Battle of the Christmas decorations for Hong Kong malls

Battle of the Christmas decorations for Hong Kong malls

(HONG KONG-AFP) – In the race to extract cash from Christmas shoppers, Hong Kong’s myriad shopping malls have taken to heart the maxim that you must spend money to make money when it comes to decorations this festive season. From two-storey-high polar bears to giant Disney characters, the southern Chinese city is awash with increasingly […]

24.12.2013 · Filled under: Christmas, Destinations, Holidays, Home & Garden ·
‘Fast and Furious 7′ release announced for spring 2015

‘Fast and Furious 7′ release announced for spring 2015

(Relaxnews) – Initially slated to premiere in July 2014, the film was put on hold following the sudden death of one of its stars, Paul Walker, in late November. Now, Vin Diesel himself has announced the new release date for “Fast and Furious 7″ on his Facebook page (www.facebook.com/VinDiesel). The star indicated a US release […]

23.12.2013 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online ·
French firm starts human trials of artificial heart

French firm starts human trials of artificial heart

(PARIS-AFP) – French biomedical firm Carmat said on Friday it had begun the first human trial of its prototype artificial heart, which aims at overcoming shortages of organs available for transplant. The implant operation, which took place on Wednesday at the Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris, “went satisfactorily,” it said in a statement. The patient, […]

22.12.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Science & Technology ·
Christmas all wrapped up

Christmas all wrapped up

(Relaxnews) – The Christmas decorations are up, the fridge is stocked and the shopping is finished… now it’s time to get wrapping. Not always the easiest of tasks after one too many festive beverages, but this selection of stylish gift wrap options will ensure your presents look their best under the tree. An eco-friendly choice […]

22.12.2013 · Filled under: Christmas, Holidays, Home & Garden ·
How the world’s best bartender makes eggnog

How the world’s best bartender makes eggnog

(Relaxnews) – When the man named the best bartender in the world mixes drinks for the holidays, you can bet they go beyond vodka tonics. With holiday parties filling up itineraries and people’s homes, Spaniard David Rios of The Jigger Cocktail & Disco Bar in Bilbao offers cocktail recipe ideas to set the tone and […]

22.12.2013 · Filled under: Christmas, Food & Dining, Holidays, Home & Garden ·
How to make a hot toddy like the world’s best bartender

How to make a hot toddy like the world’s best bartender

(Relaxnews) – When the man named the best bartender in the world mixes drinks for the holidays, you can bet they go beyond vodka tonics. With holiday parties filling up itineraries and people’s homes, Spaniard David Rios of The Jigger Cocktail & Disco Bar in Bilbao offers festive cocktail recipes to set the tone and […]

22.12.2013 · Filled under: Christmas, Food & Dining, Holidays, Home & Garden ·
Where gourmands can dine for New Year’s Eve

Where gourmands can dine for New Year’s Eve

(Relaxnews) – From a seven-course meal that includes foie gras ravioli at The Dorchester in London, to a Vaudeville-themed cocktail party at Grant Achatz’s Chicago bar the Aviary, here’s a roundup of how some of the hottest tickets in town will be ringing in the new year. Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, London A New […]

22.12.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Holidays, Home & Garden, New Year's Day ·
2013 TV ratings winners: ‘NCIS,’ ‘Sunday Night Football’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’

2013 TV ratings winners: ‘NCIS,’ ‘Sunday Night Football’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’

(Relaxnews) – The CBS drama “NCIS” topped the latest list of the most-watched programs on American broadcast TV once again this year. Since the launch of its 11th season on September 24, “NCIS” has drawn an average 21.83 million viewers on CBS. The investigations of the charismatic and virtuous Leroy Jethro Gibbs attracted only slightly […]

22.12.2013 · Filled under: News ·
Worldwide box office: ‘Iron Man 3′ achieves highest-grossing opening in 2013

Worldwide box office: ‘Iron Man 3′ achieves highest-grossing opening in 2013

(Relaxnews) – The superhero movie stands out as the most lucrative opening of the year at the global box office, grossing $372.5 million worldwide during its first weekend in theaters. Backed by Disney’s marketing power, “Iron Man 3″ carried off the sixth most lucrative opening weekend in the history of cinema. The action movie, starring […]

22.12.2013 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Where Americans are ringing in the New Year

Where Americans are ringing in the New Year

(Relaxnews) – Sun-soaked Orlando has outranked New York to become the most popular destination among Americans for ringing in the New Year, according to an online booking site. After looking at hotel bookings made on December 11 for travel between December 30 and January 2, Hotwire.com has deduced that revelers —  likely those in snow-swept […]

22.12.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Holidays, New Year's Day ·
Lancôme presents lighter version of La Vie est Belle

Lancôme presents lighter version of La Vie est Belle

(Relaxnews) – Opening a new chapter in the history of the fragrance launched in 2012 as an eau de parfum, Lancôme is introducing an eau de toilette version of La Vie Est Belle. With this new lighter and fresher formula, Lancôme presents its first fragrance combining magnolia with mouthwatering vanilla and praline notes. La Vie […]

22.12.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Football: Vanishing spray to feature at World Cup

Football: Vanishing spray to feature at World Cup

(MARRAKECH-AFP) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Thursday confirmed that referees would be allowed to use a vanishing spray to mark out free-kicks at next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil. Referees will use the spray during matches to mark a line on the ground where the defensive wall, and ball, must be stationed at […]

20.12.2013 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation ·
J.K. Rowling to produce Harry Potter stage show

J.K. Rowling to produce Harry Potter stage show

(LONDON-AFP) – Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is to co-produce a British stage show about the boy wizard’s early years living with his cruel non-magical aunt and uncle, she announced on Friday. Rowling said she would work with the writer on the new play, charting Harry’s lonely childhood when he was forced to sleep in […]

20.12.2013 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, International Stars ·
Hugh Jackman courted for Joe Wright’s Peter Pan movie

Hugh Jackman courted for Joe Wright’s Peter Pan movie

(Relaxnews) – The Australian actor is in the running to play the villain in “Pan,” an origin story about the classic character. More accustomed to playing good guys, from Jean Valjean to Wolverine, Hugh Jackman is now being courted to play a less likable character. Variety reports that the Australian actor is in producers’ sights […]

20.12.2013 · Filled under: News ·

Village Buildah is launching a car raffle fundraising

A Mercedes Benz 2014 C250 car will be raffled off with proceeds supporting The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Gawad Kalinga and Typhoon Haiyan victims (December 13, 2013 – Los Angeles) – Village Buildah, a non-profit 501(c) (3) foundation, is launching their car raffle fundraising on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 6pm […]

20.12.2013 · Filled under: Local News, Motoring, News, Offbeat ·
Classical monsters that inspire Hollywood in Rome show

Classical monsters that inspire Hollywood in Rome show

(ROME-AFP) – Griffins, sirens and minotaurs went on display in Rome on Thursday for an exhibition on monsters of antiquity with Hollywood special effects experts still inspired by the classical creatures acting as consultants. The show brought together 100 works including statues, frescoes and vases from museums around the world depicting fantastical creatures — all […]

20.12.2013 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, Film ·
Sweet success as Turkish baklava wins prized EU status

Sweet success as Turkish baklava wins prized EU status

(BRUSSELS-AFP) – While Turkey has vainly clamoured for years to join the European Union, a sweet pastry made in the country’s southeast tasted more success Thursday, winning the EU’s prized “protected status”. The Gaziantep baklava, described as a “pastry made of layers of filo pastry filled with semolina cream and Antep pistachio”, became the first […]

20.12.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Lea Salonga ‘provoked,’ fumes on Twitter

Lea Salonga ‘provoked,’ fumes on Twitter

Broadway star Lea Salonga did not mince words in criticizing “people claiming to be a friends of mine,” as she took to Twitter Tuesday to vent her anger which she said is “more than justified.” The 43-year-old performer first expressed her anger on the micro-blogging site on Sunday, which was then followed by several other […]

20.12.2013 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars ·
Meeting with Kerry fruitful, strengthens US-PHL ties, says Aquino

Meeting with Kerry fruitful, strengthens US-PHL ties, says Aquino

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III said he had a productive meeting in Malacanang with visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry who arrived in the country Tuesday. In his message during a dinner hosted for Kerry, the President said he appreciated the readiness of the US government to aid the Philippines in […]

20.12.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Precious gems inspire Shu Uemura’s latest makeup collection

Precious gems inspire Shu Uemura’s latest makeup collection

(Relaxnews) – The Japanese cosmetics brand is once again reaffirming its ties with the world of fashion and accessories through the launch of a makeup collection inspired by the precious gems found in haute couture and jewelry. Created for the Spring-Summer 2014 season, Shu Uemura’s Bijoux collection draws inspiration from the colors of precious gems […]

20.12.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Online ·