San Nicolas and Santa Teresita: Historic and Folkloric Notes about some of its Barrios

Exploring forgotten stories about the barrios of San Nicolas and Santa Teresita.

Balandis: the Slanted Houses Along a Road in Cuenca/Alitagtag

Exploring this quaint area in Cuenca and Alitagtag where the houses are slanted away from the road.

Mataasnakahoy: Historical and Folkloric Trivia about some of Its Barrios

Revisiting obscure barrio histories of the barrios of the Municipality of Mataasnakahoy.

An Old Tourist Spot in Taal Called the Pansipit Fishery

A throwback to a by-gone era, when tourists around Luzon visited this resort in Taal and Lemery.

The Hitchhiker who Gets on at the Zigzag in Cuenca Batangas Lipa

A tall tale familiar to all who drive through this curving road in Cuenca. Is it really a tall tale, though?

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28 June 2015

Do You Offer ‘Condolence’ or ‘Condolences’?



Now this is a tricky one. I have always preferred ‘condolences’ because that is how I often hear it from native English speakers. It is not, apparently, as straightforward as I used to think.

24 June 2015

Readers' Contributed Theories About Suskupô Rudeh’s Identity

Rudy... the mystery continues.

It amuses me no end when one of my articles sparks off discussions about some of the most mundane things in life. This web site’s title, after all, is Life so Mundane.

18 June 2015

DLSL Cited for Traffic. Again.


Yesterday, there was an item in the regional news about a traffic summit called by local government to solve the traffic problem that intermittently occurs on that stretch of road in front of De La Salle Lipa.

16 June 2015

PHL Azkals In It to Win It After WC Qualifying Victory Over Yemen

Misagh Bahadoran, the Sandstorm of Doha, celebrates the opening goal.

Those among you who bothered to sneak a peek at the match between Yemen and DPR Korea, played the same night we defeated Bahrain, would have known that we would be coming away from Doha with a second World Cup qualifying victory.

13 June 2015

How the K-12 Program Benefits Football in Lipa

My last high school team in 2011 was among my strongest but players had to graduate with still a year of eligibility.

I am not a fan of the K-12 program which the Department of Education is about to implement; and personally, I think it will be an utter waste of taxpayers’ money. It will, however, bring one certain benefit in an area ironically close to my heart.

11 June 2015

PHL Azkals Join Big Boys Club after Bahrain World Cup Win

Misagh Bahadoran opened scoring for the Azkals in the 50th minute.

It’s official! The Philippine Azkals have just joined the exclusive club of Asia’s Big Boys after that thoroughly professional 2-1 victory over visiting Bahrain at the start of Asian World Cup qualifying last night at the marvellous Philippine Stadium.

03 June 2015

Young Azkals Lame in Surrender to Cambodia

Image captured from video on Sport Singapore's YouTube channel.

Perhaps, in the long run, chopping and changing the team from the one that narrowly lost to Singapore in the SEA Games will ultimately be beneficial to Philippine football. Young players do need experience to grow; and this one does not get playing EA Sports FIFA 2015 on Play Station.

What ‘Welcome’ Means in Response to ‘Thank You’


Although we Filipinos are not native English-speakers, most of us were taught at an early age by our parents to say ‘thank you’ when somebody does a favour for us. We were also taught that the polite response to ‘thank you’ would be ‘you are welcome’ or just ‘welcome.’

02 June 2015

Despite Loss to Singapore, Young Azkals Give Performance to Build On

Image captured from video on Sport Singapore's YouTube channel.

To limit hosts Singapore at the Jalan Besar to a solitary goal in an opening game when nerves might have been expectable and, therefore, forgivable was no small achievement for the U-23 Philippine Azkals in the SEA Games last night.