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

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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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MARCH Articles

I’ve been wanting to do this project for a long time. My Goodreads READ-shelf shows I’ve been too into Japanese comic books recently (so far 58 books out of 60 are comic books lol) so I thought reading articles in my spare time will even things out.

How am I planning to execute this? 
I had considered having a monthly wrap up for my blog posts until I realized that my blog count depends on how often I post…which is erratic in nature. Considering the amount of articles I read a month, I cogitated the idea of summarizing my thoughts for all of them instead of reviewing them one by one. Think of it as a Youtube Beauty Guru doing a monthly haul, or having her Monthly favorites, or empties video (yep, I spent my time binge-watching Youtube videos too!) so lo and behold!

Without further ado, here are the articles I read this month:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/23/why-we-read-authors-and-readers-on-the-power-of-literature
I’ve always thought that it is important for a writer to read but anything I have to say has already been said-er-written here.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160908-the-language-rules-we-know-but-dont-know-we-know
http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20170313-the-secret-language-you-speak-without-realising-it
BBC is a great site where people can read substantial articles and the links I have written above are awesome examples. I have always been intrigued by language structures be it Japanese or English and I’m quite sure a number of languages out there out to be examined as well. Still, not everyone can be a philologist.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160912-the-dark-side-of-roald-dahl
I have written a review on BFG (here) not knowing that there is more to it than my poorly written feedback. It didn’t come as a surprise though that literary works come in different shades –or what are literary criticisms for!

https://www.buzzfeed.com/newu1671/80-signs-youre-an-intj-cz0z?utm_term=.rymRARvaA#.sj7mvmAwv
Not exactly an article but I still love this list from Buzzfeed. I posted something about getting INTJ in some personality tests (you can read it HERE)but somehow answering them triggers a compulsion to get the answers ‘right’. This list however almost convinces me that maybe, yes, I am… Still, it won’t hurt to know for sure.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170303-eight-words-that-changed-the-way-we-think
I love the idea that there are eight words that changed the way we think, to be honest but the crowding of words in the article made it rather difficult for me to just pinpoint which things I have to focus on. I’m thinking whether it is because my vocabulary has to be further honed by the writer, or the idea was to intimidate people because the article was about words. In short, it’s verbose. Then again, it’s worth sharing. And it has Muggle in the list, that’s enough a reason.

You may have noticed that I read a number of articles dated 2016 but hey, these posts are about articles I have read in a month, not the articles-written-in-a-month that I’ve read (does that make sense?).

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I am Not That Jazz (or how I see myself as an INTJ)

Putting a label on one’s personality is quite hard. With each passing day, we grow and develop our characters influenced by our society, the things we read, we see, and we feel and these factors help us perceive things in different angles and respond to them accordingly.

Knowing this, you might think I don’t like taking personality tests. On the contrary, I do. I spend a number of hours trying to figure out what kind of behavior I actually exhibit and it feels good to learn different ways of analyzing one’s character therefore having different labels that are not at all contradictory to one another.

I took another exam featuring Myers-Briggs to verify something that has been bothering me for quite a time. I had taken three similar personality tests from different sites a number of months ago and two of them had yielded the same result. Note that I had taken them at different times as well. Lo, and behold, the most recent exam I took made the score 3/4.

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I typed INTJ + gif in Google images and found responses that seemed natural to me at times including this:

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Most likely my personality at the workplace has affected my responses to those exams–and the fact that I take exams well (lol). Other factors include language and time. Certainly the amount of time one spends on answering a personality examination endangers its accuracy due to his subjectivity. Say, there’s this question:

Regardless of what other people say, deep down I feel that I am… *
Pretty normal
Kind of weird

I wouldn’t choose NORMAL–heck no. There’s nothing more despising than being categorized with people who don’t know their own purpose in life. Then again, should I say I’m weird? That will be weird. ^_^ So it took me a long time to consider what I should choose.

Somehow a part of me thinks that this maybe the result of how I want to see myself. Do I act like this when I’m surrounded by people who know me well? Surprise! I don’t. But you don’t have to know what I am like, right? ^_^

What I somehow don’t understand in these personality examinations are the promotions that come after. Why do we need to ‘improve’ ourselves? Should we become better INTJs or any other classification? Or are we being molded to become ‘better’ individuals by changing parts of us that society cannot accept? There is also the question of what ‘better’ actually means.

After all, I personally believe a part of our personality depends on how others perceive us… but it doesn’t mean we need to care about what they think about us. I don’t think it is fair that a person can put a label to anybody’s character without spending enough time with him or her. Even married people tend to misinterpret their partners’ actions, parents can’t understand their children’s philosophies, and colleagues can’t decipher each other’s logic. Who knows, the INTJ beside you might be very different from the one who has written this post… but who still wants to determine if she’s actually an INTJ.

Although Buzzfeed took a pretty good shot at it and almost convinced me.
https://www.buzzfeed.com/newu1671/80-signs-youre-an-intj-cz0z?utm_term=.coqYqX2AP#.ruqnKLQ8v

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* The question  to http://personalityhacker.com

Self-Studying Japanese

by Prex JDV Ybasco


Watching Japanese cartoons and dramas probably is the primary reason why I am taking up Japanese. Apart from that, their OSTs are amazing! They have a certain feel to them that even though I hardly understand them, I feel like I can do the impossible. However, there are always some moments when subtitles or English lyrics do not satisfy me. As they say, some things are lost in translation. I do not intend to live in Japan (but I certainly want to visit!) so I have decided not to take professional classes in Japanese and just learn the language by myself. After all, if language learning can be considered one’s hobby then how hard will that be?

I would not consider myself an expert in languages but here are some ‘strategies’ I have used to study Nihongo.

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