Top 5 questions you should never ask

never ask questionsWe love small talk. It has saved us in very uncom­fort­able sit­u­a­tions. How­ev­er, if you ask the wrong ques­tions, they might be the bane of your exis­tence. Here are the top 5 ques­tions you should nev­er ask:

NEVER ASK ‘How old are you?’ Unless you’re gath­er­ing data for a cen­sus, this ques­tion should nev­er be asked. If you work for a licensed venue, it’s bet­ter to request for a proof of age card. If ask­ing a person’s age is just out of curios­i­ty, you can ask this ques­tion after 15 min­utes of con­tin­u­ous talk­ing giv­en that it’s relat­ed to the top­ic you’ve been talk­ing about and by start­ing it with ‘I hope you don’t mind’ or ‘Would you mind…”

NEVER ASK ‘Why don’t you have children?’never ask questions

In some cul­tures, mar­ried cou­ples are expect­ed to have chil­dren and are assumed to want to have them. What bystanders don’t take into con­sid­er­a­tion are the couple’s cir­cum­stances and choice. Ask­ing this ques­tion can be espe­cial­ly offen­sive if hav­ing a child has been chal­leng­ing and heart-wrenching.

NEVER ASK ‘Why aren’t you married?’

There’s noth­ing wrong with being sin­gle and being asked that ques­tion some­times insin­u­ates that it is. We make choic­es every day, and this includes our choice to remain sin­gle or be in a relationship.

NEVER ASK ‘Do you know _________?’

This ques­tion is one usu­al­ly asked in small talk. When you say you’ve stud­ied at a par­tic­u­lar uni­ver­si­ty or lived in a par­tic­u­lar sub­urb, some can’t help but ask if you know some­one who used to study at the same uni­ver­si­ty or live in the same sub­urb. It’s quite rare that you get a ‘yes’ to this question.

never ask questionsNEVER ASK ‘Did you have your ________ done?’  In some coun­tries it’s com­mon to have one’s nose, breasts or bot­tom done. It’s so com­mon that it’s not kept a secret. How­ev­er, if you haven’t estab­lished a good rela­tion­ship with this per­son you sus­pect to have had some face or body enhance­ment, keep the query to your­self. When that per­son becomes more com­fort­able with you, s/he might just share this juicy infor­ma­tion freely.

There are so many ques­tions that are so tempt­ing to ask. Be sen­si­tive or at least think twice, three times or ten times before ask­ing these ques­tions you should nev­er ask.

The 5 best Game of Thrones lines

best game of thrones linesSince sea­son 7 of Game of Thrones is upon us, I’ve revis­it­ed the first six sea­sons. Watch­ing the episodes has allowed me to relive the dra­ma, excite­ment, and the best Game of Thrones lines. There are so many famous lines from the pop­u­lar HBO TV series sen­sa­tion that choos­ing the top 5 is almost next to impossible.

If you’re not a Game of Thrones fan but remains open to the pos­si­bil­i­ty of becom­ing one, please stop read­ing now as I’d hate to be your spoil­er. I mean it — STOP now.

Top 1: Tyrion’s con­fes­sion (Sea­son 4, Episode 8)

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I wish I had enough poi­son for the whole pack of you” was what Tyri­on pro­claimed after he had accept­ed the fact that there was no way he was going to get a fair tri­al in King’s Landing.

Top 2: Daenerys’s con­ver­sa­tion with Tyri­on (Sea­son 5, Episode 8)

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Lan­nis­ter, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell — they’re all just spokes on a wheel” was Daen­erys Targaryen’s response to Tyrion’s enu­mer­a­tion of the pow­er­ful families.

Top 3: The Night’s Watch’s excuse for killing Jon Snow (Sea­son 5, Episode 10)

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Young wildling-hater Olly lures Jon out of his office and into his wait­ing assas­sins. “For the watch” was what each Night’s Watch’s man said before stab­bing the heart­throb lord com­man­der of Cas­tle Black.

Top 4: Bran asks Hodor to keep it down (Sea­son 3, Episode 9)

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Bran and his trav­el gang were hid­ing from the Wildlings when Hodor start­ed to pan­ic. In response to this, Bran com­mand­ed him to stop and said, “Hush now, Hodor! No more hodoring!”.

Top 5: Tyri­on begs Varys to let him out of the car­riage (Sea­son 5, Episode 2)

After Tyri­on kills his father, Lord Varys took on the role of his sav­iour and hid him from Cer­sei. Lord Varys warned him of the dan­ger of going out of the car­riage, but Tyri­on was adamant that he need­ed to see and talk to some­one else. In one of Tyrion’s com­i­cal ban­ter with Varys, he said, “I need to talk to some­one with hair.”

It was dif­fi­cult to come up with just 5 of the best Game of Thrones lines, so I’m tempt­ed to play it safe by mak­ing this just the first 5 a long list. Maybe sea­son 7 will drown me in more quotable lines. I can’t wait!

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Top 5 tips to improve your spelling of English words

spelling of English wordsFor some peo­ple it’s easy to remem­ber the spelling of Eng­lish words; for oth­ers, it isn’t. If Eng­lish is sim­i­lar to your lan­guage mak­ing spelling chal­leng­ing for you or spelling is just dif­fi­cult for you (no excus­es need­ed), try some of my tips to improve your spelling of Eng­lish words.

Top 1: Write the word many times until it becomes muscle memory.

When you dri­ve, do you tell your­self the steps before you turn left or right, or do you sim­ply do it with­out think­ing? If you’ve got your dri­ver license, I trust it’s the lat­ter because by now the steps are mus­cle mem­o­ry. Make that your goal with spelling Eng­lish words as well. By writ­ing the dif­fi­cult-to-spell words sev­er­al times, it’ll become auto­mat­ic for your hand to spell them correctly.

Top 2: Draw parallelisms between the difficult-to-spell and easy-to-spell words.spelling of English words

Break the word into syl­la­bles and note which part you always mis­spell. Think of a word that is spelt the same way as the part you always get wrong and write it next to the word. For instance, if you always spell ‘real­ly’ with one L, work on fix­ing your spelling of the first part. Write ‘kill’, ‘doll’ or any word with dou­ble L that you can con­fi­dent­ly spell next to or above ‘real’ in the word ‘real­ly’.

Top 3: Say the letters to yourself out loud.

If you are an audi­to­ry learn­er, say the let­ters of the dif­fi­cult word to your­self. Say it out loud over and over again until you become con­fi­dent at spelling it. While say­ing it to your­self, you can also write it to cre­ate an audio-visu­al lock.

Top 4: Read. Just read.spelling of English words

You can stare at the word and just learn its spelling, or you can expose your­self to more words by read­ing dif­fer­ent kinds of texts on top­ics you’re inter­est­ed in. The more you see words, the more famil­iar you become with the pat­terns of let­ters, which will lead to your mas­tery of the spelling of many Eng­lish words.

Top 5: ‘Air-write’ the difficult-to-spell words.

Air-writ­ing cre­ates the con­nec­tion between your brain and your writ­ing hand to help you remem­ber the spelling of words. It’s sim­ple — first, write the word on a sheet of paper. Then, instead of writ­ing the same word sev­er­al times, let your index fin­ger trace over it many times. When you’re more con­fi­dent, try to air-write the word with­out the spelling guide.

Don’t let spelling put you down. Try two or three ways to improve your spelling of Eng­lish words and you’ll see the dif­fer­ence. Good luck with your spelling!

If you need help with your pro­nun­ci­a­tion of Eng­lish words, click on this. 🙂

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Top 5 basic phrases to learn before travelling to a country with a language different to yours

Trav­el­ling to a coun­try whose lan­guage isn’t the same as yours can be daunt­ing. It can take a few months or even a life­time to learn a new lan­guage, but you can learn some basic phras­es in their local lan­guage to help you get by. Below are the top 5 basic phras­es to learn in every language.

Top 1: Where is...?

For peo­ple who are geo­graph­i­cal­ly chal­lenged like me, it would be wise to learn how to say ‘Where is’ in the lan­guage of the coun­try you’re explor­ing. Write the name of the places you plan to vis­it so you can just say ‘Where is’ and point to the name. This strat­e­gy can also be handy when look­ing for a par­tic­u­lar item in a shop.

Top 2: Help me, please.

Polite­ness can do so many great things for you. Know­ing how to say ‘Help me’ and append­ing it with the pow­er­ful word ‘please’ will help you solve your prob­lems while overseas.

Top 3: Can I please have a…?

While over­seas you may be tempt­ed to go shop­ping for clothes, gad­gets, food and sou­venirs or eat out. Polite­ly ask­ing for things in the land’s local lan­guage will, with­out a doubt, help you get what you need or want.basic phrases to learn in every language

Top 4: Thank you.

A ‘thank you’ in the land’s local lan­guage after receiv­ing some assis­tance is min­i­mum require­ment. Your grate­ful­ness will not only make you look polite, but it will also paint a fab­u­lous pic­ture of your countrymen.

Top 5: I’m sorry.

Because most coun­tries are usu­al­ly cul­tur­al­ly dif­fer­ent from yours, you may do or say things that the locals may find offen­sive. Be sen­si­tive to this and rec­ti­fy the sit­u­a­tion with a quick and heart­felt ‘I’m sor­ry’ spo­ken in their language.

basic phrases to learn in every languageThere are oth­er basic phras­es I encour­age you to learn before you go on hol­i­day in a coun­try that has a dif­fer­ent lan­guage to yours. How­ev­er, if you don’t have time, the patience nor the apti­tude to learn more, mas­ter these five basic phras­es to learn in every lan­guage and be pre­pared to smile a lot. Don’t wor­ry — you should be alright.

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Top 5 reasons to have a dog

have a dogWhen we adopt a dog, we some­times think that we’re doing it a favour. What we don’t realise is that get­ting a dog can be life-chang­ing if you let your four-legged pal work its mag­ic on you and the peo­ple around you. Below is a list of top 5 rea­sons to have a dog.

Top 1 rea­son: Get­ting a dog can make you more responsible.

Get­ting a dog isn’t like get­ting a new gad­get; it’s like adopt­ing a child. The lazy you will not be able to cope with the respon­si­bil­i­ties of look­ing after it, which include feed­ing, bathing, walk­ing and train­ing it to be a fan­tas­tic canine. Your dog can be a reflec­tion of who you are. Shab­by and ill-bred dogs are deemed to be raised by irre­spon­si­ble ‘par­ents’, while the well-behaved and sweet ones are per­ceived to be prod­ucts of nur­tur­ing ones.

Top 2 rea­son: Chil­dren can under­stand the stages of life through dogs.have a dog

Sad­ly, if you have a dog in your younger years, it is unlike­ly you’ll out­live it. The aver­age life of dogs is from 10 to 13 years. Through your dog’s life, chil­dren will learn about and appre­ci­ate the stages of life with the growth, devel­op­ment and pass­ing of their dog.

Top 3 rea­son: Dogs can turn you into a self­less person.

As you pro­vide for and help your dog go through life, you become less self-absorbed with yours. Even if it’s dif­fi­cult to walk your dog on a cold winter’s day or a hot summer’s day, you’ll still do it out of love.

Top 4 rea­son: Dogs make you for­get your problems.have a dog

Dogs have an uncan­ny way of just being there for you when you need a friend. I have good mem­o­ries of sit­ting next to my pup and telling him about my hor­ri­ble day while he looked at me with his kind pup­py eyes. I remem­ber the fun­ny things he did that cracked me up and relaxed me.

Top 5 rea­son: Dogs force you to lead a healthy life.

Long walks and exhaust­ing chas­es are inevitable if you’d like to have a healthy dog. As you help your dog achieve this, you, too, become fit. My oth­er blog entry titled Top 5 rea­sons to walk your dog dis­cuss­es the ben­e­fits in more detail.

have a dogIt’s real­ly great to have a dog, a love­ly crea­ture that gives us so much by just being itself. Your dog can be your best friend, psy­chol­o­gist, phys­i­cal train­er, and so many oth­ers if you let it.

Top 5 reasons why Philippine TV is better than Australian TV

Philippine TV better than Australian TVWatch­ing TV is usu­al­ly enter­tain­ing in the Philip­pines, but not in Aus­tralia. Aus­tralian TV does not have noon­time vari­ety shows, extreme­ly mushy and cheezy soap opera fea­tur­ing pop­u­lar actors, and late-night news. With­out good TV, Fil­ipinos are com­pelled to sub­scribe to The Fil­ipino Chan­nel (TFC), Net­flix, Stan, or ille­gal­ly down­load movies or TV series. Arguably, Philip­pine TV is bet­ter than Aus­tralian TV. Here are the top 5 rea­sons behind this claim.

Top 1: There aren’t a lot of homegrown Australian TV shows.

Although there are almost the same num­ber of TV chan­nels, there are only a few authen­tic Aus­tralian pro­grams. It’s com­mon to find plen­ty of Amer­i­can and British TV pro­grams and doc­u­men­taries. They also have some chan­nels that car­ry tele­vi­sion show fran­chis­es, such as Mas­terChef, The Chase, Who wants to be a Mil­lion­aire and others.

Top 2: Aussie TV lacks variety.
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In the morn­ings, you get extreme­ly long morn­ing talk shows, and in the evenings, you can only choose from a cook­ing show, a celebri­ty search pro­gram or some­times sports. I watched My Kitchen Rules for 2 to 3 months, and I’m cur­rent­ly watch­ing Mas­terchef which will go for anoth­er two months. I miss the choic­es I used to take for grant­ed when I was still in the Philippines.

Top 3: The top channels’ news programs include a lot of irrelevant information.

Philippine TV better than Australian TVIt’s frus­trat­ing that only SBS and ABC deliv­er prop­er news. The top chan­nels don’t include much about the news around the world but fea­ture fun­ny clips from YouTube. Their news also func­tions as an adver­to­r­i­al for big brands at times and obsess­es over the weath­er. The weath­er news is deliv­ered in three parts. Yes, in 3 parts, with numer­ous teasers before it. They don’t even have late-night news shows for peo­ple who have missed the one aired on prime­time TV.

Top 4: The TV program timetable is unpredictable.

It’s quite dif­fi­cult to keep track of what’s on for the day because of the chang­ing time slots. It’s just too com­pli­cat­ed. I watch a par­tic­u­lar show from Sun­days through Thurs­days, but some­times it’s not broad­cast­ed on Sun­days. If I want­ed to watch Mod­ern Fam­i­ly, I wouldn’t have a clue when it’s on as its time slot always changes. There were weeks when it was my sta­ple for a week­day and Sun­day. Then, it just dis­ap­peared for months.

Top 5: The upcoming or now showing films aren’t advertised on TV.

It’s bad enough that there’s not much to watch on Aus­tralian TV, but for the view­ing pub­lic to be deprived of trail­ers of the cur­rent movies in the cin­e­mas at the moment is depress­ing. I would like to be updat­ed on which films I can watch every week.

Philippine TV better than Australian TV

The lack of choic­es and the qual­i­ty of TV pro­grams can be attrib­uted to the Aus­tralians’ love for the out­doors and get-togeth­ers. More­over, TV pro­duc­tion is far more expen­sive in Australia.

Now that it’s win­ter in Aus­tralia, wouldn’t it be just fan­tas­tic to have the option to watch good Aus­tralian TV every day?