Not Recommended Anymore: Chef Jessie’s Christmas Eve Menu 2019

Yesterday, we had our Christmas Eve meal at Chef Jessie’s in Rockwell. Chef Jessie’s is an institution. It was one of the first restaurants that introduced a fine dining set menu concept in the Philippines. On special occasions, Chef Jessie’s is almost always fully booked as the restaurant features delicious meals set amidst Christmas carolers […]

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HR OPINION: Is this considered a toxic environment? Would you leavre?

QUESTION What do you think of a company wherein the owner calls his employees stupid, idiot and useless? Is it acceptable in any situation? Side story: I have been accepted in a young company. Althou they have the machineries and the properties already and they are expanding their projects. Most of the employees are new. […]

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The Many Faces of my Daughter

My daughter loves to be on costume. She uses and reuses them, and pretends to be in character. It’s nice that she has a good imagination and since costumes aren’t too expensive in the Philippines, we support her fun hobby. Can you guess which characters she is? She’s been asking for this since watching Aladdin […]

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Third Day at the Mozart: Chesky Crumlov

We slept on the way there but these were the scenes we saw in Chesky Crumlov, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1992. Let’s first start with a map of the area, showcasing the river that encircles the town. The entrance which looks like an aqueduct. Isn’t it impressive? As you can see, it was […]

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The Chinese has invaded Ortigas CBD

I remember St. Francis Square at Ortigas Center with fondness. The building used to house the Christ’s Christian Fellowship (CCF) weekly services, and it was there that the church grew to one of Philippine’s megachurches of today. St. Francis was also a place where you can get the cheapest clothes, shoes, and bags in the […]

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How Poor are Filipino Students in Studying?

There is a running joke that’s going around recently that the Philippines is deserving of the award of being lowest in terms of reading comprehension: “HM po” means “How much po?” which means that the typical Filipino do not even bother to read even when the question has already been answered. The heartbreaking truth is — […]

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“Mommy, it’s too hard”

My 3-year old daughter told me that her Chinese lesson was too hard. She could not remember the words for “sun” and “moon” despite me repeating it over and over. “Mommy, it’s too hard,” she said as her eyes started to tear up. My mommy guilt rose — am I pushing her too hard? She’s […]

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