The road to a happy yogi: Learnings, lessons, and life

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 11:14 p.m.

“I needed to change the lens through which I viewed everything familiar.” – Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

Pagpasalamat sa Ginoo sa Gasa sa Kabalaan ni Venerable Ignacia del Espiritu Santo

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 11:13 p.m.

THE Mother Ignacia Movement (MIM) of northern Mindanao Region celebrated its 25th anniversary on October 25, 2014.

6 Zamboanga City facts you may not know about

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 10:21 p.m.

SHORT but sweet. That’s the best way to describe my very first time in Asia’s Latin City—Zamboanga. Too short, in fact, that the travel time to the place was longer than the actual tour of the Chavacano-speaking city. Maybe the afforded time was the reason why it made the visit sweeter. Teasingly sweet that I knew I had to be back for more and add a few more “flower facts” in my “jambangan” of knowledge. (Jambangan translates to flowers in a vase, a speculated etymology of the city’s current name.)

Healthy and green

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 10:20 p.m.

FRIEND Melissa of Got Heart Foundation has just announced the opening of her second restaurant in Metro Manila, this time in Makati, and it seemed opportune that I was to be in Makati just around after the opening. Never mind if I was at the AIM Hotel and Kitchen 56 by Earth Kitchen is on Jupiter Street….

Of black species and Halloween

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 07:33 p.m.

IT'S that time of the year again—black motifs, Jack O’ Lanterns and all things Halloween. As a tradition, the western feast (a contraction of “All Hallows’ Evening”) on Oct. 31 is mounted annually to remember the dead, saints and everything ghostly in between.

Singlestalk: Where’s the point?

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 07:30 p.m.

Darwin John Moises and Michelle Mendez-Palmares

Michelle: Yes, you got the question right. It saddened me when I heard that someone I know, who recently got married, is thinking of ending it. She is firm in her decision not to go back to her husband, who is also not making any effort to win her back.

Luab: We were born for a purpose

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 07:28 p.m.

MY children tease me mercilessly when they see me hurt. “Mommy, it’s your fault, you open yourself to hurt by being so open, by being so loving. You even spoil us!” These words were spoken by my youngest daughter who is now a mother of three beautiful children.

Women’s world: Getting married for love or just convenience?

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 07:26 p.m.

Dr. Dana Ruiz-Sesante, Cindy Ruiz Garaña, R.N.

DEAR Cindy,

Easy and overlooked ways to lose weight: Part 2

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 07:20 p.m.

Pio Solo Fitness station

WE SAID that losing weight is difficult, if you rely on sheer willpower. We must lose weight by design if we want to make the process more efficient.

Environmentally responsible agriculture

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 01:38 p.m.

I CONGRATULATE the D. C. Cruz Trading Corporation for being awarded the DuPont-sponsored Environmental Respect Award this year.

D.C. Cruz joined nine other international awardees—Agroliga LLC of Russia, Anuradha Enterprises of India, Atlantis Tarim of Turkey, Castrolanda Agroindustrial Cooperative Ltd. of Brazil, Chemical Agrosava of Serbia, Chungbuk Agricultural Cooperative of South Korea, Dalby Rural Supplies of Australia, Farmex S.A. of Peru, and Podlesch S.A. of Argentina— at the Environmental Respect Awards Ceremony at Hotel DuPont, Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.

Qaleesi’s feast with a twist

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 10:49 p.m.

MARK and Natalie Wee have a fun and unique tradition when it comes to naming their adorable kids.

“We alphabetized our names according to the eldest, which is the dad of course, M (Mark); followed by the mom, N (Natalie). Our firstborn is automatically O (Ogin), then the second P (Pepito), and finally, our youngest...Q!”, Natalie smiles. However, their penchant for finding one-of-a-kind names was put to the test with the letter Q.

World pasta day

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 08:15 p.m.

TODAY might be World Pasta Day, but it’s everyday comfort food for people of all ages. Many of us have grown up with the quite sweet, Filipino-style spaghetti, but there are dozens of types of pastas, and countless recipes for this dough-based dish. While pasta will always be attributed as originating from Italy, many different versions of it are all over Cebu. There’s now something to suit every preference for pasta shape or sauce taste. Here are some of the tastiest ones that might just be waiting to become your new favorite. (JVC)

Pasta and fish

Creamy concoction

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 08:07 p.m.

BEEF stroganoff—or stroganov if you prefer—is a famous dish of beef sautéed in sour cream, from Russia. Over the years culinary masters have made their versions of it, including chef Sarrita Pimentel behind the eponymous Café Sarree, who serves her take on it with pasta.

'Filipinized' pasta, anyone?

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 08:07 p.m.

PASTA lends itself to all sorts of flavors. It can even be “Filipinized”! Pino has it with tahung sauce. It’s not the spaghetti Bolognese with all that ground beef and tomato sauce or spaghetti vongole which is prepared with clams. Spaghetti with tahung sauce has all the flavors of tomato sauce and easily available tahung.

Another Filipinized pasta is that of Isidra Comfort Cantina, which offers spicy bangus pasta. Its white sauce is spicy, as its name suggests, with a lightly tart taste.

Wine with a twist

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 08:01 p.m.

A NEW planet has been discovered—a dimension of sophistication, wines and good times. Don’t be intimidated. Planet Grapes is nearby. Enjoy wine without the drama.

Following its retail shop in Taguig Metro Manila, Planet Grapes Cebu opened on Oct. 2 as the brand’s first wine bar. Flowing wines and revolutionary food pairings graced the grand launching on Oct. 10, which was headed by Planet Grapes owner and oenophile himself, Romy Sia.

Sira-sira store: Choco dates

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 07:58 p.m.

IT IS DARK, but sweet. It not strictly food, but it quells hunger. Not a good source of vitamins, but it is said to contain trace elements. And most of all, it is not a sex pill, yet it allegedly raises the libido of the person consuming it.

Food experiences are full of flavor at Mövenpick

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 07:51 p.m.

DUBAI -- Famed for Swiss excellence and exceptional customer service, the upscale hotel group Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, has used its culinary expertise to develop unique gastronomic experiences that will add something special to every guest’s stay.

Puerto Vallarta: Mexico's Cote d' Azur

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 02:20 a.m.

FOR sure, the famed Cote d' Azur, oftentimes known as the French Riviera off the southeast corner of France, doesn't disappoint sun worshippers and beachcombers. But Mexico isn't too far behind.

While Cancun and Acapulco facing the Yucatan Peninsula dominate its eastern coast, the resort town of Puerto Vallarta looking towards the Pacific has everything all these places have to offer and more.

Pinay pianist to hold concert in USLS

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 02:19 a.m.

CRISTINE Coyiuto, considered one of the most outstanding Filipino pianists of her generation, will hold a concert at the Santuario de La Salle of the University of St. La Salle on Nov. 19.

Billed Gershwin Plus, the concert will feature works by Leonard Bernstein, John Williams, Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Bernard Green and culminating with George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F.

1,250 Negrense sari-sari store owners join Coca-Cola’s Christmas Convention

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 02:18 a.m.

ABOUT 1,250 women in Negros Occidental have been enrolled under the Sari-Sari Store Training and Access to Resources (STAR) Program of the Coca-Cola Philippines, Adel Tamano, the company’s vice president for Public Affairs and Communications, said.

Tamano said these sari-sari store owners attended the STAR Program Christmas Convention (SPCC) at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center (Nompac) in Bacolod yesterday.

007 for gear and glam 7

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 06:35 p.m.

BEAUTIFUL cars, beautiful women: No James Bond movie is complete without them.

Halloween makeup ideas

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 06:32 p.m.

WE'VE got a week to go before Halloween! Are you excited? Last year, I experimented for the occasion by doing different makeup looks for two parties that I went to. I didn’t bother buying a Halloween costume, since I wanted to challenge myself to be creative with makeup. These are the two that I came up with, and how I did them. The best part is, you don’t need any special makeup at all, not even face paint.

Serna: Well done, Marlisa

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 06:30 p.m.

FIRST, allow me to greet the University of Cebu (UC) Chorus a happy 35th founding anniversary.

Choir master Raymond Abao invited me to the presscon, held for the event last Monday.

Chevrolet Colorado up for grabs in Metro Christmas raffle

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 06:27 p.m.

THE Metro Retail Stores Group is making Christmas more exciting by giving away three Chevrolet Colorado pick-ups and three 55-inch Smart 3D Ultra HD TV by Dévant through the Metro Prize Rave raffle promo that begins on Oct. 24.

The Chevrolet pick-ups and large Dévant home theater TV sets will be raffled off on the eve of Sinulog 2015 on Jan. 17 from raffle stubs entered until all Metro stores close on Jan. 11.

Trans-Asia sails full ahead

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 06:27 p.m.

ANOTHER milestone. Another first. Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, Inc. proudly share with passengers, shippers and stakeholders the distinction of being the first and only Visayas – Mindanao shipping operator to have been granted by the government regulatory authorities full-term certifications in International Safety Management (ISM) Code, International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC), 2006.

Exclusive perks for Waterfront mobile app users

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 06:26 p.m.

THERE are more reasons to celebrate the season’s merriment with the outrageously indulgent treats from Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino exclusively for Waterfront Mobile App Users.

Room accommodation

JC De Vera for Tomato Time

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 06:25 p.m.

IN LINE with the opening of its latest branch, Tomato Time has a special treat for Cebuanos. Mark the date as Tomato Time’s male endorser and one of ABS CBN’s finest leading men, JC De Vera is coming over to Cebu on Oct. 26, 2014, 4 p.m. in Ayala Center Cebu.

And here’s another surprise! On the same date, JC will have an intimate lunch date with 30 of his loyal fans at The Old Spaghetti House in SM City Cebu.

Zumba street party in MassKaraLand

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 02:12 p.m.

ZUMBA enthusiasts clad in neon-colored costumes and sporting glittery masks sexily girated to every beat at a Zumba street party along Lacson St. during the MassKaraLand event, one of the highlights of the 35th MassKara Festival last week.

Bullying adversity

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 02:11 p.m.

IF LOOKS could kill, he can easily whimper anybody scared. Judging by his outward appearance alone, JR de Los Santos - body building champion and personal trainer extraordinaire - fits the description of a bully.

Natural way to protect your vegetables

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 02:09 p.m.

GARDENING the natural way makes our environment a place of abode for many beneficial organisms and pests as well. But there is always a way to balance our environment and farming system.

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