Thursday, February 27, 2014

Looking For Budget Flights

My son cannot contain his excitement to travel and explore.  This maybe the result of the previous vacations that we had in Saigon and Thailand.  They had so much fun in Bangkok especially that part that they could shop for quality but affordable goods at Bangkok's shopping malls.  I could very well remember how they almost exceed their baggage allowance as they had lots of stuff to bring home.  When we shop, both my son and daughter would normally tell that they would just want to take the opportunity to shop as Bangkok is really known for shopping and it is one of the primary reason why tourists are going there.  They have good designs for the clothes especially for women so you would really be tempted to buy a lot.

They also have the Pantip Plaza where you could buy some computer and electronic goods.  My daughter almost bring home a cheap casio piano but her brother stopped her as they have already bought lots of clothes and shoes and there's no more room for other delicate stuff like that in their luggage.

Now that summer is near, we are actually looking for budget flights but if we can't find one, I think we will just settle for domestic tours.  We have't seen much of the Philippines anyway, so visiting some interesting places in the country would also be a goo idea.  I've actually seen some domestic flights on sale but the covered dates don't actually match our desired schedule, so we'll see.

If you're looking for budget flights, you could visit Air Asia and Tiger Air, these two are so far the best when it comes to promos and I've taken Tiger Airways a number of times and I think it's considered a good airline. 

By the way, Red Hot PISO sale is on for Air Asia, you may want to check that out!  

Monday, February 24, 2014

Brain Injury And Work Accident: What To Do?

Accidents happen everywhere, and intimidating as it might sound, even your workplace is not accident proof. In fact, there are so many people in UK alone who face some kind of injury at work. While no two injuries are the same when it comes to intensity, an injury to the brain is one of the most sensitive. This is because the impact of a brain injury can have far-reaching consequences upon a person’s life and may even take a fatal turn. If you or anyone you know has experienced a brain injury work accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation.

What causes brain injury at work?

You may have to suffer a brain injury related to work accident because of a variety of reasons. This may include poorly maintained or defective work equipment, falling from a height, spillages, or use of improperly signed wet floors that lead to slips and falls, and road accidents that happen while traveling in an office vehicle. While the list is not exhaustive, these are the more common reasons.

The main point here is, you were a victim of the accident and were not responsible for causing it. A solicitor can look into the circumstances more closely and guide you through the entire process of filing a claim. In case of any severe accident, your employer should inform the Health and Safety Executive, who will then conduct an investigation as part of the normal protocol. Depending upon the situation, there may even be a criminal prosecution.

Why should you file a claim for brain injury work accident?

Many employees do not want to file a claim against their employer due to a number of reasons. They find the thought to be intimidating and are worried about the consequences that they might have to face when they go back to work. However, you should remember that you are legally entitled to file such a claim. Moreover, filing a claim for a brain injury work accident may be the right thing to do for your health and future. Depending upon the kind of injuries sustained, you might need treatments involving a lot of expenditure. A claim can take care of that.

The first step in filing a claim for brain injury work accident is to set an appointment with a solicitor. They are experts and have knowledge about specific workplace regulations, which is needed to prove that the accident was your employer’s fault. Like any other case, a claim for brain injury work accident needs to be established. In other words, you need to prove that there was negligence or a breach of duty on the part of your employer. Your solicitor will also examine your medical report to estimate the compensation amount.

If you are considering filing a claim for brain injury work accident, get in touch with expert solicitors like those at the Priority Legal. They will make the process as hassle-free as possible.

Mark Summers is a legal specialist who writes for Priority Legal.  You can find Mark  here on Google plus.

How Important Is Your Time?

I was just having problems with my time lately thus I was stunned upon seeing this interesting reminder as I was surfing online.  All my life, I've been very busy doing a lot of things. I've been actively working in the corporate world for so many years since I was single. Finding an extra time for myself has always been my problem especially during those days when I began to handle delicate responsibilities at work. I guess this is where I got my migraine sickness few years ago.  Having stressful days at work has been a normal occurrence for me.  For working professionals, or even those who are just at home with the kids, finding time for ourselves seemed to be very difficult and oftentimes, we failed to realize that it is equally important to find time for ourselves.  I also think of this at times.  There are times that I would pass tidying up the house and try to just lie on my bed watching a movie and munching some chips.  I consider this my "me time".  

I guess this is something to do with creating some relaxing activities outside of your normal routine.  It helps to focus away our minds to our usual roles as a mother, as a wife, as a Boss or as an employee.  Doing something out of our usual routine is a great stress reliever and it really works in reviving ourselves for the next day's work schedule.  It is something like a breather.  As I've been guilty of this these past few weeks, I am now more determined to arrange my schedule in a way that I could fit in other things out of my normal routine.  I am more eager to master time management and this time, it should be managing my time effectively in a way that I could not only be fair to those people I served but being fair to myself as well.  After all, we all deserve a break. 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Definitive Guide to Preparing Your Garden for Next Winter's Storms

It’s been a tough year so far here in the United Kingdom. There have been major floods widespread across the country with some towns cut off after the residents were evacuated. Rivers have been unable to cope with the deluge we have suffered over the last two months thanks, in some part, to the government’s policy in cutting back on dredging. The environment agency has been open about the restrictions placed on them by the powers that be and further cuts to the agency’s workforce have been delayed until the crisis is over. There is not very much that homeowners can do to protect themselves against this kind of environmental attack, though; there have been pictures on the news of a walled home and garden holding back the surrounding waters.

We have also had gale force winds that have caused extensive structural damage. Trees have been brought down, and roofs have been blown off buildings all over the country.

We cannot fortify our homes to the extent it would need to protect us against these forces of nature. However, we will take a look here at some basic steps we can take to mitigate the common damage that most of our gardens suffer during the stormy season.

Tidy Up
This is the most basic step anyone can take in their gardens. Take a critical look at what you have lying around out there. You will probably find buckets and plant pots. Perhaps an old fence panel leaning somewhere just waiting to be thrown around by the wind. Stash all potential flying debris away.

In what condition is the roof of your shed? Renew the felt on the shed roof and use more felting nails than you have at present. The felt is very easily torn off shed roofs by the wind. Go inside the shed and inspect the roof itself. See how it is attached to the shed. It is common for roofs to be completely blown off the shed. The roof can be reinforced by adding screw fixings instead of nails. Screw wooden blocks to the walls of the shed and to the roof for extra strength. If there is a place where you cannot put a screw into the roof, use wood glue.

Most people have experienced fence damage caused by the wind. It doesn’t need to be a strong wind that brings your fence down. If you have wooden posts, they will probably have rotted at ground level after a few years and will easily break. Consider replacing your old wooden posts with strong concrete ones.  They are surprisingly cheap and can give reliable service against strong winds for many years. While you are installing the concrete posts it may be a good idea to change the fence panels too if they are in bad condition.

If you have a large tree in your garden, it is essential to have it surveyed by a professional every five years or so. There may be signs of weakness appearing that are not obvious to the untrained eye. Trimming off weak or dead branches can save a lot of money in the long run. The safety factor is another consideration with trees as falling branches are deadly. Your insurance company may also ask questions if a poorly maintained tree damages your home.

As you can see, there are some basic, common-sense, steps we can take to minimise damage to our gardens in normal winter weather. However, as mentioned, when mother nature unleashes her forces in anger there is not much we can do accept keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.

So do what you can and remember that this winter is almost over. We will all be basking in the sun very soon.

How Do You Manage Your Time?

Since I decided to be a WAHM, I am faced with more challenges to manage my time effectively.  I was good at this when I was still active in the corporate world, but if I would compare that from the challenges that I'm facing now, I think that I'm having a different kind of challenge.  It is so because before, when I'm having a full time job outside of home, I do have a full time house maid that handles everything in the house.  I do the budgeting and grocery shopping ever since but it's always different when you are the one ding the household tasks yourself.  Not only it involves physical efforts but it also involves strenuous mental exercise as well especially when you begin to be hands on with everything around the house.  That, on top of doing some online works and handling small businesses on the side will really drain you during the day.  My only relaxation period is at night time when I can get to watch my favorite TV series but still, it involves a little work on the side like doing your budget or coming up with a meal plan for the week. :)

Seeing the above Time Management tips posted on my Pinterest wall jut reminded me what do I have to eliminate from my list or better yet, it gives me a hint that I have to redo my list.  As I am now accumulating works, I think there is already a need for me to review my schedule and begin to think of how to track my time and tst my pacing for each work accordingly.  That way, I would be able to manage my time effectively and wisely.

I am actually planning to start reviewing my list now and hopefully, I could get better results in the next few days. Cheers to that! 

We'll see...   

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Bridal Lace on a Wedding Dress

If you really want to wow your guests on your special day, choose a dress that is full, flowing, and radiating with a glorious amount of bridal lace and elegance. Enveloping yourself in copious amounts of beautiful lacey materials will make you feel like a princess on your very special and unforgettable day.

An Elegant Look

Your wedding dress is what will make you shine and stand out on your upcoming day. If you want to shine and be comfortable, it is important that you choose a dress that is tailored just for you. This is the time that you don’t have to think about anyone else but yourself and you can show off your personal style and flair. Wedding dress shopping can be very confusing and difficult, especially if you don’t know where to begin. Before you try on your gown, determine what types of styles you are after and which ones can keep hanging on the rack. This will eliminate unwanted stress and save you time in the end. Knowing what you desire beforehand will make your dress-shopping experience a bit more exciting and relaxing.

Beads and Bling

Wedding dresses come in an array of styles, looks, and materials. Every dress is unique and can tell a story about who you are and what you love. Dresses can be created from loads of beadwork, tulle, sparkly gems, and loads of lace. Some of these materials like lace and tulle are softer and feminine, while others like shiny gems and glittery beads are loud and fun. Choose based on your own personal preference and the style that you are seeking after on your special day. You will hopefully only wear your wedding dress just this one time, so make a wise decision and pick the one that will complement your body type, fit your look, and that will make you feel like a million bucks. If you have a vision in your head, go with it and you will be happy that you did.

A Blushing Bride

No matter what type of dress you choose for your wedding day, bridal lace or glittery beads will be the perfect fit for what you pick to wear and show off.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cure to Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is one of the many growing social problems that's common to most countries.  It's undeniably causing a great problem to the community especially if it's already accelerated to violence and is already causing an increase in crime rate.  In the Philippines, most parents are concerned about their teens especially if they are living in an environment where so many factors influence their child's growth and development. parents need to be extra cautious and mindful about their children's behavior.  Personally, as a mother I would always be on a look out to my teens circle of friends as this is where drug addiction  usually emanates from.  It's a good thing that science and medicine has been working hand in hand to find solutions and cure for drug addiction.  I've heard about this rapid opiate detox.  This could make parents feel hopeful that there is always a hope for a changed life for their children.   

However, there is a growing concern about the safety of the procedure so there is a need to ensure the professionalism of the medical practitioner attending to the patient.  Rapid detox only treats the physical condition of the patient, there is still a need for a long term counseling by the experts to ensure the total recovery of the patient.  Parents who are thinking of having their children undergo this kind of treatment should do a proper research to determine it's effectiveness.  After all, we owe our children the best care and proper attention during this critical period.  

Friday, February 7, 2014

Helpful Reminder

I saw this cool idea of helping yourselves be reminded with what you have to bring along with you every time you depart from home.  I myself is guilty of forgetting my cellphone, my key and other important stuff every time I leave home.  I think this is a cute reminder as you could gang it on your bedroom door so that you would see those stuff as soon as you lock your door.  Cool huh?

I think this is very easy to do right?  I', getting a lot of useful ideas and wanted to share these in my blog.  I know busy Moms like me needs to get organized and I'm just crazy with organization ideas these days.  remember the 7 habits of highly organized people?  I guess, I've learned a lot from that book. :)

I'll be sharing more of my organization tips on my future posts so please swing by.  :)


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Regular Maintenance Checks Can Prevent High Auto Repair Costs

There are numerous advantages to completing regular maintenance to your vehicle. This is easier said than done when you are not really automobile savvy. If you need suggestions and advice, simply ask companies advertising auto repair in American Fork, UT. Mechanics and shop assistants gladly provide customers with the information they need to complete simple, routine checkups. Is this something you are considering in order to optimize your ride’s performance and limit repairs? In that case, read the following tips.

Checking Oils and Fluids

To check your engine’s fluid, your car has to be on a leveled surface. Turn the vehicle off. Wait for the oil to pour into the pan. Pull the dipstick out. Wipe it clean with a rag. Put it back into the reservoir. Pull it out again. This time you will get an accurate measurement of the oil left in the tank. Add little bits of oil at a time until you reach the “full” mark. Only use quality oils. Read the car’s manual for recommendations. Measure oil levels frequently. Change it every 3 months or every 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. Power steering, transmission, and brake fluids should also be checked. Flush and exchange them when they look dirty. Top off coolants and antifreeze regularly as well.

Brake Inspection

This is one of the most important parts to check on your car. Accidents happen when brakes malfunction. Inspect the brake fluids every 3 months. The brake pads should be checked by a licensed mechanic at least 2 times per year. Do it sooner if you are a wild driver or are constantly on the road. Bring the car to the shop if you hear grinding or scrubbing sounds when hitting the brakes. The fluid may be low or the brake pads are worn out. They need to be replaced.

Tire Rotation

Tires need to be rotated to prevent excessive wear and tear on some of their parts. Tire pressure is equally important. It should be measured at least once a month. Do it more often if you have a leaking tire. Eventually, that tire will need to be replaced. Small holes let air out gradually. They can lead to blowouts or flats. Do not forget to examine your spare. You may need it when a leaky or flat tire finally leaves you stranded on the side of the road. Tire rotation and wheel alignments should be completed by specialists in auto repair in American Fork, UT. Professionals have the knowledge and equipment to do it right, and keep you safe on the road.

Bill Paying Calendar

If you are paying a lot of bills every month and you often end up forgetting some due dates which eventually results to extra charges and skipped payments, I guess apart from using your Mobile Phones and Tablets, you may opt for a Bill paying calendar like what is shown above.  I saw this from Etsy and I think it's also a cool and organized idea of keeping track of your bills at home especially if you have several bills to pay in a month and you're a very busy working Mom.  You just have to make it a habit to check this note from time to time so you would get reminded with those bills at hand.  It's being sold on Etsy but you can also make your own using recycled materials.  The idea is easy.  You just have to put those bills in the "Pay" section upon receiving these from mail, then you have to make a list of the due dates on the calendar and after the bill has been paid, you just have to move it to the "Paid" section.  So cool!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Benefits of Vision Correction Surgery

Gone are the days of you having to wear glasses or just bear with the blurry vision that you have. In fact, you don’t even have to worry about having contact lenses either. Vision correction surgery has become very popular and very safe. The surgery reshapes the cornea of the eye to change the natural vision of the individual. When the shape of the eye is changed, more light is able to enter through the retina which produces a better focus for the eye. This surgery has been performed for years and many people have taken advantage of its benefits.

The surgery works. A very high percentage of those who go through the eye surgery come out with the vision that they have always dreamed of having. Imagine having to wear glasses since you were a small child and all of a sudden being able to look out with your own eyes and see the whole world come into focus. What a miracle! Those who don’t get the exact vision that they were hoping for still claim to have some improvement in their vision. These people can always have the surgery performed again to get the results that are desired.

The process is basically painless. Some people claim to feel some slight irritation for a small amount of time following the procedure, but the eye surgery itself is not painful. If you are willing to live with slightly itchy eyes for a few days, then you will be able to handle all of the discomforts that are associated with the eye surgery.

The change happens fast. Most people say that their change in vision happens immediately upon completion of the surgery. Very few people have to wait for more than 24 hours to notice any difference in their vision. Just imagine going through a lifetime of wearing glasses to having perfect vision in one full day. Vision correction surgery can do wonders for your confidence and your happiness. When the change happens so fast, it seems like you shouldn’t have any trouble making the decision to go forward with the surgery.

Healthy Lunch Ideas

Just saw these healthy lunch recommendations online and I just thought of sharing this in this blog for those picky eaters out there or better yet to those who are craving for delicious meals that are easy to prepare and can bring to work everyday.  Not only that, these are low in calories and nutritious too.

I love that wrapped salad! It's very easy to prepare and really healthy. :)  Sandwiches are always a great and filling meal especially if you add some veggies on it.  I remembered the Bahn Mi, a kind of sandwich sold in Vietnam which I always buy during my stay there.  It's really delicious and filling.  One sandwich is enough for my lunch or dinner.  It is packed with veggies and some meats and so yummy!

Another one is pasta.  I think this is the easiest to prepare next to sandwiches and this can help you redo your left overs by just mixing any of your left over meat in your cooked pasta.  Just few drops of olive oil and some soices and you're ready to go for another hearty meal.

Thanks to these recommendations, I've got another idea for quick meals at home. :)

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