New Year’s Noise? Here are 4 Quick Tips in Soundproofing your Bedroom

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Have you always had a problem with all the noise coming in from all over the neighborhood on New Year’s Eve? The combination of fireworks, trumpets and horns, car honks, and endless shouting can put a damper to a rather festive occasion.

Well, you’re in luck! Here are quick and easy soundproofing tips that will guarantee you a good night’s sleep.

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Check where Noise can Enter

You have to know where noise can enter your bedroom. Remember that when light or air is able to get in your bedroom, this means that noise can get in, too. What you can do is to turn off the lights and check where light or air enters your bedroom. These seams are usually found at the door and the windows.

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Seal All Openings

For the small edges around your doors, apply weatherstripping, which can simply defined as the process of sealing small openings. If your neighborhood is noisy all year round, investing on acoustic foam will be well worth it. Not only can this useful foam provide the silence that you desire, but they’re also easy to purchase and install.

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Furniture are your Friends

Not everyone knows that curtains, rugs, and furniture that can reduce any type of noise that enters your home. Special noise-cancelling curtains available in the market, but if you’re really pressed for time, just hang your thickest curtains before the fireworks starts. If that’s not enough, use two sets of curtains.

The same can be said for mufflers too, which can reduce sound echoes when placed on wooden or tiled floors. Where you place your furniture can help, as well. Moving your bookcase and every other large furniture against the walls should absorb unwanted reverberation.

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Pick your Plant

Thick shrubs, plants, and ornamental grasses can help reduce noise from the outside. If you don’t have a place to put plants directly outside of your window or door, at least have them around the house so that any noise that still reach your bedroom will be significantly reduced.

These are quick, easy, and cheap ways to mask noise from coming in your bedroom Try ’em all out and enjoy a peaceful New Year evening!

A Fresh Start: 7 Reasons why you should Start Traveling this 2015

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Travelling is beyond lounging on a hotel mattress and eating room service food, no matter how comfortable the mattress and excellent the food. It’s most especially beyond just following pamphlet around tourist destinations. Travelling can teach us values that we can use in our lives and gain a better understanding of the world. In this day and age, it’s become important that we have a global perspective.

Here are reasons why you should booking plane tickets this 2015:

Broaden your Perspective

There are certain things that can’t be learnt within the four walls of school. Travelling allows you to have a first-hand experience of history, culture, politics, economy, and people from different walks of life. It allows you to understand, and appreciate, certain behaviors and practices that were not known to you before. By travelling, not only will you become a better-rounded person, but you’ll also have memories you can always go back to that no travelogue book can offer.

Learn how to Relate with Other People

Seeing the glistening rivers on a mountainside, a deer trotting off into the forest, the gothic churches in Germany, or the Leaning Tower of Pisa makes you realize that the world is filled with much more beauty than you can ever imagine. And the people that you get to interact with during your travels opens your eyes to diversity, allowing you to build friendships that you might never have if you stay in one place. Travelling encourages you to get out of your comfort zone and embrace the beauty and the variety in the world, resulting in relationships that are literally beyond borders.

Become More Adaptable

Some say that a person truly becomes mature when they can adapt to the inevitability of change. If you are the kind of person who frustratingly mulls over something that disrupts your plans, then travelling will be your best teacher. There will always be flight delays, confusing terminals, and endless traffic, but once you get the hang of them, you will learn how to adapt, make alternate plans, and move on. As a result, you’ll get less and less mad at situations that are out of your control until you won’t even be bothered by them anymore.

Makes you Humble & Empathetic

No matter who you are, there will come a point in your life when you think that you know everything there is to know about life and how to survive it. Especially now that we can access information easily, it’s really hard not to be a tad bit callous and egotistic. Travelling teaches us humility and empathy because we get to be exposed to other people’s situations and learn how much of our life we have taken for granted. When we see the unimaginable obstacles people go through, we realize that we’re only aware of a fraction of what life has to offer. Learning is endless.

Discover New Passions

Travelling allows you to know yourself a little more. When you try out different things during a travel, you might learn about talents you never knew you had! At the same time, your spontaneous activities might ignite a forgotten passion, causing you to pursue it again. Let travelling be your learning experience; try out new things and see where they’ll lead you. Chances are, you’ll know yourself more before you took that first ride away from home.

Enjoy Life!

A lot of people put off raveling because they have other things that they want to achieve like getting a job, getting married, and so on. While these are noble pursuits and in the long term does help you become more mature and responsible, travelling teaches us to be more confident, sociable, and adaptable. You’ll be more open-minded, understanding, and develop a sense of empathy that no self-help book can give you. These are timeless treasures that you can teach your children and the generations to come.

So what are you waiting for? Book a trip now and experience all that the world can offer! We wish you a happy and fruitful 2015!

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6 Quick Tips on Rearranging your Living Room for the Christmas Tree

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We all want our living rooms to look its best for the holidays. And sometimes that means intense house cleaning, thoroughly inspecting sofas for exposed polyurethane foam, hiring pest control to eradicate vermin infestation, prepping up a box full of dusty ornaments, vacuuming and cleaning your carpet to look good as new, and a whole lot more.

However, your house won’t be completely ready for the holidays without the traditional Christmas Tree. So better get the best one you can find and make sure it’s in a spot in your living room where everyone can see and appreciate it! Below are a few pointers to make things a bit easier for you.

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Empty the Living Room First

All great works of art start on a blank canvass, and to make your living room sparkle for the Yuletide season, you first need to rearrange your stuff. Doing this allows you to assess your living room space and better clean the untouched nooks and crannies that pests call “Home”. As soon as you’re done with the necessary clean-up, prepare yourself to reposition the furniture, set up the decorations, and take out the Christmas tree.

Haul in the Christmas Ornaments

Once you’ve visualized your living room’s ‘Christmas Look’, it’s time to take out that the box of décor from your storage room and gather the rest of your family for some helping hands. Make sure you remove any dust, dirt and grime that might have accumulated in and around it beforehand. Start to decorate your living room as sparingly as possible, keeping much of the ornaments and your best lights for the Christmas tree itself. You’ll understand why later.

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Place and Decorate The Tree

When you’re finished setting up the initial decorations, you can now set up The Christmas Tree! As mentioned above, it would be best if you place it at the focal point of your living room where everyone can feast their eyes on it. Once you’ve found the perfect spot, garnish it with the lights and ornaments you reserved earlier. And this should go without saying, place the gifts at its feet to keep your family excited for Christmas morning.

Return Some of your Furniture

Done with the Christmas Tree? Time to put back the furniture right where it belongs. Be sure to reposition all your stuff in a way that would complement the holiday spirit; you can even have a set of extra chairs at hand in case you’re expecting more people. Now for those furniture that won’t fit anymore because of the addition of the Christmas Tree, simply place them in the storage room until the holiday season is over.

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Have Finger Food Around

Admittedly, your newly decorated Christmas tree won’t always be enough to awe your visiting family and friends. That’s why you need to have a few bowls of candies and snacks at hand. Place it on your coffee and side tables, on top of your bookshelves, and other areas in your living room where people might congregate. Don’t forget to keep extra stock in your kitchen to keep everyone satisfied!

Make Use of your Lights

Is everything in place? If yes, then there’s nothing left to do but turn on your Christmas lights! If you’ve taken our advice earlier and reserved most of your ornaments and lights for the tree, then you’d understand our advice the moment you flick the switch. As you’ll see, your lavishly decorated Christmas tree will stand out in your living room, drawing everyone’s attention and admiration in just one go.

So there you have it! We hope these tips can help you give your living room the makeover it deserves in anticipation of the Yuletide season. Go start cleaning and decorating, and have a Merry Christmas.

The Dummies’ Guide to Surviving Stressful Holiday Travels

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It’s that time of the year again when friends and families get together to celebrate Christmas. And though this precious Holiday causes so much cheer and positive energy, it also brings out a very busy and hectic schedule, which is especially true if you plan to travel to popular vacation spots.

As difficult long-distance travelling already is, your Holiday ventures can become so much worse due to unexpected bad weather, hellishly slow traffic, flight delays that take forever to follow-up and hotels that can barely attend to your needs because of a full house! Fasten your seatbelt, Mr. Traveler, because that comfy hotel mattress can be a lot farther than you thought.

This is a reality that can stress you out and ruin your holiday vacation—but only if you let it! Luckily for you, there are many ways you can deal with the stress that comes with travelling during Christmas season. Let’s take a look at a few of them:

Be a Bird – A Very Early Bird

First things first: book your plane tickets and hotel accommodations sooner—at least one month ahead (or even earlier than that if you can)! That way, you can avoid all that hassle most travelers face whenever making last-minute reservations. Keep in mind that the days leading to Christmas and New Year are especially hectic, and making arrangements the day you plan to leave is practically vacation suicide.

Get your Money’s Worth

The earlier you book your flights and hotel rooms, the more chance you get to avail some of their Christmas promos! Lots of hotel establishments and travel agencies offer goodies during the season for a specified time period. By making reservations during those dates, you might get your tickets and accommodations for a cheaper price, with other treats in tow!

So always be on the lookout for the latest promo and sale offered by travel agencies and hotel managements. Subscribe to newsletters and keep tabs of their social media. Do this and you might get to enjoy first class seats in the airplane as well as stay in a luxurious hotel at a fraction of the cost.

Only Bring the Necessities

Once you’re done booking plane tickets and hotel rooms, then it’s time to start packing for your trip! As much as possible, bring only the things you need for your travels, no more and no less. You don’t want to be encumbered by baggage that’s thrice as heavy as it needs to be, take our word on that. If you’re travelling abroad, make sure you have all your papers. And just to be on the safe side, don’t forget to bring the Christmas gifts!

Keep Calm and Stop Fidgeting

Let’s say you’ve done all the three tips mentioned above but still got caught in a heavy traffic along the road or hear the tragic news that your flight has been delayed. Well, losing your temper won’t make your problems go away! Under these circumstances, it’s best to keep a cool head and just wait. You read it right: W-A-I-T! It wouldn’t hurt now, would it? And as you do, find some worthwhile things to do like reading books, listening to music, and meeting interesting people.

Sure, travelling during The Holidays can sometimes give you headaches, especially on Christmas and New Year. But with proper preparation and the right attitude, you can easily overcome your travel stress. After all, the journey’s just as important as the destination.

Bedridden for Christmas? Here’s How you can Savor the Holidays in the Hospital

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On a previous post, we gave you the manual that is Combat Confinement Blues, a patient’s guide on how to kill boredom while stuck in a hospital bed. This time around, we’ll be sharing a few pointers on how you can still genuinely enjoy The Holidays if ever you’ll be bedridden this Christmas Eve. After all, just because you’re hospitalized doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the Yuletide season!

So without further delay, here are five activities that will make you feel the spirit of Christmas without having to leave your hospital room:

Wrap Presents

That’s right! Help out with the family’s gift wrapping! You won’t be causing anyone too much hassle since all you really need are those as well as some sheets of colored paper and a few rolls of tape. Consider inviting your closest friend or loved one to help you out in case you’re still feeling too giddy from all that medication. Just make sure that none of your other visitors see you doing the packing; you don’t want to ruin the surprise now, do you?

Decorate Your Room

Most hospitals decorate their rooms and facilities for The Holidays. However, if you want your own hospital room uniquely prepped up for Christmas, then by all means go for it! First thing you should do though is to ask permission from the staff; some hospitals get edgy whenever patients try to customize their rooms. Also, make sure that none of the ornaments get in the way of the machines sustaining your health, if there are any.

Listen to Good Christmas Music

Music has an inexplicable yet undeniable ability to help patients recover from their illness faster. So better play some cheerful tunes as you embark on the road to recovery! And since it’s the season to be jolly, why not include a few Christmas songs to your playlist? That way, you can really get in the mood for The Holidays.

Watch Some Christmas Flicks

Once you’ve exhausted your music player, it’s time to set up your DVD player and enjoy a few Christmas movies. Try The Nightmare Before Christmas, Home Alone, Elf and It’s a Wonderful Life for starters. Click on this link and we’ll show you an entire selection of marvelous Christmas flicks! You can even invite some friends over so you can all enjoy the show, as long as none of the nearby patients gets disturbed.

Enjoy a Mug of Eggnog

No other drink can lift up your Christmas mood better than eggnog. A beverage made from milk, cream, sugar and eggs, with a few sprigs of spices, one mug is enough to get rid of your confinement blues. Luckily, there are hundreds of different eggnog recipes available from reliable sources. Just get one that has no alcohol included in the ingredients; you’re ill and recovering, remember?

Thank God

Still bored sick? Then simply talk to God. Thank Him for sustaining you while you’re ill, and for letting you rest comfortably in a snug hospital room while nurses and doctors attend to your every need. Most importantly, thank Him for the holidays; it’s Jesus Christ’s birthday after all!

Doing these things might not seem that much, but it can help set your mood for the Yuletide season. Besides, you have nothing else to do! So take our advice and enjoy a Merry Christmas during your staycation at the hospital!

Vacation Ventures: 5 Destinations to Visit this Holiday Season

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For this edition of Vacation Ventures, we’ll take you to spectacular sights that will allow you to enjoy your Holidays like never before. Don’t you want to build a snowman at a wintry country? Or sunbathe to your heart’s content at a first-class white-sand beach resort? Quit daydreaming about your ideal vacation and start living it!

Book reservations in a fine hotel and sweet dreams will surely follow once you lay down on one of their luxury hotel mattresses. Don’t indulge too much on your relaxation though. Get out there and go sightseeing! The world has so many wonders to marvel at! Don’t know where to start? Here are five vacation spots that will guarantee you an unforgettable holiday.

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Are you constantly bored at home? Then where else to go other than The Entertainment Capital on the World itself! Aside from hosting some of the world’s most luxurious hotels (the city has more AAA Diamond Hotels than anywhere else in the globe), Las Vegas also have lots of casinos, shopping malls, fine dining restaurants, and everything else the nightlife has to offer. On top of all this, the city also showcases some of the most awesome Christmas decorations you’ll ever set your eyes on! Seriously, it’s like you’ve visited a veritable Christmas Dreamland!

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Quebec, Canada

As one of the oldest and most European-like cities in North America, Quebec is among the best destinations you can visit this Yuletide Season. During the holidays, the city is filled with sparkling and stunning Christmas lights and decorations. Combine these with the soft snow slowly descending and you get a hypnotically beautiful haven you won’t ever want to leave. It’s even romantic to some degree! As take a stroll with your loved one along Old Quebec’s streets, surrounded by breathtaking architecture that’s brimming with warm lights, you’ll be reminded of the day you fell in love.

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Tokyo, Japan

Despite not being a Christian country, Japan sure does know how to welcome the spirit of Christmas. In Tokyo alone, there are hundreds of shopping malls that try to outshine each other in an unofficial Christmas decoration and lights contest. Christmas trees loom over parks and open spaces throughout the city, garnished with colorful ornaments and twinkling bulbs that can awe anyone.

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Coron, Philippines

In case you’re tired of snow and dying to go someplace warm for a change, then this little spot of land in the Philippines is your best bet. Coron is a tropical paradise, a collection of lush green islands and islets surrounded by clear blue waters and white sand beaches. Remnants of Imperial Japan’s Navy left after World War II can still be found in certain areas, adding further mystique to the town. Aside from swimming, sightseeing, cave-exploring, and sun-bathing, you can also go snorkeling, marveling at the diverse marine life you’ll see underneath.

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Phuket, Thailand

Phuket is also a tropical paradise and is Thailand’s largest island (although it’s stall smaller than Singapore). Popular for its pristine white sand beaches, resorts are constantly being built to attract tourists, with Kata, Karon and Patong being the most popular. Additionally, Phuket also features a lot of monuments and important venues like the Thalang National Museum, Two Heroines Monument, and Old Phuket Town.

Got a dream destination that you think deserved a spot on this list? Then what are you waiting for? Make all the necessary arrangements and go on your way! After all, your Christmas holiday won’t last forever; better make every second of your vacation count!

Spending Christmas at a Hotel? Here’s How You Can Decorate Your Room

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Just because you’re going to spend a week or two at a hotel this Holiday Season doesn’t mean that you have no choice but to be isolated from the Christmas cheer. Sure, the best place to welcome Christmas is at home, but with a little décor and a pinch of creativity, you can bring some Yuletide joy into your hotel room. Here are a few simple tips that teach how you can do just that:

Get a Small, Artificial Christmas Tree!

Seriously, unless you’re planning to buy the darn hotel, the hassle of getting a large pine tree in your room just isn’t worth it. And that’s assuming that the management is crazy enough to let you have a real tree in your room. An acceptable alternative would be to simply get one of those small plastic trees that you can easily set up on the side table next to your hotel mattress. Some of these cute miniatures can even play a few Christmas tunes!

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Tis the Season for Artificial Candles!

Now you also shouldn’t bring real candles to your room, otherwise you’ll soon be under siege from hotel staffs and complaining guests who want your fire alarm turned off! Get those nifty electric candles instead. That way you won’t have to worry about any smoke that could trigger alarms and ruin garments and furniture. And in case you forgot, real candles are no match to their electric counterparts when it comes to durability, so it’s a no-brainer as to what type you should get.

Tape your Decorations!

It’s all right to hang various Christmas decorations to beautify your hotel room; just don’t use nails, staplers and anything that would damage the room’s walls and ceilings. It’s also unwise to hang stuff from the sprinkler outlets on the ceilings since it might disrupt its ability to detect smoke or anything pertaining to fire. Just tape the ornaments around the walls; when it’s time to check out, you can simply remove the ornaments. Just like that!

Bring Lots of Gifts!

Once you’re done decorating your hotel room, you can start preparing the gifts you’re going to give to your loved ones. Believe it or not, these parcels also make great Christmas decorations in hotel rooms, making it feel friendlier and warmer for your visitors. Pile it nicely beside your miniscule Christmas tree for a really homey effect.

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Have Snacks At Hand!

Of course, when entertaining guests in your hotel room, it’s also a great idea to have a few biscuits, candies, and other tasty treats at hand so they can better enjoy their visit. Place the sweets in bowls and put ‘em in key areas in the room so anyone can get a handful of Christmas treats. Don’t overdo it though to prevent giving anyone a sudden case of diabetes.

Now there are a few things you need to keep in mind whenever you’re decorating your hotel room. First is that the room isn’t yours, so better not make any damage. Otherwise it’ll cost you extra and you might not be allowed to stay there again. Secondly, be a responsible hotel guest and practice proper etiquette during your stay.

Last but not least is the reminder that it’s not a bad idea to ask help from the hotel management itself. After all, they might add in a few tips of their own that would make your hotel room more Christmas-friendly! Happy Holidays, everyone!

3 Reasons Why Shared Hospital Rooms should be Terminated

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Sharing a hospital room with one or more patients is usually an unpleasant experience. Sure, it can result to priceless moments such as meeting someone who can give you comfort and vice versa. And sometimes, it is an inevitable reality when natural calamities devastates entire towns, leaving hospitals desperately full and crowded.

But generally speaking, you wouldn’t want to get stuck in a room with an ill individual, especially if you’re already on the road to recovery. We here at URATEX believe that, on top of a superior hospital bed, patients should be treated with the best environment possible, which is something that shared hospital rooms just cannot give. Here are three reasons to support our case:

You Need the Best Environment for your Recovery

What if the patient lying five feet away from you is infected with a contagious disease? Hey, nobody’s saying that hospitals don’t take contagion issues lightly; they should have policies that segregate patients according to illness and condition. But still, you can’t be too careful, right? Besides, it still wouldn’t help putting two or more patients in a single room, even if they share a single health problem.

Let’s site people with tuberculosis as an example. Normally, it takes about six months of treatment and medicine to get rid of the virus. Patients are required to stay isolated from each other since the bacteria can be spread through coughing. Imagine a hospital room shared by two TB patients who was confined three months apart. The first patient could get infected again since the second one is still not done with his/her treatment. Yikes.

You Need Some Private Space

If you’re ill and bedridden in a hospital, you’d always want regular updates regarding your condition. Depending on your condition, the doctor might need to ask about certain details about your body or disease that you wouldn’t want strangers to know about. Due to fear of embarrassment, you choose to be selective with your answers, withholding important information that might be crucial for your treatment. This will not be a concern if you were confined to a private room and you can confide to your doctor anything you want without worrying about being overheard.

You Need the Best Sleep you can Get

Another reason why private hospital rooms are infinitely better is offers more space for uninterrupted rest. Sleeping is essential for your speedy recovery, and it’s hard to get a lot of it if the room is crowded by friends and family of fellow patients. Such unwanted noise can be in the form of moaning from pain, chitchat from family members, or loud snoring throughout the night. Whatever that noise may be, it’s sure to keep you from getting the amount of rest you need.

As we’ve mentioned earlier, patients should be placed in an environment that provides privacy and promotes maximum rest. So unless you’re lucky enough to be roomies Brad Pitt, it’s best to opt for the private rooms should you are required to take a trip to the hospital.