Episodes
Instagram has a new feature where you can turn off your like counts, both on your feed and on your posts as a creator. Pauline and i talk about our thoughts on the possible implications of this feature, and evolve the conversation toward the topic of online validation.
Published 05/26/21
I got an email about how the development of the vaccine had something to do with aborted fetuses. In this episode, i respond and share my thoughts on the ethics and morality of this new finding, from a Christian perspective.
Published 04/21/21
In this episode of #CoffeeConversations, Pauline and I talk about a question that’s being asked around some Christian communities. Should a Christian take the COVID-19 vaccine? This discussion is full of our opinions, so I’m just throwing out a disclaimer that (1) our opinions are subject to change based on the information we receive, and that (2) you’re free to respectfully disagree in the comments below! Dialogue is essential to progress.    *I just realized that as we talk in this...
Published 04/18/21
If you’re constantly telling yourself, “I’m tired of being tired,” and experience things like unwillingness to get out of bed, lack of motivation to do simple tasks, regretful or sorrowful comparison to others living “better” lives, pining for how it used to be, panicking because of all the uncertainty, or unjustly channeling your anger onto others.. then you may be going through pandemic anxiety. That’s all normal. We’re experiencing a traumatic global event. And I’m not just saying this, I...
Published 04/11/21
If you’ve been a subscriber for a long time, you’ll know that in 2019, I lost my drive to create content. I wasn’t so proud of the content I was creating, and in some ways felt like a slave to my subscribers, because I felt like I only got views and likes when the video was about certain mainstream topics, even though I wasn’t in the mood to make content like that. I lost sight of myself, I lost sight of my goals, and I kept comparing myself to other content creators who were doing sooooo...
Published 04/02/21
We're back from the States, after a 5-month trip. Pauline and I talk about regrets, "sayang", and seizing every moment.
Published 03/20/21
In our trip to Monterey, Carmel, and Big Sur here in California, Pauline and I decide to stop by the beach and talk a bit about what it's like to have a romantic relationship lose its "spark". What do you do when things start to feel "normal"?
Published 02/25/21
Pauline and I talk about our life here in the USA after temporarily moving to California last October. If all goes well, we'll be back in Manila by March! But for now, here are a few learnings and stories of our experiences and travels here. :)
Published 02/19/21
Adulting is hard. In my experience, the transition to twenty-something years old has a lot to do with developing independence. And while independence is mostly a good thing, there are two traps that can eventually lead to burnout: 1. Self-sufficiency: Convincing yourself that you have all the strength and ability within you to make it on your own 2. Autonomy: Believing that the purpose you set and the path you forge for yourself is the ultimate one If you’ve reached your breaking point,...
Published 01/22/21
For over a decade now, I've been starting the year with a 5-day fast alongside the rest of my church community. Here are 5 reasons why fasting is such a great spiritual discipline:  1. Jesus fasted. Before he started his formal ministry, he fasted because he knew fasting gives spiritual strength and prepares one for God's work.  2. Fasting makes us more sensitive to God's voice. When we deny ourselves of natural cravings and worldly distractions, we tend to hear the Holy Spirit...
Published 01/13/21
How to Start the Year Right https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RimsBFZ96Us I'm not a guru, but I've been doing this for over 10 years now and it's been great for my mental health, emotional health, spiritual health, and sometimes even my physical health! (Hopefully this year I can shed the weight I gained here in the States 🥲) 1. Gratitude I like to put pen to paper (yes, PEN to PAPER, because it's more distraction-free and it's more tangible) and list down everything I can think of that I...
Published 01/10/21
This is a student interview conducted by three Grade 12 students from Philippine Science High School. I answer their questions about being a content creator, and what it's like in the industry. Super interesting convo! I recommend you give it a listen, even jump to a random point in the middle and hear me out. I really enjoyed this one. Thanks Julia, Reigh, and Hanzelle. 
Published 10/22/20
Three applicable and serious tips if you're looking to start a YouTube channel, an Instagram account, a TikTok, whatever
Published 10/08/20
No outline, no notes, just me talking for 24 minutes straight. Kudos to you if you make it all the way through. No worries if you don't.
Published 10/07/20
Pauline and I go through some notes we wrote together on keeping mindful of our thought patterns and behaviors. We talk about being honest with ourselves, keeping open minds, and breaking patterns. We touch on journaling, having the right friends and perspective on other people, and processing emotions.
Published 08/26/20
Interview with Janina Vela on the Philippine political situation regarding the Anti-Terrorism Bill. Be sure to do your own research too :)
Published 06/07/20
I talk about ELEMENTAL RANKINGS that help you determine how good you are at work. No matter your field, no matter your position, rating yourself according to this system should help you get a comprehensive understanding of the quality of work you can bring to the table. The most important part is realizing that you're good, but not that good. We all have something to work on. And there will always be someone better than us in the world. There's always an opportunity to improve. And maybe, if...
Published 05/26/20
We talk a lot about what it is to be creative, what helps nurture your creativity, and how to foster a creative mindset, especially as a Christian.
Published 04/07/20
Published 04/07/20
A refreshing conversation with model and online creator LA Aguinaldo on finding your north. We also talk about his fashion line, All Day Industries.
Published 04/07/20
Wosh and I talk about what it means to speak out on social media and be critical of the government, especially as Christians. Are we supposed to call out incompetence and corruption, or stay silent and just pray?
Published 04/03/20
Let me know if I'm missing anything. Podcast listeners who read the shownotes get special email access hehe. I will reply if you title your email with the subject "EXILE". Email me your suggestions.  https://www.instagram.com/bentepodcast/
Published 03/31/20
Kazu and I talk about the future of influencers, TikTok’s algorithm, the state of monetizing current social media platforms, and why YouTubers should be scared. https://theconversation.com/tiktok-the-worlds-most-valuable-startup-that-youve-never-heard-of-109302
Published 03/24/20
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Published 03/18/20
In this one I talk about adulting from a faith perspective. Thanks to CCD St. Scholastica's College for having me! 
Published 11/28/19