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Top 4 Study Tips on Maximizing Your Study Habits

The school year has just started with bread and butter in lunch boxes as the school bell rings. This is just the beginning of a lifetime success for most of us. But the journey is never easy. Every student will always walk through some rough roads somehow somewhere.  This is why we all need some study tips to get ourselves through the toughest storms in the course of studies.

Most students are enthusiastic to start the semester. Studying is not yet a burden or an obligation. They see it as a fun activity together with friends.  They wake up early and stay late studying. But as days pass by, the energy seems to deflate and the focus is drawn-out. This is where study habits need to be strongly cheered on. So, here are our top study tips to propel you towards academic excellence.

Study Tips #1: Study On Your Time Zone

Studying is an activity that needs enough time. Time element is very crucial to have an effective study habit. It needs enough planning and preparation to avoid unnecessary repetition on sub-task. Be flexible but stay realistic.

This study tip goes beyond just study skills. You need to identify what time of the day will you study that works best for you. Studying first thing in the morning may work for some. But not all can get their mind to work properly in that time frame. If so, you can try studying in the middle of the day or have it before bedtime.

Moreover, your environment will also have to do with time. Make sure that the surrounding when you study fits your time zone. But the conductivity of your environment is also subjective to the way you perceive things. It is part of your personal preferences. If staying at home won’t work, go somewhere else. There are modern places you can visit such as study café or library café like Book Latte.

“Make friends with time in you study habits.”

Study Tips #2: Understand Your Motivators

To keep yourself in the game of studies, you need the right fuels along the way. You have to understand how your body responds to internal and external triggers.  There are several study tips that will give you ideas on how to motivate yourself.

The most common strategy is the reward system. Listing down the milestones and short term goals will help you drain away the distractions. Then, prepare or plan the rewards you would give to yourself on each achievement. This study technique will help you enjoy every inch of your journey as a student.

Rewarding yourself when studying may not be costly, though. A nap after a long hour of studying can be great. Why don’t you treat yourself to enjoy your favorite food or drink? A time to play your video game for about 20 minutes will also do the job. Do whatever it takes.

“Stay motivated.”

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Study Tips #3: Define Your Learning Style

We all have different patterns and funnels in our study habits. Knowing what will fit you should enable you to use your strength as you study in courses. The manner your mind perceives and retains what you study will somehow dictate what should be the approach.

Discover your learning styles. For some, hearing the exact words will help their mind keep the information longer. More to that, you may be good in memorizing details while you write them down.  Other can catch up with their photographic memory – keeping visuals or images. You can have other styles and work with them.

“Know thyself.”

Study Tips #4: Listen To Your Body

One of the most important yet usually ignored when studying is our body signals. We need to keep ourselves healthy. Do not stay or pass the border line of physical abuse when studying. Cognitive functions are weakened when our body suffers exhaustions or the unhealthy idles.

Do not over study yourself to the top. Keep an eye on your body registers. When something is off while studying like having a headache, hearing grumbling stomach or landing with an unintentional empty stare, you can recalibrate your process. That might indicate information overload and your mind can’t hold them any longer.

Take a break.  Have a short nap, enjoy a food or do something that will regain your senses. Keep in touch with friends or watch a movie. This will lessen the mental pressure and bring back its vigor and focus. You can never run with an empty gas tank.

 “Staying fit will beat the heat.”

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Final thoughts…

Always remember, you are in school to win it and not to quit it. Tips for studying will help as much. But take note. We all have a unique way of approaching things. Ultimately, you will need to find the right combination for you. The study tips I mentioned in this article will drive you to know and understand your unique study patterns to yield best results towards academic excellence. Keep going!

Sneak Peak!

We are not only giving out study tips. We have a treat to all students this school year! Check out our Jump Start Promo for college and graduate school students as a sneak peak before we officially post it on our Facebook Page. Just bring your validated school ID on your respective promo schedules. See you at Book Latte – Iloilo City’s first library café!


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Book Latte Megaworld Marks Its Official Grand Opening

Store blessing and ribbon cutting emphasized the official grand opening of the new branch of Book Latte last June 16, 2017, at Festive Walk Parade, Megaworld Iloilo.

Iloilo City’s first café library, Book Latte, held the grand opening of its newest branch. It initially had its soft opening since December of last year while the menu, facilities, and the branch logo were being finalized to grant its costumers a finer book and food experience.

The grand opening is marked with the blessing of the branch led by Fr. Roger Palmos. While the ribbon cutting was done with the store owner, Ms. Cristina Estorque, assisted by Exec. Asst. Rodel Fullon and Noel Panaguiton who represented Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and Congressman Jerry Treñas respectively.

Book Latte Megaworld Grand Opening

Book Latte with its newest branch located at Festive Walk Parade, Megaworld Iloilo, is now up to serve more Ilonggos with great books and delicious food!


Book Latte Congratulates Team Mahalo in Sicogon Outreach Program

May 20th this year highlights another impactful outreach program of Team Mahalo in Sicogon, Iloilo together with some friends from Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Family Planning Organization of the Philippines, His Life Church Bacolod and from other professional fields who passionately wrought in bringing school supplies to 198 children of Alipata Elementary School and basic medicines to the elders.


Book Latte, with our mission to move people into peace and community development, extends its support to Team Mahalo in their endeavors. We came to know this team from our blogger, Nile on Weekends, who invited us to be one of their sponsors on their outreach program last December 2016 in Concepcion, Iloilo. From there, we pledged to give any support we can to this team as they reach more young souls out there.


Summer this year, they were on the road to reach more kids in Sicogon. Around 8AM, the team arrived in Alipata Elementary School. The program started with a prayer and some words of inspiration from team’s representative and the school principal. Then, they had a couple of worship songs with the kids and their parents.



After which, the kids were grouped by grade level and small group leaders from the team were assigned to each group for a short discussion about Jesus and His eternal gift for humanity. Amazingly, the kids were very attentive and responsive.



After a very productive discussion with the kids, more fun exploded as everyone enjoyed the games. They had sack race, relay and paper dance. You can really see how the kids enjoy even with the scorching heat of the sun. Their smile kept the whole team together throughout the outreach program.



After some energizing games, the team started giving school supplies to these kids. The kit contained notebooks, pad papers, pencils/pens, eraser, sharpener, crayons, brown envelope and ruler. Some also received extra gifts in variety like a teddy bear, Yakult, and a pair of slippers.


Simultaneously with the outreach program, the team also had a mini medical mission to attend the health of the elders in the community. They had health professionals and boxes of basic medications.


Book Latte is in great joy to be part of this wonderful and passionate team, Team Mahalo, who showed us that God really loves the little children. We want to congratulate the team for another mark of legacy to these children. To another outreach program together with your sponsors, we will be there behind your back in support and in prayers. Keep the fire burning for these children!

*Photo credits: Nile on Weekends and Team Mahalo


The Equilibrium of Job and Building a Career

Many of us are focusing on getting into the workforce and just receive paycheck twice a month. But is that how we should look at the world of work? I am always reminded by a cogent quotation about passion at work“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” – Farrah Gray. This somehow fuels my strong conviction not to settle on doing things for a stack of pennies. There is more to work than just landing a job. There are careers we can all build in the span of our life – so start building your career today!


A Career Is A Job Nourished By Passion

Finding your job is never enough. Somehow, you have to grow in what you do to build your career. If you can learn how to love any job and fit what you are passionate about in what you do, it is no question that you already found the starting line of your career. Give room for passion in your job and watch how it prospers to be your very career. Give focus on building your career with passion in your job.

Working on a digital marketing company, I was able to hone my passion on helping people get their stuff out there on a competitive society. I did not see myself in marketing before I entered the company even though I was aware that giving others a platform to share their ideas and values injects me sheer joy more than I can explain. Eventually, I learned how to take my passion and squeeze it into what I do in the company. Find a job and grow your passion.

“Doing what you love and feeling passionate about your work only goes so far.” – Kathy Foltner


A Career Is A Job Sustained By Productivity

Without producing a valuable convert within you and your world, your job cannot evolve into a career. You get to stay in your career and grow when you can keep up with the demand of quality results. Productivity matters on your career growth. You can’t buy a career from the streets nor can you pick them along the wayside.

When your spinoff is worthy of any price, you get an edge to shape your job into a career.  Remember, career is all about value. Once your value in the society is established as you are building your career, blow a word and it becomes a raw decree to your audience. Career is produced strongly from consistent value.


A Career Is A Job Secured By Persistence

A job may last for a day. But career shall pierce through time and space. You don’t get a career overnight. Everyone needs to persist and overcome hindrances along the way. A good beginning should be paired with a good ending – that is building your career, for real.

 Do not give up on your dreams when you think you cannot reach them from where you are. No one gets to any fulfillment of their dream when they stop. As what Farrah Gray said, I say do not settle working on a job just to build anyone else’s dream. Work because you have your dream. God gave you a dream. If I have given up on my God-given dreams, I will not be here writing this to you. So keep on dreaming and work on your dream.


A Career Is A Job Directed By Purpose

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”  We only go round and round on our job hopping because we lack direction on where to really head on. There is no wrong on trying things out unless you excessively make it a hobby.

Ultimately, setting up a direction is solely founded on your purpose. Why do you set yourself out on a journey of building a career? The way you answer this question shall depict your journey towards career peak. I believe we are purposely put into this Earth. Find out the purpose and curve your road towards that. You might as well consider it as your own calling. I answered the call, so will you? We all have a role to play and that might be in a career.


Wherever we are, be passionate, productive, persistent and purposeful on our work. A job comes before career. But as you get a job, find your passion and produce value. Your passion is inseparable from your very purpose. That same purpose will secure your career as you excel in what you’re born to do.

That is what building your career is all about. It is no more about the momentary paycheck. It is about a lifelong payoff. No matter how long and rough the road is, you keep on moving.  It’s time to shift your mind from a “just job” thinker to a “passionate, productive, persistent, purposeful career” thinker.

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Free Your Mind From Negative Thoughts


The year has just started and resolutions were drawn out. From the first day of this year to present, many situations and people have challenged us in fulfilling our resolutions. With only a span of two months, it is quite a roller coaster ride for some of us. When all things become ugly and turn into a blob of mental impulses, how can you free your mind from negative thoughts?

I’m pretty sure that in these times, even in our regular days, we are bombarded with unpleasant thoughts. These thoughts are pulling us down. They are ripping our confidence, our core and our view of our value. Yet we are not made to break in the midst of all these thoughts. We are more than this!

Our thought life is a vital aspect of our being. It is the spring board on how we deal and look at people, things and circumstances. The series of thoughts that we allow to stay in our mind becomes the path of our destiny. Whether these thoughts are positive or negative, they control our destiny – for real!

So, how do we deal negative thoughts?


Four Practices To Combat Negative Thoughts


Let me share few practices that can help you free your mind from negative thoughts.

Practice of Catching Negative Thoughts

This practice is suggesting us to get enough awareness whenever negative thoughts are rising in our minds. Through awareness, we begin to recognize them and gain the will to dispel their attachments. We get ourselves an opportunity to choose between retaining the thoughts or move on to better the future.

Practice of Positive Thought Replacements

Whenever we get the awareness that a pessimistic thought is popping here and there and we choose to brush them off, we can then move forward by replacing these negative thoughts with their counterparts; the positive ones. This process will fill in the vacancy in our mind with positive thoughts after dispelling the negative. It will change the direction of our thought pattern for the better.

Practice of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is sustained attention in the present moment. When we become conscious of our present, the space and the life we are in will gradually detach us from those damaging thoughts. Moreover, as much as unmanaged negative thoughts can lead to depression, mindfulness is an effective tool for preventing real deal depression.

Practice of Gratefulness

Gratefulness is noticing simple pleasures life at the moment is offering us. The process is commonly known as counting your blessings. In this practice, we are refocusing our thoughts to draw on a positive line. This practice can also heighten the quality of your life. It calibrates our mind to feel the joy from ordinary kind gestures and favors.

You can have these practices and enjoy life even more! It is time to free your mind from negative thoughts. I know, you are thinking some of practical ways where you can incorporate them. So let me have a high-five for you!

Five Activities To Engage Positivity


Watch inspiring or funny movies. This will enliven hope, peace and joy in you to support the growth of positive thoughts. Movies are wonderful avenue to turn our perspective from a negative one to positive.

Sing or listen to happy music. As we say, music is the language of our soul. The core of our emotions is easily triggered by music. The series of tones and tunes is easily understood by our soul. So, trigger the happy hormones.

Read inspiring books or stories. Reading is really an active way to relax the mind, and release the tension. As the internal pressures die down, the mind can work out thoughts that are positive. Reading inspirational material such as real life testimonies on success and psalm verses from your spiritual root can grow back the vigor of your soul.

Engage on your talent. Passionate skills can drive you from a negative road to a positive. It is an avenue that will fit you to express who you are. They can be a channel in releasing negativity and absorbing positivity. The return of your talent will be a sense of value and confidence.

Hang out with family and friends. For every journey, you will always need a support system. These people will cheer your joy up and cut down your repulsive mental tendencies. They will serve as a source of your positive aura.

Now, what do you think of this? Start to free your mind from negative thoughts. Drop by at Book Latte and find a world full of positivity. You can sit down and listen to your favorite songs, read some good books, indulge in your talent, and have a fun time with family and friends. Come and discover how great your mind can be!


Burdened with Legacy in the Eighth Story

You’re supposed to teach him how to meet life. – Dumbledore’s insights for parenting. The eighth Harry Potter story has landed on a very interesting plot burdened with legacy and mystery without scraping out the tension and magical aspects. The story started nineteen years later from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and following Harry Potter, now a Ministry of Magic employee and his younger son, Albus Severus Potter, named in memory of Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape, two former headmasters of Hogwarts.

Potter Family

In the dawning of a new age after Voldemort was defeated, Harry Potter is the Head of Magical Law Enforcement and has three children with Ginny Weasley: James Sirius, Albus Severus, and Lily Luna. In September 1, 2017, Albus Severus left for his first year in Hogwarts along with his older brother, his cousin Rose Granger-Weasley, daughter of Hermoine Granger, now the Minister for Magic, and Ron Weasley who manages Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, and Scorpius Malfoy, the only son of Draco Malfoy, Harry’s former rival.

Before boarding the Hogwarts Express, Albus confided to his father his fear of not meeting the expectation burdened with legacy in his family name. He fears to be sorted into Slytherin. To comfort him, his father revealed that the bravest man he ever knew – Severus Snape – had been a Slytherin student. And if Albus prefers to be sorted into Gryffindor, Harry made it a point that the Sorting Hat would take this choice into account, as it did for him.

Nonetheless, will the Potter legacy continue on Albus Severus?

Potter Legacy

After arriving at Hogwarts, the Sorting ceremony began. The Sorting Hat placed Rose in Gryffindor and both Scorpius and Albus in Slytherin which surprised everyone. More than just a surprise, other students made it a mockery for Albus Severus being a Potter in Slytherin. During his first flying lesson, Albus burdened with legacy failed to demonstrate his flying skills and thereby labeled as the “Slytherin Squib”.

All the way to his third year of school, Albus continued to endure the weight of his father’s legacy and struggle to live up to others’ expectations as the son of Harry Potter. While Albus had to undergo teasing and only having Scorpius as a friend, Rose had a better time at Hogwarts, becoming very popular and a Chaser for the Gryffindor Quidditch team in her second year.

Burdened with legacy, it seems that Albus Severus is leading a different way from his father’s.

This strained the relationship between Albus and his father. It brought both of them to a point of regretting to be part of each other’s life. It was a huge gap in between. A hallow of bitterness and regret filled them.

Harry – “You wish me dead?”
Albus – “No, I just wish you weren’t my dad.”
Harry – “Well, there are times I wish you weren’t my son.”

Albus made a chain of mistakes in this story that interrupted with time as he and Scorpius tried to redeem the past by using a Time-Turner. In the end, it’s not right to meddle with what already happened years back. It is a huge mess when past and present collides ominously making it very uncomfortable to learn the truth.

We must understand that in their relationship, each of them has a target and a goal just to get each other at the best stance in life. That is parenthood. But parents and children will not always have the same trail to leave behind as legacy.

Potter in Parenting

We cannot protect the young from harm. Pain must and will come – Dumbledore on Harry’s issue of parenting his younger son. Harry is aiming to get Albus at his expected future, protected from any harm and danger along the way. Well, it is not the case at all. While Albus is burdened with legacy, Harry is burdened with his responsibility as the father.

It is even unrealistic to say that evil will never come to inflict pain. The fact is that everyone eventually will be met by some sort of evil along their journey. And as parents, we can either get our children prepared to meet and overcome the evil or we can just protect them with so much innocence and ignorance that we send them into the world clueless of evil lacking the tools to overcome whatever life is throwing at their doorstep.

To note, this is not a permission to just physically, emotionally or mentally harm the child as in abuse. But biblically, parents should train the child up to be a person of good influence and good stance in life.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it – Proverbs 22:6

It is not being burdened with legacy. But it is setting up a legacy for you and for the people after you to follow. If your parents have not done it right, then do it right in your own time. It is a matter of what is today and what will be tomorrow. Past will always be the past. But you can still better today and tomorrow.

Say, you want to read the entire book? Hoooray! We got one for you to read at the lounge. Visit us, sit back, relax and have a cup of coffee paired with one of the best pastries as you delve into the eighth story of Harry Potter, now with his son burdened with legacy!



Inferno: Chasing The Truth For Survival


What if – “Dante’s hell is not fiction… It is prophecy!”

October this year, another movie will be seen in wide screens to every corner of the earth. “Inferno”– a movie based on the fourth book of an American author, Dan Brown, in his Robert Langdon series following Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol.

The book was released by Doubleday last May 14, 2013 gaining the number one spot on New York Times Best Seller list for Hardcover fiction and Combined Print and E-book fiction in its first eleven weeks. Today, it hooked itself on the list for Combined Print and E-book fiction having the tenth place.

In the sequel, Robert Langdon, a Harvard University professor, is lost in the middle of symbols, clues and memory loss battling on whom to trust before the whole humanity is irrevocably altered to something worse than what he can imagine. Suffering from a short-term memory loss, he found himself as a target of a national manhunt where he got some help from Sienna Brooks, one of the doctors attending him, all the way to discovering a biological plague is created to wipe out a large portion of the world’s population as solution to impending world crisis on overpopulation.


In Search of Truth

With geo-political crises and worldwide threats to our health and safety, Inferno drew many to searching for mechanisms to future survival. How can one survive the doomsday when the very least one can do is to find the truth behind the front curtains of worldwide government drama play?

If anyone wants to see what will happen when a truth about a worldwide concern is concealed from the public, then watch this movie! Or would you rather want to experience The Inferno Journey Through Hell with Dan Brown? Sony Entertainment, Google and Brown teamed up to create puzzles for three-week online experience. You just have to survive by solving three puzzles each week and of increasing difficulty.

But on real scores, who knows, every terrorist attack happening around the globe can be politically driven more than just extreme discrimination. What about when every arising threats to human health is created long ago and concealed from our very knowledge?

Finding out the latest virus spreading around, Zika virus was already identified in Uganda in1947 only in monkeys. Later in 1952, it was identified in human. Its first large outbreak was reported from the Island of Yap in 2007. Where does it lead us?


Hell on Earth Unleashed

Inferno portrays a virus engineered by Bertrand Zobrist, a billionaire geneticist and a Dante fanatic, to exterminate more than a half of human race in facing the coming uncontrollable human population growth. Will it be Zika in our time?

Zika virus is said to affect women badly. During pregnancy, the infection affects the form development of the baby causing birth defects. Also, it is associated with any other pregnancy problems. Further reports have been roaming around stating that there is an increasing case of people experiencing Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) due to the outbreak. This condition is a rare abnormality of the nervous system in which the person’s immune system attacks his own nerve cells.

An experimental report is also circulating that the infection has an Alzheimer’s-like effect in adults. Based on the experiment, the infection is observed attacking immature cells in the adult brain of the mice. These cells are very important in the process of learning and memory handling – thus, its depletion can have similar monstrous effects in comparison to people with Alzheimer’s.

What is the extent of Zika’s devastation into human’s existence and survival?

Why don’t you search Google in your laptop here at our lounge? Bring your smart phones, books, news papers and the latest news on Zika’s threats and outbreaks here at Book Latté. Find your best seat. Make the most of your time with us. We will read together enjoying a cup of java…

And together, let us face the path that humanity is now walking into!

I’m a fan of the truth… even if it’s painfully hard to accept.” – Dan Brown, Inferno