The first time I met chef Rob Pengson, he was running The Goose Station, one of the first homegrown restaurants to introduce a degustation (or tasting) menu to Pinoy diners back in 2009. For six years, The Goose Station churned out creative, modern and exciting dishes; molecular gastronomy was shaking up the culinary world, and it seemed that anything was possible with a few high-tech kitchen gadgets and some liquid nitrogen. But then, in February 2016, Pengson announced The Goose Station was closing. Maybe it had reached its apex. Maybe it was time for a change. Chefs, too, need to rest, recharge, and seek new inspo like the rest of us. Whatever the case, the restaurant shut its doors, but Pengson remained in the public eye, adding “educator” to his list of achievements with his Global Academy culinary school, which was so successful it had branches in Makati, Quezon City, Pasig and Alabang. But though I’d hear about him working here and there, his name was never … [Read more...] about Chef Rob Pengson Elevates Street Food
New school study hall
A week before we head to the polls to vote for our senatorial bets, do we really know what we want out of the personalities we will elect? What does it really mean to earn a seat in our senate halls? In this series of ANCX essays, some of our distinguished writers reflect on the careers of past and present senators who have made the most impact, and created a significant difference. As with any other work place, the Philippine Senate has had its fill of cussed eccentrics. Voluble anger was the brand of Miriam Defensor Santiago, while Joker Arroyo was the parsimonious loner. Even Manuel Quezon, Senate President from 1916 to 1935, parlayed his fiery persona as integral to his political identity. In the public eye, these quirks proved more defining than the politician’s beliefs—perhaps since much of Philippine politics over the decades has been seemingly free of ideology apart from being for or against whoever is in power. At first, … [Read more...] about The Last Good Senator: Vicente Sotto
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?
By Jennifer Pagliaro City Hall Bureau Mon., April 29, 2019 As the province now considers offering one-time funding to help offset cuts to Toronto Public Health, Mayor John Tory is targeting MPPs in Premier Doug Ford’s PC caucus with letters outlining the risk of losing vital programs in their home ridings. On Monday, Tory sent personalized letters to all 11 PC MPPs representing Toronto ridings, including Premier Doug Ford, who was elected in Etobicoke North. The letter outlined “front-line programs” delivered in their areas, which, Tory wrote, “are now under review and at risk of being severely curtailed or cancelled.” The letter contains a specific list of programs, including student nutrition in schools and child-care programs are which inspected “to reduce the risk of infectious diseases and other health risks.” The letters end with a request from Tory urging MPPs to speak to Health Minister Christine Elliott about … [Read more...] about Toronto mayor steps up pressure on PC MPPs over public health cuts
THIS SATURDAY, May 4, will see the formal investiture of the current Chakri monarch with regal power when His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 66, accedes to the throne as King Rama X, succeeding his beloved father, His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX). The late King died on October 13, 2016 and the National Legislative Assembly acknowledged his heir’s accession the following month. “I accept the invitation in order to follow His Majesty King Bhumibol’s will and for the benefit of all Thai people,” the monarch said in reply to the invitation during his inauguration on December 1, 2016. More than seven decades have passed since the last Royal Coronation – that of King Bhumibol – on May 5, 1950. The coming ceremony is steeped in traditions that date back to the 13th century. The first coronation in the Chakri Dynasty was that of King Rama I in 1782, soon after he established the present Rattanakosin Era. His Majesty … [Read more...] about Stepping up to the CROWN