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Butterfly Centre in Bohol, Philippines

by on Feb.18, 2013, under Travel

When you think about a butterfly centre you might think it would be boring, but believe me this place was fantastic. A real surprise – you can visit a place called Flying Colours in Bohol in the Philippines.

It was my first time to visit a butterfly centre. So what actually happens here? First up the entry cost is 35 Philippine Pesos. Works out less than $1 US Dollar so paying it is not an issue. The price includes a guided tour – a lady basically tells you about butterflies, takes you round the sanctuary and helps you take photos.

First section you see a range of caterpillars and you can hold them. Despite having seen numerous caterpillars in my time, this was the first time to see a ‘big’ caterpillar. In glass boxes they have various stages of the caterpillar development – from being a caterpillar, to eating, to being housed in a cocoon to releasing themselves as butterflies! These were all live insects ready to become butterflies, the time it takes for the transformation varies but most of the ones we saw would take just over two weeks to go from caterpillar to butterfly.

After that you can see the biggest butterfly in the Philippines, which has been preserved in a box. It’s pretty big! Plus they have also preserved a moth, again photos are welcome and you can get fun ones taken to pretend you have butterfly wings!

The last section of your tour at the centre will be outside where you can see and hold lots of butterflies. Different colours are here too. This is a place worth seeing and the travelling lifestyle will make you enjoy it more.

So what is it? A butterfly farm!

Where can I find it? In Bohol in the Philippines

How to get there? Hire a car or bike might work out the best, but we got this visit included as part of a day long tour of Bohol.

Admission price – 35 Philippine Pesos

The people that work there are all local

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    Home Renovations DIY

    by on Apr.10, 2011, under Travel

    It appears that there has been a wane in consumer trust in the building and construction industry of late. This may be because of the scams shown on television or the bribery and corruption endemic in the corporate sector, but it is almost certainly the same motivation why so many are now doing home improvements by themselves.

    And why shouldn’t they? A little knowledge of the technical aspects combined with an eye for creativity is often enough to carry out the home improvement on your own.

    Why are people turning to DIY home improvements?

    There are many people attempting to pass themselves off as construction workers, although they do not have a lot of experience in construction or home maintenance and they are literally are out there right now practising, learning their trades on homes like yours and mine around the country.

    As a result, homeowners are finding that the jobs are not being finished to their liking. At times they are even pre-paying for services that do not get done or were not part of the arrangement.

    You do not have to trust and pay someone to improve your home. Why not have a go yourself?

    You can augment your home?s existing concrete surfaces using acid stains, acrylic paints, epoxy paints, and scoring techniques.

    If you are tired of looking at dull gray concrete, there are some easy projects if you are serious about having a go at home improvement DIY, you can easily give your patio, driveway or garage a refreshing new look.

    Attractive concrete work costs about double that of standard concrete, which is why many people cannot afford it.

    However, there are inexpensive methods to beautify concrete after it has cured, without having to pay skilled tradesmen.

    Acid-based concrete stains are becoming more and more popular for coloring concrete surfaces. They chemically react with the cement to generate permanent color with a variegated or mottled appearance like that of marble. This results in a natural, stylish looking surface.

    Water-based concrete stains are an alternative to acid stains but are much more user friendly because they are so much less toxic. These stains do not chemically react with the concrete; they are absorbed into the porous surface and act like a colorant. The big advantage of water based stains is the wide range of colors on hand.

    If you want to venture beyond the basic staining of your concrete, think about using some scoring techniques to create patterns on the surface.

    You can make your concrete resemble a tiled floor for instance. It is just up to your imagination. A mini angle grinder with a 4 inch grinding wheel is the ideal tool for this.

    The important thing to bear in mind when scoring is to draw the pattern on the concrete first and make sure you are pleased with the way it looks because scoring is irreversible.

    Epoxy paints make an outstanding coating for garage floors and basement floors. Many commercial floors have epoxy coatings because of their durability and resilience to chemical spills as well as their appearance.

    In recent years, however, it has become very popular for residential use with the availability of an growing number of different colors. This is not a complicated job, but the key to successful application is surface preparation.

    Epoxy paints have also become available in a water based form making it safe for the DIY’er and perfect for indoor jobs. They cost a little more than stains. For a 400 square foot area, you’ll spend about $200 for the materials required for this project.

    So, you see? You do not have to spend big money to improve your home. You have the ability to do it yourself. With a few instructions and a little bit of work, anyone can turn dull concrete into a work of art of their own.

    Owen Jones, the author of this article writes on several subjects, but is currently involved with Flowtron Bug Zapper devices. If you would like to know more, please go to our website at Indoor Bug Zapper

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    Traditional Mosquito Repellents

    by on Apr.03, 2011, under Vacations

    Over the years since the Second World War, we have come to rely on chemicals more than natural products. Chemicals were more powerful and more easily available. This is nowhere more true than in the sphere of insect repellents. DEET was developed just after the war and developed for use by the United States army for jungle warfare. DDT was used widely on crops around about the same time.

    In the post World War climate, chemicals appeared to be more effective and cheaper. What more could anyone want? But regulation was not so strict then and governments and manufacturers got away with a lot. DDT was later banned, although it has made a come-back of sorts. DEET is still the most often used insect repellent, although there are anxieties now about the regular use of it.

    This is why there is a trend back towards the old fashioned methods of controlling insects and in particular, mosquitoes. Governments have let us down in the past and they will carry on to do so, until we can elect people who care about us and the environment more than they do about themselves and their wallets. Maybe it was always a myth that politicians went into ‘public service’, but one thing is for certain, we do not get much service for our money any more.

    So, if you do not have faith in chemicals, what do you do? The way I see it, you have to go back to granny’s methods. Those that have been used forever. Let us take a look at some of the natural ways to discourage insects, with particular regard to mosquitoes.

    Eucalyptus oil is an old-fashioned mosquito repellent . You can either use eucalyptus oil from a bottle, make your own, or rub the fresh leaves on to your bare skin. As with all natural treatments, you will have to repeat the process often. DEET will remain effective for about four or five hours, but natural repellents will only be effective for about an hour.

    Chrysanthemum seed husks are well-known to include a smell or chemical that mosquitoes cannot abide. This repellent may be tricky to track down, but it is about. It is called pyrethrin and is made from the plant of the same name, Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium, by its Latin name. As a point of interest, permethrin, one of the most common insect repellents is a man-made derivative of pyrethin.

    Mosquitoes detest anything that smells like lemons to them. I have put it in that way because some products, like shampoos, might smell like lemons to us, but perhaps they do not smell like lemons to mosquitoes. Anyway, some of the organic products that smell like lemons to both humans and mosquitoes are: lemon grass, citronella and, surprise surprise, lemons, but there could be others.

    You can utilize any of these three plants to great effect against mosquitoes. Citronella or lemon oil are likely to be the easiest to get hold of. In any case, you could try some shampoos or soaps ‘containing lemon juice’ until you discover which ones actually work. The fact is that it does not matter what it says on the label, mosquitoes will let you know by their absence.

    Owen Jones, the writer of this article writes on quite a few topics, but is currently involved with natural mosquito repellant. If you would like to know more or check out some great offers, please go to our website at Mosquito Repellent For Dogs.

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