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Sweating the small stuff


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If my husband had his way, he’d probably live in a vacuum. How many times have I come home to an airless home—windows, glass doors shut, no air-con on, not even the fan, and he’s sound asleep on the couch, hugging his guitar as though it were a soft pillow, breathing in the same carbon dioxide he breathes out.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Patience for the old goat


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“Towel!” my husband cries out. Uh-oh, I must have forgotten to replace the his-and-hers towels I had removed after showering last night. How easily I forget tasks when I put them off for later, especially tasks not normally assigned me, such as this one, which falls on my kasambahay Lani, who happens to be on vacation.

Posted: December 1st, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

My funny Valentine’s Day


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Romance chooses no occasion—especially not for us old fogies. We neither wait for it nor worry about it; it happens when it happens. In fact, this Valentine’s Day we had resigned ourselves, quite happily, to waking up with my five-year-old granddaughter Mona asleep between us.

Posted: February 24th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Debut of a ‘properly wedded wife’


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I’m glad no one had asked me what I planned to do with my life before I knew any better, or I’d have felt forced to give the question serious thought; I might have even drawn a roadmap to success and happiness. How ridiculous that would have been—to think one could actually plan one’s life! Indeed, looking back on every turning point in my long life, I don’t know how I could have planned it as it has gone. All I can say is I’m happy beyond expectation.

Posted: February 3rd, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Fear of China


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On Nov. 19, I was privileged to join my husband, Vergel, at the lecture of journalist-historian Martin Jacques for his book “When China Rules the World.”

Posted: December 9th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

A night of truces and concessions


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In line with a self-imposed observance of austerity these days, we’ve been avoiding keeping the driver beyond 8 p.m., and tonight was austerity night. For the last trip, Vergel would be dropped at the Peninsula for the launch, from 6 p.m., of the book “Juan Ponce Enrile: A Memoir.”

Posted: October 7th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Relationship,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Partners


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I’m told that, by some kind of symbiosis, some couples at some point begin to look alike, but nobody warned me about any tendency toward combo dressing.

Posted: September 9th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Marital milestones


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My husband and I have become spontaneous celebrators. We celebrate, by ourselves or with others, as the occasion arises, in the case of unexpected ones, and otherwise, as the spirit moves us. That’s why by the time an anniversary comes—birthday, wedding, etc.—we have sometimes become all celebrated out.

Posted: July 29th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

The Onib ties: ‘Daddy, bakit ang galing mong gumawa ng pangit?’

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I wouldn’t hang that in my bathroom.” The remark has become quite infamous since one mortal made it upon coming into virginal contact with Onib Olmedo’s art. Bettina Olmedo herself overheard it early in her husband’s career as a painter, from a society matron who, like many at the time, bought a painting for one of two reasons, or both: as an ornament of interior decoration and as a coveted item by an artist in current demand.

Posted: May 20th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

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