Have you experienced hapontukin? It’s a condition where you don't have enough energy to last you through the day. Kaya you're always antok sa hapon!For those of you who don't speak Taglish, "antok sa hapon" means "sleepy in the afternoon." So, in other words, we're looking at what's globally known as the afternoon slump.
If you’re like most of us, you’ve had your hapontukin moments, yes? Then tell us about it! How do you cope when hapontukin sets in? Show us!Hapontukin, you say? Well, you're talking to a veteran of the hapontukin wars, here.
In my twenties, I used to work as an assistant at a predominantly male tech firm, where the hapontukin weapon of choice involved violent video games on an LCD flat-screen in the conference room. Since I didn't do the whole video-game thing back in the day, I ended up fighting the good fight with a combination of sweet and salty snacks, accompanied by the caffeinated drink of choice.
I left that job when I went to graduate school, but the same story continued even after my post-Masters career. Long story short: Didn't work.
Over the years, however, I stumbled upon a few things that did work for me. Now, when hapontukin sets in, I employ a variety of strategies that share a common theme: Stimulating the mind through the senses.