To be fit and healthy you need to be physically active. Regular physical activity can help protect you from serious diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, diabetes and arthritis. Riding your bicycle regularly is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
Cycling is a healthy, low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from young children to older adults. It is also fun, cheap and good for the environment.
Riding to work or the shops is one of the most time-efficient ways to combine regular exercise with your everyday routine. An estimated one billion people ride bicycles every day – for transport, recreation and sport.
Cycling for health and fitness It only takes two to four hours a week to achieve a general improvement to your health. Cycling is:
Low impact – it causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise.
A good muscle workout– cycling uses all of the major muscle groups as you pedal.
Easy – unlike some other sports, cycling does not require high levels of physical skill. Most people know how to ride a bike and, once you learn, you don’t forget.
Good for strength and stamina– cycling increases stamina, strength and aerobic fitness.
As intense as you want– cycling can be done at very low intensity to begin with, if recovering from injury or illness, but can be built up to a demanding physical workout.
A fun way to get fit– the adventure and buzz you get from coasting down hills and being outdoors means you are more likely to continue to cycle regularly, compared to other physical activities that keep you indoors or require special times or places.
Time-efficient – as a mode of transport, cycling replaces sedentary (sitting) time spent driving motor vehicles or using trams, trains or buses with healthy exercise
Health benefits of regular cycling Cycling is mainly an aerobic activity, which means that your heart, blood vessels and lungs all get a workout. You will breathe deeper, perspire and experience increased body temperature, which will improve your overall fitness level.
I have seen so many professional business cards with a gmail
address on it and my first instinct is never to take that person seriously!
Maybe it is just my way of filtering the noise but how many companies and
business executives do the same thing as me when they look at a business card
with a Gmail, Hotmail or yahoo address?
Most people will say, this is a way of keeping costs down and to use as much
free stuff when you starting out in business.
Personally, using the FREE EMAIL risks the following;
You missing out on Marketing Opportunities
A perfect way for your Brand to stick at the minds of people
is when you use your own business name in an email address. The business sells
itself without making an effort.
Using the FREE EMAIL, makes you lose that marketing
It looks unprofessional
Flashy looking business cards with a gmail, yahoo or even a Hotmail
email address just looks unprofessional. As much as someone appears to look and
play the play the part, the FREE Email address makes you look like a fake. It
is like a Michael Jackson impersonator – everything looks real until they open their
voice to SING.
Hackers love FREE email account
Free EMAIL account are so easy to hack! A lot of hacks on
email happens on gmail, yahoo and Hotmail. Using your own business email makes
it harder to be hacked.
Can be mistaken for a SPAM
Have you wondered why most of your proposals sent to
companies and business never get a reply? Maybe because it was mistaken has a
spam and its’ either blocked or sitting in the spam box. Free EMAILS are
associated with SPAM and 9/10 your proposal would be considered the same.
It is not hard to get your own domain name. A lot of ISP’s
provide that already.
I used to use a google business before when I registered shellnetpng.com but they started charging monthly for every other email account created. I now use ONE.COM, as I can have as many email address under just one domain account name.
If you need your own domain name – hit me up and I can
Its been almost 12 months since I last posted anything here and this is largely due to this Covid-19 pandemic that has got me holed up without any significant travel.
I guess that’s an excuse so I’ll just get straight to my post for this evening.
How to buy bitcoin and any other cryptocurrencies! I must say that I tried to stay away from the subject of cryptocurrency for a while as it just didnt get integrated into the financial system quickly. But having watched bitcoin hit the price of $56,000 and moves taken by major investment funds to start buying bitcoin, I think we about to just make something out of this cryptocurrency.
I am writing this post, to largely target 3rd world countries who still struggle to buy any cryptocurrency and would be subject of scammers who want to take away your investments with bitcoin. So I want to help you as much as possible to make the right decision and be safe with your investments
So here is the good news… You don’t need a middleman to do your buying of bitcoin or cryptocurrencies. You can do it yourself in 5 easy steps. Requirements: Visa Debit Card or Master Debit Card (must have money for purchase), email account and phone number
STEP 1: Create an online account with one of the major Platform providers. (I use Coinbase and Kraken)
TradeStation – Best Trading Platform.
Coinbase – Best Crypto Exchange.
eToro – Low Fees.
Kraken – Maker-Taker Fee Schedule.
Bittrex – Most Altcoins.
Gemini – Offers Gemini Dollar.
Robinhood – Best Mobile App
STEP 2: Check if they can accept your Visa Debt Card They may need to do KYC checks and wont accept your VISA which happens alot as you in the 3rd world countries where KYC checks are really difficult for them. If they accept your Visa Card – go straight to STEP 4
STEP 3: Use a 3rd party website to buy bitcoin before you can transfer to your wallet which you created in STEP 1. I used to use a site called Virwox and it closed down. Now I used a site call ZenGo
STEP 4: Deposit funds into your Wallet. (Make sure you alert your bank that you are doing online purchase) You can start as little as K100.00 or as high as K10,000.00 depending on the daily limits on your card
STEP 5: Hold and Pray The process will take from 5-20mins to be reflected in your wallet. Once you it appears, you are done. You can hold that bitcoin in your wallet for as long as you want. Just monitor the price of bitcoin and pray it rises before you can sell it
Dangers: Buying and trading bitcoin has some problems as well. 1. Withdrawal, you need to be able to change that into your local currency. This is one of the biggest hurdles for 3rd world countries 2. Loss of Access to your wallet. Many people lose access to their wallet as they lost the 12 word phase code, or they lost their own mobile number or even lost access to their emails. (that’s how I lost my 8 bitcoins) 3. Platforms closed down. Some platforms and wallets gets closed out and you can lose your cryptocurrencies if you dont check your emails for any notifications.
Personally, I do BUY & HOLD strategy on cryptocurrencies. I dont have an intention to ‘SORT’ it out like what most ‘day-traders’ do.
One cannot help but ask the obvious questions regarding the connection between the 5G and outbreak of Covid-19 around the world. It is so coincidental that the impact of Covid-19 will increase the demand for connectivity and thus drive the need for 5G.
Convid-19 has force the entire world to rely heavily on technology. There has been increase longer conference calls; increase in demand for broadband and more importantly increase in demand for mobile connectivity.
“Isolation” is the new buzzword and brought to you by 5G!
I have tried to look at articles connecting Corona Virus and 5G and stumbled about this website. I will copy & paste the article for ease of my readers.
March 21, 2020. Several people have asked me the question that is circulating among EMF experts, “Is there a connection between the outbreak of the CoVid-19 and deployment of 5G networks around the world?”
I have been following the conversations regarding this and my opinion is as follows:
1. Immune System Impairment
The best scientific evidence we have is that exposure to electrosmog (non-ionizing radiation from power frequencies to microwaves) impairs the immune system. This is well documented in the scientific literature. If your immune system is compromised because of electrosmog or because of certain medications you are taking or because you are elderly or very young you are likely to have a more severe and/or prolonged response to CoVId-19. Dr. Joel Moskowitz has a blog on his website, Research on the Effects of Wireless Radiation Exposure on the Immune System, that I recommend you read. Here is the abstract from one publication by Dr. Stanislaw Szmigielski.
Szmigielski S. 2013. Reaction of the immune system to low-level RF/MW exposures. Science of the Total Environment.454-455:393-400.
Abstract Radiofrequency (RF) and microwave (MW) radiation have been used in the modern world for many years. The rapidly increasing use of cellular phones in recent years has seen increased interest in relation to the possible health effects of exposure to RF/MW radiation. In 2011 a group of international experts organized by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon) concluded that RF/MW radiations should be listed as a possible carcinogen (group 2B) for humans. The incomplete knowledge of RF/MW-related cancer risks has initiated searches for biological indicators sensitive enough to measure the “weak biological influence” of RF/MWs. One of the main candidates is the immune system, which is able to react in a measurable way to discrete environmental stimuli.
In this review, the impacts of weak RF/MW fields, including cell phone radiation, on various immune functions, both in vitro [cell culture studies] and in vivo [live animal studies], are discussed. The bulk of available evidence clearly indicates that various shifts in the number and/or activity of immunocompetent cells [cells that can develop an immune response] are possible, however the results are inconsistent. For example, a number of lymphocyte [small white blood cells especially found in the lymphatic system] functions have been found to be enhanced and weakened within single experiments based on exposure to similar intensities of MW radiation.
Certain premises exist which indicate that, in general, short-term exposure to weak MW radiation may temporarily stimulate certain humoral* or cellular immune functions, while prolonged irradiation inhibits the same functions.
We have evidence that some people have an autonomic nervous system response to microwave radiation. They have either an irregular heart rate or a rapid heart rate when they are exposed to microwaves. We have published on this and also provide a youtube video on the research conducted. This has been known for decades and those working with microwave radiation were recommend to have their heart tested for any abnormalities to ensure their safety. If the heart becomes irregular it has difficulty pumping enough blood to all body parts and since the blood is what brings oxygen to cells this could lead to anoxia (insufficient oxygen) and make breathing more difficult.
Havas M, Marrongelle J, Pollner B, Kelley E, Rees CRG, and Tully L. 2010. Provocation study using heart rate variability shows microwave radiation from 2.4 GHz cordless phone affects autonomic nervous system. Non-thermal effects and mechanisms of interaction between electromagnetic fields and living matter Mattioli 1885, 2010: 273-300, ISBN 9788862611664
Aim: The effect of pulsed (100 Hz) microwave (MW) radiation on heart rate variability (HRV) was tested in a double blind study. Materials and Methods: Twenty-five subjects in Colorado between the ages of 37 to 79 completed an electrohypersensitivity (EHS) questionnaire. After recording their orthostatic HRV, we did continuous real-time monitoring of HRV in a provocation study, where supine subjects were exposed for 3-minute intervals to radiation gener-ated by a cordless phone at 2.4 GHz or to sham exposure. Results: Question-naire: Based on self-assessments, participants classified themselves as extremely electrically sensitive (24%), moderately (16%), slightly (16%), not sensitive (8%) or with no opinion (36%) about their sensitivity. The top 10 symptoms experienced by those claiming to be sensitive include memory prob-lems, difficulty concentrating, eye problems, sleep disorder, feeling unwell, headache, dizziness, tinnitus, chronic fatigue, and heart palpitations. The five most common objects allegedly causing sensitivity were fluorescent lights, antennas, cell phones, Wi-Fi, and cordless phones. Provocation Experiment: Forty percent of the subjects experienced some changes in their HRV attribut-able to digitally pulsed (100 Hz) MW radiation. For some the response was extreme (tachycardia), for others moderate to mild (changes in sympathetic nervous system and/or parasympathetic nervous system). and for some there was no observable reaction either because of high adaptive capacity or because of systemic neurovegetative exhaustion. Conclusions: Orthostatic HRV combined with provocation testing may provide a diagnostic test for some EHS sufferers when they are exposed to electromagnetic emitting devices. This is the first study that documents immediate and dramatic changes in both Hearth Rate (HR) and HR variability (HRV) associated with MW exposure at levels 18-havas:18-havas 11-10-2010 9:14 Pagina 273 well below (0.5%) federal guidelines in Canada and the United States (1000 microW/cm 2).
Here is another study documenting changes in HRV (heart rate variability) for those exposed to medium frequency EMR.
Bortkiewicz, A, E Gadzicka, and M Zmysl. 1996. Heart rate variability in workers exposed to medium-frequency electromagnetic fields. Journal of the Autonomic Nervous System 59(3):91-7.
This study was undertaken to evaluate the neurovegetative regulation of the heart in workers occupationally exposed to medium frequency (MF) electromagnetic (EM) fields. The subjects were 71 workers of MF broadcast stations, aged 20-68 (mean 47.1) with the duration of work under exposure ranging from 2-40 years and 22 workers of radio link stations, aged 21-65 (mean 46.9) who were not exposed to MF EM fields. The distribution of age and work tenure in both groups did not differ significantly. Heart rate variability (HRV) was analysed basing on 512 normal heart evolutions registered in resting, from the body surface, using the Medea-HRV system. The analysis concerned time-domain and frequency-domain parameters of HRV using fast fourier transformation. Power spectrum in the low (0.05-0.15 Hz) and high (0.15-0.35 Hz) frequency bands (LF and HF, respectively) was determined. Statistically insignificant differences found between exposed and non-exposed groups were found either in time- or in frequency-domain parameters of HRV. No correlation between the power spectrum and the subjects age was noted. Such a relationship, however, could be observed in the control group. In the study group a statistically significant negative correlation was found between the maximum intensity of EM fields and HF power spectrum. Thus it was concluded that occupational exposure to EM fields brings about impairments in the neurovegetative regulation of the cardiovascular function.
3. Blood Rouleau Formation
We have evidence that some individuals develop rouleau of their red blood cells. In other words, their red blood cells instead of repelling each other begin to stick together making the blood more viscous. This could impede oxygen delivery to cells making breathing more laboured. We have published on this as well.
Havas, M. 2013. Radiation from wireless technology affects the blood, the heart, and the autonomic nervous system Reviews on Environmental Health 28(2-3):75-84.
Abstract Exposure to electrosmog generated by electric, electronic, and wireless technology is accelerating to the point that a portion of the population is experiencing adverse reactions when they are exposed. The symptoms of electrohypersensitivity (EHS), best described as rapid aging syndrome, experienced by adults and children resemble symptoms experienced by radar operators in the 1940s to the 1960s and are well described in the literature. An increasingly common response includes clumping (rouleau formation) of the red blood cells, heart palpitations, pain or pressure in the chest accompanied by anxiety, and an upregulation of the sympathetic nervous system coincident with a downregulation of the parasympathetic nervous system typical of the “fight-or-flight” response. Provocation studies presented in this article demonstrate that the response to electrosmog is physiologic and not psychosomatic. Those who experience prolonged and severe EHS may develop psychologic problems as a consequence of their inability to work, their limited ability to travel in our highly technologic environment, and the social stigma that their symptoms are imagined rather than real.
4. 60 GHz and Oxygen Absorption Hypothesis.
Some claim that the CoVic-19 outbreak was more severe in areas that had deployed 5G millimetre waves early and that somehow this radiation is making the virus more infectious or that people are responding to the millimetre waves rather than the virus. This is a possibility but currently there is no evidence to support this assertion.
We have evidence that some infectious agents became more virulent following deployment of other parts of the electromagnetic spectrum and an excellent book on this is “The Invisible Rainbow” by Arthur Firstenberg. This is one of the best books detailing the history and biological effects of electromagnetic pollution. You can purchase it at Chelsea Green Publishing.
One of the assertions is that 60 GHz frequencies are used in Wuhan Province and on the Princess Cruise Lines and that 60 GHz frequencies are absorbed by oxygen in the atmosphere. Should someone inhale oxygen that is stimulated by this frequency it will change the vibrational quality of the oxygen molecules and this will not bind as readily to hemoglobin resulting in an oxygen deficit.
We have evidence that oxygen does have an absorption peak at 60 GHz but the other assertions, to my knowledge, remain unsupported by scientific data. Clearly more research is required.
Around 700 BC, the poet Hesiod’s Theogony offered the first written cosmogony, or origin story, of Greek mythology. The Theogony tells the story of the universe’s journey from nothingness (Chaos, a primeval void) to being, and details an elaborate family tree of elements, gods and goddesses who evolved from Chaos and descended from Gaia (Earth), Ouranos (Sky), Pontos (Sea) and Tartaros (the Underworld).
Greek Mythology: The Olympians
At the center of Greek mythology is the pantheon of deities who were said to live on Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece. From their perch, they ruled every aspect of human life. Olympian gods and goddesses looked like men and women (though they could change themselves into animals and other things) and were–as many myths recounted–vulnerable to human foibles and passions.
The twelve main Olympians are:
Zeus (Jupiter, in Roman mythology): the king of all the gods (and father to many) and god of weather, law and fate
Hera (Juno): the queen of the gods and goddess of women and marriage
Aphrodite (Venus): goddess of beauty and love
Apollo (Apollo): god of prophesy, music and poetry and knowledge
Ares (Mars): god of war
Artemis (Diana): goddess of hunting, animals and childbirth
Athena (Minerva): goddess of wisdom and defense
Demeter (Ceres): goddess of agriculture and grain
Dionysos (Bacchus): god of wine, pleasure and festivity
Hephaistos (Vulcan): god of fire, metalworking and sculpture
Hermes (Mercury): god of travel, hospitality and trade and Zeus’s personal messenger
Poseidon (Neptune): god of the sea
Other gods and goddesses sometimes included in the roster of Olympians are:
Hades (Pluto): god of the underworld
Hestia (Vesta): goddess of home and family
Eros (Cupid): god of sex and minion to Aphrodite
Greek Mythology: Heroes and Monsters
Greek mythology does not just tell the stories of gods and goddesses, however.
Human heroes–such as Heracles, the adventurer who performed 12 impossible labors for King Eurystheus (and was subsequently worshipped as a god for his accomplishment); Pandora, the first woman, whose curiosity brought evil to mankind; Pygmalion, the king who fell in love with an ivory statue; Arachne, the weaver who was turned into a spider for her arrogance; handsome Trojan prince Ganymede who became the cupbearer for the gods; Midas, the king with the golden touch; and Narcissus, the young man who fell in love with his own reflection–are just as significant. Monsters and “hybrids” (human-animal forms) also feature prominently in the tales: the winged horse Pegasus, the horse-man Centaur, the lion-woman Sphinx and the bird-woman Harpies, the one-eyed giant Cyclops, automatons (metal creatures given life by Hephaistos), manticores and unicorns, Gorgons, pygmies, minotaurs, satyrs and dragons of all sorts. Many of these creatures have become almost as well known as the gods, goddesses and heroes who share their stories.
Are you like me who just doesn’t like to buy gifts for anyone when travelling? If you are…..whats your excuses???
Me….I dont have room in my luggage as I travel light!
Now that doesn’t always settle down with alot of people and most think I am just an ungrateful person and do not like them.
I do make exceptions thou…..and usually make exceptions for friends who are genuine and they usually send me payments for any gifts they want.
Another exception are for friends and family which I probably missed out on Christmas gift or birthday gifts and I feel horrible about that as well.
So this week it was a hunt for a Genuine Hand-made Greek Sandals just to make up for a failed Christmas gift…..yeap….I failed miserable last Christmas.
So had to walk around the whole Island of Naxos in Greece just to find the perfect Sandals. After about an hour of searching I came across this little shop tucked away in a narrow street alley.
Pagonis create high quality handmade leather Greek sandals the past 80 years. The Pagonis family is evolving the craftsmanship of manufacturing the best Greek Sandals
The owners of the firm “PAGONIS” specialize in the art of making leather goods and have been involved in this business, working on the island of Naxos since 1940. The first generation of the family learnt the secrets of leather and shoemaking from their uncles Andrea and Manoli Diasiti, who had a shoemaking workshop in the previous century.
In 1940 the three brothers of the Pagonis family made their own workshop, supplying the Naxos market with handmade shoes, whose notable characteristics were their innovative designs and their unrivalled quality.
In 1950 the family business moved to Athens where a modern shoe and leather goods factory was opened with the name of “ PAGONIS” Bros. The products were on sale in well known Athens shops.
In 1982 the name “PAGONIS” reappeared in Naxos, it’s owners running a successful business with two retail shoe and leather goods shops and a workshop. This new page in the history of the company was initiated by Kostas S. Pagonis, who belong to the second generation of the family.
Our efforts over all these years have been with the aim of continuing the worthy traditions and with the emphasis on maintaining the quality of our products, on offering a wide choice, competitive prices and a personal service. Now, at the beginning of another new century, we have new ideas but also a strong basis from which to keep progressing, aiming always for better promotion, in Greece and worldwide, of the craft which we love and it’s products – Kosta Pagonis
A walk around Athens and you’d surely come up to a important ancient sites from the Classical and Roman times
The Acropolis also called the Sacred Rock, is the most important ancient heritage of the country. It is also the trademark and most famous site of Athens and of Greece. It has been the main attraction of Athens since the 5th century BC and is dedicated to Athena, the goddess of wisdom and protector of the city.
The Parthenon, the most famous ancient Greek temple ever, stands proudly over the modern megalopolis of Athens, a reminder of the great civilization he has witnessed. The Acropolis can be seen from almost every part of Athens. It was and still is, without any doubt, the ultimate achievement of the city classical and architectural glory
The Herodeion Theatre is one of the most impressive monuments of Athens and it is today hosting the Athens Festival with performances of theatre, music, and dance. The theatre is open to visitors only during performances. It is located at the south slope of the Acropolis and was added in 161 AD during the Roman rule. The theatre was built by Herodes Atticus, a wealthy Roman, in memory of his wife Regilla. It has exceptional acoustic capacities and can sit up to 5,000 spectators. It has a facade of 28 m high and 2,4 m width.
Temple of Hephaestus
The Temple of Hephaestus is the best preserved Doric temple in Greece. It was dedicated to Hephaestus, the god of the forge, hence the reason why the temple used to be in the center of numerous metalwork shops and foundries. It was built during Pericles rebuilding program.
Temple of Zeus
The Temple of Olympian Zeus took 700 years to be built and is the larger that was ever created. The work was completed by Emperor Hadrian in 131 AD. The huge Temple is composed of 104 Corinthian columns of 17 m high. Very little is left of his greatness today since only 17 columns are still standing.
The Panathenaic (Roman) Stadium was built in the 4th century BC. It was hosting the Panathenaic Athletic contests. Herodes Atticus inaugurated the stadium when he rebuilds the seats with Pentelic marble. The stadium was strangely abandoned for centuries. It was finally restored in order to welcome the first modern Olympic Games of 1896.
Arch of Hadrian
The Arch of Hadrian was built by Emperor Hadrian in 132 AD in order to mark the limit between Ancient Athens and his new city. It is also a commemoration of the consecration of the Temple of Olympian Zeus. It is located at the end of Amalias Avenue.
I wanted to visit some Greek islands before my trip back to Papua New Guinea early February. My online search recommended Mykonos and Santorini as the place to go. However, when I told my travel agent ‘Makis’ that I wanted to go Mykonos……he was like……’there is nobody there’! Mykonos only comes to life during summer but now is winter and everyone has left.
He then recommended that I do Naxos instead. I was reluctant as I didn’t read up Naxos and I didn’t think it was fun to visit as well. He told there is a new place ‘Grotta Hotel’ that he can put me up for a few nights before I go Santorini.
I reluctantly agreed…….so he book me on a on a trip to the Greek island of Naxos. Naxos is located in the South Aegean and is the largest of the Cycladic islands filled with white-washed, cube-shaped houses and vibrant small town life.
As soon as I arrived at ‘Grotta Hotel’ I was blown away on how beautiful the view is. . It was a small but luxurious place to stay and had a stunning view of the sea both from the windows and patio and also from the restaurant.
Lucky for me, it was located right on a hill ner the beach. It was incredible to wake up each morning with the Aegean in our front yards, and I would highly recommend renting a villa or room here if you are planning to visit Naxos.
As since, it just opened. I was the only ‘Lonely Guest’ in the most beautiful, scenic hotel one could ever imagine to stay. I stayed there for two nights and were taken aback by the beauty of the island and architecture, as well as the local culture and food.
To make the most of your trip to Naxos, I recommend that you rent a car, so you have the autonomy to explore the island yourself. There are so many incredible sites to visit and renting a car opposed to relying on public transformation or hiring a driver gives you a lot more freedom.
Naxos is somewhere I would recommend visiting if you find your way to Greece, and offers so many ways to experience the culture, cuisine, and history. I would most definitely recommend taking the trek to this island for the experience of a lifetime.
Much is still unknown about the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak and health officials are urging vigilance.
That means travelers crisscrossing the globe should be aware of the virus, steer clear of heavily impacted areas and exercise some of the same kinds of preventive measures they’d use to avoid influenza and other illnesses.
Whilst the virus is mainly in China and more specifically Wuzan Province, there are reported cases of it in Australia, Japan, United States and Singapore. In Wuzan Province, everyone is locked away indoors as they believe the virus is spread by Human-to-Human contact
Health Authorities around the region are stepping up their efforts to ensure everyone is screened an border controls are also on high alert.
But does this health warning stop anyone from travelling for business or leisure? I think it shouldn’t and I do believe every traveler should practice personal health safeguards that would prevent them from catching any of these virus.
Here are some tips to take with you when you travel or in at the airport.
Codral Night & day, if you free sick – 90% chances are its common cold
Asprin – always take those for any headaches
Bandanas or scarfs – you can use them just to cover your mouth and it will still look good
face mask is a must
Take some sunnies as well
Eat only Warm/hot food –
don’t eat any food that is cold
always wipe clean food that is exposed to air
Don’t shake hands – just do fist bumps
Avoid hugging anyone
Use paper towels as oppose to air blowers in bathroom
Hand sanitizers – always wipe your hands before you want to touch your eyes and mouth.
Always wipe fruits such as apples before you eat as they are exposed
And finally, if you can do it…….try stay away from the reported areas.
Ending this decade with a discovery of a perfect spot for a truly Papua New Guinean experience.
Now you may ask me, what do you mean by a Papua New Guinean experience? Well, I have friends who have traveled to Papua New Guinea and want to soak up what Papua New Guinea is all about. Friends who have visited for the weekend, stayed 2 weeks and even some stayed as long as 3 months.
Off course, flying them to Kokopo, Kavieng, Manus, Mt Hagen and Goroka would be the perfect cultural indoctrination for them.
But how about those who are here for business? That time is against them and all they need is an injection of Papua New Guinea in a day?
I dont want to show them Apec Haus, the hotels, the potholes and Gordon’s market. Nor do I want to show them the museums, the Parliament Haus or even the filthy Boroko Bus stop. I want to show them the real Papua New Guinean living even if it is only 1 night.
So my quest of find the perfect spot lead me to this discovery of the decade!
Gelebara Kite Club……
A small setup by my newfound friend Pako. Now, I didnt think I’d find this place after hearing it from a few friends. But after scruff-ling over the internet for a few days, I came across Pako’s contact details.
Fate has it that the number works…….and within a few hours, the drive to discovery the perfect ‘shot of Papua New Guinea’ begins.
Gelebara Kite Club offers visitors a full beachfront, has 3 huts which are for rent, visitors can bring their own tents and setup. They provide cooking facilities, also pit toilets, rain water, and the can cook for you as well.
You can even lease the whole property for the weekend and have your own private functions, beach weddings or just time alone
What more can you ask for as an experience?
You can swim out the sea….walk a mile on the white sandy beach and as the sun sets, watch God paint the sky for you.
The financial crisis is one inseparable part of a person’s
life, and it may come in anyone’s life, without any notice. There are
situations when the most financially stable person would seek support. Any they
come at any time of our lives without notice.
That need for financial support is complemented by a loan,
which could be a formal arrangement with the banks, financial institutions or
informal money markets with individuals. The loans are either business loans,
housing loans and the widely use loans are the personal loans.
When the credit is availed by the banks, other financial
agencies and informal money markets for the personal use, it is called Personal Loans. This Personal Loan has
come to the rescue of the many people, with the instant availability of funds.
These Personal Loans have always been the helping hands during the urgent needs
of the people and have solved various unavoidable circumstances in a person’s
But at the same time, the Personal Loan has been a cause of
worry for many. Even, if the Personal Loans have been the lifesavers many
times, they are the ones, which come with some hidden traps too
In Papua New Guinea, the desire for fast personal loans to
patch the gap before the next payday has forced many people to turn to INFORMAL MONEY MARKETS. The main reason
for this is the CONVENIENCE, quick
turnaround and the ZERO paperwork that comes with the requests for a loan.
As always, convenience comes with a price, and the price for
this informal money market is very high. The interest charge for these loans
are usually between 30-60 percent and only for a short period usually within
The formula used for this interest calculation is the SIMPLE FORMULA.
You borrow K1, 000.00 at rate of 40% for 2 weeks; you pay K1, 400.00 at the end
of the 2 weeks. If you do not pay at the end of the 2nd week, they
charge another 40% on that K1, 400.00 and you end up paying K1, 960.00 after a
These informal money markets has sadly been a DEBT-TRAPPED for many Papua New Guineans
who were not able to pay their loan when the loan sharks come calling.
Then there is the Banks and the Financial Institutions who
also offer personal loans aside from housing loans and business loans.
The requirements for personal loans, housing loans and
business loans varies from each Bank and financial institutions. However, the
calculation of the interest charge is the same across all those different
I will discuss the Housing Loan and how interest are charge,
it is no different to a personal loan and business loan.
Personal loans have higher interest rates, Kina Bank charges
about 20% p.a and BSP charges at about 27% per annum. Home Loans have lower interest rates. Kina
Bank Charges 6.5% interest on home loans whilst BSP Bank charges 6%, however
BSP has a special of 4% per annum for the First Home Ownership Scheme over a
period of 40 years.
Let’s use the FHOS of BSP to do a calculation of K400,000
for period of 40 years at 4% per annum interest
These Banks and financial institutions use COMPOUNDING FORMULA to calculate
interest payable and additional charge interest on any outstanding loans which
the called CAPITALISATION. There 2 calculations, the first is for the
repayment amount for the duration of the loan and the other is the interest
charge on any outstanding loans. The interest is calculated daily and charge
4% annual interest rate needs to be change into
an effective monthly rate. Therefore we divide 4%/12 months = 0.3% effective
Number of repayments would be 40 years multiple
by 12 months, therefore 40 x 12 = 480
Calculating the Monthly repayment using the formula
above gives you K1, 573.64 which is monthly repayment
Aside of the fixed repayment, there is also an
interest charged for loan outstanding. This interest is calculated daily and
charged monthly, this charge is called CAPITALISATION.
A simple spreadsheet of repayment looks like this after calculations are done, it is done using a compounding formula
The BIGGEST TRAP
in this Formal Loan is that the loan interest is charged daily and added to the
loan amount monthly. This interest on loan increases the loan amount each month,
and whilst we pay fixed amount monthly, the repayment would not seem to make
any difference as CAPITALISATION
costs keeps adding up.
The only way to get out of this formal debt-trap is that you find ways
to pay more than then monthly repayment, any lump sum amount or extra
repayments would assist in getting out of this, otherwise, it would take more
than 40 years to completely pay of your debt.