Archive | August, 2012

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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