Solo Traveller!

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People who have travelled independently will agree that travelling by yourself is a religious experience. Honestly speaking, travelling by yourself is a treat! You get to explore, rest, eat, shop at your pace and time without following or adjusting or compromising with others. Travelling alone gives you a chance to indulge yourself fully. However it has its own disadvantages, like loneliness, safety etc.

But! im not here to scare you! (Boo!) If you are planning to travel on your own then switch on your “light bulbs” As with little preparations and common sense you can have a treasurable experience!

So why travel alone? Well when you travel alone you are your own boss, your mistakes or laziness doesnt effect your friends, you can plan the trip as you like which means now you dont have to go to a certain place which doesnt excite you just because your other family members want to go…

Tips for going solo:

  • Safety First! Since you dont have anyone to watch your back, you have to be a little more responsible.
  • Carry your identification with you at all times.
  • “When in Rome do as the Romans do” Learn the language, culture etc.
  • Carry a small backpack and buy some necessities from the local stores.
  • Keep to open and public places, especially at night. Dont stroll in the dark alleys and get raped or robbed!
  • Check your maps and transportation schedule carefully.
  • Its OK to meet and greet new people but Dont let others hold your stuff (money or passport)
  • If you dont mind sharing, then go hostels which charger per bed rather than per room

For more info, click this link ~~~~~~> http://www.wikihow.com/Travel-Overseas-by-Oneself

Pack your bags! Have a safe trip! Bon Voyage!

Source: Experience and Common sense and Google

Photos: Google

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WHIPPING THE WHIPPED!

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I am very sure that all of us who loves to bake also love to use whipping cream for topping or frosting but what about those who are newbies and you  really dont have an idea how to properly whipped a cream! To be honest, when i first did it i just turned my whipped cream into BUTTER! Yes Butter!

Well if you whipped the cream too much it will just turn into butter and will look something like this:

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Aww! you must be thinking that you just wasted your cream and imagine that was the last box you had! Well dont throw it away and look at the brighter side, you just made a butter on your own! Cool huh? Well now you must be thinking that how long should i beat the cream to get the perfect topping! Well you just have to continue to read this post!

Many of the recipes will ask you to beat the cream untill its just “stiff peak” and how do you do that?

Stiff peak is form when you beat for a VERY long time. It’ll start to get thicker, but you aren’t done yet.  You whip until pointy peaks form in the bowl, and STAY STILL, when you lift the mixer out of the bowl.

Below are just some suggestions which will be helpful:

  1. Make sure the cream and the bowl are cold!
  2. Take a small amount to Test and to get to know your cream better!
  3. Follow the directions carefully if stated on the whipped cream box
  4. TEST! Check for stiff peaks every few minutes!
  5. Whisk the cream on low speed first to be safe and then gradully increasing its speed!
  6. Serve it right away! Or refrigerate for NO more than 24 hours!

Hope that the information given above is helpful! So go and start whipping!

Source: Experience!

Photos: Google

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THE ART OF WRITING!

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As long as you are human being you write! Many people do private writing and some do publicly – from a protest letter to report writing in office and in schools. Some scribble a few paragraph secretly (like me) at your study table when everyone is asleep or nowadays many of us will just blog but our intention is that our writing will become the reading matter, obviously an enjoyable one! We all have that little wish to become famous.

Writing is a very old form of communication for conveying ideas and feelings from one person to another! Well im not saying that writing is all about journalism or some romantic novel writing, we need to learn this art or skill for taking notes during lectures or meetings or just jotting down a funny incident in your secret diary!

Well you must be thinking that, of course everyone knows how to write unless you were born yesterday! Well think again! Don’t like to think? its alright just keep on reading this post then! Below are the some tips you can follow:

  • Learn the ABCs! yes! learn it! A = accuracy, appropriateness,attentiveness. B = Brightness. C = Clarity, consistency etc
  • Remember your readers, even if its your own self!
  • Be attentive and logical
  • Your purpose
  • The choice of words
  • Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation
  • Tone

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The list goes on! if you’ve paid attention in English lessons then you would have already known all this by heart now! Well i cant emphasize enough on the importance of good writing! We have to write no matter how hard we try not to; resumes, letters etc!

OK! i believe that everything in this world have a partner, and the partner of good writing is good reading matter! It can be anything from biographies to novels to fashion magazines to dictionaries or even blogs! Try to look for errors and edit them! (Tip!)

So go get a book, a notepad and a pen and start practicing now!

Source: Reader’s Digest Book: How to write and speak better
Photos: Google

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Sunglasses!

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Sunglasses can do more than making you look good! Wearing sunglasses actually prevents you from many health conditions due to UV rays! There are several medical benefits to wearing sunglasses depending on the medical condition, below are just SOME of the benefits:

  • UV Protection
  • Reduction in headaches and eye strains
  • keep your eyes wet
  • Reduce effects of jet leg! yes im serious,research shows that people who limit  exposure to UV rays during a long overseas trip, effects of jet lag may be greatly reduced.
  • Prevents Cataracts – Blur or cloudy vision (mostly common in senior citizens.
  • Prevents Photokeratitis. Photokeratitis is a sunburn on the eyes.
  • Pinguecula. A non-cancerous eye growth on the white part of the eye that can develop in everyone from kids to seniors.

ok now you must be excited to get yourself a new pair of sunglasses but must be worried at the same time about the type of sunglasses you should get so you don’t become a laughing stock infront of others! In order to choose the perfect fit you must know your face shape:

  • Oval
  • Heart
  • Diamond
  • Square
  • Round
  • Oblong

Oval face: Just like with choosing a haircut, an oval face is the (ahem) “ideal”, meaning that most shapes will suit you.  Go nuts, ye of the blessed face shape!

Round face: You’ll want frames that make your face look longer & slimmer.  Frames that are equal to or a little wider than the broadest part of your face will help achieve this.  You can add some definition by going for frames that are quite angular or rectangular in shape.

Diamond face: As your face is quite angular naturally, oval-shaped sunglasses will soften you.  You can also try gently curved square frames.  You will look best if the frames aren’t any wider than your cheekbones.

Square face: You can reduce the squareness of your face by wearing frames that are soft & curvy while having a strong shape.  Cat’s-eye frames are ideal, as are ovals & round shapes.

Oblong face: Frames shouldn’t extend past the widest area of your face.  You should go for round & square shapes as this will widen & shorten your face.

Triangle/heart shape: The aim is to make the jaw look narrower, & the best way to do this is by accenting the eye area.  Cat’s-eye styles are good as well as metal frames with rimless bottoms

For more info read up this article or go to any sunglasses or optician they should be able to help you! (http://galadarling.com/article/choosing-sunglasses-that-suit-you)

Now! im not asking you to go crazy over my research and buy those expensive pair of glasses, the truth is any sun glasses which are able to provide UV protection and are  polarized will be able to help you and your eyes!

BUT!  i dont want you to buy them from those dollar shop as those sunglasses offer no UV protection, you increase your exposure to UV rays. The cheap sunglasses block some of the light, causing your iris to open to allow more light in. This lets in more of the UV light as well, increasing the damage UV light can cause to the retina. DONT worry not all GOOD sunglasses are expensive and NOT all the useless ones are cheap! The prices can range from Less than $20 up to several hundreds, depending on the features and the name! and your budget allowance aswell!

Source: TV, magazines, Google
Photos: Google

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Rest, Recover and Reward!

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Rest, Recover and Reward

Rest is just as important to your workout regime as exercise — it rejuvenates the body and mind, regulates mood, builds strength, and reduces fatigue. While it may be tempting to push your body to build more muscle and lose more weight, inevitably, without recovery, your body will fail.

Most injuries come from overuse so challenge yourself to a day of rest when you can catch up on sleep, practice light stretching, and restore your body.

Less is more on recovery days — fortify your mind with a simple meditation exercise. Close your eyes and breathe naturally as you think of the number 1 on each inhale. Continue this for at least 5 minutes, if your mind begins to wander, pull it back to “one.”

Just because you’re in recovery mode doesn’t mean you can’t stay active; try engaging in light stretching or a low-impact walk to fend off sluggishness and stiff muscles. Be sure to keep the volume and intensity very light (below 60% max heart rate!)

You don’t have any exercise scheduled for today, but if you don’t want to make today your “you” day, choose another day this week and clear your schedule as much as possible. Make time today or late this week for one exercise to strengthen your mind and one to restore your body.

Proper rest and proper nutrition is the key for quick recovery.  Make sure you’re getting proper nutrition BEFORE, DURING and AFTER your training/racing..and make sure you’re getting adequate rest.  If you’re unsure as to HOW MUCH rest you REALLY need..it is better to error on the “more rest is best” side.

Source:
Runner’s World
My Sports Science text book!

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Sleeping!

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Do you want to be productive, mentally sharp, emotionally balanced and full of energy all day long? Then make sure you have sufficient amount of sleep! The way you feel during the day hinges on how well you sleep at night.

Many researches have been done to prove sleeping is an essential part of our daily life, sleep is the sweet balm that soothes and restores us after a long day of work and play.

But there are many people whom sleep is elusive or otherwise troubled, the issue is far more fraught. Most people, at some point in their lives, experience difficulty falling asleep. “Sleep Enemies” such as sleep apnea, night terrors, narcolepsy, and sleep paralysis are common.

The good news is that treatment of sleep disorders is progressing rapidly, with new advancements. With few simple steps you can have your beauty sleep you deserve!

1. Use your bed for only sleeping and sex.

Do not work or study in bed. You start to connect your bed with stress, and that can in turn impact your ability to get to sleep.

2. Turn off electronics at least 30 minutes before bed.

This is true! Technologies are the biggest distraction around us!

3. Keep the same bedtime/waketime.

Your body needs to know your schedule so it can work accordingly!

4. Get regular exercise.

Exercising on a regular basis can help you get a better night’s rest. Exercise can also help combat depression and anxiety. Depression and anxiety can also lead to sleeping disorders. (obviously, when you are tired you will just run for your bed!)

5. Have a sleep-conducive environment.

6. Get checked for sleep apnea.

7. Your night wear must be comfortable.

Well now you must not spend your whole day sleeping just because it will benefit you, infact if you sleep more than you should you will get SICK!

Here is the daily hours of sleep people need at the different stages of their lives:

  • Infants (younger than 11 months): 14 to 15 hours of sleep
  • Toddlers: 12 to 14 hours of sleep
  • Preschoolers: 11 to 13 hours of sleep
  • Children: 10 to 11 hours of sleep
  • Adults: 7 to 8 hours of sleep (adolescents need a bit more)
  • Older adults: 7 to 9 hours of sleep

If you think you are having sleeping disorder jot down your sleeping pattern in your diary for atleast a week and bring it along with you on your visit to the doctor! and if you know that you are not getting enough sleep due to depression/anxiety consult with doctor ASAP!

In my opinion, Sleeping is the God’s gift for humans for working hard whole day! wait even animals need to sleep! So switch of your computers or any other gadgets and get some sleep! Sweet dreams! Zzzz!

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Travelling!

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Travelling with kids, stress about it? You don’t need to! Kids are the best traveller and explorers and I don’t think you will get stress with the best explorers of the world! I know things can be a bit difficult while travelling with kids but with some planning your trip can be safe, fun and memorable experience for the kids and yourself!

Here are the few tips:

  1. Choose a place where both parents and kids can have fun.
  2. Pack all the necessary items; medicine, caps, water bottles, sunblock, camera, batteries etc.
  3. Bring along your kids boredom survival kit: drawing and/or story books, Gameboys, stuff toys etc.
  4. Bring along YOUR boredom survival kit!
  5. If your kid is big enough let him/her pack on their own! Yes Im serious let them do it while supervising them.
  6. Set some rules with your family before you even leave your house. But don’t be harsh!
  7. Take advantage of their sleeping patterns. Go early or late night, so they will get to sleep for (at least) for few hours.
  8. Make sure you finish packing at least one day before the day of your trip.
  9. Map out your plan and let your little ones know about it.
  10. If you are bringing your pet along prepare a bag for them aswell, food etc.
  11. Make sure you have your travel insurance ready.

Don’t just make your trip all about your kids otherwise you will get bored, have some plans for your own self! But Im very sure that you will not get bored with kids around you! Surprisingly, you will have more fun-filled experience!

So don’t postpone that trip, waiting for the children to grow up. Always remember that nothing is more educational for ALL ages than traveling!

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