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11.11.2019

Be Physically Fit | Add Tasty Keto Bars to Your Diet.

There are many types of health and each one is interconnected with the others. Good condition of one type of health promotes the condition of other types of health. On the other hand, a poor condition of one adversely affects the others.

In achieving a healthy body, the focus shouldn’t be solely on one or two types of health. All types of health should be given the utmost importance. Focusing on one and neglecting the others can be detrimental to the body. Being healthy overall should be the goal and it is only attained by taking into account all types of health.

The most commonly talked about types of being healthy are mental and physical fitness. Perhaps physical fitness is the more popular of the two but people have started to become more heedful of mental health in recent years. This is probably brought about by the rising instances of suicide in the world. There is also emotional, spiritual, and social health; such types are as important as the first two mentioned.
Donghae of Super Junior at a hotel gym.
Because mental and physical are the most discussed types of fitness, they are only the ones that people tend to consider. Consequently, emotional, spiritual, and social health is overlooked. People don’t know that taking those types of health for granted can also have an impact on their physical and mental condition.

While there are many types of health, all are equally important; this article will simply and solely focus on the physical aspect. Having a fine condition physically is very important. Being in a good physical condition allows you to carry out tasks and do whatever it is that you wish to do. But achieving an optimum physical condition is not a walk in the park as it does not only mean having no illness.

Apart from the absence of diseases, there are a lot of factors to consider before you can declare that someone is physically healthy. It is achieved through discipline, dedication, and hard work. It also requires a commitment to live a lifestyle conducive to the promotion of your well-being.
Choi Siwon.
Fit and Healthy
Being physically fit demands a lot from you. Physical fitness entails eating a balanced diet, getting the right nutrition, maintaining proper weight, doing regular exercises, being physically active, consuming a sufficient amount of fluids, and having an adequate amount of rest. Considering how hectic the lifestyles of most people are, it would seem that achieving all those is practically impossible. But with the right mind-set, your fitness goals can be realized. Visit the following link to get tips on how to be physically fit: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/HealthyLiving/physical-activity-setting-yourself-goals.

People nowadays have become more mindful of their weight. They have become more conscious of their figures. It’s not a bad thing though. It’s actually good news that people have become more concerned about their bodies.

More people are getting into physical fitness. This can be manifested by the increase in popularity of gyms all over the world. Making time to go to the gym is not difficult. What’s really difficult is having enough discipline to maintain a diet. Saying no to your favorite food is extremely hard.
Yunho, Donghae, and Siwon at the gym.
Ketogenic Diet
Through the years, people have gotten into many kinds of diet. One of the most popular kinds of diet at present is the Ketogenic diet or the Keto diet. The Keto diet has become so popular for people wanting to lose weight. This kind of diet is a low-carbohydrate and high-fat diet.

It aims to reduce carb consumption and increase fat. The decrease in carb intake puts the body into ketosis. During this metabolic state, the body is more efficient in transforming fats into energy. It also helps decrease blood sugar and insulin levels.
Keto bars.
Subscribing to the Keto diet means lower consumption of sweets. While bacon and steak aren’t bad at all, it cannot be denied that you’re missing sugary, carbohydrate filled treats. Good thing for you, great tasting Keto bars have been made to help people satisfy their sweet cravings while still maintaining their diet. This way, you’re indulging yourself without diverging from the Keto lifestyle.

Being physically fit is very essential in living life to its fullest potential. Dedication to a more active lifestyle and discipline in one’s diet is of great importance in achieving physical fitness. Taking care of your health physically is just one step in achieving good overall fitness.


11.03.2019

Van Gogh Alive - The Experience.

Back in 2016, on our second winter in Korea, Yue and I had the chance to visit the Van Gogh Cafe at Lotte World Mall in Seoul. It's the world's first official cafe affiliated with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and the closest we've ever been to Van Gogh's works. The cafe showcases replica of Van Gogh's masterpieces, around 700 of them, as well as various relics such as Van Gogh's tobacco pipe and letters to his brother, Theo. Yue developed an interest for Vincent van Gogh and his artwork during our brief stay at the cafe, especially with Van Gogh's self-portraits.

Fast forward to October 2019, when news broke out that Van Gogh Alive is coming to Manila. As soon as we heard the news and saw teaser videos of Van Gogh Alive, we made plans to see the show during the semestral break. I booked tickets as soon as they were available online, and luckily, I was able to secure slots on October 29 for my mom squad and I, and our kids.
We went to see Van Gogh Alive!
Squad goals! :)
Van Gogh Alive is a one-of-a-kind exhibition. It's a multi-sensory experience which gives viewers the unique opportunity to experience Van Gogh's artistry through sight and sound.
He was literally the first in line and the first to enter the 12:30 pm exhibition that day. 
Selfie while waiting for the door to open. :)
More of Van Gogh's masterpieces after the jump!

11.02.2019

Flooring Trends for 2020.

As 2019 draws to a close, we look ahead to see what flooring trends are looking big for 2020 - that’s if you want your house to look as fashionable as possible. But it does all depend on the existing décor of your home, whether you’re into a rustic farmhouse look or something a little more modern is to your taste. Here’s a few that we’ve noticed:
Photo credit: Price Your Job UK
Going Green As you can expect, with people becoming more and more conscious of their carbon footprint, their choice of flooring is no exception. With a huge focus on global warming, people are keen to do their bit to help.

Natural, recycled materials have proved popular in 2019. Products like real wood are preferred as opposed to man-made products. Although you may think that real wood flooring would result in deforestation, the trees are nearly always replanted.
Mosaic tiles for your bathroom.
Mosaics
If you’re fashion conscious, then you really need to get on board with this trend. Patterned tiles in your bathroom are a must have right now, coming in many different shapes such as herringbone, small squares and subway tiles.

However, you don’t need to invest in tiles to achieve this look. We sell vinyl’s and laminate’s that mimic the real tile look perfectly, which of course come along with all their own benefits such as a money saving and easy maintenance.
Rustic look for your kitchen.
Rustic
More and more people are enjoying a rustic interior, and we can see why. It gives your home extra character and a touch of the past, without looking too outdated. You can enjoy a fresh modern property while keeping some of its classic features alive. Even city flats are opting for the rustic farmhouse interior - perhaps we all want to feel close to the country deep down?

This trend is the most prevalent in the kitchen, where people usually spend most of their time. We have a number of rustic style floorings available, from real wood walnut flooring to laminate that mimics wood impeccably.
Luxury vinyl tiles.
Wood looking vinyl 
It’s no lie that real wood flooring is very desirable, no matter what taste you have. They look attractive, all natural and never go out of fashion; but they are pricey. Nevertheless, there are ways of achieving this stylish look without having to dive too deep into your pocket.

Wood mimic vinyl flooring is all the rage right now, especially in bathrooms due to its practicality and water-resistant features. If your bathroom furniture is white, then we’d recommend grey. It complements the white, but also giving the room a bit of colour variety. You get the benefits of the lighter colour, allowing your room to appear more spacious and airier, but doesn’t show the dirt as much as a white or cream floor might. Plus, it’s so easy to maintain, not to mention you’re bang on trend. Why wouldn’t you?
Seo Kang Joon in Are You Human (2018).
Of course, you can’t be changing your floor every time the trends change, that’s why it’s good to go for something that will always stay in style. But 2020 may be the year you give your house a whole new look. Treat yourself and say goodbye to that outdated carpet in your bedroom and go for something a little more modern. It is the start of a new century after all!


11.01.2019

An In-Car Safety Guide for New Parents.

Using a car seat or child safety seat is one of the best ways to protect your kids when traveling in the car, and they are a legal requirement in all states. Car accidents are amongst the leading causes of serious injury and death for young children, so keeping your child safe when you’re driving depends on choosing the right seat and using it correctly. If you’re a new parent, keeping your baby safe in the car is going to be a top priority. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
Kim Ji Seok in When the Camellia Blooms, 2019.
#1. Choosing the right car seat
You should always choose a car seat that meets or exceeds Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213; you can find this information on the car seat box or label. It’s a good idea to purchase the seat well before your child’s first ride so that you can learn how to install it and use the harness correctly. If you are struggling, ask for help – some sales assistants may be trained to do this, or you can find plenty of reputable online tutorials. You can also visit a child car seat inspection station, which are set up across the country by the federal government, where they can provide advice or double-check that the seat has been installed correctly. Check out AskTheLawyer to find out more about specific car seat rules and regulations in your state.
Jang Nara in Fated to Love You, 2014.
#2. Using a second-hand car seat
Using a second-hand car seat can seem like a good way to save some money on the mounting expenses that come with welcoming a new child into the world, but it can also carry a massive risk. Only use a second-hand car seat that you can be sure has not been involved in an accident – if it has it may be damaged in ways that are not visible to the naked eye. You should also fully inspect the seat or have a professional look over it for you; don’t use a car seat that has any parts missing or if it is lacking a model number and manufacture date. Car seats will also have recommended ‘expiration dates’, so it’s worth checking for this too.
Lee twins in The Return of Superman, 2013.
#3. What type of car seat?
For new parents, there are generally two different types of car seat to choose from. The popular choice is an infant car seat, which fit newborns and smaller infants up to around 35 pounds. You will need to replace your car seat when your infant outgrows it. These car seats are designed to be rear-facing as a small child is likely to be much more protected in this position in the event of a crash, as the back of the seat will cradle the child’s head, neck, and torso. Small children can usually stay rear-facing until around age 3-4. Some infant seats are also designed to double as carriers or rockers, so provide added convenience. Alternatively, you may wish to use a convertible seat, which can be used as an infant seat and converts to be placed in different positions as your child grows.

 No matter which car seat you choose to use for your child, ensuring that it is safe and in line with state and federal regulations is crucial.