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Looking beyond Hobbiton to experience New Zealand’s charms

The Mirror Lakes are just one of the postcard-perfect vistas in New Zealand.

The cold and rainy weather failed to dampen this writer’s spirits a few weeks ago when we set foot in Hobbiton, the fictional village of the Hobbits set and shot among the rolling hills of Matamata in New Zealand.

Posted: July 26th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Popular home brand opens first branch in Southeast Asia at BGC

CUSTOMERS can choose from a wide range of embellished, textured or printed throw pillows as seen in this living room vignette.

With more and more foreign chains opening stores in the country, it certainly feels that more importance is being given to the Philippine market.

Posted: July 23rd, 2014 in Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

French luxury bag brand opens first Southeast Asia store in Manila

THE MOST popular print at the store is still the camouflage print

A tote is a tote unless it’s by a French luxury brand, which can cost thousands of pesos.

Posted: July 18th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

Japanese buffet steps up game with live stations, weekend performances

TEPPANYAKI chef demonstrates his skills.

From the outside, Banzai looks like an office building, spare and boxy save for a few standees announcing the specialties. Inside, however, is an open layout of live cooking stations taking up most of the middle portion.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Food,Headlines | Read More »

Consunji tries his hand at thematic pieces

THE ARTIST in front of “Safari,” “Signal,” “Divide,” and “Between the lights.” PHOTOS BY ALEC CORPUZ

Artist J. Consunji has been sketching and painting for most of his young adult life but it was only last month that he opened his first, one-man show.

Posted: July 7th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »