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

193 – On Yoshoku And The Furai Fray: Cube 2

Japanese cuisine has its own share of fried food, but did you know that the concept of deep frying in hot oil after coating in batter or breadcrumbs wasn't a Japanese idea? The concept was originally introduced by the Portuguese through trade. A similar dish, peixinhos da horta (vegetable garden fishes), was cooked in the … Continue reading 193 – On Yoshoku And The Furai Fray: Cube 2

150 – On Tracing The Galleon Trade Route: Cube 1

Let's kick off 2017 with a new post format, and a history lesson. The Galleon Trade was a method of goods exchange facilitated by Spain towards its colonies, running from 1565 to 1815. This involved galleons sailing from Manila towards Acapulco in Mexico. Once the galleons reached Central America, they stopped over at Veracruz, then … Continue reading 150 – On Tracing The Galleon Trade Route: Cube 1