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Monday, January 20, 2020

10 Traditional Philippines Dishes Every US Traveler Must Try



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The Philippines remains one of the main destinations in Asia with a record number of visitors every year. In 2018, the country broke earlier records with 7.1 million foreign tourists arriving despite the closure of Boracay Island a major tourist destination. Visitors from the United States numbered over one million with many backpackers getting by doing homework for money.

There are many reasons to visit the country from the award-winning beaches, water sports, mesmerizing landscapes, to the mountainous landscape. However, as you tour all these attractions, it is hard to miss the delicious traditional Philippine dishes that are part of the country’s rich heritage.

If you want to experience the real Filipino culture, you have to sample these traditional dishes. This guide explores some of the best traditional dishes every traveler should try.

Chicken/Pork Adobo

This has to be the most Filipino dish and for many good reasons. It is a dish every tour guide will exhort you to try because it is delicious and you might find yourself eating it throughout your stay. Adobo is simply chicken marinated in a mixture of soya sauce and vinegar.

As you move around the country, you might find variations of adobo such as adobo sa gata where coconut milk is added or addition of annatto oil.

Kare Kare: oxtail stew

Kare kare is a powerful dish of ex tail, beef tripes and traditional vegetables flavored with onion, garlic and ground roasted peanuts. Mostly served with shrimp paste (bagoon”), calamansi juice and you might find it spiced with chilli. The dish has less to do with curry despite the name but more to do with satay (a mixture of meat and peanut)

Lechon: Go the Whole Hog

This dish of roast suckling pig came from the Spanish conquerors and is big in the Philippines. A suckling pig roasted over charcoal for many hours makes up the lechon which has become the national dish.

If you visit the city of Cebu, this is the most important place to get the dish in its best from. Additions might include flavoring by use of stuffing like bay leaves, garlic, and lemongrass.

Sinigang: Sour Meat Stew

If you want to experience the cuisine of any new destination, start with the soups. In the Philippines, you have to sample traditional Sinigang a popular pork soup stew. Unlike kare kare, this is sour and savory in flavor.

You will get it as a stew or soup served with vegetables such as daikon (labanos), okra, onions, aubergine (eggplants) and water spinach, (kang kong).

Sisig: Nothing Goes To Waste

While many cultures look down upon less-than-premium cuts of livestock, Filipinos make the best of these economy parts. Sisig is a traditional dish containing parts of pork cheek, liver, pork face, and other less premium parts chopped and fried using onions and served on a hot plate.

This is a popular dish in the culinary capital of Pampanga and a popular accompaniment with beer. You have to try this the crunchy and chewy delicacy when in the country.

Buko Pie

There’s no way you’ll miss buko pies in the Philippines. It is such a popular part of the cuisine in the country and if you love experimenting with foods, you will taste it before you know its name. To make this pie, fresh coconut meat is mixed with condensed milk and thrown in the oven without any additives.

Buko is a coconut and you can thus enjoy it as a dessert, snack, or even enjoy the juice inside. Not only will buko juice cool you down it also a source of potassium, sodium, magnesium and iron. When baked into a pie, it smells like a freshly baked apple pie.

Bibingka

Image 1: Small bibingka cupcake

You might have eaten bibingka without knowing it on the streets of Manila or other cities. What you won’t forget is the delicious taste of the spongy cake. It is a cake baked with rice flour and coconut milk. Its spongy texture makes it irresistible.

Traditionally, it was a full-sized cake but you will now find bibingka cupcakes on the streets. You will easily notice these cakes by the banana leaf wrapped around the base which is also used to bake the cake.

Inasal: Rich Roast Chicken

In the local lingo, you will find roast chicken referred to as lechon manok. However, this doesn’t change the fact that it is a dish you’ll remember long after you go back home. Chicken inasal is one of the most popular dishes in Philippines and a staple food in the city of Bacolod.

This is chicken marinated in calamansi juice, lemongrass and ginger. As it roasts over the fire, it is basted with annatto oil. Best served with rice and soy sauce and its freshness makes it a delight every time you sample some.

Tapsilog: The Ultimate Filipino Breakfast

After a night out enjoying the wild Philippine night life, you need a powerful breakfast and nothing comes close to the Tapsilog best known as the King of the Filipino breakfast. The meal consists of tapa (cured beef), “sinangag (fried rice) and itlog (fried egg). If you need a dose of energy to see you through the day, this traditional breakfast is all you need.

The preparation of each ingredient is thorough with the meat being seasoned in mix of soy sauce, calamansi juice, brown sugar, minced garlic and black pepper. A lot of garlic goes into the rice’s frying.

Kinilaw: Raw Fish Salad

Kinilaw is simply raw fish magic as it entails an art in the cooking of fish. It is a simple traditional dish which can only entail a vinegar dressing over raw fish. Vinegar (liquid fire in the Philippines) cooks the meat enough for the stomach to digest it. In the country, alcoholic fermentation of coconut water gives the vinegar used in cooking hence the sour-sweet flavor in some foods such as kinilaw.

Final Thoughts

If you have plans to visit the Philippines any time soon, you’re in for a culinary treat of a lifetime. These traditional dishes are just the tip of the iceberg. The country boasts a rich culinary heritage with inspiration from Spain, China, India and the Malay kingdoms. This makes for a diverse blend of dishes that suit every palate. Whether you are a food lover or not, you’ll love the amazing traditional Filipino culinary delights.

PHLPost Unveils “Year of the Rat” Special Stamps to Celebrate Lunar Year



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The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) releases “Year of the Rat” special stamps to welcome the Lunar Year.

Occupying the first and prominent position in the Chinese Zodiac, people born under the year of the Rat are known to be flexible, smart and alert. The rat is also associated with fertility and financial abundance.

This 2020 is the year of the Metal Rat.

The Chinese Zodiac has twelve representative animals, namely: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

The “Year of the Rat” Stamp also comes with a souvenir sheet to highlight the special embellishment of “Gold Foil Stamping” to reflect the look and feel of the stamps.

PHLPost has printed 50,000 copies of the two (2) different colorful designs of the regular stamps which can be purchased at P12.00 and P45.00 per stamp.



In addition, PHLPost also printed 4,000 copies of the limited edition souvenir sheets to be sold at P200.00 each for stamp collectors.

The layout of the stamps was done by in-house graphic artist Rodine C. Teodoro.

Stamps, souvenir sheets and official first day covers of “New Year 2020: Year of the Rat” are available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, all Mega Manila Post Offices, Postal Area 2, San Fernando, La Union, Postal Area 4, San Pablo, Postal Area 5, Mandaue, Postal Area 6, Iloilo, Postal Area 7, Davao, and Postal Area 8, Cagayan De Oro. For inquiries, please call 8527-01-08 or 8527-01-32 or follow/like the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PilipinasPhilately/ for updates.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Newly Opened InterContinental Phuket Resort Heralds A Contemporary Era Of Thai Hospitality, Culture And Heritage



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IHG (InterContinental Hotel Group) celebrated the official opening of InterContinental® Phuket Resort with a weekend of spectacular festivities to celebrate the luxury brand debut on Phuket island.

InterContinental Phuket Resort is located on Kamala Beach, between Millionaire’s Mile and the Amanpuri headland, the most exclusive area on the stunning west coast of Phuket. Inspired by Phuket’s natural landscape, the beachfront resort features a collection of 221 elegant rooms and villas with panoramic view of the Andaman Sea and surrounded by pine forests.

The resort is a visual and architectural showcase of Thai heritage designed by award-winning Bangkok-based Habita Architects. Inspired by “Traibhumikatha”, the oldest Thai text which sets out an explanation of heaven, Habita Architects used the estate as a canvas to illustrate the recurring concept of “Heaven on Earth”. Through their paintings and sculptures, iconic Thai artists were commissioned to re-interpret the Traibhumikatha from personal perspectives. Mr. Komkrit Teptian, a local artist renowned for his Giant Twins sculpture that was prominently featured at Bangkok Biennale 2018, was commissioned to create a series of statuary arts that reflect Thai beliefs and culture about heaven and earth. Another highlight is a series of mural paintings depicting life in Old Phuket Town by Dr. Khan Payungphan, a local artist and a Fine Arts professor at Phuket Rajabhat University.

“As a tribute to our unique Thai identity, the resort crystallizes the essence of local culture and distinctive style of heartfelt service. InterContinental Phuket Resort a destination for memorable experiences. It is a social enclave for the island’s most vibrant entertainment, gourmet, wellness experiences with a relentless focus on environmental sustainability and local community,” said Bjorn Courage, general manager of InterContinental Phuket Resort.

Offering stunning sunset views, the expansive Club InterContinental® Lounge is a sanctuary for discerning guests. The signature lounge features unobtrusive butler service, a second-floor beach vista frontage, tasteful dining areas with al fresco settings as well as a large private sundeck and infinity pool. Other resort facilities include five swimming pools with breath-taking views, a well-equipped Fitness Centre, tennis court and Planet Trekkers Kids Club for multi-generational recreation.

Jaras, the signature modern Thai fine-dining, celebrates sustainably sourced products from the island’s fishermen and farmers. Pinto restaurant offers international gourmet cuisine in a family setting, taking inspiration from Old Phuket Town and quirky shophouse eateries. Pine is an upscale barefoot beach bar and lounge offering the best sunset view in Phuket. Here, Sawan Beans and Leaves Bar serves handpicked wild grown teas from Chiang Mai, single origin small batch roasted coffee from local farmers and the finest chocolate made from organic Thai cacao.

The resort’s masterpiece, Heavenly Pavilion Lounge is inspired by the mythical Himmapan Forest with its white and silver tones, Monta flower chandelier and sculpted creatures. Located within this surreal structure stands the Sati Spa and Wellness®, an InterContinental Phuket spa, which enhances the journey to mindfulness. Sati Spa offers exceptional signature treatments specially designed with the guests in mind. From treatments featuring customized flower scents based on guest’s day of birth to the world’s first unique application of Khit triangle pillow to enhance the comfort and benefits of Thai massage. The spa offers eight treatment rooms, a Duet Suite with Jacuzzi and full service nail salon. Sati Spa uses HARNN’s natural body care, skin care and home spa products from Thailand.

In celebration of its grand opening, InterContinental Phuket Resort has curated the ultimate Wellness Escape for those who wish to be amongst the first to experience the new luxury sanctuary. Enjoy exclusive offer of 20% off any of Sati Spa and Wellness® “Detox & Wellness Packages” for stays from 1 January – 31 March. The multi-day detox and wellness packages can be individually tailored to combine treatments with outdoor yoga, mindful practices, healthful dining, as well as multi-sensory fitness experiences designed to promote health and wellbeing long after you depart InterContinental Phuket Resort.


For more information, visit https://phuket.intercontinental.com/special-offers or email icphuket.info@ihg.com for reservations.

3 Cities Every Traveler Must Visit For An Authentic Pinoy Road Trip


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The Philippines is made up of over 7,600 islands, and nearly every one of them has a story to tell. For the road tripper however, Luzon is the best bet to experience a wealth of history, nature, and culture while keeping along a continuous, non-looping path. The best way to experience most of Luzon from Manila is to travel northward, and here are the most iconic locations to visit when going up that path.

Seaside Fun at Subic

Home to a US Naval Base until 1992, Subic is the definitive beach location in Luzon. You’ve got the iconic boardwalks of Subic bay with its inflatable obstacle islands; the playful dolphin teams of Ocean Adventure; and the wreck of the USS New York to dive into. If land-based fun is more your speed, you can also meet animals up close at Zoobic Safari, or stand in the middle of a whirlwind of feathers at Magaul Bird Park.

Subic also has a colorful nightlife; the Baguio Craft Brewery is a fantastic place for an evening out, and live music shows are abound both onshore and inland. It’s also a brilliant place to shop, at places like the Nike Factory Store, and the ever-famous Royal Duty Free.

Baguio’s Precipitous Heights

The “Summer Capital of the Philippines” is more than your average Filipino city that’s a few degrees cooler. The area around Baguio is a shining example of the mountainous Northern Luzon aesthetic. The city itself is one rife with history, evidenced by places of interest like the Emilio Aguinaldo museum and the Presidential Mansion.

Given its special location and historical significance, Baguio has a culture all of its own. However, the narrow winding streets and zigzag roads aren’t for the faint-hearted. It can be a bit difficult to negotiate its steep, winding roads, though, so taking a reliable vehicle with you is essential.

The Vintage Allure of Vigan

A city trapped in time, Vigan is a well-kept bubble of Spanish influence on the Philippines. The brick-paved streets bustling with horse-drawn cart traffic alone scream colonial times, and the perfectly preserved period architecture drive the point right home.

The cobblestone streets are lined with rows upon rows of shops that sell traditional crafts and restaurants and cafes featuring culturally iconic dishes. A monument of Filipino history, Vigan is simply a must-visit location for anyone exploring Luzon.

The Philippines has all the features of your average tropical country, but a closer look reveals that there’s a bit more to it than just that. The best way to take a closer look at this great archipelago nation is to take a trip along its roads and experience everything from street level, to more intimately get to know the rich culture and history that’s hiding underneath the surface.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

PJMA Proudly Presents Madworld 2020



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“It’s time to go where your buyers live: online” – Jamie Shanks

We have witnessed the constant evolution in the world of business. Now, we are back again to walk you through the secret to another trend exhibiting the diverse form of connecting to your audience.

The Philippine Junior Marketing Association, in partnership with one of the leading integrated communications agencies in the country, Havas Media Ortega, proudly presents you:

MADWORLD 2020 happening on the 24th of February, from 12 PM – 6 PM, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City!

Join the BREAKTHROUGH of the decade in this major landmark of digital evolution through this link https://tinyurl.com/madworld-2020!

For inquiries, please contact Eunice Valdez at (0945) 129 6028 or email her at pjma.elvaldez@gmail.com.



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Top 15 Workout Moves to Burn Fat



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Of all of the main concerns regarding body and fitness goals, burning fat is at the top of the list. Surely, building muscle is a top priority, but losing fat in places where it counts is the most desirable outcome. Do you want to minimize the size of your waistline? You must be ready to perform the best exercises for belly fat reduction to see results.

The Meaning behind the Workout Moves to Burn Fat

Are you looking for stationary exercise options to target your abdominal area? You can do crunches, side crunches or oblique pull-ups to focus on individual muscles of your stomach while staying in one place. Are you looking to jump around or get some distance? If so, you can add high energy burpees or increase your calorie burn with running.

It's for your good fortune that there’s no shortage of actions to take to reduce your belly fat. Whether you're looking to incorporate new movements to your workout routine or you're looking to make better use of break times within your day, you have many options available to you. Foremost, you'll create a healthy habit of performing workout moves to burn fat. You'll be using your time wisely if you stay consistent with your efforts.

How are these Workout Moves Burn Fat?

For each of these workout moves to burn fat on the list, we’ve shared an explanation about the proper technique to use. When you practice each exercise refer to the steps on how to do it. The steps aren't complicated and should be followed as one controlled fluid movement. There are also some general rules of thumb to follow when doing any of the best exercises for belly fat.

When you begin with a new abdominal exercise, start by doing 2 to 3 sets, with 10 reps per set. Once you're able to accomplish 3 sets of the exercise comfortably, then you can add more reps. You should also visualize the tightening of your stomach muscles as you do your reps. This will remind you to flex these muscles hard with every repetition and give you the most impact for your effort.

Reasons Why You Need to Do Workout Moves to Burn Fat

The goal is to reduce belly fat and have a slimmer, more defined stomach. To do this, it’s smart to combine some of the workout moves to burn fat. You should do both cardiovascular exercises and exercises that will focus directly on the stomach area. You can choose whether you'd like to switch up the exercises day to day, or you may do the same routine several times per week.


Where and When Should You Do Your Workout Moves to Burn Fat?

We understand that you may not have the capability of going to the gym every day. A great aspect of doing the workout moves to burn fat is that you can do them anywhere. You only need a little space to do most of these exercises, which makes it easier for you to do them whenever you want. You won’t need any equipment for most stomach exercises, and sometimes, you can even use a chair to assist you.

We also know time will be a factor for you. It’s helpful to note that it doesn’t take a lot of time out of your day to do the best exercise for belly fat reduction. You can get a bunch of sets and reps of abdominal exercises done in a short amount of time. Even if you only have a five or 10-minute break, you can use that time effectively.


What Else Can You Do for Best Results?

Performing these workout moves to burn fat is a top priority. Therefore, you must prioritize your lifestyle if you’d like to make fast progress. Just like living a sedentary lifestyle will bring you belly fat, overeating and consuming junk foods will produce the same result. As you add these exercises to your routine, you’ll also want to examine your diet. By eating more natural whole foods and controlling meal portions, a healthy diet is a perfect counterpart for exercising for belly fat.

There are other lifestyle factors that will hinder or help your goal. If you’re not getting adequate sleep, this will interfere with cortisol and other hormones that can contribute to increased belly fat. You’ll also want to reduce your stress and anxiety to help improve your results. Once again, you don’t want unstable body chemicals to interfere with your ability to reduce fat.


Get to Know the 15 Workout Moves to Burn Fat

Create your workout routine using some of the best workout moves to burn fat. We’ve reviewed all these moves that would contribute to your health goal of belly fat reduction. Studies show that these exercises make up a top 15 list for you to engage in. Use the tips about some pros and cons for you to decide which exercises you like to add to your workout routine.


Crunches

Start by lying down on your back completely flat, your knees bent 90 degrees, and your feet on the ground. Place your hands behind your head, touching your ears or keeping them crossed over the chest. After inhaling deeply while on the ground, exhale as you're lifting your torso into the crunching position. Inhale as you're lowering yourself back to the ground.


Bicycle Exercise

Lying on the floor with hands behind your head, lift both legs off the ground with a bend at the knees. Bring the left knee close to the chest, keeping the right leg out. Then quickly push the left leg out and bring the right leg close to the chest. In a controlled manner, you will alternate bringing each leg close to the chest, then back out, as if you are using a bicycle.


Side Crunches

Start by lying down on your back completely flat, your knees bent 90 degrees, and your feet on the ground. Side crunches are similar to a regular crunch, but the difference is your turning to either direction. Your hands must be placed behind your head, you lead with one side and bring that elbow up toward the knee on that same side. The side crunch movement allows more focus on the oblique, which are the side muscles of the abdomen.


Rolling Plank Exercise

The rolling side plank is a core stability exercise used to improve strength and endurance of your core while emphasizing the oblique. Put yourself into a front plank position, holding your weight on your elbows and forearms with your body in a straight line. After holding this position briefly, you will transition into a side plank, keeping your hip up and body forms a straight line. Go back to the front plank position, and then transition to the other side plank to complete the rep.


Double Knee Lift

The double knee lift will get your full abdominal area working. From a seated position, place your arms on the chair’s armrest for support, then lift your knees to your chest. Make sure that you don’t lean into your knees. Focus on letting your abdominal muscles do the work in bringing your knees up to your chest.


Oblique Pull Ups

Oblique pull-ups will use the same motion as the double knee lift. However, with this exercise, you’ll want to lean to one side and will target the oblique. It will feel like you'll make a slight twist to allow one side to come up higher than the other. Keep alternating the movement from side to side after you bring your legs down.


Burpees

Keep your weight on your heels and push your hips backward as your knees are bending as you lower yourself into a squat position. Then, your hands must be placed on the floor directly in front behind your feet, jumping your feet back to bring yourself for the push-up position. As you come up from your push-up, jump your feet back so that they land just outside of your hands. Spring your body up to jump explosively in the air while it reaches your both arms overhead.


Brisk Walking

Brisk walking remains a moderately low-impact intensified activity for the cardiovascular system that contributes to losing belly fat. To do this effectively, it’s recommended that you have a 30-minute brisk walk for four or five days a week. It will definitely burn from 120 to 170 calories. As you do it faster and more frequently, the burned calories will add up, making this one of the best exercises for belly fat.


Leg-raised Running

Like walking, running is another straightforward cardiovascular exercise that will contribute to losing belly fat. With running, you can add more variety to the workout by doing intervals to change your pace. If on a treadmill, you can also adjust the incline, which will allow you to burn more calories.


Squats

Place your hands on your hips while standing with feet apart and directly under your hips. Keep your shoulders back, and your chest lifted as you pull in your abdominal muscles. Keeping your upper body as straight as possible, bend your knees as if you're lowering yourself into a chair. Without leaning your upper body forward, lower yourself as far as you can, then straighten your legs to come back up.


Plank

The plank is a great core workout that strengthens not only your abdominal muscles but also your lower back. To perform this exercise, get into a push-up position on the floor by supporting your body with your forearms instead of your hands. Your arms should be bent in a 90-degree angle and should be positioned right beneath your shoulders.

The goal of this exercise is to try to keep your body straight for as long as possible. If you feel like increasing the difficulty level, you could place some weights on your back or raise one of your arms or your legs. The plank is a very versatile core workout, and it can be performed almost anywhere.


Hanging Leg Raise

The hanging leg raise might look simple and easy, but when you do it with proper form, it gives you a really good burn. To perform the workout, hang down from a pull-up bar with your arms fully extended. With your knees slightly bent, slowly raise both of your legs up to your chest. Breathe out while you’re executing this movement.

Hold the position for a second and slowly return to the starting position. To increase the difficulty level, you could perform this exercise with your legs straight and fully extended. To make it even more challenging, you could strap on a pair of ankle weights and try performing this exercise.


Deadlift

The deadlift is a staple in bodybuilding and strength training. It is arguably one of the best workouts that you can ever perform due to the sheer number of muscles that it works out simultaneously. Although deadlifts are an effective total body workout, they’re very effective when it comes to developing the strength in your core and lower back.

To perform this exercise, stand in front of a loaded barbell with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width. Bend down from your hips and grab the bar with a pronated or a mixed grip. Make sure to keep your back straight throughout the entire movement. With your chest pushed forward, pull the bar up by driving through your heels and stand upright. Hold this position for a second and lower the bar onto the floor.


Standing Cable Wood Chop

This core workout puts a lot of emphasis on the oblique muscles and helps build strength and muscle. To perform this exercise, start by connecting a D handle to a high pulley. Grab the handle with both hands and step away from the pulley; this will pull the slack from the cable. Keep your arms outstretched and upward, and position your feet shoulder-width apart. Keep your back straight and your core tight. Now, pull the cable down and across your body to your knee while rotating your torso. Hold this position for a second and slowly return to the starting position.


Do More Workout Moves to Burn Fat

This is how you do it! This is how you keep your belly fat under control. If you're new to exercising your abdominal muscles, then start with your basic crunch exercise and go walking regularly. If you've been the for a while and you want to mix up your routine, try other variations of exercises. Burpees and rolling planks can make your workout more dynamic and fun. You'll be jumping around and engaging more of your body while always maintaining a tight core. Doing this consistently will allow you to lose the belly fat quickly!

You may also take your working out routine to the next level! Get your highschool skateboard and bring it with you when you plan on going on a jog at the park! Skateboarding is also a great way to burn fat.

Best Historic Places in the UK



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If you've ever been to England or thinking of visiting it in the undecided future, visiting the enormous number of historic places present in the UK would surely be in your to-do list. And why wouldn't it be? as England is a country that holds some of the most historic places on the planet. This is because England, as we know it today, has its own share of uprise and downfall of a lot of different cultural periods, each differing from the rest. From the prehistoric era to the Norman Invaders, England has had its share of various influences.

That being said, if you're ever in England and done with playing all the slot games in the popular UK casinos or their sister sites , you might as well visit some of the best historic places in England, which are described as follows:

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle is an old castle present in Kent, England, and is termed as the Loveliest Castle in the World. Leeds Castle was originally built in 1119, constructed first as nothing but a stronghold fortified by Robert de Crevecoeur, during the time of the Norman Invaders. At that time, it was meant to be the military post, however, in the 13th century, King Edward I laid his hands on this Castle, and admired it as one of his favorite residences. In the 16th century, Henry VIII used it as a mere dwelling for his first wife.

Since 1967, Leeds Castle has been open to the public, and hosts a beautiful aviary and a maze, with an interesting dog collar museum. Guided tours for students, kids, and the elderly are available too.

Stonehenge

Often called one of the many wonders of the world, Stonehenge is one of the best known prehistoric places in Europe to visit. Stonehenge is present in Willshire, England and consists of a ring of standing stones, each about 13 feet high and seven feet wide.

What began as a simple earthwork enclosure, Stonehenge was built in several stages, and it is proved to have been built by Celtic high priests who had unearthed primitive graves at the site. A must-visit historic place if you're ever in England.

Warwick Castle

Warwick castle, an originally built castle that was developed from a wooden fort, was built by William the Conqueror in 1068. Warwick Castle has served as one of the stronger strongholds in the War of Roses and during the English Civil War, playing a very vital role in British history.

Warwick Castle remained a prominent seat of the Earls of Warwick until 1978 when it was opened to the public for tourism, offering a sheer number of activities and things to do. Aside from children's activities and elderly pondering of the castle's dungeon, the Warwick Trebuchet and living quarters of the Countess of Warwick, a full visit can easily last up to 4 hours.

Beamish Museum

Beamish Museum is another lively and open-air historic place on our list of the best historic places to visit in England and is termed as a live museum as it engages tourists to visually feel and relive the history. Beamish Museum provides one of the best on-hands experience on the cultural development in Northern England during the industrial revolution, whilst also explaining how and what changed during each period of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian. The Beamish Museum offers a great tourism service, with the best food and the complexities of the British history, and a must-visit historic place.

Monday, January 13, 2020

ZEN Rooms Offers Discounted Accommodation to Those Affected by Taal Volcano’s Eruption



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ZEN Rooms is providing affordable accommodation to affected locals and travelers after Taal Volcano’s eruption by reducing the rates of its key properties across the country.

Over 3000 families in Batangas and nearby areas have already been evacuated following Taal Volcano's continuous ash explosions. Flight cancellations have also left passengers from local airports across the country stranded after the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) was shut down on Sunday afternoon due to safety concerns.

To everyone who needs temporary relocation assistance or has to extend their stay due to canceled flights, ZEN Rooms is giving a 30% discount that can be availed by applying Voucher Code ZENCARES at https://www.zenrooms.com/deals/zencares-taal to book for key properties nationwide. The rooms can be booked at rates as low as 299PHP for a private room. The discount is valid from January 13 to 16, 2020.

“We hope to help those who have been impacted by this natural calamity, by providing budget accommodation at rates below our cost line on all our key hotels across the Philippines. Our properties in affected areas are providing face masks to guests and assisting with relocations to safer areas in Metro Manila. We will continue to assess the situation in the Philippines and are prepared to offer additional assistance as appropriate.” said Amit Shukla, Regional Director of Marketing, ZEN Rooms.

The hotel chain is hoping to accommodate and provide a comfortable place to sleep for affected travelers and locals. ZEN’s 24/7 customer care is also on standby to assist with reservations if required.

Why Do Women Pay Barbers More for Short Haircut?



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It is a global fact that women pay more for haircuts than men do. Most barbers in Cardiff give women any haircut they want. After all, in this age we are in, there is quite a lot of gender equality. A good and reputable hair salon will train its barbers to give men and women all the trending haircuts they want.


Georgia Frost’s Unhappy Experience

Sadly, in some countries and some areas in the UK, the barbers turn away women who want a short cut. Why do they do that to women when it is not illegal to have short haircuts? The latest news update regarding this is that actor Georgia Frost two barbers somewhere in West London refused to give her a cut, and she felt humiliated. Here is what she reportedly said:

“I was working on a show at the Lyric Hammersmith and needed just the back and sides done, partly for the show. When I asked to have my hair cut, the barber just laughed in my face and said 'no' and made some remark about me being a woman."

She then tried another near-empty hair salon not too far from the first one, and they told her that they do not do women there. She said she pointed at a client sitting there and said she was asking for the same cut, but the person refused. It seems as if salons for men are a sanctuary, where they do not attend to women. This probably reflects what people think of women. She also said she felt as if there is some kind of gender discrimination, and the issue of unisex services at some salons. Moreover, hair salons have a different price for women and a different one for men. Prices for men are comparatively cheaper.




Men Have Less Complicated Hairstyles

According to the National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF), women usually have a more complicated haircut then men do, and this is why they have to pay more. Backing this statement, Hilary Hall (Chief Executive) said that men have shorted hair and this makes it easier and quicker to cut their hair. Women’s hair needs more time to finish, use more hair products, and hence cost more. She said cutting women’s hair is more technically challenging than cutting the hair on the sides and back of the head short.

However, there are hair salons that offer gender-neutral prices, like Bellisimos in Cardiff.

Features of Non-discriminating Barbers in Cardiff

Based in the heart of Cardiff, Bellisimos Hair salon attends to both men and women and never discriminates its clientele. Everyone is equally important.

The experienced barbers in Cardiff here familiarize themselves with all trending haircuts and especially those that celebrities flaunt. They understand how important it can be to have the cut and looks you want. In fact, this salon has become one of the most loved places not just by the natives but by visitors in the area as well.

Warm Welcome

Whenever you visit this salon, whether you booked an appointment or are a walk-in, you will receive the same warm welcome. No matter how many times you visit them, you know you are special each time you walk into the salon. Bellisimos offers you a range of beverages to make you feel welcome. You can get the finest bubbly champagne and the best coffee here. While you wait for your turn if you walked-in without a booking, you can also explore the nearby eateries and historic sites.

Gender-Neutral Pricing

The prices at gender-neutral hair salons my not be the same for every hairstyle because the truth is that women who have long and thick, voluminous hair would need a lot of professional handling. To get the best results with a haircut, if the woman has a lot of hair, the hairdresser will have to plan the style and then cut accordingly to avoid accidental haircuts. However, at gender-neutral pricing salons, you can be sure even if some haircuts cost more than similar ones in men; they are going to be pocket-friendly.

Different Services for Men and Women

Naturally, men have a beard and a different way they carry their hair. Women do not have a beard but require other facial and skin services. Not all men are skin conscious and not all men want to opt for facial and other services. Nonetheless, good salons will offer services for both men and women. Whether you are a man or a woman, gender-neutral salons will offer equal hospitality. You can avail the option to book your appointment online before coming. In fact, you can go through the services available.

Use Branded Products for Both Genders

A great hair salon would use only the best hair care products for men and women. Moreover, they will not hide what brands they use because a good salon will want your trust. Usually, some brands are strictly for women, and when hairstylists use them, the price of such hair treatments would become higher. Likewise, some brands are just for men and they would cost a bit more for men too.

Some of the branded products you may see at reputable salons would include Schwarzkopf, Keune, Redken, and Kerastase, Aveda, and vegan hair products. There may be others as well, but they would vary with the customer's preference.

Offer Value for Money

The best barbers in Cardiff would offer you value for money. When you pay for hair salon services, you need to feel pampered and special. Only reputable hair salons would have trained staffs who are good hosts. When they attend to you, they would be friendly and warm and may ask you some questions to understand you better. This helps experienced barbers understand what hairstyles would suit your personality and job description. If you need an expert opinion, they would be willing to provide it. Otherwise, if you know what you want, they will give you the exact haircut you tell them.

When you visit Cardiff, make sure you head to the hair salon with all these special features.

How the Consumption of Sea Food is Good for Health



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Eating healthy is a real desire of all people. When people try to eat healthy foods, when they eat raw foods and some kind of bites, salads are kept in the fridge in most families. Choose a common item that will be found in your diet. Eating seafood is very important for health, it is considered to be a low fat diet that is made by nature in the form of fish, crabs, crabs and other deep sea creatures. When it comes to seafood in our mind, fish is a healthy food. Fish contains less sodium; it also contains omega 3 fatty acids in fish. Having a fish in your daily diet plan can help you recover from sclerosis, pulmonary disease and bronchial asthma. So as like that the red caviar Alaska one of the best sea food item you must have to complete your diet.

Fish eating

Eating fish is very beneficial for our health in preventing many diseases. Physicians recommend two portions of fish meal each week. Eating fish is good for both adults and growing children. Omega-3 fatty acids are found inside any minor fish stick, which is a good meal for many people, yet still boils. In particular, it is advised that everyone should consume regular omega-3 fatty acids at least 2-3 times a week. Based on their information, you can find important nutrients in the fish as well as other seafood. To keep your body and heart healthy, you should eat omega-3 fatty acids that can be found in seafood.

Omega fatty acids

The benefits of eating omega-3 fatty acids are regular heart rhythm and also help to protect against stroke. Once you incorporate seafood into your daily diet plan, you will be very grateful to your heart.Omega-3 fatty acids are not only the healthiest thing you can find in seafood, iron, zinc and iodine, it is also a strong and healthy thing in seafood. Use of iron is essential for enlargement of red blood cells. Iodine is really a big part of thyroid problems, and zinc is used to help heal wounds.

Link between seafood

There is an important link between seafood and our healthy body. Learning about seafood is the initial step in boosting your health. A proper and nutritious diet represents essential nutrients and all important minerals. People can take multi-vitamin pills for a healthy heart. But this is far less healthy than eating the right foods. People recommend seafood on your daily diet. Therefore, salt and food intake are low in seafood. It is important to use seafood at least twice a week in your daily diet and especially in your diet of fish products.

If you want to retain your health good and fit so then you have to avail sea food so portion of your diet must be on light food items. You also need to think about often consume food and drinks that suits your health. You should not try ordering to takeaway meal without the fries. You can chose bread based on the top ions like wraps, junk food and other unnecessary items.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Why is a Licensed and Professional Real Estate Broker Necessary?


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Brokers are negotiators in real estate transactions. They serve as a liaison to help smoothen and seal out a deal between parties.

And with the Real Estate Service Act (RESA) Law being passed in 2009, real estate brokers are now recognized as licensed professionals here in the country.

But why should clients hire a real estate broker if they want to get the best out of a realty deal?

First, the Code of Ethics bounds licensed brokers, so the clients can ensure that they will be in safe hands with a professional who can handle the transaction safely and securely.

And since clients will deal with a registered professional, they can also have an assurance that everything will go according to both parties’ best interests.

Brokers also help avoid the common challenges associated with real estate transactions, so that legal problems such as lawsuits can be kept on a minimal level.

In a nutshell, brokers are the professionals that clients can rely on to help in guiding them along in every step of the way with a real estate transaction.

Want to know more about the best real estate brokers in town? Check out this awesome infographic created and designed by Premium Properties PH.

Here are Some of the Best Gaming Phones That You Can Pick up Right Now


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If you want to buy a gaming phone that will serve you for years then you have come to the right place. Here you can find out everything you need to know about the phones that are currently on the market as well as giving yourself the chance to really make a good decision.

OnePlus 7 Pro

There really aren’t many phones out there that are truly focused. This one on the other hand is absolutely perfect for gaming and it’s got a very aggressive PC focus. It works by overclocking in the same way that a PC does, so when you are playing a game you won’t have to worry about your resources being sucked up by other things. Another feature that you should look into when you buy this phone is the fact that its speed is unlike anything else. This is easily one of the fastest phones on the market and it all comes down to the 90HZ refresh rate. The quad HD display has a resolution of over 3120 and this alone makes it well worth the money.


Apple iPhone 11 Pro

This phone has an amazing display and the battery life is fantastic. If you like to play games on NetBet or any other gaming site for that matter then this is certainly something that you will appreciate because you can game on the go without having to worry about charge. The biggest improvement here is actually the camera as well, so if you want a high-quality phone that won’t let you down then you will soon find that this is one of the best phones out there.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

This Galaxy phone is a major step up from the previous model in nearly every way. It comes with a Snapdragon processor and it’s even got some horsepower to spare too. The display is something to be marvelled at and when you load it up, you will soon find that you are able to take advantage of stunning visuals as well as seeing blacks that are quite unlike anything else. All of this comes down to the display, and the bigger screen means that you will have way more fun playing too.

Honor 20 Pro

This phone is a beast when it comes to gaming. It has a well and truly incredible Kirin chipset and it even comes with 8GB of RAM too. This means that it is able to chew through some of the most demanding of games. It’s even optimised for gaming on the go so if this is something that you love to do then you certainly won’t be disappointed. The 256GB of storage means that you will be able to download a ton of games without having to worry about a thing, so you can spend more time enjoying yourself.

Of course, if you have never even thought about picking up a gaming phone before then now is certainly the time for you to think about it. After all, there are some great models on the market for a very affordable price.

Discover Some Of The Most Modern And Appealing Bedroom Styles


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A chic bedroom design plan will always impress. Its simple and sleek look creates a soothing setup that gives you the rest and repose you need. But, pulling of a modern polished aesthetic that’s not boring is the real challenge.

To begin with, can you fill your interiors with cozy, warm accents that include pillows and bedding to really fit a modern design?

  • Hamptons living is a clear example. It relies on a slender white backdrop. A radiant rug can punctuate it.
  • If it has artwork and vintage feels and sconces, all the better. This bed features terrific Fretted linens.
  • Beach escape is another style. It’s a Miami Beach pathway, fusing pop and modern sensibilities.
  • It contains a headboard, in a quality Chapas Textiles material. You also have custom-made textured benches and Atelier nightstands.
  • It also has vintage Max pendant.
  • Modernist accents are also popular. When it comes to designing an apartment in some skyscraper, you aim for some dose of adventure.
  • From rich textures to stimulating colors/hues, there’s enough visual interest and material throughout the room, especially in the main master bedroom.
  • Its design scheme features a master bed (customized) and sofa, both in premium Maharam Mohair.
  • The monochromatic look is always fantastic. Downtown Manhattan has some all-white, spacious master bedrooms that highlight modern designs’ beauty.
  • With minimalist touches and interiors, it gives enough warmth.

Exploring many other styles

The Modern Farmhouse isn’t that 1990s cutesy county look. It’s not the rough and uneven farmhouse. It’s still a modern farmhouse that works well for your kitchen and bedroom.

  • It exudes traditional components of classic county, which include distressed word, metal beds, and wooden walls (painted).
  • It also integrates contemporary style touches that have paucity of clutter, a subtle color scheme, and industrial and modern accessories.
  • It’s not easy to define the Rustic style because it’s also a feeling. Essentially, it’s all about natural materials or elements in an unprocessed condition, or materials making a comeback to their natural fold through use and age.
  • Overall, it’s a casual style and its main properties include a palette of neutral and natural tones, stone or fur touches, and primitive accessories and textured fabrics.
  • Mid-century modern has returned in dining and living rooms, and it’s perfect for your bedroom.
  • If you have grill or BBQ equipment in your space, you can place them in the corner and put grill covers on top.
  • You have low, long furniture with clean lines, thin legs, and a streamlined and neat appearance.
  • Hallmarks of this style include chrome, molded plastic, and geometric patters and pops of radiant shades.

Getting master bedroom

Golden Nightstand is a master bedroom style that never goes out of trends. It always provides a more sophisticated ambience and air to your space.
  • A careful and neat mess is another conspicuous style. It may look like a mess, but it isn’t so.
  • You can arrange it as a beautiful mess and achieve a superb feeling or emotion for the master bedroom.
  • You can choose radiant art over threadbare white. It has been one of the best bedroom trends. You can pick some clear and colorful art, making the white tones livelier. 
  • Concrete walls and clean, uncluttered mid-century designs are also popular bedroom ideas.

Why Many Could Not Truly Accept the LGBTQIA+ Community



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I am not a religious person, but some other people will accept members of the LGBTQIA+, but with all honesty, some will not.

There's a qoute that "God never been wrong" tapos sasabihin ninyo na babae/lalake ako nagkamali lang Diyos at nailagay ako sa ganitong katawan.. Ano na Earth?

Give respect to people who respect you, and for those who don't respect you, just don't mind them. Accept the fact that you cannot please all the people around you. Adaptto your surroundings.

Ikaw dapat mag-a-adjust at hindi mag-a-adjust ung lipunan para sa inyo.

You are clearly not "biologically" a woman or a man, as the case depends. Huwag ipipilit pa ang sarili. Nauunawaan naman ng lipunan ang mga LGBTQIA+. Pero mayroon naman appropriate behavior for LGBTQIA+ and what not. It may be discriminatory pero respect yourself din by not stooping to their level. Hindi mo dapat ipagpilitan ang sarili mo na unawain at tanggapin ka nila. Carry on, makakatagpo ka rin ng taong tanggap ka for who you are.

If you want others to accept you. Dont force them. If they see you like that is because that is their opinion. You dont need to tell them to accept you for who you want to be. Because in the first place you did not accept what you are. The world is a cruel place for people who wants these changes. Just be happy.

Ang hirap nung I identify myself as a woman therefore I am a woman, or I identify myself as a man, therefore I am a man. Our gender identity is determined not by our whimsical, ridiculous personal beliefs but by our biological make up. While we respect people’s choices, their choice shouldn't be imposed to the rest of the world. Pag may titi ka, lalake ka, pag may kiki ka, babae ka.

SHE is never an appropriate pronoun to refer to what truly is a HE.

Pinoy Short Film “Balai” Competes in Australia, Nepal


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An outstanding capstone project from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde will vie for awards at the Melbourne Short Film Festival and Nepal International Film Festival next month.

“Balai” (Home), a thesis film by DLS-CSB Digital Filmmaking alumna Klarisse Purugganan and Selene Almeron, is nominated for Best Experimental Short at the 2020 MSFF in Melbourne, Australia on February 10. It is also one of 80 entries from 40 countries selected to contend at the NFF in Kathmandu, Nepal from February 13 to 17.

The short film, which bagged the grand jury prize at the 67th Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards last year, tells the story of an orphan boy, plagued with alienation and loneliness, who finds inspiration in a sick roommate as they find a real home.

The young filmmakers got the idea for their short film from an unborn child. “He was supposed to be named Karlo. A woman I know had a miscarriage several years ago. She had a dream of Karlo playing along with her other children. Their connection was bonded in a subconscious thought,” Purugganan, who wrote and directed the short film, revealed.

Purugganan added that throughout the entire filmmaking process, the understanding of spirituality has always been in their minds. “People always say what you see is what you get, but only because we live in this physical world where material things matter. We still don’t know what’s beyond this lifetime and not all people are going to believe in it. But it has opened the possibilities of unexplained spiritual connection to human beings and how it guided us along our film’s journey,” she said.


Meanwhile, Almeron, the film’s producer and director of photography, is delighted that “Balai” got selected in the two film festivals. “We were just celebrating how a year ago, we presented and defended our film as our thesis in Benilde. And now these blessings have suddenly appeared.”

“We are honored to be a part of such a wonderful and diverse collection of films to be shown at both film festivals. We are and will forever be grateful for them that they chose our film and to be a part of it all,” Almeron shared.

Almeron and Purugganan dedicate “Balai” to Karlo, “who did not get the chance to be known in this world, and to other children who are too young to be taken away from this physical world.”

“They may not be present in this lifetime, but they may be alive and well in a world beyond our lifetime,” Purugganan concluded.









MSFF, which aims to promote and provide exposure to independent short films from around the world and organize a fun and culturally diverse night of indie cinema for filmmakers and cinephiles alike, is run in association with Close:Up, a collection of international film festivals supporting indie filmmaking.


NIFF, on the other hand, was initiated to conduct exchanges in film and culture between Nepal and the rest of the world, and to create a conscious, responsible and appreciative film culture and atmosphere in the country.

Exploring China’s Ancient Tea Horse Road The LUX Resorts Way



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One of a growing number of LUX Resorts properties along the historic Tea Horse Road in China’s Yunnan Province, LUX Tea Horse Road Benzilan promises authentic experiences that get to the heart of what makes this region of southwestern China truly unique. This luxury boutique hotel located in the mountain town of Shangrila is the perfect base for exploring the many glaciers nearby or venturing off the beaten path to hidden mountain trails. LUX* Tea Horse Road Benzilan’s ‘curated experiences’ are the perfect way to discover the surrounding areas. These are guided excursions tailor-made for the adventurous and culturally curious. Whether it is a temple tour and tea talk with a monk or a sumptuous picnic alongside a stunningly beautiful mountain lake, these bespoke experiences promise to create enduring memories.



A Day Trek to Niding Village

Niding is one of several charming Tibetan villages in the area surrounding LUX* Tea Horse Road Benzilan, and it’s the perfect destination for a half-day outing. With the help of a local guide, guests can go on a hike through some of the most beautiful natural scenery in Western China. The hike passes through pristine Tibetan forests and along cool, clear snowmelt fed creeks.

Guests will learn about the wide variety of flora and fauna that they will encounter along the trail. Once in Niding, a delicious lunch spread of local produce are prepared by the team in an authentic wooden hut. and getting to know the local villagers. They will share their unique way of life with all of its rich traditions and customs. Traditional attire is also available for guests to try on for unique photo opportunities. Guests may even hear a few fascinating stories about the days when the tea caravans passed through, carrying tea and other goods along this once vital trade route.



Picnic Lunch at Napa Lake

Napa Lake is another stunning example of the dynamic and breathtaking scenery of Shangri-La. In the summer months, the snow from the surrounding mountains melts and fills the basin, forming a vast lake. In September, the area becomes a haven for migratory birds, such as bar-headed geese, several species of wild ducks, and the black-necked crane, which is one of the 12 rarest bird species in the world. In the dry season, Napa Lake becomes a sprawling meadow known as the Yila Prairie and is an ideal grazing spot for yaks, sheep, and horses.

Regardless of the season, it’s a gorgeous backdrop for a picnic, and LUX* can take care of all the essentials, packing a delicious meal and providing comfortable transport to the lake. All guests have to do is enjoy the fresh air, the amazing wildlife and the picturesque scenery. Guests can explore the ruins of Gunyin Temple, believed to have been built during the Yuan Dynasty. The area is also home to several small Tibetan villages.



Tour and Tea Session at Songtsam Monastery

Buddhism is an enduring institution along the Tea Horse Road. Its cultural influence runs far and wide in the region and is manifested in the customs, artwork and architecture. LUX Tea Horse Road Benzilan is situated near one of its most spectacular temples, Songtsam Monastery. It is the largest temple in Yunnan Province and is often referred to as the “Little Potala Palace” in reference to the famed monastery in Lhasa, Tibet.

LUX offers a unique way to experience Songtsam Monastery, driving guests directly to the site, circumventing the long stair climb (the monastery is perched at a high elevation of 3200m) and the queues. Once there, guests will get to learn about the temple’s colorful history and marvel at its striking architectural flourishes on a private guided tour. After that, they will have an opportunity to chat with a resident monk over a piping hot cup of yak butter tea and learn about the true nature of existence.

These are just a few of the many unforgettable experiences that LUX* Tea Horse Road can curate for its guests. The opportunities for exploration and discovery in Benzilan and the surrounding areas are endless.

The enchanting scenery of Napa Lake

The distinctive Tibetan architectural flourishes of Songtsam Monastery

Lunch is served in Niding Village





 


Thursday, January 9, 2020

Reasons Men Date Trans Women


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Why do men date trans women? For people who are not attracted to trans women, this can be a mystery.

Cis men often face a lot of stigma against dating trans women. In fact, in some cases, the cis men get more criticism than the trans women they date. Some people think these men are sexual deviants who fetishize trans women. 

Others even go as far as to say that cis men who date trans women are gay because trans women will always be men. This stigma persists because of a lack of insight into why men want to date trans women.

Below are a few reasons men choose to date trans women. Hopefully, these reasons will help people understand both the men and the trans women they’re dating.

They don’t care about the stigma.

Ideally, when a man and a trans woman are attracted to each other and form a loving relationship, that’s all that matters. However, there’s more to a healthy relationship than just genuinely loving each other. 

Outside of the two of them, other people will also be involved. The men know all too well that his friends and family might not be as accepting of their girlfriend as he is.

However, thankfully, there are men who simply don’t care. They know who they love and they are willing to defend her. They don’t care what other people think as long as they know that their love is real and that they’re not hurting anyone.

Dating a trans person comes with quite a lot of downsides. But trans women can find men who will accept and love them through all the challenges they’ll face.

They fetishize trans women.

We all have our little kinks and fetishes. Usually, it’s something relatively vanilla like spanking or bondage. However, there are some men who seek out transgender women simply to experience a different type of sexual encounter. They see trans women not as women but as sex objects that they can enjoy. They want to know what it’s like to sleep with a trans woman, so they enter into a relationship for the purpose of finding out what it’s like.

This behavior is disgusting and dehumanizing to trans women. Thankfully, a lot of trans women are aware of this and they know which men to avoid. 

However, young or na├»ve trans women can’t tell the difference between a man who’s attracted to them as a person or a man who’s only in it for the “experience.” One big glaring sign that a man is looking to fetishize a trans woman is when he doesn’t engage with them as people—it’s always just about sex.

They date trans women as a trophy.

On the opposite side of the argument are men who see trans women as some sort of “badge of pride.” They are attracted to trans women, but when they date trans women, they do so to show off. 

These men want to showcase the fact that they are progressive and open-minded. So what better way to show how accepting they are than by having a trophy trans girlfriend?

These men (often called “trans amorous”)are not genuinely attracted to the trans woman they’re dating. Instead, they’re attracted to the prestige of dating their token trans woman. They want compliments about how progressive they are and how strong they are to date trans women when they know all about the stigma associated with it.

However, some trans women prefer to date an open-minded man as opposed to one who sees them as a sexual fetish. They believe that it’s better than being hidden away and kept as a “dirty secret.”

They are attracted to a specific trans woman.

You can’t help who you love, as they say. In many cases, men simply meet a trans woman they find attractive. They get to know her and realize that they can create a wonderful relationship. So the logical thing to do would be to date.

For these men, they don’t focus too much about the fact that they are with a trans woman. They still identify as straight and they see their girlfriend as a woman. To them, this is all that matters—that two people are into one another and being transgender is just one small part of the picture.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Philippine Online Gaming Boom To End In 2020



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If you've been involved in the online gaming world in the Philippines for the past two or three years, chances are you've made a lot of money and had a great time. The online casino industry has been expanding faster within our home region than almost anywhere else in the world, but when an industry grows rapidly, regulation is never far behind. As we start 2020, the message from the Government and President couldn't be any more explicit - the casino industry is welcome, but it has to pay its fair share.

Online casinos have been springing up everywhere in the world that casino gambling is allowed ever since the dawn of the internet. The prolific number of online slots websites currently operating in and around the Philippines is comparable to the range of similar sites available in gambling hotspots like Europe, Las Vegas, and India. With hundreds of online slots available at the best websites such as Dove Casino, gamers have a better range of games available at home than they would encounter if they visited their local town or city center casino. That's excellent news for players, and should be good news for the Government too - with so much money being spent on playing online slots, there should be a significant tax windfall. The problem with the whole scenario - from the Government's point of view at least - is that the windfall has failed to appear. President Rodrigo Duterte has now drawn a line in the sand and warned that the state is prepared to tolerate the situation no longer.

As of the end of December 2019, if the President’s words are to be taken literally, companies that operate online slots or other online gambling websites within the Philippines had only three options to take before the end of the month - they could either pay what they’ve been deemed to owe, get ‘slapped’ with regulatory action, or ‘get shot like birds.’ Duterte has always been known for his colorful phrasing and dramatic choice of language, and so there generally isn’t a fear that the opening weeks of 2020 will see online slots website operators lined up and shot in the streets, but there can be little doubt that he is serious about recouping Philippine money that he believes is unlawfully being funneled abroad.

No figures have been released that might indicate precisely how much money Duterte believes is being illegally withheld from the public purse, but a raid on the Great Empire Gaming and Amusement Corporation may provide a clue. The raid, which happened in September, resulted in $25m in backdated taxes being paid after the company's license to operate within the Philippines was withdrawn pending payment of the sum. If the situation with that company proves to be typical of the sector at large - a sector which has grown quickly and mostly free of scrutiny up until this point - there could be hundreds of millions of dollars on the table. Sums of that size would make enormous differences to potential public service provisions, and so targeting the sector is likely to prove to be a popular policy among the President's supporters.

Unfortunately for the online slots and online gambling industry, the bad news for 2020 doesn’t stop there. Makati City, which has been the epicenter of the emergent industry, has announced that it is to temporarily stop issuing licenses to online slots and online gambling websites, without exception. The suspension is indefinite, and could even prove to be permanent. While on the surface the move may seem illogical because of the amount of money the industry has brought into Makati City, there's a local fear that the rise of businesses of this kind has contributed to an unsustainable real estate bubble which is already approaching the point of collapse. The mayor of Makati, Abby Binay, also feels that the presence of so many gambling companies within the city is contributing to a number of social problems including prostitution.

Until December 2019, Makati City's local Government had met every planning or licensing application for online gaming companies within the region with letters of 'no objection.' As of the start of 2020, that will no longer be the case, and any new online gaming company wanting to gain a license to operate within the region will have to make their case in court. As going to court on the issue is likely to be an expensive exercise with little prospect of success, it's more likely that companies will now back away from Makati City and seek somewhere else to establish their operations. Companies that already have licensed to operate within Makati are not believed to be under threat, although they may encounter difficulties when their existing licenses fall due for renewal.

At the time of writing, the effective ban within Makati City isn't likely to have much impact on a national level. Quezon City, Mandaluyong, Pasay, Las Pinas, Paranaque, and Muntinlupa all currently issue letters of no objection as standard policy at present and aren't believed to be considering a change of procedure in that respect. If any of them were to follow the example of Makati, though, it would put pressure on the remaining cities to consider their stance on the issue.

Given the multi-billion-dollar value of the global online casino industry, the Philippines should be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. If regulated and taxed correctly, the presence of online gambling companies within the region could be of great benefit both in terms of revenue and jobs, with no upper limit on both. At the same time, it's vital that companies coming to conduct business within the region play by the rules and contribute their fair share toward the society they operate within. The lawless days of the Philippine online casino industry may have ended in 2019, but there's still plenty of money on offer for those who want to conduct business fairly and play by the rules. 2020 is likely to be a harder time for online casino operators than 2019 was, but those who are fair and ethical appear to have nothing to fear.
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