Put your best hat forward at BurJuman’s International Millinery Exhibition

The city’s premier hat event, the BurJuman International Millinery Exhibition is back.

Running from March 16 to 24, the event features more than 500 fabulous fascinators, hats

and headpieces to inspire the region’s fashion forward fashionistas ahead of the 2017 Dubai

World Cup.

Crowing the heads of the region’s race-going fashionistas for 16 years, this year’s exhibition

will bring together some of the world’s most coveted milliners in one location.

The exhibition welcomes back some of the event’s most popular milliners, known for making

waves in the glamorous world of hat-making. Returning milliner, Melbourne-based Liza

Georgia Millinery, is known for her feminine and exuberant designs, infused with 40s and

50s glamour. Liza’s designs have been featured in the Design Style Stakes top 10 since 2011.

Newcomer, Australian Cynthia Jones-Bryson, is an award-winning milliner, known for her

unique style. Winner of the 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup Carnival Millinery Award, her

creations are statement pieces, for women with a well-honed sense of style who use every

occasion to express it.

Other names to watch out for at the exhibition include Designs by Christiane. Returning for

her eighth appearance at the BurJuman International Millinery Exhibition, her unique

collection has been described as an explosive collection of feather hats and headpieces. Also

back for their fifth year, Nigeria’s hottest milliner and millinery mogul, ITAM by King’s

Signature, will bring their signature style of mild drama, elegance and creativity to the

exhibition with a collection which will make a statement on race day.

Completing this year’s line-up of world renowned milliners is Marilena Romeo Millinery.

With a passion for hats and glamour, award winning milliner Marilena Romeo, has been

creating wearable works of art for more than two decades. Stretching the boundaries of

millinery with her eclectic style, Marilena’s designs are set to turn heads on race day.

With the exhibition taking place in BurJuman’s new extension, featuring more than 200

exciting retail outlets, Dubai’s fashion-forward fashionistas are spoiled for choice this racing

season. With a wide selection of well-known international brands and top local retailers, there

is something to suit every style, and budget.

Turn heads at BurJuman's International Millinery Exhibition

“The BurJuman International Millinery Exhibition has everything from show-stopping

statement pieces to elegant accompaniments, ensuring the perfect accompaniment for every

style and budget,” said a BurJuman spokesperson. “From head-to- toe, Dubai’s uber-stylish

race-goers are sure to find everything they need for their race day ensemble under one roof at

BurJuman this racing season,”

Located in BurJuman’s new extension, the BurJuman International Millinery Exhibition is

open daily from 10am to 10pm. Roaming performers will entertain and delight shoppers

throughout the mall at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm on March 16, 17, 20, 21, 23 and 24.

Sushmita Sen on finding the true meaning of her answer in Ms U’s Q&A in 1994

DUBAI: A person can spend a lifetime chasing answer but not Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Sen who was lucky enough to have found hers through her life experiences.
In 1994, young Sen was asked “What is the essence of being a woman?” To which she replied, “Just being a woman is God’s gift that all of us must appreciate. The origin of a child is a mother, and is a woman. She shows a man what sharing, caring and loving is all about. That is the essence of a woman. ”
That answer would turn out to be her winning piece.

Sushmita Sen
Fast forward to today, a more mature Sen faces the press, saying it was only through 23 years that have passed she has truly learned the meaning of those very words.
“I have led an interesting life. I became a mom (single mother to two adopted girls) at 24. And if you remember, I had an answer to what the essence of being a woman was, but it’s in the last 23 years that I have learned what that answer means,” said Sen.
Filipinos first fell in love with Sen that even babies born on the same year was named after her.
It was just a month ago when Sen came back to the Philippines and was invited to judge Miss Universe 2016 where Ms France Iris Mittenaere was crowned.
During a press conference in Dubai to promote the property, Miraclz By Danube, on February 8, Sen said the Philippines holds a big part of her heart and was happy to have returned.
“Life came full circle when I went back to Philippines. It was like winning the crown and then paying it forward as a judge. In a way, I had a hand in changing someone’s life,” she said.

Sushmita Sen smiles 21 May 1994 after winning the 1994 Miss Universe crown in Manila.  Sen became the first Indian winner of the world's most prestigious beauty pageant.  The 18-year-old model from New Delhi will bring home over 150,000 USD in cash and prizes. AFP PHOTO / Romeo GACAD
Sushmita Sen smiles 21 May 1994 after winning the 1994 Miss Universe crown in Manila. Sen became the first Indian winner of the world’s most prestigious beauty pageant. The 18-year-old model from New Delhi will bring home over 150,000 USD in cash and prizes. AFP PHOTO / Romeo GACAD

By Anne Lora Santos

5 Types of People You’ll Meet on Board

If you are a frequent traveler, these people might sound familiar

1. Akala mo lang wala. Pero meron.
You know the feeling when you reached your plane seat and found no one but an empty seat? Heaven. You start reclining your chair ready to sleep or watch a movie then a sweating passenger who looks like he just sprinted himself onto the plane came to sight and relieved sigh right next to you. Serenity ruined, isn’t?

2. The ‘Mayumi’ kembolar passenger
We have all encountered this passenger who feels like walking on the moon when everyone is just on a rush. Nothing will rush this passenger into getting into their seat before they’re good and ready. Whether it be walking inside the plane, storing their bag overhead, or asking a cabin crew, you just have no choice but to wait because they just don’t care.

3. Besh, friends tayo!
This person will attempt to strike up conversation with even the most disengaging people. They will invariably ask ‘what you’re reading’ or ‘what you’re watching’ or even tell you about their problems. If earplugs and reading a book won’t shy them away, trying faking a sleep.

4. The ‘wag kang ano,kama ko to’ passenger.
We can’t blame these people, even if they try not to sleep just to avoid snoring during their deep sleep they just can’t. So try to be more understanding.

5. The “please get a room” couple
We can’t deny it, flight hours are long. For some, it takes more than 24 hours and sometimes getting cozy with the partner can’t be avoided. So we see this lovebirds feel like it’s a honeymoon flight as they surgically seal their lips together and run their hands all over each other in the throes of mid-air ardour. Despite not wanting to appear like a curmudgeon, more often than not, you’ll find yourself loudly asking for a sick bag. Get a room, yeah?

Filipina one of the finalists in Japanese singing contest

Besting 11 others from Asia, a Filipino contestant has made it to the finals of a Japanese singing competition.

Krissha Viaje from the Philippines will compete in Nippon TV’s “I Can Sing in Japanese!” after her successful audition in Singapore. She bested other hopefuls from Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, reported Inquirer.

In her audition, Viaje, a longtime fan of Japanese shows, delivered a soulful rendition of the song “Precious” by Yana, theme song of the movie “Limit of Love Umizaru,” the report said.

Yuji Gobuichi, the Japanese director and creator of the program, reportedly said: “We are very impressed by the immense talent we have seen in the entries from Asia. I believe that Krissha is the next big thing in the making and that the rest of the contestants are also ready to take on other global singing competitions.”

“I Can Sing in Japanese” features non-native Japanese speakers who have passion for singing Japanese songs. The contestants are judged based on pronunciation, singing skill and emotional impact.

The show is slated for filming later this year, said the news portal.

“Singing in Japanese is not easy so we were surprised by the high quality of entries across South East Asia. The overwhelming response from aspiring singers reflects the popularity of Japanese pop culture in this region,” Inquirer quoted Virginia Lim, Senior Vice President & Head of Content, Production & Marketing, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, as saying.

Piolo Pascual speaks up about exclusively dating Shaina Magdayao for five years now

Time indeed has its own way of revealing things. Just what Piolo Pascual did as he

openly revealed dating Shaina Magdayao since 2012.

Rumors of their relationship began in 2012 after their photo circulated online but the

two keep mum about the issue.

Talking to reporters during the recently-held Star Magic’s 25th anniversary event,

Piolo was asked about what was hindering them from taking their relationship to the

next level.

“(Shaina) and I are mahirap i-label, I guess. So whatever it is, I guess we just have

to mutually respect everyone involved and not to talk more about it. Kasi ang hirap,

nagkakaedad ka and I’ve been with her for five years na, exclusively dating but I

know and she knows that we don’t date out of what we have,” Piolo said as quoted

by entertainment website, push.abs-cbn.com.

Piolo added that there are things that he would rather not talk about. “I try to choose

the right words to say kasi parang at the end of the day, ‘yung sincerity naman ‘nung

tao ‘yung importante at ‘yung truthfulness sa sinasabi niya. So I just choose my

words but whatever (Shaina) and I have, it’s really something that we value.

Something that we treasure and we appreciate about what we have.”

Seems like Japan is the new Paris

Because it's more exciting to explore and experience Valentine weekend abroad, a

few celebrities decided to fly out of the country and once again, the favorite

destination is Japan.

Lovi Poe celebrated her 28th birthday in Tokyo, Japan, on February 11.

James Reid and Nadine Lustre are also celebrating their first anniversary as a

couple on February 11.
Jasmine Curtis Smith and Jeff Ortega
Jasmine Curtis Smith and Jeff Ortega are also having their Japanese "food tour" in

Maxene Magalona and Robby Mananquil
Maxene Magalona and Robby Mananquil, who just celebrated Christmas and New

Year in Japan with the family are back and posted a photo at the Narita International

Airport in Tokyo, Japan, on February 10.

Cristalle Belo and Justin Pitt have been spotted skiing in Niseko, which is said to be

the second snowiest resort in the world. Found in Hokkaido, the northern part of

Japan, the town has a long ski season which runs from late November until early

May. The two seems to enjoy an extended honey moon getaway.

Maxene Magalona is now engaged to boyfriend Rob Mananquil

Maxene Magalona seems to have the best Valentine’s Day ever among celebrities, as her two-year boyfriend got down on one knee at the Tokyo Dome in Japan of Feb. 14.

What did she reply? Her sweetest yes!

On Instagram, the Kapamilya actress wrote, “I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you.”

Then, she used the hashtag “Best Valentine’s Day ever.”

A few minutes after the couple announced their engagement via a series of posts on their social media accounts, Maxene’s sister Saab Magalona Bacarro tweeted:

“It was so hard to keep a secret from Maxx!!! I just want to hug my sister right now. Congratulations @maxenemagalona and @robmananquil”

The couple left for their favorite destination on February 11. The two also spent Christmas and New Year with Maxine’s family in Japan.

Hours prior to the proposal, Maxene and Robby had a pre-Valentine dinner at the famous Gonpachi, aka Kill Bill restaurant, with the latter’s parents Robert and Millet Mananquil.

The actress and the model/musician started going steady in September 2015.

Maxene then described her relationship with Robby as the “most meaningful yet.”

She said in an interview, “He makes me happy and he makes me laugh. It’s the simplest yet most meaningful relationship I’ve ever been in.”

President Duterte sends flowers, cake to ex-wife on Valentine’s Day

President Rodrigo Duterte keeps his Valentine’s Day tradition: sending flowers and a cake to former wife Elizabeth Zimmerman, the mother of 3 of his children.

Zimmerman has received a bouquet of red roses and a heart-shaped red cake both bearing the message, “Elizabeth, Happy Valentine. Love, Rodrigo”, reported Rappler.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, the President’s only daughter with Zimmerman, said that while they do not see their father on Valentine’s Day, he has never failed to send gifts to her mother.

“Yes, every year. But Mama said he sent a smaller cake this year,” Rappler quoted Mayor Duterte as saying.

President Duterte sends flowers, cake to ex-wife on Valentine’s Day02-thefilipinotimes

In 2016, despite being in the middle of his presidential campaign, the older Duterte sent Zimmerman flowers and a cake.

Aside from Sara, the other children of Duterte and Zimmerman are Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo, and Sebastian. While their marriage was annulled in 2000, Duterte and Zimmerman remain on good terms.

The President spent his February 14 in the company of his second family, common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña and their 12-year-old daughter Veronica.

He retreated with them to his rest house in the countryside, Barangay Carmen in Davao City, the report said.

Sony launches slow motion sensor for smartphones

Sony has announced the roll out of its first three-layer stacked CMOS image sensor for smartphones.

The sensor has an added DRAM layer to the conventional two-layer CMOS image sensors of smartphone cameras.

Due to the added DRAM layer, the sensor is able to deliver faster data readout speeds with lower power consumption, allowing the new sensor to read a still image of roughly 19.3 megapixels in 1/120 of a second which is four times faster than two-layer CMOS models, gadgetsmagazine.com reported.

This, according to Sony, reduces focal plane distortion which occurs when users take pictures of fast-moving subjects which lack the mechanical shutter to control the length of exposure.

The fast readout also makes it possible to shoot super-slow motion videos on smartphones up to a rate of 1000 frames per second which is about eight times faster than its predecessors.

The image sensor has an effective pixel count of 21.2 megapixels and can shoot photos at 30 frames per second. It can take 4K resolution videos at 60 frames per second and full high-definition or 720p videos at a maximum of 240 frames per second.

Sony provided a video comparison of what approximately 1000 frames per second slow motion will look like.

Thai food is more than Pad Thai

DUBAI: There is more to Thai food than the usual Tom Yam and Pad Thai. Spicy food is just overrated when describing what Thai cuisine is all about.

Pineapple rice dish, Kao Pad Sapparod

Let us not forget the five distinct elements that make a dish, Thai. It is either sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and spicy; and if you are looking for an authentic Thai restaurant to do a taste test, Lemongrass restaurant is an option.

The brand has launched additional dishes to their food menu with a full range of authentic Thai dishes.

Interested to dine on V-day? Eat or take-away these new Thai dishes and drinks we already love just from the first bite and sip.

Deep fried fish ball skewers, Tod Man Pla

Start your Thai food-eating binge with a generous option of starters. We recommend two, deep fried fish ball skewers, Tod Man Pla and fried vegetable spring rolls, Poh Pia Tod Ge. Both are served with unique Thai sauces.

Fried vegetable spring rolls, Poh Pia Tod Ge

Main course should be a feast of the best of the batch: we recommend wok tossed prawns with garlic and pepper sauce, Goong Tod Kratiam. Crispy fried red snapper served with tangy tamarind sauce, Pla Samumprai is another winning dish best eaten with Thai’s pineapple rice dish, Kao Pad Sapparod. For mushroom and tofu lovers, Pad Kapraow Taohoo will be a pleasant treat. Kao Niaw Mamuang, their own version of Philippine Biko will be one of the highlights of the dining experience. This sweet sticky rice with mango topped with coconut milk is perfection. For a more tropical vibe, try one of their thirst quenchers, we recommend Lynchee Lychee.

Sweet sticky rice with mango topped with coconut milk, Kao Niaw Mamuang

“Lemongrass’s new menu is definitely worth a try. Simply get ready for something refined, something authentically Thai, and something delicious! Khobkhun ka,” Maxime Jacques, Lemongrass restaurant marketing manager said.

The new menu will be launch in Dubai on Feb. 20 and on Feb. 27 in Abu Dhabi.

Dinner for two approximately costs around Dh 180. Drop by at one of their branches in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. For store location and menu information, visit lemongrassrestaurants.com or call 043342325.