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Beautiful food

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JEREME Leung, a star among Asia’s most famous chefs, was “painting” 20 white plates with tiny green, purple, and blue leaves, half a slice of a red tomato, a minuscule pair of candied kumquat in a translucent gold-orange, three drops of kumquat sauce, a cone of crispy bean curd jutting out of a cylinder containing black and white sesame seeds, and goodness what other dainty ingredients he was poised to add to the composition.

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Hortons is hot!

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HE walked into his uncle’s formal event dressed in blue jeans and a white shirt. Everyone else was in de rigueur evening wear, but then not everyone had just come from a brewing, steaming, hot product launch. The words Tim Hortons, only somewhat conspicuously embroidered in red on his cotton shirt, right where his heart should be, said it all.

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Cash wash

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WITH thousands of dead bodies moving the conscience of a nation, how explain the sense of relief – felt by your shy and silent neighbors – that greeted General Bato’s announcement that the war on drugs will soon be on again?

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Aguirre’s dilemma

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Saturday to Sunday an “unofficial” rally was held where its name said it should be, EDSA. If that was a “yellow” event, there had to be a Duterte “show of force” at the Luneta. Tit for tat.

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Publicly relating

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THREE in one! Buy one take three! Triple treat! The offer was too good to resist kicking up a three-way conversation. Three p.r.o.’s (public relations officers) of the newsiest personalities in town together at one table and they were sitting in front of me, at a casual dinner that had nothing to do with the hottest news of the week.

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Life’s a gamble

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A crackdown on illegal gambling? Good luck, we’ve heard it before. The fact that legal, government-authorized gambling (gaming, to be politically correct) is big business means that law enforcement can only go so far to curb an “instinct” that libertines, even liberals, would classify as natural, universal. With Pagcor’s success in hosting the glitziest casinos in E-City, the urge to build a fortune of so many tables or under the table, in sunshine or in shadow, legally or illegally, can only become stronger and more irresistible.

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