So you want to indulge in some art–you have 500 bucks in your wallet and remember the art museum nearest to you. You ask your friends to come along but they won’t respond or they laugh at you. You realize: no one’s ever going to appreciate that place the same way you do.
Get going. Head to the museum, anyway. If it’s what you think will enliven your artist soul, go.
Not a long time ago, I was in Manila and went to visit the National Museum of Natural History. I had nobody to go with, so I wandered through the exhibits by myself and sat from time to time rest my feet and watched people. It felt perfect. It gave me a pleasant feeling of separate togetherness with other visitors.
Sure, it sucks when you don’t share the same interests with your friends, or when they can’t be there with you, but be open to the joys of independent museums dates. Take it as a chance to discover more about your artistic self. Here are five reasons why you should visit museums alone.
5. No distraction.
When you’re alone at a museum, you won’t have to worry about social interaction. You can concentrate on your self-reflection, and truly immerse yourself into art. No one’s going to make any unnecessary comments—whether about the art or the people around.
4. You get to move at your own pace.
On your own, you can stand in front of a painting you like for as long as you want. Nobody is there to rush you. You are free to spend an hour or two contemplating a particular work of art. At the same time, you can opt to ignore another painting that you find uninteresting, or that you have already encountered many times before.
3. You can make new friends, if you want.
Museums can be a perfect place to meet new people who are interested in the same things as you are. If you happen to bump into someone or a group of friends, be open for conversations. Or start one if you like. You can ask people simple questions like, “what do you think of this painting?” or “which is your favorite display?”
2. You get to derive value from the experience.
When you don’t have to keep someone else’s pace, you can appreciate every exhibit. You don’t have to worry about anyone not having the same taste as you. You can go exploring without any disturbance. You can truly enjoy it.
1. It will give you a sense of independence.
Finally, it will allow you to be in charge of yourself. It is a great practice to do things on your own. It’s just empowering to know that you can go on any adventure or face any challenge independently. It’s nice to be comfortable with just yourself, too.
What do you think of these? Do you prefer going to museums alone as well? Or are you the type to need company? Let us know in the comments!
Would you consider this as poetry? Or did any of these thoughts below reflect those of yours?
“But it’s so simple and surface-level.”
“They’re basically just cut-up sentences with excessive use of line breaks.”
“The writing is so lazy.”
“Since when have quotes been considered poetry?”
These are just some of the most common reasons why a lot of people dislike the new wave of contemporary poetry better known as Instagram poetry, or instapoetry, greatly popularized by the works of Rupi Kaur, Nikita Gill, and R.M. Drake. Many even go so far as to say that it isn’t or shouldn’t even be referred to as poetry, for putting someone like the said latter next to Plath and Shakespeare would cause eternal unrest in the literary world.
But didn’t it ever occur to anyone what a burden it is to be comparing the poets of our time to the poets of the Renaissance and Romantic Period? We are living in completely different worlds from them. And yet, somehow, we are still under pressure to be the Next Great Dickinson or Keats when we really should’ve been trying to be the Next Great Us.
And that’s the thing I love about instapoetry–it isn’t trying to pass off as something else; it’s creating a new brand for itself that is accessible to everyone through its bite-sized, yet punch-packed pieces that always seem to find us on days when we need to hear them the most.
Because that’s what poetry is and should always be–a limitless concept. We often forget that writing is a subjective craft and that by trying to objectify it, we end up wrecking its beauty and essence, which is to express, feel, perceive; and as a result, to find, miraculously, that we connect and even resonate with someone. And I think that this essence is lost on us every time we say that ‘this piece is more poetic than the other,’ or ‘this is too _____ to be poetry.’
In the end, different genres appeal to different people for different reasons, and instapoetry, whether you like it or not, is part of that. It’s okay to dislike a certain genre, but to refuse to even acknowledge it as a whole is completely disrespectful.
So, to welcome and destigmatize instapoetry, Here are 3 Reasons Why Instapoetry Is Not That Bad:
1. It has opened up a gate for more conversation about controversial topics.
Rupi Kaur is notorious for her jolting and one might even dare say, unsettling poems that tackle much on femininity, sexism, sexual abuse, and empowerment. One of her most controversial themes is one that happens to be a taboo topic in many societies–menstruation. For centuries, menstruation has been viewed as an impure and unsanitary process, and therefore, is not widely acknowledged in countries such as Africa and India. Fortunately, this never stopped Kaur from trying to break the stigma:
A post shared by rupi kaur (@rupikaur_) on Mar 24, 2015 at 9:02pm PDT
It had been taken down by the social media site twice because it went against one of their community guidelines, particularly its strict prohibition of sharing anything linked to sexual acts, violence, and nudity–all of which clearly have no relation whatsoever to menstruation.
Fueled by her indignation, Kaur took a stand on Facebook, saying, “Thank you Instagram for providing me with the exact response my work was created to critique. You deleted my photo twice stating that it goes against community guidelines. I will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be okay with a small leak. When your pages are filled with countless photos/accounts where women (so many who are underage) are objectified, pornified, and treated less than human. thank you.”
Her post, which went viral almost immediately, made Instagram reverse its decision and reinstall the picture back into her account after just one day! Kaur, of course, didn’t claim the glory all for herself:
A post shared by Lang Leav (@langleav) on May 7, 2017 at 4:15pm PDT
3. It’s more universal and accessible.
Lang Leav and Rupi Kaur are often targets of criticism for their minimalist and straightforward writing style. When asked about it, the writers answered that it was written that way on purpose, so as to avoid any unnecessary confusion with the readers, much like what Kaur felt when she had to dissect poems layer-by-layer in her poetry classes.
And this, I believe, is what sets instapoetry apart from the rest–what you see is what you get, and the simplicity still clicks. Because sometimes all we need is a short reminder that we are beautiful, or that we’re going to be okay on days when we have no one to tell us so.
These bits of sweet poetry and prose are definitely not for everyone, but one can’t deny how even a twelve-word-story is enough to stir your heart.
*NOTE: Faces of the children and volunteers were blurred as respect to their privacy and as a request by Concordia Children’s Services, Inc. and the ICA social action student staff. All photos provided by the ICA Social Action Student Staff.
Recently, my class was given the opportunity to visit the orphans at Concordia Children’s Services in Manila. The Philippines has a striking record of having around 1.8 million abandoned children as of 2016, and that number is nothing but rising. Most of the orphan stories at Concordia consist of those the volunteers found lying on the streets, even some babies with their placentas. Additionally, Concordia also accepts children whose parents are in need of financial and physical support.
Concordia supports the children fully on donations and volunteer work. Several volunteers act as caretakers and stay with the children, playing with them and taking care of their needs. It’s a small home, with only one playroom and playground open to the public. In general, their orphanage perimeter is pretty limited.
The one thing that struck me the most with my visit wasn’t the children or the stories of the volunteers, but how we were told that these abandoned children not once asked about their parents. Despite the circumstance they were subjected to, that simple lifestyle of waking up, sleeping, eating, and playing for 24 hours straight seven times a day, is enough to bring bright smiles to the faces of these children.
There were around 20 kids in Concordia, ranging from babies to toddlers. Some couldn’t even speak yet. They were pretty young, easily hooked with what was on the television or whatever sparks their interest.
It took a while before the children opened up to us, but once they did, they didn’t want us to leave. We could tell that simply sitting down with them while watching the movie playing in the playroom already meant so much to them.
The standards by which most of us classify true happiness, or happiness in itself, is one that is very superficial, and yet, those who have the least, tend to even be the happiest. More often than not, we usually forget the little things in our day-to-day lives, things as simple as our own families.
In the two hours that I spent with the kids, I discovered a lot about myself and the real plight of these children. Some might not even be as lucky and are still out there on the streets, trying to live on their own. But it is the people behind organizations like these, like Concordia Children’s Services, who go out of their way to help those they don’t even know, that restore the balance of our world. We don’t usually see the little things they do, but for some, it’s enough to give happiness to last a lifetime.
To donate or volunteer, contact Concordia through the links below.
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
―Dalai Lama XIV
How about you? Where do you draw your happiness from? Let us know in the comments.
In the waffles vs. pancakes debate, waffles are definitely the winner for me. Even Eleven from Stranger Things agrees.
If you’re still not convinced that waffles are the superior breakfast food, wait ’til you’ve tried the ones from Waffle Press.
They come in a cute white and baby pink packaging, so they’re perfect if you’re on the go and in a hurry. You can grab a box right before your meeting, study group, or even before a chill movie night at home. The smell of freshly baked goodness was so strong that we almost ripped the boxes right open when they were brought into the room!
We got to try all sorts of delicious flavors such as chocolate, almond, cinnamon, and even honey-coated waffles. They also have a variety of other toppings to choose from including white chocolate, strawberries, matcha, fresh mango, bananas, caramel apple, or even just plain waffles. Whatever your preference is, Waffle Press has something for everybody.
When you first bite into one, you’ll find that there’s something white and crunchy inside. It’s actually pearl sugar–one of their special extra ingredients. This is what adds that extra texture and sweetness to this already tasty treat.
These are a lot chewier and denser than your average waffle. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it’s because they’re Liege Belgian Waffles, which means they’re made with dough. Most of us are more familiar with the Brussels Belgian Waffle, the more common variety made of batter, similar to pancakes.
Photo from Waffle Press PH Facebook Page
What sets apart Liege Belgian Waffles from regular waffles? Waffle Press says that “they are rich and intense; stretchy, layered, and faintly crunchy within from embedded pearls of sugar and firm on the outside from that same sugar melted and trickling about the waffle iron’s grids to form a caramelized shell.”
In fact, they claim to be the first in Manila to serve Liege Waffles!
Waffle Press is changing the game with their twist on this fun snack. They’ve reaffirmed my love for waffles, and I think they will do the same for you.
You can pass by their kiosk at Ayala The 30th and get a box to share with your friends and family, along with their roasted Sagada coffee. Happy snacking!
Featured image from Waffle Press Instagram Page
Lower Ground Floor, Ayala Malls The 30th, Pasig
Open 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Korean actors Kim Bo-ra and Jo Byung-gu have just confirmed they’re dating! After working together on the Korean drama ‘Sky Castle’, Korean media outlets had spotted the two going on late-night dates together. Although they denied the dating rumors in the beginning, their agencies have now revealed that they are actually in a real relationship.
Moment Entertainment, Bo-ra’s agency, said, “After asking her, we learned that she started dating Jo Byeong-gyu earlier this month.” HB Entertainment, Byeong-gyu’s agency also confirmed this, saying, “He started dating Kim Bo-ra at the beginning of February.”
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23-year-old Bo-ra has also acknowledged their relationship, even thanking their fans for supporting them. She shared that she and Byeong-gyu became close while filming ‘Sky Castle’ and naturally developed feelings for each other after shooting the show. “We started dating at the beginning of February,” she confirms.
EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official resource for students interested in pursuing higher education opportunities in the United States, will host its annual education fair in Manila on Friday, March 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Shangri-La at the Fort, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. The EducationUSA Fair will feature more than 30 U.S. colleges and universities.
The fair provides an opportunity for students, parents, and school administrators to interact with admissions officers from a wide variety of U.S. colleges and universities to learn about unique programs and opportunities. Participants can also learn about the U.S. college application processes, scholarship and financial aid options, and steps to apply for a student visa. This event is free and open to the public.
EducationUSA provides free advising services to prospective international students in more than 170 countries and offers students resources and tools to help navigate the five steps to U.S. study: researching schools, financing, completing the application, obtaining a student visa, and preparing for departure. There are more than 4,500 accredited higher education institutions in the United States and an EducationUSA adviser can help students narrow their options, define their priorities, and plan their college careers. EducationUSA does not offer scholarships but can assist students in identifying scholarship and financial assistance opportunities.
Have you seen today’s Google Doodle yet? Today, it honors the legacy of the famous crocodile hunter, Steve Irwin, who I’m sure we all miss to this day.
Steve Irwin had always loved wildlife after his parents gave him an 11-foot-long python on his 6th birthday. When his family moved to Queensland, they opened the Beerwah Reptile Park where he started wrestling with crocodiles at the tender age of 9. The park eventually turned into the Australia Zoo.
Steve Irwin was also nominated for the Australian of the Year in 2004 and is now also in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Global Procurement Inc, co-presented by Toy Kingdom and under license from HASBRO thru Medialink, are set to stage the 2nd My Little Pony Friendship Run on February 24, 2019 (Sunday) at SM By The Bay, North Fountain, SM Mall of Asia as it promises another ponnyrific adventure for kids and their family.
According to GPI Marketing Director Marites Fragante, this year’s friendship run will be co-sponsored by Pepsi, 711’s Slurpee, Fundae and Shakeys. While the run is aimed towards children, this is also open to parents and adults who wish to participate in this fitness activity. Around 2,500-3,000 participants are expected to join the 2019 edition.
The event intends to promote friendship across kids from different age groups and will have three race categories – 1KM, 3KM, and 5KM. Registration has begun since December 2018 both via online page (https://reg.goorahna.com/#/event/mlprunph-2019) and in-store walk-in courtesy of Chris Sports (SM MOA, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, U.P. Town Katipunan, and BGC Uptown Mall). Last-minute walk-in registrants may also sign up on actual race day between 4am- 5:30 am.
Each race category will be inclusive of race kits containing a singlet / racing shirt featuring a specially-designed My Little Pony artwork, sun visor, drawstring bag with wings , and race bib – rates are Php 700 for the 1KM category, and Php 800 and Php 900 each for 3KM and 5KM respectively. A special rainbow-colored tutu is offered as an add-on for only Php 250.
Upon completion of each race category, runners will receive a special Finisher’s Medal which is a highly sought-after collector’s item and serves as a remembrance from this year’s friendship run. Aside from this incentive, the Mane 6 mascots (Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, and Fluttershy) are slated to make an onstage appearance for a rare meet and greet session for MLP fans young and old.
“This MLP Run let us experience the value of friendship through the popularity of My Little Pony Franchise where kids are all excited and looks forward to similar Friendship run in the future. ” said Fragante. The event shall also feature different activities near the stage area courtesy of the friendship run sponsors.
For updates on the My Little Pony Friendship Run, find them on Facebook and visit http://mlprun.ph/ for more exciting details.