“Patsy has a high re­gard for Filipino crafts­men. She so lov­ingly chooses to po­si­tion their pieces around her sanc­tu­ary in Calata­gan, where you will find only lo­cal ma­te­ri­als,” John­son shares

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ad­ven­tures. “I wake up ev­ery morn­ing to take a long walk, and then go out on the boat to spend the day at sea—swim­ming, snorkelling, go­ing for a dive,” Patsy nar­rates. “For me, be­ing out here is bliss.”

Patsy’s home is a space for her to do ev­ery­thing her­self, in­clud­ing cook­ing in the open kitchen. “I re­ally made this house so I could sit and read,” she says. Her idea of a per­fect af­ter­noon is a game of mah-jong, or curl­ing up with a good book, her chil­dren and dogs com­ing in and out the door.

One book that can be found on Patsy’s shelf is the best-seller Eat, Pray, Love writ­ten by El­iz­a­beth Gil­bert. In a mem­o­rable scene, the au­thor is de­scribed as “a woman in search of a word,” and to­wards the end of her jour­ney she dis­cov­ers that word to be at­traver­si­amo, mean­ing “to cross over.” And while this con­cept ap­plies very lit­er­ally to the hang­ing wooden bridge that con­nects the old house to the new one, it also cap­tures the essence of her home—a place that has truly grown around its owner, each moment spent there a trea­sured one.

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