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  • Highway haven

    Highway haven

    Once again, we left our metropolitan comfort zone last weekend and trekked the old MacArthur Highway toward San Simon, a small town (50,000 inhabitants) 45 kilometers north of Manila. A classmate was celebrating her 70th birthday at an eatery…

  • The Noma food trip

    The Noma food trip

    Like New York’s Williamsburg neighborhood, NoMa (North of Makati) is the emerging area for the hip and the artistic in the metropolis. The Collective, found in this area, houses artists and entrepreneurs that runs different businesses like art galleries, retail shops, and restaurants. There’s…

  • Manaoag pilgrimage season on

    Manaoag pilgrimage season on

    Busloads of devotees of Our Lady of Manaoag are expected to visit her shrine, the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Manaoag, Pangasinan, as the annual pilgrimage season to one of the country’s…

Well-being More

  • Smart snacking: What to bring in the beach

    Smart snacking: What to bring in the beach

    One of the highlights during a day at the beach is food. However, we have been accustomed to bringing along convenient and processed foods which are high in calories, saturated fat, sugar, and sodium. Most of these foods are…

  • Because it’s alright to take a day off

    Because it’s alright to take a day off

    Ever since the birth of my daughter Ava two years ago, I don’t recall ever going on a break, however much-needed it was. When I am not working in the office or attending to some coverage outside, I would…

  • All you need to know about skin

    All you need to know about skin

    The most important thing to do to keep your skin safe is to… Use sunblock with at least SPF 30. Number one cause of aging is cumulative sun exposure. Also, over exposure to sun causes skin cancers and pigmentation.…

Moms & Kids More

  • Citizens of the World

    Citizens of the World

    I’m a product of a biracial/bicultural marriage, and my ties to one nation are tenuous at best. I was born in England and lived there for the first six years of my life. Our family then migrated to Manila for a few years,…

  • All nice and tight

    All nice and tight

    In the Philippines, it’s not unlikely to see a toddler sitting on an adult’s lap—while said adult is driving a car. We don’t see it as dangerous but it’s an accident waiting to happen. Abroad, you’d get cited by the police for…

  • Watch your mouth!

    Watch your mouth!

    Last week, I wrote about being called a “fatty” right after I had given birth and how the weight of that one little word sent me into a shame spiral. This week, I wanted to tackle the subject of…

Arts & Culture More

  • Neptune in the Wind

    Neptune in the Wind

    At the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Shanghai, China, an extraordinary Maserati-related work of art by internationally famous artist and sculptor Oliviero Rainaldi was celebrated at an exclusive party attended by more than 200 VIPs, together with special…

  • The art of mishmash

    The art of mishmash

    In the Philippines, weaving is a way to tell a story. We see these stories in the myriad colors of the t’nalak of the Tboli tribe of South Cotabato or in the handcrafted mats of Samar, made from sedge…

  • There’s A Story Here Somewhere. It Got Lost Along The Way.

    “There’s A Story Here Somewhere, It Got Lost Along the Way” pairs for the first time Vic Balanon and Allan Balisi who both extract imagery from film stills as a means to instigate discourse on the malleable boundaries of…

Picture Perfect More

  • Photo glitcher

    Photo glitcher

    First of all, your columnist would like to inform our readers that if you want to give your mother a photo tribute this month of May, just send over your photo of her together with  a short (four to…

  • How do you shoot with a smartphone?

    How do you shoot with a smartphone?

    First, know what your smartphone camera is capable of doing. Second, be aware of lighting. Third, frame well. Those are the broad strokes. Now, let’s get to the nitty-gritty. CAPABILITY What is your smartphone capable of shooting? Camera-wise, today’s…

  • Tips on Composition (Last part)

    Tips on Composition (Last part)

    Use fast shutter speed to freeze the motion. In the previous illustration, the slow shutter speed blurs the motion because the shutter speed has not yet closed as the camera registers the movement.Water, for example, captured at a slow…

Home & Garden More

  • Tools of the trade

    Tools of the trade

    Whether one lives in a house, a condo or an apartment unit, no one is spared when it comes to home repair.  A simple repair  job such as an emergency change of light bulb or a complicated water leak,…

  • It’s time to clean up

    It’s time to clean up

    Trying to find the perfect time to clean the house?  Just like spring in other countries, summer may just be the perfect time to do some household cleaning here in the Philippines.  Now that the kids are on vacation,…

  • The Apartment Department

    The Apartment Department

    Contemporary times see a great many forms of homes. Condominium units, single-detached homes, duplexes, and others uniquely shape how we live in this day and age. Still, the apartment has persisted as a popular option for people, despite more…

Fashion More

  • Diamonds: A girl’s best friend, through thick and thin

    Diamonds: A girl’s best friend, through thick and thin

    Some people are mum when it comes to talking about their jewelry. Well, it’s certainly not the case for multifaceted celebrity Kris Aquino. “I really love jewelry,” she says, over lunch recently with a few lifestyle and entertainment press.…

  • The makeup mandate

    The makeup mandate

    Makeup lessons are infinite. There isn’t just one way to do things (thank goodness!), and that’s where it gets interesting. There will always be new ways to wear makeup, and new approaches to makeup rules. But one thing’s for…

  • Sleek styles

    Sleek styles

    There’s a new phone out every week, at the very least. So when do you know which phone is the perfect fit for you and your lifestyle? Well, for people like us who love fashion, the Samsung Galaxy S6…

Style Weekend More

  • Versatile chic

    Versatile chic

    Five Designs Atelier founder/designer, and Janilyn head of Research and Development/shoe designer Maxine Santos combines whimsical details and sophisticated pieces that are also functional  I have an appointment with a bride first thing in the morning, together with my…

  • Bodacious beauty

    Bodacious beauty

    Lets face it, Brazilians have proven to be one of the most-coveted beauties in the world, and are the reason why people visit their country (aside from the spectacular beaches). But for Brazilian beauty Daiana Menezes, its the other…

  • High glamour

    High glamour

    The 2013 film adaptation of what is widely considered as American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald greatest work, the 1925 novel The Great Gatsby, follows the high life and exciting times of the main character, mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby, played…

Funpage More

  • Explore the Exploreum

    Explore the Exploreum

    What will happen to your hands if you touch a cloud? How is a star born and how does it die? How can you tell the age of a tree? What is the best snack for astronauts? You can…

  • Run doggie run!

    Run doggie run!

    We know you miss your pets but in just a few weeks, classes will finally end and you’ll have, (finally!) the whole day to spend with your pets. For today, though, you can spend an hour or two with…

  • The shoe fits

    The shoe fits

    Who doesn’t love the classic fairytale of a beautiful maiden enslaved by her stepmother and stepsisters and caught the heart of a prince? Thanks to Disney, Cinderella, her prince, her fairy godmother, Anastasia, Drizella, the stepmother, and the glass…