Catching up: Part 1 Lime’s Birthday

Ohhh, it’s been quiet around here, hasn’t it? Hope you all haven’t deserted this little place just yet. 🙂

So what have we been up to? Lime has been keeping us busy, learning new words every day, loving the swings and slides in the park and having play dates with her friend Aiden.Me, I’ve kinda got sidetracked back in I think May or whatever when my desire to watch Brokeback Mountain again took over and after I’ve watched it I got carried away with things related to it. I don’t think I’ve ever read as much as I did in the past few months :s

There are a few events I have to catch up on: Lime’s birthday in August (this one), our visit to Brighton and the Paralympics… I hope to have them all up by the end of the week. (Ha, here’s to wishful thinking.)

Remember last year, we had some friends and my family around for a picnic in the park. This year, we did almost the same thing but with different guests.

Jenny, Nicki and Uncle Michael
Lime had fun at the swings, wearing her Lime-dress, just like last year
The children had some fun of their own…
‘The Gay Kite’

The day was beautiful and we had lots of fun eating sandwiches, home baked cake and playing Crazy Golf.

This would be me, trying to avoid the sun
The husband, his parents and grand-parents, Jenny, Nicki and random people. Lime’s friend Aiden and his mummy are just out of shot
Tiger Woods, eat your heart out!
Friends. Lime & Aunty Jenny

After the crazy golf we went to the Castle where for four Sundays in August one can enjoy some outdoor music. Here’s us, doing just that.

We had a lovely day. The weather was perfect, the food was good and plenty and the company was wonderful. Thank you to all who came and/or sent cards. 🙂

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Then&Now
 
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The Presents
Lime received some fantastic presents. Thank you to everyone who thought of her this year. 🙂
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Being early         

They say people who are early risers do more things than those who are not. Starting your day early also means more time to work, and spend the remaining hours for things that interest you—be it your passion projects, hanging out with your family, or giving time for yourself. My friend is a proof of this. He my best man in my wedding, where he delivered the best best man speech jokes I’ve ever heard.

But waking up, even when the alarm went off already, have been an arduous routine for some, if not all. Hitting the snooze button over and over again may have been the daily routine of someone who considers himself more of a night owl than an early riser. But believe or not, most of the successful people today are every inch the morning person. Think of businesswoman Martha Stewart, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, and US President Barrack Obama—these guys, and more, have proven that the essence of starting early gets you going for the rest of the day.  Get these six ways to wake up early and get yourself to becoming the morning person that you have always wanted to be.

  1. Sleep early

What else would make you wake up early than hitting the sack early the night before? And to be able to this, make sure you keep your priorities straight. Dr. Tracey Marks, an Atlanta-based psychiatrist and author of Master Your Sleep: Proven Methods Simplified, says that you should trim down your evening obligations and train yourself to sleep early.

“We typically overestimate how much available time we have and take on projects that we have no business committing to,” she says, adding that you should know how to get rid of things that are just consuming your time and not really helping you out on your goals.

Downsizing your dinner is also important before hitting the sack. Avoid munching on chocolate or having coffee or red wine the night before. More importantly, do not sleep right after you eat dinner. Have some bubble bath or sleep on with scented candles if it would make you feel less tense and relaxed.

  1. Set that alarm (and don’t hit the snooze button!)

Have you seen people who have their alarms every 5-10 minutes and then just hit the snooze button until they doze off to wonderland again?

Here’s the trick: Set your alarm with the most annoying tone you have in your phone so that it would really wake you up. Better yet, place it at the far end of your room so you really have to get up just to shut it out.

  1. Drink a glass of water
    “By the time you get up, you’ve gone several hours without water and are mildly dehydrated –and that can make you feel tired,” says Nicole Kuhl, director of nutrition at Lifespan Medicine in Santa Monica, California.

Drinking water in an empty stomach right after you wake you kick starts your metabolism for the day.

  1. Don’t skip breakfast

Yes, we already heard it before, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

“After sleeping all night, our metabolism and blood sugar are at their lowest; we need a healthy breakfast to re-energize us,” says Rebecca Scritchfield, R.D., a Washington D.C. based nutrition and exercise expert specializing in weight management. Think of a yogurt, an apple, and a whole grain to pack on your tummy in the morning.

Forbes said that rushing to the door with only a cup of coffee and an empty stomach won’t really kick start your day. Spend at least 30 minutes taking breakfast while mentally jotting down the things you need to accomplish for the day. It will also give time to talk with your family or friends.

  1. Get a daily dose of nature

Huffington Post said that getting up to surround yourself to nature is one way to let go of that groggy feeling in the morning.

A 10-15 minute walk to the park or along your neighborhood with your dog will help you prep up for the day.

Every morning promises a new beginning, not only for people who work to beat deadlines, but to people who chase their dreams and wants to be ahead of their game by starting early.  So say hi to your happy hormones and get ready for a day of energy and positivity!

A Year Ahead

Hurray! Its 2018 in a month! And for me it’s not just an ordinary year, I know, it’s extra-ordinary! Of course not to mention that movie 2018 and the not-so-good idea embedded on it, the thought that 2012 is the end of the WORLD. Well, there are no such things as end of the world in 2012 as Catholic, I believe God created the world and it will stand still…okay enough for that non-sense prophecy lets now ponder to a more meaningful and interesting topic..

I am not a true believer of New Year’s resolution. I am more into plans and goals setting. Every time a year ends, I always write down all my plans and goals for the next year. And this year, I wrote a lot. I planned a lot, because 2018 is special to me. My past 20 years has been a series of ups and downs, series of learnings, series of struggles, cycle of a student’s waterloos, dreams as well as series of threat and thrill…this 2018, I hope all the series of struggles will turn into sequence of success through hard work. I hope all the string of lessons will be applied and the chain of dreams will turn into reality. And to be more transparent here are my some list of goals and plans for the first quarter of 2018.

 

Finish my studies. Get a Degree!

My days in the academy are numbered (I hope so) but numbers sometimes extends that why I laid out plans to finish my studies no matter what. It is my first priority now. Before, when I wake up each morning I shut down that ear-splitting alarm clock then sleep again, there were days when I love to pussyfoot out of the classroom and just wander around. the university I also practice procrastination over my assignments and projects. But it’s entirely different now. I’m in a situation where I should just give everything I got and take everything I can out my limited days in college.

 

Harness my Talent and Skills

Unfortunately, my field doesn’t have any board exam that would give me a time to review and prepare my self to the bigger role outside. But of course I’m not going to let each opportunity to just slip by, I’m not going to pursue the bigger role outside unprepared. So I planned to review all my past notes, read more books. I am also eyeing on learning website development, I actually got the idea from my friends over  ranking hostingów.

(Mass Communication books) and try to stretch myself to everything I can be. I want to be Prepared. Remember, an opportunity is at its best when you are prepared.

 

Build bridges, create contacts and find a good Job

This is the perfect time or period where we should be creating our connections who could help us to our future undertakings. Like the saying goes, “don’t burn bridges, create them,” no matter how talented or skilled you are, you may still need someone to help you, endorse you or probably give you the job that you want. With thousands of graduates every year in our country it would be wise to start finding jobs and connections early February or March or else, you may run out.

 

Aside from those goals for the first quarter of 2012 I also laid more plans for the entire year I did not include love life though. This is a new chapter and new beginning and I feel that this is the year to work and a year for those open doors of opportunities. Life is indeed short, so let us live our lives the way we want it. Set your goals. Make feasible and smart plans, execute you plans and expect a result. It might not go smoothly or problem-free. It might change. But its okay, learn to adjust and accept changes.

 

To my fellow students and graduating students, give your best and take all the time you got to study. Accept challenges, fight and never quit.

 

Sweat off the Sweats

 

After spending time with my Audi Q5 for two months, which I leased, out of town with my partner for a monthlong adventure, I gained a lot of weight. Yes, I did! My muffin top is growing strong and I was really eating a lot. Well, now, I decide to ditch the sedentary lifestyle and sweat all the sweets I ate.

There’s a lot going on now in our fitness industry.  Fitness gyms and wellness studios are appearing in every corner of the city.  With this increased number of facilities come different selling strategies and trends to attract people to choose their facility. 1-on-1 functional training: This type of training is currently available in the new gyms in the city.  It’s a private training session with a coach who assesses your status and develops a training program that will fit your needs and capacity to train. This training is individualized, making you achieve your goals faster.  Also, the training environment is safer because there is a coach supervising your entire training session.

 

Semi-private group functional training

This training is somewhat similar to the first one but with more people training with you. This program is more general but taking into account the needs of all the participants of the training session.  It is also safe because there is a coach/trainer supervising the training floor.

 

Specialized group training class

 

Now, this confuses people who are looking for classes to join. The difference between specialized group training classes from semi-private group training classes is that the latter uses different training methods (i.e., dumbbells, suspensions, kettle bells, etc.) and develops programs for the needs of the whole group.

Redefining beauty

We are blessed with naturally tanned skin. This feature has always made us stand out among all the other races. However, not all of us take pride in having this complexion.

For many years now, there has been a misconception created among the minds of the Filipinos. It’s gotten so bad to the point that even as a kid, we were made believe that being fair skinned translates to being pretty, thus having a dark skin tone got us entitled to bullying or being called ugly. And it’s not just a thing of the past. Up until today, we still see individuals discriminate our fellow countrymen because of the society’s beauty standards they fail to meet.

At such a young age, an actress and influencer became a victim of standardized beauty. Being a mixed race from two nations recognized for dark complexion, she was born possessing a tawny, beige skin. During her stay where she attended school for a few years before she settled in California, she felt profoundly affected by the notion implicted into the society.

“Every moment I spent there, I became increasingly more frustrated with the colorism so deeply woven into the culture…the toxic idea that dark skin was ugly made me ashamed and embarrassed of my skin tone,” she said in a Twitter post.

Due to the pressing need to address the issue of colorism, she decided to raise awareness among the public by spearheading the campaign, which is geared towards “challenging the traditionally enforced beauty standards within mainstream Filipino media.”

The movement, which started last October encourages tan-skinned individuals to showcase their beauty by tweeting their favorite selfies and redefine the meaning and understanding of beauty.

“Tan and brown-skinned are made to feel insecure, ashamed, and embarrassed of their skin despite being indigenous to a cluster of tropical islands in the southeast Pacific, where the geography climate make brown skin the norm,” explained Jackson. It was created to empower, reclaim, and redefine what it means to be a Filipino and to celebrate our diversity of color.”

She also highlighted that people must learn to accept their own skin before anything else. This girl, who was first working as a project manager for a dashcam test website, said that social media must be used to spread the cause of reaching out to people.

The campaign then gained popularity from Twitter users, and us residing in different continents across the globe wholeheartedly supported and actively engaged in it. The courage Jackson had garnered and the compassion she had shown to these people paved the way for acceptance and self-love that they missed for so many years of their lives.

“It took me a very long time for me to love my color as it is, and I never want anyone to feel the way that I did,” added Jackson.

Aside from the campaign, Jackson continues to spread the advocacy of loving authenticity through her Youtube channel where she collaborates with other content creators to try and discover different traditions in Asia.

This generation indeed is where we should start to break the norms that continue to let down our image and culture. This is the time to create better ones that would contribute to the betterment of the lives of many through empowerment. And, just like her, we should never be afraid to stand up for what we believe in.

 

Beat stress now

There are many stress factors that affect one whether at work, in school, on days he is commuting, or just at home. Even the internet can give stress in life. Imagine having to deal with slow internet and wifi at home when beating a deadline? Or just begin frustrated from it ( i suggest you have a wlan access point test first before anything else). I also deal with the same struggle ones and i vow not to make it happend agin. So there, be prepapred everyone!

Anyway, there are plenty of ways to beat stress. Aside from doing household work or reading a book, spending time with family and friends is perhaps the most effective.

According to educator Isaac Danlope, social interactions from childhood to adulthood tend to be among the vital factors in predicting the physical health and well-being of an individual. “It is, therefore, necessary for adults to remind children of their importance and that they are loved by those who interact with them; this is essential since the children are discovering who they are and where they fit in,” he says. “Otherwise, what they turn out to be in future should not be defined by social influences.”

360 camaras

Top 7 manually tested 360 cameras to boost your virtual reality experience

In the past week, I have been writing about 360 cameras. When we talk about 360 cameras then the main thing that concerns is the quality of the image or the video. Quality matters a lot to me. The quality of 360 cameras depends upon the number of lenses. Single lens 360 camera usually produce high-quality images. But double lens cameras has to stitch images to produce continous images.

Previously we have talked about virtual reality, best 360 camera, and top 3 best 360 camera in the market. Today I have extended the list of top 360 cameras. I have added few more high-quality cameras in my top list.

360fly 4K HD camera:-

360 camaras

This camera is my favorite when it comes to 360 images. It is my favorite in this list. I am currently using this camera and it’s changing my life. It has some brilliant qualities like it is shockproof, with 64GB built-in memory. It also records videos in high quality with resolution 2880 x 2880. It also supports iOS and android devices and compatible with PC and MAC. It has a powerful battery of  1780 mAH. The main thing people complain about it is the price. It comes with a retail price of $471.99(best things come up with some price).

RICOH THETA S:-

This camera is one of the best 360 cams in the market. The Japanese company RICOH launched this product first in October 2013. At that time, 360 was not the breaking news. But the insight of RICOH gave them an edge over competitors like Samsung and Nikon. This product is now in its third generation RICOH theta S. This camera can really store some awesome spherical images for you. With attractive design. The design of this camera is really attractive and it comes up with 8GB built-in memory which can store up to 15000 photos for you. You just need to take some pics and its mobile app does the rest.

It comes up with a price of about 300-350$ a bit economical than  360fly 4K HD. It also supports android and Ios devices.

Samsung Gear 360 review:-

360 camaras

Samsung has been a leader when it comes to technology and user experience. They just keep bringing awesome gadgets in the market. This time they have come up with Samsung gear 360. This gear can shot videos and capture pictures in a spherical view. It has two cameras which can shoot a 360 image but you can also use it to capture 180 images just by turning off one( yeah, draw back the feeling of control!). Although, it is a great gadget but drawback it just only supports Samsung devices Samsung Galaxy S6-S7, S6-S7(Edge), S6 Edge and also phones supported by Samsung gear manager app. So it is not for users like Apple and other brands.

It comes up with the price of between 300-350 US dollars

Kodak SP360 4K:

360 camaras

This camera by Kodak has 235-degree lens. It stores content in UHD format at higher frame rate. This camera is really durable and can survive extreme environmental conditions. It also has a mobile app and it stitches images by a software. It has a price between 450-500$.

Kodak PIXPRO SP360:

360 camaras

This camera is also really reliable. In case you can’t afford Kodak PIXPRO SP360 4K

Then this comes as a blessing for you. It has video capturing properties of 1080p. It also shockproof and can capture all your moments without any disturbance. It comes with an affordable price of 200-250$.

Yashica YAC-436:

Yashica YAC-436 comes with a really low price of 130-150$. It has 220-degree lens This incredible gadget takes horizontal panoramic pictures. It has 1.5 LCD display and can be connected to wifi and process images in the smartphone.

LG 360 CAM:

 

360 camaras

This CAM has 200-degree lens. It has 2 sensors of 13MP. It takes 360 images with 2K images. It is compatible with most of the high-quality smartphones. It has a high price 140-150$.

These are few best 360 cameras out there to capture your moments. I am currently using 360fly 4k HD. But you can choose which is best for you. If you are using one of these cameras do share it with me I would love to hear from you.

I Am In Love With This New Accessory

I am digging this new accessory I bought over the internet. It was really awesome. Well the whole collection is actually so awesome because each color, each design is really fitted for men and women. I mean, who will not love this invention? Wood watcher, or I must say this best wood watch I am wearing right now, should be a staple in everyone’s get up. Whatever you will do for the day or if you have a meeting with a client, a possible presentation, or just about anything you will need for the day, you need to see time every now and then. It keeps you updated, it keeps your schedules intact and most importantly, this best wooden watches keeps you stylish wherever you go.

Ideas for a Debutante Gift

My sister is turning 18 a couple of months from now and as early as now I am thinking of something to give to her as gift. My sister, her name is Delaavin, is not that keen to receive gifts. She is a shy girl nuy with a great heart. She loves her cats. She actually owns seven of them, most of which are stray cats she found by the streets. She is also a very noble and obedient kid. I remember when we were in grade school; she always waits for me when I tell her to wait for me by the court so we can go somewhere before going home. She also told me about her crush when she was starting in the fifth grade. At first I was annoyed but eventually, when she keeps on insisting we talk about her first crush, I just give in because I know I her only friend. Anyway, my friend suggested that I can give her a bag or some cool clothes but I guess she is not keen about them. She is such, a simple girl, and my litter sister. As I was scanning through the internet last night, I stumbled upon this shop which sells wooden watches I was completely awestruck I finally found the gift that if perfect for my sister and I can’t wait for the gift to arrive just in time for her bash.

Facial skin friendly product

No product has ever been important to me as this Vitamin c serum for face has been… Yes, this particular vitamin C serum is incredible for my face and I want to use it forever, and I don’t think that it is necessarily a bad thing or anything like that, to be loyal to a brand or product, but I also do think that sometimes people put too much value in it or become too dogmatic towards their products, or too dependent on the moving, but this is not something that I feel dependent on, it’s something that is helping me find who I used to be before the effects of agent had made me feel bad about myself. No it doesn’t like turn me into something else, it’s not something that I’m saying allows me to be more than myself, it is literally something that gives me the privilege of feeling good about being me, like I used to be, before I started being full of wrinkles and discoloration in my facial skin, which is just made me so self-conscious and socially awkward and giving me such a hard time, and not to mention been disastrous for the health of my skin. I didn’t realize how unhealthy my skin was, but now I do.

 

I Found New Great Camera Filter

You know, it wasn’t that long ago that it was hard to find a good stock photo. Now, there are still a lot of bad ones, but it is easier than ever to find good stock photography, and a whole lot of that stock photography comes from cell phones. And other mobile devices, of course. I think that that is absolutely bizarre. I think that it’s amazing that people can take as good of a photo with their phone as some people can take with professional equipment, or even better. Some of the most popular photos these days come from mobile devices, and some of the most intensely Superior stock photography sites use cellphone photography as well as typical camera photography, whereas some only use mobile device photography, and it is impressive. You wouldn’t even know that those photos were not taken on a high-level camera. But, I guess that’s the thing, is that cell phones are now high level cameras. I know that I use mine more as a camera than I do as a phone. Add a camera filter and you’re set! Very rarely do I actually speak into my phone. I’m more want to play games, type emails, and play music, and, you guessed it, take pictures. The thing is, I know I’m not the only one. I’m not a weirdo for not using my phone very much as a phone.