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  • 10 Aug 2022 11:32 AM | Anonymous

       
    We changed the location for our July coffee morning, and visited Shaka, another fabulous cafe that we are lucky to have in BGC!

    The delicious Brekky Board of yoghurt, granola,  fruit bowl and yummy banana bread was  appreciated by the 20 or so ANZA members who  came and caught up with friends old and new. 


      

    Next coffee morning...

    On August 18th we are holding our coffee morning at Shaka again here in Manila.

     


  • 31 Jul 2022 11:29 AM | Anonymous
     In June, members of our charities committee went to deliver some of the 16,650 premmie nappies we bought  with the money raised by you, our members, to the Dr Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital.

    The hospital is the National Maternity Hospital in the Philippines, a maternal and newborn tertiary hospital located in Santa Cruz, Manila.

    Our group spent half an hour at the hospital meeting staff and new mothers and their babies.

    The remainder of the nappies will be donated to the hospital as they need them over the next few months.

    If you would like to join the charities committee, please email Daisy at charities@anzamanila.org for further information.       

         
         
         

       
      
       
  • 23 Dec 2021 2:47 PM | Anonymous

    I’m in the market for a Christmas party dress. A lovely afternoon lunch with friends dress. A dress that a respectable gal can wear while she gets s***faced at Blackbird at one in the afternoon and still call herself a lady dress. So what do I do? I take to the internet. But instead of finding stylish, lovely dresses, what I saw online—on more than a few websites mind you—horrified me to my fashionista core.

    Did you know that when they make dresses now, the sides are missing?

    Hey Kimbo what’s your least favorite part of your body? The sides of you? Great! We’ll make sure to expose those areas to the wind. What the actual hell is happening in fashion? If it made any sort of sense to leave giant, gaping holes in the middle of a frock I’d have some flexibility, but this development quite simply tells me we’ve lost our minds. These garments look like someone attacked you on the way to lunch. Or a monster came up to you on the street and thought your dress looked delicious. There is no logic here, there is only chaos, and perhaps a strong likelihood to catch a chill.



    I want a dress. A whole dress. A dress nobody else has snacked on. I want style, and fun, and I don’t think we should have to bare parts of our bodies only our showers see in order to accomplish those things. Down to shivering in restaurant aircon. Down to Swiss Cheese Chic.

    ONWARDS!



    Your Author 

    Kimberly Fisher Horan is an Australian Fashion Editor, Stylist & Writer based in Manila Philippines. Co-Founder of Sitara Vintage & founder of TPNW shoes

    Check out The Perfect Nude Wedge and Sitara Vintage to see Kimbo’s designs.



  • 05 Nov 2021 2:41 PM | Anonymous

    But seriously how many COVID tests have you had? I’ve lost count but I think somewhere in the region of 15. How bizarre is this life we are living that I have now come to relish the thought of a swab up my nose as it usually means I’m going to the beach. Pavlovian theory at its finest.



    I’m writing this column from Puerto Galera where I’m glad to say the adults didn’t need to have COVID tests but we had the fun experience of getting all the kids to spit in test tubes for theirs. Drive thru style. What says fun more than a car full of under 7’s spitting in tubes. Party on.

    And in my #itonlyhappensinthephilippines diaries: I asked my hairdresser for purple toning shampoo for blonde hair & they gave me purple shampoo. As in, I just dyed my hair violet. The fun never stops.

    Onwards!





    Your Author 

    Kimberly Fisher Horan is an Australian Fashion Editor, Stylist & Writer based in Manila Philippines. Co-Founder of Sitara Vintage & founder of TPNW shoes

    Check out The Perfect Nude Wedge and Sitara Vintage to see Kimbo’s designs.



  • 06 Oct 2021 7:53 AM | Anonymous

    My favourite thing to do is laugh. I like to do it regularly. I highly recommend it.

    I was laughing so hard last weekend I was brought to tears.

    That sort of laughter where you think you’re about to stop breathing. Then I started thinking: Has anyone ever died from laughing too hard? (I know I have a weird brain). Onto google I go: “Instances of death by laughter have been recorded from the times of ancient Greece to modern times.” Sure, my fourteen year-old nephew may have added this entry, but it’s still there! (God love Wikipedia)

    If you’re interested in reading it: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_from_laughter

    Have you heard about the “funniest joke in the world”? It’s a Monty Python sketch revolving around a joke that is so funny that anyone who reads or hears it promptly dies from laughter.

    Check it out: 



    Comedy at its finest.

    Yes, yes, AND procrastination at its finest. It’s a skill I’ve been honing. Especially during the pandemic.

    Looking up new useless information.

    I'm pretty much an expert.

    My proven method can inspire you to longer & longer periods of procrastination: Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow? Why watch an endless loop of Karens in the Wild when you can engage your mind in your procrastinating ways too?

    I wracked my brain to find inventive procrastination tools. And I stumbled upon genius. I stood in front of my full-length mirror, and recited “Don’t cry for me Argentina” (the Madonna version) in the voice of Elmo. “What an amazing way to spend valuable time!” I said to myself.

    I resolved to put my writing aside, and discover new, inspiring ways to procrastinate. Luckily, I took creative steps to eat away hours of my writing time. These methods are failsafe, so I thought I’d altruistically share them with others. You’re welcome.

    And then it hit me. I hadn’t spent any time scrolling through social media! That perfect time sucking pastime: Insta, Facebook, tiktok, Pinterest, Twitter. Perfection. I’m a reigning queen of procrastination! How could I have let such a noble endeavor slip away?

    And thus the never ending loop of my pandemic days continue……….

    ONWARDS!


    Your Author 

    Kimberly Fisher Horan is an Australian Fashion Editor, Stylist & Writer based in Manila Philippines. Co-Founder of Sitara Vintage & founder of TPNW shoes

    Check out The Perfect Nude Wedge and Sitara Vintage to see Kimbo’s designs.



  • 02 Sep 2021 4:35 PM | Anonymous

    If you are a regular wine drinker it is almost certain that you have opened a corked bottle or two in your time. As a result of a tainted cork, the wine smells and tastes unpleasant - all musky and mouldy.

    After the initial disappointment, you then have the worry of trying to get your money back from the wine shop or supermarket. Or you may face an awkward conversation with a supercilious wine waiter, whose boss might not take kindly to reimbursing you, especially if it was an expensive bottle and the taint isn't too prominent. Figures for how many cork-sealed wine bottles are affected by cork taint are hotly disputed, but a 2007 study put it as high as one in 10.

    With reputations on the line, and money lost on wine tipped down sinks, it is not surprising that winemakers around the world are continuing to ditch corks for metal screw-cap openings on their bottles. So much so that cork went from sealing 95% of wine bottles globally in the 1990s, to just 62% in 2009

    But first, what exactly is cork taint? It is caused by a chemical compound known as TCA. In very simple terms, TCA is created by tiny airborne fungi that have attached themselves to the cork. It isn't harmful, but it can make your wine taste bad, or alternatively strip it of flavour.

    In 1971 New Zealand turned to screwcaps, where usage increased from 1% in 2001 to 70% by 2004, and perhaps 90% today ? Indeed, the country can be credited for making the screwcap almost the default closure for aromatic white wines worldwide. But it wasn’t only the New World that went against cork; a major signal that the traditional closure may be in trouble came with Domaine Laroche’s decision to seal its Chardonnays from the 2001 vintage in Chablis with screwcaps – including its grands crus.

    But just how bad was TCA in finished wine (whether from corks or sources such as barrels or storage containers)? Domaine Laroche claimed 10% of their wines were spoiled, while 2004’s International Wine Challenge in the UK had figures showing 4.9% of the 11,000 bottles opened had perceptible TCA taint.

    In 2005 a Wine Spectator blind tasting of 2,800 bottles produced a headline-grabbing figure of 7% for wine taint. Such evidence inspired the invention of various techniques to guarantee TCA-free corks, from steam cleaning to more complex processes, such as supercritical fluid extraction.

    At the same time, plastic corks became mainstream.

    However, early examples frustrated consumers who couldn’t remove them from corkscrews, and the weak seal between plastic and glass also led to high levels of oxygen ingress after 18 months, as highlighted by an Australian Wine Research Institute survey in 2001. This was not a problem for naturally elastic cork. As the level of TCA in wines sealed under cork began to drop, the debate shifted to other properties of the various closures.

    A good alternative to natural cork is a cork called ‘’Diam’’



    Developed by a French firm of the same name, Diam corks are made by milling cork into granules which are treated with carbon dioxide to remove any TCA, before being pressed and glued into a cork shape. Diam corks are now growing quickly in popularity, particularly among French winemakers aiming at the middle market.

    A wine sealed with a Diam cork is virtually guaranteed free of cork taint.

    Mark Pardoe, a master of wine at UK merchant Berry Bros & Rudd, says that natural cork is still the

    "preferred closure for wines that require cellarage".

    He adds: "Its elasticity and ability to allow a very gentle oxidation when a wine is correctly stored makes it a still-unsurpassed closure for long-term wines.

    The debate is still ongoing, but screw capped wine is now the preferred closure for most of our customers, hotels, restaurant, and private clients in the Philippines.


    Your Author 

    Lester Harvey is the managing director of Zen Asia Inc and lives between Manila and Cavite. Lester came from New Zealand to the Philippines over 44 years ago and has been supplying a full range of high quality wines to businesses across the country. 

    Don't forget, members of ANZA Manila get an incredible special offer from Zen Asia Inc. Order one case (12 bottles), and  they'll give you one free bottle of our choice.




    If you are a regular wine drinker it is almost certain that you have opened a corked bottle or two in your time. As a result of a tainted cork, the wine smells and tastes unpleasant - all musky and mouldy.

    After the initial disappointment, you then have the worry of trying to get your money back from the wine shop or supermarket. Or you may face an awkward conversation with a supercilious wine waiter, whose boss might no

  • 02 Sep 2021 12:22 PM | Anonymous

    As I sit here trying to come up with content that will, at the very least, entertain you lovely readers, all I can think about is my bloody hair. The stuff on my head, not down below. I’ll deal with that another day.

    Why am I fixated on my tresses?


    Because I’m bored out of my friggin’ brain and I need something to fixate on. I was bored yesterday. I’m bored today, and if experience holds true, I’ll be bored again tomorrow. Groundhog Day continues.

    My hair is blonde. Not natural since my early teens. I vary between caramel & platinum, depending on what salon I’ve frequented, and I’m even lucky enough to sometimes sport a lovely shade of green (I know you’re jealous). I’m sporting some pretty interesting roots & greys at the moment. Being a blonde living in Asia can be an interesting (read: frustrating) experience. I know there are a lot of us here in Manila in the same (sinking?) boat.

    I long for shimmering, surfer-girl highlights (I also long for my Sydney colourist). The fantasy of having sun-kissed locks and tanned skin, “seasoned” by the tang of saltwater. A gin and tonic followed by a sweaty tumble on a deserted beach with a not-so-bright cabana boy. We are in a pandemic: I’m allowed to fantasise (sorry hubs).

    A couple of problems: I’m nowhere near an ocean and I don’t tan. Melanomas: Not good. And as for the rest of it… well I’ve been married for 20 years.





    Back to my hair. I’m regressing where my locks are concerned. I really want those sexy highlights. And why not? That particular fantasy is at least slightly (possibly) attainable?

    You remember Sun-In, don’t you? (Flashback to the 80s when my hair was orange & snapping off) Guess what: it still exists! And thankfully there are some new products & potions that are similar in that they contain a smidgen of peroxide, along with chamomile and other “natural lightening” ingredients.

    I must sound terribly bored to be going on about my hair like this. And (shocker), I am! I just want to do some stupid stuff… Maybe take an online course in taxidermy, or sew little outfits for my 5 years old's stuffed toys or watch YouTube videos of people speaking in tongues. Or use Sun-In.

    So if you see me walking though BGC wearing a hat, you know what happened. Wish me luck!




    Your Author 

    Kimberly Fisher Horan is an Australian Fashion Editor, Stylist & Writer based in Manila Philippines. Co-Founder of Sitara Vintage & founder of TPNW shoes

    Check out The Perfect Nude Wedge and Sitara Vintage to see Kimbo’s designs.



  • 01 Aug 2021 4:05 PM | Anonymous

    What a fun night of cooking we had with a true MasterChef. Mike Tomkins, who starred in the 2021 MasterChef UK, showcased a fantastic Risotto Milanese on the show and that's exactly what he helped us cook over zoom to raise money for one of our charities. 


    With the patience of a saint, Mike taught us the correct way to create this classic and hearty Italian dish that included some interesting ingredients such as bone marrow, saffron and a few dashes of elbow grease. Participants from ANZA and our friends at BWA had their exact ingredients delivered and then tuned in over the weekend for some expert instruction. It's fair to say we all managed to pull off something close to Mike's Risotto Milanese.



    We can't thank Mike enough. Not only did he ensure we had something fantastic to eat on a Saturday night but he helped us raise 15,000 for our supported charity City Gates Academy. City Gates aims to provide high quality free education to the most disadvantaged children in Antipolo City and to enable families to contribute to their child’s education by working 12 hours per month at the Academy. 


    Check out some of our dishes: 





  • 01 Aug 2021 12:11 PM | Anonymous

    Nobody planned to spend quite so much of the past 18 months staring at their own reflection.

    With everything from work meetings to weddings forced online our bid to stay connected has meant being constantly confronted with our own #zoomfaces.



    And there’s a big difference between sharing a filtered selfie on Instagram, and catching yourself slumped in front of the screen, your kids fighting in the background as you stare in horror at your dark circles. What with the unflattering lighting & unforgiving camera angles it’s no wonder we’re sick of the sight of ourselves. I never knew I had so many chins.

    But what effect does it have on our self-esteem? And can we do anything to boost it?

    After multiple decades working in fashion and beauty, I understand the power of putting on some mascara and lipstick. I had just chosen not to in the pandemic, and that’s ok.



    For some people putting makeup on will give them a sense of control given what’s going on outside is uncontrollable. And that’s ok.

    There is no right answer when it comes to how to approach beauty in these pandemic times. If it doesn’t feel right for you right now, that’s fine. But if it does? It can be a coping strategy for people to feel a sense of normalcy. And that’s ok.

    A few carefully selected products can make you feel pulled together with minimal effort. I haven’t been out of a pair of track pants (see June article) for a very long time, and maybe we’re looking at our makeup in the same way we look at our clothes now: comfortable to wear and easy to take off.

    So it’s about time I pull out some of my favorite lipsticks again. And rock a pair of heels. In my track pants :)




    Your Author 

    Kimberly Fisher Horan is an Australian Fashion Editor, Stylist & Writer based in Manila Philippines. Co-Founder of Sitara Vintage & founder of TPNW shoes

    Check out The Perfect Nude Wedge and Sitara Vintage to see Kimbo’s designs.



  • 01 Aug 2021 11:35 AM | Anonymous

    Agony. That feeling of being strapped on one's chair, clocking in unlimited hours of working from home (WFH). The neck starts to hurt, then back starts to stiffen and to top it off, the wrists are in so much pain. The lucky bit of the workforce who managed to transition into WFH struggle with delineating work duties from household management and time for the self, sharing WiFi and space with other household members, and managing kids in online schooling for some.

    The manual labourer who needs to bike around the city to deliver goods would keep pedaling until the knee aches and shoulders tighten. The business owner who keeps grinding from 4AM to past midnight just to support their staff never gets to sleep and has dropped off the fit lifestyle - there were no more marathons to work towards. Children are slouched in front of their gadgets to be educated or entertained and the elderly keep wondering when the sun can shine on them again. We are in a pandemic of agonizing pain.

    Massage, chiro, acupuncture and myotherapy are the most common escape to these unfortunate sensations. We are used to "receiving" well-being through a source of relief. Should another lockdown be in place, these passive modalities will not be as accessible anymore yet again and we have to be more proactive and innovative. Introducing the least famous among the sisters, physiotherapy. It might not be the coolest thing in the world as there is not much fanfare in it, there are no cracking and needles much involved but it works wonders - if you find a good physio that is.


    "Science transcends physical touch. Knowledge can be transmitted at the absence of passive modalities. Well-being can be actively achieved."



    Physiotherapy, physical therapy or PT are all the same thing in different parts of the world. I took up physio thinking that I wanted to be a doctor. In traditional Asian societies, you are either a doctor, a lawyer or nothing. It took a while to be ok with being nothing lol. I fell in love with physio because it explained so much about the human body. There is always a reason for everything! My left ankle sprain when I was trying to be cool playing ball in 2014 to "undo" my flat feet could explain my right knee pain in 2019, which could relate to my left hip tightness ever since I was 8, all in all adding to my knees kissing unless I stretch out my outer hips and keep squatting. Being the most western science-based among the different kinds of therapy, I found much comfort in physio. In March 2020 when my new clinic was shut down, it was challenging to imagine how to migrate my profession online. I managed to do it though, surprisingly! Scaling up into a bigger platform, www.kakayanan.org aims to deliver physiotherapy services for all Filipinos regardless of socioeconomic status. Science transcends physical touch. Knowledge can be transmitted at the absence of passive modalities. Well-being can be actively achieved and here are some tips and tricks.



    Whether our jobs keep the work from home set-up or go hybrid, sitting in an office chair will always be part of the equation. Keeping everything in a neutral position is the key. If possible, bring your screen up to eye level. If a huge monitor is not accessible, raising your laptop or device on a box or a portable stand would work wonders for you. Make sure it is at the center, not at the side so as not to overuse your neck rotators. Forearm support is much crucial and usually forgotten. When we allow our wrists to elbows to rest on the table, it saves our neck and wrists unnecessary stress. Shoulders usually roll inward into a slouch causing our head to poke forward. If we make an effort to squeeze our shoulder blades together, our head will naturally tuck in and shoulders open up. "Back straight" is more relatable than "neutral spine" - both are correct although the former is more like an idiom because our spine is not straight at all. We have natural spinal curves which we should maintain when sitting. Adjust your seat height to make sure that hips are level with the knees to minimise compression on the hip flexors and keep your feet flat as much as possible to minimise tightness on the back of the thigh or hamstrings. Lastly, if you could keep your sitting time to a maximum of 50 minutes per hour, do it. That extra 10 minutes when you can walk or stand instead of staying on your seat could save your body from so much pain.


    Your Author 

    Josh Manoharan is a Filipino-Sri Lankan Physiotherapist based in BGC. He holds clinic at Kerry Sports Manila at Shangri-La Fort. For about 6 years, he was appointed the head coach and studio manager of F45 Training BGC Stopover, an Australian gym that pioneered in Manila. Starting with a vision to thoroughly understand the human body, he started with basic healthcare, got sidetracked to fitness and is now merging both through a telehealth startup company called Kakayanan, Filipino for “Ability”. Using different channels, Josh aims to share science-based advice to improve the quality of life of Filipinos around the world and expats based in the Philippines.




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