Kitchen

YES! (Philippines) - - Kobe and Andre -

With its black cab­i­netry, off-white coun­ter­tops, wood-top kitchen is­land, red bar stools and hang­ing lights, and sub­way tiles on the back­splash, the kitchen is de­cid­edly mas­cu­line and mod­ern. Small won­der it has been de­signed that way. Af­ter all, Ben­jie and Kobe are the ones who use this space more of­ten.

The kitchen, Ben­jie says, is where he and the kids of­ten hang around: “Puro dito lang, nagha-hang-out kami. Ano lang, tatam­bay, kakain. What­ever. Break­fast, lunch. Dito kami nag­tata­gal, nagkukuwen­tuhan, nag­tatawanan.”

In a year or so, the kitchen will look dif­fer­ent. That’s be­cause Ben­jie plans to change the coun­ter­tops. “Ac­tu­ally, kung wood, magiging OA na. Sig­uro, maglagay na lang kami ng iba, ba­hala na. Next time, pa­pal­i­tan ng solid na mar­ble or gran­ite.”

Hid­den from view and tucked away in a nar­row space un­der­neath the ta­ble is the proof that the kitchen is the “hang­out” of the kids: a white multi-port USB charg­ing hub, where the kids charge their smart­phones, iPads, and other gad­gets.

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