Tuesday, 14 November 2017

When the heart says Greece, go to Lefkada

Have never visited beautiful Ellada? What a pity! Well, you should correct that terrible mistake on the first occasion. Think about early check-in for summer 2018. I will tell you WHY.

 Greece – the place where all your dreams will come true

Visiting Greece for the first time is always an exciting experience. As a first step, forget everything you have ever read or heard about that exciting country. Believe me that nothing can prepare you for Greece, the most amazing country in Europe.

Fortunately, when I decided to visit Greece for the first time, I went by car. That allowed me to drive around on my own will and without a strict schedule. But, even if I had ten lives, I wouldn’t be able to visit everything that mysterious country offers. In the other hand, if you plan a family holiday, maybe the airplane is the better choice for you.

When you decide to get to know Greece, starting with Lefkada is a really good choice. Imagine the picturesque fishing village on an exotic island of paradise on the west coast of Greece and white sand between the rocky wall and sand shade of blue sea. Include water sports and cocktails in that picture and all your dreams will come true. You can believe me because I did it.

Choosing the right accommodation is essential

Regardless of whether you travel alone, with your soul mate and especially if you do that with your family, the beach hotel accommodation is always the best choice. Dragging beach equipment for half an hour can never be relaxing and tempting. And, (should I add it at all?) you simply deserve THE VIEW!

Imagine waking up with the sea in front of your eyes or drinking the first-morning coffee in combination with the smell of salt water and sun cream. Not to mention that falling into sleep with gentle sounds of waves in the background is absolutely irreplaceable!

Plus, you should consider that being in one small room with a lot of equipment is not the best situation when you stay there as a family. You have to think about a comfortable apartment. It is very important having a room for children, especially if they are very young. There are a lot of interesting things you can do while they are sleeping.

Know what to pack

The perfect thing related to summer holidays is that you really don't need a lot of clothes at all. But if you are bringing the children you have to know what to bring for them too. First of all, you should check what is possible to hire in a resort and what you must bring along yourself. And, of course, you should pack all the things into the best packing cubes you can find.
Apart from the clothes, you will need a first aid kit and a sun cream with a high protection factor. I highly recommend hats and sunglasses for all of you, because Greek sun can be very strong especially if you go to your vacation in July or August. If you are from the North, you need to protect your light skin, a particularly gentle skin of your children.

Learn something new during the summer

Once when you unpack your luggage, you need to look for some nice places for relaxing. The only problem you will have there is what to pick out first. For example, I adore water sports, island excursions, and biking. And, of course, don’t forget to take advantage of the special beach club offers you can find around.

Kids clubs equally for kid’s and your pleasure

Going on holiday with kids do not need to be a nightmare for parents, full of shouts, complaints or screams. Make your children happy plus be relaxed and calm with plenty of kids clubs you can discover on this amazing place. The really good thing is that those clubs are free to join and run five days a week so parents can get some precious me-time!

Just imagine that your children can try new things and meet lots of new friends under watchful attention of experienced childcare staff while you enjoy lying on the beach completely careless with a favorite book in your hands.

I know that you love your children the most in the whole world and like spending time with them. But sometimes is important to let them play with their peers. Plus you deserve to have a rest of everyday routine. Just believe me, regardless of the age of children, my experience says - give them a reason to enjoy and you will enjoy more.

But keep in mind that you need to pre-book your places which are free and inclusive. Make sure your children don't miss out anything. They can enjoy as Sea Urchins if they are very young or, as members of older group Sea Tigers, they can go at sailing and windsurfing.

If they are teenagers, they can join the Youth Squad as well and spend time in a fun water sports programs for the week with up to three hours a day coaching. And don’t worry. There is one instructor looking after maximum six pupils on the water.

Think for yourself for the change

So, you are super organized and have everything covered when it comes to the children. They will have plenty to do and the daily routine is completely planned. But have you thought about adult time?

It's time for beach club just for you! You can find out why paddle boarding is the fastest growing water sport in the world right now. Or you maybe just want to spend your day in style? In that case, cruising around the bay with an instructor as your guide is win combination. Also, paddle cruises are extremely popular and great fun for everyone.

The best for complete family is to enjoy together

But, of course, you want to spend some days with your beloved children too. Let me recommend you yacht sailing holidays from Lefkas through the gateway to the idyllic Southern Ionian Sea. If you, in the depths of your soul, feel that sea is your life, as I feel, try an exclusive flotilla for one or two-week cruises. It is something really special for all your family.

For more experienced there is a possibility of bareboat sailing too. If you prefer to decide on own pace and itinerary, pick out one of a range of yachts from 35 to 52 feet, based at Lefkas marina. Just get onboard and enjoy your special moments together.

Vassiliki Stay & Sail

I believe that you already feel that there are no many choices for you for the next summer. You missed to leave your heart on Lefkada this year and you just mustn't miss all that beauty during summer 2018.

Recommend you to give yourself the possibility to discover the best of both worlds there. Try a Beach club holiday in your first week and then go to the sea on an Ocean Elements yacht to cruise the beautiful Ionian Islands for your second week for example.

Make the unique decision for your family because you deserve it.

Keep in mind that it’s never too early to make a reservation for such a place. Plus early booking can save a lot of money for you and your family. Think on time, dream smart and go for it!

Friday, 27 October 2017

My answer to a man with an opinion..

My answer to a man with an opinion

(Dear Abby: If you read the papers as well as write for them, you saw the article about the judge who gave a husband permission to spank his wife when she needed it. All I can say is that It's about time. I was about to think women were taking over the country. If more men turned their wives over their knees and showed them who was the boss, society would be in better shape. Spanking should be legalized everywhere. - One man's opinion)

Dear man with an opinion: Oh, of course! I agree completely with that idea! You absolutely should spank your wife from time to time.

Moreover, it would be better if you spank her every morning before drinking coffee and having breakfast. She will eventually realize that this is actually some sort of reward for her. Because she is your wife. No one else but yours! Yours!

It will be clear very soon that she is happier and more efficient in her duties as a wife, a mother and as a human being if you treat her in such a way. And all of that thanks to you!
As I think a little better, she should be thankful for that precious new sense of purpose you gave to her.

Well, it is possible she will smash you the first time you try to spank her but do not worry. The plan is basically pretty good. Women are the problem. They simply cannot understand what is for their own good.

The trip from Texas to Niš is not too far for our hearts

In fact, it was Sandra’s fault. She invited me for a cup of coffee.

I was moody and tired that day and unable for action after dinner. But, that lady is something special for me and I just, without much thinking, rushed downstairs and went out.

- Do you want a cup of coffee right now or we can go to our little park, she asks me naively, giving me her favorite skirt and blouse she likes most.

-Put it on, you can’t go out wearing these ruined pants to meet the foreigners.

-Foreigners? Which foreigners? And my pants are just fine. That was my cat, Clementine. She sharpened her claws on them.

- I'm interviewing some great people from children's camp and their friends from Texas. You just can’t imagine what a great family they are.

Who knows Sandra, knows that everything is great for her. I believed that she somehow had found some boring folks and wanted that interview only because they were Texans. In that moment nothing was great for me. I just wanted to sleep and drink my coffee.

Ignoring my grumbling, she started to put on me a blouse and only laughed at my remark that she wears clothes two sizes smaller than me.

- Don’t worry, it is large for me. It is perfect for you. Believe me!

Denis the Menace!

Anyway, for the moment I was sitting in a coffee shop, chatting with a brilliant cameraman who was supposed to record the interview and couple of Slovaks who decided to move to Niš, just like me. Every summer they organize summer children's camp on a large estate arranged like those in the West.

But, the biggest surprise was the family of Texans. Gwyn talked as if he had just jumped out of a cowboy movie, but without Stetson. However, he was tall and slim and hardly resembled the stereotype of "fat, noisy Texan with a hat" I had in my head.

And Cyndi..uhh..

You know a well-known story about an American plastic, professional smile which is not from the soul like ours is. Well, my dears, that American girl was certainly not from that story. A million dollars smile was shining on her face and spreading joy to everyone with whom she talked to.

The pure beauty of life..

This unusual eight-member family lives on Gwyn’s pension and spends all free time singing to people with Alzheimer's disease. Their Bluegrass causes reactions even to people with an advanced stadium of that horrible disease.

They came to Serbia for the first time three years ago. Since then they have participated in the workshops in summer camps, teaching children to sing, play and rejoice in life. Cyndi also has held free classes for children who want to play the ukulele. Every child who completes the course gets one instrument as a present.

We spent hours talking about everything. Among other things, I mentioned her that I have been a member of the group “Help for vulnerable citizens of Nis”. We just started with our new action Chepening. We collect bottle caps and after recycling them, we buy wheelchairs for people in need.

The reaction was immediate.

- We can collect bottle caps too and we will bring them to you next year.

I was really touched. But I was not prepared for the next sentence.

- If you agree I will ask our priest and the whole our community. We can collect bottle caps for you in our church on Sundays.

Do I agree?

I was speechless. I did not ask her how she imagines bringing all those bottle caps from Texas to Niš.

But, she is the women who gave birth to six children and taught them to go through life with music and love. She flew half of the world to study other people's children to play this unusual instrument during the whole month without payment. She came to see Niš and in a second decided to play to people in the park for the pure pleasure. Well, she can handle a small problem such as moving large bags full of bottle caps all over the ocean.

I love you, Cyndi. You are an amazing woman.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Срби као историјски пример самопоништења..

Рођена сестра моје нане се удала за Србина, јединог претеклог члана породице испод усташког ножа. Сви до једног су завршили у некој од бројних јама у Лијепој њиховој..

Као официр, чика Богдан је мењао градове по налогу службе, па га је моја баба-тетка пратила и тако обишла добар део те наше бивше државе.. Изродили су двоје деце. Кћер и сина. Изродили, а боље да нису, када већ морам да лајем..

Када је кћер оцу саопштила да се удаје за Хрвата, чика Богдан је пресвиснуо. Молио је своју мезимицу, причао. Али, није вредело, као што су залуд биле и приче о усташком зулуму који је преживео, а за које је од детињства знала. За њу су то биле бесмислице из давне прошлости..

Да зло буде веће, будући зет је био пандур..

Недуго затим се оженио и син. За своју сапутницу је изабрао Муслиманку. Само њу и ни једну више..
Чика Богдан више није имао речи.. Ћутао је, о свом јаду забављен, надајући се да неће доживети да се покају..

Залуд нада. Деведесете су лупале на врата а звери су се пробудиле и изгмизале из дубина у које су згуране пола века раније..

Зет пандур је у међувремену постао начелник полиције и један од главешина злокобних Зенги. Оба сина, чика Богданова унука, су са поносом, као ЧИСТОКРВНИ и ПРАВИ синови "неовисне Хрватске" постали чланови ЗНГ и узели пушке у руке.

Чика Богданов син, будући да је живео у Сарајеву са тазбином, сасвим природно и опуштено је на главу ставио зелену берету..као прави истински Муслиман..

Брат ми је добар део младости провео на ратишту, што као редован војник, што након мобилизације, у рату који Србија није водила. Често је умео да позове да му донесем пљуге и нож који је крио у посебном делу ормана. Заузврат ми је остављао документа која није смео са собом да носи.

Колико пута се на линији раздвајања преко нишана гледао са родом рођеним, никада нећемо сазнати..
С обзиром да су се сви живи вратили кућама, никада нико није ни потезао то питање..
Али се више никада нисмо видели нити реч разменили..
Чика Богдан је тихо, без речи ископнио и само се угасио попут догореле свеће..

Не требају нама Србима непријатељи. Ми смо генетски деформисани и уклети да сами себе уништавамо до границе самопоништавања..
Жао ми је чека Богдане..и Вас и оних сличних Вама који су избегли јаму да би им рођена деца са радошћу ускочила у исту, пљунувши пре тога на своје претке, своју крв и све људско у себи..

Monday, 23 October 2017

Freelancing as a new way of life

These days, freelancing is becoming a more and more common practice because of the simple fact people get to ditch the routinely 9 to 17 schedule. In many studies, the freelancer market has shown rapid growth.

A freelancer is self-employed person offering services, usually to businesses and often to multiple clients at a time. The type of work freelancers do vary. Nearly every type of service a business would need could be provided by a freelancer including social media marketing, copywriting, writing articles and blog posts, web programming and design, creative works such as graphic design and bookkeeping.

There are 53 million people doing freelance work in the USA and that is 34% of the national workforce. Around 14,3 million are people who have full-time jobs but also perform freelancer tasks when time allows it (moonlighters) and another 9,3 million people who do freelancing in combination with part-time jobs.

80% of non-freelancers say they would be willing to do work outside their primary job to make more money. Earning extra money and schedule flexibility are the top drivers of freelancing. 69% of freelancers said technology has made it easier to find freelance work. 77% of freelancers say the best days are yet ahead for freelancing. 65% said freelancing as a career path is more respected today than it was three years ago. 36% of moonlighters who have a primary job have thought about quitting working completely independently.

By 2020 it is estimated that over 40% of the workforce available in America will be pursuing independent work.

There are a lot advantages of freelancing. Everyone can start even today. As long as person already knows the skill which plan to offer, getting started is simply a matter of finding the first client. This job is easy to start. It is possible right now, using network to find a client.

Also, it is affordable because everyone has the ability to provide the service with equipment or software they already has. Eventually there are possibilities to invest in business building tools, such as a website, but using LinkedIn (which is free) is a great online resume that can help for promoting service.

There is a high demand for help. While the marketplace of freelancers is competitive, the need for quality, reliable freelancers is growing. These days many businesses do not have employees and instead have a team of freelancers.

The good thing is choosing your own schedule. Work when and where you want and choose clients is absolutely great. While in the beginning freelancer may take any client that will hire them, as person grows they can choose not to take on difficult clients.

There are some disadvantages to freelancing too, including effort to build a steady clientele and getting enough clients to make freelancing something that supports freelancer. Also, work sometimes can be irregular, plus you need to plan for lean times and be ready to work hard to deliver work on-time when work is plentiful. Managing multiple clients and projects can be a challenge and pay may be low to start out because many people expect to pay less for work from a new freelancer. Breaking in with lower costs may be needed, but as quickly as possible seek to charge what you're worth and find clients willing to pay for quality.

Getting started as a freelancer is pretty easy. You just need to visit one of the freelance sites to find work, and networking with your current sphere of influence to find your first client.

Firstly, you should decide what you will offer, including writing, web design, graphic design, photography, marketing, social media management, bookkeeping and more. Then you need to determine your target market. Decide if you are specialized within a specific niche of your service or within a specific market. Create an online portfolio. Start at LinkedIn, a social network all about career networking. Build a profile that promotes the benefits you have to offer. Consider setting up a website too. You should set your prices. Make sure you charge enough to cover your overhead, time to do the work, as well as to earn a living.

Start reaching out to find clients. Consider using a freelance site such as freelancer.com or up work to find work. While they pay less than you want, it can be a great way to get experience and referrals.

Freelancing is a fast and affordable way to get started working as your own boss from home. With that said success comes from those who plan their business and deliver high quality work.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Look how people communicate non-verbally and find out who they are

Non-verbal communication is a language as any other. It is a form of communicating with other people and it is used to carry your message to those around you. Sometimes we send the message intentionally, but sometimes the message is from the unconscious mind and automatic. Non-verbal communication is based mostly on visual cues and it is the oldest form of communication known to man.

Non-verbal communication can be divided into four categories:

1..Aesthetic occurs through creative expression and include all the arts: music, dance, theatre, crafts, art, painting, and sculpture.
2..Physical communication covers the personal kind of communication and includes a smile or frown, wink, touch, smell, salute, gesture and other bodily movements.
3..Signs are a more mechanical kind of nonverbal communication, which includes signal flags or lights, a display of airplanes in formation, horns, and sirens.  
4..Symbols are used for religious or personal status reasons, as well as to build self esteem.  This includes all things which represent social status, financial means, influence, or religion (jewellery, cars, clothing etc).   

Today, non-verbal communication plays an important role in the workplace, particularly when you are dealing with the public. Nonverbal cues tell a speaker whether you are listening to him and are you interested in what they have to say. In modern world it is essential using non-verbal communication skills in the workplace, because it can help finding a proper way to interact with either employees or clients.

Physical communication is the most used form of non-verbal communication.  A person that is aware of another’s nonverbal cues will understand that person better. For example, the way you are standing and your position in a group of people can communicate. The amount of distance between you and another person will be interpreted a certain way, and the meaning will change according to the culture and it can mean either an attraction, or can signal intensity. Also, any actual touching can convey attraction or a level of intimacy. Examples of non-verbal communication of this type include shaking hands, patting the back, hugging, pushing, or other kinds of touch.

Other forms of non verbal communication are facial expressions, gestures, and eye contact.  When someone is talking, they notice changes in facial expressions, including raising eyebrows, yawning, sneering, rolling your eyes, gaping, and nodding. The meaning of these movements is pretty much the same in all cultures.

Covering mouth with hand indicates that even though the person is talking, there is something they wish to not say. If the person suddenly open eyes widely, this may indicate the individual has perceived a sudden threat and is looking for an escape route. If a listener is rolling her eyes, has a bored expression or seems glazed over, these are blatant cues that the listener is not actually listening or does not care about the speaker has to say. Make eye contact during conversations and take care that your facial expression is one of alertness and caring.

If it is about body language, if the person crosses their arms over the chest, it signifies disagreement. Fidgeting while listening also imparts cues that you are not interested in what is going on. Keeping still while listening may not be easy, but it lets the speaker know that you care about what they are saying. If person turns feet away or toward the door, this indicates the person would like to leave. In the other hand, moving away or leaning back usually indicates the person feels threatened and is putting distance between him or her and the perceived threat.

But, body positioning is subtly different from actual body movements. For example, even if you are sitting perfectly still but are leaning backwards, this gives the impression of disinterest or even downright disagreement. Inclining towards your listeners or the person who is speaking to you gives them the impression that you are engaged in the conversation. When people don't get along, they may give off subtle cues in their body positioning by turning slightly away, giving the impression that they want to leave the conversation. Open and engaged body positioning is important in a conversation.

Today is very important to recognize subtle signs in someone’s behavior, especially if it is about an important client or associates at work. It is essential to establish eye contact when speaking to others. When you make direct eye contact, it shows the others that you are interested in what they are saying and in the same time you tell them that you are confident in what you are presenting. Making direct eye contact provides others with the comfort needed to communicate with you in return. If you are smiling when talking to someone, there will be created an atmosphere with warmth and friendliness, allowing others to feel comfortable.

Also, pay attention to your proximity to others. The amount of physical space given can convey many emotions. For example, a person who is behaving aggressively is probably standing very close to the other person.

And the end, tone of voice and the sounds people make can communicate their thoughts to others without they even speaking. If someone receives directions from a manager and immediately grunt, they are showing to manager disagreement with what he said. Tone or sounds can inform people of anger, frustration or sarcasm.

In contemporary society, non-verbal communication is gaining an increasing importance as it can discover what a person does not want to say. And often it can be important key in making deals or making a difference between successful and unsuccessful business cooperation.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Ugly beach in Santorini island

Oia in Santorini island is a place for the rich people. For those who will give unrealistically lots of money for lodging and lunch, private pool and sunset view with a glass of champagne in their hand.

And that is all.

Almost no one goes swimming in the sea here. There are two beaches. You have to have car or motorbike to go there. Otherwise, you are condemned to walk a few kilometers through a terrible dirty desert and be exposed to a terrible heat because there are no plants on this side of Santorini. Nothing except dirt and a naked stone.

After you come to the end of the road, you need to walk horrible path more than ten minutes. There you can realize what a volcano is actually - a synonym for a thousand shades of black and dirt.

The beach is a dirty, dusty slab of stone around 20 - 30 meters long. There is no access to the sea except over one slippery rock. If you are disabled or older person, you cannot reach the water at all. Plus, the wind is constantly blowing, the water is cold and I have always had the impression of swimming backward because of strong water current.

Millions of people dream about this Greek island. I was there. It is not worth of dreaming.