Category Archives: Philippines

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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Consider the Teapot

  “Yes, that’s it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, “it’s always tea time.” ` Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland Consider the teapot: a vessel with spout and handle for making and serving tea. It may be tall and silver-stately … 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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Fig: bursting with flavour

“A great source of fibre and full of vitamins and minerals, dried and fresh figs have a long and illustrious history. Known for being a healthy and versatile ingredient they can add a burst of sweetness to all kinds of … 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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Oodles of Noodles at Ogawa

“I wouldn’t exactly call it ‘cooking’ but I can make noodles. That means I can boil water, put the pasta in and wait until it’s done.” ~  Devon Werkheiser, American actor. It is two years to the day since I … 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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Stream of Consciousness

Earlier this year, back home in Manila, the Metropolitan Museum held a fascinating and unusual exhibition. “Tapas: Spanish Design for Food,” presented by Accion Cultural Espanola, the Instituto Cervantes Manila and the Spanish Embassy, was a display of food, kitchen … Continue reading

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A Tale of Steak and Ceviche

The Smith Butcher & Grill Room has been getting very good reviews by word-of-mouth and on the internet. So, as this month it celebrated its first birthday, we decided we were well overdue for a visit. Smith B&G is an unexpectedly  cavernous … Continue reading

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