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
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By Tess Kalinowski Real Estate Reporter Mon., May 6, 2019 It was built at the dawn of the 21st century using a material and technique employed by European settlers in the American Midwest in the 1800s. Now Mississauga’s pioneering straw bale house — believed to be the first of its kind in urban Ontario — is on the market for $2.7 million. The award-winning home features post and beam construction with straw bale encased in plaster on the interior and exterior first-floor walls. The two-storey, 5,000-square-foot house was also built from painstakingly sourced non-toxic materials to accommodate one of the owner’s environmental sensitivities and allergies. The second floor is regular stick-frame construction. Designed for the shared living arrangement of three women, including the current owner, the interior offers common and private space. The women, who have since parted ways for health and personal reasons, wanted the support and … [Read more...] about Mississauga straw bale house listed for $2.7 million
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?