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How to Motivate a Child to Study

by: Jeric Danao

Several international schools in Manila have been around for years to give quality education and nurture the potential of students to excel in both academic and extra-curricular activities. The knowledge, skills, and values they acquire in their school will certainly define the person they will become in the future. Hence, choosing the right school for your kids is one of the most essential decisions you will make.

On the other hand, as a parent, you should also play an important role in grooming the full potential of your child. How do you develop the character of your child? What are your techniques in encouraging them to learn? How can you help in enhancing their skills? There are several ways on how to inspire them to have an effective study habits. To help you out, presented below are some of the efficient ways on how to motivate your child to study.

Make Learning Fun and Lively

Studying should not be dull and boring. You can use engaging and interactive videos to encourage your child in studying even the hardest subject. You can also use various games and activities to enhance their knowledge in a specific lesson. Websites, such as Fact Monster and Vampire Physics lets students learn specific principle while enjoying a certain game. Moreover, you can use movies, such as Schindler’s List, Wall-E, and the Sound of Music to support various lessons.

Go Outdoor and Explore

Learning should not be limited in the four corners of a room. Let your child spend some time outside and explore new things. They can visit interactive museum or historical sites to fully understand and learn a specific topic or lesson. Such places will give interesting learning experiences and can provide a strong foundation for creativity and critical thinking to students.

Let Them Discover Their Passion

Is your child a future artist, a Math wizard, or basketball player? Letting them do their passion will definitely motivate them to do their best in their chosen field. As a parent, you should show enthusiasm in supporting your child’s passion.

Integrate Music in Studying

Music is a powerful motivation tool. When your child is studying, you can provide them background music as this will enhance their concentration. You can opt for classical music as this enhances ones concentration and can lead in producing creative ideas and concepts.

Let Them Express Themselves

Encourage your child to express their opinions and thoughts. It is important to hear and take note of their ideas because they will feel valued and engaged. This will also lead to having an open communication between you.

Have an Open Communication

Communication is a two-way street. It is very important to have an open communication with your child. Ask them about their ideas and interests. What are their preferred ways of studying? What are the different learning styles they want to explore?

Indeed, motivating your child to study is very easy with the given techniques above. Listed on this article are few of the many effective ways on how to motivate your child to study. Apart from motivating them, it is also important to tell them the importance of education.

About the Author:

Jeric is a freelance writer that features food, lifestyle, travel, DIY subjects, and nature. He is an adventurer, taking on the world and everything it has to offer, may it be the good and the bad. He also has a weird love for reggae and sharks.

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Clean Your Car Emissions, Keep Earth Breathable

by: Jeric Danao

A lot of us, although we love running or cycling, also own some kind of fuel-operated vehicles. And we all know that these vehicles emits carbon that contributes to smoke pollution in our environment. Who among you can relate when while you're running on the road side and puffing for oxygen a vehicle passes by with carbon black smoke emission? So infuriating, right? If only you could knock out cold the driver or the owner! While not all of us have absolute control over these pollutions, we do however, have choices to lessen our own vehicle's bad emissions without emptying out our pockets in investing (yet) on the future of emission-less vehicles.

It is your responsibility not just to the country but the world to do your part in making sure that the environment is taken cared of. Especially if you are a vehicle owner you should be aware of what comes out of your muffler. Universal rule to this is to be aware of your vehicles indicators because they will tell you when you’re not taking care of your car anymore. There are numerous ways to make sure you don’t have to worry whether you’re contributing to air pollution or not.

Here are some tips to assure a clean gas emission of your vehicle.

Don’t Be Cheap on the Gasoline

Gasoline prices have been a pain to deal with for a long time but that doesn’t mean you should automatically look to go for the cheapest type of gasoline. The better the quality of gasoline you use the higher-octane level it would usually help your car be more fuel efficient. It leaves less residue and some brands even have cleaning agents in its formula. The engine runs more efficiently because the higher-octane level has better combustion in the engine. Cheaper alternatives may leave dirt and residue that build up and affect your emissions.

Maintain a Clean Air Filter

Do not wait for smog emissions before cleaning your air filters, make sure to have a regularly scheduled check and change of your air filter. You can base it on the distance you have covered or more on the amount of time you have been driving. Just make sure to keep it consistent so that there will be no buildup of dirt and other contaminant in your engine.

Fuel Additives

There are a variety of brands of fuel cleaners that you could choose from, its main purpose is to keep your engine clean. These additives will help clear the engine’s intake valve and exhaust system of any carbon buildup or deposits. This will help clear out your emissions and keep your car from coughing out smog. Remember that this is poured directly to your fuel tank and that you should give it time to be processed in the car’s systems before it works.

Tire Pressure

Running a fuel-efficient car is essential in lowering the emissions of your car. One key to this is having properly inflated tires. By keeping our tires properly inflated you will not only have a smoother ride but also make sure your engine is working at its peak. Under inflated tires will cause the engine to work harder and when it works harder it will create more buildup and emissions.

Keep your Engine Oil Fresh

Make sure to check your engine oil so that it doesn’t get too dirty. Unchanged engine oil will promote the buildup of gunk and carbon in your engine. Keeping track of the distance you travelled or how much you use your car, like your air filters make sure to change it consistently to make sure that there are no buildups that will lead to emissions.

Aside from checking these specific aspects of your car it is also good to bring your car to a professional mechanic to get a full diagnostic check. Have tune-ups for your car on a consistent basis and don’t wait for your car to be coughing up smoke before you check your car in.

About the Author:

Jeric is a freelance writer that features food, lifestyle, travel, DIY subjects, and nature. He is an adventurer, taking on the world and everything it has to offer, may it be the good and the bad. He also has a weird love for reggae and sharks.

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The Future of Space Travel for Filipinos

by: Jeric Danao

Exploration of the solar system for the Philippines is not as farfetched as many might think. There have been steps made that lead to the reality of a space program in the Philippines. Imagine the doors this would open not just in terms of discovery. The future with a space programs brings to mind so many possibilities in terms of foreign investments. There are also possibilities of international partnerships and relationships that can be built. Most importantly it raises the overall morale of the country and its people, it is a statement that can change the perspective of everyone about the country and its people.

Steps Have Already Been Made

The Filipino people have already made steps that signify that having a space program in the Philippines is within the realm of possibilities. Beginning with the case of Chino Roque, who was set to be 1-of-23 other civilians who were screened and chosen to be astronauts. He would be the first Filipino astronaut and it may not be by profession but it does open the minds of younger generations that it is a realistic dream. It also raises hope and optimism in the Filipino people that they may be more qualified than they think to be astronauts.

The Philippines Has Already Launched a Satellite

In March 23, 2016, Diwata-1 was launched into orbit and this is the first micro-satellite launched that is owned by the Philippines. This micro-sat was developed by the combined efforts of the Department of Science and Technology, the University of the Philippines, Tohoku University, and Hokkaido University. This project was mainly headed by Filipino engineers and scientists with the supervision of experts from Japan. The satellite is meant to take and transmit images that reflect climate change and the Philippines’ natural resources and sites. This will help in early recognition of storms and typhoons, which are known to be devastating to the Philippines. The government will also be able to keep an eye on natural resources and agricultural projects, whether there is significant growth and the real-time effects to these natural sites. This will help in planning and reaction to calamities and issues earlier.

This is more than a project though, it is a statement that the Filipino people is ready for the next big step. That Filipino scientists and engineers are more than capable to handle new projects and are just waiting for the support of the Philippine government to back up through capital and budgets. The competency is definitely there, all they need now is the resources to create a consistent program.

Moving Forward

Government officials have already taken notice to the importance of a space program to a country, not just in terms of exploration but on a country’s, economic growth, security and overall responses to disasters. Looking forward a space program based on the Philippines and is solely focused on the development of the local space program will improve the standing of the country in comparison to other developing nations. Communications and surveillance are two operations that could greatly improve the country’s recognition, defense and reaction to different situations. This will also open different avenues of relationship opportunities with other nations. Future partnerships, projects and programs can be implemented for a better global space community that focuses on the exploration and dissemination of this information for better decision making.

Space travel may be a way off right now, but the Filipino people are not behind. There has been significant developments going towards that direction though that means that space travel may be far but it is in sight. There are a few more steps to be made and support gathered to make sure the programs stays to course but when the time comes don’t be surprised to see the Philippines as a player for space exploration and travel.

About the Author:

Jeric is a freelance writer that features food, lifestyle, travel, DIY subjects, and nature. He is an adventurer, taking on the world and everything it has to offer, may it be the good and the bad. He also has a weird love for reggae and sharks.

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11th Year of Subic International Marathon Happening this Weekend

The longest running full marathon race in the country, Subic International Marathon (SIM), now on its 11th year, is set on November 12 to 13, 2016 - starting in Remy Field, Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

SIM’s premium full marathon and half marathon categories (42.195km and 21km respectively) will fire off on the late afternoon of Saturday, giving the runners a unique feel and experience while tackling the scenic and challenging course of Subic Bay Freeport Zone at night.

November 13 is the setting of the 10km, 7km, 5km and 3km no-frills fun run, capped in the beautiful, chill and relaxed atmosphere of a Sunday morning in Subic Bay. This is catered for everyone wanting a shorter, family friendly run.

With the expected 5,000 runners, SIM continues on with its yearly commitment to support the beneficiaries: Dilaab Foundation, Inc., God Bless Our Cops Movement and the Subic Chapter of Bukas Loob sa Diyos Covenant Community.

The Subic International Marathon is organized by eXtribe, Inc., supported by Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Tekton Manufacturing Corp. makers of ProteinCare and Perfect Muscle, Salomon Philippines, Subic Bay Peninsular Hotel, Pacific Cross Health Care Inc., Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund Inc., Slimmers World Subic, Ambucore Ambulance Services, and Cycles & Brew by Hubble.

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Mizuno Wave Rider 19 Shoe Review

Two months ago, Mizuno Philippines unveiled their latest upgrade to the Mizuno Wave Rider and Wave Inspire series running shoe and together with other colleagues from the running-blogger community, we were privileged to try-out one for ourselves. I for one, got the new Mizuno Wave Rider 19 (pictured below) to test and review.

This is my first time wearing a stability running shoe from Mizuno so trying out the shoe for a light 1-mile run around BGC during the launch, the first thing I noticed was the shoe's soft yet firm feeling that I think it could merit a mid-distance run without the need for a progressive transition and a lot of breaking-in.

To prove this point, more than two-weeks after that initial 1-mile break-in test, I took the shoe for a 10K interval speed runs to Quezon Memorial Circle, and another 10K tempo run to UP Diliman three-weeks after. Yes there were long gaps in between these training runs but the shoe did not cause any pain whatsoever in my feet and legs. In short, the transition from my good old shoe to the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 wasn't hard and the shoe felt just like I have been accustomed to it already.

Most of us, admit it or not, also uses the same shoes from running to the gym sessions. Although like most of the running shoes, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 isn't also specifically made as a gym training shoes but because I'm curious of its wave plate technology, I decided to try its stability features during my leg workout sessions where I can better feel this feature at work.

The leg workouts that the shoe's wave plate proved usable with its stability were the single-leg squats and jumping lunges which both requires balanced and stable legs. I had a long break from these leg workouts but I was still able to properly perform and finish the sets. I particularly liked how it helped me stabilize in both of these workouts. The soft cushioning also did not disappoint on every impact of the jumping lunges.

I have also used the Wave Rider 19 on a race during the 2016 Run United Philippine Marathon last October 2. Although I did not actually race it to its full potential, being a Pacer requires us to run a constant pace all throughout the distance. That one is especially hard to maintain so running gears like the shoes must be fully fitted, functional, and one less thing to think about for you to properly focus on the race itself.

2016 RU3 co-Pacers with our Mizuno running shoes at the backdrop of the inflatable Mizuno Synchro MX (photo by: Mizuno Phils.)
During the run, the shoe's overall design and construction did not cause any concern to me. Like what I've mentioned earlier, it seemed that I am already accustomed to using it. In fact, I wasn't able to pre-train my pace with this shoe.

But throughout the duration of our 10K pacer-duty, what I noticed most is that despite the cushioning and thicker heel-to-toe ratio, I don't feel like heel-striking at all. When I'm consciously noticing my foot strike, it only feels like I'm just landing on the mid-foot area. I have actually also experienced this on the trial run during the launch, and during my initial 10K trainings mentioned above and I waited up to this actual race to confirm it.

Towards the finish line with co-Pacers. (Photo by: FlatIronman)
If you've noticed, I've been mentioning about the "wave plate" of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19. That is the patented Wave Technology of Mizuno -- the same technology embedded in almost of the Mizuno running shoes.

The Wave plate technology works as a much better stabilizer and shock-absorber, it dissipates the impact forces evenly as your feet lands on the ground. You can see this wave plate on the heel area to the midsole, and aside from the stability it provides, this also makes the shoe rigid yet smoothly responsive and comfortable.

Mizuno wave plate tester
Despite the cushioning, the shoe is also lightweight at just 9.6 ounces or 272.155 grams. It is actually 5.655 grams heavier than the Saucony Ride 7 cushioning shoe which has no stability plate, but the small difference is outweighed with the performance you can get from the responsive ride and stability from the wave plate.

Seen in profile is the wave plate on the heel to midsole
The thicker 12-mm heel-to-toe drop design, you would think that this shoe encourages a heel strike. In my experience so far, I've been on mid-foot and fore-foot stance all throughout my runs.

But if you are somewhat naturally a heel-striker, the Wave Rider 19 is still a great option for you. If you want to transition from being a heel-striker to mid-foot or fore-foot strike, this shoe may also give you that edge without being too conscious with your foot strikes every time you run. In contrast, over-pronators might need to find other shoes (motion control) since the Wave Rider 19 is on the neutral side.

In blue colorway and breathable mesh upper design.
On the other hand, the upper materials is composed of high-quality breathable mesh that allows air to flow inside. Wearing thick socks won't even feel hot, while when wearing a thin one, you would still feel the air coming through from your shoes to your toes.

Wearing the shoes without socks, it fits snugly, feels soft on the foot, securely grips your heel and arch area in place, while the toe area have just enough room to wiggle. It has no sharp edges and even the logo stitching did not cause any rough protrusions. So far, my feet did not have blistering, rubbing, or frictions of any kind unlike the previous one I'm using which I need to re-break-in everytime so that my callous would form before an actual race.

Two more things that I liked are the construction of the tongue as it stays in place and does not move sideways despite the sprightly movements in the gym. The shoelace is also perfect both in length and softness, it can easily be tighten with just a simple knot and you don't even need to replace it with special shoelaces to keep it in place.

I have only logged more than 50-km running mileage as of writing on my Mizuno Wave Rider 19, but it was an effortless transition, and effortless ride training and running with this shoe.

The staffs of Mizuno Philippines does not recommend taking this shoe to a longer-distance run as it would feel heavier as the distance goes farther. For me though, with the cushioning available plus the assistance of the wave plate, it is an advantage to go further as it would keep your feet comfortable for much longer.

If you're a heavy strider or a high-mileage runner, this shoe is a great option. If you're on the faster side, just better heed on the advice from Mizuno and opt for lightweight racer such as the Mizuno Sayonara 4.

Treadmill test run of Mizuno Wave Rider 19 at varying speeds

The Wave Rider 19 colorways to choose from for Male and Female

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5 Skin Care Tips During the Cold Season

by: Jeric Danao

The best moisturizer review in the Philippines or anywhere else in the world would include not only the details about the ingredients used in the making of the products but also the kind of weather or season they are best suited for.

These details are important to add and discuss in a review of a certain beauty product because they would be the telling factors whether customers should purchase them in the first place. Furthermore, there are certain guidelines that should be followed when it comes to taking care of your skin during the hot or cold months.

Here is how you take care of your skin during the cold season.

1. Use Lukewarm Water

Using hot water when showering or bathing is always nice to do especially during the cold season however doing so may actually strip the natural oils in your skin that should keep it moisturized.

Dr. Frank Lipman, along with other skin experts everywhere, recommends using lukewarm water when you are just washing your hands or face to make sure they do not become completely dried up.

2. Moisturize Carefully and Properly

There are several moisturizers in the market that you can buy but not all of them would be good for your skin when you use them during the colder months, so make sure that you carefully sort them out and purchase the one that is good for your skin type at this time of the year.

After purchasing the right moisturizer for you, always be sure to immediately use them after you take a bath or a shower. Remember that you have to apply it while your skin is still slightly damp so that it can absorb the moisture in your body.

3. Drink Lots of Water

Hydrating your skin from the inside is just as important as using moisturizers on your skin from the outside, which is why it is important for you to keep drinking water even when you feel like you do not need a drink because you are not sweating a lot.

Instead of drinking hot chocolates and hot teas, you may want to consider replacing them with a warm lemon water that will surely sooth your throat, warm your body’s temperature, as well as hydrate your skin properly.

4. Exfoliate!

Dead skin cells have a tendency to block off your pores, making it impossible for moisture to come in, so be sure to exfoliate at least once or twice every week to get rid of this pesky stuff on your body.

You can use an exfoliating mask specifically for your face. There are also many body washes that will help you exfoliate during the cold season.

5. DIY Masks

Get busy and create your own homemade masks that will surely add moisture to your skin during the cold months. You can use ingredients like aloe, bananas, almond oil, jojoba and olive oils, yogurt, avocado, and honey to make the masks. Combine them all together and apply it on your skin for about 30 minutes so you can get lasting hydration.

Follow these tips and you won’t have to worry about having dry skin during the cold season!

About the Author:

Jeric is a freelance writer that features food, lifestyle, travel, DIY subjects, and nature. He is an adventurer, taking on the world and everything it has to offer, may it be the good and the bad. He also has a weird love for reggae and sharks.

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4 Tips to Stay Healthy Under the Sun

by: Jeric Danao

Earth relies heavily on the power of the sun. Historical accounts would tell you that most cultures in the world had formed deities to thank it for providing them with warmth and food (without its rays, plants would not grow after all).

Today, science has found a way to utilize the energy coming from the sun even more by converting it into electricity. This innovation is now being used in different countries around the globe and that includes the Philippines. Solar systems or also known as solar panels have been invented to allow this to happen.

It seems that the sun’s power is truly limitless however it would also appear that there are some ill effects when it comes to staying under the sun for too long; one of which is skin cancer. Therefore, it is important to learn the following tips to make sure you can stay healthy under its bright glow.

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1. Learn All About the UV Index

Various countries in different continents have all released their own UV index. It is a tool you can use to determine the level of UV radiation on the Earth’s surface. It is a great instrument that you can use to decide how much skin protection you are going to need if you plan to spend the day outdoors.

You can check out the UV Index that has been provided by the World Health Organization (WHO). The group has collaborated with other international agencies including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to develop the Global Solar UV Index.

2. Apply Sunscreen

The most important tip on this list is to apply sunscreen on your skin. Most people think that they should only apply sunblock when they are going for a swim; however this is a misconception. You should always put it on before you head outside and be expose to the heat of the sun. There are several sunscreen lotions out in the market that features different kinds of sun protection factor (SPF). According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), people should opt to use a sunblock which has at least SPF 15.

3. Be Wary of Reflective Surfaces

Reflective surfaces such as snow, sand, and even water can increase your chance of getting sunburnt. This is because there are fewer atmospheres that could absorb the UV radiation coming from the sun’s rays, which means that you are getting more UV exposure at a higher altitude. So the next time you go swimming, don’t just stay in the water merely because it feels cool. Think about how unhealthy it is to do so.

4. Dress Appropriately

Wearing appropriate clothing like pants and long-sleeved shirts is essential when you know you will be spending some time under the sun. Aside from wearing clothing, you can also put on hats and sunglasses to cover your face and head aptly.

Always choose to wear sunglasses that can block 99% to 100% of the UV rays so you can avoid getting cell damage. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pterygium, macular generation, cataracts, and other sun-related vision problems are caused by harmful UV rays.

Do yourself a favor and be sure to follow these tips so you can stay under the sun all day long.
About the Author:

Jeric is a freelance writer that features food, lifestyle, travel, DIY subjects, and nature. He is an adventurer, taking on the world and everything it has to offer, may it be the good and the bad. He also has a weird love for reggae and sharks.
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Running Through the City: Inspiration in Motion

by: Jeric Danao

Running is definitely one of the best sports any Filipino can engage into. It is inexpensive and people will be able to see the results of architectural design services in the Philippines. Running has a lot of health benefits: it helps you lose weight, strengthens the muscles and joints and relieves stress at the same time. However, you cannot deny that running in the same area over and over again can be tiresome. Here are 5 places that are perfect for running based on their walkability and accessibility:

1. Circuit Makati
Location: Hippodromo Street and A.P. Reyes Avenue, Barangay Carmona, Makati City (formerly the Sta. Ana Race Track)

This budding entertainment and leisure village has already hosted sold-out concerts and music festivals, including Wanderland, which is the Philippine version of Coachella. If the place is unused, people are free to do a long run in this 21-hectare property, which is right by the Pasig River. The best time to jog here is during the late afternoon when the cool breeze is present and the sunset emphasizes the view of the Makati Business District skyline.

2. Quezon Memorial Circle
Located: Elliptical Rod, Diliman, Quezon City

The heart of Quezon City is considered as a runner’s haven. Joggers can start by the monument of then-President Manuel L. Quezon. The outer perimeter, which is about 1.8 kilometers, will treat the runner to longer runs towards UP Diliman, Commonwealth, and Katipunan. Park-goers also flock this area for various sports like badminton and aerobics. It is perfect for solo exercises or quality exercise time with family and friends.

3. Greenhills Shopping Compound
Location: Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan

Before the mall opens and shoppers flock the area, go jog at the Greenhills Shopping Compound. The entire block is not too busy during the early hours of morning. After running or jogging, people are welcome to join the aerobics class that happens in the open parking lot. Since it is also a mall, people can stop for a light breakfast after their exercise before going home.

4. Filinvest City
Location: Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

If going through the concrete jungle known as Metro Manila is not your thing, head over to Alabang and go jogging at Filinvest City. Feel free to take in the fresh air and let the large trees provide you with shade as you cool down from your run. The path is mostly made up of dirt and soft grass so you will be able to sit without worrying of hurting your skin. The place is also great for biking and, if you are up for it, you can bring a buddy or even your dog along for a better exercise experience!

5. Ayala Triangle Gardens
Location: Ayala Avenue and Paseo De Roxas Streets, Makati City

Right in the middle of the Makati business district is the urban haven called Ayala Triangle Gardens. For people who are working within the area, this place is perfect for a quick jog before or after office hours. The loop is only 1.2 kilometers but the landscape, trees, public art, and friendly people will make your run visually appealing.

About the Author:

Jeric is a freelance writer that features food, lifestyle, travel, DIY subjects, and nature. He is an adventurer, taking on the world and everything it has to offer, may it be the good and the bad. He also has a weird love for reggae and sharks.
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