Park Benches – Perfect for Creating an Inviting Outdoor Environment

A great way to make an inviting outdoor environment is to use park benches on your property. It does not matter if they are simple or elegant, a park bench will show your neighbors that you would like the outside of your home to be enjoyed by everyone. Park benches are also a great way to meet people since when people see a park bench in a nice outdoor environment, they usually want to sit down and relax for a while.

In a way park benches are a sort of open invitation for people to have a seat and relax enjoying the outdoors. They can sit down and take advantage of whatever you have around the outdoor areas of your house whether it be a beautiful garden, a pond, or just a nice open space to have a seat. Park benches will also create some beautiful outdoor areas where you can sit with friends and family just visiting or having a little get together. They are also a great place to sit with your neighbors and catch up on the gossip in the neighborhood! The inviting atmosphere that park benches bring about can be a great social atmosphere while enjoying the outdoors.

Park benches are also not especially for the backyard or front lawn as they can also be placed near the front entrance to your home or driveway. Having a park bench placed in the front of your property will give the message of openness to everyone passing by. If you do not want people lingering around your property you should not place park benches where people will be walking by as it can be sending the wrong message when in reality you do not want them hanging out there.

Park benches, along with most types of benches, can be made from a wide variety of materials such as wood, concrete, and metal. Some of the more attractive benches can be made of wood as there are several types of wood that are common with benches. Pine is attractive but is not one of the longer lying woods. Cedar and oak last a little longer and are very attractive woods as well. One of the better woods for benches is teak, which lasts longer and is a very beautiful wood.

One way to ensure that your wood park benches last longer is to weatherproof them. If you do not weatherproof your wooden park benches they can warp, split, and become brittle as well as being less resistant to insects. For metal benches it is also a good idea to coat the metal with some type of rust resistant covering to make sure that the metal does not rust and will stay more stable for a longer period of time. There are many styles of park benches to choose from whether it be a Hyde Park teak bench or a personalized concrete park bench. The style is up to you as they can be great additions for around the outside of your home.

Introduction to Teaching English in Japan

Would you like the chance to spend some time in Japan but feel turned off by whistle-stop package tourist trips? If so, teaching English may be the answer. There is no better way to get to know a country than by living and working there. By teaching English you become a part of Japanese society, rather than just an observer looking in.

Teaching English is big business in Japan. Despite the collapse of the so-called bubble economy Japan remains one of the richest and most sophisticated nations on the planet, and this status is largely due to its success in overseas trade and investment. Thus, to get ahead in Japanese society, proficiency in English is a significant advantage. Add to that the fact that being able to speak English is simply considered cool and the huge demand for English teachers becomes clear.

Don’t Japanese people learn English at school?

Yes they do. Usually for 6 years or more. The problem is that, unlike most of the school curriculum, English isn’t taught particularly well. Japanese schools tend to follow traditional teaching methods in which the teacher stands at the front and lectures the class. Students are expected to absorb rather than question. The method produces excellent results for subjects like history and mathematics, but not for communicative, participative skills like language. School English education is likely to consist of lots of reading and writing, lots of grammar practice, but very little – if any – spoken communication.

Do I need to speak Japanese?

Not at all. Of course, if you can pick up a little nihongo (Japanese) it will make your daily life easier, but it won’t help one bit as a teacher. The reason is that the most effective way of teaching language is to use only the target language. Thus the only language used in English lessons is English.

How do I start?

Well, you could simply buy a ticket to Japan and start looking for work. Unfortunately, without a work permit, that strategy is illegal. Unless you have a Japanese spouse you need to find a job that will sponsor you for a visa. It is possible to travel to Japan as a tourist and approach a few of the numerous schools advertising for teachers asking if they are prepared to sponsor your visa application.

It helps to undergo some TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) training before looking for work. Not only will this give you some basic teaching skills and confidence, but it also shows potential employers you are serious about teaching and not just a backpacker looking for some financial re-fuelling.

TEFL courses are advertised in most English speaking countries. The more useful ones are provided by working English schools and offer face-to-face teaching practice with real learners.

Accommodation

If you are employed by the JET program or one of the big English school companies they will more than likely arrange accommodation for you. You are of course free to find your own housing if you so wish.

Living in school-found accommodation has the advantage of an English speaking contact to sort out repairs or other problems. The disadvantage is that it’s difficult to quit a job that may not be for you while living in their accommodation. I have also heard of at least one school that charges its teachers a significant premium over market rental rates for use of its accommodation – so beware!

There are several English speaking accommodation agencies advertising in the free English language press, and these generally provide decent accommodation, but at a price.

An alternative favored by many single English teachers are the so-called “gaijin houses” (literally foreigner’s house). These are basically hostels that rent out basic, but adequately comfortable, rooms mainly to non-Japanese clientele. Usually bathroom, kitchen and sometimes communal sitting room are shared. Gaijin house advertisements are to be found in the free English language press.

Mongofiles Review

Emailing large files can be a problem in many cases because majority of email providers place a limit of 25MB. Even if your files don’t exceed that limit, it can take a lot of time for it to upload. Fortunately, there are services that offer quick and hassle-free help. One of the most notable sites today is Mongofiles. Basically, users simply need to visit the provider’s site, select the file to be sent, and write the email address of the recipient.

Mongofiles uploads the file you choose into their server and then gives you a private link. Whoever receives this link can download the file immediately, safely, and quickly. The service is definitely a great solution for those who need to handle large files. Mongofiles allows you to send up to 2GB of files which is more than enough in 99% of cases.

It’s easy to see why the service offered by Mongofiles could be so attractive but there are similar websites out there. So how is it different? One thing that differentiates it is that the provider takes your security seriously. Here are other aspects you should consider:

• Private Link – other providers may offer the same file uploading service but a key selling point for Mongofiles is that they keep your files private. Only people you share the link to would be able to access the files. On the other hand, other providers make your files searchable for other users. There is no encryption or security features offered because they make money from people visiting their website to view potentially useful information.

• No Advertisement – many file uploading and sharing sites make their money from advertisement. That’s why if you register on these websites, expect your emails to be “sold”. Even if it isn’t sold to third-parties, you will still receive advertisements and offers from the company on your inbox.

• 30-Day Active Link – the closest thing to Mongofiles is probably YouSendIt. However, the latter only keeps your sharing link active for 7 days while Mongofiles links are valid for 30 days for the free service. Links on the premium service don’t expire. In many cases, this has proven to be useful because no one wants to keep uploading the files if the recipient lost it or if you need to keep track of files.

• Free Up to 100MB - if you like what you’ve read about Mongofiles so far, then go ahead and try it for yourself; it’s free. But keep in mind that the free service is limited to 100MB of files only. The company has a no-spam policy so you need not worry about your privacy. For those who need to send large amounts of files, 10GB of space is offered at $5 a month. Business users can take advantage of the 100GB of storage with 128-bit encryption. It is available for $50 a month.

Whether you are a personal user or a business user, Mongofiles offers something for everyone. When you compare their prices with online backup providers today, it also becomes clear that you can store so much more with this provider. Read Mongfiles reviews.

Successful Internet Marketing – You Must Have Web Hosting

What is a Web Host?

According to Wikipedia, a web host is “a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their own website accessible via the World Wide Web.” Web host services run the gamut from small, local companies who serve only a few clients, to large, multi-national companies who serve millions of clients. Regardless of their size, all hosting companies have one thing in common: They all provide you with space on the hard drives of their web servers where you upload your website’s files.

Free or Paid Hosting?

This debate rages on in the Internet marketing community. On the one hand you have those who advocate spending as little money upfront as possible until your business actually begins to make money online. This is the approach I recommend. On the other hand there are those who say you “get what you pay for” and free hosting is unreliable. I beg to differ. There are several very reliable free web hosting companies that have excellent uptime records. I use and recommend 000WebHost.com; their free hosting package boasts 99% uptime and they have all of the features that are necessary to set up a successful Internet marketing website or blog.

What Features Do I Need?

This is the question I am asked most frequently by newbie Internet marketers. My answer: It depends. If all you are going to do with your Internet marketing website is set up a few informational pages and a contact page, then you don’t much at all–any free web host will do. If you plan to set up a blog, multiple sales pages, newsletters, etc., you are going to need a full-featured hosting package. At minimum, you will need a package that includes plenty of storage space for your website files and graphics, sufficient data transfer volume to keep up with your traffic, and one or more email accounts.

For hosting your own blogging platform such as WordPress or Drupal, you will need PHP scripting language and MySQL database support. Also, many of the useful software tools and scripts that many Internet marketers use require PHP and MySQL to function. Most web hosts, including the one mentioned above, support this, so you shouldn’t have any problem in that department.

Finally, you will need to have access to your host’s server. All web hosts offer some type of graphic interface into your web space so you can configure and maintain your site, the most popular being cPanel. CPanel hosting is the de facto standard for most hosting services these days and there is plenty of information and training available free on the web.