FOR the domestic diva looking for domestic inspiration, look no further than retail giant Rustan’s which, under a campaign billed as “Inspired Living,” puts the spotlight on the best décors, table accents and soft furnishings fit to transform your abode into a serene sanctuary of style and elegance.
THERE’S a boutique hotel nestled where the landmark Blanco Center used to be on Salcedo Village in Makati City, which reminds one of Frank Gehry, the iconic architect who did not just change the face of architecture but an entire city’s economy, and is perhaps among the very few marketer extraordinaire Seth Godin referred to as “a purple cow in a field of monochrome.”
SCHOOL buildings and their programs as we know it have evolved over time. They used to be identical classrooms with a black board in front and jalousie windows that reminded me of a prison cell for students to do time in for approximately 20 years. In the last few years, classroom and school designs have also evolved on account of the increasing ubiquity of high-tech equipment such as projectors and screens for PowerPoint presentations and such. Homes have become an extension of the classroom with the continuing improvements made in video conferencing. E-learning has made access to knowledge more convenient. Gone are the days where the library was the only source of research information and the Dewey Decimal System, and encyclopedias were an integral part of learning.
IN the Philippines the weeklong observance of Lent is much revered. It is also a time when families go on a summer holiday as everything in the city comes to a standstill. So on Easter Sunday, my husband took me on a road trip to the National Museum in Manila after I casually told him that I had never been there. As with every new experience, I was left awed and amazed at how rich our national treasures are.