Last Hurrah! Make Your Bachelor Party Unforgettable

Your upcoming celebration of holy matrimony with your soon-to-be bride will surely be a day to remember. With the help of various wedding planning packages, you’ll be able to pull off the most spectacular wedding ever known!

Fortunately, the destined date of the wedding still nears, giving you more time to keep planning ahead, check on some details, and of course, celebrate your last night as an engaged man. What better way to do that than a good, old-fashioned bachelor party?

As seen by many, a bachelor party gives the future groom a chance to shine. There’s nothing like the feeling of being with your bros and keeping the night alive.

While many groomsmen would plan on hiring strippers to put on a show for them, there are other ways that can help make your bachelor party just as memorable. If you’re wondering what exactly those ideas are, here are just some of them:

1.   Host a Gentlemen’s Night

As said many times before, the night is full of surprises. Especially on a night where you, as the incoming husband-to-be, are the man of the hour.

If you want to make your bachelor party all the more memorable, why not host a gentleman’s night? Think about it, just you and your friends gathered around, playing poker, smoking cigars, and drinking the finest alcohol there is. Nothing can get manlier than this.

2.   Go See a Rock Concert

There’s nothing like a night filled with good music and vibrations all around. And with the music scene of the Philippines being as vibrant as it’s ever been, there’s never a shortage of good bands for you to see, both in the mainstream and underground scenes.

If you’re feeling like belting out the words to your favorite rock anthem, why not go see a rock concert? Gather your friends, get in the car, and drive to where the music leads you. Once you get home, your throats may be a bit sore from all the screaming, but it’ll be worth the memories.

3.   Host a Game Night

While this may have been mentioned in countless other articles of this aspect, it still remains as one of the best ideas for full-blown bachelor parties everywhere. Also, it’s very easy to handle.

With 2017 offering up new games for the latest consoles existing, there’s bound to be a large amount of entertainment in store for you and your friends. With that said, gather the latest games you can find and have you and your friends play it all night long, with food and drinks by your side.

In fact, to make it more interesting, find something you all have never played before. That way, you and your friends can learn to master its mechanics together.

Key Takeaway

Your celebration with your friends will always be as memorable as it is. While your wedding date approaches, why not take the chance and go all out? No matter what you choose, the night is yours.

*This is a guest post and is for informational purposes only*

Healthy Recipes That Use Alcohol

There’s no denying that everyone loves to drink every once in a while. Whether it’s a simple get-together between a group of friends or a simple gathering of adults, alcohol is the guaranteed guest of honor and the various alcohol distributors are your best friends.

While alcohol is loved by many, it, like others, has its other effects that come along with it other than a temporary feeling of glee and courage that, although temporary, is also guaranteed to leave you hungover the next day. Alcohol can affect you in various ways if overly-consumed, ranging from slight effects like weight-gain to more severe ones like heart disease. What you’re about to behold sheds light on the former.

Keeping healthy is a staple in one’s day to day life. There are many ways to do so like going out for jog around your neighborhood to going on a strict diet with nothing but the healthiest of foods to sustain you. But does that mean you would have to sacrifice your happy hours to stay in shape? For some, yes it does but for many, it doesn’t have to be the case as alcohol, besides helping you unwind after particularly stressful days at work, can prove to be part of your healthy regimen as well.

Alcohol, while usually best drunk, is also a common ingredient when it comes to cooking or mixing other drinks. It’s a common sight to see chefs infuse alcohol, such as wine, into their many dishes such as using wine as an agent for cooking the perfect steak, or using beer as an ingredient for the batter to be used for many deep-fried delicacies. For the healthier alternative, here are other recipes that use alcohol as one of their ingredients:

1.   Pina Coladas

Alcohol Featured: Rum

This drink is suited for people with a taste for the tropical. If you wish to venture to the summertime bliss or sadness (pardon the reference), this drink is definitely for you.

To make this, all you’ll need is the following:

·       3 parts Pineapple Juice
·       1 part Coconut milk
·       1 part White rum

Once you have your ingredients with you, just pour it all in the blender and blend unti you get a smooth consistency. Then pour it in a glass and top it off with a garnish of your choice: a wedge of pineapple or the classic maraschino cherry. Enjoy!

2.   Alcohol-Infused Ice Cubes

Alcohol Featured: Prosecco (White Wine)

Staying hydrated is essential for one to stay healthy, but, what if your iced water has a bit of a kick in flavor? If you’re looking for a more refined and buzzing way to hydrate, this drink gives you just that.

Simply pour your prosecco, or any white wine you may have, into your ice tray and freeze overnight. Once ready, pour a glass of water and add your wine cubes.

To make it more interesting, slice several fruits like Oranges, Lemons, Strawberries, and/or Kiwis and add them to your drink to make a more flavorful version of your ice water with a kick.

3.   Fruit Salad

Alcohol Featured: Vodka

This is the dish for you if you want to put a more fun and thrilling twist on this classic dessert. All you’ll need for this dish are the following:

·       Fruits of your Choice (preferably Mangoes, Watermelons, Cantaloupes, Honeydews, Apples, Kiwis, and Strawberries)
·       Any vodka of your Choice

To make this dish, you’ll need to place all the fruit in separate containers and pour the vodka into those fruit-filled containers. Make sure all the fruit has been peeled and cubed for your convenience. Leave the fruit to soak in the vodka for about an hour or two.

Once you’re satisfied with the time the fruit spent soaking, strain the vodka out of the fruits and then arrange the fruits however you like in a bowl and serve! Also, don’t throw away the vodka you strained out of the fruits just yet as you can save it for later.

4.   Braised Chicken

Alcohol Featured: Beer

When it comes to the drink everyone loves when they get together, beer is the beloved beverage consumed by everyone. Like any other alcoholic beverage, beer can be used as an ingredient in your culinary adventures, particularly when you want to bring out the best in your protein-filled meat known as chicken.

For this dish, you’ll need the following:

·       12 oz. of Beer
·       Boneless Chicken Thighs
·       Salt
·       Pepper
·       Thyme
·       Onions
·       Parsley
·       Olive Oil
·       Bacon
·       Flour
·       Potatoes

Gather all your ingredients at your table. Heat a large pot over medium heat and add the bacon, then cook until browned for 4-5 minutes. While that happens, season your chicken thigh/s with salt and pepper and dredge with flour. Add the olive oil in the pan once you’ve taken out your bacon and then add the chicken, cook it for about 6-7 minutes until golden at the bottom, then sear the other side for one more minute.

Once the chicken is done, keep it in the pot as you’re going to add the beer, potatoes, thyme, and water to finish it. While that happens, make sure the chicken is fully submerged in the liquids. Then just let it simmer for a few more minutes and serve.

5.   Steaks

Alcohol Featured: Red Wine

Steaks are also a good source of protein and it can be prepared however you like, whether you’re a fan of medium to well-done. The dish is also best paired with wine but when it comes to merging the two into one dish, the result is a dish with an abundance of flavor.

For this, you’ll need the following:

·       300ml of Red Wine
·       25g of Butter
·       Sirloin Steaks
·       Salt and Pepper

Start off by seasoning the steaks with pepper. Heat the pan to high and add the butter and wait for it to melt. Once melted, add your steaks. After 3 minutes, turn over the steaks and cook for another 3 minutes for the other side.

Once the steaks are done, take it out and turn down the heat and add the red wine and other spices you wish to add such as thyme, shallots, mustard and such and just let it cook. Re-add the steaks into the pan, let it cook in the sauce, and serve.

These are just some of the dishes you can try with your favorite drink in your spare time. It just goes to show that alcohol may not just be your best friend in socializing, but in the kitchen as well without the unhealthiness of it.

Why Millennials Prefer Being their own Boss

The times have indeed changed. Technology has all but taken over the world and the characteristics of people have drastically changed through the course of time. Lifestyle choices now are also vastly different from before. That said, enter Generation Y, otherwise known by many as Millennials.

Millennials are often misunderstood by many, especially in terms of their lifestyle and career choices. From wanting to start up their own companies to choosing to work in virtual offices in areas like Manila, the corporate aspects of employment have been somewhat considered “obsolete” in the sense where most millennials simply don’t want to work in the traditional sense, but rather take on more innovative and ingenious approaches to work.

To better explain the concept, here are some reasons as to why millennials prefer being their own boss:

1.  They’re motivated by their own personal goals in Life

This one is sort of a broad statement. Essentially, millennials are so focused on their own aspirations in life that they are driven to do what it takes to reach it. When millennials are employed and they feel like resigning after a period of time because they might feel like it’s going nowhere, they just simply lost the drive to stay and want to venture to new heights. It’s a characteristic that’s often misunderstood, yet, applauded by many as millennials actually show the courage to redefine themselves not just as employees, but as human being as well.

2.  They would rather work at their own pace

No one likes it when they’re suddenly stacked with deadlines to meet. But by being their own boss in their respective fields, they have the ability to set their work at their own pace. No matter how long it could take, rest assured that millennial employees will still deliver their full potentials and make sure the output of their work is of the best quality.

3.  They thrive better in a carefree work environment

The feeling of being pressured to meet deadlines and other expectations is not something one likes to feel. When an office space promotes things like board games, snack bars, and something like an all-you-can-eat buffet, the atmosphere it emits  can motivate any millennial to work extra hard for the reward of just sitting back with their feet up.

If they’re being their own boss, the value they would want to instill into their employees is to “work hard, play hard”.

4.  They set their own rules and regulations to abide by

It’s not because they detest authority but, as mentioned before, they just choose to take on a new approach with how they work. When they become their own bosses at their own companies, they will now have the ability to set their own company rules, regulations and other policies for themselves and their employees to abide by. Also, they’re a bit more lenient on the rules they make but nonetheless strict on having them followed.

Times have changed for everyone but it doesn’t mean that tradition should be completely disregarded. With millennials preferring to work by themselves, for themselves, think of modern employment as “reinventing” the times. Besides, they are among the independent people you see nowadays, focusing on putting their plans to fruition and taking matters in their own hands all while expecting the many forms of authority.

If you think about it, corporations can learn a thing or two about millennials. They work at their fullest, while making work as fun as it can be.

What Type of Driver Are You?

In today’s digital age, more and more personality quizzes are incessantly being created. For this reason, these personality quizzes have become so popular – from Facebook, Twitter, and even on magazines – you can see these types of quizzes everywhere over the internet. Amongst these personality quizzes, one quiz stood out the most – which is the driver personality test.

It is no great secret that the number of car enthusiasts are ceaselessly increasing. More and more people are taking time to see and check different car brands such as Ford, Honda, and Toyota by visiting their websites. This is the very reason why the driver personality test has been the talk of the town now.

According to the number of personality tests about driver behavior, these are the types of driver that are present in the road today:

·         The Teacher
·         The Know-It-All
·         The Competitor
·         The Punisher
·         The Philosopher
·         The Avoider
·         The Escapee
·         The Peacemaker
·         The Safety Stickler
·         The Uneasy Rider

Now let’s discuss these personalities thoroughly.

The Teacher
The Teacher is thee one who makes sure that other drivers know what they have done wrong on the road. As a result, the teacher expects to gain recognition for his/her efforts in teaching fellow drivers.

The Know-It-All
This type of driver arrogantly thinks that he/she is surrounded by incompetent fools and noobs on the road. The Know-It-All type of drivers always contents themselves by means of shouting and cursing disdainfully at other drivers while being protected and secured inside of their own vehicles.

The Competitor
The Competitor drivers are the ones that feel the need of being ahead of everyone on the road. When this need is not fulfilled, he/she then feels annoyed.  As a result, the competitors will then have a tendency to accelerate and over speed when someone on the road tries to overtake or take a close gap to them.

The Punisher
The Punisher types are somewhat the road rage drivers of the highway. When other drivers misbehave or made a mistake while driving, the punishers then have that feeling of punishing them by getting out of their car and approaching or confronting the other driver/s directly.

The Philosopher
The Philosopher drivers are the opposite of the Punisher drivers. This type of drivers usually accepts misbehaviors and mistakes on the road easily and tries to explain these unfortunate circumstances rationally. Moreover, the Philosophers consistently manages their feelings in the comfort of their vehicle.

The Avoider
This type of driver surprisingly treats misbehaving drivers impersonally. In other words, they dismisses disobedient drivers as a hazard.

The Escapee
The Escapee type of drivers that distracts themselves by means of talking to the phone or listening to music while driving. They do this in order to sheath themselves on the things that is happening on the road. In addition, the escapee drivers use this as a strategy so that they will not get frustrated in the first place.

The Peacemaker
This type of road drivers refers to the laid-back motorists who literally avoids trouble and confrontation while on the road. The Peacemakers are usually not in favor of additional regulations and are really courteous to other road drivers.

The Safety Stickler
The Safety Stickler drivers are the type of persons that are strictly follows the traffic and road rules by heart. These are also the type of drivers that are in favor of stricter road and traffic rules for motorists and stiff penalties for law breakers.

The Uneasy Rider
The Uneasy Rider group are the type of drivers that are not in favor of tightening traffic laws. For this reason, they tend to drive too quickly even though they may get across to other road users.

Key Takeaway

Given all these type of personalities on the road, which one of these do you think you are?

DIY Tips To Prevent Termites

One of the most annoying infestations you can experience is that of termites. First, they cause damage to your house that will cost you a lot of money and time. Second, they work in high numbers which makes them hard to get rid of. Termite infestations will usually occur in areas where the soil is rich in moisture because termites, essentially, rely on the moisture of the soil to survive.

If you’re experiencing problems with termites, you can read on and be educated on the ways to control the termites that lurk inside and around your house!

Liquid Termiticide
Also known as barrier termite treatment, this process is done by pouring liquid termiticide into the crawl space where the termites use to enter a structure or house. The liquid should reach all the way to the soil where the ants get their daily dose of moisture, when it reaches the soil, the termiticide seals the soil and makes it inaccessible to the termites which will eventually kill them off.

By choosing this method, it will garner faster results but if certain criteria are achieved, the difficulty will increase. If you have an existing termite infestation, and you see where they enter and exit your house or structure, you just have to pour the termiticide inside the crawl space and you’re all set! But, if you can’t detect the crawl space, drilling will be required - which will be exponentially harder if you drill through concrete and other hard materials.

Another thing to take note of is: non repellent termiticides are actually more effective than the repellent termiticides! This is because when you use repellent termiticides, they seal off the soil, but the termites smell the seal as a repellent and they can maneuver to avoid the sealed part and can find soil that was not sealed. But, when you use the non-repellent termiticide, when it seals off the soil, the termites can’t detect the sealed part, hence, they can’t maneuver and look for other soil that were not sealed.

Termite Bait

Using bait to stop your termite infestation will be an effective way but it will take up a longer amount of time. Instead of using chemicals on the soil, you can scatter termite bait around the structure or house will attract the termites inside, and they’ll come outside to eat the bait, and when they eat it, they will eventually die. You can also use the termite bait to know the areas where the termites are located in. When one of the baits are eaten but the others aren’t then that means that the termites are located around the area where the bait was eaten.

Termite baits work the best when you live in areas where the conditions are against the use of termiticides, such as areas around bodies of water. Or if you want to avoid using insecticides around your house then you can opt to use the termite baits to approach the termite infestation in an organic way.

Termite infestations will always be an irritating occurrence, all you need to know is that they are certainly treatable, and you can even eliminate their nests. You need to do the appropriate research to do your termite pest control because if you do it wrong, you’ll be damaging the soil around your house - or even the house itself.

*This is a gust post by Justin Estor and is for informational purposes only.*

Self Med-Kit: 4 Drugs You Can Buy To Fight The Summer Flu

With summer peeking around the corner, the potential dangers that the heat will bring will cause a myriad of diseases or sicknesses that can harm you! Which is why it’s good to stock up on the medication for the common sicknesses during summer! Also visiting the nearest drugstore around you will never be a hassle because it has never been a sin to buy something that can alleviate any problem that your body experiences!

So, to help you gain knowledge that pertains to the medicines that you need to stock up on, here’s a list!

#1. Decongestant

Decongestants can be pretty helpful to alleviate the congestion in your nasal or sinus area. Unlike other medications that cause drowsiness, decongestants have the inverse effect to the human body that make people who had ingested the medicine to be hyperactive, and it can also keep you awake for a period of time! So, when taking decongestants to help with the problem with you sinus/nasal area, make sure that you’re taking it at a time where you don’t need to rest or sleep because it will only keep you awake and hyper, and can actually keep you away from that rest that you so desperately need.

#2. Antihistamine

On the other hand, if you have a runny nose, or a serious case of post-nasal dripping, you can take antihistamines to help you stop that annoying occurrence of having snot dripping down your nose. Also, if you have itchy and watery eyes, antihistamines could also help you. Remember: when taking antihistamines, make sure that you have time to rest after the ingestion because this medicine will make you drowsy! So, after taking the medicine, get that well-needed rest to help speed up your recovery period.

Also, along with the decongestant, both these medicines have the capability to mix poorly with other medicines, such as those that you take to help with heart problems. Another thing to take note of is, decongestants and antihistamines are detrimental to people who have high blood pressure, because they can potentially increase the pressure and will entail having dangerous health problems.

#3. Ibuprofen

To alleviate the pain from having the flu, you can take ibuprofen to help you! It is mainly used to help lessen physical pain that you may experience, and it can also help you reduce the fever that you’re experiencing. It effectively works because it stops your body’s ability to produce substances that cause inflammation or swelling, which will directly alleviate the pain you experience because the whole inflammatory process is halted!

But, you should remember that a fever is our body’s reaction to foreign bacteria or viruses that illegally entered our bodies! That’s why most doctors would recommend that when you have a fever, it’s better to let it be rather than taking medications to immediately make the fever disappear. Why? Because the fever is actually “burning” or “attacking” the foreign body that entered! Basically, fevers can be a good thing because it automatically energizes your immune system, and it help with the process of fighting bacterias and viruses.

The heat that summer brings will always be a potential danger to any person’s health. The main thing to focus on about is to know which medications to take when you get sick. Or, better yet, avoid getting sick by regularly taking you daily dose of vitamin C and other essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals!

*This is a guest post by Justin Estor and is for informational purposes only*

How To Make The Most Out of a Vacation

For most of us, vacations are times where we treat ourselves to services or places that we would have otherwise not experienced during the working season.  Each person has preferences that they want to fulfill during their vacation; some want to go to the beach, some stay at home and relax, some want spa treatments, and some just want to go out with long-time friends. But, there are times when people often think about their vacations a little too much and they tend to focus on the details of their vacations instead of simply enjoying their free time. This is a common occurrence to those who rarely spend theirs times on vacation, but it can still happen to ordinary people that go on vacations. Simply put, vacations should be enjoyed but some forget the essence of it, and instead shift their focus to unnecessary details.

If you’re on of those people, then here’s something that can help you make the most of your vacation and enjoy it in it’s totality.

#1. Take it Slow

Yes, we know that you’re excited, but you don’t have to plan out everything that will happen in your vacation. You can potentially ruin your vacation by preparing an itinerary that contains too many activities, conversely, preparing an itinerary that contains too little activities will also ruin your vacation. The key here is balance, consider the length of your vacation, and make your itinerary in accordance to the length. Making an itinerary that has many activities for a two-night stay will only ruin your vacation.

If you didn’t know, “slow-travel” is a thing; when travelling, take your time in each destination. This will sure give you fewer places to travel in, but with the time you spend in each place, you’ll have a more intimate travel experience.

#2. Avoiding the Feeling of Work

Most of the time, working-class people are the ones that desperately need a vacation, but what often happens is that before they go to their vacation, most of them would work overtime to not leave anything unfinished while they go on vacation. But, what mostly happens is that because of their overtime in work, instead of being energized because of the vacation, they become tired and have no urge to explore the place that they’re travelling to. Another occurrence is that when on vacation, people already wrack their minds on what will happen when they return to work - or worse, people from work contact them regarding a work problem. Don’t fret because if this happens to you, there are some ways that you can do to avoid experiencing these things.

Before your vacation - at least a week before - spend extra time at work finishing the things that need to be done instead of doing it a day before your work. In this way, you can remain energized during your vacation. For those people that experience the second occurrence, you can avoid this by informing your colleagues about your vacation leave a few days or weeks before it actually happens. By doing this, you can indirectly influence them that whatever they need to tell you, they should do it before or after your trip. And, practicing mindfulness while at your trip will keep you away from the thoughts of work while you’re in your vacation.

Enjoying a vacation is hard for anyone, but with the things that was stated above, you can enjoy it to the fullest of your heart!

*This is a guest post by Justin Estor and is for informational purposes only.*