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Blackbird: a transformation

One of the first snippets of local history I was handed when I arrived in the Philippines: Ayala Triangle, now the focal point of the Makati business district,  was once an airport among rice fields, its original runway the stretch of … Continue reading

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Manila Interational Schools: part I

As the expatriate community in Metro Manila continues to expand, many of the better known International Schools are bursting at the seams, waiting lists are growing longer and parents are struggling to find places for their children. So I have … Continue reading

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Mr. Ferguson: A Force in the Philippines

Robbie Ferguson moved to Manila just over a year ago, with his partner Olivia and their two kids. A stocky, blond Glaswegian with merry blue eyes, a ready grin, and an accent you can cut with a knife, I occasionally … Continue reading

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Corner Tree Café : vegetarian favourites

Jupiter Street is thriving. It is the place to go in Manila to find quirky, one-off restaurants, and take a breather from those ubiquitous chains. Corner Tree Café is one such idiosyncratic eating place: a cheerful little nook between N. … Continue reading

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Celebrating at the Kasbah

The Kasbah is an attractive Moroccan restaurant at the Strip in Fort Bonifacio, and also in Borocay, apparently. I have dined there on several occasions, for lunch, dinner and even as a supper theatre venue, with mixed results. This weekend … Continue reading

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Greek Cuisine: Perfect Simplicity

The mere mention of Greece conjures up images of small fishing boats on sapphire blue sea, golden sand, bright, white, flat-topped houses baking in the red hot sun, and luscious displays of fruit and vegetables on quayside market stalls: a … Continue reading

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Memories of Manila (1)

Jennifer Gordon-Russell, a.k.a. Jenny Wallum, first arrived in the Philippines in the early 80s with her economist husband Peter Wallum and younger daughter. These were the years of martial law and the Marcos’s sovereignty; the days when traffic was light … Continue reading

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La Cocina de Tita Moning: Stepping Back in Time

In the San Miguel District of Manila, once Manila’s most elegant district,  and just around the corner from Malacanang Palace, Lory Vi Valdes had a childhood brimming with family, where aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents lived in a row of … 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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Driving: More Fun in the Philippines!

Recently we have started teaching our older son to drive. In Manila. I haven’t actively dissuaded him from learning to drive, but nor have I actively encouraged him. There are so few safe places to get him used to driving a … Continue reading

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