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Lifestyle Asia May 2021

The greatest luxury in the world is being able to do what your heart sets out to do, to pursue your passions unbridled, free from constraints of obligation. Indeed you feel the richest when you are able to march to the beat of your own drum and live life on your own terms. Lifestyle Asia highlights these inspiring, powerful and relevant beacons of the Philippine Society who live life exactly how they envisioned it to be, enriching their lives, the life of others, and through their own accord the world we live in.

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11 Issues

in this issue

2 min
bringing science to skin care

If you’re starting to lean closer to the mirror and brushing your fingers on the surface of your face is starting to become a force of habit, then this curiosity on your skin should be more of a concern. Over time, our skin’s inherent defense properties and cellular composition deteriorates. If these are left unattended early on through proper skin care, their long-term effects will reveal itself as we age. But if web results and all the hearsay of skin care hacks don’t give you skin confidence, then turn to nature-derived ingredients and research-based science—two key foundations of Lemeur. Lemeur is a product of 26-year old entrepreneur Mae Ng’s curiosity in skin care innovation after observing the attention and care the French put into beauty. “During my years of travel in…

2 min
a new city is on the horizon

Manila is home to millions of Filipinos, and for decades, it has served as the nation’s capital. But behind the grandeur of the once dubbed “Paris of Asia” lies a city left to ruins. One man has set a mission to bring back the splendor of Manila, reclaiming its former glory into the current century. Hailing from a family with no political background nor old money lineage, 29-year-old Jesusito B. Legaspi, Jr. took on the Horizon Manila Reclamation Project with nothing but grit, guts, and generations’ worth of construction expertise. The UP Diliman-graduate civil engineer is the president of the JBros Construction Corporation. He learned the ins and outs of the construction business from his parents as early as high school. His parents’ tips proved to be most useful as he…

2 min
letter from the editor

What is the real meaning of a “community?” We’ve been hearing this word a lot these days, through groups on Facebook and Viber to viral news of people sharing what they can to those in need. Its meaning has shifted over time to move away from being exclusive to being inclusive. To put it simply, it’s about choice, an expression of your personality and the values you espouse and meeting other kindred spirits. But a true community has an inherent superpower—it has the ability to understand the needs and see opportunities to uplift and change the lives of others. Shared interests and values can lead to a shared purpose. This concept of a community is tested through crisis, such as the current global pandemic. It gave birth to community pantries, with both…

2 min
future electrified

Last 2015, the United Nations launched an urgent call for transformative action synthesized in 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Since then, the automotive industry has entered a period of once-in-a-century transformation. With new smart technologies, the customer’s lifestyle demands have evolved. Through it all, Lexus has been building their roster of an electrified future and now begins the next generation of luxury-meets-sustainability. THE LF-Z ELECTRIFIED CONCEPT CAR Lexus premiered the “LF-Z Electrified”, a battery electric vehicle concept that provides a sneak peek into the driving performance, styling, and advanced technologies set to be realized by 2025. At its core is a new four-wheel driving force control technology known as DIRECT4, creating seamless operation and exhilarating performance while still retaining the signature Lexus ride comfort. More than performance, the design language also received an overhaul.…

4 min
conversation starter

At 10 years old, Kelly Mi Li moved with her mother from Kunming, China to the US for better opportunities. Without a set goal for her new life, she knew that following her intuition would lead her to fulfillment. As one of the producers and cast members of Netflix’s Bling Empire, she shares how the show was conceptualized as well as the importance of the Stop Asian Hate movement and her advocacy on mental health. “Start conversations with the people around you about Asian hate crimes, racism, and discrimination” CONNECTING WITH AUDIENCES Kelly Mi Li was reading Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians when she recognized the book’s fictional characters were similar to her actual friends. This moment provided the spark for Bling Empire, which was developed together with Keeping Up With The Kardashians…

7 min
community is at the heart of creativity

“Many people say my artwork is social realism, yes in a way because I paint from photos I take, but I also re-write a part of the person's story... which is why I like to paint people that I don't know” A browse through Solenn Heussaff’s Instagram conveys the many hats she wears: mother, wife, artist, actress, fitness fanatic, brand ambassador, and business owner. But that's just the tip of the iceberg of what she wants to become. “I just want to keep growing and learning. I am excited to see what I am capable of doing," she shares. In the middle of the pandemic we are all living through, Heussaff finds the drive to broaden her horizons by knowing that humans have the capabilities to adapt. The 35-year-old has faced difficult circumstances in…