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A gilded fern for your holiday table


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No matter the sad times, bright Christmas balls and hanging ornaments are still popping up everywhere. If you prefer the more subtle touches for the season, here’s an idea. It even has a “green” angle to it.

Posted: November 26th, 2013 in Columns,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

P-Noy talks about his best three hours over the holidays


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AT THE RECEPTION Hall, the pussy willow is the centerpiece of the long table arrangementmade of bromeliads, cacti and fern. THELMA SAN JUAN

It wasn’t at all stuck up. At least to us, that was the atmosphere at the Malacañan Ceremonial Hall during the traditional Vin d’ Honneur last Friday. It was a welcome change from the stereotypical, stiff Malacañan Ceremonial Hall functions we’d covered in the previous decade.

Posted: January 13th, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Upscale grilled cheese sandwich

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DIY Upscale Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A very dear relative, who was here recently for the Christmas holidays, gave me this recipe for an upscale grilled cheese sandwich. Upscale, perhaps, is the operative word here. Unlike the classic grilled cheese sandwich which uses plain cheddar, this one is made with mozzarella and Gruyère, Italian and Swiss cheeses. But the real surprise in the sandwich is the mango jam. Tart and sweet, it harmonizes with the cheeses to create a perfectly balanced and delectable flavor.

Posted: January 10th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines | Read More »

For a change, island life for the Christmas holidays


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From the sun-kissed, white-sand beaches and clear, blue waters of Hawaii and Bohol, our holiday vacation was truly blessed with wonderful weather, unforgettable memories and exciting adventures. “Island life” was the theme of our Christmas holiday.

Posted: January 6th, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Fragments of the seasoning


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AFTER a while, the little Chinpupu, a shih tzu, smelled of lechon sauce

Dentists keep the darkest secrets in the world. They know how many teeth every patient has left. When told by someone that they saw you smile and admired how your teeth were so well-preserved, they keep mum, never claiming which part of your smile is their handiwork.

Posted: January 6th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

How to make the most of your kids’ Christmas vacation

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We get it—you’ve spent the past weeks running around like a headless chicken. You were buying gifts, wrapping gifts, herding your family from one reunion to another, slaving over Noche Buena and Media Noche, being stalked by inaanaks and dancing “Gangnam Style” at Christmas parties. Now all that is over and you still have a few days left before your kids head back to school.

Posted: January 2nd, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Parenting | Read More »

Christmas holiday treats at Discovery Shores Boracay

Sands Restaurant serves sumptuous themed lunch and dinner buffets daily

Discovery Shores Boracay soars high with flights of Christmas fancy—heart-warming holiday treats and surprises throughout this merry month of December.

Posted: December 12th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

This pastry essentials course is great for foodies and aspiring bakers

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The Christmas holidays are probably the most stressful time of the year, as the pressure to give presents and the lack of time to go shopping looms over many of us. The few who anticipate the rush early enough beat it by starting their gift-buying as early as September or October, but most of us join the madness at the very last minute.

Posted: October 3rd, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines | Read More »

3 of 5 Pinoys see happy Christmas

Around three of five Filipinos (64 percent) expect a “happy” Christmas, while money, good health and family togetherness top the list of gifts Filipinos “would most like to receive” this year, according to the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Posted: December 24th, 2011 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Why not a Noche Buena in Bora?

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At Boracay Garden Resort, specifically, which bills itself as “the only property in the island where guests may take leisurely walks around the breezy, tree-lined property.” That luxury, quite scarce in Boracay where most establishments consist of tightly packed concrete structures, comes courtesy of the resort’s enviable size—some 1.5 hectares of open space big enough to accommodate three swimming pools side by side with landscaped gardens, cabanas, a poolside bar, and wide patches of either grassy or tiled open space for walking around.

Posted: December 17th, 2011 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

The 8 most annoying creatures of Christmas

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There are many things to hate about the holiday season: Crowds, unbearable traffic, the proliferation of snatchers. You can be hated, too, if you’re one of the following.

Posted: December 17th, 2011 in Headlines,Super | Read More »

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