What is a Cedula — and what is it for?

During the Spanish era, one of the highlights of the Philippine revolution was when Andres Bonifacio and his fellow Katipuneros tore their Cedulas to signal the start of the Filipinos’ revolt against Spanish rule. That moment in history is called “The Cry of Pugad Lawin” (also known as “The Cry of Balintawak” where in August…

…the five co-workers you will meet in hell

Ah, here we go again and my favorite topic. Work and how it inspires me (*sarcasm*) these past few days. I really shouldn’t compare really — when the latest unemployment figures released by my country’s Labor Department is not exactly conducive for anti-social people like me. The more I grow tired of my routine, the…

It’s all about the Benjamins

…or here in the Philippines, maybe you can say “It’s all about the Ninoys…” (Fact: Former Senator Ninoy Aquino graces the PHP500 bill.) Sad to say, it’s money that makes the world go round. I used to dispute this when I was younger and idealistic — I always tell myself and others that there are…

Wake me up…when September ends

I can’t believe it’s already September. Last time we checked, we were saying good bye to the old year — and now, we’re three months shy of ringing the new year. Here in my country, the arrival of September meant the Christmas season. For anti-social freaks like me, Filipino Christmas is equivalent to being one…

This Growing Up Thing

I must have been a Lost Boy (or Girl) in my previous life, because this Growing Up Thing hasn’t been easy for me. Don’t you sometimes wish that we can go back to the days when we were young and the only thing keeping our minds occupy is having enough time to play, eat, sleep…

Setting Priorities.

* pic not my property It’s funny. How dreams, the 5-year plan, the big picture changes unexpectedly. For the longest time, all I wanted was to get back the corner office and snag a job that will bring me places (literally and figuratively), other than the four corners of the office desk. I wanted to…

To follow your dream is to go beyond your comfort zone

I am so fracking sick of being an eight to fiver. (You: Oh noes, another rant coming…) Don’t you wish sometimes that you don’t have to get up at six in the morning so that you can take a bath, choose your clothes and send yourself to the miserable time warp known as “the office?”…

PUJ Chronicles

If you have to go somewhere in this country, in one time or another, you have to ride a jeepney. Considered the “King of the Road” in this country, there is no street where you will not find this popular mode of local transportation. Thing is– the inside of a jeepney is a mini-ecosystem in…

Duty, but not exactly hassle-free.

What can be worse than mile-long traffic and the insipidly annoying “fah-lah-lah-lah-lah” that seemed to follow us everywhere we go these days? It’s having to brave the long, frustrating lines while trying to score “tax-free” PX goods on your local duty free. The little sister just arrived from a four-day seminar held in Malaysia and…

Letters from the Snake Pit

First, we set the mood by playing the latest soundtrack of my life: “Loser”, Beck …and then, we proceed: Dear KamikazeeGirl, You are writing this under heavy pressure and stress and the nagging feeling that people are waiting for you to drop dead. You hated your 8-5 environment and silently plot on pulling a fast…