Found: Skullcandy headphones for NBA fans

If my Dutch husband had a choice, our boys would be playing soccer.
But the Filipino half of the kids made them take to basketball naturally—what with a basketball court in every park in the villages.

Ben and Markus play basketball

Before he could even talk, our son Markus was expertly dribbling his baby basketball.
Now that they’re tweens, they’re still obsessed with the sport—as well as their gadgets.
As soon as they’re done with school, tutor and homework, I let them to use their gadgets to help them unwind.
Of course I would rather they pick up a book like I did when I was younger and had no Internet.
But they boys need their toys—among them, the cool headphones.

So the Skullcandy NBA collection is finally here and available in over 100 retail stores in the country.
Skullcandy, makers of cool, quality headphones, collaborated with the NBA to showcase the names and team logos of six of today’s hottest NBA players, like Kobe Bryant
Derrick Rose
Kevin Durant
Rajon Rondo
and Dwyane Wade.
Miami Heat - Dwayne Wade

For those who prefer earphones, the line features logos of the LA Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, NY Knicks, and Miami Heat.

The Skullcandy NBA headphones are priced at Php 4950 while earphones are Php 1550.
Skullcandy audio products are available at The A.Shop, AstroVision, Bratpack, DC, Gadgets in Style, Mobile 1, Ambassador Appliance, R.O.X, Tribu, Robinson’s Department Store Ermita and Galleria, and online at

Anita Moorjani comes to Manila

“I had the choice to come back… or not. I chose to return when I realized that heaven is a state, not a place…”

I’m scared. What if you died and had a choice to come back? Would you?
When I was asked to blog about Anita Moorjani’s talk in Manila, I became interested when I found out she is the New York Times best-selling author of Dying to be Me, a remarkable account of her near-death experience and almost instant recovery from Stage Four Cancer (Lymphoma).


Anything about cancer and recovery touches something in me.
Papa, Chelo, Tito Yoyong, Ricky, Margarita, Wil, Gerdie, Rita, and Trisha are some relatives and friends who have had cancer. Some of them have died, some of them are fighting, and some of them have survived.
In fact three of of those names are my first cousins, so cancer hits very much close to home.

Anita Moojani’s healing has remained one of the most amazing ever recorded in Medical History. Her new found perspective on life, death, and her moving message of hope continue to bring much comfort to cancer survivors, their families, and numerous followers.
She inspires her audience to transform their lives by living more authentically, discovering their greatest passions and purpose, transcending their deepest fears, and living always from a place of pure joy.
If you have been touched by cancer or someone with cancer, don’t miss this life-changing opportunity.

AMoorjani pic hairdown-DSC_0072

Anita Moorjani will be in Manila this January 26 and 27, 2013 for a talk at the RCBC Plaza Theater and the Makati Shangri-La Hotel.
I’ll be there on the birthday of my cousin Chelo, who lost her battle with leukemia in 2008.

FA Invitation:flyer

How to spell awkward?

Mahirap maging sikat” is a Filipino expression that means “it’s hard to be famous.”
When you’re on top and the world is at your feet, people constantly bug you that you just learn how to say no.
Like when Justin Bieber refused to autograph a NAIA employee’s CD.
In this clip, it appears that Justin Bieber slaps the CD out of the autograph seeker’s hand, sending it to the floor.

Madonna can be pretend to be gracious as she accepts flowers given by a fan, but really hate it.

Or worse, you’re given five minutes to interview the hottest star in Hollywood, only to find out she hates all your questions.
In fairness, Anne’s handlers should’ve screened the questions before Ricky Lo interviewed her. It would have spared him the humiliation of what happens below.
Lesson from Anne: keep on smiling while being a bitch.

P.S. She was much nicer to Matt Lauer who asked similar questions, minus Lea Salonga.

How President Quezon saved more than 1,200 Jews

“Roosevelt and Churchill saved Western civilization, but President Quezon of the Philippines—and so few people know that—saved 1200 Jewish souls—as many as Schindler, maybe even more. And that is the epitome, basically, of Judaism. It says if you save one soul, you save mankind.”

Alex and Herb Frieder with President Quezon in 1940

I have read a few versions of Anne Frank’s diary.

Anne Frank portraits

I have been to her hiding place in Amsterdam.

Anne Frank Huis

In Houston, I went inside this train used to transport Jews during the Holocaust.

This car transported Jews during the Holocaust
This car transported Jews during the Holocaust

Schindler’s List and The Pianist never fail to make me cry.

What I didn’t know until this night was the Philippines became a safe haven for Jews during World War 2.
Washington-based independent filmmaker Noel M. Izon has made a feature-length documentary called An Open Door: Jewish Rescue in the Philippines, which tells an uplifting story of how our small Asian nation was able to save over 1,200 Jews as they fled from Nazi Germany.

Once upon a time our country was major a afam (foreigner) town.
Just check out these LIFE magazine photos of Manila Polo Club in 1942.

polo club 1942
polo club

Jewish refugees in a party at the Frieder’s home in Manila, 1940


In this extended trailer, you’ll see how the Jews and afams lived in Manila during World War II.
It is 15 minutes long, and as the story unfolded, I cried as the Jewish survivors spoke fondly about the Philippines and its people. You will too.

Meanwhile, Rescue in The Philippines, is a one-hour documentary “of the previously untold story of how five Frieder brothers, Cincinnati businessmen making two-for-a-nickel cigars in pre-WWII Manila, together with Manuel Quezon, the charismatic first president of the Philippines, Paul McNutt, US High Commissioner and former governor of Indiana (preparing for his own presidential campaign) and an ambitious Army Colonel named Dwight Eisenhower—helped 1,200 Jews escape the Nazis and immigrate to the Philippines.”
Here’s an excerpt:

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