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The glory that is Ephesus’

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THE IMPRESSIVE façade of Library of Celsus is the most stunning in Ephesus. It housed some 20,000 scrolls and is considered to be one of the largest libraries of its time.

My summer was full of ruin. Well, ruins, that is. After writing about Pompeii two weeks ago, let me now introduce you to a little ancient gem called Ephesus.

Posted: July 12th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Lost treasures of Pompeii

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CLASSICAL Roman details embellish the vaulted ceiling at one of the well-preserved thermae or public baths of the ancient city of Pompeii.

When I was much younger, I thought this story about a volcano erupting and burying an entire city and all its wealth and treasures was mythical. But no, it was real. My summer holidays finally took me to central Italy’s Campania region near what is now the city of Naples. Here, Mount Vesuvius looms over the once-lost city of Pompeii.

Posted: June 21st, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Balcony safety in high-rise living

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WITH MOST buildings now being built to reach the sky, developers of high-rise commercial and residential developments promote the views as their major selling point.  While other balconies are mere “accessories” to a unit, others are a real extension of the living spaces.

That was a few years back in 1991 when I heard news about famed singer Eric Clapton’s son. He literally ran out of an open full-height window in the apartment owned by his mother’s friend where they stayed while on holiday. The window, about six feet high and four feet wide, was negligently left open after it was cleaned by a housekeeper. The boy entered the room and darted past both his nanny and the housekeeper and fell out onto a neighboring building. The window was not designed to be opened, and strangely, was not properly fitted with security features. The toddler plummeted down 29 floors.

Posted: May 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Lessons from my mother

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I lost my mother 20 years ago. Her illness and eventual passing was shocking—she was bursting with life, infinite in the love she shared and unrelenting in her humor. Her ability to lift anyone’s spirit was her legacy. She was everyone’s friend.

Posted: May 10th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

A toast to Sir Norman Foster’s first winery

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When one thinks of wineries, certain images come to mind: rows and rows of bright green grape vines, a villa or chateau sitting atop a hill, and dark cellars filled with large oak barrels.

Posted: April 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

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