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How to Save on International Travel

It’s always nice to save on any type of trip you’re planning, but international travel is a bit different than domestic travel in terms of the costs that can add up. Here are a few things to keep in mind before an international trip that can leave you with more money to spend when you get there!

Singapore's Chinatown
Singapore’s Chinatown

Find a good credit card. Most credit cards charge a fee for international use that can be up to three percent of any purchase that you make abroad. Since international trips are usually big events, you may be spending quite a bit while you’re away and that will add up quickly. Three percent of $2,000 is a waste of $60 that could easily be avoided. Continue Reading

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Casinos in The Philippines

There are many reasons for people to visit the Philippines. From the different culture to the great beaches and cheap accommodations, there is something for everyone. One of the attractions for American tourists who live in states that do not allow gambling, are the diverse casinos.

Start in Cabu where one of the best views can be seen from your room in the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino. Request an upper floor and you won’t be disappointed. The location is very convenient since it is near bars, malls and a nice park. The main attraction of this hotel is by far the casino which is an entire section of the hotel.

With a casino like this you are sure to find all of your favorite games and slots. If you are used to gambling online or often play roulette at intercasino and win then you may walk away with enough to cover your trip or at least your stay at the hotel!

While you are in Cebu don’t miss the Santo Nino Basilica which is a famous church dating all the way back to the Spanish colonial era. Besides the religious aspect and the beautiful art work you will be fascinated by the history surrounding the church.

Another great option for a hotel and casino is located in Manila. Here you will find the Hyatt Hotel and Casino which is rated five stars. It is a luxury hotel with views over the bay and an on-site spa. The casino is the largest in the Philippines and considered to be the most technologically advanced.

While in Manila make sure you check out the Ayala Museum which will give you a true taste of the jewelry and culture that existed during the time of the Spanish. There are also a number of gardens and walking tours you can do so be sure to get a map and take a stroll around the city.

Bacalod City is known as the entrance to the “sugar bowl” of the Philippines. However, before you head out to taste some sweetness, you will want to check into the Casino Filipino. Here you will find hundreds of slot machines, loads of tables to play at and great food. Continue Reading

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Visit the hidden paradise of Cebu

Cebu Island, together with 167 surrounding islands is an important and well-developed province in the Philippines. About 140 miles long and very narrow, there are fabulous beaches along the coastline, while the interior features rugged mountainous terrain to the north and south, the highest of which stretch more than a half mile into the sky and flat plains in the northern region near the city of Bogo.

Sumilon Island in Cebu
Sumilon Island in Cebu

The provincial capital is the oldest city in the Philippines, Cebu City; it is accessible to visitors via the busy Mactan Cebu International Airport, the second busiest airport in the Philippines. Continue Reading

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Four great reasons to visit Turkey

Turkey is a great holiday destination and is as suitable for a trip with the family as with a group of friends. As well as fantastic beaches, there is an amazing landscape to discover inland and some beautiful cities to explore.

Halicarnassus Theatre
Halicarnassus Theatre (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Here are just a few suggestions of some great places to see while you’re there: Continue Reading

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Some great excuses to extend your visit to Manila

At first glance Manila might seem a bit intimidating as an intense, over-crowded and noisy urban jungle but there really is more to this underappreciated capital city. Manila has a rich cultural history with diverse influences from Spanish, American, Chinese, Arabic and Malay cultures.

Luneta Rizal Monument
Luneta Rizal Monument

Most tourists come to Manila on route to the islands or to head to the beaches in the south but, if you are sticking around at least for a few days, here is a quick guide to the most popular tourist-friendly neighborhoods. Continue Reading

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The Philippines, runaway winner at Bureau International des Expositions International Expo

In another historic first for the country, the Philippines won two (2) Gold Awards for its pavilion at the recently concluded Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea – an unprecedented achievement in the history of the Expo awards – besting ten other country participants in the Small Pavilion Category (Category C). This marks the first time that the Philippines won the Gold Award in an international expo, and also the first time in the entire history of the international expo that a country has won two Gold Awards.

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Philippine Pavillion at the Bureau International des Expositions International Expo

Adjudged by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the Philippine pavilion was awarded Gold Award winners for Creative Display and Theme Development criteria from 11 participating countries, besting the likes of Vietnam, Brunei, Mexico, Tunisia, Egypt, and Lithuania. Lithuania and Mexico brought home the silver and bronze, respectively, for the Creative Display criteria, while Tunisia and Vietnam brought home the silver and bronze, respectively, for the Theme Development criteria. Pavilions were divided into four categories according to their type and size of exhibition space: Category A with 4 modules and above, Category B with 2 or 3 modules, Category C with 1 module or less and Category D for joint pavilions. Continue Reading

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Have Reputation – Will Travel

While the world of employment has really had to change and evolve to accommodate some rather unique skill sets and job requirements, for the most part people are spending a lot more time working virtually than they ever have before. While we saw in the seventies, eighties and nineties, a sort of longing for a secure brick and mortar work place, things have really changed on the work front both for the employer and the employee.

We traditionally associated an office or fixed external office place to be the most prominent sign of job security but things have changed drastically.

Now we don’t place as much emphasis on the physical work space and we focus most of our energies on a more virtual work space.

What is a virtual workspace? Well, we’re seeing more and more employers creating and facilitating the ability to work from anywhere, be it at home, while on a business trip, while at a conference or even while at a dinner.

The entire workplace has gone online via the internet and the fixation to be in one place is pretty much out the door. Why have employers embraced this seemingly anti-establishment way of operating? For one thing, it is a lot more cost effective. Continue Reading

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Readying for Rehab

The process of rehabilitation is a long and arduous one and some may even argue that it is even more challenging than being addicted to substances themselves. For the addict, when in the throes of their habit, being it drinking alcohol, snorting cocaine, injecting heroin or smoking crystal meth, they are in a euphoric state.

The prospect of rehabilitation means a complete disconnect with the thing they love the most and nothing about that seems attractive.

While some addicts are partially lucid, most exist in a constant state of false reality whereby they are not in touch with what they are actually doing or what is actually happening to them. The average person cannot deal with an addict.

As family members, friends and loved ones of the people who are addicted in our lives, it is very difficult to divorce ourselves from feeling the need to save them. Continue Reading

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How to Maintain Your Diet When Traveling

Traveling can wreak havoc on any weight loss goal. You are out of your daily routine, and oftentimes in a place where you don’t have instant access to the types of foods you are accustomed to. In fact, it’s not uncommon to come back from vacation with an extra five pounds. This is very discouraging if you are actively trying to lose weight. To prevent a leisurely vacation from sabotaging your weight loss goals, consider a few tips to keep you on track.

Keep Up the Nutrition

When you travel, it’s easy to want to try all the fried foods and sweets you can get your hands on. They’re delicious and convenient, and many people consume these foods with a justification that they deserve them because they are on vacation.

While vacation certainly is a time to lay back and relax, this type of mentality will derail your weight loss goals. It is best to stick with low-fat, nutritious foods that won’t sabotage your diet. Even if you don’t have a nutrition label, you can still guess at a food’s nutritional value by how it’s cooked and what ingredients are in it. Hone in on meals with fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and low levels of salt. Also avoid fried foods at all costs.

Increase Your Activity Level

Whether you’re traveling for business or are on a vacation, you will need to keep up your activity levels in order to achieve your weight loss goals. If you are super active at home, you should keep up the work while traveling. This doesn’t mean you need to get a one-week gym membership in the town you’re staying in. Taking walks in new neighborhoods, swimming, bicycling and doing push-ups are all ways you can keep fit while traveling away from home. Plus, this will make you feel more energized after a long plane ride. Continue Reading

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Traveling with Menopausal Symptoms – What you can do?

Menopause for women who are either in the throes of it or for those who are on its cusp is a really touchy subject. What we read about it in magazines and online, and even the fun that’s poked at it in movies and tv shows all leads up to one glaring conclusion – menopause is hell! While some may say you can look forward to a normal month without the painful, messy hassles of having a menstrual cycle, this is replaced by hormones out of whack hot flashes that leave you suffering in Mexico and changes in your body and skin that you may not be prepared for – some women say.

While these claims may be subject to opinion as every woman experiences them differently there is a fact that cannot be denied – menopause symptoms and side effects often come on strong and quickly, with a very small and rapidly closing window for transition. A decreased or sporadic menstrual cycle is just one of the red flags (pardon the pun) but there are others that can be a bit more aggressive.

Before you’re actually classified as a menopausal woman you have the delightful fun of experiencing its precursory stage known as Perimenopause. Some women will have the unfettered joy of experiencing perimenopause as early as their later thirty’s or early forty’s. In fact, it is well documented that a lucky 70% of women will undoubtedly have the pleasure of experiencing both perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms. If it helps, maybe this statistic might offer some comfort so you know you’re not alone in the torture! Other prominent and frequently occurring symptoms include loss or decrease of your sex drive vaginal dryness, weight gain, swelling in joints and spikes in blood pressure which may lead to migraines. Continue Reading

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