A visit to Fukuoka and Nagasaki Japan SHOOTING STRAIGHT - Bobit S. Avila (The Philippine Star) - November 29, 2018 - 12:00am FUKUOKA-NAGASAKI: Just planed in to Fukuoka, Japan with the group formed by Bobby Joseph and friends for the three-hour flight from Manila. This is my second time to Japan in three years. I was here before I had my kidney transplant and it was here that I realized that my kidneys were failing. But in a way this is a thanksgiving tour to Nishizaka Hill in Nagasaki where 26 Japanese martyrs were crucified and killed by Hideyoshi Toyotomi. This memorial has also the statue of our San Lorenzo Ruiz at the back. He was also martyred here. Fukuoka-Nagasaki is like Davao to us in the Philippines. If you consider Tokyo as Manila and Osaka as Cebu. Taking the tour bus from Fukuoka Airport to Nagasaki City is a two-hour 20-minute trip into one of the most beautiful country roads of Japan. To show to you that the … [Read more...] about A visit to Fukuoka and Nagasaki Japan
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A KEY impression that emerges in the short-story collections of Bangkok resident Deryck Whittaker is one of architecture. The reader might imagine the writer labouring over blueprints, charting out the structure episode by episode, adding and subtracting components, firming up the edifice, wasting no materials, ensuring that all is sound. Perhaps a vast map on one wall is crisscrossed with threads in various hues, aligning the connections and pathways of ideas. Artfully designed by a man of impeccably good taste (Whittaker’s 2014 story collection “Cheese” was just as erudite and brilliant), the building we watch being erected is meticulous in its carefully considered detail and as welcoming as could be. Even the gloomier rooms and haunted hallways entrance the emotions and beg for repeated return visits. “The Colours We Choose” does indeed play with colours in most of the 30 short stories presented, but read the title as “the choices we … [Read more...] about Free choice as blessing and curse
MANILA, Philippines — Even before Christmas comes, feel the joy of the season through these novelties, movies and activities for the entire family. ‘Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairytale’ Scenes from Repertory Philippines’ “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale" Rediscover a beloved fairytale as Repertory Philippines’ Theater for Young Audiences brings you a unique spin on the classic story of Princess Rapunzel in “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale,” playing until January 27, 2019 at the OnStage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City. Twists and turns abound in this musical retelling of the childhood classic, including delightful new characters with their own mysterious stories, intersecting at just the right comical—and heartwarming—moments. Joy Virata directs the colorful cast in this magical world, including an evil would-be queen, a handsome prince, a determined hairstylist, a lovable dragon, and … [Read more...] about LIST: Holiday treats for kids and kids at heart
Follow our CNA LIFESTYLE page on Facebook for more trending stories and videosSINGAPORE: Pierre Png is smoulderingly hot property right now, having a prominent role in the much-heralded film Crazy Rich Asians, which took in US$25.3 million (S$34.6 million) on its opening weekend in the US.But when he arrived for our meeting two days after the film’s red carpet premiere here, he looked exhausted – and even a little shell-shocked.Everything was only just starting to sink in, he confided – the film’s success, the part he’d played in it, and the magnitude of its significance for the American movie-making industry.With Crazy Rich Asians being heralded as a milestone for diversity and racial representation in Hollywood, one can only imagine that if the industry players who are riding on this hype really believe in what they are saying, more opportunities will arise in the near future for actors of Asian ethnicity to be cast in lead roles.And since … [Read more...] about Pierre Png: Singapore’s best bet for a bona fide Hollywood leading man?
FOOD PICKS Food Editor Tan Hsueh Yun recommends: DELICIOUS AND VEGETARIAN Have you got friends who go meatless on Mondays? I do, and for many years, I would wonder, why? Now I kind of, sort of, get it. As I get older, and want to be kinder to my body, it makes sense to, as American author Michael Pollan writes in his 2008 book, In Defence Of Food: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." I'm not ready to give up meat but a vegetarian meal once a week is not difficult, especially when I can go to La Bussola in Portsdown Road for vegetarian and vegan Italian food. The restaurant opened about three months ago, and the people behind it are the owners of Pietrasanta, just across the courtyard. Chef Loris Massimini, 45, of Pietrasanta, says he was inspired to open La Bussola because he saw the good healthy eating can do. La Bussola's chef, Carlo Alberto Castellini, 36, went vegan six months ago and his blood pressure went down. Massimini's brother Giuseppe, 51, cut out red meat, started … [Read more...] about Life! Happenings Aug 11: A complete guide to what to eat, drink, watch and listen to this weekend