As you can see in the pictures on this page, Shamaine Centenera and her husband Nonie Buencamino were “game” during the pictorial and turned somewhat serious only during the Conversation that touched on the tragedy in 2015 when their daughter Julia (pronounced Hulya) took her life at the tender age of 15. It was inevitable not to do that because in the dramedy Sunshine Family, they play a couple with two children (played by Sue Ramirez and Your Face Sounds Familiar fan-favorite Marco Masa) living in Korea for five years whose plans of going back to the Philippines are challenged after the patriarch gets involved in a hit-and-run accident. In real life, although in different circumstances, the Buencaminos went through a tragic experience. Directed by Kim Tai Sik (the acclaimed director of the 2007 international filmfest favorite Driving With My Wife’s Lover), Sunshine Family is based on the award-winning 1992 Japanese film Hit-and-Run Family. Showing nationwide … [Read more...] about A Sunshine Couple
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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
After years of tragedy, upheaval and cataclysm, Winterfell is now secure and on the way to recovery in the capable hands of the new Queen in the North, Sansa Stark. But on a bright spring afternoon, the actress who plays her surveyed a new kingdom. From a high-rise hotel at the southern tip of Manhattan, Sophie Turner gazed out at the glittering harbor and beyond to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, timeworn landmarks that nevertheless retain their power to dazzle, especially during the early blushes of your honeymoon with the city. Turner relocated here from London last year, realizing a lifelong dream to live in New York — sure, that life only includes 23 years so far, but a dream’s a dream — when she moved in with the pop star Joe Jonas. At that moment in March, Jonas was still just her fiancé. “Game of Thrones” hadn’t yet debuted its divisive final season, and “Dark Phoenix,” the new “X-Men” film she leads this … [Read more...] about News From Sansa Stark, a Dark Phoenix will rise
If you’re like many people, you may have decided that you want to spend less time staring at your phone. It’s a good idea: An increasing body of evidence suggests that the time we spend on our smartphones is interfering with our sleep, self-esteem, relationships, memory, attention spans, creativity, productivity and problem-solving and decision-making skills. But there is another reason for us to rethink our relationships with our devices. By chronically raising levels of cortisol, the body’s main stress hormone, our phones may be threatening our health and shortening our lives. Marie Kondo for smartphones? Google's digital detox helps users reclaim joy Updated Apple system takes on smartphone addiction Until now, most discussions of phones’ biochemical effects have focused on dopamine, a brain chemical that helps us form habits — and addictions. Like slot machines, smartphones and apps are explicitly designed to trigger dopamine’s release, with … [Read more...] about News Want to live longer? Try putting down your phone
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?