Painting Facebook French

Nakiuso. In English: riding on the “in” thing. So was the general comment when many on Facebook changed their profile photos to the colors of the French flag. There was that skepticism on whether people really understood what the switch in profile photos was for. Was it a matter of fad? Or did it carry…

To Trust or Not to Trust?

(Column in Times Focus published 19 November 2015.) Before imaginations go wandering off, I am not writing about procreation or contraceptives. This is about the value of that essential component of a relationship: trust. But let me narrow it down to the context of taxis. Whenever we ride a taxi, the ideal is we comfortably take the back…

SUGARFREE: The Proverbial Pen

(Invited to be a columnist for “Times Focus”. My first entry released today.)  For a column head, SUGARFREE appears quite tasteless. It’s devoid of imagination, a plain twist to something mundane. Harmless, you may say. Quite the contrary, in a gastronomic sense, something that is sugar-free is heaven-sent. It can be among the world’s top…