August and Mercury Retrograde for All Signs

August mercury retrograde

Dark side of August – an “inauspicious”, ghost month August is known as the “ghost month” in some cultures or regions, and it is associated with melancholy, hardships, and scarcity. In Chinese tradition, the Ghost Month, also known as the Hungry Ghost Festival, is the seventh month of the lunar calendar. This month is considered … Read more

Forest medicine: Healing in the forest

healing forest walk

Tropical forests, which sustain nearly two-thirds of the world’s flora and fauna diversity, cover about 7% of the earth’s land surface, according to a study published in Nature Communications in 2019. However, due to mismanagement and human activities that degrade the forests, this figure is shrinking. Almost 15% of the world’s tropical forests are found … Read more

Surprising Traits According to Your Birthday (Ft. SB19)

SB19 birthday facts

Check this out if you’re curious about what your bias’s birth date and month reveal about their personalities or if you want to know if you’re a match! SB19, a five-member Filipino boy band, made their debut in 2018. The group was formed by a local subsidiary of South Korea’s ShowBT Group. Meanwhile, the National … Read more

Romantic Traits According to Your Birthday (Ft. ENHYPEN 엔하이픈)

Romantic traits according to birthday

Check this out if you’re curious about what your bias’s birth date and month reveal about their personalities and dating style or if you want to see if you’re a match! ENHYPEN is a new and popular K-pop group comprised of seven young members: Jungwon, Jay, Sunoo, Heeseung, Jake, Sunghoon, and Ni-Ki. Enhypen, which translates … Read more

Sleeping with the Dark Entities

Bangungut psychic paralysis

Do vengeful spirits or evil forces cause nightmares, sleep paralysis, or psychic paralysis? Death from nightmare During sleep paralysis, the person is unable to move and experiences hypnagogic hallucinations or hears sounds that seem real. When a person wakes up while their body is still in a relaxed state (from sleep), the body’s adjustment to … Read more

Cute Facts About You According to Your Birthday (Ft. TEMPEST 템페스트)

Tempest kpop idols birthday trivia

So, you’re a fan of Tempest (TPST)! This newish 7-member South Korean idol group has already won millions of hearts since their debut in early March 2022.  Would it not be fun if you share the same birthday with your bias? Here are some fascinating trivia about their birthdays…and if you were born on the … Read more

The Mystical Life of Salt

mystical life of salt

Salt, once prized like gold, has continued to be a widely traded commodity. Salt is also used in Christian ceremonies and sacramentals. It is a cornerstone in spell casting and magickal practices. Heads up! This article contains affiliate links. I may earn a commission when you buy using these links. Thanks in advance! It’s interesting … Read more

Shades of No:  How to Refuse to Loan Money to Someone

how to refuse someone for loan

Some claim that utang (money borrowing) is a part of Filipino culture. That is not my personal view. Borrowing money is a quick (universally-practiced) way to obtain funds when one is short on funds. Typically, money is borrowed from friends, relatives, or family members. Borrowing money is difficult, especially if you are proud. You must … Read more

Women mystics who foretold wars

Women mystics who foretold wars

What do Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce share in common? When the terms “end of the world,” “apocalypse,” and “World War III” are mentioned, these are the ones who immediately come to mind. Five visionaries who foresaw wars and conflicts that overthrew regimes and collapsed civilizations, are featured in this post, and they are all women. … Read more

Filipino single moms: Life of pressure and faith

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“Disgrasyada” used to be a term accorded to unwed mothers , which is literally translated as “Disgraced”. It had a more derogatory meaning – figuratively, “got  pregnant by accident” to allude to what is considered an “irresponsible” or “careless” conduct of becoming pregnant outside of marriage or because of rape. I’m not sure about the … Read more