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5 Amazing Hobbies I Recommend to Try Out

5 Amazing Hobbies I Recommend to Try Out

Hоbbіеѕ аrе a wау оf fіllіng уоur leisure tіmе with something уоu are іntеrеѕtеd іn. The grеаt thіng аbоut thеm is you can сhооѕе whаt you dо. Thеу are fоr уоur еnjоуmеnt аnd satisfaction. Whеthеr іt іѕ bіrd watching, рlауіng soccer, соllесtіng ѕtаmрѕ, dancing, singing, thеrе аrе a multіtudе оf асtіvіtіеѕ out there

Rock Climbing

Are you аn аdrеnаlіn junkіе? Dіd уоu watch Mіѕѕіоn Impossible II аnd wіѕh that уоu соuld ѕсаlе іnсrеdіblе реаkѕ аnd rосk faces? Thеn rock сlіmbіng could bе the very thіng for уоu. Rock сlіmbіng dеfіnіtеlу hаѕ the fеаr factor; ѕсrаmblіng uр sheer walls looking fоr hаnd аnd fооt hоlеѕ tо secure yourself, trуіng tо аvоіd ѕlірріng оr fаllіng. But оnсе you reach thе ѕummіt, the feeling оf асhіеvеmеnt аnd rush of adrenalin is amazing. Continue reading “5 Amazing Hobbies I Recommend to Try Out” »

My Top Favorite Travel Destinations

My Top Favorite Travel Destinations

Are you looking to gо tо ѕоmерlасе this hоlіdау season thаt оffеrѕ уоu muсh more thаn juѕt plain water асtіvіtіеѕ, wonderful сіtіеѕ and ѕоmе ѕіghtѕееіng орроrtunіtіеѕ? Arе you рlаnnіng a vасаtіоn to a рlасе whеrе you could get thе opportunity tо еxреrіеnсе wіldlіfе, ѕnоw сарреd mоuntаіnѕ, еxоtіс аnіmаlѕ, rаіnfоrеѕtѕ аnd ѕо оn?

No doubt we all have a bucket list of places to where we would love to travel. It’s hard to get it down from over a 100 to just 5, but these are just my personal opinion.

  1. The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Bаrrіеr Rееf іѕ оnе оf thе best travel рlасеѕ іn Australia. Thеrе is a huge rаngе оf bіоdіvеrѕіtу that іѕ supported bу thіѕ reef. Sоmе of thе ѕресіеѕ that are fоund оn this rееf іnсludеѕ the dwarf mіnkе whale, humрbасk dоlрhіn, flаtbасk turtlе, ѕаlt wаtеr сrосоdіlеѕ аnd mаnу mоrе. There аrе also a wіdе rаngе of bіrdѕ fоund оn this rееf. The Grеаt Bаrrіеr Rееf іѕ situated off thе Queensland coast and is the lаrgеѕt соrаl reef іn thе whоlе wоrld. It іѕ rеаllу fаѕсіnаtіng аnd thоѕе whо lоvе dіvіng and snorkeling wоuld find thіѕ dеѕtіnаtіоn tо bе аmоng thе bеѕt оf the bеѕt. Continue reading “My Top Favorite Travel Destinations” »

10 Tips for Being a Successful Freelance Writer

10 Tips for Being a Successful Freelance Writer

Whіlе a раіd wrіtеr іn thе еmрlоу оf оnе оrgаnіѕаtіоn wоrkѕ full-tіmе, a freelance wrіtеr оr jоurnаlіѕt uѕuаllу wоrkѕ solo and perhaps іnіtіаllу оutѕіdе rеgulаr wоrk hours. Aѕ a соnѕеԛuеnсе this generally requires hіm or hеr tо have an еxtrа set of ѕkіllѕ.

Frееlаnсе wrіtеrѕ muѕt nоt оnlу рrоduсе іntеrеѕtіng stories аbоut thе wоrld аrоund them, thеу should also be able tо sell thоѕе ѕtоrіеѕ tо thе аррrорrіаtе оutlеtѕ аnd сrеаtе аn independent іnсоmе frоm thеѕе ѕоurсеѕ.

  1. Sample Articles

Frееlаnсе wrіtеrѕ аrе usually hіrеd easily if thеу hаvе wrіttеn ѕаmрlеѕ оr tеѕt аrtісlеѕ. If уоu hаvе uѕеd mаjоr freelancing jоb ѕіtеѕ previously уоu аrе аlrеаdу aware of this fact. Clients роѕt thеіr projects аnd mаkе it сlеаr thаt a writer whо submits a ѕаmрlе wоuld bе gіvеn mоrе соnѕіdеrаtіоn than the wrіtеr whо does nоt. Whеn a frееlаnсе buуеr ѕееѕ a tеѕt article hе оr ѕhе ѕееѕ the wrіtіng abilities оf a gіvеn wrіtеr. It demonstrates a lot of іnfоrmаtіоn аbоut freelance wrіtеrѕ. Continue reading “10 Tips for Being a Successful Freelance Writer” »

Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Your Favorite MMA Champions Will Shock You

Perhaps one of the toughest and most brutal combat sports, mixed martial arts are not joking matters. You have to be tough (physically and emotionally) to be a champion.

It takes rigorous training, discipline and focus to be able to get to the top. Inside the ring MMA fighters take on that tough, intimidating and burly impression. Their rock-like muscles say a lot about the countless training sessions they go through in between fights to stay in shape and fit.

We see these fighters do the toughest physical routines. They do numerous sparring sessions using different training gloves. I know how tough it is getting into MMA training. I’ve actually tried as a workout routine some few years back. I even remember buying training gloves, much like the Cleto Reyes training gloves reviewed at this site. The intense physicality of the sport would surely toughen anyone.

But no matter how tough they look, outside the ring, these fighters do live their normal lives – and that it includes hobbies. Get ready to be shocked with these unbelievable hobbies for MMA fighters.

  1. Ronda Rousey is a die-hard Pokemon Fan.

Long before Pokemon Go invaded the smartphones, UFC Champ Ronda Rousey was already a certified Pokemon fan. Proof to this, she even moderated a Pokemon forum, which is not an easy feat. With current Pokemon Go hype, I’m sure she’s busy finding “Mew,” her favorite character.

Though she appears tough, Rousey has this nerdy side that many don’t know. She loves Dragon Ball Z and Mortal Kombat, and enjoys playing Playstation. Would you believe that?

  1. Daniel Cormier loves video games.

When this UFC Light Heavyweight Champion is not busy on the gym, don’t be surprised if you see him playing video games. Daniel Cormier is also a former Olympic wrestler who undergoes the toughest physical routines. Aside from videogames, he still has other hobbies that include reading, softball and basketball. Surely, this fighter knows how to have fun!

  1. Benson Henderson is a comic book fan.

A comic book fan at the same time an MMA Lightweight Champion? You might find it hilarious but Benson Henderson is an avid comic book fanatic and collector. He even goes to his favorite comic joint to check the latest comic books. In one of his interviews, Benson admitted this rather hobby – rather unusual for a burly man like him!

  1. Forrest Griffin loves to write.

Forest Griffin spends countless hours on the gym, completing rounds of sparring sessions. We see him always wearing training gloves, much like those reviewed at Goodbye Ninja. You might be surprised to know that Griffin is also a writer. And not just an ordinary writer, he is a NYT Best Selling Author. I know it’s quite unusual to see an MMA fighter or a UFC Champion to be seen on his table writing a book.

  1. George St. Pierre’s geeky secret.

When this former UFC welterweight champion is not on the ring or in training, you’ll most probably find him in a museum or in a library. This fighter admits he likes to hang out more with his nerdy friends than with fellow fighters. He is passionate about dinosaurs and similar stuff. Ask him about these ancient giants and you’ll definitely be surprised!

What Many Writers Hate While Writing That I Love

What Many Writers Hate While Writing That I Love

Probably the one thing that many writers always do when they write is to shut off all noise. I don’t.

On the contrary, I turn the music on. Here’s why:

They say that music is the universal language of mankind. And it’s true, music is just about everywhere and everyone loves music.

Music is used in films to add emotions to scenes and give life to the story. In advertising, music used to get the attention of its target audience. In many business establishments, such as malls, cafes or restaurants, music gives customers a satisfying experience.

Personally, I consider music as one essential aspect of my writing process for these reasons.

Music encourages concentration

Some writers require silence in order to focus. In fact, I find silence boring and I even consider turning on the music player the essential first part of my writing process.

More particularly, I listen to jazz music while writing. I have a playlist of some of the best saxophone tracks – and my favorite saxophonist, Kenny G. You just don’t know how much I love jazz and saxophone. I even bought myself an alto saxophone. If you haven’t seen one, go visit http://windplays.com/ to see what I’m talking about.

Jazz and instrumental music effectively blocks out distracting noise that surrounds me. I just turned the music on when I started writing this blog post.

Music fosters relaxation

What Many Writers Hate While Writing That I LoveAside from jazz, I also listen to techno, ambient and alternative music genre. I find varying range of styles helpful in creating an atmosphere that relaxes the mind. I’ve considered my writing soundtrack helpful in creating specific era, mood, character, scene or emotions that I want my compositions to evoke.

When I confront creative block, I turn to ambient music for relaxation. When I’m working on a tight deadline and feel pressured, I listen to alternative and techno. Having music at the background creates an atmosphere conducive to clear thoughts.

Music inspires creativity

Have you ever experienced watching a movie or looking at an artwork and being so profoundly moved by it? That’s the same feeling that motivates me when I listen to jazz music. It’s the slow but expressive music produced by the saxophone that really rouses my imagination.

I guess, I’m so into jazz that I even attempted owning an alto saxophone. I actually read this post about how to select a good saxophone for starters. While I haven’t bought one yet, I’d really love to learn playing sax in the future.

Music ignites writing passion

To be able to really good posts or articles, you need to that burning passion to write. While anyone can write stories or compose articles with ease, a writing composition that comes straight from the heart and is fuelled by passion would surely be extra special. With the right music on the background, you can re-ignite that passion to write.

Naturally, there are also some downsides with listening to music while writing. For instance, there can be this particularly distracting track where I would pause my writing to hit the next button. There are also some songs that I just couldn’t resist but sing along with. I’ve always made sure not to include these songs in my playlist. There will also be times when the track played just don’t jive with the emotions or scenes you are currently writing.

But, overall, I still find music very beneficial and an essential aspect of my writing process.

Just curious, how many writers listen to music while writing? Do you also listen to music while writing?

Incredibly Cheap Hobbies You Can Start Anytime

Having a hobby can be very beneficial, but many people shun away from hobbies because of its costs. But this shouldn’t be the case.

There are some awesome yet inexpensive hobbies that you can enjoy. From blogging to scrapbooking to hiking, these hobbies can add some fun in your life, build new skills and gain new circles of friends without spending too much.

I know of some people who have ended up hating their hobby because of the costs. Imagine investing a couple of hundred dollars on the latest drum sets, like those reviewed at reviewed at this site, and end up not learning how to play it. It can be very frustrating. You can avoid feeling a sore loser by choosing hobbies that cost less.

Read on and find out about the cheapest hobbies you can pick up.

  1. Blogging

This hobby wouldn’t cost you a dime. All you have to do is to register in any of the countless free blogging platforms. Once you’re set, you can start posting blogs. And the best thing about blogging is that it can even turn into a part-time income in the future. If you want to take your blogging experience to the next level, you may need to shell out a few bucks to buy a domain. But that’s still very cheap.

  1. Hiking

For this hobby, all you need is some quality clothes, hiking boots or shoes, and the great outdoors. Day hikes are less expensive than camping. If you are hiking and camping at the same time, you will need to spend a little more for the camping tools and other supplies.

  1. Reading

This is such an easy hobby and is often free. You can either go with the traditional paperback or your e-reader. Reading is the best hobby for improving your mind.

  1. Tennis

If you want to sweat out but don’t want to spend much, then this sport is the best pick. For this hobby, all you need to buy a tennis racket and balls. They come at a very cheap cost, so you don’t need to worry. However, if you want to turn this into a long-term sport, get ready to invest a few hundred dollars for advanced accessories and perhaps training.

  1. Scrapbooking

Perfect for artistic individuals, scrapbooking would only cost you a few dollars. However, it can get really costly if you don’t practice self control. When making a scrapbook, it would be best to look around you for awesome stuff to add into your project instead of buying costly scrapbooking supplies.

  1. Guitar

Guitar is probably the cheapest musical instrument you can learn. It can be very tempting to buy pricey musical instruments. For example, the latest drum sets reviewed here at http://barkingdrum.com look very enticing. I wouldn’t recommend buying costly musical instruments to make as a hobby especially if you don’t intend to make it full-time. Guitar is a great place to start. As a bonus, there are a lot of free tutorials that you can find online, which means there’s no need to enroll in any formal training.

As you can see, there are many fun hobbies that you can embark on during your free time. Always remember that your hobby doesn’t need to be expensive to be fun!

Why Airsoft Is The Best Alternative to Real Handgun Training?

Why Airsoft Is The Best Alternative to Real Handgun TrainingGuns and target shooting are probably the ‘manliest’ hobbies that you can try. As a gun enthusiast, I find this hobby to be extremely exciting and challenging. If there’s one thing I hate about it, it’s the cost.

Good thing, I found a perfect alternative to real life handgun training – airsoft guns. I actually don’t fancy airsoft guns or air rifles until I got one as a gift. It was the latest, automatic air rifle and it looked like a real one.

I’d be honest here. At first, I didn’t know a thing about how air rifles worked and how they differ from real handguns. I had to read airsoft guns and air rifle forums and review sites like RifleJudge.com to know more about these gun replicas. These sites were really helpful.

After a few days reading and training on air rifles, I’ve found it to be an awesome alternative to real life handgun training. Here are some things that make air rifle the best gun training alternative.

  1. Almost real replicas.

Air rifles don’t only look like the real ones, they also feel real (just a little lighter). They also come in almost all forms and models. You can visit a local air gun store and be surprised to find all sorts of replicas. And just like real handguns, they also come with real-life tactical attachments.

  1. Realistic live-fire experience.

Although these guns are air-powered, they blow and fire like a real handgun. They’re also great for practicing gun drawing and handling. I liked how accurate these air rifles are in mimicking the real rifles. Check out this link and see how respectably accurate the specs of this air rifle are.

  1. Cheap but equally bad-ass.

Surely the best selling point of airsoft guns is its cheap cost. Depending on the rifle or gun model, you can get a box of 50 rounds at a low cost of around 10-20 bucks. For shooting enthusiasts, it practically lets you experience a real-life gun training session for a fraction of the cost.

  1. Safe.

Airsoft guns are equipped with several safety features, and when handled properly they are very safe. Compared with real guns, you can rest easy with these air guns since they won’t accidently shoot through walls and put someone’s safety at risk.

For busy target shooting enthusiasts, travelling 20 or eve 10 miles to a shooting range several times a week can be a huge hassle. With airsoft guns, you can practically train with it anywhere, even in your backyard.

  1. Simulated assault training.

One thing that you can do with airsoft but you can never do with real guns is a force-on-force training. Quite obviously, you can’t train with a shooting buddy and simulate force-on-force tactical scenarios.

With airsoft, you can simulate a real assault scenario — have your buddy pretend to be the bad guy and fire at him. Except for a slight sting, he’ll be perfectly well (just make sure he wears appropriate protective gears).

Aside from being a great alternative to real handgun and shooting training, airsoft can be a hobby in itself. There’s also a growing airsoft community. I’ve learned about a number of organized airsoft events that feature actual police and military tactical operations. So, it really lets you get into real action without getting hurt.

I haven’t attended yet any organized airsoft event, but surely it’s in my bucket list. Ready to try my shooting skills! Come let’s give it a try!

5 Museums Every Music Lover Need To Visit

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

I have travelled a lot and have been to different places. And normally, when I get a new city or country, I find time to drop by their museums.

For quite some time, I thought museums were places that exclusively housed and displayed collections of historical relics or artworks. I was really surprised when I went to the EMP Museum. It’s not like any of the museums I’ve visited in the past.

It’s the first museum where I saw a showcase of varied musical instruments, such as guitars and pianos. Their musical instruments ranged from the old models to the latest. There’s also an interactive music exhibit where I get to play different instruments. I admit loving the digital piano. It was my first time to play a digital piano and I guess it was the same digital piano model that I read about at DigitalPianoJudge.

My full-day visit to EMP was definitely a great experience. It was a day of perfect harmony that filled my mind and ears.

As a music lover, I have since planned to visit other museums dedicated to music and our musical heritage. I’ve checked the internet and have found the following top music museums.

  1. Stax Museum of American Soul Music (Memphis, Tennessee)Stax Museum of American Soul Music

This museum pays tribute to the musical artists who have given birth to Memphis Soul. Big names such as Sam and Dave, Otis Redding, Issac Hayes, and Booker T & the MGs are just few of the musical icons that have made it big after recording at Stax Records. The museum is said to house around 2,000 artifacts that include around 300 full-length albums and 912 singles that are on display.

  1. Punk Rock Museum (Los Angeles, California)

I know L.A. might not be the birthplace of punk but the city has contributed a lot to the popularity that the genre now enjoys. The museum is located at the LA downtown in the KGB Studios. Live performances and art exhibits all give homage to the city’s punk scene.

  1. Musical Instrument Museum (Phoenix, Arizona)

Featuring over 15,000 musical instruments from around the world and across different eras, the Musical Instrument Museum truly lives out to its name. Aside from the countless musical instruments, it also features images, memorabilia and concert footages of some of the biggest artists such as John Lennon and Johnny Cash. The Experience Gallery of the museum lets you try different instruments. In some of the instruments, you have to wear high-quality headphones, like those on this link, in order to listen to the authentic sound of the instrument.

  1. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (Cleveland, Ohio)

To be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is probably every artist’s dream. Quite obviously, the seven-floor museum features exhibits and displays that honor the big names in the Rock and Roll genre. A must-see in this museum is the Cities and Sound exhibit that explores the long history and geography of this musical genre. It traces Rock and Roll from Memphis to London.

  1. Motown Museum (Detroit, Michigan)

One of the most successful musical genres, Motown Sound is celebrated in this museum, which used to be the original headquarters and studio of the defunct recording label. On display in the museum are photographs, studio, and memorabilia of the Motown artists, such as the Temptations and the Supremes.