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Shinrin-yoku: How to remove stress through forest bathing

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Sunday, May 19th, 2019

Shinrin-yoku is Japanese for forest bathing. Shinrin meaning “forest” and yoku meaning “bath”. It can also be called Tree Therapy.

What is Shinrin-yoku?

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Shinrin-yoku is a Japanese practice that started in the 1980’s. It is basically connecting with nature through all your senses, like smelling the forest air, feeling the leaves and the branches.

Why try Shinrin-yoku?

There are studies that show how forest bathing brings health benefits to an individual. Phytoncides, the antimicrobial chemicals released by trees to prevent from rotting also helps in giving health benefits to humans.

Most trees also contain organic compounds that support our own natural killers (NK) which fights off cancer.

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Other benefits include:

  • Reduced stress
  • Decreased depression, fatigue, anxiety, and confusion.
  • Boosted immune system
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased ability to focus

How to start forest bathing?

First, find a forest that will suit you. It doesn’t matter if it is an hour away from home or it will take hours of travel, as long as it is a place that will surely bring you comfort.

No gadgets. It is better to keep your phones in your bag or leave them behind.

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Some ‘forest bathers’ walk barefoot to fully experience nature. But it is not required.

You don’t need to jog or do any exercise. You can walk, sit, or just lie down on the ground.

Where to forest bathe?

You can try visiting Arroceros Forest Park in Manila, Ayala Triangle in Makati or La Mesa Eco Park in Quezon City.

If you want to go somewhere that will really immerse you in nature, visit the provinces or try hiking.

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LISTEN: Wishclusive road trip playlist

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Who’s ready for a road trip?

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While some people prefer to travel in silence because it relaxes them more, there are others who like to listen to good music to hype up their summer getaway.

For music lovers, start your road trip with the perfect playlist with Wish 107.5’s perfect travel playlist.

It features artists like The Ransom Collective, Ben & Ben, and
IV of Spades. Checkout Wish 107.5’s YouTube channel if you want more songs to add to your road trip playlist.—Aileen Cerrudo

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Scottish authorities warn residents to avoid unnecessary travel

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

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Local authorities in Scotland have warned residents to avoid unnecessary travel or other outdoor activities and issued 14 flood alerts as the tail-end of Hurricane Ophelia continues to batter parts of Scotland.

After wrecking havoc in the Republic of Ireland and the northern parts of UK between Monday night to Tuesday morning, Hurricane Ophelia continued its way northeast on Tuesday.

The government in Scotland warned residents to stay indoors for safety during the hurricane.

However, the sense of emergency brought by Ophelia did not register with many of the residents in Scotland.

“There is a saying in Scotland, that if you do not like the weather, you wait for one minute, because it is so changeable, you get all the different seasons in one day in Scotland so nothing very sort of interesting perhaps, but it is just a fact that the weather is very changeable in Edinburgh,” said an Edinburg resident.

Ophelia has caused the cancellation of over 180 flights at Dublin Airport and left more than 300,000 homes and businesses in the Republic of Ireland in a blackout.

The met service said a brief quieter spell will last through Wednesday though interspersed with some rainfall in parts of the UK before further strong winds and rain move in from the west at the end of the week.— Reuters

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MIAA seeks solution to pilferage inside Manila airports

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, April 24th, 2015

FILE PHOTO: NAIA Arrival Area (Marlon Briola / Photoville International)

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Manila, Philippines – The Manila International Airport Authority or MIAA will try to fix the problem of pilferage inside Manila airports.

Even though handling baggage is the sole responsibility of the airline company, MIAA will still try to help affected passengers

MIAA Public Relations Officer Dave De Castro said, “Upon check-in, it’s the sole and exclusive responsibility of the airlines. If passengers complain of lost items in their baggage we encourage them to file a complaint against the airline.”

Airport officials explained the process of how baggage is transported on and off the airplane.

Before a baggage is taken to the plane, it has to go through four stages from the check-in counter to the baggage build up area. Subcontractor employees of airline companies work here. MIAA said that, unlike in developed countries, baggage handling in the Philippines needs human intervention due to lack of modern facilities.

The subcontracted employees of airline companies personally handle checked-in baggage of passengers to the unit load device or ULD.

CCTV cameras monitor the baggage build up area and other places in the airport but the number of CCTV’s is not enough to cover all corners of the airport.

Some subcontracted employees said that their companies are enforcing measures to prevent them from committing pilferage.

Baggage loader Leomar Libradilla shared, “Wearing of vests is being implemented. We are required to wear pants and safety shoes without pockets to prevent us from stuffing things into it.”

From the ULD, the baggage will be transferred to the plane; this is the process in the departure and even in the arrival area. However, the baggage is on stand by for hours at the departure area and inside the plane.

De Castro said “we’re looking into possibilities in the check-in since the bags would be there for a couple of hours before they are made to be placed inside the aircraft. And then in the arrival area it only takes around 15 to 20 minutes.”

To date, the six baggage loaders involved in pilferage, who are subcontracted employees of airline companies, are still under investigation. (Mon Jocson/UNTV News)

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