“Penguins are cool,” a friend of mine once said.
“Well, of course they are,” I joked, not realising that one day, they will show me the way out of dark.
I was in Christchurch, New Zealand. I had taken a leave of absence from my office, packed my bags and left with a thought that said- “I really need to relax.” Exhaustion. Yes. All my life, I made fun of people who said they were tired and then, I found myself struggling through days. What caused it: Job, drive, traffic, money and responsibilities. Hence, I took a swift trip to New Zealand.
I was on a 2 weeks trip. For one whole week, I just sat by the pool, lay beside the pool, ate beside the pool and did nothing else. “When you do nothing, life is sweet.”
On Saturday, one of my friends called me and told to visit Christchurch and see some wildlife. I have been to hotels and casinos and beaches and such, but wildlife!! Never crossed my mind. So I was like what-the-heck and I came to Christchurch.
My first stop was Kaikoura. I rented a BMW320i from Hertz and drove straight to the zigzag coastline and equally zig zagged mountains of Kaikuora. Resting on the coast, I watched seals oozing their carelessness away in the July sun, albatrosses swooping up and down, their mighty wings… a vague tail of a sperm whale maybe, which got everybody excited but I was in my own thoughts. “The sheer simplicity of nature, the absolute biology of need and how easy it is for animals,” I thought. “What if I was a sperm whale?” I wondered
Next day, I went to Riccarton Bush. Forests have always intrigued me. I wandered around on green-brown soil with a little sunlight in my eyes. It was an exciting day in the forest. Exciting because every next minute brought a gust of fresh breeze, an exotic animals right out of the woods or better, weird sounds, melodies of nature. My day ended with a sumptuous meal of New Zealand delicacies and as a folk song played on the stereo.
Next, I spent the day in Orana Wildlife Park. I did all the signature tourist things, hand fed a giraffe, made faces at monkeys and meerkats, got amused by the size of the rhinoceros and got terrified to the bones when tigers strolled all around our safari jeep in a dangerously easy manner, like they know everything about the jungle. Wildlife..!! Looking at carefree animals lazying around in the wintery warmth, busy in nothing, gave me a sense of fulfillment.
I remembered my friend’s “penguin” request when I reached International Antarctic Centre. International Antarctic Centre is miniature Antarctica, lot of snow and lot of activities. I tried some. I slid on one of the icy slides… took a “Polar plunge” in ice cold water, found myself lost in a snowy cave, got caught in an artificial a storm and finally, watched a movie in a 4d theatre… what an amalgam of science and nature.
I walked around, deep in thoughts, and then I saw them. Peeping out of a glass wall, walking around in an awkward gait, flapping their arms, little blue penguins.
I sat beside the glass and observed because they were funny to watch… cute.
One of them came near the glass, towards me. It turned around, looked at me and just stood there. I looked at it too, in its 2 happy eyes. The blue penguin waited for a while, turned back and went away.
I kept sitting there, watching them, watching myself in a glass room and gradually, it came to me. There is nothing to figure out. Life is such. Adventure. Amazement. There is no glorious solution to life but being happy and content about it.
“Penguins are really cool,” I thought and I came back home.
5 Ways To Improve Your Sight
Our eyesight is perhaps one of our most useful and most essential senses (this, of course, may be moot). For many, the idea of losing their vision can be a scary thing. Loss of vision begins for many in their late 40s when it starts to become prominent. However, there are many ways in which you can improve your sight and keep from losing it in the extended scheme of things.
So here in this list, we have taken the liberty to compile a list of 5 ways in which you can improve your sight.
5 Ways To Improve Your Sight
# 1 – Prescription Glasses
In today’s internet driven world it is now easier than ever to get whatever you want online. You can buy glasses online or prescription sunglasses very easy and have it delivered to your home. No fuss and no hassle.
# 2 – Eat Carrots
Carrots are especially beneficial for our eye health, and it would prove invaluable for you to eat or drink as much carrot juice as you can. It may initially have a bitter taste but the more you drink it you will get used to it.
# 3- Bilberry Supplements
Bilberry is a supplement that is not that common with those who aren’t into the health niche, but bilberry is an excellent supplement for those who are looking to improve their eyesight.
# 4 – Watch Things From Far Away
This may seem like a strange method, but when you look at items off at a distance, you are strengthening your eyes. Your eyes are muscles, and they need exercise just as much as your body does.
So when you are looking at items or object off at a distance you are doing your eyes a significant workout that they desperately need.
# 5 Finger Eye Push Ups
To continue on with our last entry – a great way to get your eyes to see better and to improve them is by doing finger eye push-ups. Now, this doesn’t mean placing your finger in your eye but your eye’s vision.
By placing your finger in front of your eye and then away and back again you will strengthen the eye. This is because the eye is working to see an object in two different ranges.
Strength Your Eyes
Improving your eyes without surgery and an operation is possible. And if you consider these methods, you will “see” where we are coming from.
Video Slot Games Are All The Rage
Online casino games have seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the years. Let’s be honest -gambling is the average man’s pastime event. Very easy, simple and if you’re lucky you can win out big on a few small dollars or coins.
For this reason slot games have become some of the most highly played and enduring online casino games for newbies as well as veterans.
So it is no wonder that video slot games like Bullion Bars slot online are some of the most popular online casino games. Not only do they provide a great deal of entrainment but the payouts are quite high for those who manage to get the jackpot prize money.
However what remains a hallmark feature of online casino games and slot games comes in the form of how easy they are to win.
Playing online casino games are much easier to win then had you visited a real-life casino. This is not to undermine real-life casinos – as they do offer their fun and entertainment.
But online casino games are geared to the player. The online casino must payout players, all players, for a majority of the time, and when we say a majority of the time we mean almost all of the time.
Many online slot casino games and other casino games require that the online casino have a payout rate as low as 95%.
As low as 95%!!!!
So the chances of winning are highly in favor of the players. Failure to pay out players and having the casino simply take in more income then should be taking in will have the online casino shut down.
For those interested in playing online video slot games then now is the best time to play in this very lucrative and highly entertaining entertainment medium.
Online slot games come in a variety of themes and can offer any player, old or new, an experience that will keep them coming back time and time again.
The experience that online slot games offer players are top-notch, and the notion that many layers can play these games anywhere, at home on their desktop or the bus on their mobile home is what makes these games so alluring.
With very little to pay to play these games and a massive amount that can be paid out on a small amount as well as for being entertained the online casino slot gems don’t look like they will slow down anytime soon.
Three Reasons Pregnant Women Should Test Their Tap Water
Drinking plenty of fresh, clean water is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. It’s even more important to make sure your water is free of contaminants when you are pregnant. Drinking enough water during pregnancy maintains amniotic fluid levels and helps carry nutrients to the baby. However, if you are drinking contaminated water, the more you drink, the more the fetus is exposed to the harmful effects of those contaminants.
Water quality has been headline news lately after it was discovered that the public drinking water contained lead in Flint, Michigan. If you’re pregnant or know someone who is, you may be wondering if it is safe to drink tap water while pregnant. Here are three contaminants you should test for if you’re pregnant and drinking tap water.
Lead poisoning is a serious concern during pregnancy. Lead can be found in old water taps and outdated plumbing. As water travels through and sits in these pipes, it can absorb lead. If a pregnant woman drinks this water, her body then absorbs the lead which can be passed to the fetus.
While lead may not cause serious harm to a pregnant woman, the fetus can suffer lasting damage from even low levels of lead exposure. As the fetus grows, lead causes blood cells to become deformed, preventing them from functioning properly. Lead also damages the peripheral and central nervous systems causing learning disabilities as the child develops. Children affected by lead also tend to be shorter than other children and may have trouble with their hearing.
Water naturally contains bacteria, but in excess amounts it can be harmful, especially to pregnant women. E. coli is a type of bacteria that is occasionally found in the water. This is the same bacteria that is known to cause food poisoning, and it has the same effects when it is in your water. It can cause stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever, all of which can put a developing fetus at risk. Bacterial contamination can also be an indication of other contaminants such as protozoa and viruses which are linked to dysentery and hepatitis.
- Pesticides, Heavy Metals, and Chemicals
Lead poisoning and bacterial contamination are the most dangerous water contaminants for a pregnant woman and her baby, but there are other pollutants that are also concerning. Both municipal water and well water can test positive for pesticides, heavy metals, and other chemicals. While in low amounts, they may not be especially harmful to the pregnant mother, any exposure can pose a risk to the developing fetus.
Make Sure Your Tap Water is Safe
If you’re pregnant, the best way to make sure your drinking water is safe, is to test it. Whether you are drinking tap water, city water, well water, bottled water, or even filtered water, all are at risk for common contaminants that can harm a fetus. You can send water samples to a lab for complete analysis, but this can be costly, and it often takes weeks to get results. A faster and easier solution is a home testing kit. Most kits will give you results in a matter of minutes. If you’re pregnant, don’t take chances with the water you’re drinking, test your water today.
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