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Articles in the category Lifestyle (39)

The best way to read Hello, Universe is with no expectations. Forget that it was recently awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal by the American Library Association and joined the exalted realm of much loved and well-respected writers such as Madeleine L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time), Katherine Paterson (Jacob Have I Loved), and Lois Lowry (The Giver).
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Published by 24/05/2018 by Guido
Categories: Entertainment, Lifestyle

There’s something about the dark and gruesome that most people find fascinating. We all love the feeling of suspense and thrill, sometimes even beyond the threshold of our tolerance. Oftentimes, we find ourselves holding a Stephen King masterpiece and involuntarily flipping through the pages, even if our mind is telling us to do otherwise. How many of us, for example, have indulged in a horror movie, alone in our room, just to get our heart pumping fast?
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Published by 26/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Lifestyle, Travel

In making the most out of one’s journeys, one common denominator that I notice whenever I read articles written by recognized travel bloggers is to plan early for your trips. While I personally enjoy spur-of-the-moment outings, it is more advisable to plan ahead so that you would have enough leeway for saving funds for your trips as well as for maximizing your vacation leaves.
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Published by 26/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Lifestyle, Travel

Getting the most out of what you can have should be the primary objective in a vacation. You must be sure that you get the experience that you will not always have when you return to your hometown. If you are going to a country where customs and traditions are quite different from what you have, unless it is greatly uncomfortable or intolerable, you should momentarily try to blend in with the society of the place you are visiting.
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Published by 20/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Lifestyle, Travel

“It’s just like tuning guitar strings”, as El Kalinado, a man from France explains meditation and how it affects your body, mind, and soul. “If the guitar is tuned, then it creates beautiful music”. I walked inside Bahay Kalipay with no expectations, telling myself that I would be open to whatever I learn in this place. Little did I know that it would change my perspective on things completely, and would open my eyes to a new world.
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Published by 20/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Lifestyle, Recreation, Travel

In 2006 when my wife, Milou, and I thought of building a weekend cottage in the mountains of her hometown of Silay City in Negros Occidental, we didn't think of it as a "green" home. We simply wanted to have a place where we could retreat from the city and get reenergized by the clean, cool and refreshing mountain air.
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Published by 14/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Lifestyle, Stories

Why Cebu? Friends asked when I told them I was finally leaving Hongkong after almost 40 years not just because of advancing decrepitude, claustrophobia over cramped living, and mental and financial meltdowns. I also cited nostalgia for the old place where my siblings and I grew up in a large house on a hill overlooking the cement plant my father managed, and saying "pastilan!" and "buang-buang!"
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Published by 13/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Lifestyle, Stories

A strange sight greeted me in the middle of rice fields in Jaen, Nueva Ecija sometime in the late ‘80s. The Agrarian Reform program had just begun. My clan, heirs of my farmer grandma, was waiting for a dialogue with her tenants. I noticed a group of them waiting around a small table with … was I seeing right? Tarot cards?
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Published by 12/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Documentary, Lifestyle, Mythology & folklore

These things are pleasant to wear, affordable, light-weight, functional, comfortable, convenient and available in almost every shopping mall, local stores and sold by many street vendors. They can be easily slipped on to the foot, worn every day for all sorts of occasions and gives no hassle with tying shoe laces.
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Published by 04/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Lifestyle, Society

Ukay-Ukay, it is the Filipino adaptation of a "flea market" and one of those typical features from the Philippines. It began more than thirty years ago and in a short period of time became the best bargain sensation in the country, from rags to riches, a shoe-string enterprise, born out of necessity and grown into a lucrative fashion industry.
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Published by 04/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Lifestyle, Society

I have been in the Philippines for almost one and a half months as an expat and like most of the other expats here, I work, eat, sleep in Metro Manila – one of the busiest cities in the world. Like anyone else who lives and works in Metro Manila, all I want for the weekend is a place that allows me to escape the hassle traffic and polluted air in the mega city. Besides that, I have a craving for new things.
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Published by 04/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Leisure, Lifestyle, Travel