If the rest of them can survive only by destroying us, then why should we wish them to survive? . . . Nothing can make it moral to destroy the best. One can't be punished for being good. One can't be penalized for ability. - Ayn Rand

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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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How did 2017 go for me?

I am not here to bore you to death with how it went –you’ve got enough on your plate without me ruining your digestion anyway. Let me just break it down to three categories:
a) Reading Updates
b) Writing Updates
c) Personal Goals

So without further ado, here’ s the list:

Reading Updates
I managed to read 150  books in 2017.

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Don’t let the number fool you though. More than half of the number are volumes and volumes of Manga- Japanese comic books. Before you say I cheated, and admittedly I know it looks cheating to anybody, Goodreads counts it just like that. Besides, finishing one entire series of manga is a difficult feat in itself.

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Writing Updates

Articles and more Articles. I poured my heart, soul, and time into these babies and seeing them published gives me great joy. Who would have thought that a childish dream of seeing one’s name in Google with great merit was actually achievable?

Bloggingwise, I think I did better last year and my somehow I’m pretty much consistent with my content. The unplanned series was Monthly Articles where I kept a list of the notable articles I had read in a month and a short review. This was introduced in March of 2017 and I didn’t miss posting a list until December! I intend to keep at it not because it gets readership but also I sincerely learn tons from the articles that I read.

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My manuscript, on the other hand, is there somewhere. I can’t spill the deets yet as there isn’t anything substantial to spill.

Personal Goals

My only personal goal for this year was to chill. After going through a successful operation in 2016, I promised that I would detach myself from things that were irrelevant to me as a person and as a writer. I managed to focus more on things that actually mattered like saving money and keeping my body healthy. Connecting to my family members and establishing a closer relationship with them became my strength.

2017 was a great year for me and it opened a lot of doors. 2018 is the time for me to go through each one of them and grow. Yes, I suck at endings. Happy New Year.

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DECEMBER Articles

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Happy Christmas and New Year to all of you! Oh boy, time surely flies so fast. Who would have thought I’d be consistent in givin

Pop-up penguins shock China zoo visitors

I would have understood it if the entrance fee was cheap. It would have looked like a funny joke: you get what you pay for.

The Pale Blue Dot: A Timeless Valentine to the Cosmos

When you recognize how small you are, you go out of your way to be significant. That is always how it works.

Why Lion is Art’s Most Powerful Symbol

My best friend has a fascination with lions but who wouldn’t? Aslan will give you his two-cents.

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Paul Goodman on the Nine Kinds of Silence

As there are different kinds of smiles, there are kinds of silence.

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Ursula K. Le Guin on Anger

According to Le Guin, anger can be a powerful tool but it can also lead to one’s destruction.

The Compelling Case for Working a Lot Less

Isn’t this one of the articles you wish your boss read before asking you to work overtime? Henry Miller even said, “drink if you feel like it” so, how can I say no to that? Working for 8 hours a day, six days a week has finally taken a toll on me and now, my patience has worn so thin, bordering indifference at work. But why let me bore you to death when you are enjoying your vacation!

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Maya Angelou on How a Library Saved Her Life

On point. This article fired up my desire to put up my own library.

 

 

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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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“Another thing is war. I am naturally warlike. Attacking is one of my instincts. Being able to be an enemy, being an enemy — these require a strong nature, perhaps; in any case every strong nature presupposes them.”

Friedrich Nietzsche