5 Tips to Clearing the Air of Your Home

Did you know that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than the air outdoors, primarily due to a lack of proper ventilation?

An increased presence of toxins happens because of different reasons:

 – Smoking or indoor fires, from stoves, fireplaces and other cooking activities.

 – Mold and asbestos, which can develop in areas like your carpets under damp, warm and dark conditions.

 – Higher levels of carbon monoxide and radon, which are both toxic gases

All of these can have severe adverse effects on your health, contributing to severe asthma, lung cancer, and other complications.

Regulating the quality of air inside your home is essential to leading a healthy lifestyle.

How do you do it?

Using air fresheners and other similar products to cover up damp or stale air only adds to the overall pollution inside the house, as they only mask the effects of pollutants instead of getting rid of them.

Instead, here is what you can do.

  1. Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Using low VOC paint on indoor walls and installing carbon monoxide detectors in every room is the first step towards ensuring better air quality. However, there are many other methods you can employ to cleanse the air in your house such as:

     2. Improve Indoor Ventilation

Open your windows! Install trickle vents or exhaust fans to regulate the air, especially in your kitchen and bathrooms to reduce the risk of mold and similar problems caused due to an increased moisture content in the air.

  1. Go in for Natural Purifiers

Beeswax candles and salt lamps are 100% naturally occurring substances, which act as natural air purifiers when burned as well as help elevate the atmosphere of the room.

  1. Purchase Air Purifiers

You can also buy an electronic purifier, for faster more effective air purification. These devices can filter out even the smallest of particles for fresh, helping you get clean breathing air inside your home. And they are cheap too, so you wouldn’t really feel any pinch on your pocket.

  1. Cleaning is Important

Your central heating system, ventilators, air conditioners and dehumidifiers collectively called the HVAC system require frequent cleanup and maintenance. Carpets, rugs, and furniture that catches a lot of dust also need to be dusted and often cleaned to avoid dust mites, especially if you have pets!

However, do look to reduce your dependence on cleaning products, as they contain strong chemicals such as bleach, hair sprays, deodorants, and nail polish indoors. Often, they include VOCs, chemicals known not just to affect your health but the environment as well.

Focusing on Your Daily Habits

Having plants inside the house can help by naturally decreasing the carbon dioxide content in the air as well as adding a natural, fresh and pleasant aroma to the room.

In a nutshell, some lifestyle changes can make a good difference.

 – Do not smoke indoors

 – Clean the carpets; they can be dirt magnets

 – Take off your shoes before entering the house and use a doormat

These simple tips can help reduce the amount of air pollutants and improve your health by fresh, clean breathing air.

Get the Help You Need for Water Damage

Photo by Jouni Rajala on Unsplash

Water damage can happen without any warning, and it is important to get assistance right away before the problem gets worse. There are many water damage remediation companies out there. You want to choose the right one for your unique situation. The safety of your home or business depends on fast action, so always turn to a professional and experienced company that can start working on your water damage problems right away.

Find Out What Type of Water You are Dealing with

Water issues can be classified into three different groups. It is important for professionals to figure out what type of water you have damaging your home so that it can be cleaned up safely and quickly.

Category One

A category one water problem usually deals with sanitary water. You can often get this from a leaky appliance or certain types of broken pipes. It can be dealt with easily, but needs to be removed and dried quickly to avoid mold growth.

Category Two

This water category may have household chemicals in it. It could come from your bathroom and have soaps, shampoos, or other products mixed into it. It could also come from a room like your kitchen where it may be contaminated with cleaners, fats, oils, or many other things. This type of water is often called gray water, and professionals will have the right tools and equipment needed to clean it up safely.

Category Three

If you have a water problem involving a category three water group, you will definitely need professional assistance. This type of water is also known as black water. It could contain bacteria, pathogens that could make you sick, and could be extremely dangerous. A category three water problem could be caused by a sewage issue or from a severe storm or flood in your area.

Fast Assistance

You can count on a professional water damage restoration team to come to your home or business and inspect your property thoroughly. It is imperative to find where the problem is starting from. A burst pipe can flood your home, or a leaky roof can cause all sorts of issues inside of your property. Overflowing toilets will need to be taken care of, and leaky pipes will need to be resolved. Once your problem has been found and fixed, the water removal process can begin. Then the drying process will come next. If anything can be salvaged from a flood or extremely wet conditions, it will be. If not, severally damaged items will need to be disposed of. A good restoration company will be able to help your home or business look as good as new after the emergency has occurred.

Your water damage restoration needs should always be taken seriously. Work with a company that will send out experienced professionals to take care of your restoration as fast as possible. The longer that your flooring and other belongings are covered in water, the more damage you may be dealing with. You can feel confident about hiring a reputable team to make sure that your home or business gets back to looking the way that it did before it was damaged by water.

How to Gain a Loyal Customer the Jackson’s Art Way

This post can also be entitled as “How not to go crazy with the Philippine Post Office”.

I am always on a hunt for online stores where I can buy my art supplies. I live in the province and my sources for art supply are in the bigger cities. I bought my watercolor materials from Fullybooked in Manila, Art Friend and Straits Art Co in Singapore. There is Art Nebula which I have already ordered items twice before and the transactions were seamless. But I am hoping for a wider range of products to try. Shout out to Art Bar! Please open your online shop already.

So imagine my excitement when I learned from an artist I follow on Instagram that the art supplies she ordered from Jackson’s Art in UK arrived at her doorstep in just a few days; I wanted to try it for myself. Jackson’s Art has a droolworthy selection of products for artists. I have a limited budget so I picked only what I immediately needed- brushes! I needed brushes for oil painting. I got an oil paint set as a gift from a friend. I also got two blank canvases as Christmas gift from another friend. Yes, I am lucky to have friends who understood my love for art.

So I immediately found myself browsing for brushes and learned that they offer free shipping for brush orders worth more than £20. I availed of the free shipping by ordering 5 brushes. The package was sent via regular post. It was estimated to arrive in 2 to 3 weeks. This was ordered on December 2, 2017. When I did not receive any notice 2 weeks after, I went to the post office on December 20, 2017. The person assigned there tried to check their records and found nothing. She told me to ask for the tracking number so she can look for it in their system. I told them I do not have a tracking number. I did not want to bother Jackson’s Art. I went home empty-handed and decided to go back a week after.

I went back on December 29, 2017. I still did not get my package. The person there told me to get the tracking number because it is easier to look for a package with a tracking number. I decided to email Jackson’s Art to ask for a tracking number. They replied immediately. I was told there was no tracking number because it was sent using regular mail. They were reassuring. They told me that the package may be delayed due to the holidays.

I was patient and I was persistent, too. So I went to the post office again on January 5, 2018. The person there again told me about getting a tracking number. I told her that it was sent through regular mail. She said that they have not gotten through their regular mails. I asked her that if it would be easier if I have a picture of what the package looks like. She said yes. So I emailed Jackson’s Art again about the possibility of showing me a photo what the package looks. They replied that all they can tell me is that it is in a regular padded mailing envelope and they did not have a photo since the package was processed in their warehouse. Carla of Jackson’s Art also told me to inform them if I still do not have the package by January 12.

At that moment, I was too disappointed with the Philippine post that I just decided to wait it out because that is what they are supposed to do. They are supposed to deliver the package (or at least a notice) to my doorstep and not me going to the post office. That is why there is an address written on the parcel! So I went digital, I know there is a Facebook page of the Philippine Post so I sent a message on the possible timeline for regular mail packages because the person in our post office seemed to treat them as last priority. So I got this reply.


It is already the 4th week of January and more than 35 working days since December 2, 2018. No package.

I have accepted the idea that I cannot trust the Philippines Post Office anymore. This is not the first time I have issues with them. The first time happened some years ago, I was expecting a dress from China. It was a blogger mail in exchange for a blog post. A month after it was sent, the sender emailed me if I received the package since it was already sent a month before so I went to the post office to check. I was just lucky that when I went there the package on the table in front of me was my package. It was already marked that they were unable to deliver it twice. It baffles me why they were not able to locate my house when utility companies and LBC are able deliver bills and packages successfully. The second incident was in the early 2015 when I joined a mailing exchange to practice calligraphy. I was supposed to receive 10 to 12 mails every month and I only received 3. So when I went for a vacation in Bacolod that year, I sent myself a post card through a post office there. I never received that post card. My friend, Gail, who sent herself a postcard, too, received hers in Davao City. My city’s post office needs to step up.

This was the postcard I should have received through mail.  This was my Instagram post  in 2015.

I was sad but Jackson’s Art is awesome. Since Carla said that I should email them if I have not received my package, I sent them an email on January 18, 2018.

And this is what I got in reply!

They refunded my payment! No questions asked. In my country, if you want a refund, you need certification that the mail did not arrive and a lot more paperwork. Jackson’s Art is awesome, people!

This prompted me to just reorder my brushes and order the watercolor papers I wanted to try. I picked DHL for mail this time. And I got the package today! Just 5 working days after I ordered them.

Happy mail!! Good job, DHL!

I got my brushes and watercolor pads!


This made me realize how we crave good customer service when it should not be something we beg from businesses. It is should be a standard. When their customers are treated well, businesses will surely get much better returns. I ordered more that what I planned to spend initially after I got the refund. Hurray for Jackson’s Art! You definitely gained one loyal customer.

Why You Should Consider Buying DJ Headphones Even If You Are Not a DJ

If you are a music lover but are not a DJ, you may wonder if getting a decent pair of mainstream headphones is even possible. DJ headphones provide greater sound quality and clarity and are more functional than a typical, standard pair of headphones that are worn by the masses. In this article, we will discuss why you should still consider investing in a good pair of DJ headphones even if you are not a DJ and do not plan on becoming one in the foreseeable future.

  1. Noise isolation. While mainstream headphones likely offer the noise cancellation feature, it is highly unlikely that the quality is as good as a decent pair of DJ headphones. The importance of noise isolation is to drown out all of the other sounds around you so that you can listen to the music in your ears. Noise isolation will omit any background interference and allow you to concentrate strictly on the notes that are playing in to your ears. If you do not have noise isolation, you will likely find yourself cranking up the volume to hear the music better, however all you are doing is damaging your inner ear.
  2. Accurate sound. It is imperative for a good DJ to use headphones that offer accurate sound and good bass. The reason that this feature is critical is because it allows them to mix songs with little room for error.
  3. Made with high quality materials. While mainstream headphones are made of decent materials, it is likely that DJ headphones are guaranteed to be durable and sturdy. DJ’s move around a great deal as they spin tracks for the crowd. Not to mention, DJ’s travel often and their headphones must be able to stand up to wear and tear that is caused by being transported frequently.
  4. Coiled or straight cord. Whether you get a pair of headphones with a straight or coiled cord is strictly of personal preference. DJ’s tend to prefer the coiled version as it allows more flexibility when moving around the stage or DJ booth.
  5. Swiveled ear pieces. The ability to listen to music with one ear pressed up against the headphones while the other ear is free to listen to the music that is currently playing is a great feature offered in DJ headphones. If you are not a DJ, you do not need this feature, however it could come in useful when you least expect it. The fact that you have the option to swivel your earpiece is a nice perk to have.
  6. Comfort. Last but certainly not least is the importance of comfort. DJ headphones are built to a different level of comfort standards than a typical pair of headphones. Because DJ’s wear their headphones for hours at a time, and typically around their neck, there is usually a great deal of cushion and added comfort when manufacturing DJ headphones. 

If these reasons do convince you that investing in a pair of DJ headphones is a great idea regardless of your DJ status, check out some additional very useful reviews that will likely answer any doubts you may have.

OPPO F1s: #FeedGoals

When I signed up for Instagram three years ago, I had no idea it would grow this big. I was not even into it because I was more inclined to use Facebook. Lately though, I have been very active with Instagram compared to Facebook mainly because the pretty images I get from the feeds can truly make my day a lot brighter.  It is my happy place and I hope it remains as such.

I never really put much thought in what I share on Instagram until I found several feeds that are truly #FeedGoals. Look at these!

#FeedGoals

Notice that the first feed by @boywithhaemoglobin is all about architectural details which we sometimes overlook. These are things he noticed in the surroundings that might have escaped the untrained eye.  The second one by @studiodiy are pops of colors which can easily cheer anyone with a gloomy day. Are you not inspired by such photos?  I know I am.

So I have been experimenting on what I can do to my feed. I am all about art, travel, food and life in between.  One would find this set of photos in my feed whenever I am working on my art.

Art-centric feed

And when I am traveling, this is how my feed looks.

Travel-centric feed

My #FeedGoals would be to combine all my interests into one cohesive feed and do them instinctively.  I love feeds that tell stories like what my cousin, @kristineghia, and friend, @sandierpastures, do to their feeds. @KristineGhia often shares her journey with her faith, health and family. There is consistency in the way her images are presented. My friend, @sandierpastures, shares her journey with her kids in and out of Dubai where she is based.

How do I achieve my #FeedGoals?

  1. Finding a theme. Since I am into art, travel , food and anything in between. I need to find a balance between such diverse interests.
  2. Being consistent with the filters. It may take time to find the right kind of feel to the image composition that I like but once I find it, I should stick with it.
  3. Sharing the experience. Write the caption to tell a story of each image. This will engage followers into meaningful conversations
  4. Experimenting. I should always be inspired with the things I see around me. As much as consistency is important, I must not be afraid to veer away from what I am used to and try new things.
  5. Having fun. I may have #feedgoals to achieve. I need not stress over it. I will just enjoy Instagram and, surely, the experience would be more enjoyable that way.
  6. Getting a better device. I am thinking about the features of OPPO F1S.  It is dubbed as a selfie expert.  Although I do not need to pepper my posts with my selfies, I am assured I’d get a good one when necessary.  The OPPO F1s  has filters that will help me attain consistency in my IG posts.  The 13MP rear camera and 16MP front camera  make sure that I get crisp photos that are IG-worthy. These are ust few of the exciting features packed in one compact device! OPPOF1s is the perfect partner to achieve my #feedgoals.

More information on the device can be found on their website: OPPO Philippines. Do not forget to like or follow them on their social media accounts:

Twitter: twitter.com/OPPOPhilippines
Instagram: www.instagram.com/oppophilippines
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/OPPOPH

Keep creating those lovely feeds!

Create. Post. Rinse. Repeat.

*This is a contest entry for Nuffnang Philippines.

 

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