Hurrah for Cheap Oil: Will it last?

A year ago, most analysts forecasted average Brent crude prices to hover at the USD105 per barrel range. Over the last year we’ve seen spot Brent crude oil prices trend downwards from its high at about the USD115 per barrel in mid-June 2014. Since then, we’ve seen spot Brent shave approximately -37% from its high.

Cheap Oil fueling Russian Rouble Rout?

Source: Blooomberg Last week we saw oil prices we were talking about oil price being off its mid-year high by 37%. It has gone further south and is now down -43%, hovering around… Continue reading

Jejomar Binay and the Makati “Ghost Employees” Stand-off

I was looking for some old photos in my archive and found these images.  Eight years ago mid-October, Makati City was in limbo with a mayor suspended by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for alleged graft.… Continue reading

What did it say???

I found myself scratching my head in confusion as I drove by two signs today. The first sign below pretty much says: “No crossing here. Someone already died.” Still these two morning commuters… Continue reading

The Pork Barrel Scam – A Timeline

Here’s an attempt at a timeline for the Janet Lim-Napoles-Pork Barrel-PDAF Scam. I wouldn’t be surprised if I missed out certain dates, details or events from this timeline. Do let me know so… Continue reading

A Room With A View

© 2013 Ninfa Z. Bito Back in the day, this view would have commanded top price. It would be great to see the area come back to life.

The Napoles Surrender: A Hollywood thriller?

Since the dramatic surrender of Janet Lim-Napoles to President Benigno S. Aquino on August 28,  Filipino netizens have been up in arms regarding the events that transpired surrounding her arrest and detention.  The… Continue reading

2014 Budget Presentation to the Senate

2014 Budget Presentation to the Senate

#MillionPeopleMarch to #ScrapPork

26 August 2013. Quirino Grandstand. Manila, Philippines. Local news reports have said roughly 60,000 (and likely up 10 100K) people turned out at the Quirino Grandstand to send the message: “No more pork!”.… Continue reading

Bucolic in Manila: A Pasig River Estero Tour

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to take a tour of the rehabilitated ‘estero’ areas along the Pasig River in Manila by the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission. I had seen a… Continue reading

Bad Move: CA voids FedEx permit in Philippines (Updated)

UPDATED: FedEx to continue PHL operations… (via GMA News, July 23, 2013 8:12pm) “Pending final decision of the Supreme Court, CAB (Civil Aeronautics Board) has confirmed that FedEx (together with all 30 plus… Continue reading

Trickling Down?

“NSCB announced that the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 7.8 percent in the first quarter of 2013, faster than China (7.7 percent), Indonesia (6 percent), Thailand (5.3 percent), and Vietnam (4.9… Continue reading

Serendra Blast | 31-May-2013

At around 8PM on a busy Friday evening, a loud explosion rocked Unit 501 in the bustling Serendra mixed-use development. Unit 501, a corner unit fronting Market Market, ended up blown to smithereens leaving its living room… Continue reading

Nanie Guanlao & The Reading Club

Spring cleaning is in the air.  While clearing out my storage bins in the basement I came across three boxes stuffed with books. I already had donated about a hundred books had already… Continue reading

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