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Word Watching: How It Began

Word Watching: How It Began

Word-watching, as a conscious and deliberate practice available to everyone, is an idea that crystallized in my mind some months ago, but the seed took hold several years back during the Sunday family reunions of my childhood. Impressionable Eyes and Ears Our large extended family offered my many cousins a backdrop of happy memories, a […]

At the Table of Yolanda (Haiyan)

At the Table of Yolanda (Haiyan)

Dennis Grajo and World Vision Philippines were among several individuals and organizations deeply moved to spontaneously help victims of Super Typhoon Hiayan.  It is by its local name, Yolanda, that we Filipinos remember.  Yolanda was the strongest tropical storm on record to make landfall, based on its peak wind speed of 313 km/hr (195 mph). […]

Black Forests and Pink Dreams

Black Forests and Pink Dreams

Black Forest; the words conjured an image of a slice of velvety dark chocolate and soft, creamy icing topped by a perfect single cherry.  A delicate plate patterned with blue Iris flowers and silver leaves cradled this tempting mental image.  I could almost smell the coffee aroma of swirling smoke coming from the matching blue […]

Hotel Event Planning: Showtime of a Different Kind

Hotel Event Planning: Showtime of a Different Kind

Hotel events manager, Madam Annette, walks deliberately between rows of round tables, head sweeping side-to-side not missing a single detail –  table numbers, floral centerpieces, crisp folded linen, gleaming cutlery, and the waiters in their smart uniforms. The head table takes longer to inspect.  She scans a list of names on her clipboard while simultaneously […]

Cupid Means Business

  The price of flowers shoots up dramatically while shops put up expensive chocolates on tempting display.  Women turn extra sweet to men who turn absentmindedly occupied doing the price Math. There’s no room in the inn because hotels run at peak occupancy and restaurants are all booked up. If you haven’t guessed it yet, […]

A Job of Surprising Skills: The Voice and the Background Noise

A Job of Surprising Skills: The Voice and the Background Noise

Are you a good listener? I’m not talking about being nonjudgmental while your partner rants. I mean understanding sentences spoken rapidly in a singsong tone.  Do you get impatient watching The Voice when the judges, with swivel chairs facing away from a singer, take a long time to hit their lighted buzzers? Swivel Chair Settings […]

Make Love Work: An Imperative on Love

Make Love Work: An Imperative on Love

A catchy title, this book has with the same melodious, three-word cadence as the title of that famous bestseller-turned-movie, which starts with Eat and ends with Pray.  They also share a common word in their titles and the stickiest and trickiest of subjects, love. Scientific, Academic, or Literary, It Isn’t Make Love Work is not […]