Janusz Prud’s Bicycle Ride Against HIV

Yes, priests can be badass. Exhibit A: Janusz “Dimpo” Prud, a Polish priest who organized a two-week bicycle ride across Botswana, Africa to raise funds for orphanages with children suffering from HIV/AIDS. Talk about travelling for a cause! Dimpo didn’t know what was in store for him when he first arrived in Botswana in 1995.…

Philosophy vendors and conscious cadavers: a review of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s ‘Memories of the Future’

Russian writer Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky (try saying that out loud) is one of those artists who find recognition post-mortem—after death. He literally did not live long enough to see his collection of short fiction Memories of the Future (Editions Verdier, 2006) see print and get appreciated by readers of speculative fiction. Speculative fiction encompasses written works that highlight…

When clean toilets grant happiness

In the book The Geography of Bliss, journalist Eric Weiner heavily implies that one of the reasons Switzerland is one of the happiest places in the world is that it has clean public toilets. Everywhere you go, from the restaurants to the train stations, you will find that the comfort rooms are so clean that you…

Filipino Time: Is Geography to Blame?

Do you want to conduct a meeting here in the Philippines? If you want to meet at 12 noon, set the call time at least an hour before that. It’s a common strategy employed by businessmen and even casual friends in the country to ensure that the ones they’re meeting come on time. It doesn’t…

Bahala Na: Hopeful or Fatalistic?

If you’ve been living in the Philippines for a while now, you might have noticed that a lot of people use the Tagalog phrase, “bahala na.” While it has no direct English translation, Filipinos usually say it when pertaining to a future with an unknown outcome. The closest might be the popular Spanish expression que sera…