Cinema Etiquette

Everybody loves watching movies; it’s one of those things you can do to relax, and enjoy yourself. The cinema, then, can be one of the best and most enjoyable places to be in, until you come across someone who doesn’t know that there are some unwritten rules in place. These are the things you shouldn’t do when inside a cinema.

•Ask all the questions
To be fair, there are times when you couldn’t hear what the main character said, or you sneezed and realize you just missed a major reveal, so you have to ask your friend what happened. But if you ask all possible questions while the movie is playing (i.e. “Who’s that?” “Why are they fighting?”), you’re going to annoy everyone in the cinema. Just watch the movie, and all your questions will be answered.

•Put your phone on maximum brightness
We get it! Sometimes, you have to check your phone. You could be waiting for an important text, or seeing if your parents are wondering where you are, and it’s fine to glance at your phone every now and then, but PLEASE, make sure that your phone’s brightness is on low so that you don’t blind the people behind, and beside you.

• Put your feet up on the chair in front of you
It’s perfectly acceptable to get comfortable in the cinema; just try not to get too comfortable. You are, after all, still in a public place, and not at home. Do not, under any circumstance, put your feet up on the chair in front of you! It’s very rude!Think of the people who will be sitting on that chair in the next showing!

• Spoil the movie
It’s fun to discuss the movie right after you’ve finished watching, but make sure not to do it as you’re walking out of the cinema and when there’s a queue of people lining up for the next showing. Spoilers are horrible, and you don’t want to ruin the movie for others. (Imagine if you found out that Darth Vader was Luke’s father before you saw The Empire Strikes Back!)
Remember, the cinema is fun, but make sure that it’s not just fun for you, but for everyone else as well.


S/he’s Actually into You

Let’s set things straight: both guys and girls are complicated when it comes to relationships. Don’t worry! You’re not alone in trying to decipher the signals that crushie is giving you, but if you want to know if crushie is really into you? Read up!

So you’ve been talking to this guy/girl for about a month now and things seem to be going well. You’ve already imagined how your first date is going to turn out, what you’re going to wear – the whole shebang. And then, ‘lo and behold, they post a photo with their significant other on their social media.

That’s okay! We’ve all been there before but we’ve got to admit that it’s often difficult to tell if a person really likes you. Here are guaranteed signs that you can easily pick up on to tell if s/he’s actually into you.

The Eyes
Is s/he constantly making eye contact with you? That’s good! When s/he hold your gaze for a few seconds, it pretty much guarantees that there’s at least an interest there.

The Touch
Is his/her hand always on your shoulder? Does s/he lightly nudge you in the arm? Does s/he randomly give you hugs? Bes, I think we can safely say that they’re into you. (So please, touch them back so they know that you’re interested too!)

The Friends
If you’re out with a group of their friends, make sure to observe them because as any good group of friends would do, they’ll make sure to tease their buddy if s/he’s hanging out with the person s/he is interested in!

Keep an eye out for the signs, people!


Meet the Parents – and Other Scary Situations

There are several memorable moments in any relationship – and meeting your partner’s parents is definitely one of them. If you want to know how to make a good impression, we’ve got a few tips for you.

Relationships are like walking on a tight rope – it’s a lot of fun and thrilling but it’s also pretty terrifying. And yes, it takes an extreme amount of effort to get to the other side, and we’re here to help you cross that tight rope to the sound of wedding bells, and happily ever afters. So keep reading!

The Check
This is particularly tricky on the first date. Do you keep the age-old tradition of letting the guy pay first? Or does the person who proposed the date pay? Or, to be square, do you each just pay for what you ordered? Simply talk it out once the bill arrives and calmly discuss among yourselves your preferred way of paying for tonight’s check!

Your First Fight
The first fight is truly frightening because it’s like the person you’re dating is changing form right on front of your eyes when you’ve only ever known them as happy and accommodating. Always remember to keep your cool though, and do your best not to say anything that guarantees an end to your relationship.

Meeting the Parents
Ahh, here we are, the most terrifying part of any relationship: meeting the parents whose opinion of you could weigh more than gold. Make sure to do the following: Dress appropriately; bring a gift for the parents; flatter the mom about how well she raised her child, and absolutely no PDA.

Best of luck in all your relationship struggles, guys! Make sure to work hard on ‘em, and you’re bound to be your friends’ #RelationshipGoals.


It’s Time to Get Serious with You

Are you breaking up? Or are you taking things to the next level? Sometimes, words can be tricky and you end up going out of your mind trying to figure out what your significant other means. Worry not, for we’re here to help decipher them.

So you’re at a fancy restaurant, and you’ve had a pretty great dinner with your significant other; S/he orders some dessert and offers to pay the bill. While waiting, s/he takes your hand, looks you dead in the eye and say, “It’s time to get serious. Let’s talk.” Do you: (a) freak out? (b) square your shoulders and prepare for the worst? or (c) flee the room, never to be seen again?

In this scenario, your significant other is either going to break up with you, or propose to take your relationship to the next level (whether that’s moving in, getting married, or adopting a pet together). Clearly, it’s hard to understand given the wording used, but if you’ve been keen in your relationship, you’ll be able to tell if s/he’s dumping you, or not.

Break-up: They’ve been distant.
It’s a slow, but sure sign that your significant other is about to break up with you. You may not notice it, but there’s a lot less texting, and IM-ing going on, and if the dinner conversation has been awkward and forced, then brace yourself.

Next level: They’re getting sentimental.
If they’re spending a good amount of time flipping through photos of the two of you, or constantly reminiscing about the fond memories you’ve shared over the past years, then a proposal of some sort is bound to happen soon.
Break up: They’re always on their phones.
Now, this may not mean that they’re cheating on you, per se, but their interest is definitely not with you. If they prefer to be constantly on their phones rather than conversing with you, something is really wrong.

Next level: They’ve been asking about your family.
Are they making plans that involve your family? Or they’ve been asking what your parents or siblings have been up to? If they are, then don’t worry, things are looking good! Your S.O. feels comfortable enough with your family to talk to you about them.

Whether it’s a good or bad kind of “serious” s/he wants to get with you, make sure you keep a level head. #JRPArtOfThePitch

3 Solutions for your resolutions

Solutions for Your Resolutions.

Everyone makes New Year’s Resolutions at the start of the year, but not everyone sticks to them. Want to know how to keep at your resolutions? We’re here to show you.

Everyone makes resolutions during the new year, but only a few people actually follow them through the end of the year. There seems to be something about New Year’s resolutions that make them seemingly impossible to continue as the year progresses. If you really want to change in the new year, we’ve got a few solutions for your New Year’s Resolutions.

Keep them simple.
Your resolution might be a complete overhaul of your lifestyle (i.e. going vegan), and while it may seem like a great idea, you’re most likely just going to end up disappointing yourself. Make your resolutions simple, perhaps, instead of going all-out vegan, you can vow not to eat chicken for the year.

Chunk them out.
Break down your goals, to easier, more manageable chunks. The more planning it is you do, the more will-power you’ll have to see the goal through, and the more likely it is for you to accomplish your goals by the time the year ends, or maybe even before that.

Make a time frame.
Your time frames are more or less the barometer of your success. Slowly, but surely, you assess a short-term goal, that when merged together, starts to form your long-term goal. Meeting your own personal deadlines will feel good and motivate you to continue on with your resolution.

Treat yourself.
In your planning a resolution, make sure to include some time for you to treat yourself for achieving your goals, even if they may seem small. Just try not to overdo it because you may end up just treating yourself and not actually working on your resolution.
Change is often good, so make some good changes this new year and work hard on being a happier, healthier, and better you!