Gradinner at HK BBQ Master, British Columbi

“Where would you like to eat?” That was Matt’s blank check for his grad dinner; he didn’t want to “flex” in a “bougie” place that would be “so extra.” Instead, he chose this restaurant whose main entrance is via a parking lot. Manila paper with brown tape lined the walls behind our plastic table with…

The Little Prince Museum, Hakone

“What is essential is invisible to the eye.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince The Little Prince has become a phenomenon: 200 million books sold worldwide translated into 290 languages; a successful movie with 23 million viewers; 80-episode television series broadcasted in 50 countries; a musical play; the first aerial park in the world located…

The Philippines Through The Eyes of a Japanese: Yoshida Nobara

Yoshida Nobara is a Japanese illustrator and graphic designer from Miyazaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu.  She earned a degree in Scenography, Space, and Design at Musahino Art University (Tokyo) and then worked at RISSIINC Creative Studio.  In 2017 when her husband came to the Philippines for work, Nobara-san left behind her comfort zone…

Shogo the Violinist, Osaka

Was walking around Osaka Station and by Lucua Depato, saw a violinist performing. He had an upcoming concert at the Piccadilly Beronica at that time.  This is one of those times when I really wish the microphone on my phone worked well. At least it captured some of the sound but if you are around…

Porto’s Bakery, Southern California

1960. Cuba. Political turmoil in your country and you attempt to leave. Straightaway, your husband gets terminated and consigned away to manual labor. You, too, get terminated with three children to feed.  Can you imagine? That was the crisis Rosa Porto found herself in. In Chinese, the word “crisis’ is represented by the characters for…

Arnel Pineda: Voice for the Hopeless

To Filipinos all over the world, Arnel Pineda needs no introduction. His well-known story  has been watched online by millions. [Just in case you missed Oprah’s feature, HERE‘s the link].  Oprah said,” Arnel gives all the credit to his mother) who believed in him long before he believed in himself.” Her prolonged hospitalisation prior to her…

Celebrating Earth’s Bounty: Odette Singapore

I got off at the Supreme Court Wing with an important appointment to attend.  The massive Corinthian columns, towering dome, and classic architectural details stood proud and distinguished against a moonlit evening sky. This Old Supreme Court Building/ former courthouse in Singapore was the last classical (architectural style) structure built in the former British colony….

Kristine Lotilla: Risen Chef

Don’t mess with Kristine Lotilla. She is a Taekwondo black belter. She is also a kitchen goddess/ chef who loves to travel and eat. A merit scholar and cum laude graduate at Enderun, she earned another scholarship (jointly from Enderun and the French government) to take her training in Paris at Ecole de Cuisine Alain Ducasse…

Jackie Ang Po: “No Day Off”

Jackie Ang Po, chef and owner of cafe and pastry shop, Fleur de Lys Patisserie Inc., has been in business since 2001. Among her many awards, she has received Bronze for  Singapore FHA Plated Dessert, Gold for Best Hongkong Food Expo-Live High Tea, Gold Award for Coach at the Hongkong Food Expo- Live High Tea and just…

May Santos: Dr. Baker

Do you have a skill/hobby that you enjoy? If you have been thinking of making a business out of it, the series on Entrepreneurship may help you with prayer for discernment, assess your circumstances, and get inspiration from other women entrepreneurs (specially in the food business) who are gracious to share their stories and tips…

Sunshine Puey

Sunshine Puey went to culinary school at Tante Marie’s in San Francisco in 2001 and Ecole Ritz Escoffier in Paris in 2005. She has been working since with over fifteen years’ experience in the culinary industry abroad and here in Manila.   She was co-founder of the premier degustation restaurant, The Goose Station, and she is…

Anh and Chi Vietnamese, Vancouver

Anh and Chị [/ aĭŋ / ænd / ţi /] in English is “elder brother and elder sister; a respectful form of address for a friend or a even a stranger, man or woman respectively, generally above one’s age; address for fellow members of the same community.”  It is also the name of a chic Vietnamese…

Dorothy Ferreria: Entrepreneurship Tips

Meet the Cake Boss. She was ten years old when Dorothy Ferreria took her first cooking lesson with a neighbor. She went on to study with Sylvia Reynoso Gala, Rory Subida of Maya Kitchens, and then with the late Dexter Rebolledo of Dexter’s Bakeshop. Later, she studied at the Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art…

Penk Ching: Entrepreneurship Tips

Penk Ching, owner of Pastry Bin, which supplies bespoke decorated cakes for special occasions, has been in business for thirty-four years. She held a corporate job for more than a decade. Her baking and cake decorating was just a hobby she enjoyed but slowly, as more friends and officemates excitedly asked her to make cakes for…

Beth Romualdez: Entrepreneurship Tips

Beth Romualdez is a highly accomplished woman who has worn many hats— chef, author, restaurateur, entrepreneur. She used to own a printing press and kitchen store. She is passionate about gardening, able to call trees by name; she is a painter, art collector, and a great dancer.  [Please don’t tell her I told you that…