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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mensa Test on December 6, 2014!

The next Mensa qualifying exam will be on December 6, 2014 (Saturday) at the Consunji Room of UP Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

Test sessions will be held every hour on 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm. The Mensa test typically takes 40 minutes to complete.

Interested test-takers are free to walk-in anytime, but some waiting may apply depending on the time of the next test, and availability of venue seats.

We recommend pre-registering here and adding your preferred time at the "OTHER QUERIES" portion of the registration form.

Scoring in the top two percentile of the Mensa test is the only prerequisite to becoming a Mensa member.

The test fee is Php800; and all test-takers are required to bring a valid ID with photo. Undergrad students may avail of the discounted price of Php500 if they show a current school ID.

*** BONUS *** Groups of five (5) can avail of a discounted rate of just Php 500 instead of Php 800! Groups of five (5) undergrad students can also avail of a discounted rate of just Php 300 instead of Php 500!

*** Mensa Tip: Befriend test takers on the spot! Group yourselves into fives! Get the discounted rate right there! :) ***

The minimum age to take the Mensa test is 14 years old.

Check out Frequently Asked Questions on the Mensa Test.

There is also a Facebook events page for the Mensa test here.

#hashtAG: The 22nd Mensa Annual Gathering 2014

The Mensa Annual Gathering takes place on November 30, 2014, from 3 pm to 7 pm at Vyne.*

Ticket prices are as follows:
Early Bird Rates (till November 27, 2014)
New members: P500
Members in good standing: P800
Non-members: P1,000

Regular Rates (November 28-30, 2014)
Members: P1,000
Non-members: P1,200

You may purchase your tickets online through SHOP
or through Metrobank or BDO. Don't forget to send a photo or a scanned file of your deposit slip to

Tickets will be available through the following Mensa officers (on Facebook): 
Makati: Charlene Tan
Ortigas: Zoe Arugay
QC: Elle Singson, Art Ilano & Lia Magtoto 

Or claim your tickets at the gate.

*Vyne is located at 8/F W Global Building, 9th Ave cor 30th St. at The Fort, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. If you're driving, parking will be around the High Street area. If you're taking the Fort Bus, make sure to take the East Route bus.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sailing Series: GB's first sailing lessons

By: Gonzalo Bunag

When I found my mother dusting the house I knew right away she was upset. With the recent passing of my father she felt an emptiness and sadness and hence, she spent the day cleaning curtains, emptying the closets of junk, and disposing of my father’s old clothes and unwanted sundries.

When she got to my father’s bookshelf, she pulled out the New Age books that had comforted my father in the final years of his life, intent of throwing them in the rubbish bin. In quick succession, other books joined the rubbish pile but when I saw her putting “Sailing: Step-by-Step” and “The Sailing Companion” in the discards, I promptly reached out and saved them from an ignominious fate. “But nobody needs those books!” she protested. “I want to learn how to sail.” I replied and she made no further protest.

Those books had been part of me when I was growing up, and I daydreamed as a young boy of hanging off the trapeze of a Tornado catamaran and racing for Olympic gold. I couldn’t bear to see them end up in a black plastic garbage bag.

So when two years later, Zoe announced sailing lessons in Mensa, I promptly signed up for them. It was the culmination of a childhood dream to finally get on a boat and try sailing for myself. I never got to ask my father why he bought those books on sailing. I can only guess that it was the dream of being alone with the winds and the waves that attracted him.

Rigging the Hobie

Sailing Series: Mensa SIG-A's Elle Singson taught us to sail

Lecture by Elle Singson

By: Lex de la Torre

“Taal Lake is not only the home of the world-famous Taal Volcano, but is also the Sailing Mecca of the Philippines.”

Location: Talisay, Batangas (75km from Metro Manila)
Highlight: Nature-Based Park; Scenic view of Taal Volcano
Travel Time: 1.5 hours from Metro Manila to Taal Yacht Club
Activities: Sailing, Windsurfing, Taal Volcano Trek, Camping

Taking a break from climbing the mountains, MENSA decided to have its “Second Saturdays” Activity in Taal Lake Yacht Club to learn sailing. There is no membership required to visit the place and you can indulge in all sorts of outdoor activities - windsurfing, camping, volcano tour and of course, sailing.

Upon our arrival at the club around 9:30 AM, MENSA’s own Ms. Elle Singson gave a lecture about the basics of sailing for about half an hour before we all went in the water to apply what we learned. The first lesson we applied was righting a capsized boat (righting means reversing an overturned boat, Hah, I learned something!). All of us got the chance to do this before we actually sailed.

Sailing is FUN! Who knew that the wind, even the gentlest of breeze, was such a force to be reckoned with when your sail is set and your orientation is correct. After a mere 5 minutes of personalized coaching, I brazenly got my own boat and tried to sail by myself. Our teachers, who were very far from the shore as they were still teaching others shouted that I should I wear a life jacket. Hah! I forgot safety due to excitement. I complied and thought I’ll immediately be an expert. I thought wrong. I capsized several times, and I had difficulty controlling the ship. At one point, a very strong continuous gust of wind took me farther than I would have wanted.

At the end of the day, we all enjoyed the activity and recognized that we need a lot of lessons before we can safely sail away to our heart’s content. We left the place quite happy for trying and learning something new.

I recommend this activity for anyone who hasn’t tried it. If you’re not into sailing, the Club is still a nice place to visit to unwind or have an adventure.

Fair winds to all (Sailor jargon for Good-bye)!

photo by: Zoe Arugay, M.D.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mountain Series: Mensa SIG-A at Mt. Gulugod Baboy

Photo by : Charlene Tan

By: Lex de la Torre

What was supposed to be a very easy climb became a day of braving the elements, and more.

For its second practice climb for Mt. Kota Kinabalu, MENSA Philippines chose Mt. Gulugod-Baboy in Anilao, Batangas (ranked 2/9 in Perhaps the lure of the post-climb snorkeling and beachineering proved to be the real draw rather than the mountain itself.

We started very early, leaving Manila at around 3AM and started trekking at about 6AM. The climb was very basic. We reached the multiple peaks in about an hour. However, the weather was very volatile and we experienced drizzles along the way. After a quick rest and some picture-taking, we started to descend. The trail was already slippery and full of mud.  Within a couple of minutes, it rained cats and dogs!

Fortunately, there was a nipa hut halfway along our descent and everyone stopped to let the rain pass. After about 15 minutes, the rain wouldn’t let up, so we decided to continue our trek down. 

Due to the inclement weather, we just had lunch and cancelled our water activities. We stopped at Starbucks SLEX to hang out a bit before calling it a day, which morphed into Mica's talk show. 

Photo by Jeff Sorreda