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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

It's The Little Things

It’s The Little Things

More often than not, we go through our lives running through routines. We get up, get some coffee, make our way to work (an ever-daunting task in Manila… in December), sit at our desks, get some work done, have lunch, get more work done, psych ourselves up for the (even more) daunting task of going...
Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!!

Much Too Much

Much Too Much

  In the last few years, there has been a boom in Manila’s restaurant scene. While some of the old players have retained their spot in the front of the restaurant races, largely because of customer loyalty, many new players have been jostling to make an impact. How many tapas joints or ramen places can...
Status Updates

Status Updates

In today’s Facebooked/Twittered out world, letting the world know what you’re up to has become pretty commonplace. Whether it be big announcements (“Are they Facebook official yet?”), news-worthy bits of information (“Signal #2, all classes in Metro Manila are suspended.”) or sometimes, the overly emo/passive-aggressive (“I hate you.” ), updating your status and reading other...
Pullman Pops!

Pullman Pops!

When making plans for a family trip to Jakarta, most of the people I mentioned it to were puzzled as to why we had chosen the destination. If it weren’t for the fact that my sister had a 2 week school trip lined up and it was (kind of) midway between Manila and Sydney, we...
Today...

Today…

When "Cute" Won't Cut It

When “Cute” Won’t Cut It

It is nice when management makes an effort and spends on nice uniforms that go with the theme of a restaurant. It is  surprising when the waitstaff actually engages the customers and goes beyond the mandatory “may I take your order” spiel. This isn’t something you’d normally encounter in local restaurants. Most employees are on...
Puerto Princesa Promises

Puerto Princesa Promises

My last (and only) hurrah for summer was a trip to Palawan with some close friends. We stayed at a friend’s home in Puerto Princesa and had only two items on the agenda: go to the underground river and spend as much time on the beach as possible. Having heard some horror stories about the...
Frankly, My Dear, You Should Give A Damn.

Frankly, My Dear, You Should Give A Damn.

There are certainly times when a damn should not be given. Life trips us up every now and again, and dwelling on the little obstacles that are thrown our way just stresses us out. I am all for weeding out the little things that make life even crazier than it is. If, however, your job...
Vibration Contagion

Vibration Contagion

Getting to the airport well beyond the 3-hour recommended time, I was dismayed to see an already winding line in front of the check-in terminal. And the counter hadn’t even opened yet. Great. It seemed there was a canceled flight over the weekend so everyone on that flight was trying to get on this one....
A Quick Recovery

A Quick Recovery

Last week, my mother and I went in search of a goodbye gift for a friend who is leaving the country. Wanting to get something local, we went into a newly opened home accessories store in Greenbelt 5 to look for something. The store featured really well-made items which we had seen in other bigger...