What do you do when there’s nothing to do? The great thing about having nothing to do is, for the first time in a long while, I am watching Netflix without guilt, and with no pressure of work in the morning. What do you do when there’s nothing to do? That’s the question that Douglas Wood asks in his children’s book, Nothing To Do, that I bought for my daughters when they were children. From what I remember, it listed activities where children could make creative use of their time when “there is nothing to do.” There is never nothing to do, as the book showed the kids how to spend lazy days when there’s no school or homework or chores. Among the things he suggests are cloud watching, walking barefoot in the mud, crafting toy ships and paper airplanes or reading one’s favorite book. I remembered that book because I am in that state at this time, when … [Read more...] about What do you do when there’s nothing to do?
PARIS -- The Louvre museum in Paris will on Tuesday open bookings for a blockbuster exhibition in October of most of Leonardo da Vinci's paintings to mark the quincentennial of the Renaissance master's death. Tickets to the show opening on October 24 will not be available at the box office, but only on the website www.ticketlouvre.fr and in major stores. "Because of the expected crowds, the exhibition will be accessible only by time slot as a way of ensuring the most comfortable visit," the museum said in a statement on Monday. "This applies to all visitors, including those with free access to the museum," it said. The Louvre possesses Leonardo's most famous painting, the Mona Lisa, along with 4 others, as well as 22 drawings. The Mona Lisa was among 3 of Leonardo's favorite paintings, the others being the Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, and Saint John the Baptist, which he brought with him to France where he died 500 years ago on May 2. The show will include nearly 120 more works -- … [Read more...] about Louvre opens bookings for blockbuster Leonardo show in October
On a warm day in this suburban home of Ernest Escaler, I feel a faint breeze from the sea. “It used to be cooler here, with the sea just next door where my siblings and I would swim almost every day when we were younger. Nearby, there used to be a resort owned by the Ilusorios. Reclamation changed all that,” Ernest sighs, leaning against his garden chair under lush trees, wearing his ubiquitous hat.? It is a good place to go nostalgic for this man of distinction and achievement who wears many hats — gentleman farmer, businessman, sportsman, art and culture stalwart, film producer, church activist — who just turned 70. Memories of people who have come and gone in his storied life include the Forbes and Kennedy families. “While in New York, I would spend weekends at a friend’s estate in Far Hills, New Jersey where Jackie Kennedy and her kids would come to fox hunt. Sometimes I would babysit their kids, including John Kennedy, … [Read more...] about The Urban Paradise of Ernest Escaler
caption Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. source Getty Images / Matthew Peyton Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, loves to read. When he began his investing career, he would read 600 to 1,000 pages a day. According to Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholder letters and over two decades of interviews, these are the books that have guided Buffett’s financial wisdom. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. When Warren Buffett started his investing career, he would read 600, 750, or 1,000 pages of a book a day. Even now, he says he still spends about 80% of his day reading. “Look, my job is essentially just corralling more and more and more facts and information, and occasionally seeing whether that leads to some action,” he once said in an interview. “We don’t read other people’s opinions,” he said. “We want to get the facts, and then think.” To help you get into … [Read more...] about 19 books billionaire Warren Buffett thinks everyone should read
PR man Edd Fuentes’ home is a preview of his bulul collection. There are rice gods standing up, sitting down, dancing, having sex, bearing children, carrying vessels — each of them sparking joy in him. His home is surrounded by some of the newest and most expensive condominium buildings in Makati. But if you close your eyes for a minute and focus on the things inside when you open them again, you would be transported one hundred years into the past — to Ifugao province in the Cordillera region. Public relations guru Edd Fuentes can easily imagine himself living in that period, in that place surrounded by rice terraces where the valleys are green and rocky rivers run through them because his home is filled with Ifugao stories, primitive art and their gods of rice. There are gods standing up, sitting down, dancing, having sex, bearing children, carrying vessels for rice, spices, wine, betel nuts — and in all sizes. Edd is a familiar name and face in media and PR, … [Read more...] about Edd Fuentes: Collector of stories, primitive art & rice gods