In between projects.

I was able to talk to a high school friend of mine about a week ago. He is also an accountant like me. He is very busy with several ongoing projects at the moment. I was lucky I caught him at the right time, he was just online to check on musician friend because his wife asked him to. Anyway, I asked how he was and he told me that he’s never felt so fulfilled in his life. His work is doing great and his marriage is in its seventh year. Everything in his life at the moment is fine. He couldn’t ask for more except…

Well, he told me that he could do with mini vacations in between his projects. There are days when he goes home so darn tired that all he could do is kiss his wife goodnight and go directly to sleep. Not once did he find himself wearing the same clothes when he wakes up the next day. Good thing his wife is a very supportive one and she understands the demand of his work so she would just shake her head at him before asking him to make sure not to repeat it. She doesn’t want him to get sick when he sleeps sweaty from the commute home.

I told him that he and his wife take advantage of weekends. They should plan their mini vacations in such a way that two days are more than enough. I also told him to stop himself from bringing work to their home so that he won’t find himself working even when he’s supposed to be resting.

Forget not to live.

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I know that we all want to have more money in our pockets and bank accounts at the end of the day. But you know what? Not all who have more than enough in their stash are happy their lives. Some can’t even sleep peacefully at night!

A former boss once told me that I should never forget to live. He said that there is always tomorrow and that work will be work and there’ll be more to come no matter how long I stay in the office.

He’s right, of course!

Forget not to live. Don’t let work eat your whole life. Travel! Go to places! And live!

;)

Steel Barrier Systems in Traffic Safety

In recent years, with increasing living standard, more and more people can afford cars. So, you can find more and more cars on the road. It is a good thing actually. However, people always have troubles with these cars. There are so many cars on the road that traffic is crowded, especially in rush hour. Moreover, at times accidents will happen. In this case, more and more safety products have invented. Nowadays, you can find a lot of safety products on the market, such as: road stud, road barrier and so on.

steel barrier

In daily life, road barrier is very useful. Barriers can be made from many materials, such as: steel etc. Now, steel road barrier are very popular on the market. It plays a very important role in road safety. In addition, concrete barrier also is very popular.

Now, steel barrier is used widely on the road. Steel is strength, durability, beauty, precision and malleability. With so many advantages, steel is used widely in many fields. For example: the common one steel building. Steel play a very important role in building. Because steel doesn’t need treating with pesticides, preservatives or glues, it’s also safer for people handling and living or working around it, here just to name a few.

In addition to steel barrier, there are others available:

* Jersey barrier – It is a modular concrete or plastic barrier employed to separate lanes of traffic.

* A noise barrier – is an exterior structure designed to protect inhabitants of sensitive land use areas from noise pollution.

* A boom barrier – is a bar, or pole pivoted to allow the boom to block vehicular access through a controlled point.

* Vapor barrier – is any material used for damp proofing, typically a plastic or foil sheet.

In conclusion, there are many safety products are available in daily life.

A quiet place to work.

I come from a large family. I already mentioned this in some past entries of mine in this blog. I am proud and happy that I am surrounded by family but let me tell you that there is a downside to all of this. There is no quiet place for me to go when everyone is at home! That’s the truth! You can go inside the bedroom but another one will follow you there. Or the noise they’re making in the living room will float through the thin walls.

Oh, let me tell you now that I am not really complaining. I am just stating facts here. I actually like being with my noisy family. But then when you have some work that needs to be done and you are seeking some peace and quiet, well, you can’t expect to get it inside our home. Unless everyone went out and you are left alone.

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So, you know, it would be really great to have a quiet place to go to for work. Just a shed or somewhere outside the house I can lock myself in. The workplace in the photo looks really good, don’t you think?

:)

What Are the Different Types of Skiing?

Skiing provides many benefits and is one of the few cold-weather sports that individuals of all ages and skill levels can enjoy. Since its origins the sport has evolved to include various formats, including those that favor casual skiing and others reserved for adventure seekers.

Before you strap on skis for the first time, it’s best to familiarize yourself with the most popular skiing formats, so that you can find one in line with your experience and interests.

Downhill Skiing

When most people think of skiing, they envision racing down steep mountains at breakneck speeds. Downhill, or Alpine, skiing is generally the preferred format of more hardcore skiers, as it is both more difficult and expensive than other variations.

Cross-Country Skiing

The oldest form of skiing, cross-country skiing has its roots in more practical applications. Namely, mail carriers would ski across the snow when the weather wouldn’t permit safe transport via other means. Some believe that cross-country skiing dates back even further, all the way to approximately 6,000 B.C.

There are two types of cross-country skiing. The more traditional (classic) style is characterized by its graceful, gliding movements. Conversely, skiers can also utilize a style that more closely resembles skating than skiing.

The primary difference between cross-country and Alpine skiing is that cross-country generally takes place on flat terrain. For this reason, the skier’s heel is not bound to the ski.

Freestyle Skiing

For all you adrenaline junkies out there, freestyle skiing is the way to go. A catch-all term, freestyle skiers may come from one of several disciplinary schools including snowboarding, half-pipe skiing and death defying aerials.

One freestyle form, mogul skiing, tasks athletes with navigating their way around equidistant snow mounds. Although similar in many respects to downhill skiing, mogul skiers require extra focus, as one small mistake could lead to a potentially painful spill.

If you’ve ever watched the Winter Olympics, you’ve probably seen the world’s top aerial skiers take flight. Using only their body for balance, aerial skiers leap off a platform, performing stunts while in the air. Suffice to say, aerial skiing is not for amateurs.

Ski Racing

Speaking of the Olympics, another popular competitive skiing format is simply labeled ski racing. Typically decided over a course laden with obstacles, ski racing requires exemplary precision and grace.

On the very fastest courses, it is not uncommon for skiers to eclipse the 100 mile-per-hour barrier. As such, skiers like Bob Corsini, typically learn other disciplines before graduating to ski racing.

There are two major types of ski racing: Slalom, which features more gates (or flags), and Giant Slalom, which favors fewer gates and increased top speeds.

Backcountry Skiing

The final form of skiing is less of a format and more of an adventure. Backcountry skiers define their own rules, skiing where they want, when they want and how they want. Entire blogs and video series have been dedicated to the best backcountry skiing routes in the world.

An advice to those who want to go freelance.

I was asked yesterday for an advice on the pros and cons of working at home. You see, I’ve been doing freelance work for the past eight years now so I have some knowledge to impart when it comes to the topic at hand.

Well, the first thing I told the person who asked for my advice is that resigning from her nine to five job and going freelance is a big risk. It’s the truth! Can you imagine your regular 15th-30th/end-of-month paycheck coming to a standstill? When you go freelance, your income now depends on how consistent you are with your work. It now depends on your diligence and perseverance (or what we call in Tagalog as sipag at tiyaga). If you work harder every single day, then expect a big income at the end of the month. If you slack off from what you need to do and just work whenever you feel like it, then expect an empty pocket. But the pay-off is really great if you are a hard worker.

Now, that’s just one risk, the recession of a steady, fixed monthly income. Another, and of greater importance, is the loss of mandatory benefits that you get when you are employed by a company as a regular employee. When you work at home doing freelance work, medical and dental health benefits plus those government-mandated ones (SSS, Philhealth and HDMF) are no longer the responsibility of the employer. It is now under your care and it is up to you to make sure you make a voluntary contribution every month to reap the benefits by the time you retire. Insurance policies placed by a company for you will be lost as well, once you choose freelance work.

But, again, the much larger pay-off if you know how to manage your time well and you grab at opportunities thrown your way will be more than enough to cover the cost of all those benefits that you lost.

An upside of freelance work is you control the volume of your work and the time you do it. In other words, your schedule is up to you. Your workload, too.

It’s all about diligence and perseverance. It’s all about hard work when you talk about freelance work and working at home. So my advice to the person asking me about it? Make sure she’s ready to be a much more responsible worker than she is in her nine to five job.

For the first time.

1st time

Been a while, that’s the truth. I have so many things I want to do for the first time, like travel alone outside the country, but financial constraint prevents me from doing so. I know some people will say that it is an easy problem with an equally easy solution: save up! Of course, I can. But I have priorities that I need to take care of before indulging myself.

One of these days, though, I will do something for the first time, something from my bucket list.

;)

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