THE X-PAT FILES
Background check
by Scott Garceau - September 27, 2020 - 12:00am
When did it become required that we present only media-friendly home spaces to the world? Who says we all have to live up to ‘Architectural Digest’ photo shoot levels?
A deep dive into Irish whiskeys, served at home
by Scott Garceau - September 24, 2020 - 12:00am
What’s better than sitting at home alone during COVID lockdown? Sitting at home, learning about Irish whiskey from an expert, while sipping three bottles of Jameson.
CCP launches ‘Sining Sigla’ straight into Filipino homes
by Scott Garceau - September 21, 2020 - 12:00am
Everybody’s got a favorite CCP story. Whatever ballet or cultural show you remember first watching, whatever orchestral concert you enjoyed, or Cinemalaya festival you caught, the Cultural Center of the Philippines...
Our favorite social disease
by Scott Garceau - September 20, 2020 - 12:00am
When even Kim Kardashian-West, the doyenne of the selfie lifestyle, cancels her Instagram and Facebook accounts, you know something’s up with social media.
'American carnage at the movies'
by Scott Garceau - September 13, 2020 - 12:00am
Reality always has the advantage of being real, and the problem with movies that try to reflect dystopian times is that they’re always a couple of news cycles behind the times.
Pinoys put their own spin on lockdown entertainment
by Scott Garceau - September 6, 2020 - 12:00am
An exercise enthusiast and former sexy starlet let’s call her “Penny” hops online most days to promote home-based exercise routines during this seemingly endless lockdown. And she earns cash while...
Wine Story Academy: Homeschooling never tasted this good
by Scott Garceau - September 3, 2020 - 12:00am
Normally, when wine education manager Carla Santos holds a session for Wine Story Academy, it’s held at one of the store branches, surrounded by wine enthusiasts and racks of fine vintages.
Will a Beatles landmark fall to COVID?
by Scott Garceau - August 30, 2020 - 12:00am
COVID is also taking away our precious musical history and memories.
Nespresso is the new normal
by Scott Garceau - August 27, 2020 - 12:00am
Nico Bolzico, founder of agricultural company LM10 and happy husband of Solenn Heussaff, has a short, cute film about how easy Nespresso is: sitting on his couch, he launches a Nespresso capsule across the living...
When will the COVID war be over?
by Scott Garceau - August 23, 2020 - 12:00am
Lately I’ve been thinking about Hiroo Onoda, the Japanese soldier who hunkered down in the Luzon jungles long after his fellow soldiers had surrendered and World War Two had ended.
Jim Carrey, Charlie Kaufman are unmasked in two novels
by Scott Garceau - August 16, 2020 - 12:00am
The metaIn Charlie Kaufman’s lengthy first novel, Antkind, the narrator B. is a self-important, pretentious, bitter New York film critic who stumbles upon the most world-changing film ever made and then loses...
Diagnosis: Trump
by Scott Garceau - August 9, 2020 - 12:00am
To hear Mary L. Trump tell it, her family troubles with powerful uncle Donald may have started over a bowl of mashed potatoes.
Who would you spend eternal lockdown with?
by Scott Garceau - August 2, 2020 - 12:00am
It’s odd, but the movie that feels like it captures, for me, the reality of living under COVID lockdown for almost half a year now is the recent Adam Sandberg comedy Palm Springs, which had a Sundance Film...
The drug war is the monster in `Aswang'
by Scott Garceau - July 27, 2020 - 12:00am
Aswang is a horror movie in the sense that it draws us, wide-eyed, through a landscape of horrors, led either by a roving activist pastor or a young, tresilient Virgil by the name of Jomari, who shares with us the...
A camera so cool even Christophe Waltz wants one
by Scott Garceau - July 25, 2020 - 12:00am
I was able to see the new Leica M10-R unveiled over a laptop screen, in more or less sharp detail, but not able to hold it.
Books in the time of COVID
by Scott Garceau - July 19, 2020 - 12:00am
‘Escapist reading rules. Wattpad romances are big. People are also turning to classics, mythology, and re-reading things like Harry Potter,’ says Xandra Ramos-Padilla.
Bat’s entertainment
by Scott Garceau - July 12, 2020 - 12:00am
I’ve lived in the Philippines a long time. I’ve seen a lot of strange things.
An inside look at Trump’s ‘chaotic’ white house
by Scott Garceau - July 5, 2020 - 12:00am
Wouldn’t have pegged John Bolton as a Hamilton fan.
Shangri-la rolls out the ‘Welcome back ‘ Mat
by Scott Garceau - July 2, 2020 - 12:00am
Guests who come to Shangri-La as it reopens will be greeted with a new welcome kit: it’s called the Shangri-La Cares pack, a trim little box containing items to make your stay at the Shang nicer, pleasanter,...
The art of botched restorations
by Scott Garceau - June 29, 2020 - 12:00am
Those mad Spanish art restorers have laid fumbling fingers and brushes on a medieval work once again. And the results, as always, are hilarious.
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