Be an optimist in Ghost month!


Even a year full of challenges could bring opportunities if you know where to look! The Year of the Fire Monkey may be an unbalanced one with many important luck elements missing, but there are other indications that could be tapped to make it a better year for those who are not so endowed with auspicious luck.

In the world of Feng Shui, August is the Ghost Month indicating no new projects and activities should occur. With the year as unpredictable as the nature of monkeys, the forecast shows tendencies and trends for financial and political difficulties.

Fortunately, I am a perennial optimist counting many blessings in spite of all the challenges. Luckily, the Feng Shui principle of yin and yang reminds us that there is nothing intrinsically good or bad – and even in the worst situations there is always a way out.

Our world is much more complex and volatile than in previous fire monkey years. It’s up to us to shape our personal and collective realities as best as we can. Feng Shui underlining formula is quite simple – intention + energy + ritual. Keeping a clear intention of exactly what you want is important to create change and improvements in your life. Your innate energy is key to manifesting your goals and dreams quicker. Thanks to my Feng Shui expert Marites Allen, I get the “ritual” aspect covered with wearing the auspicious colors and carrying lucky amulets. Additionally, my Bikram Yoga teacher Olay Aninion and Kundalini Yoga instructor Rosan Cruz have protected me with positive energies.

New energies could be created with opening new ventures or celebrating milestones. So August is an ideal month to celebrate a store anniversary and open a new store as well.

Dimensione, a home and lifestyle specialty store is currently celebrating the 40th anniversary of Magis with an interestingly artful exhibit of the Magis Rocky. Established as a modern and design driven furniture showroom, Dimensione has developed a very good relationship with international iconic brand such as Magis. Definitely an unbeatable partnership, Magis has trusted Dimensione as their exclusive partner here in the country since 1997.

In celebration of four decades of Magis in the world of design and furniture, Dimensione collaborated with Secret Fresh to create a local homage to one of the most fun and iconic items of Magis – the unbeatable Rocky. Meryem Chouirf, Magis Representative for Asia, was present during the affair and shared the successful partnership with Dimensione head Ben Chan and his team. This particular project with Secret Fresh Gallery for the Unbeatable Rocky is indeed special for the company.

Rocky, an original design by Marc Newson for Magis was reinterpreted by 14 local artists that Secret Fresh Gallery owner Bigboy Cheng and the Dimensione team selected. Different versions of the Rocky, the unbeatable, indestructible rocking horse were revealed last August 4 at the Studio Dimensione, BGC Taguig Showroom.

These one-of-a-kind masterpieces are for sale and can be part of your very own homes and collections. The Dimensione x Secret Fresh exhibition is on until September 4.

To create auspicious energy, I believe in retail therapy. I always get excited when new furniture shops open in the city. Mother and daughter, Dette Aquino-Tan and Audrey Tan-Zubiri, finally opened their Italian Furniture showroom, Designa Italia a few weeks ago. This latest addition to the furniture scene features beautiful and high quality Italian furniture.

Cutting the ribbon, together with Audrey and Dette, were Senator Miguel Zubiri, Red Cross Chairman Senator Dick Gordon and Ross Merlino and Paolo Vecchia from Italy. I joined the ceremonial cutting and shopped soon after.

The store features a wide array of items ready to be brought home but also offers the option of placing indent orders for clients with specific requirements. All items are proudly made in Italy and reflect the classic elegance of Italian design while at the same time displaying the contemporary lifestyle of modern times. Each piece is truly a celebration of Italian craftsmanship and creativity.

Audrey shared that Italian furniture has always been considered luxurious in terms of their quality and design but what sets her shop apart from other stores is their mission to make reasonably priced Italian furniture more accessible to a broader market.

Designa Italia is located at W14 La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Don Chino Roces Ave. (Behind San Lorenzo Village) Makati City and can be reached at (02) 772-8343 or (0977) 100-3469 and through email

For positive brain health, I was recently introduced to Allysian Sciences, natural products designed to help with memory, stress relief, mood, alertness and performance amongst other benefits. At an intimate dinner at Vask Manila, good friend Jojie Dingcong organized a gathering of influencers to hear from Apolo Ohno, 8x Olympic medalist and the most decorated American winter Olympian in history, along with his co-founder Rod Jao about this wonderful supplement.

The Vancouver, British Columbia based company introduced these products that bring awareness to the brain health industry. Allysian’s goal is to help everyone improve all aspects of life starting with the most important part of the human body – the mind. Grab your bottle of this mind-blowing power potion through email – .

Another super athlete and NBA superstar that has been tapped by Coca-Cola is LeBron James. Coca-Cola brings to the Philippines Sprite LeBron’s Mix, the first-ever, limited edition King James drink so you can have the NBA superstar’s diskarte in you.

Launched recently in Green Sun Hotel in Makati City, Sprite now offers the new LeBron’s Mix – a combination of the crisp, refreshing lemon-lime taste of Sprite with the delicious twist of cherry and orange flavors. It comes in an eye-catching bold red packaging with LeBron’s initials and his iconic crown.

During the launch, Stephan Czypionka, Vice President for Marketing of Coca-Cola Philippines welcomed all media guests and sports personalities at the action-packed affair complete with games and prizes.


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