You Make Me Smile…

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There is something about the song “You Make Me Smile” by Uncle Kracker that makes me feel good every time I play it on Youtube. It’s like I instantly think of certain people and things that give me reasons to wear a smile on my face.

Perhaps, people who are very much inlove  can relate well to this song. This is the kind of song that makes you want to stay happy and inlove all the time. The lyrics are simple yet it captivates the heart. Do you have that special someone in your life right now who makes you smile? And simply being able to see that person or just to be near  that special someone in your life is already enough to brighten up your day.

I hope you too will find this song cool and captivating. Stay Happily Inlove!!!

Here’s the lyrics of this song “You Make Me Smile” by Uncle Kracker:

You’re better then the best
I’m lucky just to linger in your light
Cooler then the flip side of my pillow, that’s right
Completely unaware
Nothing can compare to where you send me,
Lets me know that it’s ok, yeah it’s ok
And the moments where my good times start to fade

You make me smile like the sun
Fall out of bed, sing like a bird
Dizzy in my head, spin like a record
Crazy on a Sunday night
You make me dance like a fool
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold, buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild
Ohh, you make me smile

Even when you’re gone
Somehow you come along
Just like a flower poking through sidewalk crack and just like that
You steal away the rain and just like that

You make me smile like the sun
Fall out of bed, sing like a bird
Dizzy in my head, spin like a record
Crazy on a Sunday night
You make me dance like a fool
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold, buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild
Ohh, you make me smile

Don’t know how I lived without you
Cuz everytime that I get around you
I see the best of me inside your eyes
You make me smile
You make me dance like a fool
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold, buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild

You make me smile like the sun
Fall out of bed, sing like a bird
Dizzy in my head, spin like a record
Crazy on a Sunday night
You make me dance like a fool
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold, buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild
Ohh, you make me smile


Online Profile: Impress To Gain

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Online jobs may sound pretty cool especially if you work right at the comforts of your home. However, the competition is tough. The need to stay on top of the game requires a good strategy and the ability to sell yourself to prospective clients or employers in the internet. One good way to do that is to post your profile online or create a profile that clearly points out your skills, expertise, and experience. Here’s a sample of my profile I submitted for my employer from Taiwan:

*Take note that the sample profile below emphasizes my teaching experience since my employer is an administrator of an online English school, and the job I applied for is an online English instructor.




May P.

Bachelor of Arts Major in Political Science/Professional Education Certificate (PEC)

May had been a consistent dean’s lister in her college years. She graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Political Science as cum laude. She then took the Professional Education Certificate (PEC) program to hone her teaching skills. Before she began teaching, she worked as a marketing assistant and circulation-in-charge at a local publishing company.

Her first teaching experience was in a SPED school where she handled students with learning disabilities. In 2006, she started teaching in a preschool environment as a lead teacher. She had been invited as a resource speaker for children’s creative arts as part of a local government activity.

With her growing interest in expanding her teaching skills, she decided to try her luck in online teaching. She taught English online mostly to Japanese students with various ages.

May has an experience in handling TOEIC, IELTS, and Business English classes. May likes blogging, watching movies, and chatting with her friends.


It’s really up to you on how you would come up with an impressive profile. Some would highlight more on their experience or skills and some would give more emphasis on their educational background, especially if they still lack or do not have the experience yet. The important thing when you want to impress is to captivate the employers or clients’ attention–the first few lines of your profile should be something that makes you stand out, but do not exaggerate. Remember, just like any other jobs, online recruitment also requires a job interview. Usually, the interview is set via phone call or via Skype voice or video call. So, your employers would know if you exaggerated your teaching profile because they are going to ask you tons of questions and others would even ask you to take an exam.

Home-based job is quite fun, but it also demands a lot of hard work and patience. The good thing about this line of work is that you have all the time at home–no hassle of getting late due to traffic, no pollution, and no need to dress-up for work.  However, it also has its negative side. When you work at home, you often get distracted especially when you have kids around, you tend to do some house chores instead of focusing on your task, and no social life–the closest interaction you get with others is through social networking sites.

For non-native English speakers like me, get to know about TOEFL, TOEIC, and IELTS if you plan to study and work abroad

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What is TOEFL?

The Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL is an English proficiency exam. TOEFL test is designed for non-native English speakers in order to evaluate their proficiency in the English language–it measures the individual’s ability to use and understand the language. The test focuses on the following areas: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. It is completely done over the internet. Hence, it’s also called TOEFL IBT (internet-based test). Unless TOEFL IBT wouldn’t be possible in some places, a pen and paper test is provided in designated areas.

TOEFL IBT test covers four sections and each with its allocated time:

Reading —60-100 minutes

3-5 passages (12-14 questions each)

Listening — 60-90 minutes

4-6 lectures and academic discussions (6 questions each)

2-3 conversations (5 questions each)

Speaking —20 minutes


6 tasks (2 independent, 4 integrated)

Writing –50 minutes

1 integrated task, 1 independent task

Why take TOEFL?

Many colleges and universities from English-speaking countries like US and Canada list TOEFL test as one of the requirements for a foreign student to be admitted in the college or university. Also, some institutions require a foreign individual to submit a TOEFL test result as a basis for evaluation in terms of determining the individual’s competencies in the English language.

Who takes TOEFL?

Individuals who take TOEFL test are those who are:

  •  Non-native English speakers
  • Planning to study abroad primarily in English-speaking countries
  •  In an exchange and scholarship programs
  • English learners who want to evaluate and compare their present and previous performances in the test result for certification or future employment in certain countries



What is TOEIC?

As the world becomes globally competitive, individuals must also be equipped with the needed skills in order to keep up with the changing times and one particular aspect is the ability to communicate using the English language.

TOEIC is an acronym for Test of English for International Communication. It is a standardized English language test given to non-native English speaking examinees or employees to test their competencies in a working environment and check their English language skills whether or not they can meet the demands of a globally competitive environment. TOEIC allows each individual to prove their worth in a business environment by being able to meet with the demands of an ever changing world.

The TOEIC test measures your ability to use English in daily working situations like telephone conversations, business meetings, customer relations, etc.

It’s a two-hour pencil and paper test divided into two sections:

Listening—has 100 questions based on the audio played during each segment. The allotted time is 45 minutes

Reading—has 100 questions multiple-choice test items divided into three segments: incomplete sentences, error recognition, and reading comprehension. The allotted time is 75 minutes.

Aside from the traditional 2-hour paper and pencil test to examine the applicant’s listening and reading skills, speaking (20 minutes) and writing (60 minutes) tests have also been included which is taken via the internet to make the exam more reliable as it covers all four aspects of communication.

Why take TOEIC?

  • To get hired by an established company
  • To advance their careers
  •  To be promoted to a higher and deserving position in accordance to their skills
  •  To gain employer’s confidence in your abilities and performance
  • For certification purposes and/or as an employment requirement (i.e. nurses CGFNS’s certificate)

Who uses TOEIC?

  • Non-native English speaker
  • School and universities
  •  Companies and private organizations
  •  Health professional (i.e. nurses, radiographer, physical therapist)
  • Applicants of working/immigrant visa



What is IELTS?

International English Language Testing System or IELTS is a standardized English proficiency test that can be taken by both native and non-native English speakers who wish to study, work, and migrate to UK and other English speaking countries. Native speakers take the IELTS to gain higher proficiency points but they are not necessarily required to take it except for proving higher level of English competencies.

IELTS consists of two types:

Academics—those who wish to study in English-speaking universities and institutions of higher education

General Training—this test is designed for those who are planning to immigrate to, and work in an English speaking country

The test has four sections and each with allotted time:

Listening – 4 sections, 40 questions, 30 minutes

Reading – 3 sections, 40 questions, 60 minutes

Writing – 3 sections, 40 questions, 60 minutes

Speaking – interview, 15 minutes

Why Take IELTS?

IELTS is a highly recognized English language proficiency test education, employment, and immigration purposes. It is widely acceptable by over 6,000 institutions and organizations, and 125 countries worldwide.

The test determines the candidate’s English proficiency in dealing with everyday experiences as the exam covers real-life tasks. It is used as a basis to measure the candidate’s ability to communicate as it consists of all four major skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing

Who takes IELTS?

IELTS test are taken by:

  • Candidates who want to pursue education in English-speaking countries
  • Those who want to immigrate and work in a foreign land whose primary language is English
  •  Professionals and students who want to comply to the institution or organization’s policy
  • Professionals who want to register as a doctor or nurse in English-speaking territories



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