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The Best Dressed List: 53rd Hijos De Davao

If you have browsed through the two parts of Hijos de Davao story in the Monday (Part 1) and Wednesday (Part 2) issues of SunStar Davao or the ofapplesandlemons.com, then you might have picked your favorites for the Best Dressed List. The attendance this year was impressive. Even more admirable was how they came dressed to the occasion. Hijos and hijas representing different generations arrived in the evening best....

June 2017 musings: Rush, No rush

Who’s in a rush? 1.  Time. Half of the year is over.   2.  This invite. Just when you think no one can top the boutique’s invitation sent three hours before an event, someone comes along to break the record—59 minutes before an affair. ( By the time I read it)       Who? It’s from a government agency. What? It’s for a non-government affair. Have you experienced eating 5/5 lemons?   3....

Pastry review: Ensaymada x Casa Ensaimada

So a box of Casa Ensaimada was delivered to my place. I rejoiced!     Why? Because I recall the first time I had a taste of this ensaymada was love at first bite. I remember quite vividly how the this pasty’s bread bore the bakery-of-the-past recipe, that crumbly consistency. It brought back fond memories of Kinoguitan in Misamis Oriental, where the Iluste cousins vacation in summer, and during...

May 2017 musings: Lessons from mother’s Martial Law

May isn’t over yet and mothers still rule the month (and the whole year), in her household, at least. I still remember how Patria (I call my mom by her first name when I tease her. She’s in heaven now), runs our home: On weekends: Tayo na at mag-linis ng bahay. Ano ka senyorito? On Sunday mornings: Gising! Inumaga ka ng uwi, disco-disco ka magdamag pero hindi ka makapagsimba ng isang oras? Those are just a couple...

April 2017 musings: summer in the city & beyond

Summer heat is upon us, but luckily we have the occasional rains to cool the nights. The flash flooding though is another story. Across town, everybody is in the season’s “laag” mood with the beach, the mountains and the malls as the most popular destinations. These three spots are even made more alluring by Visit Davao Fun Sale (VDFS).     With the entire Davao region participating in making this part of...
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