Parental Woes: The Difficulty of Letting Go
Sep21

Parental Woes: The Difficulty of Letting Go

  Parental Woes: The Difficulty of Letting Go By Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes Our oldest boy turned 18 this year and life in the university beckons. It’s time for him to build the foundations that would define his future in his terms, or so we said. During his senior high school years, my wife and I were heavily involved in the process of helping him choose a major, patiently detailing for him the pros and cons of each...

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It’s What I Do: Haven Hamilton A. Villapando and Jeffrey S. Valero
Aug28

It’s What I Do: Haven Hamilton A. Villapando and Jeffrey S. Valero

It’s What I Do Haven Hamilton A. Villapando Art Teacher-Future Center for Special Needs Abu Dhabi, UAE My Job Working as a teacher is always a challenging experience, no matter how young or old your learners are. Being an art teacher at the Future Centre for Special Needs for 3 years now (FCSN-Abu Dhabi) is very pleasant and rewarding career as it lets you help your learners express their feeling through art. I am also the...

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Pinoy Entrepreneur: Jennifer Ebrada
Aug09

Pinoy Entrepreneur: Jennifer Ebrada

Jennifer Ebrada Managing Director Events Plus Consultancy My Enterprise Event Plus is a Dubai-based full-service destination management company. It offers a full spectrum of destination services such as groups and incentives programs, conferences, corporate events, teambuilding events, AV production, weddings, destination PR, sales representation, and corporate outbound group travel. My Beginnings I have been in Dubai since 2003. Just...

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Go Minimalist by Raymund Tamayo
Aug09

Go Minimalist by Raymund Tamayo

What being a minimalist means to me Every minimalist practitioner has his own definition for minimalism, but the main principle can be summed up in four words: less excess, more essentials. Some people have the wrong impression that living simply leads to mediocrity, which could also be true for others. However, for me, living a simple life should be done to pursue a more meaningful and significant one that also involves other people...

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Keeping Up With the Con Gen: Of Being Consul General and the Real Me
Jun05

Keeping Up With the Con Gen: Of Being Consul General and the Real Me

Of Being Consul Generl and the Real Me By Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes I reached one of the twin peaks of my diplomatic career a little over eighteen years after I took my oath as a Foreign Service Officer.  About 11 of us were blessed with the lucky charm of promotion into Chief of Mission rank, each of us pondering how our new responsibilities would change our worlds. I recall how one of my new batch mates jokingly counseled...

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