Will you join our seminar on Filipino food?

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For years now, perhaps as a result of the research I have been doing for the blog, I now and then become involved in food events. There have been culinary tours, a twice-weekly article on a regional daily, hosting a segment on a farmers’ TV programme for a season, and as a resource person for what-have-you.

It was a few years ago when someone broached the subject of holding seminars. Well, after many years and some preparation, we have a final date, I can already invite people to our seminar. Click on this link and find out more!

Single blogger = dating blog?!

Since I have gone back to regular blogging, I went around the new blogs – well, not that new – just the ones which came during my hiatus. I am astounded at the new blogs, both quality-wise and the variety of topics. It is like everyone from the teenager next door and respected mainstream media personalities are blogging nowadays.

I noticed the shift in personal blogs. They have become more specialised. Those of my contemporaries have found their niche – as mommy bloggers, food bloggers, photo bloggers, travel bloggers and the like. Since I am still inhabiting the world of the single girl, I tried to look at blogs by single girls, just so I would see what bloggers in my demographic are interested in nowadays. And how surprised I was to see that seems like single girls’ blogs seem to be equated to those that talk about dates! How interesting!

Well, I have been amused with their stories and I can sympathise with their tales of horror and they make me reflect on my own dating escapades. Hahaha! I’ll have to be very careful though. Some of the guys or friends of the guys I went out with read my blog every once in a while. Hehehe!

Fishy Foot Spa

I knew there was something wrong about having little fish feed on the dead skin on people’s feet! From the time it was covered by media more than a year ago, to just recently when friends talked about spa visits with the little creatures nibbling on their feet, I had the gut feel that there was some catch to the fad. Now, it seems like my hunch has been confirmed. Aside from potential infections, the little fish are alien species. I hope we do not get an explosion in their numbers down our waterways anytime in the future!

The monsoon season is upon us!

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Dark skies over Santa Rita (28 June 2012, 7:30 a.m.)

The photo above shows how cloudy it was yesterday. At around lunchtime, the sun seemed to want to peek out. By late afternoon, it was drizzling, very, very lightly.

By late evening, the skies had poured a light but steady rain which was intermittent but lasted until the morning. Now, at almost 11:00 a.m., it is still raining. It was pouring heavily three years ago.

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App-dependent

A few months ago, I was just testing the capability of my smartphone. Now that I have gotten the hang of it, it seems that it is slowly becoming an indispensable tool.

That for instance, when I am out of the house, and want to check news, weather updates or if I wish to post about something in real time, all I have to do is go to the appropriate application on my smartphone, type it in and it’s at my fingertips or out there online.

I realised how much I have been relying on my smartphone when three days ago, perhaps due to the strong winds and rain that wreaked havoc on mobile network signals, my phone lost access to the internet. It was strange though, because Facebook would load, though extremely slowly. No Twitter, no Gmail, no WordPress.

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Waivers are redundant

Why do I not find the signing of waivers (to examine bank accounts) by government officials a necessity? Primarily because a waiver is already built into the SALN form.

If it hasn’t been modified in the last three years, the complete name of the form that every government employee has to accomplish every year is ‘Sworn Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth – Disclosure of Business Interest and Financial Connections and Identification of Relatives in the Government Service’.

Before the date and signature line is the oath one has to take before the administering authority (usually the legal officer of the agency or a notary public). It is as follows:

“I hereby certify to the best of my knowledge and information that these are true statements of my assets, liabilities, net worth, business interests and financial connections, including those of my spouse and unmarried children below 18 years of age and names of my relatives in the government as of December 31, ________, as required by and in accordance with Republic Act 6713.

“I hereby authorize the Ombudsman or his duly authorized representative to obtain and secure from all appropriate government agencies, including the Bureau of Internal Revenue, such documents that may show my assets, liabilities, net worth, business interests and financial connections, to include those of my spouse and unmarried children below 18 years of age living with me in my household covering past years to include the year I first assumed office in government.”

More than examining bank accounts, the Ombudsman and the Civil Service Commission (CSC) are empowered to perform lifestyle checks on any government employee. If we wish to exact more accountability from those we elected into office and their appointees, then we have to be more involved in governance. The first step is to KNOW the procedures of government.

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