In 1958, Eugene Burdick and William Lederer wrote a novel titled, ‘The Ugly American’, later made into a movie with Marlon Brando as the main character, although the movie was different in many respects to the novel. The message of the novel and the movie, set in a fictional South East Asian nation, was that… Continue reading Going to da probince – Don’t be ugly
They say the journey is what it’s all about, not so much the destination. When you are going to da probince, the journey can be a very memorable part of the entire experience. But not always the most positive one. Make no mistake, the province might be an hour out of town, or it might… Continue reading Going To da Probince – Getting There
Something you will hear many times when you first come to the Philippines is the reference to ‘da probince’, or the province. Filipinas in Manila will tell you they are going to ‘da probince’. This means they are going home, to wherever they come from. Those who are born in Manila may very well have… Continue reading Going To da Probince – The Language Barrier
Karaoke is made up form the Japanese words ‘kara’, meaning empty, and ‘okesutora’, orchestra. Together they translate as ‘empty orchestra’. Don’t let this fool you, Karaoke was very much a Filipino invention. In the 1960s Filipino entertainers arrived in Japan with their ‘minus-one’ tapes. These held recorded instrumental versions of popular songs by Frank Sinatra,… Continue reading Karaoke
When I was in the Army, back when you had to provide your own spear and your paybook was written in hieroglyphics, I was given the definition of leadership. I still remember it to this day, some nearly forty years on.