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You don't have to keep it in just because you can't open up to your parents.
When you were a child and your sibling and/or a random child in the playground is making you cry, kanino ka magsusumbong? Our best guess would probably be one of your parents. Cue that long “mama” or “papa” cry that every kid seems ...
 
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But it doesn’t make your parents bad people, too.
If you’re reading this, chances are, you have at least one parent who “strongly suggests” you take a particular course in college. It might be because they think that course would lead to a job that would make you financially comfortable in ...
 
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There are people within the family who bravely take on the responsibility that parents find hard to do.
It was probably during our kindergarten days when were first introduced to the sense of family. We knew we had a family since we were little, but the sense of pride and belongingness started when we were asked to draw our family ...
 
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Think your parents are being unreasonable? You might want to read this.
Are there instances when you and your parents don't see each other eye-to-eye? Like, you feel that they're being too strict or unreasonable or they just don't trust you? Before indulging yourself and putting the blame on your parents, read through these reasons, ...
 
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An open letter to parents struggling to communicate with their child.
It's true that every child should learn to listen to what their parents say. Sometimes, however, adults seem to forget how to do the same. Talking back to your parents can be an extremely rocky terrain, especially if you have strict ones ...
 
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Like, if we're really forced to come up with something positive out of an insensitive and unnecessary joke.
If there's anything positive to come out of Tito Sotto's "na-ano lang" remark about solo mothers—like, if we're really forced to come up with something positive out of an insensitive and unnecessary excuse of a joke—it's the opportunity to celebrate how amazing ...
 
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Determination is key.
Anyone who has strict parents know how hard it is to ask permission to study or work on a project overnight at a classmate's house. To earn his mom's trust and prove to her that he was going to work on a ...
 
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Also: 10 things you don't experience if you're NOT the favorite child
We have all heard our parents say that they love all their children equally, but at the back of our minds, we can't help but think "lies, all lies." Experience has taught the doubtful sibling the opposite, after all. Turns out we ...
 
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It's never easy telling you the truth, but I would if you tried asking.
I'm writing this letter with utmost respect for both of you, because no matter what happens you are my parents. I can't think of any way to sugarcoat this, so I'm just going to be frank and straight to the point.Mom, Dad, ...
 
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When your parents have more chill than you.
Your parents will always be there for you. They'll be beside you for the fun times and they'll be with you through the tough times. But not all parents are the same. Some can be pretty strict and some can be pretty ...
 
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Don't hate on them because you were stuck at home last Friday night.
We've all felt bad about not being able to go to that spontaneous barkada bonding, and we all know exactly the reason why—because our SUPER strict parents wouldn't allow us to. It's always a challenge to please them and get what you ...
 
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When your parents have more chill than you.
There are your strict parents, but there are also your chill parents. Yup, parents like Regina George's mom in Mean Girls do exist. They're not necessarily cooler than your strict parents, but they just have more chill when they deal with you and ...
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If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”

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