Category Archives: LIFESTYLE

NORTHERN EXPOSURE: BATANES

The cloud-reflecting rock formations in Mananoy’s shoreline. Photo: Jake Verzosa

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

After beholding the overwhelming, unsullied magnificence of this paradoxical island, we were badly torn between a) shouting out to the world how damn fine this place is, and b) keeping its majesty to ourselves. We would have preferred the latter but we so want you to get a superlative summer experience right here in the Philippines. Continue reading NORTHERN EXPOSURE: BATANES

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Singaporean director: Filipino friendliness made festival successful

ASIAN Civilisation Museum’s Deputy Director (Programmes and Audience Development) T. Sundraraj—or Raaj, as he is called—has yet to meet an unfriendly Filipino, a fact he’s grateful for because it is the Filipinos’ cultural affability that helped ensure the success of Celebrate Philippines! weekend fiesta.

Continue reading Singaporean director: Filipino friendliness made festival successful

China Star: The Dawn of New Vintage

CHINESE, not Chinese-ish. This is what China Star is.

On the surface, it doesn’t look anything like the red-and-gold Buddha food enclaves that supposedly represent Chinese cuisine in this city.  No mall-style red banners screaming “We’re a Chinese restaurant!” nor any of the “talk-to-the-chopstick” attitude of stick-in-the-mud oriental establishments. Notably gone, too, are traditional Chinese trimmings that promise transportation to the Mainland.

In China Star, the food, dubbed as “New Vintage Chinese Cuisine,” speaks for itself. Continue reading China Star: The Dawn of New Vintage

Miko sparks interest in organ donations

When life ends, something else is borne of it. What seemed like a meaningless, cruel act of fate turned into a deed that would ignite a chain reaction of goodwill throughout the nation. And in the middle of this drama is a bereaved mother who found solace and peace in a stirring end brought on by a heartbreaking tragedy Continue reading Miko sparks interest in organ donations

Book Review: Girls Gone Mild

Book cover of Girls Gone Mild by Wendy Shalit
WILD NO MORE?

Girls Gone Mild by Wendy Shalit (Random House, PHP1,090)

SHALIT, who first earned feminists’ ire with A Return To Modesty, presents a convincing case against our sexed-out, porn-driven society by illustrating how media and capitalism rob females of innocence even before we’ve entered nursery school (i.e. Bratz baby dolls that turn little girls into pedophile-magnets). Continue reading Book Review: Girls Gone Mild