Thursday, December 18, 2014

The ‘Peter Pan Generation': Adult toy collectors

Image - Mark Van Seeters
It’s a common thing these days for people to say that they know of an adult friend who still has a thing for collecting children’s toys and books, or has a growing collection of comic books or some other kind of collection that seems to be “not right” for their age.

And let’s be honest: for many of us, adults who like collecting toys or children’s stuff seems to really be a question of maturity, and can even be deeply disturbing. However, have we ever really asked ourselves if it’s not some sort of imposed standard on other people – one that is unfairly biased against them?

In short: why do some adults have toy collections that seem to make them some sort of “Peter Pan,” someone who refuses to grow up?

Read the full article at the Philippine Online Chronicles

Photo by Mark van Seeters, c/o

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Vanity, thy name is Pinoy

When Pinoys talk about vanity, it’s like talking about the whole virgin and whore paradox: We seem to hold it as an essential thing, but at the same time, we think of it with disdain. It’s as if we love the idea of looking good, and yet we loathe making it obvious that we have a vain side to our personalities.
So why is it that Pinoys love to be books with great-looking covers, even if their pages are full of good content (to stretch the metaphor to painful lengths)?

Click here to read more at the Philippine Online Chronicles
“Vanity,” by A. Pagliaricci, c/o

Monday, December 1, 2014

Skin deep: The importance of good looks


While good looks may not mean everything, first impressions do count – as well as being good-looking (or at least presentable) for our loved ones. However, it’s not just about good looks, it’s about good looks in the overall sense.

Read more at the Philippine Online Chronicles

“Venus” by John Robinson, from