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Have you heard of a book called "Happiness Project"? You probably did a couple of years ago when author Gretchen Rubin launched it and was instantly a New York Times bestseller. Curious, I got a copy and read for myself what it was all about even if I was late in the game. Simply put, Rubin's yearlong quest for happiness moves readers to embark on the same adventure - to invest in themselves and maximize happiness through small manageable steps. This should be easy I thought. So, this year, I started my mini happiness project. 

In her book, Rubin tackled 11 resolutions and one of which was pursuing a passion. According to the author's research, it is likely for a person to experience a "tremendous happiness boost" once he or she makes time for a passion and treats it as a priority. In her case, it was to write a novel in 30 days. Mine was to design. 

I've always found realizing ideas come to life as something worthwhile and fulfilling. A perfect example would be our Mori home decors. Imagine the designs we had in mind early 2016 that turned into actual products now in the hands of customers based across the Philippines and abroad.

I wanted to enhance my design skills a notch further through formal education. So, I thought of exploring into another design field which was furniture design.

Luckily, SoFa Design Institute was offering Furniture Design Studio 1 program last July. The lecturer for the class is multi-awarded furniture designer Mr. Rey Soliven. Mr. Soliven's works were showcased in several Manila Fame events already. Without so much thought, I immediately signed up for the class and Saturday afternoons have never been the same. 

Three months have passed, and progress is looking well: 

  1. Conceptualized a chair inspired by the lips (my chosen body part) 
  2. Presented a full-size drawing from the top, side, and front views of the lip-inspired chair
  3. Practiced free hand and perspective drawing
  4. Understand the history, types, forms, and functions of furniture 

What's next? Ideally, it would be to produce a prototype but that is reserved for the next blog post. 

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Are you thinking of starting your happiness project? Please share in the comments below. We'd love to hear it! 

Beyond the Metro
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Since Mori started, our initial target was to serve close to home which is Metro Manila and its neighboring areas. Our small team managed to deliver to new and old friends across NCR - from Las Piñas City all the way to Quezon City. However, we did not want to stop there. True enough, the month of August pushed us to cross borders and go beyond the Metro. 

Believe it or not, our Mori products have made their way to both Sorsogon and Negros Occidental. We did not expect that we could be known in such areas this early and this is a welcoming surprise for us. What's even more fantastic is our coasters are used at a healthy and natural restaurant/cafe (which we plan to share more about in the future). 

We hope that this trend continues and we could reach out to more of our fellow kababayans in Visayas and Mindanao. Maybe in a couple of months, we can also go worldwide. If you have any suggestions on how we can do so, we're open to your ideas. 

Small Beginnings
 
 
 

July was our first month into operations and there was so much to learn for our starting team. From managing our website and multiple social media accounts up to reaching out to publications and influencers, these were some unfamiliar tracks we have pursued in the past four weeks. It has been a test for us as well to balance both Mori and our respective day jobs. Don't get us wrong though - we love the challenge. :)

Believe it or not - as a couple, we actually thrive on challenges. It allows our minds to think bigger, skills to hone deeper and network to expand wider. Through these challenges, we are thankful to celebrate mini victories along the way such as delivering our first sales orders, reaching hundreds of followers through social media and, more notably, getting published on Real Living and Amber of A Momma Abroad's blog.

There are a lot of things we have right now on our plates like product development, photo shoots, and collaborations. And we are happy with the progress. We hope that we can achieve big things with our small beginnings. 

Hello, hello!
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Hello and thank you for visiting our website. Please allow us to share a bit of background about ourselves. We are Amado and Akiko. After ten years of dating, tying the knot was only natural for us as our next step. Throughout our times together, we learned that we are different and sometimes opposite. For example, he is left-brained with a superiority in math and logic while I'm the right-brained with a knack for design and style. But, nonetheless, things fall into place despite such differences and this holds true for Mori. 

Construction work and interior styling hobby led us to launch Mori. Mori is our common ground for our passion for wood and home interiors. We have designed wooden home decors such as coasters, crates and much more. We aim that Mori pieces are tasteful, long-lasting and functional - perfect for every home - while being mindful of the environment. 

This blog serves as our way of sharing testimonials, promotions and future collaborations. You can also expect features on other local brands we discovered and our personal stories on family, food, and travel. We would like to hear from you so don't be shy and leave us a comment anytime. If you wish to be a contributing author, contact us through our e-mail at hello@mori.ph. New ideas are always encouraged.

Our hopes for this blog are to 1) learn more about you; 2) provide better products and services, and 3) create a positive and encouraging online space. 

Again, thank you very much for dropping by and enjoy the rest of the website.