What should be on Your New Year’s Resolution?

                Writing a New Year’s Resolution is a secular tradition in which a person makes a promise to do a big change or any act of self-improvement for the coming New Year. It is said to have started since the Babylonian era where they would promise to their Gods that they will return any borrowed objects and settle any debts at the start of each year.

Now, every New Year, most people make up a list of things they want to change or improve on for the coming year. The problem is, most of these New Year’s resolutions are left undone and worse, forgotten. So, to avoid breaking your own promises to yourself, here are a few tips in writing your New Year’s Resolution:

  • Keep it ‘Doable’

The main reason why so many resolutions go to waste each year is because they’re not at all realistic. You must keep your resolutions simple, specific and easier to abide by. For example, if you’re planning to lose weight before the next holiday season, don’t write “become thin by December’. Instead, write “Work out more frequently to achieve weight goal every month till December”.

  • Reflect on the good things

Don’t just jump on to the New Year as if the last one didn’t happen. Before you make plans for 2015, make sure you cherish and remember all the good things that went well on 2014. Whether it’s a job promotion, a new car or just a memorable bonding moment with friends and family, they are ought to be remembered, celebrated even. This way, you’d be able to look at the New Year with a more positive outlook and more enthusiasm to make your resolutions a reality.

  • Write Goals with Impact

Aside from writing resolutions for self-improvement, you should also write a goal that has a lasting impact on you and everyone else. Don’t just do things for yourself, do for other people as well. You can try volunteering for a charity or joining a Non-Government Organization. You can also try teaching and helping out in your own community.

  • Think Small

One of the most common mistakes of people who often bail out on their New Year’s Resolution is thinking too big. Don’t fight your biggest battles head on. Instead, break them down into smaller pieces and try to achieve them step by step. Don’t rush your improvement. After all, you’ve got 365 days ahead of you.

  • Work On It

Your resolutions are worth nothing if you don’t work on it every single day. Develop a time table for each promise and monitor your progress every week. You can even ask a relative or a friend to check up on you so you’ll know how you’re holding up. Think of your resolutions as a challenge that you need to overcome and always keep your eye on winning.

  • Enjoy the Process

You’re not going to reach your goal if you’re dragging the entire process of it. If you keep complaining on how big your sacrifice is to achieve your goal, you might as well quit instead of making yourself miserable. You should always devise a way to enjoy every bit of doing your New Year’s resolution and take no short cuts so when the time comes when you finally achieve your goal, it’ll be worth it.

How To Spend Your 13 Month Pay Wisely

                Once the ‘-ber’ months appear on the calendar, everyone knows that the Christmas season is upon us again. For kids, this is the one time of the year where they get presents and cash from their relatives and godparents and for all the employees, it’s time for the most awaited pay of the year: The 13th Month pay. There are many ways to spend your 13th Month pay and other bonuses but most of the time, it’s all spent come January. So, to make sure you spend your bonus wisely, here are a few tips to help you put your hard earned money to good use:

Make a List of Things You NEED To Buy

How To Spend Your 13 Month Pay Wisely

                When we get a large amount of money and don’t know exactly what to spend it on, it will always end up spent on something not-so important like spur of the moment shopping sprees or buying an iPhone when you still have a functional phone. To avoid this, make a list of things that you truly need and calculate your expenses.

Pay Your Debts

How To Spend Your 13 Month Pay Wisely

                Whether you’re a serial credit card user or just a person who owes a lot of people some money, now is the best time to pay it off. Debt is the main obstacle that can actually threatens your financial stability so you better clean the slate now while you still have money to spare. Going debt free when the New Year comes is a good start and you might want to stop with using credit cards or at least use it moderately so you can use your next bonus on the things you really want.

Open a Savings Account

How To Spend Your 13 Month Pay Wisely

                Opening as savings account is the first step to take if ever you wish to invest on something big in the future like a house, a car or your own condo. This is specially for young professionals because having a savings account at an earlier age will give you the best chance of getting the investment of your dreams quicker. Plus, it will teach you to be more responsible with your money and not spend it on temporary things like most yuppies do.

Buy A Health Insurance Plan

How To Spend Your 13 Month Pay Wisely

                You know how they always say that ‘Health is Wealth’? Well, it’s very much true for everyone else and if ever you get injured or become gravely ill and you don’t have enough money for it, you’re basically doomed. However, there is a way to remedy that by buying a health insurance plan. Don’t just rely on your PhilHealth because most of the time, it will not be enough especially now that more and more hospitals are getting privatize and medical expenses are getting higher every year. Plus, you’re not the only one who might get sick so you better save up for your family as well.

Be a Smart Shopper

How To Spend Your 13 Month Pay Wisely

                Yes, Christmas is a time for giving gifts but that doesn’t mean you must spend a lot of money buying your relatives material things that they won’t be using for the next few years. When buying gifts and other holiday stuff, always be on the lookout for big sales. Shopping malls usually hold a lot of sale events when the holiday season comes and you can also visit tons of bazaars for cheaper items. Better yet, stay away from stores and just make your own gifts. Handmade gifts are much more appreciated anyway because it’s specially made. But if you really want to but your gifts but don’t want to spend too much, you might want to try shopping after December 25th because most items drop their prices.

Sharp as a Tack: Ways to Enhance your Memory

                        Have you ever experienced going to another room and forget why you’re there? Have you ever forgotten a friend’s birthday or forgot to feed your pets? Our ability to remember becomes weaker as we get older. They say you can’t teach old dogs new tricks but experts say otherwise. You can definitely improve your memory if you follow these tips:

  • Exercise your Brain

To Sharp as a Tack: Ways to Enhance your Memory

Keeping your mind active can definitely help in enhancing your memory, especially if you’re already in your 50’s. Do crosswords puzzles or take a new route when you’re going somewhere. You can also try to learn a new language or play an instrument. Just do whatever you can think of to keep your mind active.

  • Get Happy

To Sharp as a Tack: Ways to Enhance your Memory

Stress plays an important role in messing up your memory. So if you can avoid getting stressed out, do it. Do whatever it takes to make yourself feel light and happy despite any situation. Remember: sulking in sadness does not solve anything. You can also try meditation and surround yourself with positive people.

  • Eat Well and Eat Healthy

To Sharp as a Tack: Ways to Enhance your Memory

                        Eating healthy does not only help the body but the mind as well. Eat food that is rich in Omega-3 because the amino fatty acids that it contains are very beneficial to the brain. Limit your consummation of calories and saturated fat. Eat more fruits and vegetables and stay away from junk food. They are called junk food for a reason. Also, drink green tea or even wine but moderately.

  • Pay Attention

To Sharp as a Tack: Ways to Enhance your Memory

                        This will definitely be most applicable to students, especially those who are having a hard time studying for exams. If you have actually paid attention to your classes, you wouldn’t have to do so much memorizing. Paying attention helps the short term memories to become long term memories so you can get them back easier if you actually understood them. Listening is a very important aspect of paying attention so you better work on that first.

  • Get Organized

To Sharp as a Tack: Ways to Enhance your Memory

            You are more likely to forget things when everything you own is in chaos. Try organizing your stuff, especially the ones you use the most and discipline yourself to put them back wherever you originally found them so you won’t ever forget. Mostly, keys are often the ones that get lost and forgotten so make a single space for your keys on your desk or wherever you please. Just remember to put them back there each time you use it. That way, you always know where your things are.

  • Sleep on it

To Sharp as a Tack: Ways to Enhance your Memory

            Sleep is a major memory enhancer. Lack of sleep kills a lot of neurons so make sure you get that 8 hours of sleep. For students and yuppies, I know it’s hard to get long hours of sleep but try. If you got nothing to do on weekends, try to catch up on your sleep so your brain and body can rest and rebuild itself. Make sleep a priority and take power naps whenever you can.

Easy Self-Defense Tricks That Could Save Your Life

                Let’s face it. No matter who you are or what you do in life, there’s always a chance that you will encounter violence on the street. Whether you’re getting mugged, harassed or just got into a street fight, knowing exactly what to do can get you out of trouble or even save your life.

So, here are some easy self-defense tricks that may come in handy, especially for the ladies:

  1. Don’t just stand there

Easy Self-Defense Tricks That Could Save Your Life

                It is hard to keep calm during these kinds of situation but the worst thing you can do is nothing. I know it’s scary but keep in mind that you might actually die if you don’t move. Even if you’re not an athlete or trained in self-defense, you have the capabilities to fight someone off. Use every part of your body to get away but…

  1. Know Your Limits

Easy Self-Defense Tricks That Could Save Your Life

             If your attacker possess a weapon, just do what they want and hand them over your things. Getting stabbed or dying is not worth your iPhone or the cash in your wallet. You must realize that every battle cannot be won and know where you stand. If all they want is money, that’s fine. However, if the attackers want to take you somewhere, make your stand and fight for your life, right now. You stand a better chance of surviving. Statistics show thatyour chances of escaping or being rescued are nonexistent if you go with them. You will probably die or be so messed up you’ll wish you had died and you’d be the headline of the news next morning.

  1. Know the basic pressure points

Easy Self-Defense Tricks That Could Save Your Life

                Even if you’re not an athlete or a fighter, if you know the basic pressure points, you have a great chance of hurting your attacker really bad. The pressure points are the eyes, nose, mouth, throat, private parts and the knees. Hitting those targets with great force is sure to incapacitate your attacker.

  1. Always hit first

Easy Self-Defense Tricks That Could Save Your Life

                Do not allow your attacker to hit you first because by then you’d have to recover from the attack and they could use that time to hurt you more. No, always attack first and attack hard! If you incapacitate them enough, you can run away.

  1. Keep your arms up

Easy Self-Defense Tricks That Could Save Your Life

                If you get into a fist fight, just do what boxers do and keep your arms up and into the defense position. That way, if you managed to block the punch with your arms, it wouldn’t hurt so badly.

  1. To The Kitchen!

Easy Self-Defense Tricks That Could Save Your Life

                If you get attacked in your own home, run to the kitchen. There you can use a lot of things to hurt and incapacitate the attacker and the fact that he doesn’t know where you keep the knives and other sharp objects give you a great advantage.

  1. If you get a Bear Hug

Easy Self-Defense Tricks That Could Save Your Life

                This is important especially for the ladies. If you get attacked from behind and they try to hold you from behind, drop your weight immediately so it’ll be harder to carry you. Then use your free limbs to hurt the attacker like hitting their head with the back of yours or using your feet to stomp on theirs. If that doesn’t work, pull his fingers back to force him to release you, rotate out of his hold, and attack him with your knees/kicks then you run like hell.

  1. Escaping a Sexual Assault

Easy Self-Defense Tricks That Could Save Your Life

                If the attacker’s main goal is to sexually assault you, fighting back is not the answer. Be compliant at first, kind of like playing dead. That way, they’ll lighten their force on you and they’ll think you have given up. When you finally feel that they’ve loosen their grip on you, that’s where you should attack and hurt them where it hurts the most. Don’t stick around to beat them up! Once they’re incapacitated you run and run until you reach a police station or a place where there are lots of people. Report the incident immediately.

  1. Awareness

Easy Self-Defense Tricks That Could Save Your Life

                The best self-defense is prevention. Always look where you’re going and focus on your environment. Be aware of your surroundings and trust your gut. If you think walking to that area is unsafe, get a cab or call someone to pick you up. Never walk alone at night and if you really have to, let people know where you are. Don’t entertain strangers, ever. Be mindful of your belongings. Best of all, always remember that it’s not safe anywhere so always be ready to defend yourself no matter what.

The Commuter Commandments

                I’ve been a commuter for years and as such I have experienced a lot of unpleasant things simply because most commuters forget what it is to be a considerate human being. So to slightly remedy that if not put a stop to it completely, here are some commuter commandments that we all should live by:

  • Thou Shall Be QuietThe Commuter Commandments

 Whether you’re chatting with your friends or talking on your cell phones, it’s important to be quiet whenever you’re in a public transport whether it is a bus, a jeepney or the train, etc. It might be fun for you to laugh and talk like no one’s listening but it’s so annoying for the rest of us who just wants to get from point A to point B without punching someone on the throat

  • Thou Shall Move When Told to Freaking MoveThe Commuter Commandments

 This is a major problem whenever I ride the bus to work, especially during the rush hour. People closest to the door just won’t move the hell out to the back of the bus. I don’t know why it is so important to stay there when they’re not even about to get off the bus. When the ticket guy tells you to move, move it so other passengers can get a chance to ride! Don’t be selfish.

  • Thou Shall Not Expel Nauseous GasThe Commuter Commandments

 Have you ever experienced sitting or standing close to someone and then they just fart? I did and it was the most horrible 60 seconds of my life. Imagine being in a cramped space with more than 50 people and then someone just casually lets out gas. I really thought I was going to die at that moment and I am not even exaggerating. The worst part is the perpetrator wouldn’t even apologize. I know sometimes it’s hard to hold it in but for the sake of everyone inside the air-conditioned  bus, please for the love of God do not kill us all.

  • Thou Shall Not Hog The SeatThe Commuter Commandments

 If you’re a guy and you insist on sitting with your legs widespread like there are giant dragon eggs between your legs, you should be thrown off the bus. Okay, let’s say you do need some space in that area but come on! Why would you take most of the seat when your seatmate paid for it, too? That’s just rude. If you want to sit like the freaking king of England, then go ride a taxi!

  • Thou Shall Offer Your Seat To the Elderly, Pregnant Women and PWD sThe Commuter Commandments

 I can’t believe I had to put this as a commandment when it should just be common sense. Most guys don’t feel too compelled to give up their seats for the ladies. Fine, we understand. But please for the love of all things bright and beautiful; offer your seats to the elderly, pregnant women and persons with disabilities! It’s not even an option, that’s human decency we’re talking about. I know we’re all tired from commuting and the traffic but giving up your seat for these people and hearing them say ‘Thank you’ will wipe off your exhaustion away.

                So there you go, the five commandments for every commuter. If we all follow these commandments, none of us would feel cranky even on Monday mornings! Happy trip!

How to Use Google Effectively

 

                Almost everyone knows what Google is and how to use it but  very few actually know how to use it effectively. The biggest search engine in the entire world actually has a lot of awesome features that you can use to search quicker with accurate results if you just know which buttons to click.

Here are some Google tips and tricks for a more effective search:

  • How To Google It

 

–          If you’re looking for an article inside a specific site, you don’t have to open the entire website and search there. Google can lead you straight to the article you want within the website. Just type “site:” and then type the name of the article or page you want to see. For example, you want to see if Wikipedia has an article about Philippine History, just type site: Wikipedia “Philippine History” and it will lead you directly to the page you want if it exists on the site. Putting “ ” on your keyword will command Google to search for the exact phrase that includes that word.

–          Use the symbol ( – ) if you want a phrase or a word omitted from the search. For example, you’re searching for Philippine History but didn’t want to include the Japanese occupation, just type site: “Philippine History” –japanese occupation and Google will give you results that include Philippine History that does not contain any information about the Japanese occupation.

–          Using the symbol (..) will help you filter a search within a time range. For example, “Philippine History” 1950..1990 Google will then show you articles about Philippine History and events that happened between 1950 and 1990.

–          If you are looking for something specific, for example an article in a certain file format just type filetype:pdf Philippine history and Google will give you articles written in pdf format.

 

–          If you’re looking for a book, just type in author:John Green the fault in our stars and Google will give you websites that contain the author’s information and other related articles.

 

  • Quick Searches

 

o   Definition

                –There’s no need to go to an online dictionary to find out a word’s meaning. Just type in definition: and the word you want to search for. e.g. definition:research

Calculator

For quick math problems, you don’t have to open you calculator application. Just type the equation in the search bar using these mathematical symbols (+,-,* and /) and parentheses for basic functions. For example: (7*9)/77+9-9

  •  Unit conversions

Enter any conversion, e.g. 100 pesos in dollars and Google will convert  it for you. No need to look for converter apps.

  • If you’re in a hurry

 

–          Don’t worry about the spelling. Google automatically spell checks your query and searches for it using the correct spelling.

–          Don’t worry so much about capitalization. Searching for “Philippine Daily Inquirer” is the same as “philippine daily inquirer”.

–          Don’t waste time with punctuations. Google does not include that in your search. Don’t use these symbols: ?!,.%^*()[]\,in your search and save time.

–          For quick weather reports, Search weather to see the weather in your location or add a city name after weather to find weather for a certain place. e.g. weather metro manila

By using these neat tricks, your Google experience will be a lot easier and quicker with better results. Happy Googling!