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Book review: My Heart and other Black holes written by Jasmine Warga

(Note: This review contains spoilers.)

A story of two young people battling with the same tormenting mental disorder, depression,  Aysel, a 16 year old physics nerd who has been very eager plotting her own death found a courageous way to fulfill her objective thru a website called Suicide Partners in which she has found her suicide buddy, FrozenRobot.

FrozenRobot, Roman is also struggling on the same illness; they were both in the midst of sadness and emptiness. Roman blames himself as the reason why her younger sister has died. So to pay for his guilt he wanted to kill himself on April 7, her sister’s death anniversary.

Thus, Aysel decided to choose FrozenRobot to do her suicide with, although for her the name “frozen robot” sounds like a flake. They decided to meet up to get to know each other and to begin their plan as well.

The two has unveiled both their secrets. They were able to know each other’s family (though Roman, only met Georgia, Aysel’s half sister), Aysel got close with Roman’s parents gaining their full-trust in order for Roman to be able to get away on April 7 because Roman has history of emotional instability due to her sister’s death which is why his parents were warned to keep an eye on him, not letting him go anywhere by himself. Thanks to Aysel, he did it now; he can now plan his death without his parents worrying without him out of their sight.

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As their suicide day is coming, Aysel realized that she is turning into a flake, backing out of their plan to die. She has come to realize that there is more to life that living life only depends on people’s perception. In the midst of her plan to change Roman’s mind, she wanted to meet her father who has been detained in jail and was transferred to a mental hospital to apologize not being by his side when the incident has happened. Aysel knows her father to be hot-headed, not being able to control his madness, this made her got afraid that she might also have the traits of being insane. She was afraid that soon she’ll be like her father who killed Timothy Jackson, a supposed to be Olympic athlete to represent Langston. The news spread like a virus that everyone in their town knows what her father did. It was the reason why her friends began to stay away from her, resulting for her to just shut everyone out of her life, her remaining friend even family. It was the reason why she wanted to end her life at such an early age.

In the long run, Aysel has come to finally change her mind, she believes that her perception changed because of knowing Roman and probably by falling in love with him, she firmly believes that it was Roman who saved her life that led her to pledge she wouldn’t let Roman die on their planned day or if he did, she would probably wouldn’t let him die alone.

“You are resilient”, Roman said to Aysel. This is the part when Roman realized that Aysel deserves to live, that Aysel could change her life and be happy for the rest of her life. Roman decided to take his own life alone. It was only a day before her sister’s death anniversary when he attempted to kill himself. He’s probably dead by now if Aysel came too late. Roman was sent to hospital the moment Aysel and his mother saw him unconscious inside the car.

In the end, Aysel confessed her love for Roman and they both found hope to live on.

NOTABLE PASSAGES:

  • Anyone who has actually been that sad can tell you that there’s nothing beautiful or literary or mysterious about depression.
  • Liking things is dangerous.
  • We all want to believe that every day is different, that every day we change, but really, it seems that certain things are coded into us from the very beginning.
  • But now I draw because sometimes it feels impossible to talk. It’s like I’m trapped in this deep hole that I can’t get out of. I draw to try to escape it, even though I know I’ll never be able to.
  • Everything in life is about the perception of the observer.
  • Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.
  • …and frankly, the frustrating thing about love. Things that matter to the other person start to seem intriguing, even if they are actually trite when you really think about them.
  • I wonder if that’s how darkness wins, by convincing us to trap it inside ourselves, instead of emptying it out. I don’t want it to win.

WHAT I LOVED ABOUT THE BOOK…

I honestly love everything on this book. I love the threaded-patch cover of this book, its simplicity, how well it was written and most especially, I love the message of this book. True to fact, depression is an agonizing mental disorder, which makes a person suffering kill himself physically to stop the pain mentally and emotionally. It makes an individual feel empty on the inside. I have become interested with this book because I was once into this state, that I thought the only answer to all this thing running in my head, all this things that I feel is to simply end everything and just shut down myself. Until one day, I realized that I am so unfair to the people that I will be leaving. Under those circumstances, this book reminds me of myself letting go of any pessimistic thoughts, changing my perception on living this life.

 

DO I WANT TO SEE THIS ON BIG-SCREEN?

Big YES! My heart and other black holes deserve to be on big-screen because it raises awareness for people to understand a person suffering with depression.  According to Jasmine Warga, the road to recovery is long and ongoing, that in many cases, the battle with depression is a lifelong one. Her book, my heart and other black holes depicts the story of every people dealing with same emptying battle: loneliness, sadness, and self-doubt—depression.  Your closest friend may be struggling through it but you just don’t recognize them because depression may happen to even the most cheerful person in your life, they just don’t want to open up because of what? Afraid to be judge, not used to talk a lot or worse, they think it’ll just pass-by and everything’s going to be normal again. No, they need help.

 

WILL I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ALL AGES?

Yes, definitely.. Children under 10 to 16 years old must be under supervision while reading this because there are some parts of this book that are not suitable for them.

RATING: 5 stars for the concept, 5 stars for cover, 4 stars on the flow of the story.

 

This is originally posted on goodreads.com/@AlphaJuliet43

How to Live ON PURPOSE and Maximize Every Freaking Day

Today can be as great as you want it to be.

Your fate isn’t set. You get to decide how much of yourself you’re going to put into today.

Rather than saying, “Well, we’ll see what happens,” you must powerfully state, “Today, I’m going to make it happen!”

When you go into the gym, you get to decide how hard you’re going to work out. But one thing is for certain, you’ll feel far better if you walk out 30–60 minutes later having given it everything you’ve got.

The same goes with your day.

It’s actually far more exhausting to not work than it is to work. It takes far more energy sitting with internal conflict and justification than it does to just get to work. Said Steven Pressfield, “Most of us have two lives: the life we liveand the un-lived life within us. Between the two stands resistance.”

If your life feels out-of-whack or out-of-balance, you’re likely avoiding the very thing you should be doing. It’s only in doing that thing that you’ll regain balance and peace. Avoidance leads to busyness and distraction.

The Invisible Difference When You Fully Live

When I give everything I’ve got at work, I’m a different person. I’m happier. The world is a more beautiful and abundant place. Other people smile at me as I walk past them and I have no idea why.

Seriously.

On days I’ve actually done what I intended to do, it seems like more people look me in the eyes and smile at me as I walk past them. And I’m certain I’m not initiating those smiles. Yet when I receive one of those smiles, I look at that person for a few moments after they’ve looked away from me. I feel love toward them and wish them happiness in their lives.

Moreover, on days I’ve actually lived my purpose, I leave my work more energized than before I started. When I walk through my front door, my kids often run up and hug me, and ask me to play with them. As I look at them in such moments, I see only perfection. Love fills my heart and I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude and humility for my life. To adapt a quote from Goethe, “The way you see [a child] is the way you treat them and the way you treat them is [who] they [will] become.”

Conversely, on days I’ve spent my working time in distraction and self-sabotage, I come home feeling like a fraud. My family still loves me all the same. Yet, it’s so much harder for me to give them the attention and love they deserve and need. On wasted and un-lived days, I end up sucking more energy from those around me than I emit. I see only the problems in my children and am highly irritable.

You can’t see the energy-field around you, but it’s there.

You Can Make the Shift

I know what it feels like being stuck and without momentum.

You can feel absolutely powerless to change your life and circumstances.

But that’s a complete lie.

It’s garbage.

I know it feels more real than anything else.

But it’s not.

Feeling guilty about all the time you’ve wasted won’t help.

If you make a few tweaks to your approach, you’ll be surprised at how quickly your perception of the world and yourself will change. As your perception changes, everything around you will change.

Start small.

Give one or two of these a try and watch what happens:

1. Have a weekly reflection and planning session

“The game is won or lost before it begins.” — John Wooden

One day per week (my preference is Sunday), take 10–30 minutes reflecting on your past six days. How did they go?

Try asking yourself the following questions:

· Who did I not meet this week that I should have?

· What did I not do?

· What did I miss?

· What should I tighten up?

Getting down on yourself isn’t the purpose. Rather, being aware of how you’re doing is the purpose. Awareness facilitates empowerment to change.

After assessing your previous week, make better plans for the next six days. Then, in six more days, do it again.

This need not take long, but it can dramatically improve the quality of your weeks and the days within those weeks.

2. Weekly goals > Daily to-do’s

“Most people overestimate what they can do in a day, and underestimate what they can do in a month. We overestimate what we can do in a year, and underestimate what we can accomplish in a decade.” — Matthew Kelly

The more mature you get about your time and results, the less you view things in isolation. In reality, it’s quite easy to have one good day. It’s harder to have a good week, a good month, or a good year.

Yet, most people prefer thinking in shorter time intervals. Why? Because most people lack the confidence to go big. They prefer the dopamine boost of getting lots done, even if they aren’t making any progress.

Thus, most people focus on quantity over quality. They’d rather write 5 mediocre blogs in one week than 1 or 2 really good ones. They’d rather have 5 or 6 mediocre workouts than a few that actually build their long-term strength or endurance.

However, the only way to make big progress is to think in longer intervals. You’re far better off trying something awesome over a week than just chipping away day-by-day. Swing for the fences. Take risks. Go big.

Every week, you should be trying to do something you’ve never done before. You should be elevating your game. It shouldn’t look the same as last week. Hence, the weekly planning sessions. What are you going to strive for this week that will change the game for you?

Are you experimenting, or just going through the motions?

Are you courageously embracing fear and risk?

Are you humbly embracing further education?

If not, you’re plateau’d. And in many ways, it doesn’t really matter what you do with your days. You could do the same thing every day and not get any better.

3. Three month energy cycles

When it comes to your future, you have three vantage points.

· Your vision (your WHY) = 10–25 years’ out

· Your long-term goals (AKA your wild guess) = 36 months’ out

· Your actual goals (AKA your realistic game plan) = the next 90 days

In the 20th century, it was a solid practice to have five year goals. Things were more stable back then. Today, things are changing too abruptly to realistically determine where you’ll be in five years.

Framing your goals in three month increments gives you a clear and realistic future to sprint toward. Of course, these goals are based on your longer-term goals. However, your 3-month goal cycles are your main focus.

Just like your weekly planning sessions, every three months spend a few hours or even a full day reflecting on your previous three months. Make any adjustments you need and make better plans for the next three months.

4. Organize yourself

“Happiness lies in the cultivation of the garden.” — Voltaire

Your life is a garden, cultivate it.

Organize yourself. Clean out the weeds. It doesn’t matter how long it takes. The very act of cultivating your garden will enliven you. You’ll never be finished. But every day, week, and year, you can make your garden a little more beautiful and fruitful.

Clean up your finances.

Clean up how you use your time.

Clean up your relationships.

Cultivate.

Just a little bit every day. Once you start to get things organized, the soil of your life will be better suited for what you plant in it.

5. Always choose the harder right or “higher road”

Perfection is not the goal. However, consistently making better choices is the only way to get momentum. And momentum is exactly what you need. If you’re stuck, momentum is working against you.

It takes some work pumping the water-well to get it going. But it’s worth it.And it really only takes one great day to get it moving.

You are one great day away from having a breakthrough. Steven Pressfield tells of “resisting” what he wanted to do for years. Then one day, he forced himself to write. He threw everything in the garbage he wrote that day. None of it was any good. But when he walked away from that work session to clean a pile of dishes sitting in the sink, he felt changed. “The water felt warm,” he said. He knew that he had just had a breakthrough.

That’s all you need.

Don’t worry about the output when you’re trying to build momentum. Instead, just get yourself to do whatever you feel you need to do.

Regardless of how you feel during the experience, you will feel hope and optimism when you’re done.

You can get to the point where you consciously make solid choices in every situation you’re in.

Consistency = confidence.

Consistency = momentum.

Conclusion

When you woke up today, how did you feel today was going to go?

I challenge you to wake up tomorrow with this feeling, “Today can be as great as I want it to be.”

Having that feeling won’t come out of nowhere. You’ll need to set yourself up to have that feeling. However, setting yourself up isn’t all that hard. It may be as simple as spending 2 minutes the night before writing a plan. It may be spending 15 minutes the Sunday before making a plan.

Whatever it is, you have a reason to live your life to the fullest. You may not know exactly what that reason is, but you’ll find it once you get moving. More than likely, you’ll realize that everything in your life is actually far more beautiful that you could previously perceive.

From this level of joy and purpose, you’ll be empowered to consciously create a future you are worthy of.

Originally posted at ThriveGoal by Benjamin P.Hardy: https://journal.thriveglobal.com/how-to-live-on-purpose-and-maximize-every-freaking-day-f89e43950e74#.rvfz49blg

The Hardships of Being an Early bird: The BOOK WORM EDITION

Being an early bird in certain matters isn’t a newly researched habit, it is no longer new to our knowledge. In fact, some people has developed this practice because it is said that it reflects you as a professional person and that you simply respects the time of the person you’re meeting. In this case, what if you’re a certified book nerd and you find yourself an hour or two earlier than your meeting, what are the things that keeps on bugging your mind, telling you to do this and that, though you already know the possible outcome once you give in to that temptation. Let me share mine.

As far as I’m enjoying myself being a bookworm and an early bird at the same time, there are absolutely things, few ones that I could not stand holding in not only because this two sometimes does not complement but I happen to realized that it is both insanely ridiculous and quite amazing in a way that it hurts a particular part of my being—My self-discipline.

When you’re an early bird you always … and have the need to…

  • The need to stop yourself from getting inside a bookstore because you know yourself too much to just let it be. BOOKS, PLENTY OF BOOKS, BROKE  AHEAD. 
  • Not being aware of the time you have spent from reading in a cafeteria a couple of walks away from your destination. (You couldn’t stop yourself from being pissed off because of the wasted effort you did to complete your OOTD—the make-up and hairdo)
  • Look for newly opened bookstores or nearby bookstores to look for the book that you’ve been searching for since then. Who knows they might have it, after all, you know for a fact that you have time to spend while waiting.

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  • Stop-by at a craft store because you remember your baby (the books–that’s what I call them) needs a new bookmark. Sometimes we’re just so spendthrift that even if our current bookmarks are still good, we just feel the urge to buy a new one.
  • When you decided to stop by in a book store because you swore to yourself (You even kept a pledge) that you won’t buy anything because you’re quite broke you’ll just read and check the new books but you ended up BUYING. But you’re happy, right? Does being disappointed still make sense? Nope, not at all.
  • When you chose to read for the meantime while eating your favorite reading partner snack. (RIP, Pennies) Time out for the budgeting, it is time to treat myself. I’ve been working so hard these few days. (My all-time favorite guilt killer.)

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And lastly, you’re definitely torn between what you are supposed to do (your meeting, plans on that day) and wanting to continue reading especially when they’re both interesting. So tell me, how hard is that to resist?

I suddenly began to think of being on time instead so I could hinder myself from thinking about those temptations. Indeed, an early bird is impressive but in my case, I might get myself broke very soon.

What about you? Do we have the same hardships on being early bird and a bookworm at the same time? If not, share yours below. I’d be glad to read them as well.

Why it is vital to embrace the art of being alone?

People come and go. We all know that every single thing God or man-made is indeed temporary, that even the closest person in your life may leave anytime they want or any time life would asked them to, and the fact that at the end of the day it is still ourselves alone whom we could rely on to. Probably, you once asked yourself, can I live without this human beside me? Or am I still going to be this eager once this friend of mine left suddenly and leave me hanging? Chances are you can but you know for a fact that it is never that easy.

So, why do we need to get used of being alone? Why is it essential to do so?

When you have yourself alone, you could talk to yourself. Have you ever tried talking to yourself through your mind while walking? I did and surprisingly, it soothes me. In my case, I talk to myself when I’m down or sad. I am used with being alone since I really don’t have much friends so being in this state is no longer new to me. I’m neither sad about it nor regretful. Aside from having the capability of being soothe, Science Daily said that talking to oneself has a cognitive benefits like having an in-depth focus.

Moreover, being alone means appreciating the beauty of the things around you. I want you to think of the last time you walk, probably last night or this morning. Have you notice those blooming flowers that you just pass-by? What about the newly painted wall that was vandalized by street children have you recognize its new appearance? Probably no, I’m not talking about these things alone. I’m referring with the things around you that you supposed to notice only if you’re alone focusing on your environment and not with your company. If you did, then you’re certainly alone at that point of time because you were more observant than when you’re walking together with someone. Ask yourself, isn’t it nice to walk alone, listening to your playlist and preparing yourself to start the day without the need to talk and communicate for a while?

Research says, fear of being alone and having fear in doing things in your own way can lead to anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, depression and even suicide. The only reason why they feel that way is because on the very beginning of their childhood, they get used of people having their backs when things went wrong which is undoubtedly unhealthy. It begins with a person feeling empty and isolated with its surroundings including the people he/she once get closed to. How are you going to handle that situation?

I suggest, you start by having a peace of mind. You need to begin reminding yourself that having a company is good. Yes, we all could agree to that. But what about when you need a break, when you’re tired and you just want a peaceful day without hearing anyone uttering words near you? Think of it. Try to picture it out in your mind. Can you feel the relaxation that it brings? Every time you feel exhausted, simply remind yourself that being alone helps you to think clearly. It gives an unexpected peace due to the absence of others judgment. You’ll be surprise with the result.

As has been noted, keeping a company is not a bad thing. In fact, people most of the time spend days and hours with their respective companions to unwind and de-stress. BUT. You must never forget the art of being a lone wolf. Soon, it’ll be you who’s going to face life alone, not them. They may help you. Yes, possibly, but for how long?

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Keep in mind that even your hair is temporary. It falls and soon regrows, like the humans around you who come and go. Food for thought.

 Originally posted on medium.com/a.arcillas

Reading FASTER than anyone is NO BIG DEAL

 

 

I have been told that I read fast. I don’t know if I should consider that a compliment or a doubt from them. Are you guys questioning me if I really read the book? Honestly speaking, I don’t mind the time I spent on reading a single book. You may find me laying in my bed all day reading and it is okay, it doesn’t matter to me because I regain my energy with it. I never recognize how I read, how fast I read or how loud or inaudible I am when reading. It won’t make sense anymore especially when you have drown your mind and attention to the story that would end up reading till you run out of pages to turn.

 

Should people consider rapid-readers a big deal?

 

Indeed, speed reading requires practice. First, you have to begin with making reading a part of your habit in order for you to get used with words. A lot words. Taking myself as an example, reading has been part of my days. I’m not saying that I read every day because I’m working and obviously, I would not be able to comprehend whatever it is that I’ll be reading once I attempt to multi-task. So to be able to read comprehensively and thoroughly between the lines, I’m saving the weekends for it. Afternoon is the best time for reading (for me) because that’s when I feel peaceful, and I feel like that is the only time that I’m ready to embrace the upcoming feels from different fictional characters and events. Lastly, you must not mind your surroundings once you have opened a book and start reading.

 

To begin this post, let me state different techniques that some readers utilize to finished reading in a short period of time. I would also be glad sharing which of them/one I use. You might also find your technique in the following so go ahead and share your reading experience by commenting down below.

 

First on my list is,

 

  • Skimming and scanning

It is a process of speed reading that involves visually searching the sentences of a page for clues to meaning while scanning is the process where one actively looks for information using a mind-map (organizing information in a visually hierarchical manner that showcases the interrelatedness of the information for better retrievability) formed from skimming. These methods are said to be used by meta-guiding your eyes. Okay, I remember using this method back when I was in school preparing myself for an unexpected exam. To be able to have myself equipped in the upcoming test, I visually read only the words that appeal to be important details on the current topic. Those that I think would have 95% chances of appearance on the said exam. Once I have enough information, I rapidly scan the rest of my notes because of the fact that I’m running out of time. FOCUSI’m certainly sure you’ve done the same thing before, right? It worked for me. I’ve been doing that strategy till college and I’m quite surprised that I didn’t get failed in any exams. Sounds exaggerating, right? Focus is the main factor in this technique. Of course, you have to be focus when skimming and scanning especially when you know you have a limited time. Now, if you tell me that you did this method and you failed, chances are you’re simply daydreaming and you can’t blame the method for that.

 

  • Meta-guiding

It is also a speed reading technique wherein you use a finger or a pointer (a pen or a pencil whatever you think you could use) in order for your eye to move faster along the length of a passage of text. Meta-guiding has been claimed to reduce subvocalization, thereby will speed up reading.

 

  • Chunking

According to spreeder.com, Chunking is a technique wherein you have to group words into “thoughts” instead of reading the entire grammatical correct form of it. Meaning to say, this method could help increase your speed reading by shortening sentences in a way that you’re not losing the essential sense of it. The more you cut out words without losing the sense of a sentence means an increase in reading speed. Practice is always the proven way to come up with a successful skill. Let’s take this one as an example:

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http://www.speedreadinfo.com

 

  • Avoidance of Vocalizations

Honestly, avoiding vocalizations while reading is quite difficult to stop especially once you get used to it. Have you tried reading as if you’re making a duet with yourself and the author? Exactly! You’re vocalizing.  When we speak of vocalizations, it means that you are forming the words with your lips soundlessly or through mind. Subvocalizations mean saying words in your head rather than grasping the idea. You have to begin avoiding this habit because obviously it’s making your speed reading constant through exerting efforts in uttering the words that you read little by little. You have to remember that when you read, your mind is supposed to be on the reading itself.

 

Furthermore, there are three types of reading or readers: Mental, auditory, and visual.

 

  • Mental Reading- This is classified as the slowest form of reading. Why? Because you are sub vocalizing, you’re sounding out each word internally, like reading to yourself and you don’t get to comprehend what you are reading thoroughly. Therefore, you will end up having a regression.

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  • Auditory Reading– Like when we use audio books, we hear the words the speaker reads but the difference is we do not sub-vocalize to ourselves. Audio books are great, aren’t they?

 

  • Visual reading- It is considered as the fastest way to read. They neither hear nor subvocalize what they read but simply understand a word that they see. Visual readers approximately read 700 words per minute.

 

Among these three, I classify myself in between the mental reader and a visual reader. I don’t know if that’s even possible. Does that conclude that I’m a rapid-reader? The other way around? Or just the standard reader who neither fast nor slow? No matter which of them is it, I already mention earlier that it doesn’t matter to me. I read in accordance to my time and that would be weekend so it’s free.

 

One thing, I want to tell everybody, THERE IS NO BIG DEAL, IF ONE READS FASTER THAN YOU DO. It should not suppose to matter in the first place. What counts and matters here is one’s capability to read a lot that it turns out to be its passion and habit. We all know how fascinating reading is, right? Why don’t we just drown ourselves on the habit and forget the standards. No matter what techniques you do whether you chunks or skim and scan a book or a simple passage, it doesn’t matter as long as you comprehend what you have read you should simple appreciate that. There’s no need to try being a fast-reader but if you think you have the need to acquire the skill which I think will soon come, then PRACTICE. It’ll take a lot of time and patience but surely it’s worth it.

 

“For Our Purposes, I define “reading” as looking at printed words and getting enough meaning from them to satisfy your purpose.”
Peter Kump

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Savor Day: The Taste of Cup Bap

 

One of my favorite Korean dishes that I haven’t got to taste yet is Tteokboki and Samgyupsal. According to the traditional Korean dish, Samgyupsal is said to be a popular meat dish which consists of thick and fatty pork strips that are usually neither marinated nor seasoned. It is typically served with ssamjang (a thick, spicy paste), vegetables and lettuce to wrap it in while on the other hand, Tteokboki is made from soft rice cake, fish cake combined with sweet red chili sauce called gochujang (red chili paste). They both seem too delicious to eat but I haven’t really tasted them yet.

 

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Photo credits to the owner.

I have come to realized that Saturday is the best day to experience new things so same with the tour that I have blogged about last week, I am going to share my simple yet savoring experience on Cup Bap, a Korean restaurant at 188 Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Ave, Bagumbayan in Quezon City.

CupBap is known for their Unlimited Samgyupsal for only P199.00 and aside from that, they also offer some of the all-time favorite Korean noodle dish: Tteokboki, jjampong, jin ramyun, just to name a few and the classic pastas are also there if you would like to time-out from the spicy Korean dishes because Korean dishes are known for their spicy taste. We all know that, right?

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Photo credits to the owner.

Okay, so this is actually my first time on CupBap, I did not immediately force myself to try everything on their menu. I only tried the Samgyupsal of course, because it is their main dish, also to test the water first (and I’m craving for it) and the milk tea to satisfy my thirst. I just wanted to try the dish, that’s all. In terms of the Samgyupsal, I really liked it though I was not fully aware of the terms on the side dish in the first place. cupbap-samgyupsalI thought that the entire meal is unlimited they informed me that it wasn’t when I’m asking for another lettuce, I should have been informed in the first place right? The pork strips are quite thick but it doesn’t really matter because I’m okay with that and that’s how it is supposed to be. The lettuce is fresh also; I think it is one of the factors that contribute to their tasty Samgyupsal. Thumbs up to that!

 

On the other hand, the Winter melon Milk tea that I tried is just as good as your typical milk tea, (they offer a variety of choices, so you’ll have more milk tea to choose from). Thanks to the joy of black pearls. I would never enjoy a milk tea without one. They actually have a variety of sinkers: nata de coco and jelly are just one if I’m not mistaken. I prefer the pearl for my milk tea because it fits the taste of it. Cupbap have this so-called “sugar level” wherein you have to choose the sweetness of your milk tea. I want every drink to be as sweet as cherries so I chose the 50% level of sugar. Such a thirst-quencher and absolutely relaxing milk tea.

 

I don’t really have much to say but so far, my experience on CupBap is definitely good that I enjoyed it. I spent a total of P350.00 but it’s undoubtedly worth-it. Let me just suggest these two things at this end.

  • It is good that you have a cycle of kpop music on the shop to make it more Korean-like for the customers. Just to add a variety of songs and music groups, why don’t you try to add Kpop songs from different Kpop groups other than Bigbang? Bigbang is a great group; in fact, they are one of the legends in the Kpop industry. But there are lots of new groups today: BTS, Twice, Seventeen or EXO. Why don’t you pick a song from them and have them played. Aside from their visuals, their songs are also popular that even your approaching customers know it. Just think about that.

 

  • The staff. I suggest it would be better for CupBap if they would train their staffs thoroughly in terms of what they are suppose to do and how they should behave in front of their customers.

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    The person at the back of that woman in front is one of the staff.

Let me share my experience regarding this. I have dine-in in Cupbap, devoured what I have ordered. Just when I was paying my bill to the cashier, she asked about the “sinkers”, if I ordered as add-ons in my winter melon milk tea then suddenly, I heard her saying “Hindi kasi nililista eh” glaring at the other staff. I was kind of uncomfortable, I was thinking that time, Are they really supposed to be like that, frank and loud? And I also notice the staffs are not in their uniforms, do they have any? Or they just forgot to wear it on that day. The ambiance is enough for me.

I have to suggest and share that because I’m thinking it would be for the betterment of CupBap. Surely, it isn’t only me who has noticed those things and perhaps some have also posted their reviews on CupBap’s page saying the same things.

 

I’m still coming back for more though, however, I’m looking forward for the improvements.

 

 

 

A Day to Sightseer: The Spirit of Bethlehem and Museum of Miniatures

When you just want to rejuvenate after a week of arduous days in the office, surely you needed a break and yes, I definitely needed one. Having mentioned in my previous blogs that going out hasn’t been my thing and yet here I was, taking a tour, I wanted to try something new to regain my ‘A’ game other than sleeping all day. Why not, right?

I’d like to begin this blog by showcasing the experience I had on the place. It was last Saturday when I decided to visit an exhibit in Barangka Marikina City, located at the 2nd level of E-com Building in Riverbanks Center called The Spirit of Bethlehem and Museum of Miniatures. I would consider it (for me) a hidden exhibit. Why? Because there are no directions or any signs of a museum ahead (none at all) I had a bit of a hard time looking for it, (I don’t know maybe the fact that I do not usually go out made me a not-so street wise person) so to be able to get to my destination, I needed to approach a guard just to save my time and to prevent myself from getting lost because I was new to the place. Thanks, Grab car! 

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What I actually loved about my tour last Saturday was that the time that my feet stepped on the entrance I could already feel the serenity of the place. The white and golden brown paint on the walls contribute a good ambiance to the entirety of the place. It depicts the look of a typical museum. There are several collections inside as expected,  I was able to enjoy scrutinizing every pieces of sculptures/figurines that they have included, there are also little information accompanied in each pieces.  I thank myself for being such an early bird because aside from being the first one to arrive on this museum, I was also able to tour on the place peacefully.

The Spirit of Bethlehem is said to be a private collection of over 500 belens/nativity sets/posters/paintings and sculptures from all over the world, collected thru decades of devotion to the Infant Jesus, by the owner, Gigi Abaya-Carlos. I find it amazing because there are nativity sets that have been bought on the 1900s and yet you won’t see any damages from it. I assume they really did well on preserving such collections.

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As you can see these pieces of the holy family is originated from Bethlehem and the other, from Italy.

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This one is not your typical Christmas tree. The holes that you can see served as the home of every little nativity sets. The lighting on the inside made it solemnly magical.

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On the other hand, Museum of Miniatures is just a step away from The Spirit of Bethlehem; it’s a two in one museum, as I may call it. The miniatures featured on it are part of the collection of the late Aleli Vengua who passionately handcrafted most of the pieces herself. It is said that the materials used on every pieces are mostly from scrap items such as plastic, wood, aluminum, fabric, and glass. Just look how amazing these tiny chairs are.

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Some of the miniatures are also intricately designed that would make it harder to imagine it was only Aleli Vengua alone who created it. I wonder how many years it took her to finish a miniature of a living room.

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and look at my close-up photograph of Vengua’s miniature of a Christmassy living room.

Some of these frames hold the articles regarding the making of the incredible small world of Aleli Vengua.

Oh look, the first admission ticket on Aleli Vengua’s Museum of Miniatures. It’ll only cost you P5.00 for adults and P2.50 for kids back then and look how huge it is, 8.5 by 11, I guess? Incredible!museum 3 first ticket.jpg

 

To this end, I would say The Spirit of Bethlehem and the Museum of Miniatures is a good recommendation, in fact, I would highly-recommend this place for people who wish to unwind and relax like me, people who has been seeking an inspiration for paintings, sculptures, interior design are also advisable to visit the place because why not? Check it out so would know why. The general admission for both The Spirit of Bethlehem and Museum of Miniatures are only P75.00 per head. There will be 20% discount for senior citizens, just show your ID. Now with teachers with ID and children either with the height below 4ft. or younger than 6 yrs. old (with proof, of course) will take a tour on the museum for FREE but this one is not applicable to children’s group tour/field trip. The museum is open from Friday to Sunday only, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM but if you have an appointment with the place or you’ve booked an event (recommended for a group of 30 persons or more) on the said museum, Monday to Thursday schedule will be available.

I’ve been totally in awe by the sight of the featured collections. All of it was just so amazingly created.

Credits to the owner of the photograph used as my featured photo.

 

Sad As Fuck: How Early 2000s Emo Became a Subject of Scorn and Salvation — Consequence of Sound

Photo by Philip Cosores Punk as Fuck is a monthly column in which Associate Editor Collin Brennan discusses issues in punk music and culture. This month’s column looks back on early 2000s emo and explores how the public’s perception of the genre has evolved after a decade under the influence. A few days ago, the folks over…

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A Day at The Oatmeal

“Today I don’t feel like doing anything…” What a new song..

 

Yes, I really don’t feel like doing anything today. Supposedly, I am to blog about weird and hilarious internet trends in 2016 but it seems like my focus and concentration to work on it isn’t there for now so what I did is that I browsed sites which I usually stop by: Facebook, Twitter…etc.  In my Facebook profile, I happen to notice this certain page that is included in my liked pages which (kind of) surprised me because I haven’t checked it out before.

The page titled as The Oatmeal. I checked it out, saw the linked website and voila! It fascinates and entertains me. According to the great man named Matthew Inman, the owner of the site, The Oatmeal is a compilation of HIS comics and blogs alone; there are also some of his published books that is already in the process of advertisement. His topics focused on let’s say simple comics/cartoon but with very clever ending. This is what gets my attention. I love clever endings; those with dark humor and whimsy idea but still end up entertaining and …what else?

It makes you think twice before you proceed to the next comic.

I also admire how he illustrates his characters. They don’t look good, the imperfections are there and that’s what I think is amazing maybe because it also what makes the entire site comical. I’ve read some of its comics and so far my favorite among all his works is the “How to be perfectly unhappy” because I relate to it, as simple as that. Let me just share two of Matthew Inman’s comics that really got me.

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“My Dog is a Paradox”. After I’ve read this comic, I suddenly thought of my dog (Yes, aside from cats, I now have a dog) Inman is right. Our dogs won’t be there for so long unlike us. Their life span is only around 10 to 13 years and after that death will come and get them away from us. I actually had this sudden realization about my dear pets. My cat has been there for me since I was nine, I have developed a deep relationship with it because of course, and she’s the only thing I had when my parents died. (Let’s cut that, I hate dramas.) And yet now I have a dog, a gift from a friend of mine who I happened to see seldom, I just thought of her through the dog.

It seem strange to me.

Within only three months, I was able to get close with the dog, our favorite playtime was the “fetch-thing” the one they oddly love to play and he’s very clingy I don’t know but I think he’s clingier than my kitty… He licks my face all the time and Inman is right, my dog loves to lick his balls which made me sometimes stay away from him afterwards.

Though we just met and I’ve been with him only three months from now, I already consider my dog as my best friend and I think we should, right?

(This comic is quite long but I can assure you it’s worth the read. Keep reading!)

Creativity is like breathing.”

crea1crea2crea3crea4crea5crea6crea7crea8crea9This one serves as a piece of advice to me. I am a blogger and sometimes I also feel like everything I do is a mess which occasionally I guess, is right. My mind has to run and run to all the thoughts that I think is crucial just to come up with a topic but then still I have stumbled on writer’s block. There was a time when I really don’t know what to type about… what to tackle, or anything I was simply clueless of what to do. I realized then that I really need to breathe. I need to rejuvenate, get out (which seriously not my thing) and have a bit of fun. Such a good advice for suffocating artists!

 

Overall, The Oatmeal is a good recommendation for those people who wish to brighten their apathetic days. The site does not simple revolve around a single concept but he’s intention to entertain and just create is there, his readers just have to appreciate his works all the time, no matter how simple it’ll be.

 

Check out the site here: http://theoatmeal.com/

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