In 2013, concert queen Pops Fernandez happily welcomed the YES! Magazine team into her modern Asian multi-level home in Taguig City.
While the singer has a talent for whipping up meals, she admitted that she didn’t develop the habit of experimenting in the kitchen.
After going through a couple of hurdles, Pops finally found time to learn how to cook and even how to bake.
Her sons, Robin and Ram, were often her taste testers.
“Pag nagluluto naman ako, naha-happy naman ‘yong mga anak ko, because sobrang they appreciate my effort," Pops told YES!
"Plus, it gives us a lot of bonding time together.”
Mother and sons often enjoy midnight snacks, “We really love to eat."
Those are special moments, according to Pops, "It’s another way for us to bond.
"And we love discovering new places to eat.
"For me, food is one of the joys in life, lalo na when you’re in another place.
"To be able to experience different types of food, di ba?
"Some are exotic, some are parang rare. Maganda rin siyang experience,”
The house itself highlights convenience—aside from being fully furnished when it was bought, it's also accessible from different key areas around the Metro.
The 300sqm-multilevel property features modern Asian aesthetic dominated by natural light, wooden elements, and glass.
With no dividers separating the living and dining areas, the space looks extra spacious and refreshing—with the picture windows allowing natural light to stream into the space.
These windows also gives a calming view of the outdoors.
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Pops adores the color red, and her home shows it.
The upholstered chairs were originally in white leather, but when these started showing signs of wear-and-tear, she had it reupholstered with a striking red fabric.
It matches the accessories and the red sculpture on the console table against the wall.
Pops had wanted a square dining table, but when she discovered the rectangular piece that came with the house was from Calligaris, she decided to keep it.
"What? I love this table," she exclaimed.
The glass accessories on display work to tone down the red in the space.
The abstract painting is also the perfect wall accent, as it blends into the wall for a cohesive look.
The painting and the sculpture are gifts from Pops's mother, Dulce Lukban.
Any homeowner would love to cook in this spacious and well-equipped kitchen.
While Pops didn't have a say in the design of the area, the singer fell in love with it in an instant.
"So nice, di ba? Parang nakakaengganyo to cook more!" Pops remarked.
"I prepare food and serve it straight from here, dito na agad sa counter.
"Basta, I like the whole flow."
Aside from the generous counter space by the window, the kitchen also showcases a U-shaped island—making food preparation and entertaining guests a lot easier.
The wall oven is conveniently installed on one side of the space.
It is surrounded by high-gloss black cabinets that provide enough storage while adding a sleek appeal to the cooking area.
Even the bar stools in elegant black and red combo follow the home's color scheme.
Meanwhile, the overhead frosted cabinets above the sink are perfect nooks to store dinnerware.
Yellow lights were installed inside the cabinets, and when turned on, these give off a warm glow—adding to the sophisticated and inviting vibe of the kitchen.
Pops takes pride in her pasta dishes, and had cooked a Cheesy Pasta for the YES! Team.
She also admitted that her friends were surprised when they learned she could prep a few dishes in the kitchen.
"Marunong naman ako, my God!" the concert queen said, "Siyempre, pag masyado na akong magaling diyan e parang lahat ginawa ko na, huwag naman."
A blank wooden wall separates the kitchen from the foyer.
It conceals the cooking area and completes the look of the modern space.
Read the original article in the December 2013 issue of YES! Magazine.
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This story originally appeared on RealLiving.com.ph..
* Minor edits have been made by the PEP.ph editors.