The Almanack of Naval Ravikant (Book #1)

Naval Ravikant is an Indian-American entrepreneur and investor. I’ve been going through some travel blues lately, just coming from a long trip to Bhutan. When I’m feeling down or uninspired, I tend to turn to books. They’ve always been treasure troves of answers when times are uncertain.

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When the world is ending, whom do you want by your side?

Earlier this year, Danielle Braff, a writer for The New York Times, wrote about “The Great Pandemic Wedding Boom.” She said, “Historically, scary, stressful times have led to increased marriage rates,” citing hurricanes, the 9/11 attacks, and tsunamis as examples of these critical moments.

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The father’s creed: ‘Like father, like son’

“Like father, like son” is an old proverb that means the son followed in his father’s footsteps. I’ve seen this father-son dynamic in Creed, the seventh film in the iconic Rocky franchise by Sylvester Stallone. The new protagonist, Adonis, quits his cushy-looking white-collar job to fulfill his dreams of being a superstar boxer like his deceased father, Apollo.

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Love at First Swipe

On a recent long drive, a friend sent me a playlist to enjoy the scenic route. One song stuck to me, Razor Love by Neil Young, with the lyrics, “But I got faith in you, it’s a razor love that cuts clean through. I got faith in you, it’s a razor love that cuts clean through.”

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The rum diary: Confessions of a bar owner

In the novel Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, there is a bar scene between Lin, the protagonist, and a mysterious Swedish woman, Karla. She flirts with him: “Yes, you’re a good listener. That’s dangerous because it’s so hard to resist. Being listened to, really listened to, is the second-best thing in the world.”

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Falling for a real-life ‘oppa’

Every 16-year-old girl to 50-year-old woman is in love with a Korean oppa. The word has many definitions, but in this case, it’s a romantic interest. No family lunch is complete without my relatives swooning over an oppa.

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Three beauty queens’ guide to dating

Over 70 of the most beautiful women put their heels on for the 69th Miss Universe last Monday morning. I haven’t worn a pair of heels for a dinner date in more than a year, unlike them. Many women are also just as nervous about dating again.

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Why chefs need to rethink food during the pandemic

Mise en place is a French culinary phrase that means “putting everything in place.” Chefs pride themselves on this very act of being prepared for every restaurant service. They spend hours meticulously preparing every ingredient in a dish. The previous year has turned this act of prepping upside down with what felt like an invisible war over the pandemic.

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Jack & The Bookshop
An ode to all independent bookstores

My favorite fairytale is the story of the poor boy, Jack, and the beanstalk. The story starts with his mom giving him a cow to sell to make ends meet. On the way to the market, he trades the cow for five magic beans. His mom gets angry that there is no cold cash in his hands.

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The Imperfect Power of Now

Working from home has given me the freedom to prepare my meals. I love eating breakfast, lunch and dinner. These moments are the only times in the day I can be present with such ease. I usually have an idea of what I would like to eat, when hunger strikes.

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In Defense of The Late Bloomer

spoke to a friend recently about the idea of a late bloomer, a person who discovers their abilities later than usual.
She is in her 50s. I am in my 30s. We chuckled at calling ourselves ‘late bloomers.’
Then, it hit me that in our culture, we often glorify the overachievers and early adopters.
We call them lucky or deserving.

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Is honesty the best policy?

No one likes to receive bad news, even if it’s the truth.
Last week, I received bad news. And it made me reflect a lot on the common saying— honesty is the best policy.

Is it? Something is lacking in that principle.

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A Lesson in Care: Roast Chicken

We live in a selfish and narcissistic world, where genuine acts of service come by rare. We’re always thinking about what we need, what we want, and what we can get out of a situation. When was the last time you hit “pause” and asked another person these questions:
Are you hungry? Can I help you today? What can I do for you?

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No Worries

How A Daily Journal Can Save Your Mind

The first expression I learned while living in Australia was “No worries,”— meaning “do not worry.” or “no problem.”

I said this phrase a lot when I wanted to show I was calm even if I was not. A year before the pandemic, I lived alone in the Philippines. I was coming to terms with the end of a 10-year relationship. I was not in the healthiest and happiest place.

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Lego & Relationships

I came across this humorous article, “What Building A Lego Sculpture Taught Me About My Relationship.” It made me think about the lessons we can learn from playing LEGO and applying it to our relationships.

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The Litmus Test for Loyalty

Since starting the podcast in the last few months, I’m confronted by many stories on relationships riddled with infidelity.

I’ve met women who don’t trust men. And vice versa. I’ve heard that life is a risk, and there is no way you’ll know if someone will be loyal to you. I refuse to believe this premise.

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A Placebo Love

In The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle wrote, “Many love relationships, after the initial euphoria has passed, actually oscillate between ‘love’ and hate, attraction and attack.”

This quote reminded me of toxic relationships and why we choose to stay in them.

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Design A Good Life

“You can turn something that seems nothing into something really beautiful all the time. This is actually a good life. Basically, it’s not just an Instagrammable life. It’s something that I’d want to wake up to.”

Kitty Bunag is a lover of beauty. She is passionate about design, art, and photography. No matter what crisis life throws at her, she makes sure art is in her life.

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Two Truths And A Lie

We are experts at lying. Not a day goes by where we don’t lie.

TRUTH #1 — We lie at least once or twice a day.
Studies prove that honesty is not the best policy. Lying has become a simple life condition. We have endless motivations for lying— to save face, avoid hurting people, impress others, social lubricant, or prevent conflict.

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Is being vulnerable desirable?

I’ve noticed that people are cracking in the countless number of zoom calls and instant messages I’ve had. We’ve been trying to hold it together since the pandemic began.
We post daily on social media, showing our most photogenic and happy selves. But we are having a shitty time. Why can’t we admit it?

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Whirlwind Romances

When you know, you know.

Just tonight, we had Adrienne and Yu Cheol, a young interracial couple that met in Korea. They got married last year. And for most girls in their thirties obsessing over Kdrama, they are living the dream.

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Old-fashioned romance is not dead.

All you have to do is learn how to become
a true k-drama leading man or an oppa.

An oppa means ‘older brother.’ This Korean term also refers to any male that a girl feels close to, such as a brother, friend, or boyfriend.

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The Virtual Cleavage Is Your Brain

All you need to do is use it. Your luck might change.

A common sentiment I hear from people is that virtual dating is an impossible task. We took all these missing elements for granted before covid-19— physical touch, face-to-face conversation, and real-life quality time. Right now, dating feels like playing minesweeper, where one must stay clear of hidden mines and bombs.

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The Eternal Sunshine of A Spotless Breakup

Breakups are tough. It’s a different form of grief, a loss of a person’s presence and all the memories that come with that relationship. No one can ever really prepare for it. Yet, we all experience ‘the breakup pain’ at one point in our lives— whether it’s young love or a more mature one.

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Trust The Struggle

Learn radical acceptance of the process.
It’s never going to get better.
Nothing will ever make that feeling go away.
Nothing you will ever achieve will feel enough.
Develop yourself.
Care for yourself.
Don’t focus on the potential.

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Experience is the best teacher.

Second best? Chat with an entrepreneur for an hour.
You’ll get a masterclass in grit.
Meet Andrea Barrica, a first-generation Filipino-American. She runs, an online resource where people can learn about sexuality and pleasure. No judgment and all science-based.

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In Sickness & In Health

To love and cherish,
till death do us part.

I won’t deny that in every wedding I’ve attended, I look forward to the vows. That is the moment that two people make a pact of loyalty.

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Should we learn how to date in schools?

Or, are we better off being self-taught?
At school, I learned cursive penmanship, math, and speed reading. I would never place these interests in my dating profile.

All of these subjects never prepared me for dating and relationships. No one explains how to approach love, infatuation, and frustrations.

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How would you like your eggs? With success on the side

Ben Mercer, a former professional rugby player turned #1 Amazon Best Selling Author of Fringes – Life On The Edge of Professional Rugby
I chat with Ben Mercer, a writer, and former professional rugby player, on his eating habits and whether there’s a relation to the potential for success.

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There is such a thing as free lunch

The Philippines is a vulnerable country, as it is seated on the Pacific Ring of Fire. In a span of a year, we could endure an onslaught from typhoons, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. Some of these occurrences can generate 10 times as much energy as the Hiroshima atomic bomb. This month alone, there have been four typhoons.

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