Monthly Archives: October 2018

Reasons Why Homeowners Must Splurge On Splashbacks

Published by:

When it comes to choosing a kitchen splashback, it is better to splurge than skimp. Custom cabinets, snazzy appliances and a well-equipped island are the pride of homeowners but what will likely catch the attention of visitors is the small stretch of wall above the sink that is more popularly known as the splashback. Do not miss on the opportunity to make a grand statement through kitchen splashback tiles mosaic in different colours and patterns.

In most kitchens, the splashback is the integral key to overall aesthetics. According to Alissa Bennett, design manager of Kolter Homes in Florida, the prime location of the splashback must incorporate something that is unique and fun. Aside from enhancing aesthetics, the splashback serves a functional purpose like protecting kitchen walls from dirt and stains.

Meanwhile, David Yowell of David Yowell Construction in McKinney, Texas suggests that splashbacks must complement the countertops and add colour, depth and beauty to a room. The easily washable surface will ensure that the kitchen looks cleaner.

According to Houzz Kitchen trends study that was published this year, it was revealed that 9 out of 10 homeowners who have undertaken kitchen renovations have upgraded their splashbacks. In 2017, the most popular colours were white, multicoloured and gray. White splashbacks are more likely to appear in kitchens of baby boomers as well as millennials.

However, other homeowners prefer ceramic, porcelain or glass tiles including natural stone like marble, travertine, granite or quartz. Others go for kitchen splashback tiles mosaic that is more colourful and prominent.

The two more popular splashback trends for 2018 include the scalloped or fish-scale pattern tile that offers more movement and a little more interest than the traditional rectangular tile and the splashback that looks like wallpaper sans the paper. There are elaborate patterns that are durable enough to withstand detergents.

Many homeowners are also moving from natural stone to the brightly coloured kitchen splashback tiles mosaic that looks beautiful and realistic. The design is perfect for homeowners who desire texture and patterns that will contrast with the simplicity of the countertop surfaces. Furthermore, the mosaic maintains a classic and trendy look that will not date very quickly.

Chinese Army Heads For Sydney Harbour For Military Exercise

Published by:

China’s People’s Liberation Army surrounded Sydney Harbour recently, not for war, but to foster cooperation between them and the Australian armed forces.

For the second time ever in history, the Australian army played host for its Chinese counterparts for team building in Australia, with the training exercise named PANDAROO.

On a cool, grey, overcast day, teams of soldiers, from Australia and China, paddled 60km down the New South Wales coast on kayaks to enter the Sydney Harbour. The weather didn’t change anything, however, as soldiers were still expected to capsize themselves into the cold Australian waters, and then cooperate in order to get themselves upright again, despite the language barrier.

Commander of the 6th Brigade, Australian Army; Brigadier Susan Doyle says that trust is the basis of militaries all around the world, built on friendships gained from such activities like adventure training for team building in Australia, and in other places. She says that the they will make friends for like, as she believes is the case with friendships born through adversity.

The People’s Liberation Army’s Ou Feng described their Aussie counterparts as brave and hardworking, saying that they teach her and the other Chinese soldiers climbing, as well as kayaking, and that the Aussie soldiers were professional and responsible throughout it all.

Operation Panderoo started in Canberra earlier in September, with a traditional welcome in Canberra, before the soldiers headed over to the Blue Mountains, for a series of rock climbs. The exercise programme places focus on basic training rather than military training, in contrast to the war games of Exercise Kakadu, which took place earlier in September in Darwin.

All these exercises for team building in Australia follows both governments’ attempts to rebuild diplomatic relations following a period of tension, with the AU’s Defence Minister Marise Payne meeting the top Chinese top diplomat on the sidelines of the United Nations meeting on the 25th of September.

Chinese media were reportedly watching Exercise Pandaroo closely, with George Yang, Chief Correspondent for Australia for HK’s Phoenix TV, saying that China-Australia relations are currently quite bumpy, which is why the Chinese media were watching the exercises.

Exercise Panderoo ended at the last week of September 2018.

Expat Students Turning To Tuition Centers

Published by:

All over the world, Singapore has been tagged as the tuition nation. In fact, surveys have shown that parents and students are spending around $1.1 billion annually enrolled in home tuition Singapore which is not surprising at all. This so-called tuition bug used to affect only the local students and parents but latest reports indicate that even international students now have tuition too.

According to different tuition agencies and centers in the country, they have seen rapid growth in the number of expat students enrolled in international schools that are going to them looking for help as they are about to their exams for International General Certificate of Secondary Education or their IB which stands for International Baccalaureate.

In an interview with the founder of a tuition agency, Mr. Rum Tan, he said that in 2014 less than 50 expat students have been enrolled in the programs in his agency. Their number is not even 5 per cent of the total number of students they have.

The exponential increase was noted starting January of 2017 until October of the same year when the number of expat students they have assigned for private tutoring reaches almost a thousand. Now their total number makes up 20 per cent of the entire client population of the tuition agency.

Majority of these expat students are from Australia and Britain and they are enrolled in schools such as Tanglin Trust Schoo, United World College South East Asia and Anglo-Chinese School which is an independent school.

A number of tuition centers and agencies have also reported that they have seen a sudden increase in the number of their expat students. The trend of supplementing regular schooling with tuition stems from the fact that there is stiff competition from the students. Both locals and expats are vying for slots in schools as well as to be able to apply in the universities they want.

These reasons alone are what drive the tuition bug even to international students. The sentiments of home tuition Singapore is that there is not enough time spent in school in order for the students to learn what they need to.

What To Do To Taste International Cuisine In Rayong

Published by:

Thailand is a traditional country rich in culture and history. The official language of the country is Thai though you find people speaking in Chinese or Malay. In key cities like Bangkok, the English language is well spoken and understood. People here are mostly Buddhists and you’ll find their strong family values. You’ll find out how the locals live in Thailand, especially when you get to taste international cuisine in Rayong.

The delectable Thai international cuisine in Rayong can provide a glimpse of the marvellous Thai culture. You can also find here a host of international cuisines that you’ll like to sample. Thai cuisine is noted for spices and they are usually served with rice. Here you’ll value the importance of sauces and gravies in Thai cuisine.

For your Thailand tour package, you can start at the Democracy Monument to celebrate the country’s first constitution. You can go next to the Grand Palace in Bangkok to see the ethnic style showing the importance of Thai culture. Today, it’s now a museum to enjoy the cultural heritage of the country.

If you travel to Rayong, you’ll find a wide variety of economical inns to boutique and luxury hotels.  You’ll definitely enjoy the various types of accommodation you choose as hotel staff are extremely friendly and hospitable. You’ll also find nearby shopping malls to buy famous brands and souvenirs to take home. You can also enjoy popular restaurants that serve international cuisine in Rayong to fill your hungry stomachs.

Also, in Thailand, you’ll find various people of different ethnic backgrounds. It’s your chance to mingle with them while enjoying your trip. So, ensure that you get to see the various places of this very diverse country. So, choose a Thailand package that will make you have a fun and worthwhile experience here.

To come to Thailand especially in cities like Bangkok and Rayong, you’ll have plenty to do here. So, if you’re now planning a Bangkok tour package, ensure you have arranged it with a reputed travel operator to see the best places. They can also arrange for some thrilling and exciting adventure activities. You can also enjoy international cuisine in Rayong with the whole family should you come here.

How To Keep Millennials Coming To Some Football Stadiums

Published by:

The younger generation may leave the football stadiums if they can’t stay connected with football games. Hence, sports teams are now improving their fan experience by embracing technology. Just picture yourself walking down the stadium, and using your smartphone to buy a premium seat upgrade or order a pork sandwich and imported beer delivered right at your seat. You then want to capture your favorite player’s touchdown score, and use it to watch instant replays at variable angles. The app also shows you the direction to the nearest restroom without waiting in line.

These aren’t futuristic football stadiums experiences. You can find one in few venues, and there are other people rushing to add the millennial digital systems that anyone can attend the game and have an immersive, connected experience.

Connecting the Race

Three reasons are why stadiums are forcing to encourageconnectivity:

  • Modifying demographics
  • Attracting fans to come to the stadiums rather than spending it on a home TV
  • Promoting more revenues

Whether you’re starting from scratch or trying to fit current facilities, football stadiums have a powerful competition with each other just to have the most recent technologies.

Competing with the Big Screen TV

Teams accept the reality that watching the big game in a fan’s family room is cheaper and easier. So, teams need to make the football games appear more appealing so the fans will choose to watch the games live at the stadium. A recent study shows that around 57% of fans like to watch the game at home.

Many say that it will feel more comfortable and convenient to watch the event or competition at home, especially with your own big TV and bathroom.  But thankfully, technology has provided the addition of connectivity and apps to make the fan experience done at the stadium, rather than watching at home.

With the use of Wi-Fi, the fan can experience watching at the football stadiums, that haven’t been tried elsewhere. And the best thing about it is bragging their friends on social media to watch the real thing. This can really be great as everyone gets to see the football game live.

The Orchid Industry In Brief: Floriculture Industry In The United States

Published by:

Many florists and vendors look to Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand orchids wholesale companies as suppliers for their businesses, but as it turns out, there is more to the orchid industry than cultivating, shipping, and selling the plants.

 

Why it’s popular

Orchids are a symbol of beauty and luxury. During the Ming Dynasty in China, these flowers had to be searched for in hard-to-reach places, which contributed to its status as a rare flower. In China, people believed that orchids have curing capabilities doom boils, to neuralgia, diarrhoea, venereal diseases, and even illnesses among elephants. Common cigar orchids were once used as lubricant for violin strings in South America. In Iran today, there is a special orchid ice cream served as a special treat.

 

Orchids Today

In the past, cultivating orchids was a difficult task because some species are endemic, meaning they couldn’t grow in other areas except where they exist, while others need special attention because of seed-eating flies. However, through improvements in technology, floriculture, and agriculture, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Thailand orchids wholesale companies are able to mass-produce these flowers more efficiently.

 

In China, the Shenzhen Nongke Group of China spent eight years to cultivate a special kind of orchid sold at about $202,000. It is considered as the most expensive flower bought.

 

Serious Business

Orchids once grew in abundance in Florida, but today, it is serious business. Florida has the most commercial orchid cultivators in the United States, as shown in the statistics of the US Department of Agriculture. The industry in Florida produces up to $100,000 or even higher in terms of annual sales. Most of these commercial growers are located in Miami, Orlando, Apopka, and Homestead.

 

According to the USDA, the increase in the number of commercial growers in Florida has led to the increase in the sales of potted orchids by up to 12%. Cut orchids, however, are not as poplar, as exports dropped by more than 25%, causing up to USD 15 million worth of loss.

 

However, there are cases of orchid smuggling that has been reported in October 2014. Experts say that it often happens in seaports. Smugglers sometimes hide them in containers or suitcases, which often result to the flowers getting beat up. However, the authority still seizes these.

Thai Culture Caravan Travels Across Europe

Published by:

The Thai cultural caravan travelled across Europe earlier in 2018, from May to June, showcasing Thai culture. The caravan, with a mission dubbed “Thailand at the forefront” is part of the country’s efforts to promote its culture in foreign countries via cultural artifacts like embroidery in Thailand, and performances like the masked art of the traditional Thai dance, the khon.

The caravan received full backing from the royal family of Thailand itself, wherein it began its journey to promote Thailand’s culture on a global scale. The roadshow held performances in key venues like the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Spain. Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been running “Thailand at the forefront” since 2015, ever since its official inauguration at the Royal Albert Hall in London as a marker for the 60th birthday of Royal Princess Sirindhorn.

Deputy Director-General of the Department of Information at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ruyaporn Sukontasap, says that their office worked closely with the Ministry of Culture for years in order to prepare the show, which included booking the venue in each country where the performances were held. The Ministry, he says, holds the venue selection process in high regard in order to set a good impression for Thailand abroad.

The performers, due to the limited number of staff for the caravan, were all forced to perform for multiple shows, which was a tough calling, due to the fact that all performances, while carried out in different circumstances, all had to adhere to a high start from the start of the caravan to its conclusion.

Every show starts out with the traditional khon, a masked dance based on the Ramayana epic. The dance details the beginnings of Thotsakan and Rama, their battle and Rama’s subsequent victory. This is then succeeded by Thailand’s regional and combat dances.

As part of the efforts to promote Thai culture, the cloth, previously made in India, was ordered by the Queen to be made by Thais themselves, to showcase textile making and embroidery in Thailand, a notable imperative given that the traditional Thai style needed demanded skills so rare that they’ve almost gone extinct.

Promate Boonyachod, of the Queen’s foundation, said that this decision was also helpful to the poor and young of Thailand, who have been trained in traditional Thai art not only for the country’s heritage, but also as a means for them to make a living.

There were also other cultural promotion activities in Europe, which include a musical-exchange student exchange programme between Thailand’s Mahidol University and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, with others to follow.