Is that a holiday nip in the air? No, it’s just the lower temperature due to a low-pressure area. We’re not even past the typhoon season yet, but you know how it is – we’re such a Christmas-happy people. So on the first day of the start of the ’ber months, the city of Manila switched on festive lights strung on all the trees along the northbound lane of Roxas Boulevard. Shops have started selling Christmas décor and playing Christmas carols. At the Dapitan Arcade in Quezon City, you can actually buy Christmas stuff all year round. With the start of the ’ber months, however, more merchandise is put on display. Holiday ham cooked Chinese style is also available all year round at Excelente, the ham maker along Carlos Palanca street in Quiapo whose products live up to the brand name. All those curing nitrites, artery-busting layers of fat and sugar-honey glaze… yum yum! If it doesn’t threaten you with death by cholesterol and … [Read more...] about Carmageddon ahead
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Build, build, build – trust! It must be said, whether we admit it or not, that we should be thankful to our countrymen serving in government. Most of us are scared of this thankless job or are simply not up to it. Yet, when one takes on the job of a public official, there is that uplifting honor behind the title, there are those connections useful even after one’s life as a public servant, and there are those invaluable opportunities (business or otherwise) created because of the rich relationships and wealth of information and experience acquired by someone who served well. Government personnel may earn huge psychic income but the salary is forgettable. So when the public or taxpayers demand accountability, it’s not due to the salary that is paid to them (which should be increased, really), but due to the assets of the country entrusted to them. They handle and spend other people’s money – money coming from every Filipino … [Read more...] about Build, build, build – trust!
By Christopher Hume Star Columnist Mon., May 6, 2019 By the time Ontario Premier Doug Ford is finished with Toronto, the city will be lucky if it’s allowed to hire a dogcatcher without Queen’s Park first passing enabling legislation. Mayor John Tory will want to keep his short pants close at hand. Forget about governing by disruption, Ford’s gleeful politics of destruction have wreaked havoc across the province, nowhere more so than in its largest city, which he is remaking as fast as the legislative process will allow. Last week alone he cleared the way for the province to “upload” Toronto’s subway system, undid Ontario Municipal Board reform and, to add insult to injury, brought back old developer-friendly rules, and then withdrew funding that supports more than 6,000 subsidized daycare spots in Toronto. Last fall, Ford cut Toronto city council in half, seemingly on a whim, and again made a point of adding insult to injury … [Read more...] about Booze, speed and dangerous cuts — is this what Ontarians want?