Monday, 15 December 2014

Should I or Shouldn't I

I am thinking about dropping everything and going off around the world. I work online mostly and recon as long as I have a decent internet connection, I should be able to do it.

There are these guys calling themselves digital nomads and living in places like Chiang Mai in Thailand semi long term. There are plenty of other hotspots for these guys in Indonesia, Vietnam and outside of Asia.

The more I read up on this the more I think I want to do it. Especially with the January to march grey skies of the UK coming up. Hmmm, we shall see.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Cool Home Office Furniture

So I gave up my job last month as you may or may not know, in order to pursue my dream of becoming a writer. Working from home has always been a dream of mine and it is now time to get things in order. Planning out a comfortable home office was top of my to do list. Here are the ideas I have come up with so far…


This desk is perfect for me. It has the modern yet retro style with clean curves. This should help to free space in your mind if you manage to avoid clutter. At least that is what I am thinking. I’m not sure where to find this one but this is the style I am after.


I originally started looking at more attractive seating for my desk. Then I realised that to increase productivity you need to go ergonomic. This ugly looking creating is very well rated and should be conductive to long writing sessions. It is on sale at the moment from Office Furniture Online for just £129, which is far cheaper than many similar chairs.

Lounge Chair

Regular breaks are essential and a comfortable place to take 5 is going to hep me recharge my batteries. This chair is stylish and comes with it’s own foot rest. I can just see myself relaxing with a book, meditating or dosing off in this thing. This costs £139.99 from Fabulous Furniture.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Xmas Gifts for Holidays and Sports

I have been getting into fitness recently so thought it would be a good idea to merge sport and travel in my Xmas gift ideas post.  Below you should find a gift or two for loved ones this holiday season.

Xmas Gift For Skiers

Part of my new getting in shape lifestyle has been about learning to ski. I have been to an indoor slope for lessons and my coach recommended the Sweetspot Ski Trainer to me too. It is an inexpensive little gadget that you use at home. Basically just attach it to your boots and then practice skiing.

The Sweetspot is quite big news at the moment in skiing circles because it really does mimic the feeling of skiing on snow. Anyway I own a pair and have been using it to prepare for my winter ski holiday in Switzerland. I haven’t done the real thing yet but skiing felt much easier and more natural at the indoor slope after a short time using the Sweetspot. Check out the video below for more information:

Xmas Gift for Gadget Lovers

I have been a bit of a gadget geek this year, reading and watching reviews of phones and tablets. When it comes to phones the HTC One was the top choice earlier in the year. Then the iPhone 5s came out and now looks to be the number 1 choice.

But my Xmas gift idea for gadget lovers has to be the new iPad Air. I haven’t bought one yet but it looks spectacular. The standard iPads were always too big and heavy for me so I have been using the Mini version. I was planning on getting the new Retina Mini but the reduction in weight and size of the full sized iPad has convinced me to move up to the larger size.

It isn’t cheap, especially if you want more than the basic 16 GB of memory, but it is a fantastic device with amazing reviews from everyone who has one so far. The size and weight will make it a joy to use when on holiday.

Xmas Travel Stocking Fillers

Here is a list of items which can be bought as small gifts:

- Quick drying, small packing travel towels. These can be found very cheaply on eBay or get a brand name for better quality.

- Power banks are small battery charging devices which most travellers will find very useful for recharging phones and tablets.  Prices vary but look for one with a large capacity and slim size.

- Other phone and tablet accessories. There are thousands of extras you can buy for devices now. Find out what your recipient owns then get on Amazon and find them a useful accessory. I am a big fan of rubber protective cases for travel. A good pair of earphones or lightweight headphones would also make a good gift. Owners of large tablets may appreciate a bluetooth keyboard. Portable bluetooth speakers are also a great idea.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Best things to do to improve your home on a sunny day

The weather in the UK has been great recently. It is times like these when we like to enjoy barbecues and visits to the park. It is also an ideal opportunity to get your home looking better. Here are some of the most effective ways to make good use of the good weather:

Clean your paving:

Break out that pressure washer and get blasting away! One of the first things people notice when they visit your home is the driveway. Pressure washing it will remove dirt and often bring it up like new.

Of course we all want to sit on the patio when it is a sunny day, so give that a good clean too.

Clean your roof:

Cleaning your roof is another great way to make a massive difference to the appearance of your home. This one is a little trickier because of the safety precautions needed. I opted to hire a specialist in for this a couple of months ago and the result is amazing. The company I used can be found here for anyone in Manchester or Cheshire (they also do paving).

If you are going to attempt to clean your roof then you will need to read up on the best methods. I recommend this page as a starting point. Remember that safety comes first so this isn’t a job you can cut corners on. It is certainly worth adding a treatment to protect the tiles in future.

Take a video to enjoy in the winter:

I got this idea from this site who make amazing videos from everyday scenes. You will need a good video camera or camcorder for this. All you need to do is find a good spot, lay the camera down (make sure it is level!), then record for a while. You can then save the videos and set them to repeat on your media player. I’ve made 3 so far and will surely appreciate them on my TV come winter time.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Loosing weight after a holiday

I recently went on a big 3 week holiday which meant eating out every night and drinking beer most days too. I came back looking like I had put half a stone on. I expect many of you have similar problems when you get back from a holiday. So here is how I lost the weight, and even a little extra.

1. Juicing
A juice extractor is a great investment. These machines differ from blenders because they remove all the fibre from fruit and vegetables. This means you are left with all the pulp which is thrown away (or some use it for baking or compost). The benefit of this is that it is really easy to get nutrients from vegetables which are too dense for smoothies.

Cheap juice extractors will do a pretty good job most of the time so there is no need to splash out hundreds on an expensive machine. In terms of recipes just be sure to include an apple and you will generally be fine to add combination of vegetables (excluding potatoes). I generally use one apple, a couple of carrots and then one or more of beetroot, celery, spinach, cucumber, tomato.

Make a pint of juice and have it replace one meal, or at least make one meal much smaller. They are fairly filling and if you want to fast track your weight loss, just make enough juice for 2 glasses and save the rest for later. Be sure to store in an airtight container and fill the juice right to the top. A good place to buy a juicer is Amazon because they have all price options and customer reviews.

2. Hypnosis
This one won’t work on everyone. You need to have an open mind. You can see a hypnotherapist which is likely to bring the best results. However these aren’t cheap and they take a good chunk out of your day with travel time. So I chose the self hypnosis route with this gastric band hypnosis CD. I have to say it sees to be working. Along with the juice I seem to be eating smaller portions and less snacks.

3. Get Active
Now this one is easier said than done if you are used to avoiding sports and other physical activity like me. The solution just kind of happened naturally when my partner suggested we try rock climbing together. I’d enjoyed it in the past but never really kept it up without a partner. Someone needs to hold the rope in case you fall and it just isn’t as fun with an instructor.

With my partner it was far more relaxed and enjoyable and there is an element of competition which adds some spice. So my advice is to encourage your partner or a friend to try something new. It doesn’t need to be a sport, couples love dancing classes, walking and tonnes of other things too. Just find something you will both enjoy and get out there!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Is Hong Kong a good place to mix business and travel?

Hong Kong is actually the ideal place to mix business and travel. This small country is a hub for Asian business and has the perfect location as it is part of/next to China. There are many international corporations who have set up their Asian Headquarters in Hong Kong and thousands of expats from all over the world live there. Living standards are far higher than most places in China and the rest of Asia.
Those who have the time to mix travel with business will find it the perfect location. The international Hong Kong airport is located on Lantau Island which is easily reached by ferry, car or rail from downtown HK. This island is actually becoming the preferred location for expats as prices can be as low as 30% off the housing rates in downtown areas. Discovery Bay is a great example of a Lantau residential area which has a high standard of residential properties at reasonable prices. Tung Chung is another popular area on Lantau.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

The Importance Of Lone Worker Protection

Lone worker protection is essential for companies that have employees working alone in vulnerable situations. It is the best way to ensure the safety of employees who are at risk of verbal and physical abuse. By using this type of security system, employers can reduce their liability and keep their employees safe.

An employee that is working alone providing services to commercial or residential clients needs to know that their employer will take their personal safety seriously at all times. Even a job site that may not seem high risk still has the potential for danger. With lone worker protection, both workers and employers will have peace of mind.

There are various types of systems designed to protect lone workers. Advancements in technology have led to the creation and development of sophisticated systems that can alert emergency staff with the simple push of a button. GPS technology allows an employee to be monitored and located quickly in case of an incident.

Some systems will alert an employer if the worker does not check in at a designated time or if they do not respond after a scheduled appointment should be completed. Continuous monitoring is ideal for employers who wish to monitor conversations and movement. Should an adverse situation occur, employers can provide the necessary assistance right away.

Many systems also include a panic button, allowing the employee to reach assistance in an emergency situation. Every worker should feel that they are being looked after properly by their employers. Even a work environment that may seem safe at first can quickly escalate, leaving a worker in a vulnerable position.

No employer can afford to take the safety of their workforce lightly. Workers should be able to manage their time in the field and get assistance in any emergency. The best way to reduce company liability and provide a greater level of safety for all employees working on a remote basis is with proper and effective lone worker protection. One way is with these guys.

Managers are relied upon to keep workers safe by following the correct procedures and laws.  The Lone Worker Protection definitely falls in this category, as all managers with the proper knowledge-base will know how to maneuver in those waters.  A masters degree in management will cover these topics, as their importance has grown with the rise of remote employees