I finished the Uni semester! :p That was incredibly hard-work, writing 8000 words in 2 days (longest essay I’ve written so far), had 2.5k to write the next day while finishing off a bunch of other things. So, I think that’s the reason why I’m slobbed out on the couch completed shattered with a bit of a headache and not been feeling so well the past few days. Apparently 90% of colds and similar illnesses are caused by stress so everyone needs to find ways of relieving stress – which was ably described as: Stress is that feeling when you wake up screaming and then realise that weren’t asleep. In the modern age where we are saturated with media and information our bodies haven’t physically evolved to cope with the societal changes. For example, there is more information in a week’s worth of a decent newspaper than someone in the 18th century got in a lifetime. So, with all the things are bodies must mentally and physically cope with here’s a couple of things which may help:
1) A technique recommended in the latest psychological textbooks: Picture yourself near a stream. Birds are softly chirping in the crisp, cool, mountain air. No one knows your secret place. You are in total seclusion from that hectic place called “the world”. The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall fills the air with a cascade of serenity. The water is clear. You can easily make out the face of the person you’re holding under the water… There now… feeling better?
2) Here is another technique from a psychobiologist’s seminar: On your way home after work, stop at your pharmacy and go to the section where they have thermometers. You will need to purchase a rectal thermometer made by Q-Tip. Be very sure that you get this brand. When you get home, lock your doors, draw the drapes, and disconnect the phone so you will not be disturbed during your therapy. Change to very comfortable clothing, such as a sweat suit and lie down on your bed. Open the package containing the thermometer and remove the thermometer and carefully place it on the bedside table so that it will not become chipped or broken. Take the written material that accompanies the thermometer and as you read it you will notice in small print the statement that every rectal thermometer made by Q-Tip is PERSONALLY tested. Now close your eyes and say out loud five times, ‘I am so glad that I do not work in quality control at the Q-Tip Company.’
Particularly with the last one there’s quite a few jobs that you can replace that with. So, what’s the worst job you’ve ever had?? Or the worst job you know of??
Back to Manila and things didn’t start off so great. The mother who had abandoned her child and then come back, decided to abandon her child again so we’re looking after the kid until legal issues push through. He’s a lovely lad who right now is repeatedly throwing a ball at a wall… With me and Craig in the house as well he’s unlikely to grow out of childhood without serious psychological problems :p I love psychological experiments. Ever since I learned more about body language and how to hypnotise someone it’s been fascinating. I’ve incorporated some of that into the magic I do (though haven’t done any in ages) about controlling choices, etc. According the latest study, the chemicals in our brain have actually started to work towards our choice ten seconds before we consciously choose it… in other words our minds have subsconsciously given an answer before the conscious mind has… Kind of like the film Inception (which had me in serious thought for ages afterwards) except out minds are the ones doing the inception not anyone else. Though it’s also very easy for someone else to do it to another person to. Controlling someone else’s mind is a very interesting field – basically imagine propaganda, advertising, etc. and a load of research and plans into how to get people to vote a certain way and control their actions and basically it’s happening everywhere.
Anyway moving on from the psych stuff to football – we’re now making the goals for Kasiglahan and Payatas FC. Looks like they’ll cost about P1500 each which is great. Got a couple of people who want to sponsor them but of course if anyone wants to sponsor a couple morejust let us know (there’ll be 5 in total, one at the children’s home, 2 at the school nearby and 2 at Payatas itself). We had more friendlies between Payatas and Kasiglahan, will upload photos at a later date on Facebook probably.So that’s going really well. David Pallasigue donated some small goals for the younger kids which are fantastic and will be very well used, also just got a suitcase of materials, footballs, shoes, etc. which will be a great help. David runs the pinoyfootball.com website that I write for – if you want to know about football in the Philippines, http://www.pinoyfootball.com is the place. So Iwent to Mango yesterday and the kids there were playing football most of the day – really weird considering just a few months ago they were asking what football is 😀 As we were leaving they’d started a small game, boys versus girls, 3v4 – and they’re learning fast. I always find it funny though when the girls are taking down the boys, just run into them and kick them, etc. Very fun. One of the lads was on the floor most of the time. So I’m excited about how things will go on April 15th for the tournament.
Also we’re looking to get football kits for the kids to wear, so if anyone has a company, organisation or anything particularly they want to sponsor then for the costs of the football kits, a couple of training materials and similar costs you can sponsor the team – given that I’m now a credited international journalist I can guarantee coverage in many places haha!
I still find it a bit crazy that the first creditation I ever received as a journalist was in Burma… awesome…Now to ruin that by posting a couple of photos – one of me outside the house of Aung San Suu Kyi, the woman who was imprisoned for winning a democratic election. Her party won 59% of the vote in 1990 meaning they would win 80% of the seats in Parliament – kinda like first past the post in England – but the military junta decided that instead they would keep power and imprisoned her in this house:
Of course we didn’t get into the house, we’d have been shot so a quick cost-benefit anaylsis told me getting shot wasn’t the best thing. Here’s the lake where the American guy swam across to get to the house to see her, then the military junta extended her sentence for it despite none of that being her fault. If you believe in justice then this is a lady who deserves great respect and this is an issue that has since become almost dead in the media but is still real for the entire country of Burma.
The Burmese people generally are lovely people, very friendly and helpful with everything. After the Philippines beat Bangladesh we went to the Philippine Embassy in the evening and met some nice people. As I mentioned in the last post we went round to the house of the woman heading up Save the Children in the region and she was so kind. Each weekend they have a get together with the Filipinos in the region, including the Philippine Ambassador and they all chat and have fun. Seems like they’re all from high-powered NGOs doing some great work but with a stressful job they just get together and joke and relax at the end of the week. Thanks again to everyone there for a great time and for showing us round. Was absolutely awesome 😀
So, back to the Philippines and I’ve written my essay for Uni, the other stuff is finished, and although my 7000 and 8000 word essays aren’t up to the standard I’d like – given some actual time to write them, at least they’re finished. If I get a 1 in the 7k essay than I’ll get a 1 in that course overall which will be quite nice. I got this sheet of paper in class that said class participation 1.25, book review 1, presentation 1.25 and just looked back and had to ask ‘Ma’am, what does this mean??’ Haha stupid foreign student. Anyway so if I get a 1 overall that’ll be the equivalent of something like an A+ which isn’t too bad. Hopefully the essay will get that and then the first course is done. The 8000 word essay was more of a challenge but that class was good fun. Again hopefully worst case scenario would be 1.5 overall in that class meaning an average of 1.25 for the Sem. If I can get that, maybe I can take 3 subjects in the next two sems which would mean I’d only have the comps and my thesis to do and after that I’m officially finished with the Master’s degree. PhD anyone? :p
Hoping to have a lazy day today… and I guess by lazy I mean only work for about 8 hours. We’ll see haha! Hope you’re all well and take care!! Btw, anyone 16 years old and under interested in joining football can join the Azkals-Global Football School. I heard about this from Ayi Nii Aryee who I wrote an article about (he plays for Global and UP Diliman and hoping to get tryouts in England for a team there). He’s a very good midfielder and with him and some of the Azkals involved in the training the kids will get the best possible coaches and training there. More info to come on that one but keep a look out for it as it will begin on April 11th!! For the article on Ayi, an amazing story about him being stuck in an airport after being ripped off and how Philippine football really helped him, go here:
So that’s me for now, hope you’re all well and keep playing 😀 If you’re stressed remember laughter is the best medicine, it releases chemicals int he brain which help to calm, relax and heal – chemicals which many drugs replicate yet you can do naturally, like psychosomatic healings but better. Stay well people!