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Motivational Tattoos and Mental Health

People have different reasons for getting inked. For some, tattoos serve as pick-me-ups that help them face their everyday challenges. Having something visually appealing and comforting allows one to brave up and move forward at life. Permanent tattoos are painful and costly, but with the invention of temporary tattoos, anyone can get inked with meaningful and […]

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Short Reviews: IPAs and a Valentine’s Beer, Supposedly

  Modern Times Mega Fortunate Islands and Bikedog Double IPA Both California IPAs feature the classic, easily-recognizable India Pale Ale grass and pine aromas. I’ve had Mega before, and it’s dangerously drinkable. This Modern Times brew is a gentler, more accessible double IPA for these modern times (ack, I’m truly despicable because of my pathetic […]

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Nothing Backward About the Food at Backyard Kitchen, Plus Good Gelato from Manila Creamery

  Backyard Kitchen at UP Town Center is among the survivors of the “farm-to-table” trend that swept the metropolis back in 2013 to 2015. As is typical, I visit “trendy” restaurants long past their much-hyped openings. I get a better appreciation of the food, service and general vibe of the place after it has settled […]

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Attention-Catching Small Things and a Chickenjoy Wannabe in Daet, Camarines Norte

  A land dispute I’m handling brings me an average of thrice a year to Daet, Camarines Norte in the Bicol region for court hearings. It’s a long eight-hour drive (I hitch a ride in the client’s vehicle) which passes through parts of Batangas, Laguna and Quezon, with a hour-long final stretch of winding roads […]

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Food Hive Park Along Visayas Avenue, QC

  There’s a food park glut in my general area spanning Congressional, Visayas and Mindanao Avenues in Quezon City. I’ve seen some parks close. Others appear on the brink of closing because foot traffic has slowed drastically, especially for the older, less “hip” ones. The fickle, fad-obsessed Pinoy foodie is always on the lookout for […]

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Taichung Academy: The Journey of a Thousand Miles and All Those Steps

This is not the story of a medical procedure. This is a story of love, and life, and everything in between. Not too few couples dream of raising a family. This means not just husband and wife, forever, but also a child, or children. Actually, many couples work on it, and not just dream about […]

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My Hearty Weekend in Subic

Sometimes, it is when you do not make plans when things actually happen, or trips actually push through. This is not often true with me, but it was during this particular weekend. There I was at home with absolutely nothing to do on a late Friday afternoon. Rare as it might have been, but it […]

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Declogging Emergency Rooms Possible via Telemedicine Services – MEDGATE

With hospital emergency rooms overloaded with patients that deal with life-threatening medical emergencies, the world’s leading telemedicine pioneer has a suggestion for Filipinos who aren’t sure if they should rush to the emergency room of the nearest hospital: call a doctor first. According to Medgate Philippines Chief Executive Officer Robert Parker, “being able to talk […]

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Tripels and Quadrupels Reimagined, Reinforced

Four beers. Two styles. All with varying qualities that aim to strike an enduring chord with the non-novice beer explorer. St. Bernardus Tripel and Almanac Emperor Norton Belgium’s Bwerij St. Bernard makes an iconic tripel that’s mentioned in the same breath as the class-defining Westmalle and Karmeliet interpretations of this robust, high alcohol beer. The […]

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Not Your Humble Tapsilog at Angus Tapa Centrale

In a megacity full of eateries that treat their tapsilog as simple lamang tiyan and pantawid gutom (there are no exact English equivalents to these Filipino phrases, I believe), Angus Tapa Centrale in Kamuning offers a different take on the pedestrian all-day-breakfast meal with an Angus beef version. I didn’t know about this place until […]