June 22, 2016

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The Art of Fitting In: Getting Past the Awkward

If you are someone who recently enrolled in an international school in Manila, then you might find yourself in an awkward situation especially during the first day of classes. Everyone looked like they have known each other since they were younger and then you, a new student, comes in feeling all shy and unsure of your new environment. Don’t worry though; you are not the only one who is going through this stage. Here are some tips on how you can fit in:

1. Know Your School
Take a day to appreciate your new school. If you can, ask someone where places are, for example the library or cafeteria, or you can ask for a map. That way, you won’t get lost and you will become familiar of your surroundings. Besides, you will not fit in if you don’t know the school.

2. Be Nice to Everyone
When you are in a new environment, there is no time for you to be a stuck-up. Project a positive aura and be nice to the people you meet. Who knows, they could be your teacher or a potential friend.

3. Get to Know the Teachers
Try to talk to your teachers and get to know them. Don’t push them too far though or you will get into trouble. If you are too scared of having a conversation with them, use your teachers as a conversation starter with your seatmate (it’s an instant-friend tactic too). In line with that, pay attention to your class. Remember, teachers pay attention to new students.

4. Make Friends
Talk to different people. Don’t ignore a certain group just because they look ‘weird’ to you. Be yourself; don’t be a phony because no one likes that. This is your new school now so take the chance on being who you weren’t at your old school.
One tip to make friends is to prepare some conversation starters. An introduction followed by a question or compliment will always lead to small talk. Knowing what you are going to say will prevent you from being nervous and freezing up.

5. Join Clubs
Sign up for organizations, especially if you are really passionate about it. It is easier to bond with someone who has similar interests. Not only have you created an opportunity for you to talk to people after school hours, you’ll be able to hone your skills even more.

6. Keep Calm and Don’t Stress Out
Don’t overthink people or the situation. So what if your seatmate is too cold? Maybe he or she is just thinking of other things. Did your new ‘friends’ fail to invite you to sit with them in their table during lunch? Take that as a chance to be with another group. Be consistently level-headed inside and out especially since you are since still trying to fit in your school.
Everyone struggles to fit in so don’t worry if your first method doesn’t work. Remember, you can always revert to Plan B. Fitting in takes time so be confident and patient. Soon enough, you will be hanging out with the best friends you’ll ever have.

About the author
Micah Suarez is a bookish type of girl who just got out of college with a degree on the arts; she currently works as a freelance writer and accepts projects whenever it fits her taste. Her passion for writing and researching started in college that later evolved to blogging and freelance entries for small and medium enterprises.

June 21, 2016

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The Early Bird: The Perks of Being a Morning Person

Getting up early may not be pleasant at all times but it is one of the habits that can guarantee success in life. Besides, what’s not to like about the mornings? There’s the sunrise, the smell of freshly brewed coffee and of course, solar energy in the Philippines is one of the most used renewable energy sources which can last mankind for as long as billions of years. Well, the last reason may be a bit off the hook but we can’t deny how great mornings are and how awesome the sun is especially when it’s about to rise. Still not convinced? Let the following reasons persuade you into becoming a morning bird!

Increase in Productivity
The productivity aspect seems to be the main reason why successful people pursue being early birds. It’s actually a personal choice but to be clear, you don’t need to rush right from the beginning. Starting very early actually gives you the mental boost. Think of it this way: while the rest of the world is still enjoying the comfort of their beds, you are already thriving. By the time lunch time arrives, you may have checked off the majority in your to-do list.

More Self-Discipline
Are you the type who presses the snooze button several times before finally getting up? As tempting as ten more minutes of down time is, early birds don’t do that. Waking up with the sunrise definitely requires self-discipline and willpower. That doesn’t happen in an instant, though, especially if that is your habit. Make a gradual progress; imagine waking up one minute earlier than yesterday then keep that up until you reach your desired hour. Build your way to being a morning person bit by bit. In addition to that, a new habit will take root, which will increase your abilities to form new positive habits and stick to them for good.

Energy Level to the Max
Unless you pulled an all-nighter, you will feel more energy during the day when you get up early. Keep in mind that it’s not only just the fact of waking up that makes you energetic; the routines you implement are more important. You can include routines like exercise, meditation and complex thinking such as writing and strategy making for your business or work. Mornings are usually quiet anyway so you can do all of these in peace.

Less Stress
Are you constantly running around while trying to get a million things done and wondering why there isn’t more time? Relax, take a step back and re-evaluate. Are you making the most of your day? One study at the University of London found that those who started their day at 7 am had a lower chance of being stressed, depressed, and overweight on an average. Even if you think that extra 20 minutes of sleep will help you feel rested for you presentation or exam, it might do the exact opposite. Instead, get up from your bed and review your notes to help you feel fully prepared.
Waking up early doesn’t have to be hard. All it takes is commitment and willpower. In no time at all, you will become an early bird and get all things done before the end of the day.

About the author
Micah Suarez is a bookish type of girl who just got out of college with a degree on the arts; she currently works as a freelance writer and accepts projects whenever it fits her taste. Her passion for writing and researching started in college that later evolved to blogging and freelance entries for small and medium enterprises. 

June 17, 2016


Places to Visit in BGC to Unleash Your Inner Geek

One of the best things about The Fort is that it is among the most thriving cities in the Philippines. It is so lively that it is no longer uncommon to see signs such as “The Fort Condo For Sale” plastered everywhere in the bustling city. Precisely because there are so many things to do in the Fort that it has become a paradise for people that are into various things. Simply put, BGC is the best place to be in the Philippines to be a geek.

Origins of “geek”
Nobody knows exactly where the word “geek” came from but there was a time when it represented a very negative image for people. Before the advent of the internet, people who were called geeks were those who were impassioned about their own hobbies such as boardgames, video games, cars and sometimes even sports. The term “geek” specifically referred to people that are perceived to be loners, “losers” or simply put, outside the norm. “Geek” is one of the most common insults a typical TV bully would call their hapless victims but today, “geek” is a more acceptable word and it is no longer used to demean people.

What being a geek is about
As stated above, geeks are people that are overly enthusiastic about a certain thing. Because of the advent of technology and the various forms of media entertainment, being a geek means liking either comic books, cars, movies, TV series, cartoons, Japanese animation or even Chinese web novels. There are many things that a person could like in order to be called a geek but the fact is geeks are awesome. Their passion for their interests is more often than not a positive and uplifting force especially if they meet people who share their interests.

Who geeks are
Geeks are everywhere and some could even be your close friend, an officemate or even your boss. Again, a geek could be anyone as long as they enjoy a certain hobby or interest or a combination of both. Many organizations have taken it upon themselves to promote geek culture and over the past few decades, these organizations have grown to an extent that they now hold annual conventions and the like.

Geek Paradise
Bonifacio Global City, or BGC is a Geek Paradise because it is one of the most modern cities in the Philippines. There are many geek-friendly stores there that specifically cater to geek culture. Here are a few examples:

1. Heroes Hobby Lounge – Located in Bonifacio High Street, Heroes Hobby Lounge is a restaurant slash comic book hobby store. The food is delicious and the comic book paraphernalia is legendary. There are many collectibles on display and these can all be enjoyed while eating a good meal.

2. NBA Café – Similar to the Heroes Hobby Lounge in High Street, NBA Café is the sports equivalent of the former. It houses many different memorabilia from the NBA’s past and present. Also available are delicious easy to eat food – just so people have something to grub on while watching the game.

3. Fully Booked – Housing one of the largest collection of contemporary, fiction and other books, BGC’s fully booked is also home to a lot of comic books. In fact, the annual free comic book day is almost always held at Fully Booked. The large collection of books ensures that geeks of every genre will have something of interest for them.

4. The Mind Museum – One of the most modern museums in the country, the Mind Museum is a fun place to learn and discover new things.

These are just a few examples of the many places a geek would love in BGC but there are many more to be discovered!

About the Author
Micah Suarez is a bookish type of girl who just got out of college with a degree on the arts; she currently works as a freelance writer and accepts projects whenever it fits her taste. Her passion for writing and researching started in college that later evolved to blogging and freelance entries for small and medium enterprises.

June 16, 2016

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Where to Buy the Perfect Wedding Gown

Online shopping has become a daily habit for most people because of its overall convenience -- you get to buy things without even leaving your own house! Indeed, these days you can purchase almost anything you can think of online, including wedding dresses. 

Yes, that's right. Things are not how they used to be anymore. The modern bride is often too busy taking care of other things for her wedding that she no longer has the luxury of taking the time to look for wedding gowns and go to fittings. 

This is where CA-Dress comes in. This website caters to the bride-to-be and offers a wide array of wedding dresses for sale, including more than 7,000 different designs in its massive selection. No matter what your personal style may be, you're guaranteed to find a dress that suits you! From classic and sophisticated to modern and trendy, CA-Dress has it all.

Take a load off your shoulders and cross one thing off of your wedding to-do list by purchasing a bridal gown from CA-Dress now! All of their dresses are made from the best high-quality materials and made with superb craftsmanship with attention to the utmost detail. Purchasing a gown from them is basically an investment, and one worth making.

Check out their website and start browsing through their collection now! They also offer other types of formal wear, including prom dresses, cocktail dresses, and bridesmaid dresses. You won't be disappointed.

June 9, 2016


Urban Jogging: Tips on Staying Fit in the City

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One of the most difficult things about city life is maintaining your health while you sit in front of a screen nine hours a day, not counting your commute time. It would be good if you can get a Rockwell condo for rent so you can walk to work, but for those who can't walk to work, here are a few tips on how to stay healthy in the city.                                                                               

When you live and work in the city, it's sometimes troublesome to find the time, place, and space to exercise. It gets more difficult if you have a pile of work to do and that makes it impossible to make the time to side aside for exercise. However, you don't have to exert any effort in looking for a good gym or spend too much on a year's membership--there's plenty of places in the city that can double as an open gym for you, even your own house!

Workout at home! There are many moves that rely on your body weight and mixing them up together will create a whole-body workout!

Pushups, oldie but goodie, and you can make it a little easier by doing a bent knee pushup if you're having a difficult time with regular pushups.

Downward facing dog, a slow, controlled move that stretches the calf muscles.

Bent knee sit ups are another oldie but goodie. Strengthen your core with a couple of these every day.

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Squat jumps. Here's a little move to get your heart racing and is a whole body workout.

If you're not the type with the patience for those moves, you can always lift bottles filled with water or sand, and if you still don't like that, try dancing! There are a lot of videos available online for dancing, or if you have the equipment, turn on your Xbox or your Nintendo Wii and pop in that Just Dance CD! Videos are also available for yoga and aerobics--you won't run out of videos to choose from.

Another quick tip for those who want to work at home: if you live in a multi-leveled apartment or condominium, skip the elevator and use the stairs.

The playground. They aren't just for kids. There are a number of equipment at the playground that you can use for a full body workout. Monkey bars can help you with your upper body strength, and the benches are there or lower body workout moves.
The park and the city around it. If it's a change of view you want, you can always run around the park, through the sun raining down between the leaves of the trees, until your legs can't carry you anymore. You can even use the city blocks to keep track of your progress if you decide to run around the city. Run a few blocks, walk a few blocks, then run a few blocks again.

If you're stuck at work, again, skip the stairs, and use the elevator. Walk around while you answer calls, visit your co-workers at their desks instead of emailing or calling, anything to get you moving out of your seat.

Don't give up your health just because it's so difficult to find time after getting home from work. There are still ways to keep healthy despite the cramped schedule.

About the Author
Clark Pacis, is a former field coordinator in CNN Philippines, an aspiring writer and lifestyle blogger. He currently focuses on writing and social networking that will further enhance his potentials. He focuses on lifestyle blogging, but is still open to work with different featured blogs. He writes guest posts, blog comments and forum posts during his free time, ad he enjoys working with people over the net.

May 22, 2016


Men's Fashion: More or Less?

Now here's a question for you to ponder over: What sense of fashion would your ideal guy have? As a blogger I appreciate seeing men who wear different types of clothing, be it high-fashion or contemporary or even grunge. However, my personal preference when it comes to guys is when they keep it simple and stick to a t-shirt, shorts, nice kicks, and a watch for accessorizing. 

People say that "less is more" and I believe that is especially true when it comes to men's fashion. Guys who dress in a simpler manner give off a very laidback and comfortable demeanor, don't you think? Sometimes trying too hard can be off-putting, so it's always better to stick with the basics!

May 5, 2016


MR. MONKIES: One Shoe, Endless Possibilities

What if you could customize one pair of shoes exactly the way you want to, and then re-design it every time you feel like it? With Mr. Monkies, you can let your creativity run free and do precisely that. 

Their basic white sneakers comes with 7 markers that you can use to draw and create any style you like that suits your look and mood. The best part is that because the markers are erasable, you can continuously change up the design of the shoes whenever you want to! 

I absolutely love the fresh concept of this brand because it inspires me to be creative and be a little more adventurous with my style. Just think, by buying one pair of shoes it's almost like you're getting a hundred different pairs for your money because you can change up the design every day if you want to. Oh, and did I mention that the drawings are waterproof? Yes, that's right! You won't have to worry about getting your shoes wet whenever it rains because Mr. Monkies incorporates a special waterproof technology on their shoes to keep your works of art from smudging if ever it gets wet. That means that your designs are "permanent" at least until you decide to erase them. Cool, right?

But the good news doesn't end there. As a treat for all of you amazing people who read my blog, I am giving you guys a special 20% discount when you purchase your very own pair of Mr. Monkies sneakers. Just use my exclusive voucher code: KYRO2016.

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