We need to stop putting China first Despite the fact that many have tried to spin the maritime incident involving Chinese fishing vessel Yuemaobinyu 42212 ramming Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver 1 near Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea – the issue still won’t fade into the night. And rightfully so. Even as I commended the president for trying to take a diplomatic tack when it came to addressing the maritime incident with the Chinese, I still think he needs to consider both the Filipinos involved in the sinking and the Philippines in general. First of all – I believe he waited too long before finally making a statement. I understand wanting to get all the facts right before saying anything (something that President Duterte doesn’t normally do actually), but a week to respond to an international incident is far too long. How will Filipinos believe that the president truly has our backs when he makes it seem that a calculated … [Read more...] about We need to stop putting China first
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Bangkok has become one of our favorite destinations for obvious reasons: its interesting, preserved heritage sites that speak well of their glorious past, the rich flora and fauna, food and fruits (check out the pungent and buttery kanyao variety of durian; duku langsat or lanzones; atis or sugar apple, pomegranate, guava, dragon fruit) and a personal favorite, crispy banana chips with tamarind paste. There are good buys in weekend markets, while modern retail shops offer a wide variety of products and services. We can’t seem to have enough of it. To sum up our Bangkok experience, I’ll rate from bad (in a good way) to baad (a rip off). Bad: I booked our airport pickup online (Viator for P2,262.39 or US$43.14). The six-passenger van was new, clean and spacious. The driver was polite and experienced. Baad: It took us over 40 minutes to find the van. My name was spelled wrong, making it difficult for me to spot the welcome sign displayed among hundreds of signs. In exhaustion, … [Read more...] about Bad, baad Bangkok!
MANILA, Philippines — Summer vacation is over and it’s once again time for school! For some kids, academic excellence comes naturally, while for others, it is a struggle. But for parents, providing the best for their kids is the most important for the school season. Here are some must-haves you can consider in your back-to-school checklist. Style options for kids Titled "Fashion Play," the event enabled kids to enjoy the day as the brand presented its new collection of childhood fashion staples. Believing that all kids are beautiful, SM Kids recently celebrated the fun and exciting details of childhood in SM Mall of Asia. Titled "Fashion Play," the event enabled kids to enjoy the day as the brand presented its new collection of childhood fashion staples, made exciting through vibrant colors and whimsical prints. The event also featured a grand fashion show featuring the brand's four key lines, each with their own fresh offerings every kid will look forward to … [Read more...] about LIST: Cool stuff for school