KitKat Break Movement

Saturday, June 21, 2014 0 Comments A+ a-

You're not in college if you're not stressed.

When I entered the university, I accepted the fact that I will be spending more sleepless nights than I did back in high school. Those sleepless nights involved a lot of coffee-drinking, procrastinating and crying (which was more evident when deadlines are nearing). And there would always be days when you feel like all your professors are intent on not letting you sleep:

Studying BEEd Communication Arts-English requires a lot from me. I'm expected to do a lot of things. This includes, but is not limited to: doing reports/presentations, attending seminars/conventions, writing all sorts of papers, reading a lot of children's books (all of its genres), maintaining my calm and smile every single demonstration and producing creative teaching materials so that my students will be more engaged.

So, if I were given the chance to unlock any of these skills:

It would definitely be to multitask at any given time. To be able to do just that, I just need to take a break, and have a KitKat. And by that, I'll be ready to accept the challenges that college throws at me.

Why would you want to unlock such skills?
With the help of KitKat (which is pretty much like my version of "Darna's bato"),  I can now do multitasking at any given time:
[1] During actual teaching demonstrations: teach while cutting tapes while preparing the next visual aids while listening to my students' answers while keeping the students behaved and while making "pasilip na mga tingin" to my professors who are observing the demo.
[2] During my students' seatwork time: help open a student's baon  while explaining the seatwork instructions while collecting the works of those who're already finished while entertaining questions like "Teach, may I go out" and while attending to the numerous "sumbong" of my pupils.

[3] During my undergrad course lectures: listen to the professor's lectures while jotting down notes while doing an assignment for the next subject and while having a "secret" conversation with my group mates for a report/presentation.

This was taken during one of my demos at the UP Integrated School.

Oh, and did you know that eating chocolates like KitKat actually do you a lot of health benefits:

So what are you waiting for? Unlock your hidden skills now with KitKat.

International Book Giving Day

Sunday, June 15, 2014 0 Comments A+ a-

Every February 14, not only do we celebrate Valentine's Day but also the International Book Giving Day. To celebrate the occasion, Adarna House gave away 10 sets of book packages. Each set includes: 2 big books, 3 storybooks, and a Ang Pambihirang Buhok ni Raquel notebook and tote bag.

Image from Adarna House

Coincidentally, our class project, Libro Galing Sa Puso, involved donating books to the children of the recently typhoon-devastated town of Tacloban. So when I got hold of the news that Adarna is giving away free books, I immediately contacted my classmates. Here's a photo of some of the books that we've received from Adarna:

Through the help of our class instructor, various book companies, friends, and colleagues, our class was able to collect enough amount of books to be donated to the elementary students of Alang-Alang Elementary School in Tacloban.

Keep Calm and Watch Movies

Sunday, June 15, 2014 9 Comments A+ a-

Matilda definitely did it for me. 
In school, most of my classmates see me as a bookworm, and I have been called a "nerd" way too many times. (Wearing glasses at an early age didn't help much) Even at recess or at lunchtime, I always find time to visit the library. After class, just so I can read more books in the library, I would always tell the school bus driver to fetch me along with the afternoon session students (I was always enrolled in the morning session). While other children my age would ask their parents for a toy, I would always ask for books. Such was my love for reading that I rarely watch TV, much less movies. 

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So imagine my amazement when I saw Matilda. Ironic as it may seem, Matilda, a movie about a girl who loves books, have taught me to love movies. Matilda made me realize that movies could be so much more, that it is not just a mere escapist's entertainment. It was also the first time that I truly realized how much impact a movie could have on a book-lover like me. After watching the film, being the innocent child *ehem* I was, I honestly thought that I could also have telekinetic powers just by doing a lot of eye-straining staring on a particular object.

For days on end, I've tried to make things move around me. But obviously, that didn't work out for me. Since I was too keen on achieving that feeling of satisfaction when an object moves to your bidding, I asked the help of my sister to, for example, move the curtain as I wave my hand. That worked for me. ;)

Matilda will always be that one movie for me that started my love for watching movies. And even though I'm still the same book-lover that I was before, I confess that I love movies now just as I love books. I think that watching movies is such an incredible experience that only a few things can ruin any person's keep-calm-and-watch-movies mood. In the first place, people watch movies not only to catch up with the latest movies but also to relax, to enjoy, and to somehow forget the crazy hullabaloos of our busy life. So isn't it just irritating when we encounter problems such as these:

1.  Queue/Line Jumpers aka "mga kupal na sumisingit". Honestly, who has patience for this kind of people? This rant also goes out to people who let their friends/relatives jump in the line (mga nagpapasingit).

2.  People who are taking forever to choose their seats. This is something that would be quite manageable to wait for if only  the line is not that long. Ang kasopati opinyon ng lahat ng kasama, kailangang hingin at malaman kung okay na ba yung napiling  seats ng magbabayad.

3.  Looooong lines. And I always notice that there are only 2-3 open cashiers, despite the fact that there are more than 5 cashiers/windows. 
4.  The cashier ran out of smaller bills. Seriously, bakit pag ikaw na 'yung nasa unahan, laging ubos na ang barya ng cashier? Tapos titignan ka pa ng masama 'pag wala kang maibigay na barya. Why? Just why?
All rage comics were made by the blog author via

5.  You can't see the movie schedules properly. How can you see a movie's showing time in the cinema lobby with ALL the other people viewing the same schedule printed on a tiny paper. We're not ants you know.

6.  The only seats left are those that will make you say: "Sige, pwede na yan kaysa maghintay pa tayo sa susunod na showing". These seats are either located in (a) the front row where you strain your neck looking up for the whole 1.5-2 hours duration of the film or (b) at the farthest right/left side of the cinema. Hey, on the bright side, front row seaters need not worry about heads blocking their view.

Who haven't experienced at least one of these annoying problems that just might, at some point, make you hate watching movies in cinemas?

Keep calm though, because luckily, Globe has come up with a brilliant app - GMovies, that addresses the aforementioned woes of every movie-goer. Now, you might ask, "How is GMovies the ultimate pocket app for my movie fix?". To answer that question, simply check out this infographic I've made:

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Now that you have some idea on how to navigate around this awesome app, download GMovies now, just like what I did:

A first and only one of its kind in the country, GMovies allows you to begin your movie going experience anytime, anywhere! Stay updated with the current and upcoming movie releases on cinemas nationwide, get the best seats and buy your movie tickets straight on your smartphones! Powered by Globe Telecom, this film-tastic mobile app is FREE for download for both Android and iOS users.

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