Monthly Archives: April 2013

Home Help: a challenge and a joy

As an Australian, the concept of household staff is a foreign one, and I constantly find myself bewildered by the presence in my life of a full-time driver and a part-time maid or ‘helper’ and all the unwritten rules and … Continue reading

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Cooking with Frieda

Since I arrived in the Philippines almost two and a half years ago, finding someone to teach me Filipino cooking has been like an endless game of hunt-the-thimble, but I have finally found the treasure: an everyday Filipino cooking class … Continue reading

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“How’s the serenity?”

‘I tune into the wind and to the sea and I begin to breathe more easily…’ The wind-ruffled water laps against the pylons, the thatch rustles, the coloured flags slaps the flag poles as I sit on the deck of … Continue reading

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Grace Park: Just Around the Corner

Margarita (Gaita) Forés has joined the organic craze, opening Grace Park just last month at One Rockwell, a tiny paddock-to-plate restaurant with an Italian flavour. It is named after her grandmother’s home in Caloocan, apparently the inspiration for her farmhouse … Continue reading

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Ethical Entrepreneurs

 ‘Eating is, or should be, one of life’s great pleasures,’ says food writer Angela Crocombe.  Filipinos agree. In the Philippines, eating is a communal, convivial pastime. In the provinces, regional cuisines have been influenced by hundreds of years of Chinese, … Continue reading

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A Heated Moment

Have you ever seen one of these? They come in a variety of colours, the most common of which are orange and red, but yellow and purple, pink, white and brown [chocolate!] are also available.  Sitting innocently on the supermarket … Continue reading

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Snow & Ice in Manila…

The temperature is rising in Manila as summer looms, but in the newly renovated New World Hotel in Makati it was snowing in March! The annual Ball is ANZA’s largest event, and this year it had a new location. No … Continue reading

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