Friday, May 8, 2015

What’s the most dangerous animal that has ever lived?

Perhaps some of you are confused whether a mosquito is an animal or not. A mosquito is an insect, and the last time I checked, (Since I was also curious) insects are considered animals, so yes, a mosquito is an animal.

Insects belong to the largest phylum of the animal kingdom and are called arthropods. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, insects are members of the Arthropoda phylum and make up 84 percent of all the known animals on Earth.

Mosquitoes carry more than a hundred potential fatal diseases including malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, encephalitis, filariasis and elephantiasis. Even today, they kill one person every twelve seconds.

 What is an Insect? (n.d.). Retrieved May 8, 2015, from  
Lloyd, J., & Mitchinson, J. (2006). The book of general ignorance. New York: Harmony Books.
 GeographyBlog. (n.d.). Retrieved May 6, 2015, from  

Thursday, May 7, 2015

How long could a chicken live without its head?

About two years.

This could be a potential attention getter in one of my history classes.


How long can a chicken live without its head?
Well the record right now stands at 2 years. On 10th September, 1945, a young cockerel/rooster in Fruita, Colorado,  had it’s head chopped off and lived. Incredibly, the axe left the  jugular vein intact, and left enough of the brain stem to, apparently,  keep the rooster chirping. Mike, as he came to be known, was something  of a national celebrity in his time, featuring in Time magazine. His  owner, Lloyd Olsen, charged twenty-five cents to see ‘Mike the headless  wonder chicken’ in sideshows across the USA. At the height of his  career, Mike was making around $4,500 a week, and was valued at $10,000.  Mike was fed and watered using an eyedropper, but tragedy struck one  night when Mike’s owner had left his eyedropper at a previous show.  Unable to clear his airways, Mike choked to death.
On 10 September, 1945, a plump young cockerel in Fruita, Colorado, had his head chopped of and lived. Incredibly the axe had missed the jugular vein and left enough of the brain stem attached to the neck for him to survive, even thrive.

Mike, as he was known, became a national celebrity touring the country and featuring in Time and Life magazines. His owner, Lloyd Olsen, charged twenty-five cents for a chance to meet “Mike the headless Wonder Chicken” in sideshows across USA. Mike would appear complete with a dried chicken’s head purporting to be his own—in fact, the Olsen’s cat had made off with the original. At the height of his fame, Mike was making $4500 a month and was valued $10,000.

Mike was fed and watered using an eye dropper. In the two years after he lost his head, he put on nearly six pounds and spend his time happily preening and “pecking” for food with his neck.

Teaching Stuff. (n.d.). Retrieved May 8, 2015, from  
Lloyd, J., & Mitchinson, J. (2006). The book of general ignorance. New York: Harmony Books.
 GeographyBlog. (n.d.). Retrieved May 6, 2015, from  

What is the biggest thing a blue whale can swallow?
A. A very large mushroom? No!
B. A small family car? No!
C. A sailor? No!
D. A grapefruit? Yes!

Quite interestingly, a blue whale’s throat is almost exactly the diameter as its belly button, which is about the size of a side plate.
Their diet consists of tiny pink, shrimp-like crustaceans called “krill”. The narrow gauge of a blue whale’s throat means it couldn't swallow big living and non-living things. The only whale with a throat wide enough to swallow a person whole is the sperm whale.

Lloyd, J., & Mitchinson, J. (2006). The book of general ignorance. New York: Harmony Books.
 GeographyBlog. (n.d.). Retrieved May 6, 2015, from  

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

What is the name of the tallest mountain in the world?

As far as mountain concerned, the current convention is that “highest” means measured from the sea level to summit: “tallest” means measured from the bottom of the mountain to the top.
highest mountain
Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world but it’s not the tallest.

Mauna Kea is the highest point on the island of Hawaii. The inactive volcano is a modest 4206 m above the sea level, but when measured from the seabed to its summit. It is 10, 200 m about three quarters of a mile taller than Mount Everest.

 Mount Everest is Not The Tallest Mountain - KnowledgeNuts. (n.d.). Retrieved May 6, 2015, from  

Where is the highest mountain?

It’s on Mars.
Olympus Mons
The Giant volcano Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in the solar system.

It is almost 3 times the height of Mount Everest and so wide that it’s base would cover Arizona, and the whole of the area of the British Isles. The crater on the top is big enough to swallow London.

Mount Olympus doesn't conform to most people’s idea of a mountain. It is flat-topped-like a vast plateau in a sea drained of water--- and its sides aren't even steep. Their slight incline of between one and three degrees means you wouldn't even break sweat if you climbed it. 

 Ask an Astronomer. (n.d.). Retrieved May 6, 2015, from  

Where is the driest place on earth?
Most of us think that Atacama is the driest places on Earth, but there are parts of Antarctica that have not experienced rain for two million years.

The unique conditions in the dry valleys of Antarctica are caused by so –called katabatic winds. These occur when cold, dense air is pulled downhill simply by force of gravity. The winds can reach speeds of 320kph evaporating all moisture, water, ice and snow--- in the process.

Though Antarctica is a desert, these completely dry parts of it are called, somewhat ironically, oases. 

Lloyd, J., & Mitchinson, J. (2006). The book of general ignorance. New York: Harmony Books.
 GeographyBlog. (n.d.). Retrieved May 6, 2015, from  

Monday, May 4, 2015

Who invented the telephone? Alexander Graham bell?

 Read for you to know….
Cartoon Old Telephone Cartoon old phone cartoon old

Antonio Meucci was the first person who demonstrated a working model of an electric device called the “teletrofono”. He made it 5 years before Alexander Graham bell’s telephone patent.

Since Meucci got Ill, he failed to send the $10 required to renew his caveat in 1974.

When Graham bell patent was registered in 1876, Meucci sued. He’d sent his original sketches and working models to the lab at Western Union. By an extraordinary coincidence, Bell worked in the very same lab and the models had mysteriously disappeared.

Meucci died while his case against bell was still under way. As a result, it was Bell, not Meucci who got the credit for the invention.

In 2004, the balance was partly redressed by the US House of Representatives who passed a resolution that “the life achievement of Antonio Meucci should be recognized, and his work in the invention of the telephone should be acknowledged”.

Lloyd, J., & Mitchinson, J. (2006). The book of general ignorance. New York: Harmony Books.

What is the largest Living thing?

This is the world's largest living Organism, it's roots cover 800 hectares. It is edible but does not taste very good. **Nature Living, Fairies Rings, Edible Mushrooms, Mushrooms Alice, Giants Mushrooms, Jellyfish Mushrooms, Love Cake, Alice Wonderland, Fungi Perfectioso
It’s a mushroom.

It’s not even a particular rare one. You've probably got the honey fungus in your garden, growing on a dear tree-stump.
It covers 890 hectares and is between 2000 and 8000 years old. Most of it is underground form of a massive mat of tentacle-like roots. These spread along tree roots, killing trees and peeping up through the soil occasionally as innocent-looking clumps of honey mushrooms.

The Giant honey fungus of Oregon was initially thought to grow in separate cluster throughout the forest, but researchers have now confirmed it is the world’s single biggest organism, connected under the soil.

Lloyd, J., & Mitchinson, J. (2006). The book of general ignorance. New York: Harmony Books.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Appreciating communication and Culture

Activity no. 5

Culture can be defined as, learned behaviors that are communicated from one generation to another to promote individual and social structure.
In our subject with Mr. Dacawe, I've learned a lot of things about Communication and Culture. I learned that it is also important that we know more about the nature of culture and communication and how culture may relate to communication or vice versa. Most people will agree that communication is the most important part of culture.

I also learned that Communication is also the main tool for social change. Social change is very important in a community because it changes people beliefs and practices. Through communication people are learning how to improve their lives and share something good to other cultures. But there has always been an obstacle in intercultural communication which is the language.
English is an important factor in globalization because it allows people from different places to understand each other. The rise of the English language helps us know more about other cultures. I won’t be able to understand them without the use of English.

For me as a teacher of the universal language, while I taught English to Japanese, Chinese, Arab, Thai’s and Korean students, I faced many difficult intercultural challenges, At first I didn't know what is good and bad in their culture, I have no Idea on how to avoid insensitive and rude questions. Sometimes I tend to hurt them unintentionally. And now I can say that I also learned from my students through communication.

English, whether you like it or not, is the chosen language of international communication. Speaking and understanding English can let a person more easily communicate with others and find more job opportunities not only in his or her home country, but around the world as well. Indeed, English has transitioned from being a culture-specific language to an essential inter-cultural communication tool used to conduct all transactions across cultures around the world.

I enjoyed this subject very much because; it made me realize how important communication to people of different cultures.

To work with different cultures, it is essential to realize the proper use of communication because it helps us to be more understandable. If we are members of different “cultures” and we truly want to understand and communicate with other cultures, we can! “If you want to do it, you can always find ways to do it”.

learned different classifications of cultures and this subject gave me an Idea on how to improve the way I communicate to people with different cultures and beliefs.

I have used the PDF file given by Mr. Dacawe
posted on his blog. Ewacad@work

Rising, B. (n.d.). Communication and Culture. Retrieved from

Monday, March 16, 2015

Communication For Social change!

Activity no. 4

When we say social change, it refers to a variation in the social order of a society. Changes happen in the ways of living of human beings and our social relations get influenced by this. Changes are everywhere because all societies are in a constant state of instability. Each society, despite of being old-fashioned and traditional, is constantly undergoing change because “CHANGE” is an unavoidable and consistent law of nature. That is the reason why social change becomes a necessity; it is the revolution of culture and social organizations over time and it is an “ongoing process”. These changes cannot be stopped, Society is subject to continuous change, and it cannot be preserved in a museum to save it from the ravages of time.

The term social change is used to describe differences in social interactions, processes and social organizations. In explaining the concept of social change, they came up with some expressions like evolution, growth, progress, development, revolution, adaptation etc. discarding one in preference to the other.

In analyzing this, we find that social change needs “communication”. The role of communication in social change is to consider the importance of growth in the society. It plays a basic role in the existence and development of the society. As the time progressed, more developments were made in the field of communication which helped humans to better understand the fellow human beings.
Communications is used for sustainable social change and development. With the use of communication, we are able to improve inefficient systems, processes, or modes of production. We are also helping people to acquire knowledge and skills that they can use to improve their personal, social and economic status. Questions need to be raised so that, we can combine our ideas to achieve community goal.

Last semester with Mrs. Tagle, we learned about the Millennium development goals, it is for the improvement of living conditions in developing countries so that people will not move to other places that offer a better lifestyle. With this MDG’s people will be facing social change through communication. I believe that communication is the most essential tool in reaching Millennium development goals. With the use of media’s we can supply the public with information and communication that eventually will contribute to capability growth of poor men and women, to become principal actors in their own development, to get wider choices in their priority areas of concern, to increase their power as well as their material resources to make a better living. Every individual expresses its thoughts and carries out its affairs through the medium of communication. It could improve unproductive ways of living because sharing ideas and receiving information can create social changes.

Communication is also a transaction because anything that occurs between 2 or more people is a transaction, whether these are ideas, opinions, etc. The process of transaction is facilitated by feedback. It is helpful information or criticism that is given to someone to say what can be done to improve something. Communities should be the agents of their own change. Communication for social change can be defined as a process of public and private dialogue through which people themselves define who they are, what they need and how to get what they need in order to improve their own lives.

There are a lot of examples of social change; one of the good examples, People has fewer children as society industrialized because role of family changes and technological advancements allow control of reproduction.

With the use of communication people are now aware that they have to control the population because of what they have seen, heard and read. Before couples don’t mind having a lot of children but now they are aware that it is difficult to sustain the needs of many children. We have known a lot of disadvantages of having over-population and I think that is one of the good examples of Communication for social change. The process of changing the way couples think gave an Idea on how to live a better life, and the most important instrument here is Communication.

Social change has many causes. It happens everywhere, but the rate of change varies from place to place; that social change is sometimes intentional but often unplanned; that social change may generate controversy; that some changes matter more than others do. I got major factors that highlight the causes of social change. Number one is culture, within a society; processes leading to change include invention and culture loss. Culture loss is an inevitable result of old cultural patterns being replaced by new ones. New ideas and modification of old ideas in a new perspective bring wide-scale changes in society. Demographic change is caused by an increase in birth and decline in death and migration of populations also leads to social change. It’s also caused by tension and conflict. Structural strain, deprivation, cultural revitalization has been the major causes of conflict. They also generate new identities and a new perspective. These characters that involve in social change use COMMUNICATION as the most important tool in improving way of lives.

Figueroa, M., Kincaid, D., Rani, M., & Lewis, G. (2002, January 1). Communication for Social Change Working Paper Series. Retrieved from
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Social Development: 5 Main Causes of Social Change. (2013, October 15). Retrieved March 17, 2015, from

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Legalizing Adultery? Are you kidding me?

What's happening?

Adultery is voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone other than his or her lawful spouse. The act of Adultery has been considered a crime punishable even by death by the religious people in different parts of the world. It is Immoral, and I can say that it is worse than Illegal.

Park Han-chul said that “It’s realistically impossible that all unethical acts face criminal justice,” I can understand a bit what he means. Maintaining prisons is costly and adultery is one of the common crimes committed but isn’t it right that law must help protect our traditional family values?

Marriage is sacred and rightful and it is protected by all religions. Through the sacrament of marriage, you are giving an assurance that you will love that person forever. If you love the person, you will consider his/her feelings. Do you think “adultery” doesn't give emotional stress?

Few people say that infidelity is outside the justice system and I am not really sure if Korea has a law against emotional abuse. One thing I am really sure of, Adultery can ruin a family, and it seriously harms you and the people around you. If someone commits suicide or loses his/her mind because of “adultery”, do you think adulterating husband/wife isn't responsible?

In my opinion if a person isn't sure of his/her feelings towards someone, it will be better not to consider “marriage”. Marriage means commitment for a life-time and for me, it means staying loyal. Most relationships fail because of lack of commitment if “adultery will be legalize” what’s the sense of getting married? And what is the sense of being committed to someone?

Anyway, I don’t have the right to tell the Korean Government not to legalize adultery since I am not a Korean. I am only being opinionated. Different people have different opinions. I was just intrigued by this trending “hot” topic that I have read recently. 


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Everybody wants to go to heaven.

Seeking for answers!
I believe that God is REAL since it is natural to believe that God created the universe though, there is a tiny bit of ambiguity in the bible. The bible says that God’s love is Genuine but why does God allow anybody to go to hell?

Hell is a place of suffering. It’s a place to torture someone till eternity. (Colossians 1:16) says that “Everything that ever was or is or will be is created by God, including hell”. If God created everything, why did he create Hell? In Matthew 13:42, Jesus says: "And shall cast them into a FURNACE OF FIRE: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth." Oh, I had Goosebumps when I have read this. God’s love is better than anyone’s love. Isn’t it? But why do you think God will let us experience such a scary thing?

I know that people can avoid hell by following God’s order. And I am pretty sure that I am not a bad person. I am just a bit confused why many of us say that there is no such Love better than God’s love. I always hear that God is all-powerful, loving, and perfect but why does he allow all these things? I guess Earth is already a place of suffering. People are not that bad, criminals are not that bad. I think situations make people bad. Why are bad people blessed and why do bad things happen to good people?

My mom had a best friend, and her best friend has a daughter. Her daughter was a prostitute in Hong Kong, of course she earns a lot of money and buys everything that she wants. Ooops (I can read your mind right now) I know being blessed doesn’t mean being rich that is the reason why I became more confused. Whenever her mom receives money from her daughter knowing that it came from “her JOB” she always says that they are being blessed by God. What does that mean?

Anyway, please don’t judge me. I am just seeking for answers, I am not an atheist. I was born as a CHRISTIAN and I know that I will die as a CHRISTIAN. I just hope that before I leave this earth, I will have clear answers to these questions. I don’t want to go to hell just because I am questioning God’s love. One thing I am only sure of, GOD IS REAL and HE IS NOT DEAD!

So please help me. I don’t want to go to hell.

We all know that it is difficult to understand and believe something you've never seen, but I really believe that God exists! that's why I am seeking for answers because I want to be closer to him and love him with no but's, no maybe's and no why's. SO DON'T JUDGE!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Cultural competency

Why cultural competency is Important?
Cultural Competence is a set of values, behaviors, attitudes and practices within a system, organization, program, or among individuals that enables them to work effectively across cultures. Cultural competence refers to the ability to honor and respect the beliefs, language, interpersonal styles and behaviors of children and families receiving medical care, as well as those of the staff who are providing such care. Cultural competence is a dynamic, ongoing developmental process that requires a long term commitment and is achieved over time.  Being culturally competent in which involves being aware of and sensitive to other cultures, ethnicities, genders, and beliefs—can help you establish a good rapport with them. In this case, you’d know not to shake hands, but to bow or nod your head. People with different culture will value your effort to understand each of them.

For me as a Teacher of the universal language, when I meet students for the first time, I am aware that their beliefs and practices may differ from my own. Understanding our culture is important so that we understand how we interact with individuals from cultures that are different from ours. This understanding helps us see our students more clearly, and shape policies and practice in ways that will help our students to succeed. So, I try to learn as much as I can about the students’ life and how they view the world. It is important to understand the different cultures of my foreign students. I can be an effective teacher if I have the ability to understand cultural differences that make each student unique. It will be better if teachers like me will provide an environment of respect and reciprocity of ideas and let students learn from each other’s culture. The impact of having educators who have the ability to challenge and motivate diverse student populations can dramatically improve our educational system and student outcomes. That’s the reason why Cultural competency is very important.

Cultural competency is very important not only for teachers like me but also for members of different organization. Culture is in our minds. Cultural competency is about understanding and working effectively with people who have cultures that is different from ours. The advantage of using a cultural competence approach is that you can identify the cultural competence gaps that need targeting what members of an organization need to know in order to work more effectively together.
We are now in a competitive world. Changes in one part of the world affect people everywhere. Considering our increasing diversity and interconnected problems, working together seems to be the best strategy for accomplishing our goals. Because social and economic change is coming faster and faster, organizations understand the need for cultural competence. There are many benefits of cultural competency; it helps us to overcome our fear of mistakes, competition, or conflict. For instance, by understanding and accepting many cultures, everyone is more likely to feel more comfortable. If they feel more comfortable in an organization or group, they will be more creative and productive.

Can it make a difference?

Building culturally competent organizations means changing how people think about other cultures, how they communicate, and how they operate. It means that the structure, leadership, and activities of an organization must reflect many values, perspectives, styles, and priorities. Changing how an organization looks is only the first step.

 A culturally competent organization also emphasizes the advantages of cultural diversity, celebrates the contributions of each culture, encourages the positive outcomes of interacting with many cultures, and supports the sharing of power among people from different cultures. To really change, an organization has to commit to continuing programming, evaluation, and the creation of a place that is inclusive of all cultures and celebrates diversity.

In an organization, if people are culturally competent, they tend to be more open about their opinions based on who they are. Cultural competence is non-threatening because it acknowledges and validates who people are. It removes the need to place blame and assume guilt because everyone is involved in the process. Valuing diversity means accepting and respecting differences between and within cultures so, there will never be wrong suggestions.

People from different places with different culture might share historical and geographical experiences, it is one of the reasons why cultural competency is very important because they can learn from one another and they can come up with good ideas. With the use of communication members of the organization will learn the dos and don’ts of different cultures, so they will become more aware of the organization's way of doing things and can help it adjust to other cultures and that could create a magic that happens when people are truly working together; understanding one another deeply, and in total agreement about their beliefs and goals, at least as far as their work goes. When you recognize, respect, and value all cultures and integrate those values into the system, culturally competent organizations can meet the needs of various groups.

There are many benefits being in an organization in which people have different culture because there will be a great source of alternative ideas on how to do things, creating multicultural organizations makes us deal with differences and use them to strengthen our efforts. This can lead to success and survival in an organization.
We all know that “Communication” is the basic tool of an organization, we can use it to unite people. If you learn to listen for what is being said and not what you want to hear, you will be a culturally competent person.


Building Culturally Competent Organizations Chapter 27 n.d, retrieved from
Cultural Competence for Educators n.d. Teaching Strategies retrieved from

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Has Facebook become your worst enemy?

Real Talk:

You need to work on your own happiness. If you find yourself looking at others’ achievements, you are letting them control the way you feel about yourself. Envy removes our understanding that being glad for another’s success and happiness does not affect or weaken our personal accomplishment and contentment.

We are all aware that Facebook causes envy that can lead to depression. Facebook is a social networking site that allows everybody to stay connected with others and to share interesting and important aspects of our lives. However, at this moment I noticed that Facebook is being used to brag about achievements, relationship and financial status. We can also say that, it is one of the causes why we feel dissatisfied with our lives. I also must admit that I was one of these people who became addicted to Facebook since I always post pictures of dates with my boyfriend, at first I don’t mean to brag at all until I realized that this is how I look like to others and this is how others look like to me.

Facebook can be a fun and healthy activity if users take advantage of the site just to keep in-touch with family and old friends and to share interesting and important events in our lives.” But If Facebook posts changes your positive mood into a negative one every day because you can see others’ travel experiences, promotion, happy relationships, and financial status, sometimes even beautiful faces, then I guess you should try not to check your news-feed every now and then. If you can’t control yourself, I think the best thing to do is to delete your Facebook account and stay away from your gadgets for a while until you overcome your insecurities.

So if you use Facebook often but you always compare yourself to others and gives you hurtful feelings then Facebook is not a good idea to stay connected with your friends. It is important for us to be aware that this site has many risks that can give us negative feelings.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Heaven's Touch at Arca's yard cafe!!!

Arca's Yard Cafe <3

I was intrigued when I heard something about Arca’s yard café.  So I decided to follow it on Facebook. When I saw some pictures on their page, I was amazed, that kind of place is what we were looking for. Arca’s yard café is unique and comfortable; this would be an ideal place to visit with a group of friends.

Arca’s yard café is located at 777 tiptop, Ambuclao, Road, Baguio City. Actually we were a bit panicked when we were trying to find this place until when we saw the huge tea pot in front the gate, its Arca’s yard café’s profile picture. Ha-ha.  It is a bit far from town but easily accessible. We came to this place with a fare of less than 90 pesos from SM.

Inside this cozy cafe, there is a mini museum and a large free library, but if you are not fond of reading books you can enjoy looking at some antique furniture.

We tried the Arca's sweet potato ala mode, bread with dip and Arca’s cloud tea (hot tea with cream on top) Hmmm Delicious!!! 

Though we have waited for few minutes, the waiting time would never be a problem with all the paintings and pictures on the wall. You can also enjoy the scenic view at the veranda. Prices are reasonable relative to the quality of the food. Arca’s sweet potato ala mode costs only 95 pesos, bread with dip for 75 pesos and Arca’s cloud tea costs 75 pesos. They don't have meals on their menu, but they serve it if you ask them.

So if you want to try a different café from those usual ones, Arca’s yard café for me, is one of the best here in Baguio city.  You can have a relaxed afternoon with friends over tea. yum yum!!!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

You will never be SAD at SAGE!!!

Good food cozy ambiance? Then you must try SAGE restaurant!!!

First of all I would like to thank Rogan Coilan for giving me a title phrase that would make this blog more attractive. Though it sounds a bit "childish" just like my first food blog, (You will never be grumpy at Grumpy Joe). I think it's not a bad idea to rhyme words. rhyming helps to make the words ring in your head.

Since Valentines’ day is coming. I guess some of you are thinking of a nice place to dine. I highly recommend Sage restaurant. It is worth-visiting because of its cozy ambiance. It is located at Military cutoff Rd. Baguio City.

When we went here, we were able to get comfortable seats at the couch area because it was not yet dinner time. It felt cozy, maybe because of the lighting and decors. I can see flowers everywhere and the Lavender theme made me feel at peace.

I and my boyfriend are not fond of eating appetizers before the main course. So to start off, we ordered spare ribs, seafood pasta and baked macaroni roll for the main.

I am not into heavy meals but according to my boyfriend, the spare ribs with a sauce was tasty and Juicy, He liked the sweet sauce but if you put too much, it may cause you to feel jaded. The serving is pretty BIG and the price is around 240-260 pesos but it is worth it.

The baked macaroni roll was also delicious but I couldn't eat even half of it. I don’t enjoy Italian style that much I prefer Filipino-style just like that “Jollibee-spaghetti taste”. ha-ha.  It costs 140-150 pesos only, it is affordable.
The Shrimp in pesto pasta is another dish that is inexpensive but super yummy. I absolutely loved this dish, the taste of the seafood really came through. it's 180 pesos.

We recommended SAGE to these two lovely people. 

For the desert, I ordered strawberry cheesecake. My boyfriend doesn't like sweets, so he just waited for me to finish my desert. The cake was the yummiest cheesecake I have ever tried. I like the strawberry toppings and the plating was fantastic. The rich taste of the cheesecake soothes my soul gently. The brown crust matched the cheese, so the taste was adequate. I felt like I was in heaven. (we have different opinions and I am not exaggerating).

Sad to say that their fruit shake was inexpensive but boring. I hope they can improve this one.

We were only able to try a few dishes, but I saw a huge potential in this restaurant.The Food was great. Staffs were attentive, efficient, and courteous. I would love to visit this place often!!! 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

You will never be grumpy at Grumpy Joe!!!

Grumpy Joe Restaurant

I and my boyfriend can be considered as “food-explorers” because we want to taste different food from different restaurants.

One day, I was craving for Italian food, so I asked one of my friends to recommend a restaurant which serves mouth-watering pizzas and pastas.  She suggested the Grumpy Joe restaurant. I became curious because of its name. Until I realized that we will never be grumpy at GRUMPY JOE because they serve the best Italian-American food. This restaurant is located at Leonard Wood Rd. Baguio City near Pink sisters’ convent.

At first I was a bit disappointed. The restaurant was full of customers at that time, so we have waited for 30 minutes outside to just get a table. (probably because of its good food, it made me think that anything that is worth-having is definitely worth-waiting for).

Here's the list of what we have ordered for dinner,

Spaghetti costs 160 pesos only and I can say that it is good for 2-3 persons. You will certainly love the food here especially if you are into Filipino style. Their spaghetti is one of the most delicious spaghetti I have ever eaten. It’s a bit sweet but you will never feel jaded after eating too much of it. The serving is BIG!!!

Pesto pasta costs 160 pesos.This is superb. I highly recommend this one; this food is great if you want to satisfy your appetite. (I LOVE CREAMY PESTO PASTA)

Combo meals:

Rice, Buffalo wings and potato salad costs 150 pesos.This is quite ordinary for me; it didn't amaze me that much.

Spaghetti,Pizza,Buffalo wings and French fries costs 150 pesos.I recommend this one If your budget is tight. This food can fill your stomach. One meal is enough to occupy your mouth and your tummy.


Pizzas cost around 400-500 pesos. (It depends on the toppings)
The middle of the pizza was soggy and seemingly undercooked, while the toppings are pretty crispy and delicious. It was ok but next time I will make sure that they will cook the dough well.
Smoothies cost around 120-145 pesos.
Yogurt smoothie is more expensive of course. This is one of the reasons why we always come back here. They have the yummiest smoothie ever.

 Onion rings costs 120 pesos
I don't even like onions, but these taste so good with Garlic mayo!!!

 So if you want to taste something new and you like a large and sumptuous meal(Just like us),
visit Grumpy Joe and enjoy its yummy treats.
 Store hours:10am-9pm daily.

Monday, February 9, 2015


“Nakakahawa ang DEPRESSION” 

Whenever I am happy, there's a little voice telling me that I shouldn't be, and making me feel like I shouldn't be happy at all. Whenever I go out with friends and do something that I enjoy, a woman used to tell me that, “TOO MUCH HAPPINESS CAN MAKE YOU UNHAPPY”.

According to her, we often experience sadness than happiness (she’s such a pessimist, isn’t she?). This kind of attitude is what I’ve learned from her since when I was young. So I used a motto that would really match my personality and I even wrote this in our High school year book.
“Expect the worst so you won’t be disappointed”

 When I feel happy, I usually hold it back because I think sooner; I will be experiencing unbearable sadness. When we have a family problem, I know I can’t help with that and it causes me to have a very low self-esteem or self-hatred and it makes me feel that I don’t deserve to be happy. I know that depression can cause these types of feelings, so I am writing this “para di ako mabaliw” hahaha. 

see lonely sad pain picture and wallpaper
I can’t consider myself as a less fortunate because I have enough money to buy what I want, I save up for myself, I don’t have debt  and I live in a good roof. I hope there will be NO misunderstanding here coz I don’t think I am bragging. I am sure that there are some people who are causing me to feel this way. I am surrounded by people who are so depressed!!! “nakakahawa ang depression”. So I came up with a GOOD solution. I HAVE TO GET AWAY! ( haha parang madali noh?,) they need sympathy. They need me but I am not keen on handling people who are depressed. So I came up with a BEST solution, which is to PRAY for them. That is the best thing I can do. There's enough struggling and suffering in life so there is nothing wrong about being happy when you are. May mga tao kasi na pag masaya ka, tapos sila malungkot, Nagagalit... bat ganon? Pwede mo silang damayan, pero you shouldn't sacrifice your own happiness. You know OPTIMISM is a good vibes magnet. Avoid negative self-talk, it doesn't bring happiness.

Friday, February 6, 2015

BSU-Open University Culture. (Collectivism vs. Individualism, why Neither is "Best"?)

BSU-OU culture

I am an MDC student at Benguet State OPEN University. I started to change my points of view and be more aware of its culture when I enrolled here and met my classmates and professors. We all know that Open Universities aim to extend educational opportunities to all. We also call it as “distance-learning”.  In an open and distance mode of learning, the students do not attend classes in classrooms regularly.  At BSU-OU, students are given course modules and they meet their professors and classmates once a month.  Additional consultations with the professors are also done by any modes of communication, i.e. through email, telephone or text messaging. With this arrangement, students are therefore able to gain new knowledge and skills wherever they are whether at work, at home or even while on travel, and at their own pace and time. Though, we only meet each other once a month, I can say that our one-to-one connections with each other are the foundation for change. I had a chance to understand how this culture affected my whole life. I noticed that most school improvement plans concentrate on academic achievement goals only. But Benguet State University is far from that, it is focused not only on the improvement of the students academically, but also socially. This school has a “welcoming atmosphere”.  Our professors treat us as professionals. I remember one of the professors said that, “you are professionals so we have to treat you as professionals”. They are so approachable and they make us feel more comfortable.  In some schools professors act “mean” or “arrogant” in the classroom just to show how knowledgeable they are or portrayed that they are so much smarter than us, I know that’s just a part of their teaching style but I think students will feel intimidated by them and it will be hard to ask something in confidence. Students want professors who are like-able and can authentically motivate them. One more thing that I like about the culture in this school, the staffs are very friendly too, they greet “good morning” to everyone who enters the building. They even offer free coffee and Pandesal as well. Ha-ha. This kind of culture and school environment has created a cordial atmosphere in Benguet State Open University. Since we seldom meet each other, exchanging messages became more common. Unlike in other regular schools that you will really need to work hard on your own to achieve better grades, here in Open University, we treat each other as “friends” and not as competitors. It made me realize that relationship is very powerful. This kind of culture was discussed to us on our first day. They told us about the Open University system. So I therefore conclude that Culture should be uncovered, openly and purposely discussed, assessed, and developed. I learned a lot of things since I enrolled here. I learned how to be more sociable, confident on expressing my thoughts and Ideas. I will never regret studying Development Communication in this school. I know that despite the obvious advantages of distance learning, there are problems as well. Perhaps it could be the quality of education and the attitudes of the instructors, students and administrators, but in my case I am fully satisfied with it. I know that they are doing their best to update us and give what we deserve.

Individualism vs. Collectivism

In BSU-OU, We have a common goal; we help each other so that we can finish our Master’s degree “together” after 4 semesters. We can consider this as a practice of collectivism, but Individualism is still more important. We can’t graduate if we don’t have self-determination. We can’t depend on our classmates but we always show concern to each other and give a hand if we could. In our

Communication and Culture subject with Mr. Dacawe, we learned about Collectivism and Individualism. According to him, Collectivism is the practice or principle of giving a group priority over each individual in it while Individualism is a habit or principle of being Independent and Self-reliant.  I have also read that Collectivism is a social psychological term that relates to the manner in which humans identify themselves and prioritize their goals. Collectivism, which is the opposite of individualism, focuses on the priorities of the group and not the individual. In a collectivist society, people identify themselves with the goals of the group much more so than the goals of individuals. Collectivism also focuses on things such as fitting into the group, behaving in ways that are line with social norms, group solidarity, and gaining a sense of identity from being part of the group.  I have also researched about the advantages and disadvantages of Individualism and Collectivism. One of the advantages of Individualism is a person can foster his ability to perform well individually and find strength within themselves to overcome obstacles. On the other hand it has disadvantages as well.  Individualism does not allow other people to experience a person’s talent or creativity. They have more problems with finding good friends because they don’t care about other’s opinions. It can lead to difficulties with social life. I think Learning to cooperate with others is what builds character, friendship and important life skills. While individualism has advantages and disadvantages, Collectivism has them too. Collectivism allows each person to take care and help one another to fulfill a certain goal. It can help with the achievement of the whole community but because of this practice some people tend to be lazy, they become dependent to the other group members. In my opinion “neither is best”. As I said before, Collectivism is important because it associates with socialism. It is necessary that everyone supports each other so we can grow as a community. On the other hand Individualism is required as well; we also need to flourish independently.  They both have their benefits and detraction. 

A collectivist society

In my hometown in Pampanga, we live in a compound residence together with my mother’s relatives and neighbors. I can say that the practice of collectivism is being applied there because the sense of belonging is very important. The people in this compound residence are willing to make sacrifices for the betterment of everyone. I can still remember when I had my 18th birthday party 7 years ago all of our neighbors helped in the preparation. Some of them donated money; some bought beverages and decorated our place. We also do the same thing when others need our support. We often ask others opinions as well and let them give their realistic advice when it comes to decision making. It might be right because I believe in the saying that “Two heads are better than one”. Some people also say that sometimes collectivism might be better than individualism if it is being applied correctly. Different people have different strengths and point of view. Hence, more people share their ideas that must concern more dimensions and aspects. Two people working together have a better chance of solving a problem than one person working alone. I admit they had a good point on that, but honestly speaking, I didn't enjoy this situation that much; I felt that I wasn't free. For me personal freedom is certainly something to be appreciated and enjoyed. When I was in my hometown, I always think of what other people say. It seems to me that I am responsible of all of them. If I don’t include them in my plans, they would say that I am so ungrateful. I want to feel less pressure and judgment and have more ability to feel free but I guess it would be difficult if I stay there, so I had to move on.  I need to stop worrying about them for the mean time because I should start worrying about what is best for me “I’m not getting younger you know”. I know that the practice of collectivism helped me become a better person, but I have to build self-determination to be able to succeed in life. That is one of the reasons why I decided to move here in Baguio City. I want to decide for myself, I need others’ advice but of course, I always consider myself as the master of my own fate and the captain of my own soul. Since I experienced being a collectivist and I learned a lot from it, now I think is time for me to become an individualist and strive harder on my own. 

My opinion about Individualism

As I mentioned, in my hometown in Pampanga especially in our compound, people are collectivist.  Here in Baguio city, since most of us came from different provinces and cities and we don’t know each other that much, people tend to be more individualist. We often greet each other but we tend not to have a long term relationship. Here, everyone is "on their own" because we are too busy doing our own activities. Actually, we live close to each other but we have different lives. I don’t care about them, they don’t care about me. Life is simple because of the practice of individualism. I don’t need to impress or please everyone, and I shouldn't expect something in return. My experience here in Baguio city helped me to become a Liberal person; in this place I felt the sense of freedom. I will not rule or be ruled, I will not be a master or a slave. Being an individualist doesn't mean being selfish. It made me realized that every one of us has individual rights and I learned to understand and respect it. Of course I know that “strong” Individualism has disadvantages, Individualist could have smaller social support networks, lower emotional competence, lower intentions to seek help from a variety of sources and poorer mental health that can lead to suicide. I am not a strong individualist, because I believe that we should know how to balance collectivism and individualism. The reason why I chose to be alone for now is because I don’t want to be dependent on anyone, I learned from a collectivist community and I appreciate it a lot, but now I want to experience facing and solving my problems on my own, I am definitely sure that I can be a better person and It can make me feel stronger. I want to find out what makes me unique and develop it. If I am in a group of people I think I will never be noticed since all of us are just the same. I have to set myself apart so that I can discover myself more. Naturally we need to be surrounded with people who know our worth, I guess, I don’t need too many people to be happy and successful, just few real ones who can appreciate me for exactly who I am, will be enough for me. And one more thing, I can accept advice but I will never let anyone run my life, even my parents who spent money for my education. 

Individualism is congruent to Egoism

We also have different meaning of individualism. For some, the meaning of individualism is being selfish. Have you noticed? When someone needs help, especially when it comes to financial support, a good example for this is the Ice Bucket challenge, we are aware that it is a practice of collectivism, but since many people are selfish, they showed an act of a “strong” individualism. If you can still remember the Facebook newsfeed was flooded by those people who filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads. Most of them didn’t donate, how did I know? My friends did that!!! But when I asked them if they donated money for those people who are suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), they said NO. They can only give sympathy not donations, and we are not even sure if there is sincerity in their action. According to Mr. Joey De Leon, Don’t nominate if you don’t donate. Perhaps, some were not serious about it; they only did it because they wanted to get other’s attention in other words “Pour to impress” ha-ha. That was for their own benefit, they wanted to be noticed and not because they desired to support that ALS foundation. Individualism is similar with egoism (the celebration of the individual for his efforts and abilities) they don’t want to help, they just promote their desires. For Americans, they also have other meaning of individualism. For them, Individualism is liberty; it is the freedom of everyone but it doesn’t mean that they would not give a hand to those who are in-need. 

Philippines’ setting

As a Filipino, I find it difficult to describe us as either collectivists or individualists given the way some of us behave and think. I assume Filipinos tend to follow a religious belief, like Christian philosophy and Christianity is more on a practice of collectivism. One more thing, there are so many Filipinos who depend on the government. They are expecting that the elected leaders will be the one to lift the status of the economy and the status of their lives regardless of what they need to share as individuals. This action can give the people a habit of trying to get something for free, that’s why many Filipinos are Lazy. On the other hand I can also see that most of the Filipinos care about their own interests first before others. I therefore conclude that “Neither is BEST”. We need others and we also need self-determination in order to succeed as a whole or as an individual. 


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