Monthly Archives: April 2013

When Art and Science Collide, You Get….

Art and science may seem like two completely different things but looking closer, they actually complement each other. Can you imagine a world without art or science? What kind of world would that be? Today, there are a countless number of things that would not be possible without the collaboration of art and science.

Based on their common description, art and science are worlds apart. Art leans more towards the creative side, while science deals more with facts. Although they are different put them together and you have your everyday favorites. From modern day technology and high tech gadgets to your favorite novel or movie, art and science played a part in making all these possible.

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A more specific example would be the world wide phenomenon known as Harry Potter. You would think that Harry Potter was a novel based solely on the imagination of J.K. Rowling, but contrary to popular belief, J.K. Rowling got help from history and science. In fact, several of the characters, locations, spells and even parts of the plot were based on scientific and historical facts. Science, without a doubt, played a part in the creation of the hit, soon to be classic, but at the same time, the creativity and artistic talents of J.K. Rowling is not to be forgotten for she still has one of the most creative minds out there and the world wide fame of the Harry Potter series is a testament to that.

smartphones-thumbAnother example would be in the field of technology, the advent of smartphones. Smartphones have risen and almost every person tinkers with one each and everyday. Its myriad of functions and applications make it a very efficient and handy tool in our everyday lives. Advancements in computer science is what led to the creation of these types of gadgets but we cant disregard the part art played in the rise of smartphones. The sleek and elegant design of smartphones make them easy to carry around and handle. Aside from this, the interface and design of the applications and the phone itself should be credited to the creative designers and artists.

Truly, art and science go hand-in-hand in making our world a better place to live in. From helping us become more productive through advancements in technology to entertaining us and introducing us to places like Hogwarts.

-DOitChoco

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Why I Love This Game

Today was another busy and jam-packed day from the get-go. I had to get up at 7 for chem camp then immediately go straight to Xavier School for our conditioning session and practice lasting from 1-5 pm. Right now, I’m honestly drained, wasted and lethargic. I don’t even feel like moving or even thinking, but there was a particular thing that I just had to write about no matter what.

As you know, during these last few days, I’ve really been questioning myself, my priorities and if everything I’m doing is worth it. Well, my question has been answered and my drive has been reinforced after going through one of the most grueling and arduous practices I’ve ever been through especially because I just got back and because it was scorching hot today, 36 degrees celsius to be precise.

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What struck me though was the speech given by my coach about dedication, hard work and why we play the game of basketball. Basketball is a sport that instills in each player a plethora of life values that carry on outside the basketball court. Values like hard work, dedication, perseverance, discipline, teamwork, time-management, confidence, trust, patience and a thousand more. This is what makes waking up each day hurting all over but still persevering and giving it your all during practice. This is what makes all those blood, sweat and tears worth it.

I truly am glad to be back and practicing with the team. Now I know why I endure all the pain and soreness when I can be chilling in my room with air-con doing some other things. I endure all these because of the fact that I love this game. Basketball has given and taught me so much that it wouldn’t be right if I stopped now!

-DOitChoco

It’s the CLIMB! Just Another Chapter of Life!

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This week has so far been a really hectic and trying week for me especially with all the decisions I have to make regarding my future. My dad has been constantly chastising me and really berating me about my priorities and how I’ve been handling my life and commitments. Honestly, I’m in a quandary right now, unsure as to what road I should take and why I’m even doing what I do.

There are so many things that I want to do yet there’s only 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If only I could be in two places at the same time, then maybe, just maybe, I can do everything I want and balance all these activities of mine, but I can’t. If only I could control time,

These last few days, I’ve come to realize that I am human. I will make mistakes, I will forget, I will fail, and I am only one. I don’t have a perfect memory, neither do I have a perfect personality.

Even with all my flaws and weaknesses, I’m alive and life goes on. This is what makes life so beautiful, waking up each day to a day full of adventure and challenges. I can’t control the number of hours in a day but what I can control is how I use these hours. Like what my father and SAT tutor has been saying, it’s about setting your priorities and then going from there.

I’m feeling quite depressed because my father chose to intervene and not allow me to go to a weekend retreat since it conflicted with my SAT review and basketball game. I REALLY REALLY wanted to go to the retreat but maybe it’s just not my time. My schedule is really packed right now and it’s hard balancing all this with just one me. Physically, I still may be fresh since I just got back from vacation, but emotionally, I’m really hurting and confused.

It’s really sad how SAT and basketball has become the reason as to why I’ve been arguing with my dad the past few days. It’s really hard especially when your own father questions your every move and doubts you. It’s even harder when he starts taking away the things that keep you going and destroys the “fun” aspect in my life. I’m not even sure anymore if this is what I want for I’m obviously not happy right now. It’s really hard to enjoy life and the process when someone is constantly carping about almost every single action you take, questioning your priorities, desire, drive and dictating almost everything.

I’m truly a firm believer that it has to come from within and what my father is doing right now is obviously not helping. He’s gotten what he wants, I’ve dropped the retreat that I was really looking forward to since the day I heard that it was being planned. Hopefully, he know realizes that maybe he should cut me some slack and let me just enjoy the process and ride.

The only thing keeping me going right now is my strong belief in the fact that everything happens for a reason. Right now, I’m just thinking that this is just another chapter in my life and that the ending of the book is still far! I know that all this sacrifice, hard work and dedication will pay off in the end! Time will fly by and hopefully, a year from now, I can say that damn son, I don’t regret going through all that for it was all worth it!

Tomorrow’s another day, a new start, a chance to leave everything behind me and just enjoy the climb!

To end this blog post, I’d like to share with you guys, one song that I always listen to during times like this, “The Climb,” by Miley Cyrus. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG2zyeVRcbs

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-DOitChoco

Chem Camp Day 2 – Seeing Things From A Different Light

IMG_2356Another day at Chem Camp and another day of learning and seeing things from a different light. This is one of the things that I’ve really learned from the first two days of Chem camp, to see things from a different perspective. Like our teacher said, everyone sees things differently. For instance, an ordinary person would see a chair as a chair, while a chemist would see a chair as a set of molecules bonded together.

It truly is crazy how everyone sees things differently but at the same time, that’s also what makes life so beautiful and what allows us to grow as persons. At times, we are so boxed in that we forget to see the light. It never hurts to listen to what others have to say for they are human to and they have a reason for their beliefs.

Chem Camp so far has really helped me appreciate life more and the beauty of the different things around us. I can’t help but be inspired how chemistry is present everywhere around us and how it has led to the creation of countless things that we use in our everyday life. For instance, the ink of permanent markers are made from non-polar materials while the ink of washable markers are made from polar materials. The secret behind this is that like attracts like so since water is a polar solvent it can wash away the ink of washable markers.

Our teacher was also really good in giving analogies and relating chemistry concepts to real life. One of my favorite comparisons of his was the one about bonds. He mentioned how the more bonds carbon molecules have, the harder to break them apart. The truth can also be said about bonds in real life. The more bonding times and moments we spend with friends, the harder it is to break us apart.

Aside from these real life lessons and applications, Chem Camp has also given me the opportunity to do experiments that I’ve never even done before. For today, we had a blue printing and tie-dying experiment. Although these may sound really simple, it was really fun going through the process and at the same time bringing out the child in me as we tie-dyed our shirts with different colors.

It’s not everyday that you get to be with teachers and friends who see Chemistry in such a different light from the rest of the world. I am really fortunate and thankful to God that I was given the opportunity to be part of this Chem Camp. I use to be really skeptical about the importance of Chemistry but I think I’ve seen the light. Everything truly does have a purpose and maybe, my hard work during third year in Chemistry actually paid-off and resulted in my being invited to this camp!

“One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.” -Tim Burton

-DOitChoco

Chem Camp! Chemistry of Human Beings and Why It Matters!

Today was another busy yet fun-filled day. As you know, it was the first day of Chem Camp and at the same time, I also returned to practicing with the team today. Although I wasn’t able to get much sleep last night because there are a thousand things in my mind right now and I’m in a bit of a bind, I was surprisingly energetic and enthusiastic throughout the day. I should probably credit all the people I were with, who kept the spirit and energy at such a high level, namely my fellow Chem Campers and my teammates.

I honestly didn’t know what to expect from the first day of Chem Camp. I was honestly, a bit skeptical about joining Chem Camp especially since I wasn’t really a big fan of Chemistry during my Junior Year, but because of the fact that my Adviser chose me out of all her other students, I just felt that I should give it a try; who knows, it might actually be worthwhile.

Looking back at the day and everything that happened, it was definitely worth it joining the Chem Camp right from the very first moment when I reached the venue. It was my very first time to go to one of the top universities here in the Philippines, Ateneo De Manila, and I was immediately left in awe by the enormous campus decorated with tall trees and grasslands. I even got lost trying to find the lecture hall where we were suppose to gather for the orientation.

Things were only getting better. The orientation may have been a bit boring (what orientation isn’t?) but as the camp progressed and I got to know some of the campers, things started getting a lot more fun and interesting. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I whenever I meet new people and connect with them, I feel this tremendous joy and vibrance. To be quite honest with you, socializing was one of the main reasons as to why I even joined this camp and during the first day, I was not disappointed for I got to meet this group who were really jocular and witty. They actually made Chemistry sound interesting and I’m actually excited to attend Chem camp and interact with these campers again!

To add to all that, we had a really funny teacher handle us who was a bit nerdy but at the same time, was able to bring life to Chemistry. As I went through the module, I was convinced of what he said that he plans to help us see things in life the chemist way and realize the importance of chemistry in life. In other words, there won’t be any of those boring tests but we’ll be having a lot of experiments that will show us the application of Chemistry in our everyday life.

Moving on, getting back to practicing and seeing my teammates was another highlight of my day today! It was really surreal seeing them again after a bit of a long time and just exchanging stories. The aura they give out is really different and they really know how to have fun and just enjoy life. Being able to practice with these guys and create a bond with them is what makes being part of the team every bit worth it. It’s the camaraderie and friendships that are built that make all the blood, sweat and tears bearable.

First day of the week and I’ve already had so much memorable and high experiences. What I really learned though from all this is that we’re social beings and we are meant to interact with people and make friends. Like the common cliche goes, “No man is an Island.”  I used to be an introvert, afraid to interact with people, but I’ve come to realize that maybe starting a conversation or two with a person is always worth a shot. You won’t lose anything and think about what the other person might be thinking. That person might just be as scared as you and making the first move will make a difference and might possibly start a bond that lasts forever. And remember, people don’t bite (unless they’re crazy off-course, which is a totally different case).

The bottom line though and what I want you to take away from this is that don’t be afraid to socialize and be with people, for you may think you’re better off alone, but trust me, once you meet new friends from all sorts of backgrounds with a myriad of personalities, you’ll realize that life has so much more to offer!

Maybe there will come a time you also meet people who’ll make Chemistry sound like the coolest thing in the world!

-DOitChoco

I’m BACK! SUMMER’S just getting STARTED!

It’s been a really long time, 3 weeks to be exact, since I last opened wordpress and blogged. The past 3 weeks have been an adventure like no other. Each and everyday was full of lasting memories and unimaginable firsts. I really made it a point to make the most out of each and everyday of our trip in Europe and Hong Kong to the point of exhaustion, but looking back, it was more than worth it.

Although it would be impossible to capture and relive every single moment, I will try my best to right about the highlights of the trip and more importantly, what I realized and learned from these events. To be honest, everything happend so quickly and looking back, I sort of miss Europe and its peculiar atmosphere. But then again, I’m glad to be BACK! I’m glad not only to be back in my home sweet home but I’m also glad to be back to BLOGGING!

I actually arrived last friday night and right then and there I wanted to return to blogging but unfortunately, aside from the fact that I’m still kinda getting used to the atmosphere here, I’ve also been really busy. I’m not complaining though for I’d rather be busy than bored trying to kill time. I really want to make the most out of this summer with the mentality that this will be the BEST summer break ever!

What better way to resume summer my summer here than by going to one of my most anticipated events during the summer, Intervillage Basketball Tournament!! It was really fun and diverting to get back to playing the game I loved and at the same time catching up with friends who I only see during this time of the year! It’s crazy how fast and how much we’ve grown since our childhood days yet we still come back here every summer to play the game we love.

Aside from Intervillage, just this weekend, I resumed my SAT review with an unparalleled drive and purpose. I’ve come to realize that nothing comes easy and if I want to make it to a good school abroad, I’d have to step up my game and give it everything I’ve got. If others were able to do it, why can’t I? Right now, I’m really enthusiastic about my review and shockingly, I’ve somehow found a way to enjoy answering those mind-boggling worksheets on vocab and grammar.

I know this is just the start, but I hope that I’m able to keep this same zeal and impassioned drive throughout the summer! From here on out, the mountain will only be getting steeper, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to climb!

Tomorrow will definitely be another wire-to-wire day for Chemistry Camp and Basketball Practice starts tomorrow. I’m really looking forward to making the most out of this summer and with these two new mountains waiting for me, SUMMER has definitely just BEGUN!

I wouldn’t want to be late for my chemistry camp which starts at 7:30 am so I’m signing off, but I promise that I’ll be updating this blog more frequently as I try to slow down this bullet train called SUMMER! Got to make everyday count for SUMMER doesn’t last forever!

“Live everyday like your last.”

-DOitChoco

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“Here is the world of imagination, hopes, and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment, the age of chivalry, magic and make-believe are reborn – and fairy tales come true. Fantasyland is dedicated to the young-in-heart, to those who that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.” -Walt Disney Company

I may be growing older each day, month and year, but Disneyland will never get old for I’m forever young in heart!