Monthly Archives: September 2016

The Millennial Mindset: Being an Adult in This Day and Age

Millenial in Metro ManilaStereotypes and the occasional criticisms aside, Millennials are doing a good job at being adults. While the costs are high and the economy could fluctuate, they make the most of what they have. They put in long hours at work, stay in condos like Proscenium at Rockwell, and work out on a regular basis; they’re happy.

Living arrangements

At present, the congestion in Metro Manila is off the charts. Traffic, pollution, residential property—you name it, the Millennials experience daily. For this reason, the generation opts to live close to work and have easy access to features of the urban landscape.

Finding a home or even a plot of land to build one on is challenging and oftentimes expensive, and here’s when condominiums enter the picture. Their popularity goes to show that Millennials know how to maximize space at a minimum cost.

Working hours

Even with the Philippine economy performing robustly in the past few years, it is not enough to give everybody a comfortable lifestyle. This is why Millennials are always up and about looking for opportunities and doing business. Some even have more than one job; a desk job during regular working hours and freelancing or consulting on the side.

They don’t complain about it either. Rather, they look for opportunities that are in line with their talents and interests and earn from something they actually enjoy.

Staying fit

Finally, more and more Millennials are concerned about fitness and health, which is a good thing because it concerns general well being and not just physical health. While some visit gyms like Fitness First or UFC GYM, others opt for jogging around the community or following fitness apps. In addition, healthier restaurants such as salad stops and vegetarian bistros are popping out.

These are some factors that make up the average Millennial’s life. Evidently, no matter how glum the economy or how slow moving the traffic, they find ways to look after themselves and make ends meet.

Ski Etiquette: Ways to Show Respect to Fellow Skiers

Ski EtiquetteDuring the peak holiday season, ski resorts become a hectic place. From first-time travellers to experienced skiers visiting the slopes, expect the place to fill up quickly. Finding decent accommodations can become tricky and frayed tempers can clash. To enjoy your ski holiday, keep in mind to treat everyone on the resort with courtesy and respect.

Follow these basic etiquette rules to impress fellow skiers on and off the slopes:

Do not Jump the Queue

Patience is a virtue, even when on a holiday. Although you might find the ski lift line too long, you’ll have to bear with it and wait like everybody else.

If you want to ride the lift with your friends, do not cut ahead of others to join them in line. Gather all your friends and queue at the back of the line as a group.

Control Your Speed

While it may be tempting to show off your ski skills to your friends, you need to use common sense and know when to slow down. It is dangerous to ski too fast especially in crowded areas. Apart from the ski patrol issuing you with a warning for over speeding, you risk injury if you crash into people.

Throw Trash in the Bin

Be responsible enough to throw your trash where it belongs. Also, take initiative and pick up litter you encounter on the slopes. This way, you do your part in ensuring that everyone enjoys a clean ski holiday.

Give New Skiers Extra Room

If you are an experienced skier, give space to beginners who are training on the slopes to improve their skills. Remember that you started as a beginner like them as well.

Rude and inconsiderate behaviour can ruin holidays. Keep the peace and enjoy your time on the slopes by adhering to these basic etiquette rules the next time you go skiing.

The Often-Neglected Task of Office Cleaning Would Change the Way You Work

Office Cleaning in a Utah BuildingOftentimes, the way you work is affected by your environment. It is so easy for the mind to get distracted when there’s so much clutter around. So, what are you supposed to do, then? Let this article be your guide. 

Maybe, It's High Time to Clean the Office

Maybe, you should try hiring an expert in office cleaning services. Why? Well, simply because they can get rid of the clutter in your office — and help you start on a clean slate, literally and figuratively. This is critical, especially if you already notice so much unnecessary paperwork on the desks; there are too many dust bunnies around; there are so many half-empty, messy cups on the desks; and there are so many cluttered wires around, apart from others. It’s time that you bring back space in the office — and in your mind, as well.

Clean Desks and Surroundings Improve the Image of the Company

One of the reasons cleaning is important is because it gives other people — especially your colleagues in business — the notion that you have an efficient workspace, and that your team is not working in a place where they almost could not move. When your colleagues see that there's efficiency and reliability in the office, chances are, more partnerships would be made — and that will definitely give you more profit in the future.

It’s a Sign of Good Health

And, what you shouldn’t forget is the fact that clean work spaces equate to good health. When people are surrounded by clutter, they become more susceptible to diseases — and this isn’t what you want to happen to your team. By cleaning the office, your people would realize that it’s not just money you care about — and that you care about your team, too — and that’s definitely a good thing!

By making sure that the office is clean, you can also be sure that the level of productivity would be high. And surely, this will benefit you and your team in the long run.

Recycling: Letting Go of Your Car Does Not Have to Be Difficult

Recycling in Auckland Do you ever reminisce about the moment you bought your first car? With the advancements in automotive technology, you are bound to take an interest in replacing your car and laying your first love to rest.

It may be difficult for you to let go of your first purchase, but what if there was a way for you to preserve their splendour? There are metal recyclers in Auckland that also take in car parts and, who knows, maybe a car seat – or two – might end up in your living room.

The Recycling Process

Once your car arrives in the scrapyard, it goes through a process of recycling: dismantling, crushing, shredding and resource recovery.

Dismantling refers to the separation of the reusable materials from the non-reusable. After which, it goes through crushing where the non-reusable parts are broken down to a manageable size before it goes through a shredder.

After shredding, they separate the materials into ferrous and non-ferrous materials, as well as general residue. These are more or less 20% of the non-reusable parts of the car.

Reusable Parts

You may be asking yourself, apart from the usual car interiors, what other parts of your car can you recycle? You can recycle tires, batteries, scrap metal, engines, oil filters, used engine oil and plastics.

Finished Products

One way of recycling your old car parts is to turn them into art or pieces of furniture. In Greece, during the 81st Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), one of the most memorable artworks there was the 300-kilo horse sculpture by Spyros Kontoulis made out of, you guess it, used auto parts!

Are you and your family fond of barbeques? Your old car can also turn into a grill.

The more you know about the process of recycling when it comes to vehicles, the more it makes you feel fulfilled that you helped the environment in some way, no? Not only did you do your part in saving the environment, you also ended up with your pieces of furniture in your home.

Important Things to Know About Cosmetology

Cosmetologist in MidvaleSome people want to look good but don’t know how to do it; others have the idea but don’t know how to achieve it. If you’re people oriented, you can embark on a career in cosmetology, so you can inform these people regarding the use of cosmetics and other beauty treatments. However, it takes skills and training before you become a licensed cosmetologist.

Here are some important facts to know about being a cosmetologist:

Specialization

Before you enroll in a beauty school, know your area of interest. Is it skin, hair or nails? Learn as much as you can in your internship then specialize in it. Build a solid experience in your expertise so you can be confident as you go out in the workforce.

Training

You can avail of apprentice programs in salons where you can learn hands-on experience from hair cutting and styling, coloring techniques, and maintaining your own salon. Also, there are vocational schools that offer beauty programs at less cost. If you want extensive training, Collectivacademy.com says you can enroll in a cosmetology school. If you want to look for one in Salt Lake City or nearby cities, just do proper research and ask for recommendations.

Laws and regulations

As a cosmetologist, you should strictly follow the health code. Observe proper hygiene in the salon and in your practice. Make sure to renew your license and retake the necessary exams as required by the board of cosmetology.

Continuing education

There is more to hair and make-up. Learn more advanced techniques and styles not only in your field of expertise but in the other aspects of cosmetology as well. Listen to your clients and learn from them too. This will further improve your craft and help you establish rapport with them.

A cosmetologist is an artist by heart. Your client’s face is your canvas. You create the look he or she wants. In that way, you help him or her feel better; hence, you make a difference in your clients’ lives.

The field of cosmetology is broad and booming these days. With the right attitude, an aspiring cosmetologist like you will surely succeed. Just make sure to equip yourself with the proper training and skills which you can acquire from a reputable cosmetology school.

More About the Deal, Less About the Car: Why a Good Financial Package is Better than a Great Car

Car Dealer in ManukauIt is a principle for car dealers to earn more. This is why many of them usually consider expensive selections as the best buys. What is not to love with owning the best, right?

A minivan for a couple seems like the wrong choice. A crossover for a 20-something is just wasteful. And pick up for a family is misleading. These may be loose comparisons, but it does not take away the fact that people buy cars they do not need all the time. Remember: the best will always have a premium.

As a tonic, a number of will not push to you ‘better’ deals. There are several things to consider when looking for the best deals. These criteria should help you:

Focus on Financing

More than anything, try to ensure that you are getting a car that you can pay for in the future. To do this, focus on financing. The car you want may not have a financing that fits your budget. As such, you must look for cars in other price brackets, preferably the lower ones, which should have more flexible options.

That End-of-Month Thing

While it would be time-consuming to watch price trends on cars, it may pay off to heed the end-of-month myth about lower prices. Dealers want to reach goals, and they set strict deadlines on clearing a certain amount of sales. With that in mind, try observing price fluctuations on the dealer of your choice.

Test the Car the Way You Would Use It

Buyers know this curse well: when they test drive, they focus on what the car can do, not what the car can do for them. They end up focusing on the new features and the ‘feel good’ factor that their current car does not have.

Ultimately, they buy a car for the wrong reasons. Prevent it from happening by using the car the way you want it. This way, you know if the vehicle will serve you well or just charge you for being brand new.

Ensure Worker & Client Safety with Crane Inspection

Crane Inspection in SingaporeIf your business is using a crane for day-to-day operations, it’s important to find a reliable and trusted crane-servicing provider for your equipment. Otherwise, you can’t expect your crane to work in tip-top shape in the long run.

Fortunately, many crane suppliers can perform service and repair jobs.

If you’re looking for a company that offers such kind of services, however, Wong Fong Engineering noted you should at least have a basic idea of what to expect from them. This ensures that your business operates smoothly and at the same time, you don’t have to worry about the safety of your workers and clients.

Here are some basics for your crane equipment that you need to understand:

Experienced Team Members

You may not have the means to check the professional background of your service provider’s team of inspectors or service technicians, but you can at least make sure that they could perform maintenance checks or repairs on your job site. This can help minimise downtime.

They should also be knowledgeable in troubleshooting any kind of crane problems. You should be able to ask them questions, too.

Monitoring Devices and Control Mechanisms

Service technicians should check all control mechanisms for excessive wear or poor adjustment. They should check the load/radius indicator if it has an accurate marking.

They can also make sure that your workers are using proper operation techniques for your crane’s anti-two-block system, boom length indicator, boom angle indicator, and load moment indicator.

Hydraulic Systems

Service technicians should check your crane’s hydraulic systems for deterioration or air leakage. It should have the right fluid levels, and its air cleaners should be cleaned or replaced.

Crane Structure and Accessories

Service technicians should examine for corroded, cracked, or deformed parts in the crane structure. There should be no loose rivets or bolts. There should be no deformed wedges, or defective guardrails, pins, and cotter keys. In addition, brake and clutch system parts with excessive wear should undergo repairs and replacement.

Now that you know what to expect from crane servicing, you should prepare your equipment and facilities before the technicians arrive. Make sure there is sufficient space where they can work in. Most importantly, safety barriers should be put up.

New Isn’t ALWAYS Better in the SEO Content Arena

Quality content for your SEO techniquesAs the Internet’s content volume expands at jaw-dropping rates, attracting an audience becomes increasingly difficult by the minute.

Despite the challenge, brands and publishers continue to post new pieces every day. Take the Washington Post, for example — the daily herald publishes 1,200 new content assets, 500 of those prepared by their in-house team. The Internet hosts over 4.3 million blog posts and the numbers continue to grow daily.

With all new content is on the rise, old blog posts seem irrelevant. It is safe to assume that your SEO can live without these.

On the contrary, however, it’s not.

Content is Forever?

Since content is king, the term “Long live the king!” applies to its stead. But in terms of old content, where’s the ROI on pages that are useless after a week? Why think about it when you’ve new content weekly?

According to Viperonline.com.au, a digital agency, while it is a good idea to publish new material regularly, forgetting older assets is risky. Rather than focus on the newer ones, update outdated posts and upgrade those in need of a revamp. Promote and repurpose timeless articles.

When you extend your content’s shelf life, you maximise discoverability, as well as improve the fighting chance of your investments.

Letting Go of Some

Start by determining which posts deserve a second chance. If you have old content that is irrelevant to your target market, feel free to take it down. Remember, content marketing is always about quality and if it’s not helpful, no need to stick with it.

Also, let go of content related to old products and services, previous employees and job listings. Before you delete them all, however, set up 301 redirects for people who visit the old URLS.

Upgrade and Update

Powerhouse articles of the past need your attention. Spend some time updating points in the content to reflect the latest information and trends. For example, you can research long-tail keywords and blend them organically within the content. The addition of sub-headers and visuals also make pages more inviting, while statistics back up claims and arguments.

The volume game is not the key to winning. Instead of producing too much, focus more on the life cycle of each content you make. Even if you end up publishing just a few, you’ll win out the competition.

Facebook Likes Don’t Matter Anymore

Facebook LikesLook at the page Facebook For Every Phone. It’s currently the Facebook page with the most ‘likes’ on the social networking site, boasting a whopping 503.74 million followers. Facebook’s own page comes in second at a relatively meagre 171.7 million, followed by A-list celebrities Cristiano Ronaldo (115.64 million), Shakira (104.96 million), and Vin Diesel (99.91 million).

You may think that these are the top five most successful Facebook pages. Far from it. In the world of social media engagement and leverage, the amount of ‘likes’ and/or followers are not indicative of success. Backers of professional social signal service would agree.

Are Likes Now Useless?

Facebook likes are mere numbers. Organisations must focus on a metric like shares, for instance. When people share a post, it means that they approve of its content. It means that the post resonates with their personal ideals or preferences. A post with lots of shares is an extremely engaging one containing a message that multitudes can agree on. The content creators for said post reached the pinnacle of their craft, essentially.

In terms of metrics, a post shared by one individual is shared with his/her personal connections. A post’s reach is then increased massively. This way, a post’s message can spread much quicker and create more awareness over time. And the best thing is that post shares are the best way of increasing post reach for free.

Another critical metric is post engagement. Though a bit vague, it is broadly defined as ‘the number of people who clicked anywhere on the post’. They may have liked it, shared it, or commented on it, or even did all three. This metric goes to show that such people are engaged enough with the content that they did more than just press the like button. In other words, it’s the number of people who interacted with the post itself.

Even on Facebook, organisations need action-takers, not mere followers or visitors. These active folks form the lifeblood of a business. After all, what’s the point of having a lot of fans, if they don’t really prove their following by acting on calls to action?

Guide to a Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy Lifestyle Since the introduction of fast food restaurants, eating has never been the same. With the technology discovered in food processing, no one can be sure of the nutrients lost in packed meats and cattle beef. The same can be said about fruits and vegetables. Pesticides can increase land yield but it can also damage the plants in doing so. Non-organic fertilizers double the size of fruits and vegetables but it does not necessarily ensure the same nutrients present as plants grown without them.

Truly, the modern day professionals and their sons and daughters may not enjoy home-grown fruits and vegetables. However, a healthy lifestyle of eating home-grown fruits and vegetables is still possible. Here are some ways to do it.

Plant a small patch of vegetable garden in your yard

As long as there is soil in the garden, you can plant one or two types of vegetables. Choose the type that you can easily cultivate without much attention. Look for people you know who have grown their own vegetable yard and get time-tested tips from them.

Involve yourself in organic planting efforts in your community

Oganic food is an expensive and rare commodity. This is because few people like to get dirty with soil. The community is a great place to learn the basic of planting and acquire the knowledge for organic gardening. Get the knowledge and apply it in your own yard. If planting on the ground is not possible, you can still plant on pots, old cans and pails.

Get acquainted with fruit and veg suppliers

You may be one of those people who live in a place that planting even your favorite flower is not possible. You can still get your organic food with some fruit and veg suppliers. You can be assured of the quality of food that you are eating, says Morcofresh.com.au.

A lot of the disease that afflicts mankind in this technology-driven generation has much to do with lifestyle and the food choices. Quantity is given priority rather than quality. As such, one can eat two burgers and a soda, only to feel hungry some hours later. Compare the satiety value of the food you eat from fast food restaurants with a couple of fruits and vegetables. Only then would you able to see how important your food choices are and its influence on your health.