Take A Step Back from Stress: A Family Getaway Is Exactly What You Need

Ah, Canada. Home of snow, hockey, and really nice people. At least that’s what the stereotypes about the Great White North would have you believe, and none of them address the country’s wonders. The image of Canada as a bigger version of Alaska needs to be corrected, specifically in regards to the greatness of Newfoundland and Labrador, the easternmost provinces of Canada.

What’s so relaxing about this place? One trip to the area’s website will show the user images of the beauty and grandeur of the Newfoundland and Labrador. But if pretty pictures aren’t enough, consider the following:

The Wildlife

Nothing says relaxation and escape like the wonders of nature, and Newfoundland and Labrador boasts an incredible variety of it. Aside from the cliffs and hills, the area also boasts multiple species of whales, including the signature humpback population. And if seeing whales sounds fantastic, a visitor can also take in the sights of Iceberg Alley and explore the coast.

But don’t think the province begins and ends on the coast. The province measures more than 400,000 kilometers, offering a visitor a big chance to get off the beaten path and take in the area’s natural beauties, including St. John’s, Terra Nova National Park, and the Torngat Mountains. And because it stands at the easternmost edge of Canada, the province carries a sense of escapism just in getting to it.

It’s Got Culture

Ever wanted to go to a music festival in an area once populated by Vikings? Newfoundland and Labrador has got you covered. Every city in the world boasts about its musical offerings, but the province goes further with its sheer variety of musical offerings.

And if music alone isn’t enough to tempt a visitor, the province’s history is on constant display. Visitors can follow the Viking Trail to L’Anse Aux Meadows, featuring the archaeological remains of a Norse encampment dating back over 1,000 years. If thinking about Viking warriors makes you thirsty, the province boasts a variety of craft beers and breweries. Everything about the culture here whispers to the visitors, inviting them to partake of the area’s offerings and take a deep breath while doing so.

Downtown St. John’s features some truly unique events, such as a Mardi Gras celebration in October, the province’s cultural facility, and the Mile One Centre, conveniently located near the Marriott St. John’s Newfoundland. And that doesn’t even include the nightlife, shopping, and sights of the area.

You’ll Need to Make a Few Trips

Getting off the beaten path sometimes means having to deal with crowds, and the journey to a place to relax can require some advance planning. As stated above, the province is huge. So huge, in fact, visitors may need to consider multiple trips just to take in all that Newfoundland and Labrador have to offer. And while the province’s location may seem like a deterrent, the area’s popularity requires some thought as to the best way to get there and get lost in the area’s wonders.

Plan ahead by considering rental vehicle information with accommodations. Take care of those requirements early so you can spend more time getting lost and breathing deep.

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7 Safety Measures for A Fail-Safe Family Holiday

With the holiday season approaching, many families plan for a fun or relaxing getaway. The hectic pace of modern life makes it hard to set aside the time for family holidays, so these rare shared experiences are precious.

When your time and resources are limited, it’s extra important that your family holidays and adventures are not tainted by illness or injury. The following seven safety measures will ensure that your family escape is fail-safe.

1. Vaccinate Before You Vacate

If your family holiday involves overseas travel, make sure that all family members receive any necessary vaccinations before the vacation begins. Your local medical centre or family doctor will be able to advise which vaccines are recommended for the area that you are visiting. When packing for the vacation, keep a record of all vaccinations administered and family medical records, including any life-threatening allergies and blood types of all family members. It’s critical to have this information at hand in the event of an accident or emergency.

2. Hit the Bottled H2O

In the West, we often take the convenience of clean water for granted. But when travelling to places where the tap water is not safe for drinking, you should quench your thirst with bottled water. In less developed countries, you are more likely to encounter water that contains harmful microorganisms. Bad water can transmit a range of nasty illnesses, including diarrhoea, hepatitis A and cholera. When tap water contains dangerous microorganisms, even the simple act of rinsing a piece of fruit or brushing your teeth can be unsafe.

3. No Heavy Lifting

Packing light for family holidays can be tricky. There are so many creature comforts that we use on a daily basis; it’s hard to imagine living without them, even for a short time. But the prospect of lugging around cumbersome suitcases is not exactly conducive to having a relaxing holiday.

When packing for the family vacation, try to keep it light by packing only the essentials. Opt for multiple smaller suitcases instead of one huge suitcase – if the weight is distributed among several bags, the load is easier to bear. And use suitcases with wheels where possible – better to let those wheels do the work than burden your back.

4. Dress For Safety Success

Pack safe, suitable clothing and equipment for the type of holiday that you have planned. If you take the family for a beachside getaway, swimming attire and paraphernalia will be necessary. Bring sunscreen to protect against the sun and Floaties for the little ones who are learning to swim. If you plan to go hiking or rock climbing with the kids, bring insect repellent and make sure that everyone has appropriate footwear, protective clothing and safety equipment.

5. Take Your Medicine

If any family members use ventilators or take regular medication, pack all of the relevant medical supplies and accessories before you leave for your holiday. Even if the medical condition only flares up from time to time, you don’t want to be stuck in an unfamiliar place with an emergency on your hands. Don’t assume that you’ll be able to find your medication wherever you go. Play it safe and bring it with you.

6. Put Safety on the Agenda

From drowning incidents to food poisoning, most unfortunate accidents could have been avoided by simply educating the victim beforehand about the inherent dangers of their actions. For this reason, it’s advisable to have a conversation with your kids about any potential hazards that they are likely to encounter during the family holiday. If you explain, for example, that bluebottles and jellyfish are poisonous, they will avoid them.

7. Don’t Leave Home Without a Travel First Aid Kit

A Travel First Aid Kit is the essential ingredient for a fail-safe family holiday experience. When illness or accidents strike, it’s important to have basic medical supplies at hand. If your family holiday entails a road trip, you should keep a Vehicle First Aid Kit in your car. Otherwise, you might simply pop a compact Travel First Aid Kit in your suitcase. Reputable manufacturers, such as Survival First Aid Kits, offer a range of kits designed for different budgets and applications.

These are just a few precautionary measures that can be applied to safeguard your family holiday. Do you have any extra tips or insights to add? Share your advice and experiences in the comments section below.

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Mapping Out the Fun Spots for Kids in Quezon City

Weekends and holidays are opportunities for family bonding or spending time with the kids. On some days, it can be fun to stay at home with the whole family. But more often than not, kids find it more enjoyable to go out and explore instead of staying in the house. Luckily, there are plenty of fun spots for kids to accommodate your weekend bonding activities. If you wish to stay out for the weekend, it is easy to choose from the many family-friendly staycation hotels in Quezon City that you can book online using websites such as Traveloka, too.

Art in Island Museum

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One of the fun spots for kids in Quezon City is the Art in Island Museum. Here, one can tickle the child’s imagination with art pieces that they can actually interact with. Art in Island Museum features a gallery of 3-D art that comes to life through photos or selfies. The best thing about this museum is that kids can actually have fun with the artworks. They can touch the paintings and goof around with them if they want, unlike in other museums where art comes with a “pls. do not touch” warning. A visit to this art museum is like a combination of art appreciation and photo-shoot exercise for the kids. They can let their imagination run free and think of different ways to act out scenarios for each art work. Taking photos in the museum isn’t just fun. It also becomes a learning process when kids are encouraged to express themselves in the photos. They come in as guests, become part of the art with their photos, and come out as artists.

Art in Island Museum is located at 15th Ave. Cubao Q.C. It is open from Tuesdays to Sundays 9:30 am to 9:30 pm but tickets are sold until 8pm only. Entrance fee is Php500 for adults and Php400 for kids. Expect some crowd during the weekends.

Wow Toy Museum

Another Museum worth exploring is the Wow Toy Museum. There is no question about it, kids love toys. But instead of going to the toy store, why not bring your kids to a toy museum? Broaden their perspective in toy appreciation by exposing them to classic toys from grandpa’s generation to the present. Some of the toys featured in this museum came from as far back as the 1950’s. There are also rare collectibles that come from different parts of the world like US, China, Russia, Europe, etc. It will be fun to see how toys have evolved from grandpa’s time to the present. You can also bond with your kids by showing them toys from your generation. Some of these toys may bring back childhood memories and make you feel like a kid again. This is one of the fun spots for kids in Quezon City that adults can also appreciate.

Wow Toy Museum is located at 99-101 Sergeant Rivera Street Quezon City. For visits or inquiries please call 3636247 or jgcm1954@yahoo.com.

Pedal N Paddle

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Feel like spending time outdoors
? Check out the Pedal N Paddle attractions at the QC Memorial Circle. There are loads of fun things to do with your kids in this part of the Circle. The main attractions here are the Go Kart Rides and the Boat Rides, hence the name Pedal N Paddle. Other attractions inside the Pedal N Paddle area include rides like the Carousel, Garden Train Ride, Golden Gate Ride, Skybike, and 4D Ride. There are also classic town fair games like Dart Balloon Game, Shooting Gallery, and Mini Strike Zone.

Pedal N Paddle is at the Quezon Memorial Circle grounds and open during Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays: 2:00 pm – 8:00pm; Saturdays, Sundays: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm; Wednesdays, Thursdays: Closed. An entrance fee of Php20 will be charged at the gate with separate ticket charges for each attraction.

Barkin’ Blends Dog Cafe

Museums and parks aren’t the only fun spots for kids in Quezon City. There are also dining places in QC where kids can have a blast. The Barkin’ Blends Dog Café at Rosa Alvero St., Loyola Heights, QC and The Nook Café in Maginhawa St., Sikatuna Village, QC fall in this category.

Barkin’ Blends Dog Café is a perfect place to dine for pet lovers. This quaint café has a separate area for diners and a dog zone for the pets. Guests can play with the puppies in the dog zone for two hours. However, an entrance fee of Php180 is required to get into the dog zone. This already comes with a free drink. Once in the dog zone, kids can take their pick among the adorable pets (Golden Retrievers, Beagle, Pug, Irish Setter, Poodles, Siberian Husky, etc.) to play with. However, kids should be reminded to follow the Café Rules for Handling Dogs for their own safety and to protect the welfare of the dogs.

The Nook Cafe

Kids and tweens who are avid fans of Harry Potter can also enjoy a visit to the The Nook Café in Maginhawa St. Sikatuna Village QC. Aside from the Harry Potter Inspired Menu and Butter Beer, kids can also enjoy going over the different HP memorabilia and board games in the café. However, the café is a bit small and can get a bit crowded with Potter fans on some days.

There are plenty of fun spots for kids in Quezon City. Some are already mapped as favourite hang-outs for the family while others are yet to be discovered. One thing is for sure though, nothing beats fun time spent with the family no matter where you are.

No One is Too Old for An Adventure: Enervon Prime “Seniors on Tour” Travel Promo

Live life to the fullest is one of my favorite adages. But what if you’re on the prime of your life? Is it too late to escape to some new adventure? Not Enervon Prime! With Enervon Prime Seniors on Tour travel promo, adults age 50 and up have the chance to travel with two friends or family members to a domestic or international destination—for free!

Enervon Prime Seniors on Tour

Joining is easy: you only need to buy P500 worth of Unilab’s Enervon Prime adult milk variants, upload the proof of purchase, choose from the list of destinations, and share a video why you like to travel to your chosen destination. You can log on to www.enervonprime.com to register and send your entry. You can also find in the website the list of supermarkets where the Enervon Prime Seniors on Tour video booths are set up so you can submit your entry.

A family member may send an entry on behalf of the senior. Two seniors will be chosen to win any of the tour packages in Cebu, Bohol, Ilocos, Palawan, and Davao, while another two seniors will be chosen to win any of the international tour packages in Cambodia, Hongkong, Macau, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand.

“The Enervon Prime Seniors on Tour travel promo pays tribute to seniors—our parents and grandparents–who make the most out of their lives by keeping their bodies healthy and their muscles strong so that they can take on new adventures,” says Enervon Prime product manager Barry Barrientos. “What better way to have an exciting adventure than an all-expense-paid travel escapade?”

Enervon Prime is Unilab’s adult nutritional drink that has protein and other essential nutrients that help prevent muscle loss so that coupled with resistance exercise, seniors can continue to do what they love to do such as traveling and more.

Promo runs from August 15 to October 15, 2015. For more information, visit www.enervonprime.com.

About UNILAB
Unilab is the country’s largest and leading pharmaceutical and healthcare company with 70 years of experience in providing the best value in healthcare to Filipinos.

*This is a press release.

5 Ways to Take the Stress out of Family Holidays

Another family vacation? Don’t dread your next trip! Even though travelling with the kids can pack its fair share of stresses, it also presents countless opportunities for creating cherished family memories. Here are five easy tips that are sure to take the stress out of your next family holiday, leaving you free to have a wonderful time with the most important people in your life.

1. Pack Smart

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Even before you holiday begins, packing can cause a lot of stress. You don’t want to over or under pack, so save time and stress by making a list! This way, you’ll have everything you need and won’t risk forgetting important items. If you’re planning on a short family visit, save space and share a suitcase! Sites such as Luggage Direct have a wide range of luggage options to suit any holiday, as well as coloured space-saving compartments to keep everyone’s gear separate and stop those suitcase-sharing arguments!

2. Be Prepared

Don’t get caught off guard with bored kids (or being bored yourself!). For long-distance trips, prepare enough snacks and entertainment so you can enjoy a peaceful journey. Keep electronics charged with in-car charges and make those batteries last. Overnight flights are more comfortable with a neck pillow and a scarf to keep you warm or block unwanted light. Keep the kids entertained with a variety of activities including colouring books, games such as ‘I spy’ and, if driving, take a break every couple of hours so everyone can have a good stretch. The more enjoyable the journey, the less stress (and more fun) you and your family will have getting to your destination!

3. Time Out

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As much as we love spending time with our loved ones, everyone needs a break now and then. Be a little selfish and indulge in some ‘me time’; after all, it’s your holiday too! Find at least 10 minutes each day to do something you enjoy such as reading a good book, going for a relaxing walk or perhaps indulging in a massage. Family time is important but it can be a little overwhelming, so enjoy some quiet time to de-stress from all the hustle and bustle.

4. Have Realistic Expectations

Family visits don’t always go as expected. If certain family members don’t get along, don’t expect them to on your visit. Save yourself some stress and have a plan to deal with more difficult family members. Young children tire easily, so if you’re planning a long day, make sure they have plenty of rest to reduce the risk of a tantrum. Teenagers may not want to spend all day with the family, so have at least one activity they must attend and be more lenient on other activities to ensure no one goes off to sulk.

5. Be Organised

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There’s nothing more stressful than running late. Plan how to arrive at your destination and allow extra time for traffic and other delays. Lay your clothes out the night before so you can get dressed and go the following morning. Having all luggage and snacks packed the night before will also make for a smooth departure. Organising a trip may be hard work, but it will pay off with a stress-free journey for you and the family!

Family holidays can be a nightmare, but some easy tricks will reduce your stress so you can have a lovely time. Please share any of your tips for a stress-free family holiday in the comments below.

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