Dealing with Conflict Within the Family

Family conflict can occur for tons of reasons, such as different values, opinions, and misunderstandings. At first, I thought my family would be perfectly normal until the time came that we disagreed too often. It has been repetitive, and I was really affected and became stressed.

I felt that I had to deal with the conflict within this family since I’m not being motivated at home. The conflicts I had to deal with are financial problems and plans of my parents going for a divorce. I don’t want to linger on these problems and I want to find a solution. To have a peace of mind, I vented out my feeling to my best friend then I consulted to our schools guidance counsellor.

She told me that I should know what causes the conflicts to know how it will be resolved. As we chatted further, she knows everything I’m going through and she discussed to help me deal with these conflicts. She explained that divorce is one of the most difficult conditions a family can stumble upon. This is why I’m a bit stressed and she said that because if this I would need to figure out how to establish my identity, my new responsibilities and task, and deal with the loss of an important relationship. My family would need to be restructured and member will have to find new ways to handle finances, chores, family, roles and relationships. If my parents would continue having a divorce, I would have to reduce stress as much as possible to make the transmission smoother.

She told me to have quiet time alone, listen to music, relax my muscles, and joint activities to limit rushing. I should prioritize activities, and give myself the chance to say no to requests. If I become upset, I should control my temper by talking to my friends or consult her. She also added, when there is an argument and it makes me feel that I’m losing control of myself, it is better for me to walk away.

As for the financial problems I had to deal within my family, it can provoke tension and it’s also a serious problem to deal with. My guidance counsellor told me that this problem is difficult to avoid. To help solve this problem, she told me that our family should work as a team and explain each other’s views to resolve the conflict. We should sit together and brainstorm as many solutions as possible and be open for settlement.

Knowing all of these and having peace of mind, I know I’m ready to deal if not settle the conflict within my family. It’s a good thing that there are friends and a professional I can talk to in times like this!

Thinking of Getting a Personal Loan for a Holiday


Personal loans are the first thing that comes in my mind when I want to purchase something for myself. Yes, I know, I should save, however I have spent most of my cash on my car and university fees.

This is why I’m thinking of getting a loan for a holiday. The amount I can borrow depends 3 things, my income, my amount of existing debt and my credit rating.

I’ve being doing a bit googling to help with my research which seems to offer bad credit personal loans. However the main reason I was searching was to find out if my credit file was ok. The good news is that I think I am ok, although I have to confesss. I have racked up a fair amount of debt. A bit over 15k. I thought I might also call one of the those debt consolidation companies you see advertising on the TV.

In applying for a loan, I have a strategy to get the best offer. I should search for the best lender and should thoroughly know the terms and conditions before applying. I should provide accurate information to the lender so that funds will be released on time. There are many norms and conditions that I should not traverse to avail a personal loan. I should be really careful in making this decision since I might have not much time to reimburse the loans I will borrow, and then face extra fees and charges.

It is important that I should know everything about loans before getting a loan to avoid pitfalls. As I’ve made my research, there are many types of loans in the banking industry including personal loans. I can have a loan that is custom made for my holiday need. When I qualify for a loan, the lender or the bank will propose a few lending options and in the process both the lender and the borrower should come up with the loan which should favor the needs of the borrower.

I think I should get a short term loan that comes with relatively low interest rates, but the payment period is short.

Taking Out A Life Insurance Policy and My Experience in Dealing with Salesmen

Life is very unpredictable. You won’t know what’s around the corner or what can unexpectedly happen to us. I can spend all my life saving for my future and building up my wealth, but still I can’t tell when the unexpected can lead to loss of that what I’ve worked very hard to save.

This is why I am thinking of taking out a life insurance policy. For me, a life insurance policy can assure to myself and my family that they having everything they need in case anything should happen. There are a range of different policies that are available for a young man like me which includes critical illness insurance.

For the multitude of policies available, I consulted an elderly relative of mine who already had a insurance policy. He told me to shop around for life insurance quotes, and he gave me a wise tip. I should get an insurance that requires me to pay a little money into the policy each month and, depending on the type of cover, my family would be receiving compensation upon serious illnesses and death. He also told me that when searching for a suitable life insurance policy, I should speak to a financial professional. It’s pretty basic advice, so I took things a bit further instead.

So I looked for a financial professional then I asked him to aid me in taking out a life insurance policy. He helped me compared a range of life insurance policies, and it was good since it prevented me to rush into one particular deal. In consulting him, I learned that there are a few points I should check when searching for life insurance:

  • The purchase should cover enough in order to ensure that payments for school, mortgages and other expensse can be met.
  • The life insurance should offer “terminal illness benefit”. This will assure you compensation when you are diagnosed of a terminal illness.
  • Once a plan is selected, disclose all details during the application process. Don’t leave out even the smallest details or conditions such as whether you have minor health problems or a history of family illness could lead to problems when claiming during the time should anything happen.
  • For couples, it is best to take out two separate single-term policies instead of a joint one. This could double the cover in case something happens to either spouse.
  • To save you tax on your policy, ensure that the insurer writes the life insurance policy “in trust”.
  • If you have an existing policy, check what cover is already at hand, and choose a new policy that you’re current policy doesn’t cover. This will help save money by not having to pay for cover which is already at hand.
  • Check the policy for a “guaranteed insurability option”. This can help give you extra cover without spending more, and you have automatically the option to do so.

After his consultation I’ve dealt with an insurance agent.  Fortunately, this agent treated me politely and professionally. He made sure that my money will be worth the insurance I’ll avail. This agent volunteered to discuss what the policy entails, the rates and the cover and its conditions. I felt that this agent appreciates my presence and his business. Another thing that made me convinced in buying an insurance policy from this agent is that he didn’t discuss only about the price, he also discussed the value in his products.

My Favourite Desserts

Having a meal wouldn’t be complete without having a dessert. For me, it is a must to have a dessert to satisfy my appetite. Often, when I long at pictures of gourmet cakes and fancy tarts, it makes me crazy which makes me crave for a particular dessert. In my lifetime, I have a handful of favourite desserts I always want depending on my mood.

Being a plumber people don’t expect me to be good at cooking!

In my list of favourite desserts, a cupful of Chocolate Mousse will always be on top. It is always good to try out this tasty treat especially that I am into chocolate most of the time.  Sometimes, I make this dessert myself. It tastes really good when I make it rich, thick and frozen. The ingredients are why this treat makes it taste irresistibly great. The usual ingredients in a Chocolate mousse are:

  • good-quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • eggs
  • caster sugar
  • good-quality cocoa powder, sifted
  • thickened cream, plus extra whipped cream to serve
  • Grated chocolate

My next favourite dessert would be apple, berry and rosewater pies. I usually have this treat with afternoon tea or as an after-dinner dessert. I’ve first tried this at some pastry store, and they made it with really great flavors. It tastes much better when made with clotted ice cream. Yum!

Photo by: Ben Dearnley

The ingredients that make up this treat are:

  • Granny Smith apples
  • caster sugar, plus extra to sprinkle
  • frozen mixed berries
  • cornflour
  • rosewater (see note)
  • milk
  • Icing sugar
  • Vanilla ice cream

For the pastry

  • plain flour
  • caster sugar
  • unsalted butter, chopped, chilled
  • egg yolk

Tiramisu, it sounds Asian, and it tastes really good. If you haven’t tried one, you should try one as soon as possible! I started liking this treat when I ordered it out of curiosity in a fine dining restaurant.

I researched the ingredients that make up this treat, which are:

  • water
  • instant espresso coffee powder
  • marsala
  • eggs
  • icing sugar mixture
  • mascarpone cheese
  • sponge finger biscuits
  • Grated milk chocolate

To end my list of favourite desserts is a plate of Creme caramel.  It has a super smooth and creamy design made with rich egg custard flavor. It is also a must try dessert. I like this dessert because it is easy to prepare and it is perfect to serve for family and friends.

The ingredients that make this dessert my favourite are:

  • caster sugar
  • thickened cream
  • milk
  • vanilla extract
  • eggs


A Day Out at Luna Park

Luna Park, a historical amusement park can be located in Sydney. It is located at Milson’s point just under the northern end of Sydney Harbor Bridge. Within the park, there are a variety of rides and activities that you can enjoy especially children. You will experience endless exciting things to do when you reach this park. Moreover, Luna Park is the most outstanding recognizable feature of Sydney Harbor’s northern foreshore. Lately, it has been redeveloped to serve children and adults alike. And according to :

“The most recent redevelopment has reinvigorated the park into a fun and modern theme park whilst retaining its old charm. The recent development has allowed the space to be utilized beyond amusements and rides that includes,

  • Fully serviced restaurants, bars, cafes and an ice creamery
  • ‘The Big Top’ – a great music and entertainment venue for both under 18′s and adults
  • Extended opening hours over the weekends and holiday periods”

Recently, I was really bored and wanted to break the monotony of my daily routine so decided to take a trip to Luna Park and see its recent redevelopment. I have not been to Luna Park for some time, so I thought it was a good decision.

To get there, I took a ten minute ride to Milson Point train station from the Central Business District (CBD). From Milson Point train station, it took a walk to Luna Park which took me almost 6 minutes.

When I got to the park, I noticed that the Park entry, the cafes, restaurants and bars are all very accessible. The entry to Luna Park didn’t cost me anything since it’s free. I was also informed that single rides starts from 10 bucks.

Being in the park was very fun and entertaining. Not to mention, the background was very beautiful and I could see very spectacular views of Sydney. Earlier, I didn’t feel boarding the rides, but I got down for photo opportunities and had a meal with drinks in a restaurant. After having a very relaxing meal, I wondered around this charming park for free.

I can say that the theme of the park was very amazing because it had a vintage feel having vintage rides. It made me feel like travelling back in the days of my childhood.

The park has really good games and amusement for everyone since I’ve noticed that not only kids enjoyed the rides but also the adults who accompanied them. I saw the joy in their smiles that made me feel to want to try a few rides, so I tried boarding the Ferris wheel.

The Ferris wheel took me 40 meters up and gave me the best view of Sydney I could ever wish for. However, I wasn’t relaxed while seeing the view because of the screams of kids.

After enjoying the Ferris wheel, I thought I should try the Wild Mouse. This ride made me have an adrenaline rush because it took me 15 meters above the ground while hurling along a 400 meter track in a hair-raising 61 seconds.

I thought the adrenaline I felt wasn’t enough so I tried to go for another ride which was my last stop. — The Coney Island. Here, I enjoyed old-but-fun rides with a very reasonable price. The rides included the Barrel o’ Fun, the Wonkey Walk, the Turkey Trot and the Joy Wheel. All were made enjoyable by seeing others trying to stay decent. After trying those rides, I became exhausted so I stopped myself from trying other more rides like the Flying Saucer, the Rotor and the Tango Train.

After enjoying those rides, it was already evening, the amusement lights turned on, and the ambiance became being very refreshing and romantic.

The park had a perfect combination of amusement and relaxation. It was an awesome day that I would repeat some other time to experience the rides I wasn’t able to. Next time, I would be planning sorts of ideas that I will want to go on, and maybe get an unlimited-rides pass.

Favourite Cameras

It’s amazing how technology nowadays can make memories alive through photography. There are many reasons why I love photography. One reason is that it gives proof that I’ve done something extraordinary. It makes me easier to remember a certain moment in my life. It also lets me communicate with many people all over the world. There are more reasons why I’m in to photography, but one thing is for sure. Photography wouldn’t be easy without the help of cameras.

With my love for this art, I am really inspired to use cameras. And what makes me crazy is that there are many kinds of cameras throughout the globe each being improved through the course of time. Because of this, I have many favorite cameras. In this entry, I will only share with you three among my many favorite cameras of all time.

One of my favorites is the Sony Alpha NEX-7. This camera gives me the best of what you can get from any camera. It has compact size having excellent image features and speedy performance.


The specs of this camera are:

  • Optical sensor: CMOS
  • Megapixels: 24.7 megapixels
  • LCD display size: 3 inch
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 69.9 x 119.9 x 42.6 mm
  • Weight: 350 g
  • Still image format: JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG
  • Still image resolution (max): 6000 x 4000 pixels
  • Video capture format(s): MPEG-4

This camera has an awesome body feature which gives me a nice textured grip and makes me shoot photos comfortably. It has good size and a switch at the back that can change between automatic and manual focus and locking the exposure. Another thing that makes me like this camera is that it has different color modes including toy camera, pop color, posterisation, retro, soft high key, partial color, high-contrast black and white, soft focus, HDR painting, rich black and white miniature mode, and 3D sweep panorama modes.

Next favorite, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 is an amazing camera. I chose this camera over the numerous competitors of this model because it is the best with its interchangeable lens.

It features:

  • Optical sensor: Live MOS
  • Megapixels: 16 megapixels
  • LCD display size: 3 inch
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 68 x 116 x 39 mm
  • Weight: 272 g

One thing that made me attracted to this camera is its physical design. It has a chunky hand-grip that sits on the metal body, and a professional look. It has many customizable options in its menu selection. It also has a touch screen interface that works in conjunction with the physical buttons on the side. Most of all, this buddy gives me very beautiful images on default settings especially with the intelligent automatic setting.

Another of my favorites is the EOS 600D. This camera is a digital SLR that gets me an amazing video implementation. What I liked about this camera is that it is very easy to use regardless of photography skill level.


This camera features:

  • Optical sensor: CMOS
  • Light sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 125, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 600, ISO 800, ISO 1000, ISO 1200, ISO 1250, ISO 1600, ISO 2000, ISO 2500, ISO 3200, ISO 5000, ISO 6400
  • Flash type: Built-in
  • Megapixels: 18 megapixels
  • LCD display size: 3 inch
  • Dimensions (H x W x D) 99.5 x 133.1 x 79.7 mm
  • Weight 570 g
  • Still image resolution (max): 5184 x 3456 pixels
  • Video capture format(s)               : QuickTime (MOV)
  • Video capture resolution(s): 1920 x 1080 pixels

The EOS 600D is a very worthy camera to be in my list of favorites because it has excellent design features, image and video quality. It has a design that makes it sit comfortably in my hand with all main controls within easy reach. It has a certain feature called “video snapshot mode” which lets me take a small clip of footage and piece together the clips in a mosaic with background music. Moreover, it has a scene intelligent auto which makes it simple to use because it sets all the best setting according to the shooting situations. Intro

Isn’t it great how technology has brought you to this site? Well, actually, technically it is mine, however you are a welcome visitor. Just don’t mark the furniture ;)

With the advancement that technology has brought us through the course of time, it makes a lot of tasks easier and simple. Yes, I could write all I want about life and what life has for me, but without technology, my computer, and the internet, it would be really difficult for me to share these thoughts to the world and especially to you. This is why I am really grateful that this technology has been very accessible to anyone and anywhere.

Now that I can share anything I want. But, do you wonder why people like me create blogs such as this? Well, I don’t have a fancy explanation for you. But, here’s the catch, once you start reading through my blog, you will realize the answer to this question.

You might have ended up in my blog as searching about something, and let me tell you that it will be worthwhile if you would browse through my blog entries since it would cover various topics about my personal experiences, perspectives, ideas, and more. I’ll make sure you would get something from these various entries and will make an impact to your point of view.

I thought that creating this blog would make something more out of my life since I’m sharing myself to the world. Writing down my thoughts through blogging is a good way for me to separate myself from my life and look at things from a different perspective. This is true since writing is an art of expressing yourself and it’s a good way to share new things discovered to the world.

Moreover, I know and I’m sure that every one of all ages will enjoy everything that I will be writing. Whoever you are, rich or poor, fat or thin, black or white, feel free to browse through my blog. If you want to get to know and learn about me, you’ll best know me through my entries.