Navigating a world with a ‘perfect’ sibling

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When I was a kid, my mom said that all she prayed for was that my sister and I would love and look out for one another — I privately rolled my eyes at how dramatic she was. Now that I’m an adult, I get it. The world can be cold and cruel; when I hit rock bottom, I am always grateful I have my family to count on.

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I Learned The *Perfect* Job Doesn't Exist—Here's How I'm Dealing With My Career Growth

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Have you ever wondered whether or not you're on the right career path? I've felt that way ever since I received my diploma in Communication. As a writer, I love how my work involves introspection and a creative process. (Not to mention, it pays my bills, too.) But I never realized how much I've tied my identity to work.

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How a small voice reached big dreams

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Which kid hasn’t been asked to show off their talents in front of their relatives? We all did at some point in our lives, even Ainna Antiporda. Except her performances didn’t just wow her family. At age one, she recorded the music video of Bie Billy D, a nine-song cassette she co-gibbered with her sister, which turned into her debut as Jimmy Antiporda’s daughter and protégé.

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Opting out of motherhood is anything but selfish

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I grew up with mothers. My mother and her mom chose their children over everyone else. Lola sent my mom and her four siblings to college with money from her beauty parlor but never got to pursue her nursing dream. When Papa left for Saudi, Mama still managed to put me and my sister to bed each night without fail.

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Reconnecting With a High School Bully

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My phone lights up and Facebook notifies me of a message request from my former classmate. It would be my first conversation with John since senior year and, of course, it had to be a life insurance offer. But what left me shocked, staring blankly at the screen, were the words, “Just wanted to say I’m sorry for being a jerk.”

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When Giving Up Is An Option

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If there’s anything I learned from being an A+ student and a middle child, it’s hustling harder than others to get what I want. This philosophy has worked my entire life, even landing me a copywriter job in an exciting startup just months after graduating. I was paid well to do what I love, liked everyone I worked with, and was placed under the most nurturing manager one could possibly have.

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The Best Coffee Cities in Asia for Your Next Café Hopping Trip

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When Dr. Seuss said “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than dreams,” we are almost certain that he was referring to the feeling after you've had your first sip of coffee in the morning. A love affair with a cup of joe is not uncommon or unwarranted.

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The Palawan Bucket List: 30 Things to Do in One of the World’s Best Islands

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The Philippines’ last frontier, Palawan is revered by inspiration-seeking travelers and city-weary locals. Most folks visit to explore its incredible natural beauty, some go to find their happy place, while others even choose to retire in one of its beaches.

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Here’s Why the Banana Pancake Trail is Perfect for First-Time Backpackers

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Back in the days, traveling was a luxury. A stamp on a passport was seen as a badge reserved for the well-heeled, retirees, and those who can afford to take time off from their 9-to-5 grind.

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13 Things to Do in the Philippines for History, Culture, and Art Lovers

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Although much is known about the colonization of the Philippines, historical memoirs often begin with the arrival of the Spaniards, skipping our rich pre-colonial roots. For those who believe that there is more than meets the eye, living with what they know from elementary textbooks is simply not enough.

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