Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Building a relationship to last a lifetime

To be my wife (or husband), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy law, and this is my solemn vow.”  - The famous and traditional marriage vow we often hear during a wedding ceremony which promises a lifetime relationship among married couples.

In this modern era, is a lifelong union between a man and a woman still possible? Well, definitely my answer is Yes! Love combined with a healthy relationship with God and with each other is the rule of the thumb. Couples with good relationships can get along better and perk up life in all aspects. 

With their willingness to adapt to changes and commitment to work things out together through thick and thin as life goes on will keep the link strong and meaningful.

What makes a healthy love relationship and how to build a relationship to last for a lifetime?

Stay involved with each other; develop deeper connection through getting to know each other more day after day, be considerate and understand each other’s weaknesses, be supportive and appreciate accomplishments be it big or small. Trust each other.

Do not keep things to yourself if you need to talk about something important. Do not lie. Always open the lines of communication.

Arguments, misunderstandings, disagreements and other conflicts are just normal especially when it comes to family matters or parenting kids. Don’t let a day pass when you fight, get through all your conflicts with your partner.  Express yourself and resolve the conflict within the day too. Never ever humiliate your partner in front of your kids or other people.  Show respect and talk things out, never say it’s okay even when it’s not.

Stimulate your relationship, unwind and always keep that flame alive. Do morning exercises together or watch a good movie. A tight hug and a kiss or even holding hands are non verbal cues that can bring a feeling of being loved, attention and security which also strengthens association. Do not expect too much from your partner for it will only put pressures on your relationship. Nobody’s perfect, both or either of you may have flaws, but learning how to forgive and taking pride aside can help build a lasting relationship.

A strong marital relationship is primarily based on love, mutual trust and trustworthiness, aside from the faith in each other, it is also important to have a fruitful relationship with God. Mutual and shared faith in God can strongly bind couples and families together in a commitment to common values.

Five Most Common Faults for Your Car

A car to some is simply a form of transport to get from Point A to Point B. For others, it is a necessary part of the household, a possession that is listed as part of the family's asset. Yet for others, a car is their pride and joy, to be shown off at every opportunity and to be washed and polished whenever time allows.

Car owners who fall into this last group more often than not undertake their own maintenance. While it is important to have your vehicle looked at by professional mechanics at regular intervals, undertaking your own basic maintenance and minor repairs is a satisfying and money-saving activity. Just be sure to research properly and follow tips from experts like those at before undertaking anything too complicated.

Here are some of the more common faults to look out for if you choose to undertake your own maintenance on your car.

Battery issues

The battery; it’s very important but largely forgotten. The battery in a modern car is probably the most hardworking part in any vehicle. Once it was used to start the engine and run the lights if the engine was not running. It was not used when the car sat idle. Today the battery continues to work when the car isn’t, powering computers, clocks and all types of modern gadgetry. You no longer have to have to keep a check on the acid and water levels, but you need to keep the terminals clean and free of corrosion for a long life.

Poor tyre maintenance

Again, another important part of the car but one left untouched until it is too late. Years ago before self-service petrol stations, an attendant would check the pressure on your tyres each time you filled the tank. Today, you have to do that yourself. The correct tyre pressure will reduce wear and improve handling.

Fuel issues

With so many different fuels on the market, it is easy to put the wrong type in the tank. Some cars are simply not designed to take all types of fuel. Putting the wrong petrol in the tank can cause blockages in the lines or other damage to the engine. Similarly, it is best not to let the fuel level get too low. Residue at the bottom of the tank can be sucked into the lines, causing blockages.

Broken cables

Stretched or snapped brake, clutch and accelerator cables are a common fault in many older cars. They are under a great deal of stress even during sedate motoring and over time weaken or break. Keep an eye on them for any signs that they are stretched or frayed and make sure your mechanic checks them during your vehicle’s regular service.

Spark plugs

Home mechanics often ignore the spark plug, thinking they were only an issue in older cars. The plugs in any car are essential in keeping the engine running and must be checked regularly and changed if they are corroded or no longer producing a spark. Put them on your maintenance ‘to do’ list.

Looking after your own car should save you money and be enjoyable. You just have to know what you’re doing beforehand. For more information on common maintenance issues with your car go to the Pure Performance Motorsport Facebook page or Pure Performance Motorsport on EBay.

3 Most Unique Bridges in Asia

Asia has long been the preferred destination for travellers the world over. They visit for recreational purposes; to take in the sights and sounds of the many tourist destinations across the region. They travel to Asia for business reasons; to take advantage of the economic benefits. And they go to see some of the engineering feats of the region’s architects and engineers.

Businesses like WIA (who offer welding supplies) associated with engineering,innovations, supplies, concreting, cabling and a range of others often look to Asia for new and innovative ways to approach their construction projects. In particular, the region’s bridges provide ample examples of engineering feats that give an insight into modern construction techniques. Here are just three of the more unique bridges in Asia that attract attention.

Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia

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The Langkawi Sky Bridge in Malaysia is not for the faint hearted. It’s not so much a bridge as a winding track not through but above the region’s beautiful Pulau Langkawi in the archipelago of Kedah. The sky bridge is 120 metres (394 feet) long and at the peak of Gunung Mat Chinchang provides spectacular views of the nearby Andaman Sea and Thailand’s Tarutao Island. There are also platforms on the bridge that allow visitors to stop and take in the views. The bridge is accessible only my cable car and is not open during electrical storms, as it is considered too dangerous.

Banpo Bridge, South Korea

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Would you consider a major river crossing that also acts as the city’s water feature unique? The people of Seoul, South Korea, do. There are several features of the Banpo Bridge that make it unique and worth visiting. For starters, the crossing over the Han River between Seoul ‘s Seocho and Tongsan districts is in fact built on another structure, the Jamsu Bridge. The lower deck (Jamsu) allows pedestrians and bicycles to cross while the top deck (Banpo) takes vehicles. If that is not unique enough, the bridge also acts as the city’s major water fountain. Thirty-eight pumps draw from the river to shoot water sprays through 380 nozzles on either side of the bridge. Coloured lights at night provide spectacular water shows as cars, trucks and people cross between and below the two cascades on each side.

Hureai Bridge, Japan

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The Hureai Bridge, also known as the Friendship Bridge, is a perfectly round walkway built in the Hiyoshi Spring spa resort. Its practical use is that it provides pedestrian access between the two sides of the Hiyoshi dam near Kyoto. But by walking the full circle of the bridge, visitors can take in great views of the dam and the park that surrounds it. The bridge was designed by Japanese architect Norihiko Dan, who also planned the landscaping of the spa resort and park.

Bridges are practical pieces of infrastructure to get people from A to B, but they can also be inspirational, entertaining and educational. They can blend with the landscape in which they are built or they can stand out like a beacon, attracting visitors as much to the structure as to the environment it serves.Next time you cross a bridge to get to the other side, consider some of the engineering aspects that might also make it unique.

Friday, July 25, 2014

How To Welcome Sleepover Guests

To be a proud possessor of your own home has its great advantages. You can plan freely your favourite activities, without taking into consideration the plans of other people or, in two words, you can organize your schedule depending on your personal preferences. If you are communicative and open minded type of person you will certainly want to welcome guests in your place of living. Whether it comes to relatives or to more closer friends, guests are always a good reason to think about the comfort and cosiness of the living premises. Especially when it comes to sleepover guests you need to prepare more things that you could imagine. Despite the fact that these may be your sister or brother and you may think that sleepover party is a child's play there are many things that you need to plan if you are soon expecting your sleepover guests.


We will introduce to your attention some of the basic things that you need to take into account before you decide to welcome your guests.

1.The cleaning procedures

It is needless to say that high level of hygiene is a must not only when you expect your guests. Take care of every corner of your home and do not forget to remove the dust from all the furniture and visible surfaces. Now, it is the right moment to take your vacuum cleaner and to catch up with all the cleaning duties that you had somehow missed. If anyone of the guests suffers from an allergy, you need to make sure that the home environment would be suitable enough and that their health won't be endangered in any way. SW13 deepclean advise you to offer immaculately cleaned home and will astonish your guests which will make them feel cosy in a pleasant atmosphere.

2.The choice of bedroom

Even if you do not consider it an important moment the choice of a bedroom is essential when you have sleepover guests. Think about the arrangement of the furniture and make sure that the bed is comfortable enough for the perfect sleep of the people. Many of them usually feel disturbed by the fact that they are not sleeping in their own beds so choose a bedroom that would be most suitable. If it is too dark inside, make sure that you have taken the right measures to ensure the right ambience.

3.The menu

One of the major things to think about before the entering of your guests is the food that you plan to prepare. We do not recommend to buy food from the  take away restaurants but to be creative and to cook something by yourself. However, before you do this, make a research for the taste of your guests. After that you free to show your passion in the kitchen and to be ready with a  magnificent table, full with dishes that will suit everyone's tastes. When the guests come into your home, there are great chances that they will be very hungry. The refrigerator should be filled from top to bottom with drinks and food for at least a couple of days.

These are some of the basic things that you need to plan when you have invited sleepover guests for the weekend. The clean and welcoming home environment depends on the efforts of the owner and our advice is to think about every detail that may appear to be essential before you take up with this activity. Always remember that the clean home is the preferred home and that  many people easily get nervous if they are too hungry.

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How to be the Ultimate DIY Hostess

Throwing a party is no easy task, although many seem to think that it’s a breeze. Sure, maybe a “Bring Your Own” style student ramble in the garden doesn’t take too much effort (other than the clearing up post-debauchery) but to throw a show that will have your friends talking for ages, especially on a budget, can be quite the challenge. However, who ever said that challenges can’t be fun?

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The first ports of call are the following: guest list, invitations and theme. The latter can be almost anything, but it’s important to remember to stick with it. You can’t go for a theme of “An Evening in Paris” only to send out a load of invites with palm trees and stretching beaches to your guests. Think carefully about your resources, you personal style, and your friends’ tastes. Are you all massive movie nuts? Or is it a love of baking that brings you all together? Do your research and form a theme around that. Next, think realistically about how many people you can invite. Remember, three is no party, but 80 might be a little excessive if you’re doing all the work yourself. Once you’ve budgeted and gauged how many people you want to invite, the real fun begins.

Handmaking invitations is really great fun, can be super easy, and adds a personal touch to your event. Arts and crafts can be purchased for very little brand new on eBay. It works out a lot cheaper than buying invitations, but it retains the formality of organising an party far better than just posting an event on Facebook, which people may or may not bother replying to. For example, if you were going to have a floral themed garden party you could buy a little rose rubber stamp and a few feet of pink ribbon to produce something like this:

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If, for example, you were to do a floral themed garden party, you could come up with a lot of suitable decorations, food and drinks for your party guests. You could do bite sized finger foods adorned with various edible flowers, and you could even pull out all the stops by learning a little bit of bartending and offering some beautiful and delicious floral cocktails made from scratch! For decoration, either real or fake flower garlands wrapped around fairy lights make a perfect setting for a garden party. For a finale dessert, try this incredible Flower Power Cake. These are just examples of how creative you can get with just one simple party theme, so get your imagination going!

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Depending on your friendship group, the costume aspect of many themed party might feel a little stale, but by all means encourage people to add to your theme. In the case of a garden party, you could say “floral dresses and ties welcome!” on your invites, or for an animal theme “animal accessories encouraged!”. Even if not everyone joins in, it’ll be nice to see some people make an effort and coming together in the process. You yourself should be the belle of the ball, making sure to talk to everyone, to fill everybody’s glass and to keep everybody well fed. Maybe you could even offer a spot of entertainment, perhaps karaoke or a cocktail making lesson! Get everybody involved, and your picture perfect event will go down a treat!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Earthquake preparedness at home, school and at work

My homeland, the Philippines is not only a typhoon magnet, but it is also located in the Pacific Ring of Fire. As my country is perched on the Pacific Ring of Fire, it is very much at risk to tectonic shifts that could cause strong and devastating earthquakes.

Last year, a tectonic origin earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck Region VII specifically in most cities and towns of Bohol, and Cebu City. The ground shook and trembled so strong and hard which caused casualties and structural damages. The recent quake has been recorded as one of the deadliest in the Philippine history. 

There is no accurate tool that can predict nor forecast when a seismic activity can occur and we can never stop it from happening. In most situations we can reduce the chance of injury if we are prepared and well-equipped to handle this kind of destructive disaster.

Below is an Earthquake Preparedness Guide provided by PHIVOLCS (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology)

How to Select the Right Colour Scheme for your House

Choosing the right colour scheme for your house can be a daunting task as you will have to live with your decisions for a long time! While colour is very much a matter of personal taste, there are some important guidelines to help you create a palette that you will love. Here are some tips to help you make the perfect choice for your home. on Flickr

About Colour

A colour wheel is a great starting pointing when choosing a desirable scheme. There are four types of colour schemes: monochromatic, analogous, contrast, and complementary.

A monochromatic scheme uses the same colour and adds either white or black to lighten or darken the shades.

An analogous scheme is one that uses colours that appear next to each other on the wheel, like green and blue, or pink and purple. Mixing these kinds of colours is known to create a soothing effect.

Although if you want to create a vibrant and energetic feel, you are best to choose a contrasting scheme. This palette uses a variety of opposing shades, and is effective when creating defined spaces in an outdoor area.

Complementary schemes are created with opposing colours on the wheel – say pink and green - to provide a dramatic and bold look.

Roof First?

It’s quite common when choosing the colour scheme for your home exteriors, to start with your roof and work your way down. If you need a little inspiration, you can start by looking at roofing websites like Hats 4 Houses to gauge what styles are most popular. By choosing the material of your roof, you’ll have an easier time dictating your colour scheme. For example, if you choose a hardy, long term roofing solution like colourbond, you can choose from an extensive palette of more modern and classic hues. Alternatively, you might choose the tone of your house first and then find a roof that matches.

The Garage

If you decided to choose the, from the top down method, the next step is deciding on a garage door that matches the roof and walls. You can either choose a shade from your existing palette, or highlight the garage by making it the same colour as your roof.

Other Considerations

You also need to consider several other things when working out a colour scheme. Are you installing a fence? If so, how will you tie it in with the rest of the house?What material will your front door be made from? You will even have to go as far as deciding what colour to paint your window frames.

It’s best to sketch all the components of your exterior colour scheme so that you can be really sure that everything will tie in together. If you are anxious about anything you should talk to a professional before you proceed. Most paint shops and roofing and cladding companies will have someone that can offer advice. Take your time, look around at homes in your neighbourhood to see what you like, talk to the experts, and you will find a colour scheme that is just right for your home.

Monday, July 21, 2014

5 Creative Design Tips for your Patio

Adding a patio to your home is a fantastic and affordable way to increase your living space, and take advantage of warm days for outdoor entertaining and relaxation. There are so many different ways to create a patio that blends with your existing house and takes advantage of other features of your property.

Let’s have a look at some creative tips that help make your new patio a real feature of your home that you will not only love to use, but will also add value to your home. For more ideas on how to create your dream patio, it is well worth having a chat to an experienced patio builder such as Additions Building, who can take you through the myriad of styles and materials available to find one that suits you.

Create a feature point

Creating a focal point for your patio can help make it unique and attractive. A water feature, such as a fountain or a goldfish pond, can help create real sense of tranquillity. You could also create a fire place or pit, which can help you enjoy you patio in the colder months. An artistic tiled mosaic, or even a stained-glass window feature can take advantage to the sunlight an add colour and vibrancy.

Green it up

Having plenty of plants integrated into your patio helps it blend seamlessly with the rest of your backyard. You could build elevated planter boxes for herbs and vegetables, or just for decorative flowering plants. Strategically placed large pots, matching the style of your patio, can hold larger plants such as yucca or ferns and help make your patio a calm and refreshing place to be.

Make the floor a feature

There are so many styles of flooring available these days that there is no excuse not to have a fantastic looking patio floor. Concrete can be stamped, stencilled or painted to create a huge variety of styles and colours the blend perfectly with your homes decor. Alternatively, using patterned pavers can help create a strong sense of texture and quality to your patio.

Create a screen

Creating a wooden or mesh screen to block the sight of things, such as hot water heaters or pool equipment, can make your whole backyard more beautiful. You can also use it to hang plant baskets or other decorative items that will really add to the overall look of the patio.

Make the most of lighting

Lighting can sometimes be a bit of an afterthought when designing patios, but when you think about it, you will probably be spending a lot of evenings after work, enjoying a cold drink out on the patio – so make the most of the space with a good lighting design.

The use of movable down-lights can make sure you don’t have any dark areas, which make the patio uninviting and drab. If you have an outdoor kitchen or BBQ, make sure you have it properly lit so you can see what you are doing. Also, surrounding the edge of your patio with low garden lights can help show-off you backyard and any plants you have bordering your patio.

So there you have it, with just a bit of creativity and imagination you can turn a basic patio into a fabulous feature of your home, perfect for entertaining, or just for relaxing and enjoying a cool summer breeze.

You can try the quiz below to help you decide which patio design best suits your home

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Choosing an Ergonomic Chair for your Home Office

Finding the best spot to set-up a workstation in your house is as important as choosing the best ergonomic chair to pair with your office table as it will make your workspace safer and healthier. Over long sitting sessions can lead to many health problems, thus choosing a comfortable desk chair will not only bring great comfort but can really help promote blood circulation, improve your posture,  and provide a great sense of stability as well.

Ergonomic chairs are intended to maximize work productivity by reducing worker discomfort and fatigue. Being a work-at-home mom spending long hours at my desk definitely need a sturdy and customizable chair with ergonomic design to make sure my whole back is supported. A great seat can really make a lot of difference.  It is the key component of my home office area.

There are many ergonomically designed chairs being sold in furniture and office equipment stores.  It is important to choose the best when buying one. Features of a good ergonomic chair are as follows:

  • It is important that the seat height is adjustable, check the adjustability function of the chair.
  • Select the seat height range and seat depth that will suit your needs.
  • Choose an adjustable backrest which has a firm lumbar support.
  • A chair with a five-point base is recommended for its stability and sturdiness.

A well-designed ergonomic chair provides optimum comfort as it allows you to sit in a balanced position. However, to avoid stress and injury it is best advised to sit properly.

The Top 5 Tips For Designing A Home Office

A Home Office
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Taking the leap to work for yourself can be as exciting as it is daunting.

Working from home is a pleasure that more people than ever can afford to do, with many taking up the option of either going freelance or breaking away from office life to work at the house.

It can be dangerous, though. The distractions in the home that are only usually available in the evenings are now within reach at all times. Televisions, radios, big comfy sofas…

As well as increasing your willpower it’s essential to create an environment that not only complements your new lifestyle but helps improve your productivity and concentration.

Everybody’s different, though, so here are five tips to take into consideration when designing your new home office:

1: Make the most of your space

Look around your new office. Can you visualise what you need to work efficiently, and can you imagine where those components fit into your new workspace?

If you have a lot of paperwork and documents that you need access to then is there enough space for shelves and cabinets if you’re in that space all day?

Do you do a lot of design work and need a large desk that can accommodate drawings and a computer? Or if you’re planning on using the space fleetingly is there space to have access to the most important things when you need them?

2: Consider portable furniture

It can be a tough ask for creative types to stay in one place for hours a day, so a more flexible working environment may be right up their street.

Consider moveable furniture such as laptop desks with wheels and smaller cabinets that can be moved from room to room and can be matched with any seating arrangement such as a sofa or chairs in the kitchen.

3: Wear and tear?

The furniture you use is an investment in is contributing to the future of your business. So you need to consider timescales – are you using it for the short- or long-term?

If you want an office chair that’s going to last you for the next five years, wherever you are, then it’s worth considering something sturdy such as a gas swivel chair with leather padding. If it’s for the short-term then invest in something suitable yet comfortable.

4: Assembly

It may seem like a small thing but if you’re setting up an office space for the long-term then it’s worth considering construction.

If you’re buying ready-made furniture then that shouldn’t be a problem, but if you’re setting up a lot of desks, chairs, cabinets, and more then take note of the building time involved. If you’re ordering all your furniture at once then are you going to have to put crucial work hours aside to build it all?

5: Maintenance

As in an office, if you’re working from home then your furniture will need to be cleaned at regular intervals to keep it spotless and – more importantly – keep you in a hospitable working environment.

With that consider the theme of your room. Different materials will require different cleaning solutions; glass surfaces need soapy water, fabrics will need specialist care products, woods will need to be dusted, and more.

If you’d like to learn more about how to create a professional environment from home contact the Planscape team today!