Author Archive: haefennasiel

“Peponi” (an African-style cover of Coldplay’s “Paradise”) by The Piano Guys and guest artist Alex Boyé

When soul, talent, spirit and a genuine love for music crowd out ego and self-promotion, this is what happens …

Our Daughter Jade Mullally Missing: How You Can Help

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On November 24, 2013 Jade took the train from Stuttgart, Germany to Strasbourg, France. Normally, she would have taken the school bus from the train station to her boarding school in Walbourg, France but she didn’t get on the bus.

Her dream was to become a fashion model and we believe that that was her plan when she left home.

Jade has lead a very sheltered life and our concern is that some person(s) might be taking advantage of her naivete and possibly holding her against her will.

An investigation and search is being conducted worldwide and particularly concentrated in France, Germany and England.

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It has finally occurred to me that this blog has almost 4,000 followers worldwide, and while I wanted to keep “CookinginSens” as my refuge from the harrowing…

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Forensic expert bares Noy’s incompetence, ignorance (A TRIBUNE article)

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A respected and well-known forensic expert in the Philippines whose services were tapped by the Department of Health (DoH) to help identify the bodies in typhoon-ravaged Tacloban but had to pull out after being insulted by her counterparts from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), yesterday lashed out at President Aquino, saying his latest pronouncement on the slow body count had only exposed the extent of his incompetence and ignorance.

In her twitter account which had been going viral, forensic expert, Dr. Raquel Fortun, said Aquino’s statement defending the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) for its slow and low “Yolanda” casualty count, had only exposed the President’s gross incompetence and ignorance.

In his statement the other day, Aquino was quoted saying that the NDRRMC had been relatively slow in its body count as it had to make sure of its data before releasing any figure of the dead.

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ANC Lists: 5 stormy sound bites from PNoy

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Here’s a classic round-up from ANC – our favorite local news network…

People who are under so much pressure and stress say things that they may regret. We cut them some slack because they’re under duress. Unfortunately, this privilege doesn’t always apply to public figures.

When Typhoon Yolanda struck and things fell apart, all eyes—and ears—were on President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III. Perhaps, confronted by the confusion and overwhelming devastation, he said some things that fueled debates. There’s a saying that goes, “Stick and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” That’s not necessarily true in this case. The words of a President can make or break a country’s spirit. Through his words alone, he can give people a sense of direction or leave them completely lost. That’s both the blessing and the curse of his job description.

We picked five Typhoon Yolanda-related statements made…

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Woman in Chains by Tears for Fears

Because today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women … “So free her … “

What We Learned from the Aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan)

What We Learned from the Aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan)

Peque Gallaga is mad as hell

FYI for those who may not know, Mr. Peque Gallaga is a well-respected director in the Filipino film industry.

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From Director Peque Gallaga:

Not since Marcos have we as a people been so polarized. As far as our hearts and minds are concerned it’s like we’re in the edge of a civil war. We are forced to take a hard look at ourselves and what we value.

Because of this, we are fighting friends in coffee houses, on the telephone, and on Facebook. We are a people whose lives have been upended. We don’t know what to do to get things done right and right away. We lash out. We insult our leaders trying to get them to do a lot more than to pose for photo ops – of giving out relief goods on a one-by-one basis. We cry desperately for demonstrable government response – we get almost next to nothing. It is increasingly apparent that local media goes hand in hand with self-servicing Malacañang press releases which…

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Yolanda, by Numbers (USAID Fact Sheet)

Finding Strength After the Storm

http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2013/11/16/ac-reporters-notebook.cnn.html

“We’ve seen people with every reason to despair, every right to be angry, instead find ways TO LAUGH, TO LOVE, TO STAND UP, and TO MOVE FORWARD… Maraming Salamat for showing us all how to LIVE.” – Anderson Cooper

Korina gets 360-degree bitch-slapping