Stressed or Relaxed or Both?

27 Oct

                Friends—the reason why almost all of us still has a reason to keep going on. Can you imagine living your life without your best friend? Do you think you’ll have the same attitude, memories, and life if you’ve never met your best friend? I don’t.

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                I have lived my whole teenage life with parents who belonged to a whole different generation than I belong to. It was really hard for me to make friends or go to parties, get-togethers, night-outs, and whatnots because my parents won’t allow me to go out. I guess they just don’t realize the importance of those night-outs and “group-studies”. Thankfully though, now that I have the freedom that I truly deserve, I can already do whatever I want because the (KJ- Kill Joy) parents are far from me while I’m studying in Manila.

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                It’s not that I’m becoming wild or whatever just because I’m far from my family, it’s just that now, I can finally go out with my friends and go home late! Trust me when I tell you I’ve never passed out in Manila because I was drunk and I definitely have no intentions to experience such an embarrassing moment. I guess I just really know my limits. I guess it’s also because I have this fear of getting drunk because I have a brother who drinks so much and gets into trouble most of the time. Luckt for me, I loathe getting into trouble. I just really want to have fun, and going out with my friends is my stress-reliever—no need for alcohol or whatnot, just plain hanging out with friends.

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                I’m pretty sure a lot will agree with me that once you’re in college, you’ll definitely experience stress whether you like it or not. If you haven’t experienced stress, well then, one thing’s for sure, you aren’t exerting effort in your studies. Or, you aren’t in college at all! Stress is everywhere in college! I like to make it as a measure for me to know whether I’m doing something or not, because I know that I only get stressed whenever I’m focused on my studies and whenever I’m putting all my time and effort for school. So whenever I feel so relaxed, I know what that means! I really wouldn’t want to be relaxed because I’m pretty sure, my parents won’t feel very relaxed once they see my grades if I just chill and be a bum at school.

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                I feel very lucky to have amazing friends who makes me a much better person and a much better Tagalog speaker. J I remember them laughing at me whenever I say words with Bisaya accent which I don’t notice until they…laugh at me. Title to TITOL—just one of the very many words that has made me blush here in Manila. Even though they laugh at me whenever I commit accent mistakes, I know deep inside they love me. That’s why I love my friends! They’re the reason why I don’t have food whenever we eat out, empty phone batteries, full camera memory cards, a lot of photos on my phone and laptop, and most of all, why I feel very relaxed even when I’m very stressed. Why settle for one, when you can have the best of both worlds? 🙂 Stressed while being relaxed. Now who wouldn’t want to have that?

 

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(Stress) but it is sem break now!

27 Oct

Burn out

We had a lesson in which we talked about why companies have their vacations, maybe it is the same with why we students have our sem-break every after a semester. College is really different from highschool, different subjects with different projects but to be submitted on a same date. It is hard for us and it is a good thing that we have a sem-break where we can unwind and relax. A vacation where we can put aside our work and just sit around or have fun. It is also good because once we have so much stress,we can be at the state of burnout wherein too much stress is with in us.Image 

thanks for reading, 

Dave Pajela

Prejudism against us? good or bad by: Dave Pajela

27 Oct

I have a friend in Saudi Arabia and his father is a bank manager for the past 2 years, his father worked at the Sabb or the Saudi british bank. one day he came to class sad and i asked him why? he replied ” my dad’s been fired because of the “Saudization”; a law wherein companies that are based in the country should not have a manager or a high positions with different nationalities. for me, it shows that they dont trust us and they are trying to tell us that we cannot manage high positions and during that moment i want to prove them wrong, but how? i am just studying and i have no work, one day he informed me that his father was back in his job and i asked him ” akala ko ba wala na trabaho dad mo?” he said it was a conflict, some people are just jealous because all of the banks here in this country is managed by filipinos. that shows that filipino are truly the best in terms of managing and hospitality. Image

inspiring right? thank you for reading my blog, 

Dave Pajela

Free or Not?

27 Oct

Transition from locked up to freedom

I know a lot of  people who’s from the middle east here at Enderun and all I can say is we know how hard it is living in a country that is not liberal enough or shall I say a “closed country” like Saudi Arabia. It is a lot different here in the Philippines where you can spend more time with your family and friends with out worrying. At Saudi Arabia, we cannot go outside wearing shorts and sleeveless shirts, boys cannot go with girls outside because of the “mutawas”. Girls should wear the appropriate dress like the “Abaya”. Drinking alcoholic beverages is also strictly prohibited. That is how hard it is living in Saudi Arabia, a lot different here in the Philippines in which you can spend time with your friends going to malls, drinking and more. 

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but despite the fact that it is really strict in  Saudi Arabia, that makes the people disciplined and they say that the reason of them being strict is because of the “mecca”, in my opinion, they are right, they should maintain the laws and policies and in that way they can preserve their culture. thank you for reading my blog          

– Dave Pajela

abaya

27 Oct

abaya

here is the sample picture of Abaya

Your Food is your Mood

27 Oct

Being part of a large family, I definitely felt a sense of tradition, camaraderie and family bonding during special occasions, and none were more special than Christmas Eve. Since my mother belonged to a large family of nine, there were a bunch of families in our little “clan” each with their own traditions, all originating from the early traditions my grandmother had set. These are of a few of my most memorable experiences.

Memories are something that each person has, as we learned from our psychology class, Memory refers to the processes that are used to acquire, store, retain and later retrieve information. As we know, There are three major processes involved in memory: encoding, storage and retrieval. Memories from the past can bring certain emotions back to us that make us feel either happy or sad and can bring forth almost any emotion thinkable.

As a child, I remember being excited, all in anticipation for our Christmas Eve celebration. For as long as I can remember, my mother and the hired help would work throughout the whole afternoon of December 24th, cooking, roasting, and running over to the nearest grocery store in search of a missing ingredient, the beads of sweat trickling down their forehead, clearly showing their exhaustion. I never heard a single complaint as I knew that Christmas Eve was a very special occasion for us. When it all ended, my mother would come out of the kitchen, dress up, and come down looking as if she hadn’t been cooking all day.  When I grew older, more of the same traditions remained, however, as I showed my interest in the culinary field, I became on of the people responsible for preparing the food. Mashing the garlic, making meatballs, and tasting the final product were always a fun thing to do as a child. Our feasts were always too much for us to even consume. There were pastas, cheeses, meats, fruits and ham. There was always ham. Never have I had a Christmas Eve dinner where we didn’t have ham. I along with my siblings, parents and close family friends would enjoy the whole night eating till the wee hours of the morning, telling stories, and holding a karaoke session all before opening our Christmas presents.

As I said, memories from happy times have a way of inviting heartwarming feelings and make you look to the past for good times and to look forward to the future in order to get excited at what’s to come. On another note, food has a very important role in our everyday lives. While some consider food as nourishment and sustenance to keep alive, food also plays an important part in helping invoke memories. While most of us realize the food we eat has a direct correlation to our physical health, many don’t consider the connection between food and our emotional state. Often we hear the phrase, “you are what you eat” but it may be just as accurate to say, “your food is your mood” as research over the years has shown what we eat can affect our mood, both positively and negatively. I remember a scene in Pixar’s Ratatouille, where it was extremely difficult to please the extremely critical critic  excuse the redundancy Anton Ego, but after they served him ratatouille, what most consider as a peasant’s dish and not worthy of a high class restaurant, the chef in the movie received much praise because the critic was taken back to his childhood when his mother would serve him a big bowl of it to make him feel better. That is why most people have foods listed as their “comfort food” I personally love red spaghetti with little circle hotdogs and brunoised carrots and while considered weird to some, I enjoy eating it with my hands. I dunno, I guess because when I was a child that was one of the things I enjoyed eating the most and since I didn’t know how to use a fork back then, i had to resort to using my hands. So, when you’re feeling sad and depressed, find some friends or family and grab a bite of whatever makes you feel happy, it may be a big bowl of chocolate ice cream or a hot steaming plate of haggis. Hey, I don’t judge, as long as it makes YOU happy.

Buddies, Beer & Bacon. The three most important things in life, XOXO.

(c)Ezra Sumbillo

jogging

27 Oct

Its 6am in the morning the sun is shining bright and there’s a clear sky.

Its 4pm in the afternoon weather is not too hot and it’s a clear windy afternoon.

               These are the things I check every time I want to jog or run outdoors. I’m a very active person, I love the outdoors, because we see more nature outdoors than indoors. I jog outdoors for many reasons, I jog outdoors because it is my way to cope with stress, and it keeps me healthy. I find jogging outdoors is the best way to be stress free, for me it works 100%, I also jog because its less boring when I see other people jog I feel like I have mates who jog with me, and it is less boring because I see cars moving around, people skateboarding, the trees sways with the wind, for me these are one of the things that keep me relaxed and makes me sleep faster.

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I have tried many ways to relieve my stress like eating ice creams, comfort food and others but jogging is like the most effective. I like jogging when it is windy, sunny, when it’s not too hot and sometimes when it’s really cold. Sometimes when I’m out of the country I would try to find a time where I get to jog around the park or beside the river. One thing I really want to do is to enter a marathon I usually jog but I have never entered a marathon I’m looking forward that I will be able to join one soon.

              You don’t have to jog if you feel it is boring you could hop, run tiptoe or even just walk around.

               Studies shows that jogging relieves stress because when you jog you pump more endorphin which keep you happy, it improves you’re mood like you’ll be more calm and relaxed and it keeps you healthy.

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Try jogging if you are stressed it might work and you will be happy like this man above.