One Less Pair of #Twin­sies

Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - From the editor -

Whether you’re sin­gle and search­ing or bliss­fully cou­pled up, the open­ing story of our Love sec­tion this month will prob­a­bly strike a chord as it turns the con­cept of com­pat­i­bil­ity on its head. As hu­mans on a per­pet­ual hunt for our soul mates, we tend to be­lieve that com­mon in­ter­ests and quirky sim­i­lar­i­ties are signs from the uni­verse: “So ‘Holocene’ is also your fa­vorite Bon Iver song? We must be meant for each other!” And when it comes to things we har­bor op­po­site feel­ings about, we keep a run­ning tally un­til we’re fi­nally con­vinced that it’s never go­ing to work. (He loves the gym. You love your bed. It was doomed from the start.)

But what if it turns out the things you don’t share an af­fec­tion for or an aver­sion to are the things that end up bind­ing you to­gether? I know this is ac­tu­ally pos­si­ble be­cause I’m mar­ry­ing some­one who couldn’t be any more dif­fer­ent from me, yet some­how ev­ery­thing man­aged to click into place. We met as to­tal op­po­sites, but some­where along the way, we learned to ad­just and un­der­stand and grow. My calm­ness and in­tro­spec­tion has soft­ened his edges a bit, and his tough, ad­ven­tur­ous per­son­al­ity con­tin­ues to draw me out of my shell. Our friends and fam­ily say we balance each other out—a com­pli­ment that never gets old.

You don’t need to be #twin­sies with your sig­nif­i­cant other to build a healthy, happy life to­gether. I guess when you think about com­pat­i­bil­ity as some­thing you work on in­stead of some­thing you’re handed at the very be­gin­ning, it makes com­plete sense. It’s in­evitable that a re­la­tion­ship will change you. Maybe you just have to let it. Hy­drates and re­freshes at the same time.

Erich is the def­i­ni­tion of fun, fear­less, and fit!

P1,250, Eika. Trop­i­cal fun for a year-round sunny state of mind.

This pair from Pe­dro is pointy, peri­win­kle, and pos­i­tively pro­fes­sional.

Marla Mini­ano, Edi­tor in Chief

Noth­ing more chic than a clas­sic camel purse. P9,250, Ka­tre.

Mu­si­cian Reese Lansan­gan and I wrote a book! Avail­able now at Na­tional Book Store.

Oops! The cor­rect price for the 60ml size of Bio-oil is P495, not the higher amount we re­ported in the Au­gust is­sue’s Beauty Awards.

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