Millenials or those who were born on early 2000’s will never understand the kind of life that the batang 90’s were able to experience. It was fun and memorable because children on those days consume most of their time playing with other kids. Internet and gadgets weren’t there yet when the Batang 90’s were still on their growing up years. There are plenty of games that truly a certified batang 90’s will never forget. Here are some of those:


Patintero 

patintero


    This is quite common for almost all Filipino children living in both rural and urban areas. It has different versions on other places of the country yet the concept is still the same. 


    Luksong Tinik

Luksong Baka
    Although boys would often play this game because this is done by hopping or jumping over someone, there are girls who are champions on this.


    Teks

Teks


    Gadgets were not yet present at that time, but Anime was already present. Kids are very much addicted to it and it is even the reason why they choose to go home early so they can watch it. To note, there was no internet so when you miss an episode you will never have the chance to watch it again, unless the station decided to replay it for some reason. Teks are usually have anime characters on it. And batang 90’s feel like their card or teks has the power of that character as well.


    Dampa

Dampa


    Dampa is a game played with the use of rubberbands. Kids are even quite innovative then, because there are actually different hand techniques that you can use while playing. Your goal here is for you to have the rubber band pass through a certain light, using your bare hands. 


    Spider Fighting (Lawa-Lawa)

spider game


    This may appear as animal cruelty right now, but since Spiders belong to the family of insects, it’s quite hard to determine if a Batang 90’s has already committed a crime back then. It’s like a boxing for spiders. Two sipders will stay on a single stick and they will then eventually fight with each other. It was fun witnessing how a spider can actually produce an amount of silk from its mouth to strangle its prey. 


    Chinese Garter

chinese garter


    This game is quite common for girls rather than boys because of the nature of the game. It involves bending and flexing of legs in order to reach a certain level. 


    Marbles

marble game


    Marbles or Jolen for Filipino Kids, goes along with dampa and teks. Your goal is to have the marble shoot on a hole intended for it. The game also includes the player hitting the marble of his opponent at a certain distance. 

    Marriage is something that requires a good amount of preparation. It is actually one of the biggest events or occasions in any family. It is also a special family gathering that often illuminates joy, prosperity and the union of two families. For women it is one of the most awaited part of being a woman next to becoming a mother. Since it is important to plan everything to make it really special and memorable, setting a date is such a wonderful task. In weddings, the month of June appears to be the favorite, but why?


    When someone is getting married during the month of June, it is as if that wedding is sure to be extra special. Being a June bride is quite in demand for so many people that it already became a norm. But what’s really special about having your wedding on this particular month?

juno goddess of marriage


In early years people are driven by their beliefs in gods and goddesses. According to Roman Mythology, the word or the month June is actually derived from Roman goddess of Marriage, Juno. It is as if the marriage will become really fruitful and strong because it has the blessings of that particular God who keeps or guards on marriages. 


    Another thing is that during the medieval period, people will only take a bath once a year. They call it the annual bath. Although it may sound gross but it’s actually true. The annual bath usually falls between the month of May and June. Most women then decided to be wed on June so that they still look fresh and they don’t have to worry about body odor. The use of bouquets were actually designed to hide that unpleasant smell they got because they only bathe once a year.

annual bath


    In a more practical view, other couples would prefer to be wed on the month of June thinking that they could conceive right after the wedding. The child will then be born on the month of March which is very much ideal for a child when he or she starts to go to school. Since the start of classes is on June, the child will then be fit for his or her age to enroll. The child will not be too young or too old for his or her level then.  

    In every nation or country there are stories that are very much pleasing to know such as its history, culture and tradition. Each country possesses a unique story that sets it apart from any other places such as Japan. Japanese people are much known for their patriotism and their strong ties with their culture and tradition. They are the ones who would literally die to give honor to their country. They give importance to nature and life as a whole. They strive for wisdom and pride. They honor their forefathers as much as they honor their country.

cherry blossoms in japan


    One of the most iconic symbols for Japan is the Cherry Blossom Tree. In fact in became one of the tourist attractions in Japan. Although this tree can actually grow in other countries, cherry blossoms from Japan are incomparable to others because it holds one of Japan’s important culture and tradition. Japanese view cherry blossoms as a symbol of life itself. For them, they believe that their lives can be of similar to these trees. For them life has its seasons and it is as beautiful as this tree. Just like trees, the human life has its expiration or end and that they are reminded to love and cherish their family member because nothing is permanent in this world. 

cherry blossoms in japan


    These trees start to bloom as early as February and its peak takes place during April. Large number of families gathers to witness the cherry blossom trees in full bloom. It is a special moment for everyone and family members see to it that they could spend time with each other during this season. Watching the cherry blossom tree with its soft pink color is greatly appreciated in Japan. It is a way of honoring their beliefs and history as a whole. 

cherry blossoms in japan


    As much as Japanese people would like to share this important event to tourists, they are persistent in reminding the public especially the tourists to follow certain laws and proper etiquette when they wish to be part of this celebration. No one is allowed to hold the Cherry Blossom Tress, or shake them because it is a sign of disrespect and humiliation. Although it may seem an ordinary tree for some tourists, for them it is part of their identity and they would like to preserve this belief no matter what. Tourists are then expected to be very cautious and just enjoy watching these tress and not cause any trouble at all. 

    The Philippines has caught the attention of several humanitarian groups because of the alleged extra judicial killings happening in the country. Those who are against of the present administration’s campaign to eradicate drugs all over the country raised their concerns up to the international or foreign bodies. Because according to them the Philippines is being managed under President Rodrigo Duterte’s dictatorship.

budajo masaccre


    In response to this call, there are indeed several international groups even the UN who immediately showed disagreement towards the Duterte administration without even validating the reports being brought to them. This is actually one of the biggest conflicts within this country. Media is no longer a source for credible and genuine news. The integrity of those who are working in media companies have been already stained because of their biased reporting. It has been already proven several times even during the campaign period. 

budajo masaccre


    During Duterte explained and defended his governance and the alleged extra judicial killings. In counter to what the critics and the international groups were saying, Duterte then showed photos of the Budajo. These photos were not even documented in Philippine history books. Majority of the Filipinos are not aware of the existence of this unfortunate event. Only few people knew about this and luckily the President is one of these people. He revealed the almost-forgotten sentiments of those people who were part of the said history. 

budajo masaccre


    Budajo, is one of the most bloody encounters of all time. Although this wasn’t documented, it remains in the memory of the Tausug Tribe who has kept in their memories up to now. There were pictures recovered of what actually happened during that time. It was absolutely a massacre were helpless individuals were slaughtered.  The tribe resisted the American colonization in return they did this to them. However it was not documented at all. Americans managed to build a false image of them being good to Filipinos. 


    This is the main reason why Duterte believes that there is strong and undying sentiments in Mindanao that very few people are aware of. Finally the time has come that it has been revealed to the public and how bloody it was for our brother and sisters. It was even suggested that history books for public schools must contain and cover the details of this horrific event and to make every Filipino appreciate and enrich his or her own culture rather than those of other races. 
 

    Basically, the Aswang is a Filipino folklore mythical creature. According to myths it has a vampire-like nature. It has other names such as the “wak-wak” and “tik-tik”. It has been subject to and a hopeless explanation to so many unsolved stories in the Philippines. Especially in the 16th century, even the Spanish colonists has noticed that it was the Aswang which terrified the Filipinos most. It is known in the entire country and feared except for the Ilocos regions where the myth does not have an existing story to be told. The most popular regions where the Aswang myth is found is in places like Capiz, Negros, Aklan, Antique, Masbate and Bohol. 
    The term Aswang is generally used to define all kinds of vampires, monsters and witches. Originally it was used as a term for a were-dog myth. Dog in Tagalog is Aso where the name takes its origins. The were-dog myth used to be an easter of the dead which consumes cadavers and replaces the bodies with banana trunks. The stories on Aswang vary depending on the region or individual in the country. But it is generally refered to a female.
    But the real origin of the Aswang myth could be found in the ancient times before modern science and medicine came to the Philippines. Maladies and miscarriages that could not be explained properly were always attributed as the workings of an Aswang. But in the present times, the myth changed its purposes and uses. Now it is used as entertainment and also by parents to their children as a style of disciplining. For example a Filipino mother would tell their child aswang stories to stop them from staying away from home late at night.
    True that it is a well-known myth in the entire country, the myth though is most popular in the Visayas especially that of Capiz. It is Capiz which is frequently targeted by tabloids as a place where various monsters and supernatural beings lived such as tikbalangs(centaurs) and manananggals. A reason for that may be because almost all of the people living in Capiz are superstitiously inclined.
    Some people believe that Aswangs appear not only in places but during seasons of high spiritual significance. Such is the example of Southern Luzon where Antipolo is superstitiously believed to have many events of Aswang occurences during the Holy Week. The belief explains that this happens in the three days when Christ was dead. But although there are superstitious folks in the country there are also some that highly argues that the Aswang might be creatures that belong to the cryptozoology, a science that deals with studying animals that hasn’t been proven to exist yet. Some examples of cryptozoologic animals are dinosaurs and the big foots.
    Research on the Aswang has produced so many different descriptions. But there are on the other hand numerous commodities in all the stories. The stories commonly has it that Aswangs are people who live ordinary lives. They are usually shy and quiet people. But at night they would turn into different creatures and animals such as cats, dogs or pigs. Stories also commonly show that Aswangs eat fetuses, little children and the hearts of people. Finally, they have been commonly described as robbers of cadavers and always in the habit of replacing the stolen bodies with wood, tree trunks or materials made from plants.
    The mystery of the Aswang has been provided with scientific, religious and historical explanations. Others believe in their existence while others do not. But all the same it remains as one of the most influential literatures in the Filipino culture.

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    It is undeniably true that Pokemon Go is one of the most talked about game for 2016. It has caught the attention of the public; in fact not only kids got hooked up with this game but even young adults and adults who are already working. There was even a report that a pokemon user, decided to resign from his work to focus and dedicate his time in catching pokemon. Sounds hilarious right? But it is actually true. The effect of Pokemon Go to its users is undeniably something unbelievable. However, no matter how great the momentum is, users seemed to lost interest in playing this game.     It has been 4 months since it was first launched, yet the updates weren’t that remarkable enough to keep the users from playing. Although there have been sorts of updates it did not actually satisfied the people. There have been two updates that have been released; one is having a pokemon buddy. In order to make a pokemon eveolve you need to reach a required amount of candies. Every pokemon that you catch can give you 3 candies. However the rare and strong type pokemon are very hard to catch. This is why they launched the pokemon buddy, in which every kilometer of walk will give your pokemon a candy. Second is the mastery of catching similar kinds of pokemon. The more you catch a pokemon, the easier it would be to catch it for the next time. These are the only updates being made.      Slowly, this game becomes boring and less exciting than it used to be. The creators of this game can’t blame its users. They gave the users less and the users have high expectations from them. Although there are still some people who patiently collects pokemon and hopes for better updates on the next few days.     Maybe, when Pokemon Go becomes more interactive and challenging, people would again engage on this game. It was undeniably a hit but it needs to be sustained. People are becoming really impatient especially that no game has ever received this kind of rating.     
The human body like any animal has its own unique smell similar to pheromones that animals release in certain period of time. Pheromones are like signal to attract other animals during mating season. It helps animals locate their future mates and establish territory. However eliciting a certain smell may not be that suitable for humans. We don’t need to give off smell to attract other humans because we are capable of communicating with each other. Having a certain kind of body odor is highly embarrassing since it can turn people away. Nobody likes to stay with someone with body odor. Every person has his or her own distinct smell due to diet, lifestyle and even genetics. The good thing is that it can be treated and staying fresh all day won’t be your problem at all. Others would turn to colognes, body mists, perfumes and the likes, thinking that it can help mask their smell. These products may not actually help because by mere masking body odor, it means it is still present in your system. Usually when the body warms up or sweats the stronger the odor. Body odor problems are actually caused by bacteria present in the body. They often love to live on the warm and sweaty areas of body such as the armpits.   Taking baths regularly. The best thing to fight body odor is to eliminate the source which is the bacteria. Taking a bath every day is one of the best ways to solve this problem. It cleanses the body from dirt, sweat and other forms of bacteria. It adds moisture to the kitchen which is needed in order for the skin to remain healthy. Observe proper hygiene. Aside from taking baths regularly, it is also important to use products that can help in maintaining your hygiene. It is best to use deodorant and soap with anti-bacterial formula. By doing so, you are assured that your body is protected from harmful causing agents. Observe your diet. The source of body odor is from the food you eat. It is actually possible to acquire body odor from constantly eating foods that have strong smell such as onions and other spices. Discuss it with your family. There are several cases of body odor caused by genetics. If you have someone in your family who have body odor problems, chances are you might also develop one. Also, it is advisable not to borrow clothes or use clothing from a person with body order since bacteria remains in clothes and can be transferred when worn by another person especially if such clothes were not washed and dried properly.
    Several inspiring stories have been already shared a million times over the internet. And it’s great to have them regardless if they are scripted or not. However in a reality show where talents are being showcased, it is not always every day that you get to see someone who pursued to reach their dreams and eventually inspire a lot of people because of that perseverance. A singer who auditioned at America’s Got Talent show has just made history because of her very inspiring story.     Mandy Harvey auditioned on AGT for the 2017 season. When she stepped on the stage, she was with her interpreter. It then turned out she was deaf. But the thing was she wasn’t deaf since birth but she lost her hearing when she was just 18 due to an illness. Despite that unfortunate event that happened to her life. She still tried to continue her passion in singing against all odds.     While she was on stage, she removed her shoes and stood barefoot. It was for a reason that she relies on vibration in order for her to stay in tune through feeling the beat and tempo of the music. It was the most amazing thing that has even happened on that particular show. People weren’t even ready to witness such a wonderful event. It was very inspiring and uplifting especially for those who are in difficult situation and are about to give up on their dreams.     She sang a song entitled “Try” which describes her entire journey when she started to lose her hearing and how she managed to overcome it and tried everything in order to be back on track. When she started singing, people started to weep because of the message of the song and the how she managed to sing it the right and genuine emotion. She was such an inspiration and Simon Cowell delivered the Mandy Harvey to live performance by pressing the golden buzzer.     Mandy Harvey is a living proof that the odds against your dreams will depend on how you see and believe yourself. And that success begins when you start to remind yourself of your passion and purpose in life.   Watch her full audition below. (video uploaded by AGT official youtube account)
    Have you been mistaken for your age because of those heavy bags under your eyes? This happens most of the time because eye bags can really affect your face and your aura. If you have been watching make up tutorials, one of the most important areas in your face that needs a great concealer are your eye bags. People who have heavy and dark eye bags are usually judged to have stressful lives and are on the brink of their career and that they are slowly deteriorating.      It is hard to appear fresh and lively if you have those bags with you and no matter what you do they seemed to stay with you for the rest of time. You might be wondering what you have been doing wrong all this time to have those ugly things with you. Here are the lists of common mistakes that often result to huge, dark and ugly eye bags.  1.    Too much consumption of salt. Salt is a compound primarily composed of sodium. A food which is high in salt can trigger your kidneys to release signals to normalize the amount of sodium in your body. The only way to buffer and balance the amount of sodium is through water. Your body sends water on areas which has low water content such as the area under your eyes. Since you have thin skin on this area, bloating is highly noticeable. This often results to puffy eyes but more people prefer to call it eye bags. 2.    Swollen eye bags can be caused by allergies. When a person experience an allergic reaction one of the most common indicator is through unending sneezing. Since the areas where your eyes bags are located are near the sinuses it is also affected by the allergic reaction. 3.    Your sleeping position can be the culprit as well. People may think your sleeping position does not affect your eyes at all. However by sleeping in a relaxed position, which means by sleeping with your back against the bed you are  actually preventing the flow of fluid underneath your eyes 4.    Sleeping with your make up. When you have been through a rough day, all you want to do is to rest and sleep soundly. However it is important to remove those make up first before hitting your bed. Sleeping with your make up on can actually make your eyes dry. In order to reinforce the dryness your body sends signals and direct water to flush your eye bags .  5.    Too much consumption of alcohol. Alcohol can remove the water from your eyes because of its diuretic nature. When this happens, again your body will send signals in order for water to stay where it is needed. This is the reason why you’ll end up with very puffy eyes the next day. 6.    Lack of sleep. It is often the most common reason why a person can have dark circles under the eyes. However staying up late isn’t the main reason. Staying awake for more hours than usual can actually drain the liquid under your eyes. Aside from dehydration, the dark circles indicate fatigue as well. This occurs when the body has worked for hours without having the chance to rest.   
Summer is almost here! With longer days and shorter nights, it’s a great time to have some fun in the sun with family and friends. It may be great for your mood but maybe not for your skin… This would seriously curb the fun factor. Here are 3 well-known skin problems you will most likely get in summer time and ways to treat them or much better, avoid them (as they say, “prevention is better than cure”, right?): 1.    Sunburn   How you get it: Hello sunburn, my old friend. It’s like being run over by a sun truck. Depending on your skin, staying out too long can make your skin red, hot to touch, and painful or itchy at best. In severe cases, you can run a high fever and get chills. How to prevent it: Invest in good quality sunscreen that would match your skin type. Don’t stay out too long in the sun but find shade. Wear the right gear as much as possible, like wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, UPF clothing, etc. How to treat it: As soon as you feel your skin getting tingly or looks pinkish, get out of the sun immediately! For instant relief, place a cold compress, like a damp towel, on the skin. Drink lots and lots of water. Taking a cool shower would help tremendously as well; just gently pat the skin afterwards. For the face, splash cool water and gently pat with a soft towel. For skin and face, use moisturizer containing soy or aloe vera (pure ones would be awesome too). Stay away from lotions containing these: petroleum, benzocaine, lidocaine. 2.    Irritated Skin and Dry Hair   How you get it: Staying too long in the pool and sun can dry up your body’s natural oils. Chlorine from the swimming pool can leave your skin tight and itchy and your hair dry and giving it split ends. How to prevent it: Before swimming, protect your skin by applying water-proof sunscreen. For your hair, get it wet with clean water first and coat it with some hair conditioner so that it won’t absorb the chlorine once you dive in the pool. Time yourself and learn to know your limits. How to treat it: Because of the chlorine, it should’ve already got rid of any sweat and dirt on you so you don’t really need to scrub. Just some gentle bathing and rinsing with a mild soap would do the trick to remove the smell. 3.    Acne Break-out   How you get it: Because of the excess sweat and summer heat combined with surrounding dirt and your body’s natural oils, your pores will get clogged. This results into every teenager’s nightmare. How to prevent it: To avoid this perennial monstrosity, make sure to wipe away sweat with a clean towel and to take a shower if need be. Also, don’t forget to wash sweaty clothes before wearing them again. How to treat it: If the problem started because of clogged pores, the solution is simply the opposite. Unclog them by cleansing and exfoliating. One cannot go without the other. Cleansing will help stop buildup of bacteria in your pores. If you have oily skin, better wash your face first thing in the morning and before you go to sleep. Exfoliating, on the other hand, will get rid of the dead skin inside your pores. You should do this 2-3 times a week.

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    Nature is indeed full of wonders and humans have not really explored it totally. There are still things that are seemingly odd in nature and there are also some that are quite deceiving. Take for example this Emerald Green Cat that was discovered in a small town in Bulgaria.      The town people and even people from far cities are quite familiar with this seemingly odd creature because of its color. The cat has been spotted walking around the city, it gives the town people the impression that it is a stray and it only gets its food by roaming around the place.      Due to its distinct color and possible breakthrough in the feline world, people from far countries travelled to Bulgaria just to take a closer peek and even take some pictures of it. However, this cat’s stardom started to fade when rainstorms came. Its bright emerald green color slowly faded away when rain started to fall.      It has been found out that the cat got its color from a barrel of paint where it sleeps. Although paints contain toxins that are eventually not good for the health, the cat was actually in good shape all throughout its stardom. With its color fading away, its popularity indeed started to slow down, however its quite noticeable she enjoyed her moment and made the most of it by gaining extra pounds.     
    In the midst of a severe flood happening in Guangxi Zhuang an Autonomous Region in China, a seemingly smiling pig was rescued along with other animals. Netizens were quick to spot the candidness of the pig’s smile while being saved from the flood. The pig seemed calmed and happy that it was rescued and even smiled wonderfully despite being held on its forelegs and ears.      As a usual response by netizens, its picture have been shared a hundred times and made quick rounds in social media all over the world. People were cheering of how this creature just made their days and made them smile right after seeing its picture.     However this pig’s instant stardom was shown not only through likes and shares of her original photo but people did hilarious Photoshop skills to savor the moment. The following are just one of the few photos that instantly became people’s favorite.       
    With today’s trend where direct, private, and instant messages are of great help to people, consumers must be aware in choosing mobile apps especially if it has something to do with your personal info’s such as your contact list where clients, bank accounts and other important stuff are being saved.     Most of the time, mobile apps are being installed because of its popularity. When a wide audience seemed to use it even for just a short time, you should expect for others to try it too without really verifying its security measures.  SARAHAH Honesty App is supposedly an app that can be used in giving feedbacks anonymously. Seems like people nowadays are drawn into intriguing stuff more than ever. However accordingly the app works in such a way that the person who has been rated or given feedback has no way of tracing or replying to it. The creator of the app tend to give its users the chance to leave positive comments or feedbacks as an act of kindness while keeping their identity unknown.      However the entire community has been totally shocked (shookt) when it has been revealed that this app is actually unknowingly stealing your personal details such as your contact list. Aside from stealing, they make use of it by uploading it to their data base and who knows what they could do about it.      Once you installed this app, it will only take them a while to steal your info. Logging out from the app can't make any difference at all. The best thing to do is to never ever install it and be more cautious in choosing an app.   
    In a certain Facebook post by Mark Dianne Duarte, three women are now asking for help from anyone with a good heart to help them with their current situation. The victims are residents of Cabdbaran Agusan del Sur.      With the intent to enhance and beautify themselves, they decided to undergo treatment from a person whom they barely know. The procedure went by injecting some unknown chemicals unto their faces. However instead of having better and beautiful faces, it went really worse and appeared distorted. The three of them have the same reaction with the chemical.     With the help of their friends and families, they are now trying to reach a certain amount in order to help the victims. Aside from the horrible outcome of what happened, the victims are now starting to become ill and are all afraid of what could happen to them if not given the proper care.     Unfortunately, the suspect is now nowhere to be found. The victims were not even aware of the suspect’s whereabouts.     According to the one who posted, a certain media will then cover the story of these women, to inform and especially warn those who would dare to undergo such procedure. The suspect was not a licensed medical professional but because of cheaper rates he managed to convince these ladies to try it all for the aim of becoming beautiful.     
    When you don’t have sweet tooth it is hard to find snacks that can match your low tolerance for sugar. Almost all snacks were made out of sugar, chocolates and other forms of sweeteners. It is the main reason why Skittles stands out from the rest of the group. It is a sweet yet sour candy that comes in a bright rainbow colors. But all of a sudden Skittles became really dull and lost all that rainbow colors.     In an official stamen made by Skittles, they decided to have a different packaging for intended for the entire month of June. As practiced June is the month dedicated for the LGBT community. The LGBT community has the rainbow to represent them because they acknowledged that they are composed of different genders thus constitutes not just a single color but of different colors.      Since the Skittles and the LGBT community share the same kind of color representation, Skittles gladly gave way to the LGBT community. According to them, although the share the same symbol, one has to stand out and celebrate their existence and they give it whole heartedly to the LGBT group.      This is such a remarkable and thoughtful move for Skittles. Although they were branded and known because of their color, they were not afraid to give way to celebrate a significant event for some people. Consumers in return have shown appreciation to what the company did. Their customers admired their sensitive and immediate decision to honor the LGBT community.     Changing brand packaging is a bit risky when it comes to sales and market. Well known and established companies see to it that when they have to change or modify their packaging it needs to be somehow close to the previous design. It is because people shop out of familiarity. When you change your packaging into a totally different concept, chances are your consumers will not be able to recognize your products anymore.      However it is different with the case of Skittles. They dared to risk their sales and their brand in order to commemorate an event. With this making rounds in the internet, Skittles is rest assured that their customers would still remain loyal to them.