When the nail sticks out

rants, raves and randomness

Why rude cab drivers still ply the roads of Manila

There has been a hot topic on my news feed about an Ateneo student, Mark Buraga, and a cab driver. If you haven’t seen it yet, here it is : … Continue reading

December 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Defying dichotomies

There is nothing more passe than movies  full of dichotomies. Saints or sinners. Heroes or villains. Virgins or whores. From Merriam-Webster : di·chot·o·my noun \dī-ˈkä-tə-mē also də-\ : a difference between … Continue reading

December 10, 2014 · 2 Comments

When emotion trumps ethics

In line with today’s theme, let me give you Emotions by Bee Gees. I’m sure my opinion is not a popular one. But I can’t help it, can I? And … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · 7 Comments

Japan and the Philippines must step up to give women greater protection

It’s a tough being a woman. In this samurai culture where your gender determines your behavior, your future – your worth, basically- nothing is worse than being a woman. Oh wait, there is. Being … Continue reading

November 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

OA is for Overacting

The Filipinos are emotional.But we are not only emotional, we are over-emotional. We are drama queens. We like to dwell on things, make a mountain of a molehill, over-analyze things. We … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

To Ariel

Years ago, I was struck by the fact that, while the Philippines seems rife with disasters and replete with crimes, the people involved were never directly linked with me. The closest … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Kawawa, the Philippine mentality that holds us back

I was trying to introduce my husband to some of the animation I used to watch as a kid. I played some videos on Youtube of Nelo and the Dog … Continue reading

October 9, 2014 · 5 Comments

On my balikbayan box problems, airport hassles and more

Balikbayan box problems I have recently been back from the Philippines for my yearly summer vacation with my hubby. As usual, we got to experience third world infrastructure , (cultural?) institutionalized inefficiency … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · 3 Comments

To the people who died senseless deaths

There are so many killings now, it’s hard to keep track. My news feed is constantly bombarded by families  and friends wanting justice. This page is dedicated to the people … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Over taxation, a strategy of a country that is at the brink of collapse

Yesterday, I visited a friend, now pregnant with her third child. Our conversation eventually drifted to the welfare/support system for non-Japanese residents giving birth and raising a child. I was … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · 5 Comments
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