In the Philippines, November 1 is considered All Saints Day or Undas and November 2 is All Souls Day but both days are considered an occasion to pay respect to our departed loved ones.
This is a solemn occasion but just like most parts of the world celebrating Halloween, it is still celebrated with as much fervor as fun, Philippine fiestas. There are many rituals and activities involved in this annual observance as this is also an occasion for families to get together.
Have you ever wondered how the tradition of Halloween started? Today’s Halloween celebrations is a merging of many different past traditions which may not necessarily be scary or associated with the dead.
While most people see this tradition as a special occasion to spend time with family and friends, some people have samhainophobia or a fear of Halloween. Let’s hope you aren’t fearful of Halloween so you can learn some fascinating facts about this annual observance.
Have you ever looked at food labels before buying them? If you do, then good for you. Looking at food labels can help you make healthier choices for they show the calories and nutritional content of the food that you are buying. You will know if the food is worth eating by looking at the labels.
The practice of looking at labels should be applied to not just food but to your beauty products as well. You see, your skin is the largest organ of your body. It absorbs about 60% of all the ingredients that you put on it. That is why it is important that you know the ingredients of the products that you are using. Remember that everything that you put in your body will impact your overall health and wellness.
When you order a cup of coffee at your favourite cafe or buy instant coffee at the grocery store, do you know what coffee you are getting? You may already have a favourite from the coffee menu in your favourite cafe but the Philippines actually grows four (4) varieties of coffee that are grown in other parts of the world, plus one (1) special variety that is uniquely produced.
When you and your friends walk into a cafe, do you select your order from the list of cold beverages or do you check out the coffee selection? If you’re the type who goes for a warm cup of coffee, then this helpful guide should encourage you to try the different coffee types that you will find in most cafes.
According to statistics, out of every 100 persons aged 65, 96% are either dead or dead broke, 3% are comfortable and only 1% are wealthy. Because of this, many retirees continue to work long after their retirement age. Others are dependent on their social security payments, which are never enough; while some depend on their children’s money or support for their day-to-day expenses like food, utilities, transportation and maintenance drugs. Most problem arises when there is an unexpected medical emergency.
It all started as a niche genre until the Wonder Girls’ hit “Nobody” penetrated the Billboard 100 chart at least eight times in 2009. A few years later, “Gangnam Style” reigned as the most watched video on Youtube with over 3 billion views for five consecutive years. Today, K-pop is a global phenomenon with a price tag of over 5 billion dollars.
Numbers are everywhere. You can see them in your cellphone, identification cards, money, plate numbers, reading materials, receipts and even in your clock. Numbers are part of our daily lives. However, have you noticed that there is a number sequence that you keep on seeing lately?
Did you know that jet lag is worse if you travel from West to East?
Three American scientists, Jeffrey Hall, Micheal Rosbash and Micheal Young who all won the 2017 Noble Prize for Physiology or Medicine explained this phenomenon with “their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm.”
Did you know that the left side of your face is more attractive than your right?
A study that was published in Psychology Today shows that the left side of the human face is generally more attractive than the right. In the study, photos were presented in both original and mirror-image forms. No matter which portraits were shown, the results remained the same. The correspondents found the left side of the face to be more pleasant and attractive than the right.Read More »
According to Chinese folk legend, the seventh lunar month is the ghost month. During this time, the gates of hell are supposed to be open so bad spirits roam the world of the living. For 2018, the ghost month starts on August 11 and ends on September 9.
Generally, believers are not supposed to put themselves at risk during the ghost month. Major decisions such as getting married, buying a house, changing jobs, signing contracts, traveling, having a major operation or starting a business should not be done during this period.
Minor things such as not staying at home at night are also practiced. It is believed that spirits will follow you back if you roam around at night. Taking photos at night is also a no, no. You might capture images that you don’t want to see if you take photos at night.