The Gambling Dead: Understanding the Addiction

A SubSelfie.com Exclusive Jessie Javier Carlos, 43, made his ultimate gamble at Resorts World Manila casino around one o’clock in the morning of June 02. It was clear that he was playing against the casino, just like what he used to do before he had been banned. He fired at the interior of the casino…

The Disappearing Farmers of Cambodia

KAMPONG CHAM, CAMBODIA — Hun Heang and his six siblings were born and raised into farming. They inherited the half-hectare land of their parents in Kang Meas district, Kampong Cham province, Cambodia. He was seven years old when he learned how to plant rice. Life was easy then, according to Hun. But as years went by, farming…

False Balance in Journalism

Can a journalist really create a false sense of balance in one’s work? This was one of the points of discussion during a journalism training I attended in Cambodia this month. UNESCO sponsored the workshop and selected fourteen journalists from the ASEAN region. The issue is interesting, relevant and somewhat controversial, as balance is a…

Q & A: The Psychology of Beauty Queen Blunders

The question and answer portion is a much-anticipated part in beauty contests. It is an opportunity for a contestant to convince the judges that she deserves the title. But this moment can be frazzling for candidates. More so, if they are expected to eloquently answer in a foreign language. I, too, had experienced the pressure…

Words of Wisdom for Turning 30

For my 30th birthday, allow me to share words of wisdom from family, friends and teachers. May you also find them helpful the same way I find relief, comfort and assurance when reminded of them.  1. Remember, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.  Misfortunes exhaust themselves. – Lolita Lutanco 2. We have to…

Pasador Diaries: Six Months without Disposable Napkins

I’ve been wondering how far personal abstinence from using plastic straws could help our oceans. In an audit conducted by Ecowaste Coalition in July 2016 at Freedom Island in Parañaque, straws comprised a miniscule percentage of trash collected in a one-day clean up drive.  Of the 1,492 kilos of garbage, 79% is plastic trash. Of this…

Oral Origins 2: Gago and Leche

There are certain curse words that have become part of daily conversations. But do we really know where these words come from? After discussing Putang Ina and Yawa in the first edition of our special report Oral Origins, our sequel presents two more familiar utterances. Gago We all have probably gone through the nasty habit of christening our childhood…

Oral Origins: The Etymology of Putang Ina and Yawa

Editor’s Note: Here is the sequel — Oral Origins 2: Gago and Leche I faintly remember what led to our teacher’s ire that afternoon and why she was scolding the class. All I can clearly recall now were the dusty black shoes I was wearing. They were the first things I saw when I looked down in shame…

Online Harassment: Dawn of Justice

Editor’s Note: This is the sequel to Tricia’s article: The Best Defenses v Online Harassment I was attentively observing in the mirror what the guy was doing behind me. My mind raced to recall self-defense moves from Mr. Miyagi and Mr. Han of Karate Kid movies as I remembered a number of rape cases that…

The Start of My Vegetarianism

It was a scorchingly hot Wednesday in April four years ago. Val (may his soul be in peace) and I had just finished having lunch at the monastery after a morning of meditation and Buddhist lecture. I vividly remember wearing an overused white cotton t-shirt to offset the sweltering heat, along with a favorite pair of…

The Best Defenses v Online Harassment

It was the most uncalled-for comment I encountered on a Facebook post I uploaded on Monday, March 21, 2016. Worse, when I saw it, it had been there for an hour already. I cringed and felt so helpless and hurt knowing at the back of my mind that oftentimes when a woman gets disrespected and…