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'I wasn't thinking about the money. I was going after what I love the most.'
Growing up, I came from a family of medical professionals and educators. My mom is a nurse by profession and my dad is a veterinarian. Life wasn't easy for them. Lumaki sa hirap ang mga magulang ko and I'
'My career so far has not just been about becoming a better writer, but it's also a journey towards self-love and self-care.'
My Communication degree didn't groom me for a career in writing. I chanced upon a job listing posted by a friend in a Facebook group. It was a callout for someone who liked to tell stories for a travel and
Saying no to budol once and for all!
When I was asked if I could do this challenge, I was literally in the middle of curating my online shopping cart of bawas-init wardrobe. I basically had the same bralette, but in different colors. These days, people say dressing up
By the time I was 29, I was juggling five extra writing jobs in total.
My relationship with money used to be hot and cold. My past attitude towards my finances is something many twentysomethings can relate to: I loved buying things for myself as a "reward" for my hard work, and I enjoyed the luxuries my
Heads up: The process involves a lot of waiting.
If you were to take a look at my wallet right now, the first things you'll see are my debit cards, some polaroid pics, a bit of cash, and my driver's license. Unlike other people, one thing I
I returned to Manila feeling like my head and heart had been straightened out.
It was March 2, and my dad was preparing for a much-awaited flight to Cebu, after a month of having stayed in my Manila apartment for work errands. He had come from a 12-month contract abroad as a seafarer and
'I saw someone straight out of a horror movie—and I liked it.'
Before I became a writer, I liked to scare people for a living, but not in the pop-out-of a-haunted-house kind of way. For about seven years, I worked as a professional SFX makeup artist and body painter. I
'Having a ~*quota*~ keeps me from overspending and from buying too many items.'
Even before the start of the quarantine, I'm sure many of us-if not, all of us-have experienced the act of budol at least once. Whether it's your friends convincing you to buy that trendy item they
Are you looking for a new sex toy?
The first vibrator I ever owned was a PR gift-thank you, Cosmo-and it inspired me to be more open about masturbation. Because the truth is, we don't talk about it enough. And when we do, it's
Yes, in the middle of a pandemic.
I always thought I had more time-more time to travel, more time to date, and most of all, more time to save money. In my twenties, I thought, "It'd be nice kung may savings ako ngayon pero parang that&#
Probinsya life? Here's what it's been like so far.
Over the weekend, I had one of my "munimos", a cute term my mom and I call our muni-muni moments, and I thought about what my twenty-year-old self would say if she knew I was: 1) living with my
Having a mini me with so many needs definitely tests my patience.
With or without the pandemic, being a mom is equal parts difficult, scary, and fulfilling. Nurturing a life inside you for nine months and giving birth are mere teasers. What comes after is so much more exciting-but also trying.You could
Video calls with them make me feel like we’re all together in our kitchen.
Our family is big, but I've always been super clingy with my mom. I wanted to be around her all the time, and she was also the type to tell me to come and watch her cook. Whenever she was
The report also included ancestry data and insights on my personality traits.
When people talk about DNA tests, they're usually in the contexts of paternity suits and ancestry reports. So when I first heard about CircleDNA, I got curious because they claim to be able to share valuable insights and offer concrete recommendations
One thing I realized was how much of my identity and self-worth were tied to my job, and that I let this happen to myself, too.
I used to joke with friends that because of my job as an editor of an online publication, I lived on the internet. I was often guilty of scrolling mindlessly through my social media accounts over brunch or dinner because I felt
Is it worth it?
I can't remember the last time I went to bed and immediately fell asleep. My day-to-day schedule pre-pandemic used to include driving for hours to get to work when I was in Manila. When I was attending graduate
'I learned that I am surrounded by people in my life who love and support me.'
BRB, Taking A Break is a new Cosmo series that's all about hitting the pause button on whatever's stressing you out and taking the time to rest and reflect-two things we all need to do more of
I wasn't alone in feeling this sudden urge to make bread.
I've always liked baking-I found cooking tedious, from the chopping and preparing ingredients for the mise en place to standing over a stove waiting for things to simmer and brew. I wasn't very patient if I had
Coleen and Raizel talk about how they started wall-climbing (and what they love most about it).
BRB, Taking A Break is a new Cosmo series that's all about hitting the pause button on whatever's stressing you out and taking the time to rest and reflect-two things we all need to do more of
Sometimes it's the micro-rejections that hurt like hell.
The message lands like a body into ice-cold water.You're amazing.You deserve better. I'm sorry.There were other words. But it all boiled down to the same thing. The "it's not you it'