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    How Rainy Days Affect Your Mood

    July 23, 2018 7:00 pm by Vicki Abary

    Photo by Markus Spiske from Pexels Are you one of those who feel the blues as soon as it starts to pour? It turns out, you aren’t alone. Scientifically called Seasonal Affective Disorder  (SAD), it’s a type of depression that’s related to when seasons change, most usually during rainy season […]

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    Cult Beauty Brand Tom Ford Makes its Mark in Manila

    July 12, 2018 8:00 pm by Vicki Abary

    When the to-die-for cult luxury beauty brand Tom Ford Beauty opened its first counter in Manila in October 2017, many Filipina beauty lovers rejoiced. Those in the know no longer needed to wait for a trip abroad to buy their favorites while those who have never experienced a swipe of […]

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    A Nearby Adventure at Masungi Georeserve

    April 6, 2018 7:00 pm by Vicki Abary

    The Instagram photos definitely inspire FOMO: hikers wearing colorful helmets while standing on a large spiderweb, a barkada lying down on a hanging bridge made of rope, big boulders made of karst, an inviting forest surrounding it all. They are of Masungi Georeserve, and anyone who has a thirst for […]

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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 […]