The rainy season can get a lot of people jittery about many things. There are the floods, destruction, cancellation of classes and workdays, sicknesses and expenses to worry about. For some, it can also mean great loss of lives and property depending on their circumstances. While all these are real concerns that I, too, worry about to some degree, I have a more positive attitude about the season. I mostly like the rain. The whole rainy season is, in general, a treat for me. I must admit that unlike many people, I like to see the dark clouds, the heavy overcast and the drop in temperature. I like the sound of light pitter-pattering on the roof and a heavy downpour. I even like the thunder and lightning. It feels awesome to see nature’s power flexing itself and doing what it was meant to do. As a young boy, I remember sitting by the windowsill and watching typhoons come and go. It was awesome. The rains would be pouring sideways, depending on which direction the winds blew. I would … [Read more...] about Memories of rain
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It’s a saying which is particularly important for children, as their metaphorical pots (minds) are still being formed. Unfortunately, many children in Myanmar don’t live up to this cultural ideal. Pyae Sone, a 13-years-old boy is one of them. He sells snacks on the Yangon Circular Train, from morning until evening, to help support his family. He is happiest selling his food in the summer, travelling around the leafy parts of the city when there are no school kids on the train. “Every year at the end of June, I feel sad again seeing students wearing white and green. I want to go to school like them, but my situation doesn’t allow it,” Maung Pyae Sone said. Pyae Sone used to attend elementary classes when he was much younger, but remembers leaving school just as he started learning to spell Burmese words. Because of that, he avoids selling food between eight to nine in the morning and three to four in the afternoon, the very time students ride the … [Read more...] about Filling the golden pot – getting more children in school
MANILA, Philippines — There is a day in a year wherein children get to show their appreciation for their selfless and untiring love that only a mother can provide. There is really no way to match the amount of love that flows from the heart of a mother, but it is always a good idea to reciprocate by treating mom to the gifts that match her heart’s desires. For the pretty in pink mom Cara Delevingne for Dior Addict Stellar Shine Pink, according to Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director of Dior Makeup, is the color of happiness, freedom and femininity, which is why it was among the most favorite colors and the “lucky color” of legendary designer Christian Dior. As such, the brand recently launched Dior Addict Stellar Shine, a new collection of 24 luminous pink hues, ranging from subtle nudes, to fiery corals, seductive reds and bold plums. The range also boasts of a new formula with micro-pearls for shine; natural beeswax for a lightweight … [Read more...] about LIST: Mother’s Day treats for ‘it’ moms
An OFW asks, 'Should I buy my health insurance now for my retirement in the Philippines 10 years from now?' Question: Hi Miss Rose! I wish to check your thoughts on this po. OFW po ako in Singapore. Maganda ang health insurance coverage namin dito pero gusto naming maghanda para sa aming retirement sa Pinas probably in 10 years. Naisip naming kumuha na kami ng insurance kahit na overseas pa. Kaya lang parang walang health insurance product sa Pinas na suitable sa OFW. Any suggestions po? Mag-iipon na lang po ba kami at bibili na lang ng health insurance paguwi namin sa Pinas? Ang downside po kasi e baka may pre-existing conditions na by that time. Looking forward to your inputs po. Thanks and God bless. Answer: Hi Resie. I’m glad to hear that you currently have a good health insurance coverage in Singapore. I also admire your proactive attitude about your retirement and a good retirement definitely includes your health matters taken care of. It is … [Read more...] about An OFW asks, ‘Should I buy my health insurance now for my retirement in the Philippines 10 years from now?’
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?