The best clothing brand for me is … I like independent designer brands. In the Philippines, I like Aranaz because they use homegrown materials like shells.
The kind of music I listen to is … Top 40 with an R&B slant. A lot of Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Ne-Yo, Beyonce.
The best compliment that I’ve received is … That my book Don’t Forget the Soap can connect with anyone. One commenter from Ukraine who has no ties to the Philippines whatsoever said that it’s relatable, and that, for me, is a huge compliment.
Best recipe that I cook is … Leche flan, the recipe of which I got from my mom. And we’ll always have adobo at family gatherings.
My best shortcut to feeling beautiful is … Klorane dry shampoo, which I buy from Amazon.com. It’s shampoo in powder form, and it makes your scalp feel fresh right away.
My instant mood booster is … Music.
My favorite place for inspiration is … The beach. Or anywhere outdoors that’s by the water, like a river or a lake. When I wrote my book though, I was on maternity leave so I often wrote it while nursing the baby at 2 or 3 in the morning.
My most recent purchase is … A dress I bought for the book launch from Filip+Inna. The owner, Lenora Cabili, brought some pieces over to the house and I fell in love with most of them. It’s Filipina design that’s done in a very modern way.
The best advice I’ve received is … “Don’t take anything for granted.” It’s an advice from my mom, which can be applied on all facets of life.
When I want to indulge, I … Eat. That is so Pinoy.
I know I’m turning into my mother when … I realize how many lifelong friends I’ve made.
You know you’re a Filipino parent if you … Don’t want to throw anything away.