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→
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.
WHETHER you’re a newbie runner or an Olympian hopeful, these five page-turners will get you in top form – body, mind and spirit – ready to take on any challenge, on and off the running circuit. Continue reading FLIP-WORTHY: Read and Run→
SHE is the most potent legacy of the behemoth, feisty Channel-crossing blue bloods of a vanished, glorious era. She is the largest, tallest, and most expensive passenger ship ever created and launched in naval history. She is Queen Mary 2.
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.
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 tragedyContinue reading Miko sparks interest in organ donations→
Brida is a 21-year-old Irish woman on a spiritual quest for knowledge and self-fulfillment. On her journey towards enlightenment, she discovers she is a witch with an unknown gift and whose path remains to be determined. Continue reading Book Review: Brida→
Girls Gone Mild by Wendy Shalit (Random House, PHP1,090)
SHALIT, who first earned feminists’ ire withA 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→