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French women bid topless sunbathing ‘adieu’

In this Aug. 5, 2014 photo, tourists and Parisians take advantage of the Paris Plage event, an artificial beach set up on the right bank of the Seine river in Paris, with palm trees, outdoor showers and hammocks. AP FILE PHOTO

France’s summer is fast becoming a memory, and so is one of its iconic beach sights: topless woman.

Posted: September 9th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

France announces second artificial heart transplant

French Social Affairs and Health Minister Marisol Touraine AFP FILE PHOTO

France last month carried out the second transplant of a new-generation artificial heart, Health Minister Marisol Touraine said Monday.

Posted: September 8th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

European painting passed off as a Juan Luna–for P55M

‘La femme
trompée,’ painted
by P. Ribera, on a
page of catalog of an
auction held in Paris
in July 2012

Will the fakery and deception never end? Apparently, in the art world, it remains a thriving trend.

Posted: September 7th, 2014 in Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Huffing and puffing my way to Monet’s Giverny–on two wheels

FOR 20 YEARS, Monet would produce a series of murals and smaller pieces on water lilies alone, and the mirror images of the weeping
willows on the pond beneath. INQSnap this page (not just the logo) to view more photos. PHOTOS BY ANNE A. JAMBORA

The last of the riders was already turning right at the end of the block 100 meters down the road, and there I was, still on tiptoes, struggling to straddle my bike. The seat was too high, the handlebar too wide, and my forearms tense and stiff from bearing what felt like the bike’s entire weight.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

War of wines: South Africa vs New Zealand vs France


Meeting South African chef Pieter de Jager and tasting his cooking paired with South African wines at the Prince Albert Rotisserie of the InterContinental Manila brought me back to Stellenbosch where the vineyards of Cape Town are situated. On our way there, the mountains changed colors as the sun went down. Polka-dotted guinea fowls roamed […]

Posted: July 3rd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns | Read More »