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This October, to open doors to more students who want to study abroad, IDP Philippines is hosting the Study Abroad Expo 2015 at the following venues;

Makati Shangri-La Hotel - October 10, 2015
Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, Lahug, Cebu City - October 11, 2015
SMX Convention, Lanang, Davao City - October 13, 2015 

IDP will provide free counseling and seminar to students who are interested. 

To register, go to or contact the IDP offices at (02) 8160755 loc 116 (Manila) and (032) 2362758 (Cebu). Students may bring their valid passport, IELTS results (if available), and Transcript of Records.  

Admission is free, so go now, register online, join the expo, and find out what the future holds for you.



There’s nothing like spreading your wings and expanding your horizon to gain a wider, valuable new outlook. It allows you to have a broader and richer perspective of the world you live in, which in turn equips you with the ability to adapt to, and deal with, diverse situations—an important ingredient to success.

Studying abroad presents this opportunity. Not only does it pave the way to a successful future, as far as academics and professional career is concerned, it also offers a unique opportunity to discover yourself and grow as an individual, all while gaining an understanding of a bigger world around you. Immersing yourself in a new language, a new culture, and a tradition that’s poles apart from your own, imparts valuable learnings that are beyond what any classroom can offer.

A young lawyer who recently graduated from the UP College of Law, Maria Ara Garcia wanted to continue her studies and pursue a Masters in environmental law abroad. Making this decision was one thing; getting herself into a program at her chosen university is a completely different story.


Armed with a strong determination to make her dream happen, Garcia sought the help of IDP Philippines, one of the leading providers of global education services and IELTS exams in the country. It was through her cousin who was also successfully placed by the organization at a university abroad that she found out about its services, and she couldn’t be more grateful that she was introduced. “IDP guided me through every step of the way, from the university application to the accomplishment of my student visa requirements. They provided me with everything I needed to know and answered all my questions,” says Garcia. “It was also a major factor how they were very easy to get in touch with, and would reply almost immediately through email, text, or phone call. And they help you out for free, unlike other student placement agencies who charge fees for their services. All these really made the application process a lot more convenient.”

Garcia, who has always dreamt of living in New Zealand, is now studying at the University of Auckland, which is home to one of the best Environmental Law programs in the Asia-Pacific region. “I have just finished a semi-intensive class called Mining and Natural Resources Law. The course was taught by a very prominent lawyer and widely-published author specialising in environmental law. Last month, we went on a field trip to the gold mines and wind farms in Northern Auckland. It was a very enjoyable and educational trip and I am very thankful to have been part of it,” she shares excitedly.

Garcia adds: “I have learned a lot about the environmental laws in New Zealand and I have gotten to know the culture of my new home and gained friends of various nationalities in the process. I’m so glad I found out about IDP who provided me with the aid that I needed in my application process and helped make a way for me to fulfil my dreams.”

Gone are the days when traveling is synonymous to inconvenience. Today, getting inconvenient while traveling is already more of an option, most backpack travelers love the hassle, getting stuck in the middle of nowhere, challenge themselves make fire out of nothing, peg tents along with boars and bears in the wild and some other adventures somewhat related to this but for some why get into such primal trouble when you can avail of the most luxurious convenience traveling in modern days can offer.

Hotel with the best view
Hotel with best balcony view

Anywhere you go you can find hotels of different concepts and caliber. Gone also are the days when you have barely options for accommodation, you can’t even nag or measure up to about their services as there is nothing to compare about. Today, while location and architecture are a consideration, competition runs around how satisfied and convenienced your guests have been staying in that hotel.

With the advent of internet, online hotel reviews has been the basis of a certain hotel’s increased patronage, when you’re a customer and can’t say how bad the food and how horrible the service was right in the face of your attendant, you hotel operators should watch out, the next thing you know you’ll find them complaining and posting gruesome photos on social media networks, hotel forums and specialty sites that collates hotel accommodations around the world. While word of mouth matter, most hotels now run customer service survey to get the pulse of their patrons. They deem the results of these surveys very important as their gauge to improve their services and find some other ways to level-up their edge over the other.

Most  hotels  assign  a team to do this job, they are those guys who sometimes calls you in the  middle  of your  lunch  and  ask  what  do you think about this and that, there are also hotel marketing experts who will ask you discreetly about your experience  in  their  hotel  upon  checkout an  unobtrusive  strategy to get your  judgment.  And if  you’re   a  hotel  operator  and worried that   using systematic survey software can cost you a lot, well, think again, there are actually free online survey software you can use for free available over the internet.

With the boom of tourism industry today, it is really essential to employ measures how you can be ahead of the other and the surest way to do this is to ask people staying or have stayed in your hotel, have sipped coffee at your  espresso bar, have used your amenities etc., whether they’re satisfied, OK or not at all - plain and clear reasons why hotel accommodation surveys matter.

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Vaping has become big business in the 2010's. It has taken the world by storm as an alternative to smoking and dipping. It does not cause a smoke odor, it doesn't create bad breathe or stinky hair, and it tastes much better than traditional smoking or dipping. In addition, there are so many flavors, battery packs (mods), and tanks to choose from. The vaping experience is completely customized for the user, according to his or her preferences.


Varieties of E-Liquid Flavors 

The most amazing trait regarding vaping liquids is that they come in thousands of flavors. Cigarettes simply cannot compete with the delicious liquid flavors that are now available. There are even liquids that mimic the taste of tobacco for long time cigarette smokers. Bakery, fruity, floral, mint, and drink inspired liquids are just some of the types of liquids that can be found through suppliers. In addition to variety in flavor, there are different levels of nicotine and PG to VG levels. The nicotine levels will differ based on each user's preference, as does the PG (propylene glycol) and VG (vegetable glycerin) content. PG is usually the cheaper option while VG is a bit more expensive; yet VG offers a smoother vaping experience. 

Wide Availability 

Liquids for vaporizers can be bought in several different places. They can be purchased in local physical stores, mall kiosks, or they can be bought online through sites like This makes it incredibly easy to obtain the brand of e-liquid that works best for the customer. Shipping charges are usually fairly low, as the bottles are small and light. Unlike tobacco products, these liquids can easily be purchased online. Tobacco products are highly regulated, making it virtually impossible to purchase them online. 

Eliminating Smoke Odor 

Other than negative health effects, one of the downfalls of smoking true tobacco is the overwhelming and unattractive smoke odor that follows the smoker. The smoker's clothing, hair, breath, vehicle, and home will reek of cigarette smoke. In comparison, vaping does not produce smoke; it produces a water-like vapor. This vapor may provide an aromatic scent in the immediate room, but the smell and vapor quickly dissipates. Those who switch to vaping will also notice that their sensitivity to cigarette smoke increases the longer they go without a cigarette. 

Vaping is a wonderful alternative to smoking, especially when flavor variety, ease of access, and smoke elimination are important. Many smokers turn to vaping just because of how delicious and uplifting the e-liquids actually are. Mixing and matching liquids is interesting as well, making vaping an attractive switch for cigarette smokers.

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What your children can get out of swimming?

My husband here batting in … sunburn, oh, yeah kids sure would get a tan if they do it outdoors under the heat of the sun, if your kids will dare this be sure to have them the mildest sun block for sun protection. But more than the fun of splashing in the water comes in numerous benefits of swimming that will greatly help your children along the course of enjoyment. Here are few of my personal observations;


Learning how to swim is a perfect example of ‘learning should be fun.’ This idea fosters positive self-image and develops confidence in children. As an added fun some teachers and parents in fact, bring with them water toys to motivate kids.

Physical Strength. 

While children enjoy the kicking and the splashing in the water least they knew it, they’re already in the track to developing their muscle, their stamina, their endurance and their over-all physical strength, which is a very important life factor as they grow older.

Bonding with parents. 

This is a good time for parents to bond with your toddlers and babies because as per my experience parents are allowed to join the kids in the pool. For children 4 years and above parents can only accompany them for support, often parents of this age range are not allowed to flounder in the pool with them anymore, that is why it is most advised, though not really required that children should start learning how to swim as early as 1 year old.


Meeting new friends at the pool is one of the social benefits of swimming, it widens the circle of friends of your children, and this goes for parents as well, here you will have a chance to meet the parents of your kids’ friends, which is for me a very comforting setting.


Most parents look at this as the key benefit  why they allow their children to learn how to swim, the rest comes in secondary.

Now if I’ve won you over to have your kids enroll swimming this summer, first thing you’re going to do is to find the appropriate and a plus factor if its the trendiest swimming attire in the universe, find a store that housed the coolest swimming outfits you can get online, from baby swimming toys, accessories, swim jackets, float suits to mum and dad’s wetsuits, beach boots and many more. Their site also has resources where you can check and choose certified swimming schools for your kids. So check out their site today and have a great time shopping.

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In the past two decades, the United States has seen an increase in the number of adults who are categorized as obese. It is estimated that one third of the US population has been diagnosed as obese. Obesity is damaging to people for two reasons. The first reason is the effect that obesity has on a person’s health. The second reason is the psychological and emotional issues that are associated with being overweight in a society that puts so much emphasis on a person’s appearance. This has led many people to search out a bariatric surgery Tampa clinic to help them lose weight.


Health Concerns Associated with Obesity

The number one reason why a person should be interested in losing weight is to improve their health. Research has proven unquestionably that there is a link between being overweight and having health issues such as type II diabetes, heart disease, strokes, and even some forms of cancer. The WHO lists obesity as the fifth leading cause of death around the world. Interestingly, when a person loses weight, certain health conditions like heart disease and type II diabetes can be reversed.

Weight Loss and Appearance

The number two reason why most people want to lose weight is to improve their appearance. It is well documented that individuals who are overweight suffer discrimination in personal and professional aspects of their lives. In the professional world, an overweight individual is less likely to be offered employment. If they are hired, they are often given lower wages. This is due in part to the media’s fascination with skinny models and actors who make people believe that they will be seen in a better light if they lose more weight.

Weight Loss and Emotions

Being discriminated against because of being overweight has a detrimental effect on a person’s emotions. The insecurities that come with this type of discrimination lead to depression and low self-esteem. There are some researchers who believe that bipolar disease and depression could be linked to obesity. Additionally, when a person is overweight, they feel sluggish and tired.
Weight Loss and Fitness

Many people lose weight because they want to have a fit lifestyle. According to the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders, physical activities like running and walking are easier for individuals who have a normal body weight. People who enjoy sports and physical activities find that losing weight helps them perform better in these activities.

Obesity is a problem in the United States. Thankfully, more people are becoming aware of this problem and taking the steps necessary to improve their health and lose weight.

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Thailand is one of the most visited countries in the world, and it is easy to see why. With the north being the cultural centre, and the surrounding islands representing paradise for backpackers, Thailand experiences millions of tourists every year. Whether you’re looking for a shopping trip of a lifetime in Bangkok, or a relaxing break on the island of Koh Phi Phi, Thailand has it all, however if it is your first time visiting the country, there are some things you’ll want to take note of. Let’s take a look at this year’s top travelling trips for Thailand.

Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
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Flying to Thailand

Flights from Manila to Thailand take around 3 hours and 30 minutes. Too many holidaymakers pay over the odds for their flight, simply because they book them at the wrong place and at the wrong time. This summer, be sure to book in advance and save yourself some money in the long run!

Sun Cream

You might think that sun cream would be an obvious item to take to Thailand, and you would be right – however where you buy it is also crucial. The major airports in Thailand have very strict rules about what measurements of sun cream (and other fluids) you can bring in your hand luggage, compared to the smaller island airports where regulations are more relaxed. For example, you could buy sun cream at a small domestic island airport and keep it as hand luggage, however the same amount might not be allowed in your hand luggage at a major airport.

Many tourists have complained about spending lots of money in duty free on liquids such as sun cream, only to find that they can’t take it on to their connecting flight in their hand luggage. If you main suitcase as already boarded the aircraft, then you’re going to have to give up your purchase to the inspection authorities. To avoid such dismay, buy sun cream in small amounts. It is better to head to the shops every other day for a new bottle instead of losing your collection at the next airport.

Tuk-tuk in Bangkok
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Taxi Drivers

As most people fly direct to Bangkok, be sure to get into a taxi cab with a meter when you get out of the airport terminal. The drivers without meters basically have the freedom to charge you whatever you like, and usually will if they see you’re a tourist. TukTuks are also a good option, as for the lack of comfort you can usually barter them down to a more reasonable price.

Fake Items

One thing the islands around Thailand are known for, as well as some major shopping districts in the city, is fake clothes. From shoes to trainers, t-shirts to electronic equipment, fake goods can be found everywhere, and the government has found it hard to contain the growing number of markets due to the ever-increasing attraction to tourists.

Buying fake goods won’t get you in trouble in Thailand, however it is recommended that you don’t openly flaunt your purchases at the airports, as customs have the right to take them from you. For example, turning up to your check-in terminal with the latest trainers, designer glasses and a luxury handbag will certainly grab someone’s attention, so keep your new purchases to yourself and leave them in your suitcase.

Many of us have a favourite photograph and just seeing the image often puts us back in that special moment or allows us to think of someone special. Memories are definitely a precious gift and that is why it such a great idea to create a present for someone that will often be so well received and stay with them for a long time. 

You  will  be  using  your printer to help create these gifts so it makes sense to ensure that you don’t run  out of  ink when  you most need it,  so  consider  stocking  up on  your  cartridges using an online supplier like Stinky Ink amongst others. Once your printer is primed and ready for action, here are some great ideas to consider.


Box of memories

A nice and simple gift idea but one that will often be treasured by the recipient, is give someone special like a parent, some photos in a box. The idea is to create a simple gift box and then choose of your ten favourite photos which may be some special shared memories or pictures of loved ones. A box of memories is very easy to create and an attractive aspect of this simple but endearing present is the fact that you can add and change the photos as you go along and create more memories.

“My favourite things”

Kids often have a list of their favourite things that range from their most-loved cuddly toy to what they most like to play with. You can create a “My Favourite Things” book which features pictures of treasured items and people with some words on each page which can be used to create a story that you can read to your child or to create a book of childhood memories. There are online book printing services you can upload your images and words to in order to create this special book or you can put it together yourself using some good quality paper and a binder.

Wall art

You could use your printer to create a unique photo collage which would make an excellent gift as a birthday present or even a wedding or anniversary gift. There are some instructions available on how to put this project together and how to present it in an artistic way. You will need a few things such as a solid piece of card or maybe plywood and the clip-art photo frames you can get in various sizes work quite well for this task. All you need to do then is create a photo montage of meaningful memories and you have just created an attractive present that will probably take price of place on the wall.

Puzzle blocks

If you have some spare building blocks lying around, you could create some fun silly picture puzzle blocks that will give the family some fun and entertainment. All you need to do is print out some family pictures that will work well when cut into three or four sections and then stick them on the blocks. The fun starts when you start stacking the blocks and mixing up the heads with different bodies!

Your printer has plenty of uses other than printing out documents so why not use it to create some special memories or an unusual and personal gift? John Sollars started his company in 2002 and has watched the printing industry evolve over time. With a passion for writing and for helping people, he likes to share what he has learned over the years. Look for his illuminating posts on many websites and blogs.

I can’t count anymore how many copies of different magazines in different types of papers I have collected from the moment I started how to read and started how to appreciate written words especially that they’re printed with a targeted audience in mind. I felt that magazines are literary treasures, giving you a small window to someone else’s life, be inspired by them or like a go-to spread whenever you want to have something done for your DIY project. And I have to say, it’s just so rationally if not emotionally fulfilling to go through them over and over again.

And this is how your wedding would like like in your personalised magazine, just lovely!
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Well, the digital age has given us again another awesome reason to love magazines even more. 

Did you know that we can now create our own personalised magazines online? Well, gone are the days wishing one day you’ll appear on the glossy cover. Now “There's a LifetimesMAG for every special occasion”. With this set-up you don’t need to be The Dutchess of Whatever to get your prince and princess published on a mag. You can create your own featuring your little ones milestones on a glossy with their sweet smiles on the cover.

Not just for your children’s milestones but yours as an adult as well. We love magazines with splendid layouts, well then, you too can choose as to whatever style you want your magazines designed into, your choice.

Wow! This sounds really like a remarkable project worth venturing into. I can’t wait to have mine on the roll. I’m into flower photography, the idea of collating all of my works and putting it into a personalised magazine of my own, wow that would be amazing.

Try this out ladies! 

Drug  and  alcohol  abuse  can  be  crippling  to  both  the  sufferer and the ones that love him. Finding a quality detox center is the first step in getting your loved one the help he needs. Substance abuse issues may wreak havoc on the person's life, destroying his finances, personal relationships and career. Fortunately there are resources that will help him to get clean and remain clean for life. Drug treatment centers are equipped with the right tools to help you or your loved one kick the habit for good.


Signs of Drug Addiction

Sometimes the signs of drug addiction are obvious, other times it can be difficult to tell when someone is truly suffering. Many people who are addicted to drugs:

May find it hard to admit that they have a problem

Some people will say that they can stop at any time, when in reality, they cannot. They are absolutely dependent on the drug and need more and more to enjoy the same high that they did in the beginning. The drug has taken over and dictates when they sleep, eat and how they function.

Have financial problems

Drugs, alcohol and other substances are not cheap. A person with a substance abuse problem will often have financial issues due to his need to secure drugs on a regular basis. They may suffer from evictions, utility shut offs or car repossession. The financial problems can cause a ripple affect, destroying his career and making it harder to quit the habit.

Have relationship problems

Drug and alcohol dependency may change a person's mood, behavior or personality. Some people report that their loved ones become a different person when they are drinking or high on drugs. They may become abusive or moody and withdrawn. This can put a real strain on relationships with family, friends and intimate partners. Many people who are addicted to substances find themselves getting divorced due to their dependency.

Have brushes with the law

In many cases, a person who is suffering from a substance abuse problem with have both minor and major run-ins with the law. He may steal to feed his drug habit, landing him in lock-up time and again. He may get into traffic accidents or be arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs. If the drugs are behavior modifying, he may be arrested for starting fights or getting into other altercations. These run-ins with the law can have serious complications. An overwhelming number of homeless people are reported to have substance abuse problems that were are a direct cause of their homelessness.

Getting Help for a Loved One With a Substance Abuse Problem

In many cases, the person suffering from addiction will not realize that he needs help. In this case, it is up to the family and friends of the sufferer to step in and find help on his behalf. There are many resources available for people looking for substance abuse help. Understand, however, that the sufferer may not willingly get help. They may feel that their substance abuse is not a problem and resent you for forcing them to get help. This is normal, and you may have to try multiple times in order to get results.

What Substance Abuse Treatment Centers Can Do

There are several types of treatment facilities available that will help your loved one get clean. Hospital based facilities often offer outpatient services that include managing withdrawal symptoms and prescribing medications to help to kick the habit. Other smaller clinics may offer the same services at reduced rates for people without adequate insurance coverage.

Detox Local centers are specifically created to help the sufferer get through the withdrawal process with ease. These centers provide expert help and will give your loved one the support he needs to make it through the process. During detox, the treatment facility will conduct a full medical exam to make sure there are no underlying health conditions that are affecting your loved one's ability to stay sober and clean. He will then be assigned to a team of specialists---medical professionals, counselors and therapists--who will work together to find the best long term plan for recovery. Finally, the detox process will begin. The practitioners will start to rid the sufferers body of the drug, helping to minimize the effects of withdrawal.

When it comes to helping a loved one with a substance abuse problem, the key is to act quickly to make sure they get the treatment they need. Find the right detox center today.

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At TGI Fridays, you are spoiled for choice. And at affordable prices at that!

Take its “Pick 2 for P595” offer for instance.  For this amount, guests get to choose an appetizer and an entrĂ©e from an array of some of the restaurant’s signature dishes.  These are available at its branches in Cagayan de Oro and Davao.

Choose from these delicious dishes to begin your meal:  Buffalo Bites, Beef Queso Dip, Caesar Salad (lunch portion) and Fried Mozzarella.

If the starter of your choice has tickled your appetite, you are now ready to pick a main course from this selection: Fish  & Chips, Chicken Fingers,  Filipino Pork Liempo (lunch portion), Tex Mex Mac and Cheese and  Pacific Grilled Pork Chop.

Whatever you fancy, this attractive offer is guaranteed to satisfy you, anytime of the day, everyday!


Our two picks when we visited TGI Fridays Davao lately, Beef Queso Dip and Filipino Pork Liempo. Both dishes are irresistibly satisfying. One thing so good about dining at TGIF is that portions are generous and are perfect for hearty eaters. These platters sure are gratifying treats that's worth every dime you shell out for! So good!

Beef Queso Dip, TGIFridays Davao
Beef Queso Dip

Filipino Pork Liempo

Also up for grabs are new dishes under the “Taste of New York” promotion.  From now until November 30, 2015, enjoy iconic dishes the Big Apple is famous for. After all, it was in New York where the first TGIFridays restaurant was born!

Go and have a taste of Bronx Crispy Chicken Parmesan Meatballs, Madison Hotdog, Big Apple Burger, Queens Almond-Crusted Tilapia and Jalapeno Shrimp and Manhattan Sausage Stuffed Chicken. And for a  rich and decadent drink, have a sip of  the Broadway Peanut Butter Jelly Milkshake.

To know more about TGIFridays, check out its social media sites: 
TGI Fridays Philippines (Facebook) 
@tgifridaysph (IG and Twitter) 

Ground Floor, Ayala Abreeza Mall
JP Laurel Ave., Davao City