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Family is the most important thing in the world. ~Princess Diana~

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The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. ~Saint Augustine~

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Dreams about the future are always filled with gadgets. ~Neil deGrasse Tyson~

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Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. ~Helen Keller~

Splash Math for kids

Splash Math is an award winning math program for kids of ages 5-10 which can be used both at homes and in schools. Splash Math has benefited over 9 million kids and has been used in over 50,000 classrooms. Available on iPads, Android tablets and web, Splash Math works across multiple platforms and devices.

Splash Math is an adaptive program. It personalizes math practice depending upon the child's level of mastery and covers all math skills for all grades - Kindergarten through 5. Splash Math collects the practice data and shares analytical reports with the parents/teachers.

Splash Math combines the best of both worlds. For a child, Splash Math appears to be like a game which rewards on getting answers correct, keeping them engaged all the time. For a parent, Splash Math covers all necessary math skills for their grade levels and provides crucial insight on the child's performance.



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Maintaining A Tactical Blade


In tactical situations, having a dependable, sharp knife is extremely important. To maintain the blade, you must prevent corrosion by using it and storing it properly.

Blade Maintenance:

Although most tactical blades are made with quality steel, the surfaces will still corrode over time. This is why you must oil the springs and joints occasionally. One or two drops of oil is an ideal amount. By lubricating the knife regularly, it will always open and close with ease. 

If your blade ever becomes moist, thoroughly dry the surfaces with a rag. However, if salt water contacts the blade, rinse it with tap water immediately and dry it. Then, rub a small coat of oil on the blade.

Protecting The Blade:

A knife should never be stored in its sheath because moisture will collect in the leather. Over time, the moisture will generate pits on the steel.

Only use a blade for specific tasks that are recommended by the manufacturer. If you use a blade incorrectly, you could damage the entire knife.

Cleaning Advice:

Tactical knives can be cleaned with nail polish remover or alcohol. Never use harsh chorine cleaners because they will speed up the corrosion process.

A tactical knife is an investment that can help you in a variety of situations. If you clean and maintain the blade, you will never have problems when you use it.

4 Things to Do While Waiting at the Airport

For many of us, travelling internationally is something we do often. For some of us, it’s even a way of life. Airports today are in themselves businesses, not just a place for you to catch a flight, and they’re really going out of their way to attract travellers to return. Back in the day, there were two scenarios: having little time to grab a hurried bite and some boring gifts from the duty-free outlets before a flight, or waiting for hours with nothing to do! Even those who travel frequently for business can now have something interesting to look forward to. For some general ideas, consult with business travel managers like Corporate Traveller, who’ll be able to tell you about the best any airport has to offer. In the meantime, here are four things to do if you happen to be at any of these fascinating airports.

1. Be Entertained – Changi Airport, Singapore:

Renowned for its extensive state-of-the-art Entertainment Deck, Changi Airport offers music areas, an Xbox Kinect gaming room, a 4D cinema (yes 4D) and much more. If that’s a little too high-tech, you can relax at lounges with live music or walk through a landscaped garden complete with a waterfall, butterflies and 30 species of carnivorous plants! There are hair salons and beauty spas to indulge in, or take a swim in the pool, then sip some fresh mango juice in the Jacuzzi while watching planes take off. If you have a minimum five hours to kill, you can join a free two-hour tour as well!

2. Go Ice Skating – Incheon Airport, Seoul, South Korea:

It’s not real ice, just artificial plastic ice. It sure looks like ice though! You can unwind while having fun and go for a spin around the rink. If you’re not into that, head to Korean Culture Street, where you’ll find recreations of traditional buildings plus cultural events and performances. Have a wander through the Cultural Experience Zone and make artefacts from paper and wood.

3. Have a Beer – Munich Airport, Germany:

The airport has its own brewery! Have a cold one at a Bavarian-style pub, then head to the Visitors’ Park to enjoy a round of golf. If you’re an aviation enthusiast, join an extensive tour of the airport and watch aviation films, then explore historical aircrafts like the Super Constellation, Douglas DC-3, and many more.

4. Enjoy Nature – Vancouver International Airport, Canada:

This airport is incredibly unique. It has a mini Canadian forest, complete with a bubbling stream, rocks and even canoes! Vancouver Aquarium even houses two exhibits that boast 5,000 sea creatures – many of them only found locally, like rockfish, wolf eels and anemones. That’s just to name a few. To throw in a history lesson, stroll through an art exhibition where First Nation Art is displayed every day.

Now that you know of some great ways to entertain yourself at these airports, you’re probably hoping for longer transit times to fit it all in! Don’t forget, there are plenty of other airports just as interesting and unique as the ones mentioned here. Being stuck in airports has never been this fun – it’s almost like having a mini-vacation!

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10 Adventurous Ways to Experience Canada

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Canada remains one of the most stunningly beautiful countries on the planet. But with the United States just south of the border, it can often be overshadowed in the minds of prospective tourists. One of the best things about Canada though is the variation it offers. The possibilities for adventure and discovery are boundless. You don’t have to be an experienced traveller to appreciate Canada. But if you are, there is still plenty to see that you’ve never seen before.

If you’re the adventurous type, it could be the ideal destination for you. Although there are some great cities in Canada, the natural wonders and opportunities for adventure are where the true spirit of the country lies. If you’re thinking of embarking on a Canadian adventure, let these 10 ways to experience the country guide you on your way.

1. Go Orca Watching

On the coast just off Vancouver you can find up to 250 Orca Whales. If you want to make sure you get the best possible view of them, see them towards the end of the summer, during the salmon spawning season. As well as the whales, you can find humpback whales and prides of sea lions too.

2. Canoe in Algonquin Park

Algonquin Park covers 7653 square kilometers of Ontario, Canada. It’s not far from Toronto so can attract a lot of visitors. That doesn’t mean it’s small fry though. There are plenty of ways in which you can push yourself there and do something interesting. Canoeing the vast lakes and rivers of the park is probably the best way - you may even get to see some moose!

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3. Explore Gwaii Haanas National Park

The full name of this park is a bit of a mouthful: Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. Don’t let an inability to say its name put you off visiting it though. You could forget the rest of the tips on this list and just spend your whole holiday here.

The park covers an archipelago of 138 islands. You can explore the seas and go snorkeling or spend time on the beautiful unspoiled islands. The native Haida people host visitors and staying with them gives you the opportunity to learn more about their 12,000-year-old culture.

4. White Water Rafting in Nova Scotia

If you’ve never experienced a tidal bore before, you have to. It’s a must for every thrill seeker. Twice a day, tonnes of water from the Bay of Fundy are pushed up the Shubenacadie River, when this happens the water is anything but calm. All this is caused by the tide coming in. It’s a truly thrilling experience; prepare to get soaked.

5. Trek the Willmore Wilderness

Willmore Wilderness Park is often seen as the inferior younger brother to the Jasper National Park. Except it offers an even more wild and inhospitable landscape to trevail. If you ask me it is the far superior park of the two.

It’s great to trek because the experience feels genuinely authentic, you’re walking a designated trail. For example, there are no roads, bridges or buildings in the park. Make sure you’re watching out for grizzly bears and wolves though, both of which inhabit the park.

6. Ski Whistler

125 kilometers north of Vancouver you can find one of the world’s greatest ski resorts, Whistler Blackcomb. It’s home to the longest unsupported cable car span in the world, and it was central to the 2010 Winter Olympics.

You can take skiing and snowboarding lessons all year round. And for the experienced snow sportsmen and sportswomen among you, companies like Alltracks even offer training on how to become a ski instructor.

7. See the Northern Lights

Canada offers some the best locations in the world from which to view the Northern Lights. You can see them in Northern Alberta and take a dog sled ride while you’re there. There are few more impressive natural wonders in the world, and the Canadian Wilderness provides the perfect backdrop.

Lots of companies offer specific tours and trips to see the lights. Perhaps even more stunning than the Alberta locations is the Yukon. Here you can stay in Whitehorse, which is only accessible by floatplane. You can’t get much more remote than that!

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8. Go Mountain-Biking

Not far from Quebec, in Mont-Sainte-Anne, you can find some of Canada’s best cycle tracks and networks. It caters for all proficiency levels, from beginner to expert. Rent the equipment and make the most of it!

Another option is to bike the Trans Canada trail. The trail does what it says on the tin. It’s the world’s longest recreational path, starting at the most easterly point in the country and stretching nearly 22,000 kilometers. You’ll never travel the whole trail, but it’s fun to do at least a bit of it.
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9. Visit the Polar Bears

If you decide to try and get a glimpse of Canada’s polar bear population make sure you go with a guide. The end of Autumn is the best time to see them in Churchill, Manitoba. At this time of year, the polar bears are moving along the shoreline before the winter kicks in. When the water freezes over they’ll be able to hunt more easily.

There aren’t many places in the world where you can see wild polar bears up close. So if you’re in that part of the world, it’s an opportunity you shouldn’t pass up.

10. Pillow Fighting in Toronto

No, I’m not ending on a joke; this is a real thing! The Pillow Fight League was set up in Toronto in 2004. It’s a semi-professional sport that started life in a bar. Nowadays the sport is quite well known in Canada.



It is, of course, knowingly silly. But, having said that, pillow fighters have been known to suffer injuries during matches. If you have an evening free in Toronto, it’s worth seeing for a laugh. Or you could just try it for yourself in your hotel room. Don’t blame us if you get kicked out of the hotel though!

Tastiest Exotic Dishes From Around the World

When trying the hot new niche restaurant down the street is not satisfying your foodie fix, it may be time to step outside your comfort zone. While traveling the U.S. may be enough for some, getting your food fix internationally might be the best option for you. Unless your name happens to be Andrew Zimmern of Travel channel’s Bizarre Foods, there is a big world of uncharted foodie territory out there for you to explore. To get you started on your quest, here are a few suggestions that may ratchet up the intensity of your taste buds.


Kopi Luwak:
We’ll begin our list not with something you eat, but something to drink in Indonesia. This is a form of coffee you can enjoy on the first morning of your international foodie adventure. This experience will not come cheaply, however, as this coffee goes for between $120-300 per pound. Why so expensive you ask? It is made from the excrements of an Indonesian cat-like creature called the Luwak. The Luwak eats only the ripest coffee cherries, but its stomach cannot digest beans inside them, so they come out whole.The result is a coffee said to be so wonderful your Starbucks drinking friends will be ripe with jealousy.

A-ping:
While the name gives little away, this Cambodian delicacy is not for the faint of heart or arachnophobes. A-ping are actually giant tarantulas that are fried whole - legs, fangs, and all. Unlike the expensive coffee above, a-ping only cost a few cents and supposedly taste delicious. They are best plucked straight from the burrow and pan fried with a bit of garlic and salt. Those who have given it a try say they taste like chicken, and consist of a crispy exterior and gooey inside.

Fugu:
For the adventure seeker, look no further than the Japanese dish Fugu that is made from the poisonous puffer fish. Highly regulated in Japan due to the danger in preparation, fugu  fish contains poisonous tetrodotoxin in its organs and has to be sliced in a very precise way by only the most expert of chefs. If sliced incorrectly, fugu can be deadly in seconds. Apparently, the risk is worth taking, for the fish’s flesh is indescribably delicious.

Balut:
If you are looking for something for breakfast to go with your expensive kopi luwak coffee you purchased in Indonesia, Balut of the Philippines should do just fine. With balut, you get to eat your chicken and your egg at the same time. Fertilized eggs are boiled just before they are due to hatch, so your yolk oozes out followed by a chicken (or duck) fetus. They are cooked when the fetus is anywhere from 17 days to 21 days depending on your preference.

Puffin Heart:
In order to enjoy this delicacy from Iceland, it is encouraged to not take a look at this cute little bird known to some as a sea parrot. Puffins are eaten by breaking their necks, skinning them and then eating the fresh heart raw. Puffin is supposed to be delicious, like a fishier version of chicken or duck. The rest is often smoked, grilled or pan-fried.

Akutaq:
Finally, we’ve reached dessert, and for dessert it is recommended you give Akutaq (as it is known to the locals) a try. Akutaq is commonly known around these parts as Eskimo ice cream made with reindeer fat. It also consists of fish, dried salmon eggs or berries. Like regular ice cream, Akutaq is creamy and cold. Unlike the ice cream you are probably used to, Eskimo ice cream is traditionally not the sweet treat you are used to. Although if you travel to Alaska, you can try it with sugar added to give it a flavor you are more accustomed to from ice cream.

The writer, Brian Levesque, is a self-described foodie who always strives to find the best (though unusual) foods from around the world and share his experiences. When traveling at home though, finding good restaurants is easy: he just goes to www.foodpub.com. You can learn more about Brian on Google+.