Taiwan – Lonely Planet’s travel blog

Louise at the Longshan Temple in Taipei © Louise Bastock

Louise Bastock, Assistant Editor at Lonely Planet, recently returned from a trip to Taiwan.

Tell us more… When I used to think about Taiwan, the dominant images in my mind would be of its capital city Taipei, specifically the skyscraper-studded skyline against a blue or lilac sunset, or the twinkly Tokyo-esque lights of its streets and lanes. But, beyond this vast metropolis, there is so much more to discover. Blasted up from the ocean by volcanic activity, Taiwan is a fertile ground for breathtaking natural landscapes. With that in mind, I set off for northeastern Taiwan to explore the island’s capital as well as its wild wonders, and expand the image in my mind’s eye of what this tiny island nation has to offer – spoiler alert: a lot!

Taipei's skyline snapped from the top of Elephant Mountain Taipei’s skyline snapped from the top of Elephant Mountain © Louise Bastock

Good grub? The stand-out superstar of Taipei’s skyline is Taipei 101; formerly the world’s tallest building, it bursts through the high-rises like a futuristic bamboo shoot and was the perfect setting for dinner on our first night. Despite her humble origins, first operating from a Taipei back alley diner in 1977, the owner of Shin Yeh restaurant now commands the 85th floor of Taipei 101, serving up elegant, contemporary creations inspired by traditional Taiwanese home-style cooking.

Chefs making dumplings at Din Tai Fung, Taipei Delicate dumpling work at Din Tai Fung © Louise Bastock

Though seemingly a far cry from the glamour of Taipei 101, my second favourite meal was, surprisingly, at a shopping mall, beneath the tower itself. Prepare to battle wayward queues and huge crowds of hungry people if you want to eat at Din Tai Fung. This Michelin-starred restaurant (yes, you heard right, a Michelin-starred restaurant in a shopping mall) is famed for its xiǎolóng bāo (steamed pork dumplings), but, in all honesty, absolutely everything they brought to the table was insanely delicious. With windows looking into the kitchen, you can spend hours digesting your dumplings and watching the chefs meticulously craft these bite-sized beauties.

Northeastern Taiwan is a blanket of green forest Northeastern Taiwan is a blanket of green forest © Louise Bastock

Quintessential experience… With so much nature to see – from marble cliff faces to emerald oceans of forest – hiking is a quintessential experience in northeastern Taiwan. Our first taster was the 500-step slog up Elephant Mountain in Taipei – totally worth it to watch the sunset over the city and get my own snaps of the skyline. We also hit the hiking trails that lace through Taroko National Park (roughly a three-hour drive from Taipei). The scenery is wilder here and even though it can get blustery on the peaks, the strong wind does help disperse some of the eggy smell from the region’s sulphuric vents – a small price to pay for hiking around hot spring territory.

Louise's private hot pool at the Gaia Hotel Louise’s private hot pool at the Gaia Hotel © Louise Bastock

Any incredible accommodation? Speaking of hot springs: our last night was spent in the stunning Gaia Hotel, where each room came equipped with its own personal hot pool. After a long day of hiking and thigh-busting stair climbing (stairs are synonymous with hiking in Taiwan), it was a dream to be able to flop from bed to bath (grabbing a glass of wine en route) and recline in style in the comfort and privacy of my own room.

Louise jumping off a rock face into water Louise proving there is such a thing as TOO MUCH enthusiasm © Louise Bastock / Love Wilds Co., Ltd

If you do one thing… don a wetsuit and helmet and give river tracing a go. Known in other parts of the world as canyoning, this activity earns its more poetic moniker in Taiwan; without wishing to geek out too much, the landscapes here could easily have been plucked from the pages of Tolkein’s The Lord of The Rings (Rivendell, eat your heart out).

We spent a whole afternoon wading through the Sa Po Dang river in Hualien, jumping off huge boulders, squeezing through tight crevices and scaling small waterfalls before stopping for tea, snacks and snorkelling around a secluded turquoise pool. It’s a fantastic way to not just view the landscapes from afar, but to get in amongst them and experience them up-close.

Louise eating at huge portion of chocolate ice cream at the Modern Toilet Cafe Shocked and a little squeamish, Louise was ultimately delighted at her dinner © Louise Bastock

Bizarre encounter… From fine dining in spellbinding landmarks, soaking in my private hot spring and revelling in Mother Nature’s gifts, I leave you with Taipei’s epic toilet cafe! Enlisting every faucet – oops, I mean facet – of bathroom decor, the Modern Toilet Restaurant is a veritable playground for anyone with a sense of humour – and, at times, a strong stomach. After excusing myself from the table to use the actual bathroom, I was crying with laughter on my return to find on my delicately chosen chocolate ice cream piled in huge swirls, sprinkled with all manner of brown biscuits goodies, came served in a yellow porcelain squat toilet. If, like me, you think this might just be the best place in the whole world, bag yourself a souvenir from their shop which sells all manner of poop-themed paraphernalia.

Louise Bastock travelled to Taiwan with support from the Taiwan Tourism Bureau and China Airlines. Lonely Planet contributors do not accept freebies in exchange for positive coverage.

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How cheese is made- Cheese cutting machines

Have you ever wondered how cheese is made? We asked a cheese factory to send some images, and they send us a video of the production line with a cheese cutting machine.

The machine is fully automated and it has a production capacity from 10 metric tons to thousands of tons of white cheese like feta cheese or haloumi cheese per month.

The cheese lovers chefs discuss a dreamlike taste, of those not described in words, which is a sensation of all the senses that in one bite you understand the richness of the flora of their place of production.

It is true. Everyone agrees that the best cheeses in the world are non-pasteurized, that is, made with non-pasteurized milk. Countries such as France and Switzerland produce and export large quantities of unsalted cheeses and their prices are particularly high.

In Greece they were banned. And, as is done with anything forbidden, so the unsalted cheeses have acquired their own myth. Their taste became divine, heavenly, and their benefits to the organism are numerous, able to regenerate you.

From mouth to mouth travelled the news of the producers who made dewy cheeses to buy them informally and therefore at a low relative price.

The truth is…

What is true, however, and what is extravagance? Is it unadulterated cheeses or not? Also, is it dangerous? The answers came randomly, like a thunderbolt in the sky, by Christos Apostolopoulos of the Reading University of Great Britain and chairman of the Association of Greek Dairy Industries.

As far as the hygiene rules laid down by the law are concerned, they are different for self-producers – small breeders, who produce some quantities of cheese exclusively from their own milk and putting them on the local market – and different and certainly stricter for the large dairies, which manage an unlimited amount of milk, not just from their own flocks, and they can also sell their products all over Greece and the rest of the world.

Smells and tastes interesting

The ubiquitous favourite cheese boasts 222 mg of calcium per portion of 30 grams. This portion also contains 7.62 grams of protein and contributes to a balanced meal.

There is no cheese better than the Greek cheese named “feta“.

See more about cheese production to the Kateris website blog.



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are the stars our destination? – Lonely Planet’s travel blog

Wonderings: rambles through and reflections on travel… this month, James Kay considers tourism’s final frontier: space © Joe Davis / Lonely Planet

Aside from a few forays to France, the furthest my maternal grandparents travelled was Pembrokeshire, Wales (repeat visits to a wind-buffeted static caravan in Croes-goch, if you must know). Just a generation later, my parents’ peregrinations had encompassed most of Western Europe.

As of writing, I’ve visited about 50 countries (I counted them up once, but have forgotten the total), most of them during two spells of backpacking – first across the US, then around the world – plus others as and when the opportunity arose.

My wife has been to twice that number of destinations, and I’d wager that a significant proportion of the people who comprise Lonely Planet’s extended community – staff and contributors, followers and fans – have led equally footloose lives.

The trend continues, too: my son, four, and daughter, one, have already visited many more places than my grandparents did in their entire lives. In fact, Harvey probably covered more miles in utero than they managed in total.

Our expanding horizons

You can visualise each generation’s expanding horizons as a series of concentric circles, like ripples spreading out from a stone dropped in a pond; assuming that trend doesn’t go into reverse (which is possible, of course, given variables like climate change), where will the edge of my children’s known universe lie? Just as I have explored the far side of this planet, might they explore the far side of another world?

It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. As it often does, the stuff of science fiction has become the stuff of science fact: the race for space is more competitive now than it has been at any time since Neil Armstrong took that famous first step on the surface of the Moon, an epoch-defining moment that happened 50 years ago this July.

An astronaut walking on the Moon with the Earth rising in the background Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon 50 years ago; what’s the next ‘giant leap for mankind’? © Caspar Benson / Getty Images

From moonshots to Mars

The US government recently vowed to revisit our lonesome natural satellite within five years, but the real action is arguably elsewhere as a trio of companies bankrolled by billionaires – Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s SpaceX – compete to conquer the final frontier.

The obstacles are formidable; the progress is remarkable. Whether or not we witness commercial space travel take off in 2019 (in both senses of the phrase), the expert analysis of Stanford University’s Professor G. Scott Hubbard – a former director of NASA’s Ames Research Center – suggests that we stand on the threshold of a new era.

After the moonshot, the US wants to send astronauts to Mars. And then? Because we won’t stop there. Michael Collins, who piloted the Apollo 11 Command Module around the Moon as Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin bounded across its sterile surface, expressed this ever so well: ‘It’s human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand,’ he said. ‘Exploration is not a choice, really; it’s an imperative.’

Or as another Buzz might say: to infinity and beyond.

The Grand Tour redux

So will my children ever enjoy a Grand Tour of the Solar System, as envisaged in NASA’s charming Visions of the Future posters? (Do check them out.) Will they stand in the shadow of Mars’ Olympus Mons, which rears to more than twice the height of Everest? Will they gape at the raging auroras of Jupiter, hundreds of times more powerful than our own Northern Lights? Will they sail the methane lakes of Titan, Saturn’s most enigmatic moon?

Alas, no. If it comes to pass, such a journey would be the preserve of a privileged few for many generations; just as the original Grand Tour of Europe was restricted to the aristocracy, so a round-trip of our galactic neighbours would remain beyond the reach of all but a coterie of plutocrats for the foreseeable future.

There’s a fair chance, however, that my children’s generation will see the curvature of the Earth from a sub-orbital flight, and some of them might, just might, leave a footprint on the Moon (thanks to Wallace and Gromit, Harvey already spends a lot of time speculating about this possibility).

A young boy looks at the surface of a planet from the window of a spaceship Will our children’s children evolve into a spacefaring species? © James Whitaker / Getty Images

A mote of dust

In his exquisite book Pale Blue Dot, Carl Sagan predicts we will eventually evolve into a spacefaring species, exploring the Milky Way in much the same way as we once sailed this planet’s uncharted seas. But there is nothing triumphalist about his vision; in fact, that dot – the Earth photographed from the Voyager 1 spacecraft; ‘a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam’ as Sagan describes it – proves to be a profoundly humbling sight.

It’s a stance shared by the UK’s current Astronomer Royal, Martin Rees, who argues that we should avoid the term ‘space tourism’ altogether. According to Rees, that formula of words gives us an excuse to ignore the perilous predicament of our planet, misleadingly implying that we could start again elsewhere once this world has been utterly exploited and exhausted.

Space excites me; perhaps it excites you, too. I think that’s because, from Star Trek to Star Wars, our culture often depicts it in a way that fits neatly into a traveller’s conceptual model: it’s the realm of the new exotic, the absolute last word when it comes to getting off the beaten track we call… home.

You can no more suppress our species’ longing to reach the stars than prevent a curious child from exploring the boundaries of its world. Sooner or later, we will boldly go – and not just astronauts or the ultra-rich, but ordinary people like me and you. But when we do, amid all the excitement, let’s not forget our point of origin.

In the words of Sagan from 25 years ago, let’s remember that: ‘Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves … Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.’

A lonely planet indeed.

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Professor G. Scott Hubbard on space tourism – Lonely Planet’s travel blog

In this guest post, Stanford University’s Professor G. Scott Hubbard – former Director of NASA’s Ames Research Center, founding editor-in-chief of the New Space journal, and author of Exploring Mars: Chronicles from a Decade of Discovery – looks at whether the travel industry is heading for the final frontier.

Having been active in the US space program for 45 years, both with NASA and now Stanford, I’ve seen many proposals suggesting that personal space travel is right around the corner. While this topic has been discussed in science fiction for more than 60 years, making such an experience a reality has been hampered by significant obstacles, both technical and financial. However, during the last decade or two, the world has seen the emergence of wealthy space entrepreneurs who have hired top-notch engineers. Those teams may well now be on the verge of creating space travel for the (well-heeled) extreme adventurer.

Will you ever see this view from a spaceship’s window? © Michael Hopkins / NASA

Where is outer space?

The usual definition is that space begins at 100 kilometres/60 miles above the surface of the Earth where air is almost non-existent, and the clutch of gravity can be escaped. As a practical matter, NASA awards astronaut wings for any pilot that exceeds 50 miles even if he/she does not orbit Earth. (This is called a sub-orbital flight). For comparison, the US Space Shuttle flew at about 300 kilometres/188 miles); the International Space Station (ISS) orbits Earth at 250 miles; from the Earth to the Moon averages about 238,000 miles, and Mars is nearly 140 million miles away! All of these distances and destinations represent some form of space travel, but as you might imagine, the degree of difficulty increases radically the further one goes. As of this writing, over 500 people have been to space as defined above; the vast majority (355) on the Shuttle. But only 18 people have flown to the Moon. And of those, only 12 have walked on the lunar surface. No human has ever travelled to Mars.

What is a space tourist?

All of the people cited above had extensive training and were a member of some nation’s space program. Currently, only the US, Russia and China have the independent ability to launch someone into space. The notion of a private citizen with little or no special training going to space went from science fiction to fact with the trip by billionaire Dennis Tito to the ISS in 2001, aboard a Russian vehicle. A total of seven people have made this journey for a reported cost of USD$20m to $40m per trip. Clearly, this expense is out of the reach of all but the ultra-wealthy. So what about some less ambitious (and less expensive) trip to space – the travel to 50 to 60 miles in a so-called sub-orbital trajectory?

Virgin Galactic's SpaceshipTwo Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo takes off for a suborbital test flight © GENE BLEVINS / Getty Images

Who’s in the game?

Space tourism as a trip to the edge of space (50 to 60 miles) with immediate return received a major boost with the Ansari X-Prize, which awarded $10m to any non-government group that could ‘build and launch a spacecraft capable of carrying three people to 100 kilometres above the Earth’s surface, twice within two weeks’. The prize was won in 2004 by a team funded by billionaire Paul Allen (the co-founder of Microsoft) using a design by the iconoclastic engineer Burt Rutan. The team was joined by another billionaire – Richard Branson of Virgin Group fame. Shortly after winning, Branson announced that a new company, Virgin Galactic, using the Rutan design, would soon begin offering sub-orbital flights for six people (and two pilots), providing four minutes of weightlessness. Another company, XCOR Aerospace, formed during the same period, began to develop a smaller vehicle that would carry one pilot and passenger. Finally, the world’s richest person, Jeff Bezos founder of Amazon, quietly created the company Blue Origin with similar goals in 2000. In the sparse public reports from Blue Origin, their first market is sub-orbital tourism, followed by orbital flight and trips to the Moon. Bezos has said he is spending about $1bn a year on Blue Origin.

What’s the price point?

Virgin Galactic has given a price of about $200,000 per person. XCOR Aerospace (which has since suspended operations) planned to provide a similar flight for reportedly $50,000. (Independent surveys have indicated that extreme adventure with a price tag of $50,000 would begin to attract a great deal of interest.) Blue Origin’s price tag is said to be $250,000. It is worth noting that the other high-profile space entrepreneur, Elon Musk and his company SpaceX, has not entered the sub-orbital business. However, in a public speech in 2016 (which you can read in New Space for free), Musk predicted he would be able to send individuals to Mars for about $140,000.

People watch as a SpaceX rocket takes off from Canaveral National Seashore People watch as a SpaceX rocket takes off from Canaveral National Seashore © Paul Hennessy / Getty Images

What are the risks?

Travel to space is inherently risky, but then so is climbing Mt Everest. During the 135 flights of the Shuttle program, there were two major accidents with loss of crew and vehicle: Challenger in 1986 and Columbia in 2003. By that measure, the chance of dying in a trip to orbit is around 1 ½%. One would assume that a sub-orbital flight would be safer, but the initial flights of Branson’s Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo have already produced one test pilot fatality. High-speed rocketry with propulsion of controlled chemical explosions is still a challenge. In addition, there are the biomedical risks of subjecting a ‘normal’ population to some of the rigours of space travel: high accelerations up to eight times Earth’s gravity, weightlessness where some experience debilitating space sickness and greater than average radiation exposure. Fortunately, experiments by Dr James Vanderploeg from the University of Texas indicate that individuals of ages 18 to 85 with a variety of common issues (artificial joints, controlled hypertension, pacemaker implants, etc) can easily withstand simulated trips using ground centrifuges and parabolic aeroplane flights. This can also be read in New Space.

When will this happen?

The sub-orbital space tourism community has collectively been surprised that it is now almost 15 years since the X-Prize was won, yet there are no regular flights of SpaceShipTwo or the New Shephard of Blue Origin. The answer mostly lies in the realm of technical issues; in a way, it is ‘rocket science’. Virgin Galactic has struggled to find a propulsion system that will operate smoothly to propel the six passengers to at least 50 miles. However, a very recent successful test in February of 2019 gives an indication that Virgin Galactic may be almost ready. Blue Origin has been very secretive about their progress, but it appears from test flights that the New Shephard is also nearing operational status.

Barring another accident, I think 2019 will see the first tourist flights to the edge of space and back. All it will take is $200,000 and the willingness to sign an ‘informed consent’ document!

To find out more about space entrepreneurship and innovation, check out the New Space journal. Professor Hubbard’s book, Exploring Mars: Chronicles from a Decade of Discovery, is available from the University of Arizona Press, as well as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Tantric Sex Techniques

Tantric Sex Techniques

In other parts of the world, especially in the west,  people frequently see sex as a source of recreation instead of being a means of transformation. The goals are different, where the goal may be to achieve orgasm rather than to pleasure our mate or to connect with them to a fuller extent.

Professional women (Athens call girl or Athens call girls) work as sex partners and most times luck the pleasure of making love.

The problem with viewing sex and love making in the way, say experts, is that the entire procedure has a very distinct beginning and ending, with the pinnacle or climax occurring somewhere in between, and having an average life span or duration of 10 to 15 minutes.

When you stop to consider that many women can take upwards of 20 minutes just to reach a state of full arousal, this type of approach to making love can be very and deeply unsatisfying.

By contrast in the Tantric approach to making love, the entire sexual experience is viewed more as a dance with no real beginning or end point.  It is for this very different reason, approach and perspective that Tantric gets its fame, allowing the couple to enjoy the present moment of exquisite union.

The advantage of this approach also is that since it does not have a defined beginning or end, it further teaches the couple how to extend the peak of their sexual ecstasy so that both men and women can experience much stronger and deeper orgasms, frequently allowing both to experience several orgasms in a single sexual encounter.

One of the common problems with men is the problem of premature ejaculation, but the leading teachers of Tantric say that men who experience this unpleasant episode can learn the methods to allow them to extend orgasm, and with practice, even to be able to fully enjoy multiple orgasms.

One of the most prominent and well known people who practice and advocate Tantric is the musician Sting, who credits his fulfilling sex life to Tantric, combined with the essential ingredients of love, trust, and mutual respect.

Again, most people need to change their view of sex to fully enjoy the benefits afforded by Tantric. You may wish to work on the following exercises which will help you connect with your body as well as your partner in a new and profound way.

One of the keys is that you need to stop focusing on intercourse as the ultimate goal, but instead focus on simply enjoying the act of giving and receiving pleasure using a gentle touch and loving communications and words.

Communication is a key component. Communicate with your partner to find out what they find to be the most arousing. It may not be what you assume it to be.

In Tantric courses, for students who want to fully engage themselves in this art and become expert in the higher levels of satisfaction and pleasure, they spend weeks practising the Tantric intimacy exercises without necessarily engaging in intercourse.

Many of these students or women (Athens call girl or Athens call girls) who work as professionals, have discovered that experiencing these erotic exercises with no pressure to “go all the way” helps to release sexual guilt, builds a new foundation of trust, and sends a wakeup call to their sex drive!

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Avoid Home Plumbing Problems

Avoid Home Plumbing Problems

DISCLAIMER: Every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information within this website. Before attempting to solve your home plumbing problems it is recommended that you hire a professional  plumber (υδραυλικός) before attempting to do the work yourself. With several years of experience under our belts we have seen the results of many of those that have tried to fix it themselves.

When it is time to fix your plumbing, you may not know which tools are needed, or what options to consider, what equipment to buy and what rules to follow.

The tips in this article can provide you with the information you need to know to complete a simple plumbing task yourself.

Avoid Home Plumbing Problems By Not Pouring Cooking Grease Down The Drain

One of the biggest plumbing problems that we see is individuals pouring cooking grease and other fatty oils down the drain. This will eventually cause a build up in your pipes causing backups not only in your house but into the streets as well.

By disposing of your cooking grease in the proper manner it will help to prevent home plumbing problems as well as sewage backup that will come into your home. This backup is known as an overflow and could pose a health problem if unchecked.

Many home owners mistakenly think that they can use their garbage disposal as a means to get rid of their cooking grease. Despite popular belief, your home garbage disposal system does not remove grease from your homes plumbing system.

Another myth that homeowners believe is that running hot water through your pipes will allow the grease to flow through successfully. The truth is hot water will coll down eventually in your pipes thus causing the grease to coagulate.

If you notice that your water is any of your sinks or bathtubs are draining a little slower, this is the beginning sign of a problem. It is recommended that you call a professional and have this matter looked at before it causes a serious problem.

More Home Plumbing Problems: Drain Cleaners

In a recent survey it was discovered that 97% of homeowners in the United States would attempt to fix a clogged drain themselves before calling a plumbing professional.

Recent studies have proven that in the majority of cases these dangerous drain cleaners where nowhere as effective as they advertise.

What the homeowner does not know is that whenever you used these agents it leaves your plumbing filled with chemicals, and could possibly cost you way more than if you would have just called a plumber to start with.

There are three general types of drain cleaning chemicals that the home owner should be aware of. Chances are you have already run across some of these dangerous chemicals and did not know what you were working with.

The most common of these products are the caustic bases type. You know exactly what I am talking about, but you probably do not recognize them by that name. Have you ever heard of, Liquid Plumr and Drano?

Well those are considered caustic base type cleaners. These products use some form of either sodium hydroxide (commonly known as lye) or sodium hypo chlorite (also known as bleach) in various degrees of concentration.

Most caustic based drain cleaners will not harm most pipes however they will destroy the rubber seals around your sink if you happen to get any on them. The chemical reaction from these cleaners can will eat away at hair, soap scum and grease, and allow the drain to flow again in many cases.

Of course, without frequent repeated use of these products, the clog will simply return, usually very quickly. Only by calling professional handymen will there be a real solution.

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3 Tips to Unclog Your Washbasin by Yourself!

3 Tips to Unclog Your Washbasin by Yourself!

There is no one who is not been in the difficult position of having to unclog a stuffed toilet drain or washbasin. A blocked washbasin is a common phenomenon in a bathroom. Read my 3 Tips to Unclog Your Washbasin and learn how to do it by yourself.

Even if it is not completely clogged, but you can see that it is not absorbing the water any more, then  probably the problem has started to appear! Before calling a professional plumber, you should search for an easier way to unclog your washbasin by yourself.

Miscellaneous Objects

The most common reasons that may cause this unpleasant event that results in the plugging of the toilet or washbasin piping are the various items that may fall accidentally, or even deliberately, by some of the younger people in the house.

Most items that may fall are usually not biodegradable. Water can not dissolve toilet tissues, sanitary napkins, tampons and various other products.

Even our hair that we throw or fall by mistake while combing, in combination with the previously mentioned objects, result in their accumulation in the tubing. An object does not in itself create the problem, but when it accumulates in a branch of piping leading to drainage.

Since the use of the washbasin is not only daily but also continuous throughout the whole day, it is logical for the piping of these sewerage points to remain remnants that accumulate and cause the clogging and drive to the awful consequences.

Internet and Advice

So I opened my laptop and started searching, “How to unclog your washbasin by yourself.” I saw many choices such as using our kitchen chemicals and obstructive materials.

I will write to you some of the solutions I read about… how to unclog your washbasin by yourself!


Tip 1 to unclog the washbasin – Home-made

It was logical to start by following the steps I saw in front of my screen and the materials were simple in my kitchen cabinet!

I followed these steps…

Step 1

• 1/2 cup of baking soda
• 1/2 cup of vinegar
• Lemon juice

Step 2

Remove the drain cover. Most covers come out easily by unscrewing them.

Step 3

Then measure 1/2 cup baking soda and pour it as deep as you can in the sink.

Step 4

Immediately then measure 1/2 cup vinegar and pour it over the soda.

Step 5

The mixture will start to foam and clean what clogs the pipeline. Finally, if it smells unpleasant, then after finishing, pour a little lemon juice.

I followed all the steps exactly as I read them, but the flow of water was just slower than earlier, so I had to act differently to unclog the sink drain!

Tip 2 to unclog the washbasin – Chemicals

I read about the common chemicals and ran into the neighbourhood’s mini-market to buy one of the best.
I used Tu.Bo.Flo, since most housewives recommend it.

Step 1

We empty the contents of the envelope into the sink.

Step 2

Pour hot water into the piping.

10 minutes later…

The chemical acted after 10 minutes and as far as I could figure out, he stumbled through the staffed water and logically cleared the pipes that had been clogged.



So happy, but…

Later in the afternoon, and after the family got together for lunch, when the kids were in the bathroom, they laughed loudly and shouted that the washbasin looked like a pool for their Playmobils.

I ran panicked and found that the problem remained. The water was running down the edge of the washbasin and looked like waterfalls in my bathroom!

I realized, unfortunately, that the pipes had been temporarily unclogged and the problem was definitively still unsolved, in contrast with what I had expected!

Tip 3 to unclog the washbasin – Professional Company

Eventually, I decided to call a professional company and not to waste other money on a variety of solutions that are effective when it comes to some kind of damage, but not about damage to the sewage system, probably!

Reading on a site, I realized that there are more serious blocking causes that our indifference and the use of chemicals for temporary solutions can lead to great disasters of our property.

The most appropriate solution is to periodically maintain our central piping system. Frequency is determined by various factors such as the age of drainage, the materials used for the building’s construction and the frequency of use.

Damages to be resolved permanently, and to avoid unexpected overflows, require the immediate action of a professional company.

What did I finally do?

The intervention of the specialists was immediate and the problem was fortunately solved without irreparable damage that could cause immediate damage to the network with the corresponding financial charge.


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How to Choose the Right Woman Bag!

How to Choose the Right Woman Bag!

A bag isn’t just an accessory for holding personal necessities. It is a cool addition that completes a woman’s outfit giving them a more fashionable statement.

Perhaps, a bag makes the biggest building block of every woman’s wardrobe.

However, not all women understand how to choose the right bag. Your bag is like your fingerprint that explicitly describes your unique characteristics. Therefore, the type of bag you carry speaks a lot more about you than that dress you wear.

If you are contemplating on the right type of bag to buy, then here are tips to guide you.



1. Choose your best colour

Whether you need a bag for work or just casual use, colour matters a lot. Figure out the best colour that fits your lifestyle. Colours can be endless and sometimes you can’t
figure out your best option. Learn to match up the colour of your handbag to your other outfit. If you are unsure about colours, try to choose a dominant colour that goes with most clothing. The most practical way is to go for a plain
bag with just one colour. A neutral colour can quickly match with any outfit. White and brown colours are recommended in case you don’t want a mismatch.

2. Consider your body type

Trends and styles aren’t always the top factors to keep in mind when shopping for a bag. Your body type means a lot. Not all bags suit every woman. A bag can be stylish but unsuitable for your body shape. Below are different body types and bag shapes to choose.

• Plus-size women

Round and slouchy bags don’t fit plus-size or curvy women. Similarly, small bags can make a curvy woman’s body appear larger than they are. A bag that lays flat on your body can help to reduce the extra bulk in your thighs and hips.

• Slim women

Slim-bodied women shouldn’t choose big-sized or boxy bags. A bag that moulds to your body rather than standing far away is ideal if you have a slim body.

• Thick-waisted women

Handbags with long handles are good for heavy-weight women and those with thick waists. Cross-body bags with diagonal straps are also good as they create a slimming effect.

• Tall women

Tall and thin women can select bags with short and slouchy shapes. A bag with short straps can make a tall woman appear taller. A wider bag like a clutch would be ideal.
Bags with short straps are good for petite women.



3. Consider the occasion

Occasion plays a big role in helping you choose the right bag. Try to be more practical by choosing a bag that fits the event or function you plan to attend. Different occasions need different bag styles. This pins down to the style and size of the bag to buy.

• Size

In case you’re travelling and need a bag that fits most of your essentials, then it pays to buy a sizeable bag. Small bags are recommended in case you’re after freedom and
don’t have much to carry. Conversely, a tote bag with several compartments inside is ideal if you have multiple stuff to carry. It allows you to keep contents like makeup, perfume, and sunglasses and many more separately.

• Style

The style of the bag to carry is determined by the size of the strap. Long travelling needs a cross-body or long strapped bag.

4. Budget

Now that you’ve considered the colour, shape, occasion, size, and shape of your bag, it is critical to look at the price. It is advisable to stay within budget. However, you should focus on saving so as to get the best deal possible. It makes no sense to buy a cheaper bag that lasts for a very short time. A bag is an investment of its kind and should last for at least two years.

Choosing the right fashion bag for women means more than just the style and trend. You should consider factors such as occasion, colour, size, shape, and above all-body type. The above are the critical factors to keep in mind whenever you go out to shop for women bag.



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