September 2, 2015

How to Make a Small Space Seem Bigger

While your small space may be quaint, it may be lacking that open, roomy feel. If your home is starting to feel more claustrophobic than comfy and spacious, you don’t need more square feet to remedy your space quandary. Here’s what some design experts say about making small spaces, bigger. 

Some design experts say white walls are best for small spaces. However, sometimes darker colors can make a room appear larger, too. Paint colors like Mediterranean blues, deep grays, rich aubergines and roasted browns can all make a small room appear larger. If you opt for white walls, add contrast to the room with a dark floor. This contrast between light and dark can make the space pop. For color ideas, House Beautiful has curated a list of the best paint colors for small spaces and suggests using Benjamin Moore paints. While deep colors are best in living spaces, lighter, more airy colors are best for bedrooms, as they don’t inhibit sleep like some deeper, darker colors are known to do. 

Wall Hangings 
If you are decorating your white walls, consider hanging a few mirrors here and there. By hanging mirrors you can create the illusion of a larger living space. Consider decorating with a grouping of three or more mirrors, or for a more modern look, decorate with one large mirror. The Pottery Barn has a wide selection of decorative mirrors to choose from that can complement any home’s interior style. Artwork is also a wonderful way to decorate the empty walls in your small space, as large, visually interesting wall hangings can make your space appear bigger. Design professionals suggest using hanging a large artwork that features a color that recedes, like blue, for example, to make your room feel more spacious. 

If you’re making your home in a small space, you need to use small furniture. Multiple, large, bulky furnishings can make the room feel much smaller than really it is. By using furniture that’s to scale, or by using just one large piece, you can make the room appear larger, according to the design experts from Apartment Therapy. They also suggest using furniture with legs, as it makes a room appear bigger. Choose a neutral-colored mid-century loveseat or small-scale sofa like the ones offered from West Elm. The furniture designer offers a selection of specialty pieces that are perfect for maximizing space in small living areas. 

One of the difficulties many people who live in small spaces face is having enough storage. Without proper storage, clutter builds up, which can fill up a room, quick. When freestanding dressers, bookcases and other storage solutions are not an option, consider modular storage and built-in storage. These types of storage solutions can be configured to fit any small space from wall to wall or from floor to ceiling, maximizing tiny bedrooms spaces and giving you more storage. Furnish your storage solutions with some of your favorite things, photos or a vase of fresh-cut flowers. For inspiration, visit your local IKEA. The Scandinavian furniture retailer has a wide range of customizable built-ins to browse. 

 Think Outside the Box, or Home 
If you’re strapped for space inside, consider taking your entertaining and living space outdoors. If you’re lucky enough to have a patio, deck or backyard, furnish this area with comfy seating, tables and a decorative rug. Whether the space is just for your enjoyment or if you use it to entertain guests, going outside is a great way to optimize your living space in a small home or apartment.

August 15, 2015

How to Sing Better

In the art of singing, usually it is the simplest and most basic things that help one become better, yielding unbelievable results. Yet these things are so simple that many people often forget or just overlook them. In addition, though most people consider singing to be a talent and believe that individuals with inherently beautiful voices are born that way, it is true that even the most professional singers really practice hard to remain at the top of their game. Take a look at this article to learn some of the most important tips that can help you improve your singing voice and perform better in this great art.

See our tips below:

1) - Pick Songs in Your Vocal Range: When you start singing, it is important that you choose those notes that you are sure you can hit perfectly. It is better to sing a simple song and try doing it really well than choosing a difficult one with notes that you may be end up being unable to reach and articulate.

2) - Be Yourself: Do not struggle too hard to be like the recording artist of the song you have chosen to practice with. Just be yourself and sing the way you feel it! Remember that your unique voice is what is going to make you stand out in the long run and cut your niche. Also, it's good to dress fabulous so you feel like the star you are, but remain comfortable – which is totally possible and doesn't even have to be expensive if you use a Nordstrom 20% off coupon.

3) - Open Your Mouth and Let the Tongue Relax: Keeping your mouth mostly shut can lead to your tongue being tensed. While singing, your tongue needs to remain relaxed and having sufficient moving space, otherwise you may fail to accomplish maximum quality of your singing tone. Check that the space between your teeth is big enough to accommodate two fingers while singing.

4) - Learn to Breathe the Right Way: This is an essential part of mastering the art of singing that helps you to better maintain the control of your voice by keeping it steady. By breathing in via your belly rather than the chest, take a deep breath prior to starting a new line to gather enough air to allow you sing out each word comfortably without breaks.

5) - Maintain the Right Posture: In order to achieve the best sound, a majority of singing coaches prefer standing instead of sitting. Remember also to relax your shoulders so as to enable you breathe freely while singing. It is also important that you raise your head a little and keep your larynx steady to ensure that your vocal cords produce your best sound.

6) - Train Yourself to Recognize Pitch: It would be great if you could take advantage of a piano here. When you press down on a key, try matching your voice with the sound that rings out using a simple sound like "ah" or “oh”. Do this repeatedly for all keys of the piano until you learn to sing in different pitches. Sharp notes are produced by the black keys.

7) - Finally, Keep Your Voice Healthy: This involves the kind of foods you eat, the level of exercise you do with your voice and if you are straining or overusing it often. Eat healthy foods, take the recommended minimum of eight glasses of water per day and avoid smoking. And just before singing, avoid consuming dairy products like cheese, yogurt and ice cream, as well as other sweet foods since they may lead to the accumulation of mucus in the throat and make singing difficult.

August 11, 2015


To those of you who doesn't know who Chinkee Tan is, he is a Filipino Motivational Speaker, Inspirational Speaker, Radio and TV personality, a Wealth Coach and a Best Selling Author of "Secrets of the Rich and Successful", "How I Made my 1st Million" and 5 more other books!

Oh how I missed his last event "The Science of Creating Wealth" last July 4, 2015 here in Cagayan de Oro for some reasons. :(

Good thing, PROACT CdO brings him back here this coming November 7, 2015! But this time around, me and hubby would not let the opportunity pass by without hearing his wisdomful thoughts and tips of  becoming a Debt-FREE and Financially FREE!

So better mark your calendar on November 7, 2015 (1PM-6PM) at Victory Center Limketkai Mall! See you all there for the "KaChink! How to retire before the age 50" and save the date!

For more infos....

Good news: 
Tickets are now available at early bird rate:
GOLD - Php 750 (regular rate is P 1,750) this includes Free Book + Manual + Front Seats
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Go and get your tickets now, limited seats available!

For ticket reservation, pls contact: Mark Barba - 09173289156

August 1, 2015

Fish Bowl Vases – The Perfect Wedding Centerpiece

Every bride wants her wedding to be unique. This is why so much attention is paid to the dress, the venue, the music, the food and, of course, the decorations. If you want to do something that not many brides have done before you, you could consider fish bowl vases as centerpieces of your wedding tables. Not only are these beautiful, you will also make sure that people immediately have something to talk about.

Fish Bowl Vases at Wedding

Usually, the best fish to use for a wedding centerpiece is a goldfish or a betta fish. Betta fish are a lot more beautiful than goldfish, however, because they have stunning tails and gorgeous colors. However, goldfish are a lot cheaper and they are easier to care for. After all, once the wedding is over, you will suddenly have quite a few fish on your hands.

What to Do with Your Fish Bowl Vases
One thing that some brides do at their wedding, which immediately solves the problem of what to do with the fish bowl vases afterwards, is run a little competition. They ask everybody at each table to name the fish, for instance, and the best name wins the fish bowl, meaning they can take it home with them afterwards. Do make sure your wedding favors include some fish food in that case.

How to Prepare the Fish Bowl Vases
You must make sure that the water in your fishbowl has been properly treated before you put the fish in. You should be able to purchase treatment drops or tablets from the same store as where you get your fish. A round fish bowl tends to look the most beautiful, although some brides prefer the cylinder shape. The problem with that one, however, is that it is very easy to knock over, particularly if there are children (or clumsy adults for that matter) at your wedding.

Do also make sure you add some decoration to your fish bowls. You could top it with a green plant, for instance, so that you also have some of the more traditional wedding decoration in the form of flowers. Furthermore, it will stop people from poking their fingers in the water to touch the fish. If you have a color theme at your wedding, then you could consider adding some glass pebbles, marbles or rocks to the bottom of your fish bowl in the color of your wedding. Smooth dark river rocks always look amazing as well, and you could (if you have the time) write something on the rocks, such as the name of the bride and groom and the date of the wedding.

Because these centerpieces are so interesting, you may not need any other type of decoration on your table. As such, although the bowls, fish, food and treatment products may cost a little bit more than a flower arrangement, you could also end up saving more by not having to spend so much on other things.