Network Online Like a Pro


If you have ever felt like your social group is rather small and claustrophobic, you are not alone.  Having a small circle of close and trusted confidants is essential, but if you have not met your significant other or want more friends, then it might seem somewhat restricted.  The secret here is learning to network online like a pro, which might sound slightly like a minefield.  Fear not we have some great tips.


Spring Clean Your Contacts: First of all, it is worth subscribing to more than one social network.  So if you only have Facebook, get looking at some of the others.  Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat are the most social rather than business platforms after giants Facebook.  Next you want to shake up your contacts.  Most people start with the friends they actually know, maybe old school chums and often colleagues at work – but where do you go from there?  Adding random friends on Facebook can be slightly stalker-like. However, the app does offer a helpful connections section where informs you of mutual connections.  If you have over 50 people in common with another friend it might be worth a punt to add the person.  Twitter and Instagram are brilliant for following randoms.  It is entirely acceptable to find and follow anyone you like without looking like a cyber stalker – so make sure you add new people every week.  On both platforms, you can use hashtags to find like-minded souls.


Get Active: The best way to network on Facebook and meet new likeminded folk is to join interests groups.  There are groups for just about everything, from dog lovers to those suffering from a specific illness, those who love reading to people looking for the best locations for music festivals.  Whatever your interest you can bet your life there is a group on Facebook.  So get joining.  However, you cannot be a wallflower!  Once you are in, start interacting.  People will often be seeking advice or having discussions so dive on in.  Yes, there are keyboard warriors a plenty so having strong opinions can leave you open to rebuttals but you can also find yourself chatting with like-minded individuals and often a friend request will find its way to you.  If you have been talking with the group to one person in particular then why not ask if you can add them.


Start Your Own Community: If you have an interest why not start your own group on Facebook.  They are free to start, and the process is simple.  Then just get sharing among your existing social groups with a friendly ‘please share me’ request attached.  Post your group into other groups (you may need to check with admin that this is acceptable), and before long you have created a whole new social set.   Above all try and stay polite and respectful of other people opinions, and think about whether you want friends you may later meet in person or that remain virtual (people in other countries, for example, can become great friends but you probably won’t ever meet them).

Let us know your experiences of networking online!

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10 Things Not To Do on a Commute


Commuting is a pretty social activity. However, it is carried out by people who are terrified of interaction and generally keep their heads down and avoid the world.  If you are looking to break the ice and make new friends on your daily commute here are ten things you must never do!



1. Sneeze 

Ok, we don’t literally mean you cannot sneeze – after all that just happens sometimes.  Especially if you have allergies or a cold, but sneeze correctly!  No one, and we mean no one, wants an early morning shower of sneeze germs so be sure to keep that sneeze contained.  Have a tissue or a sleeve at the ready and aim your head away from fellow commuters.


2. Steal Someone’s Spot

Have you noticed how beautiful that window spot looks?  But the same guy is always in there? Well sadly commuting etiquette dictates that he has now claimed that spot.  If you are sure he is missing one day, then maybe have a cheeky seat, but watch for his return.  Fighting over the space if you both happen to get on at the same time isn’t going to endear you to anyone!


3. Talk Loudly Into Your Phone

Commuting is a great time to text your friends, not call them loudly and discuss Mark and Sarah’s relationship or expand on the gory details of Zoe’s recent birth traumas.  Friends will understand if you pick this time to have your convos by text – just remember not to laugh too loudly if things get funny.


4. Fall Asleep With Your Mouth Open 

Ok, we get it, you had a late night, and perhaps a glass of wine you really should not have had on a work night, but try your hardest to be a pretty sleeper.  There is nothing worse than looking across the carriage and seeing an open-mouthed walrus opposite.


5. Snore

See above.  If you know you can be a bit of a jet engine snorer; then the commute probably isn’t the best place to be taking a nap.  It is no nicer to sit near than someone yelling into their phone.


6. Be a Space Hog

You have one seat.  No arm waving, flailing or reading the paper while taking up the whole space, and most of someone else for that matter.


7. Forget the Volume

Yes, you might love Megadeath blaring in your ears at 8 am on a gloomy Tuesday, but not everyone does – so check your volume.


8. Stare

Didn’t your mother always say this when you are a kid?  Ok, you can see some pretty kooky things on the commute but learn to look subtly and don’t stare!


9. Dine Out

Eating a snack is fine, but a full meal is kind of rude.  Spreading out across two seats or trying to eat messy food with grace on a moving train is just not happening.  Stick with food you can manage.


10. Be Too Stubborn 

Ok, we get it.  You got a seat for the first time this week.  But, if there is a commuter with a more significant need, you need to be the bigger person.  Be sweet and give up your seat.

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Why You Should Always Introduce Yourself to That Beautiful Person on your commute!


Why You Should Always Introduce Yourself to That Beautiful Person on your commute! 

Commuting is not exactly the most fun thing to do with your time, but sadly for many, it is a necessary evil.  It often more comfortable to use public transport if you work in a busy city that it is to fight your way in with a car – and it usually is cheaper than running a car anyway. However, commuting can be a lonely place.  There is a sense of global shyness that prevents most people from interacting, so unless you know someone, you may travel in total silence with only the occasional nod of the head if someone meets your eye.


But Suddenly 

Sometimes, however, you are lucky enough to see someone who takes your breath away.  A beautiful person is standing there in their world of silence.  Do you dare speak?  The chances are not.  Most of the time anxiety takes over, and people may admire from afar but never dares speak. You ration that they may have a partner, or may find you not their type.  After all, you wouldn’t want to cause embarrassment to anyone. You choose to do nothing,  but what you actually should do is introduce yourself and say hi.

Why Would You Risk That?

Most people are not monsters!  They are quite happy to say hello and are often not brave enough to do that themselves either.  Taking the initiative could just brighten someones day if nothing else.  If more people brought a little smile to someone else’s life, the world would be a happier place.


But What If?

However what if this interaction was written in the stars?  The universe can only do so much to help you find your soul mate and perfect partner – some of the work is down to you!  What if this beautiful person that is sat across from you is that person.  You do not want to miss the opportunity of a lifetime, so you need to dig deep and be brave!  Make that first move and be the one that risks it all to introduce yourself.

What is the Worst That Can Happen

Let’s face it; you are in a public place.  The chances are that even if you perfect person is not in the mood to make a new friend or say hello back, they are not going to cause a scene just because someone spoke to them.  They may look away; they may make it clear from what they do say that they are not looking for new contacts right now – or you might find you have met someone who will go on to be a significant person in your life.  They say that people cross our paths for a reason and if we take this literally, you beautiful person caught your eye because they were meant to.  There is a saying that goes something like this: Do one thing every day that scares you.  This is good for personal development, and it could be the best thing you ever did in terms of tracking down that seemingly elusive soul mate – or even new best friend.  So – go on – Just say hi.

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Survival Tips: The Rainy Season Commute



A cool breeze, dark gray skies, and the sound of raindrops outside.

While this scenario could sound relaxing for some, it is actually a commuter’s worst nightmare. Others are excited to wear their new sweater, but a commuter’s already changing from his white shoes to his already dirty but waterproof ones.

If you hate commuting on rainy days, we’ve come up with some tips on how to survive it and actually make it better!

Use a ziplock bag to store your gadgets.

It’s better to be safe than sorry! While you think that keeping those gadgets inside your bag is enough, most bags are not waterproof. A ziplock bag is a cheap alternative to buying a new phone.

Bring snacks and a bottle of water.


Long lines and long journeys – don’t add to the stress by being hangry! Throw some crackers or a sandwich in your bag to help you get through the waiting time. Stay hydrated with some water too!

Stream a movie or two on your phone.

The ride home doesn’t have to be as boring. Before your journey, save a movie or an episode of your favorite series on your phone to keep you company. You can even select some videos from YouTube to watch offline, saving you some data usage.

Create a “rainy days” playlist.


Some of us can’t help but catch some feels when it’s raining. Make the most out of those senti moments by making a playlist! Whether you’re feeling sad or want something to hype you up for the day, listening to a few songs will surely help with the mood.

Meet new people.


In a world full of smartphones, there’s nothing like striking a conversation with a stranger who ends up having the same interests as you! If this isn’t for you, small acts such as giving compliments or saying thank you could make someone’s day.

It’s always better to be prepared! Stay safe and dry everyone!

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Monday Motivation: 4 Tips to Start Your Week Right



If you’re always experiencing the Monday blues, and feel like the weekend went by too quickly, maybe it’s time you don’t give in to the Monday stories and try something new! Your week might be hectic and the incoming stress might already make your anxiety kick in, but these 4 tips will help get you through it easier.

1. Replenish during the weekend

– In this fast-paced world, we often find ourselves always up and running. It’s important that you take some time off to recuperate to perform tasks better and be more energized.
2. Plan your week on a Sunday night

Take an hour or two on Sunday evening to prepare yourself of how your week’s going to go. That way, come Monday, you’re ready to take on the world again!

3. Create a morning routine

Getting out of bed earlier than your usual, has great benefits for your overall well-being instead of snoozing your clock. So get up and talk a quick walk outside, or start making yourself breakfast to get your blood flowing, and to wake yourself up.

4. Indulge in inspiration

A little something to push your optimistic vibes throughout the week can keep you going. A simple inspirational quote, a motivational article, or probably even a video from TED Talk can certainly help.

How’s your Monday going? Are you still feeling the blues?

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Rock Your MIBF Experience!


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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Nope, it’s not Christmas – at least, not yet. But for book lovers everywhere, it’s that time of the year again–the annual Manila International Book Fair is here!
Now on its 38th year, the MIBF gets bigger and better, occupying two floors. That’s right, TWO! It’s held at SMX Convention Center in Mall of Asia, from September 13 to 17, 10AM – 8PM.
But before you get overwhelmed with all that excitement and pacing about, we’ve listed down some tips on how you can make the most out of it!

1. Get tickets

The registration ticket costs P20 per head, and you can get it at the lobby near the entrance of the event. But if you want to beat the long queue to get in, there are printable tickets online from several publishing houses such as Adarna Publishing House. You can also get it for free in Fully Booked branches, which you can ask for at the customer service.

2. Prepare a list

Preparation is key, and this is the time to get those highly coveted books you’ve put on your to-be read list. Amidst all the chaos with rows of books and the sea of people, trust us when we say that it’ll be more convenient for you.

3. Plan a day for it

The best day to come in is at the first day to beat all book hoarders. But if you don’t have time to do that, you can always come in during the weekend. You have to brave the crowd though, and hope that some publishers do restock their supply during those days.

4. Watch out for Bargain Steals everywhere!

Everyone is there because of this! Great discounts from every publishing house everywhere! But what’s even better are the bargain sales, where they sell books for P100 and above. It might be quite tedious to look for the books on your list that might be there, but wouldn’t it be so worth it?

5. Participate in Programs / Book signings

You can meet authors and attend their book signings in several booths at the venue. You can also attend the talks they host, which you can find on their website. You never know what kind of surprises and freebies you might encounter!




Most of all, don’t forget to have fun! There are two days left, so make the most of it while it lasts!

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Top 5 Tips To Win At Commuting


So it’s hump day –
   A little more, and before you know it. Bam! You’re dancing your way out of the office with a huge smile on your face because it’s finally Fri-Yay! But before you go ahead and do that, you have to face on the remaining few days which means that you’re going to commute to work.
   I know, I know. It can be such a total hassle with the long queues, train delays, and jumping from one mode of transportation to another. Going to school or work is actual work in on itself already! You’d think that spending that much time trying to get somewhere, when you can actually just be there already is a total waste.
   Well, that’s where you’re wrong.
    We’ve rounded up our top five tips on how you can win at commuting and be less stressed…

1. Prepare the night before

It’s always good to spare fifteen minutes to organize all the things you would need for the next day. You can set up your work bag and all the necessities you’d need to bring, prepare your outfit, plan your breakfast, pack lunch, and set your to-do list for the next day. With being more prepared and organized, you’ll feel more calm and your commute will be smooth sailing.

2. Leave early

Remember that how you should feel calmer during your commute. It’d be good to make sure you leave early from your home because let’s face it, running late doesn’t help with making you feel less stressed. Plus, you would feel more in control of your time that way. You can make a stop to get some coffee or a bagel. Either way, it’s a win-win.

3. Set your goals for the day


If you ran out of time the night before – or maybe you just want to relax after a long day, so you never got around to setting your to-do list – here is the time to do so. Mentally preparing your day can save you a lot of time, instead of getting lost into the whole clutter of your tasks.

4. Be productive

So you’re done setting your to-do list, and now you wonder what else there is to do. Should you stare out of the window and watch as everything passes you by? Do you watch funny videos on your Facebook feed? Why not try and be productive? Here’s your chance to catch up on your e-mails and declutter. You can read a book. You can listen to an audiobook or a podcast. Better yet, you can socialize and catch up with your family and friends. This is your personal time – use it wisely.

5. Prepare for the inevitable


A train or a bus delay? A cab breakdown? A major accident that’s causing a non-moving traffic? Now before you panic, you can instead immediately inform your colleagues that you’ll be running late. After that, rearrange your priorities to what’s more urgent, so you can quickly work on it once you get to the office.

How do you win at commuting? Share your advice with us, and comment down below!



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Three Must-Try Dishes in Singapore


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Few peoples in the world can match the reverence and fervour Singaporeans reserve for food. Colombians brawl over football teams; Italians have passionate love affairs with their cars. Singaporeans hold hour long deliberations over which street stall serves the best chilli crab in Glutton’s Bay. Singaporean cuisine is of course, a diverse affair of Malay, Chinese influence (served with a dash of Indonesian, Indian and Peranakan and Eurasian tradition.) Faced with the perils of recommending Tim Ho Wan’s dim sum over Swee Choon Tim Sum’s, I will content myself with merely listing the best Singaporean dishes every tourist must try.

  1.      Hainanese Chicken with Rice


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Even the uninitiated among you will probably have already heard of this one. If Singaporean cuisine were to disappear, and the nation had to choose one dish to preserve, this would probably be that dish. While the preparation method may sound unexciting (essentially boiling the chicken), every native knows that if done well, a tender Hainanese Chicken paired with the broth infused rice (with some soy sauce, and a kick of ginger on the side) is an addictive classic.

  1.       Bak Kut Teh


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There are many legends surrounding the origins of this fiery, spicy soup. One of the most famous tells the story of a charitable but poor street food hawker who threw together some leftover pork bones and cheap spices into a stew to feed a hungry beggar by the side of the road. Another recounts a concoction cooked up to rejuvenate tired Chinese laborers working along the Singapore river. The only thing the numerous legends agree upon is the dish’s humble origins. While Bak Kut Teh can now be found in many gourmet restaurants in Singapore, the dish remains accessible to the rich and poor alike.

  1.       Chilli Crab


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Singapore is surrounded by three large bodies of water: The South China Sea to the northwest, the Pacific Ocean to the northeast, and the Indian Ocean to the southwest. It is no surprise then, that seafood is irreplaceable to the national palate. This iconic dish calls for stir fried crab doused in a sweet and spicy sauce, and served with deep fried mantou on the side.

I would be amiss not to mention the numerous other mouth-watering dishes that Singapore has to offer. The tiny island nation’s unique spin on Laksa, fish-head curry, satay, and oyster omelette are only a few among the infinite list of dishes that one cannot hope to cover in a year.

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Another Delay?


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So there you are, trying to get to work on a fine Wednesday morning. You arrive at Jurong East MRT station, and you stand in queue when you realize that it was time for the train to arrive. By now, you should be hearing it chugging down the track, but then…

No train.

Your brows furrow in wonder. You check your watch, you see you were right on time. You check the station’s clock, and it’s the same. Still… There’s no train right in front of you.

Does that sound familiar?

You’ve heard about SMRT’s service disruptions happening lately, and you may have experienced it yourself. You would think that what was once a convenient, quick, and not to mention, affordable way to get to your destination, now it turned into a chaotic and irate mess. Seas of passengers flooding the stations, waiting along and withstanding hour-long rides to get to another stop that’s just one stop away; venting to SMRT operators and at each other.

Like you yesterday, I basically just gave up. I couldn’t wait another five minutes standing there with much uncertainty over when they could possibly start operating in a proper manner again. I couldn’t bare the thought of the possibility of getting stuck in the train due to delays. I immediately thought of other modes of transportation I could use. So what else could I have possibly done? I whipped out my phone and checked Grab and Uber.

I know. You’re probably not surprised at how I didn’t book any car since the prices were soaring beyond my daily budget. Cabs weren’t an option either. So I thought of another alternative – the SMRT bus (which was what everyone thought of, too).

I had to face the fact that I was going to be late regardless, and decided to withstand the long queues. Eventually, I got to take my turn and took a seat next to the window. What was a forty-minute train ride, an additional twenty was added just for me to get to downtown. But as I sat back, already stressed out at how my morning was going, I couldn’t help but empathize with my fellow commuters who ranted their concerns over social media.

I can only hope these “faulty track points” be fixed soon – and fast!

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A Weary Tourist’s Guide To Hong Kong


If you’ve taken the Tram up Victoria’s Peak, walked the aisles of Lane Crawford more times than you can count, and utterly seasick of the Star Ferry, you may – like me – start to wonder what else is there to do in Hong Kong. There’s no disguising Hong Kong’s small size, though the sheer urban density and diverse culture can often obscure that fact. This is a city that definitely has a few more plates spinning than your average global metropolis. Here’s a quick guide to navigating the chaotic cocktail of experiences that is Hong Kong.

  1. Visit a Street Market

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    Along Tung Choi Street is an assortment of ramshackle street stalls known as the Ladies’ Market. Cheap clothes, trinkets and souvenirs that vendors hawk from shops that are open by noon. Elsewhere in Kowloon, night owls may prefer to visit the Temple Street Night market. Hong Kong’s famed culinary prowess is on full display here, as locals and foreigners alike put their Cantonese haggling skills to the test. Expect to see surprise street acts that run the gamut from fortune telling to traditional Cantonese opera.


  1. Go Bird watching at the Hong Kong Wetland Park

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   This Wetland Park should give pause to those people for whom Hong Kong doesn’t exactly bring to mind lush ecological spaces. While the park may be best described futuristic (facilities are modern and include a large theater, a viewing gallery and cafe), there are more than enough hiking trails, bird hides and viewing platforms to satisfy any nature lover.


  1. Wander around an ancient temple

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   I get it. You’ve already seen the Tian Tan Buddha, and that’s more than enough for a few days. But Hong Kong’s old temples are so intertwined with the city’s heritage that it would be a crime not to drop by. Top picks would be Man Mo temple, which served as a court of arbitration for legal disputes during the Qing dynasty. And Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple, which was dedicated to the eponymous Wong Tai Sin, the favorite god of local businesspeople.


  1. Escape the city

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    Tired of Hong Kong’s frenetic city life? Flee to ‘Lamma’ known as the “hippie island” to locals. You won’t find the prerequisite super malls or sky scrapers that Hong Kong is known for. In fact, Lamma’s skyline is punctuated by three lone coal chimneys. If you’re looking for quiet forests, beaches and rustic villages, Lamma has all three in spades.



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