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Positive cancer patient

Fighting Cancer with a Positive Outlook

Being diagnosed with cancer is most likely one of the most devastating news any person can receive. Most patients suffering from this illness feel like it’s a death sentence since chances for survival are at a 50/50.

But despite the odds, some people refuse to let their illness take hold of their lives. Some of them even go as far as joining cancer camps for adults with the goal of living their life to the fullest.

Enjoy life by going camping

Living with cancer does not have to be dreadful all the time. You can even use this to motivate yourself more to enjoy life. One way is to be closer to nature, and there is no better way to do that than to go camping.

It is fortunate that there are many people who either survived cancer or knew someone who was stricken with the illness have had a place where they could find peace. Many campsites around the country cater to cancer patients, and if you visit these places, you will find so many activities to enjoy. These include rock climbing, overnight camping, trekking through the forest and fishing.

A positive outlook helps

Smiling cancer patientThe idea behind opening campsites for people with cancer is to improve their outlook and help them develop a more positive view of their lives despite their illness. Scientists say that having a positive outlook will not necessarily cure cancer, but it can help these patients deal with their situation more effectively and be more at peace with their selves.

Having a positive outlook can help with some issues, as well. For example, positive thinking can help lower patients’ blood pressure, therefore relieving stress and making it easier for them to live each day. Also, it makes it easier for the cancer patient’s family to manage their loved one’s illness.

Living with cancer is difficult for any person, but it is just as difficult for the family and loved ones. It is they who would have to deal with the fact that their loved one may not be with them for long. It is they who would have to face loss and grief. Here, depression could then easily sink in.

But if the cancer patient has a positive outlook on life, that can help their family and friends manage their depression and anxiety much more effectively. That can also lessen feelings of frustration and anger that someone they love had been diagnosed with such a life-threatening disease.

Also, if you have a positive outlook, you will have more energy to compensate for the fatigue you will often feel. Most people with cancer feel exhausted due to their chemotherapy sessions, but a positive outlook can help your body release more endorphins, which can compensate for your feelings of exhaustion.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, do not let it take hold of your life and drag you down. You still have a life to live, so live it to the fullest and let your positive outlook lift your spirit to the highest heavens.

Eleveted, night view of Makati, the business district of Metro Manila.

Enjoying Manila in Wheels

Eleveted, night view of Makati, the business district of Metro Manila.

When one says that they are going to visit the Philippines, the first things that come to people’s minds are the beaches and the food, plus the heat. Then, its capital city, Manila, often gets lost in the next few spots down the list.

While the country is known for its natural beaches, hospitality, and a lot more unique things, its capital is as interesting. Yes, Manila is notoriously known for its traffic, but there is no other way to go around Manila as comfortably as through wheels.

Luckily, you have a lot of options to choose from depending on your budget, comfort level, patience, and overall preference.

Car rental

You can rent a car in Manila to have a quick break from the infamously hot and humid city. A quick 20-minutes ride going to the mall in the comfort of your own car with your air conditioning blasting in full power are small pleasures in life most Manilenos enjoy.

Having someone drive you around the city, or driving and exploring alone is an option. It might be more expensive than other means of transport, but it is definitely an experience in itself that will make it worth it.

Taxi

Hail a taxi and have the driver bring you anywhere you want. However, like other countries in Southeast Asia, taxis with defective meters are common. A lot of tourists end up paying more, but this mode of transportation is relatively safe.

Grab

If being surprised with an enormous amount of taxi fare is in the last of your list, but would want to enjoy the comfort of having your own driver and your own car, booking a Grab ride is the most convenient and practical thing.

There will surely be surcharges depending on the day, but using the app is increasingly becoming people’s chosen mode of transportation.

MRT and LRT

Invest in a Beep Card and be able to travel through the three lines of trains in Metro Manila. MRT 1, MRT 3, and LRT 2 have stops in major parts of the city and are interconnected in the ideal locations.

Jeepney

Jeepney in the busy streets of Metro Manila

If you are adventurous and is open to enjoying the heat and the thrill of riding the “King of the Road,” then a jeepney ride is definitely a must. For a cheap price of less than USD 20cents, you can go around different points in Metro Manila.

Note, however, that the Jeepney is not for the faint of heart as they are known for running fast and abruptly stopping to drop or pick-up passengers. But, it is still regarded as one of the most efficient modes of transport in the metro.

Buses

Buses also run around the whole metro and even those nearby cities outside it. Asking a local which bus stop to go and where to get down can definitely help you reach your destination.

However, it is important to remember that buses, like jeepneys, do not really have a designated terminal or schedule so you might have to run after one or ride at the most awkward of places.

With all these options available, you can enjoy touring around Metro Manila in your preferred vehicle type. Just take your pick and off you go!

Sprinter Van in motion on a background of mountains

Are You Ready to Own a Sprinter Van?

In this day and age, sprinter vans are all the rage. It does not matter if you buy a brand-new unit or a pre-owned one.  What matters is that you are smart enough to know what you need and that your local dealer indeed offers the best possible deal available. Here is a list of things that you should consider before handing in wads of cash or signing a financing agreement:

A BRAND-NEW UNIT

Oh, the smell of new leather interior beats the most expensive fresheners in the world. They even made a scent called “new car,” didn’t they? However, it is not a wise move to walk into a dealership and buy a new van based on the smell factor alone. Some things must be considered.

Research. You can find all sorts of information on the model and make of vans on the internet. Be diligent in your search, and you will find the best one to suit your need. When you have found the one you want, head to the dealership and inspect your van of choice down to the tiniest of details.

Your budget is a significant factor when buying a new van, so stick to it.  Although we all know that salespeople are hard-wired to upsell a higher model whenever they can, we do not have to be wary of this all the time.  Take into consideration the added features you can get from buying a higher model. Sometimes, it is best not to go for cheap at all.

However, even if you have the money to buy a brand-new unit, consider if paying in full is going to make you significantly more miserable. Maybe it is wise to consider purchasing a used unit instead.

USED UNIT

Spinter van white background

The tricky part of buying a vehicle is that if you are purchasing a used unit.  There are just so many things to consider. Again, research is critical. Know the different models and make by year and their respective weaknesses. Find out which models have performance issues as they age and which ones have a record of being “fixable.” Also, it is best to research on dealerships that sell parts and do exact model repairs within your area.

Search online for the prevalent pricing of the model and make that you want. Then, compare it to the price offer of your local dealership. It is, however, sometimes best not to haggle too much. We all know that we get what we pay for. Better to pay a little extra for that higher or more recent model than get an excellent bargain for a rickety old unit.

In the end, you can bring a friend. If you are not engine-savvy yourself, it is best to bring along a reliable mechanic who can help you with making sure that everything, from the engine to the suspension, is in road-worthy condition. Consider everything when doing a test drive. Listen carefully for any creak and crunch that might be a cause for a breakdown.

Car going fast on a cruve

Driving Tips for Tourists to Stay Safe on New Zealand’s Roads

Travelling and driving abroad can have its own set of advantages and disadvantages. If you are a foreigner, you have to make sure you know the driving rules and traffic laws of the place you are visiting.

In New Zealand, there are some things to consider when planning to drive and travel. The place is not overly crowded with people, but there are plenty of vehicles on the road.

Utility vehicles are also favoured here, so if you will be staying a while, it is best to get a 2nd hand ute for sale or rent to make getting around the country faster and safer.

Driving Safely in New Zealand

New Zealand is a country famous for its rolling hills and open roads. If you have just arrived from one of those long haul flights, it is better to be well rested before you attempt to drive. Moreover, this quick guide in driving safely while in New Zealand may be of help:

1. Always drive on the left-hand side of the road. Additionally, it is a good idea to check both sides before turning into a roundabout.

2. Check and follow the weather conditions. New Zealand experiences ice, sleet, snowy, rainy, windy and other inclement weather. Driving during extreme weather conditions requires slower speeds and more careful driving.

3. Follow the speed limits. The round road signs with a black number in a red circle are speed limits. These are strictly enforced for the safety of the community, the driver, passengers and other cars on the road. When near roadworks or in dangerous zones, the speed limit is 30 kph, 50 kph in towns and cities, and 100 kph on highways.

4. Never attempt to drive while under the influence of drugs, alcohol or other substances that are prohibited by law. There are very serious consequences and New Zealand authorities do not tolerate driving under the influence. Fines and jail time await offenders.

5. Use and wear proper seat belts and child seats at all times. This applies with no exception to both the driver and passengers. If the driver or the passenger is not wearing a seatbelt, the driver is held accountable and faces a fine.

6. Slowing down before a corner and curve is not a common courtesy; it is a necessity in driving. It is not a coincidence that corners are where a lot of accidents occur. Slowing down allows the driver some safety leeway when approaching the corner. There is a diamond shaped sign indicating the corner. The sign has an arrow in the shape of the curve or corner and a number below that. The number is the recommended fastest speed to take the corner. Not heeding the sign is asking for trouble.

7. The stop sign is not a request. Whenever there is a stop sign, you have to stop and look for approaching traffic. Not stopping at the stop sign is a traffic infraction and can lead to fines.

Keeping Safe on the Road

Young lady keeping her self calm and relaxed while driving to avoind any accident

New Zealand has its fair share of road accidents. While authorities are constantly improving traffic and monitoring road activity, it is inevitable for accidents to occur. People cause most of these accidents. Among the leading factors are sleep deprivation, over fatigue, drugs, alcohol, over speeding and other substance use. Following road rules is necessary when driving.

truck driver

Be a Better Driver: The Keys to Defensive Driving

truck driver

There are a few skills in life that you need to acquire in order to survive. Unless the place you live in provides an efficient transportation system like buses and subways, driving a car would be considered as one of those few necessary skills. From having the comfort of the space of your own car, and the benefit of not waiting for the next train to come or for the next bus, driving could be a really useful skill especially when you are in a rush.

But just like any other skill, it requires proper training and practice. Once you start to drive, it is important to know that you are not alone on the road so being extra cautious is a must. Road safety solutions are everywhere, yet even those who have been routinely driving all their lives are still prone to any type of accidents. Thankfully, there are a few ways that could be prevented.

Keep your emotions in check

Once you start to drive, you must know that you are not alone on the road. This means that traffic would be inevitable and sudden bursts of anger are bound to happen, but it is a must to keep it in check. Road rage would not help anyone in any way. It certainly would not make the cars go faster, so having patience is a must when you start to drive.

Be a defensive driver

Some common causes of road accidents are road aggression, driving faster than the speed limit, not following traffic rules and swerving lanes in heavy traffic that prevents other drivers from merging. A good, defensive driver would be observant of other aggressive drivers or any other potential hazards on the road and ultimately avoid those hazards and drivers to avoid any potential accidents from happening.

Stay away from distractions

driver drinking beer while driving

If you are driving, make sure that your focus is on driving only and not elsewhere. It is prohibited by the law to drive under any influence of drugs or alcohol or anything that could potentially harm your focus and put your life (and others’) in danger. Although, focus is not only limited to these prohibited substances.

It is also heavily advised for a driver to stay off his phone while driving, and as much as possible do not answer any unnecessary calls or texts while on the road. If it is really urgent though, you may stop and step aside for a while. The road is constantly bustling, and even the slightest focus away from it could cause dangerous accidents.

Follow traffic rules

It should be obvious that a good driver follows traffic rules. Even as simple as following the speed limit and wearing seat belts ultimately amount to being a good driver since it lessens the probability of road accidents. If you are not familiar with some traffic rules, take the time to study them around your area to become a more self-aware driver. It could be really helpful.

While it is fun to drive nice cars that often appear in rap songs, it would not mean anything if the driver is reckless. None of it would remain as nice anymore if the driver would not be careful.

Different kinds of bent steel pipes

A Short and Simple Guide on Pipe Benders

When you look at random parts of your car or a building, you often see pipes connecting different areas to another. We don’t give them that much attention because they are always there but have we, at one point in our lives, stopped and thought about how and where these pipes are created? A portion of the answer to these questions might be ‘Pipe Benders’, and this article will talk about precisely that. There are various pipe benders for sale in the market, on the internet and big names such as Baileigh pipe benders have put a dent on the industry that purchasing pipe benders has become such an easy task.

What are Pipe Benders?

A pipe bender is a tool used to bend piping of different materials, such as stainless steel and copper to create various curves and angles. Generally, pipe benders are made of die-cast aluminum or steel. Aluminum is often used as it is strong enabling it to withstand pressure during bending. It is also more preferred compared to steel as it is lightweight. For steel pipe benders, they have a case-hardened steel roller that will allow it to withstand the pressure of bending.

Usage of Pipe Benders

Pipe benders are used to bend a range of piping, but most commonly they are for plumbing and conduit (electrical) piping. These are used to bend pipes in different directions and around obstacles rather than creating a fitting. They can also be useful for creating refrigerator connections. Bent tubing can also be used for moving water and electrical pipes around obstacles such as light boxes and stairs. Also, bent tubing is extremely useful in and among motorcycle exhausts and accessories.

Instead of a fitting, bent pipes are much rather preferred because fitting is prone to leaks and they are way cheaper than using fittings for your water lines.

Types of Pipe Benders

Tool used to bend steel pipes

There are various types of pipe benders, the most popular of which is the Dual Pipe Bender. It has two differently-sized formers for the pipe to be bent around. It can bend pipes to a range of angles. There is also the Mini Pipe Bender which bends piping no longer than 10mm. It works similarly to the dual pipe bender. The Ergonomic Pipe Bender has curved handles that are designed to lessen the effort exerted in bending pies. The free-standing pipe bender allows the user to bend longer and thicker piping. The free-standing base and long handle allow more pressure to be exerted without more force from the user. The ratchet pipe bender has a notch grip that pushes upwards. This upward motion pushes the pipes to bend between two blocks. This bender is more compact and can be used easily in tight spaces. The ratchet mechanism also requires less effort from the user. The conduit pipe bender is designed especially for conduit piping. It only has one handle, and the floor is used as leverage. As conduit or electrical piping is generally smaller than your ordinary plumbing piping, it typically requires less strength and force to bend.

As for maintenance, keeping it indoors and providing lubricants for stiff joints will suffice. Taking good care of your tools will save you money in the long run. There are various high-quality pipe benders for sale out there and taking good care of them will last you a lifetime.

What It’s like to Retire to Indiana

IndianapolisHow Indiana got the nickname of the Hoosier State is still up for debate, although you have probably encountered the term “Hoosier hospitality”. But will you really experience this famous hospitality if you choose to retire there? This article might give you a clue.

The Hoosier Hospitality

Sporting a median age of 37.2, it is obvious that retirees do not make up much of the population in Indiana. This is nothing to worry about though, because you might easily feel at home in the Hoosier State. Hoosiers pride themselves on being caring and polite. As a tourist or a newcomer, you might find that the people make sure that you feel welcome, especially in the smaller towns.

The cost of living in Indiana is also relatively low. With the median home price of approximately $114,100 (for comparison, the national average is nearly $280,000), you may say that it literally does not take much to find your home there.

The arts and culture scene

The small town of Nashville in Brown County, Indiana has dubbed itself the “artist’s colony of the Midwest.” You can see this justified by the galleries and artist studios that line the streets of this tiny town.

If the arts and culture scene is already large in such a small town, what more in the more in the bigger cities? Indeed, Indianapolis and the suburbs surrounding it have an opera company and a symphony orchestra. The Center for the Performing Arts, a three-venue performing arts center in Carmel, Indiana, also attracts musicians, performers and artists from all over the world.

The flourishing art scene of Indiana may be attributed to the numerous college communities in the state. Being the home to more than 50 colleges and universities, the state provides a wide customer base for locally-owned shops, ethnic restaurants and music events that some towns might not have.

retired senior couple enjoying breakfast

The climate

Winters in the Midwest are notoriously gritty. From December up until March, the normal temperature is normally below freezing point. There are lots of things you could do when the weather is nice enough though. Pete Dye, who is considered as one of the fathers of modern golf course architecture, has designed seven brilliant courses that you can enjoy at the Pete Dye Golf Trail. Indiana also sports miles of shoreline on Lake Michigan. If you want to go canoeing, try the Chain O’ Lakes State Park that features a cluster of eight beautiful lakes.

Healthcare and medical services

You may find the healthcare in Indiana to cost less than most parts of the US. Several hospitals that are renowned nationally are located in Indianapolis but, sometimes, the people who live in the northern part of the state prefer to head to Chicago for better medical services. The costs to avail of assisted-living and hospice in Indiana are significantly lower than the national average too.

Normally, people from colder states in the US prefer to retire someplace warmer. This might be part of the reason why the Midwest is not a particularly popular region for retirement. But if you are the kind of retiree who would not mind experiencing some real winter and warm, welcoming neighbors, Indiana is perfect for you.

Applying tint foil on a car window in a garage

Drivers’ Primer on Car Window Tint Care

Applying tint foil on a car window in a garage

Window tint has become necessary for drivers battling the daily commute in sunny and warm parts of the world. Protective car tint for Scottsdale, AZ residents reduce glare and improve road safety.

Is car tint necessary?

Some drivers manage to go by for years without tint, and they’re okay with it. However, in a warming world, and in time of the year when the sun’s rays hit the windshield without mercy, even the most stubborn car owner would start considering quality tint. Darkened glass looks cool and current. The best car tint material is scratch-proof and does not tear readily. When it’s time to choose remember there are legal restrictions as to how dark you can go. Make sure you are compliant to local and federal regulations.

When it’s time to clean the windows of your car

Along with the benefits described above, there is a downside. Tinted car windows come with precise cleaning instructions. No matter how well the tint has been applied it would have to be cleaned in time. After all, the thin film adheres to the inside surface of the windows, and are exposed to various chemical compounds and environmental conditions. Remember to refrain from cleaning a newly applied car window for the first 30 days. You may be tempted to do so, but trust us when we say you’d best leave the film alone.

Cleaners containing ammonia should be kept away from tinted car windows. Ammonia is harsh, and it weakens the tint. If you continue using chemicals with ammonia you’d be dealing with torn or scraped tint. When cleaning windows, you must prepare a dry cloth for removal of the cleaning compound.

Essential tools for window tint maintenance

Cleaning tinted window glass should be done with a soft rag or cloth. If you only have paper towels, head out to the supermarket, and look for microfibre towels. They’re not difficult to find. If you already have a sponge for the car, or a squeegee, abandon the plan of using them. You need a microfibre cloth and soap that does not contain ammonia.

When applying a cleaner solution, stay out of the edges. When wet cloth touches the edges, the fluid could seep into the microscopic layer between the glass and film. When this occurs, you’d see bubbles building up—a terrible sign. Bubbles will go away if the patch is rather small, and can still be addressed with a heat gun.

Watch out for a white film on the windows

Installing tint film on car window

The white film is the bane of many car owners. If you don’t follow window cleaning instructions, the while film will remind you of your filly. The film also arises from road salt, hard water exposure, and the action of pollutants. To avoid this unfortunate development and unsightly water spots, wash the windows under the shade.

Cleaning is an essential aspect of car tint care. If you are new to car window films, you’d better know how to maintain them properly.

woman with the flu

How Flu Affects the Respiratory System

woman with the fluOne of the deadliest natural disasters in the world is an all-too-common disease: flu. Back in 1918, Spanish influenza infected more than 450 million people and eventually wiped out about 3 percent of the global population.

In spite of the vaccines today, flu continues to kill men, women, and children. Most of these deaths, though, were associated with complications, such as respiratory infections.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), up to 650,000 people die each year due to respiratory diseases that can accompany seasonal influenza. These include pneumonia. The risks of death are higher among certain groups such as children.

Unlike bacterial infections that can disappear with antibiotics, flu is viral. The most practical approach is to deal with the symptoms as early as possible to reduce the complications. If a child suffers from flu with wet cough (it has phlegm), it’s best to provide them with a mucolytic agent.

What’s a Mucolytic Agent?

Medication such as a Fluimucil sachet is mucolytic since it targets the buildup of mucus on the lungs and throat. It’s normal for people to produce mucus. In fact, the body needs it since it helps trap the pathogens that enter the nasal cavity. The body, though, has the mechanism to get rid of it without the person knowing it.

When a person contracts the flu virus, the pathogen can attack the respiratory system, particularly the lungs and airways. As an immune response, the body can produce more mucus.

woman sick on her couch

To remove the buildup of mucus, the body tries to expel it by coughing. The problem is, when there are excessive amounts, mucus can become viscose or sticky. It becomes more challenging to get rid of it. A lot of mucos can trap more viruses and bacteria, which can still multiply in the respiratory system.

A mucolytic medication can help provide breathing relief and decrease the likelihood of infection by thinning out the mucus. In the process, it becomes easy for the body to cough it out.

The Challenges of Giving Mucolytic Medicine on Children

Depending on the age, a child with flu and cough might have to take a mucolytic medication, which can be a tablet, syrup, or drops. There are pros and cons to each option. Syrups and drops are the easiest to administer since they’re liquids. Those meds for children usually have a fruity or sweet flavour to make them more appealing. These drugs, though, are ideal for little ones only.

Older children might have to take the tablet form, and it can be challenging for the parents. One, they typically don’t have the best flavour. Sometimes they even leave an aftertaste. Some children have difficulty in swallowing pills. They have a condition called dysphagia, or they might have had a negative experience with medication. In these situations, parents can consider effervescent tablets or granule sachets, which they can dissolve in fluids such as water.

Influenza doesn’t have a cure, but the symptoms are manageable, especially with the right medication. To know more about how to fight the flu, the Ministry of Health provides more information.

person loading boxes for shipping

Ways to Reduce Your Shipping Costs

person loading boxes for shippingShipping costs often eat into the bottom lines of many companies, especially if they can’t pass on the additional fees to the customer. However, you can lower these costs without compromising the customer experience.

Due to the constant increase in gas prices, some businesses end up spending a fortune in transportation costs. Sometimes, these costs can be as high as 50 percent. To avoid bleeding money, you have to pass on these costs to the consumers.

Doing so increases the price of goods, sometimes putting them just beyond the affordability of the market. A slowdown in sales can hurt your bottom line. Working with European road haulage companies can help lower your transportation costs.

Stick to one carrier

As with all businesses, you will get better prices when a logistics company handles all your shipping needs. High volumes entitle you to better charges, which can lower your transportations costs. You only need to find the carriers with the best rates.

In addition to looking at the charges, you also need to be sure that the carrier has a large fleet to cover all your delivery routes. Picking the company covering most routes spares you from the shipping headaches. Offering a carrier large work volume elevates your status with them, which gives you sufficient leverage to negotiate the best possible rates.

It transports your firm into a critical business account, which means that the carrier might go to great lengths to retain your business. However, you need to be sure that they can avoid loss and delayed deliveries as these can lead to dropping customer satisfaction.

woman receiving shipment

Consolidate all your shipments

Unless you’re dealing with perishable goods, you can opt to gets all your deliveries in one day. In most cases, the pay rate with haulage companies is negotiated on distance, weight, and other variables. Consolidating shipments increases the size of the load, which lets you reap the rewards of larger purchases. Your ability to make changes depends on the type of cargo you handle and the size of your business. It’s imperative to crunch the numbers and consider other relevant factors before making a decision.

Rethink your packaging strategy

Typically, you want to ensure that all your shipments get to their destinations in one piece. However, the need to protect your goods shouldn’t cause you to incur a fortune in shipping fees. Refining your packaging strategy enables you to pack more products in a pallet.

You can switch to cube boxes as you can stack them well to take a few spots on the pallet. Your preferred carrier can help you with the process of building more efficient pallets to increase product safety and efficiency.

In the end, you should remember that lowering your shipping costs can give you an edge on the market. Due to the reducing overhead costs, you can price your products affordably while ensuring a healthy bottom line. Working with a reliable hauler can help you meet these goals quickly. If you feel unsure, you can seek the advice of an expert.