Songs that Inspire: Great is Thy Faithfulness

There’s nothing like a song to inspire me. Songs, poetry, nature and art are some of the things that inspire me. And yes, the Word of God.

One of the songs, actually, a hymn that particularly blesses and inspires me is Great is Thy Faithfulness. I heard the song when I was already in my teens as it was sung in church. And honestly, I can almost memorize all the lyrics of this song since it has inspired me even then and yes, until now. I also made sure that it was one of the songs sung at my wedding 🙂

A couple of years back, a friend of mine gave me a CD of songs from the group, Selah. I was really pleased because among the songs in the CD is this beautiful hymn.  Now, just maybe, this song will also inspire you wherever you are right now. Below is the live version of Selah singing Great is Thy Faithfulness.

Clever Ways to Maximise Your Storage Space

Your home is a sanctuary and respite from a busy life. When you reach a critical mass of stuff, it can stop your life flowing freely. Stepping over junk, losing papers, and not being able to find gadgets will slow down the most organized of people. This is where the adage A place for everything; and everything in its place comes into play. Shelving, rack installations, office filing solutions; all this hardware can be utilised. However, wise choices of furniture can also help maximize storage space.

Check out companies such as Elbowroom, which moved into home storage solutions after starting out with a focus on industrial storage in 1973. This innovator has taken its framework and robust materials from the corporate world and applied them to the home.

Here are some other tips on clever ways to maximise storage throughout your home:

Your home’s entrance

Regardless of how small your place is, it has an entrance. By placing a chair or stool, hanging hooks and a small hat cupboard in it, you have the basic components to stop clutter piling up through the next stop-off in your home. People can sit down, take off their shoes, hang up their jackets and put their hats away.

Your living area

Lots of storage space in the living area means all those much-used items can be put away, creating a clearer and cleaner look. For example, ottomans with space to put snuggly winter blankets for the kids; under-unit shelves to stash video controls, cane boxes for toys or magazines. Placing two or three wall shelves can add an elegant display-based storage solution for photo frames and books.

Your kitchen

What a difference a well-organised kitchen makes to daily meal preparation. First, the pantry. Narrow shelves of 30cm are ideal, any deeper and food tends to get lost and forgotten, just ensure there are plenty of them. Try installing wall brackets to hold microwaves, while extra wall-shelves can double as stylish features and herb racks. Lots of little dedicated spaces are needed for foods, recipe books, cooking utensils, bowls, glasses and plastics if your kitchen is going to function well.

Your laundry

This critical room is often overlooked, but it shouldn’t be. It makes a fundamental difference as to how easily your clothes get washed and cleaned. The ideal laundry has a wall-hung drier and a washing machine, a cupboard for detergents and the like, a sink, and space to fold clothes. A clever idea is to wall mount shelves for laundry baskets: unsorted washing can be stashed here, as can baskets for individual family members. A good system with shelving and the right containers will pay for itself in valuable time.

Your home office

These days we are seeing home offices used for a crossover of kids’ craft, homework and bill paying as well as the actual running of businesses. So many functions; so little space. A great idea is to have dedicated spaces or boxes or drawers for these different purposes. Half a cupboard for craft; half for office supplies. Two filing drawers devoted to the business, one to house bills.

Whatever your needs or whatever is not fitting into your current space, there are storage solutions on hand. All it takes is a little creativity, a bit of thinking and voila, your life becomes smoother.

Do you have any handy home storage tips to share?

What Do You Think About Solar Power?

Thinking of switching to sustainable energy? It’s a huge investment and needs careful consideration from all angles. It may seem like everyone’s making that switch, but you shouldn’t just jump on the bandwagon for the sake of it! Solar power has numerous pros and cons, as listed below, which can either help or hinder us on our quest to decide if we should go for it. For more information, read through some of the free resources at www.australiansolarquotes.com.au. What do you think of solar power?

The Pros

It’s environmentally friendly

Generating solar energy causes minimal pollution. The little emissions associated with the manufacturing, transporting and installing of solar power systems, barely make an impact compared to conventional energy sources. We won’t have to depend on non-renewable energy sources, which is so paramount in fighting climate change.

It’s renewable and abundant

As opposed to coal and fossil fuels, we’ll never run out of solar energy, for as long as the sun is alive! So that’s another good 5 billion years. There’s plenty of it too – the earth receives 120,000 terawatts of solar radiation, and that’s 20,000 times more than what the entire world really needs.

It’s sustainable and available

Its sustainability means it meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future. This means we’ll never over-consume. Moreover, just because a country is closer to the equator doesn’t mean they’ll benefit the most from solar power. Get this – Germany, a country that’s pretty overcast in winter, has the most solar systems per capita!

It’s noiseless

Essentially, photovoltaic panels don’t make any noise, unlike other sustainable resources like wind power. Can you imagine what life would be like with a constant ‘whirring’ sound assaulting your ears?

It’s low-maintenance

Solar panels only need a clean every couple of years. A less-frequent mechanical maintenance check will need to be carried out between two and seven years after installation.

The Cons

It’s more costly

Realistically, yes, the upfront costs are quite high. You will need some patience in waiting for it to pay for itself, but it’ll happen in time.  If the cost is just too much for you and you don’t want to wait to see a return on your investment a Charlotte roofing company can install a metal roof for your home. Metal roofs offer a lot of the same benefits that solar roofs do without the cost.

It’s intermittent

A bit of overcast weather is fine, but if you have days of it at a time, it will mean you will have to rely on a booster (most systems come with one) to get your energy levels to match your needs. The amount of sunlight is limited during winter, just when you need hot water and the lights to be on longer.

It’s made from expensive materials

Solar cells require materials that are rare in nature and therefore expensive. Thin-film solar cells made from cadmium telluride (CdTe), is an example. Batteries used for storing excess power are an advanced technology – they’re an expensive but necessary component.

They require a lot of space

Looking at how much power can be made within an area of land, solar radiation requires 170W per square metre, but it’s still less than that of oil and gas.

Well, it seems like there are a few more pluses than minuses when it comes to renewable energy. The debate has been running – still is – and will probably, continue for a long time to come. Does this list make it easier for you to make a decision? After all that’s been said, what do you think about solar power?

Make Mother’s Day Extra Special at Solaire

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Mothers know best. But this time, Solaire has thought of the best for the special women in our lives. From the special discounted rates in the ultimate family staycation to the exquisite set menus in our fine dining establishments, we’ve made sure that this will be one unforgettable Mother’s Day.

Bring the entire family this ‘Mother’s Day weekend’ and stay in one of our luxurious suites with discounted rates. Under the Summer Family Getaway packages, our rooms go as low as PhP6,000++ for Deluxe Room Cityview and PhP7,000++ for the Deluxe Room Bayview. The special rates are also available in Grand Deluxe Cityview (PhP8,000++), Grand Deluxe Bayview (PhP9,000++) and 2-Bay Suite (PhP12,000).

Our amazing staycation packages come with an impeccable buffet breakfast for two adults and two kids age 6 years and below. For kids who are 7 to 12 years old, we offer a 50% dining discount. Your stay also includes a free use of the swimming pool and the fitness center. To test your luck, the package comes with PhP500 worth of gaming credits.

If you opt to celebrate mom’s special day with a lavish dinner, we have prepared delectable set menus in Fresh, Yakumi, Finestra, Red Lantern and Strip. Everyone in the family can enjoy our mini pizza creation of the day (Roasted Branzino in potato crust, Versuvio tomatoes, white wine and Gamberoni), Pasta Carbonara in rich and creamy sauce with pancetta bacon, Limon Cello lemon and Chicken Parmigiano at our Italian restaurant Finestra.

For the lovers of Japanese cuisine, meanwhile, we offer a special menu that includes Gyuniku Tataki (Seared beef strip loin with onion dressing and micro herbs), Yakumi Sushi and sashimi sampler, Lobster mini soup, Ebi tempura, Chilean Seabass teriyaki and Steamed Japanese style egg custard with foie gras.

Red Lantern also offers a sumptuous set menu for those who prefer Chinese dishes. The family can feast on Hand rolled Beijing duck, Pumpkin soup with seafood and white fungus, Deep fried crispy shrimps with sweet mayonnaise, Wok fried prime beef black pepper sauce, Steamed sliced fish with Tofu in black bean sauce, the seasons best vegetables with oyster sauce, and Braised noodles with spring onions and ginger sesame oil.

Steak house Strip also offers a Mother’s Day menu consisting of Green Pea sphere and crisp ham; Tomato salad dried olive oil and goat’s cheese; Foie gras crumble mousse with candied fruit and nut; Seared tuna blood orange sponge, watermelon and labuyo chili crust; Pork belly beer braised and tomato relish; Smoked Angus beef and Caramel Sand torch banana.

All of our set menus are priced at PhP1,900 and all come with the Solaire Mother’s Day creation, the Caramel cheesecake with red berries and white chocolate silk. If you want to go all – out however, our buffet outlet Fresh is ready with Lechon (Charcoal grilled suckling pig), Roasted prime rib of ‘Gold Label’ prime beef, Brioche baked whole salmon Coulibiac, seafood delights and a long list of desserts which include tarts, cupcakes, cookies, parfaits, doughnuts, puddings and cakes.

May it be the ultimate staycation or a gastronomic adventure in one of our first-class restaurants, Mother’s Day at Solaire is definitely a great bonding opportunity for the entire family.

For reservations, call 888 8888 or log on to www.solaireresort.com for more details.