Wednesday, October 14, 2009

cambodian connections

The great thing about living in Cambodia is being able to welcome people you'll probably never have a chance to meet at home or anywhere else in the planet for that matter. I guess it's just a matter of being at the right place at the right time...

A couple of weeks ago, we welcomed the group of Ben Chan, creative director and founder of Bench, the Philippines' largest retail group with clothing stores stretching from San Francisco to San Fernando, Dubai to Divisoria, Beijing to Boni Avenue. He was with Miguel, the head architect of Bench; talent managers Arnold and Rey; Xander Tantoco and Mons, daughter of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo.


They visited our shop, Poetry, and did a big shopping spree. Ben got a couple of stuffs and was especially fond of the book I did. He asked me to collaborate on him on some design projects for Bench and Pinoy Lab. My designs will be available on Bench this December!


Had dinner with them on the last night at the Aman House. T'was such great fun.

The next couple of weeks, I got a call from the Philippine Embassy in Phnom Penh to welcome and help out Senator Pia Cayetano on her trip to Angkor. She came with friend Anne who happens to be a triathlete like the senator.



Senator Cayetano was here as a speaker for a United Nations-sponsored conference. A young driven politician, a great mom and a health buff, she is truly an incredible person that it's hard to believe she exists in the flesh... my wife and I have just become a big, big fan.

15 comments:

blagadag said...

ang galing galing mo talaga. ubod kang pinagpala, love.

eDreGiN said...

Brotherhood, congratulations! Bonggalore ka talaga' Wish you more blessings to come and to your family, ingat kayo dyan lage.

chezza said...

I wish I could come and visit your store too! :)

PUSANG-gala said...

being at the right place at the right time it is indeed kuya Loven. you are where the action is.......

...and the bench thing ...hmmm....something to look forward to. makapag-shop nga sa bench this December. hehe

the spool artist said...

@blagadag: salamat po...

@edregin: thanks. sa isla ka ba magpapasko ngayon or uwi ka sa pinas?

@chezza: you should visit cambodia soon!

@pusang gala: indeed, anton... send me pics if you got anything... i wont be able to come home this december! huhuhu.

Anonymous said...

you are always blessed :)
keep walking closer with him. im so happy for your family. you have my prayers and love. always :)
xoxo
Pan De Gapo

PUSANG-kalye said...

alo Kuya LOVEN ---I changed my blog url po to make it more coherent. Hope you can visit me soon--thanks.tc

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