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Under the skirt
by FORTyFIED By Cecile Lopez Lilles - May 2, 2007 - 12:00am
No, this is not about Peeping Toms. We’re talking more along the lines of men who are henpecked, silenced, domineered, bullied, cowed, marginalized, or...
Feuding families & swashbuckling siblings
by FORTyFIED By Cecile Lopez Lilles - April 11, 2007 - 12:00am
Blood is thicker than water," goes the age-old saying. True, but is it thicker than money? Definitely not. Take a look around you. Chances are, every family that has a surplus of assets worth squabbling...
Going beyond weddings in Cebu
by FORTyFIED By Cecile Lopez Lilles - April 8, 2007 - 12:00am
Rustan’s and Shangri-la Mactan Island Resort and Spa, together with Wedding Essentials Magazine and The Write Impression Paperie and Press recently launched...
No frills, affordable Thai food
by FORTyFIED By Cecile Lopez Lilles - March 29, 2007 - 12:00am
Thai Pad is the name of the restaurant, and no, that’s not a typo. It really is Thai Pad, a creative pun on the popular noodle dish pad thai. Thai Pad is a humble,...
Grace in the wake of grief
by FORTyFIED By Cecile Lopez Lilles - March 28, 2007 - 12:00am
I write this from the Queen City of the South, Cebu, where dozens of Manilans have descended for the much-anticipated grand launch of Rustan’s Weddings...
Grace in the wake of grief
by FORTyFIED By Cecile Lopez Lilles - March 28, 2007 - 12:00am
I write this from the Queen City of the South, Cebu, where dozens of Manilans have descended for the much-anticipated grand launch of Rustan’s Weddings...
Meet your future son-in-law
by FORTyFIED By Cecile Lopez Lilles - March 21, 2007 - 12:00am
It creeps up on every parent, this dating business. "Creeps" is appro-priate, especially when it involves young men seeking to spend time with your daughters. And it is never plea-sant. Presently,...
Chocolate: The drink of the gods
by FORTyFIED By Cecile Lopez Lilles - March 15, 2007 - 12:00am
The Aztecs drank chocolate well before the rest of the world, but chocolate was so rare and sacred then that only the rich and high-ranking chieftains could afford it. Christopher Columbus discovered it in...
Meet the parents
by FORTyFIED By Cecile Lopez Lilles - March 14, 2007 - 12:00am
When I was in fourth grade at an all-girls’ school, James, a handsome fifth grader from the neighboring all-boys’...
Male bonding
by FORTyFIED By Cecile Lopez Lilles - March 7, 2007 - 12:00am
While forwarded e-mails can be quite annoying, there are a few that prove to be engaging. I was in the process of deleting a string of them when I chanced upon this one that seemed too good to be sent floating about...
Women your mother should warn you about
by FORTyFIED By Cecile Lopez Lilles - February 21, 2007 - 12:00am
A Manhattan florist was a guest on the Today show’s pre-Valentine’s Day television episode last week....
Mami, siopao, anyone?
by FORTyFIED By Cecile Lopez Lilles - February 1, 2007 - 12:00am
Mami and siopao define our memories of childhood. We were served these treats on rainy afternoons for merienda or whenever we nursed a fever. These were staples at family gatherings, when our grand aunts...
February 14: Judgment Day!
by FORTyFIED By Cecile Lopez Lilles - January 31, 2007 - 12:00am
Pressure!  Yes, you’re right, that’s what this is all about. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you procrastinate in making plans and finding a present for your significant...
This resto serves heirloom Indian recipes
by FORTyFIED By Cecile Lopez Lilles - January 4, 2007 - 12:00am
My initiation to Indian cuisine dates back to 1988 at Gaylord’s, an upscale restaurant in Palo Alto, California. It was a divine dining experience, but the premium that had to be paid for the posh, colonial...
Night life after 40
by FORTyFIED By Cecile Lopez Lilles - December 27, 2006 - 12:00am
Middle Age does something funny to the mind and the body. Intricate brain circuitry that once enabled a body in its prime to withstand late nights, immoderate alcohol intake and blaring music commits high...
Seoul Food: Good but cheap!
by FORTyFIED By Cecile Lopez Lilles - December 14, 2006 - 12:00am
I have of late been on the hunt for authentic Korean fare; none of these Asian fusion-confusion, mumbo-jumbo joints that have proliferated throughout the metropolis. These snobbishly minimalist, hip establishments...
Men: Love them, hate them
by FORTyFIED By Cecile Lopez Lilles - December 13, 2006 - 12:00am
A good friend of mine, Cyd Cardasis, who lives in Connecticut, sent me an e-mail about men that had me in stitches for a good 10 minutes. It was such a de-stressing, liberating, therapeutic, solitary exercise...
You are where you’re from
by FORTyFIED By Cecile Lopez Lilles - December 6, 2006 - 12:00am
I was on holiday on the Greek island of Santorini a while back, traversing through the labyrinth of a market in downtown Fira. I was trekking up and around the crags of the mountain and browsing through street...
Mon que chooses MAC
by FORTyFIED By Cecile Lopez Lilles - November 22, 2006 - 12:00am
Have you ever been backstage before a fashion show?  It is like legitimately walking into a women’s locker room and being privy to all that goes on inside – candid talk flows freely, juicy...
Mon que chooses MAC
by FORTyFIED By Cecile Lopez Lilles - November 22, 2006 - 12:00am
Have you ever been backstage before a fashion show?  It is like legitimately walking into a women’s locker room and being privy to all that goes on inside – candid talk flows freely, juicy...
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