Friday, March 27, 2015

Group work in college sucks


1. Usually, by this time, everyone has their own 'life' so it sucks that much more if we need to meet outside of class.  Peer bonding?  Gag me.  Sorry, we're not a club or sports team, and I don't wanna see these bastards anywhere but inside our educational institution!  Don't even get me started on people being late when we agree on a time to meet.

2. Most people are lazy and won't take initiative to do work. When someone responsible finally steps up to the plate, delegates, organizes, and puts in a lot of effort because no one else will, they're instantly labeled as one or more of the following: bossy, uptight, overachieving, attention whore.

3. More often than not, the hard worker in the group is under appreciated and exploited while the so-called popular, lazier one in the group seems to get all the thanks and credit for doing a small task.  What... the... fuck?

4. Since college instructors don't aid in the delegation of tasks, the workload of the group is almost always unbalanced.  No matter what, some asshole in the group is gonna benefit from all your hard work without lifting a finger.

5. If you are one of those diamonds in the rough who is passionate and works hard, you won't be able to do everything your way.  Yes, you'll have to nod and smile and agree in favor of the more often than not, idiotic popular vote.  Yeah, yeah, this is the real world and you can't always have it your way.  But shouldn't we be in control of what little we can while we're in school? 

6. I'm sorry, but in most cases, I hate working with groups of people.  Because unless you get along swimmingly or work with like-minded, and at the very least, motivated individuals, you're screwed. 

Can't study, let's gif surf


This is basically me when I try to get to my studies.  I'll sit at a desk, telling myself that I won't go anywhere until I devote at least an hour or two studying.

I start to study and realize that I need to use the internet to look up some material.  Telling myself that I will not get distracted, I search the info necessary and then, somehow, s-o-m-e-h-o-w... I always end up gif surfing.  You might be wondering, "why not just turn off the computer then?"  I've tried, and the result is me looking like an idiot staring off into lala land after about half an hour.

This time it was ALoK gifs (I got my sis addicted to the series and we've been watching it. lol).  Has anyone else watched this show?  I'm in love; the animation is gorgeous, the plot is incredible,  omg, too much awesomeness... I can't even.

If you're ever feeling frustrated in life, just go gif surfing.  Trust me, it's definitely one way to feel better.

Allow me to indulge in my unhealthy addiction to gifs. 




So true, right???












Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Why I don't believe that a vegan diet promotes healthy skin

Not to knock vegan diets, but with all these health promotions about going vegetarian or vegan and the benefits of 'healthier' skin...  I feel like it's slightly misinforming the public.

On the other hand, I'm not saying that a vegan diet is completely bad, because it's true that there are a number of health benefits from switching to greens.  It's just that it does NOT guarantee better looking skin in the long run.  I'll explain my reasoning later.

As for me, my main motivation for eating healthier is to feel better, manage my weight, and to achieve the best skin health possible for me.  I eat lots of salad, especially as a meal, but I am not a vegan nor am I vegetarian.  What I like to do is limit the amount of meat I eat.  Not cut it out completely.

So why would not eating meat, fish, or dairy foods be bad for your skin?

Because of collagen production.

Adequate collagen production is the key to all skin problems having to do with aging and appearance.  Collagen is the binding network of protein fibers in the skin that keeps it elastic, looking smooth, and preventing it from sagging.

The way our body's skin gets is collagen is by making it.  To do this, the skin uses building blocks such as amino acids.  Where do we get amino acids?  From protein. And if you think about it, collagen is found in the body of a living animal, not exactly in a plant wouldn't you say?  There's also zinc and vitamin B12 to think about (there is a deficiency commonly found in vegans and vegetarians) and higher amounts are found in animal sources.  Not only that, but the bioavailability (the amount of the nutrient readily absorbed by our body) is higher in animal sources.

Fruits and veggies have tons of great vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to the skin.  But they lack one of the most important building blocks of collagen and that is amino acids, which are best found and absorbed in the body with animal protein.  Depriving skin of the building blocks it needs to produce adequate amounts of collagen can be detrimental if you want your skin looking its best.

Sources:

http://www.meatpoultrynutrition.org/ht/d/sp/i/26062/pid/26062
http://www.zinc.org/info/zinc_essential_for_human_health
http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-HealthProfessional/#h6
http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/skin.html
http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2013/05/23-foods-that-are-good-for-your-skin/

Sunday, March 15, 2015

New otome game blog!

Hello! Thank you to everyone that commented on my last couple of posts on otome games!! I also sincerely apologize because I've deleted those posts off this blog and posted them in a new one.

It's called Otome Love and here's the url: http://otomeloove.blogspot.com/

I've been playing quite a bit of these games and I don't feel like I can organize them well on this blog. It's one of those topics that kind of demands its own page. x)

So if anyone's interested in reviews on playable characters for Voltage otome games, then feel free to check out that blog. I'll be posting reviews there. (^_^)

Happy reading!

-- Minapi

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Dealing with hormonal acne

So it's been a few months, and I've been... dealing with this beast called 'hormonal acne'.

What is hormonal acne?  It's when you're out of high school and you finally got out of that horrible teen acne stage.  You didn't think it could get any worse...  But guess what?  It can!! (-__-)

I started to notice that I was breaking out with inflamed acne around the top of my forehead, in the middle of my cheeks, and along my jawline.  A lot of the acne was the painful type, under the skin (cystic).

At first I thought that there was something wrong with my skincare regimen.  I thought about if my skin was the oily type and maybe the moisturizers I used were clogging my pores or maybe my cosmetics were comedogenic (pore clogging).

After trying and failing many times with different products, I found that it wasn't the products at all and that the cause was something far more sinister and underlying.

Hormones.

If you're wondering how I came to this conclusion, I found it through face mapping.  Face mapping is basically an old Chinese belief that acne in different regions of the face point to different body systems out of whack.  According to face mapping, acne along the jawline (which I never used to get before) is caused by hormone imbalance.  From there, I did research on hormonal acne and that's how I got my answer.  Everything finally made sense: the sudden onset, the acne along the jawline, the acne being cystic...  I finally found the answer but now I'm stuck figuring out the cure.

I'm sure that this acne problem is also due to stress.  It's no secret that women in this day and age are subject to higher levels of stress than previous generations due to higher education and higher demands from careers, balancing relationships, family life, etc.

The biggest challenge for me is just trying not to be bothered by it and covering the acne up with makeup during the day (which thankfully does a good job).  Acne really does lower self-esteem and can make a person feel very helpless.  I think I can relate much better to people with severe acne problems now that I know how it feels not being able to easily get rid of it.

I've tried a lot of things that are said to help:

  • Excluding dairy from my diet
  • Drinking more water
  • Eating more fruits and veggies
  • Exercising more
  • Thoroughly cleansing my face each night
  • Adequately moisturizing
  • Wearing sunscreen

I'm sad to say that it hasn't really given me any results yet.  But I really don't want to go on hormone therapy or use medication.  I just don't believe in messing with the internal workings of my body any further.

Maybe it's because I'm in college and have to deal with chronic high stress..  So once summer vacation hits, I won't feel so stressed out and my skin might improve.  That's my theory anyway.

We'll see what happens.  I really hope this is just some shitty stage that my skin's going through that will eventually pass.