War is the most unwanted and feared event that could happen in any place. Last May 23, 2017, the Philippines was reportedly fighting against local terrorist groups who later turned out to be related to ISIS. ISIS has already managed to spread terror attacks in different countries all over the world. And unfortunately, Philippines just became one of its targets. It has been 18 days since the war erupted in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. The Philippine soldiers are sacrificing their lives in order to save the future of their country and its people. It is a difficult battle for the soldiers because the rebel group or the terrorists are using high-powered guns and they appear to have a good number of ammunition supplies. As of the writing there are already more than 50 fallen soldiers who died defending the country. With the presence of RPG from terrorist fighters targeting military tanks, it was difficult for the soldiers to fight back. Most of the soldiers die while inside the tank due to the impact caused by the explosion. Tanks are easier target because of its size. With this in mind, the Filipino soldiers were able to come up with a great idea on how to counter this problem. In order to minimize the impact, the soldiers then put wood logs covering their tanks. The wood will help to lessen the impact of RPG explosion. Bullets will just stay on the thick wood without fully penetrating on the external surface of the vehicle. Truly Filipinos are very resourceful in any situation even during war. Some are even considering of taking into account the possible innovation of battle tanks to adopt the idea. Although it may appeared simple and old-school, it was effective and it did serve its purpose. It is also a proof that although the Philippines does not have enough and latest military artilleries, Filipinos are still blessed to have brave and resourceful soldiers that are ready to die for the country.
The Pasig River or also known in Filipino as the Ilog Pasig is a river that serves as a connection to the Manila Bay and the Laguna Bay. It stretches up to 25 km (15.5 miles) with the Metro Manila lining it on both sides. The Pasig River is an estuary as it has an open flow to the sea. The flow of its direction though depends on the difference of Laguna de Bay and Manila Bay’s water-levels. In the past, the Spanish considered the Pasig River as an important route to Manila but because of the industrial development and years of negligence it has become stagnant. According to ecologists the river is no longer able to support or sustain life because of much pollution. But there are organizations such as the PRRC who are charged with implementing efforts to rehabilitate the river. Generally the Ilog Pasig winds north and westward for twenty-five kilometers coming from the Laguna Bay towards Manila Bay. Before it enters Pasig City the river runs and passes the cities of Taguig and then the Taytay Rizal. From Pasig City the Ilog Pasig then forms a border between Pasig City and City with the Mandaluyong City located in the north border. Finally the river would turn towards the northeast where it then becomes a border between Manila and Mandaluyong after which it would then turn westward. In its final journey it flows into the San Juan River. Before the negligence and the pollution, Ilog Pasig has been a very important source of livelihood for Manila. Before Manila was massively urbanized, the Pasig River was considered the lifeline of the city’s economic activity. It was along its banks that a number of prominent kingdoms were born in the Philippines. Some of these kingdoms are the Namayan, Tondo and Maynila which drew their life and income from the river. The Spanish’s arrival created changes in the river such as the establishment of Manila as capital to their possessions where Intramuros, the walled city was built on the south banks of Pasig River. After the World War II, population grew dramatically along with the constructions of infrastructures. Also, economic activities were dispersed in the suburbs of Manila which resulted from the negligence of the river. As a result, informal settlers were attracted to the river’s banks along with factories who altogether would throw their wastes into the waters. Thus, the river transformed into a large sewer system. It is said that it was industrialization that polluted the Ilog Pasig. But even so, the Ilog Pasig remains as a focal point for significant historical events and landmarks. It is on the southern banks that Intramuros was built. The Hospicio de San Jose which is a prominent orphanage is found in the River’s island of Convalescencia. Also in the northern part of its banks is where the Malacañan Palace, where the President officially resides was built and stands. Famous structures such as the Rockwell Commercial Center and Polytechnic University main campus are also found built near the banks of the Ilog Pasig. The river has served as the starting point of industrialization.
Out of convenience and with the idea of recycling, people tend to make use of their used plastic bottles as water containers. It is a common practice done by most of the people. It is handy compared to pitchers because you can either place it horizontal or vertical. It saves much of the space inside the fridge and you don’t have to deal with broken pieces if you drop it accidentally. But are these things worth the potential harm of using such materials? Have you ever noticed or checked on the expiry date printed on every plastic water bottle being sold? Most of the people would believe that those numbers or dates indicate the expiration date of the water. But how come water expires? Water can be contaminated but it never expires. The thing is those number or dates were actually intended for the plastic bottle itself. Plastic containers actually have expiration dates. If you keep on using those plastic bottles as water container then you are potentially risking your health. Although plastic bottles were manufactured under strict supervision making sure that it is free from contaminants and safe for use, it still has its expiration date. It takes about 500 to 1000 years for plastics to decompose. Thinking that since plastics are non-biodegradable therefore it is safe for long term use is a complete mistake. Plastics don’t expire or degrade but the chemicals used to process the product actually do. It is where the potential risk of cancer comes in. Just imagine the chemicals contaminating in your daily drink every single day. Instead of using plastic bottles, it is safer to use water containers that were made purposely for daily use. There are variety of tumblers and water containers where you can choose according to your needs. It is more ideal to use tumblers that are made from rubber inside of plastic. Rubber is more reliable compared to plastics and it does not cause contamination. Some water containers are also made from metals suited for hot drinks such as coffee. By using a proper and more suitable water container you are eliminating the risk of cancer and you can even help save the environment by using these containers rather than consuming water from plastic bottles every now and then. You can carry it with you and have it refilled instead of buying new bottled water, adding more trash to the environment.
Nowadays people are very much dependent with the internet. Being online 24/7 is slowly becoming a norm and obviously people are into it for several reasons. Majority of people choose to stay online because of social media such as Facebook, Instagram, meanwhile others are using it as their bread and butter. It is undeniably true that the internet can actually help you generate funds as long as you have the skills and you make use of it. However, what if you don’t have any knowledge about programming, web designing etc.? Anyone can actually become an online worker. It is not limited to those who know such skills. There are varieties of work available online that doesn’t require you to be a pro. Here are the lists of the most in-demand online jobs that do not require special skills. Article writer, content writer, blogger. It is the most common and very basic type of job that you can find online. The thing about article writers is that it has always been available since the very day it started. Every website that relies on Google AdSense for monetary gain is required to have quality articles. Google have high standards when it comes to content. It bans websites with less articles or content. Google AdSense has been known to also have high rates when it comes to funds, one great reason why almost all who would want to gain money from websites chose AdSense as their provider. Article writers are usually paid according to the number of articles finished. Also, it is very important to create your own article and refrain from copying contents because it can be monitored by employers by simply using software such as copyscape. It checks your article for possible duplicate and it can also locate where you copied a certain portion of your content. Online Tutor. If you speak good English and have great internet speed at home, you will most likely encounter offers of being an online tutor. Rates are per hour and this became really popular nowadays because it does not require too much of your energy as long as you have the patience in guiding your student. Also, online tutors are for one on one basis only. It means you will just have to focus on a single student every session. The clients are mostly from Japan, Korea, Singapore and other Asian countries whose first language is not English. Also, you can choose whether you want to have a video or just an audio session. There are several companies that are hiring every now and then because demands for this job are quite high. Data Entry. Have you ever came across with captchas online? These are figures in the form of numbers or letters that you are required to type in during verification process every time you sign up for a new website. However unlike the first two options above, this one here is not for free. This requires you to pay P600 as membership fee. Upon payment you will then have access to their system, including the software that you will use. The software will be the one to generate the captcha that you have to encode. You will be paid according to the number of captchas that you can generate and encode. The best thing here is that you don’t have any employers and deadlines to meet. You can make use of it anytime you want. Your salary will surely depend on how eager you are to work.
People are always in search of beauty. A pleasing personality has always been a game changer in any it is applicable. It is because first impression always matters. Although it may not last, it always matters. When beauty is the topic, people would then turn to your face, check on your skin tone, your pores, wrinkles and more. It is often the standard way to evaluate physical beauty. However beauty should not be limited to the face alone if you are talking about physical beauty. There are still other parts of your body that can also get attention from other people such as the feet. You can actually hide your feet if you have a dark one. However a smelly foot would always make a way to get the attention of the people around you. There are some people who indeed got white and soft feet but still smelly. Having a clean foot does not guarantee its odor. If you think you are washing your feet thoroughly yet you still experience the same problem, then you must be doing something wrong or you just failed to do what is right. A smelly foot could either be a result of the two major factors. First is hereditary, which means that genetics is actually the reason why. This could be validated if you also have someone in your family who share the same problems as you have with your feet. Usually this happens when you have too much sebaceous gland in your system which is responsible in releasing sweat. If you sweat too much then it could be the best reason why you have smelly feet. Bacteria that causes foul odor would like to stay in sweaty areas of your body such as your armpits, and feet. The best way to deal with this is to regularly change your socks so you can avoid the bacteria from multiplying inside your shoes. Wash your feet as often as possible and use a deodorizing cream. If you think you are the only one having this trouble in your family then there must be something wrong with your diet and lifestyle. The amount and type of food that a person takes play a great role in the body’s activity. Most often than not, people with smelly feet are those fond of eating spices and who don’t practice proper hygiene. Using the same socks even for just once can actually trigger foul odor. Not washing your feet after going out or after an entire day activity could also generate bacteria to cause foul odor. Proper hygiene plays a vital role in getting rid of the unwanted smell, so you better start tossing those old socks and wash your footwear once a week to keep it clean. Also if you are an athlete you need to have extra effort in dealing with it because you are more prone to excessive sweating than the usual people out there.
Once you live with a furry creature, you should get used with the idea that you need to live with their fur as well. You will absolutely see it all over your house. There is no escape from fur. Sometimes even freshly washed clothes contain fur on them. This is the reality and every pet owner should live with it. However, someone decided to create a solution to this problem. Not that he doesn’t love his dogs for who they are, he just thought something could actually make things better for him and his dog. He created these new dog leotards. It has been circulating the internet now and people showed great appreciation on what he has created. Aside from solving the problem, it seems really cute on any dog breed. This type of clothes was designed to cover the legs, body and up to the neckline. Although as you can see, the dog’s head is free, hair on the head are manageable enough unlike those in its body. With regards to the material used for this clothing, owners should not worry about the comfort of their pets. This is actually made from good kind of cloth which is breathable and stretchy at the same time. It allows your dog to move fully without any fuss. It comes in different colors and hopefully in different designs as well. However, owners are reminded not to let their dogs wear this clothing for quite a period of time because this actually doesn’t have holes for pooping and peeing. It is because, originally, this dog leotard was intended to be used in car travels, or long rides so that the dog’s fur will not spread on the entire car. Cleaning cars from fur is such a tough job. It is the main reason why the creator of these clothes created it. Cleaning an entire house from your dog’s fur is already a common thing to do and isn’t actually troublesome at all. However it is absolutely different when it comes to the car area.
According to statistics, one out of ten couples in the Philippines has problems conceiving. When everything has been set having a child is the important thing that any couple would want to fulfill. Infertility issues have taken place since time immemorial even in the time of Abraham. In line with this several methods have been introduced to perhaps carry out the desires of those who wanted to have a complete family. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is already available in the Philippines but people are not sure how much will it cost. Couples who have problems in conceiving result to IVF when they have tried almost all other methods to get pregnant. It is considered as the most expensive way to conceive and its success rate still depends on the health, age, and the genes of the couple. In the Philippines, this procedure costs around P500,000 or more. It is quite a big amount but several couples even those who are not well-off managed to undergo this procedure because of their aspiration to have their own child. The method mainly involves the egg cell and the sperm cell just like the normal way reproduction. However in IVF, egg cells and sperm cells are collected and are fused together in a controlled environment or in a laboratory. When the sperm cell has fully fertilized the egg cell, it will then be transferred back to the woman’s uterus. In IVF, the process of fertilization only happens outside, but the development of the embryo until it becomes a fetus will still happen inside the womb. This scientific method of reproduction can only be announced to be successful if the mother will be able to deliver the baby alive. There are some instances that although the fertilized egg was already transplanted back to the uterus it did not grow to become an embryo, this could be due to the current condition of the mother or due to stress and other factors that could have affected the process of developing an embryo. Although the whole process did not gave the couple a child, they still need to pay for it. This is the mean reason why young couples are encouraged to conceive and should not wait for them to reach 40 because it will be very difficult to have a child by that time. Also the risk of complications and other forms of genetic abnormalities for the offspring could already be high.
It was a very devastating day for the internet community when suddenly the Extra torrent page posted updates regarding the end of its existence. They also posted that it will be the end and that they are retracting all. But users are still hoping that they could endure this ordeal. This site became one of the primary sources of downloadable movies, music, albums, videos and anything that can be possibly shared over the internet. It became the people’s favorite because of its simple yet orderly features of movies. It shows the latest and most downloadable items every single hour of the day. Aside from being organized, they are also known to have legit sources of seeders which is the very reason why people swarm on their site and remained loyal to them. It is not new that a sharing site have been banned or suspended. Before Extra Torrent, Pirate Bay gained a respectable amount of popularity and despite being flagged down for several times, they were still able to survive. They result in changing domain names from .com to .org, .net, and many more. You can even access them right now and you will be amazed how far they have reached in changing their domain names just to carry on. Sharing sites such as Extra Torrent and Pirate Bay are barred down because according to the law, sharing all copyright items such as movies is considered as piracy. However the internet community believes that it is not actually true. It is more like a give and take community sharing and sharing so that everybody will have the chance to look at it or be informed about it. Movie producers, song artists, are afraid they could no longer make money out of their composition because downloading it through these sites for free wouldn’t give them any share.
If you are reading this then you are most likely a middle child who is looking for confirmation that you really feel special because of your controversial birth order. Although less attention is given to middle children during child rearing, middle children became an interesting target for research because of their complicated situation. Children who were born on such order have great qualities especially when it comes to coping and socialization. But what are the most common traits that makes up a middle child? Here is the list: 1. A part of you will always feel that nobody cares about you – it is the most fundamental feeling that the middle children share. It starts when you just don’t know who or what you should be. The parents are busy making your older sibling responsible and at the same time they are busy looking after and enjoying your younger sibling. 2. You were used to being alone but you are not even sad about it – although not all middle children are introverts, there is a strong force that pushes a middle child to enjoy a moment of himself or herself to meditate or to think of plans especially when a decision has to be made. 3. You talk to yourself vocally – although it wasn’t intentional, most middle kids were not given the chance to voice out their opinion because it is the job of the older sibling and such decisions are actually made for the benefit of the youngest child. In a way, middle children have been used to voice out their thoughts to their selves alone. They do it because they actually value listening to opinion since they weren’t given that chance when they were young. 4. You always think that you are not your parents’ favorite – parental biases will always take place no matter how many times parents say that they don’t have favoritism among their children. Meanwhile, the middles would voluntarily take the place of not being the favorite child or the less appreciated one because they have been used to sacrifice ever since they became a middle child. 5. It always comes to you to consider other people’s feelings before you make any decision – although this may sound too kind this is actually true for almost all middle kids. Since they were used to get caught in the middle they learned how it feels to be on top of someone and at the same time find themselves in the bottom. 6. You feel a bit distant and secretive to your own family – this is a thing that only middle children could understand. It may sound rebellious but it is not. Since they were used being left behind or that their opinions don’t really matter at all, they become cautious in opening up or trusting a family member.
Communication is one of the key things that give our lives meaning in our stay here on Earth. With the advent of technology, the Internet we know today has been a very vital tool for this. Originally, in the 1950’s, the Internet was made for the military: to use computers in defeating the Soviet Union and its allies by an army networked together. Because of the immobility of computers back then, scientists were prompted to create a wireless network capable of linking to other networks of computers miles and miles away. And poof! It became the Internet! Forty years later, it may not have served its intended purpose back then, but like an invisible army, this same Internet has now conquered the entire globe and has kept on growing and innovating. It’s no wonder people are inevitably evolving with it as well. Whether you’re a digital native or just learning the ropes, here’s a quick guide to the latest trends of some of the most popular apps known to man as of 2017: 1. Facebook With over 1 billion downloads up to this date, with its users on a constant love-hate relationship because of its constant update, Facebook has been here for 13 years, starting from 2004, and was founded by Mark Zuckerberg and colleagues. It is one of today’s leading social media apps where you can connect with friends and family, share photos and videos, and express yourself. Here’s the latest: • Augmented Reality – AR is technology which combines virtual reality with our reality as it overlays digital text and objects on to the real world. Mark has just recently announced that they are developing augmented-reality (AR) glasses. • In-App (AR) Camera Filters – Partly, one of the reasons why they have integrated new camera filters into the app is to help people get familiar and ease in the transition of this new tech. But the most part is that it’s just fun! This feature is jam-packed with effects like masks, frames and all sorts of stuff you can apply to your photos or videos. 2. Instagram Also with a whopping 1 billion downloads, Instagram is now 7 years old. Created by Kevin Systrom for iOS in 2010 (and released an Android version in 2012), Instagram is a pretty straightforward app. As its namesake, you “instantly” share photos and videos publicly or privately. Here are its newest deals: • New Direct – disappearing photos and videos will now appear alongside text messages and shared posts; in other words, your permanent and temporary shares can now be seen in one seamless thread, turning it into beautiful visual conversations. Simple as it is, the dev’s really took their time to make this a thing. • Carousel Posts - in other words, Multiple Image Posts, which will allow you to make Insta-posts slide-showing up to 10 images/videos. It’s like posting a moving album! 3. Snapchat Originally, Snapchat was first named “Picaboo” (cute, right?) as the intent was to make an app that will allow “disappearing posts” or pictures and messages that are only available for a short amount of time and will auto-delete itself. I bet James Bond would love this app. Let’s take a look at what’s new with our little ghost: • Snapchat Search – The search bar is now practically everywhere! On the chat and camera screen, and on Stories; this way it’ll be easier to find your contacts or even make new ones. • Bitmoji Takeover – is your own personal emoji or avatar, and much like the search bar, Bitmoji is now all over the place… in chat, profile, and in search results. • Global Snapchat Story – Story now goes global! You get to post and see stories from all around the world even if you’re not there where the Story was held. 4. Twitter Ever heard of that line, “A little bird told me”? I’m guessing that’s where Twitter got its inspiration for its phenomenal “tweets”, messages that only consist of 140 characters. Here you can get the latest scoops from news to entertainment and politics, you name it. Here are some of its latest updates: • Twitter Lite – a fast data-friendly version of this app for those who have slow connections, making it more accessible to all kinds of people. Plus, they’ve added a new Data Saver Mode to further cut down on the mobile data used. Through this mode, you only get a preview of images and videos and you simply click which ones you want to fully load. • Safety Upgrades – Twitter has been working overtime to ensure their consumers’ safety and privacy. The team addressed several issues on cyber-abuse, like identifying abusive content and stopping the creation of new abusive accounts, collapsing potentially abusive or low-quality tweets, etc. They also introduced a “safe search” where you can filter Tweets that may contain sensitive contents and Tweets from accounts you’ve blocked or muted.