Tips for a Smooth Check In and Check Out at the Airport

Airports have heightened its security over the years to ensure the safety of passengers and everyone inside the place. To avoid delays, here are some tips to make your check in and check out as smoothly as possible.

  1. Avoid packing up things that are not allowed inside the airport. You can always check for the things that are prohibited or restricted with your airline.
  2. Go to the airport ahead of time. It is better to be at the airport an hour or two earlier before the flight.
  3. If you are not navigating in your home airport, check the airport map and familiarize yourself with the locations of different facilities inside the airport.
  4. It is better to weigh your bag before check-in. Many airports have installed scales, weigh your bag to make sure they are not overweight before you reach the check-in counter.
  5. In most cases, it is better to travel with carry on baggage, but if you are travelling with items unapproved for hand carrying, check them in.
  6. Before check-in, make sure to prepare all the necessary documents. Have in hand all the items and documentation you need before you fall in line.

World Red Cross Day

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is an international humanitarian movement based in Geneva, Switzerland. It was founded to ensure respect for all human beings, to protect human life and health and to prevent and alleviate human suffering. It has approximately 97 million volunteers, members and staff worldwide nowadays.

Every May 8 of each year is the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. It is the celebration of the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and also the birthday of Henry Dunant, the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross. The first Red Cross Day was celebrated in 1948. The official name for the celebration has changed over time and it became “World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day” in 1984.

People all around the world show support for the work of around 17 million volunteers by wearing red. Also on this day, local heroes that have made invaluable contributions in life protection are being recognized. It is also celebrated through blood donations and fund raising.

This year’s theme is the same as last year’s “ Everywhere for everyone,” which reminds people anywhere on Earth, that the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is working all around the world, every hour of every day.

Show your support on social media by using #RedCrescentDay #RedCrossDay on all your posts and updates in connection with the celebration.

Fascinating Treehouses Around the World

Treehouses are structures built around, next to or among the trunk or branches of one or more mature trees while above ground level. They are every children’s dream and over the years, the concept of treehouses have changed from a kids playground to something as modern as suites and restaurants. Here are some of the world’s most fascinating treehouses:

Three-Storey Treehouse

We often see a single-storey treehouse but in Canada, they have three-storey which can be found in The Enchanted Forest in British Columbia, Canada. The treehouse is the major attraction in the place and the tallest treehouse in British columbia.

Photo credit: Go Big or Go Home Blog
Photo credit: Go Big or Go Home Blog

Minister’s Treehouse

Standing at 100 feet, this structure is said to be the tallest tree house in world. It was built entirely out of reclaimed wood by Horace Burgess in Crossville, Tennessee USA.

Photo credit: Andy Melton (Flickr)
Photo credit: Andy Melton (Flickr)

Yellow Treehouse Restaurant

This restaurant in Auckland, New Zealand, started its construction in 2009. This chrysalis-inspired treehouse is designed to be weather-resistant and is able to host up to 18 guests at a time.

Photo credit: Huh Magazine
Photo credit: Huh Magazine

Plane Treehouse (Costa Rica)

This is actually the vintage 1965 Boeing 727 which was bought by Joanne Ussary for $2,000.00. She spent $4,000.00 to move the plane and $24,000.00 to renovate and turn it into Executive Suite 727 tree house, which is located on the edge of the Manuel Antonia National Park, Costa Rica.

Treehouse for Birds and People

This modern tree house concept by Nendo is a 78-room bird apartment where human visitors get a peek into the lives of birds. This is a work of a 35-year old Japanese designer, Oki Sato and is located in Andu Momofuku Centre, Japan.

Photo credit: Nendo
Photo credit: Nendo

Rarest Foods Around the World

People love to eat and our love for food lead us to search for more unique types and kinds. Here are some of the world’s rarest foods. They might be a lot more expensive than the usual but once we have had them on our plate, that gives us so much satisfaction and happiness that is not worth any amount of money in the world.

White Truffle

Truffles are fungi associated with tree roots. White truffle is one of the highly prized edible truffle. It is mainly found in Piedmont region in northern Italy and their price in the market can soar to as high as , $14,200 per kilogram.

Photo credit: MatthiasKabel
Photo credit: MatthiasKabel

Saffron

It is an Indian spice used as a seasoning and coloring agent in food. To produce a pound of it, around 75,000 saffron flowers must be grown. That’s almost a size of a football field. A pound of saffron retails from $500 to $5,000 depending on quality.

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Densuke Watermelon

This watermelon, which weighs up to 11kg, is recognizable for its exterior. Unlike the usual watermelons, it is solid black and has no stripes. It is grown only on the island of Hokkaido in Japan and only 10,000 pieces are produced each year. Average selling price is around $250 but the first harvested Densuke watermelons were sold for $6,300.

Photo credit: By [puamelia] (Flickr: Densuke watermelon) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo credit: By [puamelia] (Flickr: Densuke watermelon) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bird’s Nest Soup

This is a Chinese delicacy which is made literally from a bird’s nest. The nests are created by cave swifts, a species of bird, from their saliva. The nests are said to have high nutritional values and exquisite flavor. Due to rarity in harvesting the nests, a kilogram of it costs from $2,000 up to 10,000 depending on its kind and quality.

Photo credit: InterContinental Hong Kong (Flickr)
Photo credit: InterContinental Hong Kong (Flickr)

Almas Caviar

Caviar are fish eggs that are relatively hard to produce. Almas Caviar is the most expensive type. It came from the eggs of Beluga Sturgeon fish, an ancient species that is believed to have been around since the dinosaurs. These eggs are so rare that it would take 20 years before a Beluga Sturgeon could produce them. A kilo of Almas caviar can cost upwards of $25,000.

Photo credit: www.almascaviar.com
Photo credit: www.almascaviar.com

What You Need to Know about Bar Etiquette

A bar or a pub is an establishment that sells alcoholic beverages like beer, wine, liquor cocktails and the likes. Since bars are public drinking places, the customers here are a mixture of different races and cultures. Here are some bar etiquette that you may want to keep in mind to maintain a friendly atmosphere among the people inside a bar.

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1.Bring cash. If you are alone in a bar and having only a drink, you should pay in cash. You are wasting the bartender’s time and delaying his tip if you’re not.

2.Don’t ask the bartender to give you a little extra. Most bars measure their shots and drinks. They have rules with regards to the amount of serving and managers watch carefully if the staff follow the rules, since they make money out of beverages.

3.Don’t get attention by whistling or snapping your fingers. It is rude and insulting.

4.Don’t argue. There are times, people inside the bar would drink more than what is good for them. If you happen to be in that situation, don’t argue with the bartender. It is better to leave the bar.

5.Make sure to tip the bartender. Tip more if you’ve got a better service.