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Don’t close yourself off from the possibility of finding love on Tinder

But is it even possible?

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“Can you find love on Tinder?”

Ah, the question that everyone who hasn’t tried the app curiously asks. I opened my Tinder app and recalled the first time I ever used it.

Initially, I was skeptical about online dating. I thought Tinder, like other dating apps, was for people who only want to indulge in flings and uncommitted fun. I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of being able to find love through an app. I hate to admit it: I’ve judged people on the network and I despised Tinder despite not having used the app at all. I still believed love unfolds a certain way: by chance encounters, intimate conversations, two people falling in love with one another. I had a narrow perspective on modern romance in my generation.

Friends and people I know who’ve used and found love on the app shared stories on how it all started for them. I realized that the hesitation to try the app was my fear of change — I hated how my views were being challenged by technology! But, curiosity kicked in after hearing my friends’ perspectives and I hit “download app.”

Having been on the app for a year now, I noticed that everyone asks why you’re on Tinder. That’s when you’ll realize that people have different reasons: some want to kill time, cure their boredom, feel good about themselves, be distracted from loneliness, have a good time and mess around… But, amid the sea of people, there’s a small portion of “Tinderfellas” and “Tinderellas” who are looking for something serious, who want to be in a relationship, who use the app the way it should be — for dating. 

I remember matching with someone interesting. It was one of those days when I lazily swiped to pass time. This guy is foreign, totally cute, and adventurous. Above all, he’s a simple guy who found joy in simple things (as seen in his profile, of course). When we first matched, I knew I had to start the conversation and that’s where it all began. He found me adorable and the whole interaction was so much fun that we left the app to talk somewhere else. We continuously kept in contact and despite both being busy, we tried our best to meet and go on a date.

For the first time in a long while, I was treated with respect and I felt loved. I hadn’t experienced that magic for some time so I freaked out. It’s scary to put your heart on your sleeves. By doing so, I let my fears get the best of me and ran away. When I realized my mistake, I tried to reach out but I knew I already screwed up. I wasted the chance to be with someone amazing and deprived myself of the happiness that I could’ve had.

At some point, I also realized I wasn’t ready to be in a relationship. It wasn’t the right time, yet. I took it as a lesson so when the next person comes, I’ll be sure of what I want.

I know a lot of people who found real relationships on Tinder — some just started, some are going strong, some already ended their love stories. There are those who’ve decided to leave the app, and some still choose to go back to the same cycle of swiping left or right until they find the right one.

Does it mean you can find love on Tinder? Apparently, it doesn’t work that way. You don’t get to find love with just a right swipe, or because you matched with someone. After all, you’re not supposed to look for love, you let it find you — at the right moment, at the right time and place, with the right people, and on your own terms.

Based on my experience, Tinder doesn’t guarantee that you’ll find love, but it can help.

Most of us are still defining ourselves and trying to navigate adulthood. Some of us are busy pursuing passions and greater pursuits in life. There are people hustling and trying to make ends meet. Tinder makes it easier for us to find someone we can really connect with, so we can still put ourselves out there despite the differences in priorities.

If you happen to meet someone from Tinder with potential for a long-term relationship, it’s all up to you. Condition your mind and prepare yourself. Decide if you want to pursue a relationship with that person.

Tinder is just a tool that can help you be open to love and dating again. Love is everywhere. It happens when you least expect it. Maybe the love of your life was already that match you weren’t talking to, maybe it’s someone you were about to swipe right to, or maybe you won’t meet them in an app, but in a bar, or a friend’s event, or when traveling to places you’ve always wanted to see. You have to realize that love is natural. It’s a force that cannot be forced. You let it develop over time. 

You still need to put yourself out there, though. Don’t close yourself off from the possibility of love finding you. Whether it be on a dating app or otherwise, trust that it will find you. Believe in the universe, or fate, because it sometimes works in tandem with our technology. Be patient and focus on being the best version of yourself for now so when you match with someone again, you’ll be ready. Stop looking for love, and be open when it comes.

With right swipes come great possibilities.

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Samsung Galaxy A6 Hands-on: Repackaging the older series

A combination of the Galaxy J7 Pro and Galaxy A8

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The latest midrange phones of Samsung are finally hitting the stores, but they got us a little confused. Since the introduction of the Galaxy A series, it has always been the family of upper-midrange Samsung phones with a premium design. In 2018 though, Samsung is blending the Galaxy A and Galaxy J’s designs; the result is the new Galaxy A6 phones. There’s a regular and a better plus variant, but let’s check out the former first.

This is the Galaxy A6: A phone with a 5.6-inch Super AMOLED display and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio or Infinity Display, as Samsung calls it. The resolution of the display is underwhelming at just 1480 x 720 pixels or 294ppi, but it’s still pretty sharp. The Infinity Display of the Galaxy A6 doesn’t curve to the sides unlike with the Galaxy S9 flagship, yet the bezels are minimal.

The vibrant Super AMOLED display is a common Samsung trait

We have the usual sight in the front including the 16-megapixel f/1.9 selfie camera paired with its own LED flash, earpiece, and sensors. There’s no branding on the face of the phone so when the display is turned off, it looks sleek and clean on the table.

Too bad it doesn’t have the Always On Display feature, even though it has an AMOLED screen.

It’s an Infinity Display but not edge-to-edge

Having the loudspeaker at the side has now been a staple among Samsung midrange phones. It’s a much better placement than on the bottom since you don’t cover or muffle it when viewing in landscape orientation. This is ideal for watching videos or playing mobile games.

Both the loudspeaker and power button are on the right side of the phone

The volume buttons are on the right

Those who dislike making a choice between a microSD card or secondary SIM card will be glad to see the triple card slots of the Galaxy A6. There are two card trays inside the phone: one for the main nano-SIM card and another for the second nano-SIM and the microSD card.

You have to take out two trays to get all your cards inside

The body of the phone is mainly made up of aluminum with U-shaped antennas similar to the Galaxy J7 Pro’s frame. To be honest, the Galaxy A6 can easily be mistaken for the Galaxy J7 Pro if not for the rear camera. Speaking of, the Galaxy A6 has a 16-megapixel f/1.7 rear sensor inside an area shared with the fingerprint sensor. Thankfully, it’s identical to the Galaxy A8’s and Galaxy S9’s placement.

There should be fewer smudges on the camera lens

Going further into the internals of the Galaxy A6, it’s powered by an Exynos 7870 processor — the same silicon the popular Galaxy J7 Prime had back in 2016. The processor is getting old, so we’re hoping Samsung will use a newer one in their next release.

Good thing the bigger Galaxy A6+ has the latest Snapdragon 450, or else it’ll be just an under-powered midrange phone.

The variant we have here has 3GB of memory and 32GB of storage, but there’s also a 4GB/64GB combo available in select markets.

The Samsung Galaxy A6 with the 3GB/32GB configuration retails for PhP 16,490 in the Philippines while in India, it goes from INR 21,990 up to INR 22,990 depending on the variant.

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Android P: YouTubers React

Android Pineapple or Android Popcorn?

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It’s that time of the year again when we make guesses on what the next version of Android will be called. We saw some clues at the Shoreline Amphitheater and this is what your favorite YouTubers think.

Is it going to be Android Pineapple? Android Popcorn? Android Popsicle? Android Pie? Your guess is as good as ours. Sound off in the comments section what you think it will be called!

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7 tips to stepping up your Instagram game

No amount of editing can fix a bad image

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It all started with sharing memories using a vintage filter. Through the years, Instagram grew and became a platform for self-expression, an avenue for individuals to showcase their lifestyle and creativity. More and more, people are curating their Instagram profiles and here you are, stuck with your messy feed and hoping to step up your Instagram game out of envy.

Fret not! A lot of us feel that way, too. As a creative who lives and breathes Instagram for brands, but doesn’t have the time to work on his own account, I’ve got seven tips to share to help people level up. Here they are:

Think like a brand

Chay likes to take photos of her food, while Kevin is passionate about landscape and aerial photography

Set the direction of how you want your Instagram feed to look. It can be in tune with your personality, hobbies, and interests, or you can transform it into your portfolio of artworks, photographs, or works you proudly share. It can also give people a glimpse of your lifestyle, or the things you’re passionate about. Whatever it is, you decide on what to show on your feed.

Equip yourself with the right camera

Kevin likes to capture his adventures with his favorite toy, the DJI Mavic Pro. MJ, on the other hand, prefers to capture his moments on a good camera phone

Today’s smartphone cameras can sometimes have the same resolution and image quality as a DSLR camera’s, but you shouldn’t fully rely on them. Depending on what kind of photographs you take, there’s a gadget that will help you up your Instagram game. Whether it’s an action cam, drone, or mirrorless camera, there’s a specific shooter out there for your unique needs.

Let your photos tell a story

MJ captured this photo of a girl walking on the streets of Puerto Galera under the scorching sun, while Vincenz photographed a passing taho vendor during a late afternoon in Boracay

Be in touch with your surroundings and capture the moments you find yourself in. Give your followers a glimpse of what’s happening by including people, actions, scenery, and events in your photos. Invoke emotions and make your audience feel like they’re a part of your narrative. A caption would help to support your post, but your photograph should be able to tell a story on its own.

Adjust and tweak for the best results

Chay visited an Instagram-worthy cafe in Shanghai; the raw image is beautiful enough, but to keep her style, she adjusted the brightness and temperature slightly to make it warmer

Our smartphones may not capture the exact moment we see with our own eyes, but we can always accentuate how beautiful our photos are through editing. There are numerous photo-editing apps but remember to not overdo it! Just tweak and adjust these main points: brightness, contrast, alignment, and temperature. Do so, and you’ll look like a pro.

Keep it authentic from the start

MJ upped the vibrancy a little bit to accentuate Mt. Pinatubo’s aquamarine-colored lake, and Dan tweaked the highlights to feature the skyscrapers of Singapore

Good editing is the kind wherein you don’t notice it was even edited. A lot of people overdo their editing to the point of looking artificial. Some can actually pull it off, but others try so hard to copy styles and presets that the image loses its authenticity.

Be consistent and learn how to commit

Dan’s feed consists of his daily grind showcasing urban life and architecture, while Isa’s feed features her travels and OOTDs.

This generation has a lot of commitment issues *ehem* but being uncommitted when you badly want something isn’t going to get you anywhere. Once you’ve decided to up your Instagram game, you have to continue doing so to achieve the feed that you’ve always wanted.  Be consistent in posting a single style to make it cohesive.

Don’t take it too seriously

Isa, Alven, and Michael Josh uploaded their fun and memorable moments on their respective Instagram profiles.

And lastly, enjoy and have fun! Taking it seriously kills your creativity. Get in touch with your inner child and be playful. There’s so much more to life than your Instagram feed.

Curating your feed might seem daunting, and from your perspective, it could be a thing only brands, influencers, and creative people do. You might even downplay yourself because you don’t have talent in photography, but guess what, you don’t need to be a pro to take nice photographs. Your eyes can be trained to see the beauty in everything; you just have to believe that there’s an artist inside you.

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