Nowadays it has been so common to buy stuff online. Online shopping has even become more prominent nowadays because of the convenience that it can offer. You can shop from different parts of the country without even going out. It becomes even more convenient knowing that you will just have to browse it online. Another reason also is because online items are somewhat cheaper than those sold in malls, online sellers would claim that it is because they don’t have to pay for a space at all. The only scary thing about it is its authenticity. How sure are you that you are buying authentic good on your first purchase?

fake grocery products


    Have you ever encountered products being sold online? They are remarkably intriguing because of super low prices. Sellers would often claim that these products came from large manufacturing companies and that the products have minimal packaging defects and were not able to pass the quality control assessment. These products are often used at home and some are even necessities. You can find shampoos, lotion, bath soap, baby powder and many more. Take note that these products are not brand less or those that don’t have packing stickers. In fact these products are known brands which is why it is quite hard to check its authenticity.

fake products


    The best way to validate whether a product is fake or not is by analyzing its price. If it is 50% - 80% less than the regular price then it should alarm you already. You might also wish to ask whether they are legit company distributors. If they will just tell you that they got their supplies from certain supplier then it’s time to change your mind. Most of the time products delivered by a distributor came from a single company with various products. If the seller is selling different products with different brands then it is another warning signal you should never ignore.

fake grocery products


    You might be thinking of the money you can by buying these products online. However you are actually risking your health and even your family. Since it is hard to validate if the product is real, think of what chemicals it contains. Chemical products can potentially cause cancer and even poisoning. In a way your future medical bills will surely make you regret buying fake grocery products online.

    Out of convenience and with the idea of recycling, people tend to make use of their used plastic bottles as water containers. It is a common practice done by most of the people. It is handy compared to pitchers because you can either place it horizontal or vertical. It saves much of the space inside the fridge and you don’t have to deal with broken pieces if you drop it accidentally. But are these things worth the potential harm of using such materials?

plastic bottles


    Have you ever noticed or checked on the expiry date printed on every plastic water bottle being sold? Most of the people would believe that those numbers or dates indicate the expiration date of the water. But how come water expires? Water can be contaminated but it never expires. The thing is those number or dates were actually intended for the plastic bottle itself. Plastic containers actually have expiration dates. If you keep on using those plastic bottles as water container then you are potentially risking your health.

plastic bottles


    Although plastic bottles were manufactured under strict supervision making sure that it is free from contaminants and safe for use, it still has its expiration date. It takes about 500 to 1000 years for plastics to decompose. Thinking that since plastics are non-biodegradable therefore it is safe for long term use is a complete mistake. Plastics don’t expire or degrade but the chemicals used to process the product actually do. It is where the potential risk of cancer comes in. Just imagine the chemicals contaminating in your daily drink every single day. 


    Instead of using plastic bottles, it is safer to use water containers that were made purposely for daily use. There are variety of tumblers and water containers where you can choose according to your needs. It is more ideal to use tumblers that are made from rubber inside of plastic. Rubber is more reliable compared to plastics and it does not cause contamination. Some water containers are also made from metals suited for hot drinks such as coffee. 

water bottle


    By using a proper and more suitable water container you are eliminating the risk of cancer and you can even help save the environment by using these containers rather than consuming water from plastic bottles every now and then. You can carry it with you and have it refilled instead of buying new bottled water, adding more trash to the environment. 

    Once you decide to get yourself a pet be it a cat or a dog, you would always want to know the dos and don’ts so that you make yourself a responsible owner. If you have been one, for sure you came across with the warning not to feed your cat or dog seafood such as shrimps, crabs, shells and more.  When you ask those who told you not to, you’ll get a reply that because they are allergic to those foods, but why?

cats and dogs eat shrimps


    What makes cats and dogs allergic to these foods when in fact they don’t get allergies from eating fish? The fish belongs to a seafood family because it came from the same place, but it doesn’t give dogs and cats’ negative effects at all. Fish oil is even recommended not only on cats but also on dogs because it can enhance their coat and fur. But shrimps are often considered as a no-no by most of the people. Shrimps are not for your canine and feline friends so you should never include it on their diet. But what’s the real score abut shrimps that it could potentially harm your pets?

cats and dogs eat shrimps


    Shrimps belong to the crustacean family. They have soft shell that serves as their outer covering. Shrimps may vary in terms of sizes depending on its type. Shrimps are known to be part of a lot of human delicacies. It can be grilled, stir fried, and even served in soups and other salads. It is even in demand I the market because of its unique taste and texture. But what makes shrimps dangerous for your pets?

cats and dogs eat shrimps


    Shrimps are actually high in protein. If protein is the only thing to consider, it can be good for cats and dogs because they primarily need protein in order to stay healthy and alert. However shrimps contain a special kind of protein which is known as the Tropomyosin. It is different from the proteins found in meat and eggs. Since our feline and canine friends have different stomach compared to humans, their body reacts on proteins found in shrimps. Their immune system fails to recognize it as an ordinary substance and alerts the immune system to signal the body of a possible threat. The signal that follows may then come out as itching and skin rash. 
 

    Are you a sweet tooth kind of person? If yes then chocolates should be number one on your list. It is actually hard to distinguish a chocolate from another chocolate because they all taste the same – sweet. However, chocolate lovers would often argue that chocolates are made differently thus one can absolutely tell which one is the best. 

chocolates


    Chocolates are often used as gifts during special occasions because it is not meant to be eaten on regular basis, partly because it’s kind of expensive depending on the brand of course. As a chocolate lover, have you ever asked yourself where can you find the most expensive chocolate in the whole wide world? And questions would follow like how does it taste and what makes it really expensive?

switzerland's most expensive chocolate


    At this moment, the spot for the most expensive brand of chocolate I currently owned by Switzerland. It is sold for a whopping $330 per box which contains eight pieces of edible gold coated chocolate. The chocolate itself contains edible gold material. You will be eating your chocolate with gold? So how that is for a sweet tooth person like you? Aside from the gold stain, it was also made using the finest source of chocolates in Switzerland. 

 

switzerland's most expensive chocolate


    You might be wondering how on earth a box of chocolate reached such a huge amount of money. Aside from the chocolates itself, the box also contains a single authentic gold coin directly from the Swiss National Bank. It was created on early 1900’s and is now estimated to have a price of $133. It is indeed quite catch. Another reason for its high market price is that a limited number of boxes are only released. 


    Although only few details were given about the taste and texture of this chocolate, its price is actually high because of the gold used on it. So if you were just looking for something to chew on, you better buy yourself a bar of chocolate and feel better about it. 


 

    Have you been mistaken for your age because of those heavy bags under your eyes? This happens most of the time because eye bags can really affect your face and your aura. If you have been watching make up tutorials, one of the most important areas in your face that needs a great concealer are your eye bags. People who have heavy and dark eye bags are usually judged to have stressful lives and are on the brink of their career and that they are slowly deteriorating. 


    It is hard to appear fresh and lively if you have those bags with you and no matter what you do they seemed to stay with you for the rest of time. You might be wondering what you have been doing wrong all this time to have those ugly things with you. Here are the lists of common mistakes that often result to huge, dark and ugly eye bags. 


1.    Too much consumption of salt.

causes of eyebags

Salt is a compound primarily composed of sodium. A food which is high in salt can trigger your kidneys to release signals to normalize the amount of sodium in your body. The only way to buffer and balance the amount of sodium is through water. Your body sends water on areas which has low water content such as the area under your eyes. Since you have thin skin on this area, bloating is highly noticeable. This often results to puffy eyes but more people prefer to call it eye bags.


2.    Swollen eye bags can be caused by allergies. When a person experience an allergic reaction one of the most common indicator is through unending sneezing. Since the areas where your eyes bags are located are near the sinuses it is also affected by the allergic reaction.


3.    Your sleeping position can be the culprit as well. People may think your sleeping position does not affect your eyes at all. However by sleeping in a relaxed position, which means by sleeping with your back against the bed you are  actually preventing the flow of fluid underneath your eyes


4.    Sleeping with your make up.

causes of eyebags

When you have been through a rough day, all you want to do is to rest and sleep soundly. However it is important to remove those make up first before hitting your bed. Sleeping with your make up on can actually make your eyes dry. In order to reinforce the dryness your body sends signals and direct water to flush your eye bags


5.    Too much consumption of alcohol. Alcohol can remove the water from your eyes because of its diuretic nature. When this happens, again your body will send signals in order for water to stay where it is needed. This is the reason why you’ll end up with very puffy eyes the next day.


6.    Lack of sleep.

causes of eyebags

It is often the most common reason why a person can have dark circles under the eyes. However staying up late isn’t the main reason. Staying awake for more hours than usual can actually drain the liquid under your eyes. Aside from dehydration, the dark circles indicate fatigue as well. This occurs when the body has worked for hours without having the chance to rest. 
 

   Losing weight, especially in this day and age, can be pretty hard. And with millennials today so used to instant-everything, long-term goals like weight-loss can be aggravating to achieve. That's why a lot of people nowadays resort to slimming pills, thinking that it’s the easier and simpler way to weight-loss. Others take them because their doctor prescribed it to them, maybe due to obesity-related health problems, or that they're allergic to certain foods and unable to go on a diet, or maybe even have a heart problem rendering them incapable of doing any exercise regimes. That’s what these pills are intended for. To help people who are physically unable to become healthy weight-wise. But for people who are capable.     I hope you’ll reconsider gobbling up that next pill after you read this. The risks in taking non-prescribed medication could range from uncomfortable to downright dangerous:
    1.    Old habits die hard.
Striving for long-term goals like weight loss are life-changing and can lead you to good eating habits, well-needed practice of exercise, and in turn, a healthier lifestyle. It’s not easy but it’ll be worth it in the long run. Pills are made for quick-fixes but just that. They’re temporary. They’re not meant to be sustainable and when stopped, you’ll just go back to square one.

    2.    You’re just shedding water weight. Not actual fat loss.

slimming pills


Notice how when you take diet pills, you tend to go to the bathroom more often? You’re not flushing out fat. It’s just water weight, since most slimming pills are a combination of diuretics and caffeine.

    3.    Dehydration
Now that I’ve mentioned how these pills only flush out water, the bad thing is, not only will that water weight eventually just return back but you could actually be in danger of dehydration.

    4.    You could be at risk of a heart attack.

slimming pills
Studies have shown that people taking certain popular diet pills have put themselves at much greater odds for stroke compared to their non-partaking counterparts. You see, most of these drugs’ main ingredients are stimulants (phenylpropanolamine or PPA for one), which can be seen in prescription level drugs.

    5.    Mood swings

dehydration
Get ready to swing… mood swing that is. Some pills have been sold as appetite suppressants. These work as stimulant drugs; they help curb your appetite by increasing certain chemicals (like adrenaline) in your brain, the ones that control your desire for food. You’ll feel more easily satiated and are not likely to overeat. Good for people suffering from obesity, but other than that, it’s not such a good idea. The elements affecting your appetite are also responsible for a lot of other things. Tampering with them may cause insomnia, anxiety, irritability, heart rate, etc. hence the mood swings.

    6.    You can get addicted.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, some pills have stimulants as their core component. Stimulant drugs, like amphetamine, can lead to psychological dependence if abused. Watch out for yourselves or your loved ones taking these; see if they’re becoming obsessive with their weight and taking medication more than they should.

    There’s no magic bullet, or in this case, pill, to instant weight loss. Better to just stick with the classics, to what’s proven and tested: some good-old fashioned reduced-calorie high-fiber diet and a carefully planned exercise routine. Sure, it’s not instantaneous, but the journey will be well-worth it.
 

    It’s almost next to impossible nowadays to be truly healthy, let alone, lose weight and be healthy at the same time. With fast food joints popping up everywhere, eat-and-run meals sadly seem to be discouraging people to take the time to cook a healthy meal, and also inadvertently encouraging obesity by giving customers the tempting option of upsizing their meals for lesser the price.     Not only that, people are crazy over these fad/crash diets, even if at the expense of their health, so long as they lose weight fast. But fret not! There’s still hope. You can be both healthy and lose weight. The key is really just having a healthy active lifestyle. Here are 4 things to consider if you want to lose weight healthily:
    1.    Eat breakfast. eating breakfast
Don’t trick yourself into thinking that skipping the first meal of your day will lessen your overall weight in the long run. It’s not called breakfast for nothing, darlings. It’s not only the first; it’s actually THE most important meal of the day. Why? Because you’re essentially breaking the overnight fast, the time your body was asleep. In doing so, you wake up your body and give it the necessary jolt for the day.
Missing breakfast will actually make you hungry throughout the whole day whereas eating properly will minimize those pangs until the day finishes. So don’t be afraid. Also, don’t eat sweets and junk food. Eat healthy. A well balanced breakfast of protein, fiber and good carbs will give your health much wealth.
    2.    Don’t do fad or crash diets.

crash diets
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Fad diets are the type of diet where you’re promised to lose weight quickly without any hassle and exercise. They’re usually popular; the reason for this is because a lot of celebrities endorse this kind of diets and could be just a marketing strategy for a company’s new product/s. Some examples of this diet are high-protein diets, liquid diets, grapefruit diets, and others. The thing with fad diets is that it may seem quick and easy but it may actually endanger your health as it can lead you to unhealthy and unbalanced routines.

    Crash diets also offer you quick weight loss results in a short amount of time. But unlike fad diets, crash diets are extreme to the point of nutrient deprivation and restriction of particular foods, especially your calorie intake.
To point simply, quick weight loss programs, whether fad or crash types, won’t give you long-term results but can lead you to an unwholesome lifestyle. Bear in mind, if a diet seems too good to be true, it usually is.


    3.    Drink water first before a meal.

drinking water to lose weight
Research has shown that drinking water at the right time of the day can greatly maximize its effects on your body? 1-2 glasses of water 30 minutes or an hour before a meal can help you get better digestion and cause your stomach to absorb nutrients better. The added H2O can also make you feel fuller, thus lessening your food intake. Not only that, choosing to drink water, instead of those so-called empty-calorie beverages will be beneficial to your health. Say goodbye to rough and dry skin! Also, did you know drinking water can energize your day? More than drinking those energy drinks, water is still the best and original drink that could help empower your body.
    4.    Find the perfect exercise and diet that will match you and your health.
Proper exercise and proper food go hand in hand towards the road to healthy weight loss. These are the common mistake that people make: some exercise too much but eat too little. Others want to skip the exercise and just focus on eating right. However, you can’t have one without the other. Also, what works for one person may not be good for another. It’s important to know your limits; finding the right method may take a while. Be committed, experiment with different exercise regimes and diets until you find the one that fits your lifestyle.
    Here are some easy hacks to trick your body into eating healthy and still lose a couple of pounds:
    a.    Do not lead yourself into temptation but deliver yourself from “evil”. In this case, JUNKFOODS. Don’t stock up food in the fridge that will easily lure into an eating binge.
    b.    Use smaller plates OR when you place the food, get only smaller portions. You can easily get a second helping if you want. But most of us only eat and finish what we usually place on our plates the first time.
    c.    Have moral support. Having someone encourage you to be a better you would mean a lot.
    d.    Get plenty of sleep. Not getting enough sleep will automatically rouse your body to eating more than usual to keep you energized for the day.
    e.    Don’t eat because you’re bored! Comfort eating is okay every now and then but watch out that this doesn’t become a habit. Here are some ideas to avoid emotional eating:
    •    Get in touch with some friends or family when you need to talk things out. Don’t you dare touch that fridge.
    •    Calm down by taking a long soothing bath or doing meditation.
    •    Try taking a nap or go on a brisk walk while listening to energizing music.
    f.    Eat small portions of healthy food (5 times at least, instead of only the 3 major meals. Try these:
    •    Potato chips (yes! These are okay actually)
    •    Peanut butter
    •    Hard-boiled egg
    •    Raisins
    •    Tangerines
    •    Popcorn
    •    Frozen yogurt
    •    Fresh avocado
    •    Chestnuts
    •    Fresh fruit salad

    It is very important to lose weight if you think you are already out from the normal body mass index. It should be the primary reason in losing weight rather than for aesthetic purposes. People should be more concern of health rather than the physical appearance because a beautiful body is useless if it’s an unhealthy one. A body can be beautiful and at the same time healthy it should be the goal. These two things should come hand in hand to promote a healthy and a positive lifestyle. 

stop drinking soda


    There are hundreds of ways to lose weight. In fact it is one of the most discussed or searched topic in the internet.  One of which is through dieting. Dieting doesn’t mean you have to starve yourself and forget about having meals for the entire day. That is not dieting, that is actually suicide. Dieting means you have to cut off some of the unhealthy foods that you eat so that you can lose weight effectively. You are still allowed to eat but the list is now restricted and it take discipline for it to happen.

stop drinking soda


    Sugar is one of the biggest culprit of obesity, diabetes, hypertension and other types of lifestyle diseases that are now slowly killing people. How can you say no to sugar when it is the sweetest thing on earth, literally and figuratively? Although it may appear really difficult it can actually give you great results.

sugar calories


    Did you know that the amount of calories that a single bar of chocolate contains is already equivalent to two cups of rice or a large slice of meat? This is the main reason why you can easily gain weight and become fat if you don’t eliminate sugar from your diet. Although it comes in small sizes, but the calories it contain are much bigger than your usual meal. Aside from this, sugar also impairs the receptors in your body that are responsible in giving signals to your brain that you are already full. This is the reason why you don’t feel satisfied at all after eating several bars of chocolates and you would even want more.


    Sugars are not limited to chocolates alone, donuts, cakes, ice creams, soft drinks, and many more are still part of the list. Sugar is a small but terrible compound that has the ability to transform your body into something you wouldn’t really want to be. 

sweet foods


    If you are not yet convinced, you better watch this video below. This was uploaded by Youtube uploader Health TIPS

    Dysmenorrhea, irregular menstruation cycle, acne breakouts, and muscle cramps during menstruation, are just few of the common problems that women experience all due to hormonal imbalance. Once hormones act in, every single thing is affected. A woman’s mood is even affected by hormones as well. It is the reason why when women are on their period or about to have their period, they are quite irritable and are usually in bad mood. It is too much to handle especially that it happens every single month. Good thing there are now ways to correct this problem.

contraceptive pills


    Basically contraceptive pills were designed as a type of birth control method. It comes in a 28day series where in you need to take one pill a day for 21 days only and no pill shall be taken on the next seven days. During the seven days of not taking a pill, this is when you will have your period. You can actually be in control of your period once you know how to use it properly. The bleeding that you will have within that seven days allowance is actually the withdrawal result of not taking the pill. After the seven days you will then have to start on another pack and so on and so forth. One must also keep in mind that you have to take it on the same time of the day to preserve its efficacy.

effects of contraceptive pills


    Aside from being an effective birth control method, contraceptive pills can also help to eliminate or lessen your problems during menstruation. By taking pills, irregular periods can become regular because your body will receive the right amount of hormones that it needs. It can also be a cure for dysmenorrhea because less blood will come out during menstruation. You will no longer experience heavy periods and the possible threat of anemia. 

effects of contraceptive pills

    Acne breakouts have been proven to be connected with hormonal imbalance. There are specific type of contraceptive pills that contain a certain amount of hormone that can actually get rid of such skin problem. 


    Although the effects are really promising and buying contraceptive pills can be done without prescription, it is best to consult your doctor first before deciding on what type of pill will you use. It is not advisable to self-diagnose and just choose something which is often bought by majority of people. Health wise, every patient has a different medical history, thus it requires a case to case basis approach in order to find the best suited type of medicine.


    Also, be sure not to be fooled by contraceptive pills sold online. Some online sellers sell it way lower compared to the pharmacies. Others would even say that these pills came all the way from Thailand and they are selling it direct from their supplier, a reason for its low price. Better buy medicines from authorized pharmacies rather than take chances and risk your health to the illegitimate ones. 
 

    Nowadays life can be so much busier than ever. Once you got a job, 24 hours seemed too short to make all things done. Time is very much precious for productive and busy people. No wonder lots of things or products now come in an instant. The less time you need to prepare or the less amount of time it requires the better. One best example is an instant coffee. Coffee is such an in demand drinks in an office. It keeps people awake. It boosts people’s concentration which leads them to finish their work. Indeed coffee can make things better that is why an average person who works in the office can actually consume 2-3 cups of coffee a day. 

coffee


    It has been already proven that coffee has greater advantages than disadvantages. Although it isn’t 100% side effect free, people can benefit from it especially by taking it in a controlled amount. There is no doubt coffee is one of the healthiest drinks next to tea, however are you sure you are drinking the right coffee? 

coffee


    Since coffee can promote productivity in work, people think a higher consumption of coffee means higher productivity. This can only happen if you are drinking the right and healthy coffee. Now, are instant coffees healthy enough? The answer is a quick no. By the name itself, instant coffee can actually bring harm to your body. Instant coffee usually comes in a ready to drink formula. Coffee, sugar and milk are all added so you don’t have to worry about it. You can have it in a small pouch which is very much convenient for anyone. 

instant coffee


    People would often result to drinking instant coffees because it is readily available everywhere. Also, there are a lot of varieties to choose from and it’s very affordable. These are the things that often influence people to drink instant coffees rather than prepare the regular ones. Because of its availability people tend to consume even 2-3 cups of it a day without worrying of its side effects or cost. 

relationship of coffee and obesity


    Although drinking instant coffee can help in saving time, you are actually risking your health in exchange for it. Instant coffees contain a certain amount of sugar that is known to trigger diabetes, and obesity. You can actually gain weight by consuming 2-3 cups of instant coffee a day. To make things worse, it can make you gain unhealthy fat, making yourself much vulnerable to lifestyle diseases. Aside from the threat of weight gain, it also contains addictive compounds. It can also trigger high rate of palpitations because of the amount of caffeine that it contains. 


    Several studies have shown that instant coffees are bad for your health. Black coffee is recommended, although it takes time to prepare, you are sure that you are drinking something which is healthy for your body.
 

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Summer is just right around the corner. And with the sun higher and brighter than before, it’s no wonder people are dying to dye their hair anew and let it shine in the limelight, I mean, sunlight. For this season, the general tip is to aim for warm, natural looking and light colors. Here are 4 beautiful hair colors and styles that are surefire ways to make you turn heads this summer 2017: 1.    Bronde Balayage Coming from the French word, “to sweep”, the Balayage is also known as the freehand technique as it doesn’t use foil. The end result is a randomly highlighted hair with a natural-looking effect. With the combination of brown and blonde, bronde perfectly matches this look and shows off the fun warm aura of the season giving you a more casual beach-ready finish.   2.    Caramel Brunette Ombre If you’re a natural brunette, do your hair in an ombre style and try giving it either hints of caramel or highlighting your hair through. Ombre literally means “shaded” in French and would employ the use of foils, but the results are breathtaking. Be it curly or straight, the growing blend of caramel highlights would give you a vibrant chic and warm look.   3.    Chocolate and Cinnamon Brown Sombre If you’re looking for that right balance of subtle and allure in a style, look no further. The Sombre style is basically the Ombre but with a softer glow and the colors almost seamlessly melting together. The closer you stick to your natural hair color, the more casual and mature it looks. The change in hair color is not as shocking like the Ombre, but very subtle… With its dark roots, gradually growing brighter and lighter at the tips, the Sombre style is enough to give you a mysterious and adventurous aura: perfect for the best midsummer night dream of your life.   4.    Blonde Mermaid Waves In long tresses, mermaid waves could let you have that dreamy far-away look. Not only is this style gorgeous, but it’s quite easy to keep since you don’t have to worry much if your hair gets messed up by the wind. With blonde colors, you’re sure to shine in the sun and be the next Ariel of summer 2017.  
    In the world of finance, there are two kinds of people: the ants and the grasshoppers. As kids, we’ve grown up hearing this story of the ant and the grasshopper, where the ant works to the bone in summer time just to save for the winter, and the grasshopper just enjoy the summer breeze, hopping and chirping without a care in the world. Come winter time, the grasshopper is left in the cold, dying of hunger, while the ant reaps safety and stability in time of need. This has been a sad tale in our childhood years, yet little did we know the moral of this story could greatly help us in our grownup years.     Like the ant, there are people who are born thrifty and industrious, those who are gifted in the art of saving money. Others, like the grasshopper, may try to save a coin or two, only to succumb moments later when something catches their eye. If we don’t want to have the same fate as the unwise grasshopper, how do we save money effectively enough? Now, no amount of ideas can be the exact method. Each person differs in strategy so just pick the ones below that fit your lifestyle. Here are some basic ideas on how to become a nifty thrifty ant-human: 1.    Write down how much you earn and spend in a period of time (like in a month or week). You know how health-conscious people tend to count the calories they take in everyday and strive to only eat the kind of food that they really need? Same concept applies to your savings. Write down your income and jot down your expenses as well. This way, you get to track down where your money is going. 2.    Small expenses should be treated like big ones too. Don’t underestimate small things; they all start out small, you know. That’s why as much as possible, pick out the things you think you can live without. Learn to weigh the things you consider are important to you and the things you think are unneeded. 3.    Split your expenses into 4 categories. •    Cost of Living – bills for rent, water, electricity •    Everyday Budget – jeep fare, food, etc. •    Wants – new clothes, gadgets, eating out, travel, etc. •    Savings - Lastly, how much you want to save after all that. 4.    Make SMART goals. This could be short-term or long-term: •    Short-term goals could be a new gadget, minor home improvements, vacation, etc. These could last from 1-3 years. •    Long-term goals could be for retirement, a new home, college fees, etc. These are goals good for 4 years and above. 5.    Having a Rainy Day Fund is fun. Set up a rainy day fund (like our ant from that story), by saving at least 3 months’ worth of everyday expenses. Expect the unexpected! Having a backup or reserve is always a good idea. 6.    Get rid of any debts. It can be such a pain if you’re placed in a deadly, I mean, “debtly” situation. As much as possible, stay away from borrowing money, and if you have to, make sure to pay it there and then. The sooner you do away with it, the better and more you can save money. 7.    Pay in cash. Don’t use credit. This way, you’ll avoid #6 altogether. Be sure to have cash-on-hand; cash that you’re willing to spend and won’t hurt your savings.   8.    Don’t do “retail therapy”. Some people, when down on their lumps, resort to comfort eating to ease the emotional strain they’re going through. Other people shop till they drop in order to clear their troubled minds. Don’t be like that. You’re not in the right head to make wise decisions yet and may spend more than you really need. 9.    Do homemade meals more frequently; only seldom eat out. Reuse the leftovers. You can save a whole lot more if you cook at home. Also, don’t waste food. Leftovers can last for days if you’re careful enough. 10.    Don’t buy clothes you don’t normally wear. “I’ve got nothing to wear!” says the girl who has a closet full of clothes… That just means we’re spending more than we really need to. And if you want to be able to put a few more coins, I suggest you buy clothes that are versatile and ones that you would most likely wear a lot. And for your old clothes, you could try selling them, which would mean more money for Mister Piggybank. Yippee!  
Are you ready for the latest trend in the world of plastic surgery? Gone are the days when female celebrities and even common people rooted for Angelina Jolie’s pouty lips. A full and a duck shape lips is no longer what people would like to have right now. Well, what do people expect? A trend is something that changes over time. People gone tired of having the same appearance and now another beauty trend has been launched to the public.      The exact opposite of that pouty and kissable lips comes in which is termed as the lip reduction surgery. This is basically something which people were not ready prepared of. When having a pouty lip became a trend, lots of women complained because only few were gifted to have natural pouty lips. However with this new plastic surgery procedure, it is something beyond the normal size of thin lips.      The goal of this procedure is to create a new lip line by removing or reducing the size of the upper lip so you can have thinner and pouty lips as well. It’s like having a thin body with curves, the new statement of sexy. Sounds painful right? It is indeed painful and patients are even put into local anesthesia in order for them to bear the pain. Although the procedure only takes like 15mins to 30mins to finish, patients are advised to be under a soft diet plan for about a week or so or until the lips are free from swelling. Since it is a surgery, expect to witness sutures which could actually resemble to serial killers’ lips in movies or like the famous Frankenstein. Sutures either dissolved naturally or can be removed manually.      If you are planning to have this lip-reduction surgery you better prepare not only your lips but your pockets as well. Unlike the augmentation process or the ones to achieve fuller lips which are usually done with the help of injectable fillers, lip-reduction surgery is really expensive.  Reduction is now more expensive than augmentation, see the trend? So you better think twice or even thrice before you decide to have this procedure.      In no time several clinics specializing in plastic surgery will offer this in the Philippines, people are then advised to please consult licensed and certified cosmetic surgeons to keep you safe from the possible risk of undergoing a surgical procedure which may put your life in a great risk.   
    The protagonist of the story is Juan Crisostomo Ibarra. 7 years away from Philippines, he returns after studying in Europe. To celebrate his comeback, family friend Captain Tiago throws a party for him. Friars and influential leaders attended. But one of the friars Don Damaso belittled Ibarra on that night.      The following day Ibarra visited Maria Clara, Captain Tiago’s daughter who is also his fiancé. Before Ibarra left though, a Civil Guard, Lieutenant Guevara, revealed to him how Ibarra’s father Don Rafaelo died. Don Rafaelo was accused by Don Damaso as a heretic because he did not attend the Sacraments. Aside from that, there was an incident where Don Rafaelo helped in a fight between a child and tax collector. When the latter died Don Rafaelo was accused and brought to jail where he died of an illness.      Despite all that, Ibarra did not plan on taking revenge. Instead he went on with his and Don Rafelo’s plan to put up a school. They believed that education is the key to success for the country. On the school’s inauguration, a hired killer attempted to kill Ibarra but he was saved by a man named Elias. The same man had warned him of this earlier. The hired killer then met with an accident and got killed.      The next day, Ibarra held a luncheon where Damaso gate-crashed and insulted him and his father. Ibarra ignored him at first but at the slander of his father he could not resist it and he lunged in an attempt to stab Damaso. But he failed and as a result was excommunicated. Damaso also convinced Tiago not to marry his daughter to Ibarra.      Another party was held at the house of Tiago announcing the future wedding of Clara and Linares. Elias used this opportunity to help Ibarra escape the prison. Ibarra sneaked to speak with Maria where he accused her of betraying him by surrendering his letters to the jury. But she explained that she was blackmailed to do so in return for her mother’s letters who she never saw since birth.      In a shootout, Maria Clara had thought that Ibarra was shot and killed. So overcome with sorrow, she went into the nunnery and got admitted by Damaso. Little did she know that it was Elias who got shot.      Christmas Eve came at the time when Elias opened his eyes to see himself wounded fatally wounded. It was his rendezvous with Ibarra. But it was Basilio who came holding his dead mother Sisa. Sisa lost her insanity when she found out that her children (Crispin and Basilio) were being hunted by the sacristan mayor on accusations of theft.      Elias knew of his imminent death and instructed Basilio to burn his and Sisa’s body to ashes. He then told him to dig if no one came and he’ll find gold to support him to school. Before his last breath he advised Basilio to persist in dreams of freedom for the motherland.      As for the epilogue, Tiago turned into an opium addict frequenting the opium house. Maria Clara succeeded in becoming a nun. But the Friar Salvi regularly raped her regularly. And on a stormy night, a beautiful insane lady went on top of the convent and cursed the heavens for what befell her. The lady could not be identified, but rumor has it that it was Maria Clara.
    The word Durian came from an Indonesian word duri which means “thorn”. It is a fruit which belongs to a certain species of a tree called the genus Durio. It is well known in Southeast Asia with the nickname of “the fruit king”. The fruit is noticeable for its bulky size, hard and large thorns covered with husk, and its famous Durian odor. Some Durians are oblong in size but others are round. The husk’s color varies from brown to green. The color of its flesh also vary depending on its species: some are yellow while others are red. The odors emanating from the fruit comes from its flesh which is edible. It is so strong that even when the husk is intact the odor comes out of it. And although some would find it pleasant and fragrant, most people react negatively to it. Because of that the fruit has been banned in some hotels or public transportations in Asia.     The Durian can be eaten in numerous ways, in different stages of its ripeness and is used as an addition to flavors on all kinds of sweets and savory in Asian foods. The seeds have also been found to be edible when it is cooked. The Durian has 30 different species from the genus Durio. But out of the thirty only nine species are considered edible.  Only one of the 9 species called the Durio zibethinus are available in the international market. The other 8 are sold locally in the regions where they are grown.     The trees of the King of the Fruits grow up to fifty metres. It has oblong evergreen leaves and flowers which are clustered in the branches. The usual durian tree takes about 4 to 5 years before it can produce fruits. The fruits then, after pollination takes up to 3 months before it matures.     Durian has been known in southern Asia even in the prehistoric times. But in the western world, the fruit has only been introduced 600 years ago. In the 15th century Europian by the name of Niccolo Da Conti travelled and came to southeast Asia where he discovered the fruit.     The fruit has wide variety of uses in different cuisines from all over Asia. Over the years it has been used to add flavor to ice kakangs, Malay candies, dodols (sweets from Mindanao), biscuits, ice creams and mooncakes. It was also used in cappuccinos. Its flesh can also be dried to make durian chips.     Aside from its edible contributions to food, the Durian also has medicinal and nutritional aids to the society. It has been discovered that the fruit is high in sugar, potassium, Vitamin C, fats, proteins and carbohydrates. The juice extracted from its leaves has also been used as ointments to the head of patients with fevers. The roots can also be boiled in water and drink to stop fevers. It can also be used as poultice, a soft mass applied to irritated or inflamed skin.     The Durian was called as the King of the Fruits because of its tough image and thorns and its overwhelming odor.

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    Nature is indeed full of wonders and humans have not really explored it totally. There are still things that are seemingly odd in nature and there are also some that are quite deceiving. Take for example this Emerald Green Cat that was discovered in a small town in Bulgaria.      The town people and even people from far cities are quite familiar with this seemingly odd creature because of its color. The cat has been spotted walking around the city, it gives the town people the impression that it is a stray and it only gets its food by roaming around the place.      Due to its distinct color and possible breakthrough in the feline world, people from far countries travelled to Bulgaria just to take a closer peek and even take some pictures of it. However, this cat’s stardom started to fade when rainstorms came. Its bright emerald green color slowly faded away when rain started to fall.      It has been found out that the cat got its color from a barrel of paint where it sleeps. Although paints contain toxins that are eventually not good for the health, the cat was actually in good shape all throughout its stardom. With its color fading away, its popularity indeed started to slow down, however its quite noticeable she enjoyed her moment and made the most of it by gaining extra pounds.     
    In the midst of a severe flood happening in Guangxi Zhuang an Autonomous Region in China, a seemingly smiling pig was rescued along with other animals. Netizens were quick to spot the candidness of the pig’s smile while being saved from the flood. The pig seemed calmed and happy that it was rescued and even smiled wonderfully despite being held on its forelegs and ears.      As a usual response by netizens, its picture have been shared a hundred times and made quick rounds in social media all over the world. People were cheering of how this creature just made their days and made them smile right after seeing its picture.     However this pig’s instant stardom was shown not only through likes and shares of her original photo but people did hilarious Photoshop skills to savor the moment. The following are just one of the few photos that instantly became people’s favorite.       
    With today’s trend where direct, private, and instant messages are of great help to people, consumers must be aware in choosing mobile apps especially if it has something to do with your personal info’s such as your contact list where clients, bank accounts and other important stuff are being saved.     Most of the time, mobile apps are being installed because of its popularity. When a wide audience seemed to use it even for just a short time, you should expect for others to try it too without really verifying its security measures.  SARAHAH Honesty App is supposedly an app that can be used in giving feedbacks anonymously. Seems like people nowadays are drawn into intriguing stuff more than ever. However accordingly the app works in such a way that the person who has been rated or given feedback has no way of tracing or replying to it. The creator of the app tend to give its users the chance to leave positive comments or feedbacks as an act of kindness while keeping their identity unknown.      However the entire community has been totally shocked (shookt) when it has been revealed that this app is actually unknowingly stealing your personal details such as your contact list. Aside from stealing, they make use of it by uploading it to their data base and who knows what they could do about it.      Once you installed this app, it will only take them a while to steal your info. Logging out from the app can't make any difference at all. The best thing to do is to never ever install it and be more cautious in choosing an app.   
    In a certain Facebook post by Mark Dianne Duarte, three women are now asking for help from anyone with a good heart to help them with their current situation. The victims are residents of Cabdbaran Agusan del Sur.      With the intent to enhance and beautify themselves, they decided to undergo treatment from a person whom they barely know. The procedure went by injecting some unknown chemicals unto their faces. However instead of having better and beautiful faces, it went really worse and appeared distorted. The three of them have the same reaction with the chemical.     With the help of their friends and families, they are now trying to reach a certain amount in order to help the victims. Aside from the horrible outcome of what happened, the victims are now starting to become ill and are all afraid of what could happen to them if not given the proper care.     Unfortunately, the suspect is now nowhere to be found. The victims were not even aware of the suspect’s whereabouts.     According to the one who posted, a certain media will then cover the story of these women, to inform and especially warn those who would dare to undergo such procedure. The suspect was not a licensed medical professional but because of cheaper rates he managed to convince these ladies to try it all for the aim of becoming beautiful.     
    When you don’t have sweet tooth it is hard to find snacks that can match your low tolerance for sugar. Almost all snacks were made out of sugar, chocolates and other forms of sweeteners. It is the main reason why Skittles stands out from the rest of the group. It is a sweet yet sour candy that comes in a bright rainbow colors. But all of a sudden Skittles became really dull and lost all that rainbow colors.     In an official stamen made by Skittles, they decided to have a different packaging for intended for the entire month of June. As practiced June is the month dedicated for the LGBT community. The LGBT community has the rainbow to represent them because they acknowledged that they are composed of different genders thus constitutes not just a single color but of different colors.      Since the Skittles and the LGBT community share the same kind of color representation, Skittles gladly gave way to the LGBT community. According to them, although the share the same symbol, one has to stand out and celebrate their existence and they give it whole heartedly to the LGBT group.      This is such a remarkable and thoughtful move for Skittles. Although they were branded and known because of their color, they were not afraid to give way to celebrate a significant event for some people. Consumers in return have shown appreciation to what the company did. Their customers admired their sensitive and immediate decision to honor the LGBT community.     Changing brand packaging is a bit risky when it comes to sales and market. Well known and established companies see to it that when they have to change or modify their packaging it needs to be somehow close to the previous design. It is because people shop out of familiarity. When you change your packaging into a totally different concept, chances are your consumers will not be able to recognize your products anymore.      However it is different with the case of Skittles. They dared to risk their sales and their brand in order to commemorate an event. With this making rounds in the internet, Skittles is rest assured that their customers would still remain loyal to them.