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.

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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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However, you will have a receptionist that will answer your local phone number, will have a personal business fax number and will be able to receive mail and packages at your office that can be received and signed for if needed. Consider all the possibilities that an address such as Leibnitz Polanco, Chapultepec Polanco, Masaryk Polanco I, Aristoteles Polanco, Campos Eliseos Polanco, Terret Polanco, or Lagrange Polanco will do for your new business or your new branch office.

If you choose oficinas virtuales en Polanco, you will be able to choose the days you need to use the office or even the meeting or conference rooms. You can easily use your plush office to meet with potential clients, which will certainly be impressive. No one will know that you are using a virtual office as they can call and have your receptionist answer the phone. You will appear to be a large corporation even if you are only a one man/woman show working from home. Stop letting the competition beat you out of new clients. Check out the opportunities you can enjoy with virtual offices without all the overhead costs by clicking here.

Energy Savings Extend to the Types of Window Treatments You Use.

What Kind of Window Treatments Cover Your Windows or Doors?

If you are committed to saving energy, then you just can’t weather strip and caulk your windows and doors, or choose energy-saving appliances. You need to focus on saving energy everywhere you can. That commitment then extends to using the right window treatments to save on energy costs.

Take a Look at the American Blinds Website for Energy-efficient Window Coverings

For example, window shades today come in a variety of installations and fabrics that are meant to save on the costs of heating and cooling your home. You can also install blinds and drapes with this same goal in mind. To obtain further details about these kinds of window coverings, take a look at the wide selection of window treatments and coverings on the American Blinds website. The site features window treatments that cut glare and are water-resistant too. Take a look at the product lines to see where the window coverings fit into your decorating scheme.

Prints and Styles

For example, you can buy shades that feature animal prints or country or contemporary styles. In addition, blinds are offered in such materials as wood, aluminum, and faux wood styles. Choose from vertical styles—great for sliding doors—as well as horizontal designs.

Window Treatment Colors

Blinds and shades are great additions to bathrooms, bedrooms, a kid’s playroom, the laundry room, or a sunroom. Choose from such neutral hues as tan, white, or blue, or add some color with red, green, blue, orange, or yellow. And, of course, again, there is that energy saving factor woven into the benefits.

Save on Energy Beginning Today

So, if you want to pay lower utility bills and make optimum use of your heating and cooling systems, you owe it to yourself to look at the featured selections on the American Blinds website. Add window treatments to your energy savings checklist.

How To Go About Choosing Blinds For Your Home.

If you are looking at blinds for your home then you might be glad to know that there are loads of different types for you to choose from. This is great news because it means that whatever you are looking for, finding something to suit should not be too much of a hassle. Of course this range of blinds is good news, but it also means that you need to spend a little time doing some research to make sure you make the right decision.

Which Blind Should I Buy?

Before you can decide which style of blind you want to buy, you need to think in more practical terms. Blinds that look great are good but you also need to make sure that they do their function correctly. For example if you’re looking at blinds for a bathroom then you want blinds that will be OK if they are exposed to lots of moisture where as if you’re shopping for bedroom blinds then black out blinds could be handy. You should find that most blind companies have blinds listed in different categories on their website which can make your life easier when it comes finding the best blinds for your needs.

The Cosmetics

Of course it goes without saying that whatever blinds work best for your needs, you also want blinds that look good and fit in with the decor of the rest of your room. If you know what room you are shopping for then you can easily find a colour of blind that is going to match the decor that you already have. If you aren’t sure of colour schemes that work well together then order swatches from blind companies so that you can test these against the walls in your home before you actually invest in new blinds.

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