Three years ago, on a cold December night, I left my heart in Budapest. As we cruised down the Danube that evening, the river glistened with reflections of the city lights, magnificent buildings and clear, starry sky. It was pure magic, and I knew in that very moment that I would be coming back. Of all the countries in Europe, the most unique for me would be Hungary. The landlocked nation is surrounded by seven countries, yet it has a heritage distinct from all its Central European neighbors. Alexandra enjoys the food tour in Budapest. Hungarians have roots that are not even technically from Europe. Several different legends and theories surround the origins of the Magyar, now known as Hungarian people. Most historians believe that they come from Asia — past the Ural mountains in present-day Russia. This explains Hungary’s unique culture and traditions, language and food. Hungarian cuisine is one of the most rich and flavorful in the whole world. It’s spicy, wholesome … [Read more...] about The best of Budapest Cuisine
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That is the title of my new book published by Ateneo de Naga University Press. It will be launched in November this year. I would also like to thank the readers who wrote me to give their compliments to my last column called “Home.” It seems that the idea of roots, of ties to hearth and home, remains deeply embedded even among 21st-century Filipinos. Thus, I would like to publish here excerpts from the new book, also dealing with the idea of home. * * * Like the leaves of memory falling from the trees in the black wind, she remembers them. She remembers her father, his skin brown as the rich volcanic loam in Albay. He had a square face, like a sheet of paper, on which were written the marks of the years: How he joined the Revolution against Spain at 15, so small the Guardia Civil let him pass through their sentries, the messages from one zone to another hidden in the sewn edges of his calzoncillos, and when the Revolution was won, how the new conquerors, the … [Read more...] about Ranga: Writings on Bikol
By Marc Fisher The Washington Post Sari Horwitz Fri., Feb. 23, 2018 They are the sons of wealth, brought up in families accustomed to power. They were raised to show and demand respect, and they were raised to lead. They rose to positions of enormous authority, the president of the United States and the special counsel chosen to investigate him. They dress more formally than most of those around them; both sport meticulously coiffed hair. They have won unusual loyalty from those who believe in them. They attended elite all-male private schools, were accomplished high school athletes and went on to Ivy League colleges. As young men, each was deeply affected by the death of a man he admired greatly. Yet Robert Swan Mueller III and Donald John Trump, born 22 months apart in New York City, also can seem to come from different planets. One is courtly and crisp, the other blustery and brash. One turned away from the path to greater wealth while the other spent half … [Read more...] about Mueller and Trump: Born to wealth and raised to lead. Then, they made sharply different choices.
By Michael Lewis Bloomberg View Mon., Feb. 19, 2018 Back when he was president, Barack Obama told me that only two people treated any interaction with him as a zero-sum game. One was Vladimir Putin, the other congressional Republicans. Both behaved as if there was no such thing as a win-win situation: Any gain for Obama was a loss for them, and any gain for them must also entail a loss for Obama. The moment that the Russian president or congressional Republicans saw he wanted something, they went to work trying to keep him from getting it — even if it was something they might otherwise have approved of. Approaching any aspect of life as a zero-sum game has obvious practical costs: Deals that leave some people better off without making anyone else worse off suddenly don’t get done, because making some people better off now, by definition, makes other people worse off. It also comes with some psychological side effects. It cripples your imagination. It … [Read more...] about Looking for Donald Trump in all the wrong places