A Social Media Love Story: Romance in the 21st Century

Let me tell you a story.

If everything goes according to plan, this post gets published on 13 April, 2014. Exactly one year ago, the Philippines was getting ready for mid-term elections. Senatorial candidates were shoveling bullshit down everyone’s throats willy-nilly, and there was a dire need for more substantive engagement. You see, debates between candidates for national positions might be old hat for most of you from other countries, but in the Philippines, that just doesn’t happen. This news article about one senatoriable refusing a debate challenge from another senatoriable is a perfect example. 

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The 5 People You Meet in Flower Shops

We just went through another Valentine’s Day and this year, by some stroke of luck and an unexpected olive branch from the Universe, I did not spend it alone. Anyway, for a lot of guys (and girls too!) the flower shop is the busiest hub. Some of these stores even hire extra people in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, just to keep up. They attract a lot of people, but if you look closely, you’ll see they fall into one of five categories.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Date Short Women

Why do guys love short women?

This question’s been around for ages, and when you ask most men, they just shrug and brush it off. Men don’t really think about stuff, so if they find someone attractive, they’re not gonna stop and think about why they feel that way. It just happens. The question then is whether they’re gonna go after her or not.

But that’s not our concern here. What we want to know is why guys prefer short women. A friend asked me this a few days ago and I couldn’t stop thinking about it, which is why I’m here now, writing this. I’ve known a lot of short girls in my time–friends, colleagues, acquaintances–so I think I have enough experience for a stable foundation. And now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, allons-y!

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: My First Filipino Short Story

A few hundred years ago, when I was still in college, a Filipino professor asked us to write a short story–something partly based on the truth, but embellished with a lot of fiction (like most news reports nowadays). This is the short story I submitted.

I apologize to my readers who don’t speak/read Filipino. I also apologize to Filipinos who don’t speak/read really deep Filipino. This is a course requirement, after all. It had to be as scholarly as possible.

So on we go.

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I Love You Even Though: The Man’s Perspective

This article is a continuation of this post. As I mentioned in that post I linked to,  I recently got requests from my friends to make ‘I love you even though…’ posts. It seemed like a lot of people wanted to show their partners that they love them despite the flaws, despite their shortcomings. As William Faulkner once said, “You don’t love because–you love despite; not for the virtues, but despite the faults.” And when you look at it that way, you’d realize that our differences are what makes relationships strong enough to weather storms. (Yes, I copy-pasted. Sue me.)

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I Love You Even Though: The Woman’s Perspective

Falling in love with someone isn’t always going to be easy… Anger… tears… laughter.. It’s when you want to be together despite it all. That’s when you truly love another. I’m sure of it.

-Helen Rowland

As I’ve mentioned on my Twitter and Facebook, I recently got requests from my friends to make ‘I love you even though…’ posts. It seemed like a lot of people wanted to show their partners that they love them despite the flaws, despite their shortcomings. As William Faulkner once said, “You don’t love because–you love despite; not for the virtues, but despite the faults.” And when you look at it that way, you’d realize that our differences are what makes relationships strong enough to weather storms.

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