Tonette Martel
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Postcards from Tokyo: All about food
by Tonette Martel - December 9, 2018 - 12:00am
Of the many diversions and delights Tokyo has to offer, having a fine or hearty meal and sampling a variety of sweets are among the highlights of my visits to this city.
Patches of paradise: Kyoto’s Zen temple gardens
by Tonette Martel - December 11, 2016 - 12:00am
The gardens of Japan have graced both landscape and life for over a thousand years. Regarded as works of art, they lend insight into the nation’s history and culture.
Sri Lanka: A world of wonders
by Tonette Martel - August 7, 2016 - 12:00am
In Sri Lanka, our nine-day road trip took us to the ancient kingdoms of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya, the sacred city of Kandy, and ended in the nation’s capital, Colombo.
Of village life & the rural charms of Central Java
by Tonette Martel - March 30, 2014 - 12:00am
In the cultural heartland of Indonesia, Central Java’s rural landscape is awash with natural beauty — of verdant valleys and fertile farmlands framed by forest-covered and volcanic mountains.
The wisdom of Nelson Mandela
by Tonette Martel - February 9, 2014 - 12:00am
In the preface of the book Mandela’s Way: Lessons on Life, Love and Courage, Nelson Mandela writes, “In Africa there is a concept known as Ubuntu — the profound sense that we are human only through...
Finding peace, hope and joy
by Tonette Martel - December 22, 2013 - 12:00am
Can we find joy in the midst of pain? Can we transform suffering into peace and hope?  Fr. Mario Jose Ladra, a dynamic religious leader says that this is precisely the essence of the Christian faith —...
Bhutan dreaming
by Tonette Martel - December 15, 2013 - 12:00am
Mountains reaching toward the clouds, wildflowers peeping out of hillsides, green valleys stretching as far as the eye can see, sloping rice fields, refreshing rivers and streams — Bhutan’s landscape...
Java on my mind
by Tonette Martel - September 29, 2013 - 12:00am
Two months after a visit to Central Java, I am left with vivid memories of a place that abounds in natural beauty, where the greatest monuments of the ancient world still stand proud — the 9th century Buddhist...
A rare encounter with a Buddhist spiritual master
by Tonette Martel - August 4, 2013 - 12:00am
It was by pure chance that I came to meet His Eminence, the 9th Neyphug Trulku Rinpoche of Bhutan.
At home with Joey Antonio: The Century man loves art and photography
by Tonette Martel - April 13, 2013 - 12:00am
He may be the CEO and chairman of the largest private real estate company in the Philippines, but from his easy manner and friendly demeanor you would never know it.
Regina Dee on forgiving and finding inner peace
by Tonette Martel - February 3, 2013 - 12:00am
It isn’t often that you come across a spiritual teacher — someone who has spent over 30 years helping others transform their lives, a pioneer in the field of spiritual enlightenment, a spiritual consultant...
Ilocos comes to town
by Tonette Martel - November 18, 2012 - 12:00am
On a bright Saturday morning, a bazaar was held in the grounds of a Makati residence to showcase all things Ilocano — local delicacies, hand-woven textiles, woodcraft, antique jewelry, handmade fans, baskets,...
The simple pleasures of life in Liliw
by Tonette Martel - November 11, 2012 - 12:00am
It may be known as the “footwear capital of Laguna” yet Liliw is a town of gentler pleasures.
Inside a Mumbai slum
by Tonette Martel - October 14, 2012 - 12:00am
Katherine Boo, a writer for The New Yorker, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist spends nearly four years inside a Mumbai slum.
Postcards from Bali
by Tonette Martel - August 5, 2012 - 12:00am
When we arrived in Bali on the late flight from Singapore, the International Airport at Denpasar was still packed with tourists.
Women behind bars find peace and hope
by Tonette Martel - July 1, 2012 - 12:00am
While having a late snack with a friend one afternoon, I was drawn to the small beaded bag she brought along.
Vivid dreams are woven in Mindanao
by Tonette Martel - April 22, 2012 - 12:00am
It seems remarkable and almost otherworldly  how a group of tribal women from a remote region in the Southern Philippines holds on to a weaving tradition that spans centuries; their crafts move beyond our shores...
Bongbong Marcos: I would have been a rock star!
by Tonette Martel - February 26, 2012 - 12:00am
Twenty-five years after EDSA 1 spelled the end of the Marcos years, one saga after another has played out on the political stage leaving the electorate weary and badly disillusioned with our leaders and the nation’s...
The road to Ilocos
by Tonette Martel - August 21, 2011 - 12:00am
On the last morning of a three-day road trip to the Ilocos, I walk along the shoreline of Fort Ilocandia Resort in Laoag.
25 unforgettable places I've visited
by Tonette Martel - July 28, 2011 - 12:00am
1. Lake Como, Italy. One of the most alluring spots in all of Italy — a setting of romantic gardens and villas, graceful promenades and mirror-like lakes.
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