MARCH 2018 Articles

I totally messed up my February 2018 Articles I know you can’t even qualify that as a collection. A number of things happened in February — changing careers, attending and speaking in seminars, requirements etc. — but rest assured that I am as enthusiastic about my monthly dishing of articles as I was when I started it.

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To make up for last month’s collection, I have decided to read more (I’ve got a lot of time on my hands, dude!) and write more (what’s new?).

This is How to Handle Stress, According to Nutritionist and Author Dr. Doni Wilson

A WheninManila.com project that gave an opportunity to meet Dr. Doni, a best-selling author of “The Stress Remedy.” It was such a shame though that I wasn’t able to get a copy of her book.

A Guest Speaker’s 24 hours in Albay

…is the product of my short experience in Albay for the seminar sponsored by Vibal Publishing House.

Chasing Mr. Sunrise: A Ride to Pililla, Rizal

And just like that, I decided to document our trips together.


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I am certainly acting like an a$$ recapping all of my articles in March- GUILTY!

But hey, at least I’ve done something.

Moving on!

Here are the fantastic articles you guys ought to read:

Stephen Hawking on the Meaning of the Universe (BrainPickings.Org)

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A homage to one of the greatest minds on the planet. You simply can’t take him for granted particularly now. Kudos to the man who made a name for himself and made sure anybody wanting to know about the universe will remember his name.

 

 

 

Why Don’t Superhero Movies Win Awards? (BBC)

For this, I give you Cap himself.

PROFESSIONAL BLOGGER? (WordPress)

Having the power to choose things that can make you happy has always been an admirable trait.

 

By the way, just in case you’re wondering why I had to indicate where I got the articles from as opposed to what I had done in the past, I was thinking I needed to consider those who read from their trusted sources. Yep, it’s only for transparency.

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February 2018 Articles

Welcome back to another round of articles for the love month! Be warned, though: this list contains articles far from the lovey-dovey posts you normally expect in February.

Before sharing other people’s work, let me shamelessly promote my One Ok Rock article featured in WheninManila: ONE OK ROCK Rocked Manila During Their AMBITIONS Concert

Tokyo Ghoul: re Vol. 2-3 // A Review

I feel like an absolute fangirl after reading Dani’s review of Tokyo Ghoul! My blog isn’t anime/manga loaded but I’m pretty sure you guys know that Kaneki is listed in my Top Ten Favorite Characters.

15 Surprisingly Frugal Habits of the British Royal Family

How accurate the intel of Readers’ Digest is I don’t have any idea but the list makes me feel like I’m actually a part of the Royal Family.

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I know the list isn’t much but… nothing we can’t improve, right?

 

January 2018 Articles

Welcome back to another list of articles!

This time around, I scoured WordPress itself for praise-worthy articles. I used to just hit ‘reblog’ or ‘PRESS THIS’ whenever I saw those that follow my specific theme for the day. Writing my reaction to some of them won’t hurt and since I love to compile great articles in one list, I think this method will work.

 

Zodiac Signs as Bibliophiles // i try to be an “astrologist”

Bailey, as always, has posted another incredible article. I don’t know how she does it but her creative works always make me want to post better content in my blog (please refer to the anime tag in this blog).  I checked my zodiac in her article and I was impressed that most of them were spot on.

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14 Weird Brain Exercises That Help You Get Smarter

Some of these exercises are really weird (e.g. using your non-dominant hand) but I am not sure I can attribute my intelligence to an open car window.

Eating This One Surprising Food Could Finally Cure Your Cough

After reading this article, I had a hunch that people only want to come up with excuses to eat chocolates.

‘He wasn’t happy until he had me all to himself’

I love it when I learn something new from an article. Believe it or not, after 29 years of existence in a developing country, having English as our second language, and an educator to boot, I have just learned the meaning of the word ‘gaslighted.’ Yep.

41 Little Grammar Rules to Follow to Sound Smarter

The title of the article needs no introduction.

The Surgeon Who Operates 400kms Away

I shared this article to my doctor (a big shout out to Dr. Joanne), who is a resident surgeon in one of the leading hospitals in Taiwan. Since she applies Robotics in her surgeries, I was thinking she would find this article note-worthy. A part of me was hoping, that given I could afford it, I would only entrust my life to her .


I would like to include my article in the list because I went bonkers learning that it got published on the second day of 2018! How lucky was I?! Here’s 5 Benefits of Bodycombat 

 

Now that’s a wrap. Thank you and see you next month!

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NOVEMBER Articles

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Oikawa: The year is almost over.
Iwaizumi: Don’t forget December!

There is something about November that makes one feel that time flies faster than usual. Have you noticed that I feature different anime characters every month? Oikawa Tooru gets a good seat in my heart for his “worthless pride” and I think he is going to stay there a bit longer.

Moving on to the articles:

What IKEA and Our Education System Have in Common (It’s Not a Good Thing)

A. J. Juliani shares his two-cents about our education system vis-a-vis IKEA (and building his daughter’s big-girl bed) . I assure you, it’s very creative.

The disease that could change how we drink coffee

Arabica and robusta sounded foreign to my ears before and now here I am learning about the difference between castillo and caturra.

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Popularity at work still matters whether we like it or not

The alpha students had high status – everyone knew them, and some wanted to be just like them – but they weren’t necessarily well-liked. In fact, many loathed the “coolest” kids in school, just like among adults. – Mitch Prinstein, 2017

Told you, I was popular.

Three cups of coffee a day ‘may have health benefits’

This shouldn’t come as a surprise anymore but seriously, those people who have written nasty comments in the BBC website could use a chill. Haven’t they read previous reports in TIMES and Reader’s Digest? I got one of the articles here.

 


On a side note, choosing between going after writing jobs in WIM, publishing my own articles and editing my manuscript is taking a bigger chunk of my time than actually doing them. I think I quit my full-time job, what do you think?

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October Articles feat. Prex J.D. V Ybasco

I’m pretty sure, you’ve heard the same old story: I was so  busy at work that I couldn’t find the time to write anymore. That is a freaking lie. The reason for my hiatus in giving you a read-worthy book review is this guy! Blame him! Kindly contact 1973492795 once you see him!

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That aside, I don’t have a long list of articles to share with you but some of the ones I managed to get published this month.

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Yep, you got that right. I have been rather productive in writing articles these days that sometimes I ask myself where my focus should be: articles/ reviews or novel? Then again, the most prolific writers out there didn’t need to choose, did they?

Here Are 7 Types Of People You Will Definitely Meet At The Gym

It’s not a secret that I’ve been so engrossed in going to Fitness First whenever I feel like it (Body Combat classes are amazing, steam bath relaxing, coffee invigorating) so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I made this.

The Battle of the Doppios: Ortigas Edition

My first article in WheninManila, y’all! For others out there, it might have been an easy feat, but you don’t have any idea how I struggled looking for a good content to feature. I didn’t even expect being offered a chance to be a regular contributor since I had only intended to feature a local coffee shop in Quezon City. Among other things, the fact I was able to write about coffee is what makes this article rather special for me.

Cydnei’s Cafe: a Quaint Neighborhood Coffee Shop in QC

At last! This baby had been sitting in my Google Drive for a long time and it always makes me proud seeing it in the roster of articles in WIM. Syme doesn’t like his photo though and has made me take an oath to capture his gorgeousness.

Now, time for articles that I didn’t pen but read this month:

Have You been Nudged? 

“…tiny prompts can alter our behaviour” is the key point of this article, making us realize that people move not because they want to be part of something bigger than themselves but because they have been ‘nudged’ to do what is right.

Dark Sense of Humor and Intelligence

And with that, ladies and gentlemen, you are now given a right to joke about death so you can call yourself smart.

People Have Always Complained about Young Adults

“The younger generation are lazier and they have a different way of thinking,” is one complaint that has been said a thousand times so if you have an urge to call Millennials delinquents, please remember you are only echoing the thoughts of the older generation about you.

The Hidden Talent that Determines Success 

I have always been keen on making heads or tails of why people spend time looking for keys to be successful rather than focus on trying to make their days more productive and ‘successful’ than their yesterdays. It used to be IQ, then EQ, and now we have CQ. It seems we don’t stop looking for labels just so we can put a finger on it. Then again, wouldn’t it be easier to think that some are successful because others are not? I mean, if everybody could reach the top, there wouldn’t be any reason to try harder, would there?

First Rock From Outside the Solar System Sails Past Earth

Knowing I cannot be an astronomer nor an astronaut, I satisfy myself reading articles like this, understanding that something bigger is in the works and that we are but dust compared to how big our universe is.

There you have it! See you next month.

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August Articles

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Still by far the best confession in anime lol (gif is not mine btw). I have just finished Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (鋼の錬金術師, はがねのれんきんじゅつし) and arrived at a conclusion that Japanese animation is the best way to get over dramas.

This month, I have a couple of articles I highly enjoyed reading |discussing with a couple of friends.

How the Busiest People Plan their Days 

In a work-shift where one can only get 5-10 minute breaks every hour, it is normal to hear complaints like “I don’t even have time to pee!” or “I’m so tired.” I blink and I read some pages of a book, or add more words to my piece, learn a Japanese word, drink coffee and sacrifice socialization.

A Pioneering Scientist on Memory, the Value of Our Unremembered Work, and the Incalculable Sum Total of the Human Experience

It’s not surprising that this makes it to my list given my growing affection for the concept of alchemy presented in Fullmetal Alchemist.

Ikigai: A Japanese Concept to Improve Work and Life

Somehow, this concept reinforces the idea in the first article.

Adult storytime

It was a wish granted by my parents when I was recuperating from appendectomy. I felt like a child again.

Why do Workplace Dress Codes Persist

Working in a performance-based company has taught me that clothes dress code does not have an adverse effect on how one does well at work.

The Greatest Threats to Humanity as We know it

Ignorance is not included but the list makes sense.

Terry Pratchett’s unpublished works crushed by steamroller

I haven’t read any Pratchett’s work — I know that is a shame — but I admire the fact that he had been prolific before dying two years ago. However, I think using a steamroller is way too dramatic to obliterate one’s work from the face of the planet.

 

This list might appear scanty but it’s because I have managed to read a couple of books this month and even write quick reviews for them (here and here). ‘Til next month.

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Thought Catalog byline: Prex Ybasco

Prex J.D. V Ybasco Thought Catalog

It has been so long since I felt exhilarated, that was last week, when I got my article posted in Medium. Today was rather different. I forgot to take my vitamins, drink some water and even recognize the place I was in.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen. After receiving a couple of rejection letters from the site itself, I was a bit surprised to receive a positive one today. Was it too ironic that the first article I got published there was about rejection letters?

You can find my article here:
7 Things To Do Instead Of Focusing On Bad Reviews And Rejection Letters

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APRIL Articles

That time flies so fast is a cliche you don’t need to hear from me but that’s the truth. To be fair, I have to admit that this month, I managed to finish ONE PIECE Manga and two psychology books. It’s time for a new batch of articles! Feel free to click on the article titles to be redirected- I know my summaries and reactions tend to have very little content.

Mister Horizontal & Miss Vertical: A Minimalist Illustrated Meditation on How We Become Who We Are

The patterns are entertaining. Do not be mislead by the photos though because the topic is beyond them.

Uninspirational Quotes for People Who Hate Inspirational Quotes
Yes, this is not exactly what people may call an article but I got this from Ms Lea Salonga’s Twitter.
I like this in particular:
Be yourself,
No one else wants to be you.

Our Smallness and the Cosmic Scale: How Big the Universe Is Relative to Us, Animated

Sometimes, it amazes me how people tend to forget that there is something bigger than the four corners of office cubicles or comfortable homes they confine themselves in.

The Hidden Upsides of Revenge
They don’t say ‘revenge is a dish best served cold’ for nothing.

How to make the best mojito
I love Mojito and I do believe it’s the best drink for summer. Then again, I drink it no matter what season we have. I can’t wait to be able to perfect my own recipe, though.

The Nothingness of Personality: Young Borges on the Self

I’m still in a love-and-hate relationship with my personality test results but I do love reading articles about how people perceive personality.

There are 19 Smiles but only 6 are for Happiness

For a person who doesn’t smile often, this article is precious. In fact, while writing this, a part of my brain is counting how many smiles I put on my face show happiness.

The Marathon Men: Suicidal man will run alongside stranger who talked him down from a bridge
J.K. Rowling quoted this and since she’s the J.K. Rowling, what she says is beautiful must really be extraordinary.

It must be a twist of fate but it is fascinating that unsung heroes get the recognition they deserve through social media.

Georgia O’Keeffe on Success, Public Opinion, and What It Means to Be an Artist, in a Letter to Sherwood Anderson

It must be because I’ve read too much about MBTI and Carl Jung’s Cognitive Processes these days that I can’t learn to disassociate typology to how people write but I’m taking a shot at it: O’Keeffe might be an INTP. I cannot say for sure because I am not a certified typologist, I haven’t learned everything that has to be learned about Cognitive Processes but based on the chunk of letters provided in this link, I can somehow see a thinking process that concerned itself with what was already in the writer’s brain, paired by how she could recognize patterns ‘subconsciously.’ Her disregard for public opinion is also another consideration.

Here’s How Much Coffee Is Really Safe to Drink

Hurrah for four cups of coffee a day! How big the cup is a different topic. Just remember, 400 mg = 4 cups of 8-ounce coffee.

What articles have you read this month?
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