Monday, November 14, 2011

Global 2011: 9 Tips to Make a Date Better in the First Ten Minutes

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The first ten minutes of a date often determine whether a second date is ever going to happen, and let’s face it—second dates are not the norm for many. That was definitely my story until I learned about (what I now call) “Date Waste.”

Date waste is when a date is a drag, but has little to do with whether you are a potential match. It’s a drag simply because neither of you set the date up to succeed. These aren’t the dates with jerks that you can’t wait to end. They are the ones that are just a little boring, lack sparks, or just go nowhere. You can turn these into very positive experiences.

I see date waste all the time when I’m coaching, and I lived it for years. When I accepted that every date was part of the journey and not just a means to an end, my life changed. Every date is an opportunity. You can talk to a nice person, learn something new, get much-needed practice and maybe connect with someone you want to know just a little better. It doesn’t have to be, “Oh, he’s The One!” or nothing.

Here are nine things you can do in the first ten minutes of each date to make it a positive experience and begin to eliminate date waste from your life.

1. Go in with the “I hope I like him” attitude.
2. Find three things you like about him.
3. Compliment him.
4. Think of it as practice.
5. Dump your agenda.
6. Ask the right questions.
7. Quiet those dang gremlins.
8. Let go of control.
9. Be kind and practice empathy.

Then look at him again with the kind and wise eyes of a woman working hard to find a good man. Regardless of how you end up judging him, always leave him feeling good about himself—even if you’re not going to see him again. It’s the nice thing to do, and you’ll help prop him up for the next woman who’s going to meet him.

You are looking for a lifetime partner with whom you can share deep connection, unconditional trust, mutual adoration, and a lifetime of happiness. Everything you do should be toward that end. Every date is a spectacular opportunity. Don’t be a date waster.

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Global 2011: 11 Things We’d Rather Have Than Sex

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A recent study by Women at NBCUniversal raised eyebrows when it reported that the women surveyed placed the Internet, sleep, and showers higher than sex on a list of things they couldn’t live without for a month. (Men, unsurprisingly, chose sex behind the Internet and sleep. At least the sexes can agree on the first two.)

It turns out what we’re passionate about is not always passion. And when push comes to shove, we’d rather go celibate than without some creature comforts. I canvassed my friends to see what they’d rather have than carnal knowledge. From a glass of cold milk to The Real Housewives of New Jersey, some of their answers made me laugh and others made me reconsider my own priorities. (I don’t want, I need Chapstick.)

As a single gal who prefers “relations” within the context of a “relation”-ship, I’ve gone without sex for months and even years. But before you light a candle for me, remember that during those dry spells, I still had access to all of the following human necessities:

  • Junk food.
  • TV.
  • Air-conditioning.
  • Coffee.
  • A good book.
  • Wine.
  • Friends.
  • Blackberry or iPhone.
  • Shopping.
  • Family.
  • Pets.

Facebook? Magazines? Yoga? If you had to go without for a month, what would you choose over sex?

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Global 2011: Steve Jobs’ Final Words Shared in Sister’s Eulogy

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Steve Jobs’ sister Mona Simpson shared in the eulogy she delivered at the late Apple CEO‘s memorial service that his surprising final words from his deathbed were, “Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow.”

In the eulogy, which was printed in The New York Times on Sunday, Simpson describes Jobs’ final days and moments in a Palo Alto hospital, which was spent surrounded by family as his breathing gradually became shorter.

His breath, she said, “indicated an arduous journey, some steep path, altitude.”

Delivered at the October 16 service for Jobs at Stanford Memorial Church, Simpson, an accomplished novelist, began by describing her initial meeting of her brother for the first time when she was in her mid-20s. Simpson was born in 1957, two years after Jobs, who was given up for adoption as an infant.

“Even as a feminist, my whole life I’d been waiting for a man to love, who could love me. For decades, I’d thought that man would be my father. When I was 25, I met that man and he was my brother,” Simpson said.

Simpson went on to describe her strong relationship with the man now know for the revolutionizing computer world, while explaining Jobs’ work ethic and capacity for love — particularly for his wife Laurene and as a doting father to their three children.

“Steve was like a girl in the amount of time he spent talking about love. Love was his supreme virtue, his god of gods. He tracked and worried about the romantic lives of the people working with him,” she said.

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Global 2011: Kim Kardashian’s Quickie Marriage: What Went Wrong?

Kim Kardashian at the Seventh Annual Hollywood...Image via WikipediaReality star Kim Kardashian is divorcing Kris Humphries, her husband of 72 days, following persistent rumors that their marriage was on the rocks from day one.

What exactly went wrong between the two newlyweds? One possible explanation: the two hardly knew each other. They only met last December, so it might be worth remembering Kim is filing for divorce from a man she hasn't even known a year.

Despite how publicly they both live, there was apparently a lot the two didn't know about each other. A recent episode of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" revealed that Kris had no idea Kim was previously married (she eloped at age 19 and divorced in 2004). When Kim casually dropped the tidbit while the couple snacked with the family, a stunned Humphries repeatedly asked the family, "You guys are serious… she was really married?" Musing on the revelation later, Humphries asked the camera, "What else do I not know about her?" (We're guessing he did know about her not-G-rated video debut).

Clearly communication wasn't their strong suit. In addition to his being unaware of her romantic past, their day-to-day interactions were no doubt quite limited: Their careers often kept them on separate ends of the world (literally and figuratively). And nothing spells "communication breakdown" better than a husband learning from a gossip site that he's getting a divorce.

When she spoke to People recently, Kim admitted that their living situation had "not been ideal" for the newlyweds. To keep filming "Kourtney and Kim Take New York," Kim moved her husband into a hotel suite with her sister, her sister's child and the child's father (Scott Disick).

Not your typical honeymoon situation, that's for sure.

The gossip grapevine also says that Kris was fed up with the film crew following the couple around constantly, worrying that the camera presence was ruining their marriage —which apparently did not jibe well with Kim, who thought the camera issue had been settled prior to the marriage.
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Manila 2011: The Good Girl's Guide to Solo Sex

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Sex researchers estimate that around 80 percent of women of all ages masturbate, and that means most of us are doing it. Unless your religion is against it, masturbation is a healthy way to consciously learn more about your body and what turns you on. If you'd like to give masturbation a go but haven't done it in a while (or at all), here are some simple steps to get you started.

What solo sex does for you
Masturbation is a perfectly natural outlet for satisfying ourselves sexually. It doesn't sap your sexual energy for sex with your partner, as is commonly believed. Quite the opposite: Self-pleasure actually makes for better sex with your partner. How? When you know how to turn yourself on, you can point your partner in the right direction. Most women learn how to orgasm through masturbation, and it's also the primary means of learning other ways to get off. You can teach yourself to come with penetration and with a partner.

1. Arrange a private time to get in the mood
Set aside some uninterrupted time in a private space and treat yourself to something sensual to help you get into the sexy mood for self-touch. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the bathtub, light some aromatic candles, turn on some soft music. "Take time to indulge all your senses," says Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, sex expert and author of Pleasure: A Woman’s Guide to Getting the Sex You Want, Need and Deserve. "The goal is to make you feel pampered, sexy, and sensual."

2. Get familiar with your own body
Women are often in the dark about their genitals, simply because they're out of view. If you're one of them, taking the time to explore your body and learning about your erogenous zones can greatly increase your sexual pleasure.

Sit in front of the mirror or use a handheld mirror to take a good look at your genitals. Use your hand to locate the parts of your genitalia and get acquainted by touching them. "Observe the complexity, color, texture, shape, scent, moisture, and beauty of your vulva and the opening of your vagina," says Hutcherson. Vulva is the term for the visible sexual anatomy between your legs, including your clitoris, vagina and vaginal lips. The idea is to familiarize yourself with your own anatomy for pleasure, and become comfortable with your unique natural taste and scent.

3. Explore your hot spots
Now that you're familiar with your own body, it is time to get in touch with how it feels. Lie on your back, side or stomach, whichever is most comfortable for you. Start by lubing your hands with some natural oils, give your neck a gentle, sensual rub, working your way to your shoulders, breasts, then down your abdomen, back and butt. "Revel in how it feels to have your hands glide across your slick skin," says Hutcherson. Take your time to explore every inch of your body, all the way down to your thighs, calves and feet. Experiment with what feels good and concentrate on the pleasurable sensations.

Then, spend a few minutes stroking and massaging your breasts. Use your fingertip to slowly circle each nipple. Gently squeeze them between your index finger and thumb and pull slightly. Focus on the different sensations, the warmth of your flesh. Experiment with different types of strokes, pressures and speeds. "As you stroke your body, take note of any extra-sensitive spots and the type of touch that elicits the most pleasure," says Hutcherson. Once you've got your pleasure zones mapped out, you can rely on those parts to bring arousal, whether you're alone or with a partner.

4. Zoom in on the intimate bits
Apply a generous dollop of water-based lube such as KY Jelly to the clitoris and the opening to your vagina. Now slowly massage the entire area. Breathe slowly and concentrate on the sensations, taking time to linger on the spots that feel good.

Next, slide your fingers up and over the hood of your clitoris. Rub along each side of your clitoris, and along its length. Make circular motions to include inner lips and clitoris, slowly sliding your fingers to the opening of your vagina and back. Try varying the pressure, speed and direction of your strokes. Make a mental note of which areas tingle at your touch and which strokes give you the most pleasure.

If you want to use a vibrator, set it on low speed. Many women find direct stimulation over the clitoris feel too intense, so try running it over your pubic mound and outer labia.

Keep going until the pleasure around the clitoris builds. If you prefer something inside your vagina to give you a sense of fullness, insert one of two fingers into your vagina. "Be aware of the moisture and warmth as you move your finger along all of the walls of your vagina," says Hutcherson. Explore the opening, the sides, front and back.

5. Keep practising
Remember, your goal is to feel good. Even if you don't orgasm, you're giving yourself pleasure. Some women need more time than others, so be patient with yourself. Think of each session as a journey of sexual self-discovery, not a destination for orgasm. Relax and enjoy the pleasure of the moment, and your Os will follow.

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Manila 2011: French Kissing: How to Be A Really Good Kisser

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Lots of tongue play, highly pleasurable, and definitely intimate – that's what differentiates the passionate French kiss from a regular kiss. So, perfect the art and drive your man wild. Here, sex experts reveal hot French kissing techniques that will spice up your lip-locks.

French Kissing Basics
You know the basics of making out: Tilt your head to one side, part your lips, slip your tongue into your partner's slightly open lips, then engage in a passionate tongue tango. But what should a sensual French kiss feel like?

French kissing stimulates the lips, tongue and mouth, which are all areas that are very sensitive to touch. Imagine you are licking an ice-cream cone – but slowly. Slip in your tongue and slowly begin to caress your partner's tongue with yours...

"Kissing someone on the lips can be very powerful because all the major senses are involved. You can see your lover, smell his skin, feel him, taste him and hear him," says Marcelle D'Argy-Smith, author of The Lovers' Guide: What Women Really Want. And although there are many variations of French kissing, they all have the same rule: Keep the tongue movement slow.

French Kissing Techniques
What sets good kissers apart from the rest of the pack is their skill and technique. Like everything else, practice makes perfect: William Cane, author of The Art of Kissing and Kiss Like a Star believes that one of the best ways to brush up on your smooching skills is getting a feel of it – on yourself: "Make a little mouth with your left hand. Take your right thumb and put it through. You can actually practice a French kiss on your hand".

Spice it up
Tips to spice up your lip-locks!
Use variety. Lick, suck, nibble, tease – make your French kissing more intense by alternating deep tongue penetration with soft pecks and slithering tongue action.

Tease his tongue by using your tongue to stroke the underside of your partner's or lightly flicking the tip of your tongue with the tip of your partner's.

Reach his sensitive spots. Explore his mouth with slow strokes. One sensitive area is the palate just behind his front teeth. Another trick is brushing the tip of your tongue across his gums – they're lined with nerve endings and will send erotic shivers up his back.

Add kinkiness by occasionally gently biting his tongue or lower lip.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Manila 2011: 5 Signs He's Not Really Into You

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There's a guy you totally fancy and whom you've been seeing for sometime. Yet there's something about him you can't put your finger on: He's kinda too busy with work, a tad too passive about your relationship, and not acting as besotted as he should be.

Or maybe he really isn't. It's a bitter pill to swallow, but better to know if he's wasting your time sooner rather than later. Here are five red flags that could confirm your doubts.

1. He's not trying to see you
Either he's the busiest guy on the planet or his sorry-I-got-to-work-on-weekends excuse is just that -- an excuse. How do you know for sure? Does he find time for his mates yet somehow not have time to meet up with you or talk on the phone? If the answer is yes, something is amiss. When it's always you who's doing the running, it's a clear indication that he's not all that committed to the relationship. "If a guy is into you, he will find time to make a call and catch up," says Lexi Proud, who is a dating expert for Arrange Me a Date.

2. You've not met his friends
It's not a good sign if he hasn't introduced you to his friends and family, especially after you have dated for some time. Just how long is too long to wait? Proud suggests asking questions if you've not met any of his friends by the three-month mark and if you've not met his family by six months. "If a guy is into you, generally they want you to meet their friends. After all, they should be proud to have you on their arm!"

3. He only sees you for sex
This is so painfully obvious that it's going to sound blunt. If this guy is only meeting up with you for a hook-up, he's only into your body, not you as a person. Get out, pronto.

4. He often lets you down
Does he frequently cancel plans you've made together because "something else" has cropped up? Be wary, especially if there's no reason for it, and if it's happening on a persistent basis -- it's a sure sign your relationship just isn't up there on his list of priorities.

5. He leaves you in doubt
Here's the simple universal truth about men: If a guy wants you, you'll know it. He won't leave you wondering about his behavior -- he'll call you, he'll ask you out, he'll want to be with you whenever he can. If all you get are lukewarm reactions from the guy, he's just not that into you. Period.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Global 2011: How to Out-Smart the Outlets

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In reality, outlet malls promise something—high quality for a low price—that is very hard to deliver. The next time you’re tempted to swing through an outlet mall, consider these savvy shopping tips.

Look at apparel tags. Irregular or imperfect merchandise usually carry tags that are sliced, marked on, or otherwise altered to indicate that it’s not fit for retail sale, whereas knockoffs usually carry different tags altogether. At Gap Outlets, the tags are white with blue lettering, the reverse of the retail tags. At Banana Republic Factory Stores, the tags have three small diamonds indicating they’re not retail quality. Get familiar with real retail tags, so you can spot the impostors at outlet stores.

Know what an item is really worth. How can you know whether you’re getting a great deal at the Samsonite outlet if you don’t know the real retail price of a suitcase? Comparison shop for large purchases; don’t rely on the reference price quoted by the store.

Think seasonally. It’s a good bet that any in-season merchandise is from an outlet-only line. Real retail overruns don’t arrive in outlet stores until after the season has passed.

Remember that fewer stores = better quality. If you’re shopping at a store that has posts in every outlet mall in the country, you’re almost guaranteed to be getting outlet-quality merchandise. At an outlet with only a few locations, the merchandise is more likely to be true overruns, discontinued items, and last-season’s line because the company doesn’t have to fill hundreds of stores.

Shop the sales. Outlet stores have sales at the same times that normal retail stores do, and customers can often get even better discounts at these times. But sales at retail stores can offer savings just as valuable as regular outlet prices.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Manila 2011: 6 Facebook Relationship Etiquette Do's & Don'ts

Profile shown on Thefacebook in 2005Image via WikipediaWhen we're blissfully in love, it's tempting to let our friends and family in on the happy news via Facebook or Twitter. But just like in the real world, social networks have their own set of relationship etiquette and not everything about your love life should be published for the whole world to see.

It boils down to knowing what's socially acceptable to post on your Wall. Lisa Daily, dating coach and author of the bestselling book Stop Getting Dumped, offers advice on how to use Facebook responsibly around relationships. Don't be guilty of these -- or you could find yourself being unfriended or unfollowed.

  • Do post appropriate couple photos
  • Do keep your lovey-dovey messages private
  • Don't update your relationship status too early
  • Don't pretend to be single if you're not
  • Don't be too showy
  • Don't post snide comments about exes

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Global 2011: Missing iPhone prototype

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San Francisco police have assisted Apple in the search for a prototype of the latest iPhone that went astray in a bar in a repeat of an embarrassing loss that took place last year.

An Apple employee lost a yet-to-be-released iPhone 5 in a tequila bar in San Francisco's Mission District in July, technology news site CNET reported this week.

After the device was electronically tracked using GPS technology to a San Francisco house, four police officers and two Apple employees visited the home, the San Francisco police said in a statement distributed to news outlets.

"Apple employees called Mission police station directly, wanting assistance in tracking down a lost item," the press release said.

"The two Apple employees met with the resident and then went into the house to look for the lost item," it said. "The Apple employees did not find the lost item and left the house."

The statement did not identify the item being searched for but the title of the document carried a tantalizing hint: iPhone5.doc.

A resident of the home, Sergio Calderon, 22, told SF Weekly that he has visited the bar where the phone was reportedly lost but he did not have the device. He said the search of his house took place in July.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Global 2011: 5 Products I Gladly Pay More For

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Being frugal isn't always sensible, at least not when you are spending extra money to replace the "bargain" item that doesn't work. I've found, in many instances, that it's counterproductive to buy the cheapest products, whether they're food, electronics, or clothing.

I am usually the queen of frugality. I make my own window solution with vinegar and water, re-use plastic baggies, and clip coupons. I still wear a classic wool skirt I bought in 1988 because intelligent purchases, I find, stand the test of time.

Here are the five purchases I am not afraid to spend more on, and how much I save by choosing quality and/or brand over price.

  1. Designer pocketbooks or wallets
  2. Health food and drinks
  3. Quality shoes
  4. Computers and cellular phones
  5. Kitchen appliances and tools

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Global 2011: How to ask a guy out

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There’s no easy way to phrase this without provoking a barrage of “What are you, crazy?” emails, but here’s my theory: By the time she hits 20, even the shyest, mousiest, most un-Katie-Holmes like woman has developed at least a rudimentary strategy for fending off (or responding to) unsolicited come-ons by eager guys. But unless a guy happens to look like Viggo Mortensen, he can persist well into his 40s without once having been — flatly, out of the blue — asked out on a date. (After that, the odds tend to shift, as those handsome, hard-driving captain-of-industry types die off or get married, resulting in a surplus of on-the-prowl single women. Have I offended anyone yet?)

Anyway, whatever the explanation, the fact is that single women are more accustomed to being asked out, and single guys are more accustomed to doing the asking — which means there’s not a lot of data out there about how men like to be approached for a first date. With an eye toward correcting this imbalance, here are my observations about the best way to hit on a guy, whether it’s someone you work with, someone you’ve met online, or someone you’ve just rear-ended at a busy intersection.

  • Be direct.
  • Be indirect.
  • Come up with a plan.
  • Don’t come on too strong.
  • Don’t over-plan.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Manila 2011: 5 Body Language Clues He Definitely Likes You

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No matter where you've met that great guy -- at a friend's party, a bar or even a blind date -- there's the million-dollar question you are dying to find out: Does he like me, or not? What if you could know for sure? His body language could be a dead giveaway.

Sign #1:
He flashes his brows and smiles when he sees you
Raised brows signal attraction: It's the universal sign of interest and it exists in every culture. In fact, some experts think it's the most recognized non-verbal sign of greeting used by humans. When we're attracted to someone, our eyebrows rise and fall subconsciously. And when the other person is similarly attracted, they raise their brows and smile in return. The whole exchange lasts less than a second, though, so it can be easy to miss unless you're looking out for it!

Sign #2:
He points his body towards you
If he's across the room, take a peek at his hands and feet: We tend to point toward the object of our desire subsciously. When we find someone attractive, we'll often point (with our hands, feet or toes) toward that person.

If you're engaging in a conversation with him sitting next to you, it's even easier to tell: If he leans slightly forward and keeps his shoulders and upper body squarely facing you, it shows that he's deeply interested in you and what you have to say.

Sign #3:
He gazes at your lips while you're talking
Our eyes have a body language all their own. A major telltale sign of how we feel about someone is our gazing pattern: When we look at acquaintances, like at business meetings, we keep our gazes at eye-level, focusing on the other person's eyes and the bridge of the nose.

With friends or someone we like, we hold our eye contact longer than usual and our gaze moves down to include the nose and mouth. And if he's romantically drawn to you, the look can further drop down to include parts of your body like the neck or shoulders. This type of intimate gaze conveys interest. It's as if he can't resist caressing the rest of your face and hair with his eyes, or he's imagining what it feels like to kiss you on the lips.

Sign #4:
His pupils widen and he blinks more when looking at you
The size of our pupils adjusts according to two things: Light and attraction. It's a biological reaction we cannot control. Secretly compare his pupils and another person's (like your girlfriend if she's sitting beside you) in the same surroundings. If we're looking at a person we like, our pupils will dilate, so will our blink rate. The reason: When we're excited, our body releases more adrenaline which results in dilated pupils and faster blinks -- the same physiological process that makes our heart pump faster and our knees weak!

Sign #5:
He laughs at just about everything you say
If his eyebrows remain slightly raised while you're talking, it signals that he finds you fascinating. Another obvious sign that he likes you a lot: He nods, smiles, laughs and agrees with just about everything you say, including the silly stuff. He's not just being cordial -- he's genuinely happy to be with you!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Manila 2011: What Men Find Sexy In Women

Woman with a "censorship costume" du...Image via WikipediaMen instinctively know a sexy woman when they see one, but what is it about a hot woman that oozes allure? These experts tell all about what's sexy to the male brain.

1. Dress
If you ask a man to pick out the sexiest dress on the rack, he'd probably reach for the skimpiest of the lot. Well, technically, he's right. But every woman wears a dress differently, and what looks sultry on someone else may not work well for you, or vice versa.

2. Lingerie
It's a scientific fact that men are visual creatures, says April Masini, author of Think & Date Like A Man, and one way to appeal to their visual side is lingerie.

3. Confidence
The thing that men (and women) find sexiest about the opposite gender is confidence, according to Shelly Hagen, author of The Everything Body Language Book. And this confident quality has nothing to do with beauty or looks.

4. Hair
A woman's hair is one of the sexiest female assets from a male perspective. And it doesn't matter whether you wear it straight or wavy, casually tousled or perfectly blown-dry -- men love your hair, and they love it long. "Socially, your hair is a cue that tells men about who you are," explains April Masini, author of Think & Date Like A Man.

5. High heels
Men's attraction to stiletto heels is undeniable, but heels are more about what a woman looks like in them than about the shoes themselves.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Manila 2011: Flirting Body Language Clues That Say You're Interested

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You've spotted that guy whom you find particularly attractive, someone you're interested in. And right now, what you want is the opportunity to get to know him, spend some time together, and determine whether he is really right for you. It's time to turn on the charm: Follow these nonverbal flirtatious moves and put them to good use!

Eye contact
It's been said that eyes are the windows to the soul. If you think about it, there are so many things your eyes can communicate to your partner – whether it's your spirit or your intent – without even saying a word. When two people first lay eyes on each other, they can instantly send and receive messages from the contact: Shy glances, cool assessment or even sexual interest. And when you gaze deeply into a guy's eye, you're actually transmitting the signal that you think he's the most fascinating person in the room.

Smiling is one of the most dynamic forms of body talk. When you smile at someone sincerely, you're telling the person that you're enjoying the time you are spending together. If he's interested in you, your smile also works to resassure him that he's done all the right things to leave a good impression!

Leaning toward him
Have you talked to someone and noticed the person leaning forward in his chair, and you felt like the person was really excited about what you had to say? That's because this forward-leaning gesture physically conveys interest and acceptance, say body language experts.

It's not just a human trait: Many animals, too, exhibit preening behavior in the presence of prospective mates in order to make themselves more attractive.

Mirroring his actions
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And mirroring, which simply means mimicking the other person's movements and gestures, is a big sign of attraction. When you alter your body language to mirror someone, such as leaning forward when he does, or raising your glass when he takes a sip from his drink, you're subconsciously trying to build rapport with him. It's amazing how quickly people respond to behavior that mimics their own.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Global 2011: 5 little-known ways to flirt

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When it comes to attraction, there may indeed be a little weird science involved. Seriously, how many times have you looked at a couple and said to yourself, Hmmm…how did a guy like that get a gal like her? Well, we’re not going to say we’ve found the magic elixir, but we did dig up some surprising secret ways men can effortlessly make themselves more attractive to the ladies.

We’re guessing that even if they don’t actually work for you personally, the extra confidence you’ll exude knowing you’ve got these stealth attraction tactics (i.e., “attractics”) in your arsenal may just help you land a date with that gal you’ve had your eye on.

Attractic #1: Wear red
Attractic #2: Eat celery
Attractic #3: Play romantic music
Attractic #4: Order a chocolate dessert
Attractic #5: Learn some dance moves

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Global 2011: Cheers to screams as jet from NY crashes in Guyana

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Flight 523 from New York had just touched down and passengers were applauding the pilot's landing in the South American country Saturday when something suddenly went wrong.

The Boeing 737-800 slid off the end of a rainy runway, crashed through a chain-link fence and broke in half just short of a deep ravine. Yet all 163 people on board survived.

Officials were starting to probe the cause of the crash even as they marveled at the lack of fatalities.

"We must be the luckiest country and luckiest set of people in the world to escape so lightly," said Health Minister Leslie Ramsammy, who said more than 30 people were taken to the hospital. Only three of those had to be admitted for a broken leg, bumps, cuts and bruises.

The Caribbean Airlines plane had left John F. Kennedy International Airport Friday evening and made a stop in Trinidad before landing in Guyana. The airline said it was carrying 157 passengers and six crew members.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Global 2011: Apple has more cash than the federal government

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As the BBC has reported, the software company Apple has more cash on hand than the United States federal government, according to the company's financial records.

Apple's quarterly financial report shows that the company responsible for the iPad, iPod and the iPhone now has $76.4 billion in reserve cash, while the Treasury Department is sitting on just $73.7 billion.

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Global 2011: 8 Taylor Swift vs. Blake Lively

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Here we go again, fashionistas! Country music singer Taylor Swift -- known for her pretty, girly garb -- and "Gossip Girl" actress Blake Lively -- who happens to be the current muse of Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld -- were both spotted wearing the same Tibi floral-print frock in slightly different shades this summer in NYC. The only question is ... who wore it better?

Taylor, 21, donned the dress in teal -- one of the season's trendiest colors -- while appearing at a New York radio station. The "Back to December" songstress completed her look with bow-adorned neutral shoes and a skinny metallic belt.

Meanwhile, Blake, 23, sported a cornflower blue version of the frock. Leonardo DiCaprio's reported leading lady accessorized with funky Charlotte Olympia leopard-print pumps and a green handbag as she promoted her movie "The Green Lantern" on "Today."

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Global 2011: 6 Health Secrets from Around the Globe

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From the Japanese to the Russians, the Greeks to the Kuna Indians of Panama, every culture has its own secrets to better health and longer life. These traditional remedies and practices—like drinking a calming herbal tea or cooking with a particular spice—might seem inconsequential, but researchers are discovering that these little things can make a world of difference. Try importing these six habits, all worth bringing home.

  • For a heart-healthy beverage, stir a touch of honey and a tablespoon of pure cocoa powder (flavonoids are often removed from processed powders) into a cup of warm milk.
  • Try to chew your food 20 times before you swallow. Slowing the pace of your eating makes it easier to recognize that 80 percent full feeling. 
  • Pick up the root at a natural foods store and use it to brew a cup of tea whenever you need to de-stress.
  • Cycle to work a few times a week, run errands on your bike, or just go for a joy ride. We know that 30 minutes of this kind of moderate physical activity at least three times a week can slash your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.
  • Incorporate more vegetable and chicken curry dishes into your diet—at least one a week. And go heavy on the turmeric.
  • If your work schedule doesn't allow you to pencil in a snooze, nap on weekends—every little bit helps.;_ylt=ApPEfgoBqF9PraDt8DwYLMlrbqU5

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Global 2011: 10 ways to keep cool at home without A/C

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Save energy this summer. It’s easy to keep your house cool without air conditioning. Employing a few basic environmentally friendly principals will help keep you cool and will help you save money.

1. Hot Air Out, Cool Air In
2. Windows
3. Be a Fan of the Fan
4. Turn Your Fan Into an Air Conditioner
5. What’s Hot in Your Home?
6. Electronics Are Hot, Too
7. Light Bulbs
8. Humidity
9. Insulate Your Attic
10. Landscaping

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Global 2011: How Young Is Too Young For Birth Control?

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Apparently, more and more teen girls are popping pills -- birth control pills, that is.

A Thomson Reuters study released this past March reported that 18 percent of girls ages 13 to 18 were on some form of oral contraceptive in 2009. These figures represent a 50 percent increase in birth control prescriptions since 2002 -- a mere seven years earlier.;_ylt=Aig.rvUh5EIKIXtZmhFIMA1qbqU5

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Global 2011: Men’s grooming habits that turn women off

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See the top ten offenses below.

1. Long, dirty toe nails.
2. Hair where it shouldn't be.
3. Mouth madness.
4. Unattractive smells.
5. Eyebrow issues.
6. Too much cologne.
7. Too much waxing.
8. Dry, cracked heels.
9. Hair that never moves.
10. Letting your blackheads live on.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Global 2011: Board Games

Board games like chess and backgammon trace back to ancient history, and are virtually unchanged over centuries. But a more recent best-seller, Clue, got a makeover for modern times.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Global 2011: Guy gets mad at girlfriend

Improper behavior exhibited in public by a guy to her girlfriend due to clothing.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Global 2011: Men Are Quicker to Drop the L-Bomb

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A couple of months ago I was chatting with a friend of mine about her new boyfriend, who she was – and still is – so blatantly madly in love with. The difference between then and now is that back then she refused to even utter those three little words and just tell him, "I love you."

I couldn't understand why she was waiting to tell him something she so obviously felt, but every time I asked, she'd just say, "I'm waiting for him to say it first." And sure enough, a few weeks later, he professed his love. Granted, it was at 1 AM at a dive bar on the upper east side, but that doesn't make it any less special.

To be honest, I was a little surprised that he was the first to break, being that most of the guys I know would never say "I love you" first... or so I thought. A new study in the journal of Personality and Social Psychology is changing everything I ever thought I knew about boys. On average, men considered saying "I love you" 42 days before women did.;_ylt=AmruFPLMNFKMG20ag5IoqiFZbqU5

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