Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What’s So Super About Superfoods?

No, the big green monster isn’t some scientist-turned-radioactive super soldier who likes to hang around with the Avengers in his spare time. The big green monster is a lettuce leaf stuck to your teeth, or a lone piece of broccoli abandoned on a plate. More than the rampaging Hulk on steroids, these greens have terrified little children all over the world since time began. Ever since we were kids, we’ve always had an innate distaste for greens, and no matter how big and strong Popeye grew, we can never seem to stomach that can of spinach the same way he can.

Sadly, most people carry that love-hate relationship with veggies into adulthood, leading to a deficiency in the most important nutrients greens can give. But the fast-paced world we live in today has found a way to catch up: why not mash everything together in a super mix of greens? This is where superfoods—and superfads—come in.

Monday, June 29, 2015

6 Reasons Why Comics are Making a Comeback

“It begins in a quiet Midwestern town, one summer afternoon in the quiet Midwestern future. Away in the big city, people still sometimes glance up hopefully from the sidewalks, glimpsing a distant speck in the sky. But no: it’s only a bird, only a plane—Superman died ten years ago.”

That last line really strikes a chord, doesn’t it? Thankfully, these words are only from an imaginary tale written in the dramatic opening scene of the great Alan Moore’s Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? back in 1986. While the shock of killing off the Man of Steel might have caused a handful of nerd-related seizures back in the day, it will no doubt horrify a greater number of people today—perhaps even the whole world. That’s because comic books are making a cape-swishing comeback, converting more and more ordinary citizens into blissfully geeky fans. Here's why.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

7 Books to Read Before Seeing Their Movie Adaptations

At the risk of sounding like one of those self-righteous “experts” who broadcast to the world that books are always better than movies, I am here to tell you exactly that. Well, not all books are better than the movies, but at the very least, here are just some that will help you appreciate the story more if you hold off on the big screen first.

1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Obviously (and admittedly with bias), the first in this list would be the seven Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling. While witnessing the magic come to life on the silver screen is something that no amount of words can do, some do argue that the real magic is best experienced when read. This is because when you read, your wild imagination is hard at work trying to create these magical elements and worlds for you, so you get to enjoy the story better. Another thing is that it’s virtually impossible to cram all the minute details of the book into a single film, and the thing about Rowling’s books is that the devil is in the details. Even a single mention of a piece of locket plays a monumental role later on in the series, and this kind of brilliant foreshadowing is something that a movie cannot accomplish. Still, it’s pretty cool to see magic spells flying here and there on film, so feel free to watch the movies after reading the books. I guarantee that your enjoyment of the movies will be ten times better.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Rise of the Girl Gamer

She’s got sass, pizzazz, and can kick your ass. Some say she’s part urban legend, part hallucination. Kind of like Batman, but if you bring that up with her, she’d call you on it and challenge you to beat her trophies in Batman: Arkham City. She’s the ever elusive party member you want on your side in any multiplayer scenario, and men in every Internet cafe clamor for a chance to team up with her. She’s the Girl Gamer, and her awesomeness is going to take over the world.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

How to Deal with a Miscarriage in the Family

Miscarriage—the forbidden “M” word nobody wants to talk about.

Losing a baby is one of the most painful tragedies a person can ever experience, whether the child is fully grown or a fragile little fetus inside a mother’s womb. Because society dictates that a miscarriage should be kept hush-hush, grieving parents all over the world carry the pain in their hearts and suffer in silence without any way to mourn their loss. But keeping it all in does not make the pain go away, nor does it make the loss any less real. Here’s how to deal with a loved one who’s coping with losing a baby.

For a Friend

1.Talk to them.

Sadly, we live in a world where women hide in the shame of miscarrying. Being there for your friend and letting her talk about her miscarriage will lift a huge burden off her shoulders and help her pour out her heart without fear of being judged.

2.DO NOT minimize the situation.

A great, big no-no is to say “at least” to your friend who has just miscarried. Never say “at least it was only three months” because it doesn’t matter if the baby was two weeks old or two years old—the pain of the baby’s death is just as excruciating. 

Another horrible thing to do is to say that she can always try again next time. There is no comfort in telling a grieving couple that they can simply replace the baby they’ve lost with another one.

Monday, June 22, 2015

E3 2015 Highlights

Warning: Nerdgasms Ahead.
That is exactly what a sign outside the E3 should say. A sadistic annual celebration of new games, features, and unexpected announcements, the hallowed hall of the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 is every gamer’s Mecca. This year, from the 16thto the 18th of June, teaser trailers and new game announcements will once again compel us to lie awake at night, wondering why the official release date of a much-awaited game has not yet arrived.
Because the big giants of the gaming world just love to torture us helpless little fans with bite-sized teasers that are just enough to give us a seizure, here are the top eight highlights so far:

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Yoga in the City: How Yoga Helps You Find Peace in a Busy World

Errands. Meetings. Chores. That family reunion you just can’t skip. Your friends’ dinner that you all planned weeks in advance. The dirty laundry you can pile no higher waiting for you at home.

With the myriad of responsibilities being a mature adult entails, can you really find peace in the midst of all the noise of everyday life?

It’s a sad common practice to forego your much-deserved alone time especially when there’s an important deadline looming over your head. But finding peace isn’t just a luxury—it’s a necessity. Unfortunately, in the hustle and bustle of the world today, slowing down and quieting the mind does not come easy. If you’ve ever craved for peace within a toxic life, here’s how yoga can save the day.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Top 3 Book-Themed Cafes Where You Can Read a Good Book

In the noisy hustle and bustle of everyday life, finding a quiet little nook to read a good book can be a welcome but often elusive respite. We are always too busy trying to be an adult that we forget just how therapeutic it is to just sit ourselves down on a comfy corner in a cozy café with a good story to bury our noses in. Sure; there’s nothing wrong with preoccupying ourselves with deadlines, meetings, and personal responsibilities—hey, it certainly helps pay the bills—but there’s something about book cafes that remind us how to slow down every now and then.