Books and Brews Cafe


Name: Books and Brews Cafe
Address: Mango Square Mall, Juana Osmeña St., Camputhaw, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu
Type: Cofffe Shop
Opened: May 8, 2017
Price range: PHP48+
Amenities: Sofas, books, WiFi

A pretty quaint and quiet place, with bookshelves that encourage customers to read, Books and Brews Cafe is a really nice blend of a place between brews of all sorts, some choice baked goods (classic brownies and chocolate cookies, both of which are deliciously satisfying to one’s sweet tooth), and books.


Very aesthetically pleasing, with an introvert-friendly ambiance, it’s definitely a place I predict will prove to be popular amongst the local Cebuanos and tourists who drop by Cebu.

With a pretty good WiFi speed, it’s quite a work-friendly place. The tables also allow space for 4 people and is large enough to hold at least 3 laptops, if group work is in mind. There are also a number of wall sockets for charging if ever you do need to do so.

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Located in Mango Square Mall, it’s easily accessible from most parts of Cebu City.

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A great place to check out? Definitely!



HeForShe Emma Watson Speech To The UN

Her words ring so true in my ears that I was just tearing up watching this.

If we were to remain silent, nothing will ever be done about this. Our voices, backed with good intentions and logical thought process, truly are our one power.

It also reminded me of this TED talk by Clint Smith, titled “The Danger of Silence”, which discusses silence and its negative impact, keeping the many truths under wraps until they burst out into the open when it could have been prevented before.


On a completely unrelated note, I am getting the vibes that Emma Watson just might be an INFJ like myself, merely because of her beliefs, her actions, how she conducts herself, what she says, and the way she shows how she thinks and feels.

Doodling The Bird


When it comes to doodling, I almost always automatically go for a bird — or a variant of it, aesthetically speaking, as seen above (I don’t quite think there are any birds who look like that in reality, unless it bred with some dinosaur…).

And because of that, I became curious about the psychology of doodling. Regarding birds.

It turns out that doodling birds usually mean that their “artist” is feeling constricted and wants to fly free. But then, it all depends on the way the bird is drawn as well.

Anyhow, I’ve put up a link on bird doodle meanings down below, just in case.

Verbal Diarrhoea

Verbal diarrhoea.

Or as is the proper term in psychology, logorrhoea.

Defined by psychologists, it is when an individual becomes excessively wordy, with talk that is devoid of logical coherence. At times, it is when ideas from the mind just leak out randomly. Supposedly, its causes aren’t clearly understood, but somehow it has to do with the frontal lobe structure of the brain that is related to language.

Of course, it would make little sense if the brain structure causing logorrhoea were to be related with eye-hand coordination. But I digress.

Interjection aside, it is a great inconvenience to be afflicted by this malady, especially since verbally spouting out nonsensical phrases annoys most people one comes in contact with in life. Also, logorrhoea is known to be associated with the presence of some psychiatric disorders, some of which that were listed are aphasia, mania, and catatonic schizophrenia. It is also seen to reflect the presence of tachypsychia, which is when thoughts go through the mind in an accelerated fashion.

Think Sherlock Holmes, with Robert Downey Jr. playing the titular character — His character is endowed with tachypsychic abilities, as well as his arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty, as shown in the video above.

Logorrhoea, mind you, is vastly different from tachyphemia, which is characterized by rapid speech that is difficult to understand due to poor syntax and the insertion of words or phrases that are unrelated to what needs to be communicated.

The majority’s opinions on people who are afflicted by logorrhoea vary and there’s numerous accounts and offhand comments about verbal diarrhoea out there that will help illuminate you on those opinions. But being someone who, on occasion — well, almost frequently actually, but I try, try, try to be careful and control it as much as possible for fear of being called schizophrenic or bipolar (which I have been called once) — says randomly bizarre comments that just pop into her head, it’s quite a revealing, tell-tale sign of nerves. Or rather, that’s how I perceive it, since my nervousness is always the activation key to my verbal diarrhoea.

“My verbal diarrhoea” — that sounds funny *giggles*

I recently said a random phrase that made absolutely no sense and I realized this immediately after the words left my mouth. I wanted to retract them so badly, but what’s said cannot be taken back. And that’s obviously horologically impossible. It was perfectly harmless, I suppose, but it was such a stupid thing to say that the person I said it to probably thought me completely ludicrous. It left me no choice but to quickly walk away and try not to be too embarrassed about it.

Well. Logorrhoea. It just happens sometimes. Hope I’m not schizophrenic. Although it would be cool to have tachypsychia.

Yes, I’m aware of my tendency to have “the diarrhoea of the mouth”.



Food, Plastic, and Paper Waste

Back in high school, we were required to do this CAS Project thing, in our two-year IB curriculum, that basically needed to cover Creativity, Action, and Service. It also had to be a group thing, so our class divided into two groups, if I recall correctly. Since I’d been the one appointed by the CAS coordinator to write out the different members of each group during the whole class discussion (writing on the board with everyone looking at me writing always bothered me, so this was quite uncomfortable, even though I constantly had to do it), I got to pick which team to join last, and I went with the one with less people in it.

The topic this group decided to tackle was food, plastic, and paper wastage. I did the research and this seemed like something appropriate to put up here, including the crappy posters I made as well.

Food Wastage Facts:

  • As of 2011, 1.3 billion tons of food (one third of the global food production) are lost or wasted annually.
  • Loss and wastage occurs in all steps in the food supply chain. In low-income countries, most loss occurs during production, while in developed countries much food is wasted at the consumption stage.
  • In US, 40% of food waste occurs at home. In a cross-country survey done among 400 US households, 93% of respondents acknowledged buying food they never used.

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Plastic Facts:

  • Our consumption rate of plastic bags today is over 500 billion plastic bags annually, which is almost 1 million plastic bags used every minute.
  • Plastic bags cause hundreds of thousands of birds, sea turtles and other marine animal deaths every year because these creatures mistake plastic trash for food.
  • On average, each household uses 500 plastic bottles each year, of which just 130 are recycled.
  • North Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.

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Paper Facts:

  • A typical business office will produce about 1.5 pounds of paper waste per employee a day.
  • The paper industry is the fourth largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions among all United States manufacturing industries.
  • Paper cups consume trees, water, and chemicals, and dump them into streams and landfills (not recyclable). Every year, nearly 900 million trees are cut down to provide raw materials for American paper and pulp mills.
  • Half the world’s forests have already been cleared or burned, and 80% of what’s left has been seriously damaged.
  • Paper accounts for 25% of landfill waste (one third of municipal landfill waste).

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