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Friday, October 20, 2017

4 Valuable Ways to Help Your Children Succeed in Life

Once you become a parent, the most important thing for you would be your children. Their wellness and safety will always be your top priority as they are your greatest blessing. You will do anything and everything just to ensure their well-being and happiness.



As a parent, it is important to note that your children need you all the time, especially in their growing years. You have to provide them your full attention and guidance in order to help them grow as good people. It is no surprise that parents would do everything just to keep their children protected as well as secure their future. So, here are some helpful ways on how to help your children succeed in life:

Believe in their abilities
Children won’t be able to achieve their goals in life if there won’t be people believing in them, especially their parents. With this, you have to make it a point to show them that you truly believe in their potential. This will give them confidence and it will be easier for them to reach for their dreams because their parents are there to support them all the way no matter what happens.
 
Provide them proper education
One of the most crucial things that you can give to your children for them to become successful in life is education. You need to invest on this matter, for this will be the greatest thing you can provide them. Proper education goes a long way, so be sure to choose the best academy for them, like India International School or any world-renowned school you might think that will help them get high-quality education. More so, giving your children proper education is their gateway to making all their dreams come true. So, do your best to provide them this one.

Be their role model
Everything your children knows or does start with you. From the moment they were born, you are the first person they look up to and this is the reason why you need to be a good role model to them. As a parent, do what is right all the time because your children have high expectations from you. They always tend to imitate what you say and do, so be careful of all your words and actions. Through the eyes of your children, you are a hero. Never do something you don’t want them to do, because this will be a big problem in the long run.
 
Let them pursue their dreams
Encourage your children to pursue their dreams. If they want to become a doctor, lawyer, teacher, or other profession, you need to motivate them. Your children need you to inspire them to reach for their goals in life. And most of them are doing their best for their parents, so it is great that you are always there. Whatever it is they want to become in the future, let them be and just support them.


Being a parent is never an easy task. There will be plenty of struggles along the way, but it is certainly worth every bit of it. These things mentioned above are just some of the effective ways to help your children succeed in life. Be the best parents for your children and you will be proud of them.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

6 Compelling Reasons to Visit Puri this Winter

Puri is synonymous with the Jagannath Temple. One of the four sites of pilgrimage most revered by the Hindus, Puri attracts pilgrims all year round. The temples, ashrams and monasteries of Puri are great specimens of heritage architecture. Tour them and unwind at the beach - your trip to Puri this winter will surely leave you rejuvenated. Go ahead and book hotels in Puri and plan a trip between November and February – the weather being most pleasant during this time. Here, we give you six compelling reasons to plan a trip to Puri this winter.

Visit the Jagannath Temple
Lord Jagannath is the ‘Lord of the Universe’. His name comes from the Sanskrit words ‘Jagat’ meaning ‘universe’ and ‘Nath’ meaning ‘lord of’. When you visit His temple, you will see the idols of Lord Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra seated on the ‘Ratnavedi,’ a bejeweled platform inside the temple. Devout Hindus visit the Jagannath Temple to cleanse their soul of sins and pray at the feet of ‘Lord of the Universe’. You must experience its magnificence and divinity at least once in your lifetime.


Tour Chilka Lake
The Chilka Lake is close to Puri, just 37 kms away. It is the largest inland salt-water lagoon in Asia. Bird-watchers and animal lovers flock to Chilka Lake as it is the dwelling of many stunning beings. From white-bellied sea eagles to sandpipers, flamingos to gloven plovers - you will see a variety of avian life-forms here. Some of them are migratory birds which only visit during the winter months. The Chilka Lake is one of the two places in the world where the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins can be spotted. Capture them on your smartphone camera when you tour Chilka by boat. The lake also supports a flourishing ecosystem of flora and fauna.

Konark Temple
The Konark Temple is located about 36 km away from Puri. Built by King Narasimha in the 13th century, it is a magnificent piece of architecture. The structural design of the temple is a tribute to the Sun God. The chariots of the Sun God and the horses which draw it are depicted through the structure. There are many shops and eateries near the temple. You can sip tea and snack on samosas after your short drive to the Konark Temple from Puri. The Konark Beach is also closeby. The peaceful and quiet ambience here will help you reconnect with Nature.

Shopping at Puri
Shop for local handicrafts at Puri. You will find souvenirs which you can take back home. Visit Swargadwar near the Puri Beach. There are shops here which sell traditional sarees like Bomkai, Ikats, Pasapali and Sambalpuri weaves. ‘Pattachitra’ is a traditional art form of Odisha.  These are palm leaf paintings which hail from the region. Take one home to change the look of your decor. Silver works and stone crafts from Puri are also famous. Cigar boxes, jewellery boxes and decorative trays made of silver are available at emporiums and other shops.

Beaches in Puri
The beaches in Puri are spectacular. Watch the crimson dawn break over the Bay of Bengal from the Puri Beach, or from your hotel room. There are many 5 star hotels in Puri which are sea-facing. Choose hotels which are along the beach, to enjoy access to private beaches and clean sea. Fresh seafood is available at shacks along the seafront. Enjoy a relaxing massage on the beach as you hear the waves crash on the shore, not too far away. There are sand sculptures to be found on the beach. They depict art from the walls of Puri temples and from other mythological sources. Take a stroll along the beach in the evening to enjoy the soothing breeze.

Local Food at Puri
When in Puri, try out the local fare. ‘Khicede’ is the main ‘bhog’ or speciality dish offered to Lord Jagannath. It is a staple dish in Odisha, prepared with rice and lentils. You can sample this dish at most eateries at Swargadwar.  Book hotels in Puri which have in-house restaurants and serve traditional Oriya food. ‘Dalma’ is one such preparation with lentils and vegetables. The ‘Pakhala Bhata’ is a rice preparation served with curd. The khaaja is a local favourite you must try – a crunchy and sweet snack, khaaja is as popular as the Puri Temple. Do not miss out on the ‘Chana Poda’ - a sweet dish prepared with smoked cottage cheese.



Get ready to experience spiritual rejuvenation - Puri has that effect on all travelers.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Does My Parent Need Extra Care? 4 Signs

With the holiday season not too far off, chances are you will have additional opportunity to spend time with your parents. In an episode of Tell Me More from NPR News, the hosts suggest this is the time to have important conversations with your aging parents. If it has been a while since you last saw them, their appearance and other aspects of their well-being will be easier for you to hone in on.

Asking parents directly whether or not they could use additional help might yield truthful answers. But in many cases, parents could benefit from receiving additional help long before they are ready to ask for it. Your job as the child of an aging parent is to keep an eye out for your parents.

But what are the red flags that your parents could use additional help or home care?


Here are 4 signs to watch for. 


1. A lack of taking care of his or her appearance.

This point has less to do with natural signs of aging, and more to do with upkeep and personal hygiene. For example, unwashed hair, unpleasant body odor, unclipped nails, wearing stained clothing, etc. 

If your parent has stopped taking care of his or her personal appearance, this could be a sign of withdrawal, or a sign of forgetfulness. It could also mean your parent feels his or her appearance is low on the priority list. Energy levels can quickly decline from one day to the next, so it could be your parent may be fine one day, but may need help with basic tasks the next.


2. Not getting around to household chores.


An obvious sign that a parent could use additional help is if chores around the house begin to get neglected. For example, the floors are left unswept, laundry has been left unwashed, the fridge has not been cleaned in a while. If there is spoiled food in the fridge and few whole foods, fruits, or vegetables, this should also raise an alert. Your parent's diet is what will keep him or healthy, and a poor diet could exacerbate aging symptoms. A large stack of unopened mail is also a concerning sign. The state of your parent's house is a quick way to get a pulse on whether your parent could use additional help.


3. Forgetfulness and signs of memory loss.


Maybe your parent has always been forgetful… But has it seemed more pronounced of late? Does she have difficulty keeping track of the days of the week? Or does he or she lose track of the time? Has he had problems with utilities being turned off due to forgetting to make payments? Does she repeat herself or tell stories more often than usual? Does he forget to take medications? What about regular meals? As we age, our appetite often lessens, as we are less active, so we require a reduced calorie intake. But that does not mean your parent no longer needs the nutrients that a balanced meal would provide. 

Other concerning signs are if your parent has unexplained bruises on his or her body. If she or he cannot remember how they occurred, then it might be time to increase care. Additionally, take a look at the next sign for further on this point. 


4. A decrease in physical mobility.


Does your parent find it harder to move around? Does she falter when standing up or sitting down? Has he stopped going to the second floor? Does a little walk around the block wipe him out? Why are these signs of concern? When there is a physical decline in mobility, your parent may be more susceptible to falls. Which can cause a cascading effect that is hard to reverse. The house that your parents have lived in for twenty years, is likely not optimized for elderly living. And your parent could be suffering as a result. It might be time for a family discussion about downsizing to space that is optimized for elderly living.

Over the holidays, if you begin to see decline in one or more of the above areas, it's time to get additional help. If your parent is already displaying some of these signs, do not be alarmed. Signs of aging will happen to everyone eventually. What is most important is providing help at the right time. And in a manner that is easy for parents to receive while not infringing on their desire to remain in control.

Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef Aquarium Experience

One of the many  activities we did during our Las Vegas vacation was to see the  Shark Reef Aquarium.  It was an amazing experience, it was both  education and fun.  In light of what happened in Las Vegas, I would like to encourage  everyone to say a prayer for the city of Las Vegas especially  for those who  are dealing with the trauma.  I have been praying that God will give these people the strength they need  in these hard times.
We parked at  the Mandalay Bay Convention Center to get to the Shark Reef Aquarium.  There was an event for African American  women during that time.

The convention center was adjacent to the Mandalay Bay  resort  where the  gunman in the recent  massacre had  stayed.  It  sends chills to my bones when I think about it.  I can't even  imagine the horror that the people attending the  concert must have felt.  I fear for my children  every time we travel  because of crazy people like the shooter in Las Vegas mass shooting.
Horrible things like this always make you think how scary the world we live in nowadays.  All we can do when we go somewhere is to pray that God will  protect us from harm.  
The Mandalay Bay has a tram  that connects to its sister companies, the Excalibur and Luxur.  All three luxury hotels were built by Circus Circus before they sold it to MGM.  Circus Circus is where we stayed at during our  vacation.
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Our experience to  one of the largest Aquarium  in North America was  amazing.  The Shark Reef Aquarium  displays numerous different species of sharks, rays, fish, reptiles, and marine invertebrates.
We love all the  photographs with information  displayed  on the  lobby  leading to the Aquarium entrance.

If you are  in Vegas, the aquarium is  one of the interesting places to see especially with kids.  I told my husband that if the massacre had happened before our vacation, there's no way I would even consider going to Vegas at all but my husband said that we can't let our fear hinder us from doing things.  I agree with him but I still can't shake off the fear because of what happened there.
Anyway, our children had a blast.  This  huge aquarium  really brought some educational entertainment  to us.
I recorded a video which you can watch below.  Enjoy.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Aerial View of #LasVegas

It's Monday  and I am feeling nostalgic so let us travel  down memory lane and let me take you back back when I was a kid, shall we?  My family never   went to any vacation  growing up so it was a huge  childhood dream for me to be able to travel by plane.  Whenever I heard an airplane, I would run out and look up the sky and watch the plane  until it disappears from my sight.  I always  wondered how it feels to be able to go somewhere via  airplane.  

That childhood desire faded away  and thought that I will never experienced it but things  have changed ever since I met my husband.  My very first flight was when I was 30, it was a little  nerve wracking as I have never done it before but it  awaken that childhood dream  once again. Thanks to my husband for  re-igniting that dream and making it come true.  In the Philippines, not many people could travel via airplane because it is expensive to fly.  Ground transportation is the most common way to travel due to its affordability.
I am grateful that my husband  loves to travel, me and the kids get to enjoy  seeing new places every year.  I  always tell our children how lucky they are to be able to travel at an early age because I've never done that till i was in my 30s.
Anyway, I preferred  traveling on daytime because I get to  look down and  enjoy the aerial view of the place.  The series of photos  in this post was taken when we were arriving in Las Vegas.  This was  our first time so it was a new  view for us to see.  Even before touching down, I could almost feel the hot weather just by looking at the mountains without  trees.  I am used to where we live where the scenery is green and the vegetation is thick during the warm weather.
I was relieved to see the big body of water  after seeing the dry mountains.  This is over looking the Lake Mead.  Don't get me wrong, Las Vegas is  beautiful but I don't think I could live there, it's just not a place  for me for a long haul.  It's a beautiful city to go  on a vacation though, there's a lot of entertainment.
My kids were amazed of how bare the mountains are.
 I was excited when I see parts with lush of greens as we were seeing  brown view  for a long time.  I was apprehensive going to Las Vegas with kids but it was  actually  a really good experience.  We got to go to Arizona  as well with this  vacation.  Tune in for our long  road trip fun to Grand Canyon.  

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