Better than a boyfriend

This entry is taken from the author’s creative thematic review for a class on Writing about Culture (Ateneo de Manila University – Communication Department). Written by Kara R. Santiago on October 11, 2011.

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A two-storey home in a nice subdivision, three children, a golden retriever and, of course, a loving husband. Life seemed so planned out and headed towards the goal you have been aiming for so long – until it self-destructs right before your very eyes. Yes, the devastating reality of a breakup hits you like an atomic bomb and you are left with no one but yourself to start picking up all the shattered pieces.

Being newly single can lead to a ton of emotional meltdowns that might eventually escalate into what I’d like to call the Bridget Jones’ syndrome. Falling into this trap only means three things: a tub of ice cream, All By Myself playing on loop and a sea of tears all over the floor.

But really, who needs that?

While getting out of a relationship you have invested so much on might seem like the end of the world, there are pressing consequences that a heartbroken woman could overlook. There’s her career, her beauty and her road of self-discovery, to name a few. Succumb to the tempting calls of depression to literally just forget the world and sulk, and you are surely in for a downhill ride from the top down to ground zero.

Read along and discover the steps you can take to finally stand up and start over. Unlike other inspirational pieces that just empower and repeat the words “It’s time to move on!” this piece will literally get you up and about.

Here are some tried and tested, better than a boyfriend and fool proof ways of saying hello to a new, improved you. And, when I tell you that I’ve been there and done that, you ought to trust me. 100% satisfaction guaranteed!

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Part 1: A girl’s guide to (not) painting the town red

MONTHLY PERIODS choose no one. If you think women are the only ones burdened by this unwanted visitor, I suggest you think again. It will stress out husbands, boyfriends, co-workers, and classmates. Heck, it might even affect the pets. Whoever or whatever comes within close range to a woman on her period must be wary – for she is literally a bomb waiting to explode.

During the duration of approximately three days that may also last until a week, the least a woman could do is provide one’s self with protection that won’t let her down. With the growing industry of sanitary napkins booming in the market today, the choices made available to the average Filipina have become too wide. As a result, decisions get harder and harder to make.

Given that I stand 5’7” and weigh 150 lbs., finding the perfect napkin was quite a hard endeavor. With the market producing napkins suited for the typical petite Filipina frame, I would always opt to purchase the overnight variant of most brands just to ensure myself of reliable coverage.

Have a happy period!

However, even overnight variants (also called: maxi, ultra, plus, and the like) have been produced on a wider scale. The choices are limitless to some extent and choosing the right brand could be a tricky feat.

So, to eliminate the stress of having to deal with the age-old problem of tagos, read along and find out how five different overnight sanitary napkin brands live up to their promise of giving women of the world a manageable and stress-free period.

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