It’s not always easy to build rapport with people you just met, especially now that we’re practically used to being so disconnected to everyone and everything. Thankfully, a few scientists came up with a step-by-step guide that succeeded to make two people fall in love in just less than an hour.
I’ve been in quarantine for 100 days, and the abundance of time I have in my hands allowed me to reminisce about a lot of things I took for granted — like excessive socialization. One weekend before the lockdown, two of my college friends and I decided to talk…
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking is everything I wish I learned in high school. I know that an element’s atomic number defined its properties and that energy equals time multiplied by the speed of light squared. However, I never learned in a classroom what purpose scientific and mathematical equations serve in my life and why I should bother learning them at all.
It was not until I grew older and developed an interest in cosmology and astrophysics that I began to value equations — the language of the universe. The numbers that put humans in space; the…
Boxing is one of the few sports with the primary goal of causing harm on opponents by literally knocking them down — blood and bruises. Mainstream media commonly defines boxing as a sport of skill, strength, and cunning. Unbeknownst to many, this popular combat sport comes from a history of classism, possible racism, and inhumanity.
I have been in countless situations previously when I kept mum about my opinions and preferences to avoid arguments, confrontations, and disagreements. I grew up believing that I must steer away from anything that can put me in sticky situations because it creates unwanted tension. It must be human nature to abide by pleasantries and hospitality in the name of being likable.
Now that I have read Susan Newman’s The Book of No: 250 Ways to Say It — and Mean It — and Stop People Pleasing Forever, I learned to reflect on the many times I did not act…
George Orwell gifts a letter of warning and wisdom to posterity with his novel 1984. He brings to life a dystopian world where critical thinking is a somewhat foreign concept. He discusses class divide, police power, and historical revisionism; and how they individually strip away democracy.
He writes, “how could you communicate with the future? It was of its nature impossible. Either the future would resemble the present, in which case it would not listen to him, or it would be different from it, and his predicament would be meaningless.” …
K-BBQ, K-Pop, K-Drama — the South Korean buzz has achieved a global-scale phenomenon. I was never entirely sold on K-Drama for so long as some scenes in certain shows felt too… “superficial” for me. Don’t worry, that statement has been long thrown outside the window after I stumbled upon Shin Won-ho’s Reply 1988. Every episode is an emotionally-charged life lesson.
It is vibrant, nostalgic, youthful, and everything you can ever miss in life.
A quote from episode 19 of the series goes, “Chrysanthemum has its seasons, and the beauty of a flower will not last ten days.” That short line…
Every part of our reality is an incentive of chance. As I glance through my desk, I see fruits and flowers — both designs of biological happenstance. A Scottish poet immortalized roses as the symbol of romance as he likened its color to a powerful, passionate love. Just imagine the peculiarity of contemporary Valentine’s Day if the winds blew to a direction where roses were unable to pollinate or mutate the way they did. A single alteration to its cell make-up can not only change its appearance, but also the way we look at flowers and even love.
what flowers think
of Valentine’s Day
Do they yearn for the season
they get human validation
Or do they wish
they could talk
against the cruelty, I suppose
they are fooled to think
they are loved and adored
just to be cut
right off their roots
and served as an offer
to the ones
we are truly fond of
Flowers are gorgeous
but dead, they are, too
you can keep them preserved
but can’t human corpse, too?
Yes, eternally beautiful
yet eternally dead, too
I wonder what flowers think of Valentine’s Day Do they scrutinize their purpose…
It took my room a few tidying up until I realized that the rules of minimalism just aren’t for me. With that, I decided to come up with my own decluttering process — one that is pressure-less and most definitely realistic.
I am a firm believer that decluttering need not be extraneous and overwhelming. It can be a therapeutic activity that allows us to be in touch of ourselves and our surroundings. It can say a lot about what we value, who we are or perhaps, who we once were.
As my advanced New Year’s resolution, I decided to declutter…
I recently saw a Facebook post that claims disasters in the Philippines as a result of people’s nearsightedness. The majority of the population indeed put magnified importance on survival over long term plans. However, the vastly flawed and deeply-rooted issue extends way beyond a myopic generalization.
Typhoon Rolly (Goni) recently caused vast devastation and destruction in Bicol, leaving at least 20 people dead. A few days later, typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) makes landfall in the same Region and leaves some 170,000 dislodged, one dead, while three are still missing. It wiped the main island of Luzon to destruction earlier this week…
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