How to Drive Stick Shift

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Learning to drive a car with a manual transmission has been on your to-do list since you started driving, right? But have you actually gotten around to checking that one off the list? Yeah… didn’t think so. Most people aren’t inclined to buy a stick shift without first knowing how to drive it — but that’s exactly what I did, so I’m letting you in on the top tips that helped me become a better manual driver.

The “Cartly” Gentleman

While women dote on large, lavish closets, men pride themselves on nice, polished bars, and as a respectable man, yourself, it only seems logical that you should have one of your own. You  may not have that dream home with a built-in bar (and a home theater and five car garage) yet, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have an impressive bar cart.

Check out some of these great carts for inspiration and then get out there to find one that suits your fancy!

Gift Guide: How To Be a Thoughtful Valentine

Congratulations, you made it through the holiday shopping season with your gal! But now, Valentine’s Day is nearing, and soon the stores will be crowded with cheesy red and pink boxes of candy, roses, and conversation hearts. While it may seem like a good idea to head down the seasonal aisle for gift ideas, it’s important to understand that the perfect gift is a thoughtful gift.

Don’t think you can pull it off? We rounded up some great ideas that are sure to get you a big ol’ hug and kiss from your girl!


  1. Get tickets to a special event – Is your girlfriend’s favorite band coming to town? Is she a huge sports fan? Get her two tickets to her favorite event, and plan to make a special day of it for the two of you!
  2. Make a photobook – You have so many great memories together, why not preserve them forever? If making a scrapbook just seems too girly, you can have a photobook made at nearly any photo center. Upload your photos online, arrange them as you like, and order!
  3. Have personalized jewelry made – Rather than buying her a rhinestone heart necklace from the jewelry counter, have a personalized piece made. Easily and affordably ordered online, you can add engravings, special phrases, dates, or even birthstones. Etsy is a great place to start!
  4. Create a gift basket – Chances are, you can find a Valentine’s themed gift basket complete with a teddy bear, chocolates, and mini balloon that says “I love you” in a snap. Skip this novelty and create your own special gift basket with all of her favorite things! Add a book or CD she’s been wanting, her favorite candy, a candle, bath and body care items, gift cards, something that signifies an inside joke between you two, etc. Your options are nearly limitless!
  5. Give her a day of relaxation – A gift certificate for her hair salon, nail salon, or spa is a great gift. She will look amazing and feel great, and she’ll love that you want to pamper her.
  6. Plan a trip – Now this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go on a multi-day vacation, or even stay overnight, if your budget doesn’t allow for it. Just plan an entire day together to visit a local attraction or maybe even re-visit a few of your favorite “first” locations — like the restaurant where you had your first date or the first movie theater you went to together. Just take pictures and have fun!
  7. Give her flowers – Forget the cliche roses that are dead in just a few days! If you are going to get your leading lady flowers, get her some that are potted or can be planted in the spring. With proper care, these flowers will have a long life, and she will remember this special Valentine’s Day every time she looks at them!

Just keep her interests and likes in mind, as well as the memories and special times that you’ve shared together. Chances are, something extra special will inspire you!

Want more tips on how to buy for your best girl? Check out this post on how to buy gifts for her!

Ps. Check back later this week for a very special announcement and giveaway!

Packing for Men: Five Stylish Essentials

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Travelling in style is no longer a novel concept applicable solely to the fairer sex – men are jumping on the bandwagon and making a conscious effort to also present themselves in the best light when they’re out of town. Putting that into consideration, we’ve compiled a list of wardrobe essentials that every man should have in his luggage, whether he’s flying off for a business trip or a weekend getaway.


A good pair of shades is a must-have in every man’s travel bag. Whether it’s to shield your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays or to conceal the fact that you look like a panda after enduring unbearable hours of jetlag, a pair of shades can make you look effortlessly cool. It’s definitely a fashion accessory that marriages functionality and style.


A watch says a lot about you – it implies that you’re responsible and disciplined because you keep track of time, and the specific look you don is a good indicator of your personal style. For the purpose of practicality, wear a watch with multiple time zones. This ensures that you’re not an hour late for an important meeting because you’re not in sync with local time.

Black Blazer

For an instant transformation from casual daywear to semiformal nightwear, just layer your clothes with a blazer. Not only would you score well in the style department, you’ll also stay warm when roaming the streets on a windy night or having dinner at an air-conditioned restaurant. As you don’t want to add unnecessary bulk to your luggage, just bring along one black blazer – it’s easy to match with any outfit.

Leather Sling Bag

More often than not, you’ll need a bag to carry all your essential items when you’re sightseeing at a holiday destination or meeting clients at a café for lunch. Unless you don’t mind looking like a haggard globetrotter with a jam-packed backpack in tow, you’ll want something that is compact and stylish. Try a leather sling bag on for size. It allows for easy accessibility to all of your belongings and the sleek material looks good against a plain t-shirt or sharp suit. Its cross-body strap also discourages snatch thieves from targeting you.

Leather Ankle Boots

Flip-flops are convenient for daily wear and storage in your luggage; but, you also need to prepare for the possibility that you might need more formal footwear during your trip. Black or brown leather ankle boots come highly-recommended because they can be worn with jeans for sightseeing or with formal pants as you conquer the central business district.


About the Author:

Arman is a travel writer at He is Singaporean – born and bred – which means he’s very accustomed to punctuating his sentences with terms like “lah” or “lor” and having roti prata (delightful fried dough typically enjoyed with curry) for breakfast. Follow Arman on Twitter or connect with him on Google+.

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