Brain Activities While on Summer Break

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Since 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.

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Although the season means having a break from school or work, it should not mean that we should totally forget about exercising our brains. It will be disadvantageous for us to become rusty while on vacation, and be shocked later on that we forgot trigonometry or the basics of our job. It is therefore important to engage in activities that will keep our intellectual juices flowing even when we’re not confined in the four corners of a classroom or office. Here are some activities that will allow vacationing folks keep their wits even while on a break:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 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.
  3. 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.

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  1. hi marinela.. nice to visit you here again :)

    well, i found that you've been at a new place as well.
    how you feel there?

  2. Wow, I had no idea that BBC would teach languages for free. I will definitely have to look into that. I was thinking of saving up for Rosetta Stone to hammer my Spanish and French back into my brain, but free sounds better than hundreds of dollars :)

  3. This is so cool that you are in the Philippines! I had a penpal in their for several years and my last boss was from there. They have some amazing food! As a former teacher, I would agree you got to keep your brain busy even while on breaks. My husband and I play instruments, read a lot, and just plain love learning! I can't wait to read more of your blog :)

  4. Never thought of these... thank you

  5. Rigght! Free is free for all reasons. :)

  6. Nice. I have never had a penpal but I want one. How to have one I wonder? :)

    Too bad I can't play an instrument but that is one of my goals but I read a lot these days.

  7. sherry ann gole cruzJuly 20, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    i will suggest this to my son,thank you for this thoughts..


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