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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Traveling with Confidence: 7 Handy Items to Take with You on a Camping Trip

 Spending some alone time with friends and family on, say, holidays such as Christmas is an amazing experience you can ever have. And camping is one of the most common events you can do to get away from the basics. You’ll need to choose your favorite camping spot depending on your lifestyle and preferences. But there are items that if you forget to take, you may not have a good time out there. But don’t worry. Here, we’ve compiled a list of 7 handy items to take with you on your trip. Please read on.

Essential Electronics

To ensure that you enjoy your time with friends and family, you should avoid high-tech distractions such as your tablet or personal computer as much as possible. You’ll need to get updates on the weather forecast and important information going on. Which is why having a good portable radio will save you the hassle of having to constantly check your phone for such updates. Also, take binoculars and a camera with you to capture most of the amazing features and moments.

First Aid Kit

This is one of the most important camping necessity that you should bring with you on a camping trip. Remember, you’re going to camp and anything can happen, say, when having fun. Bumps, scratches, cuts, or burns could be inevitable and this is where a first aid kit would come in handy. So, ensure to add this to your checklist.

Sleeping Pad

Going out to camp doesn’t mean you won’t need to have some sleep. In fact, having enough good sleep will be an assurance that you’ll have a good time. And you can agree with me that sleeping on bare hard and rocky ground is very uncomfortable. Plus, the ground tends to get cold and wet at night and you’ll wake up with a groggy and sore back. So, make sure you carry a comfortable sleeping pad with decent cushioning.

Food and Drinks

You’re going into the woods. Chances are you’ll hardly find some sit-down restaurants, yet you need to eat. Unless you’re going for a religious fasting session, you’ll need to carry a portable kitchen with you. Carry items like lightweight, reusable towel and water bottle, utensils, fueled camping stove, food, and cookware.

Lantern, Headlamp, or Flashlight

You need to always take a flashlight, lantern, or a headlamp with you every time you go camping. These will be very useful when you’re walking in the dark and when you need to light up the place. Perhaps you’ll be interested in having a midnight snack and you’ll need some source of light. Just ensure that the source is located somewhere you can easily reach when needed.

Navigation Tools

Having GPS system on your phone and, perhaps, installed on your car can often make you see no need of having your navigation necessities like maps, compass, pen, and two-way radios for a larger group. After all, you’ll just use your phone, right? But what about when you’re deep into the forest where your GPS will be less reliable? Don’t risk this, ensure to carry all the navigation tools you can so you won’t experience some hassle when in remote camping spots.

Changing Clothes

Of course, you’ll need to change when in the camp depending on the situation at hand. Which is why it’s very important that carry some changing clothes with. You should, however, concentrate on carrying lightweight fabrics that won’t cause some inconvenience carrying around. Have some sunglasses, swimsuit, water shoes, packable waterproof and breathable jacket, long pants and long-sleeved shirts, and wool socks among other essential clothing.


Forgetting some of the most important items can deny you the fun and good times you ought to have enjoyed while camping. But lucky for you, you now know most of the basic necessities that you need to carry when going for a camp. Also look out for relevant themed blogs for more information about useful items to take with you when traveling.

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Right Way of Getting in Shape: A Side-By-Side Comparison of 6 Popular Low-Carb Diets

If you’re looking to lose weight quickly as well as enjoying a range of other important health benefits, such as improved digestive functions, better exercise workouts, higher energy levels and less bloating during and after meals, a low-carb diet could be exactly what you’re looking for.

However, just not eating a lot of carbs doesn’t really mean you’re on a low-carb diet. In fact, there are plenty of different plans out there to choose from, each with their own benefits and purposes.

To help you choose which one is right for you, today we’re going to explore six of the most popular low-carb diets, detailing all you need to know to make the best decision regarding your health and diet,

#1 - The Bulletproof Diet

Invented in 2014, the Bulletproof Diet is the creation of health blogger Dave Asprey. This is a heavily workout inspired diet that aims to boost energy levels and improve both your physical and mental performance without having to count calories or weigh your food.

#2 - A Ketogenic Diet

This is perhaps one of the most popular diets currently spreading the nation. While the dietary requirements of this diet are fairly strict, and you won’t be able to eat a lot of variety, the results are clear, and hundreds of thousands of people have found it to work.

If you’re interested in trying a Keto diet yourself; try signing up for the KetoLogic The Keto 30 Challenge!

#3 - The Paleo Diet

Regarding ‘cavemen’ from the Paleo era of human history, the Paleo diet refines everything back to only eating foods that were seemingly available to our caveman ancestors. This is designed to help us boost energy levels, lean up our muscle mass and improve your immune system.

There are no official macros to this diet.

#4 - The Atkins Diet

The Atkins Diet was hugely popular several years back, and in fact was one once one of the most simultaneously practiced diets in the US. Curated back in 1972 by Dr. Robert Atkins, there’s a 20 and 40 version; the 40 allowing you more carbs if you want them; each referring to how many pounds you’ll be able to lose.

There are four phases to the Atkins Diet lasting several weeks and varying what you eat and the amount you eat. However, there is some controversy to this diet, so be sure to check with your doctor first.

#5 - The Zone Diet

First released to the world back in 1999, the Zone Diet has been endorsed by many celebrities, including the likes of Madonna, which helped to boost its popularity around the world. This low-carb diet aims to reduce inflammation around the body and is more of a lifestyle change than a strict diet.

#6 - The Scandinavian Low Carb Diet

Perhaps surprisingly, Sweden was one of the first countries to drop low-fat diets that are renowned around the world, and switch over to low-carb, high-fat diets, which is what this is based on. There are no official macros to this diet, but this refers more to a lifestyle change and making the right decisions, rather than restricting and analyzing you’re eating patterns and choices.


As you can see, there are plenty of low-carb diets out there for you to choose from. It’s vital that you research each diet beforehand and speak to your doctor to make sure you’re choosing a diet that’s going to be beneficial and healthy for you.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

5 Things I Learned in Creating Instagramable Photos Workshop.

Instagram is a great platform in showcasing your products and services nowadays. A lot of sellers make sure that they have pleasing if not attractive images that represent their brand to convert their following into a sale. I for one struggle in taking decent images that are at least instagram worthy and i dont know how to carefully curate my account. Good thing I attended Manila Workshops product photography workshop which I really enjoyed.

Today Im here to share 5 things I loved about the workshop!

1. The speaker is very knowledgeable and entertains a lot of questions!

Mr Keith Dador had projects with big brands like McDonalds and does magazine photography as well. He shared his wealth of knowledge to us and everyone was really attentive when he does his set up and demos.

2. Lighting is a big factor to great pictures.

Even if you have a good camera or a very nice subject, lighting will make or break the image output of your session. I learned that soft and hard lighting can be used in different ways and also making light bounce a little to accentuate the product itself. Its quite technical but its very useful for product photography

3. Flatlay VS Angular photos

When everyone started using flat lay I got really confused as im the person that couldnt bear to take images with that style. I learned that you should do it depending on the product or what mood you are trying to achieve. It seems like even flat lay took over angular images are still good especially for food photography. As my products are handmade i might mix both styles in the future.

4. Composition will depend on your personal taste.

Personally I prefer a minimalist approach when it comes to product photography. But in the workshop example there was one that was a maximalist and to be honest i couldnt focus on the product itself. There are also a triangle that was rather pleasing to the eye but that really depends on the subject.

5. Textures and background go hand in hand.

Backgrounds and textures play a key role in creating a good photo. If textures clash and the products just blend in with the background its not gonna stand out as much as you wanted it to be. selection should be made by your own judgement and how it looks like in the images.

Image from Mr Keith Dador

Final thoughts

I must say that this was such a info filled workshop that its kinda impossible to not apply what we learned. I definitely recommend attending the workshop as it helps in creating or setting the tone for your social media presence. There are a ton of examples and demos in the workshop and also he told us of alternatives that we can use in doing our own product photography . He explain technical things in layman's terms and lets us get upclose to the setup that we have that day. All in all its definitely worth the money and time to attend to!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Top 5 Things I Learned from Engaging Brand Video Workshop

Video branding and promotion is important nowadays for your business. Its critical that you know how to use it and lead the market towards your brand. With this I recently attended Engaging Brand Videos by Manila Workshop held at Villa Virtual in Makati and learned quite a bit of things to help businesses create a video that represents their brand and promoting it effectively.

Im here today to share with you 5 things I learned during the workshop.

1. Videos are great for storytelling while promoting your brand

Some brands nowadays are using video to not just sell but also to promote their advocacy and remain on top of their game. It seems like having the best video in the market doesn't matter as some companies want to have a video that seems to be taken by an amateur to relate more towards the masses. I was also said that having a video that was overly produces is not the best to use in social media, unless it was intended to be a commercial

2. There are types of videos you can create depending on your business needs.

With this said there are actually 4 levels to gauge what type of video your brand needs.
Awareness- used for getting attention towards your brand.
Consideration- Educating the leads about your brand and how can you solve their problems with the products/services that you offer
Conversion- convincing the leads to buy your product though testimonials or product videos
Retention- is a level to which brands make the users aware of their value in their lives via culture videos or feature launches.

3. Most people are driven to purchase by emotion.

Videos are typically a good way of tugging heartstrings and make people empathize with your brand that will lead them to purchase. I thought before that only good product gets bought but apparently even you have a bad product people will buy it if they are emotionally driven. I just hope people will not do it that way.

4. Having a target audience is also a key to a successful video conversion.

Not everyone will like your video. So its important that you know your target market and how you can reach them through the digital media.

5. Interviews is a great way in promoting advocacy driven brands.

For brands that are driven by advocacy having a video that explains your brand is a good way in promoting and putting your advocacy in a good light. Depending on how the questions are framed and how good the interviewer is of course.

Image credit to mr dennis abad

These are just some of the things that i learned from the workshop. Its just 4 hours and we actually had to go on overtime because we had quite a bit of fun when we did our interview segment which was so much fun.

Final thoughts

I thinks the workshop is geared towards more of the theoretical aspects as per what to shoot and how to select the right video for your business.  Since its more on a theoretical side i wasn't really expecting a lot when it comes to the hands on.  As this is not a video editing workshop I actually picked up quite a bit of technique as to how to set moods and do storytelling or how to film/video a product or creating the output you desire. All in all i was impressed with the lecture and will definitely apply it the next time i create a video for my business.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Learn, Create, Sell : Learn how to create Engaging Brand Videos and Product Photography

Promoting your brand is hard in the digital age when you dont have the skill set of a pro. I personally struggle on how I can improve my photography and film making skills so I can sell my products to the masses. Now that I just started my small handmade business learning is a must to cope up with marketing in social media.

Good thing that there are organizations that offer these kinds of services like Manila Workshops so small business can have a leg up in creating great and engaging content. Speaking of which, there are two workshops that will happen back to back this coming Saturday, October 20th. Check out the details below!

Delectable Videos (Creating Engaging Videos for Your Business)
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Instructed by Mr. Dennis Abad

What you Will Learn:
1. Introduction (15 minutes)
2. Important Videos for Every Stage of your buyer’s journey (15 minutes)
3. What makes for awesome videos for your Business


Product Photography (Creating Instagramable Photos)
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Instructed by Mr Keith Dador

What you Will Learn:
1. Determining the look of the product: Style, Texture, Form, Features and many more
2. Qualities of light and usage, Soft vs hard lighting, Light Modification,light sources.
3. What equipment, accessories, and props to use, plus other essentials


Who should attend?

– Business owners with physical product to sell
– Digital marketing agency staff
– PR practitioners
– Video producers who want to market their clients products online
– Content publishers

– Or anyone using video to sell or raise awareness of a product

You can learn more and also sign up when you click the link

Both workshops will be held at Villa Virtual in Makati City and all participants will get a certificate after the workshop they chose to attend and also meet like minded people within the industry.

As a startup business owner, I find these workshops as an essential to improve my instagram game and video capabilities. I mean who doesnt want to make a sale right? So if you are a startup like myself, in the marketing industry or a blogger, I urge you to check out the links above and improve your skills.

See you all on October 20th!


Going Your Separate Ways: 5 Strategies to Cope with Divorce and Live a Happy Life

Divorce can be difficult to deal with. This can be the case even when you were the party who filed to end your marriage. There are lots of emotions involved, property to wrangle over and sometimes children who get hurt. There may also be social fallout since friends tend to side with one spouse. The good news is that there are ways to cope with the difficulties and be happy once again.

Take care of yourself

Once you engage a divorce attorney to handle your legal affairs, try to see after your physical and mental health. Instead of sitting at home and worrying about the future, get active. Exercise, eat properly and take time to relax. Keep up your usual spa, nail or hair appointments since looking fabulous can help you to feel better.  If you’re religious or spiritual, see how your faith and beliefs can help you to heal.

Do the things you love or always wanted to try

Maybe you really like hiking but your former spouse was never interested. Maybe there’s a class you always wanted to take. Whatever it is, now is the time to explore your interests, meet new people and learn a little more about yourself. It will take some time to adjust to your new life. Why not begin by investing in yourself? Join service clubs or volunteer in the community. These things will help you to focus on the present and the future instead of revisiting the past.

Talk to a therapist

You may have many conflicting thoughts and feelings. Your friends or loved ones may mean well but they aren’t always the best people to help you during this period. They are far from unbiased and sometimes you need the advice and support of a neutral party. Consider seeing a therapist to help you work through your problems.  You may also benefit from joining a support group. Talking to others who have also been through a divorce can be very helpful.

Work through the practical things

Divorce doesn’t only bring about emotional changes. Chores around the house still need to be taken care of and bills have to be paid. You may need to change your address or your last name with utility companies and financial institutions.  These can all be stressful, especially when you think about them all at the same time. You will need to prioritize and handle the most urgent matters first. Ask for help if you need it.

Avoid dangerous or vindictive behaviors

You may be lonely, but you shouldn’t jump right into a new relationship. Give yourself time to grieve and heal. You may be angry, but you should call your ex and leave angry messages or confront their new partner. Don’t seek revenge against them. Resist the temptation to turn to unhealthy foods, drugs or alcohol. You should also avoid making any big decisions until you calm down and you’re thinking clearly.

Divorce can be very upsetting. Draw on all the help you to make the process more bearable. It may take time but you can return to living a happy life.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Mississippi River - Historic sites that are not to be missed

The Mississippi River is one of the greatest waterways in the world. It runs through a diverse range of American states, which are home to some of the most historic sites in the country. Stop anywhere along the river and you can see how US history helped to create the world we live in today, as well as admiring the beauty of nature along the banks of the great river.

One of the best ways to embrace the history of the Mississippi is to take an American Queen Steamboat Company trip. You get to spend time on a traditional steamboat where you can relax onboard, or maybe spend time at one of the historic sites that the river passes close to.

Fort Crawford Museum

Fort Crawford was built to protect the area of Prairie du Chien in Wisconsin, and it did so from 1816 until 1856. The fort was offered up as a venue at which to train Union soldiers at the time of the American Civil War. Today, the Fort Crawford Museum is open to visitors from May through October and private tours are available at other times of year. Visitors can see what life at the fort was like when it was still in use and get a better understanding of how it protected the city.

Effigy Mounds National Monument

There are more than 200 American Indian mounds at the Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa. The mounds are considered to be sacred by many American citizens and their splendor is awe inspiring as is the beauty of the area which surrounds them.

Black Hawk State Historic Site 

This site, in Rock Island Illinois, has been home to American Indians and 19th century settlers. Its most close association is with the Sauk nation. The site is named after Black Hawk, the Sauk Nation leader. Today the site is known for its natural beauty, a great attraction to visitors.

Mark Twain's Boyhood Home 

Mark Twain is one of the most famous and well-respected American writers. He is closely associated with the Mississippi River which featured in many of his novels. Twain's childhood home, in Hannibal, Missouri, is now a museum which is dedicated to helping people appreciate the writer and how his stories still have relevance in today's world.

Poverty Point World Heritage Site

The Poverty Point World Heritage Site in Louisiana is a mysterious place. It was built at the same time as the Ancient Egyptians were creating monuments and temples. Poverty Point was built by hand, by American Indians, and consists of a massive mound surrounded by concentric circles. It's original use has never been definitively identified.

The Mississippi is a powerful and beautiful river which runs through a multitude of attractive surroundings. Its banks are home to some of the most historic sites in the US and you can pay them a visit if you take a trip along the river.