Will greedy cab drivers make GrabTaxi/GrabCar lose its shine? 

I used to be so in awe of GrabTaxi that I could be appointed as an unofficial brand ambassador. I literally tell all my friends and officemates and anyone who cares to listen about how it’s the best innovation after sliced bread.  This is the sad reality when you live in a country where transportation…

10 hours in Pope Francis’ trail

This post chronicles our ten hours of being with the people last Friday, 16 January – the second day of Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines and officially the start of his official itinerary during his Apostolic and State Visit to the Philippines. (State — because, FYI — Pope Francis is the head of state…

Pope Francis-mania in Manila

Tomorrow, around this time, His Holiness Pope Francis I will already be in Manila in time for his Mercy and Compassion country visit. The Philippines, considered the largest Catholic nation in Asia, has been preparing for this visit since 4th quarter of 2014 — with parish churches often announcing the expected activities during mass and…

Mean Girl

We read this interesting piece at the NYMag.com (one of my go-to sites when I want to procrastinate), “Could you go 40 days without being Mean?” Basically, the author was invited and challenged by her friend to be nice for 40 days and write the instances where she managed to goof off. The piece described…

My Selfie-loving country

I live in Makati City, Philippines — recently declared by Time as the “Selfie Capital of the World.” Above: Screenshot of the Time study identifying cities with the most number of “selfie-takers.” My city takes the cake with 258 selfies per 100,000 people. The news was met with the same intensity as Filipinos hearing about an American…

…effing bloody Valentine’s Day

Whoever must have thought of making Valentine’s Day a big deal must be overcompensating for something terrible. I guess I have mentioned before how I have this aversion to being around people. Close, confined spaces scare me and nothing is more worth the panic attack when you are caught amid a throng of people out…

…saying Thank You

We’ve said before and we will continue to say it, over and over again. THANK YOU. We will never forget your kindness.

Stand up!

Life goes on. While I am currently based in Metro Manila, hundreds and hundreds of miles away from the devastation in Tacloban, you can’t help but feel a certain level of sadness and a cloud of gloom hanging all over the country. People are getting catty and snippy on Facebook, denouncing the government and casting…

Begging to live

The kid ran like the wind, throwing his frail body to the rear of the vehicle. With one leap, he was able to get hold of the vehicle, pulled the dirty sheaf of airmail envelopes stuck in his frayed walking shorts. He started distributing the envelope to the people inside the crowded passenger jeepney (a…