211 – On Parisian Palates: Triptych 30

Let me share this quirk I noticed after working for a French company for more than two years now. As much as I hate to say it—the French are one of the snobbiest and rudest people you'll ever encounter, with Eastern / Central Europeans coming a close second. I don't know if this is just … Continue reading 211 – On Parisian Palates: Triptych 30

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210 – On A 13th Month Splurge: Cube 4

Companies in the Philippines are required by law to give 13th month pay, equivalent to a month's salary, to employees every December. While private endeavors tend to stick to the letter of the law, government ministries are more charitable. Aside from the mandated 13th month, there are also performance bonuses and Christmas bonuses given to … Continue reading 210 – On A 13th Month Splurge: Cube 4

207 – On Garuda Gastronomy: Marindo, Manhattan Parkway

Ties between the Philippines and Indonesia date back from the era of antiquity; both were trading partners in the pre-colonial period. Both archipelagos fell under European rule--Indonesia under the Dutch, the Philippines under the Spanish crown. Bahasa loanwords making their way to the Filipino lexicon is an evidence of cultural ties between these Southeast Asian … Continue reading 207 – On Garuda Gastronomy: Marindo, Manhattan Parkway