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Essentials for visiting LA: What’s new, classics and more

Christine Armario / The Associated Press Los Angeles—Mountainside hikes along urban cityscapes. Ramen noodle bars, Korean teahouses and taco trucks serving every regional Mexican specialty. Sure, Los Angeles is known for classic Hollywood, but these days the city is getting attention for other attractions, too.

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A flair for baking cheesecake

CHEF MOM / Adoree Chong-Uy Question No. 1: I consider myself an intermediate baker. I have been baking brownies, cookies and cakes for years now. I thought that a baked cheesecake is an easy thing to make, but I was wrong. Last week, I made New York cheesecake using a recipe I found on the Internet, and it turned out …

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Raising third culture children

LIVE WELL / CJ Rodriguez Not all those who wander are lost.—J.R.R. Tolkien As our 15th wedding anniversary fast approaches, my better half and I have come to several realizations. One is that we really need to see about getting each other new wedding bands, as our original ones have mysteriously disappeared! Mine first before his, I am embarrassed to …

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The Taj Mahal endures, but its birthplace stands in disrepair

By Vijay Joshi / The Associated Press Burhanpur, India—It is no secret that the Taj Mahal is a monument of love, built by a Mogul emperor as the final resting place for his beloved empress who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631.

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Bringing mindfulness into the workplace

LIVE WELL / CJ Rodriguez In our last two columns, we learned how starting a mindfulness practice at work might help us become more effective in carrying our our respective roles for the jobs required of us. In his book Full Catastrophe Living, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the leading expert on the topic, offers concrete ways to practice mindfulness in the …

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WWII veterans’ valor, sacrifices to be remembered at freedom march

Story and photo by Alvin I. Dacanay After the island of Corregidor in Bataan province fell to the Japanese Imperial Army on April 9, 1942, 90,000 to 100,000 Filipino and American prisoners of war were forced to march 88 kilometers (55 miles) from Bataan’s Mariveles town to San Fernando municipality in Pampanga province. From there, the prisoners were loaded into …

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Toy Fair 2015: Playtime is serious business at this ‘party’

Kim Cook / The Associated Press New York—With 13,000 international buyers, Toy Fair 2015 looks and sounds like the best-behaved children’s party ever—without the young ones in attendance, of course, because this party is serious business. Buyers come to see new products and place orders for stores, family restaurants and schools around the globe.

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Mind your work (Last part)

LIVE WELL / CJ Rodriguez Last part Getting started in the practice There are a variety of sources to learn from to begin the journey toward increased mindfulness. You can get excellent advice and coaching from subject-matter experts/trainers, as well as from books, compact discs (CDs) and even magazines.

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Weird and wonderful moments at recent New York Fashion Week

Jocelyn Noveck / The Associated Press New York—Here’s the thing about holding Fashion Week in February: No one really talks about the clothes—they’re too busy talking about the weather. This year, it was even colder than usual, which meant even more painful moments slip-sliding along icy streets and shivering one’s you-know-what off waiting for someone to decide to open the …

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Bahay Tsinoy: Celebrating Chinese-Filipinos and their contributions to the Philippines

By Alvin I. Dacanay They’re undeniably Filipino, yet they’re not. Their slanted eyes and pale skin show how different they are, but their accent and speech also show how they are not that different. Their surnames may sound foreign, but everything else about them are not.

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