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Articles by Dave Bramovich


Bramovich: How to eat a fish eye

A few years ago there was an extremely poorly behaved Icelandic volcano (Eyjafjallajökull, since you ask) which resulted in the shut down of all air traffic over Europe. At the time I was living in Malaysia and traveling regularly to Hong Kong to visit my (now erstwhile) Father who had lived in…


Peasant food in the provinces: Pasta and meatballs

Peasant food in the provinces: Bring on the meatballs Here we were last night sitting on the sofa staring at the idiot box and wondering what on earth to make for dinner. My partner, since she met me, has been ruined forever. The Philippine staples, things like the ubiquitous Adobo…


Bramovich: Duterte’s war on everything

I was thinking this morning about all the things Duterte hates and I’ve realised he’s “gone to war” on an impressive list of ills since he came to power. He’s publicly attacked the media. He’s locked horns with the Americans. He’s gone up against the EU, his own cabinet, drugs,…





Bramovich: A raucous romp through the global news

I was going on one of my trips down memory lane this morning. Once a month or so I engage in an unfettered gluttonous indulgence in the news from some of the countries I’ve lived in over the last few years. It never ceases to amaze me how cultural norms…


Bramovich: Caveat emptor, gentlemen

After waking up this morning, sitting down at my computer with a cup of coffee and seeing yet another accusatory expatriate stoush occurring in one of the myriad Facebook groups where keyboard warriors type before they think, I came up with an idea for a column. The particular vitriolic rant…


Bramovich: The problem with the Philippines

In a country where one in four people are below the poverty line it’s no surprise that there are a lot of social problems. According to the CIA World Fact Book the number of people living below the poverty line is 25.2%. That equates to the population of Australia. Looking…