Category Archives: Holidays

Eucharist And Family: The Real Deals!

I was waiting for my friend at a mall food court when my attention wandered again and again to a table next to mine wherein a family of 5 while having their dinner and nibbling food were preoccupied  spending time with their individual technological gadgets (pardon for my kibitzing!). The couple (husband and wife) were busy with their cellphones while the 3 kids were likewise engrossed with their tech devices. The father was talking to someone over the phone, the wife was like enjoying watching something at her phone as she was smiling to herself while the kids were playing … Continue reading Eucharist And Family: The Real Deals!

Halloween: It’s Nothing But Just Fun!

Halloween is actually celebrated on the eve of October 31, a prelude to Christians back-to-back feasts of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day. Halloween origin is associated with Celtics pagan ritual involving “demonic” and “evil” sacrifices during the season of darkness and cold, as opposed to Christian perspective on Halloween which basically calls for prayers and intentions for departed loved ones. However, in this day and age of commercialization, young and old alike opt to participate and enjoy the fun of Halloween despite its negative significance. Ready-made costumes, decors, and special candies all became widely available in malls. The kids … Continue reading Halloween: It’s Nothing But Just Fun!

Visit the Philippines Pa More!

In line with its mandate and the forthcoming World Tourism Day, the Philippines Department of Tourism in collaboration with the private sector launched various events this year primarily to invite and attract prospective tourists and visitors (both local and foreign) to visit and see the beauty of the Philippines Islands, with the end view of raising potential revenues for the Government, among others.  The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) which supervises the World Tourism day (held every year on 27th September), encourages all countries in the world to spread and talk about the importance of tourism not only in … Continue reading Visit the Philippines Pa More!

The Mother Who Rocked The Cradle!

I don’t mind saying the same salient features about my mother over and over again. I thank God for making mothers like mine! For me, she was the greatest! Even if she’s no longer visibly around, she remains  a guide, protector and a friend. There were times that she appeared to me in my dreams together with my Dad, who left years ahead of her, making me feel that they are still looking after their children, appreciating of our accomplishments and comforting us in our trials and tribulations. When it comes to my parents, I tend to be emotionally fragile, … Continue reading The Mother Who Rocked The Cradle!

“Womenomics” Boosts Japan’s Super Moms To Rock The Boardrooms!

In line with the celebration of the Women’s Month/International Women’s Day,  which is usually held in March, this blog shall specifically delve on Japan’s innovative set of policies called “Womenomics” which was formulated primarily to complement “Abenomics” and to revitalize Japan’s long-moribund economy. Under the said revitalization program, Japan’s Government is set to implement pro-women economic measures which empower Japanese women to play a vital role in the workplace. Despite its prosperity and being one of the G7 industrialized nations, Japan is still faced with mounting challenges. While the global economy inched up in terms of economic growth,  Japan’s economy … Continue reading “Womenomics” Boosts Japan’s Super Moms To Rock The Boardrooms!

Chinatown and Its Lunar New Year: How It Influences Us!

With more than a billion (1.36bn) people, there is no doubt that the Chinese would have the greatest diaspora in almost every major city in the world. They live and work abroad,  most of them traders,  and that is the reason why there is a so-called “Chinatown” being integrated everywhere in the world from industrialized to relatively small developing nations. For instance and as previously mentioned(http://www.myusefultips.com/new/#sthash.gHwx5p9s.dpuf), the United States has to date about 4 million Chinese Americans, comprising the bulk of Asian Americans who have migrated to the United Sates, and most of them are in New York City. I … Continue reading Chinatown and Its Lunar New Year: How It Influences Us!

Boracay Faces Serious Environmental Threat

Decades ago, Boracay used to be a virgin small island (exactly located in the Panay island in Visayas of the Philippines) filled with unexplored natural resources (e.g. beautiful coral reefs, lush greenery, unparalleled white sands, etc.) and untouched by the commercial flair. Only a privileged few backpackers, nature and sea lovers had access to it exclusively relishing its pristine beauty. As a matter of fact not everyone of the island’s natives was aware of its existence; there was no opportunity for them to explore every nook and cranny of the place. No one has thought at that time that the … Continue reading Boracay Faces Serious Environmental Threat

Boracay: Where Beach Fashion Enthusiasts Thrive!

We were billeted in a hotel which is ideally located right in the heart of Boracay’s commercial zone. While the shopping center is only a 15-minute walk away, it took us an hour to actually get there as there are lots of small shops and fascinating spots along the way to hop in, selling beach and non-beach apparels, jewelry, coastal crafts and art articles, from authentic to counterfeit items and the so-called Triple A” (a newly coined jargon I’ve learned from one of the salesgirls). I understand that “Triple A’s” are copy cat of branded items, mass-produced but looked exactly … Continue reading Boracay: Where Beach Fashion Enthusiasts Thrive!

Boracay: The Paradise To Beat! – The Second Day

I woke up the next day looking forward to having a glimpse of the beach at daytime as it was getting dark and raining when we reached the island the other day. Note that in tropical islands like those in the Philippines, weather can be erratic and unpredictable, and so I was skeptical of the events that would be in store for the Boracay visitors at this time of year. When I rushed out of the hotel room, I was glad to see the morning sun smiling; its beaming rays extended to the hotel’s veranda made me smile too! I … Continue reading Boracay: The Paradise To Beat! – The Second Day

A Second Glimpse of Boracay After A Decade – The First Day!

Ten years ago, I organized a workshop together with other lead agencies  for certain government officials and staff held in Boracay Island, Philippines. The said workshop was all expenses paid, including first class accommodation and lodging, partly funded under a USAID grant for four days and three nights. It was specifically held at Club Panoly, an exclusive beach resort in the said island, about 15-minute tricycle drive from the island’s commercial center or the so-called “d’ mall” of the main long white beach, as popularly known today. Despite it being an official trip, the organizers reserved a half day tour … Continue reading A Second Glimpse of Boracay After A Decade – The First Day!