Category Archives: singles

Love Your Travel? The News is all GOOD

Santa Catarina

Santa Catarina

As you know SHI Symbol International has teamed up with The Top Travel Club for fabulous savings and special offers that save you $$$ each and every time you travel. Click HERE to see how you can save today.

Not only that, but there is also a generous program in place to help any charity/cause/project that needs assistance with fundraising. Contact jan@shisymbol.com to see how we can help you.

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Yes, there’s more – very very shortly, we will be able to announce another extra special amazing travel and shopping offer that SHI Symbol will provide to all SHI Symbol purchasers.

So whether you’re Single or in a relationship, planning that holiday to Australia, the US, Europe or any of the points in between and if you love going on a shopping spree – watch this space for how you can take advantage of this super duper deal soon to be launched.

Single and Celebrating the 4th of July

Independence Day

Independence Day

Independence Day, while marking the birth of our nation, takes on a whole new significance for the single gal.  Yes, it does mean another holiday alone, but it’s also a great time to reflect on the fact that, like the United States of America, you have broken away from the authority figures of the world (parents, spouses, and all of the restrictions that inevitably come with them) and are a truly independent and sovereign nation unto yourself.  That is definitely worth celebrating!  Plus, you’re going to get a lot of invites to picnics and BBQs where you might just meet some other lone wolves looking for love.  But what’s the best way for a single girl to celebrate a holiday that is predominantly geared towards family gatherings?

Perhaps you feel that tagging along to family affairs will only make you a fifth wheel.  But try to remember that you’re not the only single person on the planet and you could end up having a lot of fun with your brother’s cute, available friends.  That said, family-centric gatherings can be uncomfortable and snooze-worthy (especially if Uncle Eddy insists on singing the Star Spangled Banner every hour on the hour).  And do you really want to subject yourself to recriminations from your mom and aunts about how your biological clock is ticking even though you’re only twenty-five?  Please.  You’re single and you love it!  So why not throw your own shindig for other singles?

Get together some guy and girl friends that are equally leery of family fare and set up a mixer for this 4th of July.  Take over a few picnic tables at the local park or camp out on lawn chairs in your front yard with burgers, beers, and some get-to-know-you games (a little dancing music couldn’t hurt either).  Better yet, take your revelry to a campsite and have guests pitch a tent for the night so everyone can have a good time without the worry of driving home (and just see how many tents trade partners!).  A singles mixer is a great way to have some holiday fun without trying to navigate those tricky familial waters.  And don’t let mom lure you with her wicked-good potato salad, either (you can pick up some leftovers the next day).

You could also take advantage of ridiculously good sales to get that new convertible you’ve had your eye on.  What do you have to lose?  You’re single and you should celebrate the fact that you don’t have to drive an SUV to accommodate kids, pets, a spouse, sports equipment, and fifty pounds of groceries every week.  So take a seat in the go-cart of a car that is the Miata (hard-top convertible, oh yeah) and think about how much you’ll enjoy driving solo.

Finally, there are the fireworks to consider (both in the sky and here on Earth)!  Nothing is more romantic than parking it under the stars and laying a blanket on the hood to watch the proverbial rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air.  If you do manage to nab a date, you can ensure some sparks of your own by getting intimate under the soft glow of shimmery sparklers and the heart-stopping reverberation of combustibles going boom!  Being young and single certainly has its perks.

Guest post by Leah Darvis of Debit Cards where you can find a prepaid GreenDot card.

To Eat or Not To Eat: Should You Go Gourmet for the First Date?

A first date can be nerve-wracking for even the most confident of guys.  You want to impress her, but you don’t want to go over the top or appear too desperate or cocky.  And while you can plan an extravagant, event-filled evening, you certainly don’t want to put too much pressure on an already stressful situation.  This is why most first dates involve the getting-to-know-you standard of dining out, which allows for conversation (unlike a noisy bar or club) mixed with a functional distraction (focus on the food until you think of something witty to say).  So the question then becomes: do you cough up the dough for a gourmet meal, or go for cheaper fare?

Filet_Mignon

Filet_Mignon

There are many reasons why going gourmet is the proper choice.  First off, the majority of women like to be wined and dined.  My husband took me to El Pollo Loco on our first date and left me wondering if I was loco for going along with it (although he maintains, to this day, that it wasn’t a “date”).  I let him make it up to me, but you might not be so lucky.  In addition, most women won’t admit it, but we’re on the lookout for a guy who can provide for us.  Hey, don’t hate!  It’s our biological imperative to find a man who will stick around and take care of the family he creates.  Plus, we don’t spend two hours on our hair and makeup and try on everything in our closet just so we can scarf down some chicken McNuggets and biggie fries.  We work hard to impress you and you should return the favor!  Just keep in mind that a hefty price tag doesn’t necessarily equate to a suitable meal.  Lobster and crab may be expensive, but you certainly won’t win any points by selecting an eatery that requires her to wear a plastic bib and wield a hammer.  Finally, there is a reason men court the opposite sex.  You know what it is.  And while you might not get it anyway, substandard eats will pretty much guarantee you don’t get a second date, a goodnight kiss, or any other recompense (except maybe indigestion).

That said, there are certain situations in which taking it down a notch is warranted.  The best reason is if you simply don’t have the money.  If you thought taking her to a cheap restaurant was a mood-killer, just imaging what will happen if your card gets denied and she ends up paying for an expensive meal.  If looks could kill, you’d be fricasseed boy-bits.  You can also go a bit more casual if you tell her ahead of time.  A jeans-and-t-shirt affair like dinner and a movie doesn’t require a four-star restaurant, and in fact, she might be uncomfortable if she feels under-dressed.  But at least spring for sit-down dining (shoot for a step above low-cost chains like Denny’s at the minimum).  If you’re worried about harsh judgment for your choice of cuisine, just let her pick the place (but be prepared to pay if you hand over the reins).

lobster-meal

lobster-meal

A first date can be an amazing, revelatory experience or it can seem like an eternity in Dante’s inferno.  But you can try to start things off on the right foot by taking her out for a nice meal at a classy joint.  At the very least, you will show your character and sophistication (you’ll be even more impressive if you can choose a fine wine, but don’t get too snobby with long-winded descriptions).  From there you just have to let the evening play out and see if your personalities mesh, but there’s no doubt she’ll be more inclined to accept a second date if she doesn’t have to wash her mouth out with soap after the meal.

Jamie Palovoy is a content writer for Gourmet Food where you don’t have to be rich to enjoy a gourmet meal.

5 Fun Dates You Never Thought Of

Dating can be both fun and frustrating, especially if you’re the one coming up with all the plans.  You’ve done dinners, movies, concerts, sporting events, and even a romantic walk on the beach.  You hit rock bottom when you resorted to taking your date to a party with all of your friends (in which a rousing serenade of “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” by your beer-swilling buddies actually saved the night).  But you’ve found that your coffers of ingenuity are empty and you simply can’t produce a new and exciting date night to keep your love interest, well, interested.  So here are a few off-the-wall date ideas that you can use to spice things up a bit.

  1.  Go for a ride…in an airplane.  Every little kid dreams of flying, so make the fantasy a reality by scheduling a flight lesson. 
    flying lessons - another fun date idea

    flying lessons - another fun date idea

    You can probably find an instructor locally or in a nearby town, and although it’s expensive and you may have to go through several hours of initial lessons, it will all be worthwhile when you gun the throttle and pull a barrel-roll.  If your significant other isn’t the adventurous sort, you don’t have to scrap the plan entirely.  Go for a ride in a hot-air balloon instead.  It’s a bit more relaxing, but still spectacular.

    Here's a fun date idea - Sand Boarding

    Here's a fun date idea - Sand Boarding

  2. Check out a roller derby.  What could be better than a little mayhem as scantily-clad beauty-school dropouts shove and stumble their way around the track in an attempt to obliterate the other team (all while precariously balanced on roller skates)?  This fleshy take on the classic mash-up derby is both awesome and engrossing.
  3. Drive to the border and spit on another state.  Nothing says you love your home state better than defiling your neighbor.  Check out the Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives website to find a fun local eatery along the way and don’t forget to plan ahead by making an appropriate road-trip mix for your iPod.
  4. Build a backyard fort.  Use anything and everything (lawn furniture, blankets, pillows, Christmas lights, a painting of dogs playing poker) to build and decorate the best fort possible, then have a picnic inside and camp out for the night.  This is a great activity because it is both physically and mentally stimulating…and a secluded little cave might really get your partner in the right mood.
  5. Play sexy bingo.  Create a set of cards that is covered in steamy suggestions like “foot massage”, “striptease”, and “whipped cream bikini”.  The winner then gets to choose from the stamped boxes on the card which activity the loser will perform.  Just make sure you have all the accessories you might need on hand.

 

Bonus: If all of the ideas mentioned above seem a little too out-there for your taste, try something a bit more tame by learning to cook a new kind of food, whether you’re rolling sushi, spicing it up Thai style, or getting saucy with Fondue.  Trying something new is always fun and it could be delicious.

All the best dates share some common traits.  They must be unique, interesting, and above all, fun.  But it’s not easy to keep coming up with new ideas.  So if you find yourself in a quandary as to what to do on a Saturday night, consider something that will be a learning experience, check out the local events page in the paper, get out of town, think back to the ingenuity of childhood, or take a new twist on an old classic.  Whichever you choose, you’re sure to come up with something that will wow your partner and make a great story for your future grandkids.

Patrick Mickz is an avid Bingo Player and he enjoys playing fun and educational games. You can visit his site Printable Bingo Cards.

Help Please – Fashion, Beauty, Dating, Love, Relationships, Competitions – Your Say

Are you Single? Looking for a relationship? Like dating? Love fashion? Enjoy beauty treatments? Want help with you finances? Enjoy competitions and giveaways… The list could go on…

Well, SHI Symbol needs your input on what YOU would like to see changed, added or deleted from the SHI Symbol International Emag – AND you can WIN big time.

It’s very easy to have your input – CLICK THE EMAG BELOW, OR THIS LINK AND YOU WILL A UTOMATICALLY BE TAKEN TO THE LAST EMAG.

SHI Symbol's International Emag for Singles - May 2010 Edition

SHI Symbol's International Emag for Singles - May 2010 Edition

Peruse it, note your likes, dislikes and any suggestions. Then:

Please send Comments to this blog or send email Jan at SHI Symbol and we will try to incorporate your suggestions.

NOW WAIT FOR IT – EVERYONE who responds will receive a FREE Global travel club membership valued at $99 from thetoptravelclub.com – just perfect for you and your family to use on your next holiday or even business trip.

Note: If you would like to view OTHER SHI Symbol Emags – just go to the SHI SYmbol Website and click on Emags at top of page. By the way, it’s FREE to subscribe and receive them!

Oligoville rides again…

Mr New York Fashion Writer himself, the very interesting Jeffrey B Felner has just reviewed SHI Symbol for his Oligoville Fashion and Music lovers network. With a raft of pics to illustrate his points, SHI Symbol is certainly seen as the trendy and stylish accessory for 2010.

This is a screen capture of Jeffrey’s Home Page – SHI Symbol was the featured article today 14th June 2010.

Jeffrey B Felner's Oligoville Screen Print SHI Symbol 14th June 2010

Jeffrey B Felner's Oligoville Screen Capture SHI Symbol 14th June 2010

You can read Jeffrey’s entire review at: Oligoville.

Don’t forget to leave a comment for him too.

Social Media, Singles and slipping behind…

I came across this wonderful video clip courtesy of my UK friend Adria Bannocks.

This video clip appears to give us the cold hard facts on Social Media – embrace it or slip behind is the message loud and clear. SHI Symbol International is a company that is definitely embracing it and working with other like minded businesses and individuals to further expand our horizons and reach YOU – yes YOU – the Singles of the World so that you can meet your match more easily. And yet I was blown away by the take up rates for everything from Ipod downloads to the reliability of Wikipedia!

So a synopsis:

Social Media Revolution: Is social media a fad? Or is it the biggest shift since the Industrial Revolution? This video details out social media facts and figures that are hard to ignore. This video is produced by the author of Socialnomics.

View here:

If you’re in business – ignore at your peril.

Do you agree with this video?

What is your preferred social media avenue and why?

I’d be interested to know your thoughts from the perspective of another  business or as a ‘Single’ engaging in Social Media avenues.

Business marketing in the 21st Century – a must watch Video Clip on the Social Media Revolution – short and sweet – facts and figures – removes all doubt!