Tuesday, September 20, 2016
at 3:20 PM
Often, working in the middle of nowhere in rural Africa for a clientele of mostly subsistence farmers feel like the work is largely removed from the realities of global economics. Many farmers plant their local seeds and sell their produce to local markets. Many foreign food imports see little local demand due to local populations' lack of sufficient income and exposure (and thus palate) for foreign cuisines, and more often than not, insufficient infrastructure prevent large amount of local produce to be shipped globally, even when the qualities and pricing of the products are competitive.
Friday, September 16, 2016
at 2:17 PM
When one lives in a big Asian city, one tends to forget about what is up in the sky. The context simply does not allow for casual relaxed upward observations. On the streets, there are always people clamoring behind to ensure people move faster on sidewalks and pedestrian areas; high-rise buildings of all sorts densely sprouting out everywhere block out any chances of clear sky views at the ground level, and worst of all, flashy neon signs of commercial districts, along with thousands upon thousands of electrical illuminations make it impossible to see the sky clearly at night.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
at 10:13 AM
What does a nuclear weapons test in North Korea and the an iPhone release have in common? At first sight, probably not much. The political fanaticism of a dirt-poor autarky and a global business giant's latest attempt to wow the market have neither correspondent target results nor similar methodologies. One is bound to end with worldwide criticisms, and one, even in the most pessimistic of outcomes, will get enthusiastic response from long-time fans as well as scores of reviews and analyses by tech geeks and market specialists.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
at 11:17 AM
It is no understatement to say that the Philippines is going through some interesting times with the inauguration of a new president. Sticking to his words on the campaign trial, President Duterte immediately set out to wage a low-intensity war against distributors and users of illegal drugs. While the exact casualty figures from the campaign is up for debate, there is definitive evidence that police forces tasked with the "cleanup" have indeed shot and killed quite a few people in the process. The president, in rather dubious legal grounds, have promised protection for officers who have resorted to "shoot first, ask later" methodologies.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
at 7:03 PM
The optimist will righteously cry out "never!" but the reality is, birthday celebration for a grown adult just do not have the magic feel that a 5-year-old would feel for his or hers. The kid, looking forward to the imaginary greatness of adulthood, cannot wait for celebration of being one year closer to that goal. But during past years of rather low-key birthday celebrations, the author never failed to wonder whether that purportedly "goal" was achieved, and by extension, whether it was worth getting excited about in the first place in his earlier years.