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I’ve always enjoyed the month of June. It marks the half-way point through the year and gives many the feeling that summertime and holidays are here. It’s also National No Smoking Month, so for those who smoke, let’s respect this
time and lock the cigarette packs away for the month. You’ll feel much better for it, and who knows, it might even help you kick the habit full-time.

Talking of holidays, Jamie Gonzales went off on one of his many travels and revisited Singapore. His tale of eating and drinking his way around this beautiful city can be found in Singapore Slings on page 72. I lived and worked in Singapore for a short while, and Jamie’s feature brought back some lovely memories of the Chinatown area where I lived.

Are you a coffee lover? If, like me, you find it difficult to get through the day without a few mugsful, then you’ll find new contributor Mara Zulueta Sandejas has a great deal of information to share in her first feature for us, Coffee Boons. There are many sceptics that maintain that coffee is not good for us, but this story makes a lot of good points. It’s time to make up your own mind.

Doods Santos has an interesting feature, Cruising and Saving a River, in which she tells us of her work with a volunteer group, SULOG, involved in river governance. Her trip aboard the MB Camaligan along the Bikol River enlightens us as to what we can achieve if we all make an effort to protect our country’s waterways.

Are we being fooled? Dennis Gargantiel’s article The Placebo Effect leads us to question if a pill can help cure us even if it contains no medicine. I have a little personal experience of this with my own father, and can attest to many of the points made. It’s another very interesting piece from Dennis.

I hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you.

Don’t forget to leave those cigarettes in the drawer, or better still, in the shop.

As Always,