One anxious flight home to endure

With all the brouhaha over the MERS virus going on, it’s easy to demonise the OFW who took that Etihad flight home from Abu Dhabi—thereby, it seems, endangering the hundreds of other passengers. As it turns out, the Department of Health is now chasing those other passengers for tests and quarantines, as they, too, may have caught the bug and spread the disease back here in the Philippines.

Now Spotifying…

Now Spotifying…

People don’t think anymore; they feel. One of the great problems of our age is we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas.
From the Margaret Thatcher biopic, ‘The Iron Lady’.

No, I’m NOT a politician.

At at a local cafe, and after a few minutes of small-talk, this German-sounding mid-aged lady then went on:

She: What do you do—are you a politician?
Me: Why, because you think I know too much BS?
She: [awkward chuckle]
Me: No, but I used to work for the Philippine government.
She: Aha. That’s why…

Then she offered to buy me coffee. Wasn’t sure if it was a good gesture.

Basilica of St. Martin de Tours, Asia’s largest Catholic Church edifice. (Taal, Philippines)

Basilica of St. Martin de Tours, Asia’s largest Catholic Church edifice. (Taal, Philippines)

Red Light District.

Red Light District.

I am so surprised seeing $2,000-suit-type guys tongue-kissing with girls in Cafe Havana. Haven’t they had sex ed videos at school? I mean, kissing a hooker - come on! It’s like eating from a garbage bin in the infection ward! She may have just taken mouthfull of j*zz an hour ago; so now he can feel that guy’s DNAs crawling around his gums.”

Brilliant. Just brilliant.

Alexander Laryutin
Pre-holiday fish balls and light beer.

Pre-holiday fish balls and light beer.

Camiguin: no Photoshop needed

For city-dwellers the usual default weekend means a drive out to the beach or the hills, but even that can spell the traffic rush because everyone seems to be doing the same thing, taking the same route. If you’re wedging your own island count in the Philippines’ 7,100+ archipelagic challenge, there’s one tiny spot down south that promises a weekend of pure nature and bliss.

Tried going to this church this morning…and after the sermon I left the place, thinking:

"Now I just want to be a stripper…!"

Away from the usual suspects

There is, sometimes, some good to business travel—apart from your flight and hotel room being paid for by the company. It gets especially better if it involves a massive opportunity to network with the locals (such as conferences); or a string of meetings with local organisations. Throw in a fairly over-rated destination that calls for a re-invented itinerary, far away from what equally over-rated travel books plot in their pages, and you have a recipe for local taste of an adventure. San Francisco is one of those specimens for re-invention.

Image a re-post.

Image a re-post.

Graphic Designers Sought

Graphic artists (junior to mid-level experience) who are good in multi-media, e-learning tools, web and print design work—send your CV and portfolio links to me at the.good.mike@gmail.com. If you know anyone, please refer. Thanks!

Summer is here. (Boracay, Philippines)

Summer is here. (Boracay, Philippines)