31 Oct / 2014
Regardless of how strong your roof is, there will come a time when it’s beyond repair. Roofing materials have a life expectancy of about 20 to 50 years. Instead of extending their use any further, it may be more cost-effective to remove them altogether and start re-roofing. It may cost more initially, but you won’t have to do repairs often. Here are some materials you can install for your next roofing system:
Many homeowners prefer this material because it’s affordable, easy to install, and can withstand different weather conditions. Also known as composition roofing, these are ideal for shingle and steep slope roofs. These come in different styles, shapes, colours, types, and sizes to fit the appearance you want for your new roof.
Made of aluminium, copper, and stainless steel, metal roofing materials are available in corrugated, faux-slate, and standing seam style. If you want a durable, lightweight, and fire-resistant material, then you should go with this type of roofing. Perth households, however, say that it can be noisy. Metal roofing doesn’t corrode. It lasts up to 50 years, while its coloured coating fades about 25 years.
These are heavy – about 1,000pounds per square – and need additional framing to make sure that the roof can hold all tiles together. Many roofing contractors recommend clay tiles for cooling purposes, as they’re non-combustible and can reflect at least 50% of energy from the sun. These are usually available in curved shapes, which is ideal for households interested in Spanish-style roofing.
Wood Shingles and Shakes
These are available in cedar, southern pine, redwood, and other types of wood. Shingles are flat because manufacturers cut them using a machine, while shakes are handmade. Many people don’t recommend wood because it’s flammable, but there are suppliers that offer Class A fire-resistant ratings for an additional cost. Depending on maintenance, these can last up to 25 years.
Give your home a new look by replacing your existing roofing materials. Re-roofing is a good opportunity to make changes so your home will look better.
29 Oct / 2014
Black is the only hue that never goes out of style. It works work for every season, flatters all skin tones, and allows you to go wild with accessories. Wearing black also means layering endlessly and never having to worry about matching.
While it may seem like you can never go wrong with an all-black ensemble, it is still important to maintain a sense of balance. Aim for a simple and clean style to achieve a modern and sophisticated look. Follow these tips for pulling off black on black on black:
It’s All about Layering
Give your outfit more texture by layering different fabrics together. You can dimension to your ensemble by using chunky cardigans and large knits. You can also incorporate a touch of leather to make your outfit stand out. Avoid a flat black outfit, as it might look too monochromatic, sad, and boring.
Toning it Down
Soften your look by adding deep shades of dark blue. This is a fashionable way to reinvent black and add variety to your ensemble. You can also use other colours like deep burgundy and charcoal grey in your accessories, handbag, or even in knits. You can visit dress websites Australia fashion experts recommend to shop for the right pieces.
Go for a Chic and Cool Look
Incorporate lace and sheers to prevent your all-black outfit from looking too heavy. You can pair a simple black t-shirt with a midi lace skirt for a retro fit and airy feel. It is also a good idea to wear a cut out black dress for a chic and cool look. You can pair it with mirrored shades or a black fringe sandal to keep the style fresh.
Key Styling Tips
Add interest to your look by using accessories. Colourful and large jewellery can serve as statement pieces and keep things from looking too monochromatic. Incorporate simple surprising elements like neon earrings or bold nail polish, too. Clean hair and simple make up is also important to avoid looking scary.
While black is a versatile shade, you still need to keep your look simple and clean. Make more out of it by adding textures, details, and proportions to your outfit. The right mix of lines, fabrics, silhouettes, and a superb fit can make an all-black outfit stand out.
28 Oct / 2014
The Philippines has been known to favor fried chicken. Now, we can get on with the other Filipino food that can be the next foreign favorite: pancit. Just like chicken, there are almost a hundred ways to prepare this delicious noodle dish, and everyone has their own preference of which is the best.
Most people already have an idea of what pancit should taste like, and there shouldn’t be any need to go deeply into how it’s made. Finding a favorite isn’t an easy task considering the dish caters to so many different tastes and palates, but here goes:
In fifth place, we have pancit luglog, a version of the meal popular in Central Luzon. This dish uses shrimp-achuete sauce to give it an orange shade, and has a mix of eggs, shrimps, smoked fish, and chicharon. This variation is so popular that it’s almost become the standard in the preparation of the dish.
Pancit habhab, a specialty of the Quezon province. This pancit has sautéed miki noodles with shrimps, vegetables and sliced pork as toppings. Traditionally, this is eaten on banana leaves and without utensils, making it the most fun version to eat.
In third place is the ever-present pancit canton. Arguably, the most popular form of the dish, it’s seen in almost every part of the country and is mostly paired with the best fried chicken in restaurants. This version of the dish is incomplete without calamansi and soy sauce, along with a medley of vegetables and meatballs as toppings.
The runner-up is lomi, a noodle soup that always has slices of pork and lean chicken meat. This version of the dish is unique because it’s one of the few that comes in soup, and its noodles are from fresh eggs. Lomi is popular, especially in the southern region of Luzon where no restaurant is complete without it.
Finally, the best pancit arguably is La Paz Batchoy, coming from Iloilo; this dish gets its flavor from the broth of beef, pork, and chicken. Best eaten hot, this dish has a top of raw egg and crushed chicharon.
The country’s love affair with both fried chicken and pancit is well documented. The next time you order, bring the whole family and experience a gastronomic feast that only Filipinos can.
Perhaps, in buying a home, nothing is more important than location. There’s a reason buyers and sellers say “location, location, location,”— three times, as if it is the only thing that really matters.
It does matter in so many different levels, especially when it is finally the time to sell. You can have the worst, run-down property with the ugliest bath and kitchen, but put it on a great block with nice neighbours and good nearby school districts, and people will want your home.
To help you fully understand, here are five reasons buying the worst house on the best block pays for itself:
Higher Value in the Long Run
The worst home will probably have a price that’s less than the really nice homes, so it’s a cheap way to get into a desirable area. If you can put the time, energy, and money to fix it up anyway, you can reap the financial benefits you didn’t know you could reap.
Also, folks at Vision One Homes say the nicer homes on the block will pull the value of the rundown house up after you fix it up.
Rebuild the Home Based on Your Preferences
Demolishing the home, rebuilding it according to your wants, and starting again sounds better than buying a readily built home with features you don’t really want. Also, for a rundown home, there’s a good chance that completely demolishing and building afresh will be cheaper and so much easier than trying to revive it.
You Can Change a Home, But You Cannot Change Its Location
You can always renovate, rebuild, or change the inside and outside of a home, but you really can never change its location—at least not without a lot of trouble and expense!
When you buy a home, it’s not only the home itself that you buy, but also the location. Spend your money on buying the best neighbourhood and location your money can afford, rather than sacrificing the location for a nice home.
Location, location, location really does matter—a lot. You can buy a nice-looking home, change the structure, remodel, and alter it, but remember: you cannot move it. The location is permanent; the home is temporary. Choose wisely.
The use of anesthesia is important in various aspects of the medical field. Anesthesia, however, is not without its risks and complications. Pain, nausea, vomiting, and headaches are just a few of the most common issues of general anesthetics. Severe complications include cardiovascular collapse, respiratory depression, nerve injury, brain damage, and in some cases, death.
New studies indicate, however, that anesthesia-related complications in the country have fallen by more than half. According to North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA) and WebMD, the risks have become relatively uncommon, with experts saying that anesthetics is among the safest areas of healthcare today.
Advancement and Improvement
Complications associated with anesthesia have declined dramatically over the last few decades. The number of people working the field has also increased, with improved patient outcomes. This is mainly because of the technological advancements and improvements in general practice. It can also be attributed to the emphasis anesthesiologists are putting on patient care.
Drop in Complications
The Anesthesia Quality Institute cites that complications dropped from 11.8 to 4.8 percent in 3.2 million cases. Medical errors, occurred in about 12 percent of cases while postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV), the most common complication, arose in about one-third of the cases.
Decline in Preoperative Death
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) reports that 50 years ago, the number of anesthesia perioperative deaths where about 1 in 1,500. Today, however, that rate has improved nearly tenfold. This means there has been a significant increase in the safety of sicker and older patients during operation.
The report further added that the chances of a patient suffering intra operative death are less than 1 in 200,000. An experienced anesthesiologist involved inpatient care is helpful when it concerns enhancing safety during surgeries.
The Role of Patients
Patients ‘going under’ can further lower the complications of anesthesia by meeting with the medical team to go through their options and understand their risks. They should also follow the physician’s instructions about eating to avoid vomiting and other complications.
Researchers say they need to conduct further studies to confirm promising results. Additional research will help guide and improve safety related to anesthesiology.
The rate of negative effects has decreased in recent years. It is best to understand the factors related with these event to further improve patient safety and healthcare delivery.
21 Oct / 2014
The Philippines needs many things to thrive and become more dominant in the international market, and one of those necessities is a sizable population of engineers. Apparently, news reports show that the country is experiencing a shortage of engineers, most especially in the mining sector.
It all boils down to elementary economics: the demand for engineers is extremely high, but the country’s population of graduates and board passers cannot augment it. The situation has reached the point where the government has allowed the entry of foreign workers for hard-to-fill jobs like those in the engineering sector. For this reason, we need more people venturing into engineering to fill these posts and grow the economy.
Some might argue that a massive shift of focus toward engineering might saturate the job market. But, even if that does happen, the international market is there to create more demand. Many countries like the United Kingdom have been experiencing a shortage of engineers, too. These nations open the possibility of providing jobs for the country’s engineers. Add the competitive salary packages awaiting applicants and the engineering sector becomes a truly attractive career path.
So, does that mean we need more people manning construction sites and infrastructure projects? From one perspective, yes, because the country needs better infrastructure to become on par with its neighbors in the region.
But contrary to popular belief, engineering goes beyond the construction industry. As a matter of fact, it encompasses almost every industry. Engineering graduates can land jobs in the banking and finance sector, the transportation industry, and the military just to name a few.
Data from the Mapúa Institute of Technology support this as well. Students have many choices when it comes to course offerings – from biological engineering to mechanical engineering. This diversity in diploma courses does open up many opportunities for young Filipinos to venture into a field that has been receiving such a high demand in the past years.
With more engineers, the country will progress a lot faster. Hopefully, the Philippines can address this shortage of engineers and fast-track its own development using homegrown talent.
17 Oct / 2014
The floor is one of the most visible and used parts of a house, so its maintenance is highly important. Floorboards and floating floors made of wood, for instance, are durable, timeless, and flexible enough to meet any interior style. If the surface is fading or has dents and scratches, you simply have to refinish them and don’t have to spend on replacement.
Which Is Better: Sanding or Screening?
Home improvement sites, such as This Old House and HGTV, and flooring experts like Floor Venue, noted that the choice depends on the degree of wear and tear. Applying a new coat of polyurethane over an old finish is acceptable if the damages are shallow. If there are deep scratches and nail holes, sanding is a better choice because you can even out the surface and use fillers.
What Kinds of Flooring Can You Sand and Polish?
- Timber Boards – This hardwood is ideal for sanding and polishing, as you can remove the worn out layers of colours or sealants easily.
- Parquet – This angular, geometric mosaic flooring shows a decorative effect. It’s okay to sand and polish its surface, but you might not get the same effect again. You have to be careful to avoid ruining the colour patterns.
- Cork – This provides sound and temperature insulation, so it’s more sensitive to sanding. If you don’t have proper equipment, might as well leave it to the experts.
Is It Advisable to Do-It-Yourself (DIY)?
DIY projects can help you save money, but only if you do them correctly. According to Better Homes and Gardens (BHG), it’s best not to refinish the floor yourself because this job is tougher than you think. One wrong move can mean more expenses, which defeats the purpose of saving on home maintenance.
Bringing back the shine to your floor isn’t difficult. All you need is to know your own flooring system, the right maintenance procedures, and the time to hire professional services.
16 Oct / 2014
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the number of women undergoing mommy makeovers is on the rise. They noted that cosmetic surgeons did at least 112,000 tummy tucks in 2010 alone, which is an 85% increase since 2000. The same goes for breast lifts (70%) and implants (39%).
ASPS Pres. Phillip Haeck, MD, said that the attitude of women towards cosmetic surgery is changing. They accepted the fact that they needed help in addition to healthy diet and exercise to bring back their old physique. If you’re planning to do the same, it’s best to understand the common myths about mommy makeovers:
Myth: It’s better to undergo surgeries one at a time.
Breast lift, implants, and tummy tuck need at least seven to 10 days recovery period. If you want to undergo such surgeries individually, you should be willing to take 21 to 30 days off from daily activities. Experts from WebMD and Fountain of Youth Institute recommend a single procedure to minimize recovery time and reduce the amount of anesthesia that goes in your body.
Myth: Mommy makeovers are ideal for everyone.
Ideal candidates for mommy makeover are patients aged 18 and above. If you’re older than 40, then a mammogram is necessary before performing breast surgery. Like any other surgery, not everyone is a good candidate. It’s best to consult with your cosmetic surgeon beforehand.
Myth: You don’t need to do anything before surgery.
Mommy makeover makes it possible to achieve your ideal physique, but you should also make an effort to let this happen. If your ideal weight is 150 pounds, for instance, then try losing weight until you reach at least 10% (165 pounds) of it before undergoing surgery. Another important factor is to wait for three to five months or until your body becomes stable. Exercise for a healthy cardio and stop breastfeeding months before the surgery.
Mommy makeovers can bring back or even improve your previous look. All you need is to know the right information and if it’s the ideal procedure for you.
10 Oct / 2014
In the paper, I Hate Mathematics, children were asked to answer the question: “If math was a food, what would it be and why?” Unsurprisingly, most of the responses were negative. One student compared it to chocolate cake, saying that if you have too much, you’ll get sick. Another kid said the subject is like a rat sack because it makes you haemorrhage from the inside out.
Children’s negative perception of math is overwhelming. R.I.C. Publications echoes the sentiments of Family Education to hep embrace math. It is advisable to present it in an exciting way to avoid anxiety with the subject and help them be inspired.
Here are a few tips to help your kids get excited about math:
Use Math Daily
Encourage children to solve problems regarding math outside school. You can take the kids to a grocery store, for instance, and ask them to estimate the price of two or three boxes of cereals. You can also ask them to figure out how much time you need to get to the destination based on your speed. By incorporating simple mathematical concepts every day, you can improve their skills and confidence in the subject.
Play Math Games
There are different games children can play that involve math. You can teach your kid to play chess. The game has relatively simple rules that can help build analytical and thinking skills. Other examples include dominoes, checkers or backgammon. Buying them Lego is also a good idea, as it can help them conceptualise complex abstractions with small basic parts.
Pay Attention to Their Studies
Help your kids do their math homework by checking their work for correct answers and calculations. Ask kids to find out what they don’t understand about the subject and help them solve it. If they struggle to understand a specific lesson or have difficulty keeping up with homework load, ask the teacher for suggestions.
Be a Good Example
Your attitude about math can influence your child’s attitude about the subject. Always show an interest or positive approach in math. Tell your kids the many ways you use the subject in your daily habits. You can also point out the importance of the subject in different fields such as medicine, engineering, architecture and others.
Learn to introduce math concepts with much enthusiasm and a little pressure. The more you enjoy numbers and calculations, the more your children can be inspired and motivated to learn.
08 Oct / 2014
Are you bored of your bare walls? Buy a tub of plaster and give your room an upgrade! There are endless ways this versatile tool can be an interior decorator’s dream. For now, here are four of them:
Give your walls a rough makeover and give the once smooth surface a stucco finish. It makes the room look more rustic and glamorously classical. It can even make your space luxurious and upscale. The stucco technique is good for indoor and outdoor walls.
Etch a Pattern
With so many different wall treatments around, simply choosing a paint colour or wallpaper is very unimaginative. Instead of buying decals to add aesthetic to your bare walls, experts from Gyprock suggest using a plaster to add an artistic and unique flare to wall patterns. The plaster can help you create texture and depth to the pattern, making your walls a conversation piece.
In this era of minimalism, less is certainly more. Plenty of modern homeowners choose not to paint over their bare, plastered walls at all! They like the colour of polished plaster and cement, giving character and edge to their space. If you have interesting pieces you want to display, this is a great alternative to spending so much on wall treatments.
An Art Material
If you have a particularly strong sense of artistic flair, you can use plasters to create three dimensional decals for your walls. Fashion anything from a tree with multiple branches to a reinterpretation of your favourite painting. Plasters are mouldable and versatile, so you can turn them into anything and decorate your walls.
Who says wall renovations should cost you a fortune? The secret to beautiful, unique homes is creativity and ingenuity. You can upgrade your space and make it more like you without breaking your bank.