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!
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MANILA -- All set to celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend? If we go by foot traffic in shopping malls, the number of gifts being wrapped in stores, lack of parking spaces near restaurants and packed tables at dining places, this special occasion is one of the most-celebrated by Filipinos of all ages. And why not? Most of us have mothers who have cared for us from the womb and continued to hold our hand whether we were toddlers, teens, in our 20s, 30s, 40s and older. As you toast the woman that shaped who you are today, take time to remember the many life lessons she has shared with you through the years. Looking back, I marvel at how my mom managed to do it all. She did not have a full-time job and instead chose to stay home to raise two daughters. She was the primary caregiver, cook, tutor, handy(wo)man, shopping companion among many more roles that I saw her perform everyday growing up. Now that I am raising two daughters, I am grateful that she has given me a strong role … [Read more...] about News Mothers know best (even when it comes to money)