4 Things Not to Post on Social Media During the Holidays

The yuletide season is the best time of the year to collect beautiful memories. While some holiday celebrations are worth sharing to your social media friends, other more intimate events are best kept within people closest to you.

Here are the things we believe you’re better off not sharing on social media during this most wonderful time of the year.

1. All the gifts you got
It can be fun to compare gifts with friends, but remember that others are not as fortunate as you, and the expenses during the holidays can be a discreet reminder of overdue mortgage, credit depths and what may not be under the tree this year. Enjoy your gifts and be thankful, but be sensitive to other people’s lack of.

2. The gifts you didn’t like
Christmas is the best time to exercise gratitude. So, instead of rolling your eyes when you get a gift you didn’t quite like, smile and say thank you. Even if you wished your partner would have bought better than it or you are annoyed with another knitted sweater from your mom, it is always better to keep it offline. Remember the value of your relationship with these people rather than the value of the gifts you received.

3. The drama in the family
Just like your group of girl friends, all families have secrets too and you probably do not like every single one of your cousin, uncle or aunt. But if you want to throw shade to one of your cousin or reveal an estranged aunt’s bad habit, the social media is not the best venue for any of that. It will only ruin a meaningful and enjoyable family celebration since majority of your family members are also active in social media.

4. Your fight with beau
Okay, so you asked your husband to pick up the mini fruit cakes you planned to giveaway to every family member after the family dinner, but he forgot. Now you’re scrambling to make gingerbread cookies instead before everyone arrives. As tempting it may be to post a rant or sarcastic post about your husband, take a deep breath and stay away from your phone or laptop as much as you can. Again, the social media is not the best place to resolve any problem. Keep it between you and your partner, work it out together and move on for the sake of the fun Christmas spirit.

The holiday season is supposed to be celebrated festively with family, friends and people close to heart. Do not let your social media life negatively impact a joyful Christmas season.

The Best Non-Disney and Studio Ghibli Animated Films

Not all the best animated stories are monopolized by Disney and Studio Ghibli. Here are some of the best animated films you can watch with your family.

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
The young Spirit assumed the role as the leader of his herd, but his curiosity meant trouble for his fellow horses. In his wanderings, he was taken by humans and sent to a US cavalry post to be broken and tamed.

FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
A forest inhabited by fairies is threatened by a group of loggers who caused the entity named Hexxus to slowly take over their territory. The fairy Crysta and the logger Zak team up to save the forest from Hexxus.

The Swan Princess (1994)
Based on the ballet “Swan Lake,” it tells the story of Princess Odette who was caught in the schemes of the sorcerer Rothbart, who was banished by her father.

Thumbelina (1994)
Based on the book of the same title by Hans Christian Andersen, it features Thumbelina, a small girl who emerged from a seed given by a witch. Despite her loving family, Thumbelina feels lonely that she could not find anyone of her size.

All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
The dog Charlie B. Barkin was murdered by its friend Carface, but he decided not to go to heaven so that he can spend time with the orphan Itchy Itchford.

Wolf Children (2012)
Hana was left to raise her half-wolf half-human children when her husband died after a hunt. She decided to raise her children Yuki and Ame in the countryside even if she has no idea how to do it.

Balto (1995)
Based on a true story of a half-dog half-wolf, Balto saved the village of Nome in 1925 from the diphtheria epidemic when he made the epic journey of delivering the serum from Juneau.

Iron Giant (1999)
Hogarth Hughes befriends a giant robot, who was the subject of a search of a federal agent. Hughes enlisted the help of Dean McCoppin to stop the searchers from destroying the iron giant.

Once Upon a Forest (1993)
Abigail, Edgar, and Russell leave the forest so that they can find a cure for their friend Michelle, who was affected by the poison gas from a truck that had overturned.

Secret of NIMH (1982)
The film is an adaptation of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien. In the story, the mouse Mrs. Brisby learns the history of the place called the National Institute of Mental Health.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
Konno Makoto fell on a walnut-shaped object and discovered that she could rewind time if she could move fast enough.

Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
Three homeless people discovered an abandoned baby on Christmas Eve, but because they cannot care for her, they decided to look for her mother.

Watership Down (1978)
Based on the novel of the same title by Richard Adams, it features the brothers Fiver and Hazel who are trying to convince their fellow rabbits of an upcoming apocalypse.

The Best Asian Horror Films for Bored Fans

Some fans of the horror genre are already bored with the string of psychological thrillers and the familiar slasher films from the West. Asian films, however, offer a different experience because they incorporate elements from folk stories. These are the best the region has to offer.

Three… Extremes (2004)
This film is a collaboration of three directors from Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea which features three different stories, “Dumplings,” “Cut,” and “Box.”

Nang Nak (1999)
Based on a true story in Thailand, it tells the tale of a ghost wife, Nak, who is devoted to her husband, Mek. Mek fought in the war and was wounded, but when he returned home, he did not know that his wife died months ago.

Ring (1998)
Inspired by the novel of the same title by Kouji Suzuki and the tale “Banchou Sarayashiki,” it features a cursed videotape that allegedly caused the death of some people who watched it. The film was remade, but the original is still considered the better version.

Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)
Another film that was adapted by Hollywood, Ju-on tells the story of a family that disappeared because of murder-suicide. The house is still inhabited by the spirits of the family members who cannot find peace in the afterlife.

The Eye (2002)
This Hong Kong-Singaporean film was remade thrice. It tells the tale of the blind violinist Mun who was lucky to have had cornea transplant. Her happiness was short-lived, however, when she started seeing how people die.

4bia (2008)
This Thai film consists of 4 different stories; “Loneliness,” “Deadly Charm,” “The Man in the Middle,” and “Flight 244.”

Uzumaki (2000)
Based on the manga of the same name by Itou Junji, it chronicles the spiral into madness of the town Kurouzu after a resident became obsessed with spiral patterns.

A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
Based on the fairy tale “The Story of Rose and Lotus,” this Korean film tells the story of a recently-released patient from a mental institution who discovered her family’s terrible past.

The Maid (2005)
Rosa Dimaano, a Filipina maid, arrives at Singapore to serve the Teo family during the Chinese Ghost Month. Rosa’s employers were kind to her, but she started seeing strange creatures and is soon having nightmares.

Arang (2006)
Two detectives were able to make a connection between a recent homicide case and a murder than happened 10 years ago. Then one of the detectives, So-young, began having dreams of the girl murdered years ago.

Tomie (1998)
The first installment of the Tomie series, it is based on the manga of the same title by Itou Junji about a girl, Kawakami Tomie, who seems to possess immortality and is invincible even after she was murdered.

Living on A Student Budget: Save Money on Food

Student budgeting is hard to manage as it is. With such a limited amount of money, there are far too many fees you have to all take into account for. You have tuition, miscellaneous, residence and food fees you have to consider among the many. The truth is—most students are barely getting by, and even with help from one’s parents, budgeting is still a tricky thing to do.

In order to take budgeting to the extreme, there are practical tips for you to follow in order to cut back on groceries cost and accommodate your student allowance better.

Grocery store
As the old saying goes, it is never wise to head to the grocery store on an empty stomach. When you are hungry, chances are your rational thinking will be overclouded by the thoughts of food – and so you are most likely to buy more than what you need and even make impulse purchases.

Head to the store after a big, satisfying meal with a list of what you need to purchase. Consider buying store brands if you want to spend less. If you live with roommates, pitch in the idea of cooking together and going in on meals.

Limit your night outs
As much as it is tempting to dine out several times a week (especially when you’re feeling down or short on time to prepare your meals personally), these fees can only accumulate over time. Meaning the more frequent you eat out, the more it’ll hurt your limited student budget.

This doesn’t mean you cannot eat out at all – but only do so once a week. Take into account your budget and make wise decisions based on it. When you head out to eat, visit stalls for cheaper options or restaurants which offer discounts.

Meal plans
Some colleges offer meal plans which greatly helps in reducing your fees for the semester. Sometimes, it comes along with your residential costs. Don’t splurge on the pricey options, though. Be practical and choose a meal plan that is enough to keep you full and fits your budget at the same time. This is one fool proof way to limit your food expenditures.

Even if there aren’t any in your college, you can always opt to dine in the campus cafeteria in order to cut back on dining costs. Being a college student is rough, but hey, at least you’ll be surrounded with your peers and other students while enjoying a hearty meal.