Tag Archives: Asia

ASEAN IN ITS GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY: ARE THERE “GOLDEN” OPPORTUNITIES?

Heads of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 10-member countries will be gracing the 30th ASEAN Summit in the Philippines on 27-28 of April, 2017. The Philippines is honored to host this year’s ASEAN gathering, as such President Duterte is the Chairman of the said event . Just a brief backgrounder, ASEAN was created in 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand with the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia,Singapore and Thailand as the Founding Members, initially using the so-called “sports-shirt diplomacy” (friendship and solidarity). Other member states such as Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam joined in later. ASEAN Summit 2017 with its … Continue reading ASEAN IN ITS GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY: ARE THERE “GOLDEN” OPPORTUNITIES?

A Safe, Convenient and Efficient Public Transport: A Wishful Thinking?

In developed metro cities like New York  and Tokyo,  commuters would opt to take the city’s public transportation facilities such as metro buses and the subway trains  in going to schools and workplaces because of its accessibility and convenience.   This is understandable as the  mass transport facilities of the said places are by far excellent,  responding to the needs of the public riders. This is definitely not the case in certain developing countries in Asia and Africa as public transportation  is either inadequate or unsafe.   In Metro Manila for instance,  there are various modes of public transportation touring the metropolis, … Continue reading A Safe, Convenient and Efficient Public Transport: A Wishful Thinking?

A Sad Encounter with a Psychopath!

It was a cool and gloomy day in March, just about the beginning of the autumn season in the “land down under”,  when “Isabelle” had to  cross the “Rubicon” and finally called it quits for her job, which she had learned to love and enjoy for so many years.   WHY?  That’s the big question mark!  Yes, why such an abrupt decision to leave her job voluntarily at these precarious times? When she confided me about what happened in her workplace for the past several months, that was the only time I understand the rationality of her swift decision to end … Continue reading A Sad Encounter with a Psychopath!

U.S. Credit Rating Downgrade: A Dead Serious Wake-Up Call!

  For U.S. policymakers, what happened on the 5th of August 2011 was a power punch thrown at them by Standard and Poor's (S&P) in a form of a downgrade for U.S. sovereign debt from triple A (AAA) to double A+ (AA+) rating. The said downgrade obviously gave the technorats a “tickling feeling” causing them to panic and get out of their awesome cubicles to explain any cloud of doubts and obscurities on the country's present economy. The said downgrade issuance was quite a surprise to them as seemingly there had been exchanges of communications prior to the announcement between … Continue reading U.S. Credit Rating Downgrade: A Dead Serious Wake-Up Call!

Each Country Faces Brain Drain – Now, What?

The Brain Drain phenomenon may have probably occurred even before the British Royal Society first coined the term to describe the flight of its intellectuals from England to the Americas. This would involve scientists and inventors like Joseph Priestly and Alexander Graham Bell who both originated from England but came to US to explore opportunities and expand their horizons But that was long ago when the world was still quite primitive and education system was scarce. However, with the present developments, particularly in science and technology and where education system can be offered anywhere, the brain drain issue may no … Continue reading Each Country Faces Brain Drain – Now, What?

Fashion For The “Have-Less” And The “Have-Nots”- Tips and Thoughts

  In these precarious times due to the depressing economy, only those in the upper echelons of society (“the haves” and the “have-mores”) are willing and able to spend thousands of green bucks for high fashion, avant-garde and haute couture dressing. A classic example was the recently concluded (4/29) royal wedding of England's Prince William and Kate Middleton where socialites made their respective fashion headlines from head to toe. But, for average and middle-class fashion stalwarts and wannabes (who may still fall under the category of the “haves” ), they  would think twice on whether or not to spend their hard-earned … Continue reading Fashion For The “Have-Less” And The “Have-Nots”- Tips and Thoughts

How Powerful is People Power – A Different Perspective of Tips and Thoughts

How powerful can people power be? Can it be a means to an end? As the old proverb goes, vox populi, vox dei, the voice of the people is the voice of God! Considering my faith in God’s power, I quite agree with the said old adage. It can be deduced in a way that some sort of Divine intervention could have played a vital role in a successful people power revolution, especially in a non-violent and bloodless scenario. This could probably be a way of God’s response to the impassioned plea of the majority of the people for help, regardless of … Continue reading How Powerful is People Power – A Different Perspective of Tips and Thoughts

Corruption – A Dreadful Disease With A Simple Cure – Tips and Thoughts

I can understand why formulation of “anti-corruption” policies is never mentioned in the targets or indicators of the UN MDG’s, in correlation to poverty and economic growth. I presume the subject matter may not be within the realm of UN’s aims, duties and functions, as provided for in its charter. However, there is a vague reference to it wherein one of the targets included in MD Goal No. 8 is a commitment from the world leaders to “good governance”, by supporting, among others, transparency and accountability at all levels but said indicator is specifically geared towards allocation and spending of … Continue reading Corruption – A Dreadful Disease With A Simple Cure – Tips and Thoughts

About Me

A native from the Eastern part of the globe and currently in the West (USA), then East-West, East-West, East….and so on and so forth. A wanderer, so to speak! A reluctant traveler , (has avionophobia – fear of air travels) yet was able to withstand thru prayers and guts. Had the chance to visit places in Asia: like the Bangkok-Thailand, Hongkong, Hanoi-Vietnam, Taiwan-Taipei , Singapore, New Delhi, and other places in India , major cities (Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and other places) in Pakistan and the Philippines; Europe: such as Austria-Vienna, Rome-Italy, Frankfurt-Germany, and London, Stratford (Riveravon), Birmingham-England; Wellington … Continue reading About Me