Random thoughts, insights, experiences of a Manila-based journalist
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I’m a journalist focused on governance in Southeast Asia, home to some of the world’s most exciting economies. I've been doing print, broadcast and online journalism for nearly two decades, and have extensive experience in daily reporting, editing and managing multimedia reporting and business news teams. I did communication strategy consulting and wrote perspective pieces in between, while kickstarting my yoga and pilates practice. I'm currently writing a book on Philippine conglomerates, the first project by a journalist to explain this economy from the point of view of big business.
When I ran across a magazine article entitled, “A Big Windows Cleanup In Asia,” I was expecting to read something funny but who am I kidding? I was browsing an issue of Businessweek Magazine where the stories have more to do with what influence the financial markets rather than whether the movers and shakers have clear views from their swanky corner offices or not.
I had to drive on the other side of the road. Drivers in Australia stay on the left lane and drive from the right side of the car. For me, that’s the wrong side of the road and the wrong side of the car.
In 2006, I was in the UK to study Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a Chevening Fellow in Nottingham University. It was an opportunity to learn from and discuss with noted CSR academics in Europe, interact with executives and visit UK companies that practice or have made CSR their product's main feature.
Last March 7, 2007, I was a certified fugitive. That Wednesday, I was in Cavite Export Processing Zone doing several interviews when I received a barrage of text messages warning me not to go to the office because an arrest warrant was being served arising from the libel case filed in 2005 by Chavit Singson, a well-known and influential politician north of Manila.
It has been a fruitful 3 years with Multiply, then the easiest and most user-friendly blog application. In keeping with my current theme of moving house, I am also making a big move in my virtual house. Hello, Wordpress. Goodbye, Multiply.