Monique Toda
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You can’t buy happiness but you can buy gelato
by Monique Toda - March 31, 2022 - 12:00am
Ice cream is a year-round favorite treat but more so in the summer. The sweltering sun complemented by icy-cold gelato is the most glorious of combinations.
1120 house is the newest lifestyle place
by Monique Toda - December 5, 2021 - 12:00am
‘It really feels like you’re going to someone’s house there’s a garden. there’s food and dining, and beautiful things. We preach slow living, which embodies our brand,’ says marketing...
For love of the earth: Recycle, Upcycle, Ucycle
by Monique Toda - October 30, 2021 - 12:00am
Sustainability is an overused word. Being a member of the global community with an awareness that the world’s resources are dwindling, I strongly believe in it. Sometimes, though, I think the term is just used...
Hyun Bin: 'Happiness? These days, it's being healthy and fit.'
by Monique Toda - July 1, 2021 - 12:00am
When I asked Hyun Bin what happiness is for him, he hesitated and said it was difficult to say.
K-drama heartthrob Byeon Woo Seok hopes to revisit Boracay
by Monique Toda - May 28, 2021 - 12:00am
Super-handsome Byeon Woo Seok was a standout alongside seasoned actors Park Bo Gum, Park So Dam (of Parasite fame) and even Park Seo Joon (a former Bench Global endorser) in last year’s hit K-Drama Record of...
Turning up my glow with K-drama star Cho Hye-Joo
by Monique Toda - May 26, 2021 - 12:00am
I admit that aside from the storylines, acting, exciting cliffhangers and feel-good endings, one of my attractions to K-dramas is the skin of its actors.
Malou and Raul Fores: A mother-son bonding that becomes warmer in the kitchen
by Monique Toda - May 16, 2021 - 12:00am
‘I first took creative writing in Canada. Then I realized I was just writing for myself and did some soul searching. I found myself watching every episode of “No Reservations” and decided to pursue...
Dexter Lee and Katleen Catapusan: ‘We were only five during our wedding, but what matters most is our love that made us weather the storm.’
by Monique Toda - April 14, 2021 - 12:00am
I t was the most unromantic of times. A global pandemic was raging and various lockdowns were observed in many places.
Park Seo-Jun is now the face of BYS cosmetics
by Monique Toda - October 1, 2020 - 12:00am
I have personally met Korean superstar Park Seo-Jun. It was for only 15 minutes, and it was an interview and not a social gathering, but it counts, right? Approximately around the same time last year, I was face...
Are sneakers the new art form?
by Monique Toda - September 30, 2020 - 12:00am
The most expensive sneakers ever made? The solid-gold OVO x Air Jordans at US$2 million
Eye candy
by Monique Toda - September 24, 2020 - 12:00am
These nine Instagram accounts feature glorious food preparations that are unadulterated eye candy.
Is there a shortcut to happiness?
by Monique Toda - September 15, 2020 - 12:00am
Apparently, there are physiological ways that can fast-track happiness.
How do top stars keep fit and sexy?
by Monique Toda - September 2, 2020 - 12:00am
The famous IU diet, named after the K-pop queen and actress, consists of an apple for breakfast, one sweet potato for lunch, and a protein shake at night.
How deep is your love?
by Monique Toda - August 19, 2020 - 12:00am
Fans of Korean stars are so creative, devoted and selfless. They pamper their idols with fan art, food trucks, charity work, birthday billboards and military discharge welcome, to name a few displays of affecti...
So what are you reading now?
by Monique Toda - August 16, 2020 - 12:00am
Don’t talk to me when I am engrossed in a book because it will be futile. Your words will just be soundless, meaningless.
Fashion reset
by Monique Toda - July 29, 2020 - 12:00am
Fashion is one of the industries that have been hardest hit by the pandemic.
Korean superstars’ super homes
by Monique Toda - July 25, 2020 - 12:00am
Lee Min-ho and Hyun Bin are neighbors, G-Dragon and Kim Soo-hyun enjoy Han River views
The Ultimate Styles in K-Dramas
by Monique Toda - July 22, 2020 - 12:00am
Korean fashion is a thing now. Since the Hallyu Wave, people have taken notice of Korean trends, as seen among K-pop and K-drama stars.
Cuteness overload in the kitchen
by Monique Toda - July 9, 2020 - 12:00am
Let me warn you ahead of time: This is a super feel-good column. It will simply make your day.
A new breed of lockdown talents
by Monique Toda - June 24, 2020 - 12:00am
If there is an upside to this COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine, it’s that many people have rediscovered themselves.
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