10 classic Pinoy baon that will bring back your childhood

10 classic Pinoy baon that will bring back your childhood

 

  1. Bazooka
    bazooka gum

What is it: Pink chewing gum (like a small version of a pink bar soap)

Why we loved it: Comics found at the back of the wrapper helped us kill time

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  1. Butong Pakwan
    butong pakwan

What is it: Watermelon seed coated with salty goodness

Why we loved it: The process of sucking the black seed before cracking it into two makes it fun to eat! It’s all about the alat-ness!

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  1. Iced Gemsiced gems

 

What is it: Biscuits with colorful icing on top

Why we loved it: We have only two ways of eating it- eat the icing first or save the icing for the last.

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  1. Haw Flakeshaw

 

What is it: a disc shaped flakes.

Why we loved it: Remember your first communion? Where everyone passes it around and each one take turns in being the priest and the receiver of the “Hostia”

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  1. Sunshine Green Peasgreen peas

What is it: Crunchy green peas in a pack

Why we loved it: When we try to finish the one whole pack in just one shot, trying to fit in every green peas in our mouth.

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  1. Orange Switsorange

What is it: Orange gummy candies coated with sugar

Why we loved it: I guess this what comes first before the birth of gummy bears

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  1. Lumpia Shanghai
    lumpiang shanghai

What is it: Lumpia shanghai in cheese flavor

Why we loved it: Every dismissal, lumpiang shangai is the go-to snack for students as well as for friends. Dagdagan mo pa ng softdrinks.

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  1. Magic Popmagic pop

What is it: crackling candy

Why we loved it: The popping sound that resonates inside your mouth made it enjoyable to eat!

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  1. Mik-mik, chocnut, zeb-zebchocnut

 

What is it: Chocnut (milk chocolate bar), Mik-Mik (a milk powder which is more enjoyable with the use of straw), and Zeb-Zeb (corn puff like chichacorn)

Why do we loved it: Who will never love choc-nut, mik-mik, and zeb-zeb? You’ll never go wrong with these!

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  1. Haw Haw Milk Powder Candy

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What is it: Milk powder candy

Why we loved it: A taste of it is a journey back to our childhood. Remember melting it in your mouth to savor the milky goodness?

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You, what was your Pinoy classic baon? comment below and share your childhood years!

Why do I go to school?

Why do I go to school?

‘Why do I go to school?’ I ask myself.

During the days of our innocent, unhindered frolicking in the streets, we were encouraged to go to school and learn how to read ABC’s, count 123’s, and write alphabetically. But as years passed the simple read, count, and write turned into solving the speed of a train from point A to point B, understanding the human brain, and taking down historical dates. Our grades shifted from very good to 90-93 to UNO, TRES, and SINGKO, and as we escalate from one year level to another, our potential expands and the chances of getting a good job after school becomes within our reach. But is it really about getting a good job, and having a well-off life that drives us to go to school and finish college? Have you ever asked yourself the same question – Why do I go to school?

All parents wants nothing but only the good for their children, and for that reason they send them to school. We were raised and compelled to believe that burning the midnight oil for grades sake and getting a degree will lead us to a job that will help us earn money so that we’ll be able to live a luxurious life, and eventually retire when we’re old and senile. Our parents and society has clearly plotted before our eyes these rewards we can get once we finish college, and so, we start to act like machines memorizing thousands of lines for a fill in a blank exam.

We focus more on the types of test, and how to get the right answers in order to survive one whole semester. We write down every code even though we can’t comprehend- We do these things because we’re all afraid to fail. We go to school to avoid the rubbish life we might get if we don’t have that promising diploma hanging on our wall. We’re afraid.

It’s fear that was kindled in our being that makes us go to school. It makes us think like robots and work like zombies. It teaches us to just survive and not live. It makes us pursue a course we don’t want because they’ve told us “there is money”. Fear robs us away from the reason why we go to school.

Ask yourself again, “why do I go to school?’ What makes you stay in your seat together with 40 plus students mumbling and giggling about their crushes, and favorite celebrities?

 Why do you spend time listening to your monotonous professor discussing chemical reaction, and the derivative of letters and numbers? Why do you patiently write notes and doodle at the same time for a subject that doesn’t make sense to you? Why do you go to school?

 If your reason is because it is a normal thing to do, or because it can make you rich then drop out and leave immediately.

Go to school because you find the unending thrill of learning something new. You want to be educated by a program you want and not what your family wants. Enroll yourself to a new semester not because of the fear that you’ll end up making money out of garbage and live under a tattered roof, but rather because of fear that you won’t be the kind of person you want to be 10 years from now. Your diploma’s worth is more than the 100,000 salary every month and new phone every 3 months. The delicate parchment paper sealed with your name and degree is what you have worked hard for almost 2 decades and no amount of money can ever equate to it. Your diploma is you. It is you. It is every fiber of your whole being, and so make it meaningful. Make it worth it. Study, love, and learn.

Do you want to share your views and perspective of why you go to school? Write it down in our comment section!

Check out- 5 famous sayings that never gets old in college  and 8 things college life has taught me

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How to Train Smarter Not Harder

How to Train Smarter Not Harder

One of the keys to a full and healthy lifestyle is a good balance between body and mind. The difficulty with physical training though is there are so many resources out there that that it can becoming overwhelming when one is simply trying to be fit. Because the thing is, we’re not all ultra-marathoners or pro athletes. Our fitness goals tend to be more modest than those who are interested in peak physical performance. They are the people willing to commit two to three hours a day while most of us don’t have that kind of time or luxury. Nonetheless we understand that fitness is important – and even though its not the end all be all, we want to be able to maintain our physical fitness in order to live and function well.

The worst thing you can do is just put on your shoes and run – or go to the gym and use whatever machine you feel like. It is directionless, aimless and can even be counterproductive. Instead, you ought to seek optimization and efficiency in your workout. Your workouts will take less time and yet still be effective.

So here’s a really quick and dirty list of steps you can take to determine what your fitness routine should look like. I’m not going to give any specific activity – but I’m sharing a process that will help you understand how to select your activities.

Step 1: Identify your goal

Do you want to run a 5k? Do you want to be able to keep up in your recreational basketball league? Do you want to not feel pain when you wake up in the morning? Identify your fitness goal and be specific about it. The more specific your goal is – the more you’ll be able to determine what your fitness needs are. Someone who wants to run a 5k once this year will have different training needs for someone who wants to be able to run a 5k at a drop of a hat.

Step 2: Determine your needs based on your goal

I tend to classify this under 3 categories: Endurance, Strength-Mobility, and Technique.

Most activities demand a kind of interaction between these three components, in varying degrees. It is not a question of priority, but a question of what is the right mix of these – because you will need all three.

As an example, suppose you’d like to run a 5k:

– The endurance component would demand you can maintain a speed of 3 meters per second

– The strength-mobility component would be having strong quadriceps and hamstrings, along with a good range of motion for the legs and hips.

– The technique component will be running style depending on your height, stride and foot arch.

On the other hand, suppose you just want to be able to play basketball with your friends:

– Your endurance component has to do with being able to successively burst sprints.

– Your strength-mobility component would be to have a balanced upper and lower body with emphasis on balance.

– The technique component will be related to shooting, ball handling, etc.

Step 3: Find ways to implement

The steps above are there in order to help you find really clear goals. Once that is in place, you have to make it happen!

The easiest way is to find a coach or a trainer. But it is not the kind of relationship where you passively do whatever the trainer tells you. Communicate your goals and your needs and together come up with a program that can work for you.

If getting a coach isn’t something you can do, there are no shortage of resources online – but this time, with your needs and goals in mind – you can be more critical and selective about the advice you are getting from the internet.

I never assign general workouts, because each person has different body types, fitness levels, capabilities and goals. It is up to each individual to be attentive to their own needs and expectations in order to be able to train effectively. Remember, simply training harder is not enough. Don’t put on your shoes and pile on miles and miles and miles. Think about the workouts you’re doing and how it actually contributes to your fitness goals.

8 things college life has taught me

8 things college life has taught me

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  1. Everything matters

    From major and minor exams, group works, seatwork, homework, and down to readings. Everything counts. Every activity contributes to your over-all grade, even your attendance can save you! Never belittle the capability of having a complete attendance, because it can save your life.

  2. The power of teamwork

    Professors call it cheating but for students? It’s teamwork. Nobody gets out of college being an island and doing things alone, because I’m sure that at some point in your life you’ve been the contributor, free loader, or the leader of the team. Well, it doesn’t really matter what role you are playing, because at the end of the day what matters is: PASADO!

  3. Tres is the new UNO

    Tres (passing mark) never gets out of style. When you are faced with a terror professor or a hard-core subject, and you forsee that SINGKO is at grasp then TRES comes in and takes the spotlight. Tres is the new UNO! The most-awaited grade of all times, “tres lang sapat na”

  4. Never cease from learning

    Always look forward to learning something new. I know it pains you to listen to your monotonous professor or to sit for an hour in your  “kill me now” class but take that opportunity to learn, only a few gets that privilege.You may be learning in a hard way but it will be all worth it. College sayings that never gets old!

  5. Love will surely  find  its  way

    Don’t be in a hurry to  fall in love and be loved. Darating at darating yan!  Know your priorities, your Romeo or Juliet can wait but thesis? syempre   hindi. 

  6. #MORE is an overkill

    #puyatpaMORE #thesispaMORE #sabawpaMORE all the more. In college, expect to do things in excess especially if you love procrastinating.

  7.  Procrastination at its best

    I don’t recommend you to procrastinate, but for some procrastinating,  helps. It is the time where unborn geniuses start to exist for a moment, creative juices spill out of their nutshells, and adrenaline rushes  in  your nerves. It’s in procrastination where students become Einstein, and Picasso in no time.

  8. Chill!

    Yes learn how to chill. Don’t be in a hurry to  have everything settled down and done. College isn’t just a piece of cake. There’ll be times you’ll see yourself crying over your thesis, professor, readings, and exams but surely it will all come to pass. College is fulfilling. Chill,enjoy, meet new friends, and learn!

Awesome things to do after College

 

Do you have any college life lessons? share it with us and comment below!

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10 Weird but Awesome Things You Can Do on Your Free Time

10 Weird but Awesome Things You Can Do on Your Free Time

It’s so exhausting!

It’s hard to explain how sometimes even during our free time we feel exhausted. Maybe this is due to the hectic hustle and bustle the world institutionalized us in, that even when we’re resting, we feel the RuuuussHH!

We feel like tomorrow is always coming, and that there is no stopping the momentum such that even when we are at rest we’re still thinking about how we need to work again, and that alone is enough to make us feel frustrated.

At times it’s easy to forget about taking some time for yourself, just doing weird things and not caring about the world. Spend time alone and stop the ever rushing momentum of the world.

You may be at home right now and you’re thinking about what you could do for fun besides scrolling through your never-ending Facebook news-feed.

Well here are some awesome things you could do on your free time:

  1. Go for a jog (and pick up litter while you’re at it) – I would recommend timing your jog between 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. these are the timeslots where the sun is not too aggressive on burning your oooh-so-flawless-skin. Here is another article explaining why we should immediately start picking up litter.
    running
  2. Grab a piece of paper – If you’re an artsy fella you can grab a piece of paper and try typography. Besides typography there are other artsy things you can create, you don’t have to be good at it, you just have to make art. Express yourself with paper, pen whatever medium you can get your hands on.
    painting
  3. Try Dream Lining – it’s a technique I read from a book called the 4-hour workweek – Take time to sit down and write your priorities in life. For example, you want to learn how to play the drums, you don’t need an expensive drum set yet, you can start by doing 15 minutes of rudiments you can learn from Youtube. With dream lining I realized that happiness doesn’t need to be expensive. It helped me to settle down my forward thinking and realize that I don’t need to worry about tomorrow and just give today my best shot.
    thinking
  4. Workout from your own home w/ improvised things – You don’t have to go to the gym to be fit. You can use old water containers as your weight and do pushups within the comfort of your home. You can even play some cheesy work out music (cue: Eye of the Tiger)
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  5. Go out and meet new people – You would be surprised how quickly you can get a friend just by going out and talking to people. If you’re the shy type (You Jigglypuff!) You can start by saying a simple greeting “Good morning” or “Good afternoon” accompanied with your best smile.
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  6. Pick up a book – Make yourself a cup of coffee (or tea, if you’re a tea guy like me). Position yourself by the window or snuggle in your favorite blanket. Pick up your book and read the afternoon away. Or better yet…
    reading
  7. Start writing your own book – Write two paragraphs of a book you will publish, just write down your thoughts – You don’t have to be pressured if anyone will read it, just pour down the thoughts and ideas. Release the jumbled words and poems stuck in your beautiful mind.
    writing
  8. Sing and dance – If you’re not comfortable doing this in front of other people, just go into an isolated part of your house (or just do this while taking a shower). Sing and dance your heart off. I have tried this and it really relieves the stress gathered in the past week.
    singing and dancing
  9. Learn French (or some other language) – Gather your learning materials and try to learn some other language. You don’t have to be fluent, just speak and write what you can; It doesn’t matter if you sound like you’re puking. Just babble away at your heart’s content.
    mexican
  10. Have a quiet moment – Talk to God, stare at the wall if you have to. You don’t have to think hard. Let your soul rest and search on its own. Ironically when you’re seeking peace, you should not be doing the “seeking” part. Just quiet your mind and still your heart.
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You don’t have to pick just one. Try all of the things listed above, You will be surprised how rested you will feel after. Also you should not try too hard, the object of the activities above is not to make you ‘productive’. The main objective would be to take time for yourself and learn that there is something awesome inside of you.

Are there any other awesome and weird activities you can think of? Share it with us on the comments section below!

8 Quotes from Pixar movies

8 Quotes from Pixar movies

Ever wondered the magical capability of Pixar in bridging the gap between childhood and adulthood?

Well, most of us do look forward to any Pixar films. Pixar has this ability in uniting the busy schedules of our friends and families in one movie. So if you have a friend whom you haven’t seen for a long time, then inviting him/her for a Pixar film would be a good idea! Inspired by the heart tugging lines from Pixar’s characters, here are 8 quotes from them:

 

1. Finding Nemo

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“When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming”

 

2. The Incredibles

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“I never looked back darling. It distracts me from now”

 

3. Monsters University

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“You don’t listen to them. You just keep trying”

 

4. Toy Story

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“Reach for the sky”

 

5. Wall E

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“I don’t want to survive. I want to live”

 

6. Brave

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“There are those who say fate is something beyond our command. That destiny is not our own, but I know better. Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it.”

 

7. Ratatouille

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 “If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead. Now go up and look around!”

 

8. Up

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“Adventure is out there!”

Do you have any favorite Pixar quotes in mind? Share it with us and leave a comment below!