Archives for March 2013

Are You Ready to Embrace Summer?

 

Summer is here and everyone is ready to experience the most fun summer! Summer is exciting but we need protection from the harmful UV rays especially our eyes. Sunglasses have conventionally been the ideal tool to prevent the fatal and life threatening UV radiation and annoying glare. This summer, there are fashion trends that you might want to watch out. Wraparound sunglasses are not only fashionable but they also give a better protection from UV rays. For the people who have vision problems, a pair of sunglasses is not enough. In this case, prescription sunglasses can provide an excellent defense against the sun.

 

Sunglasses can be expensive but they do not have to be. Where will you get sunglasses? Firmoo is  a great resource for sunglasses  because they are offering sunglasses with high quality but at a wholesale price. They have excellent designs  that are stylish and trendy that will make you stand out in public.

How about a rocker chic and bold sunglasses for summer?  These pair can easily match any type of outfit. Here are more of their stylish sunglasses:

All the photos above are from Firmoo+, the World’s NO.1 Eyewear Styling Community which focuses on the styling of eyewear and clothes, accessories, etc.  All fashionistas are welcomed to join in!

Firmoo is inviting bloggers to review their products for free, go to this link page to apply for Firmoo free eyewear free trial. Last year, I got my prescription sunglasses from them which I use outdoors to protect my eyes from the harsh sun rays. I cannot wear just any sunglasses. I need the ones with corrective lenses because I have astigmatism. All I did is to input my prescription into their system to get the right pair .

I know I do not look like those Firmoo models but can you see how I love my prescription sunglasses?

Favorite Forensic Shows on Today’s TV Lineup

Online criminal justice schools have an odd source to thank for a rise in popularity, television. Several forensic science shows have made what was once a relatively obscure occupation look cool and adventurous. Of course most of what you see depicted on the television is nothing like reality. Despite the extreme and unrealistic circumstances of what the shows depict as forensic science, there are elements of truth, which has helped younger generations see criminal justice in an entirely new light.

Here are some of the most popular forensic shows that have helped to increase the number of potential students who are looking into online criminal justice schools.

CSI
CSI, or Criminal Investigation Service, has been so popular that it has several related shows by similar names, such as CSI: Miami and NCSI. These shows are favorites because they draw you into the lives of a close-knit group of crime fighters. They are seen as humans with real lives who are just doing their jobs. While the shows are very engaging and entertaining, when it started in 2000 you would not have found very many forensic scientists who had lives even remotely similar to these stylish characters.

Law & Order
While the original Law & Order is no longer making new shows, the franchise is very much alive and thriving through shows like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The shows focus on the legal aspects of crime, relying heavily on what the scientists can determine from the scenes and patterns. There is very little cross over between the different forensic areas. You specialize in a field and you won’t be out pounding the streets looking for answer. Unfortunately, the lab is where you will get most of your work done. Much less glamorous, but far safer.

Criminal Minds
Criminal Minds takes a much closer look at criminal psychology and the forensic field that deals with thinking like a perpetrator. The show is thrilling and often leaves you feeling anxious for the characters. In reality, anyone is this field will be more like a typical psychologist, not an “out on the streets” crime fighter.

Sherlock
Even though it only produces three shows a year, Sherlock has brought modern forensic science into an entirely new light. From the first episode where Sherlock took two minutes to fully analyze a woman and determine nearly all of the important facts needed for the case, you feel absolutely captivated by this remarkably intelligent character. In reality, science takes more than just a quick mind; it takes analysis and testing, scientific requirements that take time and patience.

These shows have helped bring attention to a once obscure field. Thanks to the popularity, more students are considering getting a degree from online criminal justice schools. The shows are very entertaining, but in reality, what you can expect as a forensic scientist will be much tamer and you stand nearly no chance of encountering a life-threatening situation at work, and certainly not one every week.

5 Advantages in Paying Taxes

April 16 is the deadline for the filing of income taxes for private individuals.  As a saying goes, nothing is certain in this world except death and taxes. I know it is quite painful to part with your hard-earned money only to lose it to corruption. I am going to set aside personal rants on government services and focus more on my perceived benefits in paying taxes (after all this is my blog. hehe!). It is easier for me to understand why I should give it freely to the government when I know I will get something in return. (In some cases, I expect and demand something in return, all within  the bounds of law.)

1.  Accounting knowledge. Little knowledge, they say, is dangerous. I believe zero knowledge is fatal. Ha! I have a lovely mathematics degree tucked under my belt. Ask me about quadratic equations, limits and double integration, I will might be able to explain them (with the help of a textbook because calculus was 18 years ago. hehehe)  Ask me to input an amount on a columnar book and immediately emailed my cousin on how to do it. Ha!

2. Proof of income.  If you need a loan from banks and other financial institutions,  the income tax return is commonly required to show that you are earning something.  For those who apply for visas to travel, embassies require the income tax return to show that you are earning and you will return to the country because you have a lucrative job or business here.  While I do not think I will need a loan anytime soon, I have an itchy feet and I want to travel the world. I am not yet sure with the lucrative income  but I am single with no parents, no siblings and no child (how sad no? ), I can definitely fend for myself and travel a little. I am slowly trying to reach my dream of travel.

3. Budgeting tool. Paying taxes allows me to track how much I earn for the month. Sometimes, I wonder where my money went and realize I used a chunk of it on snacks. (Ha! I know I need to lose weight soon.)  By knowing how much I earn per month, I can anticipate future expenses and plan personal projects.

4. Complaints leverage. Because I pay taxes, I believe it gives me the right to complain about inefficient government services. It is quite tedious for freelancers like me because we pay taxes monthly and file returns quarterly and annually. I slowly become aware of the procedures and learn what works and what does not. Dealing with government bureaucracy is a test in patience. In the US, there are online tools that help taxpayers fill up forms like the tax preparation software here. Different income brackets have different tax rates and there is an income guide available online.

5. Peace of mind.  In the US,  a vice president resigned due to tax evasion chargers. A mafia leader was jailed due to tax evasion. In the Philippines, several prominent personalities are pursued by BIR for tax evasion.  When my aunt asked why I bother to pay taxes, I replied, “Ayokong guluhin nila ako pag Judy Ann Santos level na ako.” (I don’t want them to bother when I am as rich as Judy Ann Santos.) I know it is quite a long shot and quite improbable.  However, the law excuses no one.

Hyaluronic Acid Uses and Benefits

Hyaluronic acid belongs to glycosaminogly family. It can be readily found in the tissues of the body and performs vital roles in the distribution of nutrients around. Primarily, it goes to be the one distributing the nutrients in the areas that are not actually supplied with blood like the cartilaginous parts of the body.

This type of acid works in two vague fields – medicine and cosmetology. In medicine, it works greatly in the prevention and alleviation of arthritis and other joint problems. In cosmetology and dermatology, it works to reveal youthful skin by preventing wrinkles and fine lines from appearing.

It is apparent that as a person ages, some of the bodily functions are reduced. One of the most noted problems especially to aging people is the occurrence of joint problems. This happens as a result of the reduction of the supply of lubrication on the area of the joints leading to problems like bursitis and arthritis. As you might well know, these areas need enough lubrication as it works with friction to facilitate movement. Pain only happens when there is not enough lubricant to maintain its movement. Since hyaluronic acid helps lubricate the areas of the body that are not actually reached by blood supply, it acts to give out lubrication.

Hyaluronic acid fairly helps in the achievement of youthful skin too. It has been noted to fight the signs of aging that are exhibited on face. Problems such as wrinkles, acne and blemishes can be addressed by this kind of acid. In fact, there is an injectable type of HA called the Restylane working to correct skin problems. Injectable HA comes to be expensive though and you will have to spend an amount for maintenance.

For those who are on a tight belt when it comes to budget, there are cheaper choices available. Lotions and creams containing HA can be a substitute to expensive treatments. These are proven effective but you need to be patient and wait for the results to finally take place. Results do not just happen overnight so your patience is requested.

Before trying the use of products with hyaluronic acid, you need to be mindful that there are side effects linked with its use. Though these rarely occur, you have to be knowledgeable about the signs to save you from rattling when it comes. For those applying topical creams, rashes and bruising may come as a side effect. Sometimes, these rashes would also bring pain in the affected area. For those taking it to treat conditions like arthritis, side effects such as sneezing, dizziness and swelling of lips and face may exist. Generally, the effects are more on allergic reactions. To avoid possible problems, check out wikitalks, it may be helpful http://wikitalks.com/2013/02/how-to-choose-the-ideal-face-cream/

When taking hyaluronic acid, you should be mindful that there are drugs and products that should not be taken with it. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and Vitamin E are examples. While on the medication regime, make it a point not to use these drugs together to avoid unpleasant effects like bruising and the development of allergies too.

Hyaluronic acid may sound like not the usual supplement popularized in the market. However, it stands to correct a lot of medical conditions and even conditions related to aging. Surely, it comes with a lot of benefits. But before jumping in the conclusion of using HA, it is a must to check on your physician first. Surely, it serves to be beneficial but not all can enjoy the advantages it brings. There are people who are just allergic with it that it will bring harm rather than good. So to be able to fully enjoy its benefits, check its compatibility with your condition first.

Home Decor Inspirations for the Day

Early this year, I hoped that I will be able to learn and create more craft projects. A friend of mine is into quilting and I amazed what she was able to create. Another friend is into knitting and  as early as this month, she started knitting different items which she plans to give to family and friends on special occasions. It is quite precious to receive a gift from someone who took time to make the gift.  What amazed me more is that she is a busy scientist yet she takes time to do some crafts

I came across this cute idea.  Search ‘owl pillows’ on Google Images and you’ll get cute images on different pillows shaped into owls. I want to do this project this year. Here’s what the search results look like:

Aren’t they cute?

All the searching led me to look for other home decor ideas. The incessant rains last month made us discover areas on my roof that need repair. I got to thinking that if I will have the roof fixed, I also need to replace the ceiling because water seeped into the ceiling and warped the plywood. If I get the ceiling fixed, I also need to repaint it. Then, I had idea of repainting my entire bedroom.

I love blue for the wall color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However, I also love the burst of yellow in this design.

 

We used to have a reading nook in the house. Termites have infested anything that is wood which made my parents tear down that reading nook. For some reason, I want to have a reading nook again.

 

This is my reading area in my aunt’s house.


I have found a new nook in my own home.

 

I hope we have a large lawn to be able to accommodate this.

Source: thisoldhouse.com via kat on Pinterest

 

Those who are looking for new homes might want to look for hunting creek homes for sale in your area. You can start with a home with the most affordable designs and renovate it later. You can apply some customization that will hep make the journey to home-ownership be a more pleasant one.

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