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The Say What Haircut

Last updated on: 10th March, 2018, 3:10 PM For the deaf or hard of hearing expat, even a haircut can be harrowing.   Haircut? What? What? As many of you know, I’m what the experts call “profoundly” hard of hearing. My right ear doesn’t work anymore and my left ear is really bad. This presents problems […]

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Filipina beauty

Last updated on: 3rd May, 2014, 3:59 PMFilipina beauty. What person with any knowledge of the controversies surrounding the “Filipino Identity” would bring up that subject? Well, there’s this guy named Nathan Allen. He has a website and Facebook page (at the link at left)  called I Dreamed of This. It’s a travel blog that […]

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Ugly Americans

Last updated on: 27th April, 2014, 9:15 PMI knew that it was bad out there but I was unprepared for the level of ignorance and hate aimed at President Obama even before he set foot in the Philippines. Hmm? No, not from Filipinos, who certainly have more than a few legitimate gripes with the U.S.A., but from […]

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Philippines seeking to shake off job discrimination

Last updated on: 29th March, 2014, 12:20 PM“Have you ever heard anyone telling a man to have a pleasing personality?” she asked. via Looking for ‘young, female, pleasing’ applicants? Not right. As an American, I’ve often found the job ads outrageous in the Philippines. Which is not to say that such age and gender discrimination […]

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Last updated on: 26th October, 2013, 10:19 AMVegetables. What do you have? A stroll through my local Safeway market’s produce aisle reveals a very typical, if small, selection of vegetables. Bell peppers. Cauliflower. Broccoli. Romaine red leaf and green leaf lettuce. The nutritionally empty iceberg lettuce. Tomatoes. Spinach. Ears of corn “with their shirts on” […]

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Someone gets nasty about Miss World

Last updated on: 3rd October, 2013, 3:21 PMIf you’re Pinoy and you hang on Facebook or Twitter much or if you’re friends with Filipinos who spend much time online, you’ve probably already heard of the outrageous and bigoted comments made by a young Indian-Brit concerning her shock that a Filipina is now Miss World. I […]

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