Lifestyle

Glam it up! DIY designs for your gadgets

Electronic gadgets are not cheap, we know this. And for some reason, no matter how much it costs, there is a somewhat primal feeling in our system that makes us want to have the latest technology at our fingertips. With today’s technology continuously advancing to who-knows-where, our loved ones are just a click away, or …

We come bearing logs, frogs, and beer tubs

Aaah, the joys of a housewarming party: A chance to show-off your new digs, to appreciative – and appreciated – oooh’s and aaah’s of eager guests; the perfect opportunity for some quality time with family and friends, and maybe even an enemy or two (you may want to turn them green with envy, after all.  …

Important Considerations in buying a house for the first time

Not all newlyweds come home to a place they can call their OWN. Same is true with me and my husband. After being married for almost 9 months now, we know that the clock is ticking! Meaning, we should take a giant leap towards sealing a deal that will lead us to our OWN HOME. …

Of men and mice. And small spaces.

A small living space may be viewed by some as a nightmare:  a journey into a realm known only to mice; akin to the proverbial mouse-hole-in-the-wall. Call me Squeaky, then, because I live in a decidedly small space.  Like way fewer-than-50-square-meters small. As a turn of events would have it, I recently moved from a …

Fisher Mall: A shopping mall made more fashionable and “fishy”

MANILA, Philippines—Why would a family in the fishing industry build a shopping mall? Ray Del Rosario, President of the Mallers Management Corporation says that the move toward retail is a “journey both fascinating and mysterious to us all,” coming from a family of successful fishermen. The Fisher Mall, named as such to pay homage to …

Experiences over possessions

A FRIEND of my husband asked me how in the world I do not own any Louis Vuitton, Prada, Tod’s, Burberry or Chanel bag, the carry-on status symbol of choice for the modern woman. I had to smile. Okay. I have to admit that I am not immune to their charms. If anything, I love …

My Journey with my Father

Being a father begins upon the birth of his first child, continues with the birth of his other children, goes on when his children enter school and finish studies, pursues when his children get married. The act of being a father doesn’t stop, and it will not. It is unconditional love. A father doesn’t expect …

Three small letters, one big word: DAD

IT IS difficult for me to collect my thoughts on this one. Simply because there are way too many; and most seem to go beyond the realm of words. For how do you accurately capture in words emotions, memories which are so deeply engrained within your soul? As Father’s Day draws near, I sit here, …

The Telltale Art of the Jeepney

“CONSIDER HONESTLY / this piece of storm / in our city’s entrails,” Gemino Abad’s famous “Jeepney” begins, inviting us to look at the familiar vehicle as we would a mirror. Described in the poem as an “incarnation of scrap,” but also a “genius of salvage,” the jeepney is proof of our knack for improvisation. It’s …

Historical Facts about the Philippine Independence Day

FILIPINOS celebrate Independence Day every 12th of June, but did you know that it was on July 4, 1946 that we originally obtained our freedom? President Diosdado Macapagal signed an executive order on May 17, 1962 that “moved” the Philippines’s Independence Day from July 4, 1946 to June 12, 1898. This was on the basis …