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A Not-So Hidden Japanese Gem: Kazunori

January 31, 2018 7:00 pm by Vicki Abary

There’s something exciting about discovering a restaurant hidden or situated next to an ordinary shop such as a convenience store, or in the case of Kazunori, a car dealership. Found along busy Chino Roces Avenue Extension chock-a-block with office buildings, warehouses and the aforementioned car dealerships don’t let this Japanese […]

Home Caterers for Your Holiday Feasts

December 26, 2017 7:00 pm by Vicki Abary

The holiday season is in full swing! Depending on your barkada, you might opt for a Christmas feast at someone’s home instead of dining out. It’s more comfortable, it’s private, there are no crowds, and no corkage fee! Holiday vibes at Inquirer RED event catered by Private Dining by Happy […]

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Christmas Gifts That Give Back

December 21, 2017 7:00 pm by Vicki Abary

By Vicki Abary and Kritzia Santos This month is the busiest time of the year. People are preparing for the holidays: buying gifts, stocking pantries in preparation for holiday meals, adding décor to their homes, and entertaining guests. Through the hustle and bustle it’s easy to overlook the less fortunate […]

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Customize Your Gifts This Season

September 24, 2017 10:00 am by Vicki Abary

Every year without fail, a couple I know gives all their friends a set of personalized notecards for Christmas – myself included. And each Christmas, no matter what else I may receive, I am truly grateful for those notecards because not only do they replace the cards I had been […]

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When Dinner Makes A Difference: Eye Society’s Annual Dinner in the Dark

August 31, 2017 7:00 pm by Vicki Abary

When we sit down for dinner in a restaurant, we use all our senses to absorb that meal. We see the appealing colors of the food and admire its beautiful presentation. We can smell the dish, which enhances our appetite. We take a bite, and enjoy the nuances of flavor […]

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Mommy Clicks: 10 Tips on How to Photograph Your Kids Better

August 15, 2017 7:00 pm by Vicki Abary

I have baby photo envy. It’s not that I wish I had better baby photos – I just wish that I had gorgeous baby photos of my now 12-year-old son, Enzo, which weren’t available in Manila back then. You know those ones—the most adorable photos of a sleeping newborn all […]

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Family Fun at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu

August 6, 2017 7:00 pm by Vicki Abary

An aerial view of the grounds of Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa Traveling to an island destination in the Philippines can be easy or tricky, depending on the island you plan to visit and of course, the group of people you are with. When my boyfriend Jo brought his three […]

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Get Blisstified with Kimi and Martine

July 30, 2017 7:00 pm by Vicki Abary

Get Blisstified scrapbook project (Photo by Myra Ho) Half the year has gone by and it’s time to check in—is there anything you have done that has made you a better person? Remember, we all have the same amount of time as Thomas Edison, Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, Leonardo da […]

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Behind the Mulberry Door

July 7, 2017 7:00 pm by Vicki Abary

First came nawwTy’s kitchen, an ala carte food service and custom catering business that Manila’s elite would order for their private parties and gatherings. Next came The Gourmand Market, a fresh open-air food market where foodies could wander around and discover new finds. Three years after Trish Panlilio first ventured […]

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Digital Devices and When to Ditch Them

May 16, 2017 7:00 pm by Vicki Abary

I have a 12-year-old son and if I didn’t limit his time on his iPad, he would be stuck to that thing 24/7. Once I said to him before bedtime, “Hey iPad boy, it’s time to turn that thing off.” He retorted, “OK, iPhone girl!” Touche. We tell our children […]