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The future of food is going to change and whether this change is going to be temporary or permanent, it looks set that cloud kitchens are here to stay.

For those of us who do not know what a cloud kitchen is; a cloud kitchen is a delivery-only restaurant that has no physical space for dine-in. It relies entirely on online orders placed through online food aggregators or an online ordering-enabled website or mobile app.

In a bid to live a healthier lifestyle, I embarked on a 5-day long gastronomic journey with YoloFoods and received daily flexible deliveries of YoloFoods’ tasty and healthy pre-packed meals that include mains, sides, snacks and tea that are tailored to my own personal fitness and wellness goals i.e. weight loss.

Weighing a hefty 80kg due to many factors such as binge/stress eating and a lack of physical exercise, my goal to lose weight has been put on the backburner for some time. Therefore, one goal that I hope to achieve from this gastronomic journey with YoloFoods is to eat healthily and live healthily.

YoloFoods offers two options for their weight loss meal plan; a 1000 kilocalories weight loss meal plan and a 1400 kilocalories weight loss meal plan. Since weight loss is a primary objective for me, I decided to go for the weight loss meal plan where the total number of calories that I get from lunch, snack, and dinner will amount to 1000 kilocalories (kcal).

Obviously, just controlling the amount of calories that I take in is not going to help me lose weight because the food that I consume also needs to be of high nutritional value as well. What is really reassuring to me is that YoloFoods’ nutritionally balanced power-meals are developed in collaboration with internationally acclaimed Dietician and International Olympic Committee qualified Sports Nutritionist Jane Freeman,  and is founded on the simple but powerful philosophy of “good food that’s good for you”.

The Five Day Meal Plan

Day LunchSnack Dinner

1

Beef Bulgogi with Sweet Potato Noodles, Spinach and Shredded Carrot Peanut Butter Cookie
Gong Bao Chicken with Brown Rice, Spicy Eggplant, Garlic Bok Choy

2

Herb Chicken with Roasted Potato, French Beans, Harissa Sauce Mango Chia Seeds Pudding Beef Bolognese with Pasta, Mixed Mushrooms and Green Peas

3

Rendang Chicken with Coconut Basmati Rice, Roasted Cauliflower Banana Bread Fresh Herb and Lemon Barramundi Fish with Cajun Roasted Sweet Potato, Herb Veggies
4 Salmon Chicken Balls with Quinoa, Baked Spinach Egg, Broccoli, House Made Chilli Sauce

Low Fat Cheesecake

Peri Peri Chicken with Cauliflower Rice, Braised Purple Cabbage
5
Lamb Kofta with Couscous, Mint Yoghurt, Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Basil Minced Chicken with Brown Rice, Soy Egg, Kailan

The above menu was what I had from 18 to 22 October and YoloFoods changes their menu often to ensure that customers are never bored and always have a variety of power-packed meals to choose from.

The 5-day meal plan that I went for costs $179.50 and it works out to $35.90 per day. This means that each meal costs $17.95. However, if you decide to go for a full month, the cost per meal will go down to $15.45 and this price is pretty competitive when compared to other providers who have a similar offering.

Whether it is eating clean for a balanced diet, weight loss, retaining muscle mass with low carb and high protein meals or aiding a personal transition into a vegetarian diet, YoloFoods brings delicious and wholesome meal plans that are not only exciting but tastes familiar and comforting. Their most popular pre-packed meals include the best-selling Cauliflower Rice with Herb Chicken & Spinach Egg, Herb Chicken & Roast Potatoes, Rendang Chicken with Brown Rice & Curry-Roasted Cauliflower, and Thai Basil Minced Chicken with Brown Rice.

In terms of the overall meal experience that I had and what I think of the quality and taste of the meals, I actually find the meal experience quite comparable to the inflight meal experience that airlines served (5 stars customer service experience and everything was neatly packed and organised), and there were more positives than negatives (meals on some days were really great although there were days when I felt it could be better).

The pre-packed meals also make it easy and convenient for me to just heat up and have nutritious and tasty meals on the go.

Will it be a gastronomic journey that I will continue?
Yes, it will be until I achieve my ideal weight.

To subscribe to YoloFood’s meal plan or to check out the a-la-carte items that are available, you can do so here.

Have you ever visited a friend’s home, used their massage chair and wished you had one at home too? Well, that was definitely me up until recently. Last week I received the Cosmo Zero Massage Chair and it is safe to say, it has been the most relaxing week I have had in a while. I have been using the massage chair for around an hour a day, trying out all its features and different massage settings.

Here is my review on what I think about it.

The appearance has a cool stylish look. It has a glossy black exterior, plush PU leather seats and it blends seamlessly into my home. I honestly expected the chair to be much bulkier, so I am very glad it is of a good size and would not be turning into a white elephant in my house.

Sitting into the chair, it feels sturdy and comfortable. As for the features, there really are a whole lot of them. It has voice control, compression and heat therapy, Bluetooth, body scanning to customize the massage experience and so much more. There are so many massage positions that I have yet to test out, but some which I really liked were the stretch massage which loosened up my tense body, lumbar massage, Japanese massage and sleep massage. There is even a senior massage option, so I got my parents to be the judge of that. They have been thoroughly enjoying it, along with the other massage modes. Even though the technology of the chair is pretty advanced, it is still user-friendly enough that they are able to navigate the settings on their own.

My parents easily feel soreness or discomfort in their feet after walking too much so this massage chair at home has really helped to relieve the soreness. I am sure the Cosmo Zero Massage Chair will have something for the needs of each of your family members as well.

Now, you may think a massage chair is just a luxury product, but did you know there are also many health benefits? The different settings of the Cosmo Zero such as heat therapy, zero gravity position, experiential music therapy and even detox massage setting, all help to promote blood flow, lowering of blood pressure and reduced muscle tension.

Overall, if you are considering getting yourself or your family a massage chair, I highly recommend the Cosmo Zero as it is reasonably priced and has great value. The whole experience of buying the chair is also made smooth and seamless, starting with a free 30 minute trial at their showroom. If you find the chair is not for you, you are able to get 100% of your money back. No frills and no commitments. Additionally, they offer a 10-year warranty which is much longer than other brands and free 24hr delivery too. Check out their website at massagechair.com.sg

Travelling has not been high on anyone’s to-do list over the last 18 months or so. But now, the world is starting to reopen again. We can’t travel the way that we used to but we can get out and about. One of the best ways to stretch your legs at the moment is by taking a road trip. Here are some ideas about how to plan the perfect road trip.

Know Where You are Going

As tempting as it is to throw caution to the wind, you still need to plan your trip a little bit. You can easily plan your journey out online and work out the best way to travel and the best places to stop along the way. This is important for a number of reasons. For one, it can help you plan out a timeframe and manage expectations about what you can do. For example, you could travel around a lot of Ireland in 7 days. In comparison, 7 days in Texas would be nothing. So, with this in mind, remember that a little bit of planning can go a long way.

Plan for the Unexpected

There is always a chance that something will break, a battery will die, or a GPS will go crazy. This is why you should always have a backup plan, some basic tools, and a paper copy of the map. You should try and plan for accidents and breakdowns. You can attempt to prevent breakdowns by servicing your car before you leave. As for accidents, you can be vigilant while driving, and if you have an accident, contact some top car accident attorneys afterwards.

Be Slightly Spontaneous

If you have made a plan, you might be tempted to stick to it no matter what happens. However, you should allow for a little bit of spontaneity. There is no point in driving down the road, seeing something wonderful that should be explored, and driving on because it is not on the list. When it comes to exploring, it pays to have some wriggle room. Even if you get to check it out briefly, you could add it to your must-visit list for the next road trip. And, if it makes you feel any better for changing the plan, some of the best memories are made when you go off-script.

Have Plenty of Space

When you are travelling, the space that you have can make a difference to the journey. If you have ever made a trans-Atlantic flight in economy seating, you will know what we are talking about. The same rule applies to a road trip. Don’t fill your car with unnecessary things because you can. Travel light and make sure that you have plenty of room to spread out. Plus, where else are you supposed to put all of your souvenirs if the car is jam-packed before you leave?

No Snacks

Ok, maybe some snacks, but lay off the sugar. Filling yourself full of sugar while you are driving can have some terrible effects on your stomach. The sugar and the motion can create a recipe for disaster. That last thing anyone needs is for someone to feel sick or throw up in the car. You should eat but it should be low in sugar and high in protein. Nuts and seeds are a great driving food that will keep you full and blood sugars low. So make sure you pack a big bag of healthy treats to keep your mind off the sweets.

Have a Budget

As part of your plan, you should make a budget. We are not including it in the plan section because this deserves a full entry of its own. Having a road trip budget is essential because, without it, you can be stranded. If you spend too much money, you could go into debt trying to put some fuel in your car to get home. You may end up going over your budget but if you have one in place, you could save yourself a lot of heartache and wallet worry.

Take Some Breaks

Driving all day can be tough and it is important to take regular breaks. Not only is this essential for your circulation, but it is also necessary to prevent accidents. Even professional heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers have to stop and take a break. Although you are not bound by the same rules, it is a good idea to keep them in mind when you are driving. Take regular breaks, rest, and don’t overdo it.

Going on a plant-based diet twice a month got me looking out for more options other than Impossible, Beyond, and the oily deep-fried gluten-rich vegetarian dishes from the hawker stalls; and the BamNut Noodbox got me super intrigued when I found out about it. Hence, the launch of WhatIF Foods’s instant noodles at FairPrice Finest stores came rather timely and I was raring to give it a go.

Before I dive deep into my personal take on their instant noodles, let me share more about WhatIF Foods, the company behind the BamNut NoodBox.

About WhatIF Foods

Founded on regenerative principles and with a mission to reinvent the food industry category by category, WhatIF Foods is permeating being a responsible company through all aspects of its product and service delivery.

WhatIF Foods offers an authentic, nutritious basket of regenerative foods – foods that replenish the nutrients we need throughout an active day; foods that regenerate land and reconnect us with our values and communities; foods that appreciate the interdependency of our wellbeing because we need nature in cities, life in food, and a purpose in communities. WhatIF Foods aren’t designed for baby boomers, Gen X, Millennials, or Gen Z – but for the Regeneration.

The Very Interesting Thing About BamNut Noodles

What really caught my attention is the fact that the BamNut Noodles are made from highly sustainable crops like Bambara groundnut and are packed with plant-based protein. It also does not contain any artificial colouring, artificial flavours, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, palm oil, and monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Appearance

Depending on the flavour of the noodles, they will come in 4 different colours; orange, black, yellow, or green and they do look super colourful and delectable when cooked. With an attractive packaging that is both modern and stylish, its look and feel is certainly more premium-looking than that of the usual instant noodles. Then again, anything that looks premium probably comes at a premium price.

Texture

The texture of the noodles is springy/chewy and it has an al dente bite feel. As the noodles are meant to be served dry (with no soup), people who fancy their noodles with some wetness/soup might probably be disappointed.

Taste

I had the BamNut Charcoal noodles that come with the Shroom Pepper Seasoning while Jacqueline had the BamNut Moringa noodles that come with the Sesame & Garlic seasoning. 

I found the BamNut Charcoal noodles to be pretty salty so the next time I have this, I will just reduce the amount of seasoning. However, having said that, the BamNut Charcoal noodles are flavourful and has a tinge of spiciness.

As for the BamNut Moringa noodles that come with the Sesame & Garlic seasoning, I actually like the taste better and the colour is more appealing than the BamNut Charcoal noodles. There indeed is a hint of sesame and a vegetal aroma that may remind you of green tea.

Overall

If you’re going for a plant-based diet and are experimenting with what is possible, this might just be it. There are a couple of vegetarian instant noodle brands out there but in terms of nutritional content, BamNut Noodles pack a punch.

WhatIF Food’s plant-based noodles are lower in saturated fat, high in plant protein and deliver substantially more fibre content than comparable brands, and they are packed with flavours that do not make use of MSG, preservatives, or artificial colours. 

Founded with a mission to reinvent the way we create our favourite foods, with the insight that sustainability is not enough, their idea is to create plant-based foods that will replenish both us and the planet.

FairPrice Finest will carry a colourful array of noodles (orange, black, yellow, and green) which you can sample in the BamNut NoodBox, or buy a box of each flavour.

The BamNut NoodBox and all flavours of WhatIF Foods Noodles are exclusively sold at FairPrice Finest for the special price of $7.90 (instead of $8.90) in the months of July and August.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this post or through this Website is for educational and informational purposes only and solely as a self-help tool for your own use.

My weight has been quite crazy this year. I currently weigh 82 kg as of 12 May 2021 and the last time I had a similar weight like this was 9 years ago after a surgery that kept me from doing any exercise.

Well, this time around, I don’t have any good/valid excuse for not exercising and I have put on so much weight due to accumulated stress and frequent snacking. I feel super clumsy/lazy and even lack the energy/willpower to go for a simple run.

After doing some research and fuelled with a tinge of motivation, I decided to start taking action to address my weight issue. I came across Keto Actives, a dietary supplement that supports weight loss and I bought a 3-month supply which cost me $140. Since I read that the weight-loss pills work best for those who are on a Keto diet, I started to research the kind of foods I should consume or avoid.

Staying off carbs (rice, noodle, and bread) and sugars is an extremely difficult thing for me to do especially since I have a sweet tooth but I am committed to making sure that I get back on track to being healthy. To stem my craving for something sweet, I gotten Monk Fruit (Lo Han Guo) Sweetener as a substitute sugar.

Hence, this post will be the beginning of my Keto Diet and Weight Loss series where I document and track my progress. I will be updating this series on a weekly basis so if you’re interested to know how I’m doing, I will be posting updates on this same post.

The Preparation Phase
As the saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Hence, to get myself prepared for this journey, I went to the supermarket to buy some groceries and some items that I bought included bacon, tuna, salmon, sardines, asparagus, avocado, pistachio milk, and almond milk.

I also bought Ketone Urine Strips to test whether my body was going into ketosis.

The Beginning, 12 May 2021

I started taking the Keto Actives pills and I experienced the following:

  • Bad Breath
    Known as the keto breath, it is a common side effect when ketosis kicks in. Thankfully, keto breath is temporary the odour will subside as the body adjusts to a lower carb intake.
  • Heavy Perspiration
    Sweating and frequent urination happens in the early stages of ketosis. When the body adapts to changes in the diet, these symptoms normally go away on their own.
  • Warm/Spicy Stomach
    I guess this is only expected since the Keto Active pills contain ingredients thermogenic compounds such as caffeine, bitter orange, and etc.

On a more positive note, I was able to resist and curb my appetite for snacking and that really helped to reduce my calorie intake. As the Keto Active pills that I am taking contain 150mg of caffeine, I am avoiding coffee for the time being. Just so you know, a single shot of espresso contains about 63mg of caffeine. I am also staying off beer and wine.

As the Ketone Strips that I bought is taking some time to arrive, I wasn’t able to test if my body is in ketosis mode. But from the side effects that I have experienced, I guess my body is entering ketosis mode. Also, I haven’t done any exercises to burn off extra calories yet and it would be something that I am considering doing if I can find time for it.

18 May 2021
I did a weigh-in and here are the stats:

  • Weight: 81 KG
    I have dropped 1 kilo after 6 days.
  • Body Fat Percentage: 28.6%
    8-20% is considered to be in the healthy range and I’m still quite far from the ideal range.
  • Visceral Fat 14
    1-12 is considered to be in the healthy range and I’m nearly there.
  • Body Muscle Percentage: 31.5
    The ideal percentage range for body muscle is between 40 to 44%, I’m still quite far off and as we all probably know, an increase in muscle mass will also increase the rate at which our body burn energy (calories).

29 May 2021
I felt like my weight has somewhat plateaued and although I have shaved off another kilo, my metabolic rate seem to have decreased somewhat. I am also getting tired of the Keto diet because staying off carbs is super tough! I will see how this goes and whether I need to make some changes to my diet. As I haven’t incorporated any exercise into my daily routine, perhaps this might just be the answer that I am seeking for.

  • Weight: 80.1 KG
    I have dropped 0.9 kilo after 11 days.
  • Body Fat Percentage: 28.7%
    8-20% is considered to be in the healthy range and I’m still quite far from the ideal range.
  • Visceral Fat 14
    1-12 is considered to be in the healthy range and I’m nearly there.
  • Body Muscle Percentage: 31.3
    The ideal percentage range for body muscle is between 40 to 44%, I’m still quite far off and as we all probably know, an increase in muscle mass will also increase the rate at which our body burns energy (calories).

6 June 2021
My whole Keto diet has been thrown out of the window as I could not sustain without taking any carbs but where I could, I stayed off carbs during lunch. I also included some light exercises where I run 5km at least twice a week. That might have contributed to the decrease in my body fat percentage but I’m not entirely sure yet as my weight has remained stagnant.

  • Weight: 80.1 KG
    My weight has remained stagnant since 29 May 2021.

  • Body Fat Percentage: 28%
    8-20% is considered to be in the healthy range and I’m still quite far from the ideal range. The only consolation is that my body fat percentage has decreased by 0.7%.

  • Visceral Fat 14
    1-12 is considered to be in the healthy range and there is no progress in this aspect.

  • Body Muscle Percentage: 31.9
    The ideal percentage range for body muscle is between 40 to 44%, I’m still quite far off and as we all probably know, an increase in muscle mass will also increase the rate at which our body burns energy (calories). On a more positive note, my body muscle percentage increased by 0.6%.

Words are generally used for creating meaning; pictures amplify the meaning created while videos give life to it. This is why most brands and individuals use videos to reach out to their customers and audience. Videos are effective communication tools, and hiring a good company ensures that you get a nice visual production.

Most people desire original content due to its ability to entertain as well as engage the viewers. However, finding a video production agency that combines creativity with originality can sometimes be difficult. 

With a good video production agency handling your project, they will convert your concept to exciting video content that will generate the desired response from the viewers. It will not be easy to find a good agency, especially if you don’t have a guide. If you need recommendations on reputable companies to work with, you can visit: vebu.co.uk to learn more about how to go about it. 

Video Production

Video production refers to the creation of visual content. It comes in different forms, such as video blog, product demo, customer testimonials, and social video. Producing an original video is effective in creating awareness for a brand and also generates new business leads.

A videographer is someone who is saddled with the responsibility of recording live events as well as small-scale video creation. Videographers usually focus on productions like live events, documentaries, short films, weddings, legal depositions, birthday parties, training videos, and commercials.

Reasons to Hire a Video Production Agency

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Here are some reasons to hire a video production agency:

Professionalism

Working with a company that hires professional videographers produces a top-notch result, especially when compared with using a random cameraperson. The output of a good company is usually high-quality, and it is prepared to conform to the ideals of the client’s business. 

Additionally, production companies understand the need for vast views and ideas; hence they involve an entire team in creating a client’s video. If a good team handles a production, you will notice the combination of creativity and originality that will result in a great concept. 

If you are looking for tips to help you with learning videography as a beginner, you can check here.

Saves Cost

Working with a good company saves you from spending on several productions before getting the desired result. A good production agency takes time to deliver a versatile output to clients. You can use this video for different campaigns even after a long while. With a good budget, you can reach out to them and explain your concept, turning them into reality.

Some business owners prefer to purchase recording equipment and have their staff handle the production. While this may be economical, it may not be a good initiative as the output is usually below what a professional can offer. This is because they lack the requisite training for good production and may not fully understand the use of high-end equipment. 

Originality

Video production companies are regularly contacted by clients to handle their creatives, making them constantly seek ways to satisfy their needs with unique content. They monitor trends in the social space, and they understand the business terrain in a way that helps them identify the creative needs of a client.

Occasionally, they also engage in field research to know the best way to trigger a good response from the general public. With all these, you will get value for the funds spent.

How to Find a Good Video Production Company

The following are some tips to guide you:

Search Online

Checking online to find solutions to problems is fast becoming a normal practice. With your favourite search engine, you can search for reputable companies around you or see a list you can easily choose from. It is advised that you do thorough research before working with a company. You can also check to see if the site is fake before you get in touch with them.

If you lack ideas on how to know a fake website, you can read up articles online to learn more.

Check Your Local Area

You can also check your local area to know if there are companies that can meet your needs. The advantage here is that you can always go to them if there is an issue to resolve. You can also ask people in your vicinity who have used their services in the past to help with more information.

Conclusion

Every great business concept needs amplification and the best way to achieve this is through the use of good visual productions. We have outlined some tips to help you find a good company as well as some reasons why you need their services. Please feel free to check them out.

If you’re planning and hosting an event, especially if it’s the first time, you may find yourself worrying about all kinds of details in order to make sure that it is a success. And in worrying about some details, you may not need to be concerned with, often you may forget about other, much larger plans that fly under the radar until the big day arrives. When this happens, it is a sure-fire way to set the day up for disasters, and you may lose control before you even realise it. So, if you have found yourself worrying about hosting an event, then you have come to the right place. Here we have pulled together our top 3 tips you should keep in mind when hosting your event!

1. Make an Impression with Your Hosting

When you’re hosting an event, the most important tip we can give you is to ensure that you create an atmosphere that is sure to leave a lasting impression for your guests. Do this by creating a display out of this world, either by making the venue an explosion of colour or why not go more literal with huge inflatable planets hanging from the ceiling? Whatever you choose, by creating a show-stopping display, guests will be in awe as soon as they step foot into the venue and be encouraged to snap as many pictures as they can and post them all over social media. Take advantage of this by creating your own hashtag for the event which will only encourage more people to share and interact with the venue both in real-time and online.

2. Don’t Skimp on Planning

Of course, taking it back a step, we can’t forget about one of the most important aspects of any good event, which is planning. How much time you spend on planning your event will have a lasting effect on the day itself, and your guests will be able to pick up on this too. The secret to any well-oiled machine is a team of people putting their plans to action together, so make sure you sit down with your fellow event planners and make sure you have all the details ironed out. Our top tip for successful planning is to set out a list of goals you want to achieve with your event and how you will go about this. As long as you feel you tick off all of these once the event is finished, then you can consider it a job well done!

3. Capture All the Best Bits

Another top tip you need to remember is to make time to actually enjoy your event and not to spend too much time overthinking anything that you can’t change. If you don’t enjoy your own event, how can you expect your guests to relax enough to enjoy it as well? Energies in the room help to shape the atmosphere, so have fun and make sure you’re there to see all of the fantastic activities, speakers and entertainments you have planned for the day. Plus, why not capture all of the best bits and put together a video of highlights from the event that you and your team can look back on? This is also a great idea for any promotional materials for fundraisers or business events to use again and again to spread the word of your team’s fantastic work.

Whether you’re brand new to the sport or are a keen angler who is trying to keep packing down to a minimum, there are a few things that make up the staples of your fishing kit and can make the difference between an unsuccessful day at the bank and even making your best catch yet. Carrying too much gear can make it tricky and bog you down; thus, finding the perfect balance can make for a much smoother process and ensure you don’t get caught short without the essentials you’ll need during your day. Regardless of age groups and experience levels, keeping the 5 factors below in mind when you are packing up your kit will help you to avoid forgetting any must-haves.

Let’s Start with the Basics

Of course, no fishing trip is doable without a rod. When you’re packing your equipment, consider the type of fishing trip you are heading off to and ensure that your rod, reels and line match the fishing type. Many anglers like to bring a spare rod along in case of any mishaps, thus preventing the trip from being cut short.

Comfort is Key

When you’re spending a whole day at the bankside, making sure you’re sat comfortably will make the day much more pleasant. A seatbox offers multipurpose uses, giving you a place to sit throughout the day but offering handy storage within. Ideal for keeping your small bits and bobs, the handy compartments can be used for things like scissors, hooks and feeders so you can quickly grab them when needed. If you’re staying overnight and looking for a bit more comfort, a bedchair is perfect and offers a cosy place to relax.

Dress Prepared for the Weather

Dressing appropriately for the occasion will help you stay comfortable throughout the day and protected from the weather. Layers are key; dressing in multiple thin pieces will allow you to add and remove layers as and when the weather changes. We always suggest bringing along waterproofs for any rains spells, a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun, and some appropriate shoes which have good grip and wet-weather protection.

Prepare for Any Little Mishaps

We’ve all found ourselves making clumsy mistakes, so being prepared with a small first aid kit is worthwhile. Getting a hook caught in your finger or slipping in the mud are common during fishing trips, so having some waterproof plasters and antiseptic spray on hand can always come in useful.

Bring Along the Right Bait

Depending on the type of fishing trip you are packing your bag for, being kitted out with the best kind of bait will help boost your chances of success. For carp fishing, preferences differ amongst anglers with some opting for sweet bait and others savoury; there are so many colours and sizes available and the recommendations differ based on the conditions you are heading into. Doing research into the depth of the water and knowing whether it is murky or clear will help you make an informed decision and grab the perfect bait.

Got any other fishing essentials that you feel we should add to the list? Feel free to share with us by commenting below!

For those who understand just how perfect riding a motorcycle is, it’s hard to imagine that there is anything that could make it better. Riding along, feeling free, enjoying the open road, going wherever you want to whenever you want to… it’s an incredible feeling. Yet, as hard to believe as it might be, there really are some things you can do that will make your motorcycle riding even better. Read on to find out what just some of them are. 

Wear Cool Clothes 

Choosing to ride a motorcycle rather than drive a car or ride a bicycle or even walk is a personal choice, and it already shows off quite a lot of personality. However, to improve your motorcycle experience and your ride in general, why not choose some truly cool clothes too? Unlike when you’re in a car, people will be able to see and admire what you’re wearing, and although the clothing does need to be specifically safety clothing to keep you protected should you have an accident, you can wear whatever style works with your personality and tastes. 

You could choose something classic and cool like original BMW motorcycle accessories, for example. This will be fun to wear, match with your personality, and, because it’s made by BMW to wear on a motorcycle, you know it will keep you safe too. 

Visit A Motorcycle Show 

It’s always fun to meet up with other motorcyclists and discuss something you truly love with like-minded people. With this in mind, look out for motorcycle shows that are in your local area. These are like conventions that are specifically for bikers, and when you go to one you will meet all kinds of different people and learn lots of new things about your bike, your riding technique, and even the history surrounding your favorite brands. 

You can also pick up some cool accessories and maintenance packs and souvenirs to make the day even better. These events are a lot of fun and can open up your eyes and mind to a lot more besides the one motorcycle you ride. 

Try A Different Kind Of Motorcycle 

There are many different types of motorcycles out there and life is short, so why not try as many of them as you can whenever you have the opportunity? Once you know how to ride a motorcycle, the world of bikes will open up to you and this is a lot of fun. 

If you’re planning on going riding for the day, how about hiring a different bike to the one you usually ride? A different make and model or even a different style can make your day much more fun, especially if your usual bike is one you associate with commuting to work and normal, everyday chores. 

You might even choose to do something entirely different and try off-road riding or dirt biking. This will need to be done under supervision while you’re learning, and it’s best to find a place where you can be taught and ride in safety, but the thrill and exhilaration you feel will definitely make your ride a better one. 

Choosing the right moving company in your area can be challenging. After all, there are so many of them, and it can be hard to determine which one will fit your needs best. This is a massive undertaking that homeowners seriously need to consider because it involves the contractors getting access to their house and moving their valuables.

With these said, what you need is a company that is known as trustworthy and reliable. The best ones will give you a full package, and they will help your life become more manageable. You can check the website of Padded Wagon Los Angeles and see more about their shipping services. The legitimate companies will help you with the movers, and they can be well within your budget.

Choosing the Right Company

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Know How Long They Have Been In The Industry

If you see a business that has just opened near your place yesterday, it’s best to avoid them. For one, you wouldn’t appreciate it if you become a laboratory rat for their first job. Another possibility is that you won’t be able to find out more about their credentials and see if they have proven themselves from their previous clients.

For international transfers that are more complex, you may want to contact a company with over ten years of experience in the industry. For one, they can assure you that your belongings will be safe with them, and another is that they have spent a lot of years in planning and execution that a simple relocation is a breeze for them.

If you need an in-house or local move, you wouldn’t have to worry about engaging new start-up companies. You can give them a chance if the work is not too complicated and they seemed to have adequate tools to do the job. However, you do have to pay attention to the details and see if they work efficiently. It would be best if you considered the quotes/estimates and the questions that they are asking you. When they ask you about your needs, it shows that they are concerned and care about their clients.

Insurance and Licenses

You can decrease the risks when it comes to moving when you employ insured and licensed professionals. The licenses will prove that they are allowed to drive around the state, and they are recognized by the local council in the industry that they are in. When they have licenses to operate, it just shows that they have undergone adequate training, passed the council’s standards, and have proven themselves to their clients. Read more about licenses when you click here

You can see if their license is still valid when you go to their company website. You can check the About Us section, check the Department of Transportation’s list for companies registered as movers, and ask about their insurance information. If you’re still suspicious about how they operate, you may want to contact the Business Better Bureau for more details.

With insurance, the trusted movers can guarantee the safety of your belongings. In case something happens during the transfer, they can reimburse you with the number of broken plates or crystals while doing the job. Of course, the right ones will ensure that everything is well packed, and that fragile items are not going to break when they are transporting to the new location. These companies are also concerned with their reputation and image, and the insurance can help you get the peace of mind that you need.

Services and Packages Being Offered

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You need to understand the overall scope and work span that the company will perform on your behalf. Some of the experts will offer a complete package for you. First, they will go to your house for inspection and make a list of the things that you need to relocate. The second step is to give you quotes and arrange the moving date if you agree with their pricing. They will also ensure that they have a valid license to drive to another part of the state.

Thereafter, they will send enough workforce on the day of the transfer, and these people will take care of the packing. They will put everything in cardboard boxes, tape them securely, cover the fragile ones with bubble wraps, and label them accordingly. Learn about the checklists and other things that you need aside from boxes here: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/organizing/tips/a18092/moving-checklist/. If you have pieces of big furniture that you need to relocate, the pros may send dollies and other special equipment to make the job faster. 

Other homeowners may need to move their pianos, hot tubs, pool tables, gun safes, and more. If this is the case with you, it’s best to notify a mover first during the quotation phase. Another thing is that if you have special requests and need other services like estate cleaning, decluttering, and storage, you may also want to tell the professionals to accommodate you on the day of the transfer.

What you need is a company that can offer you the full package that you need. This way, you won’t have to spend extra money and time doing all the packing. Ask the moving company if they can provide you with the packages that you’re looking for to ensure that you don’t do the bulk of the work.

The best ones will ensure that you don’t have to lift a finger when they are working, and they will ask questions whenever there’s an urgent need. Otherwise, you can leave them to their own devices and do other essential things like calling your bank or internet service providers to make arrangements.

Checking the Online Reviews

When deciding about the company you’re planning to hire, it’s best to read reviews about them. This way, you can get a good idea of how they’re going to perform when working on your things. Visit sites like Facebook, Google, Yelp, Angie’s List, or BBB and read reviews from legitimate customers.

You can always see ratings from one to five, where 5 is considered best, and 1 is terrible service. The ratings are usually an indication of whether you’re going to be dealing with an excellent company or you have to look somewhere else. It’s unrealistic to expect that a specific company that has been in the business for so long will have perfect scores. Working with movers who have ratings above the 4-star mark is already reasonable, and this will tell you that they are generally doing excellent work.

You may be tempted to ignore a company based on a single review, but it may not be fair. You may want to avoid reading the 5- or 1-star ratings and get the most insights on a 3-star rating. These customers are often fair, and they may have good and bad things that they observe during the job. What you need is to get an overall perspective through reviews of a specific mover so you can choose wisely.

Finding the Service Area

What you need is to find a service area where the movers are allowed to transport your things. You may want to verify this first by letting them send you a map of where they operate. If the movers are unwilling to travel a great distance, then they may not be the right one for you.

Ask if they have specifically worked in the area where they are moving and know when you should expect your things. They should be familiar with the new place’s climate, the site, maps, laws, and other things to make the relocation as seamless as possible.

Know More Information about their Equipment

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You may have come across various companies offering a wide range of services to their customers. Some have national franchises that make moving to another state an effortless feat. These are the larger corporations with many people and larger fleets of trucks at their disposal.

In many situations, you may also encounter independent contractors who rent trucks for a single job. To get a good idea about the kind of company that you’re dealing with, it’s best to ask about their tools and equipment.

Some may need cranes, industrial forklifts, and other specialty equipment to facilitate the move. These are all fine as long as the specialists know the kind of machines that they would use to accommodate your needs. If you prefer contractors who rent trucks, you may have to expect that they may not be accessible all the time because they need to consider the availability of the vehicle.

National Moving Networks

You may need someone who has connections with the right people so they can pull off the job spectacularly. If they have more extensive franchises of trucks, you may want to consider them, especially for long-distance relocations. If you’re moving locally, you need someone who can provide you with the tools and boxes that you need for the relocation. Specialty and long-distance moving may involve national moving networks to pull more weight and manpower.