Dinner at Fresh in Solaire Resort and Casino

Last October, I won a free dinner from at Fresh from Solaire Resort and Casino. I thought what I won was free dinner for two, I was very surprised when I found out that the Free dinner is for six people! Can you imagine that? So or course, I took peanutbutter♥, Ykaie, my MIL, my FIL, and cousin Rome with me so we can share the …eherm…calories…

Solaire Resort and Casino’s Fresh Restaurant truly provides the best international buffet dining experience at exceptionally fresh levels.

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7 Tips for Buying a Generator

Are you in the market for a portable generator? You should be careful with your purchase so you don’t wind up buying a thousand-dollar dud. Here are just a few things to keep in mind when looking for generators.

1. Know Your Price Range

First things first: How much can you afford to spend on a generator? Small and short-lived ones won’t cost you anything at all, but if you’re looking for a high-powered or long-term choice, be prepared to spend a few hundred dollars at the very least.

2. Examine the Engine

The engine is the heart of the generator, so if you find a model you like, make sure you inspect its innards. Look at both its power output and any special components designed for your convenience. For example, a Snap-on generator comes with an OHV engine that includes recoil start.

3. Consider Runtime

Are you worried about neighborhood blackouts? Most generators don’t need to be run at full capacity to supply you with emergency power, so make your decision based on the hours offered by 50 or 75 percent power. The good brands should provide at least 10 hours or more.

4. Ask About Its Noise Level

If you’re looking for a quiet generator, you’ll want to examine its decibel output. Some of the high-powered ones can get quite loud, and you don’t want to discover this the first time you turn it on! If the salespeople can’t tell you how much noise to expect, call the manufacturer and inquire directly.

5. Think About Maneuverability

How will you lug your generator around? Many come with wheels and handles so they’ll live up to their “portable” name, but some transportation features are better than others. For example, wheels are useless if they’re too small to really distribute the generator’s weight. Look for oversized wheels connected to easy-grip handles.

6. Demand A Respectable Warranty

Never buy a generator without some kind of insurance policy to back up your purchase. Most companies offer a one- or two-year guarantees as a matter of course, but sometimes they’ll try to trick you by only offering protection in the event of certain accidents or defects. Make sure your policy covers everything that you require.

These are just seven tips for finding the right portable generator for you. The high-end brands can be a costly investment, so make sure you’re choosing correctly the first time!

S&R Club Pricing Means Great Value For Money

S&R Club Pricing Means Great Value For Money

I didn’t know how I came upon S&R a few years ago but I know that I so wanted to be a member because of the wide selection of imported goodies the carry and offer to consumers. Back then, my problem was there wasn’t a branch near our home but when S&R Muñoz was built, we went ahead and got a membership.

I’m sure you all know about S&R being a membership-shopping club modeled after the warehouse membership shopping chains introduced in the United States. They carry not only imported brands but also local ones that are of high quality and in value packed sizes to make sure you are getting great value for your money. They have everything from pork, poultry, beef, seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables, toiletries, big and small appliances, hardware, homeware, wellness and beauty, wines and liquors, toys, — I think they have everything covered.

What I love most about the items they carry is that it’s all in S&R Club Pricing. What is S&R Club Pricing? It means membership shopping at low prices. Just take a look at the item in the photo above. We don’t leave S&R without buying one of their delicious Rotisserie Chicken. It’s only for ₱179 and you get a free 1.5L of Pepsi too!

S&R Club Pricing Means Great Value For Money

This Holiday Season, S&R Club Pricing also includes imported christmas decors that are exclusively available at S&R this Christmas 2014.

S&R Club Pricing Means Great Value For Money

They have an assortment of Christmas trees, ornaments, christmas ribbons, chirstmas lanterns, cookie jars, LED Christmas Lights, and those Christmas Villages with motions and sounds.

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Ykaie as Mrs. Santa at Himig Pasko Singing Contest

Ykaie with her teachers Ms. Abaya and Ms. Madrid

Wouldn’t you be excited and proud if your daughter told you that she’ll be playing Mrs. Santa at her school presentation? Well, that’s exactly what I felt when Ykaie told me she ‘s gonna be Mrs. Santa at the school’s chorale singing contest.

Ykaie with daddy

peanubutter and I both went to watch our daughter sing!

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Going the Extra Mile: 6 Benefits of Getting a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice

Many careers within the criminal justice field require no more than a Bachelor’s degree. This includes occupations like police officer, criminal investigator, forensic science technician, and loss prevention specialist. However, if you would like to further your career and expand your knowledge, you’ll be happy to know that there are many benefits to investing in a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, no matter which career you choose.

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Career Advancement

Can you see yourself in an upper management or leadership position? Then you should definitely consider getting a Master’s in Criminal Justice. The additional knowledge and expertise gained through your studies can really help boost your resume and give you the leg up when it comes to promotional opportunities.

Many professionals are not qualified to be leaders in the field without a Master’s in Criminal Justice. Many employers consider education just as important as experience.

More Career Opportunities

Although many jobs within the field don’t require a master’s degree, there are many that actually do. Some of these careers include criminologist, forensic psychologist, U.S. marshal, and public policy advisor. If you have an interest in any of these areas, you should plan on investing your time and money in an advanced degree.

Increased Salary

An elevated job title often comes with an increase in salary. Consider pursuing an advanced degree in criminal justice for the compensation benefits. According to Payscale, police and probation officers holding a bachelor’s degree earn a starting salary between $28,000 and $31,000, while criminologists and forensic psychologists holding Master’s degrees earn upwards of $40,000.

Due to the fact that criminal justice jobs are within the public sector, the money you spend on furthering your education could be reimbursed by the local government. This is one of the many perks of working in the criminal justice field.

Supplementary Income

Earning a Master’s degree may not get you promoted immediately, but it will provide you more opportunities to work and earn money. You could take a part-time job as an adjunct college professor or even devote some of your spare time to advising lawmakers on criminal justice issues.

There are many opportunities for supplemental work in this field. Just spend some time researching jobs in your area, and you’re sure to find part-time criminal justice positions in high-demand.

Beating the Competition

If your goal is promotion, you can beat out the competition by getting a Master’s degree. It can also really help you stand out if you’re looking to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Having the degree on your resume looks great, but most professionals see a Master’s as more than education. Many programs require internships or real-life scenarios, where students will have responsibilities of the actual job.

Gaining More Knowledge

Educational institutions like the University of Cincinnati offer nationally recognized Masters in Criminal Justice programs which provide students valuable knowledge on law, corrections, and juvenile justice that they would otherwise not be exposed to on the job, or even in a Bachelor’s degree program.

Pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice may not be for everyone, and should only been considered after you’ve done some career planning. But if you’re looking to advance in the field, earn some additional income, and edge out the competition, a Master’s in Criminal Justice may be just what you’re looking for.