Category Archives: Lifestyle

Compare & Contrast

Nine months ago, we packed our bags and too many boxes and headed out to Ninoy Aquino International Airport for the last time. It was six years and a matter of days since I had first arrived in the Philippines. … Continue reading

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The Ides of March

“Then, suddenly, the day was at an end, and the house was furnished. Each stick and cup and picture was nailed immovably in place; the beds were sheeted, the windows curtained, the straw mats laid, and the house was home.” … Continue reading

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A Month in the Country

So we have been four weeks in Luxembourg and already the city is feeling familiar. And we have found a house. Now we just need our furniture to arrive from the Philippines, and we can start feeling properly settled. My twice-weekly French … Continue reading

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Landing in Luxembourg

As we flew over Luxembourg last week, we were thrilled to observe that the countryside had been lightly dusted with snow.  I was reminded, inconsequentially, of that classic Aussie film ‘The Castle’ and Sal’s dab hand with the icing sugar. As we pulled … Continue reading

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First Impressions

            Icy air bites at fingertips and ears with teeth as sharp as a kitten’s Talcum-soft snowflakes drift down through the lamplight to kiss naked branches, car bonnets, tongues Church spires and clock towers sketch … Continue reading

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Reviewing ‘Songs on the Wind’

My first official review for ‘Songs on the Wind,’ was published in ANZA News, November 2016. What a thrill! ‘Songs on the Wind: Essays from a life with no borders, only horizons’ by Alexandra Gregori Reviewed by Diana Guild If … Continue reading

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A Stitch in Time

Daniel Radcliffe reputedly stated that he is not clumsy, just accident prone, but it sounds to me like he is simply quibbling with semantics. Call it what you will, I too am klutzy, clumsy, uncoordinated and monumentally accident prone, often butterfingered or … Continue reading

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A Suomi Summer

Cine Europa is a ten-day feast of European movies being shown FOR FREE  at Shang Cineplex in Ortigas. I have almost decided to move into the Shangri-La Hotel for the week to take full advantage of this amazing smorgasbord of movies. … Continue reading

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“Go For Launch!”

Last night was a very special night, and I am still feeling somewhat euphoric. Euphoric and ecstatic, exhilarated and enchanted, thrilled and giddy and elated. I know I probably sound slightly hysterical, and usually my One & Only saves me from … Continue reading

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Imelda:The People’s Princess

“Filipinos want beauty. I have to look beautiful so that the poor Filipinos will have a star to look at from their slums.”  ~Imelda Marcos Imelda Marcos, the iconic First Lady of the Philippines for twenty years, with her infamous … Continue reading

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