Techie Ysmael-Bilbao
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Poise is striding over imaginary rose petals
by Techie Ysmael-Bilbao - August 11, 2015 - 10:00am
Growing up and throughout our mother-daughter moments shared together, my mom Chona Kasten was never too outspoken about sitting or standing correctly.
Is the Golden Age of fashion and art back?
by Techie Ysmael-Bilbao - February 15, 2015 - 12:00am
With the comeback of couture and the current consciousness in art appreciation, the seemingly feared demise of the Golden Age is no longer so imminent.
Chona Kasten’s rule: Never drink to get drunk
by Techie Ysmael-Bilbao - January 7, 2015 - 12:00am
‘It may be wise to practice the art of restraint: stop drinking before making a complete fool of yourself. They will gossip for years to come.’
Chona Kasten’s brushes with greatness
by Techie Ysmael-Bilbao - December 10, 2014 - 12:00am
For extremely oily hair, we can use champagne rinses, but of course that would be a super luxury.
What is bad taste?
by Techie Ysmael-Bilbao - November 16, 2014 - 12:00am
If my comments happen to run over anyone’s taste levels, let me just say that I never intend to bruise anyone’s psyche. However, I was trained, and more likely brainwashed, by the best example to know...
‘Never say anything nasty about anyone; express nonchalance or just be blasé’ — and other tips from Chona Kasten
by Techie Ysmael-Bilbao - November 12, 2014 - 12:00am
Calmness under pressure.
Cleanse, tone and nourish
by Techie Ysmael-Bilbao - November 5, 2014 - 12:00am
Cleanse, tone and nourish your personality by being kind, refined, courteous,  affectionate,  interesting, inspiring, sincere, humble and unselfish.
Chona Kasten’s house rules
by Techie Ysmael-Bilbao - October 19, 2014 - 12:00am
Discipline and fortitude were two core values stressed by my mom Chona Kasten that were deeply rooted and quite necessary in all of our life rituals — in health and beauty, skincare and wellness, diet and exercise,...
Daddy Johnny
by Techie Ysmael-Bilbao - October 12, 2014 - 12:00am
I’d like to begin this week’s column with a little info on my father’s family.
Accept criticism graciously, ignore gossip and other lessons Chona Kasten taught me
by Techie Ysmael-Bilbao - October 5, 2014 - 12:00am
I lay in bed with my mother, who is in a graceful, languid pose, wearing a cotton batiste frock. The gentle alarm wakes us both, we look forward to the luxury of snoozing a bit more, and no matter how slowly she...
Chona Kasten would have been curious about ‘50s Shades of Grey’
by Techie Ysmael-Bilbao - August 31, 2014 - 12:00am
Growing up I took many things for granted. Only when I started to work did I appreciate and realize that travel was most educational, and how my exposure to different cultures — fashionable shopping, observing...
Chona Kasten would have cringed at today’s youth flaunting tattoos and wearing rubber flip-flops to a business meeting
by Techie Ysmael-Bilbao - August 24, 2014 - 12:00am
I must first say that 90 percent of what I know comes from my role model in life, Chona Recto Ysmael Kasten; the rest from observations and actual experiences, from her childhood, throughout her growing years and...
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