Real Time Lightning Tracker Monitors Thunderstorms

Many people are scared of lightning and thunder. I have seen people shutting tight their eyes and plugging both their ears with their fingers when the lightning flashes. There are others who are fascinated with lightning and thunder. Some think that lightning is beautiful. Whichever group we belong to, we all know that lightning can be very dangerous and may cause serious damage to lives and properties.

Some places are more prone to lightning strikes and some forest fires were caused by lightning. It is reported that many lightning strike survivors claims that just before they were struck by lightning, they felt their hair standing on end. There is a possible risk of being struck by lightning when using a corded phone during a thunderstorm. You may find it difficult to believe but lightning can strike even when the sky is blue and not necessary dark and threatening.

If you like to watch lightning, do so from behind closed glass window, in the safety of your home or office. Try to get out of open space as fast as you can and stay indoors with windows closed. If you happened to be in your car, keep all the windows closed and stay away from any metal parts of the car.

Anyone can install a real time lightning tracker app on a mobile phone to find out if there is a possibility of a lightning near you or where it would be. With the app, you can monitor the movement and intensity of thunderstorms on a map and see how close they are to your area. The app will also send notifications whenever a strike is detected in your area to allow you time to get to safety or remain indoors. Most of these apps are highly reliable, providing accurate alerts if lightning is close to your area by using the latest data from global weather models combined with high-resolution lightning data.

Most of the lightning tracker apps share some common key features.

  • Display global thunderstorm and lightning strikes details on a real time lightning strike map
  • Display history of lightning strikes hotspots
  • Forecast thunderstorm movement and intensity
  • Send notifications to alert of nearby storm for live monitoring purposes.
  • Send alert messages before lightning is expected near your location.
  • Display accurate location of lightning using high quality weather data combine with high resolution lightning data.
  • Enable sharing with friends of approaching storms and lightning.

Be informed of possible thunderstorms and lightning strikes in your area with a lightning tracker on your mobile phone.

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Things You Might Want to Bring for a Countryside Staycation with Children

A staycation in the countryside is both fun and refreshing, there are however dangers lurking around the corner that we must be prepared of before going especially if you are tagging your kids along.

Recently we went to this beautiful resort located at the South of Thailand.  The resort is devoid of any form of city features except those in the resort itself. It has amenities resorts and hotels in the city have like Wi-Fi, cable TV, and fridge but it is situated out of nowhere.  You see nothing but nature around- trees, bushes, birds, flowers, and some others. There are no Seven Eleven’s nearby, not even a gas station, or a local convenience store.

Going to places like this and traveling with kids along, we usually anticipate the things that we might be needing. It is better to be prepared than be sorry as they say. Having this in mind, we have prepared the following for a smooth, worry-free in the countryside.

Things you might want to prepare for a countryside staycation with children with you.

1. Medicine. A child can react differently to a different environment.  The air might be fresh and clean, but there are other elements to consider such as pollens and dusts that could trigger asthma.  Since my younger son has not gotten rid of his asthma yet, bringing his Babyhaler and Seretide are a must.

2. Cream or ointment for allergies and bites. There is no shortage of mosquitoes. They were everywhere especially at night. They were unbelievably huge and persistent. Fortunately though, the rooms are well sealed. So we still had a good night sleep.

3. Long, cozy pants, and a pair of comfortable walking shoes. These are needed especially if you want to take a walk and enjoy nature or you might want to take photos around just like the photo below. Crawling creatures are plenty. And there are loads of fallen sharp twigs, leaves, and oh poison ivies.  I checked out poison ivy treatment at buyrhustox.com before coming, but gladly there were no poison ivies in the place.

4. Long, sturdy sticks. Before setting out for an adventure, bring any long sturdy sticks.  If there are bushes, chances are there might be snakes.

5. Other miscellaneous nitty-gritties like hats, backpack full of extra shirts, snacks, and a bottle of water.

These are some of the things that we prepare before setting forth.  Although needs may vary from place to place or from family to family, but hopefully these list here will help you in any way in your on travel.

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5 Effective Ways to Deal with Annoying Puppy Sounds

Everybody loves a puppy—until it’s 1 am and you hear one whining or yelping nearby.

It could be yours. It could be your neighbour’s. Either way, it’s annoying!

But there’s a good reason for annoying puppy sounds. it’s nature’s way of helping mother and pup find each other in case they get separated.

So since annoying puppy sounds are part and parcel of getting a new dog, I’d like to walk you through seven effective ways of dealing with your puppy during this period of its young life.

 

Understand Why Your Puppy is Making Annoying Sounds

If you’re anything like me, understanding something takes most of the annoyance out of it.

To begin with, let’s try and understand why your puppy is making whining, yelping or excessive barking sounds.

A common reason is neglecting to spend enough time with your puppy. Remember it has just been taken away from its mother, so it needs all the reassurance it can get. Make time for your puppy and let it know that you’re always around.

Your puppy could be bored. If it’s explored your backyard, it may be time to allow for some extended exploration.

Health, exercise and a troubled past are also reasons for your puppy acting out of fear and making annoying puppy sounds. Let’s look at these and others.

 

Be as Understanding as Possible

Your puppy needs you during this time. Patience will go a long way to establish a strong bond between you and your new dog.

Your dog will slowly learn to trust you and see you as a safe place when they are anxious. Shouting at your dog or punishing them for making certain sounds will not solve the issue. You must understand why your puppy is making those sounds so that you can act accordingly.

So, let’s do some testing.

 

Do Some Tests to Establish Why Your Dog is Making Annoying Sounds

If you can’t pinpoint why your puppy is making annoying sounds, you may want to try a process of elimination.

Start off by listing all the possible ways you could healthily mitigate your puppy’s annoying outbursts. then try them one by one. We’ll be discussing some more below, so get some ideas that have worked for me and other professional dog trainers.

If one thing doesn’t work, try another. Sooner or later your puppy will either grow out of its anxiety, or you’ll pinpoint what the problem is and solve it.

Also look into your puppy’s history. Were they mistreated or starved before you adopted them? What kind of breeder did you buy your puppy from?

 

Take Your Puppy for Regular a Long Walk

Exercise is one of the most important factors for any dog. Your new puppy will love taking walks with you every day. it will strengthen your bond and burn all that excess energy & frustration that’s been building up in your puppy.

Try walking your puppy every day during the same time. Your puppy will have something to look forward to and their anxiety and/or boredom may decrease.

 

Check Your Puppy’s Health

Poor health can also be a common reason for constant yelping and whining.

 

Here’s how to do a quick home health check on your puppy:

  • Check your dog’s ears by selling them. If there’s a bad smell, your puppy may have a skin condition or some kind of parasitical worms.
  • Run your hands over your puppy and check for lumps or wounds.
  • You can also check your puppy’s excrement for blood or any irregularities.
  • Walk with your puppy and check if they are limping in or walking strangely in any way.
  • Eyes and gums should be void of any discoloration like blotchiness and yellow stains.

If you find any of these take your puppy to the vet.

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How Do You Pay Bills in Thailand

Paying bills in Thailand is easy peazy. It does not feel like it is an errand. Flashback, years back in the Philippines paying electricity and water bills were tedious. It was something I hoped I did not have to do. And also it costs extra money as offices oftentimes are kilometers apart. Fast forward, it was a little over 10 years ago when we had our first business transaction with a Thai company wherein we had to pay a gadget for an eight -month instalment. That was when I realized what a breeze it is to pay bills here.

Aside from paying in a company’s bills and payment department, here are other places where one could pay bills-electricity, water, credit card, car loan, and etc. 

  •  The ever ubiquitous 7 11, so one can pay bills anywhere, any time of the day.
  • Lotus Express is a 24 hour convenient store affiliated with Tesco Lotus.
  • Tesco Lotus service….
  • Big C
  • pay at post
  • CenPay
  • Affiliated Banks (almost all banks) krung Thai Bank
    bangkok Bank
    Krung Sri
    Siam Commercial Bank
    Bank of Ayudhaya
    Government Saving Bank
    Thanachart Bank

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Oh I love That Look


Afro hairstyle is one of the most iconic looks of all time. From Diana Ross, Janet Jackson to Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Halle Berry, Naomi Campbell, Rihanna, and Willow Smith are just few of the many who through the years have sported this gorgeous look. In particular, a full-fat voluminous afro do is a personal favorite. It is wild and carefree. It exudes a certain kind of swag. It is cool. It is beautiful.

Get that look… How?

Thanks to crochet braids, you could rock this afro look any day you want.

What is crochet braid?

Crochet braid or latch hook is a quick, inexpensive, yet protective way to change hairstyle.
The extension must be looped through your natural hair which is braided beforehand. Once done, you can experiment with your crochet braid which does not only allow you to have the iconic afro look you love, but it also gives you freedom to experiment in terms of color, length, and texture. So you can style all you want while keeping your natural hair safe and undamaged.

Constant hairstyling may give the satisfaction of having the kind of look you desire. However in the long run, your natural crowning glory would surely take the heavy toll from hairstyling products. And in some cases, hair loss could be the worst scenario possible no one dreams of experiencing.

So it is wise to use crochet braid.  It is economical. It is easy to use, and gives you that afro look that has been here like forever.

What is your favorite afro look?

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Unplanned Staycation: Rimlay Park Resort

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If you would like to know our experience in this resort read on.

 

My husband and I work full time. Parents out there could surely empathize with us wanting to getaway and simply relax.  And in today’s busy and structured world, this does not come by easily.  Parents have busy schedules and kids’ have timetable full of classes from dusk to twilight, plus special classes here and there. With all these crazy sched in the family, finding the common time for a holiday is rare and difficult. Fortunately though, the previous week we had that rare time. And so we grabbed the opportunity and went on our unplanned staycation.

For us, a perfect staycation means staying in a new place with a nice accommodation, clean air conditioned room with wifi, fridge, and coffee maker, and most importantly a place with kids pool. So we hurriedly booked Rimlay Park Resort at Phattalung Thailand.

As soon as the booking was confirmed, we drove there the following day. Since it is unplanned, I forgot the kids’ life jackets. They love swimming but they do not know how to swim yet, thus the life jackets.  We ought to enroll them in a swimming class. And yes we will, it is important.

We got to the resort. It was good and we rated it 4/5. But it does not have a proper kids pool. It is actually an adult pool with a shallow area where adults could sit around and tête-à-tête while in the water.

Anyway, all’s well that ends well.  The kids had so much fun.  The accommodating lady owner lent them swimming aid noodles. Although short, but it had been a relaxing stay and an enjoyable one for the kids.

Rimlay Park Resort is a great staycation place for families or a getaway haven for group of friends. If you would like to know more about this resort, read our review.

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Marigolds for the King

Today is the Royal Cremation of Thailand’s most beloved King. Thais all over the kingdom swarmed ceremonial places to show their love and bid King Bhumibol Adulyadej their final goodbyes. It is truly an emotional time, people may it be young or old queued and waited in line for hours amidst heat and rain. The Royal Cremation was meticulously prepared with huge support from Thai volunteers and support from establishments in the form of food, drinks, raincoats, or cutting business hours to give employees time to join the ceremony like Tesco Lotus, 7 11, and some gas stations, just to name a few.

Aside from the incomparable show of devotion and the lavish royal crematorium (yeah lavish US$ 90 million), another prominent feature is the use of countless Marigolds. In every corner of the kingdom may it be residences, business establishments, schools, offices, or images of the late king, Marigolds are displayed.

 

Let us take a closer look at this flower.

 

Marigold flower belongs to the genus Tagetes which are native to North and South America but which are now widely cultivated in Asia, including Thailand. Marigolds are used as decorations for weddings, garlands, or as offerings for rituals and religious events. It is regarded as the flower for the dead in pre-Hispanic Mexico.

In light of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s burial, this bright yellow flower is chosen as yellow is his official color. He was born on a Monday.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej, forever you will stay in our hearts.

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Five Universal Baby Language

5 Universal Baby Language

While babies bring tremendous joy to mom and dad, having them especially to first time parents could mean sleepless nights too. For most parents, babies’ cry is just simply a cry.  To us, this cry could mean just about anything and it is up to us to guess what they are crying about.

My husband and I were no different from the rest of parents out there. We were exhausted, and just did not know what our then new born daughter needed.  And since we did not know anything about baby language, we were just guessing what could be wrong with her. Sometimes we got it right, but oftentimes the crying went  on, and on and on. Thus the long hours of incessant crying.

However just before I had my second child, I came across a video about baby language.  Here, it was explained that a baby’s cry is actually a form of language to communicate with their parents. I studied these sounds, applied it to my then new born son, and it definitely worked.

Being able to understand their cry is amazing! I thought it would have been a treat if I had known of this when my daughter came. I could have spared her, my husband, and myself from sleepless nights.

So for first time moms and dads, and moms and dads to be, study these five baby language.

  1. “Neh” means hungry
  2. “Owh” means sleepy
  3. “Heh” means discomfort. This could translate to, I just peed. I pooped. I don’t like my position. I’m hot. I’m cold.
  4. “Eair” means lower gas.
  5. “Eh” means burp

Thanks to Priscilla Dunstan

Priscilla Dunstan is the lady behind baby language.  And she is the woman parents across the world have to thank for. These five baby sounds are universal. This language holds true to all babies the world over regardless of race and nationality. It is important to familiarize these sounds for you to decipher them. So take a look at this video and learn the sounds.

 

Listen to these 5 Baby Language

 

Please share your experiences in the comment section below.

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5 Reasons Moms Should Wig It Out

Why not,  right?

A wig should be a must in any Mom’s wardrobe.  We’re not talking about clown-like wigs. We’re talking about wigs that actually look and feel like they’re your own hair. Yep they have gotten so advanced these days, thanks to modern technology. These beautiful,  fashionable accessory is popular among top Hollywood celebrities like Gwen Stefani,  Beyonce,  Kylie Jenner,  and of course Lady Gaga. It’s nothing new for fashion models  as well. Coco Rocha, Kendall Jenner, and Gigi Hadid are just few of them.

Now Mommies, here are reasons why we need this in our wardrobe.

Protection for our natural locks.  As hair is definitely our crowning glory,  keeping it healthy is important. So protect them from all sorts of chemicals and stress. Whenever a need arises to get your hair done, and especially if it involves putting on hairsprays, styling gel, or whatnot, pause and get that crowning glory in a box instead.

Let’s give our natural hair a break.  Is there a mom here who has not had hair waxing,  hair rebonding,  hair curling, hair stretching, hair oil treatment,or even a simple trip to the salon to get her hair done in one point in her life?  Probably, none.  I had been blessed with strong,  thick,  jet black hair but with all those fuss about hair-rebonding and waxing,  well,  I gave in and had them once.  My hair has never been the same again.  And aside from this, age,  stress,  and neglect have taken its toll. If you and I are on the same boat, subjecting our hair to further stress is way too much.  Let it rest and rejuvenate,  and wig it out instead.

They’re easy and affordable.  Putting on a wig is easy peazy.  While it takes hours to go to the salon (well because of terrible traffic), and another few hours of excessive shampooing and conditioning,  and chemical-inundated hairstyling, it only takes minutes to put on a wig.  So you’d still have more time to do some other important Mommy stuff.  And also,  wigs are affordable,  some are even cheap.  That one time hair rebonding I had cost me $60, while wig online although some could cost you over a $100 there are many which costs as low as $10 only, and mind you these can be worn again and again whenever you feel like it.

Luxury of choosing the perfect style.  One issue I oftentimes encounter in the salon is the incompetence of some hairstylists to get it done accordingly and properly.  On the other hand, wigs are perfectly cut, colored,  or styled.  So, wigging it is the perfect solution.

Lastly, Moms can be fashionable too.  The taboo on wearing wigs is simply gone,  gone for good. Individuals of all walks of life are into wigs.  The reasons for wearing could vary but whatever the reasons are,  wearing a wig is just simply the new in thing nowadays.  If they are in, why can’t we?

Love this!
..and this.
This is one fashion trend that Moms ought to have.  It is safe,  saves us time,  and could boosts our confidence without hurting our hair and our pockets.

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Free Milk in Schools

As children are the future citizens of the world their health should be of great concern.  And what could be a more fitting way to promote good health among children than providing them with free milk in schools. This is a health program by governments of countries the world over including the UK, the Philippines, British Columbia, Canada, and Thailand.  Despite its benefits and noble nature, there are different political issues of some sort surrounding this program – corruption, milk quality, milk suppliers, budget and allocation, and many others to name a few. However, as hundreds of thousands of children have availed and have improved health condition every year, this should be  given priority and attention.

Milk is very nutritious.  Many believe in its role in building strong bones, which is not far from the truth. The body uses several nutrients, not just one, in doing whatever metabolism it needs to accomplish for normal body functions.  And milk provides the necessary minerals needed in building and repairing bones. It is a very good source of protein, calcium, potassium, manganese, and magnesium, which all contribute to having healthy bones. It also is a great source of water, which is rich in vitamins like vitamin A and vitamin B complex.

In Thailand, School Milk Program (SMP) was implemented and got full support from central government in 1992.  Since then school children are given free milk for 230 days annually.  Since there are only 180-200 school days in a year, each child gets 1 box of milk to be brought home during the holidays. Foreign children who are born in Thailand and are studying here, get to enjoy this as well. Hoping that this continues, and that Thai government will always look after the good of the future of the nation, the children.

 

So mainly this program aims to promote healthy growth in children. However, it is part of the program to outsource milk from local farmers, and so as a consequence this has tremendously boosts the income of local farmers.

Free Milk in Schools

My kids love this. In fact they prefer this over formula milk. They’re lucky.  I don’t remember getting any free milk during my primary school days in the Philippines.  Have you?

 

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