Ramen Ikkoryu

Ramen Ikkoryu

Aerial shot of the divide between progress and poverty, the wealthy and the impoverished, the powerful and the helpless, the advanced and the backward.
(Manila, Philippines)

Aerial shot of the divide between progress and poverty, the wealthy and the impoverished, the powerful and the helpless, the advanced and the backward.
(Manila, Philippines)

One need not go as far as mutilate children, rape women or wage war to see how barbaric man is.

Just count the boogers wiped on to the walls of the office toilet.

The Good Mike

Rising from the rubble, and NGOs laying the bricks again

Non-government organisations—most notably with the example of the International Committee of the Red Cross for a century and a half now—have played a vital response system to victims of conflict situations and disaster-stricken areas. The region’s post-conflict economies—Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Myanmar easily come to mind—are ripe for an aggressive wave of social development.

Melbourne skyline, on an early-spring evening.

Melbourne skyline, on an early-spring evening.

Silliman University (Dumaguete, Philippines), where I learned many of what I am now.

Silliman University (Dumaguete, Philippines), where I learned many of what I am now.

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!

(Image a re-post)

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.