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Tabata: An Explosive and Efficient Workout

Written by: Ashley Aucoin


Countless fitness trends have come and gone over the years. Each one promises to help you slim down, tone up, and achieve your fitness goals. Everyone has a different goal in mind when they commit to a fitness plan, and with hard work and dedication most exercise programs will produce results. But what happens if you can’t carve out 60 minutes a day to get your sweat on or you find it hard to stick to a specific fitness plan? Whether you need a quick burn or want to shake up your routine, Tabata training will deliver.

History of Tabata

Tabata is a form of high-intensity interval training, more commonly known as HIIT. It was invented by Dr. Izumi Tabata in 1996. Tabata, along with a team of researchers from the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo, was hired by the head coach of the Japanese speed skating team to assess the efficacy of their workout program.

During his research, Tabata divided the athletes into two groups and gave each group a different workout plan. Group A worked out with moderate intensity for 60 minutes, five days a week. Group B worked out at a high-intensity level four days a week for only 4 minutes and 20 seconds. Both groups were monitored over a six-week period. At the end of the study, they compared the VO2 max (maximal oxygen uptake) of the athletes in both groups and discovered the high-intensity training performed by Group B had a greater impact on both their aerobic and anaerobic systems. It was concluded that working out in four-minute high-intensity intervals was more beneficial than working out for 60 minutes at a moderate pace.

Benefits of Tabata


Improved Stamina: Tabata improves your aerobic and anaerobic threshold. Your aerobic capacity is a measurement of your maximum oxygen uptake during exercise. Your body requires more oxygen when you work out. The rate at which your muscles and tissue are able to absorb oxygen is known as your VO2 max. Most people have a VO2 max between 30 and 60 ml/kg/min. The higher your VO2 max, the more potential you have for aerobic endurance. As you do Tabata training, your VO2 max will improve, along with your stamina.

Anaerobic capacity refers to the maximum amount of energy your body can produce without oxygen. By increasing your anaerobic capacity, you can exert yourself at a maximum effort for a longer period of time. An easy way to measure improvements in your anaerobic capacity is to time yourself while sprinting at 100 percent effort. Record your time and distance. After six weeks of Tabata training, revisit this challenge. You will be amazed at how much farther you can run at maximum effort.

Increased Metabolic Rate and Fat Loss: High-intensity interval training increases our metabolic rate by almost 15 times the basal metabolic rate. Your basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the amount of energy your body uses naturally at rest. Not only are you burning an average of 15 calories a minute, but the increased demand Tabata puts on your body will increase your BMR and torch fat for hours after your workout.

Muscle Tissue Retention: If you want to improve your cardiovascular fitness but are concerned about losing hard-earned muscle, Tabata training is for you. The stress placed on your muscle tissue during Tabata sends signals to your body that more muscle tissue is needed and the ratio of lean body mass to fat will increase. If you choose full-body workouts that use more muscle mass, you could actually end up increasing your muscle tissue.

No Time Constraints: No time to workout? Can’t get to the gym? These excuses won’t fly when it comes to Tabata training. All you need are four minutes and a pair of sneakers to complete this workout.

How to do Tabata


Tabata is a 4-minute workout that consists of eight timed intervals. Each interval is broken down into 20 seconds of all-out exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest. Tabata training is going to mentally and physically push you to your limit. If you are doing this workout correctly, you should feel completely exhausted and find it nearly impossible to finish the final interval.

People often use this form of workout to improve their cardiovascular fitness, but Tabata training is versatile and can also be use to improve weight training and core strength. Beginners should concentrate on cardio, such as running, cycling, and rowing, or bodyweight exercises. Whatever your focus, to get the most out of your workout, it is important you choose exercises that engage a large number of muscles.

Tabata Warm-Up


It’s recommended that you do a 5-minute, full-body dynamic warmup before you attempt your first set of Tabata. A dynamic warm-up consists of a series of movements that will engage the muscles you are going to use in your workout. This warm-up will increase your body temperature and range of motion and activate your nervous system. When done properly a dynamic warm-up can improve your performance.

Mix and match these exercises to create a 5-minute dynamic warm-up. Make sure you choose exercises that engage the muscle groups you plan to work out.
  • Walking lunges
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Arm Circles
  • High Knees
  • Side Bends
  • Front Leg Swing
  • Push-Ups
  • Burpees
  • Butt Kicks
  • Side Shuffles

Tabata Workouts

If you’re new to fitness or are short on time, do one set of Tabata exercises two to three times a week. To get the most out of your workout, it is important to give your body time to rest. Leave a day or two between workouts for your muscles to recover. Once you’re ready to get started, all you will need for most of these exercises is a stopwatch (we use the timer on our phone) and lots of motivation. There are endless options for exercises you can use in your Tabata workout. I have listed below a few for you to choose from based on your fitness level and goals.

Dangers and Cautions

Tabata doesn’t involve many risks; however, due to its high intensity, I don’t recommend it for heart patients or people with high blood pressure. This type of interval training rapidly increases your heart rate, so it is recommended that you consult your doctor before adding Tabata to your workout regime.

There is also a risk of injury when you are performing any exercise; however, this risk can increase when you increase intensity and speed. Make sure you are comfortable performing the exercises and can maintain proper form at a moderate pace before incorporating them into your Tabata routine. If you have questions about form or technique, seek out a professional trainer for advice and assistance.

Original Article by: eReplacementParts’ Lifestyle Blog
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Pilipinas Trail Running Camp 2017

The trail running community in the Philippines has grown a lot lately and it has also attracted a variety of participants from regular road runners, fitness enthusiasts, mountaineers, and even couch potatoes. There's no doubt that many people are being drawn into the kind of adventurous kind of experience with trail running.

However, there are currently no regular trail running clinics in the Country that will help guide those beginner participants or those who are just transitioning. Sure some of our regular running workouts can be applied to strengthen and develop our running legs for the mountains, but what about the other essential trail running preparations and techniques? Would you ask google and follow the stories and experiences from foreign races? Or would it be better to learn from our own sport veterans who have gained the experience and atmosphere of our own races?

If you rather choose the 2nd option, then you're in for a great bonding and fellowship!


RaceYaya, together with Adrenaline Multisport Group and Basekamp, will hold a series of Trail running camp that aims to introduce new and aspiring runners to the sports trail running, help understand the techniques of the sport, nutrition and training plans, gearing up, trail etiquette, and other essential preparations and management needed before tackling the race and during race day.

The trail running camp will be a 5-month program which includes two stay-in weekends of learning and a culminating intimate race on the final month that will create capable trail runners with life-long stewardship and love for nature.

The 1st Camp will be on February 25-26 at Basekamp, Pintong Bukawe, in San Mateo, Rizal. This will be an overnight weekend fellowship where you will learn about the basics of Trail running, which includes Road to Trail, Gearing up, Getting the right form, Attacking the uphills and downhills, and trail etiquette.

The 2nd Camp on May 6-7 at Basekamp, Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal will also be another overnight bonding and learning experience about Trail running preparations. How to avoid injuries, First aid lesson, Nutrition/hydration preparation, Weather management, race planning and sticking to it.

The 3rd Camp will be a graduation Mini trail race where you can then apply what you have learned so far from the previous camps.


The Camp fees are as follows and you may register through Raceyaya.com. You may pay via PayPal or bank deposit.
  1. Camp 1: P2,500
  2. Camp 2: P2,500
  3. Camp 3: P2,000
Your camp fees are inclusive of an event shirt, overnight accommodation* (bed space or sharing tent space), meals, giveaways and discounts from Sponsors, raffle stub and donation to the Athlete Support Fund.

*Accommodation will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis. There will be 12 slots for bed space (six pax per room and dorm –type bed ), eight slots for hut accommodation (twin sharing mattress bed), and campsite accommodation (twin sharing tents).

For inquiries, you may contact hello@raceyaya.com or 0908-813-1086. Follow the Facebook event page to get more updates.
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Run Limitless: Technologically Innovative Vehicles

by: Jeric Danao


The roads these days are dominated by Honda Civics, Hyundai Accents and Toyota Altis, the Philippines have a traffic dilemma that has been a headache even before electric cars were thought of. With new innovations come new vehicles and before you think about the next car to drive why don’t you step away from the image of the busy roads of Manila and appreciate the other innovative vehicles that was once just in games and movies but are now a reality. These vehicles are straight out of a kid’s imagination and made real, they may not be able to solve traffic problems but they are unique.


Rinspeed sQuba

This sports car feels like it drove in straight from a spy movie, the most eye catching feature it boasts is the ability to dive underwater up to 10m. This sleek ride replaced its engines with electric motors, three to be exact. One of the motors is dedicated to the land operations of the car while the rest is meant to control the propellers while underwater. These are powered by rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries meaning there’s no need of gas. Besides being able to dive underwater this car is also able to drive autonomously on land using laser scanners.


Covini C6W

This six wheeler super car is simply mind boggling, having two additional wheels in the front is the main innovative factor in this sports car. There are serious benefits in having six wheels instead of four in terms of safety and comfort. Putting aside the fact that it can run at 185mph max, focus on the design. Thanks to having those two extra wheels the suspension of the car is evenly distributed and gives a smoother ride. The evened out weight allows for much better grip especially in turning which lets it go at higher cornering speeds. The brakes are enhanced because that’ll be four tires instead of two and in case a blow out in one of your front tires occur, you’ll be fine because the additional wheels are more than enough to carry the weight of the car.


Segway Centaur

On a smaller scale the Segway Centaur’s simplistic design makes it a versatile ride that you can enjoy both indoors and outdoors. Its design also allows you to handle it in various terrains and it still sports the gyroscopic balancing technology making sure that you’ll be safe when you try that wheelie. The movement is easily controlled by your thumb through a throttle found on the right handle bar. The Segway Centaur also has strong suspension and an engaged position making sure you’re safe and in full control of the vehicle.

These are just a few of the innovative vehicles that have already been made and many more to come. There are tons of concepts waiting to be executed. Each day innovators are coming up with new ideas to put into vehicles and with the rate of progression in innovation you may see flying cars in the near future. Or the solution to great traffic could be coming soon.

About the Author:

Jeric is a freelance writer that features food, lifestyle, travel, DIY subjects, and nature. He is an adventurer, taking on the world and everything it has to offer, may it be the good and the bad. He also has a weird love for reggae and sharks.

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Legendary Trials Rider Danny MacAskill Stuns at Vermosa Active Revolution

Press Release

Hotshot streets trial rider Danny MacAskill astounded Filipino bike riders and enthusiasts as he brought his renowned Drop and Roll tour to the country for the first time at Vermosa Active Revolution. The sports and active lifestyle expo was mounted recently at Ayala Land’s Vermosa estate along Daang Hari Road in Cavite.

Joining the Scottish MTB phenomenon were fellow pro riders Duncan Shaw, Fabio Wibmer, and Ali C., who all gave local riders and speed enthusiasts a truly unforgettable spectacle with their jaw-dropping stunts.

Vermosa Active Revolution put the Vermosa estate on the map as the premier sports and active lifestyle destination in the south. This 700-hectare master-planned, mixed-use development in Cavite offers a modern suburban community where daily life becomes more dynamic for health enthusiasts.

“Vermosa stands as an accessible premier destination for new-age sports, perfect for people who are passionate about healthy and active living,” said Jay Teodoro, Ayala Land Senior Division Manager and Estate Head of Vermosa. “By hosting world class events such as Vermosa Active Revolution, the estate furthers its thrust of not only providing the best training facilities and services, but of bringing in quality, internationally-renowned talent to promote active and healthy lifestyles.”

Among the world’s best street trials pro riders, Duncan Shaw, Ali Clarkson, Fabio Wibmer, and Danny MacAskill brought their Drop and Roll tour for the very first time in the Philippines and showcased their skills at the Vermosa Active Revolution.

Fearless. Fabio Wibmer makes jaws drop by balancing on his bike’s handlebars.

Danny MacAskill proves his biking prowess with this inflatable ball flip trick at the Vermosa Active Revolution.

Duncan Shaw takes flight at the Vermosa Active Revolution.

#JoinTheActiveRevolution and fuel your passion for a healthy and active lifestyle! For more updates and information on Vermosa’s exciting events, activities, and offerings, visit the official Facebook page, @Vermosaph or www.vermosa.ph.

About Vermosa Estate
Vermosa is an estate by Ayala Land, the Philippines’ leading developer of sustainable estates offering a diverse mix of quality residential and commercial developments that support local economic growth.

For more information on Vermosa’s upcoming activities and offerings, visit its official Facebook page, @Vermosaph or log on to www.vermosa.ph
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The R.O.X. Gift Coach Will Help You Get the Right Gift for Their Adventures


Are you looking for an outdoor-related gifts for this Christmas season? Is your exchange gift wish list still unchecked and don't know where to find that card-sized multi-tool? Or do you just want to give a surprise present to that special someone whom you've been wanting to tag along on your running, mountaineering, or camping adventures but don't know which among the many gear lists will suit? Head on to R.O.X. branches or just visit their facebook page and let the #ROXGiftCoach guide you before you scour the store.

Check out the PR below about this new service from R.O.X.


Press Release

As more and more people are discovering the fun and excitement of life outdoors, it appears that the most ideal gifts to give our loved ones are presents that will suit the many adventures they wish to soon embark on. From relaxed weekend getaways to an itinerary packed trips with the gang, R.O.X., the country’s biggest outdoor concept store, extends a helping hand in the quest to find the right gifts for our loved ones’ next big adventure!

Introducing the R.O.X. Gift Coach, a holiday campaign which seeks to help shoppers find the right gift/s for their loved ones’ adventures! With R.O.X.’s very own pool of outdoor experts – who have mastered the ins and outs of the outdoors – gift-givers are guaranteed to pick out presents that will make their loved ones’ next adventure a truly memorable experience. The best thing about the R.O.X. Gift Coach? One can easily get in touch with one online.

So how does one exactly enlist the help of the R.O.X. Gift Coach? Easy! One may simply send a private message to ROX Philippines on Facebook on weekdays, from 11am to 4pm. From advice about well-suited gifts for different kinds of adventures to personalized recommendations based on a person’s favorite outdoor activities, the R.O.X. Gift Coach can certainly cover a wide range of topics.

One may also ask questions regarding outdoor activities as well as the most suitable outdoor products based on different age groups. Once one has decided on a gift, he or she may have the gift reserved for up to three days and pay for the gift/s at the store.

Apart from getting in touch with the R.O.X. Gift Coach on Facebook, one may also approach the R.O.X. Gift Coach in all R.O.X. stores daily, from 11am to 9pm. With the assistance of the R.O.X. Gift Coach, one may easily choose among the wide array of premium adventure and outdoor lifestyle products housed inside the store.

Plus, exclusively available at R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street are customized cards and gift wrapping to further make one’s gift/s truly special.

From outdoor lifestyle products that will suit your loved ones’ personality to adventure essentials that will make his or her experience smooth-sailing and hassle-free, finding the right gift/s for your adventure-seeking loved ones just became so much easier with the R.O.X Gift Coach!

You can check out R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street Manila, R.O.X. Solenad 3 Nuvali, Laguna, R.O.X. Marquee Mall Pampanga, R.O.X. Camp John Hay Baguio, R.O.X. Ayala Cebu, R.O.X. Abreeza Davao, R.O.X. The District Cagayan De Oro, and R.O.X. Ayala Mall Legazpi. You can also follow @roxphilippines on Facebook for news and updates on your favorite outdoor brands!

R.O.X. is the only store that lets you in so you can get outside!

R.O.X. is owned and operated by the Primer Group of Companies, Asia's next retail giant.










About R.O.X.
Recreational Outdoor eXchange (R.O.X.) is creating raves in the outdoor industry with its unique concerns on people and environment. It is currently the largest outdoor sports and recreation superstore in Southeast Asia. It derives satisfaction in providing the tools of trade for the outdoor enthusiast, and subsequently provides outdoor experience to sustain consciousness of people on issues pertaining to environment.

What R.O.X. wants is to get everyone outside and experience firsthand the outdoors, outlive every exhilarating moment and embrace the adventurer in each one!

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About Primer Group of Companies

Established in the Philippines in 1985, the Primer Group of Companies is engaged in the retail and distribution of the world’s top and premium consumer brands in outdoor, travel, footwear, fashion, wellness and urban lifestyle. It has also established a solid ground in the industrial products and services landscape, with companies in full-scale printing, air-conditioning and creative graphic design and services.

The company is aggressively expanding to become the leader in the global distribution and innovation of premium goods and services. Its retail authority alone has grown to over 150 premium brands, with over 500 free-standing stores worldwide. Headquartered in Manila, Philippines, the Primer Group employs over 3,000; and has presence in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and the United Kingdom.
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How to Protect Yourself from Mosquito-Related Diseases

by: Jeric Danao


The monsoon season in the Philippines can bring a lot of things aside from heavy rains and typhoon signals. It is a season when all sorts of sickness like a simple cough and cold can thrive.

Unfortunately, it can also bring more serious ailments like malaria, yellow fever, and dengue.
Most of these cases stem from pest control issues in which insects like mosquitoes have been left alone and have become rampant in and around our homes.

Prevent this from happening by doing certain measures.


Apply Repellent

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in England has confirmed that mosquito repellents which contain Picaridin and DEET work much better compared to others. They are advising adults and children not below two months old to use them in order to avoid mosquito bites. They add that babies who are not yet two months old should not use these products for it could be harmful for them.

It is also highly advised for you to wash off the repellent from your skin with soap and water once you get back to your home. If the repellent managed to stick to your clothes, you should definitely have it washed before wearing it again.


Clear Water From Your Yard

Make sure your yard is free from stagnant water by following these tips.
  • Remove all containers that could possibly hold water from hard to see places such as under the stairs, decks, porches, and bushes.
  • Unused tires as well as items that can contain water should be removed or thrown away.
  • Clear pooled water from your flat roofs.
  • Remove leaves and debris from your downspouts for they can essentially collect water.
  • Clean your rain gutters every now and then.
  • Empty water from barrels, cans, buckets, swimming pool covers, birdbaths, and flower paths.

Steer Mosquitoes Away

Home should be the safest place for you to hide from these pesky insects. Practice these things in order to avoid having them as unwanted visitors at your own place.
  • Be sure all the screens in your doors and windows are in good shape to keep mosquitoes out.
  • Burn essential oils like catnip, lavender, and eucalyptus to repel mosquitoes naturally.
  • Use a mosquito net when sleeping to avoid being bitten.
  • Swat them with a mosquito swatter and get rid of them.
  • Entrap them using a mosquito trapping system.
  • Opt for LED lighting which does not attract mosquitoes to your place.

What Else Can You Do to Protect Your Family?

Other things you could do to ensure the health and protection of your family from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases are the following:
  • Make sure to cover your playpen and baby stroller with netting particularly if you are outdoors.
  • Always consider wearing loose clothing items like pants, socks, and long-sleeve shirts when spending time outdoors, particularly if you head out during the evenings or night time.
  • Keep mosquitoes away by placing a dish of soap and water when having an outdoor meal outside of your homes.
Keep these things in mind and you can be assured that you and your family will be safe from mosquito-borne diseases. If you want to get more assistance on this matter, don’t hesitate to contact a pest control service to help you out.

About the Author:

Jeric is a freelance writer that features food, lifestyle, travel, DIY subjects, and nature. He is an adventurer, taking on the world and everything it has to offer, may it be the good and the bad. He also has a weird love for reggae and sharks.

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How to Motivate a Child to Study

by: Jeric Danao


Several international schools in Manila have been around for years to give quality education and nurture the potential of students to excel in both academic and extra-curricular activities. The knowledge, skills, and values they acquire in their school will certainly define the person they will become in the future. Hence, choosing the right school for your kids is one of the most essential decisions you will make.

On the other hand, as a parent, you should also play an important role in grooming the full potential of your child. How do you develop the character of your child? What are your techniques in encouraging them to learn? How can you help in enhancing their skills? There are several ways on how to inspire them to have an effective study habits. To help you out, presented below are some of the efficient ways on how to motivate your child to study.


Make Learning Fun and Lively

Studying should not be dull and boring. You can use engaging and interactive videos to encourage your child in studying even the hardest subject. You can also use various games and activities to enhance their knowledge in a specific lesson. Websites, such as Fact Monster and Vampire Physics lets students learn specific principle while enjoying a certain game. Moreover, you can use movies, such as Schindler’s List, Wall-E, and the Sound of Music to support various lessons.


Go Outdoor and Explore

Learning should not be limited in the four corners of a room. Let your child spend some time outside and explore new things. They can visit interactive museum or historical sites to fully understand and learn a specific topic or lesson. Such places will give interesting learning experiences and can provide a strong foundation for creativity and critical thinking to students.


Let Them Discover Their Passion

Is your child a future artist, a Math wizard, or basketball player? Letting them do their passion will definitely motivate them to do their best in their chosen field. As a parent, you should show enthusiasm in supporting your child’s passion.


Integrate Music in Studying

Music is a powerful motivation tool. When your child is studying, you can provide them background music as this will enhance their concentration. You can opt for classical music as this enhances ones concentration and can lead in producing creative ideas and concepts.


Let Them Express Themselves

Encourage your child to express their opinions and thoughts. It is important to hear and take note of their ideas because they will feel valued and engaged. This will also lead to having an open communication between you.


Have an Open Communication

Communication is a two-way street. It is very important to have an open communication with your child. Ask them about their ideas and interests. What are their preferred ways of studying? What are the different learning styles they want to explore?

Indeed, motivating your child to study is very easy with the given techniques above. Listed on this article are few of the many effective ways on how to motivate your child to study. Apart from motivating them, it is also important to tell them the importance of education.

About the Author:

Jeric is a freelance writer that features food, lifestyle, travel, DIY subjects, and nature. He is an adventurer, taking on the world and everything it has to offer, may it be the good and the bad. He also has a weird love for reggae and sharks.

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Clean Your Car Emissions, Keep Earth Breathable

by: Jeric Danao


A lot of us, although we love running or cycling, also own some kind of fuel-operated vehicles. And we all know that these vehicles emits carbon that contributes to smoke pollution in our environment. Who among you can relate when while you're running on the road side and puffing for oxygen a vehicle passes by with carbon black smoke emission? So infuriating, right? If only you could knock out cold the driver or the owner! While not all of us have absolute control over these pollutions, we do however, have choices to lessen our own vehicle's bad emissions without emptying out our pockets in investing (yet) on the future of emission-less vehicles.

It is your responsibility not just to the country but the world to do your part in making sure that the environment is taken cared of. Especially if you are a vehicle owner you should be aware of what comes out of your muffler. Universal rule to this is to be aware of your vehicles indicators because they will tell you when you’re not taking care of your car anymore. There are numerous ways to make sure you don’t have to worry whether you’re contributing to air pollution or not.

Here are some tips to assure a clean gas emission of your vehicle.


Don’t Be Cheap on the Gasoline

Gasoline prices have been a pain to deal with for a long time but that doesn’t mean you should automatically look to go for the cheapest type of gasoline. The better the quality of gasoline you use the higher-octane level it would usually help your car be more fuel efficient. It leaves less residue and some brands even have cleaning agents in its formula. The engine runs more efficiently because the higher-octane level has better combustion in the engine. Cheaper alternatives may leave dirt and residue that build up and affect your emissions.


Maintain a Clean Air Filter

Do not wait for smog emissions before cleaning your air filters, make sure to have a regularly scheduled check and change of your air filter. You can base it on the distance you have covered or more on the amount of time you have been driving. Just make sure to keep it consistent so that there will be no buildup of dirt and other contaminant in your engine.


Fuel Additives

There are a variety of brands of fuel cleaners that you could choose from, its main purpose is to keep your engine clean. These additives will help clear the engine’s intake valve and exhaust system of any carbon buildup or deposits. This will help clear out your emissions and keep your car from coughing out smog. Remember that this is poured directly to your fuel tank and that you should give it time to be processed in the car’s systems before it works.


Tire Pressure

Running a fuel-efficient car is essential in lowering the emissions of your car. One key to this is having properly inflated tires. By keeping our tires properly inflated you will not only have a smoother ride but also make sure your engine is working at its peak. Under inflated tires will cause the engine to work harder and when it works harder it will create more buildup and emissions.


Keep your Engine Oil Fresh

Make sure to check your engine oil so that it doesn’t get too dirty. Unchanged engine oil will promote the buildup of gunk and carbon in your engine. Keeping track of the distance you travelled or how much you use your car, like your air filters make sure to change it consistently to make sure that there are no buildups that will lead to emissions.

Aside from checking these specific aspects of your car it is also good to bring your car to a professional mechanic to get a full diagnostic check. Have tune-ups for your car on a consistent basis and don’t wait for your car to be coughing up smoke before you check your car in.

About the Author:

Jeric is a freelance writer that features food, lifestyle, travel, DIY subjects, and nature. He is an adventurer, taking on the world and everything it has to offer, may it be the good and the bad. He also has a weird love for reggae and sharks.

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The Future of Space Travel for Filipinos

by: Jeric Danao


Exploration of the solar system for the Philippines is not as farfetched as many might think. There have been steps made that lead to the reality of a space program in the Philippines. Imagine the doors this would open not just in terms of discovery. The future with a space programs brings to mind so many possibilities in terms of foreign investments. There are also possibilities of international partnerships and relationships that can be built. Most importantly it raises the overall morale of the country and its people, it is a statement that can change the perspective of everyone about the country and its people.


Steps Have Already Been Made

The Filipino people have already made steps that signify that having a space program in the Philippines is within the realm of possibilities. Beginning with the case of Chino Roque, who was set to be 1-of-23 other civilians who were screened and chosen to be astronauts. He would be the first Filipino astronaut and it may not be by profession but it does open the minds of younger generations that it is a realistic dream. It also raises hope and optimism in the Filipino people that they may be more qualified than they think to be astronauts.


The Philippines Has Already Launched a Satellite

In March 23, 2016, Diwata-1 was launched into orbit and this is the first micro-satellite launched that is owned by the Philippines. This micro-sat was developed by the combined efforts of the Department of Science and Technology, the University of the Philippines, Tohoku University, and Hokkaido University. This project was mainly headed by Filipino engineers and scientists with the supervision of experts from Japan. The satellite is meant to take and transmit images that reflect climate change and the Philippines’ natural resources and sites. This will help in early recognition of storms and typhoons, which are known to be devastating to the Philippines. The government will also be able to keep an eye on natural resources and agricultural projects, whether there is significant growth and the real-time effects to these natural sites. This will help in planning and reaction to calamities and issues earlier.

This is more than a project though, it is a statement that the Filipino people is ready for the next big step. That Filipino scientists and engineers are more than capable to handle new projects and are just waiting for the support of the Philippine government to back up through capital and budgets. The competency is definitely there, all they need now is the resources to create a consistent program.


Moving Forward

Government officials have already taken notice to the importance of a space program to a country, not just in terms of exploration but on a country’s, economic growth, security and overall responses to disasters. Looking forward a space program based on the Philippines and is solely focused on the development of the local space program will improve the standing of the country in comparison to other developing nations. Communications and surveillance are two operations that could greatly improve the country’s recognition, defense and reaction to different situations. This will also open different avenues of relationship opportunities with other nations. Future partnerships, projects and programs can be implemented for a better global space community that focuses on the exploration and dissemination of this information for better decision making.

Space travel may be a way off right now, but the Filipino people are not behind. There has been significant developments going towards that direction though that means that space travel may be far but it is in sight. There are a few more steps to be made and support gathered to make sure the programs stays to course but when the time comes don’t be surprised to see the Philippines as a player for space exploration and travel.

About the Author:

Jeric is a freelance writer that features food, lifestyle, travel, DIY subjects, and nature. He is an adventurer, taking on the world and everything it has to offer, may it be the good and the bad. He also has a weird love for reggae and sharks.

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