Category Archives: culture and politics

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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High-calibre fiction 

It’s sad that people nowadays aren’t really into reading. Yes, they read Facebook posts, LinkedIn profiles, Google reviews, and Twitter updates, but seldom do they chip away at books. Even less read newspapers; everything is online these days, especially through … Continue reading

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Writing with a cause

Over a span of three weeks (the standard borrowing period), I managed to devour James Connelly’s latest novel. While a lovely read, the main thing I took from the piece is the legacy that the dying character leaves behind. In … Continue reading

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Beware of cat

‘There either is or is not’, that’s the way it is. There are no grey areas: you are either a cat or dog person, or you can be neither. Sadly I never had a cat, except for a brief time … Continue reading

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Some winter chronicles

It’s the middle of the year and for us that means winter has arrived. You know: shorter days, colder temps, and of course torrential rain. The past week has been a classic winter one, with the drenching, 14-degree weather, and … Continue reading

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One game

Last week I posted about a former high school friend. Keeping in line with this theme, today I recall the game of my life. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I picked up a basketball. In high school I … Continue reading

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