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Why not visit... Australia?

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Fine beaches, perfect weather, good people, and a more secure traveling experience!


If you are looking for all these conveniences and excitement, let Australia handle that for you. Perk up your traveling experience in the sixth largest country in the world, twice as large as Europe but less crowded.

Make a choice from a wide variety 7000 fantastic beaches and enjoy the luscious greens of flora of approximately 25000 species and diverse but unique fauna as evidenced by the Kangaroo.

Australians are fun-loving people and are very sociable. You can learn so much about their culture because of their very straightforward attitude towards guests and strangers.

Language Discrepancies

English maybe the widely spoken language in Australia but there are utterances which makes them unique to the rest of the English-speaking world and terminologies better left unsaid.

Some of the most common are Cobber = Buddy, Fairdinkum = Really and Cold One = Beer. Phrases such as righto = okay/alright and rag up = dress warmly are also common.

The word ìrootî may have evolved to mean ìsexî in Australia so it is better to keep from saying that word as long as you could. Same thing applies to "fanny" which came to mean a femaleís private part.


Among the 7 continents, Australia probably has the weirdest climate. Unlike the US, the months of December to February are the hottest and most humid dates of the year.

Keep in mind that Australia's climate is just the exact opposite with that of the Northern Hemisphere

Southern Australia was recorded to having the harshest climate during the summer season and keeping it out of your itinerary is advisable.

Depending on where you are headed, there are must-haves and clothing you will need to prepare to make sure you will not be caught off-guard for any circumstances that are expected along the way.

Sunglasses and sunscreens and light clothing are important in Australia due to hot climate in some regions, but keeping a jacket during the cold night is a must especially in the southern temperate region. Nice pair of boots in the bushes is practically essential.


Public vehicles such taxis are commonplace in Australia. Most taxis charge flagfall and a surcharge for distant travels.

Keep left is the rule of driving here. It can be quite confusing at times but being careful will surely keeps you away from trouble.


Just the exact opposite of the west. Tipping may not be a no-no but it is not generally practice here but you can do so in some special occasions.

There are simply 1001 ways to enjoy the beauty of Australia and the good thing is, you can add more to rev up your rewarding traveling experience. Traveling to a distant place poses a lot of challenges but surely it is satisfying and worth the pennies! So enjoy and donít forget to have a cold one with a cobber!


San Francisco Welcomes Urban Families

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Few of cities in U.S.S are extremely expert at wholesaling their chronological sites as San Francisco that has actually converted Fisherman's Wharf into one of the most in trend tourist attraction in the world. Unless you really need to come early in the morning, however, you would not find any traces of the traditional water front life, which once lived there. Most tourists trip fishermanís Wharf expands between Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square. It has a lot of memento shops, cheap hotels, loud attractions, and reasonably priced "museums". It is an extremely noisy place. But! It was and it is yet now a real fishermanís wharf! You would find most outstanding places, views, and excitements here.

Accommodating a full amount of 350 boats, two marinas border PIER 39 and house the Blue & Gold bay visiting the attractions fleet. In past few years, some 600 California sea lions have taken up home on the contiguous floating docks. Until they dump their new playing field that looks to be more and more improbable, these playful, piercing creatures (some nights you could as well hear them all the way from Washington Sq.) are one of the most excellent free attractions on the wharf. Docent-led programs, on hand at PIER 39 on weekends from 11am to 5pm, educate visitors about the variety, surroundings, and malleability of the California sea lion.

Cotton candy and keepsakes are all well and good, but if you desire to get to the heart of the wharf -- boats -- there's no well again place to do it than by the pier, certainly one of the wharf area's most excellent bargains. Depending on the time of day, you could see boat builders at work or family manning a boat as folks did in the early 1900s. Don't keep away from the pride and joy collection of historic vessels, part of the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, all of that could be boarded. Some people feel affection for Fisherman's Wharf; others cannot get far enough away from it. Most agree that, for enhanced or for worse, it has to be seen at least once in your lifetime.



5 Romantic Vacation Resolutions

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A new year always means a chance for a new start. You and yours can begin this new year by making some travel resolutions together, regardless of your time and budget restraints. Put aside those new travel habits and make some new ones! Let this be the year that your travel designs focus on fun, fantasy, and festivities!

(1) we are going to plan a real vacation. No, it doesn't have to be an around the world cruise or first class getaway (but if you can afford it, what are you waiting for?) It does have to be an honest-to-goodness vacation, though. No cell phones, no laptops. Mark the dates on the calendar and keep it like you'd keep any business appointment. The business of romantic travel, though, is a fun four and an activity that the one of you can plan for months.

(2) we are going to involve each other in the trip planning. All often, four partner gets the job for planning a trip...and that task quickly becomes a bore. Plan your trips together! Anticipation is half the fun. Visit a travel agent. Collect brochures. Buy a guidebook. Rent a video about your destination. Search the web for information.

(3) we are going to do something we have rarely done. Here you can be as mild -- or as wild -- as you dare. Go whitewater rafting. Rent a houseboat. Take a hot air balloon ride. Spend the night in a local bed and breakfast. Learn to scuba dive. Dance the whole night away under the stars. The choice is yours.

(4) we are going to take four mini-vacation every month. Whether it's for the night or for the night out, plan four tiny slice of a vacation every single month. The only rule: you must pretend you are on vacation. Book a night at a local bed and breakfast. Call your local hotel and find out their non-peak nights (in business-oriented cities, it's usually Friday and Saturday) then plan a short romantic getaway.

(5) we are going to go to at least four festival. Special events take place at about every community around the world. Whatever your interests -- from square dancing to sandcastle building -- you'll find a festival celebrating with a day or one of fun and food. If you don't have the time or budget to go far, contact area chamber of commerce or tourism offices within a day's drive of your home for their calendar of events. If you can, extend your trip into a long weekend. If you have got the time and resources, check out a quantity of the major fun festivals: Carnival, Mardi Gras, Rio's Carnivale. Don't forget your costume!



Bowling Fun to Great Health!

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Among the many sports that man has ever played, perhaps, bowling is the most popular among all. With over 50 million players in the United States alone, bowling is definitely one sport that is a cut above the rest.

Among the many reasons this particular sport has remained at top of is the fact that it is a highly flexible sport. It promotes easy adjustment methods that are why many children and adults alike can take part in this remarkable game.

About 95% of bowlers consider bowling as a sport that can be exploited as a recreation, a form of relaxation, a societal factor, and a competitive nature as far as sportsmanship is concerned.

The simplicity of the game contributes to its adaptability. Because its rules are easier to understand, more and more people are engaging in this sport, not because of competition but basically because they want to enjoy the time with their friends or family.

With all these advantages, many people are still not aware of the health benefits that bowling can provide. They just thought that the activity could promote physical vigor and it stopped there. What they do not know is that the health benefits of bowling is more than just building stamina and releasing energy.

So for those who are not yet aware of these benefits, here is a list that you should know:

1. Promotes good muscle exercises

Merely walking along the lane, while attempting to make a strike or a spare, is enough to exercise the muscles in your legs. It resembles that of the "walking exercise" that most health buffs do; the only difference is that there is more weight involved. This is because in bowling, your hands are holding the bowling ball.

Consequently, as you swing around to hit the pins, the flexing and stretching provides adequate exercise for your tendons, joints, ligaments, and muscles in the arms.

2. Fat burning

As your muscles flex, turn, and twist in every swinging motion that you make while playing bowling, these moves can actually promote the burning of some accumulated body fat.

3. Builds friendships

One of the health benefits that can be derived in bowling is based on the kind of relationship that is being built with your friends or family. As some psychologists contend, building social relationships can actually promote better performance of the heart muscles. Emotional stress can shorten the lifespan of an average person.

Indeed, there can be no better or enjoyable way to live a healthy life than bowling can.


Addiction: When Gambling Becomes a Problem

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While most people enjoy casino gambling, sports betting, lottery and bingo playing for the fun and excitement it provides, others may experience gambling as an addictive and distractive habit. Statistics show that while 85 percent of the adult population in the US enjoys some type of gambling every year, between 2 and 3 percent of will develop a gambling problem and 1 percent of them are diagnosed as pathological gamblers.

Where can you draw the line between harmless gambling to problem gambling? How can you tell if you or your friend are compulsive gamblers? Here you can find answers to these questions and other questions regarding problem gambling and gambling addiction.

What is the Meaning of Problem Gambling? Problem gambling or compulsive gambling is defined as an uncontrollable urge to gamble despite the destructive effect of gambling on the gamblers life and despite feelings of guilt and remorse. Problem gambling tends to have a negative effect on the gamblers financial state, relationships and daily life. Severe cases of problem gambling can be defined as pathological gambling.

Am I a Compulsive Gambler? 1) Do you gamble until your last penny runs out? 2) Do you gamble to win back your former losses or debts? 3) Did you ever had to borrow money to continue gamble? 4) Did your gambling habit ever made you lie to your friends or family? 5) Did you ever skip work or other obligation to gamble? 6) Do you tend to gamble to forget about your personal problems or to celebrate happy occasions? 7) Does gambling have a negative affect on your daily life or relationships?

If you have answered yes on at least one of the questions listed above, then you have a problem.

Can Anyone Become a Compulsive Gambler? Theoretically, yes. Any gambler can develop gambling problem regardless to the type of gambling he is occupied with, the amount of money and time he is spending on gambling. Researches show that slot machines that can be found in bars and convenient stores are the most addictive type of gambling activity, while lottery draws and bingo games are located on the other end of the scale. Gambling addiction is an emotional problem; its symptoms, causes and treatments are similar to any other form of addiction.

How Can I treat Gambling Addiction? 1) Group Therapy: Gamblers Anonymous offers a 12 step self help program similar to the one offered to alcohol addicts in Alcoholics Anonymous. Group therapy also offers gambling addicts advice and support from professional counselors and other gambling addicts in different phases of their recovery process. Gambler Anonymous centers are available in more than 1,200 locations statewide.

2) Individual Therapy: Cognitive or behavior therapy can help gambling addicts to identify their unaware thinking and acting patterns, which led them to gamble compulsively, and to replace them with controllable and healthier ways of thinking.

3) Psychiatric Medication: It has recently been proven that antidepressant medications from the family of SSRIs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors can be affective in treatment of gambling addicts.


Travel Planning 101: You can do it!

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For many, one of the worst things that can happen while traveling is having your belongings lost or stolen. Trying to maintain a security-conscious mindset is one of the most effective ways to minimize potential risks. Following some common steps, and training yourself to carry them out instinctively will help keep your travels free of the expense and hassle of replacing missing items.


First and foremost, your belongings are only as secure as you are willing to keep them. If you are careless, or don't follow all the reasonable steps you should, a certain amount of risk creeps in. Nothing you can do will 100% guarantee any item is secure. Keep this in mind when packing for the trip. Consider whether you can afford to lose any item you pack, both financially and emotionally. Think about what can easily be bought at your destination so that you can leave more behind. Before you leave, look into an appropriate amount of insurance. If you are traveling to a foreign country, especially one that is known for pickpockets and theft, get as much insurance as you can afford. It is worth the relief when something goes wrong. Make several copies of anything that has information on it, like a passport or a vaccination certificate. Leave a copy at home and distribute several copies amongst your luggage.

During your travels you need to constantly be aware of yourself and your possessions. Don't let your bags go out of sight unless it is absolutely unavoidable. Try and minimize the time you spend physically carrying your luggage around with you. If you are encumbered with a heavy suitcase, you are less likely to give pursuit if someone snatches your wallet or purse, so make sure these items are very close to you and, if possible, hidden out of sight. Make sure you always check any seats you have used for anything you may have dropped or forgotten. Though this advice sounds obvious, maintaining an automatic awareness of your personal security is something that has to be practiced over time until it becomes almost subconscious.

You are at your most vulnerable when out in crowded places. Sizeable amounts of money, passports, or any other valuables should be kept underneath your clothing in a money belt or some other zippered pouch that isn't your main pocket. Any money you think you'll need during the day should be kept in a separate front pocket. You can top this up in private places to hide your money belt from view. If you are going to be carrying any bags with you, try and 'slashproof' them by running wire or mesh through the places that would likely be cut. Additionally, the less you show off in public the less likely you are to be a target, so keep electronics, expensive-looking bags, and bulky items hidden as much as possible. Consider getting a scuffed-up rucksack specifically for city travel. Remember, anything that makes you stand out as a tourist marks you as a target for thieves.

Practice these steps in the weeks leading up to your trip so that they become more automatic. As always, good preparation and good advice are the cornerstones to any enjoyable travel experience. There are many more extensive guides on security and safety abroad on the web, and more information can be obtained from the tourist board of your destination.



Urban Menu: Win a Place at the Kid's State Dinner

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Second Annual 'Kids State Dinner' at the White House

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Time to break out your chef hat! The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge is back.


First Lady Michelle Obama is again teaming up with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Epicurious to host a nationwide recipe challenge to promote cooking and healthy eating among America’s youth.  We’re inviting parents or guardians and their children, ages 8-12, to submit an original lunch recipe that is healthy, affordable, and tasty, with the opportunity to be invited to attend a Kids' "State Dinner" here at the White House where a selection of the winning healthy recipes will be served.



Don’t forget to use USDA’s MyPlate as a resource to make sure your recipe meets the healthy standards incorporated into the MyPlate icon. Entries should represent each of the food groups, either in one dish or as parts of a lunch meal, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy foods, with fruits and veggies making up roughly half of the plate or recipe.

You've got until April 5th to submit your recipe, so head into the kitchen and get cooking! We can’t wait to see all of the nutritious and delicious recipe creations you come up with!

Originally Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let’s Move! on March 05, 2014 at


FAMU: Falling Black In Love Event featuring Tika Sumpter

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Student Government Association, in conjunction with Falling Black in Love and a host of student organizations and university departments, will host the fifth annual Falling Black In Love Conference from Saturday, April 12 through Friday, April 18.

The conference’s mission is to uplift, motivate and unify the black community and bring awareness to such issues as civic responsibility, health and wellness and supporting black-owned businesses.

The conference will feature presenters and speakers from around the nation, including: actress Tika Sumpter (“Sparkle,” “Ride Along“ and “The Haves and Have Nots”); the family of Oscar Grant, the Oakland, Calif. native whose life and tragic death is recounted in the Sundance award-winning film “Fruitvale Station;” AIDS activist Rae Lewis-Thornton and FAMU alumna and celebrity publicist Arian Simone.


On April 12, the FAMU Chapter of the Collegiate 100 will present “100 Ways to Please a Woman” at the Southside Arts Complex at 2 p.m. This etiquette seminar will teach men how to treat, respect and appreciate women. FAMU alumnus and author Enitan Bereola II will be the keynote speaker. Bereola is the author of "BEREOLAESQUE: The Contemporary Gentleman & Etiquette Book for the Urban Sophisticate" and “Gentlewoman: Etiquette for a Lady, from a Gentleman.

On April 14, at 7 p.m., there will be a private screening of “Fruitvale Station” in the FAMU Grand Ballroom. This screening is themed: “Where Do We Go From Here?,” and will include a panel discussion on community action, police brutality and civil responsibility. The panel will feature the Grant family, the Tallahassee chapter of the Dream Defenders and representatives from the FAMU Police Department.

On April 15, at 7 p.m., “Blowing off STEAM: Dispelling Stereotypes through Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics” will be held at the FAMU Grand Ballroom.

Blowing off S.T.E.A.M. combines the arts and sciences and allows FAMU students to come together to showcase their talents and learn about research opportunities from various fields across the arts and STEM fields. FAMU faculty members will present on the topics of “The Physics of Movement” and “The Science of Music.”

On April 16, “Health, Yes!,” will be presented in honor of the late Kristopher Gibson, a FAMU alumnus, and will include a bone marrow drive on April 16 at the Hansel E. Tookes, Sr. Student Recreation Center from 5-9 p.m. The mission of the drive is to bring awareness to the importance of bone marrow donations in the black community. “Health, Yes!” will also include YOGA 100, an initiative to engage 100 men and women in the practice of yoga. It will also feature a natural hair forum.

On April 17, the Minority Alliance Advocating Community Action (MAACA) will co-sponsor “The Original Scandal: Rae Lewis-Thornton and the Impact of AIDS 20 Years Later” in the FAMU Grand Ballroom at 7 p.m. Thornton, an HIV/AIDS activist, author and entrepreneur, will discuss the impact of HIV and AIDS in the black community. Her presentation marks 20 years since she shocked the world by appearing on the cover of ESSENCE Magazine revealing that she was HIV positive and living with AIDS.

The conference will conclude on April 18 with the “The Return of the Soul Bowl: A Student-Owned Business Exposition” at 11 a.m. on the FAMU Set and “Does Pretty Hurt?,” a panel discussion hosted by Simone’s FEARLESS Movement at 7 p.m.   The panel will include a discussion on the price of beauty and colorism within the black community. Panel guests include: Sumpter; psychology expert and FEARLESS editor Jenay Sermon; beauty consultant Ashia Everett and make-up artist Siteria Gregory. The discussion will be streamed live on FAMCast. Several beauty and cosmetics companies will also attend, including the The Lip Bar, a lipstick company owned by FAMU alumna Melissa Butler, Coffee Cosmetics and Victoria’s Secret.

For more information contact Secret Hunter at (713) 259-2809 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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