Category Archives: culture and politics

The land of the free(bie)

I need to clear the air about the post title. America is the ‘Land of the free’, but Topher subsists in the ‘Land of the freebie’. In a costly world, most of us trudging adults have a soft spot for something … Continue reading

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Being Donald Trump

Note: The cult favourite, Being John Malkovich, starring John Cusack and Cameron Diaz, has inspired the title of this post. More on that later. I was at my chiropractor the other day when we discussed the Emmy’s. I learned that … Continue reading

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Border Security: inside the series

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While you were sleeping, ‘Thousands of men and women dedicate their lives to protecting Australia’s border.’ The immigration series airs at most once a week on the Seven network. I remember discussing the programme in one of my electives at … Continue reading

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60 Minutes Australia

‘Tonight on 60 Minutes…’ Thus begins the weekly broadcast of one of the most revered shows on Australian telly. The newsmagazine is almost forty years old, but has continued to supply viewers with intriguing stories and gripping reports. Since it’s … Continue reading

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‘Manok’

Note: For a change, I’ll write this post in Filipino (with just a hint of English) Naging guro ko siya sa Accounting noong nasa Pinas pa ako. Mahirap siyang makalimutan. Mahilig siyang gumamit ng ‘Yudi pungal’. Minsan naalala ko na … Continue reading

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The North Korean Conundrum

We watch with bated breath for the next episode. Whatever happens, we’re doomed. On the blue corner, a hulking US President with plummeting approval ratings. His mere temperament is being lampooned each week on SNL (Saturday Night Live). On the … Continue reading

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Channeling Rizal

In my youth, nobody influenced me more than the Philippines’ peerless national hero, Jose Rizal. We studied him, I saw his life on film, I read his works. He only lived 35 years, but what a life it was. The … Continue reading

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