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Keeping Yourself and Others Safe on the Road

Traffic jam on the freewayThere are a lot of situations wherein traffic has to be controlled — severe weather, roadway repairs, freeway construction, mowing operations, or any other instance that can affect the flow of vehicles on the road. Usually, when you are driving and are in a high traffic situation, you will see many traffic control signs to ensure the safety of both drivers and pedestrians.

As such, it is important that everybody follows traffic control zones when travelling on the road. Traffic control equipment can sometimes be misused as well, so better take heed.

Warning Sign

An advance warning area is a place where the initial warning signs are located, so you can make the right manoeuvre. Some of the signs you could see are: “Road Work Ahead,” “Single Lane Road Ahead,” or “Be Prepared to Stop.” You must read and follow these signs while going through the flow of traffic that you are in.

There are instances when a single lane could cause heavy traffic and as a result, motorists will get irritated and not follow directions. This will make matters worse, so it is best to obey road signs no matter what. It is difficult to predict what could happen on the road after all.

Men at Work

The work area is a location where workers place certain equipment and where maintenance operations are carried out. It is easy to spot and is the reason for the traffic control signage you will see leading up to a certain roadwork site.

The termination area comes after the work area. This is important because this is where traffic resumes safely again without hindrances. Some people encounter a crash after leaving a work zone, thinking they can stop paying attention again. Don’t be like them.

Stop and Go

Car and pedestrian stoplightA traffic light is one of the best ways to keep the road in order. This is one traffic control equipment that everyone must follow. Many motorists try to beat the red light, for instance, which is a dangerous habit. Red means stop and yellow means to slow down, not speed up before it turns red.

There are times when these lights are not followed, especially when there’s no CCTV camera or no traffic police manning the area and controlling the flow of traffic. This does not always happen, but it’s still best to pay attention at all times.

Be Reminded

It’s essential to watch out for these traffic control signs, especially when there’s roadwork ahead. This is to ensure maximum safety for motorists and pedestrians. You cannot compromise safety for negligence, ignorance, and failure to follow directions in traffic control areas. These warning signs were placed on the road for a reason and they should be followed accordingly.

Not every street you go to is easy to manoeuvre. Look out for road signs, constructions, pedestrians, and drive safely at all times. The reason there are traffic control signs is to warn you of the proper course of action. You wouldn’t want to be in an accident, would you? Take heed, practice defensive driving, stay alert, be cautious, and look ahead on the road.

People Person: 3 Easy Ways to Get to Know Your Condo Neighbors

high-rise condo unit

One of the most common misconceptions about condo living is you will never find friends, as everyone has their own little worlds boxed in their cold and stiff units. The truth is, however, condo communities today are some of the most vibrant neighborhoods — and that you can very well make friends in these settings, even without trying so hard.

Here are some of the easiest ways to get to know your condo neighbors. Who knows, your personalities might jive and you may find a friend who is interested in the same things.

Help someone

The “Bayanihan” spirit in Filipinos isn’t lost just because there are no bahay kubo’s to lift. There are other ways to show that wonderful spirit as long as you care for the people around you. Even in condo settings, you can channel such a noble trait. The simple act of holding the elevator for someone, especially those who have children with them or those who are carrying heavy items like groceries, can help you connect with a neighbor. Even if you just exchanged a few words — like “Going up.” or “Thank you.” — at least you did not ignore their presence. In fact, that short conversation made you look at them instead of being busy with your smartphone.

If cooking or baking is your hobby, you can be that Good Samaritan who shares food with everyone — except that in this setting, you have more to feed. Of course, your priority would be those who live on the same floor. Let them try your adobo or sinigang or the cupcakes you baked. Moreover, don’t forget to smile. Don’t underestimate the power of a smile, as it might just be the help that someone needs after a long day.

Go to association meetings

It’s your right and responsibility to know what’s happening in your community. Aside from being informed, go to association meetings to meet your neighbors. Participate actively in the discussions and express respect for differing opinions. When people see that you’re genuinely concerned about certain matters, they’d engage in conversations with you even after the meeting. This could be an opportunity to invite them to dinner at your place or ask them about what they do for a living. Seize the social opportunities in gatherings.

Walk your dog

Happy young woman walking with her beagle dog

Most property developments today have sprawling green outdoor spaces where you can take your dog for a walk. Such areas will help you meet other pet owners. As you have a common interest, it will be more natural for you to strike a conversation. Plus, dogs naturally gravitate towards other dogs to play, so you can seize that opportunity for a small talk.

Ask for permission if you want to pet their dog and try to keep it brief, as you wouldn’t want to cause inconvenience to the owner. This condo near Ortigas suggests checking condominiums that Pasig offers, especially those that feature open, green areas perfect for your furry friends.

Connecting with condo neighbors shouldn’t be hard. You just have to be proactive about it. Take it easy and have fun meeting your would-be friends.

 

Wedding Fairs: Are They Worth the Visit?

Bride-to-be being assisted in choosing a wedding dressWeddings have always been magical regardless of the type one chooses to have. Whether it is a small and intimate ceremony or a lavish one, having the right wedding suppliers can help make or break your big day.

When it comes to weddings, Filipinos invest a lot of time and effort in finding the best wedding suppliers in the Philippines. It’s no wonder bridal fairs are regularly held and frequented by couples. But is it really worth the visit? Read on to find out.

Meet suppliers

One of the main reasons couples love visiting bridal fairs is because they can meet potential suppliers on the events. Everything you need, from gowns, venues, and cakes to giveaways and coordinators, can be found in a bridal fair. Talk about convenience!

Get good deals

Booking suppliers on the spot can garner you a number of great deals that are surely a bargain. There is no better way to get the type of service that you want from a reputable supplier without busting your budget than through bridal fairs.

Get inspirations

You can get different ideas from various people that you can use for your own wedding. Magazines do a good deal, but nothing beats seeing those setups and motifs, and talking to a professional on the spot.

Enjoy freebies

It’s important to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, as well as bring a big bag when attending a wedding fair. Not only will you be walking around and meeting a lot of suppliers; you will also be surprised with the freebies that you can take home. Another good news is that some suppliers offer free food and cake tasting.

Wedding fairs are definitely worth your time. Aside from all the freebies and ideas that you can get, going to fairs with your friends, family, or significant other is a good bonding activity in the midst of crazy wedding planning. So, enjoy it!

Work-Family Balance: Tips for Busy Working Parents

Parents playing with their childrenParents work for the benefit of their children, this is true, but many, unfortunately, tend to forget that kids require their parents’ attention too. Every time you arrive home from work, for instance, do you actually get to sit down, talk to your children, and spend time with them?

This is the predicament of most working parents. But it doesn’t have to be. You can find a fine balance between working and saving some time for your kids. Read on for some tips on how to manage a home and be a professional at the same time.

Create a routine.

Yes, you can be at work from 8 to 5, but from 6 onwards should be allocated for your family. You can prepare dinner for them, eat with them, and prepare the kids for bedtime.

Make the end of the week all about the family.

Weekends should be for resting and relaxing. And what better way to do both than with your most beloved people? Take them to a theme park such as Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach for some good old-fashioned fun in the water. What’s more, it will also be a good getaway for you just to relax and unwind while the kids have all the fun they can have.

Work with your partner.

Having a family takes two, so managing a household also requires at least two people. Talk to your spouse about your work schedule so he/she can arrange his/hers. Fixing your schedules so one of you can be with the kids is a good way to ensure that the children don’t go wanting for parental attention.

Don’t hesitate to delegate.

After all, you are only one person. Therefore, you cannot manage to do everything on your own. Hire a cleaner or a gardener to take care of other chores. This will give you time to spend with your children.

When your family is truly your priority, doing these things will be easy for you to do. Just remember that the kids require more of you and your time than anything money can buy.

3 Things You Can Expect From Siloso Beach Party 2018 Countdown

Woman thinking about the Siloso beach party for 2018For its 11th year, Singapore’s famous New Year’s countdown on the beach is set to return to the sandy shores of Siloso Beach on December 31, 2017, from 6 PM to 6 AM! Gear up for 12 hours of non-stop music, party and exhilarating fun as the world bids farewell to 2017 and welcomes the year 2018.

But in case this is your first time to join this iconic Singapore countdown beach party, here are some of the things you can expect:

Music from Buzzing Local and International DJs

Headlining the biggest beach party of the year is the Dutch duo Bassjackers. Known as one of EDM’s most prized assets, the duo is expected to take this party to the next level. Joining them is DJ Jenni-F from Malaysia and local legends such as DJ Ollie ‘Des, DJ Jensen, DJ Kaylova, DJ Caden, MC Rauzan, Mr Boo, and the winner of 2017 DJ Spin Off, DJ The Kendrick. With this amazing line-up, Siloso Beach Party is a celebration you shouldn’t miss.

Signature Giant Foam Pool

Siloso Beach Party isn’t complete without its signature giant foam pool. To fully enjoy this foam pool, make sure to wear the right outfit—well, you can never go wrong with a tank top and shorts combo. But, for girls, wear your most stylish bikini under your casual garb and go for convenient yet chic flip-flops, as well as simple accessories which are perfect for the festival. This way, you can party all night, in style and comfort!

Massive Fireworks Display

At the stroke of midnight, the DJs will continue to spin and pump out the best of party music as the sky is filled with a grand fireworks display. This year, there will be 6,000 shots of fireworks, so prepare to be amazed and thrilled as you welcome 2018.

Over 10,000 people are expected to join this countdown party. So, hurry, save the date and get your tickets, today, to vibrantly ring in the New Year!

Vape with Care: How to Maintain Your E-Cigarette

Man enjoying his e-cig with his womanVaping has risen in popularity as newer models flood the market. These products are being sought mostly by millennials, the Gen Zs, and people who wish to quit smoking cigarettes. It is even on the rise among teenagers and school children.

Vapes, or e-cigarettes, are not indestructible, but they need regular maintenance, both for the unit’s durability and the user’s safety.

Maintaining an E-Cigarette

E-cigarettes need to be in top condition if you are to keep using them. Experts at Vaporknightsusa.com know that vaping can be used as a way to quit smoking, and that is why regular maintenance is essential. It is still an electronic device that always comes in contact with liquid. Extra measures are needed for the safe use of the unit.

The steps to maintaining a vape may seem a little intimidating to newbies, but after continuous practice, they’ll be feeling like a pro. Here are some of the basic tips:

  • Clean your e-cigarette – Vapes collect dirt, debris, and e-liquid residue when in constant use. Regular cleaning will ensure its excellent condition.
  • Take care of the battery – Use the battery often, but never drain it thoroughly before charging.
  • Watch the e-liquid – Make sure the e-liquid doesn’t go below the holes in the atomizer, nor should it go above the level of the center tube.
  • Store it correctly – Store the e-cigarette upright and keep away from high temperatures and direct sunlight.
  • Change the coil every month – The coil is consumable and needs to be changed regularly, especially when the vapor starts to have a burnt taste.

Why Choose E-cigarettes over Cigarettes

After several studies done on the components of an e-cig’s juice, scientists have found that all the chemicals in the liquid combined still don’t have the level of toxicity a traditional cigarette has. The number of cigarette smokers has gone down, as well, as most now use e-cigs as a replacement for regular smokes.

Though e-cigarettes have divided the public health world’s opinion, it still hasn’t stopped its continuous boom among those who see it as a healthier alternative to smoking.

The Square: Cavite Dwellers’ Next Go-To Shopping Center

Busy shopping centerThere’s a new shopping center situated in the heart of Cavite. It will capture the hearts of those residing there as well. This new modern strip mall has been thoughtfully convenient, and it is a great place for leisure and to heighten the experience of those living in Lancaster New City.

Its great location also offers the best way to save precious hours of time and money on car fuel or long commutes going to The Square (lnc-thesquare.com).

Location

This new shopping center’s strategic location is one of the most accessible areas for the homeowners in Lancaster New City. To avoid the hassle of going out of the area for errands such as grocery shopping, the housing village has provided a shopping center its homeowners can easily reach.

The aim was for them to enjoy a short and enjoyable commute to the shopping center. Say goodbye to the days of worrying about being stuck for hours in traffic, and welcome the new era of relishing a quick and smooth ride to The Square.

Sustainability and Style

The Square was not only made for convenience but also to fit the lifestyle of homeowners in the area. They can indulge in small luxuries that are readily available to them.

Apart from displaying style and elegance, the outdoor strip mall boasts of a natural breeze, which also promotes a very environmental-friendly environment and helps create a more sustainable and cleaner earth.

New and Better Life

Lancaster New City now also offers the convenient option of keeping within your area, whether to relax and enjoy a day with your family or to have coffee in one of the shops in The Square. If you’re curious to know more, don’t hesitate to give the place a visit.

4 Ways to Have More Time With Your Family

family spending quality time togetherNo matter how busy you are with work, it is still important to spend time with your family. This is so that the family is closer together as the kids are growing older. The following tips are ways for parents to maximize their time with their family:

Buy a car

Having your own car is a smart way to bond with your children. If you have a car, you can accompany them to school every morning as you make your way to work. That is already more or less 30 minutes more time with them, where you can ask them how they are doing with school.

Car dealers can help you get that vehicle so you can bond with your children. Now, if you opt for used cars, then it is wise to compare different used car prices in Raleigh first before buying.

Organize family nights

Family nights are important in keeping family members close to each other. The great thing about it is that there is no limit to what you can do during these nights. You can go to the movies, play some games, or dine in a great homegrown restaurant. The possibilities are endless.

Walk as a family after dinner

Walking after dinner is one way for your family to shed off some of the pounds that you have put on over the summer. While walking, you can talk to your children and spouse about their plans in life, something that is rarely talked about in families.

Go on vacations

Vacations may be costly, but if you have money to spare, it is an idea worth visiting. Experience different cultures and places together and see everyone enjoy.

Kids and the spouse can feel alienated at school or work so they would want to talk with other members of the family. This is why more time with the family can be good for them. This is not to mention the bonding that the family experience with each other.

 

You’re on the Right Track: Improving Your Sense of Direction

A young woman holding a map while looking for directions Many people think of themselves as a failure when it comes to map reading. Some even think that the adeptness when it comes to direction is some sort of talent or blessing. This “gift” can come in handy, especially when travelling.

This should not be the case, as you can still work on your sense of direction. If you’re excited to get a used car for sale and hit the road, Fletch’s GMC Buick Audi and other experts recommend sharpening your sense of direction and homing abilities when driving. Here are some of them:

Read maps

This may seem a no-brainer, but many people lack the patience and initiative to read maps. GPS can be helpful, but what if it fails? You need to have a fallback and that is your map. You have to learn how to read it, whether it’s digital or not.

Make it a habit by hanging a map of your city on your wall. Every day before going to work, figure out how you’ll get to the office from your home. You may find and try new routes as well. Pay attention to legends, as well.

Take note of landmarks

To remember locations, you can always count on landmarks. A remarkable or memorable object can serve as a mnemonic device, which can help you remember places. This can be anything, from stores to statues and newspaper stands. Make sure that your reference is striking and easy to remember.

Gamify it

Who says there’s no fun when improving this skill? Now is the right time to play as many video games as you can. A number of video games require you to read maps to complete missions. This, in turn, will help sharpen the way you view your surroundings spatially.

These are only some of the things to keep in mind when you’re looking to improve your sense of direction. Ditch your GPS for a while and take a map with you.

Cake in the Office: Should You Say Yes, Always?

Cake in the officeAnyone’s birthday is a good excuse to have cake (or other sweets) in the office. After all, it is a birthday – a reason to celebrate and have a piece (or two) of fluffy cake.

The culture of bringing treats to the office, however, is not exclusive to birthdays. Any form of celebration (e.g., office wins, pregnancy announcements, the holidays and engagements) calls for a round of cake, doughnuts and other forms of sweets.

While employees rejoice at the sight of free treats, any health expert or Potters Bar dentist will shake their head.

Closed Cubicles and Cake

The office is a wellspring of treats high in sugar. With workplaces moving on from the traditional bowl of candies, this fact is no longer surprising.

Offices now understand that food is the way to their employees’ hearts. To encourage motivation and better performance, they stock their kitchens with crisps, popcorn, sweets and other treats. During birthdays, they offer cake to the celebrants – without any fail. Insurance is no longer the only selling point for prospective employees; snack perks are now part of the mix.

Free food creates a welcoming atmosphere that brings the team together. Unfortunately, it rips their health apart.

Anything but that Slice of Cake

When a considerate colleague offers you a slice of cake or a piece of chocolate, is it rude to refuse?

Apart from fearing the title ‘Office Killjoy’, science insists it is more difficult to resist food when it is nearby. How could you refuse that piece of cake on a plate, ready to be eaten? But once you eat a slice, the cycle of snacking is more difficult to end.

Random snacking lies to the brain, insisting you still need to eat when you are already full. As a result, you eat more than what you need, putting yourself at risk for physical and dental issues.

Workplace Willpower

Fortunately, more workplaces realise the importance of staying fit, encouraging their team to eat healthier options. Apart from that, your willpower also has a role to play.

If cake or other pastries are present, will indulging be worth it? Consider your options first and motivate yourself to refuse.

A piece of cake never hurt anyone, but remember: think before you eat.