Bonding with FVR11:05 AM Monday October 24, 2016 |

Such an honor and rare privilege to be received in the room reserved for VIPs. Bonding with FVR

LOL with President Ramos07:58 AM Monday October 24, 2016 |

LOL with President Fidel V. Ramos. What were we laughing about? I will keep you in suspense (a la Trump).

Choose to be Good01:03 AM Monday October 24, 2016 |

I will be away for a while to do the following (not in order of importance): 1. Reprieve from wrinkle-inducing traffic. 2. Inhale exhale cleaner air (I hope). 3. Enjoy cooler air. 4. Hug my son. 5. Sermon my son. 6. Walk miles. 7. Box Jesse James. 8. Get a real Christmas pine tree. 9…. read more

OMB wears FVR hat11:45 PM Sunday October 23, 2016 |

FVR insisted on me wearing his precious and iconic hat. He said this photo would be my protection from policemen most especially the traffic police. I will print this photo and stick it all over my car. OMB ikaw na!

Duterte @ Filipino gathering in Beijing11:21 PM Sunday October 23, 2016 |

Duterte received a very warm welcome from the audience. FVR, Estrada, GMA, and Pnoy were also well received by all the OFWs they visited abroad during their respective terms. His introduction of Bongbong Marcos surprised everyone. He actually almost forgot to introduce him. When he did, he made a mistake in pronouncing his name. He… read more

Fu Tang Na09:27 PM Sunday October 23, 2016 |

Even some cabinet members are already joking about Duterte’s favorite lingo, Fu Tang Na. This was forwarded to me today. Hearing the same expressions over and over again will consciously and subconsciously affect us in a negative way. Tsk tsk. Not good at all. When I was growing up in Binangonan, it was common to… read more

Filipino Ballroom Dancers09:12 PM Sunday October 23, 2016 |

One of the entertainments prior to the arrival of Duterte was a sexy ballroom dancing number from our kapwa Filipinos based in Beijing. Ang galing nila ano? You really have to choose the right partner. No matter how excellent your dancing prowess is, if your partner is below average, hindi ganito kagaling lalabas ang sayaw… read more

Pack unpack pack08:59 PM Sunday October 23, 2016 |

I was still hyper the whole day yesterday despite the fact that I had no sleep because our flight from Beijing was at 3 am. Siguro na-overdose ako sa dami ng putang ina na pumasok sa tenga ko in two days. Today, I felt extreme tiredness. I wanted to go out to pick-up some food… read more

Ikaw by Maggie’s Band08:27 PM Sunday October 23, 2016 |

Maggie’s Band, the group playing music before Duterte arrived at the grand ballroom of Grand Hyatt Hotel sang IKAW, reportedly the favorite karaoke song of DU30. Ang taas ng boses nya. Hindi ko naitanong kung ano ang pangalan nya, siguro sya si Maggie. IKAW ba si Maggie?

Filipino Community Night07:48 PM Sunday October 23, 2016 |

Although the business delegation’s presence was not necessary at the Filipino community dinner at the ballroom of Grand Hyatt in Beijing on the night of October 19, we decided to attend but we didn’t eat there. We’ve been pigging out for a few hours at the lobby prior so we were all full actually. Photo… read more

Beggar plays music11:51 PM Friday October 21, 2016 |

I passed by some street vendors and a beggar playing some soothing music while I was walking towards Grand Hyatt. Edmund found some old Chinese currency from his jackets. I shared some with this old man. My heart melts every single time I see an old Chinese beggar or any Chinese looking old man that… read more

How many putang ina?11:51 PM Thursday October 20, 2016 |

Joey Leviste asked me last night how many times President Duterte said putang ina during his speech at the business forum.  He lost track daw.  Hahaha He was counting pala.  I told him I didn’t count.  Hamo next time bibilangin ko.  However when the President arrived and wasted no time in going to the podium… read more

Putang Ina is beginning to rub on us11:47 PM Thursday October 20, 2016 |

It’s really traffic here in Beijing.  Instead of a 15 minutes ride,  the trip doubles. Last night, after coming from the business forum where President Duterte declared his divorce from our Uncle Sam, we were going next to the Beijing International Convention Center,  na traffic kami.    It was raining and our bus was slow…. read more

Atty. Salvador Panelo11:38 PM Thursday October 20, 2016 |

The entourage of Pres. Duterte invaded the whole lobby of Grand Hyatt. I didn’t expect to see all of them hanging around here. As soon as I walked in, I saw familiar faces. Atty. Salvador Panelo (PCCI President George Barcelon on the background) Ruben, daig na daig kang manamit ng kuya Sal mo. Grooving-groovy sya… read more

with PCCI friends11:27 PM Thursday October 20, 2016 |

I was walking towards the elevator to go up to the DTI secretariat when I heard some voices calling me. Dito pala my friends from the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI). Bernard Benedicto, Dick Penson, current PCCI president George Barcelon, William Go, Raymond Garcia Matagal ko na silang mga kakilala at kaibigan.  The… read more

Joseph Calata with Dick and Bernie11:21 PM Thursday October 20, 2016 |

This young tycoon is always fabulously-dressed. I always see him at Johnny Litton’s birthday parties. With Dick Penson and Bernie Benedicto

Killing time11:19 PM Thursday October 20, 2016 |

It was so hot at the lobby of Grand Hyatt. The fact that the air-conditioning was not on was aggravated by the hundreds of people swarming around the lobby. It was cooler outside. Dick found a table at the opposite side of the lobby. He said it’s cooler there so we transferred. We ordered an… read more