Archive for December, 2008
After living in Tanzania for 10 months I have discovered some very useful information, which may be helpful when travelling to East Africa.
The 5 travelling tips I am referring to are solely based on Tanzania, East Africa; Africa is an extremely large place, so I am not referring to the whole continent.
1. We all like to travel with some cash on hand
Tanzania’s currency is TZ shillings. American dollars is accepted in most places. The one thing that you may not be aware of that may cause some issues is. All foreign exchange outlets will not accepted any US currency older than the year 2000.
The logic behind this is to try and fight counterfeiting.
Please check all your American Dollars and save the inconvenience.
As a side note credit card vacillates are available but always have plan B.
2. Tipping in Tanzania is not compulsory but it is expected
If you are willing to tip then please add this cost into your budget. This can become a costly exercise.
If you ask for directions, dine out; use public transport any kind of service then you will be expected to tip. If you take a photo of any local Tanzanian, you may be expected to pay. It is wise to always ask permission first.
If you choose to tip, how much you tip is entirely up to you.
3. If you are with a tour company please be aware that your driver or your tour leader will often earn commissions on any purchases you make, such as gift items, activities etc. The places that your driver or tour leader suggests that you go to could possibly be where they earn the best commissions, not necessarily the best option available for you. If possible do your own research before you leave on places you may wish to visit. Don’t be afraid to tell your driver or tour leader on places you may wish to visit.
4. It is always good when travelling any where in the world to learn a little bit of the local language. In Tanzania the language spoken is Swahili. While most people do speak pretty good English it does pay to no some of the basics in Swahili. It can be to your advantage especially when you are shopping. The local people appreciate that you have taken the time to learn their language.
5. If you are intending to shop, price haggling is common. You shouldn’t always accept the first price offered. One example of this, I entered a store and was interested in a piece of clothing. I asked how much for the item, the first price offered was $80 US dollars, I declined, I was then offered the item for $60 US dollars, I declined again, as the item was not worth any where close to this amount. I was just about to exit the store when the store owner yelled out ok $10 US dollars. Now that seemed more like it. Keep your wits about you when shopping.
All in all Tanzania is a wonderful and interesting place to visit, friendly people, fantastic game parks, with a rich and diverse culture. If you do decide to visit Tanzania, I hope you find these tips useful.
When you’re buying a new home there are a lot of things that you need to consider. When you’re buying a new home in Dallas it’s always best to let a Dallas real estate agent help you purchase the home so that the process goes smoothly.
A Dallas real estate agent will be able to help you narrow down the perfect location for your home and can also help you find several homes in the right price range so that you’ll have a choice of houses to choose from.
Selecting a qualified Dallas real estate agent to help you through the process of buying a new home is the first and best tip that anyone who has purchased Dallas real estate will give you. The Dallas real estate agent that you choose to help you will also have a lot of good tips for you about buying Dallas real estate but here are some basic home buying tips that are useful to anyone who is planning on buying Dallas real estate. Always bring a digital camera with you when you’re looking at houses.
You will probably not remember the details about each house that you see and you will probably see a lot of houses so bring a checklist of all the things that are important to you in a home such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the appliances that the house has, the size of the lot that the house sits on and so on. Then you can write down items on your checklist and take pictures of the house.
Be sure to leave some blank space at the bottom of the checklist so that you can write your impressions of the house too like, “yard is too small” or “master bathroom needs work but has potential”. Writing things down and taking detailed pictures of the condition of the house will help you make an informed decision about what Dallas real estate you want to buy. Having photos is also good evidence in case there is an issue later on and you need to have evidence that something was broken before you bought the house.
Talking to a Dallas real estate agent should help you answer a lot of questions about the house. Be sure to write down all the answers that the Dallas real estate agent gives you to your questions so that you don’t forget. Once you have collected your checklist, first impressions and photos from all the houses in your price range you can compare them all to help you decide which piece of Dallas real estate that you want to buy.
If you’re still having trouble deciding narrow it down to two or three homes and ask your Dallas real estate agent if you can see those particular homes again. Once you have narrowed the choice down to two or three homes it will be a lot easier to decide which piece of Dallas real estate that you want to buy.
The Dallas real estate agent can also help you pick what house is best for you by seeing if the sellers will be willing to negotiate on the price of the house. If you like all the houses but one of the sellers is willing to drop the price then that house might be the house for you.
Quite recently I did some keyword research. The results that I ran into for the keyword phrase “Free PSP Game Downloads” was quite shocking, it was searched for in most of the major search engines on an average of more than 500 times a day. This tells us how famous the PSP is and how eager people are to increase the number of games in their personal collection of PSP games, without spending much money. And because of its media playback capabilities like playing music, videos, movies, etc., the PSP has become really famous among all the other gaming consoles.
Most of the people do really know that the PSP, new movies and Games are quite costly and so they browse through for free downloads.
And it is only when you start browsing for Free PSP Game Downloads, do you realize that not all free sites are free. Most of these sites charge you a pay per download fees for each of the PSP game downloads and there are only a few sites which actually provide downloads for free. And although they provide free downloads through their site, it would be better if you stay away from their, since the files downloaded from them usually tend to be bundled with viruses, adwares, spywares, etc. and the last situation on earth you would want to end up in would be corrupted and infected computer and thus not be able to transfer even a single download on to your PSP console.
With this information it would be clear to most that the best option for PSP Game Downloads will be subscribe to a legal Pay per Download service. Where you can choose from a great collection of PSP games, movies, music, wallpapers, etc., which is secure in all ways and keeps you from getting infected by virus, adwares, spywares, etc. And it also requires seeing that this particular site provides high download speeds. And to select the best and right site for membership you just need to compare sites for prices since most of these sites provide almost the same content.
The best pay per download service provider for PSP in the PSP Wizard. They charge you a one time sign up fees of $30 which grants you access to their database for ever but you need to pay a nominal fee for each file downloaded and it quite cheaper than what they usually cost in a local store, be it movies, music or even the PSP games.
Online computer support services are gaining in popularity because of their being cost effective as well as the ease that comes along. Technicians ensure offering customers the best support services. There are many other advantages to avail such a kind of support services.
Online computer support resources offer a safe and communicative service, targeted and designed for all kind of customers holding different interests. Talking about computer repair services, they are leading when it comes to quality. Here, customers avail the support in the most user friendly and interactive manner and don’t need to get confused with the complex computer jargon. Furthermore, these services suit to everyone’s budget and needs.
Computer support specialists keep interacting with customers and as they reply to technical queries and offer advice. As the horizon of computer network is expanding, there is an increase in number of computer support specialists and technical support technicians who are able to provide technical support from remote locations.
Emergence of online computer support resources have eliminated a need for technicians to travel to the customer’s workplace. Indeed, customers also don’t need to haul their PCs to outside repair shop. Technicians also can administer and configure networks and servers remotely. The practice has become common as it is among computer support specialists.
Computer technical support technicians can help with a range of computer problems; from simple start-up errors & device conflicts to blue screen errors & system freezing. Whatever your computer problems, avoid the headache and hassle of a faulty PC with online computer repair service.
The array of computer support services may start from simple services like computer set up & installation, computer optimization, troubleshooting computer problems, computer security, and online data back-up Support.
The best part about online computer support is its 24×7 availability which actually attracts tech savvy consumers. Always be meticulous about your choice of computer support partner. It should be based on the experience, market reputation, and service price.
Egypt tours with cruises on the Nile, the Red sea and Lake Nasser are some most interesting things that you can do while enjoying your Egypt vacation. Since the days of the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt, the Nile River Valley has won the hearts of millions of visitors searching for the best of Egypt holidays and Egypt vacations.
The Nile Valley allows you to enjoy the best of Nile Cruises while enjoying captivating neighbourhood and sampling best dishes of Egypt. Nile Cruises simply refer to cruise ships sailing between Luxor and Aswan. Typically, Nile cruises are three, four or seven nights long although shorter trips take a few hours to sail between Luxor and Aswan.
The usual cruise is aboard a Nile cruiser, often referred to as a floating hotel. A cruiser has most features of a land based hotel, including small swimming pools, hot tubs, exercise rooms, nightclubs, good restaurants, stores and even small libraries. The best time for a Nile cruise is between October and mid April, when the weather is fairly cool. However, most cruise boats operate all year.
The Egyptian Red Sea is also a fascinating destination. Located between Asia and Africa, Red Sea has over the centuries attracted numerous people as it serves as a link between the East and West. The Red Sea receives thousands of scuba divers from around the world as well as visitors wishing to take vacations at the Red Sea coast.
The coast of the red sea stretches from Suez down to the Sudan border. The red mountain ranges in the sea are rich in minerals, which is what inspired the ancient days travelers to give the sea the name Mare Rostrum – i.e the red sea. All year round, thousands of birds migrate to the Red sea shores, making the place a birdwatchers’ paradise. The sea also has over 800 fish species including the deadly stone fish and the butterfly fish.
Another natural extension to a Nile luxury cruise or any other Egypt holiday activity would be a cruise in Lake Nasser, the world’s largest man-made lake. Lake Nasser, formed after the construction of the Aswan High dam in the 1960′s, is about 498.9 km long with depths of up to 600 feet. The lake was named after after the then president of Egypt – Gamal Abdel Nasser.
The two temples at Abu Simbel are some of the greatest attractions around lake Nasser region. Ranking alongside the great pyramids of Giza as Egypt’s top tourist attractions, the Abu Simbel temples represent an amazing engineering accomplishment. The temples were relocated from their original site to a higher ground during the construction of the dam, to prevent them from being submerged in the resultant lake Nasser.
Lake Nasser is arguably one of the best places for freshwater fishing in the world. Nile perch and tiger fish are the popular catches there.
Getting to Egypt and traveling within the country is relatively easy by flight. EgyptAir is one of the several airlines that operate flights to Egypt. Most international flights to Egypt land at the Cairo International Airport, while others arrive at the Sharm el Sheik airport. While a self explanatory map of Egypt is available, you may require a tour guide to help you move around and explore the country.
Summer is almost here and millions of air travelers will be hitting the airports for vacation. The one question passengers are most concerned about is how can I breeze though airport security screening.
My first tip is know ahead of time if you are one of the lucky ones selected for secondary screening, even before you arrive at the airport. You do this by printing out your boarding pass from home the night before. If you are successful in printing one out, then you are not selected by the airlines for secondary screening. If you are unsuccessful in printing your boarding pass, then you are selected by the airlines for secondary screening and you must check in at the ticket counter.
Always remain CALM and be prepared to undergo a bag search, hand-wand and a pat-down. Do the following to make the screening process easy for you:
1. Wear clothes that have no metal, including underwire bras. Underwire bras will alarm when the screener uses the hand-held metal-detector.
2. Don’t wear baggy pants, dresses or skirts. There is an additional required procedure when screeners are wanding you called, “the step forward method” for those who wear skirts or pants. This is to assure that a passenger is not hiding a weapon or prohibited item.
3. Wear slip-on shoes. It is required for all passengers to take off their shoes. Ask the screener to check your feet and return your shoes after walking through the walk-through metal detector.
4. Place underwear and lingerie in plastic zip-top bags to avoid contamination from screener’s gloves when they riffle through your bag. This applies to both checked and carry-on baggage.
5. Pack your carry-on as light as possible. The fewer items for the screener to check; the faster you get out of secondary screening. Remember your 3-1-1 rule- 3 ounces of liquids, gels or creams, 1 zip-top plastic bag and 1 bag per person. Place your plastic 3-1-1 bag at the top so you can take it out and declare it at security checkpoint.
6. Pack ALL personal bedroom toys in your checked baggage. In my book, I tell a story about how a vibrator shutdown an airport checkpoint for 45 minutes.
7. Know your prohibited items for carry-on baggage.
8. Use TSA approved luggage locks for your checked baggage. This way you can drop and go and TSA will be able to unlock and relock your bag without you being there.
9. Always carry the proper identification for you and any child traveling with you. A birth certificate or social security card would be proper identification for minors. This also applies to your child’s friend when traveling with you. You may always refer to the airlines for changes for identification.
10. Arrive 2 hours early. This will allow ample time for you to get through secondary screening. Remember that power outages, security breaches, weapons scare and long lines, even for secondary screening is a reality.
A bonus tip is don’t dress in overalls and this applies to children too. Overalls will automatically put you in secondary screening.
Looking for a better place in an island tropical paradise called Hawaii is a better option for an individual who loves to get passed the usual and boring life of continental living. The differences with Hawaii, aside from its beaches, are its peaceful and friendlier environment. No wonder you will surely get the worth of your money for that piece of Hawaii real estate by scouting those Hawaii home searches online to check for the latest listings.
Hawaii offers the lowest taxes in real estate among other American States. This really means a lesser tax burden in your part in search of for a home in Hawaii. With prices almost 90% less compared to other Continental states, you will surely get some savings in the long run.
The plummeting of real estate prices has also affected Hawaii for the past months. In the last quarter alone, a drop of almost 20% of the total sales in Hawaiian condos has been felt by most real estate players in the islands. For this reason, you can get juicy price deals of some Hawaii condos for sale or some piece of Hawaii real estate while it is still at its lowest. This is a perfect opportunity for those who will be investing for long term returns.
If you are planning to get some of Hawaii real estate lot, try to fly in Hawaii on the months of January to May. This is the perfect time to search homes for sale and at the same time checking out some local listings of the available lot in the islands. This is also the best time to check out the normal rhythm of Hawaiian life as lesser tourists will be coming over. This will let you gauge if Hawaii is the most suitable place for you.
Try to learn some of the Hawaiian culture and way of life first before relocating to the place. The best way to get a birds’ eye view of Hawaii is to see their normal life and what’s going on in their every day life. You better immerse with the local people and make some friends. You will never know, they will be a great help for you while looking for Hawaii Condos for sale in the near vicinity.
Hiring a real estate is one advantage for you. This will give you some leverage with your decision in buying some lot while going through Hawaii home searching. Although it may cost you a bit more as compared to doing it yourself, however, it is always good to get some good advise from the experts who have been working in the area for several years.
While it is wise to get a real estate agent to scout for available Hawaii condos for sale, you should also be prudent to check if that agent is working for you or a mere broker of some of the owners. Always check on the background of the real estate agent and look for some credentials. If possible, try to get some reference of the said person before hiring him. In this way, you can always assure that the person is really working for you and not for others.
The first thing that you will need to do before you even consider letting anyone look at the home is to get it ready for sale. Start off by de-cluttering your home. If you can live without it, put it in storage. De-cluttering is vital to the appeal of your home, so be savage on your clutter.
Now that you have de-cluttered you need to walk around the home and look at anything that needs to be repaired or fixed up. Use a note pad to jot down all of the things you need to get done and cross each one off as it is done. This will help you feel that you are making progress. Investors and buyers alike won’t pay top dollar for a property that needs a lot of work, so fix up and repair as many things as you can afford to.
After all of the repairs have been done, you will need to concentrate on making the home look clean, fresh and welcoming. A good scrub will do wonders for most places in the home. If your home is painted in colors that are very personal or bright, try painting a crisp, clean color like cream, which will help make the home look even cleaner and more spacious. This will give the new buyers the opportunity to choose their own personal touches once they have moved in.
Take note of the gardens and yard areas in your home. One of the main things that make potential buyers choose a home is the way the yard and gardens look when approaching the house. If your yard looks overgrown and unloved, it will serve you well to take the time to mow the lawn, plant some fast growing annuals, borrow potted plants from family and friends if you need to, but make sure that the yard looks inviting to the prospective buyers.
On a final note, make sure that the house is kept neat and tidy at all times when potential buyers start coming around to view the property. The biggest turn off to a prospective buyer is messy, cluttered rooms, unmade beds and dishes in the sink.
Remember that you are selling a potential buyer a lifestyle, not just a home. So, enhance all of the great things about your home that attracted you to it in the first place. If you take some time to present your house as the perfect home for your market, even if you are looking for a quick sale, you will have a far better chance of getting close to your asking price for it.
When you want to make improvements to your home, the idea of a low interest home improvement loan comes to mind. After all, the major part of any loan is the interest rate, so if you can get a lower interest rate, the monthly payments and the total cost of the loan are going to be substantially lower. Don’t choose the bank where you have your mortgage simply because it’s convenient, but check around to find a low interest home improvement loan.
The importance of research
Just like any other loan, you want to be sure to do some research before you choose a lender. Failing to research before you obtain your loan can make the difference between finding a low interest home improvement loan and paying a higher rate of interest.
One of the worst mistakes that borrowers make is thinking that every lender charges about the same rate of interest, especially within the same regional area, and this is far from being factual information. First, different types of lenders have different interest rates.
For example, a finance company is going to charge a much higher interest rate than a bank, thus the reason it is easier for those with bad credit to obtain a loan from a finance company. On the other hand, many credit unions charge a lower rate of interest than banks.
Choosing a lender
If you want to find a low interest home improvement loan, you will need to do some research outside of your local or regional area. That doesn’t mean that you will find the lowest interest rate outside of your regional area, but if you don’t do the research, you will not know if you have the lowest rate on a home improvement loan that is available. In addition, sometimes you can present a lower quote to a local lender, and in order to keep your business, they will match the lowest quote you received.
If you have good credit and are a long time customer of a particular lender, they will not want to lose your business to someone else over a difference in the interest rate. You want a low interest home improvement loan, and they want to maintain your business, so you have a tool for negotiation.
Is the best rate always the lowest rate?
When you begin to research lenders, you have to look at every aspect of the cost of the loan and not just the interest rate. Of course, the interest rate is the first thing you will see when looking for a low interest home improvement loan, but you have to look at everything that adds to the cost of the loan. For instance, one lender may charge a lower interest rate but has an application fee and prepayment penalty.
Another lender may have other kinds of additional charges, such as required insurance, that will add to the cost of the loan. Researching every aspect of the loan in order to find a low interest home improvement loan that also has a low overall rate is your goal when you conduct your research.
If you have a business to lead, big or average, you have zero doubt that you heard of SAP Business One. A instant look on the internet can present to you subject after subject of successful application and implementation of SAP Business One. Case studies can describe the full-length procedure of integrating SAP Business One with industry and present how the industry gains from the technology inside SAP. Not all industry has SAP Business One, but say you are in business, you should. Simply try to dismiss the echoes of success in the case studies put up as good words for the SAP system.
SAP Business One, or Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing, ads functionality to a business system and replaces old IT with a contemporary hardware package that gives an industry the competitive reward. SAP Business One effectively gains a business power to manage with requirement and lets the business to live in the real Earth while others nap.
Capabilities developed take on sales, operations, and logistics for accounting. An actual case study brings, life story in the video from Bamboo Pipeline. Sap Business One has enabled a horticultural nursery to expand to a highly scientifically process oriented success. Every processes are controlled through SAP Business One turning workers into precisely coordinated squads that make the entire business. SAP One Business is utilised in all view of the transaction. SAP ONE Business allowed the Bamboo Pipeline to literally take an order, move plants, inspect, and broadcasts their landscaping materials and horticulture overnight.
Rewards and key benefits recorded in the case study from Bamboo Pipeline shows automated e-commerce dealings, selling activities are managed efficiently and tax management is expedited. The interface of the program is straight forward and user friendly for every stages of IT experience. SAP Business one is the platform for all of the business processes and is a customable application for whatever type of industry.
Case studies record the points of how aft implementation, SAP Business One can stand huge growth, as well as present a instant return on the investment. Productivity is cleared within the industry and with the improved productivity, working capital can increase. Customer service relationship management is integral to the SAP Business One system and provides for sales, distribution, and purchasing as well as warehouse management to be controlled with one application.
Cost effectiveness is improved with the mathematical preciseness of the SAP Business One System and when it is time to switch or restructure the industry, SAP can support the dynamic development in changing markets. Channel mates involved with the customization of the SAP supply trusted operation and bring expertise to the industry. They tried, tested and licensed result can be delivered with trust from the capable management of experience partners.
SAP Business One case studies support the concept that SAP is more than administrative software. Stock and inventory is controlled efficiently. Control of inventory is a time consuming operation for whatever industry and with the SAP Business One application, time is saved. Case studies on SAP show thet with that additional time and efficiency, the industry has more time to reach the client. This reward grants for increase of the business and the most significant area. This area is the customer base.