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Podcasts Every Candy Girl Should Give a Listen

Whether you're looking for a productive way to spend an hour or want to boost yourself out of inevitable summer boredom, these gems are perfect listens worth your phone's extra memory.

When you're bored out of your wits by your standard Spotify playlists or are suffering through hours of traffic on the road, there's nothing more entertaining than tuning into a podcast. There's a wealth of informative and interesting radio shows out there that make you feel like you're listening in on a cool conversation or even talking to a friend. Whether you're looking for a productive way to spend an hour or want to boost yourself out of inevitable summer boredom, these gems are perfect listens worth your phone's extra memory.

  1. Ladies who Lunch with Ingrid Nilsen and Cat Valdes
    ladieswholunchshow.com/listen/

YouTube creators Ingrid Nilsen (known for her lifestyle and beauty videos) and Cat Valdes (artist and gamer) discuss relevant topics that empower women of all ages. Feminists in their own right, Ingrid and Cat tackle everything from relationships, social phobias, sex and more, all with a sense of humor and a willingness to share their own personal anecdotes. PS: They also share what they're munching on every episode, which will make you want to get off your seat and grab a bag of hot Cheetos.

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Shows to listen to: Episode 52, Reconciling with an Ex; Episode 48: The Bitter Feeling of Being Betrayed

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  1. The Rookie Podcast with Tavi Gevinson
    mtv.com 

Who doesn't love wunderkind Tavi Genvinson? The phenom behind the independent online magazine Rookie, has recently joined the podcast game by delivering Rookie-relevant content to listeners worldwide. Every episode is chockfull of interviews with actors, artists, musicians and more. With interesting segments like "Ask a Grown" (where Tavi solicits sound advice from trustworthy grown-ups), "Life Skills" (which discusses super practical advice like "never settling for less") and starter kits to initiate you into your next new hobby (love the astrology breakdown), this podcast keeps all Rookies well-informed and well-rounded.

Shows to listen to: The Year of Emotions, Feat. Lorde and Hilton Als; Be Proud of Who You Are, Feat. Ibtihaj Muhammad and George Saunders

  1. Perfectly Imperfect with Christine and Regina
    perfectlyimperfect.simplecast.fm 

Christine Chen and Regina Fang are big advocates of the Asian American community in media, but are also overall just supporters of women in general. Listen to these two dish it out about friendship, family, relationships and school—they're insights make you feel like you've got an older sister hearing you out through the good, the bad and the ugly parts of growing up. Bonus, Christine is taking one-on-one calls with listeners to help spread the good vibes no matter what crisis you’re gong through.

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Shows to listen to: Why is Everyone Else so Perfect?; Friendship Status: It's Complicated

  1. Disney Princess Deathmatch
    itunes.apple.com

Think you're too old for Disney Princesses? Think again, as these two friends pit every official Disney Princess against each other to see who takes the trophy as the absolute best. Hosts Liz and Sarah take things very seriously when it comes to the competition, judging each princess according to strict criteria: aria (their signature princess "I Want" song), animal companions, outfit, and even how they would fare in a hypothetical zombie apocalypse. See if your princess of choice actually makes it up the deathmatch ladder and find out who the eventual winner is!

Shows to listen to: Moana (Disney Princess Deathmatch Special); Anna & Elsa and the Final Restults

  1. Dear Hank & John
    soundcloud.com/dearhankandjohn 

You may know the Green brothers from their Vlogbrothers YouTube videos (Reviewing for a science or history test? This is an excellent resource!), or perhaps you're a fan of John Green's books... In any case, Hank and John make for a fun listen when you're in the mood for some curious trivia or some all out laughs. Every week, the duo takes in questions from listeners and with a very staunch disclaimer that all their advice is actually "dubios," attempt to answer everything from serious relationship questions to inquisitive inquiries ("Where are chicken's ears located? Why don't I see them?). Each episode starts off with a reading of a short poem and ends with a deep and thorough update on each of the brother’s passions: what's happening on the planet Mars and AFC Wimbledon.

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Shows to listen to: "Life is Hard and Also Has Good Things"; "The Kindness Muscle"

  1. Modern Love
    wbur.org/modernlove

If you've ever followed a link to one of The New York Times' Modern Love essays, you know that this series will provide thought-provoking, heartfelt and sometimes gut-wrenching true stories about love and all its many facets. Every week, an essay is read by an actor, artist, or notable personality and is followed up by updates on the essayists themselves. With this audio version of the popular column, you aren’t just left with a satisfying end to every read, but with a "what happens next" interview to clue you in on life after love.

Shows to listen to: "In a Small Bag"; "The End of Small Talk"

  1. The History Chicks
    thehistorychicks.com 

If you've gotten a bad rap from your parents for sitting around aimlessly and doing nothing, you can show them that you're actually increasing your brainpower when you've got your headphones on by listening to this educational podcast. On every episode, Beckett and Susan tackle the life of an important female figure in history, tracing her family tree, figuring out what made her famous, and ultimately what led to her untimely end. Whether you're an actual history nerd who loves herself some biographies, or are just plain curious about people like Marie Antoinette, Joan of Arc or Zelda Fitzgerald, this podcast will lead you down a rabbit hole that will make you realize just how important women are in running the world.

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Shows to listen to: "Frida Kahlo"; "Mulan"

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Chinggay Labrador is a freelance writer for several publications in Manila and overseas. An architect by profession, she loves to travel, dabble in design, bake brownies, bike, surf, practice yoga, and contribute to her family's blog, thehappylab.com.ph. She has released three novels, and her latest fictional short story will be published this month under Buqo Bookstore. She is currently working on a collaborative novel. Chinggay is also a yoga instructor teaching vinyasa yoga, foundations and restoratives. 
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Today, I am sharing my mother's story. I wish my mother was a constant in my life, like an angel who guards you to sleep and comes right there when you called. But angels come back home too, in heaven where they always belonged, and my mother went back a little early. My mother died when I was 13 years old. My last memory of my mother: Letting go when you are not yet ready is a very cruel thing that one has to ever experience. It is a sudden wave of total sadness and desperation crashing into your very core.

On the 28th of July 2013, we went to a resort in Bataan for the employees’ getaway. My parents own a 7-11 franchise, and it had always been a tradition to give their store clerks a get-together every year. I remember very well the last breakfast I had with my mother. The Sunday morning sky was clear and sunny, and the sea was calm and tranquil as we ate our breakfast on a cottage under the tall palm trees. She shared with us a strange dream she had the other night. She dreamt about an unknown woman holding an ice pick chasing her down on a dimly lit street, then she woke up just before the woman could grab her arm. We never knew what that dream exactly meant and now, I wished I never knew its meaning. After breakfast, my family and our employees decided to take a swim at the beach. The day was nice. The morning air may be chilly but the sun’s kiss on our skins gave us warmth. It was perfect. Everything is fine and the tides are low which made it very enjoyable to swim. We swam a little farther from the shore and we stopped to the point where the water reached our shoulders. We were talking about the good things in life and reminiscing the good old days. Those are the things that I’ve always loved about my family because I never had a meaningless conversation with them.

A few moments later, we heard a panicking call for help from one of our store clerks. It was Rachel. She was struggling to keep her head above water. She was already drowning but the odd thing was, she was only a few feet away from us. At first, we thought she was just playing around until we felt the sand in our toes dissolving like powder. It felt like as if the seafloor submerged deeper. I remembered sighting the shore and it seemed so close yet very far away. We were all panicking at that time. No one knew how to swim except my mother so without having second thoughts she swam towards Rachel and called out to my father, “Yung mga anak mo! Dalhin mo sa pampang yung mga anak mo!” and I never thought I already heard my mother’s last words to my father. I was paddling like a dog, gasping for air, as I say a little prayer to God to take us all back to safety. I felt my father grabbing our swimsuits, trying to lift our bodies so we can breathe even though he was also struggling to keep himself alive. Once I felt my toes touch the ground, there came a veil of relief that covered my whole body. As soon as my father and my sister made it to the shore we started calling out for help. There were no lifeguards on duty at that time, no personnel, nor guards. I saw my mother already floating in her stomach. We sighted a boat sailing nearby, we waved our hands and called for their attention. They almost ignored us because they cannot comprehend what we were trying to relay but the good thing was a passenger in the boat noticed my mother and Rachel in the water.

My mother’s body was laid on the shore. She was unconscious and her whole body was pale as white. My father performed CPR but my mother couldn’t get the water come out of her mouth because the food she ate earlier got stuck in her throat and blocked the passage. A concerned tourist offered his car to deliver my mom in a nearby health center or a clinic of some sort since the hospital was miles away from the beach and she needs immediate care. My father told us to stay in the hotel room and prepare mom’s belongings so that if she wakes up she has fresh clothes to change into. My sister and I finished packing our things and waited for our father to pick us up from the hotel. I was crying and I couldn’t stop myself because I was afraid to lose my mother. I couldn’t imagine what my life would be if I lose her that day. Moments lasted until we heard a knock on the door and it was my father, crying, and apologizing to us. He hugged me and my sister tightly and saying, “Sorry, anak, sorry hindi na uuwi si mommy, sorry hindi ko nasagip si mommy”. And that was the moment I felt sinking into the ground. I never knew what to feel at first. I was numb because my worries were now actually a reality that I have to live in. I was at shock because I am now one of the kids in those cliche teleseryes who lost a mother at an early age. We went to the health center to settle everything. The clinic was very small and it sure did lack equipment. He told us to stay in the car. I wanted to see my mom, but I know he never wanted us to see her like that. I didn’t know what to feel. I was having high anxiety levels that my stomach is churning and I wanted to vomit. I got off the car and entered the health center to find the restroom. When I was finding my way around, I passed by the emergency room. I saw my mother lying in a foldable bed, lifeless, her hands dangling from the side of the bed, she has violet bruises on her skin, and her body was partially covered with a white towel.

That is when it sunk into me that she’s dead and never coming back. My father asked the others to just commute back to Manila because what we need right now is comfort from our family. The drive back home was one of the most painful memory I had as a kid. My father was in the steering wheel crying his eyes out. We drove from Bataan to Pampanga. We went home to my grandmother’s house, the nearest house that we can call “home” because how are we still going to be “home” without her?

Once we reached Pampanga, we stopped over to the gas station and my father made some calls to our loved ones to tell them that my mother passed away. He then called my aunt to help him arrange for the funeral. We got home and my grandmother hugged us and told us to get some rest. Already tired of crying, I went to sleep for a while. I woke up and for a second, I thought everything that happened the other day was all just a dream. That she was there in Manila, sitting on the couch reading some furniture magazine, waiting for us to go home. But that’s how cruel life is, right? I got up and weirdly, I felt sands in the bed. It was gray, just like the ones on the beach. I thought maybe it was just dirt but it was a fair amount to believe that maybe she visited us before she left. - ?

- The part of how I conquered the grief of her passing is shared in my personal blog. I felt the need to share my story with everyone since she's the woman I look up to. Feel free to visit my personal blog too when you have the time. I love writing my stories. Thank You! link: http://qkathreece.wixsite.com/kathreecequizon/post/breaking-waves

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