Where to stay is a crucial aspect of your next trip. Airbnb is all the rage as of late, but finding accommodation through the online portal can be a hit-and-miss, either because of the place's location and state or because of the host. Any experienced user knows it is not as simple as sorting the options by price and picking the top one, or just choosing the one with the nicest picture. Here are some things to keep in mind when looking for a place to stay on airbnb.com, as compiled by Gizmodo: 1. Be cautious While Airbnb tries to filter its listings and rule out unruly hosts, there are still dubious places here and there. If you are having doubts, contact the host through Airbnb for more details. Pictures can be deceiving or downright misleading. 2. Know the surrounding area Make sure your Airbnb home is located near the places in your itinerary and has easy transportation access. Take time to google the neighborhood to make sure you're not staying in a shady part of town. 3. Scour the … [Read more...] about 10 things to keep in mind when booking Airbnb accommodation
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There’s something straight out of a Gabriel Garcia-Marquez novel about the Laurel ancestral house in old San Juan. When the suffragette Valentina Sosa fell in love and married the enterprising Daniel Laurel, their marriage was rooted in the ancient Tagalog province of Marinduque. He was a “contador public” (our modern-day equivalent would be a CPA), who was in the employ of the American colonial government in the 1900s. (His father had crossed from his hometown in Batangas in the 19th century, which on a clear day you could see from the Marinduque coast.) Valentina, for her part, was one of the first Filipina nurses to receive her license. Valentina’s brother Esteban would give her a house in Sitio Caigangan in the town of Buenavista. It stood on a hill that overlooked the limpid blue waters of the bay where the Bellaroca resort now is. When it was time to send the children to study in Manila, however, Valentina decided that she would take apart that house and … [Read more...] about The House that Waltzed to Manila
SINGAPORE: A new facility poised to play a key role in the ongoing transformation of Singapore’s healthcare sector was opened on Thursday (May 9). The Ng Teng Fong Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) aims to be the landmark physical space for healthcare professionals and industry partners to come together to turn their ideas into possible solutions that can be used in real life.It is located next to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases, within the vicinity of Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH). Together, the two facilities cost S$940 million to build.The centre is one of nine new developments under the Health City Novena Master Plan 2030, launched by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong in 2013. It spans 25,000 sq m over nine storeys and provides a physical area to foster innovation. At CHI’s official opening, Mr Gan said he hopes to see CHI play a pivotal role in promoting innovation in healthcare. “Innovation does not take place in … [Read more...] about Centre for Healthcare Innovation opens
By Anthony Morgan Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 “One of us goes in, and we all go through it …” — Drake, “Headlines” Incarceration is seldom a solo affair. It’s true that the individual person subjected to carceral control bears the brunt of the physical, emotional, psychological, social and financial costs of being forced to surrender their freedom to the state. However, this painful price isn’t paid by the incarcerated person alone: their friends, family members and others who care about them suffer their own sizeable share of loss, sadness, fear and frustration precipitated by their loved one’s incarceration. My family, that is my mom, my sister, Toni, and I, know this reality viscerally well. I have a younger brother, Theo (not his real name), who is currently serving a multi-year sentence in one of Ontario’s federal correctional institutions. This latest stint follows more than a decade of … [Read more...] about My brother’s in jail. Why does talking to him require hundreds of dollars a month and 1990s technology?