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3 Different Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

Published on December 14th, 2016 | by admin

Gifts for Holiday SeasonThe holiday season is fast approaching. This is a season to give back, not just to your loved ones, but also to the community and to the less fortunate individuals. If you have been blessed with a good health, complete family, a fulfilling job, and a happy life, now is the perfect time to give back and do your part to make other people happy as well. Here are some wonderful acts of kindness you can do this season of giving.

Make a List of People Who Have Helped You

From your spouse and children to your closest friends and colleagues, you surely have received a lot of love and support this past year. A wonderful way to show your appreciation for their presence in your life is by giving them simple gifts they will love. Make a list of the ones that stayed with you through thick and thin and take advantage of the holiday season to give back the love.

Support Local Businesses

One of the best ways to give back to the community is by supporting local businesses around your area by buying their products. You can give their products as gifts instead of shopping at popular malls and buying from famous brands. You can also support small businesses by posting about them on your social media accounts. These small acts of support will play a big role in the success of these local businesses.

Volunteer for a Cause

Volunteering in Singapore is one of the best ways for you to give back to the less fortunate. Find a cause you believe in and sign up to volunteer for a program where they need help. Giving your time, talent, and effort will surely go a long way and will make the lives of other people just a bit better.

These are just some of the best ways to give back this holiday season. Instead of receiving, focus on giving and you’ll be even happier and more satisfied.

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Reasons Why You Should Move to Pinellas County

Published on December 13th, 2016 | by admin

New Home in Pinellas CountyIn 2013, then House Speaker Will Weatherford said that around 1,000 people are moving to Florida every single day. With an average of 230 sunny days, residents in Florida continuously enjoys the somewhat tropical climate of this so-called Sunshine State. If you’re thinking of moving to Florida anytime soon, consider moving to Pinellas County. Here are some of the reasons why you would want to consider this Floridian county your new home.

Low unemployment rate. With an unemployment rate of only 4.30 percent, the state’s economy is enjoying a positive vibe with the recent positive job growth of 1.63 percent. This is great news for relocating families because it means there are more chances of finding jobs as the county expects the job growth rate to surge by 38.96 percent over the next decade.

Low cost of living. Compared to the U.S. average, the cost of living in Pinellas County is 1.40 percent lower. This means that households are able to save more money compared to other families living in other parts of the U.S. Starting over in a new place is easier of the cost of living is lower.

Good schooling system. The county public schools spend about $9,270 per student. As for the student-to-teacher ratio, there are about 18.5 students per teacher. Apart from public schools, there are also Christian schools in Pinellas County that parents can choose from for their children’s education.

Access to the pristine Florida landscapes. Residents in Pinellas County has great access to the beautiful sun-drenched beaches, pristine lakes and lush green landscapes surrounding public playgrounds. The county is also the home of 35-mile powder-white beaches with a 588-mile coastline. In fact, three of the country’s top 10 beaches are found in Pinellas County, namely Caladesi Island State Park, Clearwater Beach and the award-winning, Fort De Soto Park. The abundance of open living and playing spaces create an ideal place for families to grow.

See You in Pinellas County

Life in Florida seems to run slower than other busy cities like California and New York. If you’re looking for a place to start over and enjoy the quietness of life, consider moving to Pinellas County and see for yourself why more and more people are calling it their new home.

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What Busking Looks Like in Different Parts of the World

Published on July 28th, 2015 | by Eve Cooper

Busking is the art of performing in the streets or public places for gratuities. It could be some form of acrobatics, animal tricks, fortune telling, juggling, magic, mime, or even reading of poetry or prose, or street art such as sketching. While it is a common practice, the specifics differ according to countries and regions.

It’s a Festival in Singapore

While Chicago is a no-busking zone, busking is considered a major attraction in Singapore. In fact, some of Australia and Argentina’s best perform along Singapore’s streets, wowing tourists from all over the world with their performances.

A staggering 200 local and international street acts crowd Singapore’s streets for an amazing display of talents. And unlike other places where you need a YouTube account or a major following, Singapore welcomes everyone.

London Will Ask You to Audition First

buskingIt’s not only Singapore that takes busking to another level. London also takes the art very seriously. In fact, they have tight quality control measures for street performers. The most interesting part in this side of the busking world is that you have to audition first.

All buskers in London, specifically in the Tube or Covent Garden are required to audition to secure a busking permit. Because more than 3 million people use the Tube every day, it is a branded performance area that generates the largest audience and the biggest tips.

You Can’t Hurt Anyone’s Feelings in Sydney

Although a form of free expression, Sydney forbids a busking set about a bitter breakup or anything that could potentially hurt anyone’s feelings. In fact, they have a law that bans “vilification of any community members, including, but not limited to, racial, sexual, gender or disability discrimination” during busking.

England prohibits drunk busking, while Dublin demands you know at least twenty songs to improve variety in street musicians and to lessen overplayed songs. Despite these strange restrictions, it’s still wonderful to play audience to a busking performance.

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Two Days in Bangkok: What to Do and Where to Go

Published on May 18th, 2015 | by Eve Cooper

Grand PalaceSometimes, a short vacation is the only option you have, especially if you can’t leave work for a long time. Worry no more because you can discover an Asian city and its rich culture on a weekend getaway. That place is Bangkok in Thailand.

Bangkok is one of the most popular Asian destinations. Filled with ornate buildings, Buddhist temples, and exciting attractions, having just two days doesn’t seem to be a lot to explore this city. But, it’s still possible to discover a great deal about the place. 48 Hour Visit shares a list of must-see places if you only have 48 hours in Bangkok.

Grand Palace

This is a historical site built in 1782 and the most famous landmark in the city. Its beautiful architecture complete with intricate detailing will totally leave you in awe.

Khlong Tour

Despite the tourist hordes, overcrowded ferries and overpriced souvenir items, it’s a must to experience the Khlong tour! Rent a colourful long-tail boat and you’ll surely enjoy this different kind of shopping.

Wat Arun

Wat Arun, also called The Temple of Dawn, is best visited at night. Witness Bangkok’s sunset here for that romantic feel. The towering spires and floral pattern of the building will be worth the visit.

Siam Square

The Siam Square is a popular place prominent in Thai movies. If you still have time for nightlife, then you should definitely visit this place to cap off your first day. You can also go here on your second day to eat at restaurants and shop for souvenirs and gifts.

Chao Phraya River

There’s a not-to-miss dinner cruise where you can feel the magic of the perfect sunset in the Chao Phraya River. This is a must if you’re traveling with your special someone.

Cherish every minute of your stay, especially since you only have a limited time to enjoy what Bangkok has to offer. Bring with you wonderful memories and make sure to come back for more.

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Saving on London Expenses to Enjoy More of the City

Published on March 3rd, 2015 | by Eve Cooper

Natural History MuseumWhatever the season, taking a long vacation is always rewarding for anyone who works hard all-year long. Some people choose to stay in their homes and spend days in the comfort of their own beds, while others opt to get out of town and explore the wonders of the world.

For those who love seeing new places, London is a famous destination for travellers from all over the world due to its rich and diverse culture, offering a variety of tourist spots and new experiences for its visitors. After all, getting a visa to visit this wonderful city is less stressful compared to other countries, and therefore makes your trip more enjoyable and less demanding.

Cheap Packages for the Wise Traveller

You can easily take advantage of cheap flights from anywhere in the world to London, even if you are on a budget. Different airlines offer seasonal discounts, or you can explore connecting flights combined with train rides and find out which one will save you more money.

Accommodation in London is very easy to find. Countless affordable hostels, bed and breakfast inns, apartments, or hotels are in all parts of the city, adds LHA London. Some tour packages are inclusive of airfare and accommodation, wherein some types of discounts apply.

Places to See and Memories to Keep

Before you arrive in London, prepare for a fully loaded schedule with all the beautiful places you can go to. Of course, for the arts lover, there is the British Museum, Natural History Museum, the National Gallery, and the Tate Modern. For a great view of this spectacular city, visit the Coca-Cola London Eye.

Take a trip back in time as you walk through the historic aisles of the Tower of London and see the Buckingham Palace, and get ecstatic as you meet different personalities at Madame Tussauds.

Long known as an exquisite trove of culture and history, London is not only the home of the world’s sexiest English accents, but also brings out the best in modern Europe with a classic feel.

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Experiencing Sunny Florida: Top 3 Spots to Visit in Miami

Published on February 28th, 2015 | by Eve Cooper

Sunny FloridaLocated along the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida and the county seat of Miami-Dade County and separated from the mainland by Miami Beach and Biscayne Bay, the world-famous city of Miami is the 42nd most populated city in the United States of America. It is also well-known for its various tourist destinations and unique attractions.

If you ever find yourself planning to visit Miami, shares three great destinations to add to your itinerary. Make the most out of your trip, though, as these opportunities come highly recommended by foreign tourists.

● Zoo Miami. If you have children with you, Zoo Miami is the perfect hangout for you! Zoo Miami is steadily gaining popularity, as well as a reputation for being one of the United States’ best zoos. This is due to a combination of favorable climate (allowing rare animals from Australia, Asia, and Africa to live and thrive in the area) and its free-range (a.k.a. cageless) displays.

● Everglades. The Everglades National Park’s main attractions are about over a million acres’ worth of jungles, swamps, and prairies right in the city. The park serves as the habitat and shelter of the Florida Panther, the American Crocodile, the West Indian Manatee, and other rare and endangered creatures.

● Miami Beach. Interestingly, Miami Beach exists as a municipality separate from Miami. The beach itself is located on an island that is connected to the mainland through a number of bridges, and the area is well-known, not just for its attractive beaches, but also for the Art Deco District. The District features buildings designed in pastel colors from the 1930s, and has plenty of shops, restaurants, and hotels to stop by. For more Art Deco buildings, you can also visit Ocean Drive, located somewhere along the oceanfront.

There’s no need to worry about accommodation, either, as there are luxury rentals and hotels near Miami Beach for tourists and vacationers alike. Enjoy your trip!

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Rules in Finding the Right Cycling Group

Published on December 13th, 2014 | by Eve Cooper

cycling groupCycling is an enjoyable activity you can always do alone. But, there will be some occasions when you will feel like you need the company of others, especially if you’re traversing unchartered terrains. You may choose to form your own cycling group, but this isn’t a wise choice, especially if you’re an amateur cyclist.

Getting into a cycling team is a practical idea. You need to remember, however, that some teams implement processes before they admit a new member. Being part of a group will help you find experienced cyclists you can ask for mentorship. Teams are also great places to give back by assisting new cyclists. Below are some tips that will help you find and get into a team that goes on nationwide bicycle and motorcycle tours organized by the likes of

Know Your Type

Set the standards you will use when deciding which group to join. Are you competitive or are you the type who wants to take things at a leisurely pace? More importantly, be realistic. See the team members and figure out if you have the same skill set as theirs. If you want to be part of a team with experienced cyclists, make sure you’re familiar with different pro events. You may choose to join these types of events to build your credentials.

Use Your Connections

Use your network to find the right team. Browse social media sites since many interest organizations are online, and make friends with some of the members. Attend cycling events and other occasions that may be associated with the interests of other cyclists.

Show Them What You’ve Got

While the credentials of cyclists are not always tangible, you are required to show the team some things that prove your cycling chops. Show them a picture of you while you’re in a competition. You may ask to join them in their next race or expedition to prove that you can match their skills.

These are only some of the things you need to keep in mind if you want to join a cycling team. If you want to make things easier, ask for recommendations.

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TripAdvisor Announces World’s Top Beaches

Published on March 20th, 2014 | by Wileene Grace Olimpo

Fernando de Noronha Pernambuco Brasil

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Travel website TripAdvisor has revealed the top 10 beaches in the world, with Brazil taking the No.1 spot.

Award-winning beaches

So, where in the world can tourists find the best beaches?

TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice best beaches list is full of amazing destinations such as South Africa, Turks and Caicos, Hawaii, Mexico, and Brazil.

Brazil’s Baia de Sancho onthe remote island of Fernando de Noronha has been voted as the top beach destination. Its beautiful, clean swimming water has captured many tourists’ attention.

Flamenco Beach in Peurto Rico, on the other hand, jumped two spots from fifth to third.

A greatest sweet escape

The beaches are ranked by analyzing the quantity and quality of a year’s worth of TripAdvisor reviews.

Some of these beaches are somehow not the easiest places to access worldwide, but the best often are not. The reward of a hard-earned tour is truly wonderful.

Tourists can enjoy endless sun, warm waters, and white sands. The world’s best beaches have it all.

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Hospitality Talks: 4 Ways to Attract Guests to Stay at your Hotel

Published on February 9th, 2014 | by Eve Cooper

furniture from hotel liquidatorsAs the hospitality industry continues to evolve – with new and exciting offerings and products – hotel guests expect more when they book a place to stay. People are consistently looking for better accommodations, competitive amenities, and comfortable ambiance. This often leads to large-scale renovations or minor, more frequent service additions to enhance the hotel’s offerings.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to making your property more welcoming. Here are some of them.

Self-reliant staff

Nothing is worse than having a staff that always relies on the owner to resolve guests’ problems. Front desk staff should handle most of the common issues that may arise during a guest’s stay. Part of that process is having a confident and well-trained team. Empower your employees to make sudden decisions so they can quickly resolve problems.

Be on the lookout for renovations

A hotel that visibly shows signs of age is not appealing to guests. Consider renovating your hotel to enhance your appeal to prospects. Replacing carpets, repainting walls, and putting up clean curtains are a good start. Go the extra mile and add new comforts to your hotel, such as buying pieces of furniture from hotel liquidators or tech upgrades in each room.

A hotel full of passion

Apart from setting up pieces of furniture, an enthusiastic mood is also one of the best qualities a hotel can have. It’s catching and communicable. Having a cheerful personality or walking around with a smile will surely do wonders. An enthusiastic team works harder, talks positively about their responsibilities, and promotes the benefits of lodging in their hotel.

Be respectful of guests

It might take all of your patience to restrain yourself when an angry guest starts yelling at you about a problem, but always be humble and professional. As long as you treat annoyed guests with kindness and respect, they will usually not make a scene.

Everything you do to make your guests happy and satisfied will make your hotel a desirable place to stay. As a result, happy guests will instantly recommend your place, making your hotel more popular.

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