Putting together the right training regimen is absolutely essential to an athlete’s success. While many runners may be under the impression that sprints are the best way to get faster, a diversified training plan is actually more helpful in the long run. Running isn’t just about speed— it’s about developing and understanding the complex relationship between muscle groups, hormones, and signals in your body and mind, and using that information and training to optimize your body.Read more
Every person needs a companion, and there’s perhaps no animal better suited for the job than the dog. Dogs have been an essential and beloved part of human history, from the first moment our prehistoric ancestors domesticated wolves to the lovable furry friends we enjoy today. We had a previous post on ’10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the Philippines’ that went into depth about the most cherished dog breeds in the country. Today, we’re going to be taking another look at man’s best friend— this time on the shorter side. Here’s a list of the ten most popular small dog breeds in the Philippines.Read more
There are several ways for a body to get fit, and many of them don’t have to take place in a gym. Things like jogging, walking, cycling, and hiking are among the most popular activities to do outdoors. They are just some of the many ways that an individual looking to get fit and healthy can do so without having to sweat it out using free weights and a treadmill.
When it comes to popular exercise alternatives, however, there’s always one that makes the list: yoga. A mix of meditation, breathing exercises, and physical postures, yoga has been making waves in the country over the past few decades. According to Forbes, the practice has continued to gain popularity in the States, with over 14% of U.S. adults reporting that they practice yoga in 2017. That’s up 4% compared with 2012’s numbers, which had only 10% of U.S. adults practicing yoga, and the numbers are only growing. If you’ve never done a child’s pose in your life and have been meaning to try it out, then here are five good reasons why you should start doing yoga today.Read more
Thanks to a host of different factors— changing norms, better technology, and, yes, a worldwide crisis— jobs where you can work from home have increased in number. It used to be that work was something you did in an office, but a changing culture is beginning to disprove that.
In 2018, a report by Freelancers Union and Upwork found that there were over 56.7 million freelancers in the United States, a number that increased by 3.7 million in the previous five years. And in recent months, concerns like the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing measures have contributed to a meteoric rise in people working from home.Read more
The last few months have seen an unexpected upending of the modern way of life. Countries all over the world have been instituting quarantine and lockdown efforts in order to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, now named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO). COVID-19, first described as a “pneumonia of unknown origin,” was first discovered in Wuhan, Hubei Province in China in late December 2019.
After its spread through mainland China and other countries, it was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by WHO on January 30, 2020. By March 11, WHO declared it was a pandemic, urging countries to ramp up their responses to the virus in order to curb the spread. As of April 3, 2020, COVID-19 has infected over 1 million people worldwide, causing 53,238 deaths, affecting 204 countries and territories.Read more
Fashion has always had its leaders, from style icons like Twiggy in the 1960s to Kate Moss of the 1990s. These icons have shaped the tastes of a decade, sometimes a generation, showing consumers what’s in and what’s not. But as the Internet became more of a daily presence and the advent of social media led to shifts in consumer habits, fashion has begun to change.
According to Business of Fashion, 78% of brands used fashion influencers in their marketing in 2017, with over USD$ 2 billion spent on influencer marketing in that year alone. The power of the influencer is strong, and with social media’s growing reach, it can only get even stronger. Previously, we wrote about the ’50 Most Popular Social Media Influencers in 2020 in the Philippines’. Today, we’ll take a closer look at just who these Filipino fashion leaders are, and why you should follow them.Read more
Social media has become an almost inescapable part of our daily lives. Ever since the emergence of social media platforms in the late 90s, modern society has learned to connect and communicate in ways that would have almost seemed impossible decades before. Social media influences the way we speak, the music we listen to, where we travel, what we eat, and what we wear— and at the forefront of that are the influencers.
In 2018, the Association of National Advertisers found that 75% of national advertisers in the US use influencer marketing, and 43% were planning to increase their spending on it in the next year. Influencers awe, inform, and yes, entertain, and social media would certainly be a different place without them. If you’re looking to spice up your Instagram feed, then here’s a list of the fifty top social media influencers in the Philippines.Read more
Traveling is an opportunity to visit areas that are off the beaten path. With access to different areas in the world steadily growing thanks to improvements in transport and tourism, more people have the opportunity now to explore hidden gems. More than just seeing the sights or checking out the most Instagrammable spots, travelers should use the experience to enrich themselves and learn more about a place’s history and culture.
Previously on the blog, we’ve talked about ’10 Famous Mountains in the Philippines‘. Today, let’s dive into one of the richest cultures in Indonesia, Tana Toraja.Read more
J-1 Visa Requirements
In order to apply for a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa, you will need to submit the following requirements:Read more
Steps on How to Apply for a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa
Like any visa application process, there are certain steps you need to follow in order to ensure a successful application. Make sure that you have prepared all the required and supporting documents, as well as paid the necessary fees. You can view the list of required and supporting documents for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa here.
Below are the steps to apply for a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa:Read more