The best part of traveling is opening your heart and mind to new experiences. You will meet different people and you will experience various cultures. Travelling however can also become a challenge because you have to ensure that you do not get lost during your tour around a city.
I arrived in Japan on a Friday afternoon and after the long flight I was just too eager to get out of the airport and experience the city of Tokyo. My friend James was patiently waiting for me and we quickly got out of the overcrowded airport to take a bus to where he lives. All around us were thousands of cars and people and it was simply overwhelming.
James accompanied me on the tour around the city. I don’t think I am prepared to face the challenge of visiting Tokyo alone because I would surely get lost in the huge crowd. We walked to the Imperial Gardens and then to the Ginza Shopping Market where we ate a late breakfast at a tiny Ramen Noodle restaurant that tasted authentically Japan.
From there we took a bus to the other side of Tokyo that looks almost like New York Times Square at its busiest. There we met with some of James friends so that we can try the hundreds of vending machines that we found in almost every corner of the arcade. We also tried some of the video games and paid for an hour at a private karaoke booth.
Afterwards, we ate at one of restaurants that serve authentic Japanese cuisine. The meal was typical Japanese with sushi, oysters, rice with miso soup and tempura. Without much hesitation, I grabbed my chopsticks and started on the sushi. It tastes different from the sushi served in Japanese restaurants back home.
When it comes to moving, there could be many reasons that could influence your move. For most people, the decision comes with new career opportunities that would require you to relocate. Another reason is that your family is getting too big for the house that you currently live on prompting you to move to a bigger and more suitable home. But not all reasons could be positive. Sometimes, people move because they need to make a change in their lifestyle or that the costs of maintaining the house are too much for a person to handle anymore.
But regardless of the reason, there is no doubt that moving is not only a costly process it is also a stressful one. You would need to carefully consider where each of your belongings would go. You need to decide which items to dispose of, donate and keep. Furthermore, you would have to pack the belongings that you want to take with you and the packing supplies don’t usually come cheap. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can do to save on packing supplies. One of them is find moving boxes for free. Moving boxes are definitely the most important packing supplies to have when moving and finding free boxes would definitely help you with your expenses.
However, you should know that free boxes don’t always come in the best condition that is why you would need to find free moving boxes that are in good shape. If you want to make sure that the boxes don’t falter, you should buy from reputable companies like Paper Mart for packing supplies.
Here are some places where you can get free moving boxes.
- The free offers numerous sources for free boxes.
- Not all places have Freecycle outlets and not all outlets offer free moving boxes so it would all be a matter of chance.
- Liquor stores. Liquor stores have an unending supply of boxes and they are one of the best places to look for free moving boxes.
- Grocery stores/supermarkets. Supermarkets and grocery stores would definitely have lots of boxes that they would want to dispose of.
- If you are planning to move books, the best place to look for free moving boxes is at bookstores.
It is very likely that you have watched Lord of the Rings and have been quite familiar with Middle Earth. Does Middle Earth really exist or was it a product of Tolkien’s creative vision? An annotated map of Middle Earth was recently discovered from map illustrator Pauline Baynes’ copy of the Lord of the Rings novel. Baynes has reportedly moved the Middle Earth map from another edition of the novel and began her own color and added her own notes on the document. Tolkien himself has annotated the map with green ink and pencil.
The map of Middle Earth was purchased by Oxford Bodleian Libraries from Blackwell Booksellers for an estimated price of £60,000 to join a collection of Tolkien manuscripts and scholarships that were collected since 1979. Although there are plans to putting the map for public display, it is only currently available to Tolkien scholars who need to make a request for viewing.
The map is considered to be a very important document and the presence of Tolkien’s annotations has certainly increased the value of the Middle Earth map. In fact, at the Sotheby’s auction, a June 15 copy of the Hobbit that has been inscribed with 4 lines of Elvish was sold for £137,000 including buyer’s premium.
The Middle Earth map showed Tolkien’s obsession with details. Tolkien who was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University used Belgrade, Cyprus and Jerusalem as his reference point. According to Blackwell, the city of Ravenna served as an inspiration for Minas Truth, one of the key locations on the Third Book of Lord of the Rings.
The creation of the map was important to Tolkien’s storytelling and Bodleian was happy with the acquisition. It is only appropriate for the map to stay in Oxford where Tolkien spent most of his adult life. It would be disappointing for the map to be held in some private collection.
Illustrated Maps of significant places can found in private collections. In today’s generation where people are more familiar more digital maps, Illustrated Maps are the examples of artist’s creative visions and research abilities that give a different sense of direction.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been around for more than three decades now. For over thirty years, they have been spreading happiness and awesomeness to both kids and adults. The TMNT brand is without a doubt one of the most recognizable brands in the television and film industry today. Almost everyone knows who the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The four humanoid turtle ninjas are easily distinguishable through the colour of their attire and through their weapons, but with just their personalities alone, avid fans would be able to know which is which: the intellectual Donatello, free-spirited Michelangelo, the aggressive Raphael and the leader and responsible Leonardo.
As long existing brand, it is safe to assume that people who have grown up watching TMNT may know a lot about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and are familiar with most of the information and stories thrown at them.
But there are some things that not even all devoted fans know. Here are some of them.
- TMNT started with a doodle. The idea for the comic was born during a brainstorming session by friends Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman back in 1983. Eastman was drawing a doodle of a turtle brandishing nunchucks and that is when the idea hit them.
- TMNT shares an origin story with Daredevil. Comic book fans know that Matt Murdock had saved a blind man from a speeding car when he was struck by a radioactive canister. This had caused Murdock blindness but it had enhanced all his other senses tremendously. The very same canister rolls into a sewer that the turtles have inhabited and as they bathe in the radioactive substance, they were transformed into the TMNT.
- The source comic was very dark. While the TMNT everyone knows today is kid-friendly, the original comic was actually very dark, filled with graphic violence and even alcoholic consumption, ritualistic suicide and lots of foul language.
- There was a female ninja turtle before. For most of the TMNT history, they have mainly featured the same line up of protagonists but when Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation aired on Fox Kids, they introduced a female ninja turtle. But halfway through series, the female ninja turtle vanished from the story without any explanation.
For more information about TMNT, visit TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.com.
Interior design plays a large role in a household. So if you have just recently bought a house and want to make a few changes, then you should definitely upgrade your new home’s interior design. Making a few positive changes in your home’s interior design can surely benefit you in many ways. From improving your health to enhancing your productivity and even increasing the value of your property, working on your interior design can do all that and more.
When working with interior design, most people tend to add more. For them, the more stuff they can add the better. But there are also a lot of people that likes to keep things simple and at a minimum so if you are a minimalist looking to improve on your interior design, you should know that minimalistic design has a lot to explore and are strong shaped and simple.
In minimalistic interior design, you should know that minimalists don’t actually want bigger space. Instead, what they are looking for is ‘open’ space. Avoid using walls to divide a room. What you can do instead is to use low cabinets, book cases or even tables.
Minimalists also love good lighting, especially natural light. For this reason, it is important that you focus on your windows and add a mirror to effectively scatter the natural light across the room. If you’re up for it, you could also add a few accent lights to make your rooms more sophisticated looking.
For wall colours, minimalists like neutral colours like brown. Beige or cream but you can also use bold and daring colours for an art accent and make your room look sophisticated.
It is common sense to find minimalist furniture design and texture. Go for simple furniture with not too many details on them. Avoid curves. For the flooring, you can use wood, tile, linoleum, natural stone or a combination of these things for an accent.
Lastly, you should know that minimalists often avoid ornaments as they want to keep things strong shaped and simple.
If you think you would be unable to achieve a minimalist design, then why not hire professional help from an interior design company in Bangkok to make sure you get what you truly want and achieve that minimalist design that you desire.
Many couples often overlook the importance of personalizing their wedding favors. A wedding favor is a special token of gratitude for all the people who in one way or another have helped make the day special. On the other hand, it has been become quite common among guests to ignore the wedding favor and simply stash them in a corner cabinet to be forgotten. This is particularly true if the wedding favor is especially tacky.
A perfect wedding favor is relevant to the theme of the wedding. If the wedding is held on the beach or a garden, it is a good idea to choose a wedding favor that has a special significance to the venue. A wedding favor with nature as backdrop is often pretty enough to be displayed. Another option is a potted plant that contains the couple’s names including the wedding date. Wedding guests are bound to keep this type of wedding favor because it can grow into beautiful flowers with just a little water and sunshine.
However, if you cannot decide on an ideal wedding favor for your loved ones and friends, you cannot go wrong by personalizing some practical items like mugs, wine glasses, bags of chocolate and scented candles. Personalizing your wedding favors mean a lot to your guests because the significance of the gift to the wedding day is very evident.
For example, a useful gift to remember the amazing day is personalized glassware. There are personalized wine glasses that can be distributed during the reception. It can serve as part of the table decorations during reception together with the flowers and candles. Monogrammed gifts are pleasing to both genders and they are practical gifts that guests will be eager to bring home.
Monogrammed Gifts always look fabulous and they can be used as tokens for various events. For instance, monogrammed glasses can be given away during bridal showers, bachelorette parties, birthdays, girl’s night out and anniversaries. Wine glasses are inexpensive and it takes only a few minutes to put that special monogram. However, there are online retailers who are too willing to do the monogramming for a very affordable cost.
It is true that the US has access to the cleanest drinking water (probably because of the strict regulations in tap water) but despite this, it is still the leading consumer of bottled water in the world. What’s bad about this is that since more people are growing concern over the planet and are shifting towards sustainable living, the use of disposable water bottles and even its production has raised many concerns.
According to recent studies, Americans use about 50 billion water bottles each year and that amount is continuously climbing. The sad part is that about 23% (38 billion) of this 50 billion get to be recycled once they’ve done their part. Think about all the landfills that would be filled with plastic bottles and the pollution that comes with it.
But the environment isn’t the only one affected by this. Economically, if you produce more than $1 billion worth of plastic waste each year, you would also be wasting about 912 million gallons of oil. Luckily, there is a way to avoid that. When you use reusable water bottles, you would definitely help reduce plastic production and waste and would thus help the environment. The Disney film Wall-E gives people a glimpse of what would happens when the world is filled with trash and waste reduction has become more imperative since plastic takes about hundreds of years to decompose.
There are people who buy disposable bottled water because they believe that it is safer than tap water and taste better. But in reality, your so-called safer and tastier water is just merely filtered tap water from a city near you so there isn’t really that much difference. In fact, tap water is even better regulated than bottled water. Tap water is regulated by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which tests the waters daily for chemicals and bacteria while bottled water is regulated by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which only conducts weekly testing.
By using reusable water bottles, you’ll definitely not only help the environment, you are also helping your wallets. You’d definitely save more by just refilling your water bottle than having to pay for a disposable one.
It doesn’t take a genius to find out his drains are clogged. Remember, if your plumbing has a problem, there will always be signs. For clogged drains, you would first see water pooling around your feet while you’re taking a shower. Sometime later, you would notice a very unpleasant odor. Once you are aware of these signs, and have opted not to take action against it, you would just wake up one morning and realize you have a clogged drain. The problem with clogged drains is that if you ignore them, then they might cause your pipes to burst.
The first thing that you can try to do is to remove all the trapped hair and gunk that had built up in the drain. If it does not work, then you can always try using liquid plumber. If that doesn’t work as well, then you can use the plunger. But if that fails as well, don’t lose hope. There are still a lot of ways to fix your blocked drains.
- Bent Wire Hanger. One of the most simple and effective ways to clear out your drains is by using a regular wire coat hanger and straightening the best you can. After that, bend one end of the wire into a hook then you can start using the wire hanger to reach into the drain and pull the gunk out. Remember, the goal is to pull the material stuck inside and not push it deeper into the drain.
- Baking soda + Vinegar. A traditional method of unclogging drains, mix a third of a cup of baking soda with a third of a cup of vinegar then pour the mixture down the drain quickly. Since the mixture would fizz, this reaction would greatly help in removing the built up gunk inside the drain. Allow it to stay there for over an hour or even overnight then flush with hot water.
- Wet and Dry Shop Vacuum. One of the best ways to unclog a drain is by using a wet and dry shop vacuum to suck all the water out along with the built up debris.
If these don’t work, then maybe it’s time for some comprehensive drain inspection from your local plumber.