By Keith Pereña
Recently, my friend posed a question on Instagram: “How do you say daybreak in Filipino?” Knowing the answer, I replied, “Easy. It’s bukang liwayway.” Wrong. There’s supposed to be a dash separating the two words, my friend said. The dash in Filipino, she said, is called gitling. This was an interesting to learn. As it happens, August in the Philippines is Buwan ng Wika or the National Language Month. Continue reading How many Filipino phrases do you know, anyway?
By Keith Pereña
One of the hallmarks of my childhood was visiting the local fast-food outlet after church. Every Sunday, my parents would take me to either McDonald’s or Jolibee for a kid’s meal. Before our order arrived, I spent my time exploring the neon tunnels of these playgrounds. Continue reading Why trampolining isn’t just for kids: this adult loved it too
By Nivriti Butalia
No… noo! God, no, was the reaction of a colleague when I asked what her policy on hugging was. I asked her if she would ever deliberately avoid one — duck a hug, as it were. “No… noo! God, no” (it bears repeating). You should have seen her face. Full drama. But I got my answer. She would never be so rude as to turn away from an incoming hug. But equally, she would never ‘on her own’ initiate one for people who weren’t good friends or family.
Continue reading What’s your stand on hugging people you have just met?
By Kelly Clarke
The waft of food being laid out is what first hits. That usually marks the beginning of an impending farewell do in office. Goodbyes are an occasion celebrated in the editorial department. There’s no slipping out the door quietly anymore. Speeches and parting snacks are a must.
Continue reading To deliver a great speech, you don’t have to be a showman
By Deepthi Nair
I am, by no means, a shopaholic. I religiously avoid the mall on weekends, except for when I scamper to get a birthday gift at the ninth hour, or when bitten by the FOMO (fear of missing out) bug, I step out to catch the latest movie everyone’s talking about. Continue reading Despite myself, I got some great deals at a mall crawl in Philly
By Alvin R. Cabral
When LeBron James left his basketball team Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010, he was immediately vilified; he couldn’t win a title with them, so he decided to hook up with two all-stars on the Miami Heat. It didn’t help that Cleveland was his hometown. It was enough for fans to curse him and burn his jerseys. Continue reading What do you know about staying loyal to one team?
By Sushmita Bose
I’ve been told that young children should be hugged and kissed as often as possible — they grow up more secure that way. Fair enough. But the other day, when I was standing in a long-winded check-in queue at the airport, and a man suddenly decided to indulge his toddler son by babytalking and cuddling him, and (resultantly) halting the line to a standstill, I couldn’t help wondering what the hell was going on? I mean, cuddle as much as you can (or want) — but surely after the check-in is done? Because while everyone is waiting (im)patiently and watching this form of PDA being played out, they are not getting any younger. Continue reading What a delight it is to be seated next to a screaming child, no?