There are no accidents.
That’s one of several things I learned during the Global Road Safety Seminar I was lucky enough to attend in Nairobi early this year.
Which is to say that yes, road crashes aren’t exactly accidents at all. To a greater or lesser degree, they are results of personal, cultural, and institutional neglect.
This Granta issue about Africa was bought in Europe, brought to Asia, and partially read in Africa.
Of course I’m exaggerating.
After all, I didn’t just get a nail cutter (however used) when I visited the capital of Kenya.
A little less than five years ago, I bought — and got on — a single-speed Bridgestone road bicycle that I later sold to a friend who then used it as collateral to borrow money from another friend.
That’s James Reid, one of Grab Philippines’ endorsers, as shown on a screen set up during the ride-hailing service’s June 2017 event.
I tried to find out the answer to that question when I got the chance to interview Brian Cu, Grab’s Philippine country manager, last June 14, 2017, when the company marked its fourth year in the country.
The Affair is such a time suck.
But don’t take my word for it. See it for yourself on Netflix. [See: The Affair]
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).
(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.