July 18, 2014

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The Search For Equilibrium: There Is No Such Thing As A Drama-Free Life

  If there’s anything ever-present in life, it’s drama. Well, some people say it’s “Change.” But for me, one thing I realize over and over, is that DRAMA is a more ever-present factor in one’s life. I’ve mentioned a few times that I decided to make a major turn in my career and go to […]

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July 9, 2014

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Things I Learned With Potty-Training A Puppy

As soon as I arrived at my parents’ house, my mom introduced me to their new puppy. He’s a smart one, my mom gushed, and she promptly told me stories of his antics. I guess it’s the Psychology graduate in me that took over, because I got challenged with wanting to potty-train the doggie before […]

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July 9, 2014

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Lifehack: Don’t Overload Yourself

Last week, I promised to tell you the last of the 3 Lifehacks that finally allowed me to get through my shift and get work done. But before I share that, allow me to summarize the first 2 Lifehacks: 1. Break down your project into manageable chunks. 2. Do the hard things first. And the […]

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July 2, 2014

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Lifehack: Do The Hard Things First

There was something useful my father taught me: When faced with assignments, work on the hardest ones first. At the moment, I have a very unsavory but fairly-paid project on my hands. The end result, with my articles on a European website, looks awesome, actually. However, personally, it is always an ordeal before I get […]

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July 1, 2014

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Yes, You Can.

No, it’s not National Mental Health Awareness Day. It’s not even Suicide Prevention or Self-Harm Prevention Day. I’m just click-hopping for the sake of looking for inspiration before I get down to working, when I saw this PostSecret Card again:   Like this card says, you do have a choice. Whether you’re within the Bell […]

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June 27, 2014

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Lifehacks: Things We’ve Been “Doing Wrong” For The Most Part

We take a break from the usual introspective posts that I publish on here, to give you a few videos that changed my perspective on the way we do things in daily life: 10 Things You’ve been Doing Wrong Everyday:   10 Life Hacks Every College Student Should Know:   You’ve Been Cooking Eggs Wrong […]

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June 24, 2014

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A Knock On The Upside Of My Head

I’ve always been fascinated by the Holocaust and life in concentration camps. When I first came across an East Asian country that’s isolated and is a threat to the region, I was gripped and fascinated. There was something not only jarring and shocking about the level of isolation that breeds cannibals, but there’s something deeply […]

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June 18, 2014

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How To Work On Overcoming Petrifying Fear As A Virtual Assistant

As a Virtual Assistant, I’ve crashed and burned countless of times throughout my career. I was rather surprised when I learned that this “phenomenon” is something that is rather common to a good majority of Virtual Assistants. In fact, I later learned that this is a pattern that also exists in Western freelancers and other […]

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June 10, 2014

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Lifehack: Break Down Your Project Into Chunks

Last week, I mentioned that there was a productivity lifehack I wanted to share with you. And since it’s still a Monday in the Western Hemisphere, and tomorrow’s a Tuesday, still one of the most work-centered days of the week, I’m finally sharing what it was about. 🙂 I got this lifehack, surprisingly, from one […]

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June 6, 2014

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Thoughtful Thursday, Strategic Planning For Your Personal Life, And A Reminder To ENJOY

It’s a Friday, and while I have a productivity hack I wanted to share, IT’S FRIDAY and it’s time for y’all (and me, too) to think of winding down for the weekend. So let’s reserve the productivity hack for next week. 🙂 Today, though, I share three things: “Thoughtful Thursday.” For all his masa appeal, […]

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May 31, 2014

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The Legal Wife

There’s a craze sweeping across the Philippine archipelago, and even among Filipinos abroad. After all the feel-good and light, happy dramas that Philippine primetime has been producing, comes a hardcore, very current and very relevant story: The Legal Wife. Many a Filipina wife can relate to the pain and the drama of dealing with a […]

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May 27, 2014

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X-Deals: Love Them Or Hate Them?

Before there was money, there was The Barter System. People traded goods with each other, so that they would be able to have what they needed. Bartering, in Philippine events and advertising parlance, is also called the “X-Deal.” EXchange Deal, in short. Nowadays, I would bet that advertising and events company mavens would scoff at […]

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May 23, 2014

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Life Isn’t Linear, So Go Chase Your Dreams!

  As a kid, I used to think of life as a linear process: You go to elementary school, graduate, go to high school, graduate, get to college, graduate, go to work. Or, you may want to get higher learning as you work. Or, in the case of Medical School, get a degree before you […]

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May 23, 2014

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Two Voices Of Regret, And One Key To Overcome Them

  “Regrets, I’ve had a few…” This is a line in that famous Frank Sinatra song, the one that’s killed quite a few karaoke fiends in the Philippines, “My Way.” But I’m not here to poke fun at its cultural/inside joke implications. I’m here to tell a story of two voices from three different people, […]

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May 20, 2014

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Live With A Deadline

When you have a deadline for something, you get pressured and you work your butt off to beat that deadline. If only the rest of life works that way. Most of us live life as if we’re going to live forever. So we never really say what we want to say, much less, what we […]

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May 15, 2014

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Book Review: Dirty Rocker Boys

I was looking for some easy reading after a very dramatic March and April, and I found Bobbie Jean Brown’s “Dirty Rocker Boys” on one of my favorite eBook apps on the Android. I’ve always preferred nonfiction to fiction, and this seemed like the perfect book to curl up to. I was able to make […]

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May 9, 2014

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The Case Of The Unwanted Houseguests

  No, this isn’t a horror story, though the title sounds like it. This is a story that many Filipinos may be able to relate to. This is a story that is common to our culture, because we’re simply so welcoming and so family-oriented. More than that, Filipinos are super non-confrontational. My neighbor and I […]

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May 7, 2014

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Book Review: God Is In The Small Stuff For Your Family by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz, First Impressions

A couple of mentors once told me that family counts as the most bloody, batty, insane, institution known to man. And yet, not a single one of us can escape it. We may attempt to live lives apart from our families, but those who do, find that they become disconnected and despondent. They experience a […]

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