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One Slope at a Time: The Best Ski Destinations for the Budget-Conscious

SkiingMany ski resorts around the world will deliver your preferences without the expensive charges. There are beautiful little-known towns around the world that offer the best rates. There are even those who already include transfers, flights and half-board on their prices.

Ski Line Limited and other booking websites recommend checking the following ski chalet holidays for your upcoming vacation:

1. The Worldwide Appeal at Bansko, Bulgaria

Bansko is among the three ski resorts in Bulgaria that have a global appeal. It has a modern lift system, a sound tuition and lively après that cost reasonable prices. The town has an extensive selection of accommodation that includes low-priced apartments and hotels.

The cost for ski lessons that last for six days of around four hours is £124 and a six-day lift pass is £123. Meanwhile, a couple’s three-course meal is £12 and a pint of local beer does not cost more than £1. You can get all the major activities here for a low price, but do not assume massive and sophisticated ski areas. Some travel companies here offers three-star hotels that have a free shuttle service, hot tub, steam bath and sauna.

2. The Massive Area at Flachau, Austria

Consider going on a holiday in the market town of Wagrain since they have a lift-linked terrain at affordable rates. Situated in the middle of the three-valley Salzburger Sportwelt lift network, the spacious and quiet village possesses 200km of runs. There are tour operators there that provide self-catering apartments near the lift with a ski bus stop. The flight from London Gatwick to Salzburg with British Airways cost £90 roundtrip. From there, you can ride the free bus service going to the resort.

Ensure that you go on a holiday without ever worrying about the budget. The above locations can keep your wallet grounded and your mood still high.

Men’s Hula Comeback: Reclaiming the Cultural Roots of Dance

Culture in Hawaii

Hawaii SceneryLong grass skirts, colorful tops, and lavish floral headpieces: the Hawaiian art of hula appears decidedly feminine. In traditional Hawaiian culture, however, both men and women participated in the dance. Taking this notion of dance as an activity for both genders further, Dance Network, the world’s first online dance community, says that dancing transcends boundaries such as age, gender, or race.

After several years, men’s hula is making a comeback due to the vigor of a new generation of young, male hula dancers.

A Historical Ceremonial Ritual

In the past, native Hawaiians saw hula as a form of communication: it was a way to pass down stories from one generation to the next. During the 19th and 20th centuries, however, missionaries banned the native dance for religious reasons.

After the US annexed Hawaii in 1989, hula became a Western custom, but it was more widespread among women. In the following years, the art solidified in the minds of many as a seductive, feminine dance.

A Balance of Femininity and Masculinity

While hula is commonly associated with grass-skirted women in floral crowns, men’s hula is, in fact, quite different from its feminine counterpart. The strength and grace required for men’s hula mimic the movement for “Lua,” an ancient Hawaiian martial art.

Hula dancer Ka’aimalani Spencer says hula dancing involves a strong balance between one’s masculine and feminine side — in fact, hula is where males can channel their softer, feminine side. He believes that a true kāne, or man, have an equal balance of femininity and masculinity in them.

A Fearless Generation of Modern Hula Dancers

During the cultural revival of the 1970s, Robert Cazimero, a legendary hula teacher, started an all-male troop called Na Kamalel. Since then, the group has grown significantly. Cazimero calls the young dancers “Generation Fearless” — a group of people defying hula stereotypes and empowering native cultural pride.

Men’s hula is more than just a celebration of native Hawaiian roots: it is also a way for dancers to express themselves. The groundbreaking trend of young, male hula dancers is instilling a sense of self-identity and cultural pride in hula dancers across the world.

How Can I Become First Aid Certified?

First Aid Certification in AustraliaThere are many certification requirements, training classes and type of jobs that need first aid certification. You can research to determine if this is a qualification you require. There are many institutions, such as Australia Wide First Aid, which can help you get the required emergency first aid certification.The government has also provided a list of administrative guidelines and various organisations that offer these certifications.

  • Course information

First aid courses and certification are essential for many types of jobs. Get all the requirements and training required for specific first aid certification from various educational providers. You can find all about careers that require this type of training, including police officers, health care workers and EMTs. There are basic certification courses available with additional training if needed.

  • Key first aid skills

The basic first aid certification course offers some basic skills. These include the ability to assess and report all injuries and findings. The students are also taught how to stabilise broken bones, sprains, and other tears in ligaments, immobilise neck, back and other severe injuries. The other skills that they are taught include the mode of response to sudden sickness or a sudden onset of illness, how to slow or stop bleeding and prevent patients from going into shock.

  • Advanced skills

Health care employees and first aid responders are well versed in advanced first aid. Their skills include administering emergency oxygen, airway management, paediatric CPR for infants, behavioural emergencies, epinephrine injections, etc. They are also taught how to address heart attack symptoms, use external defibrillators, and perform CPR.

The jobs that will require certification includes a child care worker, caregivers for seniors and disabled, teachers, medical technicians, physical therapist, police officers, public safety workers and many more.

Underwater Adventures in Cebu: Top Dive Sites in the City

Top Diving Site in CebuDiving enthusiasts would be thrilled to go on an underwater adventure in Cebu. The city is, in fact, the scuba diving center of the Visayas region. Its narrow coastlines and surrounding islands give way to an underwater sanctuary teeming with marine life, such as groupers, sea snakes, clown fish, blue ribbon eels, and thresher sharks.

The underwater geography of Cebu is composed of deep walls, steep slopes, coral mounts, caves, and caverns. With the marine appeal of Cebu city, seasoned and occasional divers alike would want to consider purchasing a condominium in the area and be closer to the top dive sites of the city.

Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary

The Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary is home to various marine life such as barracuda, parrotfish, lionfish, and beautiful schools of silver batfish. The area — between 15-30 meters deep — contains colorful corals, sponges, and fans. More experienced divers may want to go deeper towards the 50-meter mark for better access to huge elephant ear corals and unique varieties of invertebrates. The sanctuary’s calm waters and abundance of marine life make it the perfect place for divers planning night dives.

Tambuli Reef and Airplane Wreck

Divers won’t have to dive that deep to encounter all sorts of marine life in Tambuli Reef. Tambuli is, in fact, a great macro diving site. Underwater photographers can enjoy shallow water encounters with anemone shrimp and tiny anglerfish. Tambuli Reef even contains an artificial plane wreck that is a natural habitat for all sorts of reef fish.

Marigondon Cave

Advanced divers looking for a place to keep their diving skills sharp and increase their knowledge of marine life, would definitely enjoy the dive spot in Marigondon Cave. Opening into a large cavern, divers will see lion fish and giant crabs as they plunge into the depths. When the main tunnel ends and divers reach The Grotto, divers can watch the amazing show of flashlight fish zipping around.

The marine life in Cebu and the coastal appeal of its surrounding islands make it one of the most popular dive destinations in the Philippines. Residents in the area will enjoy their close proximity to Cebu’s marine sanctuaries, where they can experience diving and appreciate the beauty of marine life anytime they want.

Destination Cebu: 3 Ways to Travel Green

Traveling in CebuThe world is in big trouble. When you watch and truly listen to Leonardo Di Caprio run the grim scenarios in the documentary “Before the Flood,” you will feel hopeless. And probably alarmed that you can’t do anything about the terrifying effects of climate change. But there is something you can do — in your own small way. That doesn’t include watching all of Di Caprio’s movies.

Go Green

Being an eco-conscious traveler is a good way to reduce your impact on the environment. It will take more effort than your average trips, but traveling green is well worth your time. You’ll gain meaningful experiences and leave your destination in better condition, or at least, observe its environmental efforts.

So where do you start? Start with an ethical destination, one that promotes sustainable tourism, like Cebu. The well-known island province is introducing several programs, from wildlife protection to visitor management, to develop its eco-tourism. When you visit more eco-conscious destinations, you spend your tourism peso on sustainable industries.

And if you’re like most travelers to the Queen City of the South, you can go from “just visiting” to “now staying” by buying a condominium in Cebu. While you decide, here are three ways to travel green in the island province:

1. Bike, walk — take public transportation in the city.

Reduce your carbon footprint by using these eco-friendly, affordable ways to roam the city. Biking or walking not only allows you to explore more of Cebu’s sights. You also stay fit.

2. Buy Local.

When you buy local products, you support small-scale industries in the island province. You’re also getting souvenirs and produce that have not been flown in from other locations. Businesses that import products add to carbon emissions.

3. Switch Off Lights.

Even when you’re staying at a hotel, it still pays to use up less energy. Switch off lights. Keep the air conditioning on to a minimum, when possible.

Every little bit helps. Even Di Caprio thinks the world can still something about climate change. But we have to start now. And traveling to eco-conscious destinations like Cebu is a good beginning.

A Wine Lover’s Dream Come True: A Visit to Margaret River

Vineyard and WineryApart from its scenic views and attractions, Western Australia also has a reputation for great-tasting wines. Discover the best way to spend your time-off whilst visiting the wonderful and wine-rich town of Margaret River.

Here are some few suggestions to make your visit memorable:

A Visit to Winemakers

Have a little chat with some of the country’s renowned winemakers. There are numerous wineries around the town you can visit and have a look around. What’s more, the owners are more than happy to guide and answer your questions. A good wine bonding experience indeed.

The Classic Wine-Tasting Tour

You don’t want to miss the chance to taste the region’s famous wines. Most of which are usually made with cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay. You’ll also enjoy some classic and vintage wines that are punctuated with a rich oak finish. The wine-tasting tours will usually take you to five wineries inclusive of a visit to Margaret River’s finest winery restaurants.

Extended Stay to Wine Region

If ever you plan on staying for a few days, Margaret River town offers a number of accommodations that are conveniently located close to tourist attractions and wineries. Why not go for a walk around to familiarise yourself with the area. Who knows, you might even discover something interesting.

A Tour to the Vineyard

Whether you’re a wine aficionado or just simply a tourist looking around, a visit to the vineyard is a must. Get a glimpse into the region’s spectacular farmland and vineyards which are producing some of the best wines in the country.

A Trip to the Brewery

Enjoy good ale as much as you enjoy the wine. Margaret River also houses breweries providing every visitor with a unique craft beer tasting experience. The town is indeed a perfect retreat to individuals who enjoy trying out traditional pilsners and ales.

Enjoy a fun-filled tour down to Western Australia’s wine capital. Follow these tour suggestions to make the most out of your travel experience.

Why is There a Need for the Elderly to Take Care of Their Teeth?

Elderly Oral Health CareOral health practices should start in individuals' early stages of childhood – their first dental visit should be before their first birthday – and continue as long as they are alive. Unfortunately, many seniors are suffering from the adverse effects of poor dental health.

Zakhor Dental Group points out that looking out for the elderly doesn’t stop at watching the food they eat and assisting them in their daily activities. They – or at least those watching over them – should also take care of their dental health because if they don’t, this will affect their overall health and their quality of life.

Dental Issues Associated with Old Age

The buildup of food and plaque can cause gum disease. Other factors that contribute to the development of the disease are smoking, ill-fitting dental appliances and poor oral hygiene. This may lead to tooth loss, as well as the development of other health issues.

It is quite common for the elderly to have a dry mouth, however, this is not something to take lightly. The lack of saliva production in the mouth can promote tooth decay because, without saliva, there is nothing to wash away the food particles and bacteria that stays in the mouth.

Periodontal disease not only affects the mouth but the rest of the body, too. There are studies that support the link between gum disease and heart problems. Those with poor oral health can also suffer from pneumonia – once they breathe in the bacteria from the mouth and into their lungs, they become more susceptible to the illness.

When they don’t take care of their dentures, this can cause a buildup of the Candida albicans fungus, characterized by the inflammation of the tissue underlying a denture. This may result in denture-induced stomatitis.

The Effect of Old Age in the Upkeep of Oral Health

Their age isn’t the only determinant when it comes to poor oral health. There are medical conditions that may hinder them from brushing or flossing properly, such as arthritis. Certain medication can also take a toll on their dental health.

Taking care of the elderly shouldn’t stop at watching their food and assisting them in their daily activities, their dental health is important, too. By continuing good oral practices and visiting their dentists regularly, they can alleviate the possibility of suffering from a severe illness or worsening the state of their health.

3 Health Benefits of a Well-Dressed Bed

Well-Made BedWhat's with a bed cover, that with or without it, you can still sleep in your bed? Your sleep can get better, though, when it is a comfort zone than a piece of furniture. How else can you do that but with beddings, covers and all? And even if it sounds like a luxury, the bed deserves special treatment. In the end, it is you who will reap the benefits of a good bed, anyway.

Cozy Earth has found these benefits from a study.

Better Sleep

According to the 2012 Bedroom Poll, "A great night's sleep can depend on the comfort you feel in your bedroom environment." These include the room's temperature, your dress when sleeping, bed surfaces including cleanliness, among others. Eighty-six percent of poll participants said that "comfortable feel of sheets and bedding is important to good sleep."

Reduces Stress

Another study published on National Center for Biotechnology Information says that new beddings can help reduce stressThe use of new, medium-firm beds helps participants sleep better and reduce back discomfort, the source of stress. It notes the need for further study on sleeping surface comparisons since there's no one mattress that fits all individuals.

NSF suggests that one must evaluate comfort and sleep quality when thinking of buying a new mattress. If it disturbs you when your partner moves, or if you wake up stiff, or you find hotel beds extra comfy, these could be signs that you need new beddings.

Lowers Body Heat

For people with body temperature problems when sleeping, using organic sheets can help. Soft bamboo duvet covers, for instance, are breathable and resistant to bacteria. These also make dressing up your bed easier as it comes as single covering instead of layered sheets. 

Our bed, being the most important piece of furniture, deserves to be dressed up. Not only it makes the room look attractive but makes us more comfortable too. That extends to a good night's sleep and wellness.

Too Big to Chew: Your Teeth and Jaw in Giants Bites

Young from Yreka, CA Taking a Big BiteWhen it comes to food, many of us would prefer bigger dishes and super-sized servings. This is a common selling point in many fast food restaurants, offering giant sandwiches and burgers, as well as enormous slices of pizza. The sad part is, many of us eat in a hurry, taking bigger bites of these larger-than-the-human-mouth dishes just to finish quickly and move on to our next agenda.

Too Big to Chew

If you have a big appetite, you are likely to take bites that are too big to chew. Experts say this could be bad for your teeth and jaw, especially for those with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). If you suffer from TMD, taking giant bites or opening your mouth too wide can aggravate your condition. It's best that your mouth feels normal and comfortable when you open it and take a bite.

Avoid Hard Foods

Biting hard foods like candies are also bad for your teeth, mainly because it causes chipping. Sometimes, fruits like apples can also cause issues. Family Smiles' dentist notes that if you’re biting off more than you can chew, it is best to cut the items into to smaller portions. It is not advisable that you always have to open your mouth too wide just to take a bite.

Treat Your Mouth Right

The same is also true for chewing ice and popcorn kernels. These habits, along with the use of teeth to open food packages and containers, can result in breakage and chipping of teeth. If you want to keep your teeth for a lifetime, it is best to mind your diet and food bites. Be sure to snack in moderation and avoid treats with sugars and starches.

Keeping your teeth healthy goes beyond brushing and flossing daily. Visit your dentist regularly to combat the first signs of gum disease and other oral health issues. This is especially true you have dentures, restorations, or are in need of dental work. 

The Smile God: On Teeth Whitening and Invisalign

Teeth Whitening in Shrewsbury, ShropshireIs it not everyone’s dream to have beautiful teeth that people cannot help but notice? To have a smile straight as a ruler and white as porcelain is synonymous to perfection; an exaggeration would be to say you are the Smile God. Given today’s dental technology, there is a range of treatments you can undergo in fulfilling this dream. This involves the combination of teeth whitening and Invisalign.

The Combination of Teeth Whitening and Invisalign

Monkmoor Dental Practice, a dental practice located in the heart of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, discusses the whitening process and the seven shades improvement. The practice details tooth whitening’s use of a bleaching agent and its two methods, namely, the in-office or take-home bleaching. They specify that the colour of your teeth lightens and improves by seven shades in a timeframe of four to six weeks.

Whiter teeth have become such a desirable physical trait because not only does it improve your overall facial value in terms of physical beauty, but it can also boost your self-confidence. This psychological benefit manifests itself in the social and professional lives of people, improving their careers and relationships by improving their self-esteem.

Coupling whiteness with straightened teeth can bless you even more. The dental practice cites Invisalign, the orthodontic treatment that involves a series of clear and removable aligners, custom-made to move your teeth in their proper places. With its obscurity, you can flash your blinding white smile as it gradually straightens through the treatment procedure.

Invisalign’s process involves replacing the clear aligners every two weeks as it targets the movement of specific teeth. The precision, as it is wont to be, is determined by your dentist or orthodontist through the careful evaluation of your virtual 3D plan. By the end of the treatment, your teeth will appear aesthetically better and your bite, as well as your jaw, will function correctly.

The God of Smiling

Not to take it so seriously, but if you were to have this perfect smile—the combination of purity in colour and symmetry in alignment–would you not brandish it all too often? In doing so, do not act so surprised when people begin to refer to you as the ‘Smile God’, a compliment you should accept accordingly.