How to Kill Time on a Ship

1.Exercise. If your ship contains a workout room, use it. If there is no gym, lace up your shoes and run laps around the upper deck.
2.Play games. Most cruise ships boast full-scale casinos, shuffleboard courts and pool tables, as well as a host of organized games. If your ship does not offer all of these amenities, break out a deck of cards and get the games rolling.
3.Eat. Ships are always stocked full of rations, so visit the 24-hour buffet or raid the pantry for a mid-afternoon snack.
4.Read. The silent sea and the immutable landscape offer the perfect environment for hours of uninterrupted reading.
5.Write postcards. People still like to receive old-fashioned "snail mail," so send an update to friends and family.
6.Enjoy the sun. Even the most basic ships allow for plenty of room to spread out a towel and soak up some rays.
7.Take the time to get plenty of sleep. Whether you're on vacation or on a two-day haul, what better time to get a much-needed dose of rest and relaxation? 
Tips: Make sure you are always loaded up with sunscreen, lip balm and a hat to protect you from the sun. 
Warnings: Never lean too far over the edge of the ship.   

How to Dress for an Audition

1.Decide several days before the audition what impression you plan to make.
2.Think of the role for which you will audition, and consider clothing that complements the character. Wear clothing that makes you feel confident and attractive.
3.Choose all clothing that you plan to wear, down to small details like socks, and make sure it is clean and ready.
4.Think about hair products, makeup and accessories that you plan to use.
5.Do not dress in costume unless specifically asked to do so by the casting director. Rather, wear clothing suggestive of the role.
6.Bring a change of clothes with you in case you arrive and discover that what you are wearing is inappropriate. Leave the clothes in the car, if possible. 
Wear comfortable shoes.
If you believe that special attire is necessary for the audition, discuss that with the casting assistant in advance.
In general, keep it simple. The use of props at an audition is not recommended, as they are considered distracting by most casting directors. However, if you are requested to bring props, prepare them in advance. 
Warnings: Do not wear things that are uncomfortable or distracting to you or others. You want the casting director to focus on you, not your clothing.   

How to Buy a Travel Pillow

1.Focus on convenience as well as excellent neck support when shopping for a travel pillow.
2.Choose an inflatable pillow for light and easy packing. These pillows are either self-inflatable or can be blown up by the traveler in just a few seconds. Some inflatable pillows have more than one air chamber so that they can be adjusted to fit any part of the body. Image a.)
3.Choose a pillow containing buckwheat hulls for excellent support molded to the your head or body. These are heavier than inflatable pillows and take up a bit more space, but their benefits may be worth it.
4.Make sure the pillow has a removable cover so it can be washed. Image b.)
5.Choose a color from the selection offered.   
Expect to pay between $10 and $25 for a good travel pillow.
Travel pillows are not just for the head and neck; some can be placed behind the lower back for extra support. 

How to Decipher a Persian Menu

1.Find a local Persian restaurant.
2.Don't be intimidated by the menu. Even though it will be in Farsi, there's sure to be an English section. If not, follow the steps below and you'll sound knowledgeable enough to pass.
3.Try dolmeh: grape leaves stuffed with seasoned beef and rice.
4.Consider ordering hommos: garbanzo beans ground down to a paste.
5.Taste badmejan. A few dishes contain badmejan, which is eggplant. You can have it stuffed or stewed.
6.Sample mast-o-khiar: sliced cucumber in yogurt with seasoning. It's eaten with rice or bread, like chips and salsa. Mast-o-mosir is yogurt and seasoning with spinach.
7.Keep in mind that the main course will revolve around the kabob: skewered meat that is grilled or barbecued. Your meat selection and cut determine what kind of meal you get (beef, chicken or lamb).
8.Remember some common terms: shish means the skewer - it's the prime cut of meat. Koobideh, also known as lula, is ground meat. Chenjeh is stew meat. Pyaleh means that everything is cooked in one pan.
9.Serve yourself heaping amounts of an Indian rice called basmati, made with plenty of butter. The meat selection is usually served over a large plate of rice with grilled vegetables (onions, tomatoes or bell peppers) on the side.
1..Order dessert. You can have fresh fruit - often melon - or opt for pastries such as baklava and faloodeh. Baklava is layered phyllo dough with syrup and nuts between the layers; it's very sweet. Faloodeh is a cold, ribbon-like pastry with a sweet syrup. 
For bread, expect to see pita bread (round Arabian bread) or lahvosh (cracker bread) to eat with your meal.
Your drink selection will be the same as any other restaurant with the addition of dough, a yogurt drink. It's either homemade or bottled.
If you enjoyed your meal and service, then by all means leave a healthy tip. 
Warnings: Don't fill up on the appetizers; entree portions are usually large.