3 Simple Ways to Steer Clear of Sickness this Rainy Season

Baguio’s average temperature of approximately 18 degrees Celsius makes learning more convenient. However, with the continuous pours and drizzles in between, the weather has become colder and that consequently brings some inevitable illnesses.

Getting sick is one of the things that we must avoid especially when studying. You don’t want to go to to your pronunciation class with sore throat, or to your grammar class with head ache accompanied by held back snuffles. To avoid these, here are some tips packed in three reminders on how we should maintain good health this season.

  1. Load up on Vitamin C

Vitamin C is known to boost immune system. Every meal, Monol dining area serves fresh veggies and fruits. Increase your usual serving of these healthful rations. In addition to these, you can also take Vitamin C as dietary supplement for protection boost.

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  1. Keep Warm

Say good bye to miniskirts, sleeveless tops, and shorts because they are going on a long vacation. Keep your body warm by investing on wool sweaters, jackets, and pants. Apart from that, you could also go for warm beverages such as tea and coffee. We have a jug of freshly brewed coffee placed just beside the bread section to warm your body up. If you opt for wider variety of choices, you can go to the café located at B5. Who says we can’t survive with cuddle weather alone?

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  1. Gear Up

If summer season is the counterpart of the rainy season, then sunblock, shades, and swimwear is to umbrella, rain coats, and boots. We can reduce the chances of acquiring diseases if we prepare the right ‘gears’ for this season. An umbrella would come in handy during those 20-minute store visits or when going out on a weekend; raincoat could protect your OOTDs from getting soaked; and boots, well aside from being stylish, they can protect your skin from  getting fungal infection brought by the contaminated rain water.

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JUST IN CASE…

As was mentioned earlier, illness is inevitable during this wet season. While prevention is better than cure still holds true, you might just find yourself catching colds and flu one of these days. If that case happens, don’t hesitate to head to the clinic located at the ground floor, Room 308. We have friendly nurses who can give you medicine and other first aids you need. You can also take rest there until you feel better.

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5 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Monol

Letting loose after long hours of studying or working is necessary for a balanced living. Here in Monol, students have the option to go out after class until 9 pm (except if student has penalty, oops!). However, with Baguio’s rainy season, going out is quite a bit of a hassle for students. Fortunately, “Live and Learn” resonates what we live up to that is why even if you stay just inside the academy, there are a lot of fun activities that you could enjoy:

  1. Sit and Talk in the Sauna

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Going to sauna especially during this season would be one of the best resorts to warm your body up. Aside from recreational and social, there are other innumerable benefits of going to this heat room–it relaxes muscles, flushes toxins, clears skins, induces deeper sleep, and even burn calories! There are separate saunas for men and women situated at B5 sandwiching the cafe counter. Open every day.

  1. Go for the Game Ball

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Are you the sporty type? You can tag your friends along to play billiards or table tennis! Located at the rooftop, students are allowed to play here from 5 pm onwards to avoid disruption of classes.

  1. Hit the Gym

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If your daily routine revolves around sitting in class for hours, going to the dining hall and taking rest in your room for the remainder time, this season might be a good opportunity to break the vapid routine. The Physical Activity Guidelines recommend doing an average of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activities per week. This means exercising for about 30 mins per day for five days. Worried about which exercises are suitable for you? Don’t fret because we have friendly gym instructors who can guide your way to fitness.
Monol gym is open from 6 am to 12 midnight. Here is the schedule for fitness classes:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 
Wrestling       5pm-6pm
Jiujitsu            7pm-8pm

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Muay Thai      5pm-6pm
Boxing             7pm-8pm

  1. Yoga Yonder

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Feeling stressed? Relax, take a deep breath, and release your stress.  Free your mind and be physically active at the same time inside these four corners. Yoga class starts from 7pm to 9pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, but the yoga room is open every day if you wish not to join yoga class. Pilates class is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8pm-9pm.

  1. Catch up at the Cafe

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Rain or shine, going to a cafe is just a perfect fit for a chit chat and even ‘studying’. Visit the cafe just outside B5, get yourself a warm cup of beverage, and the view overlooking the lush mountains covered with fog and mist will take care of the rest. This cafe is open from 9 am to 7 pm.

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On a regular day, students can also enjoy basketball and badminton at the open court. Don’t hesitate to ask for sports equipment from MSD. Enjoy!

 

 

 

The Best Place I Visited in the Philippines by Joey

The most unforgettable place which I have visited in the Philippines is Mt. Ulap.

Teacher Hazel invited me to go to Mt. Ulap. Before I went to Mt. Ulap, I had never experienced hiking. It was a great chance to experience something new so I accepted the invitation without a doubt. I especially looked forward to seeing the scenery at Mt. Ulap. Continue reading

Required items before coming to MONOL

Written by: Zoe (Essential Intermediate ESL student)

Today, I want to share about what to prepare before coming to the Philippines.

I chose this topic because even though Monol gave me a list of items, I searched for more information about this when I was preparing to go to the Philippines.

This is the second time for me to visit Baguio City. I visited Baguio when I was a middle school student, so I was better than other students in preparing what to bring. Continue reading

Winners of first Photo Essay contest in Monol announced

During the past month, Monol launched its very first Photo Essay contest in the academy to give a little spice to the usual essay writing contest regularly organized. For the said competition, seven winners were named and although the weather in Baguio is mostly rainy and cloudy, the winners’ entries talked about their fun experiences and adventures at the beach and other tourist destinations in the Philippines, which are considered to be the must-see places during the summer season.  Continue reading