Three Things All Teens Should Know When Learning to Drive

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Learning to drive is about more than learning how to accelerate and brake, use your turn signals and squeeze into a tight parking space. It also involves learning how to deal with the many different circumstance that you can encounter when on the road. If you are a teen learning to drive, you should especially know how to handle the following three situations:

1. When a Police Officer Stops You

If a police officer flashes blue lights, you should pull over to a safe spot as quickly as possible. Stay in your car and wait for the officer to approach your window. Do not get out of your car or make any sudden movements that will alarm the officer. You should be ready to provide the officer with your driver’s license and vehicle registration upon request. Also, you should be calm and polite throughout the course of the stop and answer the officer’s questions as clearly as possible. Never argue with the officer. If you believe the officer made a mistake and/or issued you a ticket that you did not deserve, you should save those arguments for traffic court.

2. When Your Driver Is About to Drive Under the Influence

Consuming any amount of alcohol can affect a person’s mental and physical faculties and increase their risk of getting into an accident. For this reason, you should never get into a car with anyone who has drank alcohol (or used a controlled substance such as marijuana). Call a taxi, Uber or Lyft instead. You should also reach an agreement with your parents that allows you to call them for a ride in this situation. You should also do your best to convince the impaired driver to find a different way home.

3. When You Get into an Auto Accident

If you are involved in any type of car accident – even a minor fender bender – you should pull over to a safe area. If possible, you should check on the condition of everyone in your car and the other car. Next, call the police. You will want an officer there to secure the scene and investigate the crash. Make sure to get the other driver’s name, insurance information and contact information. Do not admit fault or blame the other driver for what happened. You should also try to get photos of the accident and the names and phone numbers of any witnesses. Finally, tell your parents what happened and see a doctor as soon as possible. You should be thoroughly checked for any injuries you may have suffered in the crash.

Lamudi Affordable Housing Fair

For its second installment this year, Lamudi is bringing its Lamudi Affordable Housing Fair to the Glorietta Activity Center this July 20 to 21, 2019. Aside from bringing together individuals and groups from all ends of the real estate industry, with top property developers, property buyers, financials and government institutions participating, Lamudi Affordable Housing Fair in Glorietta will offer property seekers a unique opportunity to choose from an extensive selection of real estate. The event will also be a great opportunity for industry professionals to elevate their footing in the industry through the various learning opportunities in store at the event.

Housing Fair to the Glorietta Activity Center this July 20 to 21, 2019. Aside from bringing together individuals and groups from all ends of the real estate industry, with top property developers, property buyers, financials and government institutions participating, Lamudi Affordable Housing Fair in Glorietta will offer property seekers a unique opportunity to choose from an extensive selection of real estate. The event will also be a great opportunity for industry professionals to elevate their footing in the industry through the various learning opportunities in store at the event.

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The Lamudi Affordable Housing Fair in Glorietta follows the successful housing fair that was held in TriNoma last April 6 and 7, 2019, which was attended by more than 3,000 property seekers and brokers. The exhibitors were SMDC, Aspire by Filinvest, Futura by Filinvest, Prestige by Filinvest, The Hauslands, Amiya Raya, Taft Properties, Robinsons Communities, BPI Family Housing Loan, Grand Monaco, Ortigas & Company, Phinma Properties, Pag-IBIG Fund, Sandari Batulao, and Suntrust. The Subdivision and Housing Developers Association, Inc. (SHDA) was the official Event Partner with Media Partners Business World, Business Mirror, Malaya, Inquirer, and Philippine Star.

On top of the affordable property selections, there are a lot more in store for property seekers during the two-day event.

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Free Home Buying Seminar

Like previous Lamudi housing fairs, there will be a free home buying seminar for aspiring homeowners and real estate investors to be conducted by the experts. Knowing the right way to approach this all-too-important process of home buying is going to help homebuyers tread it with great ease.

Property Discounts and an Auction

For those who are looking for more affordable options, Lamudi Housing Fair in Glorietta will also host an auction. On top of that, property buyers who will attend the housing fair will also be treated to freebies and exclusive discounts they won’t find elsewhere.

Real estate professionals will also find attending the housing fair to their advantage.

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Optimizing lead generation channels

Online real estate marketing experts from Lamudi Academy will teach attending real estate brokers and agents on how to make the most out of the various digital channels that today’s property buyers are exploring through the Top Online Lead Generation Channels course. The course will give you the low down on each digital channel and will provide tips on how you can use them to your advantage.

Harnessing the power of Lamudi

As the number one real estate platform in the country today, the Lamudi Academy coaches will also teach you how to make the most of Lamudi. Lamudi is a trusted brand and learning how to use this to your advantage will ensure that homebuyers trust you and a step to selling them your property listings.

Aside from learning valuable insights through these courses, you will also get the chance to network with other real estate professionals and potential property buyers. The best part of all is—attendance and the trainings are all free of charge!

Networking opportunity

Apart from the free online real estate marketing lessons courtesy of Lamudi Academy, Lamudi Housing Fair in Glorietta will also be a convergence of the biggest players in the local property sector—from property developers, financing institutions, and government agencies—as well other real estate professionals that might all contribute to your own body of knowledge.

Continued local orientation

With the prominence of digital as the primary search avenue for property seekers, the value of personal interactions and the building and maintaining of relationships between real estate professionals and their clients will continue to be invaluable Potential buyers will eventually want to speak with a broker or agent and see a property in person.

According to Lamudi’s visitor data for 2018, property seekers from Makati account for the second largest market of visitors, as well in leads. This means there are a sizable number of users in the city who repeatedly went on the website to look for property, and are also more likely to drop by the housing fair to further explore the real estate options available to them.

In addition to this is the substantial amount of foot traffic typically seen on weekends in the Glorietta, from mall-goers who won’t miss the sight of the Lamudi Housing Fair.

Some of the developers and financial institutions that will be exhibiting their offerings are SMDC, Lancaster New City by ProFriends, Federal Land, DMCI Homes, BPI Family Housing Loan, Aboitiz Land, Grand Monaco, PA Properties, Megaworld Prime RFO, Camella Homes, Polintan – Agpasa Engineering and Architectural Design, UnionBank Credit Cards, Phinma Properties, Calmar Land Development Corporation, Aspire by Filinvest, RCD Land, CDC Holdings, Inc., Futura Homes by Filinvest, and Food Panda.

SNDC is a Premium Sponsor. The event’s Major Sponsors are Lancaster New City by ProFriends and Federal Land. DMCI Homes, BPI Family Housing Loan, Aboitiz Land, and Food Panda are Minor Sponsors.

5 Stylish Yet Affordable Home Makeovers

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Part of owning a home is breathing fresh life into it every now and then. Maybe you just bought a new place, and the previous owners or developer has a different aesthetic from yours. Maybe you have had the same wall décor for the past ten years now. Either way, the question remains the same: how can you change the look of your home without shelling out big bucks? Never fear! Here we have 5 ideas for stylish home makeovers that will not break the bank!

1. Add Greenery

A tried and tested way of livening up a home is to introduce some indoor plants. Both flowering and non-flowering plants are great options to brighten up a living room or any other space. For potting options, you need not be stuck with run of the mill terracotta pots; you can just as easily get plants to thrive in hanging baskets, window planters, or even buckets and basins. Want to be practical? Try spicing up your kitchen with a mini herb garden that will supply you with some of your culinary needs.

2. Light It Up…Differently

Lighting can make or break a room, or in this case, an entire home. Banish the flat, glaring illumination from boring fluorescent fixtures and switch to fixtures that give a softer glow. Try LED lights, floor and table lamps, or even colored spotlights. Creativity is the limit when it comes to lighting options: you can go classic vintage with lava lamps or capiz-shell lanterns, or quirky and edgy with neon-colored tubing and black lights. Got a smart home? Program your new settings into the home assistant and you are good to go!

3. Spruce Up the Soft Stuff

Chances are, your sofa is more than just a comfy piece of furniture. It’s probably among the first things your guests notice when they enter your space. Play up the star of your living room by kitting it out in the colors and fabrics of your dreams. It can be as simple as changing the throw pillows to more interesting designs (or even just adding throw pillows to begin with) to as thorough as ordering new seat covers and cushioning. You can do the same with armchairs, chaises, and other soft furnishings. Want a new accent piece? Consider breaking up the living room into small nooks with creative seating arrangements such as a wicker armchair beside a table of easy reading books.

4. Jazz Up the Walls

Who says that you must stare at a blank wall every time you are home? Make the use of this expanse of space by adding shelves that will display your treasured collections of books, records, prints, or whatever other knickknacks you are itching to exhibit. Not into displaying your stuff? Consider covering the walls with fabric (all you need is a staple gun or good adhesive), or with pieces of art. A bonus to picking art is its value as an investment; you never know when that abstract painting from a new artist will shoot up in value!

5. Strip and Refinish

If you have a little more money to spare, one other aesthetic change and investment you should make to your home is to redo the finishing on countertops, cabinets, and even the bathroom. Take the time and money to hire someone to strip away the old varnishing, paints, and tiling, before you install something new. Tired of wood finishing? Redo everything in metal or chrome. Want something more natural? Try marble countertops alongside natural stained and water-sealed wood cabinets. Freshening up the finishing on your surfaces also extends their life and helps protect them from damage due to water, heat, or being subject to heavy falling objects. This is important if you intend to rent out or even sell your home down the road.

Improving and making over your home is more than just a personal project for you and your family’s comfort. It can also help reduce costs due to constant repairs or fixing damage from unfortunate events. Home makeovers also increase your property’s value, making it attractive for renting or selling. With that, we wish you luck and happy doing over!

4 Housewarming Gifts for Newlyweds

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The joy and celebration of a new marriage does not end at the reception! Even after the thank you cards are sent out, there are still several more occasions to wish the newlyweds all the happiness in their married life. One such event is the housewarming, which officially signals that a couple’s home is in order and ready to welcome family and friends.

Oftentimes a newly wedded couple has already been living together for some time or has received many niceties from their family members for their future residence. Nowadays, many gifts “for the home” are already given during the bridal shower or other pre-wedding celebrations. In such cases, it is simpler to ask the happy pair if they still need anything new, or to give them a gift of a trip or other experience. However, there are still many couples who are setting up a home for the first time and may celebrate this new landmark with a small housewarming of their own. Read on for four suggestions for a housewarming presents for the newlyweds.

1. A 2-Piece set of wine glasses

What better way to herald more celebrations to come than to give a couple the means to properly toast them? An elegant set of wine glasses or champagne flutes makes a versatile gift for pairs who love to entertain, as well as for those who prefer more private occasions. Make these glasses extra special by having them etched with the couple’s initials, monogram or even their wedding hashtag. For another chic look, try hand painted glasses in rose gold or another metallic tint.

2. A handy toolbox

Home maintenance requires more than the services of a trusty multi-tool and duct tape! A toolbox kitted out with the basic tools such as a set of screwdrivers, a hammer, a wrench, a vise grip, and other necessities is a practical gift for first-time homeowners. For couples with a passion for DIY projects, you can throw in niceties such as power saws, soldering irons, and other tools that fit their particular type of crafting.

3. A stovetop griddle

For couples who are gourmets, gourmands, or who simply want to try the Korean barbecue experience at home, a home version of the stovetop griddle is a great present. These handy implements, usually made of stoneware, are just the right size for fitting atop an electric range or a small tabletop sized gas or propane stove. A griddle is also extremely versatile since it can be used for making hotcakes, okonomiyaki, stir fry, and a variety of other quick dishes. Try to get a model with features such as slits made for easy cleaning.

4. A spa gift set

What to get for that couple that already has everything? Let them take a break from the hustle and bustle of moving and setting up their house by giving them a home spa set. Big chains such as the Body Shop as well as nifty artisanal brands have different spa boxes to suit a whole range of needs and preferences. Oftentimes these stores have “His” and “Hers” products, thus making it truly a couple’s gift. For a truly special present, pick out the products and scents yourself; perhaps the newlyweds prefer patchouli over lavender, or they would appreciate a set of salt scrubs instead of face masks and toners. You can even mix and match spa goodies from all over, or throw in stuff for massages, hair treatments, and other at home niceties. Lastly, wrap up the spa set in a personalized gift box, or a handmade bag that matches the newlyweds’ wedding theme or their home’s color scheme.

These are just a few of the many housewarming presents for a newlywed couple’s home. Other presents can be as simple as a set of scented candles, as practical as gardening tools, or even as zany as a full-sized gaming table. Ultimately, what makes a great housewarming present is the dedication and thoughtfulness put into the gift. We hope these gift ideas will spark your imagination, and help you figure out what present will make the newlyweds in your life feel special and excited about their new home!

Primary School English Essay Writing: How College Success is Reliant on These Skills

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Writing is a way in which people all across the world socialize, inform, entertain as well teach each other using words. Words are very powerful especially in the society that we live in today and whenever one uses them in a systematic way and flow, they are considered to have writing skills. Everyone wants to have good writing skills but that is not always the case because there will be certain people who will be naturally good at writing than others.

This is why we all go to school from an early age. Our parents want us to be able to read and write. Writing skills are learned from an early as primary school and a student can carry these on all the way till college where they become more useful. Primary school writing skills are very important in college for a variety of reasons.

Primary school writing skills help you apply for jobs after college

In today’s world, many jobs require you to have some sort of writing skill to be considered. Take a job working for a digital marketing company for example; if they are looking for a content creator, you need to have very good writing skills to be able to get messages across properly.

Writing skills you learn in primary school become helpful in college because they will help you apply for jobs in not just marketing companies, but IT companies too. All you have to do is polish them up a bit while you are in college and you will make yourself a very attractive employee for potential employers.

You can set up a profile on freelance websites and apply for writing jobs to earn some extra money on the side while you are in college thanks to primary school English writing skills. You can make a name for yourself as a good writer and in the future, you can pursue a career in journalism because of the skills you have learned from primary all the way to college.

These skills help you be creative in college

The brain uses past memories, ups, downs, lessons, incidents, the present and so much more whenever a person is writing something. When you are in primary school your memory will improve and your knowledge will increase which sharpens your creativity.

This is something that you will carry on and not lose even when you start college. Primary school writing skills help you to be creative in college and this puts you in a great position to have a successful career in the future.

They will help you write your college essays

Good essay writing means debating your points very well while presenting facts and figures. These are basic writing skills you pick up when you are in primary school and these are helpful when it is time to produce essays in college. Those early writing skills help you debate your points better in college, get your message across clearer and have a good level of well written English thanks to grammar classes.

Primary school writing skills help you communicate in college

Communication in schools and colleges takes various forms which are verbal, non-verbal as well as written. The writing skills you gain from primary school certain come in handy when you are in college because you will be able to communicate with readers effectively. There will be no communication breakdown at all because you will get into college already knowing how to communicate with readers thanks to the skills you learned in primary.

These writing skills help you to be a good reader

Reading is an art which many people struggle with a lot especially if they didn’t learn how to read in primary school. The writing skills you learn in primary school put you in a position where you do have to struggle reading your essay or assignment questions when you are in college. As you are learning how to write, you are also learning how to read.

The two skills (reading and writing) go hand in hand with each other. Primary school writing massively helps you become a better reader in college and you will not be shy when asked by your tutor to read a passage from a textbook. You will be more than happy to read it out loud in front of the class because you have so much faith in your reading ability thanks to what you learned in primary school.

They help you master the English language before college

If you are taught the English language from a very early age, you begin to grasp the concept of the language and become a master by the time you reach college. This will help you progress through your studies because you will not have to take extra English lessons or classes to brush up on your writing and speaking skills. You will already be a master of the language thanks to what you learned while you were in primary school.

The role that primary school writing skills play when a student reaches college should not be underestimated. They prepare you for what is to especially when it comes to communication, essay writing and looking for a job during and after your college studies. The six points above show just how much college success is reliant on the skills you learn when you are in primary school. English is a language that is spoken a lot across the word and if you are good at it, you will go places and have a very successful career. All in all, a lot of students have no time for writing their school essays. They try to find someone who can help them with their write my English essay requests.