In parts of Europe lovers give each other St Valentine’s keys as romantic gestures and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart.
In Finland, Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which means Friend’s Day and focuses on remembering friends.
However, in Mexico, February 14th is a day of national mourning.
In countries like Pakistan, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia celebrating the day can result in severe punishment and is seen by conservative Muslims as un-Islamic.
Japanese Valentine’s Day is about all about the men. Women give chocolates to them, and hope favour is returned later in the year.
In South Korea, February 14th is one of 12 ‘love’ days that fall on the 14th of each month. Women give men presents and they reciprocate on 'White Day' a month later. If the gift isn’t returned, singles celebrate White Day by eating jajangmyeon, a dish made from white noodles and black bean sauce.
In Brazil, Valentine's day isn’t celebrated in February because it usually falls on or around Brazil Carnival. Instead, Brazil celebrates ‘Dia dos Namorados’ on June 12.
Brazil’s celebration honours Saint Anthony - the patron saint of matchmaking and marriages.
Whenever I feel nostalgic about my sons’ early years, Pokemon is always a large part of those memories. I can still see my one son, a vision of yellow, dressed as Pikachu for Halloween, or the excitement in his and his brother’s eyes when they each dug a pack of Pokemon cards from the toe of their Christmas stockings. The cards provided some of their few happy playground experiences interacting with their neurotypical peers due to the fact that all children shared the universal language of Pokemon.
I recently discovered that like my sons, the creator of Pokemon is on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum. Long thought to have Asperger’s Syndrome, Mr. Satoshi Tajiri has confirmed this information, yet does not speak of his condition in public. This reclusive and eccentric man, who is known to work twenty-four hours at a time, spawned the gaming phenomenon that took the world by storm through his special interest in insects.
Growing up in rural Japan, Satoshi was obsessed with insects — to the point where he was dubbed “Dr. Bug” by other children. He spent every spare moment studying and collecting them, but when he realized that some of them kill each other in captivity, he let them go.
Soon, the rice paddies and woods of his hometown became apartment buildings and shopping centers and his local fishing pond was replaced by an arcade center. In reaction, his interests shifted to anime and video games. He became a passionate player of Donkey Kong, even starting his own business as a teenager who published tips and shortcuts to the game. He dropped out of high school, but later enrolled in a technical college.
His first original game was something he did entirely on his own, starting by dismantling a Nintendo system to see how it worked. At the age of sixteen, he won a Sega contest for best new game idea. He spent the next two years learning programming and the third year producing his first game,
By then, the Nintendo Game Boy had hit the market and the idea for Pokemon was hatched. Sparked by his lost love of insects, he wanted to reawaken an awareness of nature in urbanized youth. Gameboy seemed the perfect medium. The communication aspect of Game Boy profoundly touched Mr. Tajiri and the fact that it had a communication cable lead him to realize that actual living organisms could move back and forth across the cable. At that time, the cable was only used for players to compete against one another, but he wanted to design a game that also involved interactive communication. He envisioned the competitive aspect of Pokemon as being ritualistic and respectful, like two Karate champions or sumo wrestlers.
Mr. Tajiri, now in his forties, eschews the current violence of video games and describes this is as a cultural norm in Japan as well. He wanted to have his characters faint instead of die, because he believes children should “respect death.” When asked about having monsters in a children’s game, he uses the analogy of a horse who is dangerous if he gallops over you, but a useful friend if you are riding him. He added, “What’s more important is that the monsters are controllable by the players. It could be the monster within yourself, fear or anger, for example. And they are put in capsules.”
As for children who spend too much time playing video games, he explained that in Japan, children attend school much more than their American counterparts and only have time to play video games in small increments.
Interestingly, he observed that in Japan, the popular Pokemon “Pikachu” products are sold alone, but in the United States, there are more products with Pikachu and and his human Ash together. He believes Americans actually understand Pokemon more than the Japanese do because they comprehend the necessity of the human aspect.
And if you’re wondering where Pikachu and all the other names for the monsters come from, they each have a real and specific meaning.
Take Pikachu. ‘Pika’ is the Japanese sound for an electric spark, and ‘chu’ is the sound a mouse makes. So Pikachu is like an electric mouse. And “Poliwhirl” is reminiscent of a tadpole.
Recalling his childhood field observations, Satoshi explained that there are little whirls on Poliwhirl because when you pick up a tadpole, you can see its intestines.
Once again, we discover that the world is a richer place because of the fascinating contributions made by individuals on the autism spectrum. The fact that Satoshi Tajiri, who was both socially and emotionally challenged by his disorder, could bring such joy to so many children is both heartwarming and inspiring.
1. So at the most, you’ll only have to run about three football fields if you see the silhouette of that Dragonite you’ve been looking for.
2. Your eggs won’t gain hatching progress if you travel faster than 15 mph.
3. Speaking of eggs, these are (generally) the Pokémon that hatch from the different egg types.
4. That curve on your Pokémon’s profile indicates its potential and should factor heavily into your decision to evolve or not.
5. That curve on your Pokémon’s profile indicates its potential and should factor heavily into your decision to evolve or not.
6. Turning off AR (which can be done when you encounter a Pokémon) will save battery life.
Are you fond of scary movies?
Jump scares is a technique often used in horror films and video games. It is also used to scare the audience by surprising them with an abrupt change in image or event with a loud, frightening sound.
The Exorcist and The Shining are amazing, but some people want not only good storylines and creepy settings but also loads of jump scares. Now time to test your knowledge of the famous jump scares!
A Florida man found an alligator in a tree, proving that gators aren't just for swamps anymore.
From the people who brought you bear in a bath and python on a fleece comes another animal in an unusual situation: GATOR IN A TREE.
According to WINK News, Ronald Saracino from Cape Coral, Florida said he saw an alligator climbing a tree while out doing whatever it is Floridians do (presumably looking for alligators to sell meth to).
Some, including Saracino himself, have questioned whether this is actually an alligator. "At first I thought maybe it was a lizard," said Saracino. Twitter user Christine K thought it was a monitor lizard.
But look at it. It's an alligator.
The most important takeaway from this story is that alligators have figured out that they can escape swamps, and are probably coming for us all. What's the next step in gator evolution? WINGS? I don't know, but I'm scared, and you should be too.
It's less than 2 weeks now and it's going to be election time. Filipinos held on to their screen as they watched the third and last leg of Pilipinas Debate 2016. I'm sure most of us now have finally chosen a presidential candidate. Some have tweeted making trivial topics trend worldwide, others have just remained silent. Now, let's make your voice heard, make your voice count!
DISCLAIMER: This online poll is not scientific. It may not represent the opinions of the Filipino public as a whole. This is simply a reflection of metrobacolodeals.com visitors who participate voluntarily in the poll.
,The believed reincarnation of Ferdinand Marcos and his descendant have topped the most recent SWS surveys. How do different species in the Filipino citizenry digest this?
PDP-Laban presidentiable Rodrigo Duterte moved quite a lot since the SWS surveys for the past months, overtaking NPC presidentiable Grace Poe Llamanzares’s position. On the other hand, Nationalist Party vice-presidentiable Ferdinand Marcos Jr. climbs the top spot in a flat rate due to a decent decrease in ratings of NPC vice-presidentiable Francis Escudero.
From this moment, fractions of the Filipino population, both voters and non-voters, cry mixed reactions. From one corner, one may hear “Marcos, never again,” while on another, one could hear, “Hetonaangtunaynapagbabago.” And if today were election day, Duterte-Marcos would have been a spectacle even of indifferent eyes. Both Duterte purists and opponents synonymically believe that Duterte, in what is rumored to be his governance, is the Ferdinand Marcos of today. If Duterte-Marcos will stay strong after 28 days, it will induce a cry from the people (netizens to lead, probably), saying how the father and the son has reunited.
But how, really, do we perceive the news? It is both a hope and a relief for both Duterte and Marcos’ supporters. Voters have finally become wise, they would say. However, it is a groundbreaking story for the anti-Duterte and anti-Marcos people, saying how both candidates’ ways are not the solutions to a better government. Their cries would stir up rallies, petitions on a worse case.
If this were the results of the elections, how well would the tandem be? Will it still be a father-son Marcos-like governance like how the majority forecast it to be, or will it become a divided house having more arms to work, just without interrupting the other?
So much, to the extent of shocking Filipinos, have happened in months, and in the next 28 days, a lot still can.Filipinos are still brainstorming on ways to fulfill the good change they have long been looking for, and candidates, too, are brainstorming on ways to turn this table—this survey result—over. Will the Philippines finally get what it has long been wanting?
by: Marielle Makilan, 16, incoming Grade 11 at University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos, Starlight Editor-in-Chief
It may get us wondering why there are differences in kids of the same age; there are those who treat their parents like their friends; there are those who treat their parents like their bosses; and there are those who treat their parents like their fellow kids. But given the consistencies and similarities, what could be the reason behind these differences?
Wealth, social orientation and personal experience are only a few of those that influence parenting. We could already tell from those factors how badly or how well parenting could go.
But is there really a "right" way of parenting?
There is not really a "right" way to raise kids; rather, it ranges from good to bad. There might be some instances where good parenting goes wrong, or bad parenting goes right. But one must always put in mind that parenting is the foundation of a child's growth. No child would know how to commit wrongs without any guidance no matter what. Thus, this makes parenting a very intricate art—a very difficult skill—to put together. Parenting is a sport of control.
In order to raise good children, parents must know how to exercise control both with themselves and their children. Where there is control, there is discipline. And break the bandwagons. Discipline doesn't have to be harsh nor cruel. Control is hitting the sweet spot of children, making them understand what you want them to understand. But on one hand, discipline mustn't be done a little too much. Too much discipline (or too much harshness in trying to instill it) will result to children growing with both fear and hatred towards you.
A considerable fraction of teenagers today show that rearing kids in a very high level of discipline would lead them to feeling like they can't approach their parents to share their sentiments; thus inducing an emotion of helplessness and an advent of depression. In addition, kids, though in school age, are susceptible to pressure. They possess low emotional thresholds and could be depressed when pressured regarding school. On a second note, however, good parenting would not lead to kids having to be indifferent about their performance in school.
But effectivity doesn’t rely solely upon discipline. “Tabula rasa,” my teacher used to say, was the state how people were born. Zero. Empty. Nothingness. Neutrality. Oblivion.Plain. We all came from that—neither knowing the good nor the bad, or the supremes that live with us—and so do the kids. Parents write on these blank slates; they create their children.
After all, parenting varies from parent to parent, but the bottom line is, children do not create their character. Parents do.
by: Marielle Makilan, 16, incoming Grade 11 at University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos, Starlight Editor-in-Chief
The information below are the list of all the candidates that will run as Mayor, Vice-Mayor, and Councilors for Bacolod City, province of Negros Occidental in the May 2016 local election. All information were collected from the official website of the Commission on Elections or COMELEC. Who is/are your candidate(s)? Vote wisely and carefully guys!
Here are your candidates:
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Well, I've seen enough presidentiables surveys and not to mention the "slurpee" polls showing Duterte in the lead with 58 percent of Philippine Seven Corp.’s customers who bought more than half-a-million “7-Election cups” in its 1,650 outlets throughout the country from March 23 to April 1.
Interestingly, surveys have not become trustworthy but still play a critical role in the election. I've thought about why not pulling off a survey for the Bacolod City Mayor to see who's for the "win." Of course, we have all our reasons for choosing the best candidate – intellectual competence, track record, political will, honesty and integrity. The results may not be relevant but this mock poll will serve a greater purpose. I think more than the results of this survey, the value is that, we are able to really participate in the exercise.