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Heat check

We seem to be getting used to the unbearable summer heat this year has brought upon us. The first few weeks were excruciating, but you have to hand it to Filipinos. We found a way to cope with the scorching period through frequent trips to the mall, extra servings of halo-halo or ice cream, and letting air conditioners work overtime. Gladly, we pay for comfort despite our soaring electricity bills eating into our budget. By this time, most of us have realized that as much as we are humans, our electric fans and air conditioners are just machines, too. Like us, they need respite from working too hard as they help us cope with the high temperatures. So let them rest and try these tips that can let you survive these …

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Manila: more fun than a 1st world city

Visiting a 1st-world city can be a bittersweet experience. Sure, you’ve waited so long to finally have the chance to travel, but once you see how far advanced they are from us – how fast their internet is, how efficient and reliable their mass transport systems are, and how proficient and impressive their public services can be, you can’t help but ask yourself, “why can’t we have these in the Philippines?” But not all disadvantages are in our country – there are some things distinctly Filipino that are better. Things like –   CHEAPER COST OF LIVING Sure, you can argue economies of scale or cheaper labor or a thousand other factors – but the long and short of it is: it’s cheap to live in the Philippines. A 337ml Coke bottle, for example, …

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Art Furniture

Where furniture is concerned, we live in interesting times. The first decade of the 21st century has seen an extraordinary shift in attitudes among the art establishment towards the idea of collectable contemporary limited-edition or one-off designs. While costly, one of their extraordinary pieces of furniture is within the grasp of a discerning and wealthy elite. The terms 'design art' and 'art furniture' are often applied to the new golden age, but in fact it heralds a return to the long neglected decorative arts. Just as haute couture represents the pinnacle of fashion, from which trends and innovations filter down to high street level, so this unashamedly luxurious and show-stopping furniture sets new standards from which we will all ultimately benefit. Limited editions and one-offs, by the very fact that they only …

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The blooming of our national tree

One may have noticed that a lot of Narra, our national tree, around Metro Manila, including those in surrounding provinces, had bloomed this summer.  It gives us a majestic sight of a tree almost filled with profuse fragrant yellow minute flowers that falls down to the ground at the end of the day. Though the flowers are short lived, they are quite noticeable as the whole Narra tree canopy becomes filled with fragrant tiny golden yellow flowers.  After the flowers have fallen,  flat or disc-shaped seed pods form on the branches tips. After a few months, the seeds are scattered and dispersed in the area. Narra or scientifically known as Pterocarpus indicus, belongs to the family Fabaceae.  It is a native of southeastern Asia, northern Australasia, and the western Pacific Ocean islands.  …

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7 ways to teach kids the value of money

There is no better place to learn about the value of money than in one’s home. It’s good when the importance of savings and investments are passed, although children can either follow or break away from the financial paths their parents take. When they become, say, unwise users of credit cards and end up riddle in debt, things can get ugly really fast. Time.com says parents should “devote time to financial home schooling,” as the National Endowment for Financial Education refers to them as the “biggest influence on their children’s financial habits.” Doing so will benefit your kid in more ways than one, and hopefully lead him or her to secure their future, as you have been working hard for. Start with these tips at home: 1. Talk to them about money. …

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Premium HyC 150 Collagen drink supports Gakuya by Kim Gan

Premium HyC150, the best collagen formula to make your skin beautiful inside and out is supporting the fashion soiree of designer, Kim Gan dubbed “Seishun” (The Springtime of Life) slated on April 28, 6PM at the B Hotel in Quezon City organized by The Velvet Stage.  “Seishun” is a collection inspired by women of quiet strength, the subtle power of feminine beauty. Kim Gan has a major in Interior Design from the University of Sto. Tomas' College of Fine Arts.  She moved then to Tokyo, Japan to pursue further practical education in arts and fashion, guided by her keen appreciation for Japan's culture and aesthetics. After 15 years she moved back to Manila and opened "Gakuya", which means a dressing room for Geishas, located at the Corinthian Gardens Clubhouse in 2009. The …

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Some Like Them Hot, She Likes Them Homegrown.

New York — Working at a farm in upstate New York after college, Annie Novak was startled to see people carrying vials of hot sauce like lucky charms. “It was winter,” she said. “They were putting drops in their hands and licking them to stay warm.” As a child in Evanston, Illinois, she had always eaten “very simply,” she said. “Chili peppers were like the Wild West for me.” Now, Novak, 33, grows hundreds of chilies at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, a perch three stories up, sprawling 6,000 square feet over a former warehouse on the waterfront in Brooklyn. In her apartment a few blocks away, the harvest fills her kitchen: chilies pickled in Mason jars, or crushed and tossed with sea salt, or distilled and lurking volcanically in bottles with red …

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Shoo Fly!

It’s a typical afternoon lunch in your household and while everyone is happily digging in to the feast, an uninvited guest decides to join the party. Before you know it, everyone is swatting the houseflies away. Then you start wondering, why are there houseflies especially during summer? Where do they come from? How do we get rid of them? Since the World Health Organization is keen on minimizing the house flies, they give us the facts about these creatures. M. domestica thrives during the summer because it’s the most suitable for the laid eggs to develop. Take note, it only takes 6 to 12 days for an egg to metamorphose to pupa to adult fly. Imagine how many houseflies develop in less than two weeks. No wonder we’re pestered by these germ …

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Chef Chele Gonzalez: A man of culinary success and the partners that helped make it happen

For Spanish-born Chef Jose Luis “Chele” Gonzalez, true accomplishment comes in the form of landing a place in the acclaimed “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants of 2016” list for his work at art gallery-cum-fine-dining restaurant Gallery Vask, also named as the Philippines’ Best Restaurant. The annual list features the insights of around 1,000 international restaurant industry experts. This year, Gallery Vask, a fine-dining space that serves modern cuisine inspired by local ingredients, took 39th spot, and was the sole dining destination from the Philippines to make it to the list. “Landing a spot in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, and being the only one from the Philippines, is a huge responsibility and motivation. This recognition for all our hard work is an opportunity for us to keep growing so we can share the beauty …

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The splendor and medicinal value of the golden shower

The Golden shower is a beautiful and brightly colored flowering tree in the Philippines.  It is commonly used as an ornamental tree in subdivisions, residential areas and also in memorial parks.  The Golden Shower tree, or Cassia fistula, belongs to the plant family Fabaceae. It is related to the legume family of plants.  Its English name is Pudding pipe tree- a description of its long black fruit or pod, similar to a tobacco cigar or pipe. The Golden Shower is an erect, medium-sized  tree that sheds its leaves every year.   Its pinnate leaves (about 30 to 40 centimeters long) are smooth and composed of individual ovate leaflets that are 8 to 16 leaves, about 10 centimeters long.   Its special feature is its fragrant and bright yellow flowers.  The flowers are borne in …

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