Category: Journalism

Struggling not to hate my Blackberry

My Blackberry has been driving me nuts since I first held it in June 2011. It feels old, it's clunky, unintuitive, and lacks battery power. It's a smartphone that does not make me smart.

Blissful without texts, emails, facebook, twitter

The call of “now” from all the devices and the endless alerts had me thinking during a walk along the banks of the Nam Khan river in Luang Prabang if these had made me a better person or just a manic one.

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In the company of Bill Clinton

I would like to claim I was in the same room with him, or walked the same red carpet as he did. But of course, that would be no less than a dream. Reality is, I was included by Toby Webb, founding editor of Ethical Corporation, in their 15 Best of the Best list of Ethical Persons of 2007 in their December 2007 magazine issue.

Intimidation

It was an interview that lasted for more than four hours—10am to 2:15pm, to be exact. The first hour was spent with the former general and the talkative lawyer basically taking over. The reason for their presence was obvious: to intimidate us.

Stranger in my Kiev room

Someone knocked on my door. I’ve heard enough horror stories about hotel crimes, so I decided I not to open the door. Lo and behold, the Russian-speaking guy in the elevator opened the door himself!

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I was tagged

People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about 7 random habits/facts about themselves. Here are mine.

Libel in Manila

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.