Category Archives: Friendship

When a man chases after a woman… but he’s not THAT cute

A man in serious like/love, who is ardently pursuing a woman, is a man on fire. My friend, who is pursuing my female best friend, is such a man. Since she lives in another country, when she came to visit, … Continue reading

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Will you compromise just a little bit if you’re not a spring chicken no more?

When I was dating my now-husband at 32 years old, my future father-in-law chided me, “But you’re not a spring chicken anymore!” I wasn’t insulted as much as I was amused. In the end, I had the last laugh. I … Continue reading

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Couple Envy

There is what you call, “Business envy.” Business envy is when you wish you are in another business because you are envious of the profits and success that business entails. I have a little bit what you call, “Couple envy.” … Continue reading

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Husband’s Guest Post — “My Wife Drives Me Nuts”

Does your mom, dad or sibling have a particular habit that just simply drives you nuts? Burping out loud, leaving the door open, cluttered mess… these sort of things? Now, take these irritations and multiply it by at least ten. … Continue reading

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My Personal Experience with Nu Skin – The Company with an Ulterior Motive

My phone rang. It was an unknown number.  “Bonita here,” I greeted as I picked up the phone. “Hi Bonita, this is Patricia!”  Patricia had been my college classmate back at college. We worked on our senior year project together, doing … Continue reading

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Wedding Prep #4: The Perils and Joys of Finding the Right Wedding Dress Online AND Offline!

Since fiancee and I met online, I found it fitting to actually try to order my wedding dress online. Unlike many brides who have their couturier design their gowns from scratch, I wanted to see the final look and feel … Continue reading

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I’m Different

I worry about things most women do not worry about. For one, I worry about money and income, and how to become financially independent. When I think about salary, I think about how your compensation is worth the time and … Continue reading

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How to Make A Girl Like YOU

This is so true… Tried and tested… if you like someone: Step 1: Find a way to “connect” with them. In the Philippines, it’s easy enough so long as you have her number. Be non-threatening and start with a simple, … Continue reading

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My best friend’s crash and burn

My best friend said that her new romance had crashed and burned. It was only a month or two since it began. She is a senior resident at a hospital. The guy is a junior resident with a complicated past. … Continue reading

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Four Types of Men – Which one is your significant other?

A married classmate told me, there were four types of men you’ll meet in your life (Men: you can use this for women too!): 1) The man who loves you the most. 2) The man whom you love the most. … Continue reading

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Why women get into catfights?

I’m watching this video on how real reality TV catfights can be? Reflecting on my limited experience, I’ve realized that there are many ways that what was said in the video is true. Whereas men would just roll up their … Continue reading

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Loving Rachel Zoe!

“To be honest, there are a million people out there waiting to see me fail. It makes for a better story. It’s what people want to see. They don’t like success stories. So I have to work much harder to … Continue reading

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I will miss you, XXXX!

Received last March 16, 2011 from a very very good friend in Hong Kong: Dear Friend, As you read this, I will be on my way to New York. It was a long time coming, but I am finally starting … Continue reading

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Cold feet – got it?

My best friend just broke up with her boyfriend of four years three weeks ago. Out of the blue, he sent her an SMS saying that “He wanted time to think.” Troubled, she gave him a call and he told … Continue reading

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10 Things I Want this Christmas

1) A customer-facing sales job in the sell-side… please, I ain’t smart enough for anything else! Haha, but honestly, it’s more of an ideal fit to my customer-focused, results-oriented personality. 2) A light-colored Bottega Veneta shoulder bag. Not that I’m … Continue reading

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Wishy-Washiness

My Taiwanese best friend/cum sister has changed her mind again, and it’s driving me nuts. She saw how life has changed for me after I transfered to Hong Kong, and wanted the same for her. She feels that it’s easier … Continue reading

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Seeking: Quality

The wonderful thing of getting older is that you have so many more choices. You can chose the types of restaurants you want to go to, clothes you want to where, places you want to visit. However, in the midst … Continue reading

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Debating Part-Time vs. Full-Time MBA

I’m wavering between taking a full-time MBA course and taking a part-time one. Most of my Asian friends and family have strong opinions about the subject. They lovingly suggest that I take the part time course given that I enjoy … Continue reading

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Dating unavailable men?

Have you ever been with an unvailable man? Maybe you have but just don’t know it. I’ve come back from a brief weekend stint in Taipei finding out that my friends have a knack of picking men that are somehow unavailable. … Continue reading

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“I dreamed a dream…”

As many of you know, I’ve always wanted an MBA. Ever since. It’s been my dream ever since I was in college, but I figured that I had to work 2 years or so to be eligible for the program. … Continue reading

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What to do when your friend is caught in a toxic relationship?

Someone left a comment asking me what to do when a friend is caught in a toxic relationship (e.g., f*ck buddies when feelings are involved, dating a married man, etc.). One of my posts caught interest especially since I was … Continue reading

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Realization

After coming out from a silly argument with Trader, I rang out one of my few good friends from Hong Kong. We met at a nice pasta place in Admiralty’s Pacific Place and it was so nice checking up with … Continue reading

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My wedding march

Yes, it may seem as if I’m getting a teeny bit lazier, but then again, I just can’t help but rave about this really nice video I saw online. The video clip was entitled “Let yourself feel” from Esteban Diácono … Continue reading

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Why my boyfriend freaks guys out

My guy friends cannot believe what Trader does for me. They think it’s an abonination the lengths that Trader does to show how much he loves me, and how important I am to him. “I don’t prescribe to long-distance relationships,” … Continue reading

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The Plight of your Boyfriend’s Best Girl-Dash-Friend

Yes, I’m The Other Woman. In your imagination, I’m the malicious woman who plots to steal your Significant Other away, which is exactly what I’m desperately trying to do (that’s sarcasm if you still didn’t get it). I’m the woman … Continue reading

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The Tale of Two Men

These days, I am enjoying the far too much the attention of two men. For a person who keeps on asking the readers of her blog if a guy’s interested, it’s a bit of a surprise when I can say … Continue reading

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3 Facts and Fakes of Networking

(1) FALSE: Your goal must be to know everyone in the room. Wrong. Networking is not really about the number of business cards you’ve collected in the evening. Instead, it’s about the names you can actually remember four hours afterwards. … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

What better way to spend the New Year than with strangers (no longer though) in one of the most beautiful places in Hong Kong? Fed up with passively feeling somber about my loneliness in this hectic city, I’ve decided to … Continue reading

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A Lazy SunDAY

Our Sunday brunch menu featured some delicious Xinjiang Fare in a restaurant at the corner of Water Street and Pok Fu Lam road) in the company of new friends. To the inexperienced, Xinjiang food uses a lot of heavy mutton … Continue reading

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5 Observations about HK

My blog is often so text-heavy, you feel that you’re reading the encyclopedia (zzzzzz…). I often wonder how most of you can take it. Hence, here’s some photos of my observations on my 3-week stay so far in Hong Kong: … Continue reading

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Can-Do / Can’t-Do Attitude

One of the things that makes makes a person different are whiffs of their can-do/can’t do attitude. People call it having a optimistic or pessimistic personality, but I think these definitions are quite limiting so am going to stick to … Continue reading

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Lesson of the Day

Just got home from a 17+ hour workday, feeling energized. There’s nothing better but to end the week without a backlog from work because you’ve slaved enough and finished everything that’s on your plate. 🙂 Today, received a call from … Continue reading

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The Life Crisis: where are you going?

There was a story of a traveler who sees an old man outside a random town. “What type of town is this?” he asks. The old man asked him what he thinks the townsfolk is like. “Places like these are … Continue reading

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Referrals

I hate HATE referring friends. The last time I referred an acquaintance who happened to be my best friend’s girlfriend to one of the best investment banks in the world, she subsequently stabbed my back. Because she was jealous of … Continue reading

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Energy — Positive, Negative, or Just Blah?

Energy — what’s yours like? Everybody’s energy varies. Some radiate positive energy, others negative, while most just give off almost nothing. It’s as if they’re not there. My goal is to radiate as much positive light as I can. You … Continue reading

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The Beginning of an End

There are times when you cherish being single. These are some of those days. It’s often times disturbing how many couples come together and break up, and there you are, standing on the side, being this lil’ bystander, observing without … Continue reading

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Male Competition

Written on May 24, 2008 from the Raven Archives: Last night, I bumped into a guy friend of mine at Barcode. He is one of my best female friend’s colleague, and an expat here in Taipei. We met around a … Continue reading

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Just for Fun?

The weirdest place I’ve ever met a guy in was at the Alexander Gym. Back when it was still in operation, Alexander Gym was a place I frequented three times a week. Sometimes, I’d go to their pilates classes, while … Continue reading

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5-Minute Best Friend

Is it just me but do you usually know if that person will be your good friend in just a 5 to 10 minute conversation? People call it chemistry. I call it fate. Today, I’ve had dinner with a corporate … Continue reading

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The Weirdest Advice

“You know what’s your problem?” CW tells me, “you inadvertently send out indicators of interest wherever you go…” “You are ultra-friendly to almost every person you met, are affectionate, and wear low-cut clothes that make guys place more emphasis on … Continue reading

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Surprise, surprise…!

Yesterday, I did all I can to avoid Barcode, everybody’s perennial hang-out place because I wanted to avoid “him” to which we have yet to call by any name save for M. For one, he has already extended an invitation … Continue reading

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The Ladder Theory

Flute’s comment reminds me of the Ladder Theory. In his comment, he writes, “Please forget the idea that these guys see you neutral. You may have put them already in the friend zone, but they don’t, I am sure. Personally … Continue reading

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To Care or Not to Care

Honestly, I am slightly disillusioned by how some of my relationships have been faring these days. Relationships which are not limited in the romantic sense, but also spans through friendships and otherwise. I’ve always considered myself as a good friend, … Continue reading

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A Good Day

Today was 2/28 — a Taiwanese holiday. It’s a one-day break right smack in the middle of a work week that you choose instead to stay behind in Taipei than to fly off somewhere else to spend your annual leaves … Continue reading

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Anger Issues

A Taiwanese friend of mine broke up with her HongKong-based Persian boyfriend recently. He accused her of possibly cheating on him because she was still in touch with her ex-boyfriend. Now, “in touch” by definition is her forwarding Happy Chinese … Continue reading

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Guy Critical

Last week has been a weird one for me. I spent S.A.D. (Singleness Awareness Day) among a handful of fellow hot singles sipping a nice-looking mocktail and chowing on delicious Japanese fusion food in Dozo. My friend had this bright … Continue reading

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Reunion

I met up with some former high school classmates last night for dinner at the popular Serendra in Makati. It’s amazing on how much we’ve grown over the last 9 years. Bee is now working in the family business and … Continue reading

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Bricks and Mortar

I find Scheherazade’s metaphor of bricks and mortar beautiful. Bricks and mortar — these are words to describe what and how you choose to share yourself with those surrounding you. A brick is when you share about a big-ass project … Continue reading

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Moment of Clarity

I think one of the reasons I like placing my thoughts down on paper (or via a blog) is somehow, ideas that were formed in my head suddenly become a lot more real. From their formlessness springs reality, and everything … Continue reading

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