Monthly Archives: April 2015

Getting Down to the Floor of the Matter with Engineered Timber Flooring

Timber Flooring

Timber FlooringYou do not always realise it, but the quality of your flooring has a big impact on the appeal and value of your home. No one wants to see peeling vinyl, cracked ceramic tiles, or cold concrete. This is why if you have the opportunity to choose, consider engineered timber flooring.

What is Engineered Timber Flooring?

Some people call this timber floating floors, perhaps because it is really the top layer, which is real timber. Engineered timber flooring has several layers of timber strips or veneers that are glued and pressed together to make a nearly solid core. The core can be hardwood or plywood, but the top or ‘finishing’ layer is always timber like spotted gym, Blackbutt, or merbau.

What are its Benefits?

Engineered timber flooring with a top layer of 2 mm to 6 mm it can be polished and sanded just like solid wood. Typically, the thicker the top layer, the more expensive. However, some inexpensive brands have a very thin top layer, which will not stand up to sanding. When in doubt, ask the manufacturer for the specifications.

Engineered timber flooring is better than solid wood flooring in many ways. It is much more affordable, for one thing. The original purpose of engineered timber flooring is to cover a concrete floor, but it is now used practically anywhere except over carpet.

Easy Installation and Weather Resistance

It is usually more resistant to water and stable in damp areas than solid wood. In addition, engineered wood flooring usually has a clear coating and a tongue and groove profile. These make it much easier to install, and can be walked on within hours after installation. The tongue-and-groove design helps it contract or expand according to changes in the weather, and this keeps it from warping.

Personalise It!

Engineered timber flooring in Perth comes in a wide range of lengths and sizes, which is always an advantage. You can also choose from a range of colour, grain, and timber species. Choosing your flooring has never been so easy. However, the most important benefit of engineered timber flooring is that the materials it uses come from sustainable forests.

Engineered timber flooring used to be a luxury item for the most discerning of interior decorators. Now it is simply a necessity as housing technology evolves.

Relax and De-Stress: Beat the Silent Killer

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RelaxationStress is the most common silent killer since it has an effect on your overall wellbeing than common diseases. While some people find it difficult to de-stress, you must handle stress the soonest time possible because stress build-up can lead to a host of medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart diseases.

The best and easiest way to de-stress is by getting a massage. Here’s a look at what a massage in Townsville can do for you.

Jumpstart your Response to Relaxation

Your flight or fight response is your body’s response to stress. When you’re stressed, your heart rate, breathing, muscle tension, and anxiety levels increase. Massage therapy on the other hand jumpstarts your response to relaxation and will slow down your breathing and heart rate, as well as relax your muscles.

Relieve Muscle Tension

The most popular massage techniques for relieving tired muscles are the Swedish and Shiatsu massage therapies. These can effectively combat usual stress symptoms such as tension in your neck, jaw, back, shoulder, and headaches leading to extreme relaxation.

Reduce your Blood Pressure

Studies state that there is no direct link to stress and high blood pressure. It is, however, the poor behaviours and habits for de-stressing like smoking, overeating, not eating, overindulging in alcohol, and lack of exercise that actually elevates blood pressure. Massage therapy stimulates your vagus nerve, which is responsible for properly regulating and maintaining your blood pressure.

Provide Instant Stress Relief

Still have a few hours before you finally get to your massage appointment? For tired eyes and minor head and face aches, try to massage yourself by closing your eyes and utilising your fingers to apply some pressure under your brow bone for five to 10 seconds. For aching jaws, use your thumbs to apply pressure behind the ears. For coiled shoulders, rub your shoulder blades in circular movements.

Once you’ve experienced the wonders of a massage, you’ll feel more energised, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the world again. Keep in mind that you must choose your massage therapist wisely and only engage those who have the right qualifications. Otherwise, you may end up leaving the massage table with more aches and pains than when you first walked in.

Foreign Student Diaries: Tips on Saving on Student Accommodation

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student accommodationWhile there is a growing range of choices for foreign universities and programs, the price of student accommodation is also rising. A recent report says the cost of student housing has doubled in the last decade. This does not mean you have to sacrifice what you are going to call home in the next years while you master your field. It just means you need to exert a little effort in keeping your costs to a minimum.

More international students are choosing London. In the hopes of coping with the surge of foreign students, London gives way to cheaper accommodations and alternative student housing for this growing population. It might not be the dormitory of your dreams, but it will allow you to have enough money for essentials and maybe even a little extra for leisure.

Be Flexible

A couple of university halls offer catered en suite rooms with prices that range from £100 to about £168 a week. Ask yourself this, though: do you really need catering? Do you really need an en suite room? If you want to cut costs, you have to think of alternatives. A self-catered accommodation without an en suite costs only about £62 a week. You can save around £4,000 within your 40-week contract.

Not bad, right? You just need to be okay with sharing showers and living without the luxury of catering. But you are at university, and you can handle it. You are not after a lavish accommodation, anyway. You are after the learning that happens in school. So long as it is a decent place for rest and sleep, then you can survive it.

Consider All Options

Apart from uni halls, you can also consider going private and consulting with letting agencies. You can look into a variety of cheap private long-term housing options, or you can also consider short-term let. The latter comes with assurance that you do not pay for more than you will use. Do not sign for a one-year contract if you are only going to be in uni for six months. Save yourself from the exorbitant cost.

You can also consider negotiating with your proprietor. Do not sign the first contract shoved in front of you. Learn how to negotiate and with a bit of charm, maybe you will get lucky and they agree to your terms. To negotiate is not only to haggle with your landlord. It also means negotiating with your inner self. Your expectations do not always match the reality.

Living in a modest room is better than in an overpriced one where you end up penniless each month. It is just a matter of negotiating your expectations and the reality.

Eco-friendly Camping Trip: Camping with Comfort

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campingSolar energy technology makes it possible to enjoy the great outdoors with modern conveniences. Solar powered items such as portable solar panels can charge devices like laptops, mobile phones, flashlights and small heaters. Even showering is now comfortable with solar camping tools.

No need to build a fire for light

Solar lanterns are useful for those dark nights in the woods. Charge it for an hour using a separate solar panel. This lantern, which is only as heavy as a full can of soda, can go for 1-2 hours without charging.

A sun jar is also handy in setting the mood for gatherings around the campground or as mellow light when sleeping. Make your own sun jar at home or get a portable one for camping trips. It easily collects sunlight all day to charge itself.

No need to look for an outlet

A solar backpack is ideal for hiking trips. This allows you to charge various devices like laptop, mobile phone and camera. Charge these items during the hike and use as needed.

The solar panel camping kit and various gadgets are helpful for tech-savvy hikers who use smart phones for navigating trails.

No need to settle for cold showers

Enjoy the luxury of a warm shower—in the woods. This is the perfect way to relax after a long day of hiking or trekking. A solar power shower has a bag that will heat up the water and keep it warm by absorbing light. It will work even when the sun is no longer shining.

No need for canned goods in the woods

Plug in your camping stove to portable solar panels; take a camping refrigerator with you to enjoy more complicated dishes in the woods.

When you go camping, you do not have to go without the comforts of home. Prepare your camping gear and go on a comfortable camping trip you will never forget.

Roofing Plans Everywhere: The Second Level

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RooferRoofing isn’t one of the industries known for its subtlety, but it is well known for the planning and precision that goes into every project. Everything has a plan, because even the smallest miscalculation will cost hundreds of dollars to correct. In fact, there are two plans that roofers need to consult before they can even hammer down a single nail – the roofing plan, and the roof-framing plan.

Yes, there’s a difference between the two, but it’s one of those things that only make sense once explained. Fortunately, the professionals at The Roof Guys have the answer that can make this as simple as possible.

A roofing plan is what roofers use to determine the overall shape of the roof; the roof-framing plan has a little more detail. It’s taking the dimensions on the roofing plan and adds the size and direction of the framing of the different roof parts.

It’s important for roofers to be sure where each part goes, especially if the roof isn’t the standard square or rectangle shape. Memorizing where each part goes is out of the question, the margin for error is too small to entrust to the erratic human memory. There are eight main factors that roofers need to be aware of, these factors consist of both parts, and measurements that shift each time the roof changes shape.

The physical factors of the roof-framing plan include the door headers, ridge boards, roof rafters, window headers, and the existing roofline. On the other hand, the measurements include the span of the roof rafters, section symbols, and the shear wall symbols. Just imagine having to look at a plan full of crisscrossing lines that are supposed to represent multiple parts whose application exists in a three dimensional environment.

Reading roofing plans takes a bit of training and experience to completely understand everything. So it’s a good idea to lay off on DIY projects until the person working on it has both of those things.

Your Home-Friendly Yoga Hammock Installation Guide

Yoga Hammock

Yoga HammockAntigravity yoga and aerial yoga make you feel lighter than a feather, giving you the confidence to swing up in the air and perform complicated exercises. Is this something you always wanted to practice alone in your home, though? Fear not – it’s possible.

Meditate in your personal nook by purchasing aerial yoga equipment such as yoga hammocks and successfully install them in your chosen space with your guide below.

Ideal Location For Your Yoga Hammock

Be sure to place your hammock in a space where there are no furniture and display, such as tables or chairs near the hammock, so you won’t incur any damage or destroy the arrangement of your home decoration when doing your yoga practice. If you have frames hanging on your walls, it’s better to keep them in a box or hide them temporarily when you’re about to start your yoga session. It’s also good if you can place it somewhere accessible. Most customers place hammocks in a playroom, a family living space or child’s bedroom (if you have one).

Installation Measurements

If you’re installing more than one yoga hammock, place them 6 feet apart from each other. On the average, space hammocks are at least 4-6 from a wall, meaning that there should be around 5-6 diameter of space around the hammock for posing purposes. This will come in handy if you are performing advanced aerial yoga poses that will require more movements and wider range.

Rotation for Yoga Hammock Use

Although not necessary for aerial yoga hammocks, you can use rotational devices or swivels which allow an additional spinning component for hammock purposes, and they also lower the force and pressure placed on the attachment point. Swivels also allow full and smoother movement in all planes and decreased twisting of hammock straps while performing.

With a yoga hammock at your home, it will be surely easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle powered by physical fitness! Get a yoga hammock for you and your family and keep yourself and your loved ones healthy.

What is the Enterprise Class?

Enterprise Class

Enterprise ClassThe word Enterprise can mean many things to different people. Business owners may think about an especially difficult project, or a unit of economic organization. Science fiction fans will automatically remember a certain ship that dares go where no man has gone before. Technology experts on the other hand, are thinking about something else entirely.

In the tech world, the term Enterprise is a buzzword that refers to a specific or group of applications that are robust in design, which can scale tasks and activities across a large organization. There aren’t any hard and fast rules about what people can consider as an enterprise; it can include any industry, platform, service, so on and so forth.

The application mpro5, for example, describes itself as an enterprise class mobile business system. It utilizes mobile and cloud technology to organize digital files and documents across different departments of a business. This ability fosters better cooperation and coordination among the various arms of the company, making their services more efficient and better in quality.
Not every Enterprise class application works this way, but there are four general standards of what people can consider as part of the class. First, the application should be open and compatible with an existing collection of databases and tools; this is similar to a giant toolbox everyone shares.

Second, the tools in it should be customizable for the specific needs of each department, because there’s no use in everyone sharing if only a few people can use them.

The third standard is that it should be powerful enough to provide its services to everyone in the company. The success of a company depends on all of its parts working simultaneously on their specific responsibilities. That efficiency goes out the window if departments need to wait for each other to use the tools they need.

Finally, an Enterprise class application is secure from all external threats and internal leaks. These tools are expected to carry sensitive information instrumental to future success; that advantage disappears once those secrets get out.

Overall, enterprise is something tech companies use to say that their tools are powerful and reliable enough to serve as the sole solution for companies regardless of their size.

Walking Through A Horror Movie Village

Laddaland

LaddalandRemember those movies that made you scream, “Don’t go there! Don’t do it?” Now you get to be that person you’re shouting at.

Have you ever imagined yourself in any of the horror movies you’ve seen before? Asian movies embody fear and terror, since Asians are known for crazy and surreal stories that are sometimes even socially relevant.

Visiting Singapore’s Spooktacular.com.sg in Sentosa on Halloween will give you the perfect chance to experience world-famous movies in the flesh, built from the ground up in Fort Siloso—where the whole area is turned into a huge horror village from all Thai scary movies, sprinkled with a bit of humour to keep the experience fit for all.

Walk-through Laddaland

With the annual event’s tie up with the Thai Movie Production house, GMT, for the next 3 years, the event has access and rights to all the most famous terrifying movies from the country that will then create Laddaland—a collective compound of all the horror houses in one area.

The whole walk-through experience makes you feel like you’re in the movie and reliving the whole thing with your family and friends makes for an exciting and memorable experience. Not only will it create closer ties, it will also literally keep you close to each other the whole time—something many families don’t do anymore.

Of course, with the establishments and complexes that make up the different movies come the different characters in the movie as well, and you can expect to see them walking around with you, or suddenly jump at you and your family and friends.

Visiting this annual event in the Red Dot, will give you and your loved ones one of a kind memories that will be nice to look back on. Though it may be strange to say that you experienced a horror in real life, it definitely lets you know exactly what it is like to be in one.

Make the Move: Investing in Tokyo Real Estate

Tokyo real estate

Tokyo real estateTokyo’s massive economy that shows absolutely no sign of slowing down is one of the main reasons businesses continue to invest heavily in its real estate market. In fact, the city alone has one of largest gross domestic product (GDP) levels in the world, with an economic scale equal to that of Mexico’s and South Korea’s. The city is also ranks fourth on the Global Power City and sixth in the Global City Competitiveness Index.

Sumitomo Realty & Development Co., Ltd. explains why investing in Tokyo properties is always a smart decision:

High Income and Capital Gains

Investing in Tokyo gives businesses steady rental income and relatively high yields. Profits still depend on the area and type of property, but many properties have returns in the 5-6 per cent range, while others generate more than 10%. Income and capital gains are the most attractive features of investing in the city’s real estate now.

Accommodating Environment

Many regard Tokyo as one of the most attractive cities in the world, ranking number 1 on Trip Advisor’s list of most satisfying cities. Japan’s capital buzzes with energy and vibrancy, making it a top location for investment. It is also accommodating to outsiders and expats, and locals are generally very helpful and patient with tourists. English speakers can also expect to feel more comfortable in the coming years, as the city is making a greater commitment to English language education in preparation for the 2020 Olympics.

Excellent Security and Transportation

Tokyo is a major international city, making its public security among the best in the globe. Its strong public security is unmatched compared to other major cities such as New York, London, and Paris. Other than a peaceful environment, it has also an outstanding transportation network. The city boasts extensive public and private railways, and subway lines. The punctuality of Tokyo’s train services, moreover, is one of the best in the world.

These are just a few of the things that make Tokyo an amazing city and attractive location for real estate investment. Investors can get help from real estate agents and developers to make sound investment choices in the city.

Are You In or Out of the Next Party? Proper Cocktail Party Etiquette

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cocktail drinkBeach trips and cocktail parties offer excellent opportunities to just relax and let loose—but not too loose—and of course get together with old mates and meet new ones. But, most cocktail parties require that you put your best foot forward and adhere to certain etiquette. To make sure you’ll be invited to the next one, follow these foolproof tips.

1. Know the dress code

When attending a cocktail party regardless of the venue, you must dress based on the party’s theme or whether the party is casual or for business purposes. Make sure to ask the host beforehand.

2. Mingle, mingle, and mingle! But don’t gossip

Meeting new people is often the purpose of cocktail gatherings so gather up the courage to talk to new people. Read people’s body language and subtly eavesdrop on conversations and if you find a group that interests you, don’t be afraid to join in. Just remember NOT to gossip and that no one likes a know-it-all.

3. Meet, not eat

Cocktail parties are usually thrown for networking purposes and not necessarily for eating. Don’t wait for the other guests to gawk at you because of the amount of food you have on your plate. To fend off hunger pangs, better eat a meal prior to going to a party, so you’ll focus more on networking, not on eating.

4. Drink moderately

While you should enjoy yourself and indulge in a drink or two, it is ideal that you set your drinking limit beforehand. Remember, drink driving is illegal, not to mention dangerous.

To build a great impression, you should be thorough in maintaining proper cocktail party etiquette. In addition, when you leave the venue early, thank the party’s host and never sneak out. Lastly, please refrain from taking photos of everything and everyone you see; ask permission first.