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Wednesday, January 3 2007

It’s a Mall World

The mega mall shopping experience -- the mall as a multi-purpose space, an extension of the living room and social scene -- is relatively new in Manila.


Tuesday, August 15 2006

For God and Country

Alave expounds upon the Philippine's separation of church and state; or rather, the lack thereof.


Sunday, April 30 2006

A Month to Remember… a Month to Forget

From natural disasters to political upheaval, chaos reigns as Alave chronicles an unforgiving February in the Philippines.


Thursday, March 23 2006

To Eat Well Is to Live Well

Overseas Filipino workers (OFW's) have little choice but to leave their children for years at a time. In Alave's case, her mother's absence culminated in results that were, eventually... delicious.


Monday, January 30 2006

Too American?

Staying true to one's nationality while embracing the culture of another can create a soul-searching challenge.


Monday, September 26 2005

Kathmandu and The Traveler With Bad Timing

Shiva, the Hindu god that simultaneously dances life and death, is a perfect icon for modern-day Kathmandu.


Monday, July 18 2005

Know Thy Enemy

Alave detects the return of martial law in the Philippines' hot summer air.


Wednesday, March 30 2005

On Love and Death in the Philippines

On Valentine's Day a series of bombs exploded in the Philippines, including one on Ayala Avenue, where Alave gets off the train to catch the bus home from work every day. Alave gives us a taste of life, post 9/11, in this place of more than 7,000 islands.


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