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A memorable Christmas is not about the gifts you receive on the day, it is about the time that you spend with family and the traditions that you have together. But what can you do to make this the most memorable one yet? In this article, we will be providing you with some of the ways that you can make Christmas more enjoyable for the whole family. 

Watch Your Favourite Christmas Films 

If you are a family that loves to snuggle down and watch a film on the sofa, why not choose your favourite festive film. Whether it is an animation such as The Polar express for the smaller children or a romantic festive film such as love actually for the older children; this is a great way to get the family involved and feel festive. This is also a great time to make hot chocolate and eat a range of festive snacks. 

Write Your List To Santa 

Another activity that you can do as a family is to write a Christmas list. This not only helps you to gauge what your children want for Christmas, but it allows them to post and send the letter for a much more enjoyable experience. You can make this more enjoyable for young children in particular by using a personalised letter from Santa service. You can customise the letter and have it sent to yo0ur home to keep the magic of Christmas alive. This is set to make Christmas much more enjoyable for children as a result.

Get Creative In The Kitchen 

Another way that you can make Christmas more enjoyable is to get the whole family being creative in the kitchen. With a wide range of recipes to choose from, this is an amazing weekend activity for the lead up to Christmas and allows for the whole family to get involved. Whether it is Christmas cookies, sausage rolls or the ultimate cornflake tart, this is the perfect time to make some sweet treats and practice ingredients ready for Christmas day. Even if the kids lose interest halfway through, this is a great way for the adults to relax and unwind. 

Start A Fun Tradition 

Alternatively, there is also the option to start a family tradition. Whether it is going carolling on Christmas eve or attending midnight mass, there is a wide range of options for you to consider when making a tradition. This is something that you and the whole family can do every year to help you really enjoy Christmas and make the most out of both the build-up and the big day. There are also several other events such as markets and a Christmas play for you to go to, making for the perfect day out. 

With this in mind, there is a wide range of ways that you can keep the Christmas feeling going this year. It is just as simple as finding what works for your family and encouraging everyone to get involved. Which of these will you be incorporating into your festivities? 

It’s been quite some time since I wrote about my own personal life and yay, I’m officially a father of one now! Jacqueline gave birth to Mikayla at Mount Alvernia Hospital nearly a month ago, and truly, it is a special moment that we have all been waiting for. 

The Beginning… 

We experienced our first miscarriage in July 2018 and after that difficult episode, we sought Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment to optimise our chances of conceiving. 

Our TCM Physician 

To prepare for pregnancy, we visited Dr Chong at Ban Choon Wah Medical Hall and through his patience and the Chinese herbal medicine that he prescribed to us, Jacqueline was able to conceive naturally on September 2019 (1 year 2 months after the miscarriage). If you have difficulty trying to conceive and you are looking for alternative treatments, we will definitely recommend Dr Chong. To conceive, it takes both hands to clap; so Dr Chong will treat both husband and wife so that the chances of conceiving is at its optimum level. 

The Chinese herbal medicine cost us $130 per visit and consultation fees can be given at your own accord in a red packet/angpow. Overall, I think we visited him about 5-6 times. 

Our Gynae 

Our Gynae is Dr Chen Chern Yi and Jacqueline has been her patient ever since she had to remove a fibroid in 2017. Our overall experience with Dr Chen has been insightful and pleasant, and she is also a very skilful and knowledgeable doctor. Just so you know, Dr Chen has got two clinics; one at Novena and the other at Punggol. 

In terms of cost, the antenatal package that Jacqueline took up cost about $2K and that does not include the tests (NICE non-invasive prenatal test, Vitamin D deficiency test), jabs (whopping cough and common flu vaccination), vitamins (Vitamin D) and supplements (DHA). 

Although the costs are slightly on the pricier side, we decided to go the private route to save time. After all, time is money and the more time we save, the more money we can earn back. 

Mikayla’s Name 

Many people ask why the name, Mikayla?  

Before we knew the gender of our baby, my wife and I agreed that if the baby is a boy, his name will begin with J (Jacob), the initial of her first name; and if the baby is a girl, her name will begin with M (Mikayla), the initial of my first name. 

So yes, when we have a baby boy next time, you can be sure his name is going to be Jacob. 

For some unknown reason, the names, Jacob/Mikayla came to us naturally and it resonated strongly with us. Hence, the chosen names. 

The meaning of the name, Mikayla

“The name, Mikayla, is the phonetic version of the Hebrew Michaela and a feminine form of Michael, an archangel who carried out God’s judgments and is known as the patron saint of soldiers. The name is associated with power and strength.” 

Mikayla’s Chinese Name 

Mikayla’s Chinese Name when translated to English means Universal Love and this name was specially chosen after a consultation with Master Yuan from Yuan Metaphysics 

Some Chinese Metaphysics (CM) Practitioner specialise in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Bazi Reading, and Taichi; while others may choose to specialise in Feng Shui, Amulets Making, Property Selection, and Chinese Name Selection. If you are looking for someone to do Chinese Name Selection, I highly recommend Master Yuan because this is an area that she is extremely talented in and passionate about. 

Master Yuan’s approach to name selection is akin to that of song-writing. While there are many software out there that can generate a list of names based on one’s Bazi, Master Yuan takes name selection very seriously and she is very passionate about her craft. 

Preparation for Mikayla’s Arrival 

Singapore went into a state of partial lockdown a.k.a circuit breaker since 7 April 2020 and thankfully, Jacqueline and I had the foresight to buy all that we needed to prepare for Mikayla’s arrival.  

Here are the stuffs that we bought before the circuit breaker to prepare for Mikayla’s arrival: 

Baby Cot: Beblum Lavo 5, SGD$229 

There are many brands of baby cot in the market but we chose the Beblum Lavo 5 Baby Cot because it is versatile and can be repurposed for many other different uses when Mikayla grows up. 

What we really like about the Beblum Lavo 5 is that it is easy to assemble and it does not require any tools. 

Diapers: Merries (Newborn), SGD$68.75 for 240 pieces (about SGD$0.30 per piece) 

For diapers, we bought Merries and so far, we are quite satisfied with it. We will probably consider Offspring once we used up the Merries diapers that we bought but really, we don’t have any issue with Merries. 

Cabinet to Store Mikayla’s Clothing: Ikea’s MALM Chest of 6 Drawers, SGD$169 

We love putting our furniture together and Ikea’s MALM Chest of 6 Drawers is relatively easy to assemble. Tools such as a screwdriver will be needed but other than that, it’s really straightforward and not some rocket science.

Parenting Station: Combi Fealetto Auto Swing, SGD$759 

The Combi Fealetto Auto Swing is really great to use. When we’re not putting Mikayla in the baby cot, we actually put her in the Combi Fealetto Auto Swing so that she can nap in the living room. 

One of the coolest feature of the Combi Fealetto Auto Swing is the 4-speed auto-swinging function and the 7 different lullabies in 4-volume levels that can help the baby to be comfortable and fall asleep. 

The Combi Fealetto Auto Swing can also be used as a high chair for dining when Mikayla grows up. 

Stroller: Combi Mega Ride Stroller, SGD$559

The Combi Mega Ride Stroller is definitely not ideal for overseas travel as it is quite bulky and not so portable. If you are driving a hatchback or sedan car, you might have some difficulty trying to put this stroller into the car boot. 

For us, it didn’t really matter since we don’t own a car and we wanted a stroller that is durable and rugged.  

What we like about the Combi Mega Ride Stroller is the one-touch folding and opening feature which allows us to easily open and fold the stroller with one hand while holding the baby in another hand. 

Wet Wipes: Korea Angeur Wet Wipes, SGD$17.98 for 800 pieces (about SGD0.02 per piece)

Although we like the scent of the Korea Angeur Wet Wipes and its wallet-friendly price, we might make the switch to Jeju Island Wet Wipes, another wet wipes brand that is rather popular among parents. 

Breast Pump: Hegen PCTO™ Double Electric Breast Pump, SGD$450

We have heard so much about Hegen’s products from fellow influencers and naturally, we decided to go with the flow and got the Hegen PCTO™ Double Electric Breast Pump. It is really simple to use, intuitive, and Jacqueline enjoys using it. 

Milk Bottle: Hegen PCTO™ Complete Starter Kit PPSU, SGD$150 

For new dads like me, Hegen’s products are really simple and easy to use. There aren’t many components and parts to deal with and they are pretty straightforward. Honestly, you really can’t go wrong with the Hegen Milk Bottle. 

Cuchen UV Steriliser, SGD$599

A gift from Jacqueline’s friends, we found the Cuchen UV Steriliser super useful because it saves us a lot of time from sterilising the milk bottles after washing. It can also be used to sterilise accessories such as cutlery too. 

The Cuchen UV Steriliser comes with Medical Grade UV LED that enables a more thorough sterilising with no hidden corners. It also comes with alert indicators to remind us to replace the UV lamps and LED. 

Again, this is simple and easy to use because of its one-touch easy operation. 

The Day of Mikayla’s Arrival… 

Mount Alvernia Hospital

We woke up at 5am so that Jacqueline can have a light breakfast before heading to the hospital for the admission process. Due to COVID-19, I was not allowed into the Operating Theatre (OT) but I am glad that I was able to accompany both Jacqueline and Mikayla, by staying overnight at the hospital to be with them. 

When it was time for Jacqueline to be pushed to the OT, I was quite anxious and I was pacing up and down the corridor. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and I had a lot of thoughts going on in my mind. 

When the midwife came out and called my name; she was pushing the hospital baby cot with Mikayla inside and the midwife offered to help me take some photographs with Mikayla. As Jacqueline was still in the OT being sewn up by the doctor, I followed the midwife to the nursery to complete the registration process. 

We chose the Single Room in the Maternity Ward so that Jacqueline can have all the rest she needs and I can also likewise stay overnight to accompany her (FYI, only single rooms allows an overnight companion). 

The room was really spacious and comfortable and there is an in-room mini-fridge which I use to store the snacks that I brought along for our “staycation”. Although there’s a desk for working; I don’t think anyone would have time and be in the right state of mind to take out their laptop and work. 

If you intend to stay overnight as a companion, there is an additional charge of $92.45 (GST inclusive) per night and it includes 4 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, tea-break, and dinner). 

Although we were given the opportunity to have Mikayla room-in with us, it felt a little awkward as Jacqueline was not able to move much due to her wound and the whole realisation of, “I am now a dad”, took a while to sink in. 

I tried to learn as much as I could from the nurses; from carrying Mikayla to swaddling her. 

If you are planning to deliver at Mount Alvernia, we recommend that you get the Alvernia Ladies Card which cost $68 for a 2-year membership term.  

Some of the awesome benefits of the Alvernia Ladies Care are as follows: 

  • $100 off total bill for single room (this benefit alone covers the cost of the card) 
  • Complimentary 12-month Personal Accident Plan Coverage for member, newborn, and spouse. 
  • Free 1 set of My First Skool uniform and mattress cover for each child enrolled. 

In total, our total bill (hospital stay, surgery, medical consumables, and etc.) amounted to nearly $9K (this is the remaining amount that we have to cough out in cash after deducting approved delivery expenses from my MediSave account).  

Jacqueline and I are indeed thankful for the wonderful team of doctors, nurses, and lactation consultant who have showered us with the best care and concern. Their words of encouragement were heartwarming. 

Just before we left the hospital for home, we presented Mikayla at Mount Alvernia Hospital’s Chapel for a short prayer service and this is truly a special moment that I think only Mount Alvernia Hospital offers. 

Moments of Life App 

I really like how the government is going digital. It really makes everything convenient and saves us a lot of time too. In fact, I was able to collect Mikayla’s Birth Certificate at the hospital and I need not make a trip to the Immigrations and Checkpoint Authority (ICA) Building at all. From the app, we can also apply for the Baby Bonus, view immunisation records, and many more. 

Breastfeeding 

Breastfeeding is very tough and painful at the beginning. On the 2nd day after the delivery, Jacqueline experienced engorgement and she was in quite a lot of pain. She almost wanted to give up breastfeeding but the nurses kept on encouraging her not to give up and they did their best to help her relieve the pain. 

Even though breastfeeding can be quite time consuming and physically draining, Jacqueline is now pretty much used to the routine and that helps a lot. It’s almost like guard duty because the baby needs to be fed every 3-4 hours. 

Newborn babies feed round the clock so it really helps if the dads get involved and help with changing the diapers or even playing with the baby so that the mums can get all the rest they need. 

The 1 Month Confinement Period 

There are a lot of myths, do’s and don’ts for the 1 month confinement period and not all mums practise it because it can be quite expensive. The confinement herbs alone cost at least $700-$800 a month. 

For us, we gotten the 30 Days Exquisite Confinement Package (SGD$568) from Lao Ban Niang and this doesn’t include other Chinese medicinal herbs (cordyceps) and other ingredients (rice wine, black vinegar) that we purchased separately.  

Confinement Nanny 

As most of the confinement nannies in Singapore come from Malaysia, it is really difficult to get a confinement nanny during this period due to COVID-19  

Thankfully, we managed to get Aunty Jenny (how we usually address her) from Star Confinement Nanny.  

Aunty Jenny (as we would normally address her) has more than 10 years of experience and she has travelled to far-flung places like New Zealand and Australia to work as a confinement nanny. She cooks really well and is very knowledgeable in caring for newborn babies. From her, we have learnt how to change diapers properly, how to help the baby burp, how to bathe the baby, and also picked up a few tips and tricks from her. 

It cost us more than $3k to engage a confinement nanny and this does not include the 2X red packet/angpow that we give (one on the first day of arrival and the other on the last day of work) to her and the household groceries. 

Summary 

Well, this is a super duper long post and the purpose of this post is to document our new journey stepping into parenthood. 

There is a lot to consider when starting a family and the expenses can amount to quite a lot of money. This is why it is important to save up and be prudent on what we spend on. Where you can save, save; where you must spend, spend.

There are also a lot to learn as a new parent and information can come from so many different sources (grandparents-to-be, friends, colleagues, Internet, even confinement lady) that they sometimes conflict with each other.  

As parents, we want the best for our children and sometimes, we got to trust our own instincts as to what’s relevant, what’s useful, and what’s age-appropriate. When it comes to your child’s well-being, always seek a medical professional for advise. 

As an educator myself, I too have my own mindset as to how I will want to teach/educate my child and that itself will affect my parenting style as well. However, that’s probably a topic for another day. 

You will probably be seeing more posts about parenting on our blog soon. 🙂 

Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing great and keeping well.  

I haven’t been gaming for quite a while now as I am juggling between work and parenting but when I do have pockets of time to play some games, I would take out my iPhone and start gaming. 

The issue I have with playing free-to-play mobile games is that they aren’t exactly free. Yes, the games are free to play but if you want a good chance of winning the game, you would have to purchase add-ons to improve your character and the gameplay experience. Although there will sometimes be in-game ads that will give certain boosts and enhancements to your character, they do take up a fair bit of time and it can ruin the entire gameplay. 

Recently, I was introduced to GameTop and I am simply amazed at the wide collection of free pc games that I could download and play. Now, I haven’t been gaming on my personal computer (pc) for ages, and with all honesty, GameTop’s website user interface did seemed quite dodgy to me at the beginning. However, after testing it for myself, I am confident to recommend GameTop if you are looking to download free games to play on your pc. 

One really awesome thing about the free downloadable pc games on GameTop is that they are full version games with no trials and time limits. As there are hundreds of games available on GameTop, it can be quite difficult to go through all of them. Hence, your best bet is to go right to their list of top 100 games or to select the genre of games that you are most passionate about. 

At this moment, I am playing two games that I downloaded from GameTop; Airport Madness 3D and Goodgame Big Farm. They are pretty fun if you like games that challenges and stimulates your brain. Well, since I am mostly on my computer, I suppose it now gives me more reason to game on the pc. Oh and one more thing that I almost forgot to mention, GameTop is a registered company in Singapore and they have supported the gaming industry for more than 10 years! 

What pc games are you playing now? If you have download pc games from GameTop and you will like to recommend a game, feel free to comment below!  

As man’s best friends, dogs have always been a popular choice of pets. Every single person who has ever owned a canine has definitely been delighted with their loyal nature as well as amazing instincts. There has never been a dog owner who said that they didn’t love their pet. The bond between humans and these animals has always been strong and that’s not about to change any time soon.

While the saying, “every dog goes to heaven” is widely accepted even by utter atheists, there’s no denying the fact that some breeds appear to be more popular than others. Whichever breed you own, you will definitely want to take the best possible care of your pet. As you can see at Pet Dog Pals, there are lots and lots of things you need to think about when you decide to keep a dog. From food to collars, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your canine leads a good life.

As I was saying, though, some breeds appear to be more popular than others. This seems to change from year to year.

Let us see what the year 2020 has to tell us regarding the most popular dog breeds. Who knows, you just might get surprised with some of the breeds that made it to this list. Here we go.

Labrador Retrievers

I suppose this one doesn’t come as a surprise at all. In fact, if Labrador Retrievers don’t make it to the list of most popular breeds, that’s when I will get surprised. They seem to have taken this throne a long time ago and nobody can take it away from them no matter how hard they might try. It takes but one look in the eyes of these pups to realise that they are the rightful owners of that throne.

Their goofy and friendly face makes them look as if they are always smiling at you. The trusting nature and the intelligence of Labrador Retrievers make them the first choice of most families with children. Children love them and they love children in return. Their helping instinct makes them the most popular choice for visually impaired people, which is just another reason why they deserve to be number one on this list.

German Shepherds

As opposed to the Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds have a firm, strict, and often times intimidating appearance, which makes them great guard dogs. Being protective by nature, this is the perfect breed for all those people who need to feel safer in a specific environment. Their intelligence and keen senses are also a plus when it comes to staying on guard and protecting their family.

Despite this intimidating appearance, German Shepherds are actually quite gentle dogs once you get to know them. They too love to cuddle and they tend to be very playful at times. It’s just that they choose who to cuddle and play with. In other words, they will maintain a strict and serious posture in front of strangers and then turn into silly little pups when with their family.

Poodles

This one might come as a surprise to you but poodles are actually among the most popular breeds in 2020. Here’s something even more shocking. According to some studies, they appear to be the world’s second smartest dog breed. Their intelligence, of course, isn’t why people love them so much. Sure, it’s a big plus, but it’s not the main reason.

I have no doubt that their popularity stems from their rather playful and often mischievous nature. If you decide to get this dog, you will find yourself frequently laughing at its actions. What’s more, you’ll spend even more time completely baffled and not being able to believe the things they did one after another. Poodles are intelligence mixed with mischief. That really is the perfect combination.

Here are some facts about these dogs that you might not have known before: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/64749/10-fancy-facts-about-poodles

Dachshunds

This is your next surprise. For a long time, people have criticised this breed for being too difficult to train. Obedience is not their best feature since their nose always gets the better of them and they get stuck following a certain scent that often takes them God knows where. This has made many owners rather frustrated. Everybody likes a dog that listens to their owner.

If you ask me, I believe that the very individualistic and independent nature of Dachshunds has made them so popular today. Sure, we all love a dog that obeys but we must admit that their independence is what amazes us. Dachshunds are highly intelligent and you will definitely be able to train them enough. However, I suggest you don’t completely suffocate their playful and curious nature because that’s exactly why you love them.

Beagle

What would this list be without a Beagle? They are highly intelligent and have been used to sniff out prey for many years. Today, they are more praised for their social skills and the ability to quickly get attached to strangers. This makes them perfect for people who love to socialise. Beagles are like the belle of the ball.

I could go on and on about why this breed is so popular all over the world and why people are crazy about Beagles. Let’s face it, though. There’s only one right answer to this question. We love them because of their big, floppy ears.

Got other breeds that you feel should be part of this list? Share with us your comments below!

In today’s society, most men work in offices and boardrooms. A typical male is refined, handsome, and rugged. He is an influential figure in any field that he is in, and he projects a powerful aura with the help of a suit and tie. You can know more about suits when you go to this informative website.

For many men, not just any suits on a random rack are enough. Some of the many splurges of men are watches and tailored suits. Note that any person can go visit his local department store and “stumble” on an outfit that is enough for his daily wear. He can pull any suit off the rack out of the department store in New York, and that’s it. But it takes more than that to have the aura of power and dependability.

Someone serious enough to make a hard-working and charming image in a company will go to the tailors for his needs. Here are some of the reasons why.

Why Go to A Tailor?

  1. Get Excellent Quality of Materials and Suit

Some people can attest that wearing low-quality and cheap suits spells trouble in the long run. The problem is that one needs to wear the outfit on a weekly or even daily basis. The cheap materials will not be able to withstand too much use, and they can start to look old in a short time.

Some people who buy low-quality ones say that after just a few washes, the colours start to fade. The part on the elbows will start to fray. Along with the fading stitches, the wear and tear can also cause a man to have low self-esteem in the workplace. The truth of the matter is that cheaper is more expensive in the long run.

Some of the fashion designers in the industry gave a quote that dressing well is a form of good manners wherever you are. You must put your best foot forward no matter the situation.

When you go to the tailors, you can choose which fabrics will fit your needs best. A custom tailor in NYC can let you choose from many high-quality fabrics. These clothing will not quickly wear out regardless of the frequency you use them. You might even get some sheen or lustre when you are impeccably draped with this kind of attire.

Another thing is that you will have an outfit that is unique to you, and you can’t find any other varieties. On the other hand, the ones that are machine-made on the assembly lines have the same patterns, colours, and threads. When others are wearing the same suit as yours in the office, you sometimes might feel like you want to hide in a corner because it can be embarrassing.

  1. Have Better Fit

For many people, fitting is their number one concern when it comes to an outfit. Some with leaner bodies can adjust to the off-the-rack suits. But note that one can never substitute the measurements made by a skilled tailor. Every inch is measured, and the result will fit you perfectly.

If you have more muscles in your body or if you have a leaner frame, the tailored coat will reinforce your canvas. You will look better even from afar. The clothes will not hang lopsided and baggy from your shoulders. You can accentuate and build on your features, and at the same time, hide the imperfect ones.

Another thing that you need to consider when going to a tailor is that the pants will be hemmed, and they will hit your shoes at a perfect angle. They are the right length, and every stride that you make is more powerful and confident. The overall appearance can be compared to that of an excellent and sleek automobile that everyone admires no matter where it goes.

About Thin Slicing
To emphasize the importance of a better fit, the Business Insider article recently talked about thin slicing. This is a habit that everyone makes, and this involves quick assumptions. Many people will make their first impression on someone within seven seconds. The study was conducted, and it included groups of men that were rated based on their attire.

Most of the men in the photos wore suits. Some of them wore custom-made and bespoke ones. Others are the standard off-the-rack ones that can be bought from the local department stores. The men wearing tailored clothing naturally received favourable ratings. This experiment clearly shows that men should purchase more bespoke clothes as this can enhance their image in more positive ways than they can imagine.

  1. Better Fashion Sense

The ones that one can buy inside a department store can look the same. They might be the trending ones today, but they were made in a cookie-fashion way. If you want to take advantage of and gain an edge, you need to have custom suits.

Some of the benefits include the fabric being made from premium materials, and you will always be on-trend. The number of buttons, lapel widths, vents, and cuffs can be customised according to your appearance and preferences.

You can showcase your personality and your fashion-forward views when you have a well-tailored suit. You can decide whether to wear the pinstriped or the plaid ones. You can have bold colour choices for special occasions.

The opportunities and possibilities are endless. All bespoke and customised suits can fully express who you are and cater to your needs.

Vast bluff-top vistas, snow trails cut through lush forests, and the ice-coated waters of Lake Tremblant lend loads of opportunities for fun when you plan a winter visit to Mont-Tremblant, Quebec.

The charming, whimsical village of Mont-Tremblant centres around the winter recreational hub of the Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort and the expansive wilderness of Mont-Tremblant National Park sprawls just an hour’s drive north of the city centre. 

Residents are fluent in French, and other European influences are evident in the city’s architecture, cuisines, and culture. Make room in the luggage for all of your cold-weather gear; a Mont-Tremblant winter vacation promises to be packed with chilly adventures.

Navigating the City

This snow-drenched destination is nestled in the Laurentian Mountains, just a 90-minute drive northwest of bustling Montreal. Arrive by air via the Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and combine your visit with a tour of this world-class city. While you’re at it, find a luggage storage service in Montreal and only take what you need on your adventure into the mountains.

Or, make it a one-stop visit and fly into the Mont Tremblant International Airport, just a short drive north of all of the resort action. Shuttles offer easy transportation to nearby hotels, and rental cars are available, too.

There are other ways to access the attractions in Mont-Tremblant. Taxis run throughout the city, and large groups can book a luxury motorcoach. Take advantage of the Mont-Tremblant Public Transit buses to pop around the city with ease, or tighten up the snow boots and experience this small city on foot.

Where to Stay

The options for lodging in Mont-Tremblant are diverse. Chalets and mountain cabins offer tranquil and scenic escapes, while lakefront lodges and chain hotels offer convenient amenities and easy access to the ski resort. 

Land one of the short-term vacation rentals near Mont-Tremblant, and you can cosy up in a tiny house or sprawl out in a condo on the slopes. Wherever you choose to stay in Mont-Tremblant, you can expect mountain views, endless opportunities for outdoor fun, and relaxing resort vibes.

Winter Recreation

Mont-Tremblant is bursting with winter recreational opportunities. This place comes alive when the snow flies. Most winter fun kicks off in December, though some adventures can be enjoyed before the temperature drop.

Kick-off your winter trip in Mont-Tremblant with a journey down the resort’s snow-covered hills. Seasoned skiers should be able to hit the slopes as soon as the boots are locked, though first-time snow sliders might want to read up on some tips. Trails range from beginner-level to treacherous; maps and brochures can be downloaded or acquired at the resort.

Seek out some freestyle fun at one of the resort’s snowparks. Focus on flips and forms at the Progression Park, or start slow at the family-friendly Mitik Park, where new talent can hone some skills.

Alpine touring is another way to experience the region during winter. Equipment is available for rent, and passes are required to access the resort’s groomed trails. This hybrid of cross-country skiing and hiking will get the blood pumping while providing fantastic vantage points from the rugged terrain. Once you’ve wrapped the route, you’ll incorporate a little downhill skiing in the mix; with a speedy ride back down the mountain.

Venture beyond the ski hills for some more snow-themed explorations in Mont-Tremblant National Park. The Diable sector is where most winter activities can be enjoyed. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are popular pastimes here. As rental equipment is available, you don’t need to bring your own gear.

While visiting this Quebec national park, expect to see some wildlife. Though animal residents don’t frequently travel the forests in the frigid winter months, critters can still be spotted. Backcountry ski or hike along the snowy trails where moose and deer may cross your path. Eastern wolves are also known to roam these woods, too, though it’ll probably be harder to catch a glimpse of these elusive predators.

Wrangle up your own pack of canines when you go dog-sledding near Mont-Tremblant. Tours typically span an hour, with hot chocolate stops along the way. Some routes are kid-friendly, while others can get a little wild. Bundle up, meet the pups, and prepare for a one-of-a-kind winter adventure.

Want to lounge on ice for a while? Head out for some ice fishing on one of the nearby lakes. Book an ice-fishing tour, and guides will provide the gear and even drill the hole; all you’ll need to do is hunker down and wait for a bite.

Come In from the Cold

When the winter winds blow a little too much, and your muscles need a break, take cover in some of Mont-Tremblant’s best indoor attractions. Enjoy some live entertainment or test your luck at the Casino de Mont Tremblant, or spend a day perusing the shops along the walkable village streets. Stock up for sugar cravings at a sweet shop or snag some awesome European apparel at one of the high-end boutiques.

And then there’s the food. What better way to rejuvenate and relax than with some gourmet cuisine. Sample French-inspired fusions with a side of stunning mountain views, or settle into a spot at one of the village bars for some pub fare in a low-key atmosphere. Want crepes? You’re covered, and there are a few cafes, too.

Tiny homes have become more popular in recent times. There is a mistaken assumption that a small space feels cramped up and uncomfortable. We are here to tell you that anyone can live in a small area and still find bliss and comfort. It all comes down to your efficiency in utilising the space. Make sure to save more space with the use of smart storage ideas.

A tiny home is, of course, small. However, the functionality of a small space can be similar to a big area. Again, it all boils down to the manner that you utilise that tiny space. A tiny space gives any family that lives in it an intimate experience. Any small spot can feel more spacious with a little effective space planning and smart storage solutions.

The intimacy that comes with the tiny space is an excellent benefit in living small. There are tons of perks in making the transition into a tiny home. One thing is for sure; living small offers a functional, minimalistic, and fulfilling experience.

Storage Space Under The Bed

When it comes to living in a humble home, saving space is crucial. Anyone living in a tight area should be able to make use of the dead space in their house. An excellent example of underutilised space in your home is the space under your bed. You can turn the space beneath your bed into a storage space. This area can be a great place to store your books and more.

Creating additional storage space in a tiny home is a much-needed skill. You wouldn’t want to cramp your functional spaces by placing your things there. The area under your bed is also an excellent place to store your clothes. Think of it as one of the great dresser alternatives.

The space under your bed should turn into a functional storage space. Instead of letting this space gather dust, think of ways to store your things here. You can use the space under your bed to help organise your belongings. This area can turn into book storage, jewellery storage, and many more.

Floating Shelves

Think of your walls as your next best storage solution. You can use floating shelves on your walls to store your favourite knick-knacks and other items. Adding floating shelves are a great storage solution. Create more floor space by adding floating shelves that go above your head! Make sure that the elevation remains accessible and safe. 

The best thing about floating shelves is that they can blend right into the aesthetic of your home. Nothing says “functional” than having floating shelves that store the things that you are passionate about. You can use floating shelves to keep away things from little kids. Think of floating shelves as the perfect complement to the aesthetic and your lifestyle!

Go for floating shelves that are either made of metal or wood. The best thing about the metal floating shelves is that they are more durable. But, if you like how the floating wooden shelves look, feel free to use them. Floating shelves made out of wood can be a great storage solution to add aesthetic.

A Loft Setup

One of the problems that people living in tiny houses face is the lack of a dedicated space. Living in small homes often looks like mixing a lot of your everyday activities into one space. It sure would be nice if you can find a dedicated space for sleeping and your other daily activities. 

Well, you can quickly solve this dilemma with the use of a loft. The great thing about a loft setup is that it turns a single space then it breaks that space down into two different functions. Many of the popular loft installations involve sleeping quarters and office space. You can easily find your niche and experiment with a loft setup. 

You can use a loft set up for your gaming space below and a reading nook on top. There are a lot of combinations that you can use for your loft setup. But one thing is for sure; a loft setup can be the answer to the dedicated space that you are looking for.

Wall Tables

Wall tables can be a great way to save more space in your tiny home. Wall tables do not take up a lot of space because they connect themselves to the wall. Your kitchen space will not feel cramped with the use of wall tables. Whereas, when you use a separate table, you may need to place it in the middle of the room, which takes up a lot of floor space.

There are variations of a wall table that fold in and out of your wall when not in use. You will find that these floating wall tables are an excellent solution for saving more space. Use these folding wall tables on your workspace, cooking, and dining activities.

Takeaway

Living in a tiny home should still feel blissful and comfortable. You do not need to throw things away or leave essential items behind when you make this small home transition. Bring all of the things that you are passionate about into your little space.

Use these smart storage ideas to create more space. These storage and space-saving hacks can help you live comfortably in your tiny home. Stay organised and enjoy the small home lifestyle!

In the USA alone, there are nearly 300 million vehicles in use. Most people use a car to get to work, to go to the store, to hit the gym and do a variety of other things. It is undoubtedly one of the most convenient ways to get around.

While everyone wants their car to work well and operate the way it should, they also want it to look great. A big part of a car looking great is the paint being in pristine condition. Unfortunately, there are many things out there that can damage the paint of your vehicle. As a result, it is crucial to protect the paint of your car from taking an unnecessary amount of damage.

With that in mind, let’s go over a few of the best ways to protect your car paint for longer.

Consider Using Ceramic Coatings

One of the best ways to protect the paint of your car from the elements is to use a ceramic coating. Ceramic coating is essentially a second layer of protection over the paint of your vehicle. It is clear, won’t harm the paint and will protect your paint against most of the things that could damage it. These types of coatings can often preserve the paint of your car for months.

If you are in the market for some ceramic coating or want to learn more, be sure to check out this link: CarPro | Ceramic Coatings Made Simple: Best Step-by-Step Guide in 2020

Keep Your Car Waxed

Waxing your car is another reliable way to protect its paint. Waxing helps to create a barrier between your car paint and anything that may touch your vehicle. It can help your vehicle have a beautiful shine as well. You can consider waxing by yourself, but it isn’t a bad idea to consider having a professional take care of it as well. While it can vary depending on who you ask, it’s generally a good idea to have your car waxed every three months or so.

Quickly Clear off Debris

Some of the biggest potential causes of damage to your paint are things like bird droppings, dust, tree sap and dirt. If you notice any of these materials or debris on your vehicle, it is a good idea to clear them off instantly as they are often easier to get rid of when they are fresh. The longer they sit on the surface of your vehicle, the more damage that they can do.

Wash the Car Often

How to Keep your Car Clean!

Simply washing the car can also help to keep the paint looking fresh. Of course, be sure to be using the right type of products that will be gentle on the paint of your car and not damage it. When washing, be sure to take your time and be thorough, and also be sure to rinse the vehicle thoroughly (and dry it off) to make sure it is looking its best. In general, you should try to wash your car in a shady and cool place, if at all possible.

Utilise Some Paint Sealant

Paint sealant is another product designed to help protect the paint of your vehicle. It only needs to be applied once or twice a year and can have some incredible results. Think of it as a synthetic type of car wax that can last multiple times as long. Be sure to follow the application and removal steps to ensure the best results.

In conclusion, we hope this article has been able to help you learn some great ways to protect your car paint for longer.

This post might contradict my previous post somewhat because if something’s free, surely there’s some hidden costs or agenda. Thanks to the practitioners whom I have spoken/interacted with, they have willingly shared some free content which I feel will benefit those who are new to Chinese metaphysics and hence, I have provided some links below which I hope will be beneficial to those who aspire to learn this art.  

The number of Chinese metaphysics practitioners is on the rise, and this is a good sign because this shows that more people will learn and appreciate Chinese culture and ancient scriptures such as Yi Jing, Tao Te Ching, and the likes. However, there are also some people who learn Chinese metaphysics so that they can use it for other reasons.

If you are keen to learn the various Chinese divination systems such as Bazi, Yi Jing, Feng Shui, and Qi Men Dun Jia; there are many resources and information out there that are widely available. However, do be aware that there is also false information that is purposely uploaded online, and you will need to exercise some wisdom to discern whether the teachings are authentic since there are many self-taught practitioners.

Furthermore, because the Chinese metaphysics industry is mostly unregulated, anyone can claim to be a master after completing a Chinese metaphysics course that probably cost thousands of dollars. 

Say you need to undergo a surgery, will you let a self-taught person or an inexperienced person operate on you? Maybe, if you are concerned about costs (but that is not to say that those who charge low prices are not worth their salt). I do personally know of practitioners who charge affordable rates because they genuinely want to help others, and they have made it their life mission to better the lives of others through Chinese metaphysics. However, the same is also true. Those who charge ridiculously high prices may not necessarily be good, and they command a high price only because they know how to market themselves and are well-known. 

If you are interested to learn Bazi and you are not quite sure if you are willing to part with your hard-earned money, you should check out Eric’s Bazi Insider Channel as it will help to build your fundamental knowledge in Bazi.

On the other hand, if you are already practising Bazi/Feng Shui and you are looking for some free online tools that can help you; you should check out Jenson’s Bazi Calculator. Jenson also has got a free 24 Mountains Feng Shui Compass and an 8 Mansions Feng Shui Tool that new homeowners who are trained in Feng Shui can use too!

I firmly believe that by knowing and understanding your personal Bazi (4 pillars), you can have a good grip on your life purpose/destiny and make better life decisions/choices. Some practitioners have gone as far as six pillars to read and interpret charts but if all this sounds new to you, start from the basics!

Happy learning!

As a student growing up, I would always flip to the horoscope section of the newspaper to have a read. While some of the predictions/forecasts amused me, I have never taken them seriously because I was reading them to pass the time.

However, since 2015, I developed a genuine interest in astrology, and I have used different astrology systems to read and interpret my natal chart. Some of the systems which I have used include Bazi, 9 Star Ki, Yi Jing, Zi Wei Dou Shu, Qi Men Dun Jia, Greek Astrology, Vedic Astrology, and Numerology and guess what?

They are all surprisingly very accurate, and they provide useful indicators of a person’s character, career, health, and relationships (both at home and work).

By knowing a person’s date of birth, you can tell certain traits of a person, and it is even more accurate than having them do an MBTI or DISC profiling assessment.

A person can change their responses/answers in an MBTI or DISC profiling assessment to work in their favour, but they cannot change their date of birth and natal chart. By knowing someone’s natal chart, you can tell a lot about the person and uncover many hidden secrets. The natal chart is like a blueprint, and knowing it inside out can help a person to unlock their destiny.

However, only trained/skilled practitioners will know how to interpret the natal charts, and there are rules that they have to abide by- such as charging fees for natal chart reading/divination.

Why must practitioners charge for natal chart reading/divination?

Practitioners like myself believe in the exchange of energies, that is exchanging advice for compensation. Without some form of exchange, a negative karmic debt will affect both parties, and the practitioner will pick up the customer’s bad luck and misfortune for interfering with the business of other beings (from the other realms).

Free reading is like giving away one’s life to the customer. The practitioner may pick up the customer’s karmic debt for “leaking heaven’s secret” without compensation, and thus it becomes an interference with the destiny of the customer for no reason. For example, if a practitioner observes that something untoward will happen to the customer and informs the customer about it such that the customer can do something to avoid it, it would be considered as the practitioner having interfered with the destiny of the customer.

It will be inauspicious to the customer who will owe a karmic debt to the practitioner, and this karma entanglement may cause unnecessary reincarnations to repay the karmic debts.

The amount of payment is not essential, but the flow and exchange of energies are. Hence, if a practitioner does not want to charge a poor customer or close friend, a symbolic payment inside a red envelope or a simple meal should be a minimum.

There are, however, exceptions to this and practitioners will not charge a fee for three groups of people:

1. People whose lives are about to end
2. People who are facing an unavoidable major disaster
3. People who will not have good luck for the remainder of their lives

There are also some other rules for fee-charging, and some of these rules include:

Charging the rich and famous more because people at these social levels have a more considerable influence on society and “leaking heaven’s secrets” to them will create more unintended impact (whether positive or negative) on society.

Charging the poor lesser because the influence of this group of people on society is smaller than that of the rich and “leaking heaven’s secrets” to them will not have much impact on society.

Also, there are four types of readings that practitioners don’t do:

1. No reading of other people’s private matter to avoid exploitation of people unknown to the practitioner.
2. No prediction of baby gender.
3. No forecasting or divination service for crooks due to obvious reasons.
4. No forecasting or divination service for insincere people.

If you are a practitioner like me, and you want to level up your Bazi Reading/Interpretation skill, you might want to check out the Bazi Course conducted by Jenson Goh (I don’t get any commissions/referral fees for recommending his course). I am only recommending Jenson’s course because his lessons are simple to follow, and there’s no fluff involved (you will get authentic learning and be able to apply it).