Love and friendship

American psychologist Robert Sternberg originally theorized love is composed of three elements: passion, intimacy and commitment. But these elements do not comprehensively describe the complexity of romantic relationships. Researchers have long sought to include other elements such as partner compatibility, emotional connection, accessibility, responsiveness, engagement, acceptance, the ability to communicate and reveal thoughts and feelings (called “self-disclosure”), independence and conflict …

The biology of coffee

Coffee is the most popular drink in many parts of the world, and it’s surprising how this hot, dark, nectar of the gods affects our biology. The main biologically active ingredient in coffee is the stimulant caffeine. The stimulant properties of caffeine mean you can count on a cup of coffee to wake you up. In fact, coffee is the …

When Filipinos started to fall in love with Korean pop culture

Filipinos have loved Korean pop culture since the late 90s when the Hallyu wave started to gain ground. The Hallyu wave is a phrase used to describe the spread of South Korean cultural products such as food, music and television series to the rest of the world. According to the Korea Foundation, the Philippines has the highest growth rate of …

Digital connections and inspirations: How Twitter empowers Filipino artists in ‘next normal’

Reliance on online conversations and digital support is the “next normal” for local artists who used to attend art conventions and celebrate each others’ works before the pandemic struck. Artist Drew Borja of webcomics “Hunghang Flashbacks” said he relied on a microblogging platform to get fresh inspiration and bolster connections despite being locked down due to the threat of the …

Bridgerton offers clever relationship advice — why friendship is the foundation of happy romantic partnerships

In the first season of the Netflix hit series Bridgerton, Lady Violet offers this advice to her daughter Daphne: “My dear, why ever do you complicate matters so? You must simply marry the man who feels like your dearest friend.” This touches on an idea well supported by research evidence: friendship is the foundation of happy romantic partnerships. Marriage researcher …

Coco Chanel & Nautical tops

French sailors and fishermen had been sporting Breton tops — striped sweaters made from tightly knit wool to protect them from the elements — since the 19th century. Style maven Coco Chanel, however, turned the cotton long-armed shirt with horizontal blue and white lines into fashion. Striped pieces appeared in her boutique in the society seaside resort of Deauville, in …

Love in the time of algorithms

It could be argued artificial intelligence is already the indispensable tool of the 21st century. From helping doctors diagnose and treat patients to rapidly advancing new drug discoveries, it’s our trusted partner in so many ways. Now it has found its way into the once exclusively-human domain of love and relationships. With AI-systems as matchmakers, in the coming decades it …

Closer to Oppa: Store sells candles with scents that smell like popular Korean celebrities

A Manila-based online store sells scented candles with a twist—resembling perfumes of Korean celebrities. Called 325handcrafted, the Instagram shop, launched in 2019, offers scented candles in adorable jar packaging. Among the bestsellers are candles featuring the scents of Korean actors Song Joon-Ki, Lee Min-Ho and Hyun Bin.There is also a candle for Jungkook, a member of BTS. Founder Melissa Kay …

Philippine restaurants Gallery by Chele, Antonio’s Restaurant land on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants top 100 list

In a historic first, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants unveiled the 2021 list of restaurants ranked from 51st to 100th. Two restaurants from the Philippines made it to the prestigious roster. These are Gallery by Chele in Bonifacio High Street Taguig City and Antonio’s Restaurant in Tagaytay which ranked 90th and 84th, respectively. Gallery by Chele, a fine dining establishment dedicated …