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Chiara Castañeda
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Living la vida local
by Chiara Castañeda - December 4, 2011 - 12:00am
You don’t need to be holding a map to be immediately classified as a “tourist” in New York City.
Scarred for life
by Chiara Castañeda - November 20, 2011 - 12:00am
Whether it’s a well- thought out plan or done on a whim, one thing’s for sure: it stays forever.
Art for starters
by Chiara Castañeda - August 28, 2011 - 12:00am
There’s art that attracts, works that stimulate the mind, or as we’ve seen more recently, exhibitions that shock and generate a healthy discussion into what constitutes art itself.
Out-of-this-world coffeehouse
by Chiara Castañeda - July 17, 2011 - 12:00am
The Irish have their pubs, the Japanese their izakayas and we Filipinos have annointed the coffee shop as our default gathering place (in addition to the myriad grills we visit for a beer).
Home Sweet Heima
by Chiara Castañeda - May 29, 2011 - 12:00am
Replace any famous saying using the word “home” with Heima and it rings true: “Heima is where the heart is,” “Home sweet Heima.”
Japan's Fighting Spirit
by Chiara Castañeda - May 22, 2011 - 12:00am
Let’s talk about the weather. Or not. In Japan, this typical, non-fail small-talk topic takes a backseat to the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku earthquake that hit them on March 11.
Talk with Yan
by Chiara Castañeda - May 1, 2011 - 12:00am
There’s a reason why you’ll always find a Chinese take-away joint when you’re craving something delicious with rice — it’s just universally delicious.
Chat and chew with Anna Olson
by Chiara Castañeda - January 23, 2011 - 12:00am
Confession: I am a food show addict. From Top Chef to Masterchef, to cooking and lifestyle shows headed by Tony and Jaime — anything that features food on TV has become an obsession.
It's WSK! time
by Chiara Castañeda - November 21, 2010 - 12:00am
All music lovers loathe the fact that Manila isn’t a stop for international bands touring Asia, the same way Tokyo and, to a lesser extent, Singapore are.
Borough for a slice of the Big Apple
by Chiara Castañeda - October 24, 2010 - 12:00am
I doubt that there is anyone without a fascination for New York City. From the well-seasoned traveler to the curious first timer, NYC has a unique charm that definitely captivates.
The Legend that is Kurosawa
by Chiara Castañeda - September 12, 2010 - 12:00am
When revered film director David Lynch was told that one can watch movies on mobiles, his was not an enthusiastic response.
Nara and Hanoi: 1,000 in the making
by Chiara Castañeda - August 29, 2010 - 12:00am
Myriad milestones have already marked this year.
Pedal pushers
by Chiara Castañeda - July 18, 2010 - 12:00am
Let me be the first to say it: cycling in Manila is scary.
Tokyo fashion shines on rue Saint-Honoré
by Chiara Castañeda - April 11, 2010 - 12:00am
By virtue of globalization, everything becomes extra competitive. Even in the fashion-crazed country of Japan, building a fashion career gets more challenging.
Countdown to cherry blossoms
by Chiara Castañeda - March 21, 2010 - 12:00am
Tracking where and when cherry blossoms, or sakura, will bloom is a serious business here. They are monitored like crops that need to be harvested, while the Japan Weather Association (JWA) provides updates on dates...
Beyond Nippon's borders
by Chiara Castañeda - February 14, 2010 - 12:00am
Undeniably, Japan’s biggest export is coolture. From Comme to cosplay, Japanese culture and creativity still inspire and evoke desire.
Malls as modern museums
by Chiara Castañeda - November 29, 2009 - 12:00am
Fifty years ago, having art installations and design exhibits in a commercial space was unheard of.
Finds from the Fashion Week Fringe
by Chiara Castañeda - November 15, 2009 - 12:00am
It may be surprising to know that Japan Fashion Week (JFW) is a minor affair compared to buzz-generating events like the Tokyo Motor Show or Tokyo Game Show.
Sheer fabrics, ruffles and a casual vibe make up Japan's take on S/S 2010
by Chiara Castañeda - November 1, 2009 - 12:00am
Subscribing to the same trend websites, look books and color forecasts, it is expected that designers from around the world get into a similar frame of mind each season.
The pulse of Fall
by Chiara Castañeda - October 18, 2009 - 12:00am
There’s a familiar chill in the air nowadays. The intensely humid Japanese summer, described as mushi atsui in Japanese, is now gone. Although the weather is just getting comfortable, some people are already...
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