Getting Out of the Friend Zone: When You Are In Love With Your Friend

Friends are great...

That is, until the moment you want to be something more and take your relationship to the next level.

Then it becomes the pits.

An inescapable death trap known only as the Friend Zone

Ask random friends about the Friend Zone, and metaphors break out like zits. One would say it is like an endless ride in an elevator.  You go up and down, but that's it.  You are stuck there forever.   One of your gamer friends would say it is like those impossible jumps in Super Mario - with the Friend Zone being that unsafe ledge you should never try to leave.  But my favorite point of comparison, spoken by a friend who'd been there (and been burned), says the friend zone is like being stuck in a quagmire (quicksand) .  The more you try to get out of it, the more you're stuck.

However different all these metaphors are, you may  notice that they all agree on one thing.  Getting out of the Friend Zone into the L Zone is hard. It is not safe to get out of the zone.

Should you be brain-dead enough to attempt the big escape, try the following. There are no guarantees these would work.  But then, hey, you may  make it out alive on the other side.

Decide if it's worth it.

Not to be all corny or anything, but friendship is a valuable thing.  It is also spider-web sensitive.  A wrong word here,  a careless brush of a hand there, and holy geez, it is gone.  Like it was never there at all.  You'll have to condition your mind for the worst.  In changing the parameters of the friendship, you might very well end up breaking it.  For.All.Time.  If you are going to cross the line, you have to promise yourself that you're not going to regret this.

Take advantage of your position.

Since you're going to trash it anyway, you might as well squeeze every last drop of advantage out of the friendship-namely, your closeness.  Being your crush's friend give you insider's knowledge on a ton of useful info: favorite color, pet peeves, ligaw- (courtship) style, musical preference, everyday goings-on, history with cockroaches...the list goes on and on.  Think of the endless years of creepy stalking you just saved yourself.  Plus, the fact that you're his friend means you can actually get to talk to him once in a while!

Stop being subtle...

Guys are like black holes: they suck, and they're made up of very dense matter.  So dense, in fact, that just when you think you're being obvious, you've just registered in their radar as subtle.  Parinig (indirect hints) and pa-cute  (trying to be cute) won't cut it.  You have to go for broke and start singling him out for some very special attention.  One of the most effective cues is to lightly touch his arm whenever you're both laughing together (just don't do this when he is saying a corny joke).  Nothing makes a guy more hyper-aware than sudden contact.  This is doubly effective if you're not known as touchy type.

...but don't come on too strong.

This is a friend we're talking about.  Not some guy you made eye contact with at a party.  Your mutual pals will also have some strong opinions-mostly unhelpful.  So, yeah, it is an indelicate mess that will require a delicate touch.  Just think of it this way:  Your friendship is like a China shop...and what you break is what you're going to pay for.  This might seem counter-intuitive to  not be subtle, but steps.  Take it slow.  Pull back every once in a while.  Find the balance.

Don't be afraid to make the first move.

Ultimately, though, the ball is in your court, and you're the one who's got to volley it out of the park.  You have to be the one to take the lead! And if you end up broken-hearted anyway, well, at least you tried.  So buck-up your courage and make the first move of asking him know, just the two of you...without your close friends  It could be a movie. It could be dinner.  It could be the start of something great.

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Fun Wedding Reception Music

A photo by photostock vi

I have been to a wedding ceremony out of town this week and it got me thinking. A lot of wedding receptions usually drag on, with the guests easily becoming bored and practically just waiting for the food to be served so that they can leave. 

One of the many ways a wedding reception can be entertaining with the guests wanting to stay because they are having fun is having great music.  People love the sizzling energy of a live music band playing, but also would like to hear their favorite music played by DJ’s doing their cool music thing from their dj stands from musicians friend.  The guests would totally love a live dance band along with music they love played by talented disc jockeys.
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The 10 Best Vitamins for Hair Regrowth

Hair loss can be triggered by a myriad of reasons ranging from genetics, underlying medical conditions, medications to vitamin deficiency. Therefore, if you are trying to recover lost hair, there are a couple of things that you can do in order to accelerate the process.
Hinging on the reason for your hair loss, there are a couple of vitamins that you can take which can stimulate fast hair growth. Then again, it is important to point out that some vitamins may work wonders for you while others may fail to give results. Listed below are the different types of vitamins that you can use to regrow lost hair:
Biotin is also commonly referred to as the hair vitamin. Biotin, which is the vitamin B7 is an essential vitamin as it helps in the generation of fatty acids as well as regeneration of damaged cells. Then again, there are several other benefits that vitamin B7 can provide your body with besides regrowth of lost hair. For instance, in addition to growing hair, biotin aids in strengthening the hair thereby preventing breakages. Lack of vitamin B7 in the body can result in loss of eyelashes plus eyebrows.
Vitamin B12
Lack of vitamin B12 not only leads to hair loss, but premature graying of your hair. Therefore, if you would like to prevent hair loss and regenerate lost hair, it is important that you enrich your diet with vitamin B12. Increased absorption of vitamin B12 in the body can be accelerated by taking vitamin C which is commonly found in citrus fruits like oranges and eating foods rich in iron, for example, liver.
Niacin is also commonly referred to as vitamin B3 and functions in enhancing blood circulation within your scalp. However, in order to achieve good results, you need to blend vitamin B3 with vitamin B7 (biotin).
Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient as it functions to strengthen your immune system. Enriching your diet with fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C will help in preventing brittle hair, premature graying and dry hair. Vitamin C can be found in most fruits and as such there is no need to take health supplements. Oranges are good sources of vitamin C. Eating 2-3 oranges per day will enable you to get the right amount of vitamin C needed to regenerate lost hair.
Vitamin E
Vitamin E is also a vital nutrient that you need to provide your body with in large quantities. Vitamin E is essential in regenerating damaged cells and growth of new blood vessels. Since you are keen on improving the circulation on your scalp thus reversing the effects of hair loss, it is important that you include vitamin E in your diet.
Vitamin D
Vitamin D functions in accelerating the absorption of calcium in the body. Calcium is a mineral that functions in ensuring the health of hair follicles. As is the case with vitamin C and E, vitamin D can be derived by eating certain foods such as fish.
Other minerals and vitamins that are essential for hair regrowth include Vitamin A, zinc and iron. While most of the vitamins mentioned herein can be obtained from the foods that you consume, it is possible to miss out on certain vitamins, especially if you are the kind of person who doesn’t prepare home cooked meals quite often. As such, you can still acquire the minerals and vitamins lacking in your food by buying health supplements. There are hundreds of online stores from which you can buy supplements from. Along with vitamins there are a lot of different herbs for hair growth, they’re safe and easy to use
Still, before purchasing health supplements,you need to consult your doctor since there are certain mineral and vitamin supplements that may contain components that are harmful to your health.
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Things My Mom Taught Me

"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside, I just finished cleaning!"

"You better pray that will come out of that carpet!"

"If you don't straighten up, I'll knock you into next week!" 

"Because I said so, that's why!"

"Make sure you wear clean underwear in case you're in an accident."

"Keep laughing and I'll give you something to cry about!"

"Shut your mouth and eat your supper!"

"Will you look at the dirt on the back of your neck?"

"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone!"

It looks like a tornado went through your room!" 

"If I yelled because I saw a meteor coming toward you, would you listen then?"

"If I told you once, I've told you a million times-don't exaggerate!"

"Stop acting like your father!"

"There are millions of less fortunate kids in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do!" 

And most of all.....

"I brought you into this world, I can take you out!"

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Signs He's Secretly In Love With You


You think he is just being mean and weird, but what if he actually has feelings for you? The following are signs he may secretly be in love with you:

(Obviously, this post is 50 shades of Salvatore.  Sorry...watched too much Vampire Diaries lately...)

1.  Like a true Knight in Shining Armor, he always comes to your rescue.  In fact, he calls himself "your trusty bodyguard, calm in crisis."  Whether he's threatening your younger brother to quit being a jerk or saving you from a member of "The Originals" who wants to sacrifice your blood to end a centuries-old curse, you can be sure that this boy's always got your back.

2.  He does a lot of lingering.  A LOT.  Which means he banks on the magic of convenience and proximity:  If he's always hanging around in your general vicinity, he'll always  be in the right place at the right time.  It's simple but brilliant.  So when you're in desperate need of a dance partner while your current date is off watching the NFL playoff, all you have to do is scan the place for his puppy dog gaze that screams, "Pick me! Pick me!"  Pretty clever, this one is.

3.  If you're in a relationship with another dude, he mutters passive-aggressive comments under his breath to make you question your current squeeze's love and devotion.  It won't get you at first, but because he's persistent and incredibly sneaky, you'll find yourself knee-deep in doubt sooner than you think.

4.  He pushes your current guy out of the picture-but never in an obvious way.  Aside from the aforementioned passive-aggressive comments, he will crack flirty jokes, make you feel uncomfortable every time you are alone in a room, and smolder at you inappropriately at the worst moments.

5.  He's defensive - very defensive.  If you confront him about his bizarre, confusing behavior and suggest that this must be a sign he has feelings for you, he will deny it.  When you tell him that he is in denial, he will get upset.  And when you call him out on why he's so upset if it's not even true in the first place, he will say something even more bizarre and confusing like, "Upset is an emotion specific for those who care."  Then he'll disappear into the night.  Great.

Of course, the fact that it's a secret kind of love means he's probably trying very hard too hide it - so you'll never really know unless he tells you outright (and even then, he has the power to compel you to forget what you just heard).  Also the Vampire Diaries is not real life, okay, but do you have a Damon Salvatore hanging out there somewhere?

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McCafe Espresso Clock

Coffee Lovers, Unite! 

You are all invited to McDonald's during Espresso 'Clock and discover the rich, bold flavor of McCafe Premium Espresso Coffee for FREE!


Just purchase any meal (2pc or 3pc Breakfast Meal, Regular Value Meal or McSavers Meal) on May 6-10, 2013 from 9:00-10:00 am and 3:00-4:00 pm and you are entitled an option to upgrade your meal drink for FREE to:

Small (8oz.) McCafe Cappuccino from 9:00am - 10:00am
Medium (12oz.) McCafe Iced Mocha from 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Some Reminders:

The 2 offers cannot be interchanged.
The FREE upgrade is not available beyond the specified time.
The FREE upgrade is not applicable to Happy Meals.

The offer will run from May 6 to 10, 2013 in SELECT stores through dine in and take out and must be availed upon ordering.

Participating Stores:

Gateway Mall
Petron South
Gen Luna
Pioneer Reliance
Amang Rodriguez
Governor Forbes
Antipolo Circumferential
QA Banaue
Ayala IT Park
QA Garcia
Quad 3
Baguio Bonifacio
Iligan San Miguel
Quezon Avenue
Baguio Insular
BF Southpark
Blue Ridge
Laguna Bel-Air
RFC Molino
Robinson's Galleria
BQ Mall Bohol
Las Pinas
Robinsons Malate
BSU Malolos
Lipa Ayala
Rockwell Ortigas
San Fernando
C5 Metropolis
Makati Ave
Shell Emerald
Marcos Hi-Way Antipolo
Shell Macapagal
Cainta Poblacion
Marcos H-Way
Caltex SLEX
Marikina Prodigy
Sto Tomas
Market Market
Capas Tarlac
Subic Bay Ayala
Carmen Pangasinan
Subic Bay Gateway
Cebu Escario
MDC 100
Sucat Palanyag
Cebu Jones
Naga Magsaysay
Sumulong Antipolo
Cebu Southroad
Nepo Mart
Sumulong Balanti-San Isdro
New Congressional
CSI Lucao
New Molino
Tagaytay Olivarez
Tagaytay Taal
Davao Sta Ana
Newport Mall
Tarlac Hiway
Dumaguete Perdices
North Ave
Timog Tobias
Northgate Fastbytes
Tomas Morato
Edsa IT
Tycoon Center
Edsa Panay
One E Commerce
UST Parking Deck
El Pueblo
Ortigas Ext Cainta
Forbes Town Center
P. Campa
Vito Cruz
Fort Boni 32nd St
Paseo Center
Frontera Verde
People Support
Worldwide Corp Center
Fuente Osmena
Petron North

Per DTI-NCR Permit No. 2507 Series of 2013
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5 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Me

Things you ought to expect from the guy who asked you out.

1. He shouldn't talk during the movie.  No one, but no one, should talk during the movie.

2. He should foot the bill.  Save the Dutch treat offers for the third date onwards. (But bring cash just   to be safe.)  

3. He should take the seat facing the wall.  Because if you catch him checking out other girls while eating, bye-bye second date.

4. He should respect your space.  If he tries to find mirror floor fountains and  attempts to hold hands beside those fountains, he should wait till you're ready.

5. He should be decisive.  If he is going to kiss you on the cheek when you say goodbye, he should just do it and get it over with.  Hanging with his lips half-pursed and his face half-tilted makes him look, well, dumb.
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Get Fit while Having Fun With Zumba!

Mambo, salsa, samba, cha cha.  Just some of those Latin dance forms that have taken the world by storm in the past decades (and some of the "Modern Dances" we have to do in my college Phys. Ed. class). 

In recent years came Zumba.  With over 20,000 instructors in various countries around the world, it is an understatement to say that this new dance craze is creating a global stir.

With its slow and fast rhythms, Zumba combines South American and Carribean musical styles like salsa, mambo, merengue, samba, chacha, tango, among others.  There are hints of belly dancing and hiphop music as well.  Indeed, the world's newest dance craze provides a unique atmosphere perfect for letting your hair down.

I love doing the Zumba.  It does not make my heart beat so fast like my circuit trainings, but it does make me smile even while I huff and groove and jive to the Zumba beats.

Zumba is  a feel-happy workout.  You won't even feel like you are working out because you are having so much fun.  I personally can do it for hours if I can (just kidding)!  And oh, it is best if you go to a Zumba class.  It is like a party!  I have tried doing Zumba on my own (using Beto Perez' DVD and XBox Kinect's Zumba Fitness), but it is never the same.  

Zumba Origins

Call it serendipity or happy accident, but Zumba began in the 1990s in Colombia.

Aerobics teacher Alberto "Beto" Perez was on his way to class one day when he realized he forgot his aerobics tapes.  Instead of driving all the way back to the house to get them, he settled with the tapes he kept in his car, consisting of his Latin and merengue music.  He brought them to class and improvised steps for his students.  Surprisingly enough, the idea grew and became a huge success.

Health Wonders of Zumba

Zumba is a high-energy and very effective cardio workout that provides resistance training.  Simply by just grooving to the Latin beats for an hour, you can lose up to 800 calories.  You can also tone your muscles, improve your posture and yes, finally have those six-pack abs (mine has been hiding in years under a big fat blob!)!  

The best thing about it?  Zumba practically lifts your spirits and well-being.  It makes you smile, melts your worries, and gives you a more rockin' positive attitude.

Healthy Heart, Happy Disposition, Fierce Fit Bod?  You can have all of this!  Go Zumba!

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