MANILA, Philippines — The rains may pour, but even that could not stop a true foodie to explore! From hole-in-the-wall to watering holes, here are some new hangouts and flavors to try for those looking for comfort food (and not just mere “comfort”) for the rainy season. Calabarzon food tour For those who only have a weekend to spare and do not want to go far from Metro Manila, the Department of Tourism’s Region IV-A recommends the following Calabarzon Culinary Tour itinerary: Day 1 7:30-9:00 a.m.: Breakfast at Asiong’s Cavite with “Pansit Pusit” demo 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Tour Casa De Segunda Katigbak Ancestral House in Lipa, Batangas (Reliving Jose Rizal’s love story when coffee bloomed in Lipa) 11:30-1:00 p.m.: Boodle lunch at San Juan Boodle House 4:00-5:00 p.m.: Snack in Earthkeepers Garden Day 2 6:30-8:30 a.m.: Breakfast at Grandma’s Kitchen 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Lunch in Kamayan sa Palaisdaan in Tayabas City 2:30-4:00 pm: … [Read more...] about LIST: New food, drinks to try in July
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If you're renovating for the first time, there's plenty to puzzle over, from budgeting matters to the myriad of design features to consider for your home's new look. And so, the last thing you need is even more confusing renovation jargon. Fortunately, we have got the perfect solution: A handy cheat sheet of commonly-used renovation terms in Singapore. Use it the next time you're on a site visit or discussing ideas with your interior designer! 1. SUB-CONTRACTOR You probably already know the difference between contractors and interior designers as well as what they do (if you don't, read this), but what about sub-contractors? Like contractors, they are in charge of handling specific renovation works on the ground (e.g. plumbing, masonry, air-conditioning), but only the ones that an interior designer or contractor can't do. So, think of them as third-party specialists who are called in for special jobs! 2. LOAD-BEARING WALL Not every wall in your home is the same. While some can be torn … [Read more...] about Do you know these home renovation terms used in Singapore?
It's already one of the world's most original commutes -- the ferry trip between Istanbul's European and Asian sides gives a daily quarter of a million passengers unforgettable views on their way to work. Now the Turkish city is offering music to offset the seascapes, and for the amateur musicians providing it, it's a chance to make some crucial money in difficult economic times. The musicians work hard to ensure their music reflects Istanbul's unique position as a city straddling East and West. "We travel back and forth between the two continents and we try to express emotions sparked by the two cultures: a kind of fusion, a synthesis," Oguzhan Erdem, one of the ferry musicians, told AFP. Until recently, ferry musicians played without authorisation, but city authorities realised they were missing an opportunity and launched a project to make them an official part of the experience. Erdem plays the Turkish ney reed flute, an instrument traditionally used by Sufis, a … [Read more...] about Istanbul’s musical ferry can be a soulful experience
Every day is now Mother’s Day for Korina Sanchez MANILA, Philippines — She had wanted children for so long; perhaps they were the only blessing lacking in her charmed life. Blessed with a career studded with accolades, Korina Sanchez also married the love of her life Mar Roxas — a prince in his own right — in a fairytale wedding almost 10 years ago. And now, in her midlife, she surprised everybody by living her best life, and looking her best yet, appearing in Belo billboards that highlighted the change in her. It is said that the Belo clinic had walk-in clients who simply told the reception desk: “I want a Korina.” Three-month-old Pepe and Pilar. Photo by CHUCK GOMEZ And then, on Feb. 12 this year, the twin blessings she had been waiting for arrived. Actually, she reveals, her husband wanted triplets! “Maybe, finally, my North Star has shone. Whatever it is, Pepe and Pilar are my destination,” Korina tells Allure in an exclusive … [Read more...] about ‘Pepe & Pilar are my destination’
PRACTISED for more than 3,000 years in China, the art of feng shui helps build up the most appropriate environment for a harmonious life. As both an art and science that aims to ensure all things are in harmony with their surroundings, the application of feng shui ranges from planning an entire city (or even empire) to where to place a guest at the dinner table, and from the orientation of high-rise office buildings to the interior decoration and furnishing of a house or room. Based on influencing the flow of qi or energy through a space and other aspects of the environment, feng shui principles align energy patterns with the healing forces of nature. It’s about balancing energies, of the animate with the inanimate, and that of the soul with the universe, so that you get the positive energies of the universe flowing through the entire spaces in your house. The result is a harmonious home that lays the foundation for good emotional, spiritual, and physical health. It is also not … [Read more...] about Enhancing your wealth aspirations in the home