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Disclaimer: This post is optimized for freelance writers or those dealing with online content. If you are in another field (e.g. eCommerce, data entry, or web development), this may not be for you. However, feel free to read on and see if there are any tips here that may be well worth your time. Thank you!

As a freelancer, you’re probably used to lengthy application processes from different potential clients. The exchange of emails, the awkward video interviews, the nerve-wracking salary negotiations — all the necessary evil before you finally bag your ‘dream job’.

But have you ever thought about…


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Lately, I’ve got a strange addiction for giving reviews on Google Maps. I try to be as objective as I can (write what I liked as well as what irked me during the entire experience). But while you may chance upon my lengthy reviews, there are two things you won’t find with my name on it: 2-star ratings AND negative comments.

You may think that I’m just being biased (we are all in fact, at certain points), but if you read on I’ll tell you why. …


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Chab Chab Korean Food and Cafe

Collecting is an expensive hobby. I should know — I collect quite a few thingamajigs (porcelain dolls, postcards, toys, Hello Kitty items…) and a lot of non-tangibles (stories, oceans, friendships…). But perhaps one of my favorite things to do is collect experiences.

Remember the saying, ‘Do it once, and if you like it do it twice’? Ah, one of my life’s mantras. Whether it’s that hotel I’ve already stayed at five times already, or that restaurant my family has been going to for years, I like repetition.

Here’s why maybe you should get in the habit, too.

A Place Like Home

Sure, there are…


Let me be honest: travelling with my mother is NOT exactly a day at the spa. We have our differences (which, for awkwardness’ sake, shall not be shared here). But that didn’t stop us from going on grueling 12-hour flights (not my idea) or “accidentally” booking an expensive 80-Euro bus ride (this one was my fault).

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Mom and I, near the Austrian Alps.

It was during those hit-or-miss adventures that I realized how much I learned from my mother. Well, it took days after we got back home when the realizations kicked in — but that’s not the point.

The nurturing aspects of our mothers typically teach…


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Is there such a thing as a ‘right’ way to be single? Is it about booze, buds, and not getting out of bed? Is it travelling, food tripping, and flirting? Can folks in a relationship feel like they’re single? If being single is fun, why are there still people who think it sucks?

Ah, the questions that usually come out on Valentine’s Day. Even before the dreaded occasion, there are already tons of content out there that would tell you what you should be doing if you’re flying solo. …


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By the time you read this, I am already 30.

The birthday that I celebrate with millions of others around the world, has a list of highly significant historical events — one of which is the date when the Statue of Liberty was presented to the U.S. in Paris. But that was in 1884. I was born on the same year and date that Martina Navratilova wins her 6th straight Wimbledon.

With more than a dozen historically significant events on my birthday, one cannot help but ask: so, what have YOU done lately? Where’s your history-changing moment?

Let me answer…


ma·ha·lo /ˈmäˌhälō/

- a Hawaiian word used when thanking someone.

You could think of plenty of exciting ways to spend your Saturday: snorkelling, BBQ with the family, going on a date, etc. But waking up at 3AM is NOT one of them.

But on an early Saturday morning, before most people would be up for the day, I found myself at Tagbak terminal with a friend and several other contemporaries.

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Me, at Tagbak Terminal in the wee hours of the dawn.

They were a pretty eye-catching group: a bunch of millennials ranging from early 20’s to possibly mid-30’s, slugging big backpacks and other camping gear. …


“I feel the need to endanger myself every so often.” ― Tim Daly

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There are TWO kinds of adventure: the first is when you are stepping into the unknown, and the second is all in your head. Which one you pick is entirely up to you. But I can assure you, both can be pretty exciting — with or without a guide book.

The reason I recently took to adventures was in fact, a manifestation of my childhood whims. I remember my favorite movie then was ‘The Goonies’, where this rag tag crew find a map possibly leading to buried…


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SHIFT (verb)

– “to move or cause to move from one place to another.”

Movement is life.

You know you’re going distances when you see the scenery shift from the window of a vehicle. Animals that have stopped moving are considered dead (unless they’re hibernating). Bodies of water that remain stagnant are not considered sources of life, but rather, of disease.

The same is true for careers. Gone is the era when you stay at a job for 50 years to get a gold watch. Nowadays, more and more employers understand the need of the millennial generation to switch gears…

Cris Antonio

Copywriter | Editor | Storyteller | Speaker | Wordsmith

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