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Staying Safe Away From Home

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Staying safe when you’re away from home can take a lot of planning; you’re in a new place that you don’t know much about, there’s often a language barrier keeping you from communicating properly, and there’s a chance you’re going to miss the plan home! Maybe you’re a nervous traveller but you’re determined to not let that stop you, or you’ve simply never tried it out before; there shouldn’t ever be personal physical worries that stop you from seeing the sights you want to!

So whether you’re travelling alone or in a group, or you’re travelling to the Far East or as Far West as you can go, there’s some good safety tips to keep in mind. If you’re planning a trip away when you next get a week off work, this is the list for you! Here’s some of the best things to remember when you’re touching down in another country.

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Treat the Area Like Home

And with that, make sure you’re not doing anything you wouldn’t do when out and about in your own town and neighborhood! If you’re behaving normally, you’re respectful of your surroundings, and you’re not going to get in trouble with anyone patrolling the streets. Not only can this make the place feel more like home, and you feel more normal when you’re in it, it means you’re not immediately sticking out like a sore thumb!

Don’t let yourself be afraid of any areas; if you have a liking for the market on Sundays back home, make sure you’re attending ones that take place abroad. Even if there’s huge crowds around, this is a place to make sure you’re getting a taste of home in a habitat you know you can rock! Haggle to your heart’s content, there always seems to be a general language trend when it comes to market stalls.

Blend in as Much as You Can

Acting like a tourist. It’s something we’re all afraid of doing when we’re abroad, lest we look out of place or make ourselves more of a target to less than stellar street activities. However, how else are you meant to act when you’re a tourist? There’s some things you should try to steer clear of when you’re out on the streets…

This relates to the point above, but deserves a paragraph of its own. Blending in often comes naturally, and the more you go out and about in the country, the more you’re going to feel like you know it. Make sure you’re doing everything the locals are doing; eat at the same restaurants or food stalls, shop in the same places, be respectful when they are. Not only does this make you blend in more, but it also means you won’t be falling into any tourist traps simply looking to suck up your money.

Try to dress in the same styles and colours as the people around you as well. When you look like the crowd, you’re more likely to fit into it with no problem. It also means you’re not standing out unnecessarily by dressing in fluorescent schemes, just like a tourist would. And remember, you don’t want to accidentally offend anyone when it come to being accepted by a population. Behaving in similar manners is the best way to avoid this.

Have a Base to Come Back to

Wherever you choose to bed down is going to have a huge effect on how safe you feel and whether you’re trusting enough to leave your bags. If you can’t afford any of the hotels with a clean and shiny reputation, you’ve either moved to considering hostels for young tourists like yourself or you’re thinking of calling the trip off until some deals roll around. And sure, that might be a good idea, but it isn’t the only one you have at your disposal!

If you’ve got some money stashed away for a rainy day, now’s the time to use it! If you find a HDB flat for rent, make sure you’re looking to get the deal on your plate. If you have a home base away from home that isn’t a hotel, you’re going to feel a lot more secure in the territory, and it can even work out cheaper if you’re going for a while. So maybe you’re on a business trip, or you’re simply exploring every nook and cranny you come across; trying to get a foot on the property ladder of the country of your choice is a great idea.

Leave Valuables Behind

When you’re going out during the day, make sure everything you need to stay safe and legal in the country are safely packed back at the hotel or stashed away in a safe/locker. You don’t want to be flaunting a passport or your VISA around in your bag; these can very easily be grabbed and lost forever to you. Similarly, when it comes to using a camera, try to cover up the labels or name of the brand, as the names alone can make you more of a target.

If you feel safer carry personal effects on you at all times, make sure they’re covered up and actually attached to your person. Maybe under a belt underneath a shirt, or even in a leg pocket that’s not near your torso; it’s not exactly fashionable, but it’s a lot more discreet and you’re going to have a lot less trouble with anyone taking notice of something swinging nearer your ankles.

Walk with Confidence

When you’re confident, very few people question you. And when you’re confident, you look like you know what you’re doing and where you’re going. So one of the best things you can do is stride your way along the paths and sidewalks, even when you don’t know where you are!

Staying safe when you’re travelling doesn’t have to be difficult. Make sure you’re aware of your surroundings and what might go on before you go, and then behave in the way the locals do.

Safe And Sound: Modern Security For The Home

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Security has always been one of the most important things to any landowner. The idea of people accessing your space without permission will always be a bad one, leaving people feeling very uncomfortable if they don’t have the right measures in place. Over the last few years, this sort of awareness has reached a new level, and modern security has been changed by a huge degree as a result. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the latest home fortress technology, while also giving you some ideas to help you use it. With this in mind, it should be a lot easier to keep the place on lock down.

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To begin, it’s time to think about data, and the relationship that you have with it. It’s likely that you have a huge amount of information stored on the computers in your home, ranging from simple Word documents to complex and sensitive details which can never be made public. In the past, the idea of someone stealing a computer to get access to this sort of thing was a little bit silly. Nowadays, though, you can never be too careful, and extra measures should be taken when dealing with the extra critical matters. There are machines out there which can destroy their contents upon the first sign of a break in. While this will leave you without it, too, it will stop the wrong people from seeing something important.

Of course, the computer you use covers a very small part of your home security, and it’s time to start thinking about cameras. This sort of device has been used to keep buildings safe for a good couple of decades, providing the perfect evidence if you manage to catch a criminal on your land. Along with CCTV, though, there are other options which can be used, nowadays. Digital peepholes are a great example, giving you the chance to look at people stood at the door from anywhere in your home. Of course, though, while this may make things more secure, it will also be a little bit pricey.

Finally, as the last trick to consider, some of the best security tools on the market are simple physical barriers. By stopping someone from being able access your property, you will make it impossible for them to steal from you or commit crimes. Companies like Central screens offer quality security products which can handle this sort of work for you, enabling you to replace your regular doors with extremely strong ones. This is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to make sure that you’re secure.

With all of this in mind, it should start to get a lot easier to focus on the security which is driving your home. A lot of people ignore this part of their life, leaving their safety in the hands of their property. Of course, though, most houses are built to minimum standards, and this can leave them without the right measures to protect against wrongdoers.

Easy Tips For Insulating Your Home Against Cold Winter Weather

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As winter gets into full swing, the relatively warm temperatures of the late summer and early autumn are quickly replaced with freezing weather. No matter how cold it gets outside, however, you can keep the inside of your home warm and comfortable by using a few simple tips.

Insulating your home against cold weather can improve its energy efficiency while at the same time reducing drafts and making it easier to hold in the heat. Here are some tips to get you started:

Radiate Heat Back Into Your Rooms

Using tinfoil, you can radiate heat back into your rooms, helping to create a warmer space. All that you have to do is cover a piece of cardboard with tinfoil. Then, place the foil-covered cardboard behind your radiator next to the wall. The foil will help reflect the heat off of the wall so that it goes back into the room. This can not only make it easier to heat up your space but can also help your home retain heat. You can also find pre-made foil insulation at most home improvement stores.

Insulate Your Pipes

Cold weather doesn’t just affect the temperature inside your house – it also affects your plumbing pipes. Pipes that are exposed to cold weather can lose heat, making it much more difficult to heat up water for your home. The next time you are at a home improvement store, pick up some pipe insulation. These foam tubes have a slit down one side, making it easy to pop them over your pipes.

Reduce Drafts

Any holes or openings in the exterior of your home can create a drafty space that is hard to heat. You can solve this problem by sealing up holes or cracks around your windows and doors. Depending on the type of opening you are dealing with, you can use caulk, insulating tape, or expanding spray foam.

Improve The Efficiency Of Your Radiator

When your radiator is on, touch the top to make sure that it is warm. If the heat only travels part way up the radiator, it means that your radiator is not working as efficiently as it could be. Fortunately, there is a simple fix. All that you have to do is bleed the radiator. You can pick up a radiator bleed key at just about any home improvement store. Then, all that you have to do is use this key to open the valve at the top of your radiator. This will release air. The minute that you see a small bit of water appear, close the key. This will allow the heat to reach the top of the radiator, providing more efficient heating. According to Simply Switch this can help make your home a lot more efficient.

Service Your Boiler

Consider scheduling a service visit for your boiler once a year. Just make sure that the person you hire to perform the work is a Gas Safe Registered Engineer.

Keep Your Curtains Shut

One simple way to prevent heat from escaping is by closing your curtains. Curtains provide an extra layer of insulation against heat loss. Try shutting them when it gets dark outside. Alternatively, if you are going to be away from home, you can also close them to keep your house warm while you are away. You may even want to look for thermal curtains that do a better job of insulating.

Don’t Waste The Heat Generated By Cooking a Meal

Using your oven for cooking can not only help you create delicious meals – it can also help you heat your home. After you take the food out of the oven, leave the oven door cracked. This will allow the heat from the oven to seep out into your home, keeping the space nice and warm. Just remember to keep young children from approaching the oven while the door is open.

Use Area Rugs To Keep Your Floors Warm

Hardwood floors are more popular than ever. Unfortunately, they also can be a point of heat loss in your home. One way to keep heat from escaping through your floors is by using area rugs to help insulate them.

Think Outside The Box

Don’t be afraid to get a little bit creative when insulating your home. For instance, if you have a large gap under one of your doors, you may be able to seal it by putting a piece of pipe insulation across the bottom of your door. You should also check in areas like your cabinets to make sure that there are no openings to the outside. If you find any cracks, seal them up using spray foam insulation. If you really want to get great results, you may also want to consider having your home professionally inspected to catch any areas of heat loss that you may have missed.

Set Your Thermostat To The Right Temperature

When it gets cold outside, the natural inclination for most people is to turn up the thermostat. Ideally, however, you should try to keep your thermostat set anywhere between about 18° C and 21° C. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat that you can use to raise or lower the heat according to your personal schedule. That way, you won’t wind up wasting heat during periods of time when you are away from home.

Tips to Get your Body Bikini Ready

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It’s that time of year again – to start getting ready to look good on the beach. It takes time and effort but it‘s all worth it. So, here are some tips to get started on the right foot.

Choosing a Suit that Suits

When you consider that a bikini is designed to accomplish its purpose using the least amount of fabric possible, you may wonder why any cost more than $5. Nevertheless, it is not the quantity of fabric but the plethora of design tailor-made to bring out the best of many different body types.

This doesn’t mean you need to find yourself the $400 option at the swankiest spot on 5th Ave. But, you will get much more from your bikini by researching the various styles and options available to you and your unique body. This can do much for improving the way you feel about yourself and the kind of attention you are getting in your swimwear.

The best way to accomplish this would be with the help of a discerning friend with a good eye. Take the time to try on the various bikini types and see how each type of top can combine with the various bottoms. You may think a pushup top works with a low-rise bottom, or that a triangle top looks best with skirt or boy shorts.

If you don’t think a yellow sweater or pair of pants is the best look for you, it will look know better on you in bikini form. If you think that patterns are attractive options just be sure it is not detracting from the overall presentation. You will need to do plenty of research and try on as many options as you can. But this will be a lot better than ordering online or from a catalogue where colors and sizes can be deceitful.

Move the focus.

So, you still have bit of a belly or possibly your shoulders are getting round from desk work. It’s ok, we can move the attention to where it will do the most good. Your beautiful long hair can be accentuated, let’s flaunt that. If you have eyes that can be seen for mile, a bit of waterproof mascara will do the trick. If you have the skin of porcelain angel consider adding some color with a bronzer or tinted moisturizer. If you have pretty teeth, you can accentuate your smile with some whitening strips. The day at the beach or pool is a day to dress up and taking a few moment to make the most of your look is the way to do this. Just remember, you are probably being much harder on yourself than others are on you.

Exfoliate

If you will be wearing just enough cloth to make a napkin, you may want to consider the beauty of your skin. Human skin is a marvel of evolutionary genius and can regenerate wounds and scuffs almost immediately. As new skin cells are constantly pushing older skin cells outward, your top layer of skin can look a bit rough around the edges. This can make the arms legs and torso appear scaly and dry. This is easily corrected with a proper exfoliant. One idea would be to use a loofah, scrubby or brush with stiff bristles (but nothing to rough). Then there are some very costly creams and even acid containing exfoliants used to soften up the skins and make the process simpler. You can also make your very own exfoliants from the mundane ingredients you can find in your kitchen and pantry area. Here is a simple and Effective Recipe for a Homemade Exfoliant
–2 teaspoons cocoa powder
–1/2 cup brown or raw sugar
–1 teaspoon vitamin E
–1/2 cup almond or coconut oil

Slather this liberally on your body front and back work it into your skin with gentle scrubbing action and then hop in the shower and rinse. Then look over the youthful rejuvenated skin you have and marvel at mother nature’s flawless designs.

Hair care down there.

Due to the material efficiency of the bikini and the great improvement in fabrics and designs, the bikini is getting much smaller than your average bathing suit. Special cuts can be more revealing than others and addressing the short and curlies can be a good idea. While shaving is typically the most simplistic solution, the results will need to be repeated soon. With the right razors and skin cream this is a good option. Then there are cream and wax strips that can be purchased at your drug store, you will have to shop around till you find the most effective option for your situation. Then there is a wide variety of designs available from your waxing professional. With enduring results and professional touch, these options might be worth the momentary ouch! Then there is laser hair removal that can provide a permanent solution to the problem with unsightly hair. Make sure you work with a reputable professional and take the time to hear about their process. If they aren’t administering numbing agents and full service, shop elsewhere. This can be an expensive option, so be sure you have the resources to support this project. You can find out more here.

The tan advantage.

Have you noticed that the “after” pictures will be tanned and look healthier than the “befores”? This is because a tanned body shows better muscle definition and can also disguise the appearance of stretch marks and other flaws. This doesn’t mean you should head off to the beach with a can of Crisco and crisp till you sizzle. Too much solar exposure can cause a severe sunburn which can actually make the skin less appealing. But, there are tanning salons and air brushers out there who can perform the task as well. This can be a good way to jump ahead of the game and arrive on the first day of summer completely tanned and beach ready.

Avoid the bloat.

There are times the bloat is just not avoidable. But there are things that can be done for the rest of the month to keep the belly in control. Alcohol is the number one bloater and avoiding this can keep your belly in a shapely size. Foods that are high in sodium like tasty crunchy treats and prepackaged soups will also contribute to flatter belly and healthier outlook.

Steps To Take To Increase Your Speed

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Are the actual speeds you are receiving nowhere close to being the “up to” speeds that were advertised on your package? The following are some practical free steps that can be taken to speed your broadband up. Fortunately, they are all fairly simple. Try to do the following:

Reset the router, flush out the DNS settings, clear the cache on your web browser

Those steps will reset your connection effectively and clear up whatever glitches you have. Turn off the router, box, and Wi-Fi receiver on your laptop, then wait 30 seconds before turning them on again. Follow the above steps to flush out the DNS setting, and clear out the cache on your web browser by going to settings and using the tool option.

Update your antivirus software and web browser

When your antivirus software is expired, the library stops being updates. That leaves your computer susceptible to any newly created Trojans, spyware, malware or other types of nasty viruses. They can slow your computer down, and might be using your bandwidth in some cases to upload or download other data. Always be sure to protect your computer and keep your antivirus program up to date at all times. Also, old unregistered antivirus programs and begin to swallow up your valuable bandwidth since they continue to try to update by going around in circles until you have reinstalled or manually deleted it.

Move the router nearer to the telephone socket and use ethernet for connecting your devices rather than wirelessly.

If your router is connected currently to a secondary telephone socket or extension cord, move it so that it is close to the main telephone socket in your house.

Get all of your start-up programs under control

Do you know which specific programs run each time your computer is started, and update themselves and send data over the web? You will be surprised at the number of programs that are set by default to run automatically whenever your computer is started. Two of the more frustrating culprits are iTunes and Java. A free registry cleaning program can be used to analyze what you have running whenever you log on to your computer and tell programs to stop starting up on their own.

Don’t let download managers run in the background constantly

If you are using a download manager to organize the files you receive from other websites be sure to turn them off after you complete your downloads. That will prevent them from receiving and sending information constantly, which will free up bandwidth.

Set a password on your router

If a password isn’t set on your wireless router, anybody can access and use some of your bandwidth, which can slow down your internet speeds considerably. Even worse, when your wireless network is not secure, it vulnerable to hacker attacks who can access it in order to perform illegal activities or obtain your personal information. Be sure to have a strong password so no one can guess it. Use numerical characters, lower case, and upper case characters.

Change your wireless router’s channel

Wireless networks work on different channels. Whenever there are many nearby networks using the same channel (i.e. your neighbors) that can slow your connection and cause interference. In some cases, your router’s channel can be changed manually to the least busy one. However, that is a complex process and this is done automatically by many modern routers. We recommend that you first check the manual that came with your router for information on the way the router channel has been set up. To make a change, How to Geek has a detailed tutorial you can follow. However, be warned, it gets very technical so be sure to put on your reading glasses before you start.

Use microfilters

This is a small plastic device that looks similar to a telephone adapter. They can be picked up for a few dollars at an electronics store. It enables your broadband connection to operate smoothly along with your home telephone service without them interfering with each other. That is why they are referred to as signal splitters at times. When microfilters are not used it might result in noise and unusually slow broadband when making a phone call. All of your equipment that runs by way of your phone system (faxes, phones) should be connected via a microfilter.

Check to see if your wireless internet speeds are being interfered with by any electrical equipment

That may sound silly, however, it is worthwhile knowing that Christmas tree lights, microwaves and other kinds of electrical equipment might interfere with your wireless signal. Whenever you are browsing, try to switch them. If it isn’t possible to do that, keep your router as far away from them as you.

At this point, hopefully, your internet speeds are improved and your broadband is performing better. If not, call our Switching Support experts and they will search for the fastest broadband package that is available for your local area. They can then make arrangement to get everything switched over for you, including the installation.

If you can’t speed up your broadband then consider changing, it may also help you get a better price for your broadband.

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