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Sisters against sexism

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IT’S NOT easy being a woman. We may be better off than the women of yesteryears, but we’re still far from being equal with men. For one, there are certain stereotypes and biases associated with women. Like early on, she’s “conditioned” to prefer the color pink and play with Barbie dolls. And then later in […]

Posted: March 22nd, 2017 in Life | Read More »

The perfect brow

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THE EYES are the window to your soul, according to Shakespeare. But almost as important are the eyebrows. Their shape, color, angle and width can change the expression of the wearer, from innocent to fierce or from seductive to evil. Watching my wife do makeup, I realized that she spends about half the time just […]

Posted: March 21st, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Fine China

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Marguerite Lhuillier, swathed in appropriate black and that impossibly tiny waistline, finds me in the crowd and floats over, with a concerned expression on her face. “Why aren’t you in makeup?” I am tickled when I hear her and the glamazons of Cebu chide me for a bare face, it was from these elegant ladies […]

Posted: March 20th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Calming tea, healing touch

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THERE’S the distinct pleasant smell of eucalyptus with a hint of peppermint by the door fronting the royal blue-washed wall lined with paintings in gold frames. In between is an 18th century-inspired English tea table with chairs, and the Royal Albert teacups and saucers are noticeable at the end of the room. Two things this spa […]

Posted: March 19th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Jonnette Alquizola: Her inspiring life

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SHE could be that classmate back in school who liked going out with her friends, is fond of children, and had a knack for teaching dance lessons. Then one fine ordinary school day, her life turned upside-down. Jonnette Alquizola, Founder of the Children of the Coast, was 22 years old when she was diagnosed with […]

Posted: March 18th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Former beauty queen’s newest venture

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BEAUTY comes from deep within. But giving in to simple pleasures that make one look and feel happy, like a quick visit to a spa after a hectic day, is always refreshing. It gives one that much-needed boost to start the day anew. Former Cebuana beauty queen-turned-entrepreneur Crystalstar Aberasturi-Kang shares that one way to relax […]

Posted: March 18th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Across the golden city of Jaisalmer

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(Conclusion) THE HOLI FESTIVAL WE GOT to our hotel at about noon. We all rested a bit, had a good bath, and decided to go to the Jaisalmer Fort for lunch. On our way out of the hotel, I saw a tourist sitting on the sidewalk all covered in pink powder. Amused, I told her: […]

Posted: March 17th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

‘Conquistadores’ – A taste of Spain at Pusô Bistro

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“CONQUISTADORES” or conquerors refer to the explorer/soldiers of the Spanish and Portuguese empires. During the “Age of Discovery,” Conquistadores sailed beyond Europe that included Americas, Oceania, Africa and Asia. They colonized much of the world for Spain and Portugal from the 16th to the 18th centuries. A Castilian expedition led by Ferdinand Magellan led to […]

Posted: March 17th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

A wonderful Love Story

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DISNEY runs amok in the live-action presentation of its timeless classic ”Beauty and the Beast”—injecting the first homosexual love affair of the House of Mouse. First—there is the movie—which is directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Best Writing Adapted Screenplay in 1998 for “Gods and Monsters”) and it is sparkling! The story follows EXACTLY the […]

Posted: March 16th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Harnessing the hashtag to spread love

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WHAT is your Instagram feed made of? Was it about a visit to a new café? Your weekend getaway with friends at a still undiscovered beach, or in a mountain retreat full of flowers? These days, it’s not just traditional media dictating the trend, what with every single thing posted on social media—whatever is trending, […]

Posted: March 15th, 2017 in Life | Read More »