"Surviving the 10-Day Lemon Juice Cleanse": A must-read on Rappler.com! :)

NOTE: My first major piece for the year was the product of sacrifice, self-awareness, honesty, and a whole lot of lemon juice. THANK YOU to my editors at Rappler for allowing me to share this–and thanks to the many readers who made this one of the “most read” pieces for that cycle! Sharing an excerpt here 🙂 MANILA, Philippines – The Lemon Juice Cleanse, a.k.a. Master Cleanse or the Lemonade Diet, is a 10-day cleanse that involves fasting on all solid foods and drinking only…Continue Reading “Surviving the 10-Day Lemon Juice Cleanse (Rappler.com)”

Published in Rappler.com (June 9, 2012) MANILA, Philippines – 25-year-old Candice Adea, a principal dancer of Ballet Philippines, has won First Prize, Senior Women’s Division, at the recently concluded Helsinki International Ballet Competition, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world. The competition drew 69 dancers from 28 countries, including the United States, China, Japan, Finland, Canada, Italy, and Cuba, among others. Her partner, Jean Marc Cordero, also a principal dancer of Ballet Philippines, was a semi-finalist. He won a Special Jury Award for…Continue Reading “Filipina wins first prize at prestigious ballet tilt (Rappler.com)”

It’s a great city, but what’s with all the traffic and trash? Finally, Manila is trying to clean up its act By Niña Terol-Zialcita  For travelers used to efficient public transport, wide roads and a general sense of order, Manila’s careening jeeps and buses, overflowing trash and a globally “hated” airport are a shock to the system. Bill Davis, an American missionary and editor based in the Philippine island of Palawan, calls it “benign chaos.” “That’s how it seems to many foreigners,” says Davis, who has…Continue Reading “5 things travelers hate about Manila — and how the city’s tackling them (CNNGo.com)”