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The Art of Self-Preservation by Jennifer Chan
 								On Being Sick: Virgina Woolf and Oliver Sacks

Flu season is definitely here again, if the number of sneezes, wheezes, and coughs I’ve been hearing all week is of any indication. In fact, I've also been using up tissue box after tissue box in an attempt to keep my nose from having its annoying way for more than a week now. And as I contemplate on my lack of foresight (vitamin C), I can’t help but think of Virginia Woolf’s essay On Being Ill. It begins with what is probably one of the longest sentences in English literature:
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A Spoonful of Style by Patricia Dayacap

article_favorite-fashion-quotes.jpgI've always loved a good quote. I can spend hours on Pinterest or Tumblr trawling through the many posts, finding that one sentence that could make me feel happy, hopeful, or melancholic—sometimes all at once.

Travel and love quotes (I know, I know) aside, the other kind I enjoy discovering are style quotes. It's no secret that fashion is one of my greatest loves, so to get into the minds of people known for their sense of style is always a treat.

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The Art of Self-Preservation by Jennifer Chan

One look at my desk and you’ll know that I’m not the most organized person in the world. I have papers strewn left and right, bookmarks once lost then found, name cards slipping out of old folders… you get the picture! Sometimes, I wish my desk could be a bit more presentable, especially when I look at pictures of gorgeous work spaces at Pinterest, but as embarrassing as it is to admit, I’ve grown comfortable with my organized chaos. Experts, however, seem divided.
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Through Dee Lens by Mike Dee

I would like to introduce to you my latest acquisition: a tiny camera that can fit in the palm of your hand. This is the smallest camera I have, and I think this is the best camera you can bring during the rainy season.

This camera is waterproof, dustproof, and weatherproof. Mind you, this is an action camera, and you can mount this in all those small and tight spaces. However, it doesn't have an LCD screen, so you can't view your photos. You can either buy the accessory or use your smartphone (using wifi) if you need this feature. Here's a short video using my camera during the annual San Juan Fiesta. Enjoy!

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The Art of Self-Preservation by Jennifer Chan
 								Carolyn, Enid, and Elizabeth: the Perfect Rainy Day Companions

In Japan, they have earthquakes. In the US, they have hurricanes. Here, we deal with typhoons.

Not to downplay the seriousness of these calamities, but I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say that we’re more or less accustomed to Mother Nature’s temperament. We know (or at least, ought to know) what to do when reporters use the words southwest monsoon and tropical depression. In some parts of Marikina or Malabon, a simple drizzle might send some residents scurrying toward higher ground. In Makati, a continuous downpour might persuade employees to clock out early.

Students know the drill better than most. If they wake up to gray skies, they’ll pray fervently for classes to be canceled. Then, they’ll turn on the TV or the radio and wait with bated breath for the reporters to mention their school or district in the no-classes list. I imagine the suspense to be a lot like the name lottery in The Hunger Games. May the odds be ever in your favor. 
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