January 31, 2016

Four Weddings in Four Weeks

Some people don’t like attending weddings, but I love them. I see them as opportunities to dress up, take photos, get together with friends, and in some instances, reconnect with old ones. With my choral background and my current profession, I’ve also been asked to sing for many a ceremony and dinner reception; but whether I’m there as guest or as hired service, I try to enjoy every moment. Every wedding has a distinct quality, because most of the time it reflects the personalities of the bride and groom. It may be grand or simple, of mixed religious denominations or […]
January 22, 2016

The Catch-Up Storybook: Favorites from the Holidays

December came and went, and we’re more than halfway through January 2016! WHAT HAPPENED. I don’t like saying, “I’ve been busy” because that’s a lousy excuse for anything and everything; but rather, other things needed to be prioritized. But I’m back, and this year is looking up and up. To transition, I want to share some of my favorite things and photos at the moment (acquired and taken sometime during the holidays.) Obsessed with my tropical printed City Sneaks! Currently my favourite tank from #GingersnapsPH A Chef’s Classics holiday product shoot with Carl, director of Belle Studio; things are really not fancy behind the scenes (: #LetsCookPH The […]
November 22, 2015

The Catch-Up Storybook: November Food

It’s been two weeks since my last post, and I’ve been at a loss for words over the amount of life I’ve been living. This month, I visited an art fair, celebrated Sandwich Day, attended a brunch party, tried new dishes and/or restaurants, styled another product shoot for the holidays, became a godmother for the fifth time, took a tap dance refresher and learned a new routine, hoarded Mario Kart toys, memorised lines for a corporate musical, and spent time at my best friend’s going-away garage sale. In my previous blog, I used post “storybooks,” especially when photos could tell the stories   […]
November 8, 2015

Accepting the “Athlete”

When I think of the word “athlete,” images of Olympic contenders would come to mind: lean, muscular, strong, and determined. I used to love watching all kinds of sports on TV, especially gymnastics, ice skating, tennis, and the NBA. My parents never pushed us girls toward sports, which had always been odd to me, considering how many basketball and tennis trophies my dad brought home and added to his collections stored in cabinets and displayed on our piano. It’s a shame, because I was always full of energy, enjoying physical activities that not many girls in my school could relate […]
October 30, 2015

Halloween: Treats and Treats

I love Halloween. When I was a kid, my sister and I used to go trick-or-treating around our village. I remember I usually got so much candy from those to last me an entire year (though the best chocolate bars would be gone within a week!) I don’t remember dressing up back then, though I found this photo of me and my sisters recently. I’m a witch, @karentiuseco a clown, and @ktiuseco a skinny Ate. What randomness. #nationalsiblingsday #nsb A photo posted by Katherine (@kaichypoo) on Apr 11, 2015 at 5:37am PDT For thirteen years or so, my friends and I dressed up and went trick-or-treating at […]
October 26, 2015

Forgive Like Animals

There is often a negative connotation when people are likened to animals. In Filipino, it is an insult when you’re told, “Hayup ka!” I wonder if this thinking is rooted in the primal nature of animals, because I can’t find any other reason why they would deserve that undertone. My dogs, for example, as my biggest and most constant exposure to animals, have more wonderful traits that some humans lack: simplicity, loyalty, kindness, empathy, sensitivity. Negatives, brothers from another mother. #Bruce #Kani #sharpei #labrador A photo posted by Katherine (@kaichypoo) on Jun 4, 2015 at 2:58am PDT These total opposites – black & white, […]
October 25, 2015

A Night of A Capella: Akapela Open 2015

Taken from the Akapela Open Twitter account The Akapela Open is a contemporary a cappella singing competition, created by the Music School of Ryan Cayabyab (TMSRC.) It has clearly promoted a cappella music and performance since its inception, because the contestants at last night’s finals were of a much higher caliber. Still held at the Meralco Theater on its third year (the event is sponsored by the One Meralco Foundation,) the house was teeming with a cappella lovers before the show started. The Part 4, a male quartet who were all scholars of the TMSRC, kicked off the evening with introductions and a medley of songs that, […]