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The evolution of Interior Design

For decades, PSID has been known to produce groundbreaking exhibits.  These exhibits become the benchmark of interior design shows in the academe.  They are the go-to events for architects, fellow interior designers, design enthusiasts, and the general public.  In celebration of its 49th year, PSID (Philippine School of Interior Design) will take guests on a journey through “Evolution”, a timeline of design trends, styles and designs from past, present and future. The graduation exhibit of PSID’s Advanced Class 2016 opened last September 29 and will run until October 31, 2016 at the Square Building, Greenfield District, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City.  Below are 3 reasons why you should take the time and see the exhibit. Vintage trends and classic designs take center stage in the Past gallery Showcasing how mid-century design styles have …

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A scratch for every itch

By  Angelu Rea Zafe It’s still the rainy season and we’re still plagued with pesky mosquitoes. No matter how clean or guarded your home is, mosquitoes can still enter your home and bite your children or family members. Mosquito bites, no matter how small, should not be neglected for they can be harmful not only to our skin but also to our health. Remember, more than the mosquito bites being irritable and itchy, these bites can also transmit diseases. Here are 8 remedies for mosquito bites that you can do at the comforts of your home to help you stop the itch: 1. Vinegar Applying vinegar is one of the easiest ways to treat a mosquito bite. It will quickly help ease the itching and also heal the wound. 2. Bar of soap Rubbing a …

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Chores that can wait

When it comes to the home, most of us have become expert multitaskers. Parents are able to help their kids with homework while they wait for the beef cubes to marinate. Some can clean the kitchen counter as the washing machine finishes a load of clothes. Our busy schedules have made us masters at maximizing time – accomplishing a lot of things simultaneously. While busy with chores, we often wish we could set all of it aside to spend more time with our loved ones. It is often hard to balance doing what is necessary for our home and spending time with family. By the time all the to-dos are done, everyone is likely getting ready for bed. Along with our chores, the day is done as well. But what if we …

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2016 Philippine Orchid Society midyear garden show

The Philippine Orchid Society  celebrated its 70th anniversary last August  26 to September  5  2016 at the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak (Flower Garden area), Quezon Memorial Circle, Diliman, Quezon City.  The site was once again transformed into a colorful display of orchid landscapes, decorated with the lovely blooms of the Queen of all Orchids, the Waling Waling or the Vanda sanderiana.  This year’s  theme was  “Building Bridges Through Orchids”. Orchid lovers, collectors, plant aficionados, orchid growers and plant traders joined once again and showcased their prized orchid and plant collections.  Visitors were welcomed with exquisite and colorful landscapes, pocket gardens, floral exhibits and large dish garden arrangements.  There were also a plant and orchid commercial area and a lecture area which provided daily lectures on various plant topics. The Midyear Garden Show …

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Do more with less

We are all fans of home makeovers. Something about the process of improving a space and seeing the results never fail to interest us. Bettering the look and purpose of every corner and nook is a constant goal of homeowners. For an empty wall, a painting or frame has to be installed. The entire couch should be showered with throw pillows. And every available surface should have figurines, photos, and a lampshade to match. Still, it can be possible to do more harm than good when it comes to our home interiors. Spaces should be able to breathe – not overwhelm our sight or limit movement. Assess your home like your car’s dashboard. Does it really need one more stuffed toy? Give your wardrobe a second look to see if you …

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Four ways to make your home senior friendly

By Angelu Zafe As Filipinos, we highly value our family which is why taking care of them is second nature to us. So as our loved ones age, it’s important to make things easier and safer for them now that they need all the help they can get. The physical changes they go through their bodies require changes in our homes to create a safe environment for our aging family members. Every parent makes an effort to modify their homes for it to become safer for babies and children, but only a few people realize and remember that also making our homes safer for the elderly is just as important. So in light of Grandparents’ Day last Sunday, Sept 11, here are some of the things you can add or modify in …

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Forget beanbag chairs

By Nick Wingfield Redmond, Wash. — Just off a remote stretch of road here, near wineries, horse stables and farms, Amazon is secretly growing something, but it’s not what Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, calls the “tiny seeds” that could become the company’s next big businesses. No, Amazon is growing actual plants, more than 3,000 species of them spread around a 1-acre greenhouse a half-hour’s drive from Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle. There are carnivorous pitcher plants, exotic philodendrons and orchids from Ecuador that resemble the menacing flora from “Little Shop of Horrors.” “Cinnamon, wax candy and baby powder,” said Ron Gagliardo, the Amazon horticulturist who oversees the greenhouse, when asked to describe the mysterious scent of the orchid, called Anguloa virginalis. Amazon pioneered internet shopping, electronic book reading and cloud computing. Now, as it …

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Think before you move out

Moving out can be overrated. This giant step that anyone takes towards self-sufficiency promises excitement and new discoveries, but also the pitfalls and difficulties that can make anyone move right back in with their folks. After all, the big move slowly reveals an array of responsibilities – tasks that cause one to question what on earth they were thinking. You might say to yourself, “Why did I move out? Nobody ever told me about all the to-do ‘adult’ things in the‘real world.’“ Author Kelly Williams Brown opines in her book Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps that the word “adult” is actually not a noun but a verb. “It’s the act of making correctly those small decisions that fill our day,” she writes. And just what have …

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To Fridge or Not to…where should items go?

It would be safe to say that Filipinos love to eat. That’s to eat delicious, sumptuous and mouth-watering cuisine to be exact. But arriving to that result would mean that you’re able to get farm fresh ingredients. But aside from it, you need to maintain its freshness and prolong the shelf life before the actual cooking. So how do we go about it? Listed are our staple ingredients and sorting them to either pantry or fridge: Pantry Guidelines: • Manage your food supplies by following the "FIRST IN, FIRST OUT" rule (F.I.F.O.) wherein you place the old stock in front of the new ones. By doing so, you eliminate the risk of consuming nearly-expired food. • Realsimple.com suggests avoiding washing fresh vegetables before storing them because the dampness can make it mold and rot …

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An urban escape not so far away from home

Photos by Teodoro L. Pelaez   Antipolo is a bustling and thriving city that is currently a home to some BPO companies, factories and other establishments. But if you know where to look, you’ll find gems that are neatly tucked away within it. Here are the top 10 reasons to visit and rediscover the city of Antipolo. Pasalubong Center Closely situated from the Cathedral is the Pasalubong Center where anyone can taste the native Antipolo delicacies such as suman, kasoy and kalamay. It’s also a host of other souvenir items related to the city. Better walk and see all the goods that they have to offer so that you can bring home an Antipolo pasalubong to family and friends. Hinulugang Taktak The official go-to outing destination of family and friends in Antipolo is the Hinulugang Taktak. According …

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