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“Nahold-up ako ng usa.” With a smiley, I sent this message to a friend after gallivanting across the green expanse of Nara Park. Nara served as Japan’s capital for around a century some 1,300 years ago and so it has beautiful temples and other historic places. I was on my way to the Todaiji temple complex, which houses the bron...

January 26, 2017
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MILLIONS of people around the world, particularly the Chinese, are optimistic that the Year of the Rooster will bring more prosperity, good health and good luck after the Year of the Monkey. While some fear of “living from hand to mouth” when the Year of the Rooster  comes on January 28, Feng Shui Expert Maxie Tiu said people with pos...

January 26, 2017

IT caught my eye while our taxi was barreling down the freeway from Osaka. The mountain range in the distance looked like it was ablaze. I squinted and took in the view. The foliage had begun changing to the colors of Fall: from yellow to red to a tinge of deep orange. “Wala nito sa Pilipinas (We don’t have this in the Philippines),...

November 25, 2016
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CANNABIS, canals and carnal pursuits pretty much sum up the tourist’s image of Amsterdam. And you really can’t blame them when Google serves up Tips for Getting Stoned like a Pro or Best Places for Cannabis Shopping when you type in “Amsterdam travel.” In the capital of the Netherlands, you will learn the big difference between a...

November 16, 2016
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LEGEND has it that when Vietnam was a newly-formed country, its people had to fight against invaders from the north through the sea. To help the Vietnamese, the Jade Emperor was said to have sent the Mother Dragon and her children to help the people defend the country. When the enemies were attacking Vietnam, the Mother Dragon and her ...

October 26, 2016
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THE men were fast, the machines were beastly, and the music was pulsating! With this heady mix, the F1 weekend at the 2016 Singapore Grand Prix was the kind of mayhem you would want to experience at least once in your lifetime. For car enthusiasts and racing fans, the three-day F1 event afforded them the chance to witness up close and p...

October 12, 2016
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“DON’T worry, they know how to avoid you.” This was the assurance made to us by our tour guide as we navigate by foot the busy, chaotic streets of Hanoi, Vietnam amid what seemed like millions of motorbikes. And much like its narrow streets full of swerving motorbikes, Hanoi will hit your senses all at once. Arriving on a balmy...

September 30, 2016
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THE Philippine booth raked in higher sales in the recently- concluded five-day Hong Kong Food Expo held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. Johnny Hui of A-Plus Consultant, the sole agent of Philippine products sold in the Philippine booth during the expo, told Hong Kong News that sales were likely to top $700,...

September 13, 2016
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Consul Chuck bids HK goodbye   THE perfect beer brew, said Consul Charles Andrei Macaspac, requires the right temperature, enough patience, and the correct ingredients to balance the sweet and the bitter and to bring out the fizzle and the body of the liquor. “It’s like a science experiment. Ang dami mong kailangang...

June 28, 2016
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FROM the sands of Arabia to the cities of Cebu, the story of Hector Daclan’s homecoming to the Philippines is replete with ‘sudsy’ episodes. His is a bubbly story of starting up and expanding a family business, which attests to his perseverance and passion to make life better for his family, and to be of service to his community. Befor...

June 8, 2016
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