How To ‘Wing’ Any Task, Every Single Time

You may have, unbeknownst to you, done this a few times in your life already, but how do you go about actually ‘winging’ certain tasks? What situations do you have to be in to ‘wing’ them? What does ‘winging’ even mean?

To ‘wing it’ is to simply perform well at something you otherwise have little or no skill to accomplish. Some classic examples could be doing a talk on a topic you don’t really know about or playing a sport you’ve had no training at whatsoever (thank your genes).

Winging things in life has its perks, and I’ve definitely had some great experiences with it. I’ve winged so many tests at college, winged reports, winged interviews, meetings I’ve had at work, and even some tasks I’ve never done (but have heard about a few times). While I always recommend being prepared for anything, there are times when you need to wing yourself out of (or into) situations.

Winging things can only be successful if you’re confident you can get away with it.Confidence is key here. You’ll need to know how to keep eye contact, modulate your voice that’ll make you sound believable (if you’re doing a speech or something similar), use body language to exude power (link to my article), and hold yourself as someone with the authority to be doing that specific task. It will also help if you’re a wide reader

Now, a question usually posed to me is this: Isn’t ‘winging’ lying or deceiving other people? Personally, I don’t think so. Deception is often intentional, while winging is having to improvise when you’re left with no other choice. If you’re suddenly put in a position where you’ve got zilch time to prepare, there’s no other choice than to wing it.

I remember having to wing a debate in college, about whether or not sleeping with the lights on is better than sleeping with the lights off. Our team had very little time to prepare, if at all, and in the end, after looking my classmates square in the face as I refuted the statements of the other party (we were assigned the ‘lights on’ position by the way), we won. Scientifically, sleeping with the lights off provides more benefits, but because our team spoke with such confidence, we managed to steer the audience our way.

Also, back in Oman (a country 4 hours away from Dubai where I spent three years after high school in), I had to play bowling with some friends from church. I didn’t say I had zero experience ‘cause they might not give me the time of day, but once I got into it, I started getting the hang of holding the bowling ball and ‘steering’ it where I needed it to go. After a few hours, I felt like I had been bowling all my life. No one knew I’d never bowled before too, and I got away with it. Not only did I spend such a great time with friends, but I learned how to bowl just by observing others doing it.

Another example of winging something is going to a meeting unprepared but still providing input into the conversation. Sometimes, I have no idea what we’re talking about but then I hear a word or two that gives me a hint and I go for it. It works out all the time for me. In this case, the key is being attentive to the words being exchanged. You pick up hints when you do, and using these little keywords, you try to inject related items until you understand what you’re meeting about fully. Call it luck during the first go, but if this happens often, it’s no longer just that. It’s winging it.

It takes practice to be great at this. You might feel awkward and very self-aware when you try it for the first time, but as you are pushed to keep doing it, it’ll get easier. Like I mentioned before, I’ve been winging things since my school days (which I’m sure you have done too), making me look so prepared all the time and knowledgeable about a lot of things. Believe me - I don’t know everything. Hell, I’ve winged conversations I had no knowledge about, but people still saw me as sort of an expert on it after. 

When was a time you winged something? How was the experience?

3 Ways To Make Client/Designer Relationships Work

So you’ve got a client, and you’re very excited to get started on your project. The first few stages roll out fine, but you notice your relationship becoming quite strained. You find yourself wanting to speak with your client less and less, and you just want the project to be done with. You may have finished the job, but how did your relationship with your client fare?

This dynamic could be very powerful if handled correctly, and it doesn’t require a magician to keep things running smoothly between designers and clients. What does it take to make this relationship (or any other relationship, in fact) work at top condition?

1. Communicate continuously.

As a Designer, when you’ve got the green light to start working, that doesn’t mean you speed up so fast there’s no time for pit stops. I get it - you’re a free spirit whose creativity shouldn’t be confined to a box, but you’re 50% responsible for delivering the project as best you can. You’re part of a team of yourself and your client. Be open to your client and make sure you’re both on the same page. Keep each other in the loop of whatever developments happen. That doesn’t mean staying connected 24/7 of course, but major movements need to be reported.

As a Client, giving the designer a green light doesn’t mean you can just sit back and give the whole task solely in the hands of your employed worker. Yes, while the whole point of you getting someone to work on it was for you to be able to relax and be worry-free, you handle 50% of the success of the relationship too! Staying in the loop allows you to work on developing the project together, making necessary adjustments that will benefit both you and the designer. 

Lack of communication often leads to misunderstandings, causing “I told you so’s” and generally a sour relationship between both parties. Instead of having an awesome project which you both can be proud of, either one or both of you may feel cheated or feel they’ve wasted time on it. Most problems come from the fact that there was no communication in the duration of the project, and the expectation that the ‘designer should know what to do’ or the lament that ‘the client wasn’t very clear about what the next developments will be’, could’ve been avoided altogether.

2. Set expectations.

While we’re on the subject of expectations, I’d like to say that it’s better to set these before the project even begins, and the more detailed, the better. I’m sure you already know this, but setting expectations help put milestones on the map, and both parties are then able to see the roadmap more clearly. Expectations help make the blueprint of the whole engagement - you know what’s expected of you as a designer, you are clear on what you need from the designer as a client, and anyone can look back on that list further down the timeline and not get lost in terms of what they need to deliver. 

As someone who’s been doing professional freelance design work for 4-5 years now, I’ve experienced clients who have no idea what they should expect, and in this case, it’s our role as designers to educate them. This will make things easier for us ‘free-spirited’ people, because once we’re clear on each others’ expectations, only then can we actually use our creativity to execute it as we see fit. 

When we do video or voice calls over Skype (most clients are foreign employers) and they finish giving a very vague brief of what they want done, I go over what they’ve mentioned. An example would be if someone wanted an animated video done, ‘with pictures and a character in it’, I go back and ask what they mean. Is it a video that’s 2D, or 3D? What’s their general idea of “pictures with a character”, and so on. More often, all they want is an infographic with “moving pictures”, and not a fully animated character. Again, we go back to item number one - communicate

3. Understand where both parties are coming from.

We tend to get impatient with others who don’t understand what we’re saying, and that happens even in normal conversations, right? More so in this dynamic. Often, clients who want some design work done have no idea how to call something so trivial to us, and we involuntarily widen the gap between us and the client by perceiving them as idiots. We’ve got to understand that they didn’t study Fine Arts or get a degree in Design to learn the jargon. They wouldn’t know the difference between “raster” and “vector” images even if they went to the best University in the country. It’s not their chosen discipline.

This is the same for us designers. If we’re employed by a businessman, we also wouldn’t know jargon related to their field. If they looked like idiots to us for not knowing Color Theory, we’ll look like idiots to them for not knowing simple business terminology. We’ve all got our strengths, and the reason why they come to us for design help is because they know we know what we’re doing. We also go to other professions for help in their related areas, like a doctor or a veterinarian for example. 

Patience goes a long way in making relationships work, and that applies to the work dynamic too. Don’t get tired of interacting with your client or your designer. The more you start getting fed up by the other, that emotion will rub off on them. It’s a cycle, really. Be more understanding of each other’s short comings. Give it time, as long as that time doesn’t hurt the deadline. 

Have you ever experienced anything like this in your career? How did it go? How did you make your relationship work?

Body Language: Exuding Confidence

In a room full of people, it's always beneficial to have the upper-hand. You get to control your response and other people's response to you, charm them and make you believe whatever you say, and practically trust you with their lives.

Some use this to take advantage of people in a negative context, but today, I want to show you how you can use these tips positively, whether during a deal meet, a lunch date, or at an office setup.

What are Non-Verbals?

Non-verbal communication includes pitch, speed, tone and volume of voice, gestures and facial expressions, body posture, stance, and proximity to the listener, eye movements and contact, and dress and appearance.

In simple terms, it's how you present yourself to other people without having to say anything. It's the art of showing power/authority or intent to others using your physical features.
Here are some non-verbals which may be useful to you (if done right):

Be aware of your hands.

What you do with your hands during a situation says a lot about your confidence. An example would be keeping your palms facing down from behind a desk, which shows a high level of personal confidence. To not look too overbearing, show your palms once in a while.

Psychology tells us that exposing the palms speak of a character that is quite subordinate or lacking authority compared to someone who keeps their palms downwards. This is said to signal confidence and certainty in one's self.

Get in their 'space'.

It's not about making the other person feel uncomfortable - rather, it's making them feel you're approachable and willing to step forward. By meeting others in their space, you're telling them, "I'm present, I'm currently acting in-the-moment". Shake their hand and step forward. Don't wait for it to happen the other way around. Doing this will show your control of the situation.

Stay still, physically.

If you want to exude confidence, stand your ground and keep still. Obviously, people who are frantic or nervous can be hyperactive or fidgety. Nothing shows courage and assurance by being physically calm.

A lot of us move our heads around when we speak, but if the head is still or moved slowly, that person speaking exudes an air of authority, seriousness, and confidence. If one constantly looks around with a darting eye or have quick head movements, it indicates that one is under threat or is of a lesser status or rank.

Have good body posture.

Sometimes, being the most powerful person in the room requires more than looking good in a suit or dress. Often, it's about how you hold yourself - quite literally. To be confident, stand stall and don't slouch, look at the people you're speaking to in the eye, and keep your hands relaxed. Fidgeting with you hair or your clothes can make you look bored or insecure, which we don't want.

There are heaps more non-verbals you can look into, but the ones I mentioned will help you get started. I do seminars/workshops on Body Language, so if you're interested in scheduling a session with me for you or for your team, shoot me an email at :)

Let me know if you need more series like this on self-improvement, and what topics you'd like me to cover. I'd be more than happy to oblige. 

The Ultimate Squarespace Review

You've heard about it, but haven't really gotten around to looking it up. Maybe you've tried the trial, but just didn't seem to find enough reason to migrate from your current platform to Squarespace. Whatever your reservations, I completely understand. After all, I was in the same position three months ago, when I seriously started considering moving everything to Squarespace. 

If you're truly considering the move, I suggest you keep reading, 'cause I will be detailing my reasons for moving and staying with Squarespace as much as I can. Basically, here are some points I'll be covering for this series:
  • Why I got to trying Squarespace in the first place
  • What's so enticing about Squarespace
  • How much you'll be spending every month
  • Why Squarespace is (or isn't) worth the money
  • Analytics, Ads, & SEO
  • Is Squarespace as user-friendly as it says it is
So, buckle up and let's dig in.

Squarespace - beauty and ease in one. I first came to discover this platform around 5-6 years ago, when blogging was just beginning to boom. At that time, I was already on Blogger and was quite content under a subdomain and your standard HTML themes (which I often tweaked to make my blog look more personal).

Wordpress wasn't making much noise back then, but I viewed it as excessive for my needs, and under a price which I couldn't pay for, being a student and all. Fast forward 6 years later and you've got plenty more places to blog on. Wordpress has become the go-to CMS, with every other platform having their own specialty in terms of content. What's great about all this is that each CMS is selling you their services, trying to offer more than the competition. 

What took me so long to try out Squarespace?

Thing is, I was a broke-ass kid. Even before, Squarespace was the premium CMS everyone wanted to be on, but very few could afford. Aside from financial implications, I swore by Blogger, and was quite content with everything. Sans all the explanation, I really had no money to afford being on Squarespace.

Why did I decide to finally try it out?

One, I finally had the budget. Two, I wanted to test the waters (and what I was possibly missing) on the premium part of town. Three, I became really attracted to minimalism and photo-centric themes. Four, I noticed so many great reviews about Squarespace that I couldn't stay away. I've been blogging on Blogspot since 2009 and have tried Tumblr & Wordpress while at it. Honestly speaking, I was kinda getting pretty bored.

The First Month

The most exciting part about trying out something new is discovering what features are available. I spent a good one and a half weeks getting used to the settings, features, themes, and blogging system (which I am now incredibly fond of). As I did, I began formulating the brand I'd be giving this probable new site, its contents, and how I want it to look like.

Since Squarespace gives every potential customer a 14-day free trial, I was really able to test and simulate a regular "blogging session" under it. I must say, at the end of that period, I was no longer really struggling about whether I wanted to make a home here.

The Cost

The only other problem was the cost. For the basic, personal tier, it'll cost you $12 (paid annually, totaling $144 for one year) or $16 (paid monthly). Those figures go up quite higher if you want to go for a business or online store package, with more features for larger-scale companies.

That doesn't include a custom email, which costs $5 more (under G Suite). It also doesn't include your domain, which costs $20 for one year of registration. Taking all that into consideration, you'll have to pay a total of $37 for the first month, then $17 for the succeeding months. In peso, that's Php 1,837 for the first month, then Php 844/month afterwards, waymore expensive than just getting your domain & hosting from a provider like GoDaddy or iPage

Of course, if budget isn't an issue, I'd say stop reading this blog and go right ahead. I highly recommend Squarespace if money isn't an issue for you. If you still haven't decided, please keep reading. :)

The Satisfaction Level

The first month, I didn't really feel like it was worth it, but since I already invested for the domain, hosting, email, and researching about new articles I wanted on here, I really had no choice. It would all go to waste if I decided to quit after a month. So, I just closed my eyes and kept paying for everything.

The Third Month

Fast forward two months later and I am so thrilled and happy I didn't decide to quit. Sure, it's very costly to maintain, but I've managed to find ways (side jobs) to earn additional money via this blog. I've started using it as a portfolio for online writing gigs, and it's paid-off.

My satisfaction level has increased, especially after I decided to look into the Analytics Squarespace has built-in. I've also taken advantage of the apps they have on the App Store to help you manage posts and see statistics on your iPad. 

An Observation on Ads

Now, I've gotten used to Wordpress and Blogger, and how easy it is to add plugins or added functionalities to personalize my blog. That includes placing ads on your blog and making money out of it.

I've figured out that Squarespace isn't as ad-friendly as I expected it to be, and there are also complications when it comes to injecting 3rd-party codes. I guess that's just because Squarespace was designed to be (and look) premium, and that means no ads, no other intrusive codes that will junk up its blueprint, and any other functions that might clutter your blog.

I haven't been a fan of placing ads on my blogs, even when I was on another platform ( I still am keeping a personal blog with its own domain on Blogger). So it really wasn't such a huge deal for me when I couldn't add advertisements on my blog. If it is for you though, be prepared to do a little research for help in setting up ads (which aren't 100% guaranteed to work). 

Posts, Photos, & Other Content

I truly, truly love how Squarespace deals with the content. They've updated recently and added additional settings for photos, as well as the others. In Squarespace, content can be placed via Content Blocks, each layout tailored for the specific type of post. Here is a list of content blocks you can insert into your blog post and pages.

They've got almost everything you really need to compose your post or layout your page. As I said previously, they've updated the image section with Image Layouts, a pretty nice addition to an already nice toolbox.

I can equate this set of features to Wordpress' plugin library. You've got features to insert music, customize how it looks, insert a summary of posts (either by category or other filters), add newsletter/sign-up forms within the post with very little effort, add menus, product views, maps, calendars - just everything really that would have been quite complicated under other blogging platforms. 

Squarespace's content blocks have really made me aware of what content I can place into my posts. It's also really cool that each content block follows your theme's aesthetics. This means a uniform, polished look across your whole site. No more need for tweaking 3rd-party apps to fit your theme. Squarespace has made it easy to achieve an elegant look for all your pages and posts. 

Drag & Drop (WYSIWYG)

I know Wordpress has this feature as a plugin that is either free or that you pay for, and it's sweet that Squarespace has made it really easy. If you want to rearrange your post exactly how you want it, you just drag the block around and place it where you want. You can resize blocks, too, by dragging its edges.

(I'm really trying to sell Squarespace to you, aren't I? Haha. Well, I'm just sharing my joy over being on Squarespace.)

Whew, that was a long-ass post right there. If you've got any questions you'd like to ask to help you decide, please leave a comment and I'll get back to you as soon as I'm able. Let me know how I can help make the move easier for you if ever and you know, just general support.

If you need more sections added to this little guide/review, tell me and I'll write about it. 'Til then, have fun!

App Review: Sleep Orbit

Hello everybody! So today, I'll be talking about an app I recently downloaded on the App Store called 'Sleep Orbit', and according to the developers, it's a 'unique 3D sound concept' that'll help you relax and/or sleep through layered sounds. 

I recorded a short review video for you, so you can really experience the sounds before you download the app. (Earphones recommended!)

Helpful links/ASMR sources:
App Download for iOS | Android

There you go, I hope you guys will want to download the app and try it out for yourself. I'll update if I ever decide to go Pro with the app. 'Til then, I'll be confined to my little orbits of ASMR goodness. 

Review: Arabica Coffee Shop & Resto

After tasting some genuine Arabic food then having to come back to the Philippines and not be able to get that same taste is frustrating. I rarely get to go food-tripping here with all that’s happening in my personal life, but I am so thankful people at work recommended I try out Arabica, a small Arabic-themed (and owned) restaurant/coffee shop near Magsaysay Avenue. 

Prior to coming, I’d been telling my workmates how much I was yearning for some hummus; it was practically a need at that point for some reason. By the time I finally went with the fam the following Saturday, my expectations had elevated.

The shawarma we used to buy in Oman usually cost OMR 1.5 if I remember correctly, so converted to peso, it’s Php150. It’s cheap at Php 70 so I had no second thoughts getting one for me and my brother (mom has never liked Shawarma because of the smell, haha). We also got a plate of pita bread and some hummus (oh yeess).

(Sorry for the photo quality - I only had my iPhone with me.)

Now, the taste. Mom asked the waitress if the shop was authentic Arabic cooking, and according to the lady, they only served authentic Arabic food and that the cook was either Arabic himself or well-trained. After a bite of the Shawarma and a dip into the hummus, I can definitely say that Arabica is 70% genuine.

The Shawarma almost tasted the same with the fries and veggies, but I couldn’t taste any garlic sauce in the mix. The consistency of the sauce was also very runny, and would often drip from the end of the wrap. While that doesn’t affect my rating much, I wasn’t expecting it to be so runny, haha. 

As for the hummus, it was also almost the same, though they could’ve added more flavor. I’m quite sure measured chick peas, tahini, and the right amount of sesame paste would’ve made this 100% awesome. I think it’s 65% accurate. 

So yeah, I haven’t tasted their other Arabic food items, so I can’t speak for the authenticity of the others (perhaps an updated post soon?). All I know is that Arabica satisfied my cravings more than I expected. 

Before our orders came. Not the happiest, most satisfied I’ve been haha.

Oh yeah, my mom got a cappuccino at an Arabic restaurant. Not sure how to feel about that, but okay. 

Visiting Arabica was a Saturday well-spent. If you’re ever in Naga and get the urge to grab some Arabic food for lunch or whatever, I suggest trying out Arabica. It’ll help satisfy most of your cravings, haha. 

The Time I Talked About Project Management

There's always, always something more to life. Why waste yours by limiting yourself to what you already know? This has always been something I've believed in, and after realizing people could be happier and be more positive if they felt good about themselves, I made it one of my goals to help others realize their potentials and be able to take initiative.

I've said it before, but I'll say it again: "Your life is your legacy. Design it." If you can't control what happens in your life, at least be able to control your response and how you'll see it.

Because of this, it was a huge pleasure to have been able to conduct a mini seminar/talk for Ateneo de Naga's youth leaders for their LeaderShape Program last February 26, 2017 (sorry I only got to blog about it now!).

With the Atenean leaders. Photo © LeaderShape Organizers

While I haven't been managing projects for years, I've been given tasks (and still being given) that require skills about Project Management, from dealing with people, to scoping, to getting a knack for what a client wants from you when they approach, and more.

It was an intimate group, perfect for the topic and focusing on each student-leaders' struggles with managing their teams, organizations, and projects in general. After discussing the Triple Constraints, hiring people, and all the technical things, we proceeded to talk about body language in Project Management.

As much as knowledge is the key to pulling through a project, so is body language when closing deals and keeping a good relationship between you and the client. Since Theory is not an effective educator in itself, I employed the help of Activity to make sure they get the whole picture.

Before I had them split into pairs and take on the roles of client and project manager, I asked them to give me a demo of how they would approach clients in a meeting, and it was super fun, haha. Afterwards, I talked about proper body language and how to assert authority over clients who would otherwise belittle the other.

All in all, the 3-hour session was super fun for me, and hopefully for my attendees as well. I would gladly do something like this if I was ever tapped to do it again.

Finally, we struck their LeaderShape symbol, signifying that the workshop was done. It was such a wonderful experience for me, and an attendee even approached me when I went back to Ateneo the following day, telling me she appreciated the talk and that she learned a lot from it. Felt kilig immediately after, because the fact that I was able to affect at least one... it's amazing.

We're all for self-improvement, and loving it. I'm also holding a Blogging 101 Workshop on May 20, in line with my mission. Register here: :)

Review: The Kylie Lip Kit (True Brown K)

A little background

Ever since it came out, the Kylie Lip Kits have become super popular and a must for most beauty gurus all over the world. I'm pretty sure this doesn't need an introduction, but for the guys reading (and some ladies too, hehe), this is a brand by Kylie Jenner, member of the Kardashian clan. She sells her products by taking selfies of herself on IG and Snapchat, and - let's be honest here - regardless of whether she got her face and lips done, she's really pretty. A perfect slate to promote beauty products on.

The cost

There are heaps of shades to choose from (favorites are Love Bite, Vixen, and Leo), and this retails for just $29 USD. Converted to peso, roughly Php 1,455 (although after taxes & shipping, a little over Php 3,000). Now, considering the pigmentation and the texture of the pencil and the liquid matte lipstick, I think the price is good enough. Of course, there are other matte lipsticks available that are way more affordable (hello, Maybelline!), but considering the brand, the following Kylie has, and the Kardashian "prominence", this price point was to be expected.

How it looks on my skin tone (taken before lunch) - at Anvaya Cove, Subic

The quality

To be honest, I was expecting it to last longer than it did. Give how much it is, I thought it would stay on (as it claims) even after eating. Yes, I let it matte out for a few minutes before digging into my fish creole and drinking water, but it still gave me a horrid inner lip. I had to reapply a few more times to make sure it looked fine.

The pencil is another matter. I love how creamy the pencil is. The formula stayed longer than the lipstick did, and it's really pigmented. I went out once and used the pencil on my whole lip. It stayed on longer. Both really smell great too.

Is it worth it?

For me, yes. Sure, it didn't stay on for as long as I wanted it to, but I've got other lippies that do that job for me, and if I want it to stay longer, I would go for the more expensive brands. Sure, the price here in the Philippines is double the price abroad, but hey, it's a great addition to my makeup collection.

You also have to understand that when you buy Kylie cosmetics, you're paying for the name/brand, and we all know that it doesn't have to actually be a premium product for it to get a premium price tag. This happens a lot, as I'm sure you've noticed.

Final thoughts

I'm a sucker for amazing lip shades and textures. When I see something cool or unique, I want to try it out as soon as possible, though this one came a little too late after the hype, haha. The Kylie Lip Kit isn't the standard, per se, but it's good enough to be part of your daily makeup bag. Now that I've tried one, I want to start collecting shades that will fit my skin tone.

If you're looking to get yourself a lip kit (or two), head over to KylieCosmetics. Shipping isn't free, but if you want to make sure you get the legitimate product, don't buy from anywhere else unless you fully trust the reseller.

Thanks aunty Margie for getting me this lip kit! :) Really love putting it on. 'Til the next one? 

Interesting Finds on the WWW #1

Hi loves! How was (or is - timezone things) your Monday? Mine? Um, totally busy! Gawd, if I had a dollar for all the days when I'm not busy, I'd be poor AF. Moving on!

I regularly check the internet for weird sites, products, stories, and all that jazz, and since I'd really love to share how weird the net has truly become, here are 5 things I discovered in the last 7 days of my hunt. (This will be an ongoing series - maybe twice a month - where items will be coming from different sources.)

(Also, I can't promise that all of these will be cheap and/or available for purchase in the Philippines. It sucks, I know.)

Hope you enjoy this list!

1. Xummit Whiskey Stones

If you drink wine, whisky, or other drinks that are best not diluted with melted ice (I know I do), you're going to LOVE this product. Imagine not having to worry about water changing the taste of your drink! Awesome.

The product page says it's stainless steel and contains natural antibacterial properties (won't be rusting any time soon!). It comes in a cool box for when you want to give this as a gift instead. At a 4.4/5 star rating, it's being sold for $19.95 on Amazon - not a bad price at all for the peace of mind this will give you.

2. LED Word Clock

Time is gold, and a great clock will definitely make you keep looking at it. This solves two problems: being late to work/school, and the aura of your office/room. If you have to know anything about me, it would be my love for weird/quirky/cute/one-of-a-kind items. I really don't care about the price; as long as it's any of those options, and it appeals to me visually, I'm buying it.

Doesn't it look cool?! I'd love to have this on my desk. It costs $74.95 on Amazon, and admittedly, the price put me off a little. I mean, $75 just for a clock? The more I looked at it though, my mind gradually gave in. So yeah.

3. I'll Tell You In Person (Emily Books) - Chloe Caldwell

I love settling down with a good book, some wine, and jazz/lounge music, along with my imaginary husky curled up beside me (I really want to get a dog soon). I usually find a book appealing for its looks first, then the contents, and it's rare to find one that ticks off both prerequisites. I have a feeling this is one of those books.

The reviews for this is very positive, and got me interested ten times more than before. People have said this book was entertaining, soulful, deep, impactful - all the good stuff.

Sold on Amazon for just $11.52 for the Paperback Edition and $24.99 for the Audio CD/Audiobook/MP3 version, there's really nothing to lose if you decide to purchase a copy. For an author who has been described as prolific, fearless, and dark, I'm expecting to be blown away. I'm really considering getting a digital copy soon, so a review might be coming up. *wink, wink*

4. Mini USB Desktop Fridge

Having a mini fridge (you know, the one they put inside small hotels for drinks and stuff) is something I've always wanted for my room at home and for my area at the office. I love yoghurt, shakes, and since it's summer, popsicles. The problem is, it could get too big and would require more electricity. This recent discovery could give me what I want though.

Introducing, the mini USB desktop fridge. This excites me. A lot. Especially for fitting in two yoghurt solos. I don't do sodas, so maybe an Aloe drink from K-Mart (which I will be reviewing soon) would be best. Or maybe some chocolate kisses. Whatever. This only costs $13.87 so I think it's a pretty sweet deal. Get yours here.

5. The Beauty of Horror - A GOREgeous Coloring Book 

OKAY. Let's keep calm and try to breathe slowly. Holy fudge! I've always wanted something like this, as most of the coloring books I see are of cute forest animals, patterns, and you know, normal stuff. Imagine my heart when I discovered this one by Alan Robert on Amazon.

As a fan of crime, horror, gore, thriller, and suspense genres, finding really cool stuff that I can relate to (without being too vulgar or weird for others) is a little hard to find. Costing only $11.46 for the Paperback version, with a huge amount of "gory" elements to fill in and find pleasure from, this is way worth it for the price. Also, it ships to the Philippines! Plus points for that! Buy your copy here.

So, if you're looking to add to your collection of weird/interesting items, you'll hopefully have some to think about after reading this post. If you've got suggestions on what items I could feature next, please leave a comment and I'll check them out ASAP!