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.