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The Best Luggage Travel Bags

Planning to travel? Are you looking for the latest 2013 trending travel bags that are affordable? Well you’re at the right place! Pick your luggage style:


Travel bags for women

women's-handbagFashionable travel bags are essential to any lady who plans to make a fancy travel. Things like fancy handbags, a purse and a well-designed bag are a priority. Here are some brand travel bags ladies may love to have, with an estimated price for each:

Brand / Name Description Color Price (USD)
Dakine Women’s EQ Large travel bag Savannah $50
Keen Brooklyn II Travel bag Hot Coral $60
Dakine Diva Travel bag; handbag Vienna $35
Hello Kitty Comic Pop Travel bag Multi $20
Trina Cosmetic Bag Travel makeup bag Multi $40
Buxton Women’s Peyton 15.6-inch laptop tote Black; Brown $40


Travel bags for men

men's-travel-bagThere are lots of men who may be satisfied with whatever they can get, in terms of travel bags. Some would say, “if it’s a bag and can hold my personal belongings, I’m fine with it.” In other words, if it’s a luggage, then I can do with it. However, there are indeed some guys who are selective in this kind of stuff. Or, there are some guys who have little or no idea of what kind of baggage they need or would like to use for their travels. That’s the reason we have made the following list of suggested brand travel baggage for men, with an estimated price for each:

Brand / Name Description Color Price (USD)
Burton Wheelie Overnight Travel bag True Black $170
Dakine Over Under Travel bag Premier $98
Convertible Leather Duffel Bag Travel bag Black; Tan $250
Clava Tuscan Leather Laptop tote Cafe; Tan $176
Bodhi Bag Laptop tote Black; Deep Purple $398


Travel bags for kids

kids-travel-bagUsually, kids don’t need extra-fancy or separate kinds of baggage for traveling. This means that kids can be accustomed to any kind of baggage. For instance, a girl may use any baggage that grownup women are accustomed to, while a boy can use any baggage that men use. That been said, many kids may prefer kiddie styles, hence our listing of brand travel bags for kids, with an estimated price for each baggage:

Brand / Name Description Color Price (USD)
Marona Floral Laptop tote handbag Navy $40
Wildkin Big Dots Aqua Rolling duffel bag Blue; Purple $47
Sidewinder TSA 3-pc. Luggage collection Silver $360
Hello Kitty ABS Travel bag Black $43
The O3 Kids’ Luggage and Backpack Set Multi-purpose Black; Blue $95


Personalized travel bags

Some people may actually prefer personalized or custom travel bags. It’s quite a good taste of fashion. The tricky part of it though is that it may be really challenging to find a reliable company that could fulfill one’s personalized baggage wishes. When it comes to personalized bags, we hesitate to list any particular business or company that claims to have your wishes ready. We leave it up to you to shop around — you know your taste and know when you find something particularly interesting to you!

Wine travel bags

Wine travel bags are really important if your voyage will involve wines. Here’s a list of some brand wine travel bags we believe you may be intrigued by, with their estimated prices:

Brand / Name Description Color Price (USD)
Vinnibag Bag Wine travel bag $28
Mulholland Brothers All Leather Two-bottle Wine Carrier Lariat Leather / Stout Leather $380
Wine Travel Case Wine travel case Burgundy $26


Travel toiletry bags

When traveling a long distance, it is necessary to have at least one travel toiletry bag. Here’s a list we compiled of brand travel toiletry bags:

Brand / Name Description Color Price (USD)
Traveling Light Hanging Toiletry bag Lime; Midnight $40
Tradewinds Bag Travel toiletry bag Black $4 each; must buy 70 or more
AmeriLeather Bag Travel toiletry bag Black; Brown $43


Leather travel bags

When buying travel bags, some people prefer leather travel bags to any of other fabrics, mostly because leather is stronger (than suede anyways). It’s up to you to determine what fabric to choose when you’re planning to buy some travel bags. Things like the duration and distance of your voyage should determine your need for stronger, high-end baggage.


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What Should I Get My Girlfriend for Valentine’s Day?

Get her something that would make her stand out from other girls.
Get her something that would make her stand out from other girls.
Thinking about what you should get your woman this Valentine’s Day, or how to surprise her? You’re at the right place!
Whether your wallet is full or you’re almost broke, you can get something reasonable for her. Here are the top six things we suggest you get your girl:

  1. A new pair of shoes. Make sure you know the size she wears. If you want to surprise her, then don’t ask her about her shoe size when a holiday is around the corner or when it’d be obvious you’re trying to buy her shoes.
  2. A new dress, or pair of pants. The same size and surprise issues as in list number one apply to this one as well.
  3. A hair dryer or straightener. Make sure she doesn’t already have one.
  4. A handheld video game console. Yes, she will appreciate it, trust me!
  5. Flowers. Duh! Get more romantic by giving her flowers along with any other gift you choose to give her.
  6. Jewelries. Surprise her with a necklace, a bracelet or a pair of earrings.

There are lots of other things a girl may expect from her boyfriend. You have been in a relationship with her for a while. You probably know her strengths and weaknesses by now. Give some of the strengths as gifts to her. For example if she usually wanted you to visit her family with her, and this is usually a difficult thing for you to do, you should offer to do this for her as a gift for the Valentine’s Day!

How to surprise her

Like I said on how a girl can surprise her boyfriend for Valentine’s Day, guys should use their fortunate common sense to know original ways to surprise their girlfriends. My suggestion is to mail her the present — to her workplace, school, church or home. Or you can give her the present hand-to-hand and watch her open it.

Have fun with your woman this Valentine’s Day!


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What Should I Get My Boyfriend for Valentine’s Day?

Some guys are cool with simple presents like a wristwatch.
Some guys are cool with simple presents like a wristwatch.
If you’re a girl, you may have been asking, “How do I surprise my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day?” Well, we’ve got an answer for you! You don’t have to worry anymore. One good thing about guys is that they don’t always expect you to break the bank in order to get them a nifty present.

What Should I Get My Guy Friend for Valentine’s Day?

Well, as you may know, guys tend to like electronics for gifts. According to Squidoo, the top best electronic gifts of 2012 and 2013 are:

  1. Tablet device such as the Apple iPad, the Amazon Kindle, Microsoft Surface or Samsung Galaxy Tab. Can’t afford any of these? Then look through the rest of this list for more choices.
  2. Portable music player or MP3 players such as the Samsung Galaxy Android MP3 Player, Apple iPod Touch, Apple iPod Nano or Apple iPod Shuffle.
  3. Camera (point and shoot) such as the Canon Power Shot, Panasonic LUMIX, Sony DSC or Olympus XZ.
  4. Camcorder such as the Flip UltraHD, Panasonic HDC, Canon Vixia HF, Sony HDR or Toshiba Camileo.
  5. Laptop! Come on, it’s worth it for your man. Get him a laptop such as the MacBook Pro, Samsung Chromebook or Dell Inspiron.
  6. Cellphone — your guy may have broken or lost his cellphone, or he may have been old school enough to be rocking a “low-end” or feature-lacking phone. If any of these is true, then get him a superior cellphone such as the latest Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX or HTC Evo LTE.
  7. Video game console! For some reason, I see guys whenever video games are mentioned. You may have known by now if your boyfriend likes video games or not. If so, get him one of these; if not, then still get him one of these: video game console such as the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or Nintendo Wii. If you can’t afford any of those, then get him a portable video game console such as the Sony PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS or Sony PSP 3000.

There are lots of other cool stuffs guys would expect from their women. Inexpensive things such as simple wristwatches, hats, sunglasses can be pleasant too. Some people say that if you can’t afford any of all these things we mentioned then it means you cannot afford a boyfriend! Okay I made that one up.

How to surprise him

There are several ways of doing so, and it is your duty to use your fortunate common sense to come up with something original to make it more interesting. One tip is to mail him the present — to his workplace, school, church or home. Another idea is to give him the present hand-to-hand and watch him open it.

Have a lovely Valentine’s Day with your guy!
If you’re a guy, then see “how do I surprise my girlfriend for Valentine’s Day?


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How to Quit Nail Biting

There are ladies and gents who gently bite and then chew the nails, and possibly ingest the bits as snack.

Concealed nail biting
Concealed nail biting
Nail biting is a very strong bad habit, in that once started, it’s difficult to quit. As a guy, nail biting is the number one thing that turns me off, though I try my best not to let it overshadow sweet personality traits I find in people. In a live conference concerning nail biting, a friend jokingly said, “Nail biters cannot get laid.” But what he didn’t know was whether nail biters can’t get laid due to the fact that they bite their nails, or whether they become nail biters due to their inability to get laid. Before we get to the solutions for stopping the horrible habit, let’s clear some double standards here.
He probably never bites his nails.
He probably never bites his nails.

The double standards. According to ‘postyour.info‘,[1] ten percent of men surveyed admitted they bite their nails almost everyday, compared to just five percent of females surveyed, who agreed they commit the same atrocity almost everyday as well. However, our culture tends to push the badness of nail biting towards females. That is, you can see a guy freely biting his nail in the public, but same is a no-no for a girl to do.

Types of nail biting, plus how bad it really is. I must admit that it is worse to have this habit publicly than privately. You might have been thinking, how bad is nail biting? But here’s something — it gets worse depending on the type. There are people who do the “bite and spit.” Let me explain. A guy or girl bites out a chunk of his or her dirty nail, and then spits it into a random direction. You can hear the sound, and you might even flinch a bit, worrying that the piece of nail might have been spat on you. Then there’s the “bite and chew.” There are ladies and gents who gently bite and then chew the nails, and possibly ingest the bits as snack. You tell me which one sounds worse! Plus, nail biting is no longer assumed to be just a bad habit — science pros now declare that it is a mental disorder, an obsessive-repulsive disorder to be specific; it can be harder to quit than smoking cigarettes.[2] Now let’s get to solving the issue!

Quitting nail biting. If you really want to quit nail biting, it’s actually easy! Here are solutions I have found:

  1. Get some bubblegum. While it may look unethical to chew a gum in a formal public, it has more potential to be favored over biting your nails in front of your professor or coworkers. Trust me, it will be near difficult to bite your nails while you’re chewing a gum.
  2. Bitterleaf! Yep. Bitterlieaf is an edible species of Vernonia, commonly eaten as leaf vegetables.[3] However, it tastes extremely bitter. You should squeeze out a little juice from the leaf, and rub the juice beneath your fingernails before you go to bed each night. You’ll find out that the slap of bitterness you get from your fingernails whenever you try to bite them will keep you more socially acceptable.
  3. Get less depressed. Try to increase your good moods and happiness. Physical exercises, positive celebrations, richer nutritional intakes, visitation of loved ones, helping those who could use your help, entertaining yourself by going to the movies with people — to mention but a few — may help brighten your day and likely distract you from your nails.

Curing nail biting is possible and can be easy, especially when you start the procedure by first stopping yourself from doing it in public, and then finally in private. In fact, my recommendation is to first get rid of the public side of the issue, and then work at a more comfortable pace to finally clean up the habit from you. Rest assured that these Supreme Tips are expected to be extremely useful to you; I’d also like to advise you to consult a professional before giving any of these awesome tips a try.


Photo credits: Maxwell GS and Guachacas.

References
[1] “Statistics: Do you bite your nails?” postyour.info. Retrieved 18 Jan, 2012
<http://postyour.info/statistics/do-you-bite-your-nails.htm>.
[2] Daily Mail Reporter, “Nail biting is more than a habit…” Mail Online. Retrieved 18 Jan, 2012
<http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2227357/Nail-biting-bad-habit-Experts-classify-addiction-mental-disorder.html>.
[3] “Vernonia.” Wikipedia. Retrieved 18 Jan, 2012
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernonia>.

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Top Five Scents Guys Like on Women

Often, some girls don’t worry about how they smell when they are around other girls. However, they tend to become very self-aware whenever they are around guys.

Seven in ten girls have low self esteem in that they believe they don’t measure up in some way, such as looks, smartness and other social measures.[1] Often, some girls don’t worry about how they smell when they are around other girls. However, they tend to become very self-aware whenever they are around guys. Interesting fact is, although the majority of guys I know do not actually care about what a girl smells like, quite a handful of them actually admire girls that smell really nice. There are however, men who like natural smell of women.[2] Having said that, the majority of guys that I know like when women have certain scents. According to Yahoo! Shine,[3] here are the top five scents that guys love on women:

  1. Coconut
  2. Tommy Girl Lotion and Coco by Coco Chanel
  3. Citrus
  4. Vanilla
  5. Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana

I advise you not to worry about what you smell like amidst guys, but if you really need to get fancy then do it well by starting with the above!


Photo credit: Trang

References
[1] “11 Facts about Teens and Self-Esteem”. dosomething.org. Retrieved 7 Jan 2013 <http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-teens-and-self-esteem>.
[2] “Women’s Natural Scent More Seductive Than Perfume”. Discovery News. Retrieved 7 Jan 2013 <http://news.discovery.com/human/women-perfume-natural-scent.html>.
[3] “10 Scents that Men Love”. Yahoo! Shine. Retrieved 7 Jan 2013 <http://shine.yahoo.com/love-sex/10-scents-men-love-214700503.html>.

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Need Some Ideas for a Collage?

Do you need some ideas for a collage? Well you’re at the right place at the right time. Making a collage can be really fun, and here are some great ideas for you.

A comic collage
A comic collage
Kittens! Kitten collages can be bizarrely cute! Cut out pictures of cats jumping, playing with cat toys etc. Trust me, this one will grant you more than attention! Another idea would be to make a collage of dogs or other pets, or mix it up for maximum aw‘s!

Your favorite celebrities. Cut out pieces of pictures of your favorite celebrities (which you can find in magazines). You can make the collage have a theme, such as only showcasing celebs with blue handbags or hats or shoes. You can mix it up with little pieces of pictures of flowers or pebbles. Make the background be of a beach, if you want.

Presidential collage. Have some ties with politics? Or, do you just want to show off your patriotism, smartness etc? Then make a presidential collage. Cut out some pictures of the presidents and have some fun. You may also want to go into a slightly different direction by making a First Lady collage — consisting of pictures of the First Ladies.

Your favorite video game. You can definitely make a collage full of your favorite video game characters. It can also be of hard-to-unlock characters or items. If it’s about a specific game, for example a car racing game, you can make the collage to be of the hardest-to-unlock cars.

Apparel collage. Your collage can also be about clothing and fashion, like a collection of hats, or shoes, or wedding gowns — you get the idea. It can also be of umbrellas, rings, different kinds of cell phones etc.

When it comes to making a collage, there are certainly a lot of ideas to experiment with. The key things to consider are the appropriateness of the theme or subject of your collage, and the availability of the material you’re going to use, such as pictures. Your enthusiasm will speak for itself! Have fun!


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What is VetNet? – Google Launches VetNet

Soldier celebrates re-enlistment with Iraqi ‘Swamp Cops’

vetnet logo Today, Google™ made it known via its homepage that it has launched a new initiative known as VetNet, for veterans. VetNet is “a career service for those who’ve served,” it’s an online service that allows veterans to get their “resume and career search skills squared away, connect with industry leaders, fellow veterans and spouses,” and attend classes to learn how to start their own businesses.[1]
Judging from the fact that hundreds of thousands of veterans were labelled as looking for jobs in 2011,[2] a handful of our soldiers end up jobless after their return from service, though the unemployment rate has been dropping since then.[3] We can see the importance of constantly having stronger programs, services and initiatives to support our veterans and make sure they have normal standards of living at least like an average citizen. It can be really upsetting to turn from being a soldier to being a civilian, only to find out you will be jobless and potentially homeless.

vetnethqTransitioning from military to civilian life can be stressful, particularly when you’re burdened with the responsibility of going through a series of job hunts, filling out endless forms and asking for professional help. But with this new initiative, things are expected to be easier, as those organizations that you would have had to separately communicate with “have combined forces to create one, easy place to start.”[4] And that’s the VetNet HQ (short for Veterans Network HQ), allegedly powered through Google+™ and other tidbits of Google.


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References
[1] “Vet Net”. vetnethq.com. Retrieved 2 Jan 2013 <http://www.vetnethq.com>.
[2] Leo Shane III. “Veterans unemployment drops…”. Stripes.com. Retrieved 2 Jan 2013
<http://www.stripes.com/blogs/the-ruptured-duck/the-ruptured-duck-1.160117/veterans-unemployment-drops-to-lowest-rate-in-four-years-1.195646>.
[3] Lauren Bailey. “Veteran Unemployment Rate…”. VAntage Point. Retrieved 2 Jan 2013
<http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/8193/veteran-unemployment-rate-at-6-7-percent-in-september-post-911-vet-unemployment-rate-continues-falling/>.
[4] “Vet Net”. vetnethq.com. Retrieved 2 Jan 2013 <http://www.vetnethq.com>.

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How to Hug

Hugs are generally a great way to display affection and mutual relief, and people should make the most of it whenever they have the opportunity.

It is surprising to know that some people still do not know how to hug. The other day, I overheard someone ask how to hug, in a real life counseling conference. Well, I’d rather go on to solve this, rather than to show endless expressions of surprise.a big hug I would also like to make it clear that I have a remarkable experience in hugging!

But first, let’s remind ourselves what a hug is. A hug is a near universal form of physical intimacy, in which two people put their arms around the neck, back, or waist of one another and hold each other closely [1] . I have observed three types of hug.

Let’s see the three major types of hug:

  1. The friendly hug. This is a hug between friends, just to express happiness, welcome, victory, relief or celebration. This is the most popular form of hug. It can also include the group hug, which is just a friendly hug between three or more persons.
  2. The hug of intimacy. This one is deeper. It is often longer than the friendly hug, and can involve a little kissing on the cheek. It is mainly between a couple in a romantic relationship, or a natural parental affectionate with own infants or children, or natural affectionate within siblings, or such a natural family affectionate intimacy. Does cuddling count as a hug? You bet it does. It’s a hug of intimacy.
  3. The hug of fear, frustration or protection. This is particularly when a couple (either familiar with or strange to each other) are in imminent danger. They are facing a horrible threat or danger, and therefore are trying to gain protection from each other by cuddling (come on, that word shouldn’t be applied to this kind of situation! Oh well). You probably don’t want to learn more about this one, since our scope is to help brighten your day, not dampen it!

So how do you hug?
Although hugs can be made without the couple directly facing each other, it is of my witness that facing each other while hugging is more popular.
I’d like to focus on the hug of intimacy here. Let’s take for example, a hug between a fiance (a guy engaged to marry) and his fiancee (his potential future wife). For this hug to be an intimate one, the girl should put her arms around his man’s back or neck during the hug. The guy should put his arms around her hips. For non-romantically affiliated individuals, or for those who just want to have a non-intimate hug, the guy should put his arms around the female’s back or neck, instead of her hips.

Hugs are generally a great way to display affection and mutual relief, and people should make the most of it whenever they have the opportunity.


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References
[1] “Hug.” Wikipedia. Retrieved 30 Dec. 2012 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hug>.

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How to Waste The Time

While it is very easy for some to waste a huge amount of time, a handful of others may find it very difficult to do so. And that’s not because they don’t know what to do in order to waste their time, but because they don’t have anything to do at all.how-to-pass-the-time You may be there in your room sitting next to your computer clueless of what to do. You may be on the plane, car, at school, your workplace, in the church, at a sleepover, or wherever you may be, and suddenly things turn out badly for you, into a boring situation where you’re out of idea of things to do to keep the time passing. But don’t worry, I have an idea for almost every single situation you may be in, so choose one from below. Remember, if you can’t find your situation here, throw me a comment and I’ll work on it as soon as possible.

[The tips are coming soon, so please stay tuned!]


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Boyfriend Dumped Me For No Reason

The problem is that the reason may not be feasible or yet understood, causing you the victim, the girl, to speculate that there was no reason for the sudden break up.

Whenever a girl is suddenly “dumped” without prior notice, the first thing that comes to the mind of an average girl is, “boyfriend dumped me for no reason.” For the record, I don’t appreciate the word “dump” here. A lot of guys often just feel like ending a relationship regardless the situation, according to a body building forum [1] which had a guy asking for help in breaking up with his girl for no reason, meaning that there are really chances a guy may break up with you for no feasible reason. That been said, there is actually always a reason! [2] The problem is that the reason may not be feasible or yet understood, causing you the victim, the girl, to speculate that there was no reason for the sudden break up.

What did I do wrong to deserve this?
One thing to be thankful for is that it is better to assume that there’s no reason for the sudden break up, than to think you’re the one at fault. Often, you cannot prevent a breakup by pleasing or not pleasing your boyfriend. You may have been thinking, “he dumped me because he saw me talking to another guy,” or “I gained a couple of pounds,” or “I didn’t satisfy him intimately.” But, chances are, he broke up with you just for his comfort. You don’t deserve the broken heart, however, some guys are just like that. I’m not saying this is a good thing, but a guy might decide to end a relationship if he thinks the relationship is going in the way of things he likes to do most. I infer from that sense, that that’s the reason some guys are unwilling to tell their ladies why the relationship has to end.

Can I find out why my boyfriend dumped me?
It could be for some really secret reasons which he thinks could jeopardize his personal plans and such if he makes it known to you or anyone else for that matter. Thus, if this is the case, then there’s virtually nothing you could do to find out why he decided to depart from the relationship.

But can I get him back?
When it comes to this serious matter, it is important to be straight to the point with no sugarcoating. That’s the reason I’m going to encourage you to forget about that relationship. It may be true you have been “attached” to him and he kind of means a part of your life to you now, but trust me, you should put a reasonable amount of effort to get him back only if you’re married to him. Otherwise, call it a day– give yourself the break that you deserve, and then, be on the look for another soul mate. This is all if he has refused to tell you why he broke up with you.

What if he later wants me back?
Obviously, when a guy breaks up with you without telling you why and then later wants you back, it should signify to you that he’s using you “on demand.” And by that, I mean that, he’s more likely to drop you again without telling you why, and this time around he may get a new girlfriend to “permanently” replace you! I have witnessed closely some of the dating affairs of some of my friends and relatives, and I have observed this kind of issue happen several times in a row that one of my friends decided to be single until she found a serious soul mate.

The outcome and exceptions
The only exception I can think of is if, on his return he explains to you why he had previously ended the relationship, and why he couldn’t tell you the reason at the time he broke up with you. You should then use your fortunate common sense to judge whether the excuses are liable or not to cause further unwarranted breakups. If you believe the excuses are unjust, then reject him boldly. But if you believe the excuses are “worth it,” then feel free to accept him back. But hold on there– no matter what choice you make, it is important to note that this isn’t an official piece of advice, and that you should consult a professional before making decisions based on my wonderful tips and explanations.


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References
[1] “Ending a relationship for no good reason..” Bodybuilding.com forums. Retrieved on 25 Dec. 2012
<http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=125271981&page=1>.
[2] “8 Bad Reasons to Break Up.” eHarmony Advice. Retrieved on 25 Dec. 2012
<http://www.eharmony.com/dating-advice/relationships/8-bad-reasons-to-break-up/>.