International Student Setting Sail

Has it ever come across your mind to be an international student setting sail?  rebel, leave everything behind your back and fly? Sure it has.

If you are a national of one the developing countries then possibly you thought of moving every day at least once. It’s a good idea to set sail and brave out as an expat. However, you might as well overlook some of the aspects of living as an expat.

How International Student Setting Sail Starts

Teens in their early twenties normally get obsessed with travelling specially if there’s something promising ahead that they will die to pursue. First thing that might trigger to their minds is the length of stay. Being a student can guarantee a lengthy stay on a student visa, also you have the right to work as a part-timer.

Well, that sounds like fun and challenging but how does it work out later on?

The Culture Difference Right Upon Arrival

As soon as I arrived to my dream destination, actually it is one of the major and busiest cities in Europe. I was impressed with the huge underground network that goes back to more than 150 years.

7 o’clock in the morning you can barely stop for a cup of coffee. The city is moving so fast, everyone is rushing to their office, either by train, cycling or driving. Unless you can keep up with this culture, you are definitely lagging behind.

After getting familiar with transportation and spending few days in a hostel, I had to find a place to stay in and here was the surprise. You can pay nearly the same for what you can pay in a luxury hotel in this city. The prices are absurdly soaring.

Making ends meet and getting around the city

Later on I had to find myself a part time job, after a lot of trials I was able to fit myself in a catering job. Well, not the best one but if you are a student not everyone will really look forward to hiring you.

The fact that you are on the minimum wage makes you write down a bucket list for anything you wish to buy starting from necessities all the way up to high quality king prawns.

Now that I worked my way around the city, I decided to pay for a monthly travel card, obviously that was once and for all. Commuting around this city was more of a joke, for the same price you can buy a return ticket to your neighbor country. To put it simply, a bike can save you tons of cash if you are fit enough to hold the bar and jump on the saddle.

Getting into the swing of International Student Setting Sail

After a few months struggling I was able to get by with a part time job in a hotel kitchen.

With my hands looking like that of a reptile because of the endless dishes and trays I had to wash every day I had to finish my assignments before their deadline.

The fact that I had to work and study to earn my keep wasn’t actually my perception of being an expat.

However and without doubt, this certainly helped me cope with tough moments and have a better insight of life. I believe you can figure out the name of the city, they call it “the old smoke”

Mark Zuckerberg visits Kenya

Mark Zuckerberg

Almost everyone who knows what Facebook is. Well, I cannot imagine anyone who doesn’t  even the aged know about Facebook. Well, guess what the Founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg  just landed in Kenya. This is a surprise visit as it was not been announced on media previously. In his Facebook update he posted, “Just landed in Nairobi! I’m here to meet with entrepreneurs and developers and to learn about mobile money — where Kenya is the world leader”.

Kenya has been famed for developing mobile solutions for money transfer.  This has especially bee seen with mobile pesa (Mpesa) that is widely spread.

Mark Zuckerberg who is visiting Africa for the first time landed in Nigeria on Tuesday.  While in Nigeria he met with local business owners and developers. He also visited Yaba better known as the Nigerian silicon Valley, where he also toured camp for coding kids.

Immediately after lading in Nairobi Zuckerberg visited iHub.  iHub was started in march 2010 with  aim to nature innovation. It is an open community for innovators and startups to develop and bring their ideas to life.


Dining at the popular Mama Oliech’s restaurant in Hurlingham

It is great news to have the Founder of Facebook in the country. This shows that the innovation from the country have been recognized and made great impact world wide.

The 32 years old is worth $51 billion and according to Forbes the sixth richest man in the world.

Pump it Up!

The Pump It Up machine

The Pump It Up machine

Players behold! There is a standing rhythm game about to hit your life and stay there for eternity. This game is a rising trend all over the world. “Pump it Up” is a rhythm game created by Nexcade, fashioned and published by Andamiro in Korea. It was first published in 1999 as a freestyle game in Korea as the First Dance Floor. As time came by, they generated more versions along with different step charts, and songs with more difficult levels to challenge players to train and play. Therefore, Anda

miro created it into one of the best and most-challenging rhythm games yet.

The PIU Machine

Pump it Up, or PIU is played using a dance pad of 5 arrow panels – up-left, up-right, down-left, down-right, and center. The machine consists of a cabinet and the dance platform. The cabinet contains the speakers and lamps to give the game ecstatic effects and good sound system at the lower portion, and a monitor at the higher portion. The dance platform is a raised metal platform

divided into two sides to let two people play simultaneously. Each side contains five acrylic glass pads arranged like the five dots on a dice separated by metal squares. Beneath those pads are sensors that monitor the footsteps and the rhythm. The dance pad is also constructed with a hand bar to assist players for balance during a speed game.

Playing the Game

The mechanics of this game is simple. You just have to select a song and a level, set the speed of arrows, and then hit play. The instructions are posted on the machine itself for you to follow. When they game has started, you are to step on the arrows portrayed on the monitor with precision. Move with the beat and the rhythm and dance out.

In this rhythm game, you can play it as a freestyle or a speeders. In doing a freestyle you incorporate and choreograph steps to perform them on the dance pad. Speeders, on the other hand, are those who enjoy the wide variety of the stream, rapids and twists of notes that the step charts provide. These step charts are highly organized to fit and conform to the music. They are organized by level of difficulty for players to try and enjoy.

Most of the songs arouse and excite many people around because of the tune, the beat and the rhythm. Some of the songs are quite famous in our society like the Tu


rkey March, Canon, and many more. Others are sung by famous bands from different countries like T-ara and Block B from Korea, PANDA from Spain and others.  Who wouldn’t want to listen to their personal favorites while playing?

Pump It Up Events

Before, Pump it up was no more than a rhythm game, but as time came by, events were created and programs were organized from all around the world. Andamiro finally made Pump It Up a sport, gathering people from all over the world to train and compete with different people. They created a portion for freestyle  and speed competition wherein both males and females of different ages can join. However, in the speed competition, the extremity of levels is different between the male and the female bracket.

The 2016 World Pump it Up Festival was held in Bali, Indonesia. Many different countries joined the competition including Korea, Philippines, Peru, Mexico, Bolivia, and many more. In the male and female bracket of the Speed Division, Mexico and Peru garnered first place, respectively. While in the freestyle division, Korea won by performing one of the most famous songs, “Sugar Conspiracy Theory.”

Showcase Skills and Talents

This is no longer just a game. Most players already call it their passion, their sport and their hobby. Some players have built themselves with their peers while playing this game. They have built their confidence and their will-power to engage in different activities. Some players spend money to train for upcoming events and programs to showcase their skills and talents in playing PIU.

Who would not enjoy this kind of amusement? Aside from the thrill and excitement you feel in playing, you also feel the challenge and the pleasure of pumping it up. More to the point, this rhythm game is also effective in losing weight and staying fit. What more fun way to lose weight than playing? After all, this is applicable to all ages. You wouldn’t lose anything if you try this. You would even gain a bit of experience and self-fulfillment. Don’t be shy to ask the players to teach you how to play. It’s better to get some assistance if you really want to try and succeed in this rhythm game. So what are you waiting for? Pump it up, and move your body to infinity!

Contributing Factors of Poverty

According to Carolina Maria De Jesus, “We are slaves to the cost of living.” If you do not have enough resources to provide yourself and your family essential needs like food, shelter, clothing, and education, then you are in the state of poverty. Extreme poverty can cause different misfortunes like hunger, illnesses and death.

Facts about poverty

Did you know that 18 million people die a year or 50 thousand people die each day because of poverty? That is 270 million since 1990.

11 million children die before their fifth birthday.

And in the year 2001, 1.1 billion had consumption levels below 1 dollar and 2.7 billion lived with less than 2 dollars a day.

Contributing Factors of Poverty

  • The politics of poverty – government decisions typically reflect the interests of the well-to-do rather than the poor. Instead of giving more benefits to the needy, the government’s decisions seem to give more to the rich. They treat the poor people as expendables individuals. Instead of helping them with their programs and decisions, they seem to aggravate the situation.


For example, in the Philippines during the Yolanda typhoon, millions of goods were imported from different countries all around the world for the victims. However, it didn’t seem that the victims benefited from the goods. They were replaced by lower quality merchandises, and the whereabouts of the imported goods remain unknown.


Another example is corruption. The Philippines might have overcome poverty if only the government officials are not corrupt. During the early 2000s, the Philippines had a higher income rate than that of Malaysia and Singapore. However, the Philippines stayed at the bottom while the two other countries developed.


  • Poverty and the Economy – the economy seem to work for the rich than for the poor. In other words, the poor people work for the rich to earn money. However, sometimes they are not given what is due to them. They don’t have the audacity to complain because they are scared of being fired. So instead of prospering, they remain poor because they depend on the capitalists who hold them as slaves.

For example, in the Philippines, there are so many farms and plantations called haciendas. The owners sometimes treat the farmers as slaves but the latter don’t have a choice but to conform. For them, they can no longer afford to lose their job to sustain for their family.


  • Patterns of Family Life – education is crucial to the success of an individual. If you want to succeed, apply for a better-paying job. However, companies would rather hire people of good descent, good family background and good educational attainment. Their requirements are too far up for poor people to reach.


This is the reason why people experiencing poverty have no jobs or has low-paying jobs. They are categorized as incompetent because they do not have a good educational attainment.


For example, in hiring operatives, they only consider the people from credited schools with a good transcript of records. The rest are rejected and most of them are under the poverty line.


Social or Psychological Factors: these are the values that are held by the poor which affect how they perceive things.


  • The culture of poverty – Oscar Lewis said that the economic, social and psychological values of poor people are likely to perpetuate poverty instead of alleviating it.


Most of the poor people in the Philippines conduct bad decisions in managing their resources. Instead of buying necessary things for themselves and their family, they use their money to buy drugs, alcohol or cigarettes.


In addition to that, they value their sense of belongingness rather than prioritizing. They still want to spend on occasions such as birthdays, and things they don’t even need even when they don’t have money. This is the reason why they obtain debts from other people which aggravates their poor condition.


They also have this thinking that when they are born poor, they die poor. So instead of looking for a way to progress, they slack off, do nothing, and depend on others.


  • Disparagement and Discrimination – the poor are considered by some people as stupid or disreputable because most of them are uneducated. This is the reason why, these poor people lack self-respect and self-confidence. They are being judged and labeled as incompetent and disgraceful because they come from low-class families.


Because of this, poor people don’t have the courage to stand out in a crowd because they are likely to be criticized. This is also one of the reasons why they are ashamed to apply for jobs in the central business district.


How to Get out of Poverty

  • Depend on yourself. If you think you are able enough to look for a job, do so. Don’t let other people’s judgment stop you from alleviating your situation. In the long run, they won’t be the ones to suffer more, you are. Our world is full of criticisms anyway. The rich gets judged and the poor gets discriminated. What is there to lose?


There are people who are deaf, blind and lame who are able to land for a job. However, you yourself are free from disabilities. If they can be hired, so can you. Keep your hopes up and do not lose confidence in your abilities.


  • Prove yourself. If people see you as incompetent, prove them wrong. Start applying on different realistic jobs, and when opportunity knocks, take it. You can start with low-paying jobs. At least you get something rather than nothing. Set aside your fear, and anxiety and let your pride help you stand up against the world.


  • Think positive. Being born poor does not mean you have to die poor. It is all on your decisions. If there is a will, there is a way. God is not that heartless to not give you opportunities at all. Believe, and you will see that there are many different chances that you can take in improving your situation.