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Battle of the Christmas decorations for Hong Kong malls

Christmas decorations are displayed to celebrate the holiday season at a shopping mall in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.  AP

In the race to extract cash from Christmas shoppers, Hong Kong’s myriad shopping malls have taken to heart the maxim that you must spend money to make money when it comes to decorations this festive season.

Posted: December 23rd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

More Americans spend less on Black Friday sales


More Americans took advantage of early holiday season sales than last year, but they spent less – and online sales fared better than brick-and-mortar stores, a survey showed Sunday.

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Americans not willing to spend without deals


This holiday season, Americans may not spend their green unless they see more red.

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Is it too soon to eat out and celebrate?


A quiet debate has been percolating in the back of my mind, as well as that of many others, on when it will be okay to go back to normal.

Posted: November 21st, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Food,Headlines | Read More »

Economist tells youth: Be drivers of sustainable development

Economist Bernardo M. Villegas advised the Filipino youth to take charge of the country’s sustainable development by being its most active agents of change.

Posted: November 17th, 2013 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Statue of Liberty reopening delights tourists

Tourists visit the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in New York. The Statue of Liberty reopened to the public after the state of New York agreed to shoulder the costs of running the site during the partial federal government shutdown. AP/John Minchillo

The Statue of Liberty was back to her shining best Sunday, reopened to tourists for the first time since falling victim to the US government shutdown two weeks ago.

Posted: October 14th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

1 in 3 young Americans living at home – study


More than a third of young American adults live with his or her parents, a 40-year high, a study released Thursday by the Pew Research Institute suggests.

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Angolan capital most expensive city for expats—survey

The Angolan capital Luanda: Most expensive city for expats  PHOTO FROM ANGOLA.ORG

The Angolan capital Luanda has regained the top spot in an annual survey of the most expensive cities for expatriates, followed by Moscow and Tokyo.

Posted: July 25th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Top Spanish restaurant Can Fabes to close

A cold dish platter served at Can Fabes   PHOTO FROM CANFABES.COM

Can Fabes, a restaurant near Barcelona famed for elevating Catalan cuisine to the pinnacle of gastronomy, will close next month, two years after losing its founding chef and coveted third Michelin star.

Posted: July 19th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Indian woman ditches corporate world for dirt-poor village

In this photograph taken on November 19, 2012, headwoman Chhavi Rajawat interacts with villagers in Soda, a remote village in India's Rajasthan state. The Indian MBA graduate is a one-woman whirlwind as she seeks to catapult her impoverished ancestral village in the desert state of Rajasthan into the 21st century. AFP PHOTO/PENNY MACRAE

Chhavi Rajawat, an MBA graduate and one-woman whirlwind, is seeking to drag her impoverished ancestral village in the desert state of Rajasthan into the 21st century.

Posted: April 17th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Spanish lottery winners savor luck in dire times

Ticket holders celebrate with the winning ticket number 58.588 after the draw of Spain's lottery named "El ni–o" in Castelldefels, near Barcelona on January 06, 2010. Ticket holders in the town share out 2 million €. It means the top prize in the draw has gone to Barcelona for two consecutive years.       AFP / JOSEP LAGO

The winners of Spain’s El Nino lottery broke open champagne and wept for joy on Sunday, savoring their luck all the more at a time when the country faces its most severe economic crisis in decades, with unemployment at a record 25 percent.

Posted: January 7th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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  2. Noli Yamsuan, Cardinal Sin’s ‘official’ photographer: ‘I could smell the aftershave lotion of the Pope’
  3. Palawan favorite getaway of show biz celebrities
  4. Fashionistas flock to designer’s wedding
  5. Joe de Venecia visits the Queen Mother of Cambodia
  6. President Quezon was born here–and so was Philippine surfing
  7. A tale of two Priscillas: my mother Prissy and Chona Recto Kasten
  8. This is not just a farm
  9. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  10. Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  3. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  4. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  5. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  6. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  7. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  8. This is not just a farm
  9. 12 other things you can do at Pico de Loro Cove
  10. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  1. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  4. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  5. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  6. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  7. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  8. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  9. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  10. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?


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