Blog, Games

Will we see a Pokémon Z or a Pokémon X2 and Y2: Pokémon X and Y 2 and Verdict

This last installment in my three-part article discusses my reasons and hopes for a Pokémon X and Y 2. I find some evidence in X and Y as well to support an X and Y 2, such as Mega Charizard and Mewtwo, and Lysandre's unfinished story. I also make my verdict here - read on to check it out!

Blog, Listicles, Relationships

10 good manners to remember today

Practicing good manners show you respect others and their human dignity. After all, the cornerstone of living well is living a life of service, a life for others and not just for yourself. Good manners is one good place to start, especially if you're young. Here are 10 manners to serve as your daily mental vitamin!


The Album: Kevin Kern’s Always Near – A Romantic Collection

Always Near Pros: Kevin's first best-of album in 12 years - after 3 more studio albums - and first with a "theme" All 9 studio albums (except for Enchanted Piano and Christmas) represented Certain favorites were included Always Near Cons: No new songs, rearrangements, or rare tracks - not even "The Moon Represents My Heart" or "Because I Love You" 14… Continue reading The Album: Kevin Kern’s Always Near – A Romantic Collection

Blog, Listicles, Society, Stuff

11 things to prepare in the face of a typhoon

So there's now talk again of bracing for a new "supertyphoon" to hit our beloved country (PAGASA will not officially use the super-typhoon classification until next year, according to its administrator Vicente Malano, as they will raise awareness on such first - although the US Navy already classifies it as such), comparable to 2012's Typhoon Bopha… Continue reading 11 things to prepare in the face of a typhoon

Blog, Stuff

Beware the phantom power!

It's pretty well known that leaving an appliance or appliances running for too long can cause it to overheat and even explode, potentially causing a catastrophic fire that can spell the end of our home. But what about for those that aren't in use? Yeah, yeah, it may seem obvious that one needs to unplug appliances… Continue reading Beware the phantom power!

Blog, Stuff

Saving yourself and the world, one pair of chopsticks at a time

Do you use chopsticks? I do, thanks to my Chinese roots, culture, and love for East Asian cuisines (Japanese and Korean rank among my top three favorites, Italian being the other). I also happen to love noodle soups the most, and we definitely use chopsticks there. If you, like me, frequently eat out at Chinese… Continue reading Saving yourself and the world, one pair of chopsticks at a time

Blog, Stuff

Never immediately wash hot pans in cold water!

Our high school physics classes would teach us that things tend to expand in heat, and contract in cold. (Remember that solids have rigidly-structured molecules, liquids have rather loosely-structured ones, and gases have almost free-flowing particles. And that solids turn into liquids, and liquids into gases, the higher the temperature.) It may sound somewhat Ivory… Continue reading Never immediately wash hot pans in cold water!

Blog, Relationships, Self

Say thank you then read

Gratitude is not only the greatest of values, but the parent of all others. (Cicero) Being a Chinese-Filipino living in the Philippines, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving. However, there's a lot to be said about this special holiday and the meaning behind it: Rooted in religious tradition but also celebrated secularly, Thanksgiving is meant to commemorate… Continue reading Say thank you then read

Blog, Environment

Replace flower gardens with ‘food garden’

In the interests of healthy living in a practical but enjoyable manner, I’ve found myself wondering on various alternatives or little ways on improving our home to be a fortress of health.

After all, it’s the little things that count. 😉

Anyway, so my brother has a small herb plantation in the garage, and I had caught myself thinking several times in the past to turn our rather plain garden into one vibrant with life, “life” on all levels. As such, when I spotted this post from my colleague, who runs the “creative life solutions” online magazine CSR Life, I knew it would be featured one day or another.

(And it’s my way of saying thank you, Ms. Lali, for featuring my Boogie Board post too! :D)


Citizenship. Sustainability. Social Responsibility.

The wonder word “organic” became a household name as the revolution of healthy eating buzzed everyone in the past years. From food, cosmetics, up to anything that may involve product from nature, people really prefer the word “organic.”

Together with the idea of all-natural ingredients, health-centric individuals really find ways to put chemical-free food on their plates. This starts with the reduction of fast food and ready-to-eat commodities. This form of detox demands scrutinized selection. Some people complain that healthy munches are pricier; think of specialty restaurants for dieters and vegetarians that are located in certain places only.

Genetically modified organisms or GMOs is also one of the concerns. No matter how much we try to eat healthy, if the source of our “healthy food” was born out of a GMO infested root, there will be no escape. So, the best thing that we can do is to ready our…

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Blog, Society

Why a dentist is a perfect example of community

Before I begin writing, I'd like to take a moment to share this video of a story I've frequently encountered over the years. It's about the blind men and an elephant, which is commonly used as a fable for the relativism and subjectivity of truth - how our subjectivity is true but may not be total. But this… Continue reading Why a dentist is a perfect example of community

Blog, Self, Society

The Heroes in Us

This is a cross-publication of my editorial on CSR Bookshelf for yesterday, Monday, 25 August 2014, Philippine National Heroes Day for 2014.

CSR Bookshelf

Today, we celebrate a national public holiday whose significance is very, very special to us as a nation, as a people. Although they are not the de jure subjects of the holiday, thanks to the efforts of some of the people we honor this day, the events that led up to 12 June 1898 began. As such, we commemorate them as our national heroes. Today is National Heroes Day.

National Heroes Day was first signed into law through the national legislature’s Act No. 3827 on 28 October 1931, to be celebrated as an official, national holiday on the last Sunday of August. During President Corazon C. Aquino’s term, her 1987 Administrative Code adopted this in the list of regular holidays and nationwide “special days”. In 2007, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Republic Act No. 9492, which made our Heroes’ Day fall on the last Monday of August.

To us, the millennial youth of the…

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3 Taon, 3 Hakbang

Bakit ko ginagawa ang ginagawa ko? Naitatanong lagi sa akin iyan (ngunit hindi sa ganiyang paraan lagi), at nakakabigo tuwing nahihirapan akong sagutin ito. Ngunit alam ko rin na tama ang aking ginagawa, tama dahil iyon ang daan ng pag-ibig ng Maykapal. Kaya, kahit papano, ako'y namamayapa. Naniniwala ang aking tagapayo na mangyari nating gamitin ang ating mga… Continue reading 3 Taon, 3 Hakbang

Blog, Style

OotD: 2014-05-02

We've all been talking lately about innovation in fields especially like business. The term "social innovation" has become almost synonymous to social enterprise; the very essence of the technology sphere is innovation. It seems, then, that innovation is not simply a key solution to building a brighter tomorrow, but forms an integral, indispensable, and essential part… Continue reading OotD: 2014-05-02

Blog, Education, Self

Ang Libreng Bakasyon at Gamot

"Sa pagbasa ng isang magandang aklat, dapat mag-iwan ito ng maraming karanasan sa iyo, bukod pa sa kaunting pagod. Dapat kang mabuhay ng iilang buhay habang binabasa ito. (A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted. You should live several lives while reading it.)" -William Styron, manunulat Simula pa noong bata… Continue reading Ang Libreng Bakasyon at Gamot