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How many black circles can you see?


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Are the two spheres the same size? Will you let the brick's perspective fool you?


Are the two spheres the same size?
Will you let the brick's perspective fool you?

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Can you tell what this is a picture of?


Can you tell what this is a picture of?

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Are the two squares with dots in the same colour?


Are the two squares with dots in the same colour?


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Which way its moving?


Moving direction???

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Can you see both the old man, and the young lady?


Can you see both the old man, and the young lady?
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Are the red lines the same length?


Are the red lines the same length?

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A lovely vase?


A lovely vase?
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Are the horizontal lines parallel?


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Sweet Anniversary Ideas and Tips


Anniversaries are very important in any relationship. Whether you're celebrating the day you tied the knot or you're reminiscing the date when you first went steady, it's always a good idea to make this day special for the both of you.
Contrary to what some people think, the anniversary need not be expensive to be memorable. All it takes is a little ingenuity, creativity, romance, and of course, sincerity to ensure that what you'll have is something that you will cherish for a very long time.
Here are the different ways on how to celebrate your anniversary with a bang. 
Spa Anniversary
If you and your loved one are always busy with work and home that you barely have time to relax and unwind, get the pampering of your life in a spa facility. You can get a room for two and massage therapy of your choice. Choose among the different varieties of massage styles such as Swedish, Shiatsu, Thai, hot stone, reflexology, and many other massage styles. After the satisfying massage, fall asleep into each other's arms as you wait for your stresses to melt away.
Cruise Vacation
There is nothing like floating above the blue ocean aboard a luxurious cruise ship with your loved one right by your side. A cruise vacation is another great way to spend your anniversary. Not only will you get to have quality time together, you will also get to see and experience the dream place where you've always wanted to go. Don't make the mistake of thinking that cruise vacations are too expensive. If you resourceful and Internet-savvy enough, you can easily chance upon a great cruise vacation package for two online. Just make sure you scour the web and you search for a reputable travel agent who can give you a package that can be customized according to your needs. Some of the popular cruise lines to consider include Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Carnival. See more about cruises.
Hiking Adventure
For the adventure seekers in you, you can engage in any outdoor sport such as hiking on the day of your anniversary. Be sure to choose a hiking trail that will not only bequeath you with spectacular views but is also suitable for your hiking capacity and fitness. This way, you don't overwork yourself. You would want to share a wonderful moment with your beau, one that is free of back and leg pains. Bring a tent and some camping gear if you want to spend the night in the middle of wilderness. For any adventure lover, this is the best idea for a romantic way to spend one's anniversary.
Movie Marathon
Now if you do not want to go out or spend much, you can stay at home and have a wonderful home date night. For one, you can have a movie marathon with your loved one. Be sure to put in the "don't disturb" sign outside your bedroom, the living area, or wherever you intend to do the activity. Snuggle close to each other in the couch, have some popcorn and beverage handy, and make it feel like the old times when you used to watch a lot of movies together.



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Blind Dates Preparation

People go on blind dates for many reasons but no matter what, having fun should always be one of them. Here are simple things to keep in mind to ensure that you can have as much fun as possible.
Keep an open mind
If you cannot help forming expectations, make sure you expect that your first date can go one way or the other. If you feel disappointed at first, give your date a little time to warm as he/she might only be nervous, just like you.
Arrange a short date
Since you are meeting someone for the first time, it is possible that you will not hit it off right away. If that is the case, a short date is ideal because you have given yourselves the chance to get to know each other without being forced to spend an unnecessarily long time in each other's company.
If the date is going well, you can always extend your time together or arrange another date.
Be yourself
This sounds trite but putting your best foot forward just because you are meeting someone new is not easy nor is it honest. Of course, you should be polite and you need to observe proper decorum. However, do not pretend to do things just because you think it will impress your date. If you end up liking each other, you may have a hard time living up to the expectations.
To go or not to go Dutch
There is always the question of who will pay for the meal or the drinks. It is a nice gesture for men to offer to pay for the meal, if they have the means. Women may suggest that they pay half. Either way, dealing with this part in a straightforward manner is the only way to go.
Follow your intuition
A blind date should be like any first date. It should be about fun. If you are having a good time with the person, do not be stressed about how to keep the conversation going. Let things take its natural course. On the other hand, if you do not feel comfortable do not ignore the feeling. It may just be paranoia but it is still better to be safe than sorry.
Plan a graceful exit
The end of the date is one of the crucial times when you need to be as honest as you possibly can. If you truly enjoyed the company of your date, you can let him/her know that you are interested in seeing them for a second or a third time. You can be subtle by saying how you enjoyed your date or you can be straightforward and suggest another date.
On the other hand, if the date did not go too well it only fair to tell your date the truth. Be polite and explain why you think you should not see each other again. After all, it is better to be honest now than to give false hopes.
Going on a blind date can be stressful even before the date itself. However, if you know what to expect you may be confident enough to actually look forward to meeting a stranger.
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How to Make a Woman Fall in Love with You

If you have met a woman you are seriously smitten about or you have known a friend that you have always had feeling for but you have no idea how to encourage her to reciprocate your affection, it is probably about time that you change your tactics and style.
Below, you will find the qualities that most women look for in men. By adapting these qualities, you will have better chances of making your dream woman fall in love with you.
Mature
It has been a common notion that women mature faster than men. It is no wonder there is what you call, "toys for the big boys" or that many women fall for older men. This is also the primary reason why many women complain about how immature some men seem to be. Now, if you want to impress the girl of your dreams, you have to show her how mature you are about so many things. For example, you can show your ladylove that you handle your life and career seriously. Show her how responsibly you manage your finances and business. Engage her in matured and intelligent conversations. Of course, you do not have to strangle and confine the inner kid in you all the time. You can let it out once in a while, just make sure that it is during an appropriate time and place.
Romantic
All women are romantic. They love to be pampered, to be wooed, to be loved. They appreciate even the smallest things you do for them. Even if you just do a simple favor or just call them up to see how they are, they would think you are sweet. Not to mention, the flowers and gifts which are staples to any budding relationship. However, don’t make the mistake of overdoing it. Women don't like to be smothered either. If you fill up her bedroom with roses and balloons three times a week, she's more likely to see you as a neurotic stalker than as a romantic guy she would want to be together with.
Faithful
They say that men are polygamous by nature. But any determined man can fight this innate quality especially if you are wooing the woman of your dreams. Make sure that you do not ever give your ladylove a chance to lose trust in you. She values your commitment and promises very highly that it would be hard to get back that trust once it is gone. Many women find it hard to love men that they do not trust.
Thoughtful
Relevant to the romantic quality, women also adore people who are thoughtful and kind-hearted. If you make nasty jokes about the disabled person trying to cross the street, she will be definitely turned off. If you forget special occasions like her birthday or any other important event, you will never hear the end of it.
Funny
Humor is something that women can never have enough of. Of course, remember that this should be just good natured fun. Women are disgusted when men make green or dirty jokes but are usually impressed with witty remarks or hilarious anecdotes.
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How to Make a Man Fall in Love with You

Having trouble finding the guy of your dreams? Or perhaps you already did, the only problem is he doesn't know you exist, he never even throws a look in your direction. 
It is also possible that you are in love with a guy you have been friends with since time immemorial and you just don’t know how to get past that "friend" phase and spark some romance between the two of you. 
Whatever your individual circumstance is, these tips will help you make a man fall in love with you.
Prettify yourself
We all know that guys are visual by nature. That's the primary reason why they ogle at bikini-clad girls. While it won't be necessary to parade on your favorite bikinis, it would be great if you can improve your appearance and make yourself look more attractive. It does not mean that you need to look like Anne Hathaway or Kate Bosworth. But at least, look your best. Get a new hairdo, lose weight, wear flattering clothes, apply make-up that would emphasize your features, and don't forget to spritz on some nice but not overwhelming cologne. If this doesn't turn your dream guy's head, you'll be probably be turning other heads anyway, so keep your options open.
Keep your ears open
Most guys talk about themselves all the time. It must be their male ego or their alpha male on the work. It is always recommended to listen actively to your man. Men are endeared to girls who can give them attention and at the same time, be interesting enough to keep up with the conversation. Be sure to read up on current topics, get to know about the latest trends, listen to news, and so on.
Laugh, laugh and laugh
Men are attracted to women with sense of humor. Not only does this keep any relationship interesting and exciting, sense of humor is also a good way to make someone else fall in love with you. But don't just make all the jokes, remember to laugh a lot as well. Men's egos are boosted when girls laugh at their funny quips. You don't have to pretend anything's funny if it is not but be sure not to be too uptight and let your hair down to attract your guy.
Ooze with confidence and attitude
Needy, desperate girls or girls with negative dispositions in life can easily repel guys. Nobody likes to be with someone who always sees the glass half empty. But if you're sunny, positive, and cheerful, and if you exude with confidence and a great attitude, you are more likely to attract the opposite sex. Stand up straight when you walk, make eye contact when you talk, and be confident at all times.
Don't forget to flirt
Flirting is an essential part of the whole process of attracting men. Sharpen your flirting skills if you want your guy to take notice of you. Teasing glimpses, lingering looks, soft touches on the knees or on the hair, smiling a lot, throwing your head back when you laugh, and so many more - all these are foolproof flirting techniques that have been tested by time.
Be Yourself
Of course, while all these tips will help you enhance yourself and improve your chances of snagging the man you've always wanted, it is still important to be yourself. Don’t be a fake. You would want your man to fall in love with you and not with an imaginary person that you made up.
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How To Build Self Confidence

Boost your Self-Esteem with these Power Tips
Have you always been concerned about how you carry yourself? Has it always been a big problem to you that you have low self-confidence? Do you always wish to feel better about yourself so that you will have more friends, or perhaps do better in your career?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, read on to the power tips below to find out how you can boost your self-esteem with little or no difficulty.
1. Dress to Impress
They say clothes don't make a person, but you have to admit the way you dress does have an effect on how you feel about yourself. How often has it happened that you came to a social event only to find out that you are over or underdressed and you just want the ground to open up and swallow you whole? The rest of the night you feel self conscious just because you are not dressed up properly. For this reason, it is imperative that you invest on your clothes as this is the first step towards improvement of your self-confidence. Be aware of the latest styles, find out what clothes suit you and flatter you, and invest some money on good quality clothes that would make you look and feel good.
2. Stand up Straight and Walk Faster
People who are confident have upright postures and they walk much faster than those who do not. Walking faster will not only make you look more confident, it will make you look important, as if you are in a rush because you are in demand and you have so many things to do. Be sure to have an upright posture too. Slumped shoulders and lethargic movements indicate poor self esteem. Practice good posture to display more confidence. Doing both of these will make you feel empowered.
3. Motivate Yourself
It is possible that your lack of self confidence is rooted from your lack of self motivation. If you are not motivated to excel, to do good in life, to succeed, and so on, you probably also won’t have the confidence that it takes to do so. But if you are determined to bring yourself to a much better place where you currently are now, you will be more confident about how you feel about yourself. It would be advisable to listen to motivational speeches that encourage confidence to help you more effectively on this matter.
5. Be More Optimistic
Being more positive in life will also instantly give you a positive boost. When your head is always filled with negative thoughts such as how you are incapable, incompetent, or just plain stupid, of course, you won’t have the confidence to face the world. But if you believe in yourself that you are smart, you're talented, and you can accomplish anything you set your mind into, being confident would follow naturally.
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Body Language And Dating

According to studies, less than 10 percent of people's communication is verbal. A staggering 90 percent, on the other hand, revolves around non-verbal language. It is not a surprise that in dating, body language can make such a big impact that it can make or break interaction and potential relationship between two people. To understand more about dating body language and how you can use it to your advantage, here are some practical information that you would want to know more about.
Detecting Personalities with Nonverbal Cues
How people communicate with their body parts can actually say a lot about their personalities. When you are dating, you are still in that "getting to know" stage (unless of course, you're dating a long-time friend). In this phase, it would be great for you to detect the personality of the person you are dating so you know if you are going to click with each other or not. This is because even though one person is saying one thing, it may not be necessarily true. He/she may just be saying that to impress you.
Some common nonverbal cues that you would want to be on the lookout for include eye contact, touching, communicating with hands, posture, and a person's way of carrying himself. A person who moves his/her hands a lot while talking is likely to be sensitive, attentive, and a great communicator. A guy who touches your back often or moves in closely all the time is one who is looking for an intimate relationship. A woman who stands up straight with her chin up high has a strong personality. She is probably on top of her career and can get most of the things she likes.
Using Body Language for Flirting
Nonverbal actions are not only used for determining personalities but also for flirting. In fact, many people on a date hardly ever flirts with words but more with actions. A teasing look, a lingering lick on the ice cream while glimpsing over the other person, or a few touches on the other person’s back, face, or knees are all flirting body language that shows one's interest towards the other. Using body language for flirting has various advantages. For one, you get to show your affections without having to be blunt about it. You also won't seem too eager, desperate or cheesy as these things can easily drive another person away. Flirting with body signals also make dating more exciting and romantic. It gives that spark that make people look forward to seeing each other again.
Determining Relationship Level with Body Signals
As you go on more dates with a particular person, body signals can be used to determine the level and direction of the relationship. If you have been on a couple of dates but you're not sure "where you guys are," you can use nonverbal cues to have at least some idea as to where you are heading. If there is a lot of kissing, hugging, and other intimate body actions, the relationship may be moving to a higher level. But if the other person seems to be keeping a distance or maintaining a friendly stance, then that probably means you two are off to Friendsville.
Body language is an important part of dating. Do not jump into this arena without familiarizing yourself with the common nonverbal cues that can help you flirt, detect personalities, and determine relationship level. Of course, it does not mean that you have to rely solely on nonverbal language. You also have to get to know the person more since nonverbal language differs for every person.
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How to Ask a Girl Out?

How do you ask a girl out?
Your friends will certainly have opinions on how to go about it, but not all their advice are worth considering.
Here are simple questions to answer to help you get a "yes."
Is she available?
There is no point to asking a girl out if she is not available. Ask around or observe if she is: 
  • seeing someone
  • not allowed to see anyone (by her parents or guardians)
  • not open to pursuing any type of relationship at the moment
  • not into guys (and this is a real possibility)
Does she seem interested?
If you are extremely confident that you can make any girl like you, then this should not be a problem. Nevertheless, there is a real possibility that the girl who finds you interesting will also seem interesting to you.
If a girl likes you, she will find excuses to talk to you and make it seem that everything you say matters. She will laugh at all your jokes, even if you think they are lame. She will also find excuses to touch you. These gestures are signal enough for you to take the next step - asking her out.
Is there something that you can do together?
Since the girl seem to be into you, it's time to find out her interests to see if they coincide with yours. Use these interests as bases for planning your date. Come up with several options but make sure that they are all fun and casual enough for a first date.
Is the opportunity right for asking her out?
In most cases, finding the right timing is easy. If you are having a hard time, look for the signs that lead to a right timing. Gauge her mood, for instance. If she looks happy, it's a good sign.
The right opportunity also calls for privacy. Ask her out when you are alone to make sure that she is comfortable and will not be embarrassed if she has to say no. Asking without other people present will also spare you from dealing with gossips (if the girl agrees to go out with you) or shame in case of rejection.
Is there enough time to prepare?
Face it; the girl's needs should be the priority on the first date. When asking a girl out, one of the ingredients for success is to ask her days in advance of the set date so she will have time to plan her attire, her make-up, and the chance to tell her girlfriends and to ask their inputs and advice.
You also need the time to make sure that your arrangements are going according to plan. This does not mean anything formal but if the weather forecast says that a typhoon will hit your city on the day you plan to go to the carnival, then you have ample time to revise your plans and talk it over with her.
If you end up going on a date with someone you really like, that's amazing; but if you don't, chalk it up to experience and don't let a minor failure get you down.
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Pickup Lines

A good opening line may win you a date while a bad one will just cause your target to look at you in disdain or worse, start laughing hysterically. If you see a stranger in a bar and you want to get to know them, you've got to approach them and say something witty that will make them like you and leave an indelible impression.
In only a few seconds, you will decide your fate – whether or not you've met the love of your life, gotten a date, or end up going home alone. According to psychologists, people make up their mind about other people within seconds. This is why your opening line has got to make a good impression.
Confidence
Confidence is key. Even if you're delivering a cheesy line, if you accompany it with a wink or a self-deprecating look, you'll come off as funny or sexy, not corny. You'll want to make sure that you look cool when you approach your target. If you’re nervous and your palms are sweaty, don't let them see it. People can sense whether you're confident or not. You are most likely to succeed if you have confidence in yourself and your opening line.
Most people think that good-looking men and women who are single never approach other people because they are accosted all the time. In some cases this might be true. But whatever we look like, most of us like talking to new people. A lot of us also lack the confidence or verbal skills to suddenly start chatting to people that we don’t know.
Entertain
Try to be entertaining. A good sense of humor is always appreciated. Humor always breaks up the ice. But don’t go all out. You'll find that a simple approach sometimes works better than all those fancy bells and whistles. Delivery is key. Some tried and tested opening lines actually work.
Don't stress out
This will undermine your confidence and impede your delivery. Being stressed out can also cause you to clam up. While drinking a lot of alcohol can cause you to loosen up and gain some confidence, it is not good to chat someone up when you've had a lot to drink.
Don't be a jerk
An offensive line will never work. But surprisingly, a simple request to buy someone a drink will elicit a response in about half the people that you meet. Many people prefer a simple and straightforward approach. Just come up to them confidently and state your best opening line. If you feel up to it, use some humor or crack a joke. Different lines will work with different people. You will either luck out or strike out.
Ladies should definitely not leave it up to the men to approach them. If you see someone you like, smile at them and let them catch you looking at them. If they don’t approach you but you feel like they're interested, take the initiative and go up to them. Then hit them with your best opening line.
After all, you have nothing to lose.
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First Date! nervous??

So you are up on your first date and you want it to be great. Here are several ideas to remember when you go out with someone special for the first time:
First impression – even if you've known the person for some time, making a good impression could also be hard since dating is another field and you wouldn't want to mess it up. Meeting with a blind date could be more difficult. A good tip is that you should plan the date with your partner. This will make you seem considerate, plus it will save you time on planning the date alone. With this, you can be sure that you will both enjoy your first date. Another thing, be sure that you will not get late. Picking her up or arriving late can ruin the mood even before the date starts. You can also achieve a good impression by surprising her with a small gift. You can find out her likes such as favorite flowers or chocolates. The gift does not need to be overstated; it will show her that you are thoughtful.
Location – what you have to offer to your date is judged by where you bring her. No amount of good looks can cover up a bad venue – it can even ruin her perception about you. If you've known each other for quite some time, think of the things that you both like doing. Laid-back and romantic girls would love a walk on the beach with white sand and watch the sun go down as the stars come-up while your conversation go on and on about each other. Another great idea would be a real restaurant with fine dining offers. Great places for outgoing girls are amusement parks, balloon rides or boating. But try to remember that your date would not want to end up sweaty and sticky because of the activities of the date. Artistic girls would love going to concerts, museums, movie premier nights, and art galleries.
Activities – this is not a lifesaver for boring dates but a channel into getting to know your partner more and giving you both the time to enjoy. If you've planned the date with her, then you've also planned the activities with her. This is a good opportunity for you to have fun while getting to know each other through observation and conversation. Do not engage in activities that would hinder your conversation with her. Choose the ones where you get to discuss things. Watching sports is a good idea for a date if you both love the sport since it will offer plenty of topics for discussion.
Setting the Mood – a relaxing mood is difficult to achieve but is a must. Carry on light conversations and give your date simple compliments. Do not ask too many questions at once and try to share things about yourself as well. Asking questions about your date would make her feel that you are interested in her but do not go overboard by asking very personal questions. Let it go if she does not feel like answering you. Avoid overstating or exaggerating facts about yourself or it could turn off your date or make her feel less compared to you. Remember to be yourself as your honesty would be greatly appreciated and would help your date feel at ease about being herself as well.
These tips would surely help you have a wonderful first date and secure a second date. Nevertheless, remember to consider that people vary and therefore not everything is applicable to everyone. As extravagance and luxury is a good way to please and impress, parsimony and honesty is also great to win the good impression of your date.
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Dating Tips

Your crush has finally asked you out and you're going on a date. Or you have been dating a lot of people, but it just doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Dating can be tricky ground for a lot of people. That's why there are a plethora of dating tips out their to help you be more confident and to set your best foot forward.
Here are some of the best dating tips you should follow:
Always look your best. You'll want to present your best self to your date, so take the time to choose the clothes that suit you. Put on makeup and spray on that sweet-smelling perfume or splash on that manly aftershave. First impressions last and you'll want to make sure that you'll make a good one. If you look like a mess, your date will feel that you're not interested in them.
Showing up late is a turn-off. Your date has gone to the trouble to set a time. They'll have made reservations or bought tickets to see a movie that starts at a specific time. Give your date the courtesy of showing up on time.
Have fun! Find something about your date to enjoy. After all, you most probably wouldn't be out with someone if you didn't share a common interest, so you'll be sure to be doing something that you like. If you have fun, most likely your date will have fun too, and you'll end up going on a successful date.
Do look for a positive trait or characteristic in your date to compliment. Most people go to a lot of trouble to get ready for a date. They also spend a lot of time and effort into planning a date. You will boost their ego by complimenting their appearance. They will also be flattered that you appreciate all the effort it took to set up the date.
Show some interest in your date and be an interesting date. Keep the conversation rolling by asking questions and sharing stories. Listen to your date when they tell you what books they like to read, what kind of music they listen to, and what they like to do. Share quirky stories about yourself that show off your interests and personality. You'll be bound to get to know each other better and appreciate each other's interests.
Be honest. If you don't dig your date, tactfully decline when they ask you out on a second date. You won't be doing them or yourself any favors by stringing them along. You'll also be wasting time if you keep going out with a person whom you're not into.
Don’t cave in to peer pressure. Listen to your friends' advice, but don't let them dictate whom you should date. You should go out with the people whom you’re attracted to, not the people whom your friends think will suit you. At the end of the day, you are the one who will be in a relationship – not your friends.
Even if your date doesn't go as planned, stay positive. You might not want to date a certain person again, but you might want to stay friends with them. Even if the path to finding your true love is rocky, you'll be sure to get to know good people along the way.
Follow these dating tips and your dates are sure to improve.
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What Women Expect From Men

It may be cliche but allow me to say it, men are from Mars and women are from Venus. And just the same, we are all different people with different views and opinions, thus we have different expectations. But what do women expect from men and what are the things that they usually want in a relationship?
1. Time – women want to feel important and once they are committed in a relationship, they don't stop planning their lives ahead with complete names for children or an ideal house. A guy should commit to spend time with their girl more than they do with their friends and vices. Just the same, the guy should give enough freedom for his girl to do things on her own or with her girl friends and family.
2. Honesty and openness – a woman is either afraid of being lied at or overly confident that she would often doubt her man. A man should make it a point to share things with his partner, to return her messages when she asks things, to answer her questions even if it's the "did I gain weight" question or the "is she prettier than me" question. Allow her to know what you are thinking. Women feel confident and proud of their men if they admit what's wrong and whatever it is that bothers them.
3. Feeling of security – a man does not need to build-up his muscles to make his girl feel safe. Security could mean being financially secure, emotionally secure, or a worry-free relationship. Be a grown-up and stand-up for her. Let her know that you can make decisions and stand by it. Most women like it when their guys lead the way and have ways to protect her. In married couples, the man always makes sure that the wife has something to put up in the table for a complete meal. Be there for her in the toughest and most difficult times even when she's the problem, try to bear with it.
4. Tender loving care – all girls always love being taken-cared and being treated special. Guys should check on their girls from time to time even if there is now reason. Visit her even when she's not sick and spend time doing things for her like cooking her favorite dish and fixing her things. Girls who grew-up without their fathers usually look for guys who are older than them. This is because they long for a father-figure, thus, they demand more care and attention.
5. Do unexpected things for her – girls expect too much from guys sometimes that they get disappointed plenty of times too. Doing things unexpectedly would light up her mood and make her feel loved. Kiss her for no reason or bring her to an expensive restaurant once in a while. Long-time couples sometimes feel too comfortable and ordinary, bringing the girl to a date and reliving the days of courtship is a sweet way to make her know that she’s still that special. Write a letter for her even if it's not your style just ones.
Women are truly different from men but when it comes down to it all, we all just want to be loved. Sometimes it's the smallest things and gestures that could bring great differences.
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What Men Expect From Women?

Women are often perplexed in their efforts to figure out what men really need to be happy and contented. At the end of the day, Eve's daughters simply shake their heads, shrug their shoulders, and tell themselves that men will always be a complex mystery.
This shouldn't always be the case, however. Since the root of all misunderstandings between the opposite sexes is probably the fact that each party has their own misconceptions about each other, then it's time to set the facts straight. Once and for all, let us examine what men really expect from women.
Men expect women to communicate their thoughts and feelings directly and honestly. Men don't like it when women make them second-guess their actions. They expect their partner to express herself truthfully, and to verbalize her thoughts and feelings to help him understand her better. They don't like playing emotional charades. If his lady has certain needs and wants that he must fulfill, a man wants to know it straight from her. However, men prefer a gentle, kind and loving way of communication. It will never do to be demanding, whining, and critical of him.
Men expect women to be strong, independent, and self-sufficient. Men are attracted to confident women. Although a loving relationship is defined by sharing your life with your partner, it is still healthy to maintain a separate identity and not lose your own self. A woman should maintain her own interests, activities, and set of friends. The last thing that she should be is a clingy partner, who cannot function on her own if separated from her man. However, there should still be a balance to this, because men also want to feel needed. Being too independent may make a man fear that his partner is no longer truly committed to him.
Men expect women to be faithful and devoted. Another common misconception is that men are more likely to commit infidelity in a relationship, so it often the women who are heard as saying that they wished their man would be more faithful and devoted. In reality, no man would want to be cheated and betrayed by his girl as well. When a man is in a relationship, he expects his partner to be committed and willing to make the relationship work out.
Men expect women to know how to treat them right. Treating them right means knowing how to make them feel good. Men have a need to be praised, appreciated, and supported in their opinions. Stroking his ego once in a while would do him good, as long as it’s done sincerely and not in a patronizing way.
No matter how they resent being baffled by the riddle that is men, towards the end, women still try their best to understand and live in harmony with them. After all, the situation is fairly mutual. Women also have their own set of behaviors that puzzle men to no end.
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Signs Of Cheating

Why cheat? Is it for the thrills of being a part of something illicit? Or is it in reality a cry for help and attention? There are many reasons why a partner cheats but according to an online survey, a majority of the people (both men and women respondents) said they cheated because of relationship problems.
What are the signs that a partner is cheating?

Suspicious Behavior

A cheating partner will usually exhibit a strange or uncommon conduct. For instance, your spouse might have mood swings that you cannot attribute to anything specific, like their jobs or the problems in your family. He/she might suddenly get angry or defensive when talking about things that he/she considers too "personal" or "intrusive."
According to a recent survey, the majority of cheating instances take place at work. If your partner suddenly works longer hours, is always on business meetings, or calls home that he/she will be late because of sudden changes in the work schedule, then he/she might be cheating on you.

Lack of Intimacy

One of the things that make a spouse suspect that the other is having an affair is the lack of intimacy. Your partner’s sexual interest or behavior changes until it seems that he/she is becoming a different person and you start to wonder whether you know them at all. Sexual intercourse, physical contact, and expressions of love and commitment also tend to become less frequent.

Time and Money that is Unaccounted For

Money and time, which cannot be accounted for, are usually red flags of cheating. A cheating partner may spend too much time on errands that usually do not take them a long time to accomplish, like going to the salon, getting the car washed, or going to the gym. You may also find receipts for purchases that you never see or big credit card bills that your spouse cannot explain.

Positive Changes in Physical Appearance

If your partner suddenly takes special pains to look and dress better, it might be because he/she is trying to impress someone. That someone could be you or another person. Women usually start wearing new clothes or lingerie, which are sexier than what they normally wear. Men are also inclined to buy new clothes and take extra care when it comes to grooming. A cheating partner can spend too much time looking at the mirror to check his/her reflection that it becomes noticeable.

Strange Phone Calls and Messages

A spouse who has something to hide, like an affair, will usually have his/her phone with him/her at all times. You might notice that he/she spends a huge amount of time having whispered conversations. Calls are made to and received from names or numbers that you do not recognize. If your partner takes his/her phone everywhere but does not answer when you call or the phone is always turned off when he/she is out with friends, there is a big chance that your partner is cheating on you.

Unless you caught your partner in the act, these signs are all circumstantial. Listen to your intuition but give your spouse the chance to explain. After all, you could be wrong and that can jeopardize the trust that you have for each other.
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How to Get Your Girlfriend Back?

You've been regretting it since the day you let her go. And you can't sleep another day without doing something about it. If you really love her, do not give up. Get on your feet and win your girlfriend back.
To start you off the right track, here are some points and tips to keep in mind.
Give her space after the break-up. The harder you push, the more she might pull away. If she says she needs some time, respect her decision. Do not call her every minute of the day. Last thing you want is to annoy her with your over-persistence, and worse, drive her into a habit of hiding from you.
Do not beg or plead. This tends to scream desperation. Even if you are actually desperate to win her back, do not turn clingy.
You can court her all over again with flowers, chocolates and letters. But while the gifts are bound to draw a smile, winning her back will require a more personal and sincere gesture.
Show her that you are worthy of a second chance. Use the time you have spent apart since the break-up to reflect.
Think back on the qualities that attracted her to you in the first place. Play up your strengths. Become the man she first fell for.
Figure out what exactly went wrong with your relationship. Replay in your head the conversations, and even fights, you had.
From there, you'll know what needs to be fixed. If it was something you did, ask yourself why you did it in the first place. This way, you are clear on which issues you need to come to terms with. If it was a problem with your behavior, then work on your weak spots.
After you have made the necessary "fixes", arrange to meet or talk with her. You can check with her friends if they think she's ready to hear you out. Be patient.
When she does agree to a conversation, humbly apologize for your wrongdoings and take responsibility for your actions. "Sorry" goes a long way.
But do not stop at an apology. Convince her that your relationship deserves a do-over. Assure her that you will be a much better partner this time around. Pour your heart out.
Do not, however, force the reconciliation. Show her how much you want to be with her. Let everything else fall into place.
Also, do not pressure her into deciding on your future right away. Let her know of your intentions and your feelings, but assure her that you will completely respect her choice.
Remember that there’s no need to focus all your energies on this quest. Have some time to yourself as well. Do what makes you feel good, may it be a new diet, a new hobby or a new look. Who knows, this might even win you extra points with her.
The effective "rules of engagement" will vary with each guy and each relationship. Use the tips listed above as a guide to plotting your plan of action. Just remember that sincerity and determination are key. And of course, being mature, responsible, respectful and thoughtful always comes handy. Good luck!
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How to Get Your Boyfriend Back

Do you still find yourself subconsciously picking up all the pieces of shattered memories and pulling through all the strings that could link you back with him?
Whatever busted our cherished relationships, many of us, women, remain locked up in the past that we want to blow life to all the images that are flashing in our heads and turn them into reality.
Whatever our motives are in winning our men back, we can always resolve to live our lives in ways that will both favor our victory in deliberately getting our men back and our success in purposely improving ourselves that may unintentionally lead them back to us.
Now let's get rolling ...
1. One can have a solid kick off by having a clear and resolute decision of loving oneself first.
Men are generally aware that only when one is capable of loving herself enough, that she is able to love others well.
A woman who values and respects oneself will not allow herself to fall into wrongdoings that might affect the relationship. She will commit herself to continuous growth - discovering what she can do and how she can do those best - for her to have a good self-image, preventing her to feel insecure and jealous.
A woman who loves herself is naturally caring, understanding, sympathetic, and supportive because she knows what love truly is and how it is to be loved.
2. Properly send your man signals that you have already totally accepted the breakupeven though the reality is otherwise.
Making your man believe that you have already moved on usually hits his ego and stirs him to think whether he is your loss or you are his loss. Showing no desperation in winning him back conversely makes him desperate to come back to prove his worth.
Also, older men no longer find women who are possessive and obsessive cute and lovable. Mature men appreciate women who can be their partner rather than their pet.
3. It pays to always look your best - internally and externally. Maintaining inner and outer beauty will, in no way, drive your man away.
Take advantage of how well you know him. Put on a dress that has the color and style he likes; set your hair in ways he finds sexy; and use the perfume you were using to sweep him back to the times when you were still together.
Having a girlfriend with a good heart and a prudent mind is nothing but trophy for most men.
Any ex-boyfriend couldn't help but snivel on the sight of a beautiful woman with a golden heart being admired and respected by other men.
4. Maintain warm relationships with your man’s friends and family members.
Being warm with his crowd usually results to complimentary award-winning advertisement on how good you are as a friend and a family member.
Being nice with his clique shows how diplomatic you are in dealing with issues. He may also perceive you as a good partner in both good and not-so-good times.
5. Always be yourself.
Being the woman that you really are can help rekindle old flame. Who you truly are was the reason why he became attracted to you. Maybe it's the perfect time to look at yourself and retrospect. Have you changed a lot? Are the changes because of improvement or of worsening?
While doing all these, you are also helping yourself become the esteemed woman you need to be whether he comes back to your or not. If he comes back, it means you are really wired and meant for each other. If he doesn't, then rejoice because you have already started spreading your wings and are now more prepared to take off and soar to the vast heavens of possibilities and opportunities for growth and successes.
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How to Prevent Bad Relationships?


No one wants to be part of an unhealthy relationship. The bad news is that it happens - some good relationships go south, some people seem to move from one hurtful relationship to another. 
The good news is there are ways to avoid falling into the usual traps that burden, threaten and ultimately break relationships.
Be on the guard 
Tread with caution. Look back on your previous relationships and what made them crumble. Make a conscious effort to learn from your past mistakes.

Also watch out for red flags – any indication that something is not quite right. Be particularly wary of signs of abuse, violence or manipulation.
Better yet, come up your own relationship deal breakers. Think of the traits or habits that, by your personal standards, are unacceptable in a partner. And when one of the non-negotiables on your list becomes apparent, take it as your cue to bow out of the relationship.
Be your own person 
Do not lose yourself in a relationship. Some couples tend to think only in terms of "we" and forget "I". Relationships should be anchored on the idea of two persons working as a team. That means each individual member must have a voice, get a say in making decisions. Mutual respect needs to exist. So always assert yourself.

Set-ups where one is submissive and the other domineering are bound to fail. Control often translates to abuse. And somebody will end up feeling powerless, dismissed or fearfully dependent.
Talk it out 
Keep the lines of communication open. Converse constantly. Discuss even the smallest of issues, so you can nip them in the bud.

If you can sense that something is eating into the relationship, share your sentiments with your partner. Letting him or her know how you feel could help pinpoint the problem.
For serious troubles, it's best to have your talk when both parties are calm and receptive. Discussing matters when tempers are running high will do more damage than good.
During the conversations, be honest, clear and open. Hear each other out and find a middle ground. You do not have to be on the same side. Agreeing to disagree is a form of compromise in itself.
Enjoy the company 
Couples should be able to have a good time together, may it be fun and wild, or relaxing and comforting. If boredom seems to strike more often than normal or the chemistry is fading, this might be a sign that something is amiss. Find a way to identify and address the situation.

Work it out 
Every relationship hits a snag. But not all survive.

If your find yourselves in a rough patch, do not give up. If the relationship is worth saving, fight for it. Resolve your issues.
But if the bad undoubtedly outweighs the good, then the relationship is unhealthy. There's no need to stick it out any longer.
There are no hard-and-fast rules to avoiding bad relationships. But it always helps to be vigilant. Be on the lookout for any red flags. Make sure there is mutual respect and trust. Communicate regularly, clearly and honestly. 
Know when to let go and when course-correcting is an option.



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"The Marketing Power Of E-books"

An e-book is a great, new way to provide information to your customers inexpensively and without a lot of hassle. Customers are able to access e-books on any computer, without installation, and one e-book can be downloaded from your website an unlimited amount of times. 

The great thing about an e-book is that it allows customers to access the information in their own time, at their own leisure, which makes it more likely that they will really take it all in. An e-book can be saved and referred to as many times as necessary so that customers can access the valuable information as much as they need. 

Though they're often disguised as simple and convenient informational references, e-books are great marketing tools because they constantly provide consumers with information about a company's products or services. E-books are available at all times of the day, every day of the week, which makes it easy for a business to keep in touch and offer information or support to customers when it is convenient for them. Unlike printed information, such as regular books, pamphlets and reports, e-books are incredibly inexpensive and take up a lot less space, as they're stored on a computer. 

Besides a company's website, there are several places on the Internet where an e-book can be stored and saved for customer download. Company's can post blogs and send emails, both of which can contain links for e-books and provide extra information about the business as well. 

In order to capture the attention of a customer, it's important that your e-book is captivating, interesting, detailed and original. Start off by creating a great title that is sure to make a customer continue reading. Like a newspaper or magazine article, the title of an e-book can be the deciding factor in whether or not a customer takes the time to read the book all the way through. The content of the e-book is also a huge factor and should be original and interesting. Because there are so many businesses using the Internet as their main marketing strategy, customers are not likely to waste their time reading something they believe they've already read before. 

Once created, an e-book should be promoted well and offered not only to existing customers but prospective consumers who know little or nothing about your business. Like any magazine or hard copy book, an e-book should be pleasing to the eyes, easy to understand and aimed towards educating and informing the reader of your services. You need to be sure that your customers know the e-book exists, by either emailing them the link of a site where they can download the book or by emailing it to them directly. 

Because it's easily accessible and can be transferred throughout the Internet in a simple way, customers are more likely to share an e-book with friends and family. Be sure that, at the end of your e-book, your companies contact information is listed to ensure that those learning about your services for the first time will be able to contact you and your business website.
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Keep Your identity small

I finally realized today why politics and religion yield such uniquely useless discussions.

As a rule, any mention of religion on an online forum degenerates into a religious argument. Why? Why does this happen with religion and not with Javascript or baking or other topics people talk about on forums?

What's different about religion is that people don't feel they need to have any particular expertise to have opinions about it. All they need is strongly held beliefs, and anyone can have those. No thread about Javascript will grow as fast as one about religion, because people feel they have to be over some threshold of expertise to post comments about that. But on religion everyone's an expert.

Then it struck me: this is the problem with politics too. Politics, like religion, is a topic where there's no threshold of expertise for expressing an opinion. All you need is strong convictions.

Do religion and politics have something in common that explains this similarity? One possible explanation is that they deal with questions that have no definite answers, so there's no back pressure on people's opinions. Since no one can be proven wrong, every opinion is equally valid, and sensing this, everyone lets fly with theirs.

But this isn't true. There are certainly some political questions that have definite answers, like how much a new government policy will cost. But the more precise political questions suffer the same fate as the vaguer ones.

I think what religion and politics have in common is that they become part of people's identity, and people can never have a fruitful argument about something that's part of their identity. By definition they're partisan.

Which topics engage people's identity depends on the people, not the topic. For example, a discussion about a battle that included citizens of one or more of the countries involved would probably degenerate into a political argument. But a discussion today about a battle that took place in the Bronze Age probably wouldn't. No one would know what side to be on. So it's not politics that's the source of the trouble, but identity. When people say a discussion has degenerated into a religious war, what they really mean is that it has started to be driven mostly by people's identities. [1]

Because the point at which this happens depends on the people rather than the topic, it's a mistake to conclude that because a question tends to provoke religious wars, it must have no answer. For example, the question of the relative merits of programming languages often degenerates into a religious war, because so many programmers identify as X programmers or Y programmers. This sometimes leads people to conclude the question must be unanswerable—that all languages are equally good. Obviously that's false: anything else people make can be well or badly designed; why should this be uniquely impossible for programming languages? And indeed, you can have a fruitful discussion about the relative merits of programming languages, so long as you exclude people who respond from identity.

More generally, you can have a fruitful discussion about a topic only if it doesn't engage the identities of any of the participants. What makes politics and religion such minefields is that they engage so many people's identities. But you could in principle have a useful conversation about them with some people. And there are other topics that might seem harmless, like the relative merits of Ford and Chevy pickup trucks, that you couldn't safely talk about withothers.

The most intriguing thing about this theory, if it's right, is that it explains not merely which kinds of discussions to avoid, but how to have better ideas. If people can't think clearly about anything that has become part of their identity, then all other things being equal, the best plan is to let as few things into your identity as possible.[2]

Most people reading this will already be fairly tolerant. But there is a step beyond thinking of yourself as x but tolerating y: not even to consider yourself an x. The more labels you have for yourself, the dumber they make you.
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The Top Idea in Your Mind


I realized recently that what one thinks about in the shower in the morning is more important than I'd thought. I knew it was a good time to have ideas. Now I'd go further: now I'd say it's hard to do a really good job on anything you don't think about in the shower.

Everyone who's worked on difficult problems is probably familiar with the phenomenon of working hard to figure something out, failing, and then suddenly seeing the answer a bit later while doing something else. There's a kind of thinking you do without trying to. I'm increasingly convinced this type of thinking is not merely helpful in solving hard problems, but necessary. The tricky part is, you can only control it indirectly. [1]

I think most people have one top idea in their mind at any given time. That's the idea their thoughts will drift toward when they're allowed to drift freely. And this idea will thus tend to get all the benefit of that type of thinking, while others are starved of it. Which means it's a disaster to let the wrong idea become the top one in your mind.

What made this clear to me was having an idea I didn't want as the top one in my mind for two long stretches.

I'd noticed startups got way less done when they started raising money, but it was not till we ourselves raised money that I understood why. The problem is not the actual time it takes to meet with investors. The problem is that once you start raising money, raising money becomes the top idea in your mind. That becomes what you think about when you take a shower in the morning. And that means other questions aren't.

I'd hated raising money when I was running Viaweb, but I'd forgotten why I hated it so much. When we raised money for Y Combinator, I remembered. Money matters are particularly likely to become the top idea in your mind. The reason is that they have to be. It's hard to get money. It's not the sort of thing that happens by default. It's not going to happen unless you let it become the thing you think about in the shower. And then you'll make little progress on anything else you'd rather be working on. [2]

(I hear similar complaints from friends who are professors. Professors nowadays seem to have become professional fundraisers who do a little research on the side. It may be time to fix that.)

The reason this struck me so forcibly is that for most of the preceding 10 years I'd been able to think about what I wanted. So the contrast when I couldn't was sharp. But I don't think this problem is unique to me, because just about every startup I've seen grinds to a halt when they start raising money—or talking to acquirers.

You can't directly control where your thoughts drift. If you're controlling them, they're not drifting. But you can control them indirectly, by controlling what situations you let yourself get into. That has been the lesson for me: be careful what you let become critical to you. Try to get yourself into situations where the most urgent problems are ones you want to think about.

You don't have complete control, of course. An emergency could push other thoughts out of your head. But barring emergencies you have a good deal of indirect control over what becomes the top idea in your mind.

I've found there are two types of thoughts especially worth avoiding—thoughts like the Nile Perch in the way they push out more interesting ideas. One I've already mentioned: thoughts about money. Getting money is almost by definition an attention sink. The other is disputes. These too are engaging in the wrong way: they have the same velcro-like shape as genuinely interesting ideas, but without the substance. So avoid disputes if you want to get real work done. [3]

Even Newton fell into this trap. After publishing his theory of colors in 1672 he found himself distracted by disputes for years, finally concluding that the only solution was to stop publishing:
I see I have made myself a slave to Philosophy, but if I get free of Mr Linus's business I will resolutely bid adew to it eternally, excepting what I do for my privat satisfaction or leave to come out after me. For I see a man must either resolve to put out nothing new or become a slave to defend it. [4]
Linus and his students at Liege were among the more tenacious critics. Newton's biographer Westfall seems to feel he was overreacting:
Recall that at the time he wrote, Newton's "slavery" consisted of five replies to Liege, totalling fourteen printed pages, over the course of a year.
I'm more sympathetic to Newton. The problem was not the 14 pages, but the pain of having this stupid controversy constantly reintroduced as the top idea in a mind that wanted so eagerly to think about other things.

Turning the other cheek turns out to have selfish advantages. Someone who does you an injury hurts you twice: first by the injury itself, and second by taking up your time afterward thinking about it. If you learn to ignore injuries you can at least avoid the second half. I've found I can to some extent avoid thinking about nasty things people have done to me by telling myself: this doesn't deserve space in my head. I'm always delighted to find I've forgotten the details of disputes, because that means I hadn't been thinking about them. My wife thinks I'm more forgiving than she is, but my motives are purely selfish.

I suspect a lot of people aren't sure what's the top idea in their mind at any given time. I'm often mistaken about it. I tend to think it's the idea I'd want to be the top one, rather than the one that is. But it's easy to figure this out: just take a shower. What topic do your thoughts keep returning to? If it's not what you want to be thinking about, you may want to change something.
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Birdie



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