Mar 31

Time to practice public singing

Time-to-practice-public-singingIf you are only a bathroom singer or feel shy to sing in front of people, time has come to let go of your nervousness. A karaoke machine will help you get rid of the fear of public singing, and how?  Karaoke is a video game or an interactive entertainment system using which amateur singers read lyrics from a LED monitor and sing the recorded with the help of a microphone.  The singer can see the song lyrics on a video screen. The display screen contains an icon that moves and changes colors to indicate which part of the song is being sung.

A karaoke machine has a facility to alter the pitch of the input music as well as the sound produced.  Mostly, devices such as CD+G players, laser disc players, DVD or VCD players are compatible with a karaoke machine. The pitch of a song changes automatically according to the vocal range of an amateur singer. Many systems having a low audio output attempt to discard the vocal track from an audio CD using the Out of Phase Stereo technology.

Karaoke in video games

Presently, even video games have karaoke-based sounds. For example, Karaoke revolution is a video game that has been developed for PlayStation 2. This single-player console game gives the opportunity to sing according to the guidelines displayed on the screen, and the user will be scored on the basis of pitch, rhythm and timing of the song.

Karaoke and computers

Utility software has released to organize karaoke shows and play karaoke on a computer. A novel technology allows amateur singers to listen and sing on a social network.  The features of a karaoke system are available on a mobile phone nowadays. The software is developed based on Java MIDIet operating a text file that contains song lyrics and runs a MIDI file simultaneously to give the music. VCD players have a built-in karaoke system. While playing stereo recordings, one speaker plays the music containing the vocal track, whereas the other speaker plays the music only.

Karaoke box

A karaoke box is a popular hangout venue in Asia. It refers to a small room where people can rent karaoke machines on an hourly basis. In North America, a restaurant, karaoke bar, lounge or a club provides a karaoke machine for people to engage in public singing.  Recently, karaoke singing has become an evident feature in public gatherings, social parties, and annual celebrations at workplace in order to celebrate life. People also enter in karaoke singing competitions to enjoy with their friends.

Do you still feel shy or nervous of public singing? I hope not. You can check the website to get an idea about the best karaoke machines that are available to arrive at a wise buying decision. Remember to check the product reviews and ratings mentioned on the site before finalizing the product. You must check your audio quality, the system’s echo control, volume control and superior audio settings and enjoy an amazing experience of singing your favorite music with your friends and family members.

Mar 30

How Sailing Helps you lead a Healthy and Fit Life

How-Sailing-Helps-you-lead-a-Healthy-and-Fit-LifeWhen holidays set in, I always plan to include some amount of sailing. You can enjoy this fun activity with family and friends. And it is a great way to keep fit and healthy. While not many may think of sailing as an exercise, manning the sail boat takes more effort that what you can possibly imagine.

The good thing about it is you actually don’t realize you are exercising, because sailing is such fun to do. The open water, strong breeze and salty ocean air keep you fresh and lively as you maneuver the sailboat on the clear waters. You get many health benefits with sailing. Here are a few.

Build endurance

For sailing, you have to host and pull at the sails for maneuvering the yacht or boat, which is great exercise for your back, shoulder and improves muscle strength largely.

Cardio workout

While we often relate to sports like basketball, running and soccer as great cardio exercises for reducing risk of obesity, heart illness and hypertension, sailing too is as intensive as these sports. It improves cardio health. The huge amounts of oxygen you intake while you engage in the strenuous activities helps in better cardio improvement. While I do get good cardio workout by swimming in my pool, when it gets too cold, I have to give up on swimming. However, nowadays this is not a problem as I have a great heating system installed in my pool.

Relaxation

There is nothing more relaxing than being out in the sea. Without any signs of human activity, or busy traffic you see on land you get to be in the company of the vast and endless ocean and the blue sky. The sounds of the waves and the rhythmic movement of the yacht is soothing and relaxing taking away stress from your body and mind easily.

Peace and mental health

When you are sailing, you can feel the calmness engulfing you. I think it is mostly because of the salty tinge in the air. Research indicates that the moods of a person are largely affected by serotonin a chemical secreted in the body. The salty air helps in increased absorption of oxygen leading to better balance of serotonin. When the serotonin is in balance, you get more relaxed and happier and tend to be less prone to mood swings.

Improved flexibility

Sailing is by no means a simple task. You need to be skilled at various tasks that are needed for sailing. Activities like hosting the sail, pulling at the lines, so the boat moves smoothly serve to improve the coordination movement of hand and eye and is great to hone your motor skills too. As a result, you find your agility and flexibility improved vastly.

Increased concentration

Nowadays almost all people are multitaskers. To be good at the various tasks, they need to develop good concentration skills. To be safe while you sail, you need to focus on the various tasks, which helps you improve your concentration power.

And most important of all you need to communicate effectively with the other crew on the boat for the sailing to be smooth and uneventful. And this has to be via nonverbal means especially. You’ll find that you get enhanced sense of teamwork and cooperation, when you sail as everyone has a vital role to play in keeping the boat afloat.

Oct 11

Why Longboarding Is My Best Hobby

Why Longboarding Is My Best HobbyDuring the weekend I was as usual riding my longboard downhill, when I caught up with my friend who I haven’t seen for some time. He was amazed at the tricks I did with my longboard and wanted to learn them. I reluctantly agreed after he was quite insistent in knowing at least some of the basic tricks since he’s not as much exposed to longboarding as I am.

Longboarding origins

There are numerous hobbies that people enjoy passing their time with. For me it has always been longboarding. Longboarding is both a hobby and a sport that has become a sort of phenomenon in recent times. While skateboarding is definitely the dominant one from the time it evolved into a popular entity back in the 70’s as a derivative of surfing it has seen quite a few ups and downs since its introduction. Now it has become totally eclipsed by longboarding.

Riding styles in longboarding

There are four main styles in longboarding namely, cruising or transportation, free ride, slolam and downhill. Longboards form excellent transport modes with their sleek and fast speeds. The transportation longboards come in different sizes and shapes. Free ride is my favorite as it involves all the grabs, slides and tricks that people are awed at. Slolam is a highly disciplined ride which has you sliding in and around obstacles sleekly. The most extreme version however is the bombing or downhill style where you race at top speeds downhill. With the right longboard, you can master longboarding quite easily at least the beginning phase.

Tips for beginners

Once you get adept at handling the basic moves, you will start cruising easily in no time at all!

  • When you start on a longboard, you will feel clumsy initially while trying to get the balance. So before you get a brand new longboard, first find out how it feels to ride on it. Once you’re fully convinced about the sport, you can start going in search of the right one. There are several reviews online on longboards. Click here to know more.
  • Good quality longboards last longer and also make your ride more enjoyable. Know about the various parts from the decks, to the wheels and the bearings and how to check on their quality. Though good quality ones are expensive, it is better to spend on them rather than getting the cheap gear and not being able to ride well which will make you hate the sport.
  • Safety gear while longboarding is very important, particularly when you are new to the sport. Since you glide on concrete and with great errors and trials, when you fall you should not get hurt unduly. Make sure you have proper wrist guards, elbow pads and knee pads to protect your limbs.
  • When you longboard, you should learn to fall the proper way by rolling into the fall, so the injury is not much.
  • Speed is something that most beginners avoid. Carving helps you to control the speed and boost your balance on the board. Foot braking, rolling the board or jumping off are some of the other ways in which you can control the speed.
Oct 10

Getting Fit At Home Without Visiting A Gym

Getting Fit At Home Without Visiting A GymA few days back one of my Crossfit clients said that she’d have to quit her training classes because she’d got transferred to another part of the town, and had to shift her home nearby the place. Since this made the training class too far away, she’d made the decision of quitting. She was not happy with the decision, as she had gained a lot with the training classes and wanted to continue her fitness schedule.

I told her about the mini home gym and how it would serve her purpose well. She was relieved to hear about it, as now she can continue with her exercise without any interruption and in her own home too.

A home gym is one of the best choices when you don’t have a gym nearby or your work schedule doesn’t permit you to spend the necessary time. But being stuck up at home doesn’t necessarily need you to sit in front of the TV and binge on snacks and fast food. This is what happens if it rains and you’re holed up inside your house.

Find a location

The first step is setting up a gym on your own is finding the right location. Having the gym located centrally will help a lot and you need not have a separate room for the gym.

Flooring issues

If you’ve a carpeted floor, it can easily get spoilt by the oil that spills or because of your profuse sweating. A hardwood floor is a much better choice, where you can use a portable mat as padding for the equipment.

High ceiling

Ensure that the ceiling is high enough for the lifting and jumping workouts you do. Too low ceilings can cause you injury, while you’re performing the exercises. The ceiling should leave sufficient space when your arms are extended above fully.

Ventilation

For doing intensive cardio exercises, the room should be well ventilated or you’ll find it very uncomfortable.

Minimal disturbance

Make sure the workouts you do are not causing any disturbance to others in your home. If you have young kids or babies sleeping in the next room, it’ll be hard to do the workout without waking them up with the noise you make. When you choose the location, keep this in mind to avoid such occurrences.

Buying gym equipment

When you are considering buying gym equipment for home use, you should first measure the space present and buy the equipment accordingly. There are assembled all in one equipment and individual units, which you can put together and have a proper workout. There is also DIY gym equipment that can be opted for, if you like to set up everything precisely and orderly.

With a home gym, you need not worry about the commuting, occupied equipment, concerns about hygiene and the monthly costs and accommodation the other tasks to fit in the workout schedule. You get to save more time, money and not feel frustrated about missing the classes when you are too busy.

Oct 09

My Tryst With Boxing Training

My Tryst With Boxing TrainingAs a boy I’d always been in awe of boxing. I used to watch for hours the boxing shows on TV and the competitions were my best favorites. I even had a big punching bag down at the basement of our house, which I used for practice. Recently my friend had invited me to the gym he had been frequenting for some time. He had enrolled in the boxing training session and wanted to show off his newly learnt moves to me.

Given my history with boxing, I readily agreed and met up with him at the gym. The gym was an ultramodern set up with all sophisticated and cool equipment. The best part I liked about the gym was its boxing ring. What I love about boxing is the satisfaction I get when I hit the punching bag. Of course I use my safe and fit boxing gloves when I punch.

I watched my friend use his hooks, undercuts and jabs. I quizzed to him about the moves as it looked like the whole thing needed a highly fit body with great stamina. He told me about the workouts he had to perform daily to stay fit and outlast his opponent at the ring.

Boxers, I found out, needed to be in top shape than any other athletes to excel in the sport. Most boxers are well conditioned, strong and fiery. The awesome endurance they gain is because of the training they undergo for boxing. Core power is built on so strong that you can easily punch someone out of the ring, if you want.

Here are some exercises that you can do to get as fit as a boxer:

Jump rope

This is the most classic boxing exercise. You get to have a lean and strong body with good agility, footwork and coordination.  Further this workout enhances endurance to a great extent. And as these are portable, you can do the workouts anywhere you want. There are variations like high knees, single jumps, double jumps and figure eights.

Burpees

This is for increasing endurance and strength. The regular up and down movements keep you agile and workout all the muscles in the body keeping you fighting fit.

Sit-ups

This is to strengthen the core, so you can give a powerful punch.

Shadow boxing

This is one of the best workout for getting your footwork and movement right while boxing. Make sure you wear good quality boxing gloves, when you practice your punches.

Pushups

The pushups strengthen the arms, chest, shoulders and the core muscles. Since they can be done without any equipment, you can easily perform the exercises anywhere you want.

Chin-ups or pull ups

These are for building the muscles of chest, back, shoulder and the core strength,

Squats

These strengthen the lower part of the body and, when done with kettlebell or sandbag the effect is more pronounced.

Shoulder presses

The shoulder press helps in building endurance and shoulder strength.

When you have good practice at the different types of boxing workouts, your stamina will improve and you will stay for a long time without tiring.

Sep 27

Best Ways to Become a Nail Technician

Best Ways to Become a Nail Technician     A friend of mine was trying to figure out her path. I remember her telling me the story of how she came to her profession, and so, I listened as she told her story. Michelle questioned where she saw herself in the next few years and she definitely knew it wasn’t continuing a four-year university. One day, she sat back and pondered how she could get out of the financial situation she was in and make serious income for herself and her son Cody. One of her great talents was making a female look good; Michelle’s second talent was making people feel good about themselves. While grasping her water bottle, a practical idea came to mind. She was always great at keeping her fingernails as well as her toenails beautiful. Michelle reminded herself of this advertisement she read in a beauty magazine and how easy and rewarding it is when becoming a certified nail technician. I finally learned how her journey began.

She looked at the information and reviews at http://NailTechnicianSchools.net. Michelle is a people person, so interaction was not going to be an issue. She learned about what she was going to do. Tidying up and keeping up grooming of a client’s hands and feet. One of the services that as a nail technician would provide are pedicures (feet grooming). The work Michelle knew she would have to do would go above and beyond just making her clients’ toenails and fingernails look beautiful.

Her mother was kind enough to lend her money for the education. In order for her to become a nail technician, she would have to attend a nail academy or cosmetology school. Michelle found an academy not far from her apartment and only a few minutes from Cody’s daycare. She knew that going to a cosmetology school would have taken longer because there, they do not simply teach nails, but hair and makeup. She learned in the classes how to sterilize her tools and the importance of health and safety. The instructors trained her for months and had her practice on real people. Michelle learned about hygiene, massage techniques, how to identify nail infections, and how to keep them healthy. Also, she learned how to do salon management and  how to start one’s own nail salon.

Altogether she had to complete 400 hours. It varies from state to state, but it takes between 200 to 800 hours of training before taking the test. It took her over a year before she could take her examination. Although there are online courses for part-time or full-time students, Michelle went for classroom (in-person) courses and full-time, might I add. Today, she works at a spa and has been for about two years. She loves what she does, and her and Cody are able to have more fun thanks to the income. She makes about $25,000 and everyone there loves her. I am glad things have improved for Michelle and her son. You can follow your dreams too if you are willing to do the work and put in the time and effort. The best way is to do it your way.

Sep 26

Going Hunting with My New Toy

Going Hunting with My New Toy     I love going hunting with my friends. I starting hunting at a very young age, but it had been years since I’ve done so. That all changed when I met my cousin’s friend, Reggie. Reggie was a true survivalist; his father was a Marine and his mother was an Army nurse. He learned a lot from these two on how to use and collect weapons such as knives, bow and arrows, and guns. I admired him because he was a Boy Scout (I always wanted to be one) and would go hunting and fishing with his father, uncles, and brothers. Chock full of masculinity, and his mom had a mean arm when she would use her recurve bow. Anyway, it was because of my cousin and his friend Reggie that I was able to rekindle my interest in hunting.

I was able to take a look at the best air rifle reviews and make good judgments of what kind of rifle I was truly interested in procuring. Choosing the right rifle is not an easy decision to make, not at all. I was able to take a look at the site’s guide, a pretty intricate guide that I was confident would fit my needs as a huntsman. First, I will discuss in detail the main principles of choosing the right rifle.

It depends on what your intentions are with your brand new rifle. I wanted to hunt small game, like squirrel and rabbit. Knowing this, I knew I needed a single-stroke air rifle since they are harder and quicker to kill. If I was going for bigger game, I would have used a spring-piston air rifle. If you are looking for a firearm for competition, then you would have to check beforehand to see which type of rifle they will allow for the sport.

High caliber pellets are the way to go when hunting your game. I looked into .20 and .22 pellets since they are not too big, but definitely are not too small. I read that it is perfect for hitting small rodents and is perfect for better accuracy.  The .20 and .22 pellets are not best for larger game, so look into other sizes. Mechanisms vary such as CO2, pneumatic, and spring-powered. Now, onto the reviews. I was able to choose the perfect air rifle for myself when I looked through here.

When I looked for a gun, I am looking for something lightweight, easy to handle, and aids in my accuracy when hitting my target. I found the spring-piston rifle with a 4×32 scope. Look pretty cool, all black, inexpensive, and not heavy on me. I knew I found what I was looking for. When Reggie and I went hunting, I was able to kill a few squirrel and I hit a big, fat rabbit that we skinned and cooked for dinner. My new toy helped me with my hunting adventure, that’s for sure.

Sep 25

Reviewing Amazing Digital Pianos with Great Deals

Reviewing Amazing Digital Pianos with Great Deals     Hey everyone, it’s Wade and today I want to take about my experiences with using digital pianos and what digital pianos today are like. In addition to my own personal experiences and examples of today’s pieces, I wanted to share a place where you can read reviews and learn how to find the best digital piano for you. There is a vast variety of digital pianos out there, so how does one narrow it down? It isn’t as difficult as you may assume. I will outline the best digital pianos to choose from as well as a wide variety of keyboards to play with. There are many important things to consider prior to making a huge purchase. Also, learn some buying tips that will make the trip to the store or searching through online easier on your mind and wallet.

Now, let’s learn the differences between digital pianos and keyboards. A digital piano is like the acoustic piano, the tone is different because it was prerecorded versus an actual, traditional piano. It has all the keys like the acoustic as well as the ability to play any piece. It is easier to transport, less expensive, and more versatile. It has a jack for headphones and speakers. A digital keyboard is similar except it doesn’t have the same number keys found on either acoustic or digital piano. It doesn’t create the same sounds that are similarly found on a digital piano and wouldn’t have the same “feel” to it. If you have played on an acoustic piano, the transition to a digital one is much easier, and so, a better pick.

There are several types of digital pianos. The upright digital piano is similar to traditional piano and may even include a cabinet. It is the most popular design. Next up, is the digital piano console. This is like the upright digital piano, but is much smaller. A stage piano is great for hooking up to amplifiers and speakers for a live performance.

Now, learn the seven steps of choosing the right digital piano for you. One, figure out what you want to use the piano for. If you want a piano meant for the stage, get a stage piano; if you are learning how to use a piano, get a full-sized digital piano such as an upright or console. If you are into music production, keyboards are best. Second step, figure out your skill level. Be honest with yourself. If you are a beginner, get a piano with less features. Find what works for you and makes you feel most comfortable. Third, look into the size and portability you are looking for. Measure the area you want the piano to be.

If you plan on moving the piano many times, then it is best to get one that is portable. Fourth, put together a budget. Digital pianos can be under $1,000, and others can be under $2,000. Figure how much you are willing to spend. Fifth, read the reviews online. That way, if there are bad reviews, you will make sure to include it in your decision. Sixth and seventh: learn about the piano’s features and see if they are for you. Afterwards, go out and purchase the piano. Find out about warranty, too.

Sep 25

My Recent Forest Survival Trip

My Recent Forest Survival TripOccasionally we do need to do something out of turn or adventurous to keep up the interest quotient in our lives. Going on an exploration deep into the woods is what I’d call a complete change of scenery from the busy city life. I’m all for it – it lets me climb out of my safety haven and stretch. You get on your pack, sleeping tent, food and everything else that you need for the jaunt and you’re ready to go.

The only hitch in this plan of mine is surviving without all these supplies. I know it is an unimaginable situation to be in. You have nothing but endless trees and rocks and water, if you’re lucky enough to be close by to a river. So how do you survive in such a situation?

Fortunately such a situation has happened to many people and they’ve managed to survive without the supplies and thanks to their experience, it is now possible to people like me to try it out with some practice. Though initially I balked at the idea when one of my hiking friends suggested the idea, soon the danger and challenge appealed to my inner core and true to my instincts I found the experience quite rewarding.

By no supplies, I mean you will not even be left with a knife to save you. You just have to improvise and put your creative mind to use. Here are some of the tips I’ve learnt from my survival trip:

  • Look around closely and see what you can make use of from the tree branches, vines and twigs that are present around you. These make for sticks and ropes.
  • Sharp rocks can be used as knives, wooden sticks for carving your roast and also for building shelter. Bones, shells and fishing lines lying about can be gathered and used. These can be used for hunting.
  • A fallen tree large enough to create a shelter underneath or a cave is best for a shelter. Use pine boughs on top, and other leaves and branches to protect from rain and wind.
  • Hunt for food. It can be nuts, berries or if you know to hunt, you can get meat too. For hunting, I made a recurve bow, like my Bear Grizly recurve bow I have back at home.  When I go on hunting with my friends, I tend to use a keen rangefinder too, know more about my personal choice here. But this time it wasn’t the case, as I was alone versus the nature.
  • Build a fire with the twigs and branches present. Rubbing a dry stick end into a groove on a large wooden trunk will get you spars to start the fire. Pine sap is perfect for starting fire even in wet climates. Use the fire to prepare your dinner
  • In the morning the fire can be banked with green boughs, so they are hot all day long and you can easily start a good fire in the evening.
  • Use day light to collect wood and food and other items that you need to get by.

Building a fire against a dry rock will reflect the heat back to you and by lining the shelter with leaves or pine boughs you can keep the place insulated and not let the heat out. And if you’re planning a survival trip, make sure to inform someone about it before you start and also be sure to inform about the duration of the trip.

My Recent Forest Survival Trip

Sep 24

8 Reasons to Have a Hobby

8 Reasons to Have a HobbyMy mom used to say that everyone should have a hobby to turn to at the end of the day, so they can relax and have a good time. Yes, hobbies give your mind a soothing and pleasant experience, which can make you a better person. While you are young, you have so many chances for pursuing the hobbies of your choice and developing your skills. Parents usually sign up their kids for swimming, music or martial arts classes. There are so many classes from keyboard, drawing and dance to sports like tennis, football and skating that kids can join.

But these habits gradually wane, when we grow up and get more engrossed in our studies, job, career improvement, marriage and kids. I think this should not be the situation. It is important that we have some interest or hobbies outside our normal job and home life. It’s a very rewarding experience, which I’d not miss out on any account. Here are eight reasons on why you need a hobby.

  1. Meet up with people

Whether you are single or have just moved into a new locality, nothing creates as big an opportunity to socialize and find friends like having a hobby. You can join team sports, a sewing class as my wife did or a pottery or craft making class. My wife likes sewing – she uses her favorite serger to create nice clothes, and help me with patching my moth’s sail.

  1. Gives you self-assurance

Hobbies to my knowledge are the best outlet for the troubles you face in life. If you ever feel like your job is not working out as it should, or your relationship is in troubled waters, a hobby lets you build back your self-esteem. While you let yourself immerse in your hobby, whether it is playing the guitar or sewing some clothes, it gives you time to reflect and ruminate and make a clear decision regarding your life.

  1. Stress reliever

Hobbies sort of get you to a happy place, when you are surrounded by utter chaos. A bad argument or some unhappy occurrence at work can be put away for some time with your mind occupied in your hobby.

  1. Adds character to you

I’ve met many people who don’t have anything to talk about other than their work. This can put people off you permanently. Socializing is easy when you have something interesting to talk about like your recent hiking trip to the Himalayas.

  1. Let you connect

The hobby you have can help you connect with likeminded people. For instance, if you’re into gardening, you can find someone with the same interest and striking a conversation and a friendship is easy.

  1. Chase away boredom

This is the best one that I can attest to. If you have an interesting hobby, why would you laze around in the couch and watch all those energy sapping serials and shows on TV? A hobby gives you some purpose and satisfaction too.

  1. Keeps you young

Though you may not find about this now, when you get old these interests keep your mind young and happy.

  1. Boost your outlook

With more knowledge, you give food for your thought and get a good outlook on life, which will enrich it and make you grow stronger and happier.