Author Archives: JOAN MAE SOCO-BANTAYAN

6 days ago

Spending time alone

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Spending time alone

I have not heard of the concept of alone time until I reached mid-20’s. Being single that time, it was practically difficult for me to understand that we need to spend a sometime in isolation. I was mostly scared of being alone, so I did not really find time to practice it.

2 weeks ago

How about knitting

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How about knitting

Only two decades ago, we still see our oldies knitting and crocheting. Many times back then, I would see a grandmother of some playmates who would sew and knit while we run around and play. These days, I rarely see that and I see many adults, counting myself in, so hooked with the screens.

4 weeks ago

What about personal development?

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What about personal development?

Have you heard of The Secret? I first saw the movie way back in 2007, when my college teacher showed it to our class. Around 2005, there seemed to be a boom of personal development products, from books to DVD down to various platforms on the Internet.

1 month ago

Meaningful work

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Meaningful work

Our children constantly imitate what they see from adults, most especially from age 0-7 although it often stretches up to the…

2 months ago

The art of speaking softly

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The art of speaking softly

Our children, especially from the age zero to nine, imitate the things that adults do. They copy the actions, the manner of speaking, and even the feeling of the adults who surround them. Whether we like it or not, we teach them who we are. Not what we know.

2 months ago

Meet Anastasia of Siberian Taiga

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Meet Anastasia of Siberian Taiga

In 1996, a Russian merchant named Vladimir Megre boarded his ship and voyaged across the river Tomsk in Russia. Somewhere in the riverbanks of Siberia, he met a woman named Anastasia. Far from Megre’s prejudices of a woman from the countryside, Anastasia can access information regarding the society and the universe. As Megre recalled his encounter, she would lie down on the grass with eyes closed and in a little while, she’s able to give answers to the questions people asked.

2 months ago

Subtle intrusion

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Subtle intrusion

I often write about reasons why children, especially from age zero to 11, are highly discouraged from watching TV or movies. I remain that for TV and cinemas, the content is not the main concern. The medium itself is the problem. This time though, allow me to discuss a certain content in the news from the national TV.

3 months ago

What if it’s you?

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What if it’s you?

In my previous articles, I have emphasized how crucial it is for us, adults, to be watchful with our own words, especially when we are facing the children. Oftentimes, a lot of adults sometimes tend to forget that the children (who are, by the way, all over in this side of the planet) are sure to imitate from the words to the deeds, even down to the stream of thoughts. They copy everything.

3 months ago

Thoughts made tangible

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Thoughts made tangible

It is highly known these days that yes, thoughts affect the life force. Back then, it was totally hard to grasp this kind of concept. These kinds of experiment is a downright validation to this whole idea. What is this telling us? That in the grand scheme of things, our thoughts play out as the invisible basis for all the things here on Earth.

3 months ago

Save our senses

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Save our senses

It is said that human beings have a “second of fright.” This is a term referred to the one second when soldiers in the battlefield hesitate to aim at their enemies and take away their opponents’ lives.