When the nail sticks out

rants, raves and randomness

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 · 3 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

Why OFWs would rather stay in the war zone than repatriate

What does it say about a country when its citizens would rather stay in the danger zone that go home? Only 1,700 Filipinos working in Libya have signed up for … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · 2 Comments

The South China Sea Squabbles

Tensions have been rising. China is involved in a lot of territorial disputes, there is a whole “landing page” on Wikipedia about it. But I will not talk about Chinese continental … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · 3 Comments

America’s Colonial Burden by Robert Kaplan

America’s Colonial Burden by Robert Kaplan The Chapter about the Philippines from Robert Kaplan’s Asia’s Cauldron Disclaimers : Posted without permission. Whenever I think of the Philippines my eyes revert to … Continue reading

July 10, 2014 · 5 Comments

Learning to accept that no, Nora Aunor is not national artist material as per BS Aquino

First, I must say this : I am not a Vilmanian. Neither am I a Noranian. I’m just..umm.. too young to have witnessed them in their peak.  And before accusing … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · 8 Comments

The incarceration of Bong and Jinggoy

If you’ve been listening to the news lately, it’s all about Bong and Jinggoy and the talks of making a “special jail” for special people. It’s tiring. First let’s talk … Continue reading

June 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

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