Thursday, June 30, 2016

TRAVEL | The Virtue of Being Good, From a Buddhist Perspective

In every backpacking trip I do, I always bump into people who are wiser and has more experience than I do. It is enlightening to listen to their stories and learn from them. Today, I am writing about my discussion with Cory, a buddhist from the US and currently based in China.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

TRAVEL | Malaysia, The Arrival Booboo's

Alright, so here goes the first entry for the Malaysia sojourn. Photos to be uploaded later.

29 June 2016. Day 1

04:30 am, left Lucena City to travel to Manila.

08:50 am, arrived in JAC Liner and found it terribly difficult to get a cab. Turns out the taxi drivers are charging extra to get to NAIA Terminal 1. Driver asked additional 50PhP surcharge. Paid 100 PhP to get to the airport.

09:50 am, the check-in counter opened.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW | The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist (2016)

Quick Notes: Highly recommended for thrill seekers, but not for the faint of heart. Do not watch the film alone or when in the dark. The movie is going to give you some serious mental nightmares for a week. You won't be able to turn off the lights at night.

And watch this movie at the cinema. Promise, it's worth the money!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

BOOK | Call Me Tsundoku

I have this habit of going to the thrift book shop and rummage through interesting books. I don't usually have budget to spend on expensive paper backs. I either borrow or just go to the nearest library.In SM shops, there is a store called "Booksale" that sells previously owned books and I became fond of visiting the shop whenever I pass by. Today was no exception, and I got myself some cool French books.

Synopsis: Perfume, sauce, Chirac, the Eiffel Tower, dressage, the bidet and the accordion are just some of their targets. You will also read of Napoleon's secret Cognac bar, the French Navy's glorious history, EuroDisney and the ludicrous French aristocracy.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

JOURNAL | The Writer's Block

March 6, 2014
  • I'm a very disorganized writer. I cannot write unless my notes are cluttered, my thoughts everywhere except my head. But I keep writing, hoping that ideas would pay me a visit.
  • There was a time when all I ever wanted was to have a laptop. I was sure that I'll be able to write more prolifically if I had one. I was a frustrated writer.
  • I fill up my journals with stories of the day. There was just too much to write until I stopped. I stopped when I finally got my first laptop.
  • For some reason there's always a creative block that gets in the way. I used to have this fire but I noticed that not even an ember can be traced. And I am saddened by this fact.

June 15, 2016
  • I am a writer and in writing I shall thrive, for words are my only company that will stay in this fleeting world of ours.

JOURNAL | Magnos Alexandros

An excerpt from the movie "Alexander" featuring Colin Farrell. 
But this was not ‪#‎Alexander. ‬All his life he fought to free himself from fear. By this and this alone he was made free; The freest man I've ever known. His tragedy was one of increasing loneliness and impatience for those who could not understand. And if his desire to reconcile Greek and barbarian... what, failure? His failure towers the world of successes. I've lived. I've lived long life Cadmos but the glory and the memory of man will always belong to the fathers who followed their great vision and the greatest of these is the one they now call "Magnos Alexandros."The greatest Alexander of them all. 
-Ptolemy on Alexander.

JOURNAL | Tips On Studying For An Examination

Tips On Studying For An Examination

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1. Find out from your teacher in advance just what work you will be expected to review.

2. Start far enough from back. For a final examination, review the whole term's work.

3. Review your notes paying particular attention to the points emphasized in class.

4. Reread the summaries in your textbook.

5. With the book closed, say aloud the important facts and ideas.

JOURNAL | Guides to Good Listening

Guides to Good Listening

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1. Sit where you can see and hear the speaker.

2. Be comfortable and alert. Slouching makes you sleepy.

3. Listen attentively despite distractions. Do not be sidetracked by thoughts that are not connected with the talk.

4. Be courteous. Do not distract the speaker or other listeners by unnecessary noise or movement.

5. Have a purpose. Think how you will be able to use the facts and ideas obtained from the talk.

JOURNAL | Hints on Taking Down Notes

Hints on Taking Down Notes

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1. Get a loose-leaf notebook large enough to hold any mimeographed material that the instructor gives you.

2. Use  a good pen or ballpen. A pencil is hard to push, and the writing blurs.

3. Concentrate on what the teacher and your classmates are doing and saying.

4. Watch for key phrases and sentences that give essential points. Words like therefore, consequently, and accordingly frequently indicate that a summary is to follow.

5. Begin notes for a new lesson by writing the title on a new sheet of paper.

JOURNAL | Hints For Effective Study

Hints for Effective Study

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1. Write your assignments accurately and completely.

2. Have a good place to study, free from distractions.

3. Have the needed equipment on hand before you start. Include a dictionary.

4. Plunge right in. Concentrate. Attack difficult assignments first.

5. Look over the lesson to get the general idea of what is required.

JOURNAL | Guides to Better Reading

Guides to Better Reading

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1. Read with purpose and determine to succeed. Know what you are looking for. Jot down questions in which you must find the answers.

2. Keep yourself physically fit. Have adequate light and a comfortable chair. If reading gives you headache, consult an optometrist.

3. Concentrate. Avoid distractions.

4. Read silently. Don't move your tongue or lips.

5. Keep your hands still. Don't follow words across the page with your fingers.

Monday, June 13, 2016

JOURNAL | Early Parent-Child Bonds Key To Good Adult Relationships

Early Parent-Child Bonds, Key To Good Adult Relationships
Key Terms: parent-child bond, behavior, child rearing, divorce, domestic discord, online therapy

This research reveals that early parent-child bond has significant albeit non-conclusive impact to good adult relationships. Specifically, attachment between the mother and child during the early stages of life can influence a child's behavior indicating that infants who are securely attached to their mothers or caregivers tend to learn to trust and count on to the adult, and later becomes independent when they reach toddler ages. However, environmental factors such as child-rearing can also influence the mental and emotional development of a child which he brings into adulthood. A child that has not been reared by his biological parents is prone to the stimulus of the people surrounding him, which may be negative or positive. In terms of parental conflict or breakup e.g. divorce, it was found in recent studies that it is not the parents' separation or exposure to domestic discord that determines the children's success in achieving their own satisfying adult relationships but the parent-child bond. And in extreme cases, where the child stumbles upon a failed relationship in adulthood, studies have found that online therapy can also become a viable alternative to remedy the source of struggle.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

TRAVEL | Family Trip to the City of Pines- Baguio!

Night market in Baguio is a fun activity and also a rewarding one!

My mom sent me an SMS asking if I would like to join the Baguio trip on May 25th. There was nothing on my calendar so I said yes. It has been ages since I went to Baguio (I think I was still in high school during my last visit). Together with my relatives, we traveled via this big van with a karaoke inside! Whew, try beating that- a live entertainment inside the van. So you could guess how fun the whole trip was. So what's so special about Baguio? Well it has been dubbed as the Summer Capital of the Philippines and has a lot of touristic places to offer. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

SPA REVIEW | John Matthew Salon & Spa

Address: Eulogio Rodriguez Sr. Ave. Quezon City, Metro Manila.
Contact: 6547007/ 6223497 / 2165034 / 09178173784 / 09232449615

Photos used in this entry are taken from John Matthew Spa and Salon official Facebook page (see link above).

Having been in the business of immersing myself in the relaxing world of spas and massages, it is important to consider alternative options to existing and more expensive spas in the market. However, a good massage experience should not be compromised even if the price is cheaper. So we bring you to a welcome find called John Matthew Salon and Spa.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

TRAVEL | Burias Islands & Alibijaban Beach (San Andres, Quezon)

For an upcoming trip to Burias Islands and Alibijiban Beach this June 17th, I am reposting a sample itinerary courtesy of Laboy Baboy Tours. I'm crossing my fingers that the sun would shine on these days and give us our much needed, last minute summer adventure.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

MISCELLANEOUS | Thoughts Running Through My Mind On a Thursday Evening

Sometimes I also ask what kind of blogger am I? Certainly not a travel blogger since I do not travel very often. Not also food blogger because I'm not fond of eating. Not even fitness nor movies... of course I do touch a little bit of this and that, but I can't really say which kind I am. I've been reading a lot online that successful blogs should have a focus. But perhaps that's exactly what I am- a no-focus blogger, if there is such a thing. It's just that everything is too general, and I find it challenging to center my posts into one topic. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

ARTICLE | The Anatomy of An Online Sensation, Security Officer - Je Olivar

The Anatomy of An Online Sensation

How does one become viral on the Internet? This is one curious question I had at the back of my mind, after the ascent of sensations like Sigmaton aka Carrotman and the rest of the blue collar working Filipinos who followed the trend.

CORPORATE | Human Resources Functions

Human Resources Functions

When we talk about Human Resources or HR, we seem to have a general understanding of what an HR personnel really does. Certainly he works by hiring people to a company, but is that all to it? To be blunt, HR professionals do more than hiring. In fact, hiring is only one part of his responsibilities. And if the staff are the backbone of a company, then HR professionals are the people behind the construction of this backbone.

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