Reasons to find the Goodness of Enhanced Community Quarantine 2020

The Beginning

The forecast about the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) declared by the Office of the Republic of the Philippines for the whole country because of the pandemic coronavirus (COVID 19) is a surprise. The quarantine will start on March 15, 2020 until the further announcement. It shocks and upset more Filipinos because of the shutdown of many companies and businesses. Employees have to stop their work and went home to their respective cities. No work, no pay policy to others while some got their early bonuses from their employers. However, the safety of the people is the priority of the ECQ. We cannot change the fact that when we neglect the situation, many will be wiped out by the virus. If people will look at the negative side, it will be a disaster and continues loss but looking into it as an opportunity will make this ECQ still a blessing.

Take Your Time

Looking back, overloaded work minimizes the time for own self like lack of sleep, and sometimes, the break is never enough. Weekends or day off run so fast and did not felt a rest day. Family day is inadequate, and children feel inadvertent from parents. The ECQ requires stay at home policy. Stay at home make all rest more than they need unlike breaks. The situation now gives more time to parents and children bonding moments. This time is free time to organize the house and the things inside.

This Should be an Opportunity

Yes, the ECQ is an opportunity for all that have the skills but never work it out. This time is the outbreak not just of the virus but on the internet communication world. You can work over the web using your ready gadgets on the house. The cellphone that you use on gaming when you are free on work can be used as a medium of income. Your personal laptop that use on making office reports is a big help to make working online more convenient. The internet that you consume in connection with social media is now your edge to access different websites that show hiring updates. These opportunities make a difference, and sometimes exceeds your previous income.

Working at home

Make a Difference

Time past by easily and the body you preserve will weaken and when retirement age comes, we have no choice but to pack up and receive the minimum separation pay from the employer. By that time, you are not that strong for activities that you and your child can do. You almost spent more than of your life span in the company more than to your family in the house.

While having work over the web in the comfort of your own house together with your family is an option. No heavy traffics, no rainy and sunny days outside since you are inside your house, not requiring bags, shoes, perfumes, new pants or suit, and sometimes not requiring office attire since you just work at home and your face is the only appearance see by your client. Even you had the disability physically but with skills and talent, you can be hired over the web and start earning on your own basis.

Making Any Sense?

Of course, the choice is within you. Corporate world or work at home? Corporate world needs investment of finances for transportation, for everyday allowance, for new clothes and require work attire etc. Work at home requires cash too, from the internet connections, laptop, telephone or cellphone, noise cancelling headset, and your time of committed work. Whatever choice, you make, you need financial related issues. However, make sure that the pleasure of the decision you will make you happy and comfortable. Just to mention, after the effects of the pandemic to the nation, many Filipinos from different provinces of the country who conquer the challenges on working in Metro Manila decided to go back on their respective provinces for good. While working at home did not require travel and sacrifice to work far from their families.

So now, do it make any sense of thinking what is better for now and for your tomorrow?

Parenting Challenges Faced Due to Separation

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To leave your child behind is extremely difficult! For parents just like me, there’s no such thing as worst feeling but being separated from our children. Nevertheless, this agony can be overcome and resolved if only we, parents will find ways to keep in touch and get connected with our kids.

Parting Time

The heartbreaking moment.

For some reasons, there comes a time that a parent needs to leave his/ her child behind. This, exactly, is what happened to me. I had to leave my boy in his father’s care to deal with important matters way back to my hometown (we were all living overseas that time before I left). It was not easy. Seeing him crying and helplessly wanting to come along me was really heartbreaking.

Mental and Emotional Torture.

Mental Torture

As I moved towards the airport entrance, I tried not to look back. It was my first time to leave my boy and be separated from him since his birth. As a result, my precious baby was crying, helplessly and endlessly.

My mind was filled with uncertainties, fears and confusions. Thus, the horrible feeling covered my whole being. I was so scared by the thoughts that I might not see him again if ever bad things happened while we’re apart, unfortunately.

Mixed Emotions

Thinking that my boy would grow up not having me around, he might as well feel like I abandoned him. I was worried on how he’s going to face waking up each day without me by his side. And that to live each day without his mother to comfort and guide him would bring negative impact on all the aspects of his life.

I wanted to go back as my heart was aching. It felt like it was just a while and I already missed him and wanted to hug him, make him feel how much I love him. But, it’s too late! And in spite of feeling the urge to turn back, I had no choice but to embrace the pain and hoped that I would see my boy again, soon.

The airplane took off and I can no longer change what happened. It’s done! I’m far away from home, and from my boy. Yet, in my heart, I’m sure that he will always be there. He will always have me despite of the distance between us.

Challenges Faced by Parents When Separated from Children:

As days passed, I realize how hard it is for a parent like me to be apart from my child. There are lots of problems and challenges to deal with. For instance:

1.Scarcity of time

As we’re living in two different countries with different time zone, it’s difficult to find much time to communicate with my child. Day time in my place and night time in his, vice versa. Such a difficult situation to adapt with. Similarly, a hard condition to be adjusted to. My time has always been limited as I need to go to work during the day. On the other hand, he needs to do his homework at night and sleep early for school the next day. Needless to say, we could not talk much the way we did before.

2 Feeling of Loss

Having used to living along with family gives a remarkable impact. The longing and yearning for loved ones’ love and affection can’t be denied. It gives that feeling of sadness, being alone and emptiness. Most importantly, my life feels so incomplete without my loved ones around.

3.Failing to impart moral values.

Although we know that children can learn from school, values taught and learned from home can’t be surpassed. Parents have always said to be the most capable of teaching good values to children as well as they have the best way of making them understand, too. However, due to separation, most parents find themselves unable to do so.

4.Life Imbalance

Not living with the family and kids is overwhelming because of so much work to do..  Lots of things need to be done around the house and we resent over doing them, alone. We miss that family life when we used to share with them our time and help as needed. Regardless of having friends around still, feeling of longing and needing to be with partner and foremost, with children is undeniable.

5.Lack of Emotional Bonding.

From pregnancy to giving birth and raising your children, you are there. You got close to your kids, became attached with them and shared with their life as they’re growing up. However, due to separation, such bond regressed and reduced.

Distance from home deprives you the opportunity to spend time with the kids . As a result, we become unable of seeing their happiness, feel their sorrow and witness their emotions before every situation. We don’t get the chance to help with their problems and difficulties nor share with their joy and achievements. We lose emotional intimacy with our kids. The feeling of emotional detachment with one another gives discomfort and anxiety which makes one feels like there’s something missing.

Ways For Parents to Overcome these Challenges.

1.Be happy.

As they say, you smile and the whole world smiles with you. When you are happy, everything comes to be easy. Your joy will reflect on others, too. A happy parent gives off energy and pass it on to his/her children. Thus, the state of separation comes to be easy to adapt with and carry through.

2.Stay positive.

Positivity is one of great factors affecting relationship between parents and children. Parents who believe in love and good fate bring positive attitude towards life and everything that happens. Thus, it’s easy for the children to trust that the act of separation is just temporary and positively acknowledge the reasons behind it.

3.Be constant in finding time to communicate. Fill in the gap. Keep emotional intimacy and attachment.

Despite of the distance, your children can hardly feel the absence of their parents. That is if you find ways to bridge that gap between you and your kids. In order to do so, you shall try the following:

Means to Make Way for Communication

  • Send texts and messages, video cam with them, and phone your kids every time you find the chance. In this world of advanced technology, it’s easier for parents to communicate with children using the wonders of internet  and telephone to make them feel that you always think and care for them.
  • Talk to them more often. Grab every opportunity to speak with your children even during your busy times. A simple “hello” and “how are you” or ” I love you” will do, for instance. Constantly, make them feel your concern and love for them by telling them how much you thought about them or miss them. Most of all, never ever fail to tell them how much you love them.

Fill In the gap

  • Share their thoughts. Listen to their problems and difficulties they experience in school and with friends. Advise and guide them accordingly in finding solutions to their problems. Help them solve these problems as much as you can.

Stay attached and connected.

  • Monitor their activities. Never fail to check on their study habits, school performance and daily school tasks. Ask about their daily routine in the house, internet activities and how they spend time with friends. Being far from your kids doesn’t need to be a reason for you to lose control over them nor to fail giving them the right discipline they need.
  • Find joy in being with them despite of the distance. Share their joy and success. Even if you’re distant apart, you can still praise and acknowledge their success and achievement. Likewise, make them know how proud and happy you are with everything they achieve in school or in the house. A simple “like” on face book or “remarks” on the comments will do.

4.Lastly, keep reminding your kids the values taught at home and in school. Help them understand these values and make them act accordingly.

  • Be consistent on reminding your child good values you taught them. Make them understand the importance of these values and how they can benefit from them as they grow and develop as an integrated individual. Have these values be their guide on making wise choices, right decisions and good actions.

That’s it! Being away from your kids will always be that hard. Yet, finding effort and the right means to bridge the gap by following above ways, you can most likely make them feel your presence even if you’re not there…. around!

Cold Running Water: Summer escapade

What’s on Nagcarlan?

          The town of Nagcarlan also called by some visitors as mini Baguio because of the low temperature from Mount Banahaw. Also, the town was known because of much-running water that is subject to a swimming activity during summer. So, do you feel cold running water that comforts you? Does the air come makes you wanting more of it?

          Further, do you already satisfy your summer vacation? Is your family or group swimming ventures hit an affordable price? Most importantly, clean water and fresh air will the ones you will love about the town. Likewise, you should finish reading this article to broaden your map and eager to visit these bodies of water in Nagcarlan.

          Nagcarlan has clean flowing rivers, waterfalls, lakes, hills, and mountains. Besides, there are many historical places in the town such as the popular Underground cemetery, the old but unique Catholic Church, the Mount Banahaw view, and even the public market that rich from fresh fruit and vegetables from its barangay. And because of these, together with many resorts, you should explore the town.

          However, because of the lack of promotion, Nagcarlan is unknown by people from the near cities, though, locals have made their own ways to promote this town through social media and conducting nature-oriented activities like hiking and running.

          Nagcarlan town is also seen at the home of the tourist attraction in Lucban, Quezon, wherein a 50-foot statue of Jesus Christ is place. This what they call the Kamay Ni Hesus shrine, is a place where the tourist can view the town of Nagcarlan under the beauty of Mount Banahaw.

Your Bucket list during Summer:

  • Villa Lorenza

Villa Lorenza is located at Barangay Sinipian Nagcarlan, Laguna.
  • Balai Silangan Resort
  • Villa Martha Picnic Grove (the hidden Paradise)

This resort is located across the Balai and Villa Lorenza. It has another route on Silangang Napapatid Nagcarlan, Laguna.
  • Royo’s Resort

 

Royo’s Resort is located at Silangang Napapatid Nagcarlan, Laguna.
  • Glenda’s Resort
Glenda’s Resort is located at Silangang Napapatid Nagcarlan, Laguna.

  • Nagcarlan Forest Resort
Nagcarlan Forest Resort is located at Silangang Napapatid Nagcarlan, Laguna.

  • Villa Elena
It is located at Barangay Silangang Ilaya Nagcarlan, Laguna.   

  • Green Nature Spring Resort
Green Nature Spring Resort is located at Silangang Kabubuhayan Nagcarlan, Laguna

  • Villa Gregoria Terraces Resort
Located at Barangay Buboy Nagcarlan, Laguna.

  • Villa Terraces by Legazia (formerly Villa Sylvia)
Located at Barangay Buboy Nagcarlan, Laguna.

  • Villa Sotoya
Visit at Barangay Banago Nagcarlan, Laguna.

  • Buddha Garden Resort
Located at Barangay Yukos Nagcarlan, Laguna.

  • Casa de Tobias Mountain Resort
Mountain resort at Barangay Alibungbungan Nagcarlan, Laguna.

  • Twin Stone Resort
A former RGO which is located at Barangay Sabang Nagcarlan, Laguna.

  • Bunga falls
Twin falls at Purok 3 Barangay Bunga Nagcarlan, Laguna. This is not a resort with pools instead, anyone will be capture by the beauty of the running water from the falls to the rivers.

Being Undecided?

          Because of modern life, all resorts mentioned above has a Facebook page from the name itself. Anyone can visit the site to get an idea, therefore, they can plan ahead of time on its entrance fee, cottages, direction expenses, etc. Moreover, through social media, are some of the feedbacks of guests who visit the resorts and their experience during staying in the place. Some leave their article about the moments while on Nagcarlan.

          Thus, what are you waiting for? Call your travel buddies to explore Nagcarlan, Laguna. Prepare your baggage and start the fun and exciting experience this summer year. Live life to the fullest on the historical beauty of Nagcarlan, Laguna now.

Easy to Do Quarantine Home Projects

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Extended community lockdown got you down? Take this in a positive stride. Now that you’ve found a bit of time in your hands, best do those long overdue quarantine home projects. Whether you live in a house, apartment, or condominium, there will always be small to-do’s that you’ve shrugged off over the years to make time for life’s other priorities.

If you need ideas, here are easy-to-do quarantine home projects that don’t require complicated tools or involve heavy lifting:

Grow Your Vegetables

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If you have access to planting soil, start growing your vegetables from your kitchen scraps. Lettuce, celery, cabbage, and bokchoy are some of the easiest vegetables you can grow at home. Cut off the base of these vegetables and put them in a shallow jar or bowl with just a bit of water. After 3-4 days, you will notice roots and new leaves starting to appear from the cutting. Transplant the vegetable carefully into a pot of soil. Tend to it by watering and putting it in sunlight and in just a few weeks, you get to enjoy fresh leafy vegetables. This planting technique works with leeks and various herbs as well.

Don’t despair if you can’t get planting soil as you can still grow vegetables using just water. Watch these lettuce and bean sprouts growing videos to learn more.

Make Memory Pillow Covers

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A memory pillow cover is one of the best quarantine home projects you can do. It is fun and such a great way to showcase all the shirts you’ve collected over the years like travel souvenir shirts, graphic tees, and branded logo ones. To start, turn your shirt inside out and insert your throw pillow inside. Ensure that the shirt’s design is strategically positioned to your liking. Pin the shirt all around except the bottom part. Carefully remove the pillow and begin sewing a line along the pinned edges. Cut off the excess fabric. Take some Velcro and sew it on the bottom part of the shirt to secure the pillow inside. View the step-by-step guide here. If you want a No-Sew option, check this out.

Change Your Walls

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Feeling a bit cooped up? Change your view by altering the walls of your home. If you’re one of those lucky ones who have cans of wall paint in storage, use it now. Your chosen color should make you feel happy and, importantly, match with your current furniture and décor. If you don’t have paint on hand, stick fun wall stickers, photo frames, or other wall ornaments instead.

Personalize Your Home Office Space

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Working from home can make an office worker feel a bit disoriented especially if you haven’t tried this kind of set-up before. Take this time to perfect your home office space to feel productive and motivated. Look for the best spot in your home that you’ll get the most peace during your working hours. Once you’ve found it, personalize your spot. Place plants, hang memo boards, decorate with picture frames, or maybe put an oil diffuser on your table to zen-ify your workspace.  Don’t forget to choose chairs and tables that won’t make your crimp your neck or destroy your posture.

Enjoy your quarantine home projects. Don’t stress out on the process but instead, take this time to appreciate the comfort and safety that your home offers at this time.

15 Reasons You Should Include Maui, Hawaii in Your Bucketlist!

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Beautiful Maui, Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii! Ahh…It’s such a beautiful paradise.

Just the thought of it makes me want to fly back to this beautiful place. I can’t take my mind off of it just thinking about this amazing island, really!

Whenever I close my eyes, I can still hear the rushing waves of the ocean, the hot summer sun on one part, and then rainy foliage on another. I can even taste the salty breezy air and feel the breath-taking scenery there.

Maui, Hawaii is definitely a must-try destination that every family, honeymooners, backpackers, and even retirees can retreat to. Simply because it’s such a wonderful island paradise indeed!

Its Topography

Just to give you some insights about Maui. It’s the second-largest island in Hawaii. Aside from that, it’s also the 17th largest island in the United States.

It has an area stretching to as far as 727.2 square miles (1,883 km2) and with the highest elevation of 10,023 ft (3,055 m).

Its location is an area unique to its place, rich with its distinctive flora and fauna with flourishing cultural diversity.

Nothing can beat Maui, Hawaii!

Its Origins

Legend says that the original name of Maui was Ihikapalaumaewa.

Not long after, Hawai’iloa changed its name. He discovered the Hawaiian islands.

Hawai’iloa changed it in honor of his son who was named after the demi-god, Maui. Up until this day, this is the name that the island was known for. The people are proud of it.

Maui is an island that was formed from volcanic eruptions overlapping each other’s spewed lava. They formed this island through such a process for over a period of millions of years ago.

Pretty interesting, right?

Well, these are just some fast facts you need to know about Maui, Hawaii.

I still have a lot up my sleeves. Definitely, these will make you prepare that luggage hiding in your closet. Make you book that flight going to Maui, Hawaii at the earliest time possible.

I have listed 15 amazing things why this place is a must-visit!

Also, I included in the list the things you shouldn’t miss doing and seeing when you’re on the island.

So enjoy reading!

1.) Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park

Don’t forget to go to this area located in the West Maui Mountains.

Haleakala Crater is the most famous attraction in this area. Although they say that this is a dormant volcano, millions of tourists visit this place to experience its view, most especially the awe-inspiring Haleakala sunrise.

Some people camp their way and have some star-gazing at night. As they go in slumber, they wake up to its glorious sunrise the following day. It is a beautiful sight to see!

2.) Whale Watching

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It’s also one of the successful conservation campaigns launched on the island to save these whales from extinction.

Not long ago, they were hunted and killed that they decreased in number in about less than ten years.

It’s a good thing that there is a move like this for us to remember that we have a responsibility to safeguard not only these whales but also the entire marine life.

3.) Fun Water Sports Activities

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It’s not going to be voted as the “Best Island in the World” if not for its fascinating beaches in about all parts of the island. From shore to shore, there are various recreational activities that the island has to offer.

The most popular activity is snorkeling. You can snorkel your way in the west and south parts of Maui with over 30 beaches to explore!

Man! You could stay on the island snorkeling the whole summer.

You can also enjoy surfing and windsurfing in Kanaha Beach, Ho’okipa Beach, Honolua Bay and the like. These are just some of the prime spots to do such activities and there are other beaches to try.

Add to your itinerary – kiteboarding and kite surfing which are becoming more popular nowadays.

4.) Iao Valley

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This valley is 5 kilometers west of Wailuku, and it has lush greenery and wonderful landscape. It was assigned as a National Natural Landmark in 1972. It’s a must-venue for family bonding and nature-tripping

5.) Cliff Jumping

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Fearless?!

If you’re up for some adrenaline rush, come and have a splash at these three locations in Maui where you can do some cliff jumping.

One of the best spots is Waianapanapa State Park in Kaeleku. You have to swim your way through in reaching your desired spot.

There are two good spots where you can do the jump – one is at 45 feet high above the nearest pool area and the other one is a little lower about 35 feet above the pool.

You can also include Black Rock, found at the tip of Ka’anapali Beach. It was so named because of the big chunk of lava found in the place. It’s pretty distinct in this part of the beach.

Just a heads up! Be cautious of the current. Sometimes it gets stronger you might be taken away by the sudden rush.

Another good spot is the Bridge at Seven Pools in Kipahulu. It’s not recommended for people with weak hearts. This one is for advanced cliff jumpers and divers.

The jumping point is actually a bridge that is 75 feet high. This place is home to seven pools and waterfalls. I highly recommend this place for thrill-seekers for the experience. They’ll surely have a fun time here.

6.) West Maui Circle Drive

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Prepare your monopod for some drive-by off the coast at West Maui!

You’ll truly enjoy the many great views on this long and winding road trip. Also, experience exciting stopovers with some of the famous beaches, gastronomic gratification, and of course, the fancy souvenir shops along your way.

Just prepare yourself for a bumpy ride and a heart-stopping adventure.

7.) Kahanu Garden

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This is a botanical garden along Hana Highway of 464 acres of vast land. It is home to a variety of fruits and vegetables and other local produce of the island.

It’s considered to be built on sacred ground, named after a chief who owned the land back in the 1800s. This is best to be toured about its rich historical significance in the Hawaiian culture.

8.) Twin Falls

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Feast your eyes to one of the favored spots on the road to Hana in Haiku-Pauwela!

The Twin Falls are real showstoppers! Aside from the famous falls, you can see hanging tropical vines looming over beautiful caves and caverns. It’s best experienced with your family and loved ones.

9.) Haiku Mill

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This area was a sugarcane processing factory in the 1800s. It later became a pineapple plantation and now a registered state historical site.

Only the walls of the mills were left standing. It gives us a glimpse of what Maui used to be and how it has become.

10.) Molokini Crater

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This place is very famous for its crescent shape volcanic crater. It’s believed to be the location of the umbilical cords of royalties buried under the ground. It’s a good snorkeling spot, too!

11.) The Nakalele Blowhole

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The Nakalele Blowhole is found on the northwestern coast of Maui. It blows a natural geyser without fail every 2-3 minutes!

Sometimes in the morning, if you’re lucky, you will see a rainbow mist if you’re positioned with the sun toward your back.

Just take heart that it’s a bit dangerous to get near it. I guess just admiring it from a distance is enough to adore such beauty.

12.) Maui Ocean Center Aquarium

It’s a big aquarium and oceanography center which sits in Maalaea. It’s a 3-acre marine facility, which houses the largest tropical reef you’ve ever seen.

The kids will learn a lot from the exhibits, educational shows and other activities it offers. It’s kid-friendly so your children will fall in love with this place most definitely!

13.) Luaus Here, There and Everywhere

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What could be a better way to experience Maui?

It is a must to engage in island festivities coupled with sight and sound and some Hawaiian entertainment at its finest.

Dance your way with all the merry-making and euphonious Hawaiin music. It will make you move to the beat of their songs and feel-good cheers.

14.) Food Choices

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Either you go for lavish food choices or opt for the cheaper deals. Any way you want it, Maui has it!

Have a taste of their malasadas and other local dishes or maybe dig their fresh fruit shakes. It’s heaven!

15.) The People

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With all these memorable trips, I would say meeting and greeting in Hawaiian style is the best experience. People are warm and friendly.

With every smile that greeted me in all these locations, I truly treasure!

The people are also very helpful to tourists like me.

I’m definitely going back to this wonderful place. A dream vacation is always waiting for me there.

Mahalo, Maui, Hawaii! A hui hou…

6 Steps to Help You Build Online Career at Home.

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We all have that life-changing event that diverts us from our current plan. Some people its marriage or an opportunity abroad. To others, they change their plans because of sudden death in the family or a life-changing disease, or just like most of us right now, its the Covid19 pandemic lockdown. But for me, its finally having a baby after eight years of married life.

Two months ago, I gave up the company I co-founded and started the journey to be a stay at home dad. This decision just became so timely since the COvid19 lockdown forced almost everyone to be at home. Today I get to stay at home, running my own e-commerce business while also having a part-time job online.


Today I’m going to share with you 6 steps to help you build your online career at home.

First, start with a personal inventory.

  1. List down your fixed expenses, payments, and needs. Listing your expenses will help you determine how much you should be earning.
  2. What are your resources at the moment? Do you have a laptop or a desktop computer? Do you have a good connection?
  3. List down your top 3 strengths. Ask your self this question: What value can I offer to my clients or customers?
    If you have experience in writing, you can prepare yourself to apply for writing-related jobs.
    If you have skills in Photoshop, video editing, or web design, then you can start to look for such jobs online. You must start your online career according to your skills and strengths so that you will be more confident.

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Second, make a plan. Are you going to work as a virtual assistant or a home-based call center agent? Or are you starting a home-based online business? Just remember that no matter how you start, you must start with the skills and the resources that you have.

Either you apply for an online job first while gradually building your online business or start your online business at once. While on the sideline, apply an online job that does not require too much of your time. Remember, your goal is to stay at home and spend more time with your family. It will be ironic that you’re at home, but you don’t have enough time for your family.


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Third, work your plan. If it’s a job you’re looking for, begin looking for jobs and send applications to as many agencies as you can. Then set up your work area and set your daily goals. It’s better to have a home office so that you will maintain your productivity at home. Never stop until you get your first goal. 

If you are planning to start a free lance work as your staging point to building online career at home, here are some link to help you start.

You can also do direct to these websites :https://www.upwork.com/, https://www.onlinejobs.ph, https://authenticjobs.com/.For teaching related jobs : https://bizmates.ph/, https://www.acadsoc.ph/ or https://www.51talk.ph/ or you can just google them and don stop until you find the job that you are looking for.

If its online business that your planning to start you can go to Youtube and search for business ideas or get some free Ecommerce , FBads trainings at //www.facebook.com/clickandgrowrichnow/ and https://digitalentrepinoy.com/blog/category/entrepreneurship/https:.


F0urth, you must set your monthly, quarterly and annual goals. Having goals will set your phasing as you progress and work your way up to your financial goals.

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Fifth, establish your vision. To help you write a vision for your self, “where will I be three years from now?”. Visualize your vision by writing them down and even printing the pictures of your ideal life that you are building while at home.

Lastly, find a mentor. This is optional, but I added this here because this worked for me. Your mentor can be someone you know that already has what you vision in the future and who is willing to teach you the basic steps. Or, You can get a mentor in the form of an accomplished online guru such as Robert Kiyosaki or follow John Pagulayan’s page. There are a lot of sources out there that you can follow and learn from. 

Whatever you do, and however you do it, I hope you succeed in building your income while staying at home. There will be a lot of challenges along the way, but as long as you don’t give up and consistently give your best, that day will come that your future self will thank you for making that step to succeed financially while being close to the very inspiration why you should succeed.










Guide to Parenting

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Parenting Tips

Why parenting? It’s because parenting is one of the most difficult yet, very rewarding experiences a parent could have. From expecting, delivery, to raising the baby, a parent always plays a vital role in his child’s life.

Parenting is hard. There’s no easy way nor shortcuts. Plenty of rough roads and resolutions to take. There’s even no perfect way to a parent. Yet, there’s always seem to be “perfect” parents with something to say. This, oftentimes, leads to conflicts and confusions as their expertise and experience contradict to one another. Nevertheless, there always these tips to parenting to guide and help parents especially the first time ones.

After so much anticipation, and overwhelming months of waiting, expecting parents finally found their way to parenthood.

This is it! Done with pregnancy, labor and delivery, you’re now ready to go home and begin a new life with your newborn . Yet, once home, you’re not even sure of how your going take care of your little one.

To effectively handle and take care your baby , you might want to consider the following tips:

Get the help that you need.

Being a first-time parent, it’s not surprising having little ideas about the baby “how-to-do things” . It’s therefore necessary for you to consider getting help from the experts. while at the hospital.

Hospitals usually have their specialists and experts dealing with babies. They can help you on the feeding basics may it be nursing or bottle feeding. Nurses can also show you how to hold, carry, burp, change, bathe and take care of your baby.

At home, you may want to hire a nurse or nanny , experienced and responsible enough to help you take care of the baby while giving yourself an opportunity to regain your strength. Your relatives or family can be of help too as they have had more experiences with their babies before you.

Handling the baby with care.

Know that your baby is fragile and delicate and therefore extra precautions need to be taken and observed when handling your baby. Here are some points to remember that will surely help:

*Keep your hands clean and washed before handling the baby. Newly born babies do not have strong immune system yet, and therefore holding them with unclean hands would put them at risk for infection or irritation.

* Support your baby’s head and neck. Don’t forget to hold and support your baby’s head and neck when carrying your baby, holding him upright and when laying him down as its body is still soft and delicate.

* Never shake your newborn when playing with him or waking him up as it can cause bleeding in the brain or even death. Simple tickling or blowing in his ears will do, instead.

* Always ensure the safety of your baby. When in the car, strolling or walking, make sure that the baby is securely fastened in his car seat, stroller and carrier . This is to keep him from shakes and impacts due to rough and bouncy road.

* Bear in mind that your baby is not ready for a rough or hard play. Do not joggle or throw your baby in the air as it may cause accidents and even deaths.

Bonding with your baby

This is the best part of being a parent, to bond and build attachment with the newborn. Be reminded that to bond with your baby is to fall in love with your newborn first.

When cradling or nursing your baby, begin bonding by simply smiling to the baby while gently stroking him in different ways or patterns . A simple touch on his ears or cheeks will make him feel loved and cared for. Thus, building trust and creating deep connections. A gentle massage on his feet or simply stroking your baby’s fingers can enhance bonding too. It even promotes growth and development. This, also gives an opportunity to a baby-parent physical closeness and attachment.

Babies love sounds. While cradling your baby, try talking to your baby or make babbling sounds or even recite poetry or nursery rhymes. These enhance bonding while stimulate the baby’s hearing. When putting him to sleep, try singing your baby a song to give him a calming, soothing feeling of security, warmth and affection.

Diapering

How to Change Baby’s Diaper

Whether you are going to use cloth or disposable diapers, your baby will surely dirty diapers six times or more in a day. Thus, when changing your baby’s diaper, make sure that you have everything you need ready and within reach as to not leave the baby unattended.

These are what you need to prepare:

  • diaper
  • safety pins or fasteners (if using cloth prefold diapers)
  • diaper rash ointment/ cream
  • baby wipes (or basin with lukewarm water, cotton balls or clean washcloth)

When changing diaper after each vowel movement, lay your baby on his/her back and remove the dirty diaper. Use diaper wipes or the water, washcloth or cotton balls to clean the baby genitals area. Take note that when changing a boy’s diaper, be careful as he may suddenly urinate upon exposure to the air of his genitals. On the other hand, when changing a girl’s diaper, wipe the genitals area clean starting from the front to back to avoid urinary tract infection (UTI) . Finally, you may apply diaper rash ointment or cream on the baby genitals to treat or prevent the occurrence of diaper rash.

You may also try the following tips:

  • Change your baby’s diaper often and soon after each vowel movement.
  • Wipe or wash his/ her bottom/ genitals thoroughly clean.
  • Apply diaper rash ointment or cream to treat or prevent diaper rashes.
  • Use fragrance-free detergents if using cloth diapers.
  • Spare some time in a day to keep the baby undiapered for the skin to air out.

And lastly, remember to wash your hands clean after each diaper changing.

Bathing

When the umbilical chord falls off and the navel heals completely (1-4 week) , a sponge bath should be given to your baby. The same with the circumcision which takes 1-2 weeks to heal. A bath, two to three times a week in the first year will be fine. Take note that frequent bathing may leave to skin dryness.

Before bathing the baby, make sure to prepare the following:

  • Soft, clean washcloth, cotton balls
  • Unscented, mild baby soap and shampoo
  • Soft brush to stimulate baby’s scalp
  • Towels or blankets
  • Diaper
  • Clean clothes

Bathing Basics Tips

  • Choose a safe, flat area such as changing table, floor or counter in a warm room.
  • Fill in the sink (if nearby) or bowl or basin with lukewarm water.
  • Undress the baby and wrap with a towel.
  • Dampen the washcloth or cotton ball and wipe the eye starting from the inner corner going to the outer corner.
  • Do the same with the other eye using the clean corner of the washcloth or cotton ball.
  • Then, clean your baby’s nose and ears using the washcloth.
  • Wet the washcloth again and using little soap, wash and clean the baby’s face gently and path it dry.
  • Using a little shampoo, create a lather and gently wash the baby’s head and rinse.
  • Using the washcloth and little soap, gently wash the rest of the baby. Significantly, pay attention behind the ears, around the neck, creases in the arms and the genitals.
  • Once washed and cleaned those areas, make sure to have them dry, thoroughly. Then, you can diaper and dress your baby.

Circumcision and Umbilical Cord

Safety Tips to Remember

After circumcision, the tip of the penis is covered with gauze. It’s also coated with petroleum jelly to prevent it from sticking to the diaper.

When changing diaper, gently wipe the tip of the penis to clean it. Apply petroleum jelly to keep it from sticking to the diaper. Do it in every diaper change. Once redness and swelling increase and pus-filled blisters are form, call the doctor immediately. This can be a result of infection.

It’s important that umbilical cord is well taken cared of. Clean and swab the area with rubbing alcohol until it dries and falls off. Remember to keep the navel from being submerged in water. This is until the umbilical cord falls off and the area is healed.

The umbilical cord normally changes its color to yellow, brown or black. Once it turns red accompanied with foul odor, call your doctor in no time.

Feeding and Burping

When to Feed Your Baby

It is always recommended to feed the baby whenever he’s hungry. You’ill know that your baby is hungry when he is crying, putting his fingers inside his mouth or making sucking noises. Newly born babies need to be fed every 2-3 hours. If you’re breastfeeding, let the baby feed 10-15 minutes at each breast. Sometimes, babies need to be awakened every few hours. This is to make sure they get enough food they need. When breastfeeding, you will know if the baby gets enough to eat when he changes diaper often, sleeps well or gain weight. Another hint to know is when the breast feels full before feeding and becomes less full after feeding.

Babies swallow air during feedings making them fussy. To prevent this, burp your baby often.

Burping Tips.

  • Hold your baby upright with his head on your shoulder.
  • Support the baby’s head and back while gently patting his back with your other hand.
  • Sit your baby on your lap. Support your baby’s chest and head with one hand by cradling his chin in the palm of your hand and resting the heel of your hand on your baby’s chest.
  • Be careful to grip his chin and not his throat.
  • Use the other hand to pat his back gently.
  • If your baby doesn’t burp after a few minutes, try changing his position and try burping him again for another few minutes before feeding him again.
  • Always burp your baby when feeding time is over. Keep him in an upright position to prevent him from spitting up.

Sleeping Basics

Babies usually sleep 2-4 hours as they need to be nourished every few hours. That’s why they are to be awakened if haven’t fed for four hours or more. Babies sleep in the night for 6-8 hours at 3 months of age. Sometimes, they don’t as they also must develop their sleeping patterns and cycles just like adults. Besides, as long as the baby is healthy and gaining weight, then it would not be an issue of great concern.

Sleeping Practices to Observe for Baby’s Safety

It is important to remember to make your baby sleep on his back in order to avoid sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS. Also, be sure to change or alternate your baby’s head position during sleeps to avoid development of flat spot on one side of the head. Other safety sleeping practice to consider is avoiding the use of baby blankets, quilts, sheepskins, stuff toys and many pillows inside the crib as these may suffocate the baby during sleep. Another is to share your room with the baby for a period of at least 6 months to 1 year to ensure safety and security. This will likewise, help develop trust, promotes closeness and attachment.

Baby’s Sleeping Hours and Routine

Newborns change their sleeping patterns , many times. At times, they tend to be more awake at night and sleep more during the day. This happens to be very difficult for a parent especially for a left-alone mom or dad. To help your newly born baby with his sleeping routine, try to minimize stimulation during the night. You may set the light dim and reduce your baby activity with your newborn. During the day, you can keep him awake a little longer by playing and talking.

Yes, Indeed!

Whether or not you’re still lacking confidence on how to handle your baby or feeling anxious about how to take care of him more effectively, one thing is sure: that someday, you will be able to manage your baby and do parenting like a pro! And more significantly, it will always be a remarkable and rewarding experience being a parent, lifetime!

How to Manage Your Debt Effectively

How to control your debts

Are you one of those who can’t resist sales from big department stores during payday?

Have you tried convincing yourself that you don’t need a new bag, shoes or the latest cellphone model yet buy them anyway because they’re on sale?

Businesses have made shopping and payment easy and convenient to attract more clients and entice them to spend more.

 You are not alone.

Because companies are making it so easy and convenient to borrow money, most people are finding it hard to say no. Take for example when you scout for a car. Car dealers now offer very low down payments for a brand new car. For as low as P50, 000.00, you can bring home your dream car with a lot of freebies that go with it. Most importantly, you can pay for the balance with a car loan in their easy in-house financing scheme. Easy peasy, right?

Wait, how about that LV bag? It’s on 50% sale! Oh, this dress is so beautiful and it’s 20% off! And those shoes would pair nicely with this dress! Look, it’s buy 1 take 1 for that lipstick! Let me use my credit card. Ka-ching!!!

Before you even know what came over you, you have accumulated enough debts that go beyond your capacity to pay. Then the notice of payments and calls from the bank or credit company started coming in. What to do?

Good Debts and Bad Debts

If you find yourself in this situation, here’s the good news! Not all debts are bad and knowing the difference might just save you from being buried deeper into it. It will also help you plan your purchases in the future. So what is a good and bad debt?

Good debts are debts that have a potential return on your money. Simply put, you get something good out of it.  Educational loans and business loans are examples of this debt. 

Bad debts, on the other hand, include credit card debts and loans that have no potential return on your money. Examples of this debt are buying a new high-end gadget and borrowing money to finance your vacation.

Steps to Manage your Debts

Debt is the worst poverty.

Thomas Fuller

This is the most noteworthy description of debt. Most of us fall into debt and don’t know how to get out of it. Oftentimes, we found ourselves sinking into poverty because of the accumulated loans. Without any means to pay, we consequently resort to borrowing more and more.

If you don’t take action immediately, you may find yourself driven into bankruptcy and losing everything you value. Debt is often the reason why many families fall apart. But there are ways to get out of it. It will take a lot of discipline, self-control, as well as effort and time on your part but perseverance is the only way you can free yourself from debt. Here’s how:

1. Don’t get into more debts to pay off your current debts.

Tighten your belt and don’t spend more than you can make.

2. As much as possible, pay off your credit card debts in full and on time to avoid high interest.

The typical monthly interest rate of 3.5% on credit cards can add up to 42% in a year. Remember, interest rates are compounding. If your income does not increase with your spending, it can drain your money faster than you can earn it.

3. Always pay in cash.

By doing this, you control your spending and monitor your expenses better. Maintain one or two credit cards to be used strictly for emergencies.

4. Change your habit of spending to habit of saving.

Evaluate your lifestyle. Don’t spend your money on luxuries, instead spend it on necessities like food, insurance, and utilities. Priorities, people!

5. Make a list of all your debts and pay them off one at a time.

Pay the debt with a low balance but high interest first to eliminate it.

6. Change your mindset about money.

Stop believing that debt will solve all your money problems. It won’t.

7. Increase your cash flow.

Make use of your talents and skills to earn additional income.

8. Consider using your savings

Consider your savings and non-income generating assets to pay off your high-interest debts. Once you’re done paying, you can start saving again.

9. Use your bonuses to prepay your mortgages.

This will shorten the time that you will have to pay for them and eliminate your debts sooner.

10. Invest time in financial education.

Stop thinking that financial education is only for the wealthy. Most people fail because they lack knowledge of how money works.

Conclusion

 If you are born poor, it’s not your fault. But if you die poor, it’s your fault.

Bill Gates

Finally, you must remember that you are responsible for your future. Nobody can help you unless you help yourself. Debt can become an obstruction and can control your life. If you want to get out of debt, discipline and educate yourself. Learn how to make your money work for you. Many free courses on the internet will teach you how to invest in stocks. Debt is not the solution. Take action and control your debts or debts will control you.

How to stay young and beautiful?

tips to stay young and beautiful

Tips to stay young and beautiful:

In our era, where the technology is advanced, being beautiful and young is easy as long as you have money right?

There are many beauty products and supplements you can choose from, that suit your skin type and needs. But is it enough?

1. Make sure your skin is hydrated


We always hear drinking water at least 6-8 glasses is a must! True! Dry skin is the cause of dehydration so make it a habit to drink more!

2. Apply sunblock to your skin even if you’re inside the house.

Our ozone layer is so thin that even when we are at home, the rays of the sun can cause damage to our skin. 

3. Eat balanced food.

Avoid junk foods. Avoid smoking and too much alcohol. You are what you eat and it shows also in your skin. Most importantly, watch your calories!

4. Move. Walk. Run. Exercise.

Making your body sweat is making your body healthy. There are many ways to do that. It will depend on what type of exercise you choose as long as you are sweating.

5. Exercise your brain.

There’s a saying, “Use it or Lose it.” Try crosswords puzzles or any brain games, learn new things and explore.

6. Don’t skip your beauty regimen especially at night.

Make sure you wash your face, tone and moisturize before sleeping. 

7. Give yourself a “Me” time.

10-20 minutes alone, relaxing or meditating in a day has great benefits in your body and brain!

8. Sleep.

The saying goes “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” And beautiful too! Your body needs rest. Enough sleep shows in your skin and face as well. Sleep at least 7-8 hours depending on your age. The younger the age the longer sleep you need.

9. Don’t act at your age!

Staying young means thinking as young as your age. If you are in your 30’s, think like a 20’s and it will show!

10. Socializing.

Having time for your loved ones or even your pet are a key factor of your happiness. Being with them, feeling loved and care can boost your self-esteem and make you more alive. Surround yourself with positive and high spirited people and avoid toxic ones.

11. Do what you love.

Everything that you do with love results in a great outcome.

12. Finally, feed your mind with positive thoughts.

Worries and stress can cause wrinkles and an unhealthy body as well.

Staying young and beautiful is easy as long as you are taking care of your body and being happy with what you have. Appreciate small things and you will see that happiness is there even in a small form.

Don’t forget to give gratitude. Practice positive thinking. 

Lucille Ball says, “ The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” 

Keep smiling!

20 Dangerous Cities in the World 2020

dangerous cities in the world

Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations.” However painstaking, spontaneous and dangerous it could be, the thrill of the journey is something to remember.

When you plan out to visit a place for the first time, discover wonderful landscapes, awe-inspiring traditions, colorful cultures and so on and so forth…these only exist in a perfect scenario.

There are thousands of cities that people talk about where you can wander around, but how sure are you that the one you chose will not harm you?

It is very important to make a thorough research of the area you chose to spend your vacation in. It also holds true when you plan to decide to move to another place and call it your home.

The world is a big place. Before we settle and pin ourselves wherever that is, it is a must to know its environment, social issues, and government stability.

The Cities that Top the Charts

We gathered and researched the cities we categorized as the unsafe ones that landed on the top of our list. Most of them belong to some cities in the United States, others from South African countries and lastly from Latin American countries which were considered dangerous cities in the world.

We included in this article other cities in other parts of the globe that at large are still considered to be perilous.

We have listed them in no particular order.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

dangerous cities in the world

Home to the magnificent statue of Christ the Redeemer. You can also find famous beaches such as Ipanema Beach and Copacabana Beach. It is also home to thefts, pickpocketing, a number of mass demonstrations and civil unrest.

Johannesburg, South Africa

dangerous cities in the world

It’s a city in South Africa which means joburg, jozi or “city of gold”. Behind its beautiful name lies numbers of building hijacking, xenophobic, and gang violence that are rampant in the area. It’s a city full of potential but pulled back by these high crimes.

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

dangerous cities in the world

It’s one of the world’s most diverse culture and it has a rich heritage. A land of promise held back by a growing number of kidnappings and robberies. Even the US government issued a travel advisory to warn Americans who wish to go in this part of the world. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Memphis, TN, USA

dangerous cities in the world

They say this is the birthplace of rock n’ roll, blues and jazz music. But because of the gang wars happening around, the people have nothing to sing happy about. It ranked 11th among the most dangerous cities in the US last 2014.

Windhoek, Namibia

dangerous cities in the world

The capital city of the country. Its economy heavily lies in mining base metals, precious gem diamonds, uranium, silver, and gold. Foreign travelers are not safe in this place because they fall prey to attackers who target them.

Durban, South Africa

dangerous cities in the world

Durban boasts many beautiful attractions that will really entice tourists to come and experience them. Some say it’s okay to go down and visit the place as long as you trust a local guide from the hotel where you’re staying. A particular blog informed that numerous murders happen in the poorer areas of the region so better not take a chance to go there.

San Salvador, El Salvador

dangerous cities in the world

San Salvador is the largest and it’s the city capital of the country. It was established in 1525. The youth could have played a vital role in nation-building. But due to the widespread of gang activities, arms trafficking, narcotics, and extortion based on the US Travel Advisory, the youth themselves create an atmosphere of defeat and despair.

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

dangerous cities in the world

Popular for its savannah-like climate and lush greens and the Caribbean breeze, its a lovely idea to have a day at the beach. It’s also a place for blood-bath of many homicide cases that happened in the last 10 years. The city was even tagged as “The Murder Capital of the World” until it was unseated in 2016.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

dangerous cities in the world

The “Friendly City” of South Africa. It is also known as Nelson Mandela Bay in honor of their late great leader. It’s popular for its pleasant weather and active seaport industry. Recently, news surfaced that there is an increasing number of crimes in this area – robberies and assault are occurring due to fraud and incapability of its police force.

Porto Alegre, Brazil

dangerous cities in the world

It was considered to be one of the wealthiest cities in the whole of Latin America because of the significant growth of immigrants coming from its nearby countries for work and business ventures. It used to pride low crime rates compared to the other parts of Brazil.

Things changed a few years ago, robbery and murder rates eventually soared high due to political and economic uncertainty.

Detroit, MI, USA

dangerous cities in the world

In the early 1920s, we witnessed the growth of the auto industry. It became such a huge success in this part of the United States. Now, all was lost due to recessions and economic downturns thus resulting to numerous crimes perpetrated by some of its residents.

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

dangerous cities in the world

Port of Spain is the central commercial district of Trinidad and Tobago. It’s losing its charm nowadays due to the increase of robbery even on broad daylight. That greatly hurt their local and foreign tourism. UK and the US both released travel advisories because of this.

Pretoria, South Africa

dangerous cities in the world

The city’s main industries impact iron, steel, and heavy machinery. It’s a relatively safe space but not at night. People are advised to stay home or inside their hotels because of the high risk of burglary and extortion.

Recife, Brazil

dangerous cities in the world

Recife is surrounded by rivers, which subdivide the city. Since its topography is also situated near conflicting cities in Brazil, people eventually saw a rise in the number of homicide cases in recent years.

Baltimore, MD, USA

dangerous cities in the world

Riots and shootings have become a regular incident in Baltimore resulting in the spike of recorded murder cases. It’s undergoing massive redevelopment which is a good government plan to revive the city from sham.

Cape Town, South Africa

dangerous cities in the world

The city is rich in history and culture as well as a hotspot of flourishing animal and plant life. Now it has become a battlefield of warring gangs killing each other because of the illegal drug trade.

Salvador, Brazil

dangerous cities in the world

It’s considered to be the cradle of international trade and economy because of its famous seaport industries. Salvador was able to rise as a champion for Brazil. It’s now a place of street crime such as stealing and violent physical attacks.

Kabul, Afghanistan

dangerous cities in the world

Kabul is popular for its palaces and gardens. It is located high up in a narrow valley between the Hindu Kush mountains.

It’s the only Asian city, which entered the top 20 of our dangerous list located in S0uth Asia. But due to countless acts of terrorism reported that are happening in the city, it is now considered as one of the unsafest cities. There are reports and notices shared globally not to travel to this city.

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

dangerous cities in the world

A South African city recognized for its wildlife and natural reserves tourism where you can find the Albert Falls Nature Reserve and Midmar Public Nature Reserve.

Once a beautiful place turned into a city of crimes that even some advice not to walk alone in broad daylight.

The city now ranks as the second most dangerous of 2020. The precinct murders were great contributors to its crime statistics.

Caracas, Venezuela

dangerous cities in the world

Last and definitely not the least, the city of Caracas in Venezuela was included among the most dangerous cities in the world. It earned the top spot in 2020 which unseated the former number one, San Pedro Sula city of Honduras.  Caracas is a service-based economy largely dependent on its workforce to run its economy.

A once beautiful city now tainted with extreme violence unimaginable and it doesn’t cease to increase annually since 2015.

Reasons Behind All These Turmoil

There are so many factors that we can point to why these situations arise – rule of the drug cartels, corruption and political conflicts, poverty, lack of educational support from the government and varying ideologies of the people.

top 20 dangerous cities in the world

The government and its citizens must work together to curb the transgressions and unlawful acts committed in these countries. They also need to address the stretching anxiety of their nations.

A city will never be categorized as dangerous if there’s a healthy and balanced relationship between its governing leaders and citizens.

How people think and form their decisions are rooted mostly on how they were born and raised. But for this particular issue, we can only think about our own safety when we travel and carefully plan our destination.