To my Muslim friends, brothers and sisters - here’s wishing you all the festivities, the cheers, the feasts you partake and the peace we share. Eid Mubarak, one and all!(Image a re-post)

To my Muslim friends, brothers and sisters - here’s wishing you all the festivities, the cheers, the feasts you partake and the peace we share. Eid Mubarak, one and all!

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It’s been a good four years, trusty old (and new) jerseys. Now, let’s get you another star, shall we?

It’s been a good four years, trusty old (and new) jerseys. Now, let’s get you another star, shall we?

The poverty, which has forced so many to steal; the hypocrisy inherent in Filipino relationships; our pakikisama, wherein we don’t ostracise the corrupt but instead greet them with handshakes and smiles. Our cowardice. All these basically obstruct the creation of a just society.
F. Sionil Jose, in “Why we are so corrupt” in The Philippine Star. Full piece is at http://www.philstar.com/sunday-life/2014/06/08/1332164/why-we-are-so-corrupt

These Guys Faked a Wedding to Smuggle Syrian Refugees and Filmed It

“We all share the same sky and we should all share the same right to travel.”
—Tasneem, 25, German-Palestinian; the ‘bride’ in the operation to help Syrian refugees ply the Milan-Stockholm convoy to reach Sweden and get to apply for asylum status.

Faith in humanity restored.

Films are essential to the intellectual awakening of people.
Audrey Tautou, in an interview with The Talks:
http://the-talks.com/interviews/audrey-tautou/
It’s official—the wet season is back. Bring it on, rain. (Hamilo Coast, Philippines)

It’s official—the wet season is back. Bring it on, rain. (Hamilo Coast, Philippines)

How you spend your time is what might become of you.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Usually this can also be applicable to what we actually love doing or what we do for a living.

"Jesus knew there was a place for everything; and it is not necessarily everyone’s place to come to Australia." –Tony Abbott, Australian Prime Minister, on his views on immigration. Mr Abbott was born in England. (Image a re-post)Sweet quoting Jesus for your rhetorics, Mr Abbott. That’s what your second-class honours at Oxford taught you? ;)

"Jesus knew there was a place for everything; and it is not necessarily everyone’s place to come to Australia." –Tony Abbott, Australian Prime Minister, on his views on immigration. Mr Abbott was born in England. (Image a re-post)

Sweet quoting Jesus for your rhetorics, Mr Abbott. That’s what your second-class honours at Oxford taught you? ;)

Community philanthropy: a new model of development

It has always been a weakness for many small non-government organisations that donors tend to ‘own’ them and their programmes in the communities where they work. But a new model in development—community philanthropy—is emerging through forms of community foundations shaped by local context.

Default view (and angle) of Hong Kong on a hazy autumn Sunday evening.

Default view (and angle) of Hong Kong on a hazy autumn Sunday evening.

We have non-profit organisations because we have trouble with the idea of profit; and thus our integrity is in trouble, too.
Steve McCoy, founder of CounterPoint, speaking at the ‘Sustainability Collaboration for NGOs' discussion at the ASEAN Corporate Sustainability Summit earlier this year in Manila.
Timeless class, enduring magnificence—just like your beautiful mother who ages ever so gracefully. It is true, what they say about wine.The Lobby of The Manila Peninsula

Timeless class, enduring magnificence—just like your beautiful mother who ages ever so gracefully. It is true, what they say about wine.

The Lobby of The Manila Peninsula

My work/dining table centre piece; in case I lose or break my chopsticks.

My work/dining table centre piece; in case I lose or break my chopsticks.

Leaving the comfort zone: Kazkah civil society’s way forward

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Although Kazakhstan’s civil society has had low levels of political engagement and general tendency to be politically apathetic, Kazakhs have high propensity to engage in community work. In the recent Civil Society Index (CSI), 19.7% of respondents said they volunteer for at least one social organisation; and 27.9% engage in social activities.

Finally—some blues to cool this b*tchy summer heat away.

Finally—some blues to cool this b*tchy summer heat away.