Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Building a Home

IMG_2807We started condo constructions sometime in August by creating a doorway and joining the two units together. Things didn't go as scheduled as they were held up by our unprofessional carpenter, nonetheless, although  the work was not  100% finished by the time December rolled in, we did not hesitate to host my family for Noche Buena. Packing 30 people (babies and adults alike) in 60sqm made for a very tight space and it was inevitable that things would get knocked over and for people to bump into things, but I would gladly do it all over again. My secret dream of becoming a hostess with the mostest, ala Nigella Lawson and Ina Garten, is finally making itself known.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!


Before anything else, Merry Christmas to all my dear readers! I sincerely hope that you welcomed Christmas the way it should be done, surrounded by those you most love dearly.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Why Throwing Money at a Problem Hardly Ever Works


A funny thing happened at work a few weeks ago during budget deliberation. After my boss made an impassioned plea about the government actually doing something to help the education sector, specifically higher education, instead of merely declaring it a priority with no concomitant action, a senator offered to increase the budget of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Not wanting to be outdone, another senator went further and proposed to provide free tuition fee for all students in state universities and colleges (SUCs).

And the CHED commissioner declined their offer.