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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.

Bliss in Bhutan Essay 2 | Stop and smell more than just the roses. 

The first morning I woke up here in Kichu Resort, I have never slept more soundly. My room is near the river, and my bedside window shows the lushness of Paro, Bhutan. This place is quarantine heaven. A lot of people asked me, “How will you survive the 21 days?” 

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.

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.

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.

Ego As The Insatiable Beast

There is nothing more freeing than knowing that the ego is an insatiable beast. That no matter how hard you work, it would never be satisfied.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Lessons from Andrea Barrica, A Tech Entrepreneur

Have you ever looked up the meaning of grit? You’ll see that it means “courage and resolve; strength of character.” I associate this word with Andrea Barrica, our guest for this week’s 30 Questions with Thriving Women (Episode 5).

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.

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.

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.

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 O.school, an online resource where people can learn about sexuality and pleasure. No judgment and all science-based.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bliss in Bhutan Essay 2 | Stop and smell more than just the roses. 

The first morning I woke up here in Kichu Resort, I have never slept more soundly. My room is near the river, and my bedside window shows the lushness of Paro, Bhutan. This place is quarantine heaven. A lot of people asked me, “How will you survive the 21 days?” 

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.

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.

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.

Ego As The Insatiable Beast

There is nothing more freeing than knowing that the ego is an insatiable beast. That no matter how hard you work, it would never be satisfied.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Lessons from Andrea Barrica, A Tech Entrepreneur

Have you ever looked up the meaning of grit? You’ll see that it means “courage and resolve; strength of character.” I associate this word with Andrea Barrica, our guest for this week’s 30 Questions with Thriving Women (Episode 5).

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.

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.

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.

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 O.school, an online resource where people can learn about sexuality and pleasure. No judgment and all science-based.

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.

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.

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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