February 24, 2020
I get P1,000 monthly allowance from city gov’t of Manila—this is how I spend it
‘Crash Landing on You’ has descended into our hearts
Mark Bautista on love: ‘She has to be understanding of my situation, that I’m bisexual’
Wearing face masks, people go makeup free, change style
Kendall Jenner headlines London Fashion Week’s Burberry show
Nico and Solenn, for real
10 makeup settings sprays, 10 different ways
Main takeaways from London Fashion Week
When skincare meets makeup: Introducing the BYS Cosmetics Full Coverage line
New Banksy artwork vandalised
London’s ‘chewing gum man’ fuses art with recycling
WATCH: The new Bawal Clan drop directed by Mark Nicdao
‘Pasko sa Palacio’ highlights an old-fashioned way of celebrating Christmas
Smart inspires aspiring content creators nationwide with “Smart Play: Vlogger Camp”
A cooking competition that aims to make recipes and stories to life-long legacies
He, she, they: Americans and the choice of gender pronoun
How Habi makes a difference in the lives of Filipino weavers
UAAP Season 82 medals made of bullet shells from Marawi siege
Weldon and Epperson: A deeper way of seeing
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower Hold Infinity in the palm of your…
Fashionable feathers: Italian designer’s life in plumes
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Why you fell for ‘Crash Landing on You’
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How I quit smoking after 21 years
On Valentine’s Day 2018, I quit smoking after 21 years. I picked up the habit before I peaked in puberty and never stopped.…
Julie Lluch’s ‘Irresistible Grace’ to grace art fair
Veteran sculptress Julie Lluch said she considered terra cotta a medium linked to the sensuous and fulfilling act of creation, as many of…
Byline: Gilda Cordero-Fernando
It’s easier to translate than German. “Pak ganern!” is young talk—“tumpak ganon” (synonym: “boom panis!”), according to the two bachelor grandsons who live with me.
Home and Entertaining
Señor and me
My childhood in the 1930s was in Quiapo when there was no Quezon Boulevard and no Quezon Bridge, which were constructed during the Commonwealth era in 1939 (when I was nine). These were named after the much revered and handsome mestizo president Manuel Luis Quezon. He was the first president of the Commonwealth era in 1935, which promised full Philippine independence from America in 10 years, or 1946.
Old names and old people
My daughter Wendy was having lunch with Pia Lim and I thought, what an old old name.
My mother’s ‘brazo de Mercedes’ was more the size of a thigh, a huge roll of white meringue with a delicious golden yellow yolk filling, sinful as hell
The ubiquitous ‘ukay’
I think the first ukay-ukay outlet I encountered was in Baguio some decades ago. Maybe because the bundles consisted mainly of jackets. I remember climbing a low hill or incline to get to them.
The waiting shed
It’s there at the corner of Panay and Roces and it is indeed a waiting shed, although some people practically live in it and make their living there.
Night into day
Time zones are getting blurred. Naps are no longer only during siesta time. I have just wakened up from one that lasted from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. It was a misplaced nap and a slow wake for me, fin, by fin, by fin, until I am swimming on my bedspread. I plan to get up soon and write. It is a good intention. But it could begin way past midnight.
It was once just a tiny turtle that one of my grandsons had gotten as a party favor. My son Mol kept it in the vat of growing lotuses in their part of the compound. But as the reptile grew, it would climb out of the vat to take a walk (or a leak). One day the turtle decided to live with the koi in my indoor reflecting pool.
IT DISMAYS me that I see so many beautiful stuffed toys and various other playthings, and don’t buy any of them. There are no more little children in the family. And it doesn’t look like any of my nine healthy, good-looking adult grandchildren are interested in gifting me with an apo-sa-tuhod yet.
In this corner
A group of philosopher Rudolf Steiner followers who call themselves “anthroposophists” offer something they call a biography workshop, ideally for people 28 years old and above.
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