A Letter to My Younger Self

Dear younger me, When your parents scold you and give you pieces of advice, don’t get angry. Don’t ever do that. Instead, listen to them. They are right most of the time. Don’t cut your hair; you’ll regret it. Pay attention to your Science and Math classes. Don’t become too close to anyone. Don’t consider them your best friend…

Solomon: The Wisest and Most Foolish Man Who Ever Lived

If given the chance to meet one person from the past, I’d like to meet Solomon ─ the wisest and yet the most foolish man who ever lived. I want to ask him how it feels to be the smartest person on Earth and witness how he resolves issues and problems. Solomon, whose name means…

Five Skills My Child Should Possess

Parents wish only the best for their children. No wonder why we often hear their hopes of seeing their kids growing toward becoming the best they could. Hence, parents strive hard to raise their children well—discipline them and give them quality education. But success depends not only on character and training but also on one’s…

“With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”

Does the title ring a bell? While the origin of this adage remains a subject of debate nowadays, we all connect it with Spider-Man—the fictional hero with startling crime-fighting knacks. Spider-Man’s fame makes this phrase sound so cliché but its thought is obviously true. As I take it literally, I believe this adage applies to…

On Duterte, Drug Killings, and Foreign Relations

Philippines’ tough-talking president, his anti-drug campaign, and tirades against his critics have put the country in the global limelight once again. As Filipinos witness it and the world hears it via media, the Duterte administration imposes intensified drive against illegal drugs and criminality. This led to a number of good things: tens of thousands have…

Early Bird vs. Night Owl: On Which Side Are You?

The “early birds versus night owls” debate has been present for quite a long time. We have lauded the early bird for centuries. After all, they “catch the worm” and are “healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Yet, recent studies reported that night owls are smarter than early risers. But many people still debate the results; they…

My House Is on Fire! What Shall I Save?

What if my own house catches a fire (God forbid) and I have time to save only five items from it? Below are the things I’d like to grab immediately: Documents (identification cards, birth certificates, diplomas, and other certificates) – It’s good that we keep our personal records and other important documents in one plastic…

Why Some Songs Keep Playing in Your Head

Have you ever felt frustrated being stuck in a song that seems to play on an endless loop inside your head? While the “Last Song Syndrome (LSS)” lasts for hours in many people, some suffer for several days. Luckily, after extensive researches and studies, experts found out why songs are stuck and how to get them…

Is Hands-On Training The Best Way to Learn a Skill?

Hands-on learning is an educational method that requires the hands and body to perform a certain task. When we combine activities that require talking, listening, and moving, it activates multiple areas of our brains. “The more parts of your brain you use, the more likely you are to retain information,” says education expert Judith Dodge….

Music as an Inspiration: Going Out to the Real World

“Where words fail, music speaks.” ~ Hans Christian Andersen Music has always been a huge part of my life, even from an early age. Every morning, the songs coming from our radio is the first thing I hear. I grew up in a music-loving family so I appreciate and enjoy listening to various music genres….

A Plot of Earth: How Much Land Do I Need?

If given a plot of land and the financial resources to do whatever I please, what would I do? My initial idea is to get a small portion to build a decent house for my family. But I had a second thought—obtain a big part to help me build a school and a training center…

Six Bizarre Traits of an Average 24-Year-Old Girl

I don’t consider myself unique but my family and friends say I’m also far from being normal. I’ve listed six bizarre qualities they say about me here. Be the judge and let me know if I’m odd or if it’s ordinary to other people. I’m fascinated with Korean stuff. I can spend days reading articles…