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Why I’m beginning to love audio books?

 

I usually read with a physical book or e-book on my hand, audio books has not been my thing through my past years of reading. I began reading from textbooks which was lent by the government, distributed to us way back when I was in grade school. After years of relying in different textbooks, I began to develop interest with novels and fiction young adult novels really got me.

Before I begin with my reasons of why I’m starting to love audio books, let me share the reasons why I don’t. Also, allow me to share a brief history of audio books based on what I have researched.

Basically, audio books are recordings of stories narrated by a person for people to enjoy. In history, audio books are known as Phonographic books, it was one of the original applications envisioned by Thomas Edison to support the blind (which would speak to blind people without effort on their part), and it was also meant to support people suffering from dyslexia. Dyslexia is a disorder that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but that do not affect general intelligence. During 1950’s and 1960’s, phonographic books gain its popularity due to its benefits not only for people with disability but also to some institutions like schools and libraries which made way for these businesses to go ahead and take advantage of the opportunity.

Caedmon Record, one of the pioneers in the audio books business was formed in New York, 1952 by the help of two college graduates namely; Barbara Holdridge and Marianne Roney. Their first release was a collection of poems from Dylan Thomas whom was narrated by himself.

Aside from Caedmon records, Listening Library also took the opportunity to take part in the emerging industry. They are first to distribute children’s audio books to schools, libraries and other special markets. It was founded by Anthony Ditlow together with his wife in 1955 in their home in Red Bank, New Jersey. Ditlow was said to be partially blind.

Lastly, also one of the early pioneering company in audio books, was founded in 1956 by Arthur Luce Klein and his wife, Spoken Arts had produce over 700 recordings and were best known for poetry and drama recordings.

These early pioneer of audio books all benefited from LP Records, a vinyl record format which was soon considered as standard in the record industry. It plays a big help because of its capability to make longer recordings, is practical and more affordable. Indeed, audio books have been a great help in the 50’s to 70’s era and I believe till now. So, you may want to ask me why I don’t prefer using it. Though we are all aware that each of us is entitled to whatever it is that we want to use as a reading material. My reasons may be considered shallow to you but it is okay because I don’t mind it. As I’ve said, we are entitled with different perspective when it comes to our preferences in reading medium so your criticism is alright and In fact, I would be glad to know about it.

· I don’t prefer using audio books for the reason that I won’t be able to feel a physical book’s pages including its genuine scent.

· Hitting the previous button just because I was not able to catch-up to what it says or I misheard something will be a much waste of time than if I just turn a page back to read it again.

· I live in a country where internet is as slow as a turtle (most people called it “turtle-net”) so imagine I’m in the midst of listening to an audio book, playing my favorite novel or collection of poetry and then all of a sudden, it buffers. Isn’t it a great piece of interruption? Can you stand waiting for the audio to playback without the assurance of it not buffering again?

· The speaker’s reading speed. Although there is a modulation section in the app that I’m going to introduce later, this is still a factor that could affect people from using audio books, the speaker’s accent as well. Are you sure you’ll be able to understand every single pieces of word that a British speaker would say?

· It can probably reduce my reading efficiency. Why? Because I remember things better when I see them than just listen to them. I don’t know if we shared the same thoughts on it, this is how it’ll affect me.

I believe that’s all my reasons. You see, this blog is about why I begin to love audio books not mainly about why I just don’t like them and the likes. It all started just last week when I have found this audio book app on Google play store. It didn’t catch my attention at first because as I have said, I’m not into it. I don’t know, I just found myself reading its information, and how it works…etc. Curiosity, I believe. The reviews are appealing plus the eye-catching 24,000 free audio books from all-time favorite authors. The one I’m talking about is Librivox Audio Books. According to what I’ve read, the books can be streamed over the internet and can also be downloaded as a collection without any charge. It is also mentioned that you can even find books read by a favorite narrator. This app allows you to stop playback with a sleep timer, and unlimited bookmarks are available for each book. I tried this app once, yesterday to be certain and all I can say for now is that I kind of like how it was recorded, the voice that has been used on the first story, the accent isn’t that hard to comprehend. I’m just not sure if it’ll be the same on other books. By the way, the book that I have tried to listen to was the Grimm’s Fairy tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm which is a very popular classic book. There will be different speaker on every story; I’m hoping that they possess the same accent.

Overall, yes, I am beginning to love using audio books. I thank Librivox for creating such an influential app. I did state earlier my reasons why I don’t prefer audio books, right? I won’t just let this end without plotting my realizations, the advantages of using audio books and why I now prefer using it as one of my reading medium because similar to physical books and e-books, audio books also leave us with advantages that is worth giving a shot to know if it is really worth your while. Try and see for yourself.

· Listening to audio books is also one way to relaxation.

· While simply listening to it, you can do anything. Only if you know how to balance your focus to still comprehend on the story.

· I can jot down things that I find worth jotting down, sensible parts, you know and use it as one of my statuses on social media the next day.

· Just like reading a physical book or an e-book, I could go and play it back whenever I want it. I just badly need a good internet connection for this but I think a single book is enough to worth a while, right?

· I heard that many audio books are read by the authors themselves. So obviously, they know what mood or tone they were going to use when reading a certain line. Hearing a story with a good choice of mood and tone adds efficiency to listeners. Isn’t it amusing to hear your favorite author’s voice reading his/her piece?

“I’m kind of old-school and love nothing more than sitting, opening a book, and reading it. But I also love listening to audio books.” ~ Nick Cave

 

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What it means when you can’t answer the question, What do you want to be when you grow up? — ideas.ted.com

Not all of us are born with one main interest — and we should see that as our biggest strength, not our weakness, says Emilie Wapnick, a writer, coach, artist (and then some). Do you remember being asked, as a little kid, what you wanted to be when you grew up? When I think back,…

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Book review: My Heart and other Black holes written by Jasmine Warga

(Note: This review contains spoilers.)

A story of two young people battling with the same tormenting mental disorder, depression,  Aysel, a 16 year old physics nerd who has been very eager plotting her own death found a courageous way to fulfill her objective thru a website called Suicide Partners in which she has found her suicide buddy, FrozenRobot.

FrozenRobot, Roman is also struggling on the same illness; they were both in the midst of sadness and emptiness. Roman blames himself as the reason why her younger sister has died. So to pay for his guilt he wanted to kill himself on April 7, her sister’s death anniversary.

Thus, Aysel decided to choose FrozenRobot to do her suicide with, although for her the name “frozen robot” sounds like a flake. They decided to meet up to get to know each other and to begin their plan as well.

The two has unveiled both their secrets. They were able to know each other’s family (though Roman, only met Georgia, Aysel’s half sister), Aysel got close with Roman’s parents gaining their full-trust in order for Roman to be able to get away on April 7 because Roman has history of emotional instability due to her sister’s death which is why his parents were warned to keep an eye on him, not letting him go anywhere by himself. Thanks to Aysel, he did it now; he can now plan his death without his parents worrying without him out of their sight.

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As their suicide day is coming, Aysel realized that she is turning into a flake, backing out of their plan to die. She has come to realize that there is more to life that living life only depends on people’s perception. In the midst of her plan to change Roman’s mind, she wanted to meet her father who has been detained in jail and was transferred to a mental hospital to apologize not being by his side when the incident has happened. Aysel knows her father to be hot-headed, not being able to control his madness, this made her got afraid that she might also have the traits of being insane. She was afraid that soon she’ll be like her father who killed Timothy Jackson, a supposed to be Olympic athlete to represent Langston. The news spread like a virus that everyone in their town knows what her father did. It was the reason why her friends began to stay away from her, resulting for her to just shut everyone out of her life, her remaining friend even family. It was the reason why she wanted to end her life at such an early age.

In the long run, Aysel has come to finally change her mind, she believes that her perception changed because of knowing Roman and probably by falling in love with him, she firmly believes that it was Roman who saved her life that led her to pledge she wouldn’t let Roman die on their planned day or if he did, she would probably wouldn’t let him die alone.

“You are resilient”, Roman said to Aysel. This is the part when Roman realized that Aysel deserves to live, that Aysel could change her life and be happy for the rest of her life. Roman decided to take his own life alone. It was only a day before her sister’s death anniversary when he attempted to kill himself. He’s probably dead by now if Aysel came too late. Roman was sent to hospital the moment Aysel and his mother saw him unconscious inside the car.

In the end, Aysel confessed her love for Roman and they both found hope to live on.

NOTABLE PASSAGES:

  • Anyone who has actually been that sad can tell you that there’s nothing beautiful or literary or mysterious about depression.
  • Liking things is dangerous.
  • We all want to believe that every day is different, that every day we change, but really, it seems that certain things are coded into us from the very beginning.
  • But now I draw because sometimes it feels impossible to talk. It’s like I’m trapped in this deep hole that I can’t get out of. I draw to try to escape it, even though I know I’ll never be able to.
  • Everything in life is about the perception of the observer.
  • Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.
  • …and frankly, the frustrating thing about love. Things that matter to the other person start to seem intriguing, even if they are actually trite when you really think about them.
  • I wonder if that’s how darkness wins, by convincing us to trap it inside ourselves, instead of emptying it out. I don’t want it to win.

WHAT I LOVED ABOUT THE BOOK…

I honestly love everything on this book. I love the threaded-patch cover of this book, its simplicity, how well it was written and most especially, I love the message of this book. True to fact, depression is an agonizing mental disorder, which makes a person suffering kill himself physically to stop the pain mentally and emotionally. It makes an individual feel empty on the inside. I have become interested with this book because I was once into this state, that I thought the only answer to all this thing running in my head, all this things that I feel is to simply end everything and just shut down myself. Until one day, I realized that I am so unfair to the people that I will be leaving. Under those circumstances, this book reminds me of myself letting go of any pessimistic thoughts, changing my perception on living this life.

 

DO I WANT TO SEE THIS ON BIG-SCREEN?

Big YES! My heart and other black holes deserve to be on big-screen because it raises awareness for people to understand a person suffering with depression.  According to Jasmine Warga, the road to recovery is long and ongoing, that in many cases, the battle with depression is a lifelong one. Her book, my heart and other black holes depicts the story of every people dealing with same emptying battle: loneliness, sadness, and self-doubt—depression.  Your closest friend may be struggling through it but you just don’t recognize them because depression may happen to even the most cheerful person in your life, they just don’t want to open up because of what? Afraid to be judge, not used to talk a lot or worse, they think it’ll just pass-by and everything’s going to be normal again. No, they need help.

 

WILL I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ALL AGES?

Yes, definitely.. Children under 10 to 16 years old must be under supervision while reading this because there are some parts of this book that are not suitable for them.

RATING: 5 stars for the concept, 5 stars for cover, 4 stars on the flow of the story.

 

This is originally posted on goodreads.com/@AlphaJuliet43

The Hardships of Being an Early bird: The BOOK WORM EDITION

Being an early bird in certain matters isn’t a newly researched habit, it is no longer new to our knowledge. In fact, some people has developed this practice because it is said that it reflects you as a professional person and that you simply respects the time of the person you’re meeting. In this case, what if you’re a certified book nerd and you find yourself an hour or two earlier than your meeting, what are the things that keeps on bugging your mind, telling you to do this and that, though you already know the possible outcome once you give in to that temptation. Let me share mine.

As far as I’m enjoying myself being a bookworm and an early bird at the same time, there are absolutely things, few ones that I could not stand holding in not only because this two sometimes does not complement but I happen to realized that it is both insanely ridiculous and quite amazing in a way that it hurts a particular part of my being—My self-discipline.

When you’re an early bird you always … and have the need to…

  • The need to stop yourself from getting inside a bookstore because you know yourself too much to just let it be. BOOKS, PLENTY OF BOOKS, BROKE  AHEAD. 
  • Not being aware of the time you have spent from reading in a cafeteria a couple of walks away from your destination. (You couldn’t stop yourself from being pissed off because of the wasted effort you did to complete your OOTD—the make-up and hairdo)
  • Look for newly opened bookstores or nearby bookstores to look for the book that you’ve been searching for since then. Who knows they might have it, after all, you know for a fact that you have time to spend while waiting.

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  • Stop-by at a craft store because you remember your baby (the books–that’s what I call them) needs a new bookmark. Sometimes we’re just so spendthrift that even if our current bookmarks are still good, we just feel the urge to buy a new one.
  • When you decided to stop by in a book store because you swore to yourself (You even kept a pledge) that you won’t buy anything because you’re quite broke you’ll just read and check the new books but you ended up BUYING. But you’re happy, right? Does being disappointed still make sense? Nope, not at all.
  • When you chose to read for the meantime while eating your favorite reading partner snack. (RIP, Pennies) Time out for the budgeting, it is time to treat myself. I’ve been working so hard these few days. (My all-time favorite guilt killer.)

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And lastly, you’re definitely torn between what you are supposed to do (your meeting, plans on that day) and wanting to continue reading especially when they’re both interesting. So tell me, how hard is that to resist?

I suddenly began to think of being on time instead so I could hinder myself from thinking about those temptations. Indeed, an early bird is impressive but in my case, I might get myself broke very soon.

What about you? Do we have the same hardships on being early bird and a bookworm at the same time? If not, share yours below. I’d be glad to read them as well.

A Day to Sightseer: The Spirit of Bethlehem and Museum of Miniatures

When you just want to rejuvenate after a week of arduous days in the office, surely you needed a break and yes, I definitely needed one. Having mentioned in my previous blogs that going out hasn’t been my thing and yet here I was, taking a tour, I wanted to try something new to regain my ‘A’ game other than sleeping all day. Why not, right?

I’d like to begin this blog by showcasing the experience I had on the place. It was last Saturday when I decided to visit an exhibit in Barangka Marikina City, located at the 2nd level of E-com Building in Riverbanks Center called The Spirit of Bethlehem and Museum of Miniatures. I would consider it (for me) a hidden exhibit. Why? Because there are no directions or any signs of a museum ahead (none at all) I had a bit of a hard time looking for it, (I don’t know maybe the fact that I do not usually go out made me a not-so street wise person) so to be able to get to my destination, I needed to approach a guard just to save my time and to prevent myself from getting lost because I was new to the place. Thanks, Grab car! 

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What I actually loved about my tour last Saturday was that the time that my feet stepped on the entrance I could already feel the serenity of the place. The white and golden brown paint on the walls contribute a good ambiance to the entirety of the place. It depicts the look of a typical museum. There are several collections inside as expected,  I was able to enjoy scrutinizing every pieces of sculptures/figurines that they have included, there are also little information accompanied in each pieces.  I thank myself for being such an early bird because aside from being the first one to arrive on this museum, I was also able to tour on the place peacefully.

The Spirit of Bethlehem is said to be a private collection of over 500 belens/nativity sets/posters/paintings and sculptures from all over the world, collected thru decades of devotion to the Infant Jesus, by the owner, Gigi Abaya-Carlos. I find it amazing because there are nativity sets that have been bought on the 1900s and yet you won’t see any damages from it. I assume they really did well on preserving such collections.

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As you can see these pieces of the holy family is originated from Bethlehem and the other, from Italy.

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This one is not your typical Christmas tree. The holes that you can see served as the home of every little nativity sets. The lighting on the inside made it solemnly magical.

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On the other hand, Museum of Miniatures is just a step away from The Spirit of Bethlehem; it’s a two in one museum, as I may call it. The miniatures featured on it are part of the collection of the late Aleli Vengua who passionately handcrafted most of the pieces herself. It is said that the materials used on every pieces are mostly from scrap items such as plastic, wood, aluminum, fabric, and glass. Just look how amazing these tiny chairs are.

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Some of the miniatures are also intricately designed that would make it harder to imagine it was only Aleli Vengua alone who created it. I wonder how many years it took her to finish a miniature of a living room.

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and look at my close-up photograph of Vengua’s miniature of a Christmassy living room.

Some of these frames hold the articles regarding the making of the incredible small world of Aleli Vengua.

Oh look, the first admission ticket on Aleli Vengua’s Museum of Miniatures. It’ll only cost you P5.00 for adults and P2.50 for kids back then and look how huge it is, 8.5 by 11, I guess? Incredible!museum 3 first ticket.jpg

 

To this end, I would say The Spirit of Bethlehem and the Museum of Miniatures is a good recommendation, in fact, I would highly-recommend this place for people who wish to unwind and relax like me, people who has been seeking an inspiration for paintings, sculptures, interior design are also advisable to visit the place because why not? Check it out so would know why. The general admission for both The Spirit of Bethlehem and Museum of Miniatures are only P75.00 per head. There will be 20% discount for senior citizens, just show your ID. Now with teachers with ID and children either with the height below 4ft. or younger than 6 yrs. old (with proof, of course) will take a tour on the museum for FREE but this one is not applicable to children’s group tour/field trip. The museum is open from Friday to Sunday only, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM but if you have an appointment with the place or you’ve booked an event (recommended for a group of 30 persons or more) on the said museum, Monday to Thursday schedule will be available.

I’ve been totally in awe by the sight of the featured collections. All of it was just so amazingly created.

Credits to the owner of the photograph used as my featured photo.

 

A Day at The Oatmeal

“Today I don’t feel like doing anything…” What a new song..

 

Yes, I really don’t feel like doing anything today. Supposedly, I am to blog about weird and hilarious internet trends in 2016 but it seems like my focus and concentration to work on it isn’t there for now so what I did is that I browsed sites which I usually stop by: Facebook, Twitter…etc.  In my Facebook profile, I happen to notice this certain page that is included in my liked pages which (kind of) surprised me because I haven’t checked it out before.

The page titled as The Oatmeal. I checked it out, saw the linked website and voila! It fascinates and entertains me. According to the great man named Matthew Inman, the owner of the site, The Oatmeal is a compilation of HIS comics and blogs alone; there are also some of his published books that is already in the process of advertisement. His topics focused on let’s say simple comics/cartoon but with very clever ending. This is what gets my attention. I love clever endings; those with dark humor and whimsy idea but still end up entertaining and …what else?

It makes you think twice before you proceed to the next comic.

I also admire how he illustrates his characters. They don’t look good, the imperfections are there and that’s what I think is amazing maybe because it also what makes the entire site comical. I’ve read some of its comics and so far my favorite among all his works is the “How to be perfectly unhappy” because I relate to it, as simple as that. Let me just share two of Matthew Inman’s comics that really got me.

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“My Dog is a Paradox”. After I’ve read this comic, I suddenly thought of my dog (Yes, aside from cats, I now have a dog) Inman is right. Our dogs won’t be there for so long unlike us. Their life span is only around 10 to 13 years and after that death will come and get them away from us. I actually had this sudden realization about my dear pets. My cat has been there for me since I was nine, I have developed a deep relationship with it because of course, and she’s the only thing I had when my parents died. (Let’s cut that, I hate dramas.) And yet now I have a dog, a gift from a friend of mine who I happened to see seldom, I just thought of her through the dog.

It seem strange to me.

Within only three months, I was able to get close with the dog, our favorite playtime was the “fetch-thing” the one they oddly love to play and he’s very clingy I don’t know but I think he’s clingier than my kitty… He licks my face all the time and Inman is right, my dog loves to lick his balls which made me sometimes stay away from him afterwards.

Though we just met and I’ve been with him only three months from now, I already consider my dog as my best friend and I think we should, right?

(This comic is quite long but I can assure you it’s worth the read. Keep reading!)

Creativity is like breathing.”

crea1crea2crea3crea4crea5crea6crea7crea8crea9This one serves as a piece of advice to me. I am a blogger and sometimes I also feel like everything I do is a mess which occasionally I guess, is right. My mind has to run and run to all the thoughts that I think is crucial just to come up with a topic but then still I have stumbled on writer’s block. There was a time when I really don’t know what to type about… what to tackle, or anything I was simply clueless of what to do. I realized then that I really need to breathe. I need to rejuvenate, get out (which seriously not my thing) and have a bit of fun. Such a good advice for suffocating artists!

 

Overall, The Oatmeal is a good recommendation for those people who wish to brighten their apathetic days. The site does not simple revolve around a single concept but he’s intention to entertain and just create is there, his readers just have to appreciate his works all the time, no matter how simple it’ll be.

 

Check out the site here: http://theoatmeal.com/

Margarita Kareva and her stunning creativity in Photography

When we say creative photography, it shows the genuine and uniqueness of the photographer coming from the photos taken by himself. It stands out among the rest and will surely be the apple of the eye once it is presented.

This photographer from Ekaterniburg (Russia) proved that creativity in photography has no limit. Margarita Kareva who spends visiting photo shoot and master classes around the world also do individual staged photo shoot, wedding photography and Love story, Art projects (the one I’m really fond of) and Advertising photography as the scope of her work.

I am absolutely impressed with her shoots so I would gladly share it out to my dear readers. Here are some of Kareva’s photographs that not only I, has been captivated and stunned by its beauty but most probably you and most of her clients as well.

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These photographs are all from Kareva’s different album. Aren’t they all stunning and creatively perfect?

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Not only with how Margarita Kareva shows her creativity in all of her photographs I am very impressed, the Russian designer (I assume he is) also took a great part in such a fairy tale idea. It really complements to the background, the scenery, and some of the animals involved. Wonderful!

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All of them are just pretty amazing.

Aside from making fairy tales to life, Margarita Kareva is also offering training of image processing in Adobe Photoshop. This can either be in person or online through Skype. To check more about Kareva, see it here: http://kareva-margo.com/

Men’s guidelines to end their girlfriends Valentine’s Day in seventh heaven

 

 

No more than two weeks before Saint Valentine’s Day. Some men already have plans how to make that day unforgettable and special (at least for them) and also there were some who until now clueless of how are they going to celebrate this so-called lover’s day (because people usually celebrate it with their partner) with their girlfriends. Just in case, you’re one of those men who haven’t planned anything yet this guidelines to wrap-up her Valentine’s will, I think, help you figure out what would be the perfect date or To-do for your girlfriend consider the coming Valentine’s day UNFORGETTABLE.

 

So here it goes.

 

First of all, we both know there are different types of women in this world: the chic, the geeky-woman, the one-of the-boys, the conservative type…just to name a few. If you’re following my site, you are probably familiar with my blog “What other people think on a boyish chic?” from there, I mention the types of women not to mention the blog really focus only to what are those boyish chic. Who are they, what they do and what they feel towards people who bad-mouthed them due to misinterpretations. https://thestrayrussianblue.wordpress.com/2016/01/15/what-other-people-think-on-a-boyish-chic/

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  •  Walking, strolling on a park enjoying the beautiful and captivating scenery of nature around you would be the perfect Valentine’s date for your nature-lover girlfriend. Simply because this type of women appreciate the beauty of her surroundings just as how she appreciates your presence. If you’re going to ask me between day and night of roaming around the park, I prefer during the night not only because I am not used to bunch of people but also because I do not like the brightness of sun.

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  • Watch all the hot and trending showing movies in cinemas talk about Fifty shades Darker, everybody’s waiting for that controversial movie and surely you’re movie enthusiast girlfriend will enjoy it, knows all the movies to watch on that day and if you’re lucky, she’ll be the one to choose it for you and you’ll never have to worry choosing which of them she’ll like.

Want some suggestions? John Wick, The Space Between Us, Havenhurst, The Lego Batman, The Great Wall…

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  • A day of food-trip. Oh yes! Food! , says your foodie girlfriend. It is not that she’s a glutton maybe she just adores food that much. Obviously, a date with all the food that you’ve been longing to taste around you is the best Valentine’s date ever for a food-lover lady. Surely you won’t be surprise if you get yourself broke just for a day. It’s good to have back-ups, right?

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  • Valentine’s Day filled with extreme adventures is what your fearless and outgoing girlfriend would definitely enjoy. Let her try the next levels of zip lines, bungee jumping, sky diving or maybe go hiking as well, end your date night pampering yourselves on a spa to relax.  Why not try the wine bath at Aire Ancient Baths in New York City (I just saw this featured on Insider travel)

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  • A stroll to book museums bounded by collections of classics and modern books, miniatures and exhibits matches your geek and artistic girlfriend who appreciates arts and literature of all ages. It doesn’t matter if you do not feel the same (because I could sense a little violent reaction from men out there) by just keeping yourself occupied through exploring the place, checking out the pieces would surely eliminate your mind from being uninterested to the place. Look at your girl; if she enjoys it, aren’t you supposed to feel the same? Don’t forget to buy her a new book before the date ends!

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  • Stay-cation: movie marathon, games enjoying your Xbox or Playstation, eating whatever you both feels to buy, a simple and gamer girlfriend will surely mark the coming Valentine’s day fun and already special most especially if you let her win in all the games that you’re going to play. (Silly.) But seriously, gamers love to play all the games it doesn’t even matter if it decades old if it is still fun to play, they will play it. So if you wanted to make your girl exuberant and glad make sure to buy a new game earlier by now, you never know how much it’ll surprise her especially if you get to buy those that would squeeze her enthusiasm so much.

 

And lastly,

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  • A collection of new make-up kits: lippies, the limited edition mascara or whatsoever, the widespread black mask that could remove her white heads… etc. will absolutely make your beauty-conscious girlfriend’s heart leaps. She takes care of her looks very much that she always wanted to look good in front of you. So when the time that you’ll buy her those that I’ve mentioned, she will probably thinks you appreciate her effort for that and I surely think you guys really do.

 

There you go the guidelines in making your girl perfectly fine this coming Valentine’s Day. I hope you get to take ideas from it if not, then you’re completely in trouble because YOU ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME TO PREPARE!

I always love this quotation saying that once a person loves you, all the imperfections of him/her will all become beautiful. At the end of day, no matter how much time you consumed or the efforts that you exerts just to make that day special, little or not, your girl will surely appreciate it because it’s you who made it. I’m pretty sure she’ll do the same effort to make you happy on that day. Just appreciate her as well.

 

Good luck!

Are you fond of using these fonts?Stop it now.

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Like most rational people, I’ve never been a fan of Comic Sans. In fact, I die a little inside when I see that this font is still used on some websites and blogs! Imagine my delight when I happened upon a website called BanComicSans.com, whose sole purpose is to banish this font to the nether regions of the Internet.

Their online petition (that’s right, they started a petition) has attracted more than 5,000 signatures, which leads me to believe that many people really, truly and passionately dislike Comic Sans. But let me be devil’s advocate for just a minute here, because as much as Comic Sans makes my toes curl, it’s not even the worst font out there.

Typography is pretty important — in fact, it can speak louder than words. I liken it to our style of clothing, which speaks to who we are. How many times have you met someone and based solely on how they dressed, instantly thought they were cool and someone you want to talk to?

That same process happens every time someone lands on a website. In a split second, we take in the typography, the colors, the imagery, the white space, the overall style. In that split second, we make a judgment: is this somewhere want to hang out for a few seconds/minutes, or am I automatically discounting this and bouncing away?

Comic Sans makes people bounce. It’s that awful.

But like I said, some fonts are even more offensive and awful. Here are 10 examples Carly Stec over at HubSpot came up — I made a visual out of her list because you have to see these bad boys to truly appreciate just how much they need to die:

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Originally posted on Inc.com

 

I never thought Times New Roman made it on the list. Do you have any idea why it does? I agree on the rest though.

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