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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…


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…




Philippines falls further down global league of corruption

The Philippines has fallen yet further down the world league of corruption, according to an annual study. The Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 places the country at 101st out of 176 countries — in equal place with Gabon, Niger, Timor-Leste, Peru, Thailand and Trinidad & Tobago. Last year the Philippines was recorded at…



Having a child in the Philippines. Part 1, the birth

As so often happens when two people of the opposite sex get together, the missus ended up pregnant. Suddenly, I was on a journey of discovery about what it means to have a child in the Philippines. It’s a very different experience from doing so in the west. First up,…


Drug cops strangled kidnap victim outside office of national police chief

The South Korean murdered by rogue anti-drug police was driven to Manila before being strangled inside Camp Crame, the nation’s police headquarters. It has been reported that the businessman was killed in an SUV parked just yards from the office of police chief Ronald dela Rosa, who has spoken of…