Houses and Paychecks: How Long Should Filipinos Work to Buy a Home

This particular piece has been sent to me by leading property portal, Lamudi Philippines a few weeks back. The insight presented hit closer to home — considering one of my fondest dreams is to buy a property I can call my own. I am not alone – in fact, ask anyone Filipino (especially those from the lower middle class) on one…

Finding Reprieve Right in the Middle of Summer

If you are from the Philippines, chances are you are one of the many individuals who are bemoaning everyday the intense heat of the Summer afternoon sun. Recent reports from local TV channels and as vetted by the local weather bureau, the heat index is expected to reach to as high as 40 degrees on Friday,…

It’s (NOT) the end of the world as we know it…

Where were you last Saturday? I was at home, hurrying to meet the 6PM deadline for the Rapture, preparing by taking a good, long bath. I didn’t want to meet my Maker smelling like cats and cooked chicken. Somehow, I envisioned meeting God smelling like green tea and with newly washed hair. The Queen and…

Hollywood goes on a baby boom, while I await my fate…

Almost every female celebrity in Hollywood has a bun in the oven, and we aren’t even finished with January yet. Alicia Silverstone, my former girl crush Devon Aoki, Natalie Portman, Tia Mowry, Kate Hudson, former Hudson BF Owen Wilson is also a new dad, Marion Cotillard, Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham, Jennifer Connolly, Selma Blair and…

Oh, and I thought it was 1884

As much as possible, I try to have this blog free of anything that involves politics. Cos you know politics is a very icky subject. I refuse to have anything to do with politics–especially in the Philippines when politicians were just a DNA-strain away from common pond scum. But what bugs me more than politics…

Steven Slater sets the standard in throwing in the towel and resigning

Cyberspace is abuzz with the story of Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who “lose it” while on duty and probably set a standard for every “employee who wished to quit”. (For another great resignation: see this amusing resignation via dry-erase board Though people are questioning its veracity) The reasons for Slater’s outburst were well-reported…

souless.

I can’t believe my eyes as I read the news. ABS-CBN reports on child soldiers allegedly used by powerful political families like the Ampatuans to carry out killings of political rivals and other enemies in Maguindanao. In a report posted at the News website, a 25 year old man was allegedly hired by the family…