good & restful sleep.”

    “Even if we have no balcony here, I decided to have as many green plants as possible to have that relaxing feeling and good effect on our air and health. Using all white pots makes it look visually uncluttered!”

    Simple and straight lines, Ayessa’s condo fascinates us. Despite its minimalism and being in the middle of the city, her home can still express a multitude of things – natural materials, light colors, luminosity, wide spaces and greens.

    Which part of Ayessa's house is your favorite? Share it in the comments!

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    Visit Ayessa's blog: www.undiplomaticwife.com

    Photos of Ayessa's home from www.chuzailiving.com

    #HeyjowQuarantineCorners: Fatima's Tropical Enclave

    There is an upside to spending our days at home: we can finally clean, declutter and even redesign our spaces. This new series called #HeyjowQuarantineCorners aims to inspire creativity and joyful living at home despite what's happening in the world right now. Let's explore these beautiful spaces together, which have been generously shared with us by friends. 

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    Model and entrepreneur Fatima Rabago-Muraoka's home exudes tropical calm with minimalist sensibilities.

    "I really want to live with a minimum amount of furniture and things as much as possible," shared Fatima, who is the founder of Agua Brazilian Swimwear. Her home features wide spaces that allow movement (she and her husband Hideo, who is also a model and entrepreneur, have been doing home workout videos) and meaningful family time. 

    "Most of the furniture is custom-made while other pieces are from travels so each has its own special detail," Fatima added.

    "Since the lockdown started, I’ve been organizing each room of the house, because since we moved I didn’t really have the time to do so since I was always busy between work, school and the kids. I concentrated on cleaning and removing instead of adding."

    The spacious outdoor areas allow the family to enjoy nature and catch a bit of the summer sun.  

    Which part of Fatima's house is your favorite? Share it in the comments!