Posts by Bea Santos

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aaaBacked by 47 years of expertise in the pearl industry, Jacques Branellec – co-founder of Philippines-based pearl specialist Jewelmer – was instrumental in bringing about groundbreaking developments in South Sea pearl cultivation. In September, Branellec was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the sixth annual JNA Awards during a gala event at the InterContinental Hong Kong. Organized by UBM Asia Ltd, the JNA Awards is one of the most prestigious awards in the international gemstone and jewellery sector. Its highest accolad...

October 11, 2017
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aaaTHE first thing I noticed upon arriving in Chiang Mai is a kind of lightness, softness even, in the air. It was not immediately recognizable; in fact, it is the kind of thing that slowly dawns on you, like a realization and an eventual submission. I boarded a taxi outside the airport and grew a bit apprehensive since my hotel is located in a secluded area. The driver, however, assured me that it is safe to roam around even at night. I’ve managed to deal with my initial anxiety upon reaching my hotel, Chiang Mai Chang Thai Hou...

March 13, 2017
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aaaNAGOYA has played second fiddle to more popular Japanese cities such as Tokyo, Osaka or Kobe for the longest time. Bu thanks to amateur tourist videos on YouTube and countless travel blogs, more and more people are finding out that there’s more to Nagoya than meets the untrained eyes. This writer can attest to that. We arrived at Nagoya from Hong Kong around dinner time, leaving us very little time to explore the city on our first night. This shouldn't be a concern as the historical Nagoya TV Tower, the city’s symbol, is open until 9...

April 15, 2015
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aaaAFTER spending three days mostly underwater for my PADI open water diving course in Mactan, Cebu, I wasn’t entirely sure if I still wanted to swim with the whale sharks in Oslob, a provincial town four hours away from the city proper. So when we were informed that whale shark viewing was cancelled due to Typhoon Hagupit, I was relieved. Or so I thought. That’s okay, I told myself; I didn’t want to be in the water anyway. But like a pretentious person on a diet, I felt I turned down that chocolate bar too soon. After all...

February 15, 2015
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