The Dilemma of Virtual Communication

Estimate the number of times you check your smart phone every day. Forty, fifty, sixty? Take whatever number you thought and double it, you might be getting close to the real frequency. 

A new research conducted by British psychologist shows that young adults use their smart phone roughly twice as much as they have estimated. As a matter fact, the small preliminary found these young adults use their phones an average of five hours a day — almost one third of their total waking hours. 

It wouldn’t be surprising if everyone has that one bitch friend who picks her phone to converse over her nonsense melodrama, or a gamer boy who never bothers to keep in touch with reality because mobile game has taken away his sanity.

Nothing is wrong when we face different businesses through text messaging or other social media. Threateningly, however, people subconsciously prioritize the world of virtual reality over the world we are living in. What an eyesore to see families, couples or friends dining in a restaurant holding their phones without bringing an authentic conversation to the table. 

Telecommunications have really not connected people’s belonging despite the number of social networking friends we have. It takes away our priorities and our daily existence by the use of communication technology and entertainment applications that mostly are hollow and meaningless; changing our ways of thinking because everything is just a click of a mouse or tap of our touchscreen phones.

The generation today is too young to understand how the world used to be before emails, televisions, and Internet. Letter-writing styles are not even develop in chats where people are so informal — the spelling, grammar and punctuations are terribly neglected — not to mention the substitution of emoticons to the message itself. 

We may call it a dilemma, because killing our modern technology can never be the best solution. We are aware of the chaotic system going on with the world. The countless blessings of smart phones to humanity are what we are defending; when using phone in times of disasters/accident, or organizing rallies, video footages of tyranny, economic troubles and global crisis.

At such, we are the one who are responsible in shaping the future by setting ourselves as a good example to be emulated. Humans of all ages are susceptible to smart phone abuse and we reach our oblivion to reality when online. Our new breed of generation has a vast threat not only in the progress of our country but also in the spirit of fellowship. 

Did technology really improve our way of communication with all these repercussions emerging? It’s never too late to ask yourself this question:

“Do you control technology or does technology control you?”

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FIVE WAYS ON HOW I FREE MYSELF FROM PIMPLES

Acne breakouts can inevitably last longer than a romantic relationship. Holds true. But what is more alarming is when you get the nonsense privileged to be judged and subjected to evil-thought jokes that humiliate and damage your self-worth for having skin impurities.

 May it be from bacteria, hormonal changes, heredity, cosmetics with greasy consistency, medication to certain illness — pimples or acnes start when an oily substance called sebum clogs the pores. They appear on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Although such problem may not be a serious health risk, scars often bring frustration especially when it cannot be concealed anymore. At such, prevention is better than cure notion can be applied. This then compelled me to write my top five ways on how I free myself from pimples. Let’s begin, shall we?

  


1. NEVER TOUCH YOUR FACE WITH YOUR DIRTY HANDS. This is the rule of thumb. Don’t complain that you get multiple pimples every day when you touch your face like a gaming tablet. Remember that you are not just transferring germs but you are also irritating the area that needs healing. Thereby, you have to wash your hands or apply alcohol if something bitches you out. You must use facial tissues to gently wipe the oil on your face. I don’t recommend handkerchief since you are putting back the oil and dirt; it’s not cool to recycle bacteria. Try this for a week or two and you would notice the difference! 

2. GET A COMPLETE REST AND PROPER DIET.
Of course, nobody loves sleep deprivation. When we consider sleep a maintenance time, it not only brings good mood and more productivity, it also conditions the pores to make the skin look younger and healthier. When you stay late, obviously your skin will secrete more sebum which causes pimples. In addition, try to monitor your diet. Sometimes the blame can be on the food with high-sugar or high-fat diet that promotes sebum production. Disclaimer, this can be empirical depending on how your body reacts. Anyhow, if you can’t find the culprit, better yet just eat more vegetables and fruits. 

3. HAVE A HYGIENE RITUAL.
Never sleep with make-up unless it’s your dream to be the next slut named Sleeping Beauty. Cleanse your face at least twice a day, more than this can cause skin irritation and reverse effect. If you over-wash and over-scrub for the love of cleanliness, basic oils are reduced so the skin will oversupply oils. Another cause of breakout, certainly.

4. USE A TONER.
Applying a small amount of toner to a cotton ball and gently blotting or wiping your face with it gives the appearance of smaller pores. It also restores our skin pH balance quickly, helps bind moistures and prevent ingrown hairs. However finding a product that works on you can be challenging. Just a piece of advice, if it irritates you for a day or two, discontinue it. 

5. ALWAYS USE A SEPARATE TOWEL AND CLEAN PILLOW CASE.
If you are a kind of person who uses the same towel for your body and face, it’s about time. When you use your towel to dry out your body and hair, the remaining substances from the conditioner and shampoo are transferred to the towel and to your face as well. Thus, this doesn’t help since some of the contents of hair care products have oils and substances that clog the pores. Making sure that your pillowcase is always clean also counts. The sweat we produce when we sleep stays on our pillowcase, so if you don’t change it once or twice a week surely you are inviting acne formation.

 Having these things said, I hope you realized that at the end of the day, it’s much easier to treat skin impurities over one’s prejudices. Being flawless doesn’t give us the right to put down other people. May this be a reminder that our goal as a human being is to uplift one another. After all, love for beauty is meaningless without love for humanity.  


 

OOTD Music Video Analysis

Hey Swifties, the music video is out. I’d like to share my little in depth analysis of it.
1. She was in a gorgeous blue dress. Blue connotes sadness, and dress gives an impression of a reputable/demure woman. Therefore, the imagery could suggest that she has all the beauty and sophistication a woman could have yet remains sad with her life. 
2. She was running away from aggressive wolves that are trying to devour her. I think wolves could be guys who have a tendency to destroy her image (the torn blue dress could represent her damaged image itself). Or wolves could be the memories or evil people and media that keep on inflicting pain to her.
3. She was alone in the woods which is exactly unsafe for her. In search for herself, a) the woods and darkness could represent danger that she is facing all by herself; b) snow for the emotion of missing someone so bad, having regrets and feeling so lonely; c) getting drowned in the sea could mean getting suffocated by what is happening to her life; d) standing around the burning things could mean watching how things around her get burned into ashes without the ability to save anything; e) crawling on mud suggests that she is getting into the worst situation of being dumped and trying to manage how to stand and face life after the dirty past; f) fighting the snow to avoid getting frozen is somehow a hint that she doesn’t want to die being stuck forever to that situation. 
4) She saw herself standing by the water. It means herself has been waiting for her since then and never left her. No matter how hard it was, the only thing that matters in the end was — she found herself after the aftermath of losing someone. 

#taylorswift #outofthewoods #musicvideoanalysis 

 

Work Your Ass Out For 2016

If you are too caught up by the cliché that we only live once so we have to enjoy life to the fullest — then you are welcoming death like a close friend standing in your front door. I know I’m nobody to speak as if all the fancy food you eat come from my pocket. I just cannot stomach to see you someday being a machine-supported carbon-based life form. 
Is it your dream to have a tube in your trachea to support your breathing? Is it cool to get stuck on a wheel chair someday because your legs are too useless to walk? Is it satisfying to realize that you might end up unofficially dead, if not only to machines that casually give false hope to everyone using it? In the end, all you have left to your family is pain to get over with your unlucky fate — and do not forget the bills they have to pay after you enjoyed your fucking life to the fullest. Now tell me, can you damn call that #LIFEGOALS? 
No matter what your role in the society, you are no exception to have an exercise and balance diet. Stop making excuses that if someone really loves you, that person would accept who you are. You are trying to be physically fit not for extrinsic factor but because your body deserves it more than pleasing your crush or anybody else in this world. 
Stop quenching your thirst through soft drinks. Help yourself to quit from smoking and excessive alcohol drinking. Avoid squandering your time playing computer and mobile games. Do not let your stubborn vices control your beautiful life.
I don’t need to sound like a mad nutritionist for you to get my point. Just please teach yourself to eat more fruits and vegetables, after all, you would not die from eating them. Drink plenty of water. Sleep six to eight hours. Discipline yourself. So that when time comes — you would not grieve over the times you have abused yourself. It is not worth all the pleasure of appetizing for laid-back activities and unhealthy diet.
The point of human philosophies can sometimes be misleading. But one thing is for sure, God has given us this gift of LIFE. Let’s show Him that we value it by treating our body with love and respect it deserves. 
P.S, sharing my love to all my FB friends, I hope you realized something. It’s not too late.  

 

Long Lost Love

The Lost Supercontinentalby Emmanuel Santos
Don’t treat me like

a mad scientist

who will hypothesize

our sick phenomena. 
We are not the Pangea

that perfectly drifted apart

until history took care

of its Paleozoic mystery. 
So please do not tell me

the past doesn’t matter anymore, 

for humans deserve a reason

when things reach extinction. 
I need those answers

why our continent was now

million fucking miles

away from each other.  

 

Forever is Bullshit

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People who believe in forever are idiot. They are imprisoned with the idea that a thing would never change despite the time being. They are brainless creatures who most probably spend the rest of their lives miserable. They are pathetic and hopeless. What a shame that I’m telling the kind of person you are. Here’s a splash of cold water to wake you up. 

At first, you will be strangers who will eventually turn into friends. Then, you will be sweet lovers and you will both promise to fight for your feelings no matter what. Unconsciously, you will become emotionally weak and dependent, and the next thing I know is there will be constant battles. There will be a heavy dramatic constipation. Until one day, you will face the mirror crying and wishing it was just like before. Both parties will have a back and forth decision. They will try to fix it as if they can put a broken glass into its perfect shape again. So what’s the denouement? The used to be lovers are back to strangers again.

Why not shut their mouth and refrain themselves from speaking the words infinity, always, everlasting, and eternal? Because even stars are destined to get doomed. That spark you felt will cause your self-destruction. There is no forever.

Love is a wildcard. Nobody has a clue on what might happen next. You don’t have the upper hand to control the fate of life. If you think love can be planned, you are just fooling yourself. You may love that person today, but the next day you will wake up feeling a little strange because your constellations are falling apart. Consequently, you will start questioning if forever is just an illusion created by immature hopeless romantics.

What the heck! But why do they still exist? Why do they still opt to love someone despite the risk and danger awaiting them? Why do they still hold on to such promise of a life time when we never hold our future? And why do these madly in love couples try to move mountains to save their relationship from catastrophe?

Simple answer, because the most important reason is to live in that moment despite the doubts and fears. We know that life is limited, everything is eventual and ending is inevitable. So what if there are risks and dangers? So what if those promises are not meant to happen in the future? So what if it’s tough to keep a relationship working? Let’s eliminate these petty things in our head.

We are all born to die. Thus, we need to get what we truly deserved in our existence. We need to fight and do everything to have the happiness we owe to ourselves. Every day is a gift, free yourself from worries. Flash a smile to every challenge your relationship is facing. After all, forever is a bullshit thing to be debated. And if being stupid means being happy, be it so and count me in. 

THE GUY YOU LOST TO MARLBORO

  

You are a lifetime virtuoso 

And I am a two-month Picasso

I cast your body as a canvas

And my lips as its paintbrush

So together we made

A masterpiece of an age

From the grease of our footsteps

Comes white lies of the two peps

We let our circle watch our play

Clueless of our selfish tête-á-tête

But our dirty game is a wildcard

We fell defeated by a chasing leopard

I’ll pull the next sheet of calendar

And have time mend this deep scar

Sooner I will miss the relics of virtuoso

I’m forever the guy you lost to Marlboro

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