The Beauty of Mathematics

Mathematics is easily the most feared subject in school.  Fear diminishes the beauty that mathematics can offer.  Okay. In the spirit of transparency, I have a degree in mathematics. I can wax poetic lines about this subject matter but it may fall on deaf ears or lose its relevance because of my desire to use superlatives like a giddy school girl.

Thankfully, Vi Hart has a creative way of illustrating the beauty of mathematics. Check out this cool video.  Don’t worry, you do not need great mathematical skills to appreciate this video. However, it does not hurt to try and learn about some cool math theories.

This is just part 1 of a series of videos. I can’t wait to watch the sequel.

There are other interesting videos by Vi Hart. She incorporates art, music and mathematics. And she calls herself a mathemusician. Cute!

This reminds me of a TED Talk video of Arthur Benjamin, a mathemagician.  Watch and be amazed.

Isn’t mathematics interesting?

Getting a good bargain

I am a wise-spender. (Ahem. kuripot!!!) When I am in a grocery, I am always on the lookout for a good bargain. My arithmetic skill comes in handy.  I always calculate how much I save if I get brand #1 instead of brand #2. However, I do not buy every buy one-take scheme being offered. I follow my own bargain rules. Besides, my budget is often limited since I follow the “live within your means” lifestyle.

Rule 1: Always be on the lookout for a good bargain

I often scour the bargain rack and find promotional items that are sold half its price.  It is tempting to buy those items but I have to remind myself to buy only what I need. When this offer came up, it was too good to pass up.  The 200ml Head and Shoulders costs around P118. I paid P118 for this box. I get the Olay soap for free so I get to save P40!

I saw a Pantene pack of a large bottle of conditioner with a free small conditioner bottle. It was a good deal. However, my scalp and Pantene are not compatible so I ignored the deal.

Rule 2: Know what products work for you (and you actually use)

I am not sensitive when it comes to soaps so whenever there is a good deal and it fits my budget, I buy. Soaps do not expire. I think.  (do they?)  I store as many as I can.

I am a low-maintenance kind of person. With just a daily shower with shampoo and soap, I am good to go. I admit I tend to spend a lot of time in the shower. I make up for it by dressing up fast.

Rule 3: Buy in bulk

We found a product warehouse that sells toilet paper in bulk. They supply toilet paper to hotels and other commercial establishments. For 48 rolls, it costs P292 which is P6.08/roll. For the same quality, the toilet paper brand we buy from the grocery costs P7.50/ roll.

The downside in bulk-buying is that we tend to use the product more because we know we still have a lot of them in storage. I heard my aunt complain about a family-member-I-will-not-name for using too much toilet paper. I have to be aware of our consumption, too.  There are two of us in the house and three of them in my aunt’s house but our toilet paper consumption are the same. (Theory: We drink too much water. 😀 )

I saw 6 packs of 8-in-a-pack sanitary napkins for a bargain price and it is the brand I use. I am still thinking about allotting a budget for it.  I remember what Sheldon Cooper said on buying in bulk.

Sheldon: Are you sure. There are a lot of advantages to buying in bulk. For example, I noticed that you purchase your tampons one month’s supply at a time.
Penny: What?
Sheldon: Well think about it, it’s a product that doesn’t spoil, and you’re going to be needing them for at least the next thirty years.

HAHA! Here’s the clip:

Care to share your saving tips?

Note: Although it may look like one, this is NOT a sponsored post .

My Year of Philippine Travel

I traveled a lot in 2011 that some of my friends have labeled me “laagan“. Laagan  is a Visayan term for wanderer. The word describes someone who can’t stay put.  I know a lot of travel bloggers who went to a lot more places than I do. Compare to them, my trips looked mild. Nevertheless, I felt I traveled more this year compared to my trips for the past 30+ years.

2011 was the year I started to fulfill my travel dreams.  I am hoping to see new places this year.

Dalaguete, Cebu

This is a town in Southern Cebu. My paternal grandfather came from this quiet town. Their town fiesta (300+ years!) is on a February. My cousins invited me to come along and coincidentally, we had a Cebu Pacific trip scheduled on those dates. (Dalaguete is pronounced as “dalaget”.)

Cebu City

We always visit the Sto. Niño whenever we are in Cebu.  However, it was my first time to check out Magellan’s cross.

Davao City

Although I spent 4 years of my life in this city, it has been 8 years since I last set foot on this place. I attended some important matters in Davao in April and I squeezed in some touristy activities by visiting Jack’s Ridge and People’s Park.

Masao, Butuan City

Butuanons (and several acclaimed historians) claimed that Magellan landed here and not in Limasawa.  For us, Butuanons, this is also our beach.

Checkout the sign: Do not "ride' the boat. If you want pictures, use ground area. (rough translation)

Luneta, Manila

My quest to visit the Rizal monument remained a dream. More stories on this post.

Magallanes, Agusan del Norte

The oldest tree in the Philippines can be found here.  One can reach this place via a 30-min boat ride.

Camarines Sur

It was the first time I traveled with friends. We had so much fun that we are planning another trip this year to another Philippine destination. There was so much to see in CamSur that I wrote 4 blog posts about this trip: here, here, here and here. 😀

Legazpi, Albay

The two-hour trip from Naga city was all worth it. Mayon Volcano, the world’s most perfect cone, was magnificent.

Bit-os, Butuan City

One need not go so far to see new places. Even a small city like Butuan has hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

Intramuros, Manila

It was a short yet memorable visit. I will explore more of this place next time. I should join  Carlos Celdran’s walking tour .

Tagaytay City

The short trip with relatives was still fun.  Taal Volcano is always fascinating.

Bantayan, Cebu

Bantayan rekindled my love for the beach.  This place is paradise. I hope Bantayan does not get too commercialized.

Cebu City

I traveled to Cebu again and explored it on my own.  I walked to the Plaza Independencia early in the morning before my trip back home.

Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur

We braved the roads during Sendong to attend a friend’s wedding. I would have taken pictures of Pagadian. The city’s unique features are the inclined streets and angled tricycles. I failed to take photos because my mind was in CDO and Iligan. We went to Lakewood and the place was beautiful. I relaxed a bit before traveling back again to Cagayan de Oro. We traveled during the night along Lanao del Norte.

I will travel more this year.

I end this post with this video.

Tara na!

Hello, 2012!

Happy New Year!

I made the artwork greeting below in Pantone’s color of the year: Tangerine Tango.

I had a full December 31. I made spaghetti for lunch, met up friends and attended my cousin’s birthday.  I planned to make leche flan but I did not have the time to make it anymore. Besides, we were already full from my cousin’s birthday.

The fridge is still full.  January is going to be a sweet month. I still have the cupcake mix, brownie mix and ingredients for leche flan.

We had a simple media noche.

Prosperity candles

When we went to Manila last October,  a relative introduced us to the prosperity candles. They were sold in National Book Store for P25.25. The idea seemed interesting and fun so we bought our candles. We finally got to light them last night.

These were the instructions.

This is a win-win kind of exercise. Each candle represents a blessing.

At 12 midnight, I arranged my candles. Here’s what I got:

I got orange=brightness as my great blessing for the year.  I don’t  how to interpret this one. It sounded positive unless it represents skin tone.  HA! I love my tan.

New Year’s Eve

I found this video on and it is soo cute. I’ve always liked Zooey Deschanel’s positive and bubbly aura.  This is a pre-New Year video but I’m sharing this anyway. Bonus: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Zooey’s co-star in “500 days of Symmer”) is in it.

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