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  • A week without meat

    A week without meat

    It’s only your fourth day of going meatless this Holy Week and you’re about ready to turn three shades of green—vegetable green, queasy green, and envy green. And as you swallow the bitterness forcibly down your throat, you close…
  • ‘Til we meat again

    ‘Til we meat again

    For those of us who love meat, going vegan this Lent is the ultimate sacrifice. Model and designer Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez, for instance, subscribes to the Lenten tradition of abstaining from meat (and chocolates) beginning on Ash Wednesday. It’s…
  • The pleasures of pochero

    All over the Philippines, Easter Sunday (known as Pasko ng Pagkabuhay) is celebrated in many homes with pochero, a dish that carries the flavors of Pasko (Christmas) through the ham hock that’s sawn off Chinese ham before it is…

Well-being More

  • Muscle myths

    Muscle myths

    Many Filipinos love to try whatever is the popular sport or fitness activity for the year. Remember when Taebo was so popular in the late ‘90s? And then there was badminton followed by belly dancing, Bikram yoga, cycling, and…
  • Season in the sun

    Summer is here. This means beach trips and other outdoor activities. But before you head out the door to have fun in the sun, make sure you are protected from various illnesses that prevail during this time of the…
  • Twist and splash!

    Twist and splash!

    Who says you can’t do a total-body work workout in a hotel’s infinity pool, with the sun in your face, wind in your hair, and J.Lo’s “Dance Again” blasting on the stereo? Aqua Zumba or Water Zumba, is a…

Moms & Kids More

  • Let’s get this show on the road!

    Let’s get this show on the road!

    If you have ever spent an hour or two driving, or worse, stuck in traffic with your kids, then you know that: (1) They can’t stand silence and will feel compelled to fill any quiet moment with their chatter,…
  • Fright night

    Fright night

    Dear Suzi and Paolo, Why does my daughter suddenly wake up in the middle of the night and start crying? I am getting worried and I don’t know what to do. Mary Jane Reyes       Suzi says Sorry to…
  • The education of Damien Crow

    The education of Damien Crow

    “Welcome! Welcome! Come see the show! Anyone? Anyone?” five-year-old Damien Crow Dizon announces from a balustrade above the sitting room in a voice that could rival P.T. Barnum’s own. The dramatic lilt in his voice—at once commanding and coaxing—draws…

Arts & Living More

  • An affair with cars and glass

    An affair with cars and glass

    Glass artist Ramon Orlina creates whimsical glass display arts in various shapes and sizes, cuts and colors. Because his glass pieces evoke sophistication and class, scheming “black crows” with their “klepto” claws rush to get a piece of his…
  • Semana Santa

    Semana Santa

    Semana Santa began yesterday with Sunday mass, blessing of palms and a procession with an image of Christ riding a donkey, recalling Jesus’ and the Apostles’ arrival in Jerusalem.  On the days following, Jesus preaches to swelling Passover crowds…
  • Meditations on silence

    Meditations on silence

    Like light, sound has become so omnipresent in modern life that where it used to provide us with clues about the world we live in—the cry of certain stormbirds that used to herald the arrival of rain, for instance,…

Picture Perfect More

  • A Beginner’s Guide: Photography Sourcebook : Getting Started with Macro Photography (Part 1)

    A Beginner’s Guide: Photography Sourcebook : Getting Started with Macro Photography (Part 1)

    Author’s Note: When the subject matter of “macro photography” started to creep in our previous topic (How to Reproduce Old Photos Fast and Easy), this author dutifully started the tedious work of research and preparation. As I have stated…
  • Visual treasures

    Visual treasures

    Drae Drei Pilarta started off as an artist and a musician in his younger days. In high school, he would shoot plants, animals, people, and landscape with his digital camera then print them out and draw them. Unfortunately, his…
  • Fun shootout

    Fun shootout

    A very entertaining video that features a shootout between two photographers has been uploaded on Vimeo. I am referring to the Gulf Photo Plus 2014 shootout between Sara Lando and Zack Arias (http://vimeo.com/gulfphotoplus). The Gulf Photo Plus is a…

Home & Garden More

  • Home at last

    Home at last

    Moving in to your dream house is not as easy as you may think. There are tons of ideas and factors to consider before finally setting foot to your new and permanent home. After all, everything must fall into…
  • When there is smoke, there is fire

    When there is smoke, there is fire

    Most home fires happen at a time when people are asleep and are least prepared. In the middle of the night, fire can be a disaster if you and your family are not familiar with how to escape during…
  • Tile in style

    Tile in style

    Our eyes are attracted to the rich colors, our fingers delight in stroking the glossy surface and our bare feet are warmed by a sun-dappled patio floor. The beauty of fired clay and its seemingly limitless variety has inspired…

Fashion More

  • Beauty of nature is infinite

    Beauty of nature is infinite

    The country’s brightest and most promising young designers showcased their talents at the biennial Philippine Fashion & Design Competition (PFDC) held last March 25 at the New Activity Center in Glorietta. The event’s host, the Fashion & Design Council…
  • Great Gatsby at Polo Club

    Great Gatsby at Polo Club

    The always ama-zing Cris Albert loves large-themed parties, and it was her turn to make a grand statement.  Once again the Fila Philippines CEO and president pushed boundaries with the Gatsby-themed ‘Fila Polo Cup 2014’ at the Manila Polo…
  • What do you sacrifice during Holy Week?

    The story of how Jesus Christ died on the cross for people has continued to inspire Filipinos to make sacrifices of their own for their families, for others, and for themselves. We asked these local celebrities what they plan…

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

  • Amazing animals

    Amazing animals

    A journal by Bia Gunderson of Rio 2   This is Bia Gunderson completing the first entries in my journal from deep in the Amazon jungle. If a human finds this, my writing will probably look like parrot scratch,…
  • Kids vs parents

    Kids vs parents

    My parents think they are so smart but really, they don’t know a thing. They don’t know that muggle is human in Harry Potter speak or that Andy is the name of the boy in Toy Story. Okay so,…
  • Movie review: Welcome to the Amazon!

    Movie review: Welcome to the Amazon!

    Summer’s here! Time to smell the roses, relish the cool mountain breeze, swim in the deep blue sea–and watch light but entertaining movies for the whole family like Rio 2! Watching Rio 2 in 3D made me feel like…