Lifestyle

Ang Mga Asindero sang Negros

Tucked away by the side of the highway leading into Bago City from Bacolod are seven hectares of coastal land converted into saltbeds.  You won’t miss these wide patches of grids dotted by windmills.  Yet, a lot of people do.  Nondescript and hidden partially by  tall wild grass along the road, the salt beds blend […]

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Carles Whispered

The sea is calm, the sun not so hot at 9:30 in the morning while we crossed the sea to get to the group of islands know as Islas de Gigantes.  Wispy white clouds hovered above hiding the blue of the sky of Carles.  Inday Nancy bobbed rhythmically as the waves slapped a lullaby on […]

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When Love Hurts

Susan is in.  A baby has its back to her, its face serene and innocent.  It won’t be long when the baby screams in pain as had the baby before it, and all the other babies before have had.  For generations, the manoghilot has been the go-to medicine man, or woman, for babies, toddlers and […]

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Lifestyle | Restaurants

Love is in the mountain air

FOR the first time in many years, I wake up to the sound of an orchestra playing. A thousand crickets are making beautiful rhythmic music at 5:30 in the morning. In my spacious, tastefully-appointed, purple-themed casita, I lay quietly for a while before throwing off the purple wool blanket to thrust my feet into the […]

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Restaurants

Vegans Just Wanna Have Fun

Health-conscious people can now breathe a sigh of re-leaf.  A new restaurant in this restaurant-rich city caters to a growing segment of individuals with weird habits that include 1) walking many yards to look for the “right” restaurant, 2) picking at their food to make sure that there is no meat hidden there, 3) asking […]

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Getting Stoned at Balay Bato

My first visit to Balay Bato had a rocky start. No sooner had I put a foot on a rock and told Rusty Binas, the owner, that one needs to be a mountaineer (to climb up and down his stairs) when I slipped and would have had a nasty fall had I not held onto […]

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They Let the Dogs In!!!

One day, in October last year, Carol Khia decided to take care of some rescued dogs that her friend Teresa Japsay kept in her residence. These dogs were then under the care of an animal rescue organization but since the organization’s resources were meager, Ms. Japsay had to make do with what she had. Ms. […]

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