MANILA -- Randy Granada, whose wife works abroad, often consults books and the internet as he raises their 2 teenage sons, joining a growing number of fathers who took over the management of their household amid a steady demand for female overseas workers. Granada himself was an undocumented OFW for 12 years, during which he was not able to visit his family even once. His sons were toddlers when he left in 2003 for London, where he worked as dishwasher and porter in various hotels, and later as a security guard in remote construction sites. When the UK raised fines against undocumented workers in 2008, Granada spent the next 4 years getting odd jobs with the help of female OFWs. "Para bang nakiki-extra ka lang sa mga Pilipina na sinuwerte, nagkaroon ng trabaho. Karamihan doon, mga babae ang may trabaho kasi silaang kailangan sa bahay," said the 43-year-old Granada. (It's like you were just a reliever of the Filipinas who became lucky and got jobs. Majority of those who had jobs were … [Read more...] about Househusbands on the rise as more Pinays work abroad
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BY JEFF YONG WHAT started out as a zany idea in my recent piece (Fine way to make money on April 24) on a crowd-sourcing initiative to raise funds for the government and provide gainful employment for people at the same time, garnered much traction. I had suggested establishing a start-up with people taking pictures and showing proof of fellow humans who commit traffic transgressions, as our local authorities had not been able to get a grip on the matter. I had said that I could do it with the help of the public taking pictures and reporting offences to the authorities, who would then reward us. And if I were to have a new privatisation licence to do just that, we’d all be in business! Lo and behold, my idea prompted a great many responses. Many such as Dinagaran said they liked it, and would like to join my noble crusade. One unhappy Mrs C, living in Happy Gardens in the Jalan Kuchai Lama area of Kuala Lumpur, also wrote in to complain about non-civic-conscious people whose … [Read more...] about Discourteous roadblockers
Not until you’ve traveled to Vigan do you realize just how remote it is from Manila. This beautiful city, in the northern province of Ilocos Sur, is a good seven-hour drive from the capital. Should you prefer to travel by plane to Laoag, there’s still a two-hour drive ahead of you, possibly at night as the plane lands at around 8 PM. This sense of distance just adds to the romantic aura of Vigan, a picturesque city with charming cobblestone streets, magnificent ancestral homes and a lively people, the Ilokanos. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vigan has been praised for being one of the best preserved examples of a Spanish colonial town in Asia. The city itself was laid down in the 16th century along lines preferred by the Spanish, in grid fashion, with the plaza and church at the very center. But long before the Spanish arrived, Vigan already existed as a coastal trading post. Chinese merchants used to sail up the Mestizo River with their goods for trade. To this day, … [Read more...] about A reintroduction to Vigan by way of its food
Ian Veneracion, 44, swears by this anti-aging secret Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) - May 2, 2019 - 5:39pm MANILA, Philippines — Matinee idol Ian Veneracion has admitted he is not doing anything special to his skin despite being considered as one of the most handsome male celebrities today. In an interview with the media during the recent press conference of the “Totally Zsa Zsa” concert where he is the special guest of “Divine Diva” Zsa Zsa Padilla, Ian swore he is only using soap for his face and body. “None at all,” he said when asked what he is using as skincare. “Palagi akong pinapagalitan ng wife ko. ‘Yung wife ko may makeup remover, sabi niya, ‘Gamitin mo ‘to,’ tapos after ilang months, ‘Bakit hindi nababawasan? Anong ginagamit mo?’ Sabi ko, ‘Soap,’ sabi niya, ‘Hindi, pang-kamay lang ‘yan,’” … [Read more...] about Ian Veneracion, 44, swears by this anti-aging secret
Some things only make sense in French or, more specifically, the French wine vernacular. Blanc de Blancs, when translated into English, reads as ‘White of Whites’, a preposition flanked by two identical nouns. It sounds confusing and a little circuitous. But it all clicks into place in the delicate alchemy of champagne production.Gerald Lu, head sommelier of Praelum Wine Bistro, thinks blends are the “heart and soul of champagnes”, but “a Blanc de Blancs is a sparkling Chardonnay at its most delicate and elegant”. Ruinart, the oldest champagne house, is known for its flagship non-vintage Blanc de Blancs, which has, in recent years, become the de facto Blanc de Blancs pour of many sommeliers. Champagne Salon and Pierre Gimonnet et Fils make only Blanc de Blancs bubblies, and, like Ruinart, source fruit solely or largely from the Cote des Blancs – Champagne’s top region for Chardonnay – a practice that has shaped their house or … [Read more...] about White gold: What makes Blanc de Blancs champagnes so loved by oenophiles?