Please Dont leave me behind

Please Don’t Leave Me Behind

It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time travelling or your hundredth, there will always be that sinking fear that you have forgotten something of importance at home. It’s best, then, to always keep a travel checklist as to not forget your travel essentials.

Travel organizer
Don’t have a travel organizer? Get one now for every member of your family. It’ll help ensure that everything you need to get from one place to another is in one neat place. In your travel organizer, be sure to place your passport and visas, your IDs (yes, your school ID will suffice), cash, itinerary, your tickets, and your hotel contact information. Got all that? Okay, on to the next.

In this bag will contain the things that you’ll need during your flight, but make sure you have at least some clothes, and toiletries in there too just in case you lose your luggage. Here are some things to put in your carry-on: your travel organizer, your phone and charger, headphones, camera, a book, your glasses, a pen, and some wet wipes. Your flight will now go by smoothly, now on to your toiletry kit.

Toiletry kit
Make sure that the liquids and aerosols in your toiletry kit, don’t go over 100ml so they don’t get taken away from you in the airport. In your toiletry kit, be sure to have your toothbrush and toothpaste, a comb, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, sunscreen, facial wash and some lip balm. Got everything? Alright, it’s on to your actual luggage.

The items in this bag will determine how great you look in your Instagram posts. Be sure to pack clothes that are appropriate for the weather, but make you look great. Some basic things to bring are: t-shirts, pants or shorts, socks, sweaters, jackets, pajamas, your underwear, a swimsuit, and your toiletry kit.
Once everything in this list is ready, the last step is just to remember to bring your carry-on, and your luggage along with you when you leave the house.
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Planning the perfect vacation

Planning the Perfect Vacation

Summer: It’s the perfect time for family bonding, you’re out of school, your parents have the Holy Week free, and are probably itching to spend a few days of their vacation leave to have fun and relax. Since it’s also that time of year when most families travel to far off places in order to make some fantastic memories, we’re here to help make that trip truly memorable for you and your family.

Where do you want to go?
In order to make this decision, you also have to ask yourself (and your family) what you want to do in this vacation. Do you want to see a place that’s completely different from home? Ride some roller coasters? Eat exotic food? If you have these questions answered, then it’s easier to pick a place to go.

Have you picked a place yet? Great! Then it’s time to do some research. We live in an age where information is available with just a click of a button! So, take out your phones or your laptops for all the info you need.

Book your flight and accommodations!
This is the part that your parents will most likely take care of, so rest easy and let the adults figure this out.

Yes, there are so many things you possibly need for this trip that it feels a bit overwhelming trying to figure out what to bring, and what to leave behind. While, you don’t need to bring your entire house with you, try to bring some extra clothes and enough toiletries. And remember, bring things that’ll also help you enjoy the trip, like your iPod or a good book. (ALSO: NEVER FORGET YOUR PASSPORT!)

Avoid stress.
Remember to be at the airport early! There’ll likely be less people in line at the check-ins, and you’ll grab a good seat (preferably next to a socket!) while you wait for your flight. But don’t go overboard, like being at the airport at 5am when your flight leaves at 10pm, okay? That’s just weird.

If you’re able to travel this summer, that’s fantastic! Cherish the moments with your loved ones, and make some unforgettable memories. Once you come back, you can always join the Summer Standout Camp at JRP.

Have a Productive Summer

Have a Productive Summer

School is over (for the time being), and you’re just about ready to crawl into bed and make up for all those nights you were up late studying for this exam, or finishing this project, and whatnot. While we’re all for you getting your much needed sleep, know that there are more productive (and relaxing) ways to go about your summer.

It’s time to get cooking.
With no allowance over the summer break, it becomes a lot more difficult to go and order your favorite meals. Be productive, and satisfy your cravings by learning how to cook the food you love most! You’ll probably find it difficult at first, but with Tasty videos, and online recipes, you’ll probably be a master chef by the time you get back to school.

Watch some films.
While it’s tempting to just rewatch all your favorite movies, or catch up on all the blockbuster hits you’ve missed during the school year, you can make your binge watching more productive by brushing up on some cinema classics. Research on the best movies of all time (highly recommended: Wizard of Oz), and cross off those films one by one. (Don’t be afraid if the movie isn’t in English! Embrace subtitles!)

Okay, so you’ve done more than enough reading to last you a lifetime this semester, but now’s the time to read books, and articles that actually interest you! The best part? No deadlines on when you have to finish them, no tests about it the next day, just reading for pleasure. What could be better than that?

Expand your knowledge.
Admit it, there was a time you wanted to be an astrophysicist or a geologist. We all wanted to learn about something that we just felt was too complicated to learn. Here’s your solution: Wikipedia Simple English. Learn complicated things like quantum physics in a language you can actually understand and digest.

Make the most out of your summer, and get productive. Join the Summer Standout Camp at JRP today.

Learning Something New

Learning Something New

Learning something new takes quite a lot of effort, particularly when you’re not required to do it. It’s very tempting to skip today’s lessons or training in favor of sleeping in, or binge-watching your favorite show. Here are a few tips on how to make your habit of learning stick.

• Make sure you’re actually interested.
Learning something new is already hard on its own. It will be more difficult if you’re not actually interested in, say, learning French, or playing the cello. If you’re going to spend a lot of time and effort into this new hobby, choose something you’ve thought of before and something you think you’d truly enjoy.

• Actually do it!
It’s one thing to learn the language on an application (although, that helps!), but don’t forget to actually speak the language with others whenever you can. The same thing goes for any musical instrument; practising the chords is effective, sure, but to truly make it stick, learn a new song (or a song you’ve known for a while but could never play). The more you do it, the more it sticks in your brain.

• Make new friends.
The thing that makes school easier is the fact that you have other people learning with you, and that translates to your summer learning endeavors. If you want to learn quicker, and more effectively, try looking for a community that’s interested in learning the same things you are. You’ll expand both your knowledge, and your social group.

• Set clear goals.
Let’s be honest, you won’t become a basketball superstar, a piano virtuoso, or be able to understand anime without subtitles in one night, or even in a week. Be realistic! Set clear goals for yourself (i.e. “Today, I’ll learn five new words”, “I’ll make twenty baskets from the three-point line”, or “I’ll be able to play the chorus of this song without looking at the music sheet”).

Your future self will thank you for taking the time and effort to develop these new skills, so keep at it! #JRPSummerCamp


Concert Do’s and Don’ts

Some of your most memorable experiences will be attending your favorite artists’ concerts. There is nothing quite like hearing and seeing them perform live, so it’s totally understandable if you freak out, fangirl a bit, and even cry, but do remember that you are still in a public space. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts that you have to remember:

DO: Try to make friends.
It may normally be a little difficult trying to start a conversation with strangers because you have no idea what their interests are. But you’re at a concert, so obviously you and everyone else in the location are fans of the performing artist. So, strike up a conversation and you may just make some new friends.

DON’T: Start a fight.
Everybody wants to get closer to the stage during a concert. This is probably the only time you’ll truly get to be in contact with your favorite band, or singer, and you’re a little excited at the chance of getting them to notice you. Do not, however, push people out of the way, or elbow people in order to get to the front because you’ll likely start a fight that you’re just better off without.

DO: Charge your phone.
It has happened to the best of us. We take videos of the entire concert, or Snapchat/Instagram Story everything that happens before, during, and after the concert, or call a friend so that they can (sort of) hear the artist live. By the end of the night when you need to take a Grab or an Uber, or call your dad to pick you up, you realize your phone is dead. So do charge your phone before the concert, or bring a power bank so you’ll be able to get home safely.

DON’T: Take drinks or food from strangers.
This should be fairly obvious. If you don’t know them, or just met them, even if they’re friendly enough, do not under any circumstance ingest anything that they give you. Please. Just don’t do it for your sake.
So, go and have fun! Sing as loud as you possibly can. Scream when the moment permits it, and remember our Do’s and Don’ts so you can make the most out of those magical few hours with your favorite artists.