Direk Richard Somes’s work as a visual artist is also present in the garage, this time in the form of several murals. The biggest one depicts a flying eagle, bordered by the word “LEGEND” on top and the phrase “LivE AND BE fREE” at the bottom.
This particular mural, says Aljur, represents his state of mind at the time of the renovation—when he was still a bachelor. “Para kasing ano, e… Start na ’ko ng bagong chapter sa buhay na mag‑isa na. Live and be free, di ba? Agila, di ba lumilipad nang malaya? Soaring high. i was down, really down before. The flowers represent my soft side, and the women also.”
The red gate may keep out unwanted visitors, but that doesn’t deter Aljur and Kylie’s two stray cats, Cloud and Putot, from coming and going as they please. The couple also own a Bengal cat named Bruce.