14 11 / 2013
Photo courtesy of Inquirer.net.
It’s like a scene taken out of an episode of The Walking Dead, only worse. It’s real.
Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm ever recorded in history, struck the Philippines last Nov. 8, 2013; leaving behind a significant amount of damage, 1,833 dead, as well, as over 6.9 million homeless, starving, and traumatized.
According to recent reports, survivors have resulted to raiding whatever establishments were left standing, and even looting scattered supplies. Needless to say that, whoever’s left has become very desperate.
Thirty-three countries from all over the world reached out to help, as well, as some companies and organizations, both local and international; sending in donations, volunteers, financial aid, and many more,
However, you don’t have to be a part of a company or an organization to make a move. As an individual, there are plenty of ways you can help out:
1) Donate- whatever you can. Plenty of relief operations are going on, at the moment and are open for donations 24/7, in cash or in-kind. Celebrities all around the globe have even tweeted a bunch of links you can pledge any amount.
2) Volunteer- If you feel that donating isn’t enough, you can help re-pack all the donations come in.
3) Attend fundraisers- This upcoming weekend, plenty of fundraisers are happening all over the Metro, and attending/participating in any one of them could help save the lives of those in Leyte.
4) Eat out- Some shops and restaurants have decided to allot some/all of their profit for a given amount of time to the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, as a donation.
It truly breaks my heart to see my countrymen suffer like this and I feel that as their kin, I shouldn’t be helpless.
If there was a way for me to ease the pain for those affected, no matter how little it may be, I feel that it is my duty, as a Filipino, to do whatever needs to be done.
Words cannot even express how thankful I am for all the help we are getting from our neighboring countries and partner nations because it is evident that we are ill-prepared. From the bottom of our hearts, we THANK YOU.
This is the time for us to come together and make that change. We are one community and one nation. Let’s do what we can and help our people. Let’s make a move.
15 10 / 2013
Coffee is universal, but sometimes it’s the environment that you take it in that makes it taste great. It becomes your best friend in times of stress, and what better way to enjoy a cup of coffee than lying down on a bed with your friends?
“Noriter,” in Hangul means “playground” and in this coffee shop you get exactly that. Customers are whisked away from the troubles of deadlines, work, problems and even responsibilities when immersed in the ambiance Café Noriter has created.
Unlike most coffee shops, Café Noriter seats its guests in bunk beds, rather than chairs. The cool, funky interior gives a very “chill” vibe to the place and allows customers to be comfortable, like they’re just at home.
Another thing that makes this shop stand out among others is that they encourage customers to express themselves. In one corner of the room, white cups with doodles on them are displayed on the wall for visitors to enjoy. Cups are also provided for anyone who wishes to add to the collection.
Local entrepreneurs brought Korea’s number one coffee shop to the Philippines first in Dumaguete City, bringing with them the country’s modern culture in food, architecture, and artistry.
Their bestsellers include the Iced Caramel Macchiato, Caramel Macchiato, Café Mocha, Mocha and coffee jelly, Cookies n’ cream, Choco Caramel, and Chocolate Chips, as well, as the Honey Bread, which is described as a huge slice of bread topped with whipped cream, cinnamon powder and caramel sauce.
Photo taken by Giorla Pauline Negre
Prices are pretty high, although with the quality of the food that they give, it’s definitely worth it.
The store has set a few house rules for its customers though, given the amount of freedom set, such as;
1) Personal food and drinks are not allowed inside the store.
2) Vandalism is not appropriate [sic] [in any] area/place.
3) Too much Public Display of Affection (PDA) is not allowed.
4) Video recording is strictly prohibited, and;
5) Overstaying without reason is discouraged-to accommodate other customers.
Café Noriter recently opened its third branch in the Philippines in Cebu City last August 2013. This coffee shop is definitely one of a kind. It’s a place absolutely worth visiting.
Photo taken by Giorla Pauline Negre
15 10 / 2013
Photo taken by Nikki Dy
DANIELLA lives a pretty stressful life; she is an Advertising Officer for the Junior Entrepreneurs’ Marketing Association (JEMA), a Junior Executive for Creatives and Multimedia in their Arts College Government, and on-top of all that, a full-time student at the De La Salle University in Manila.
Although, despite her heavy load, she still manages to remain calm and balance all of her priorities, including time with her family, and herself.
“There are two types of stress,” said Catherine Miranda, a guidance counsellor and BS Psychology graduate from the University of Santo Tomas. “Distress is what people are most familiar with, but there is also such a thing as positive stress, which is eustress.”
She explained that eustress is something that motivates you to keep working and be useful with your time.
When asked about why she doesn’t ever feel stressed, Daniella answered, “I feel like it’s pointless. I mean, why would you waste your time stressing when you can do something about it? I’d rather be productive.”
Photo grabbed from Google Images, via TED.com
According to Dr. Kelly Mcgonigal, a Health Psychologist, “how you think about stress matters.” She spoke earlier this year at Scotland for the annual TED Talks on How to make stress your friend.
“For years, I’ve been telling people [that] stress makes you sick. It increases the risk of everything from the common cold to cardiovascular disease. Basically, I’ve turned stress into the enemy. But I’ve changed my mind about stress,” she said.
What made her think otherwise was a study she came across, that focused on the stress response of 30,000 American adults for eight year, then, participants were asked how much stress they experienced over the past year and if they believed that stress was harmful to their health.
The researchers then used public death records to monitor those who died within the eight years of the study and found that those who believed that stress was harmful to their health had a 43% risk increase of dying, while those who remained positive about stress had the lowest risk.
Dr. McGonigal then realized, that “when you change your mind about stress, you can change your body’s response to stress.”
In another study she discussed in her talk, participants were put under the Social Stress Test, which pushed them into stressful situations. Before starting the test though, they were asked to think of the situations as “something that would energize them,” rather than something that would stress them out.
The findings showed a major difference in the physical stress response of the people involved. Dr. McGonigal said, “the typical stress response is that your blood vessels would constrict, which is why conic stress is sometimes associated with cardiovascular disease, but when the participants thought of their stress as helpful, their blood vessels stayed relaxed.” She described the heart, when in such condition, looking similar to how it does in “moments of joy and courage.”
“This one biological change can be the difference between a stress-induced heart attack at the age of 50 and living well into your 90’s,” she emphasized. “Chasing meaning is better for your health than avoiding discomfort. Go after what it is that creates meaning in your life and trust yourself to deal with the stress that follows.”
18 9 / 2013
18 9 / 2013
Work doesn’t really feel like work when you’re with your friends.
I was beyond excited when my friend, Dan Aragon, asked me if I wanted to help out with her short film for her finals, a few weeks ago. To add more to the excitement, I found out that we would be working with our good friend, Nikki Dy. Crazy exciting!
The last time we all worked together on a film was on our fourth year of high school, three years ago:a full-length film entitled, The Broken Hearts Club, a three-part movie that tackled on the different angles of love. It was the highlight of our senior year, and since then, we’ve been stuck in wanting to relive it. Thankfully, this project of Dan’s came up. Haha.
This time around, we came prepared and more knowledgeable of cinematography, lighting, editing, and a lot of other things we had no idea of back in high school.
Us being resourceful: “homemade” dolly and reflector HAHA
Production didn’t really last that long, but we had a lot of fun making the film. A day of filming is equivalent to a day of adventures for us. It was a fun two days.
Photo taken and edited by Joaqui Flores (far right side) Nikki’s missing in this shot though.
Check out Dan, Nikki’s and our other friend, Alyssa’s blog for fun, fresh, new ideas.
20 8 / 2013