Thursday, February 15, 2018

How To Prevent Scratches on Your Custom Vehicle

After spending a lot of money customizing your car, the last thing you want to see on it is a scratch. Using car masks and bras is highly recommended, but you always want to avoid having another vehicle make contact with yours to avoid scratches and dents. Here are some common-sense tips for keeping your car looking fantastic.

Scratched car
Scratched car from Flickr 


Practice Your Parallel Parking Skills

One great aspect of parallel parking is that you can be confident no one will park directly next to you. However, plenty of drivers avoid it because they think it is too hard. Carve out some time on a weekend to practice parallel parking on some side streets in the suburbs. Use traffic cones to stand in for cars in front of and behind you.  

Drive Safely in Parking Lots

Parking lots are the most likely place for scratches to occur. Other drivers may accidentally scrape the side of your car while pulling out or ding your car when they open their doors. You can reduce the chances of this happening by parking as far away from the store entrance as you can. You can also park in an end space to reduce the chances of a scrape by 50 percent.

Avoid Extreme Weather Exposure

Keep your vehicle garaged if a hail storm will come through town. You also want to be careful if there will be heavy winds. These gusts can blow twigs, small stones and dust into your vehicle, causing paint damage. If people must park their cars outside during a storm, then they should at least utilize weatherproof car covers

Keep Items Off Your Vehicle

The only things you should place on your vehicle are water and soft clothes. Leave tools and other items off your car because you may accidentally scratch your vehicle yourself.


You can find some excellent car protective items with California Car Cover. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Simple Story of Love This Valentine's Day


Today is Valentine's Day. It's a day that love is celebrated. Some people celebrate it with their boyfriends, girlfriends, crushes, families, friends, or even pets. I am blessed that I already have my own family; a loving husband with two beautiful children whom I express my love each and every day. When I look my children, sometimes I would think how lucky to be a kid again because they don't worry about anything because it's the love of their parents that nourish them with happiness.  

When I was a kid, I, too, was loved by my parents together with my brothers and sisters. They took us to places we wanted to go, took us to restaurants we wanted to eat, even gave us the things we wanted. But despite all the luxury I experienced as a child, there was one simple memory that lingers whenever I remember my dad. It's funny because when my dad went away, it's the time I started appreciating the moments we had together. There was that one unique and memorable experience that I have with my dad that was special to me.

I was around 10 years old. No one was home but me and him. He was trying to fix his car for hours in the garage, but seemed unsuccessful. I approached him and asked him, "Dad, I think you're tired. Can someone else fix it for you?" Dad took a deep breath and looked at me saying, "Pagod na nga siguro ako. Meryenda muna tayo (Yes, I think I am tired. Let's have some snacks)." We both walked towards a nearby sari-sari store wearing only simple t-shirts and shorts and flipflops, bought some sodas (I remember it was Mirinda) and chips (mine was Pompoms while he got Chippy). We chatted about my schooling and how are things with me at home and at school. I can barely remember what we talked about, but I do remember one thing that blurted out of me while we were chatting. I said, "May crush na nga ako, dad, eh. (I already have a crush, dad)." 

That's when I remember my dad choked and almost drowned with the Mirinda soda that he was drinking with a straw. I was also shocked why I suddenly shared it with him. But it was true, I already had a crush at school at age 10. My dad said, "Sigurado ka crush na 'yan? (Are you sure it's a crush?)" I stayed silent because I was already embarrassed. I think my dad also noticed so he stopped asking questions. He hugged me and comforted me saying, "Okay lang yan, anak. Pero kung nagmamahal ka na, dapat ready ka na din masaktan. Kung hindi ka handang masaktan para sa kanya, hindi mo siya mahal. (It's okay, my child. But if you love someone, you should be ready to get hurt. If you're not ready to get hurt for him, then you don't love him.)" Of course, I had a different understanding of it since I was only 10, but I don't want to elaborate more on how I understood it. 

When we're both finished with our snacks, we started walking back home. He placed his arm on my shoulders and said, "Hay, naku. Buti nalang nasira yung kotse kung hindi di ko pa malalaman na dalaga ka na. (It's a good thing my car broke down because if it didn't, then I wouldn't know that you've already grown up to be a lady)." I was glad he saw it as a bonding moment for us and an opportunity for him to see me as I was back then. I simply smiled and hugged him. It was one of the most embarrassing, but also one of the happiest moments of my life with my dad. It's one of those moments that I felt truly loved by my dad because he cared enough to listen and understand. 

This Valentine's Day, to honor the day of hearts, let us also be reminded of the love that was given to us by our parents or relatives that served as our foundation to be a strong individual as we are today.  Let's give love to those who loved us unconditionally before we even knew what love was. 


My love story began when I felt loved. 
 My first love, 
my first hero, 
always my dad

#OPPOF5  #CaptureTheRealYou

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Need for POS Systems



When I was a fresh graduate, I worked in one of the best real estate companies in our country. I was an assistant in a legal department. I experienced handling and processing thousands of paper works alphabetically arranged and stored in huge stainless steel drawers.  So when my boss wants to have a case reviewed, I have to look for that particular contract in those drawers. Sometimes, I takes me 10-15 minutes just to look for it because it the case titles were also similar. In other words, it really gave me a hard time. Imagine if I were to look for 4 or more files then it would take me almost 2 hours to find them. Lots of time wasted.

After a few months, we adopted a system where all of our files will be recorded and stored in a computer so we can access them almost instantly. It took us 4-6 months before we were fully digitized as they call it. It was fast and also fun because we can also send an electronic note to the person we need to leave a note to.

When it comes to POS (Point of Sale) systems, I can really tell that it’s already a need for today’s growing market especially for online sellers with huge numbers of consumers. If a business would still rely on manual operations, it would slow them down;  receipts will be written on paper, customer needs to pay money upfront, etc. In other words, it would result to fewer sales, and employees would be less productive like what happened to me when I was dealing with those files in the office.

As a consumer myself, I would also recommend merchants having POS systems because oftentimes I would carry just my credit card, holding only enough cash for commute. There are also instances when I miscalculated the items I bought ending up with a large total than my cash on hand so thanks to POS, I can instantly use my card to pay for the items.


Of course, having a POS system is simply not enough. Merchants should also make sure that their system is fast, efficient,  reliable, and accurate so it also can give them good results. Lightspeed POS has all these requirements which makes it a perfect fit for your business. Lightspeed POS reviews gives positive feedback from people who have already tried and tested them. It offers features such as  Lightspeed POS admin and Lightspeed POS login for back-end users. 

So if you're a business owner, please consider having a POS system in your business for your customers' sake :) 


Monday, February 12, 2018

Our Motorbike Experience


A motorcycle can be either be a dangerous vehicle to ride on or it can be one of the most exciting and memorable things you can have in your life. I remember when my boyfriend surprised me one day that he bought a scooter. My impression of it was it was dangerous to ride it and I wouldn't want to ride it.

As we used it day by day as an alternative for commuting, it became easier to understand how convenient it is to use. We also made sure we know the safety precautions and road rules. Eventually,  I learned that having a scooter or a motorbike is not so bad after all. It's actually fun to ride it. During rush hour or when it's traffic, we can go in-between spaces of the cars to move forward. Another important factor is that gas is cheaper compared to having an actual car. It's really the ideal vehicle to use inside your neighborhood, village, or simply when going to a nearby convenience store. My husband used to ride it when going to his office since it’s only around 10km away from our home. They’re not required to wear a suit and tie if you’re thinking that. He was wearing jeans and polo shirt (smart casual) when he goes to the office so riding a scooter is no problem for him and it doesn’t look weird on him.

Nowadays, there are already a lot of scooters or motorcycles to choose from in the market and evidently, lots of motorcycle parts stores have popped up to address the need of the market. Honda is a popular brand and has lots of good reviews so if you're canvassing for a motorcycle, it's a good brand to look into. Maintenance-wise, it would be easy for you to look for Honda motorcycle accessories and Honda motorcycle oem parts online or in physical stores. 


If you're looking for a one-stop shop for motorcycle parts for Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, and others, Bikebandit.com is a good place to check. You can also chat with an expert and ask any questions you may have regarding motorcycle parts.  

Friday, February 9, 2018

New Looks From a Can or By The Roll

Walls can - indeed should - do a lot more than just hold up the ceiling. They are the largest expanses of decorative surfaces you have to work with, and they set the stage for the rest of your furnishings. What you do with your walls can make up for architectural shortcomings, so don't treat them lightly. Do treat them warmly, coolly, quietly, lively, cleverly. Whatever mood you want to achieve and whatever the room problems you need to overcome, you'll find a universe of possibilities in a can of paint or a few rolls of wall covering. 

Expand Space

Color and pattern are two of the most powerful forces in the visual world. Harness them and you can move walls, raise or lower ceilings, stretch floor space, and entirely reshape your home environment. 

Fortunately, you don't need a degree in physics (or art) to put the energy of color and pattern to work. In fact, to expand a room, you need to apply only one basic principle: Light colors and unbroken expanses of small patterns make space look larger. This is true because unless an object calls attention to itself, it recedes in your mind. When you are not conscious of a wall, space "feels" more expansive. 

The small bedroom at right is a case in point. Wrapped entirely in the same mini-pattern print on a light background, it conveys a sense of spaciousness. Wall covering manufacturers help by including matching fabrics in their collections. 

When you shop, check out coordinates. Along with fabrics, you can sew yourself, you can order ready-made comforters, table linens, window shades, curtains, even accessories. 

The same principle applies to paint. One light color over walls, ceiling, and woodwork can do wonders for a small room, especially if you choose window dressing and furniture fabrics that go along with the light color scheme. 
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