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For a While

For a While

By Kirstie & Andrea
Conversations between two thirtysomething girlfriends from Cebu, Philippines, now living life in the UK and Singapore. We talk about everything and anything, from lighthearted chats to in-depth conversations as we navigate work, life, and relationships.

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The Burnout Episode: The Signs, The Struggles and The Story
We discuss our experiences with burnout, how we experienced the signs of burnout, and what we did to recover -- as well as the key life lessons that going through burnout taught us.  Share your personal burnout experiences with us. Leave us a message! https://anchor.fm/forawhile/message CONNECT WITH US Join the conversation and let us know what you think at forawhilepodcast@gmail.com Or leave us a message at https://anchor.fm/forawhile/message Follow us on Instagram: @forawhilepodcast | Kirstie @kirstie.bruce | Andrea @hyggelosaurus
01:12:18
January 24, 2021
The Work Episode: Interview Tips, Work Culture Differences and Job Hunting
Continuing our conversation from last episode, we talk about cultural working differences, job interview tips, underrated skills you need for every kind of job, and more . Stay tuned next week for our episode where we talk about work burnout.  Have any questions for us to cover? Did you have a similar or different experience? Leave us a message! https://anchor.fm/forawhile/message CONNECT WITH US Join the conversation and let us know what you think at forawhilepodcast@gmail.com Or leave us a message at https://anchor.fm/forawhile/message Follow us on Instagram: @forawhilepodcast | Kirstie @kirstie.bruce | Andrea @hyggelosaurus
56:44
January 18, 2021
The Work Abroad Episode
We talk about our experiences living and working in the UK, US, Hong Kong, and Singapore, through the study abroad route and others. We also briefly touch on family and friends who made a move to the US, Canada, or are considering moving to Australia. We talk about this from our perspective as Filipinos and the accompanying potential challenges this entails. Andrea also talks about finding work as a digital/marketer in Hong Kong versus Singapore, and the things she wishes she had known earlier to help make job hunting abroad easier, and how all this has changed with the pandemic. Stay tuned for the next episode where we dive deeper into the job hunt experience such as interview questions to prepare for and working culture in different countries.  Have any questions for us to cover? Did you have a similar or different experience? Leave us a message! https://anchor.fm/forawhile/message CONNECT WITH US Join the conversation and let us know what you think at forawhilepodcast@gmail.com Or leave us a message at https://anchor.fm/forawhile/message Follow us on Instagram: @forawhilepodcast | Kirstie @kirstie.bruce | Andrea @hyggelosaurus
47:03
January 10, 2021
2020 Year End Reflection Part II + Intention setting for 2021
A continuation of 2020 reflections with some random discussion fit in. We recorded this just right before the holidays. What's your intention for 2021? Leave us a message!  CONNECT WITH US Join the conversation and let us know what you think at forawhilepodcast@gmail.com Or leave us a message at https://anchor.fm/forawhile/message Follow us on Instagram: @forawhilepodcast | Kirstie @kirstie.bruce | Andrea @hyggelosaurus
01:01:08
January 4, 2021
2020 Year End Reflections Part I
We don't usually do this, but 2020 calls for something special. Submitting here our 2020 year-end reflection part 1 in podcast format.  Did anything resonate with you? Feeling the same way? Leave us a message! CONNECT WITH US Join the conversation and let us know what you think at forawhilepodcast@gmail.com Or leave us a message at https://anchor.fm/forawhile/message Follow us on Instagram: @forawhilepodcast | Kirstie @kirstie.bruce | Andrea @hyggelosaurus
47:11
December 28, 2020
Homeopathy with Denise Celdran
Andrea chats with Denise Celdran about homeopathy as a potential added support for COVID treatment. Find out about how homeopathy works, how Denise got started with homeopathy, and how she's helped people recover from COVID with homeopathic treatments.  Denise Celdran also runs Mindworks Center for Mind Health in the Philippines together with her pediatrician father, and Edgy Veggy cafe. Check out her Facebook profile where she gives updates on online homeopathy classes and her homeopathy journey in the age of COVID. To learn more, email homeopathy.philippines@gmail.com to join or send a  WhatsApp/Viber message to +639666120455. Learn more about what she does on these websites:  http://www.mindworks.com.ph http://www.homeopathy.ph http://www.thegoodseed.ph The interview goes on further about her experiences with plant medicine, so if you want to hear more about that, leave us a message!  CONNECT WITH US Join the conversation and let us know what you think at forawhilepodcast@gmail.com Or leave us a message at https://anchor.fm/forawhile/message Follow us on Instagram: @forawhilepodcast | Kirstie @kirstie.bruce | Andrea @hyggelosaurus
32:04
December 21, 2020
Biohacking with Eli Abela
Andrea chats with Eli Abela of UNLTD Biohacking and Recovery Center in Mandaluyong, Manila. Eli is the Philippines’ first and only Human Potential ™ (Bulletproof™) Coach and a “biohacker”, working with people from all walks of life to help them be at their best physically, mentally, and emotionally, through a variety of biohacking machines and healing modalities -- she's practically tried them all. Hear her story of how she became a biohacker, the success stories that help keep her going, and some unlikely but simple and doable tips on how to keep your immunity up. Learn more about UNLTD here: https://unltd.ph/about/ This was actually condensed from a three hour interview, there was so much to cover! Wanna hear it all? Leave us a message here: https://anchor.fm/forawhile/message We mention: Auroville, Dave Asprey, Anat Baniel - Kreisberger, bodywork techniques, emotional freedom techniques, fasting, biofield tuning / sound healing, trauma therapy, neuro-atypical children CONNECT WITH US Join the conversation and let us know what you think at forawhilepodcast@gmail.com Or leave us a message at https://anchor.fm/forawhile/message Follow us on Instagram: @forawhilepodcast | Kirstie @kirstie.bruce | Andrea @hyggelosaurus
01:19:59
December 14, 2020
Reflecting on the Holidays Away From Home
Life update time! This podcast was recorded in November, after Thanksgiving and before entering the Christmas holidays in these interesting times. We talk about how we're spending the holidays away from home, for the first time ever.  CONNECT WITH US Join the conversation and let us know what you think at forawhilepodcast@gmail.com Or leave us a message at https://anchor.fm/forawhile/message Follow us on Instagram: @forawhilepodcast | Kirstie @kirstie.bruce | Andrea @hyggelosaurus
49:26
December 7, 2020
Ep 15: On Friendships (part 2) - Friendships During A Pandemic
We talk about how we rely on friendships, and how support doesn't exclusively have to come from a partner. We talk about our friendship wish lists, and Andrea asks Kirstie for advice regarding how friendships have evolved in the pandemic age. CONNECT WITH US Join the conversation and let us know what you think at forawhilepodcast@gmail.com Or leave us a message at https://anchor.fm/forawhile/message Follow us on Instagram: @forawhilepodcast | Kirstie @kirstie.bruce | Andrea @hyggelosaurus
29:13
November 30, 2020
Ep 14: On Friends (part 1) - Friendship Breakups, Friend Types and Attachment Theory
Having moved around a lot, we talk about the kinds of friendships we have and how they've evolved, especially now in this pandemic. We talk about friendship breakups and the kinds of friends we think we are, according to the attachment theory.  CONNECT WITH US Join the conversation and let us know what you think at forawhilepodcast@gmail.com Or leave us a message at https://anchor.fm/forawhile/message Follow us on Instagram: @forawhilepodcast | Kirstie @kirstie.bruce | Andrea @hyggelosaurus
42:52
November 23, 2020
Ep 13: Social Dilemma part II - Fake News, Cancel Culture and a 3 year old's media habits
We conclude our discussion on The Social Dilemma by taking a look at Facebook's response. We also take a look at how divisive and fanatical people can get on social media, and our experiences with such as we try to find the middle ground in the midst of fake news. Lastly, Kirstie talks about her nephew's media habits.  CONNECT WITH US Join the conversation and let us know what you think at forawhilepodcast@gmail.com Or leave us a message at https://anchor.fm/forawhile/message Follow us on Instagram: @forawhilepodcast | Kirstie @kirstie.bruce | Andrea @hyggelosaurus
31:54
November 16, 2020
Halloween Special Part II
In this episode, Andrea talks about her creepy experiences at home, in university (for search purposes, it was in Ateneo / ADMU!), and at work, as well as that one time she went through an exorcism. Because entities.  Kirstie also shares her experiences joining ghost tours in the UK and that one time she tried a ouija board. We mentioned: Exorcist RH Stavis and her book "Sister of Darkness" https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MSCRJ6P/ Skirrid Mountain Inn, Wales http://www.skirridmountaininn.co.uk/ Have any creepy encounters to share? Leave us a message at https://anchor.fm/forawhile/message CONNECT WITH US Join the conversation and let us know what you think at forawhilepodcast@gmail.com Or leave us a message at https://anchor.fm/forawhile/message Follow us on Instagram: @forawhilepodcast | Kirstie @kirstie.bruce | Andrea @hyggelosaurus
44:11
November 9, 2020
Halloween special part I
Interrupting our usual Monday release with a Halloween episode Part I! In this episode we share creepy experiences that happened in our homes, Filipino superstition and folklore. We also talk about our sleep paralysis experiences. (Andrea's note: I never mentioned how my "waking up" actually meant I could move my eyes and body and I'm conscious of my surroundings, but my brain is still in some sort of dream state! Is there such a thing as the opposite of sleep paralysis?)  Watch out for part II of this series! Have any creepy encounters to share? Leave us a message at https://anchor.fm/forawhile/message CONNECT WITH US Join the conversation and let us know what you think at forawhilepodcast@gmail.com Or leave us a message at https://anchor.fm/forawhile/message Follow us on Instagram: @forawhilepodcast | Kirstie @kirstie.bruce | Andrea @hyggelosaurus
39:18
October 31, 2020
Ep 10: On being a Filipino scientist
We have more to say on The Social Dilemma but we thought it would be more relevant at this time for Kirstie to reflect on what it takes to be a Filipino scientist, the recent criticism the scientific community has received from the PH government, her work as a Filipino physicist researching nuclear energy in the UK, and how it might apply in the Philippine context. Check out the IG @pinoyscientists, which features Filipino scientists all over the world (including Kirstie!)  DENR exec apologizes to UP scientists for ‘bayaran’ tag CONNECT WITH US Join the conversation and let us know what you think at forawhilepodcast@gmail.com Or leave us a message at https://anchor.fm/forawhile/message Follow us on Instagram: @forawhilepodcast | Kirstie @kirstie.bruce | Andrea @hyggelosaurus
38:46
October 26, 2020
The Social Dilemma: Harmful Habits, Millennial Musings and Google Analytics
We get down to our discussion proper of The Social Dilemma:  Do we agree with its message?  What are our own social media habits? How much does growing up millennials influence our ability to handle social media?  We talk about our suspicions regarding how well and how much the Internet actually knows us, and how this might get translated into a digital marketing strategy. Lastly, we take a peek under the hood of one of Andrea's projects -- PinoyHome.biz, an online directory of small businesses -- to see what Google Analytics can say about a website's users. CONNECT WITH US Join the conversation and let us know what you think at forawhilepodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Instagram: For A While | Kirstie @kirstie.bruce | Andrea @hyggelosaurus
41:49
October 19, 2020
Prelude to The Social Dilemma: Registering as an OFW, Conspiracy Theories and Catchups
We wanted to talk about The Social Dilemma, a documentary on Netflix illustrating the harmful effects of too much social media exposure, but we got carried away discussing other things during our catchup, including: life updates (learning how to ride a bike as an adult; an update on lockdown measures in the UK / Manchester),  the process of registering as an OFW (overseas Filipino worker) and the mandatory(?) sex education seminar it entails,  and the conspiracy theories we've encountered, debunked, and are most likely to believe in. CONNECT WITH US Join the conversation and let us know what you think at forawhilepodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Instagram: For A While | Kirstie @kirstie.bruce | Andrea @hyggelosaurus
39:53
October 12, 2020
As it turns out... (my teacher was wrong)
Here we discuss some of the things we grew up learning in school and elsewhere that turned out to be a little or completely wrong, whether it's things about Philippine history, or taking care of our health, or other matters.  We talk about: - Agapito Flores and the fluorescent lamp - the Filipino "inventor" of the moon buggy - Appendicitis as caused by tomato seeds - Who really was the first to circumnavigate the world - The band that Andrea was told was antichrist   and more!  CONNECT WITH US Join the conversation and let us know what you think at forawhilepodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Instagram: For A While | Kirstie @kirstie.bruce | Andrea @hyggelosaurus
51:47
October 5, 2020
Ep 6: Creativity in Lockdown
As lockdowns continue in Singapore, UK, and in many other parts of the world, we discuss how our lives continue to change and how we are exploring new opportunities to express ourselves creatively. We mentioned:  Why you're feeling depleted and exhausted - https://elemental.medium.com/your-surge-capacity-is-depleted-it-s-why-you-feel-awful-de285d542f4c Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic Hobbies such as: Cricut, Knitting, Calligraphy, Youtube CONNECT WITH US Join the conversation and let us know what you think at forawhilepodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Instagram: For A While | Kirstie @kirstie.bruce | Andrea @hyggelosaurus
50:36
September 28, 2020
Ep 5: Sound, Connection, Flavor
In this episode, we talk about how sound affects our productivity and how we manage ambient noise. We also talk about how we connect with our neighbors and with fellow Filipinos all around the world, with food being a major source of connection no matter where we happen to be.  References / Links: Earasers Hearing Protectors https://www.earasers.net/ Calmer® stress-reducing wearable device https://www.flareaudio.com/pages/calmer-life More information on the Filipino diaspora experience as influenced by colonization from the book "Back from the Crocodile's Belly: Philippine Babaylan Studies and the Struggle for Indigenous Memory" edited by S. Lily Mendoza and Leny Mendoza Strobel (2013), particularly the chapter by Jane Alfonso entitled: "The Death of Maria Clara and the Resurrection of Babaylan: Reclaiming the Filipino American Body"  CONNECT WITH US Follow us on Instagram | For a While @forawhilepodcast | Andrea @hyggelosaurus | Kirstie Bruce @kirstie.bruce
35:09
September 21, 2020
Ep 4: Navigating the New Normal with Mench Dizon
We welcome our very first guest, Mench Dizon, in this episode of For A While. Mench wears many hats including tech entrepreneur, corporate innovation consultant, mother, wife and athlete. She is a 4x founder, a strong advocate for women in tech, and a very impressive Six-Star World Marathon Majors finisher. Currently, she is a Business Development Consultant at 917 Ventures. Her most recent start-up is Area63 Fitness, a project that came about as a response to health and wellness needs amidst the pandemic. Mench follows her curiosity and this has kept her centered, creative and content despite the times. In this episode, we talk about SMEs, digital transformation, e-commerce, consumer behaviors and home businesses, as well as the importance in believing in yourself, following your intuition, testing your ideas, and pivoting. Area63 Fitness: https://area63fitness.com/ If you are a fitness professional or entrepreneur who would like to partner with Area63 Fitness, email mench@area63fitness.com Mench’s IG: https://instagram.com/wineplusone/ Show outline: How has your workflow at 917Ventures been influenced by very lean and agile start-up practices? How have you shifted in the midst of COVID? Have businesses (and on boarded merchants) felt the urgency to digitally transform? Can you share recent consumer behaviours? What is your experience with ordering online? Do you envision current consumer behaviours to continue past reopening of shops and lifting of lockdown restrictions? What is your daily routine like currently? What was the thought process behind Area63 Fitness? How do people join? Tips on how SMEs, home business owners, pandemic bakers and the like can help grow their business further CONNECT WITH US Join the conversation and let us know what you think at forawhilepodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Instagram: For A While | Kirstie @kirstie.bruce | Andrea @hyggelosaurus
49:42
September 14, 2020
Ep 3: Being Your Own Life Coach
In today’s episode of For A While, we start off talking about the recently trending hilarious Aunt Julie, a character by Macoy Dubs, before chatting about self doubt and negative self talk. We then discuss the benefits of a life coach, breakthroughs, habit building and how journaling can be a great tool to help process your thoughts. We end the episode on things we can do to help process experiences, particularly during a pandemic, including: Acknowledge these are ‘abnormal’ times It is 100% normal to not feel completely okay Recognise that even when there isn’t a pandemic, change is uncomfortable Be kind to yourself Figure out a way to make everyday tasks a little simpler, a little more enjoyable for you What are your needs/essentials on a daily/weekly basis to feel good? Get a little bit of sunshine and fresh air regularly Prioritise your sleep We’ve put together a free resource for journaling. If you’d like to start writing but don’t know where to start, this is for you. Included in the resource are prompts, tips and examples to help you use journaling as a tool to process your thoughts. P.S. We recorded this podcast just right after Aunt Julie said she'll be taking a break. We're glad she's back to her old Aunt Julie self!  CONNECT WITH US Join the conversation and let us know what you think at forawhilepodcast@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/forawhilepodcast/
43:19
September 7, 2020
The COVID Conversation Part 2
The conversation continues in this episode, and we delve a little deeper into what our lockdown routines are looking like and discuss topics such as, ‘What businesses are doing well right now? What do we see happening in the next six months?’ and more.  CONTEXT: This recording was made in early August. Lockdown rules and restrictions discussed in this episode may no longer be up-to-date.  CONNECT WITH US Join the conversation and let us know what you think at forawhilepodcast@gmail.com. Instagram: @forawhilepodcast
55:39
August 31, 2020
The COVID Conversation part 1
In this episode, we talk about how our lives have changed amidst a pandemic, how different countries are coping, and why we decided to start this podcast.  CONTEXT: This recording was made in early August. Lockdown rules and restrictions discussed in this episode may no longer be up-to-date.  CONNECT WITH US Join the conversation and let us know what you think at forawhilepodcast@gmail.com. Instagram: @forawhilepodcast
51:55
August 18, 2020