Category: Personal

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Marriage-ready

I read an interesting article a month ago on the phenomenon of inter-marriages between Korean men and Vietnamese women. It read like the 21st century version of mail-to-order brides, except that instead of exchanging snail mails for months or years and pictures thereafter, the whole deal is sealed within five days.

Fish Heads

It was fun looking at my foreigner friend, who visited Manila lately, get uneasy about the sight of a fried milk fish during a dinner in a restaurant at the Greenbelt Mall. He twitched, grimaced, and looked at me as if waiting for a clue if he should call to berate the restaurant manager or grab my hand and dash out the door.

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.

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Getting away with it

I was driving home my friend at almost midnight when a taxi from the right lane swerved in front of me to make a left turn. As I instinctively pressed the brakes, I noticed that a motorcycle driver was speeding on the left lane and would most likely hit the swerving taxi. I held my breath as I feared for a collision.

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.

Foreign student in UK

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.