I’ve always been proud of my house because it successfully evolved into a genuine home. It feels lived in and comfortable. It reflects my personality and makes me feel safe. If I were to share my thoughts on being a home owner, I’d say those are the things one should strive for more than the aesthetics.When I went home last Christmas, Ais asked me if it would be possible for them to feature the house in her show. How on earth could I refuse my travel-birthday-buddy cum interior designer? 🙂 Naturally, I texted her a big ‘Yes!’ My only apprehension was that the house might not be dressed up for television. It was to be her first feature role on TV (her TV debut came a few months earlier, when Proudly Filipina used my house as a set for spiels and their interview with Agot). Aissa’s crew came over in the afternoon (of my birthday) when my house is at its glorious best. They shot this episode of HOUSE LIFE hosted by Tessa Prieto-Valdez and aired it on January 5, 2009. The stunning segment host you’ll see in the clip below is my good, great friend, Aissa Gonzalez.
I miss being home. More so now because it’s spring break and I’m supposed to be relaxing and recharging, yet much as I love my little room here on Bravington Road, it’s a far cry from Tierra de la Torre (the nickname I’ve dubbed my house – I’m schmaltzy that way). I miss my bed, lutong bahay, the warm sunshine through my bedroom windows, the cool afternoon breeze in the balcony, my DVDs, my books, the cool wooden floors of my room, the cool Vigan tiles, my car, and Tita Heide’s reliable company.
Aissa put it best: It’s my little oasis in the city.