Brain Activities While on Summer BreakSince it’s summer again in the Philippines, many students are having the time of their lives frolicking in the beach and doing outdoor activities that they won’t be able to do once the rainy season starts. Social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram seem to be brochures for beach destinations and gastronomic adventures, as everyone features their holidays and parties on a weekly (for some, even daily) basis. Those in the workplace, not to be outdone by students on vacation, try to maximize their weekends by going out of town. People who can’t afford to have a getaway, those who for one reason or another cannot leave home, content themselves with warding off the heat by stuffing themselves with ice cream or halo-halo. Indeed, summer is more fun in the Philippines.
- Learn a new language. If you think that the UK news website BBC is limited only to what’s happening around the world, then you better think again. Aside from providing information about basically anything, this site offers lessons on foreign languages such as Portuguese, Spanish, French, Greek, Italian, German, and even Chinese. The best thing about these courses is that they’re free. If you’re not into “spoken” languages, lessons about sign language are another option. This way, not only will you exercise your brain, you’ll also sound cool once you’re back in school or in the office.
- Engage in brain and logic games. The classic example of a game that employs intellectual stimulation is the universal card game poker. Whether you’re the type who enjoys tournaments in online gaming sites like partypoker.es or prefer gathering the gang for some rounds of poker for the weekend, rest assured that you’ll not only get entertained—you’ll also use your mind while you play. How so? Poker is more of a game of strategy than luck. Strategy is involved in deciding which hand to play, whether or not to bluff, or when to raise the stakes. Even the local card game variant pusoy uses these techniques.
- Join a cause. Engaging in activities like building homes for Gawad Kalinga or spending a day with animals in shelters like PAWS (Philippine Animal Welfare Society) will trigger your compassion within. This is more rewarding than any trip to the beach.