This insidious sign of times

I wake up to the persistent sound of notifications from my mobile phone at 5 am. My sleepy eyes squint at the bright light of my phone as I unlock it and start searching for the apps where the notifications come from. After scanning through a hundred messages on Whatsapp, I routinely open my Facebook…

That mysterious perfect timing

A classic story of morals infers, “What killed the frog was its own inability to decide when it had to jump out of boiling water.” True enough, our instincts at times deceive us. But in such moments, are we helpless? Not at all. I may not have lived long enough yet nor do have a…

Detox water. Cut the drama.

It started with a few neglegted strawberries in the fridge, a cucumber and the last squeeze of lemon. And oh, the will to try it out. And so goes my little history of how my bottle of detox water became.  Instinctively I googled how and which fruits and veggies I could include in my concoction,…

Print’s not dead…yet.

We were on our way back to Abu Dhabi when we had a stopover in Jumeirah Lake Towers for a late lunch/early dinner. The restaurant we decided to dine in specialized in international cuisine at a fair price. The group just came from a long two-day conference in Dubai and I wanted to rush home….

Still-ing the moment

I am not a photographer and definitely not learning to be one. I actually hate understanding those photography jargons and tiny icons and digits appearing in my DSLR cam screen. But I love ‘stilling moments’ and preserving them the way I want them remembered. For as long as my memory takes me back in time,…

How it feels to be in Kish

Dreadful. By the time you get your air ticket to Kish you feel something squirming inside your stomach. Talking about flying in a rundown Kish airbus, to staying in a 10- to 14-bedded room, to waiting for your visa to arrive – imagine how one feels in going through such this stressful (and not-under-any-normal-circumstance) process….

Filipino competitiveness is world-class

Last week my nephew, Peter Angelo, won third place in English oration at the Iloilo PRISAA (Private Schools Athletic Association) 2015 competition. Representing his school, he delivered a well-written piece particular to the competition’s theme. Sadly though, my piece I did for him was too broad, therefore the school opted for someone else with a…

Not all first impressions last

I admit it, I was never a fan of Philippine Airlines (PAL) for international flights as much as I am for domestic ones. Dealing with my flights means keeping myself preoccupied with entertainment – and by this I mean an airline should be equipped with such on a complimentary basis, but PAL flights between the…

The homegrown dining tradition that is Tatoy’s

When you are looking for a decent dining experience with the family, a business client or your group of friends at a reasonable rate anywhere in Iloilo, then Tatoy’s Manokan and Seafood restaurant should rank top of your list. This part of the region’s dining culture has become known in the international gastronomic scene simply…

The power of the Web in the palm of your hands: Boon or bane?

(Please excuse me for such a blatant deviation from this blog site’s concept, however I feel the need to share my views on the power that has been virtually gripping almost each of us every single day and hope that somehow it will make a difference for you today.) Back in my college days, I…

A national affair to remember

Nothing is more meaningful than a national day celebrated under honest governance. Upholding the nationalistic beliefs of his late parents (former Senator Benigno Aquino II and former President Cory Aquino), Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III well represented the worth of the Filipinos before respected ambassadors and dignitaries from all over world. The 117th Independence Day commemoration…