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Remembering our Christmases before Facebook

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Our babies belong to generations that don’t know ‘party line,’ analog phones you dialed, or radios with antennae.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Parenting | Read More »

Are we still standing at the edge of the stable?


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When I was a child, Christmas was a time for family. Gifts exchanged were tokens of love and peace. We sent Christmas cards by mail, would you believe? The Noche Buena table was a feast, except during the war when food was scarce and spirits were at an all-time low.

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

This Christmas, my kids are off to find snow


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The countdown has begun! Christmas is 10 days away. Some of my children have decided to go away looking for snow. And for good reason! They have kids and grandkids in Washington State and Georgia.

Posted: December 15th, 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 »

Tips on how to eat ‘noche buena’ feast

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No, they aren’t taking away the joys of Christmas from you. They are just concerned about the effect of an eat-all-you-can noche buena on your health, specifically your waistlines and arteries.

Posted: December 24th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Offbeat family traditions

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As much as it is the season for gifts and parties, Christmas is also the time for tradition. Apart from the usual potluck noche buena and program, there are other offbeat holiday traditions which our family enjoys.

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Headlines,Super | Read More »

Chicken ‘relleno’

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It was hard to tell which was more interesting: the lessons in cooking or the lessons in living.

Posted: December 20th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines | Read More »

Easy-serve ice cream you can make from leftover fruits


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Fruits and ham have always been the stars of the Noche Buena table, but each year, there always seems to be something new—a new fruit, a new ham, or a new way of serving fruit or cooking ham.

Posted: December 12th, 2012 in Columns,Food,Photos & Videos | Read More »

A tribute to household help


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I don’t know what came over me, but after years of retirement from kitchen duties, I found myself doing Pote Gallego for noche buena. And once I got started I felt driven to cook on.

Posted: January 8th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | 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 »

How to host your first Christmas brunch

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Your Mom has probably planned out your Noche Buena spread, but that’s no reason you can’t give some love this holiday. Surprise your loved ones with a Christmas brunch.

Posted: December 17th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

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