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CANDID By Ardelle Merton
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Like city Wallpaper
by CANDID By Ardelle Merton - May 5, 2007 - 12:00am
One can''t miss all the campaign material lining our vision - the mix of faces, names and colors strategically catch our eye everywhere we turn. The posters have become like city wallpaper. The campaigning...
Of the Bar exam and law school
by CANDID By Ardelle Merton - April 21, 2007 - 12:00am
Congratulations to the fresh lawyers who passed the September 2006 Bar Exam! Special congratulations to the two lawyers from Cebu who made it to the top ten, fellow Carolinian Karen Gaviola at 7th place and...
My fair lady
by CANDID By Ardelle Merton - April 14, 2007 - 12:00am
Last week, I accompanied a close friend to the grocery store when she wanted to buy toiletries. What she dumped into her basket were toiletries all right - that is, all the whitening varieties. I saw the...
Hats off to the graduates!
by CANDID By Ardelle Merton - March 31, 2007 - 12:00am
Congratulations to the graduates of 2007! Each year churns out a fresh batch of graduates and each batch brims with promise and potential. Graduation day -whether from elementary, high school or college -...
Of fast-food joints and grocery counters
by CANDID By Ardelle Merton - March 17, 2007 - 12:00am
One weekend, some friends and I were at a fast-food place. We're relatively young so we're still fast-food junkies. We took our usual orders onto the plastic trays and set ourselves down on the table to...
The high life
by CANDID By Ardelle Merton - March 10, 2007 - 12:00am
After daylight, when the sun goes down on a sleepy city such as Cebu, you're in a secluded area and you're a cheapskate like me who saves on lighting costs, you find yourself literally in the dark. You're...
The amazing race
by CANDID By Ardelle Merton - February 24, 2007 - 12:00am
The May elections in bubbling right up. Campaign materials are popping up in the most visible places and the candidates up for public office are splashed all over the media. This year, we're seeing the likes...
Love is in the air
by CANDID By Ardelle Merton - February 10, 2007 - 12:00am
As we speak, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Valentine décors and gift ideas are lighting up malls, restaurants, shops and the media. By now, the taken ones are sweating...
Peso saved, peso earned
by CANDID By Ardelle Merton - February 3, 2007 - 12:00am
Back in my undergrad studies as a Commerce student, we once had a guest speaker in one class of a major subject. She was a young entrepreneur who, together with her husband, had set up an ink refilling station...
Comfort room culture
by CANDID By Ardelle Merton - January 20, 2007 - 12:00am
Not that I did a formal survey or anything but I estimate that a female goes to the comfort room (CR for brevity) at least once during the course of every outing. It's a place of retreat, comfort, retouch...
January in Cebu
by CANDID By Ardelle Merton - January 13, 2007 - 12:00am
Mabuhay to the Heads of State and the delegates of the 12th ASEAN Summit! As One Caring and Sharing Community, may the member countries achieve the overall objective to engage the ASEAN leaders in exchanging...
New Year Scribbles
by CANDID By Ardelle Merton - December 30, 2006 - 12:00am
New Year's Day is just around the corner and it's a fresh beginning for just about anybody. By this time, some people have drawn up their annual list of New Year resolutions, which I'm guessing is very similar to...
Picture, picture
by CANDID By Ardelle Merton - December 16, 2006 - 12:00am
It's inevitable. Expected even. There just has to be a camera to capture every single event, every moment, every breath. Before camera phones and digital cameras, which made life much easier, cameras were...
Weighty issues
by CANDID By Ardelle Merton - December 9, 2006 - 12:00am
A lot of people are really conscious of their weight. Especially in this day and age when models and media personalities are stick-thin, the obsession for the "in" figure can get menacing. And I mean...
Metro men
by CANDID By Ardelle Merton - November 25, 2006 - 12:00am
Just a few days ago in the mall, there was a guy so good-looking that I stopped mid-sentence talking to a friend, just so I could gape at him. Now it's not always surprising to see a stunningly beautiful...
Starry-eyed Teens
by CANDID By Ardelle Merton - November 18, 2006 - 12:00am
When Josh Groban's haunting, semi-operatic voice is paired off with lyrics like "Starry, starry night, Paint your palette blue and grey, Look out on a summer's day, With eyes that know the darkness in my...
Friendly Skywalks
by CANDID By Ardelle Merton - November 11, 2006 - 12:00am
Escalators on our Mandaue skywalks? That seems like a grand but almost impractical thought.
Where has all our paper gone?
by CANDID By Ardelle Merton - November 4, 2006 - 12:00am
Technology always has something new. It's boundless and unpredictable, boldly challenging the traditional and the tried-and-tested. Digital photo albums and on-line journals (blogs) like on Multiply.com or...
ASEAN Anxieties
by CANDID By Ardelle Merton - October 28, 2006 - 12:00am
Okay, so the ASEAN Summit is bubbling right up and it's impossible not to notice. The newly asphalted roads, the freshly painted electric posts and the - dare I mention it? - upcoming four-day school break...
Are we robbing ourselves?
by CANDID By Ardelle Merton - October 21, 2006 - 12:00am
I was reading my e-mail one morning when I received mail from one who read The Freeman online, since he's in the States. He was commenting first about the government's rather flaccid moves in prosecuting the...
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