inside a bedroom April 23, 2014

From Childhood to Teen: A Guide to Bedroom Renovation

inside a bedroomAs a child grows, their needs and wants will change. They may not like the design of their bedroom anymore, as it’s too childish for their taste. Entering the adolescent stage means a wider interest and more mature preferences for their personal space. If you think it’s time to renovate your teenager’s bedroom, read the following to know how to do it right:

Bed Size and Mattress

A growing teenager is normal, so don’t be surprised if they’ll outgrow their bed frame after a few years. In fact, you might even need to buy them a new king mattress from Salt Lake City home stores to provide a bigger sleeping space. Choose a bigger frame, at least twice your teen’s size, to avoid changing bed frames and mattresses soon.

Storage Furniture

More cabinets, display racks, and other storage are necessary as teenagers usually get interested in different things. For instance, if they find a new hobby, they’ll most likely want to display their artworks in their room. Teenagers also tend to buy more things, such as clothes, accessories, and other personal items, so storage is important to keep them organized.

Design and Personality

Find out all the interests of your teenager to know what theme to use when designing the bedroom. For instance, it can transform into a pop star room filled with stylish and fashionable items, or a gamer room filled with video games related displays.

Study Corner

Don’t forget to create an area for their educational needs. If possible, place a study desk and bookshelf at the corner to avoid distractions. Ask your teenager if they need anything else, as they might need items for a specific subject.

Renovating the bedroom is easy if you know where to start. Buy new items, such as a high quality king mattress and storage cabinets, and set a theme to transform it into an ideal space for your teenager.

Gabby Cummins

As a Physical Education teacher at a university in Nevada, Gabby divides her time between taking care of her children and going to different conferences about her profession.

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wawrinka April 22, 2014

Wawrinka Beats Federer In Monte Carlo Final

Image by Mirsasha | Flickr

Image by Mirsasha | Flickr

After winning the Australian Open title against world no. 1 Rafael Nadal, Stanislaw Wawrinka gained another championship trophy after defeating Roger Federer in Monte Carlo final with a three-set final victory.

In Control

Wawrinka grabbed the title with a 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 to claim his second win against 15 matches with his fellow Swiss. The 29-year old Wawrinka took control from the second set tiebreak. His current victory ensures that he will remain on the number three spot in the world rankings.

The Motivated Wawrinka

“I can see that when mentally I’m there and I’m fighting, I can beat all the players. I did an amazing job. I’m really happy after winning my first Grand Slam to win a Masters 1000 so quick. I didn’t expect to.” Wawrinka said.

Wawrinka and Federer are Davis Cup teammates and their friendship was seen when they practiced together before the finals.

Rafael Nadal didn’t get in to the final for the first time since 2004 after losing to David Ferrer in the quarterfinals.

Mike Roach

Mike Roach, a photographer who has a studio in New Jersey. He travels across Europe, taking breathtaking landscapes and beautiful portraits.

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traveling with friends April 15, 2014

That Moment of Spontaneity: On the Cheap and Last-Minute Vacations

traveling with friendsSometimes, you and your friends would just have the same idea: why not go somewhere right now? Of course, while all of you are probably ready to leave your houses and head out to a vacation place, chances are your wallets aren’t. Don’t fret, though; it’s still possible to pull off last-minute vacations on the cheap.

The Right Place

It all begins with the best destination you could think of. Take into account that you have limited budget for this travel, so drop all those luxurious destinations from your list.

The area should be something you and your friends want to visit, but it also has to be budget-friendly. To help you decide, it’s best that you research online on which areas have cheap flights at the moment. Just stay open about your options and see where you might best enjoy a few days.

The Right Time

Don’t find the time; make it. Sometimes, the only thing that last-minute vacations need is your conviction to go out and have a break from the daily grind. You may be out for just a weekend, but that can go a long way in rejuvenating you already.

The Right Activity

Once the plane – well, car, cruise ship, whichever – arrives at the destination, it’s time to spot the right activities. Preferably, you would’ve done this part before you actually committed to a destination. Don’t worry, though, as every place in the world has something interesting in store for you. You just have to find it.

There are, of course, essential things to be taken care of before that. First of all, you have to find accommodations. Hotels are pricey, so stay low-key and go local with this trip. Apartments and similar setups work well anyway. It’s also a great idea to know what your travel setup would be. Instead of hailing cabs, it might be more affordable for you to talk to a car rental company in Perth.

As long as you consider all the options you have when travelling, it’s possible to enjoy a last-minute vacation. It’s okay to be spontaneous; go out, travel, and enjoy the different destinations of the world.

Gabby Cummins

As a Physical Education teacher at a university in Nevada, Gabby divides her time between taking care of her children and going to different conferences about her profession.

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condo for rent April 10, 2014

5 More Reasons to Live in Makati City

condo for rentMakati City is widely regarded as the financial district of the Philippines. More than the rich corporate environment, though, the city is also a great place for young families to live in. From abundant choices of condos for rent in Rockwell Center and nearby places to exciting entertainment centers, the list of reasons to live in Makati continues to grow.

Foodie Haven

Food is at the center of Filipino culture. In Makati, this cultural facet is heavily exemplified. Locals and foreign visitors alike revel in the wide array of options when it comes to top dining locations. If you are into authentic Japanese cuisine, for example, drop by Pasong Tamo and try the Japanese restaurants in a complex called Little Tokyo. If you want to taste something new every week, then visit the food markets on select weekdays and weekends.

Senior Movie Dates

Senior citizens residing in the city enjoy a special privilege – they are entitled to watch and enjoy movies for free. Makati is the currently the only major city in the country that provides such benefits to its citizens.

Lifestyle Playground

Makati City is also being groomed today as the location of the large-scale “lifestyle playground.” This huge 21-hectare complex called Circuit Makati will be the site of 3 distinct family-oriented entertainment venues which includes a concert ground, sports facilities, and an array of leisure retail shops.


Apart from the high-rise buildings, Makati also hosts some of the premier shopping centers in the country. They are virtually right next to each other. Shop till you drop as you hop along from one mall to another. Take the elevated walkways to better appreciate the robust scenery of the area.

Taking Vows

In line with its family-friendly atmosphere, the local government of Makati holds free wedding ceremonies for those who want to tie the knot. Every June, hundreds of couple exchange vows, with the mayor acting as their principal sponsor.

With these great things about Makati, there are more than enough reasons to start your family life in the city. With premier condos for rent just a stone’s throw away from exciting happenings and locations, your family will definitely have fond memories of living in the city.

Mike Roach

Mike Roach, a photographer who has a studio in New Jersey. He travels across Europe, taking breathtaking landscapes and beautiful portraits.

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overseas remittances April 9, 2014

The Philippines Remains Highly Dependent on OFW Remittances

overseas remittancesThe Philippine economy has been experiencing steady growth in the past few years, with World Bank giving a growth forecast of 6.6% in 2014. Among many other factors, this growth can be attributed largely to the steady flow of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) remittances.

While it’s possible for the economy to reduce its dependence on OFW remittances, complete independence is currently out of the question. This is despite reports from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) that the country has managed to reduce its dependence on remittances in the last three years.

Overseas remittances still play a pivotal part in the country’s economy, no matter what stage of economic development it is enjoying at present.

Promotes Economic Development

One of the primary reasons the Philippines won’t be able to manage without these OFW remittances is the important role it plays in promoting comprehensive growth that reaches the public.

OFW remittances are viewed as a major source of human capital development, as they are directly handed over to household members. These remittance flows are then used to pay for basic needs, such as shelter, food, clothing, and education. Others use these to invest in entrepreneurial projects.

Huge growth in these along with the surplus in the Philippines’s balance of payments (BOP) will continue to sustain the country’s economic growth.

Significant Growth in 2014

With the improved global growth predictions and post-typhoon Haiyan reconstruction efforts, overseas remittance flows to the country has a high tendency to expand faster, from 8 to 8.5 percent this year. This prospective growth of 2 to 2.5 percentage points compared to the 6 percent average growth in 2013 supports a 6.7 percent growth for the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) rate in 2014. In 2012, about 8.6 percent of the country’s GDP were from remittances. This numbers are less than the 2006 GDP peak of 10.4,but it’s still higher than the 2005 registered GDP of 7.5 percent.

Once a consumption-led economy, the Philippines is now turning into a domestic investment driven one.

Mavis Norman

Mavis is a Business Development Executive at a digital marketing firm in Florida. She maintains a blog where she states her views about the current trends in marketing.

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Image by Kelner  | Wikimedia April 8, 2014

Ukraine Rejects Darth Vader’s Presidency Bid

Image by Kelner  | Wikimedia

Image by Kelner | Wikimedia

Ukraine authorities dismissed the presidential candidacy of a man who calls himself Darth Vader.

The Sith Lord

The man appeared several times in costume of the iconic villain from the sci-fi series. Darth Vader joined the protests in the streets of Ukraine in the past few months. Whenever he made a scene, he was accompanied by his own Stormtroopers who kept him secure.

Darth Vader – or rather, Viktor Shevchenko, at least before he changed his name in March – ran under the Internet Part of Ukraine.


The Central Electoral Commission of Ukraine, however, labelled the paperwork of Darth Vader as “questionable.” The authorities also believed that the Sith Lord submitted forged documents.

Commission member Ihor Zhydenko says that the campaign of the movie villain was an attempt to discredit the snap election in May.

“It may seem like an innocent joke, but someone paid 5 m hryvynyas ($227,000) for this joke,” said Zhydenko.

Every candidate should pay the said amount upon submitting the application.

Mike Roach

Mike Roach, a photographer who has a studio in New Jersey. He travels across Europe, taking breathtaking landscapes and beautiful portraits.

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Image by Angela George | Wikimedia April 3, 2014

Tiger Woods Withdraws From Masters Due To Back Surgery

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Image by Angela George | Wikimedia

Golf legend Tiger Woods will not be joining the Masters Tournament after going through surgery for a pinched nerve in his back.


Woods said that he had to miss the tournament to focus on his recuperation.

“This is frustrating, but it’s something my doctors advised me to do for my immediate and long-term health. It also looks like I’ll be forced to miss several upcoming tournaments to focus on my rehabilitation,” said the fourteen-time champion.

For the last 19 years, Woods has never missed a Masters – until now.

Road to recovery

This comes after he issued a statement on his website that he underwent a successful surgery to heal his pinched nerve. Along with this came the bad news that he would have to rest for the “next several weeks” in order to recover completely.

Woods expressed his disappointment in missing the Masters.

“I’d like to express my disappointment to the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons that I will not be at the Masters. It’s a week that’s very special to me,” he said.

The Augusta National Gold Club wished Woods his immediate recovery and return in the next Masters Tournaments.

Mike Roach

Mike Roach, a photographer who has a studio in New Jersey. He travels across Europe, taking breathtaking landscapes and beautiful portraits.

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website design April 1, 2014

Don’t Be Left Behind: The Rise of Mobile-Friendly Websites

website designAlmost half of all local searches today are performed using a mobile device.

This is what a new study on customer behaviour suggests. With more and more people accessing websites using their tablets and smartphones, you need to make sure your page can be viewed efficiently from different mobile devices. Readability, load time, and images usually render differently on smaller screens. This is why it is important to ensure your site is mobile-responsive.

Why It Matters

Sixty percent of users expect a mobile website to load within three seconds or less, according to Google. The search engine also suggests that more than half of users won’t recommend a business with a bad mobile site to their friends and colleagues. If you think you can getaway without a mobile version of your site, think again. You might lose your current customers if you do not create one.

Forecasts have also suggested that mobile users will be spending even more time browsing the Internet in the coming years. As devices get more advanced, many are starting to expect a desktop experience with their smartphones and tablets. To meet these expectations, work with responsive web design services to make your page mobile-friendly. Making your site mobile-responsive helps retain your current customers and reach more clients.

Measuring Your Site’s “Mobile-Friendliness”

The first thing to do is to know how much traffic is coming from mobile devices. To do this, log in to Google Analytics. The tool can show you how many users are coming to your site using different mobile devices. Know how your website looks on smartphones and tablets using Google Gomometer or other comparative tools. Take note of the readability of your content, the loading time, and how your images appear.

Best Practices

Many businesses have created a mobile version of their site to meet customers’ expectations. While this is the simplest solution, you can cut costs by creating a single page that renders correctly on both desktops and mobile devices. Responsive website design is becoming increasingly popular for companies with limited resources and tight budget.

Do not be left behind. Work with a web design company to make your page mobile-responsive and keep your current customers.

Robert Lopez

Robert is a Senior Web Developer at an SEO firm in California. He is also a photography enthusiast.

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divorce lawyers March 27, 2014

Stay or Let Go: When is Divorce the Answer?

divorce lawyersWhen a marriage takes a turn for the worse, many couples wonder if divorce is the best option. While divorce is supposed to be the last decision for a troubled marriage, it may be necessary in some relationships.

Consider the following if you’re wondering if it’s the right time to call a divorce lawyer:


Addiction, whether it’s drug, gambling, sex or alcohol, is a terrible disease than puts you and your children in danger. If your partner refuses to admit that there is a problem and refuses to consider treatment, divorce is likely the only answer.

Abusive Partner

Whether it is physical or verbal, you should never stay with an abusive partner, especially if you have kids witnessing the abuse. While it sounds terrifying, the only way to end the abuse is to get out quickly. Don’t just wait for things to simmer down or hope that things will change along the way.

Continued Infidelity

Some couples consider infidelity unforgivable while others are willing to stay despite the betrayal. It might be the time to say goodbye, however, if infidelity continues. It can be devastating to your relationship; when you stay in a relationship with a cheater, things can only get worse.

Emotional Shutdown

Emotional shutdowns are often unfixable, especially when your partner refuses to save the relationship or pretends to ignore problem. Keep in mind that you can’t fix a marriage with a partner who will not admit that there is a problem.

Lack of Respect

Respect is an important aspect of a healthy relationship. When it’s gone and your partner makes you feel rejected or dismissed, it may be time to move on. You’re seriously in a bad place when your relationship reaches this level.

Remember, though, that major decisions like divorce should not be made when there is a high level of tension. Let the tension subside first so you can view things more rationally. And when you finally decide that divorce is the best resort, hire an experienced divorce lawyer to help you with your case.


Mike Roach

Mike Roach, a photographer who has a studio in New Jersey. He travels across Europe, taking breathtaking landscapes and beautiful portraits.

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man uses laptop March 25, 2014

New Tool Developed Aims To Help Catch Child Abusers

A law enforcement agency has developed a program that could catch child abusers and save potential victims from kidnapping and exploitation.

Rescue the children

Known as the Project Vic, the database can help investigators identify victims of child sexual abuse.

It can change the way investigators approach this crime.

“The idea is to allow law enforcement to run data against hash sets that are immediately available through cloud services,”said James Cole, a national program manager at Homeland Security, in a statement. “They can interrogate that data in real time and know a lot of things about it very quickly.”

Hope to trace offenders

The toughest part of tracking kidnapped children is that money is not exchanged in a system to track it. Because of this, data collection is all the more important.

The project is being coordinated by the US Department of Homeland Security and the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Forces in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand aim to help test the database.

Wileene Grace Olimpo

Wileene is a writer who enjoys the challenges of writing an engaging and creative articles. She has a passion for writing and considers lifestyle, media, and healthy living topics as her strength/s. She likes reading non-fiction, thriller, children's, and science fiction books. She believes that she is capable of writing articles and yet she still has room to improve.

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