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Cake with essay-length heartfelt messages goes viral in the Philippines

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  • Pasteleria Manila, a bakery founded by Cecilia “Ces” Lopez in 2009, shared a photo of a 10×14 inches caramel cake on Facebook and Instagram on Tuesday.
  • “Yes, there is such a thing, uh huh,” the bakery captioned the photo on social media.
  • The cake, addressed to a person named “Tristan,” was piped with lengthy messages covering the entire surface of the cake.
  • Pasteleria Manila said in an interview with Pilipino Star Ngayon Digital that the design is the longest birthday message they’ve ever received from a customer.
  • “What is this, a last will?” one social media user joked. Other commenters praised the bakery’s icing piping skills.

Sometimes it’s hard to convey how you really feel to a loved one on a special occasion, so a customer at a bakery in the Philippines decided to write an entire heartfelt letter on a cake.

Pasteleria Manila, a bakery founded by Cecilia “Ces” Lopez in 2009, shared a photo of a 10×14 inches caramel cake with a message covering its entire surface on Facebook and Instagram on Tuesday.

A Disney Princess in Áo Dài: Learning to Love Being Vietnamese in White America

Editor’s Note: The following piece was chosen as a finalist in NextShark’s personal Essay Contest 2019. The views expressed in story are the writer’s own.

On a hospital bed lays a tired and drowsy woman with an IV in her forearm and nasal tubes in her nostrils. The nurses quickly shift their attention to the unconscious woman when they hear the first sound of life. “Waah! Waah! Waah!” One of the nurses holds up the newborn who has a full head of black hair and excitedly says, “Congratulations, it’s a girl!” The day is May 2nd, 2004 and that newborn is me. The woman with the IV is my mom who carried me in her womb for nine months only to face ten hours of excruciating labor and the man next to the bed is my dad who immediately stormed out of a university lecture when he got the call that my mother was in labor.

The Black-and-White Jungle: How Chess Got Me Through My Parents’ Divorce

Editor’s Note: The following piece was chosen as a finalist in NextShark’s personal Essay Contest 2019. The views expressed in story are the writer’s own.

The first time I saw a chess board, I stood — an unsmiling first­ grader — spellbound by the curious horses and castles that the wizened fifth graders shuffled confidently in my school cafeteria. Beneath the ornate wood surface of those pieces, I discovered a uniquely layered beauty.

China Girl Holly: From a Chinese Orphanage to Surviving Racism in America

Editor’s Note: The following piece was chosen as a finalist in NextShark’s personal Essay Contest 2019. The views expressed in story are the writer’s own.

When I was an infant, I was left outside of an orphanage in a cardboard box, with no indicators of who left me there or who I was. At six months old, I was adopted by an American family, and from there on I moved happily to North Carolina as if my life weren’t about to change forever.

Matchmaker: A Story of Growing Up Gay in a Homophobic Asian Family

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Editor’s Note: The following piece was chosen as the winner of NextShark’s personal Essay Contest 2019. The views expressed in story are the writer’s own.

“Give me your bowl,” Mother commands me. As I lift it towards her, she plops down a ladle-full of the fish ball, potato, egg soup that we always have on Lunar New Year. Scrunching and sniffing my nose after the first bowl, I finally notice the ten-plus relatives around a table that’s supposed to fit six. They start to pester me with their usual proceedings.

Ex-Reddit CEO Ellen Pao Exposes Details of Sexism in Silicon Valley in Shocking Essay

An excerpt from Ellen Pao’s forthcoming memoir, titled “Reset”, details some of the problems she endured — sexism, discrimination and sexual harassment — during her time at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB).

In the essay “This is How Sexism Works in Silicon Valley” posted in The New York Magazine’s The Cut on Monday, Pao sheds some light regarding the scandal she faced in 2012 when she filed a lawsuit against KPCB.