Giving Birth in Philippines — A Father’s Experience

I woke up just after 5am on Monday 17th August. My partner was already awake and standing up. She’d apparently been awake for a while, but I’m used to that — I don’t know how she always gets up so early every morning! Our 5 year old son starts school at 7am, and the Filipino habit of cooked rice meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner…

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QUICK TIP: How to do 2 Hours of Youtube Training in 1 Hour

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Need to do some online training that’s delivered via Youtube, and haven’t got the 2 hours necessary to sit and watch the whole thing? Youtube offers a handy little feature that I’ve just used today and it saved me almost an entire hour. I had to catch up yesterday’s Google Partner Academy training and it was dragging a bit, so I doubled the…

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A Swimming Trip to Lukang Cove

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My other half’s sister is back home in Philippines for a week and so we’ve been dreaming up outings and activities to make the most of the time together as a family. Yesterday, after some deliberation, we headed out in a van to visit Kuwebang Lampas (otherwise known as Lukang Cove) at Pagbilao Island, and spend an afternoon swimming and beaching it (if…

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Why Constantly Using Your Smartphone Makes You Tired

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Have you been using your iPhone a lot and, coincidentally, feeling pretty tired? You may even be feeling strain around your temples that you think is stress? A lot has been written about the impact of television, computer, and phone screens on your sleep patterns when you view them in the last hour or two before you sleep. Studies have provided fairly compelling…

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Running in Cambodia

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I went for a run here in Phnom Penh last week, at about 9pm on a weeknight. I only did 10km, and even then I didn’t run the whole distance — I frequently dropped back to a walk. Only a third of the way along my intended route, my shirt was already saturated with sweat. My lungs were heavy. Breathing was hard. And my legs…

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Life on the Line

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Their smiles are broad and they seem to have nary a care in the world. The kids who live along the South Line in Lucena City, Quezon Province spend their days propelling push carts laden with a few passengers up and down the abandoned railway line that used to connect Manila via Lucena to Legazpi. They’re excited to see a big, strange, white…

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5 Factors Hindering Growth in Developing Countries

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I walked into the bathroom yesterday morning and, as per normal, there was no water in the pipe that hangs in through the bathroom window. For the first few waking hours of each day, there is no running water from any of the taps around the house. For the remainder of the day, the pipe into our bathroom is the most likely to…

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A Design Challenge — Finding Better Alternatives to Sachet Marketing

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Here’s a challenge for all you Design Thinkers that, if successful, could benefit hundreds of millions of consumers, and dramatically reduce the environmental damage being caused by sachet packaging. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it: Design a solution that gives consumers access to the benefits of volume consumer goods purchases, including cost savings and reductions in packaging waste, despite the fact…

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Yes Boss, I’m Following Agreed Safety Protocols!

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Safety concerns? What safety concerns?? As anyone who has visited a developing country in Asia knows, the safety standards for virtually any activity (from constructing a high-rise apartment building, to just crossing the street) are radically different to those in developed countries. But for those who have only ever lived their life in a country like Cambodia, they’re blissfully unaware of another standard.…

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