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3 Reasons to Be a Better Writer - Ever had to write a letter, speech, or company report and the whole time it felt like squeezing blood from a rock? Ever had to write because your job required it, but stabbing your eyes with a fork felt like a better proposition? Ever started a blog post and then abandoned ship because it sounded …

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Learn To Say No - Today, a parable. Last Monday, my two youngest kids, aged 4 and 5, asked to be carried upstairs to bed. It’s customary in our household. I do it because I know they find comfort in being gently whisked to the bedroom. Also, I’m the Best Dad Ever™. So when my kids ask me to make …

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WATCH NEXT: The Movies That Made Us - Stars: Watch it on Netflix There’s a point in each episode of The Movies That Made Us where you go, “It’s amazing this film ever got made.” And that’s what makes this Netflix mini-series a fun retrospective look at four of the greatest films from the 80s and early 90s: Die Hard, Ghostbusters, Home Alone, …

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WATCH NEXT: Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator - Stars: Watch it on Netflix In Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator, Bikram Choudhury is a man of hyperbole. Famous for being the founder of Bikram Yoga, one of the most popular exercise practices in the world, he makes fantastical claims about his origins, yoga techniques, and even his passage to the United States from India, involving …

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The Race of Our Lives: Thoughts on a Manila Grand Prix - A Manila Grand Prix would be a dream. But first, better sewage, right? The most tantalising news in the past couple of weeks has got to be that Liberty Media, the owners of Formula 1, applied for the trademarks of “Philippine Grand Prix” and “Manila Grand Prix” with the Philippine Intellectual Property Office last January. So, is …

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Rogue One: The Restoration of Star Wars - At long last, a prequel that doesn’t suck. Major spoilers for Rogue One follow – if you haven’t watched the movie yet, get to a theater near you! Much has already been said about the Star Wars cinematic universe so let’s get this out the way quickly: the originals are gold, the prequels suck, and …

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Memories and Identity: Why We Love Looking Back - Our memories are a patchwork that tell us who we are and what we can be. There was a haunting public service announcement in 1980s Great Britain where I grew up, an anti-smoking TV commercial that caused a nationwide stir. For 30 years it has existed in my brain as a vague memory save for …

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Rico Hizon: News Anchoring With Heart - BBC World News anchor and broadcast journalist Rico Hizon ON the importance of hard work, preparedness, teamwork and the power of perseverance. If it’s 5pm in Makati and a respected BBC news anchor says he’s available to chat at 6, you don’t order a Starbucks and put your feet up. You frantically open UBER and …

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Artist Interview: Lala Gallardo - Gallardo’s latest exhibit “Days” is a quiet, four-piece rumination on the ordinary Days is the recently-concluded solo exhibit by Lala Gallardo (held at Vinyl On Vinyl Gallery, Pasong Tamo, Makati). At only four pieces it is a short but revealing look at the seemingly mundane life of a woman, half naked, in various states of routine. In The Hundredth Stroke, …

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Weezer: The White Album - Peppy nerd-rock for beach bums and summer lovers everywhere Weezer have been around, believe it or not, for 24 years. You’d think a band that traffics in 90s/millennial alternarock would have conked out long ago. And yet, with the release of their fourth self-titled record (and 10th of their career), it seems Weezer are picking …

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