Showing posts from April, 2015

Mind-Conditioning: The Complexity

When I had the chance to teach in the Philippines, I always emphasize the importance of mind-setting as a means to achieve one's desires and goals in life. I keep on repeating the same message such that my students were able to imbibe the philosophy and apply in their own respective endeavours. Some succeed while many find it difficult to even initiate and continue. Presently, after almost 2 years of living in Norway, an interesting question is left unanswered, "Have I changed my optimist viewpoint after all seemingly challenging situations and events I had in this new land?" The complexity lies on whether mind-conditioning is still applicable to my current experiences or has mind-conditioning vanished suddenly after everything that has happened. Perhaps, there is a need for me to discuss why mind-conditioning is hard to implement. Here I will tackle various areas where mind-conditioning has a major role to play between two opposing themes. Realism versus Optimism The

5 Types of Solutions to Everything

The world is plagued with so many problems. These difficulties are just so immense that one gets confused what to focus, prioritize and address first. Although actions towards an issue may not be sufficient, everyone seems to try how to craft plans to direct these challenges. However, due to expectations and impatience in the process of problem-solving, many gets frustrated and even worse are convinced that rights solutions do exist. In this post, I will tackle five types of solutions to various issues everyone experiences whether from simple to the most complicated ones. I will be limited in explaining about the nature of solutions to problems. This is done to aid readers to develop a process in addressing their problem-solving needs. Here are the five: 1. The planned calculated strategy In a perfect world, everything is known and strategies can be designed to create and influece desired outcomes. This is reflected in science and research as this body of knowledge ascribes that kno

Filipino Immigrants: 5 Reasons Not to Worry on their Influx

It is not easy to hear news about how absurd immigration has become in Europe due to influx of skilled workers from Asia and Africa as well as asylum seekers from war-torn countries like Syria. Honestly, I feel humiliated and disappointed reading exchange of views among natural-born citizens. I feel like I stole something from them and that it was a mistake coming to a foreign land, which remains to be skeptic on individuals like me. As a defense to immigrants, I would like to speak in behalf of my fellow Filipinos. This is not to encourage emigration from the Philippines, nor to give an impression that Filipinos are better than any race. Instead, this seeks to provide a good example and explanation, for this instance Filipino immigrants that taking skilled workers and sharing resources with them is not a bad idea at all. Here I list 5 reasons why any natural-born citizen should not worry about influx of Filipino overseas workers. 1. Though overly competitive, the Philippines does no

Centre-Right Idealogy in Philippine Barangays

Many Filipinos may have given up already on the kind of politics that exist in the country today. There is neither structure nor balance and order. It is simply chaotic that is on the verge of collapse due to prevailing corruption and distrust among the citizenry. So the hard question would be how must one run a government, particularly the most basic political entity the Philippine "barangays", without leaning away significantly from the prevailing idealogy and situation. My answer would be to adopt a center-right idealogy in the barangay level. It is considered centrist such that social equality must be promoted through facilitated cooperation with a reasonable amount of social stratification based on what a person can and do to contribute for the common good of the community. This idealogy must incline with capitalism and democracy as the baseline of all decisions and policy-making for the benefit of the majority, especially the vulnerable sectors of the society. This su

Smoking among Males and Females

Smoking has been considered one of the most dangerous lifestyle health risk factors. It has been proven to contribute to the incidence of cancer, cardiac, respiratory and metabolic disorders. In spite of the extensive education campaign against smoking habits, it remains to be a health threat to ant country regardless of culture, religion and origin. In this post, a discussion is provided not to reiterate the harmful effects of smoking, but this focuses on the geo-cultural and gender influences on smoking. Although based on data, about 37% of the male population and approximately 7% of the female population. This translates to more than one out of three males and one in thirteen females are smokers. The research is based on prevalence of smoking. It is the percentage of individuals ages 15 and over who smoke any form of tobacco, including cigarettes, cigars, and pipes, and excluding smokeless tobacco. Data include daily and non-daily smoking. The list of the top 20 count