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How Hunting Can Be a Family Affair

Posted in activities, family activities, family trip
on December 9, 2017

When people think about hunting, they sometimes think about a group of guys going out into the woods and sitting in their deer stands for hours, drinking beers, and escaping from their families. What many fail to realize is that in a lot of areas hunting is actually a family affair. Brothers and sisters work as hunting partners since they were children. Many children who grew up hunting together still hunt together as adults. Children are naturally competitive, and hunting is an excellent way for them to use their competitiveness in a way that is safe and beneficial.

Parents bring their children hunting with them since they were infants. Families hunt together in groups that span generations. It is not uncommon for grandchildren to go hunting with their grandparents. Grandparents are usually eager to teach their grandchildren the tricks of the trade that they learned growing up.

Parents will often supervise their children as they hunt. When these children grow up, they will use the same supervision techniques that their parents used with them to help their children learn how to hunt. If a child eventually gets into a relationship with someone who is not a hunter, they will usually teach their boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse how to hunt, and it will continue to be a family affair. Even if both members of the family are not avid hunters, they will sit with each other in the hunting blinds, enjoy each other’s company, and just spend time together.

Some families have commented that going on guided hunting trips together has brought them closer. Not only are they able to explore areas that are relatively new to them, but they are also able to build memories that will last for a lifetime.

Bow hunting is an exceptional sport for family members. What makes bowhunting so awesome is that families can practice with each other at home, at the archery range, and in other places as they prepare for the hunting season. Parents can pass down tips to their children, and children feel a sense of accomplishment as their accuracy improves.

More and more families are learning the joy of hunting. They see it as a way to teach their children about the value of nature, and it serves as a tool to encourage children to want to preserve nature for the generations that come after them.



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Luxurio-US: An Incredible All-American Vacation on a Budget

Vacations are a perfect time to get away from it all, and live a snapshot of a life we wouldn’t normally have. They interrupt the humdrum of the 9-5 and let us experience the freedoms and interests we can only otherwise day-dream of. The US, symbolic home of Hollywood lifestyles and sun-soaked inter-state travel, can help you live out this fantasy, whilst also seeing so much of the country. Sadly, the cost of luxury can soon pile up! Below are some more budget-friendly ways to explore and enjoy the US.


Stick with the Classic – the Great American Roadtrip!

An oldie, but a goodie. The open-road still has its allure! Source.


Long the stalwart of American cinema, folk-songs, and international envy, the great American roadtrip remains as viable in 2017 as it has ever been. You, some friends, a lovely cruiser and miles and miles of road. It’s what dreams, and great memories, are made of. Nowadays you can work with companies to arrange your roadtrip if you don’t fancy the planning yourself, but there’s nothing to stop you buying a map, hiring a car, and driving off into the sunset. If you plan your route strategically, you can tick off so many states whilst experiencing little snippets of their varied and intriguing histories!


(Just before you go, be sure to sort your epic soundtrack out, to really capture the moment!)


Twist it Up A Little – Travel by Train!

Trains, and public transport in general, in the US might not have the greatest reputation but this doesn’t mean you can’t use it to travel the States in comfort and style. The greatest complaint about roadtrips is the wearing nature of driving mile after mile, so why not have someone else cover that for you? You can use tricks to accomplish inter-state travel on a dirt cheap budget, so there’s nothing stopping you from emulating the Trans-Siberian whilst taking in so much of the US’s history and culture! You’re just a haversack, moonlit night and swelling soundtrack away from your own silver-screen experience.


Midnight train going anywhere, anyone? Source.


Really Go For It – Take Over the Seas!

Boats are one of the best symbols of living in the lap of luxury. By now we’ve all seen the iconic scene from Wolf of Wall Street (or similar films) where the boat is the ultimate status symbol. If you’re already planning on hitting up some of the US’s best beaches, why not go the whole-hog and hire yourself a boat? You can find out more here about one of the best ways to snare yourself that glam lifestyle on your break. Of course, if you’ve got a little more cash to splash with this (and the other tips) you can always escalate your expenditure to really get that VIP experience!


Mega-yacht, or classy cruiser? Source.


Together these are three of the best ways to see the famous US of A, whilst keeping costs a little lower than they could be. As all of them involve travel themselves, you’re never stationary and are always finding new places, people and passions to indulge in!


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Take A Hike: The Best Mountain Getaways In The World

If you are looking to getaway, there are all sorts of places that you could choose to visit. From stunning lakes, to beautiful beaches, to gorgeous gardens and serene cities. The world has a lot to offer, and we’re about to make it peak.

Mountain ranges offer a lot to a traveler – an exhausting hike, adrenaline filled climbs, relaxing walks and incredible vistas and panoramic views. Mountains are a once in a lifetime experience and the more that you can visit, the better.

Health reasons might put you off visiting something like Everest, or K2 – which are reserved for the adrenaline junkies! It doesn’t matter though, there are still plenty of places to visit in the highlands of the world that won’t put you at risk!

Let’s head to Italy – and the Vigilius Mountain Resort in Tyrol. It’s away from the modern world and you cannot get in with a car – in fact, you’ll have to travel to the getaway via a cable car. The resort itself is completely car free and very eco-friendly. If you need to getaway from the stresses of modern life, Vigilius is where you need to head to. You’ll be able to take in the Dolomite mountain range, untouched forests and clear springs. In fact, the fresh water of those springs is said to have healing powers! If that doesn’t work out, head up to the local church – which has been there since the 13th century – to complain to the Almighty. Head to for more info.

Another untouched destination? You’ll need to head a bit further out. Wildflower Hall in the Indian section of the Himalayan mountain range is one of the best resorts in the world, and it’s up a mountain! It looks like it was designed in a fairy tale and feels very much like an antique. If you’re an adrenaline junky, you can find a lot to enjoy – from climbing, to trekking to white water rafting. After all the excitement, enjoy some spa treatments and soak up the unique views.


Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is among the most famous mountains in the world. It’s not exactly a resort, but it’s certainly a climbable mountain. You might need a guide on some of the harder routes,, but the so-called ‘Coca-Cola route’ shouldn’t be too taxing, demanding more from your patience than anything else.

Sparkling Hill resort  is something to get you started in mountaintop resorts. It’s one of the best in the world and you’ll be there multiple times throughout your life. Overlooking Lake Okanagan, there is a lot to take in, but you can also enjoy the inner workings of the resort – which has a stunning indoor pool with access to the vistas of the range. Like Wildflower, Sparkling Hill contains a spa, so you can get out and hike – while taking a step back when you get back. The natural beauty on offer in this part of British Columbia cannot be matched.

For your next getaway, get out – but get up. Mountains offer some of the best experiences in the world.



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PMAP Holds Asia Pacific HR Best Practices Forum

The People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP), in partnership with Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resource Management (APFHRM), will hold the “Asia Pacific HR Best Practices Forum”at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila on April 6, 2017.

The APFHRM is an organization with membership from different human resource associations from different countries within the Asia Pacific region and one of its members, PMAP, will host this year’s forum about Human Resource’s best practices in building and sustain global competitiveness. Global HR Leaders will convene to talk about practical development and actionable strategies needed by members into their respective work places.

Learn from the line-up of different topics about development and practices of different HR Leaders: “Technology and HR in Today’s Era” by Manoj Biswas, Chief Human Resources Officer of Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited; “HR Metrics and Workforce Analytics” by Kamesh Ganeson, Country Director ECC International; “The Impact of Technology on Workplaces Today” by Lyn Goodear, CEO of Australian Human Resources Institute; “Bayanihan Spirit” by Imelda H. Centeno, Senior Vice President of United Laboratories, Inc.; “Impact of AEC free movement of skilled labour still being seriously underestimated” by Colin Blackwell, Chairman of the HR Committee of Vietnam Business Forum; and “HR Best Practices: The Philippine Advantage” by Ramon B. Segismundo, SVP and Head and Corporate Services, of Manila Electric Company and 2017 PMAP President.

The forum is open to the public and guarantees an interesting and relevant learning journey about HR best practices from leading practitioners in the human resource management from around the world. Investment fee is Php5,000.00 for PMAP members and Php5,500.00 for non-members.
For more information, please contact Joana Tumpalan or Rhona Bagarinao at telephone nos. (+632) 726-1532 loc 323 or 308, mobile no. +63917-584-9222 or email at or  
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Your Ultimate Guide to Under Ground Paris

For all the beauties that Paris has to offer, the city conceals just as much as it gives, and there are many hidden gems under the cobblestones. For the adventurers out there, the catacombs, for once, can provide you with just as many frissons as you are yearning for. But for those of you who are looking for a more symbolic sort of underground, Paris also has a lot to offer. From bars to nightclubs to art squats, there is definitely more to the capital city of France than the Eiffel tower and the Champs Elysées.

Without further ado; here are a list of the underground Paris.

The catacombs

When public cemeteries and burial pits started overflowing after a series of revolutions, the State decided to transfer the bones of six million people to the ancient mines of Paris, a 300 km long (186-mile) tunnel network. Now known as the catacombs, this underground labyrinth has become somewhat of a myth, and one that, lucky you, you get to visit.

The entry to the catacombs is located right outside the metro station Denfert-Rochereau. You have to keep in mind that the line is one of the longest in Paris, so you should try to get there as early as possible. Once you get your ticket, you will go down a nineteen-meter long spiral stone staircase and dive in the depths of Paris. After going through a series of galleries where the silence is just as thick as the walls, visitors will find themselves in front of the ossuary entry, right by a hidden aqueduct. The inscription there is terse: “Stop! This is the Empire of the Dead”. Among the bones of Marat and Robespierre, you will find skeletal works of art, such as a heart made of skulls and tibias. Along the way you will also find gloomy quotes from various poets and writers. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes but you will see, through these two kilometers of gallery, that many portions of it are closed to the public. For the bravest ones among you, those who love urban exploration and such, there are some secret entrances to the catacombs, notably in La petite ceinture, the abandoned railroad that circles around Paris (look up secret entryways online).
Underneath, a community of cataphiles like to explore different areas, restore old passageways, and add new alleys to the already existing maps. “Tourists”, as they call it, are rarely welcome and you will probably need a guide if you want to explore a bit of the secret parts of it. There are three golden rules one should always follow in the “underworld”: “what comes down must go up”, which means that cataphiles will not allow littering, « never speak of the above », as many cataphiles use secret identities and do not talk about their “regular lives” among themselves. Last but not least, the motto “never trust anyone” is supposed to remind you that the catacombs are first and foremost an adventure, one during which you will have to be careful since the police are on the lookout. If you get caught though, you do not risk more than a ticket. The main danger is getting trapped underneath. You will need to arm yourself with a map, a torch light, and some food and water.

La petite ceinture

Built 150 years ago, la petite ceinture (“the little belt”) used to be a 32 km-long railroad circling around Paris and is now one of Paris’s coolest illicit pedestrian areas. Except for three small stretches in the 12th, 15th and 16th arrondissements that are now open to the public, most of it is closed down, although fairly easy to access (search through travel blogs for unofficial entry points, most of which aren’t policed). You will need a torch for the darker sections of it (tunnels and such) and might not want to wander out there at night by yourself. However, it is a really nice walk during the day, one that will make you feel as though you were not in Paris, save for a few sections that do overlook the city. These few points that one cannot really see from within the city offer beautiful views that cannot be matched elsewhere. The thick undergrowth and the multiple graffiti offer a one-of-a-kind environment, one in which you can have a gloomy picnic with your friends.

Sewer system of Paris

If you are not afraid of rats, water, and smells, you might want to visit the sewer system of Paris, thanks to the museum dedicated to it. After going down a huge staircase, you will go through a long gallery that runs right next to the Seine. You will be surrounded by pipes and basins before arriving in the main room. There you will be explained how the whole system functions and behold the impressive work put in place for it. Fascinating exhibits also give a sense of how the sewer-maintenance equipment has changed from what it was before to what it is now, like the huge wooden balls used to clean tunnels beneath the Seine. This museum also enables you to understand some of the design of Paris as a city. The museum is open daily except on Thursday and on Friday. From May through September, hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Père Lachaise cemetery

If you want to pay yourself a spooky visit in the old historic Paris, you should definitely visit one of Paris’ cemeteries, the Pere Lachaise being the most renowned one. Most graves and chapels date all the way back to the 19th century and look like tiny gothic houses. All are unique and beautifully crafted, and make up a peaceful maze. I believe that getting lost in the many paths offered and among the many trees that grow in between two sepulchers is the best way to enjoy the peculiar tranquility of the place. Despite the place’s fame, you will rarely see any crowd there.

There still are, however, a few spots that are not to be missed. You’ll find in the Pere Lachaise the tombs of many famous people, among which the Allan Kardec tomb, the father of spiritism, and that of Oscar Wilde smeared with red kisses. Jim Morrison’s grave is also located in the cemetery, right behind a big chapel, and is protected by barriers so fans can’t tarnish or violate the place. Many people have gone and go there to pay tribute to one of their favorite artists.

Many legends run around the place. It is said for example that touching the well polished part of the Victor Noir tomb will help you be more fertile. A gift from the realm of the dead to the living.


Au chat noir

Whether you are a budding poet who wants to get his words out on stage or just a slam connoisseur, Au chat noir is the place to go. Located at 76 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud in the 11th arrondissement, it offers a haven of Anglo-Saxon culture in the heart of Paris since most speakers here are Anglophones, even though the public is very diverse and any language is accepted. Despite the café’s popularity among Parisian hipsters, this underground bar has not made it out into the mainstream yet. Lucky you, you get to go and enjoy this unique atmosphere while it lasts!

Le point Ephémère

If you are looking for something more urban than cozy and would rather walk on concrete than sit in velvet sofas, you should definitely check out Le Point Ephémère. This former hardware and building supply store is located right by the canal saint martin and was turned into a 15000 feat square artistic squat in 2004. Willfully haphazard and aesthetically disordered, it is a real incubator for new talents. You can come here to look at the multiple graffitis and works of art on display, as well as to check out one of the many street art exhibits that they have. In the summer, they also offer “apero mix” from 6:30 to 9:30, which means that you get to sit on their terrace and sip a drink with your friends while also listening to a cool concert. The music played there goes from independent pop to hip-hop to techno or rock. You can have dinner there as well. The prices are usually pretty good, especially during happy hours. No need to head to Berlin for street art anymore, you can just stay in Paris!

Caves St-Sabin

These caves are known as one of the hippest Parisian clubs, coveted by many for all its secret corners and beautiful alcoves. The setting is very gothic, thanks to the multiple candles and paintings. The music helps create the ambiance as well, even though it changes pending which organization is in charge of the night. It usually ranges from classical punk gothic batcave to newer songs. There are some Taverne Médievale nights as well, set up every now and then, and during which you will be able to see knives in armor. The caves are located at 50 rue Saint Sabin in the 11th arrondissement.

Théatre de Nesle

The members of the “Crépuscule des Damnés” (the dusk of the damned) decided to create this theater/concert venue in a former private mansion located right in the heart of Paris, at 8 rue de Nestle in the 6th arrondissement. The music there is rockier than at st Sab, and you will also get to enjoy artistic performances. Look up the program!


This cabinet of (gloomy) curiosities is located near Hotel de Ville and is really worth a visit. Despite its small size, the shop has a lot of unique-and peculiar- things on display, from weird skulls to cthulhu’s statues. Another good place to meet with like-minded people and find flyers for cool parties in bars.

About the Author

Nicolas is a city guide for Discover Walks Paris and occasionally collaborates with RebelsMarket, He’s also a student at Sciences Po and at the Sorbonne, where he is double majoring in political science and literature. He lives in the north of Paris and enjoys urban exploration and finding out about new places.

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