‘Exp,’ ‘BB,’ ‘Use by’

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 11/03/2021

Here’s another angle to the ongoing conference on the climate emergency: food waste. Many of us grew up with the mantra, “Don’t waste your food. There are hungry people out in the streets.” In Western countries, parents…

The dead and the living

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 10/27/2021

Even before COVID-19, many Filipino families have been visiting the dead on days other than the week of Nov. 1 to avoid traffic congestion and crowds. I’m hoping though we will set aside family time during the…

‘Great Resignations’

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 10/20/2021

Resign” generally has negative connotations, as when we call on a head of state or a company executive to resign. It can also mean passive acceptance of one’s situation, even when it is negative. Finally, among work-oriented…

Rapid testing

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 09/29/2021

Two weeks ago I wrote about rapid antigen (lateral flow) tests that can detect if you have been infected with COVID-19 by testing for the protein fragments of the virus in saliva, or nose and throat swabs.…

9/11

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 09/08/2021

There’s something about commemorative dates that reduce wars to a flash attack, quick and brutal. Think of the US atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima (Aug. 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (Aug. 9, 1945). The Japanese attack on Pearl…

Air purifiers

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 08/18/2021

I am so glad Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire has declared Monday that “there is no evidence” for wearable or necklace air purifiers protecting against COVID-19. Vergeire was reiterating a joint recommendation issued in February 2021 by…

Walk

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 05/26/2021

Writer’s block? Depressed? Angry? Blood pressure shooting up? Walk, and it’s more than for just the four problems I have named. The pandemic has converted many of us into couch potatoes, content with staying indoors with the…

Keep reading

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 04/28/2021

With the pandemic, World Book Day passed almost unnoticed last April 23, a date chosen because it is the death anniversary (same month, day, and year!) of two of the world’s greatest writers: Miguel de Cervantes and…

Ventilation better than deep-cleaning

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 04/14/2021

People tend to think that science consists of absolute truths that will not change, forgetting that science is in fact self-correcting, using new facts and evidence coming out of research. This has certainly been the case with…

Pandemic fog

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 03/31/2021

I feel like we, as a nation, are beginning to behave like a child caught in a dysfunctional, even violent, relationship with elders. Even if we know something’s seriously wrong, we endure our suffering because we’re trapped…

And it came to pass

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 03/17/2021

Taal volcano’s latest tantrums, “tampo,” seem to be a way to remind us about the first quarter of 2020 that started with its eruption even as a new lethal virus, still unnamed, percolated. It’s a tiny virus,…

Beyond Lapulapu

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 03/10/2021

Amid the continuing pandemic, there’s growing but still subdued excitement over the Quincentennial Commemoration of the Victory of Mactan, pegged on April 27. Most people I talk to are aware of the battle where Lapulapu repelled and…

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