Save money on your honeymoon

Oldtimer, Bride And Groom

This trip is supposed to be one that you remember for a lifetime and you need to be certain that you remember it for all the right reasons. By following a few tips, you will get the honeymoon package you are dreaming of.

When you are paying for everything you need for your wedding ceremony and reception, consider getting a credit card that awards you points for your purchases. These points can often be turned into things like plane tickets or hotel stays. As long as you aren’t letting your balance on the charge card roll over and build up interest expenses, you’re going to save a fortune with this bonus.

In lieu of traditional wedding gifts, think about setting up a honeymoon package registry. You need to think about what is more important to you, pots and pans, or a great trip. There are loads of websites on the internet that will make it possible for you to direct your wedding guest’s generous gift to you by paying for part of your trip instead of that toaster you probably don’t need.

Find out when the off season begins and ends. There are times at most destinations where the weather is not perfect and so there is less need for tourists to visit. Book your trip at the edge of one of these parts of the year and you’re likely to still find good weather for a fraction of the cost and with the crowds.

Consider the value of your dollar and think about where it’s going to be worth the most. There are some countries where the conversion rate will provide you more for your money while at other destinations you eliminate money when you exchange your money.

Make the most of the honeymoon package that all-inclusive resorts offer. Many places will allow you to have all you can eat and drink, a hotel room, and even some actions all for one price. This gives you a clearer idea of what you will need to budget because there won’t be a lot of additional costs that you must think about.

When you can only book your flight on a Friday or Saturday, you’re likely to pay the highest cost and be stuck on a jam-packed plane. If you can, fly out on a Monday or Tuesday to get the best deal. If you would like to avoid all the business travelers, book your flight on a Sunday instead.

Plan the least expensive way to get around when you get to your destination. Check around in the area to find out if they have a mass transit service that can offer you the rides that you need. Even better, it is possible to map to do things that are within walking distance from your hotel. Just make certain to check that the area is safe for tourists.

You can even cut the price on honeymoon packages if you’re open to getting a room with no view. The rooms that do not offer a majestic scene that many tourists are looking for can often be reserved for a reduced price in comparison to the rest of the hotel.

Finally, do not be afraid to mention that you are a newlywed couple. Many travel hot spots offer discounts and specials for just married visitors.

Pearls

Pearls, Jewelry, Necklace, Shine, Beauty

Whenever that what this article is about comes to my mind the’inbuilt music player’ in my head is turned on and among the most renowned Reggae songs from the late 1960s begins to playwith. Do you remember these days and your first serious love affair? Well, this article is all about black pearls too, but black pearls of another kind and it isn’t confined to them’.

Burma, the country I call home because over 25 years, has played a notable part in the global pearl industry and some of the world’s biggest and most precious pearls have been found in the waters off the northeast shore. However, since 15 years Burma is back on the stage of worldwide pearl business and increasingly successful with its distinctive silver and golden South Sea Cultured Pearls.

The history of the Burmese Pearl Industry starts back in 1954 with the Western K. Takashima who has founded a joint venture between the Japanese’South Sea Pearl Company Ltd.’ and the’Burma Pearl Diving and Cultivation Syndicate’ as local partner. The same year South Sea Cultured Pearl production with Pinctada maxima was started in the Mergui Archipelago and the first pearl harvest took place in 1957. This harvest was a great success. The pearls belonged to the group of finest South Sea Cultured Pearls and attracted greatest prices. Within a few years Burma had earned itself a great reputation as manufacturer of South Sea Cultured Pearls of highest quality and stayed in the world’s leading group of South Sea Cultured Pearl producing countries till 1983 when reputedly in consequence of a bacterial infection Burma’s pearl oyster stock was almost entirely extinguished. Burma’s Pearl Industry recovered quite gradually and for more than a decade its pearl production remained negligible and the pearl quality fairly poor. But from 2001 on Burma’s South Sea Cultured Pearl manufacturing is gaining momentum and quantities of high quality cultured pearls are continuously increasing.

Now, in ancient 2016, there are 1 government owned company, 4 privately owned local businesses and 4 overseas companies (joint ventures) representing the Burmese pearl market. They are culturing pearls mainly on islands of the Mergui Archipelago and Pearl Island and are on a good way to regain Burma’s formerly excellent reputation and help the country to play an increasingly important role as pearl manufacturer in the global South Sea Cultured Pearl marketplace. Not necessarily in terms of quantity but surely concerning premium quality. Burmese pearl companies are already getting more and more attention in the worldwide pearl market.

OK, let us now focus on the central theme and star of this article: the Pearl.

At the start of this article I spoke of love in relationship with pearls and pearls are indeed something wonderful to express love with. However, the story of a pearl’s coming into being may not be one of love but – imagining the pearl-producing shelled mollusc can feel pain – at least in its beginning instead of a story of pain because something that doesn’t belong there has entered into the mollusc’s living tissue. To put it differently, a pearl is the result of the defence against a painful hostile attack. It is as if the thorn of a rose has lodged itself into your thumb; ouch! But that is precisely how the life of a pearl begins, with something that manages to sneak into the shell of a mollusc and to forcibly enter its soft tissue. This’something’ could be e.g. a larva of a parasite or a tiny grain of sand.

Question:”What’s a pearl?” A pearl is something comparatively hard and generally silvery-white that is either round or of irregular shape. Its nucleus is an’intruder’, which the pearl-producing mollusc has coated with a pearl sac about which it has then deposited layers of microscopic small crystals of calcium carbonate called’nacre’ to be able to isolate the foreign item called’irritant’. Between the layers that make up the pearl are layers of the natural chemical conchiolin which glues them together and at the same time separates them. The process of creating these nacre layers will be never ending what means that the older the pearl is, the bigger is the amount of its own layers and, then, the larger it is. This is the answer to the question.

“And that’s all?” You may now ask. Keep on reading and you will know. Let us have a peek into the history of pearls and pearl company and go back to the beginning.

It was probably 500 BC (perhaps earlier) that people focused more on the contents than the wrapping and started to appreciate the beauty of pearls more than the mother-of-pearl of their producers’ shells. Therefore, they set the best of the pearls at one level with’gemstones’ and attached high value to them in immaterial terms (power and beauty) and material terms (riches ).

Pearls are also called’Gems of the sea’ but unlike any other gem, a pearl is the product of a living being. That is, pearls are the sole’gems’ of organic origin, which is precisely how gemmologists classify pearls in general: as’coloured gems of organic origin’. And pearls are the sole’stone’ that require no cutting or polishing – just cleaning – until they exhibit their full beauty.

Back then pearls only existed in the kind of natural also called crazy pearls. They were so very rare and being a symbol of power, riches and beauty much sought after by royalties and non-royalties who could afford and were willing to pay astronomical prices for them. In other words, the demand for pearls – either singly, as so-called collectors’ item or as part of jewellery – was very high and the supply very low what made a particular class of pearls a highly priced luxury article and the transaction with these pearls an extremely profitable company. Fuelled by three of humanity’s strongest motives – to be wealthy, strong and beautiful – the hunt for pearls by buyers and sellers alike had begun.

Let’s take a second, closer look at their natural founders. Can no matter whether they’re populating bodies of freshwater such as lakes and rivers or bodies of saltwater such as seas and oceans create pearls what is a process known as’calcareous concretion’. However, the huge majority of these pearls are of no value whatsoever except maybe in the standpoint of a collector or collector.

The differences between valuable and worthless pearls are in a combination of the size, weight, form, lustre, colour (incl. Nacreousness and iridescence) as well as requirements of the surface. These are the criteria that determine on whether or not a pearl is of gem quality and can draw maximum prices. Only this category of pearls is of interest to the long string of these being involved in pearl company from pearl diver to pearl vendor on the supply side and, of course, the purchaser on the demand side.

Those pearls that make it in the top set of gem-quality pearls are created by just a few species of mussels and/or pearl oysters. Freshwater pearls are created by members of the fresh water mussel household’Unionidae’ whereas saltwater pearls are created by members of the pearl oyster family’Pteriidae’.

Till 1928 when the very first set of cultured pearls was produced and introduced to the pearl market by Mitsubishi Company/Japan there were just natural pearls in the marketplace. This kept the amount of commercially valuable pearls small and their prices extremely high. This was particularly true for’perfect’ pearls which were perfectly round and fetched the highest prices.

The following example will give you an idea of the worth of pearls in’pre-cultural’ decoration times. A matched double strand of 55 plus 73 (in total 128) round natural pearls from jeweller Pierre Cartier was valued in 1917 at USD 1 million. Factoring into the calculation an annual average inflation rate of 3.09 % the pearl strand’s present-day financial value would be USD 20.39 million! I am positive that after having taken a deep breath you have a very good picture of what values I’m talking with respect to pearls particularly in regards to natural pearls prior to the emergence of cultured pearls. And by-the-by, natural pearls are always the most valuable and precious, even in the age of the cultured pearl. Why? This is so because these pearls are pure nature and absolute unique especially if we add the factor antiquity.

With the commercialisation of this by the British biologist William Saville-Kent developed and the Western Tokichi Nishikawa patented method to produce cultured pearls that the pearl industry was revolutionised and has undergone most dramatic changes. A cultured pearl business based on the new process developed in Japan and things changed drastically.

Pearl culturing made the mass production of’tailor-made’ pearls of prime quality possible. Since the’How To’ was kept confidential and not permitted to be made available to foreigners It also gave Japan the global monopoly of cultured pearls, therefore, the world-wide dominance of and control over the pearl industry, which, amongst others, allowed the manipulation of pearl prices by controlling the number of pearls made available; much like the De Beers diamond syndicate controlled the global diamond market. Prices dropped and the purchase of pearls that was affordable prior to the availability of cultured pearls only to a lucky few was now possible for an extremely high number of financially better off people; demand for pearls exploded and Japan’s pearl industry began to boom and made enormous profits through direct sales of considerable quantities of cultured pearls, licences and shares in business partnerships with overseas businesses. Now, this has changed and there are more cultured pearl producing nations; some, like China, do sometimes sell their cultured pearls (especially freshwater pearls, in a price of 10% of that of natural pearls that which allows almost everyone to purchase pearls and/or pearl jewellery. However, since the supply won’t ever meet up with the demand for pearls their prices will always stay high enough to ensure that pearl company remains to be’big business’.

Various Kinds Of Pearls

Pearls are called Akoya Pearl, South Sea Pearl, Tahitian Pearl, Freshwater Pearl and Mabé Pearl or Blister Pearl (Half Pearl). In this article I will deal primarily with the first three of them for these pearls are the most precious and that is why those with the greatest commercial value.

Akoya Pearls

Akoya Pearls are created by an oyster of the family Pteriidae that Japanese call Akoya oyster. The Latin name of it’s Pinctada fucata martensii. There’s no translation of the title Akoya into English and also the meaning of the word Akoya isn’t known.

An Akoya pearl was the first ever cultured pearl. Having a size of 2.4 to 3.1 in/6 to 8 cm the Akoya oyster is the world’s tiniest pearl-producing oyster. Accordingly little is its pearl the size of that ranges depending on its age between 2 and 12mm. The average diameter of an Akoya pearl is 8 mm. Akoya pearls with a bigger diameter than 10 mm are very rare and sold at high prices.

Normally the oysters remain for to 18 months in the water until they are harvested. The Akoya oyster produces 1 pearl in its lifetime. After that it is provided it has generated a good pearl used as tissue donor.

The pearl’s shape can be all round, mostly around, slightly off roundoff round, semi-baroque and baroque and its colour can be white, black, pink, cream, medium cream, dark cream, blue, gold or grey. The pearls come with unique overtones, are largely white and their lustre is extremely brilliant second only to the lustre of South Sea Pearls. The Akoya Pearl is cultured mainly off the Chinese and Japanese coast.

South Sea Pearl

South Sea Pearls are made by an oyster of their family Pteriidae. It is a white-lipped, silver-lipped or gold-lipped pearl oyster. The Latin name of it’s Pinctada maxima.

Cultured South Sea Pearls are among the rarest and therefore most precious of cultured pearls. Having a size of around 13 in/32.5 cm the South Sea Oyster is the world’s largest pearl-producing oysters. Accordingly large are its pearls the dimensions of which range based on age between 8 and 22+ mm, but the average diameter of South Sea Pearls is 15 mm and Cultured South Sea Pearls exceeding a diameter of over 22 mm are something similar to the jackpot in the State Lottery.

Normally the oysters stay for 2 to 3 years in the water until they are harvested to get larger pearls. The oyster produces 2-3 pearls in its life. Then it is too old and is provided it has generated good pearls used as tissue donor.

The pearl’s shape can be round, semi-round, baroque, semi-baroque, drop, button, oval, circle and ringed and its color can be white-silver, white-rose, blue-white, light-cream, champagne (moderate cream) and gold. However, the most sought after are silver and gold. The South Sea Pearl is highly lustrous with a slight satiny sheen.

The South Sea Pearl is cultured mainly from the Indian Ocean into the Pacific.

The ideal water temperature for South Sea Pearl oysters is between 73.4o-89.6o F/23°C-32°C.

Tahitian Pearls

Tahitian Pearls are created by means of an oyster of the family Pteriidae that’s known as the black-lipped pearl oyster. The Latin name of it’s Pinctada margaritifera.

Tahitian Pearls commonly known as black pearls belong to the group of rare, most valuable cultured pearls and are increasingly in demand. With a size of up to 12 in/30 cm the Black Pearl Oyster is the world’s second biggest pearl-producing oysters. Accordingly big is its pearl the size of which ranges depending on age between 8 and 18 mm, but the average diameter of Tahitian Pearls is 13 mm.

It takes at least 1.5 years from the time of seeding on until a Tahitian Pearl is ready to be harvested for the first time. Normally the oysters stay for 2-3 years in the water before they are harvested to acquire larger pearls. The oyster produces 2 to 3 pearls in its lifetime. After that it is provided it has generated good pearls used as tissue donor.

The pearl’s shape can be round, slightly off round, semi-round, button, and pear, drop, oval, semi-baroque, baroque and ringed.

Although the Tahitian Pearl is known as’Black Pearl’ most of them are not really black. Their colors range from dark anthracite, charcoal grey, silver gray to dark blue and dark green with each color having distinctive undertones and overtones of pink, green, blue, silver and even yellow.

The Tahitian Pearl’s lustre is very high with brilliant and bright reflections.

It is cultured from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific but primarily off the coasts of Tahiti and the French Polynesian Islands. However there were reports of Pinctada margaritifera in the Red Sea, off the coast of Alexandria (Egypt) and Calabria (Italy).

The perfect water temperature for the Black Pearl oysters is between 73.4o-84.2o F/23°C-29°C.

Freshwater Pearls

What used to be the most important difference between cultured seawater pearls and cultured freshwater pearls is that contrary to cultured seawater pearls cultured freshwater pearls weren’t beaded and pure nacre for which reason they are called non-beaded cultured pearls. This, however, does not apply entirely anymore. Since the Ming Pearl, official name’Edison Pearl’, was introduced into the marketplace by the Chinese in January 2011, freshwater pearls do also have a very lovely representative in the category’Cultured Beaded Pearls’.

One of these is named Triangle Sail Mussel with the Latin name Hyriopsis cumingii, another one is called Biwa Pearl with the Latin title Hyriopsis schlegelii and the third one has the Latin name Christaria plicata and is called Cockscomb Pearl Mussel.

Beaded Freshwater Pearls or as they are properly called’ in-body bead-nucleated freshwater pearls’ are made by a hybrid form of Hyriopsis cumingii and Hyriopsis cumingii.

Freshwater Pearls are increasingly in demand.

It typically takes 3-5 years from the time of seeding on till a non-beaded freshwater mussel is about to be harvested. Some stay in the water for up to 7 years to create bigger pearls. But this slow pearl growth is more than compensated by the fact that one mussel can produce up to 40+ pearls in precisely the same time. Normally the mussel produces 1 set of pearls in its lifetime. After that it’s provided it has produced good pearls used as tissue donor.

The mussel can only produce one pearl at a time.

Their colours range from white to natural pastel colours like champagne, lavender, pink, blue and every shade in between.

The Freshwater Pearl’s lustre is high with bright reflections.

Freshwater Pearl’s are cultured globally but primarily in Chinese, Japanese and to a much lesser extent in USA lakes and rivers. The world’s largest manufacturer of freshwater pearls is China.

Other Kinds of Pearls

Keishi Pearls

Keishi Pearls can be seen in both freshwater and saltwater shelled molluscs. They are the result of oysters’/’ mussels’ ejecting of Infection prior to the minute the pearl has completely coated the implant with nacre. In this case the irritant is separated from the pearl sac and a freeform pearl without nuclei develops. Keishi pearls are as the name suggests (Keishi means’little’ or’tiny’ in Japanese) usually small, made from pure nacre and irregular in shape. A Keishi pearl’s color ranges from silvery pure white to silvery gray and every variation between.

Unlike other pearls that grow inside the living tissue of the oyster, the pearl of the Mabé oyster is in the practice of attaching itself to the inside of the oyster shell and grow there as’half pearl’ what makes them seem like a blister what is the other name used for this sort of pearl’Blister Pearl’. When the pearl is harvested it is skilfully cut out of the shell and after removing the implant the hollow part is filled with a special wax prior to the backside’s being finished off with mother-of-pearl. As for colours these cover predominantly a broad range of white and attractive silvery pastel tones.

The question now is exactly what these cultured pearls which had this earth shattering effect on the global pearl industry are, in the first place?

Cultured Pearls

It’s of the utmost importance to know and understand that a cultured pearl isn’t an artificial pearl or imitation pearl. To the contrary, a cultured pearl is a natural pearl in so far as the pearl is caused by the same natural process that happens in wilderness; a foreign object is entering the oyster or mussel shell, is lodging itself in the oyster’s/mussel’s living tissue, the shelled mollusc’s defence mechanism is triggered and the intruder is enclosed in layers of calcium carbonate and conchiolin.

First, the event that triggers the pearl’s coming into existence and, second, the final effect of this event. The bottom line is that the differences between a natural and a cultured pearl is a really small one and confined to the event that initiates the growth of a pearl.

For the purpose of this article I like to speak of that to what the shelled mollusc reacts with the introduction of a pearl in breeding terms and state that it is’the means of fertilisation’ that makes the difference between’natural’ and’cultured’. In the wilderness the entering of this irritant happens unintentionally and without human beings being involved whereas in a pearl farm this occurs with human beings being involved by means of a surgical operation known as’grafting’. Phrased in reproduction terms we can call it’artificial fertilisation’. I will briefly explain the procedure for grafting later. Everything that follows the inserting of the irritant i.e. the process of the evolution of the pearl inside the oyster is purely natural.

The oysters’ benefits are that they are for whatever it is worth growing up and living in a controlled environment in which they are to a large extent protected from sickness and natural enemies as well as the oysters owner’s benefits are that he can e.g. determine how many and what kind of pearls he would like to produce, when the host oysters are starting to create the pears, what shape the pearls will have, what their colour and lustre will be and what their dimensions will be, i.e. when they will be harvested.

The huge advantages to producing cultured pearls compared to diving for wild oyster pearls in areas with oyster beds in the hope to find a commercially valuable natural pearl should by now have become very obvious. Statistically there is on average one marketable pearl in 1.000 wild oysters. This means that if you aren’t very, very lucky, to borough in the golfer jargon, the’Jackpot-In-One’ type, you will probably have to locate thousands of natural pearls oyster, open and in doing so kill them before you will find one commercially valuable pearl of the species you are after. This is a very risky, annoying, time consuming, expensive and in the long term environmentally harmful affair. For this very reason the process of culturing pearls has been developed.

Natural pearls would continue to decorate just a privileged few if not for the ingenuity of three Japanese men

In 1902, Tatsuhei Mise planted 15,000 molluscs with lead and silver nuclei and two decades later, harvested little, round cultured pearls.

Around the same time, Dr. Nishikawa began seeding oysters with miniature silver and gold nuclei. His process also yielded small round cultured pearls. He applied for a patent which was restricted to the implantation process that was uncannily similar to Mise’s. As the two procedures were almost identical, it became known as the Mise-Nishikawa method.

Pearl Farming

After all, it doesn’t make much in the way of sense to dive for natural pearl-producing oysters that are often available in depths of 60 to 85 feet, to collect them take them to the surface, clean them, graft them, mark them, return them to the oyster bed only to dive for them again later so as to harvest the pearls. I think we do all agree that working this way would be the most inefficient and ineffective way conceivable to produce cultured pearls. So, the proper way of doing it’s pearl oyster farming. But however much pearl farming and hatching was developed and improved technically and otherwise especially in the past ten years it still remains a risky undertaking and depends as much on skill as it depends on luck. Why luck? Luck, because there are several very serious natural and manmade threats inherent in pearl farming which are completely or to a large extent from human control. Examples of these are extreme changes in water temperatures, pollution of water with wastewater both industrial and domestic, ailments such as the one caused by’red tide’, unusual strong storms and water movement, siltation and several natural predators for pearl oysters like echinoderm (star fish, sea-cucumber), gastropods (snails and slugs), turbellaria (flatworms) and beams and octopuses, just to list some of the most common natural and manmade threats. That is why I advice you not to fool yourself when studying the following brief descriptions. All seems smooth and well on paper but matters are undoubtedly not as simple as they may appear.

Pearl Oyster Hatching

The modern cultured pearl industry is for economic and biological reasons to a growing extent stocking oyster farms with hatched oysters. The hatching process starts with the range of for hatching suitable pearl-producing oysters from the wilderness or from hatchery produced oysters and finishes with the oysters’ being prepared for producing pearls. When the suitable male and female oysters are found they are put into spawning tanks filled with saltwater. Now the water temperature is increased what sets into motion the following process.

After 22 days the larvae are collected and moved into tanks with settlement substrate to allow the larvae to attach themselves and grow into oyster spat. 6 mm is put into fine mesh as security for predators and transferred into the raft suspended from the ocean water of the farm. Grown larger to sub-adults they’re placed into larger mesh were they grow to adults.

The grafting of a pearl oyster begins with the choice of a suitable wild or farm oyster and finishes with its being returned to the water i.e. to the oyster farm. The measures between would be the choosing of the right interval for the grafting, the appropriate preparing of the oyster for the grafting (less food, anesthetising), the selecting of a suitable implant and graft tissue, the professional performing of the surgical procedure and a proper follow-up care of the oyster after the surgery before it’s released back into the water. This process is an important one with the surgical procedure being the most important part of it because of it determines not to a small degree on passing rate of the oysters after surgery, rejection of the implanted nucleus and the total quality of the final pearl. In other words, the grafting can make it or break it.

New Orleans

New Orleans Street Louisiana Skyline Stree

There’s a huge array of fresh seafood which you can enjoy to your heart’s content. It offers not just splendid cuisines but drinks and dance to keep you partying while you are there.

Of course, there are plenty to see while at New Orleans.

The French Quarter

Do not miss out on this old section of the city because it’s the first settlement of the French and Spanish who first stepped onto American soil. You may enjoy a spiff of hot etouffee in the air while strolling this quarter.

It is the French Quarter which adds character to New Orleans; there are nightly revelries to help keep you awake the whole night. It houses Jackson Square that spawns pristine lawns and beautiful shrubs, with the breath-taking St. Louis Cathedral as its background.

At the quaint café of Monde, you may sniff scents of tasty chicory-laced beignets to whet your appetite. The French Market makes an interesting stop to check out the neighborhood farmer’s produce that boasts of being the nation’s first outdoor produce market.

For the shopaholic, nothing can drag you away from Royal Street that offers a vast range of products but it would be the antiques and art pieces that will steal your heart; and if not attentive, your wallet too.

St. Charles Streetcar

New Orleans’ quaint St. Charles Streetcar is an interesting ride that one has to try while in this city. Its 13 mile ride is barely 90 minutes to give you a fast and fascinating sight of New Orleans. This Landmark streetcar would travel back and forth on its route with its seat seats switched to the suitable travel direction for a fantastic view.

Faulkner House Books

For the book fans, a big’thanks’ must go to Joe DeSalvo who opened Faulkner House Books. It is located inside the French Quarter townhouse which was William Faulkner’s residence when writing Soldier’s Pay, his first novel. There are a huge variety of books for your surfing pleasure like fiction, poetry and biography with a bit of local lore.

Another amazing sight to behold is the selection of mid-19th century townhouses on Julia Street that takes up 600 blocks although there are only 13 pieces. These are often called Julia Row; sometimes they’re called the Thirteen Sisters. Aside from the impressive architecture of the townhouses, it is its art that makes the greater impact. The’SoHo of the South’ homes hundreds of fine art pieces.

Garden District

This is actually the’Yankee’ section of New Orleans where there is hardly any French. The residents enjoy vast spacious gardens of magnolia, live oak and palms.

Mississippi River

This great river in New Orleans is famously known as the Mighty Mississippi. It’s famous for the transport business at New Orleans with the city being built along its curves. An enjoyable ride on the Mighty Mississippi is a must for visitors.

Barbados

Rockley Beach Barbados Beach Barbados Beac

Barbados can be defined as the most beautiful and the very enchanting island in the Caribbean. It is an remarkable sovereign island country surrounded by 70+ awesome beaches, the dazzling Horizon’s cave formations, fascinating Botanical Gardens, and much more. It is a land with 11 stunning perishes highlighting its own glamor.

It’s a country known for its delicate hearted Barbadians with their hearts filled with a lot of friendship, courtesy, kindness and peace. It is a property praised by many of the visitors for the amazing beaches and the fabulously amazing beauty of this Island, Barbados completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.

1. Crane: The Crane beach is located in the parish of St. Phillip on the South East coast of Barbados. Crane Beach is in brief”The beach of peace”.

2. Ju Ju’s: The Ju Ju’s Beach is located on the West Coast of Barbados and is the best placed to be viewed during the sundown.

3. It is one of the best places to have a long break.

4. Accra: Accra beach is one among the renowned beaches in the South Cost of the awesome Barbados. Mostly people tend to spend the entire day here.

5. Sandy Lane Beach: This beach can be considered as the best beach for swimming and Water sports.

6. Cattlewash: The beach located on the East Coast and the most charming place to go to.

7. Bottom Bay: This amazing beach is found at the South East Price full of complete white sand and surrounded by the huge and the most beautiful green palm trees.

8. Silver Rock: Silver Rock Beach is the popular spot for kitesurfers and windsurfers with its place in the South Price.

9. Little Bay: A beach with the heavy and large waves of the Atlantic Ocean which makes it a gorgeous spot for photography.

10. Batts Rock: it’s a beautiful beach situated on the West Coast, full of its incredible beauty with white sand and a charming greenery.

Well, this is not the end, there are much more Fantastic beaches on the Barbados. Search Google… All the best!

The Sphinx

Egypt Sphinx Pyramid Cairo Giving Monument

Travelers and tourists are always baffled on the meaning and significance of the sphinx that is found in the front of the Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. This has become a source of academic talk over what it all means and what it does not. Now, I am to try to discuss the issue of the Sphinx and what it stands for.

The first version is the Egyptian version, which,dates back to the time of the construction of the pyramid of Giza. This I suggested how it was constructed from the article on The Pyramid Of Giza and End Tim prophecies. The story goes that a sphinx appears to a city and provides them a riddle: What is it that walks with four legs in the morning, two in the afternoon and three in the day? Anyone who didn’t answer the riddle is killed, until Oedipus was able to answer the question. The Sphinx, Confused, threw itself on the cliff and died.

The Sphinx in this sense is only representing thought forms that’s been made by human beings which result in strong ties of propensities. Pondering on such propensities lead to a viscous cycle, where, like a head with several snakes because its hairs, the further you remove the hairs the longer they grow back. Hence no progress is ever made in the dilemma of redemption in the vice. At the time when people can still see thought forms, many clairvoyants regards some of those forms as gods and elevate them to that level. But this specific form has a lot to do with womanhood and motherhood.

The next one, the Egyptian one, is actually the representative in stone of the four living creatures mentioned in the bible book of Revelations, which comprises of the Eagle, the Lion, The Ram with Human Countenance, and the Bull. All these are represented also in the signs of the Zodiac in Leo, Aries, Taurus. The Eagle is represented by the Scorpio, which in earlier Zodiac signs was represented as the Eagle.

This is the representation in symbolic forms of the Living creatures, who are the pillars of creation, through whose radiations creation came to be and exist. It is the Holy Spirit, he who is seated on the Throne, that passes his creative radiations using these creatures.

Beach babies

Surfing Baby Beach Surf Summer Happy Child

Summer is beach and pool time; of sun and umbrellas, of hammock but those which you have infants in house well you know that when initiating this period of the year it’s necessary to take extreme care. If the increase in temperature, UV rays or water affects adults, what effect can they have on the small ones in the home?
Today we want to transfer you a collection of basic suggestions to go to the beach with babies. Certainly you find them useful.
Issue of age
The big question for most parents is,”at what age can I take my baby to the beach?” Although there is no exact answer, there are many approximate and approximate. In this sense, the skin of infants in their first months of age is quite sensitive. The effect of the sun, the abrasion of hot sand, sweat or sea salt may cause irritations.
In this sense, we suggest that you wait at 10 months of age to take you to the beach for the first time.
Time is the key
The time in which more sunlight strikes and more damage are done by UV rays is the time between the hours of 11:00 noon and 5:00 p.m.. We recommend that your visits to the shore with your infant are always at times outside of these periods and never extend these times of beach more than 80-90 minutes.
When You’re planning your first trip to the beach with your infant, the basic kit you must take includes the following elements:
Cream for chafing and irritation.
Sunscreen with filter.
Baby bottle with water, milk and pieces of fruit in a thermal bag.
Toys and teethers / pacifiers…
A kid wagon.
Protection
Obviously, you need to ensure that your baby’s skin is fully protected. Thus, children over six months can utilize specific sunscreen for babies, with the maximum degree of protection, resistant to water and, rather, physical filter. Unlike compound filter sunscreens, they do not absorb the components and do not cause damage to sensitive skin.
Also, cover your legs and arms with tops and trousers clear cotton or breathable fabrics (never artificial ). Never forget your hat and that it is as long as possible under the umbrella, both on the towel and in your car seat, when you take him for a walk.
Hydration at all times
Infants tend to remain well hydrated with breast milk available, although it is advisable to carry a thermal bag with your water bottle, as well as (for slightly older babies) segments and pieces of fruit (tangerines, orange, melon pieces), nectarine… ) abundant in fresh and water. Keep in mind that the smaller a baby is, the more risk he runs out of dehydration.
You could carry all your essential items as a luggage, toys as well as crate in a wagon that’s made for the beach.

AED

Image result for AEDThis is a lifesaving machine called an automatic external defibrillator. It’s used to check on your heart rhythm and allow the individual operating the machine understand whether your heart requires a jolt to reestablish your regular heart rhythm. The reason that you may require a jolt to your heart is due to a cardiac emergency such as cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is when your heart stops pumping blood causing it to not circulate throughout your body. If you do not have immediate treatment within four to six minutes, then you can suffer brain death. This system will help to try and prevent this from happening. During a cardiac emergency, the machine will verbally let the operator know you need a jolt. The shock, or jolt, that’s administered is called defibrillation.

These four measures include:

• Step 1–providing quick access to medical care that involves calling 911 to have an ambulance sent
• Step 2-doing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, which is CPR
• Step 3-using the AED for early defibrillation to get your heart rhythm back to a normal pattern if possible and is the most important step
• Step 4-giving advanced cardiac support when it becomes necessary

Before using the AED, you must be trained in how to use it so it is done correctly. During the training, you’ll be given a great understanding of how defibrillation works as part of rescue and stabilization if there’s a cardiac emergency. In some instances, other trained people might be asked to use them.

After turning the machine on it is going to tell the one who is operating it to put two electrodes on the individual’s chest, which are provided with the AED. This machine will monitor their heart rhythm through these electrodes. If the heart does require a shock, or jolt, the machine will let the operator know along with telling them to press the shock button and reminds them to step away from the person while the jolt is given. Even though it is an extremely sophisticated machine, an AED is designed so that it is simple to use. It’s about the size of a normal laptop.

In each nation, there are laws that protect the general population who use the AED in an effort to save a person who’s suffering from a cardiac emergency.

What’s BMI?

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One of my RDNs posed this question Lately related to BMI levels for older adults:

I’ve been seeing transfer notes in the hospital along with other nursing homes with diet/nutrition histories where RDNs are charting that BMIs of less than 23 is underweight. By way of example, 1 note documented that a BMI of 21.3 was underweight”for age” for a guy who was 92. State surveyors are also requesting a list of residents with BMI under 21 and wanting to see interventions on them. The MDS doesn’t trigger for a low BMI until under 19. Do we need to adapt our practices?

The National Institute of Health classification of overweight and obesity by body mass index (BMI) is as follows:

Classification – Normal

Obesity Class – None

BMI (kg/m2) – 18.4-24.9

Classification – Overweight

Classification – Obesity

Obesity Class – I

BMI (kg/m2) – 30.0-34.9

Classification – Obesity

BMI (kg/m2) – 35.0-39.9

Obesity Class – III

BMI (kg/m2) – > 40

BMI is translated based on age, health history, usual body weight, and weight history.

Adults should be evaluated for indicators of nutritional status and decline using body mass index (BMI) as one of many factors. Data suggests that a higher BMI range could be protective in older adults and that the criteria for ideal weight (BMI of 18.5 to 25) may be too restrictive in the elderly. A lower BMI may be considered detrimental to older adults because of association with declining nutrition status, potential pressure ulcers, infection and other complications. A BMI of 19 or less may indicate nutritional depletion, while a BMI of 30 or above indicates obesity.

In the literature, there is a whole lot of conversation about a BMI of 21-23 (rather than 18/19) as considered on the low side for older adults. At the exact same time, there is a whole lot of conversation about the”obesity paradox” saying a higher BMI may be protective against some diseases and death. There is still a lot of controversy regarding the efficacy of BMI for older adults, irrespective of what is considered”too low” or”too high”.

To our knowledge, there are no firm recommendations from any source on BMI cutoffs for elderly adults. The MDS triggers a CAA if BMI is < 18.5, although as stated above a higher BMI are likely to be considered too low for older adults.

In clinical practice, the BMI number isn’t as important as how it compares to an individual’s history. Monitoring changes over time is what is important.

If state surveyors question if everyone with a low BMI requires an intervention, consider explaining that if a low BMI was normal with this person’s life history, then we would not attempt to correct it – although interventions might be put in place for other reasons (poor intake, weight loss, wounds, etc.). And for an older person with a high BMI of 35 who had been overweight their whole life, it is highly likely that habits and lifestyle are put and weight loss would likely not be necessary or successful at older age.

Why am I always tired?

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Have you noticed you are tired, but you shouldn’t be? You have activities you’d love to do but you would rather stay home and just vegetate.

Some people think it is normal for adults to be drowsy. I don’t agree. Look at a kid – he is never tired. A chronic feeling of exhaustion is a clear indication that something is amiss it is not’just a sign of age’. The fact that you are tired means something. You need to put on your Sherlock Holmes hat and do some detective work to figure out what is causing your fatigue.

Does Your Body Run Out Of Gas?

The headlines recently revealed a French girl dying at 122 years of age. Many of my patients say they would not like to live that long, feeling how they feel right now. If you are presently suffering from fatigue, the quality of your life is also suffering.

Interrupted Sleep

There are common causes for short-term fatigue. Perhaps your mattress is uncomfortable, or the temperature in your bedroom is too extreme, cold or hot, for you to sleep well. Noise, like from a TV in a different room in the home, may be distracting. These issues can easily be remedied. If your area is noisy during the night, possibly a cozy set of earplugs would let you to get the rest your body needs. Sometimes the constant drone from a fan helps. If you use alcohol, caffeine, or smoking late in the day, or watch TV to the wee hours, try changing your habits for a while and see if your sleep improves. You may need to dig around a little bit to spot the cause. However, if after making changes you suspect that you may have an underlying health condition, a visit to your health care practitioner is the proper strategy.

Physical Illness

Quite often when you are sick your body will feel tired since it is using its energy reserves to help heal itself. This is normal, and getting extra rest so as to recover from any illness is vital. The more serious the illness that the more time you’ll have to rest and recuperate.

Overweight or Underweight

The body of an obese person is much more prone to tiredness, as it has to work a lot harder to accomplish regular, daily activities. The strain on the heart is enormous, and in the United States, obesity is fast approaching cigarette smoking at its position as the number one preventable cause of death.

Conversely, an underweight person may just not have enough muscle strength to carry out everyday tasks without becoming tired. In addition, many underweight individuals have a reduced caloric intake, which is just another way of saying they are not putting enough fuel in their body. They might not be eating enough or not eating good quality food. Consult a chart to find your ideal weight range for your height and age, and have that general range for a goal for yourself. Your ideal weight should include your ability to enjoy a full active life. You ought to have the energy to work and to perform every day.

Deficiency of Regular Exercise

In the modern computer/television/electronic world, we tend to do a lot less physical activity. This leads to muscle atrophy, a condition whereby the muscles in the body fall into disuse and become slack and fatty rather than lean and firm, as they ought to be. The body actually becomes’out of shape’ – with fat deposits bulging out in unwanted places, such as the hips, waist, thighs, and abdomen. Here is a good example of how we justify the aging process. Muscle tone changes as we age, not because we age but because we don’t continue exercising. There’s one of the differences between children and adults. Exercise. Daily, patients come to me asking for the magical pill, the magical diet plan or program so that they can look like they did years before, and feel like they did years ago. I hate to say it because it sounds too simple, but the magic is in exercise. Diet or no, the body needs exercise. Exercise is one of those ignored anti-aging techniques. You may name your own exercise. It should become a habit, a part of your life style.

Why you should meal prep

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Have you ever contemplated meal planning and prep?

Don’t think that it applies to you? Wondering why you should bother? What’s in it for you?

Meal prep is often regarded as something you do when you need to eliminate weight, or save time. However there are reasons why everyone should do this more often. Here are some extra tips on why everyone should consider doing it, at least some of the time:

You Save Money

Among the top reasons to begin meal prepping is that you will save money. That’s because you’re ready to buy more foods in bulk. Consider how much you would save by purchasing your meat and veggies in bulk, instead of simply buying small portions that you need for one or two meals. You can then prep your foods, and gain all of the other benefits also. Plus you save money by not making as many distinct meals, and by preventing eating out.

It Allows You More Time During the Week

If you’re somebody who often skips making home cooked meals during the week as you don’t have a lot of time due to work and other duties, meal prepping will be perfect for you. Choose an evening or weekend day when you have some extra time, and cook or cook most of the meals for the week. This way, all that has to be done would be to place your meals together and some small heating up or cooking the rest of the days of the week.

Meal prepping ensures you will eat healthy meals since every single meal is very carefully planned out. You are going to be making multiple healthy meals at the same time, often using frozen or fresh produce, lean protein, and other organic ingredients. Additionally, it helps you to learn portion control. Use meal prep containers that include compartments that separate different components of the meals into proper portion sizes.

Preparing your meals ahead of time isn’t difficult to do. There may be weeks when you want to include exceptional meals. Maybe you will want to go through cookbooks and/or look for recipes online. You’ll become super organized. You’ll have your list of components, so no longer realizing as you are cooking you don’t have everything you require.

And, as you can see, you’ll benefit in a number of other ways.