BEACH VIBES IN THE CITY: Cebuano brand Ibiza Beach Club heats up BGC!

Jude Bacalso 11/13/2017

A decade ago, Manny Osmeña took me to his secret dining spots because he knew I loved food. There was that Japanese restaurant in Punta Engaño named Kuhkai, just across an empty lot where he would later…

Postcards from the edge: Why living on the fringes of Tokyo made my budget trip possible

Jude Bacalso 01/03/2017

FIRST, let me tell you that I only had nineteen thousand pesos in my pocket when I boarded the plane to Narita. I spent the odd thousand missing on the terminal fee, and could not get more…

Three Lessons

Jude Bacalso 01/03/2017

“KEIRA, do you know how tita Joom and I met?” asks Carissa, as she packs the last of her daughters’ things into the suitcase, they were flying out in three hours. “How?” Keira is now five, and…

New eats from old friends: Two new restaurants to try this season

Jude Bacalso 12/20/2016

COCINA DE LA CASA #8 Morales Street, (behind Harold’s Hotel) +63 32 4010750 Stephen Aznar’s now defunct Café Elysa in Parian was my go-to downtown eats destination. The stories he weaves with his food always fascinated me,…

D.I.Y. Day-to-night holiday looks in 10 steps

Jude Bacalso 12/06/2016

Veteran makeup artist Vanessa Gamus, a favorite for destination weddings, lays down some basic steps (and a few juicy insider tips and products!) to recreate her signature flawless looks for the holidays. No need to fret if…

DEATH BECOMES HER: Why the crossroads town of Carcar is the perfect ghoulish stopover

Jude Bacalso 11/08/2016

NOTE: In the aftermath of a well-meaning travel advisory against the South of Cebu, I’m publishing this belated Halloween-themed, impromptu trip to just that area in question. I acknowledge that the threat is always present, always real,…

The nickname game and my postcards from Bali

Jude Bacalso 10/18/2016

This is the story of an island where there are only eight first names, and everyone in the same family has a different last name. Nyoman, our driver, is the third Nyoman we’ve met thus far, all…

Staycation in Radisson Blu’s Love Blu, Be Pink Room

Jude Bacalso 10/04/2016

WHEN I first started supporting Pink October, the consolidated Breast Cancer Awareness celebration in Cebu more than a decade ago, I appeared in photographs with cancer survivors. At this early stage of the movement, the subjects were…

The locals show us around Yilan’s night market

Jude Bacalso 09/20/2016

(Photographed with a Fujifilm XT 10 and a Fujinon XF 16mm lens) THE night market pulsates with a nocturnal energy that is neither frenzied nor frenetic. In fact, it seems the Taiwanese have their game plan all…

Time to Kairos

Jude Bacalso 09/06/2016

Why this vegetarian restaurant is worth the 5 flight of stairs to get to it (Photographed with the Fujifilm XT10 using the Fujinon 16mm prime lens) It is obviously a tongue-in-cheek reference to herself when Chip Lopez…

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