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5 Places Where You Can Get Some Studying Done

When hitting the books at home (or in school) gets a tad boring, here are alternative places you can visit.
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Candy Girls take learning seriously, so we always seek out places that are conducive to doing serious brainwork. Spending extra hours in school to finish your homework may get too exhausting, and staying at home to review for exams may also pose a few distractions (e.g. rowdy siblings, loud television, and your comfy bed).

5 Places Where You Can Get Some Studying Done

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To make studying a bit more fun, we thought of listing alternative places where you can read your textbook, memorize historical facts, solve challenging math equations, and more at peace. Where should you go next time you need quiet study time? Read on to find out!

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  1. Quaint restaurant cafes

    Since most restaurants can get pretty loud, go for restaurant cafes that combine full-service restaurant offerings with that chill cafe atmosphere. Here, you can get stuffed with a full meal, enjoy your caffeine fix, and relax in the serene vibe.

    Where to go: The Croque Cafe + Bakery in Makati, Casa Xocolat in Katipunan, and Harina Artisan Bakery Cafe in White Plains are perfect examples. It’s best to visit outside lunch and dinner hours.

    What to bring: Aside from your study materials, be sure to bring cash for a full meal. Most places now have Wi-Fi, so you can just ask the staff for the password.

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  2. Cutesy neighborhood coffee shops

    With the number of coffee shops opening up every month, you can surely find one where you can sip on a signature drink, take advantage of free Wi-Fi, and lounge about in cozy chairs. People in coffee shops know better not to make such a racket, so you can be assured of a very chill ambiance.

    Where to go: We suggest you check out Yardstick Coffee in Makati, Cool Beans Cafe in Maginhawa, and Epic Coffee Roastery in Kapitolyo. These places have impressive interiors, too, that will stimulate your brain.

    What to bring: Bring coffee money, your study materials, and your laptop for an intense review session. You may want to bring out your journal, too, so you can jot down your personal thoughts while taking a break.

  3. Cool coworking spaces

    Coworking spaces are a thing now. Though such places are primarily marketed to startup companies, this doesn't prevent students from temporarily squatting and working on projects there. The interior design is cool and sophisticated, making anyone feel like a boss. With reliable Internet connection, office amenities, and free coffee, what more can you ask for?

    Where to go: O2 Space and A_SPACE Manila in Makati plus co.lab in Kapitolyo are superb coworking spaces. The fees may be a bit pricey for a student's budget, so be sure to split it with your study buddies.

    What to bring: Bring money for the rental, your books, your laptop, and your entire study group! Coworking spaces are great places for collaboration. You and your classmates can share ideas and work on group projects.

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  4. The ever-reliable public libraries

    Of course, nothing beats our trusty public libraries. You can have access to different materials online and offline. These libraries are the place to go if you're researching hard-to-find documents. You will also find other visitors who value peace and quiet while getting work done.

    Where to go: Drop by the National Library of the Philippines. They also hold different events like workshops, classes, and exhibits. You may also visit your city's public library to appreciate more what your town has to offer.

    What to bring: Don't forget your notes and the list of books you want to borrow. Take advantage of your visit and read some titles you've always wanted to read.

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  5. Clean and green parks

    Parks are ideal especially if you need some inspiration. Are you working on a creative project? Maybe it's better to step out, find a spot in the park, and observe your surroundings (rather than lurking all day on the Internet). Leave your pocket Wi-Fi and turn off your mobile data for a while, so you can be one with the environment.

    Where to go: Some parks you may want to visit include the Ayala Triangle Gardens (for urban dwellers), La Mesa Eco Park (for nature lovers), and the different plazas in Intramuros (for history nuts). The community park at your hometown will do, too!

    What to bring: Bring your journal, sketchpad, and other art materials. Pack a picnic basket, too, in case you get hungry.

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Jean is a twentysomething freelance writer who enjoys squatting at coffee shops with her trusty laptop, favorite music, and book of choice. She's big on city living but always longs for the sea, sun, and sand.
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I don’t know what to do. I feel lost. I don’t know what to do. I feel alone. I don’t know what to do. I feel abandoned. Dreams are things we ought to have. Without them, we might never know where will our future take us. We seem to be trained to have them. I want to be a nurse. I want to be a doctor. I want to be an engineer. I want to be a lawyer. Those are the lines children tell in front of people. It seems simple to dream. To have an ambition. Well, I thought it is. But, now, as I put a book on my lap, thinking about where my fate will lead me, it isn’t.

I feel drowned in the responsibility of knowing what I wanted. The season of college entrance tests are coming. Yet, I feel nothing but doubtful. I studied, but now, I am not doing such a thing. I felt so engrossed the last time I checked myself months ago. Now, I am unsure of what I want to do. I have to study. Yes, I know. However, I feel so dismissive to do something. I can’t even point out what’s the problem in me.

What am I doing? I must go, open some books, and study hard. But, I am never doing it in this present moment. Instead of challenging myself with tons of knowledge, I am here writing this passage with my mind resonating with unspoken words and truth. I seem insane, right? What will happen to me if I keep on doing nothing? Well, simple. I will never be successful - I know that. Then, what must I do?

Asking myself such a question will never suffice what I really need. Because, I’ve been asking myself questions all the time. Yet, I’ve never come up with answers. I don’t know what to do. I feel like being pained. I don’t know what to do. I feel like being tortured. I don’t know what to do. I feel like being misunderstood. I don’t know what to do. I don't know.

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strangers can be not strangers, they can be someone else

Isn't it intimidating to interact with strangers? Majority will say "yes" certainly. No doubt, parents also come up with their very classic "Don't talk to strangers" smart advice for their children. But come to realize to take the opposite approach of it as we grow older, there's a tangled idea in our head it it is beneficial or not.

Finding comfort to someone we don't know is like finding a needle in the bunch of hay. A blurry-blurry thing, a no-percent no-possibility to happen. But not to compare, for others it's like their way of finding comfort, way to socialize, way to widen their circle of acquaintance, that's why psychologist somewhat agree with it. If the person didn't give you a ghastly vibe, why not give it a try to interact. It's kinda weird thing to open doors for strangers,but at the same time, its interesting. Think of this, why its easy for others to share secretes of them, or to have pretty intimate conversation to random person? Cause they say, "No judgement".

Why its okay to ask help to person we dont know if we are in unfamiliar place? Cause they can help us, and same goes in other way. Bottomline, Strangers are not just strangers or a person we dont know, or a person that our parents taught us not to talk to. They can be someone else who can help us in times of unfamiliarity of places or thing. They can be the person who sit next to you in the bus who ask for a little help for direction and end up having a great conversation.

They can be a lot more we didn't expect to, and you can tell by yourself that your best of friends you have today are once a complete stranger to you yet you end up having a strong bond of friendship. They are the person we completely don't know, we dont know their upbringings or what, but sometimes the can be more helpful to us than the others we know. By simply having a casual conversation with them, we're not noticing that they are giving us a diffirent approach to different aspects in life and unfortunately, this idea overpowers by just word "stranger". Hopefully, maybe now or then, we're very thankfull that we took the opposite approach of "do not talk to strangers"

Nyla David Just now

Hi Candy! I saw a repost of your IG story from one of my good friends who happens to be your candy rookie, Margaux Nonato, about students who started their business this quarantine season. I wanted to submit my own story as well but didn’t have the guts to do so, until I read the stories of some students who happen to share the same experience as mine!

Telling my own story might be a little overdue, now that you’ve already published the article but I wanted to give this a try still if it means inspiring other people as well. I am an incoming third year medical student from De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute and I have also decided to do something productive (aside from studying my backlogs of course) and something unique that may help me to challenge myself into exploring new things aside from human anatomy, pathology, and all those medical greatness.

Kudos to everyone who decided to start their online businesses! I must say it isn’t easy at all so we all deserve a round of applause for doing great and getting this far! I’ve always been a fan of baking since I was a kid. I remember making my own chocolate chip cookies when I was in second year high school and back then, I only baked with a microwave (since our oven was whack) and used choco choco as the chocolate in my cookies ???? they are not as bad as they seem! Trust me!

Since then I’ve always dreamed of finding the perfect recipe. I took Biochemistry in college and went straight to studying Medicine so my plan in finding the perfect recipe was always postponed since studying for my future patients will always be my number one priority. (Naks) Then Coronavirus happened. I just finished my last semester for 2nd year Med last June and I’ve decided to finally come up with the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, then tried selling them for extra allowance to help in our expenses. In addition to my chocolate chip cookie recipe, I’ve also managed to bake chocolate crinkles and different varieties of brownies! Who would’ve thought that a super busy medical student would have the chance to bake and create her own online business as well? (While in Med School!!!)

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This goes not only to medical students like me, but to all students who are struggling to keep themselves sane this quarantine season. Amidst the pandemic that we are facing right now, I hope that we may not forget to take good care of ourselves both physically and mentally. May we find the courage to remain optimistic and try new things that could help us grow and become better. Sharing with you my story this quarantine season, I hope I may be able to inspire other people into believing that they too, can do something amazing, heck there’s no limit to what we can all achieve! As long as we work hard for it, malayo ang mararating natin! I thank you, Candy Mag, for spreading good vibes and inspiration to everyone by publishing good stories! To all the lovely readers who took their time to read Candy’s article, if this ever gets published, I hope you remind yourselves today that you are capable of doing amazing things and that there is no limit to what you can achieve. Fighting! Dont forget to visit, like, and follow my page on Facebook and Instagram, Harina Manila (@harina.manila) and try out some of our baked goods! We got you covered, my paboridough! Thank you! ??

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