How To Remember Phone Numbers

You were in the park. While jogging, you bumped into an old friend of yours. You were soon chatting happily. In the chat, your friend tried to give you his phone number so you could call him… But the problem was you left your cell phone in the car and you didn’t have a pen and paper.

This post will teach you how to temporarily remember phone numbers in situations like above.

Here’s the method I always use when I want to remember phone numbers.

Number Stories

In this method, you have to create stories out of the numbers. All you have to do is to choose a thing that looks like the shape of the numbers (e.g. 2 = swan). Then, create a story using the sequence of the phone numbers.

These are the ones I often use.

0 – egg
1 – pencil
2 – swan
3 – ear/heart
4 – sailboat
5 – hook
6 – pipe (for smoking)
7 – walking stick/gun/candy cane
8 – snowman/sunglasses
9 – tadpole/balloon
10 – baseball
13 – Bee (the number looks like a ‘B’)
100 – Spear piercing two eggs

If you think you would prefer another thing to represent a number, you can use yours.

Here is an example of the story used to remember 80023987:

One day, a snowwoman (8) lays two eggs (00), which looks like the ones of a swan (2), which has a good heart (3). The heart looks like a balloon (9) made out of candy which was made by a silly clown snowman (8) which loves to eat candy cane (7).

Here is another example (62937581):

There is a pipe (6) which is used by a dirty swan (2), who can’t fly, so he rides on a fat balloon (9), which is shaped like a yellow heart (3). Suddenly, it is burst by an angry walking stick (7), which is unfortunately hooked by a hook (5), which is used for fishing by a joyful snowman (8), who loves to write stories using a magic pencil (1).

Ask your friend to recite the phone number slowly, so that you have enough time to create a story. But you have to create it fast though, you don’t want your friend to repeat the numbers again and again.

Remember – the story can be anything, as long as you can remember it. For some reason, funny or absurd things are easier to remember than normal ones. So, use adjectives to describe them.

If you want to remember it for a long time, you would have to recite the story. But if you do not want to remember it for a long time, you can write it down and do not need to remember it anymore, when you have a pen and paper or a phone.

Besides having to remember the phone number, using this method would also enhance your creativity.

Sometimes, you would find it hard to remember, but hey, at least you can still remember it!

If this method is not working for you, you could create your own method.

So, is this method working for you?


Tips to Make Fun Photos of Your Pets

orange-garfieldIf you have been surfing my blog for a while, you probably saw my funny cats series. Those series are nice and fun to see. (Please don’t get distracted by the photo on the right, but he really looks like Garfield)

In this post, you are going to learn how to make creative and funny photos out of your pets, if you have one. Creative and funny photos of animals are fun to look at, especially kitties and doggies. And here’s how to make them.

Seize your opportunity

Occasionally, the scene may be unusual, fun, or funny. For example, the cat sleeping on your piano, in the cupboard, or even watching television… Don’t expect it to last forever! Grab your camera and snap it before the opportunity slips away! If you snapped a nice shot of it, you’re lucky.

Just snap it!

If you happen to see your pets playing, licking each other, chasing a string, just snap as frequently as you can. You will never know what photos you might get. Once, my cats were licking each other. I decided to take some photos. I snapped as frequent as I can. And here’s what I got.

Orange: No one disturbs the almighty lion!
Lovely: Awww…Orange is stroking my face.
Lovely: I think I’ll lick him for that.
Orange: Oooh! Take it easy! Take it easy! I surrender!

Creative Captions

If you are creative, the captions you make would be more fun, funnier, or simply better. Which caption is better for the photo above?:

1. Lovely: Orange scratched my face! Time for revenge!

2. Orange: No one disturbs the almighty lion!
Lovely: Awww…Orange is stroking my face.
Lovely: I think I’ll lick him for that.
Orange: Oooh! Take it easy! Take it easy! I surrender!

The first caption is good, but the second one is better. But… what is it makes the second one better? The first caption is common. The second one is ‘out of the box’, which means it is not what you expect to be.

Creative captions also make ‘boring’ photos better. For example, these photos may not seem so special, without captions. So, I added some captions…and did a little ‘flipping’ with the photos.

Blackie: Now, I’m Superman! Ouch! Don’t put your butt in my way, Snowy!

Blackie: Or is it better to be Spiderman?

Now, the photo is right side up. This, too, doesn’t look too fun. But the fun caption made it better.

Doesn’t the creative captions make the photos more interesting? That’s the power of creativity!

Angle Matters

With your creativity, you could take a better picture even by changing the angle from where you snap. For example, you could snap a photo of your cat from the ground level, as if it were taken by an ant.

See eye to eye

If you are going to snap a photo of your pet, it is best if your pet faces the camera. Why? It is because the viewer would feel like the pets are interacting with them, which makes it more interesting.

Anyway, time for the next poll:

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How I Made My Header

I made this header for my blog on 28th of November 2008.


Note: The header might change as time flies

I did it using Adobe Photoshop. Do you want to know how I did it?

Here are some easy-peasy steps with pictures.

First, I created a new picture, the width of my page, and the height of my header.
Then, I used the gradient tool:
For the color, I picked blue.


Mathematics Trick

Last time, a presenter presented at our school about their mathematics tuition. In the presentation, he taught us a trick to make our division a piece of cake. (Sorry I forgot to post this earlier 🙂 )

However, this trick can only be used when a number is divided by five.

Instead of doing the ‘hard’ way (‘/’ means divide),

40 / 5 = 8

you do the easy way:

First multiply 40 by 2:

40 x 2 = 80.

The answer is 80, right?
Now, you take away the 0.


It becomes 8, and that’s the answer.

Isn’t that simple?

But if the number doesn’t end in 0…

41 x 2 = 82

You put a decimal before the last digit.


That’s the correct answer, right?

Now, this could be useful when dividing biiiig numbers, such as 192123789.

192123789 / 5 = ?

Well, that looks hard, doesn’t it?
It doesn’t?
But it will take more time.

If you use this method, it would be quicker.

x             2

If you don’t like multiplication, simply do this way:

+ 192123789
+ 192123789

I hope you will find this information helpful. 🙂