Illustrations by Trisha Carpena
Miley Cyrus’ song “The Climb” has never sounded more true than when you’re actually climbing. It's my climbing jam, along with a few One Direction songs in my playlist. Now while Miley's song can be interpreted overcoming an obstacle in life or a journey but to me, the song is about literally climbing a mountain and here are my stories.
Just recently I climbed Mt. Tibig and going up, it was really steep early on which made it even more tiring to climb up the rest of the way. Somewhere along the halfway point, there was a clearing and our guide pointed out the summit and I thought, "oh my god, I'm gonna die. That's too far. I'm never going to make it there alive" But guess what? An hour later, I made it. Every climb I do, I've heard myself go: "I can't do this" "I think I'm dying" "I can't believe I agreed to do this. Again."
Now I'm not saying I'm a pro or anything like that because I'm not. My first climb was Mt. Pinatubo in 2009. Back then I didn't know the extent of what we were going to do. I thought it would be an easy climb. It wasn't. My next climb after that was February of this year. Even now, 5 years later, no climb is an easy climb. My only form of exercise is going up and down the stairs in my house to eat my meals. But you don't need to be fit to climb a mountain. My dad always tells me whenever we climb, "it's all in the mind." If you think in your mind that you'll make it, you will.
The Philippines is full of places to explore if you know what you're looking for. This year, my cousins and I promised ourselves we'd climb one mountain every month. And so far, we've stayed true to that promise. Before our climbs, we research mountains we'd want to go to and plan our trip going there. Usually our climbs would be 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours depending on a mountain's difficulty and since we're beginners, we take mountains that are at most 4/10. (Find out more at www.pinoymountaineer.com)
The most rewarding and my favorite thing about mountain climbing for me is seeing the view at the summit. I usually take a minute to rest after reaching the summit and just take in the view in front of me. I always get awed by nature’s beauty. I’d think that just because I’d be climbing a mountain in the same area of another one, the view would be different but no, they’re not. It’s always different to me. Each mountain has its own quirks like one would have this amazing view of a lake or another I’d see a mountain range going as far my eyes can see. I love feeling like I’ve gone into a different world where nothing about the real world bothers me just like how I feel whenever I read my books. I'm unplugged, just me and the trees and the view around.
Peace out and keep the faith.
- Ana Matti
Illustrations by Trisha Carpena
Thinking of taking a break from all the schoolwork? What about doing that for an entire year?
A gap year is a great way to take a break from everything. Some see this as an opportunity to gain professional or personal experiences, to achieve a goal or just simply to explore a personal interest. There are endless opportunities for you to experience on a gap year. Think of a gap year as trying to find your Eat-Pray-Love-moments. You travel to a whole new country and experience everything about it. You find time for yourself and get to figure out what you really want to do in life. Lastly, you get to fall in love. Not necessarily with a particular person, but maybe a place, a culture, a hobby or whatever. It's a time for you do whatever the hell you want without all the constant worries.
Here are just a few things to do when you take a gap year:
One problem people usually have when it comes to travelling is their time. And gap year gives you much time to do that. Travelling is a great way to experience different cultures, improve your people skills, make new friends and come back with great stories to tell everyone. If you’re worried about money, don't. There are tons of ways you can manage your money and get the best out of it.
How to budget for student and gap year travel
Guide to creating a travel budget
This is another great way to experience a new culture. And not only do you get to travel to another country, you get to help out too. There are a lot of countries that offer volunteer work all year round. Be it teaching English, building houses, or taking care of elephants, there are a variety of choices for anyone who wants to lend a hand.
Friends For Asia
EXPLORE YOUR HOMETOWN
Go on a food adventure around town. Eat in a different restaurant everyday. Go museum hopping. Spend the day at the park near your house. Explore every nook and cranny of your town or city, you never know what you will find. There are endless little things you can do to get to know the place you grew up in.
LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE
Have you always wanted to learn French? Spanish? German? Now's the time! Learning a new language makes a different travelling experience. It may be hard but it is beneficial. You'll get to discover a whole lot more about the people who's language you're speaking. Plus, you can impress your friends the next time you go to some fancy restaurant and you pronounce that dish on the menu correctly.
Duolingo (you can also check out their app!)
- Ana Matti
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If you look around you, technology is everywhere. And with modernization, everyone seems to be using it, especially the younger generation; it's impossible to see an 8-year-old without their own gadget. A teen spends hours and hours on their gadgets, so why not use that time on gadgets for educational purposes?
My old high school started integrating the use of tablets for incoming 9th graders a few years ago, and would be used for the rest of their high school life. These tablets are where they'd get their books, homework, seatwork, sources, and a lot more. I used to see them going around with lighter backpacks, but I don't envy them. I've heard some of my friends complain how, the updating of the software takes too long, the keyboard is too small, etc.
There are numerous advantages to the use of a tablet instead of a textbook in school and with advantages, there ware also disadvantages. There are also reasons why it's better to use a textbook and why it's not. Here are some pros and cons to those:
Personally, I prefer the textbook for the actual lessons but for projects, researches and such, it's helpful to have a tablet along with you. I guess it just really depends on how the student makes use of the tablet that would determine whether it's really a good thing or a bad thing.
- Ana Matti
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As defined by Dictionary.Reference.com, Laws are "the principles and regulations established in a community by some authority and applicable to its people, whether in the form of legislation or of custom and policies recognized and enforced by judicial decision." Laws are there to keep everyone in check and to maintain peace and order.
The laws that are being followed in every country vary based on their culture and beliefs; and the countries in the continent of Europe happen to have some of the most bizarre laws out there. Here are some of them:
You don't need an introduction for this name and face. You know her. You love her. All hail Queen B. And here are a few reasons why Beyoncé is and will always be queen:
She successfully launched her new album last year without any promo.
The day Beyoncé released the album, the internet exploded. Everyone was just wondering how in the world she was able to achieve this and then they realized oh wait, she's Beyoncé. The way she released the album really showed that she does run the world. She not only released 14 new songs but 17 videos along with the album. I mean, there were people in those videos, they had to have wondered what she was up to, right? Up to now I still wonder how she was able to release that album without anyone knowing about it at all.
She's one half of the most famous and powerful celebrity couples ever.
In the industry they're in, it's easy to see couples breaking up and having terrible relationships but Beyoncé and Jay-Z's bond remains true and you can really see how much they admire and love each other. In an interview, Beyoncé admits that it took them a year of phone conversations before they went out on an actual date. Even when they first collaborated, already powerhouse musicians, they took their time and defied the pattern of celebrity couples. It's also known that Jay-Z took on Beyoncé's last name, showing how much they respect and love each other.
She's healthy, strong, and she’s got dat booty (I wish I had a booty as bootylicious as hers.) She carries herself with such ease that whenever you see her, you just have to admire the confident aura surrounding her.
***Fun fact: “Bootylicious” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary a few years back with the definition: “sexually attractive, sexy; shapely” Mhm, that’s Beyoncé all right.
She can motherfucking sing and act.
God, do we even need to explain this?
She uses her power for the advocacy of women's rights, child obesity, and others.
Promoted Michelle Obama's campaign for obesity in America by making a song and video that included obese American children dancing with her. Sponsors Chime for Change a "global campaign to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world" along with other celebrities. Also, go read on our Girl's article last week on her and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's song ***Flawless.
Pimples can be one of the worst things to happen to any girl. Though it's a common thing during puberty, they still suck. What if you're getting ready for a big day and then you look at yourself in the mirror and then BOOM there's a little bugger on your face. But never fret over them! It's part of growing up and everyone, and I mean everyone, gets them, so you're not alone.
Here are some tips to avoid them before they even start:
1. Don't pop your pimple. Ever.
Contrary to this article's title, you should never pop your pimple. Do you want to make pimples worse? Do you want to make your skin worse than it already seems? No? Then don't pop `em.
2. Avoid oily food.
Oil can clog your pores thus making it more prone to getting all the dirt and bacteria stuck in your skin. I had this experience last summer when I had summer classes that lasted the whole day and the only food options were fast food restaurants and their greasy food. I ended up looking like the girl on the Wendy's logo because of how the pimples looked on my face. But when my summer classes ended, the pimples were gone. So lesson learned.
3. Don't stress!
Stress can actually worsen the state of your pimples. Stress produces more oil that clogs your pores and makes the acne worse. So learn to chill every once in a while.
Some ways to remedy those little buggers:
- Ana Matti
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