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Six steps to keep face moisturized in autumn

Hello from Denmark! Temperature here has dropped from 20 degrees to 10, signalling the start of autumn and the coming of what is thought to be one of the coldest Danish winters in six years. As Danes and foreign students such as me prepare for subzero Scandinavian cold, let me share here…

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I Shall Not Want

My thoughts on the challenges of being open to life and God’s bountiful providence Whenever I reveal that I have four children 6 years old and under, people are usually taken aback. Often, the next question is how many of each gender. When I say two boys and two girls, people…

Inspirational Filipinas

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Jen’s OT career in New York and the love of a single Mom

In America, it’s not really unusual to be a hands-on parent, says New York-based therapist Jen delos Santos, 37. But in Jen’s case, she gets by as a single parent who takes care of her son round the clock, all by herself, while running an outpatient clinic in New York….

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Precious Prieto on bags and baggages

Precious has been stuffing her bags full since school days, and years into the workforce made her realize that she needed to invest in something more durable, something more beautiful. “I collect designer bags mainly because of my trust in the implicit durability of branded items, particularly designer bags,” says…

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Bye, bags – Hello, world!

How Joanna Mendoza, 38, let go of her premium bag collection to take her family out to a world of diverse cultures and rich experiences, in her journey to repay the people who showed her love for things that matter Joanna thought that her Kelly Parchemin was the most beautiful…

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Mommy MUA and The Makeup of Mica

Making women beautiful these days is a growing business to many, as many of us push the business of looking fab high in our list. Blogs and youtube tutorials have been turning several cosmetics enthusiasts into make-up artists, and some of them have inspiring stories to tell, like this month’s…

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A Marriage Saved

“I was broken and I didn’t know the man I had loved the most anymore.”   This was Eda at her breaking point, but in the end, she chose to stay with the man that God had intended her to be with. This is her story.    It was 1993…

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Purple Kat

Love for football and thirst for knowledge brought Kat Borromeo, 30, to the land of football champions. Aside from the scholarship she received from the University of Freiburg several years ago, she set her eyes on Germany because that time it was the venue of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Kat’s…

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Mga Gawa ni Femi

  At an early age, Femi Cachola knew she was going be in the field of arts but she didn’t know exactly where. “Art was my favorite subject in gradeschool and I hoard arts and craft materials until now. I took up Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas.”…

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Breaking Barriers

It’s no longer the 1950s. Women are no longer confined to the home with their specific roles limited to being a mother, homemaker, and diligent wife. It was not an easy climb to conquer what once was just a man’s world. Societal labels still linger, and patriarchal views still put…

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Chasing Dreams in France

This month’s World Urbanista has been living abroad for only five years, yet she has been an expat at an esteemed company, finished her Masters, got married, and built a home in France, while teaching in a business school and taking PhD in a French city. Her free time is…

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SEPA, chic and glitzy

After quitting her job at a local shoe company, Dianne Espera of SEPA Cebu found a treasure in her granny’s old sewing kit by making earrings out of safety pins and old buttons. “I love shoes and finding a job opening in the newspaper for a shoe designer was like…

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Keeping the REAL Truth In Advertising

Media and advertising  are powerful tools of persuasion.  It encourages the public to believe and act in a certain way. We  see it everywhere- tall, skinny, well toned images of women with glowing skin and great hair, and eventually we start to believe that that is how we should look….

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Figure Watch: Poleen Kim-Bo

A goal without a deadline is just a dream, says the fit and sexy 29-year old Poleen Kim-Bo, who shares with us in this Q&A how to shape the body and contour the abs. Poleen is a Surgical Intensive Care Registered nurse and currently back in school for a doctorate…

Try to like you

Do you like the many versions of your looks? And, have you thought about what’s the best version of yourself? This viral music video makes sense to me. You don’t have to try to change you, so they’d like you. I like that. You know that feeling of not being…

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Bunny Liwanag: We gonna be alright

Bunny Liwanag has been touring Europe since 2012 after releasing the debut solo album LIFE (Love Is For Ever) under Believe Digital Music in France. She has travelled with Simon Prouveze (lead guitars) and Gabriel Perez (percussions and harmonica), who are based in Marseille and Aix en Provence, to share…

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Joy de Vivre

Wine, San Francisco, Art. This sounds like life pleasures — the epicurean kind, doesn’t it? There must be a very thin line between work and play for US-based Joy Tolosa-Ohler who creates art for an Australian wine company and who enjoys gastronomical trips with husband in a city where dining…

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Beauty that sustains

Everybody thought Lupita Nyong’o was beautiful at this year’s Oscars, especially when she delivered her acceptance speech. A speech to accept her award and her color. The Best Supporting Actress recounted how her black complexion has always been an obstacle to overcome, even wishing it to disappear when she wakes…

Can't Get Enough Good Stuff

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Precious Prieto on bags and baggages

Precious has been stuffing her bags full since school days, and years into the workforce made her realize that she needed to invest in something more durable, something more beautiful. “I collect designer bags mainly because of my trust in the implicit durability of branded items, particularly designer bags,” says…

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Bye, bags – Hello, world!

How Joanna Mendoza, 38, let go of her premium bag collection to take her family out to a world of diverse cultures and rich experiences, in her journey to repay the people who showed her love for things that matter Joanna thought that her Kelly Parchemin was the most beautiful…

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Plains & Prints has more to gain with Anne Curtis partnership

Actress-model-host Anne Curtis-Smith partnered with Plains & Prints for last year’s Summer/Spring Collection and I must say it’s a very smart decision for the latter. Truthfully, I’ve always found P&S a bit of a fence-straddler in that it has always tried to stick its neck out and be bolder with its…

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Scarves: A Closet Must Have

From a top, a blousy wrap, a belt, a hair accessory, a necklace, a hanging wall decor, and even a purse… people have gotten so creative with scarves that it is a definite must have in your closet.  Large square, infinity, long rectangle, shawl, pashmina, eternity loop, sarong… there are…

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Altuzarra for Target, Fall 2014

Power fashion comes at affordable prices on September 14. Last Spring Target has released a Peter Pilotto line, this Fall, Target stores will team up with luxury brand Altuzarra. Central to the partnership is a limited-edition collection of shoes, accessories, and a mix of iconic Altuzarra silhouettes with designs created specifically for…

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SEPA, chic and glitzy

After quitting her job at a local shoe company, Dianne Espera of SEPA Cebu found a treasure in her granny’s old sewing kit by making earrings out of safety pins and old buttons. “I love shoes and finding a job opening in the newspaper for a shoe designer was like…

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Liz Uy: A Study In Contradictions

Celebrity stylist, fashion editor, brand endorser and It-Girl Liz Uy has a flair for picking the latest trend. With her recently released book published by Summit Media, Stylized: Liz Uy’s Ten Essentials she shares with us how, we too, can learn a thing or two, on transforming the trendy into a…

Style Watch: Joyce Jamlang Tiongson

This month’s Style Watch features casual, hipster, and classic, all in one babe. When Joyce Jamlang Tiongson worked for a clothing manufacturing company for women, her sense of style developed more. “I’ve always loved clothes and shoes, who doesn’t? But now I wanted to look more unique and just wear what I feel looks…

5 Interesting facts about LV

1. One of Vuitton’s best selling bags, the Speedy, did not become popular until it was redesigned in 1960 for Audrey Hepburn, one of Hollywood’s all time great actresses. 2. Aged 13,  living with a strict stepmother and tired of life in the provinces, Louis Vuitton left his hometown of…

Fitness is In

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My First and Possibly, Last Marathon Experience

I am an asthmatic and was never athletic. I did not even think that I could run a mile. But then I met my husband. He was always running on the treadmill three times a week. Then he took it up a notch by running outdoors, then signing up for…

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A Realistic Goal (Weight Loss Tip #1)

About three days ago, I read an article on Rappler about a girl who’s about as tall as I am (5’2 1/2). She said her highest recorded weight was 150 lbs and that she’s 40 lbs overweight. While the girl’s weight loss achievement and her tips were extremely commendable, her statement…

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How Selfies Helped Me Lose 60 lbs

I know. Another “selfie” post! Not so much as of a good first ever article in World Urbanista, right? “Selfies” have been getting a bad rap lately. I know of no less than a dozen friends who scoff at the idea of a self-portrait photograph. Even I, myself, see it…

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Figure Watch: Poleen Kim-Bo

A goal without a deadline is just a dream, says the fit and sexy 29-year old Poleen Kim-Bo, who shares with us in this Q&A how to shape the body and contour the abs. Poleen is a Surgical Intensive Care Registered nurse and currently back in school for a doctorate…

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Hikes For All Seasons

Are you chained to a desk all week dreaming for a chance to get outdoors? Do you live in a concrete jungle dying for fresh country air?  Do you have itchy feet longing for a trail to hike on no matter what the weather? Being all of the above, here…

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Rice Proportion

Rice extension is an original food preparation concept created by Nadine Tengco. It is a solution to the over-consumption of rice and the under-consumption of vegetables. According to Nadine, a typical Filipino ‘divided plate’ contains ½ rice, ¼ vegetables, and ¼ proteins. The proper portions should be: ½ vegetables, ¼ rice,…

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Why Eating “Kaning Lamig” Can Help You Slim Down

Contrary to popular belief – or unless you consume a “kaldero” of “kaning lamig – eating cooled rice can actually help you fight fat and lose weight. Rice, corn, and potatoes, with other unfairly maligned carbs, are at the center of the latest and exciting nutrition breakthrough on the role…

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Zen in the City

I saluted the sun as it bade farewell to the longest day of the year in the busiest intersection in the world – Times Square. In its 11th year, Times Square Alliance hosted Solstice in Times Square: Athleta Mind Over Madness Yoga. Close to 10,000 yogis attended the all day event….

Stories of the Modern Filipina

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Jen’s OT career in New York and the love of a single Mom

In America, it’s not really unusual to be a hands-on parent, says New York-based therapist Jen delos Santos, 37. But in Jen’s case, she gets by as a single parent who takes care of her son round the clock, all by herself, while running an outpatient clinic in New York….

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Precious Prieto on bags and baggages

Precious has been stuffing her bags full since school days, and years into the workforce made her realize that she needed to invest in something more durable, something more beautiful. “I collect designer bags mainly because of my trust in the implicit durability of branded items, particularly designer bags,” says…

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Bye, bags – Hello, world!

How Joanna Mendoza, 38, let go of her premium bag collection to take her family out to a world of diverse cultures and rich experiences, in her journey to repay the people who showed her love for things that matter Joanna thought that her Kelly Parchemin was the most beautiful…

The Tribute in Light art installation done annually by The Municipal Art Society in remembrance of 9/11.

World Trade Center to Freedom Tower

In memory of 9/11, we are republishing this article, to honor those who lost their lives during that fateful day. ——————————————————— Twelve years ago, one fine fall day in New York, I went off from work so I can pick up my folks from JFK airport. They were flying in…

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Figure Watch: Poleen Kim-Bo

A goal without a deadline is just a dream, says the fit and sexy 29-year old Poleen Kim-Bo, who shares with us in this Q&A how to shape the body and contour the abs. Poleen is a Surgical Intensive Care Registered nurse and currently back in school for a doctorate…

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Joy de Vivre

Wine, San Francisco, Art. This sounds like life pleasures — the epicurean kind, doesn’t it? There must be a very thin line between work and play for US-based Joy Tolosa-Ohler who creates art for an Australian wine company and who enjoys gastronomical trips with husband in a city where dining…

Spring at the High Line

  The High Line, an elevated repurposed rail line along the West side of Manhattan, is a park that has something for everyone. More than a mile long, it is an edgy public space offering healthy doses of nature, art, architecture and food. For the Nature Lover Spring offers a…

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Glam Supermom

It’s a wonder how mothers could juggle one million home tasks while staying fab in a second home-country, but one supermum proves how this is possible: with four boys, in the US, no yaya. A family of six Deborah Ortaliz-O’Neill’s day starts at 6 am. She cooks breakfast, packs lunches,…

The World is Your Oyster

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Solo Flight: The Lone Wanderer

Traveling is an experience that is not like any other. It affords the traveler a bigger picture of the world and a change that occurs from within. Whatever reason one has to travel,  most people will shun at the thought of traveling alone. However, solo travel can afford one with…

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Egyptian Vignettes

LUXOR We arrived at dawn and our riverboat was not ready for boarding until noon. But there was a felucca man willing to sail us over the Nile River to Banana Island. Happy to have the fare, he offered us mint tea, which in the Arab world as sign of…

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How Selfies Helped Me Lose 60 lbs

I know. Another “selfie” post! Not so much as of a good first ever article in World Urbanista, right? “Selfies” have been getting a bad rap lately. I know of no less than a dozen friends who scoff at the idea of a self-portrait photograph. Even I, myself, see it…

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Wherever I May Roam

  “I’ll take my time anywhere, free to speak my mind anywhere And I’ll redefine anywhere Anywhere I may roam, where I lay my head is home.”                                              …

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Joy de Vivre

Wine, San Francisco, Art. This sounds like life pleasures — the epicurean kind, doesn’t it? There must be a very thin line between work and play for US-based Joy Tolosa-Ohler who creates art for an Australian wine company and who enjoys gastronomical trips with husband in a city where dining…

Spring at the High Line

  The High Line, an elevated repurposed rail line along the West side of Manhattan, is a park that has something for everyone. More than a mile long, it is an edgy public space offering healthy doses of nature, art, architecture and food. For the Nature Lover Spring offers a…

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Hikes For All Seasons

Are you chained to a desk all week dreaming for a chance to get outdoors? Do you live in a concrete jungle dying for fresh country air?  Do you have itchy feet longing for a trail to hike on no matter what the weather? Being all of the above, here…

Kamayan: A Filipino way of eating without utensils

On Wednesday and Thursday nights, a Filipino gastropub in the Lower East Side in New York City offers diners a chance to eat with their hands. That’s right, no plates, no forks, no knives, but make sure that you thoroughly wash your hands first! This is Jeepney’s spin on a…

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Belgium: More Than Waffles and Chocolates

On my first ever time backpacking in mainland Europe, I was a beer virgin, but returned home a beer aficionado. My college friend and I were headed from Amsterdam to Paris when we made a fateful decision to stop in Belgium for a few days. While on the train, I…

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Six steps to keep face moisturized in autumn

Hello from Denmark! Temperature here has dropped from 20 degrees to 10, signalling the start of autumn and the coming of what is thought to be one of the coldest Danish winters in six years. As Danes and foreign students such as me prepare for subzero Scandinavian cold, let me share here…

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Mommy MUA and The Makeup of Mica

Making women beautiful these days is a growing business to many, as many of us push the business of looking fab high in our list. Blogs and youtube tutorials have been turning several cosmetics enthusiasts into make-up artists, and some of them have inspiring stories to tell, like this month’s…

Try to like you

Do you like the many versions of your looks? And, have you thought about what’s the best version of yourself? This viral music video makes sense to me. You don’t have to try to change you, so they’d like you. I like that. You know that feeling of not being…

The Tale of Lovely Layers

In the perfect world of lacquer lovers, each bottle of nail polish will achieve bottle color on the nail with one pristine coat.  But alas, one-coaters, though in existence, do not come by often enough.  There are also a lot of polishes in the market that are gorgeous in the…

Confessions of a Lacquer Addict

I have a few confessions to make.   I was a former nail biter and picker.  I would bite and pick at my nails when I was anxious, scared, or just bored.  It was only after I graduated college that I stopped because I was able to afford semi-regular manicures…

Nail Color For the Corporate – The Subdued Neutrals

Neutral shades are staples in a nail polish stash.  They have gone beyond just your ordinary taupes, bieges or whites. This set of photos in the corporate manicures series will show my favorite subdued neutral shades.     All images ©2014 Ann Itoralba Written by: Ann Itoralba Find other worldurbanista…

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Beauty that sustains

Everybody thought Lupita Nyong’o was beautiful at this year’s Oscars, especially when she delivered her acceptance speech. A speech to accept her award and her color. The Best Supporting Actress recounted how her black complexion has always been an obstacle to overcome, even wishing it to disappear when she wakes…

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Nail Colors for the Corporate – Colors for the Lady Boss

Don’t let your 9 to 5 get in the way of polishing your nails.  Although often overlooked, the way your hands are groomed adds an element of professionalism.  Here are some corporate manicure guidelines to ponder: Keep the nails the same length.  Moderate length is best, nothing to long.  The…

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5 Great Road Trip Destinations From Manila

A long weekend and a car is really all you need for a respite from work. If you’re feeling in need of a recharge, grab a map and some friends – or throw the kids in your car – and hit the road for a well-deserved road trip. Here are…

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Bye, bags – Hello, world!

How Joanna Mendoza, 38, let go of her premium bag collection to take her family out to a world of diverse cultures and rich experiences, in her journey to repay the people who showed her love for things that matter Joanna thought that her Kelly Parchemin was the most beautiful…

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Snap Shot: Quiapo

Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, also known as St. John The Baptist Parish, and colloquially as Quiapo Church.   Photo submitted by purplemj for worldurbanista.com “Looking at the world through the lens is seeing the details . It  becomes clearer that there is beauty in everything and that there’s…

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Pinoy Superstitions on New Year’s Eve

Food, Fireworks, Family and Friends… that is your usual staple celebration of New Year’s Eve. What makes welcoming the new year uncommon for the rest of the world is celebrating it the Pinoy way. Here is a list of traditional New Year’s Eve Pinoy practices that have superstitious connotations to…

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Paskong Pinoy: A Religious Devotion

More than just a celebration, Christmas in the Philippines is really a practice of our being a nation of Christians, and with this are traditional decorations that are religious in nature. The Angels are a symbol of the announcement of the birth of Christ, and the Belen paints a picture…

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Paskong Pinoy: The 16th to the 25th

The heart of a Filipino Christmas celebration starts around Dec 16th. This marks the 9 days before Christmas and the church tradition called Simbang Gabi starts. Simbang Gabi or Misa de Gallo is a novena of masses held at dawn. For the 9 days leading up to December 25th, people…

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Paskong Pinoy: Let the Celebrations Begin

Nothing excites Filipinos more than the anticipation of the happiest season of the year. Around the beginning of the last quarter of the year, department stores start playing their Christmas music to psych the mall patrons to start their holiday shopping. Around this time as well, street lights start getting…

The journey back to the Camp Site.

Conquering Mount Pulag

“Are we there yet?  Are we there yet?” Our group was still two hours away from the Mount Pulag camp site and in between heavy breaths, one of our companions was able to quip those funny lines. Minutes later, the group became quiet and as our backpacks bore down on…

Wednesday snapshot: Mangga

Manggang hilaw with alamang. Summer in the Philippines means beaches, halo-halo, and mangoes. Whether it’s indian mango, apple mango, or kalabaw, it is best served with bagoong or alamang.

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Truth about Sunscreens

Q:  There are so many sunscreens out there to choose from. How will I know which is best suited for my skin type and  can effectively block both UVA and UVB rays? What do the SPF ratings (SPF 30, SPF 50, etc) mean?  A: I am delighted to answer your…

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A Realistic Goal (Weight Loss Tip #1)

About three days ago, I read an article on Rappler about a girl who’s about as tall as I am (5’2 1/2). She said her highest recorded weight was 150 lbs and that she’s 40 lbs overweight. While the girl’s weight loss achievement and her tips were extremely commendable, her statement…

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Joy de Vivre

Wine, San Francisco, Art. This sounds like life pleasures — the epicurean kind, doesn’t it? There must be a very thin line between work and play for US-based Joy Tolosa-Ohler who creates art for an Australian wine company and who enjoys gastronomical trips with husband in a city where dining…

Spring at the High Line

  The High Line, an elevated repurposed rail line along the West side of Manhattan, is a park that has something for everyone. More than a mile long, it is an edgy public space offering healthy doses of nature, art, architecture and food. For the Nature Lover Spring offers a…

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A Filipino Inspired New York Style Brunch

Brunch as a New York institution almost always consists of booze, pancakes and eggs benedict. But that breakfast-meets-lunch phenomenon has been re-invented by Top Chef contestant Leah Cohen at her South East Asian influenced restaurant, Pig and Khao, in the Lower East Side. Although the menu also includes Thai and…

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Bunny Liwanag: We gonna be alright

Bunny Liwanag has been touring Europe since 2012 after releasing the debut solo album LIFE (Love Is For Ever) under Believe Digital Music in France. She has travelled with Simon Prouveze (lead guitars) and Gabriel Perez (percussions and harmonica), who are based in Marseille and Aix en Provence, to share…

Naiibang Pasko(A Different Kind Of Christmas)

I left to work as a teacher in the US 15 years ago. I would have to admit that leaving was hard, I was leaving all that was familiar to me behind. It was hard to say goodbye to family and friends, but at the same time, it was also…

Pasko Sa ‘Pinas

ABS-CBN has released their Christmas Station ID for 2013, with the theme “Magkasama Tayo sa Kuwento ng Pasko”. It features “The Voice-PH” coaches Lea Salonga, Bamboo Manalac, and Sarah Geronimo. Singing with them are the show’s top winner Mitoy Yonting and the other three finalists Klarisse de Guzman, Janice Javier…