Just Dance

Last Christmas, hubby bought a game console as his gift for himself. He opted for a Sony Play Station 3 (PS3) over Wii or XBox. I don’t know exactly why but I guess  he’s always been a fan of Sony. Based on my inquiry from my brother-in-law who’s also a gamer, PS3 offers games which cater more on adults rather than kids unlike the Wii or Xbox and maybe this is the reason why hubby chose it.

Long before I’ve seen Xbox got this game called Just Dance and it has always been my wish to have one. I love dancing and I thought I could use this as my exercise. I was glad when I learned there’s also Just Dance for PS3. Hubby didn’t buy the game that time but it was on our list of games to buy.

When we went home in the Philippines last March hubby took the opportunity to buy the accessory for his PS3 which is the Playstation Move. He had see Zyc and Ryz having fun playing the Sports Champion in their Tito’s console. with a little persuasion he finally bought the Just Dance 4 game. As soon as we got home the kids immediately tried it out and it sure was fun.

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The songs included were a mix of dance hits from the last 3 decades. Still all of us enjoyed it. Even mom-in-law and sis-in-law danced. It was indeed a perfect form of family bonding and exercise. My favorite? Call Me Maybe by Carley Rae Jepsen. 🙂

Hubby normally doesn’t dance but this time we got to let him dance and both of us with the kids had just a really fun time together. That time I realized buying the console and that particular game was all worth it.

When we got here, dancing has become one of our favorite past time everytime we don’t got plans for the weekend. In addition, we bought the Zumba cd for PS3 for my exercise.

How to Find Low Cost Hotels in London

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London Eye and West Minster

Travelling can be really expensive if you do not know how to plan your travel budget carefully and look for deals that will make your stay budget-friendly. You can search for low cost hotels in London from the web if you plan to visit this great country and see for yourself what more they can offer in a limited budget.. What you need to learn is how to allocate your funds to the travel activities and amenities that you want to enjoy the most. Unless you have a bottomless travel budget, you want to prioritize specific travel expense items. If you plan on staying out most of the time, you would not have to spend on a luxurious hotel suite, would you?

Here are some tips to keep in mind to find hotels that help you stretch your travel budget:

1. Schedule your travel. You have to give yourself time to find the best deals possible. When you leave your hotel booking to the last minute, you won’t have any other choice but to take whatever is available. Try to find promotional offers several months to a couple of weeks before your travel. Spring and summer are the best time to visit London so take note of these.  There’s a slim chance of finding rock bottom hotel room rates during these peak seasons.

2. Look for group rates. Hotels normally offer discounted rates for families or groups of friends. Find London hotels that offer group packages as well as all inclusive packages that could save you some money in the long run. There are various amenities like shuttle services, group tours, and dining privileges that are often offered with group discounts. Don’t forget to do your own pencil-pushing. What might appear to be a good deal upfront might not necessarily be as good when you get down to the computations.

3. Subscribe to travel deals websites. Even if you are not planning to travel yet, it would be a good idea to sign up for travel deals subscriptions. There are websites that regularly feature discounts on London travel packages including hotel bookings, air fare, tours, and other special travel inclusions. You would be surprised to find how affordable travelling or going on a vacation could be with various travel and tour operators all too willing to offer the lowest prices. With all the attractive deals feature on these websites, you might just have that dream vacation earlier than you originally planned.

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3 Steps to Invest in the Best Kalkan Property

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Kalkan Property for sale

Real estate as an investment instrument is popular in all parts of the world and Kalkan property options are not exempt from this popularity. Properties in Kalkan, Turkey are among the most sought after by investors from all over. This Turkish territory is marked with high class living and spectacular views wherever you are. Many overseas investors own property in Kalkan, ranging from small villas to huge mansions. As in any other country, Kalkan properties are priced depending on the specific type of property as well as its location.

There are various reasons why you would consider buying property in this place. Whether you are doing it for you to have your own vacation home in Turkey or as a means to earn more profits, there are important steps that you should take to invest in the piece of property that best meets your needs:

1. Understand your motivations and set a budget. Properties can cost as low as a hundred thousand euros to upwards of 400,000 euros. To put it bluntly, it would not be a good idea for you to think about buying a piece of Kalkan property that is way beyond what you can afford. Be realistic in your buying decision. Especially if you are doing it for profit and if you are taking out a loan to finance your purchase, you have to make sure that you will be able to recover your money in the soonest possible time.

2. Look around for options. There are a lot of properties available for sale in Kalkan. You might want to get in touch with a reputable and reliable broker to help you find the perfect property. Make sure that your requirements are clear to your broker. Make sure too that you are clear about whatever your broker will require from you in exchange for his services. You need to be in control of the buying process. Do not be cajoled into making a premature buying decision if you are not completely convinced that the property is right for you.

3. Go through all the legalities of land purchase. Once you find the perfect piece of property, you can already go through with the preparation of documents to complete the sale. There are buying costs, stamp duties, and taxes that you will have to shoulder when buying property in Kalkan, Turkey. Your broker should be able to advice you about these costs as well as any other documentation requirements to transfer the property to your name. You may consult with a lawyer who specializes in real estate purchases and transfers to ensure that all the legal requirements are complied with. You do not want to have to face legal hitches on your property ownership later on.

Interior Design 101: Working on the Light Conditions of Home

The lighting conditions in a home have a lot to do with how conducive it is for work, rest, and social interaction. It can also enhance the beauty of the home or help achieve a particular theme for interior design. That said, effectively planning out your lighting at home is essential not only for the structure itself, but as well for the overall well-being of the people who live there.

Major factors to consider

In planning out a lighting scheme for home, you need to consider a number of factors which include the aspect at which the house is facing the sun — north or south-facing, and how much natural light actually gets in. Such factors will help you determine how many and how much artificial light you will need now and for the upcoming seasons. Generally, a north-facing house will have lesser sunlight even during bright summer days, so you might want to set the place up so that it’s geared up for the dark winter.

Bulb efficiency

Another important thing that you have to consider is the energy-efficiency of the lighting that you will use. This will help you save on utilities in the long run, because the more efficient your lights are, the lesser energy it will take them to operate efficiently. Today, the most energy-efficient type is LED, followed by halogen, energy-saving bulbs, and then incandescent bulbs.

Room-by-room lighting

After you have decided on how much artificial light your home will actually need and what types of light bulb you are to choose, it’s now time to carefully plan out one by one the lighting in each of the rooms in your house according to their individual purpose and function:

Bedroom

The bedroom is a place in the house where people retire to each and every day. It is a very personal space where they can have time on their own and rest. It’s therefore very important that the lighting in the bedroom is warm and soft to promote a feeling of relaxation. Ideal for this type of set-up would be wall sconces or any type of lighting that can be adjusted with dimmer switches.

Living room

The living room is usually every homeowner’s favourite part of the house to decorate. Whether it’s contemporary or modern design that you are going for, you will most likely bend over backwards on mulling over this: “Do I need a modern chandelier for my next project?” or this: “Where can I buy the best and most affordable chandeliers for my home’s remodelling?” Regardless of the design you end up with for your living room, it’s important that you have an overhead lighting that will serve as your main light source when there are parties or social functions being held in it. Adding a floor lamp will also be beneficial for those particular nights that you decide to watch movies in it with the whole family. The living room is a multi-functional area so you should be able to mix and match different lighting types that will support a variety of goals and activities.

About the author:Cedric Loiselle is a highly talented writer who enjoys imparting useful information about home improvement to his readers. For lighting options, he highly recommends lighting55.com.au.

Global Education: Exploring Other Cultures through School Travel

It’s a global village that we live in today where everyone is interconnected and are basically exposed to common information no matter where in the world we are. There still are, however, plenty of things a student can learn when he immerses himself in another culture through school travel.

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School travels are more like extended field trips wherein groups of students go on educational tours together. Through these tours students are able to “experience” their lessons rather than just read about them from the pages of their textbooks. These tours can either be done in-country our out-of-the country. The more exciting tours, of course, are those that take students out of their home country to experience the rich cultures of other lands. They can perhaps have school tours, visit the beaches where the D Day happened, take a historic trip through Berlin’s World War II landmarks and concentration camps, or be awed with the architectural wonders of Rome’s Colosseum, Italy’s Sistine Chapel and Barcelona’s Prague. Whatever destination students and their teachers and parents choose, any student travel will surely be an enriching journey for all participants.

Here are some of the things that can be expected from student travels:

  • Site visits – these are what the travels are all about. It’s about seeing the sites up close. The sites to see differ from one place to another. They can be historic landmarks, museum, archaeological digs, tribal villages, restored structures, or bustling industrial centers. Some travel coordinators tailor-fit the site itineraries to the students’ curriculum so that they are in sync with the learning goals of the group.
  • Lectures – conventions where student groups come together to hear experts speak about their particular topics of interest may also be arranged. This complements the students’ discoveries and enhances their appreciation of what they have learned through their exploration of the places that they visit.
  • Interactions – during these travels students will get a chance to interact not only with student groups from other countries but with the locals as well. Things as common as shopping in the agoras and city markets can give them a better feel of the local culture. Foreign language students will also be able to practice actually conversing in the language they learned in their classrooms back home.

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