Pen and pouch envy

Lamy Pico (lamy.com)

Lamy Pico (lamy.com)

When Lamy, the German pen company, designed the Pico, it didn’t have me in mind. I didn’t fit the demographic.
The Pico, Lamy’s clipless pocket pen, was simple, functional, and expensive; I was complicated (occasionally), useless (generally), and cheap (absolutely).
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Saguisag offers to pay additional fine to speak out against President Marcos

(Photo from Marcos Martial Law: Never Again Facebook page)

(Photo from Marcos Martial Law: Never Again Facebook page)

In February 2016, minutes before the soft launch of Raissa Robles’ Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, in Makati, I was able to interview former senator Rene A. V. Saguisag, who wrote an introduction to the book. [See: Marcos Martial Law book’s Facebook page]
However, I phrased my question incorrectly, as featured in the following audio clip. I should have asked the former senator how it felt like to write an introduction to the book, not about how it felt like writing the book itself.
Good thing he got the idea, ignored my error, and all too enthusiastically provided an answer.
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Reading, Fast and Slow (or the Top 6 books I’ve read in 2015)

(Apologies to Daniel Kahneman, who wrote Thinking Fast and Slow, the inspiration for the title of this blog entry. The same book is also mentioned below.) 

Some books grab you by the balls and never let go unless you’re finished with them (or, for that matter, finished with you). Other books are far less dramatic, allowing you to dip into several pages on occasion, while in between meals, naps, or commutes. 

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Biking, Fast and Slow

 

The Messenger parked at the office.

The Messenger parked at the office.

The woman wore a light blue mask to cover the tear on her upper lip which doctors had sewn together a few minutes earlier. Her face hit the ground when she was thrown clear from her electric bike, she said. Not only did she skip on wearing a helmet, she also brought along her daughter, who was, fortunately enough, unhurt when they went out for a quick trip to the grocery that rainy Monday night. [See: Biking, Fast and Slow]

Passenger gets Twitter apology but not free food from Cebu Pacific Airlines despite delayed flight

Shown is Ceb, the mascot of Cebu Pacific Airlines.

Shown is Ceb, the mascot of Cebu Pacific Airlines.

Below is an exchange of tweets posted by a person who uses the Twitter handle, @tagasalog@CebuPacificAir, and (maestro, music please) myself. From the looks of it, @tagasalog got on a Cebu Pacific flight that got delayed. (I don’t think I’ve met @tagasalog before although he says in one direct message that he hangs out in Quezon City a lot when I asked him his name.)

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