Category Archives: Philippines

What did I learn from Touring the Slums (Part 2)?

Continuation…. 7. It’s tough to be educated in Baseco. There are two schools closely located in Baseco. The average teacher to student ratio is 1:75. When I was a child, the average is 1:45. The big problem is not the … Continue reading

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Interview Chronicles: This must be one of the most unfortunate women in the world…

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Don’t borrow money. Just cut back.

For many Filipinos, it is easier to borrow money when times get tough. And to return the money when we already have money.  The problem is, it’s not easy to borrow money. If you have a habit of borrowing money, … Continue reading

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Why I love the Philippine mall culture!

Whenever I have foreign guests flying into town, I book them in a half-day cultural tour in Intramuros and ask them to visit our big malls. “Come to SM Megamall!” I’d exclaim as I book them at the BSA Towers. … Continue reading

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A Sister’s Advice to a Brother on his Wedding Day

Dear Brother, Welcome to the married club! Finally, you‚Äôve decided to get married! And if you wonder why I‚Äôve been less opinionated as of late, know I do so because I wanted you to make the most important decision in … Continue reading

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When Someone Betrays Your Trust

I found out two months ago that my assistant has been stealing money from the company. She’s been doing it since February 2016, and has gradually started siphoning money from the company account to her personal bank account. When I … Continue reading

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The Price of Negligence

I have a 30+-year old assistant who has been with me for two Christmases. She is a single mother to a young boy, and was left by her boyfriend of 7-years who impregnated and soon married¬†their¬†ugly yet flirty neighbor. When … Continue reading

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Why you should NOT come back to Manila?

Someone asked me in my blog what I regret the most¬†coming back to Manila. To be honest, I’m pretty lucky. I got to spend one year with my father before he passed away from liver cancer, met a reformed troublemaker … Continue reading

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No Rest for the Weary Entrepreneur

I’ve learned a valuable lesson this week. If you¬†are an entrepreneur, theoretically, there is no sleep and there is no rest. When we returned from a one-day vacation last June 2, husband and I were¬†riding high from an awesome December … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Me!

It‚Äôs that time of the year again where I celebrate yet another birthday. As I looked back on my blog posts, I realized that I haven’t been blogging as much as I should. That’s what happens when you get engaged … Continue reading

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Marriage is all about Compromise

Marriage is all about compromise. For me, it’s about getting my hot Nespresso coffee made fresh¬†by my husband every morning. For him, it’s about me letting him get¬†that extra 10 minutes of sleep in the morning. For me, it’s about … Continue reading

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Labor in the Philippines: You Get What You Pay For

I realized that you always get what you pay for. This month, my business is¬†looking for a junior administrative officer. The minimum wage is Php 466/day or Php 12,200/month (that’s USD 285 for 26 working days). ¬†I’m willing to pay … Continue reading

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Does God answer prayer?

My husband and I¬†are born-again Christians. In the evening, we try our best to have quiet time together, reading a few chapters in the Bible and reflecting on what they mean. Afterwards, we say a little prayer thanking the Lord … Continue reading

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“You’re Fired!”

The only thing I remember from Donald Trump’s Show¬†The Apprentice is him telling aspiring candidates, “You’re fired!” He makes firing so easy. As a business owner and a female boss, I don’t feel as comfortable¬†firing people as Mr. Trump. Whenever … Continue reading

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What would happen if I didn’t marry my husband

I was thinking about what my life would be if I did not marry my husband. If I married my first boyfriend, it would’ve been a loveless marriage.¬† It was a one-sided relationship which started wrongly — with Michan first … Continue reading

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6 Reasons Why Women Are Still Single

I have a lot of single girl friends. And they’re worried. They’re worried that¬†they don’t have anyone special in their lives. They’re worried that¬†they won’t find The One. They’re worried that¬†they’ll be single forever. I have a lot of girl … Continue reading

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Juan Tamad

I am browsing through Jobstreet.com, the Philippines most popular online job hunting site. For the position of sales associate, I have already received 100 resumes and counting. Not bad for a job posting that only cost me USD 100. Here’s … Continue reading

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My Personal Experience with Nu Skin – The Company with an Ulterior Motive

My phone rang. It was an unknown number.¬† “Bonita here,”¬†I greeted as I picked up the phone. “Hi Bonita, this is Patricia!”¬† Patricia had been my college classmate back at college. We worked on our senior year project together, doing … Continue reading

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Enjoying Corporate Overseas OR Come Back and Build Your Own Business in Manila (Extra: The Hard and Joys of Coming Back Home)

So many of you have wondered whether you should give up your nice cushy job abroad and come back to the Philippines to start your own business.¬†Having done both — going corporate and being self-employed¬†— I feel I’m in the … Continue reading

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The Tinghun List

Praise the Lord that my future in-laws are so good. As per Chinese tradition, they are gifting me with a semi-traditional engagement party (tinghun).¬†Whereas in many Filipino-Chinese families, tinghuns are no longer mandatory, they’re still definitely a nice to have. … Continue reading

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Wedding Prep #4: The Perils and Joys of Finding the Right Wedding Dress Online AND Offline!

Since fiancee and I met online, I found it fitting to actually try to order my wedding dress online. Unlike many brides who have their couturier design their gowns from scratch, I wanted to see the final look and feel … Continue reading

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I’m Not Perfect — Are You?

When I was in Hong Kong, most guys never really bent on bended knee to ask a girl to marry him. It happened, sure, but not like here in the Philippines where a guy dates a girl a few months … Continue reading

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Wedding Prep #2: Secure a Venue for the Wedding

Wedding preparation is harder than I thought. Having organized a gazillion events back in university, at work and after work in at least four countries, I thought organizing a wedding should be a piece of cake. “Why the hell would … Continue reading

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“Whoops, I’m Accidentally Pregnant”

A friend of mine got his girlfriend pregnant. According to her, it was a “Whoops!” moment. “Yes, need to save up because the baby’s on the way,”¬†he sheepishly said. They have already been dating for 7 years. The last time … Continue reading

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The Night We Got Pulled Over By Cops for Lewd Behavior

Boyfriend and I went to the Top Gear Philippines party last night at Prive in Fort Bonifacio. Everything who’s a who’s who in the car industry was there. After the party, Boyfriend took me home. And of course, after an … Continue reading

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ThaiPan: Elegant yet homey Thai dining in Tomas Morato

I’ve been wanting to visit Thaipan ever since I’ve seen the yummy-looking food pictures our Christian cellgroup leader posted when he celebrated his anniversary dinner there. Good thing, my post-birthday celebration provided an excuse! The place was relatively easy to … Continue reading

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Happy birthday to ME!

It’s that time of the year again where I celebrate yet another birthday. Honestly, I feel I’m growing old way too fast and find myself trying to hold on desperately to my youth. I mean, where the heck did my … Continue reading

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When Parental Guidance Become Toxic

When two people get together, they create themselves a bubble. They come up with their own cheesy languages and nicknames.¬†They tell themselves inside jokes only they can understand. And they interact as if there’s nobody else in the room. They … Continue reading

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Neither Here Nor There – What Happens in a Relationship Limbo?

It’s amazing just how much women settle in order to find and keep love. Last night, I met a 28-year old woman who works in real estate. She was complaining about her dire love life. “I like this guy, but … Continue reading

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We Took Mommy Scuba Diving

My mom celebrated her 67th birthday last week. In all her 40 years married to my dad, she never really got to celebrate her freedom apart from what my dad wanted. Which was why we were ecstatic when she showed … Continue reading

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Don’t Look for Love. Look for the Right Person to Fall in Love With.

The average age for a Filipino to get married is 22.6 years old. For men, it’s at a higher 25.8 years. For people in richer, urban areas, expect this number to be higher, say 26 to 28 years old for … Continue reading

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The Chicken or the Egg

Many things in this world argue whether the chicken or the egg came first. I personally find it to be one of the useless arguments there is, but hey, some one has to give in first. And usually the argument … Continue reading

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Updates: Church Outreach on a Rainy Day

Boyfie and I went out for a church outreach project in Paco, Manila yesterday. It was to give some food and spread the Word of God¬†to 110 street children residing by the squatter area in the railways. It was raining … Continue reading

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Taxi Theory in the Philippines

Everyone who’s a fan of¬†Sex and the City¬†knows about the encompassing Taxi Theory. As stated by the great romantic cynic,¬†Miranda Hobbes,¬†“Men are like cabs. When they’re ready to get married, they turn their light on. The next woman they pick … Continue reading

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The Philippine Hypocrisy — Or is it just the Philippines?

One of last week‚Äôs bigger news is a popular comic strip artist resigning from his daily after a successful 25-year run at the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI), one of the widest read dailies in the Philippines. Since 1988, ‚ÄúPugad Baboy‚ÄĚ … Continue reading

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I am glad I didn’t marry earlier

This wonderful article, Do Not Marry Before Age 30, pretty much sums up how I feel about marriage. Sure, you might blame me for copping out, telling me that I could¬†only feel this way because I wasn’t lucky enough to … Continue reading

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Mommy Time – 2x a Week!

Context: Ever since my dad passed away last February, my brother and I had been happy to invite and take my mom out for dinner, for movies, and elsewhere. This helps her avoid depression since my parents have always been … Continue reading

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Marriage Counseling before Engagement?

We went to the Mega 10 Most Beautiful People event at Haze last Thursday. The place was relatively empty till around 9:30pm, but started filling in up until the start of the formalities at around 11:30pm. It’s funny. The event … Continue reading

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How Voting Happens in the Philippines

Today is the day Filipinos exercise their civic duty and vote. If you are aged 18 and above, you are allowed to vote for half of the senate seat (12 out of 24), and part of your local government (e.g., … Continue reading

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Why are Filipinos Poor?

My Thoughts on the Minimum Wage Law of the Philippines “I’m sorry, ma’m,” my sales agent texted me, “But I can’t get to work today.” “What do you mean can’t get to work?” I asked. “Oh, I don’t have transport … Continue reading

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