Thursday, August 17th, 2017
Underwater life has fascinated us ever since we were children. Whether it was because we watched The Little Mermaid too many times, or were big fans of Waterworld growing up, we can’t deny how truly mesmerizing sea life is… or how luscious Kevin Costner’s hair was in that film.
Floating through underwater currents while basking in the view of the rich and diverse marine life is one for the books. The experience is a different one each time and that’s what attracts every diver out there. While there are countless places that offer great dives, only very few stand out. Here are 3 of the best dive sites in the world today.
Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island, Malaysia
Barracuda Point, located northeast of Sipadan Island, is Malaysia’s most well-known dive site. The site got its name from the thousands of barracuda that thrive there, swirling by the hundreds around eager divers — which is to say that experiencing this first-hand would be much like starring in the movie Sharknado, minus the awful CGI, terrible acting and silly plotline.
Barracuda Point is also home to a plethora of marine life, including turtles, batfish, whitetip sharks and nudibranchs. To say that this world-class dive site is the stuff dreams are made of would be an understatement. It’s sunny all year round and a cool, soothing breeze is never far off.
Blue Corner Wall, Palau, Micronesia
For the adventurous folks out there, the strong and unpredictable currents in Blue Corner Wall would definitely get your heart rates up. Apart from tough currents, another thing that makes this site a challenging dive is because it’s infested with sharks and a myriad of large sea creatures that may or may not have a taste for unsuspecting divers. So, dive at your own peril.
If sharks and robust currents don’t faze you, then you’re in for a real treat as excitement lurks at every corner. As you float in the calm blue waters, an overwhelming concentration of other forms of marine life will suddenly interrupt the stillness as they go into a feeding frenzy. If you move fast enough, you’ll be able to catch it all on camera. If you don’t, then you just might get eaten alive! I’m kidding, of course!
The Yongala, Queensland, Australia
If history and tragedies are your thing, the SS Yongala wreck site might just be what you’re looking for. After the SS Yongala went missing during a cyclone in 1911, it took more than 40 years before it was found again. Now, it is an underwater refuge for sharks, turtles, sea snakes, eagle rays and even humpback whales.
Up to this day, no one really knows for sure what happened to the SS Yongala, which makes the mystery the shrouds its fate fodder to diving enthusiasts from all over the globe. The whole experience has proven to be a mix of awe and melancholia for all those who have seen it and one that elicits envy for those who haven’t.
If there’s one thing you can’t do in places like the ones mentioned above, it’s staying on the shore and lounging under the sun. Sure, it’s safer and you get to have a beautiful bronze glow afterwards, but you won’t live your life to the fullest.
So, get your diving gear and camera phones ready and go on a dive tomorrow! Just make sure that your phone’s protected by a reliable
Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
When we travel and it’s time to eat, we either choose a safe menu when faced with unknown dishes or go bold and try out some anago-meshi or rendang perhaps. However we often times choose the safest which usually translates to “I’ll have some sandwich” or “let’s go to McDonald’s.” But have we thought that we are missing a bigger picture and a greater experience on our travel? To get to know a culture one should try to acculturate by trying out the food that they offer as well as getting to know the locals.
Here are some wonderful food that you could try while traveling to the following beautiful countries. I am certain that you will never regret it.
This country in South America is best known for beef and empanadas, but let us not settle to that only since they have a lot more to offer. Believe it or not, the ice cream here is among the best in the world, and dulce de leche and malbec flavors are absolute must-haves, according to luxury travel expert Leah Reilley of Artisans of Leisure. If you’re in the mood for cheese, don’t leave without sampling provoleta–a smoky provolone sprinkled with oregano. As far as simple dishes go, it is one of the best. As for native Andean cuisine, locro, a hearty stew of corn, beans, squash and meat, is delicious.
No culinary trip here is complete without a visit to the state of Bahia. First thing to order: Moqueca de peixe, a fish (and sometimes shrimp) stew made with tomatoes and coconut milk, says Reilley. For a satisfying weekend lunch–not unlike American brunch–feijoada, a heavy stew of beans, meat and sausage, served with rice, can be found all over Brazil. If you’re looking for something lighter, fresh grilled fish with tomato-and-onion salad coupled with a couple of Brahma beers is a perfect beach meal.
In Beijing the restaurants in the alleyways of Qian Men are renowned for hot pot, or huo guo, says Anita Lo, executive chef at Annisa in New York. Here you’ll find the streets are lined with boiling pots filled with soup ingredients. Its excellent selections range from Mongolian specialties–best known for lamb and mutton dishes–and spicy Szechuan.
Some 600-plus miles away, Shanghai is best known for its street food, especially soup dumplings. But don’t stop there, advises Lo. Shen jian bao, steamed pork bun, makes for a perfect for snack, while jian bing, egg-based crepes with a bean sauce or chili smear, is a local power breakfast.
Word of advice: Avoid street food. Try to score an invite to a local dinner table rather than settle for street vendors. Many locals are vegetarian, but Indian cuisine includes a variety of delicious meat and seafood. Grilled minced lamb, seekh kebabs, are the staple of Tandoori cooking, while the nation’s coastal regions are renowned for masala (spiced) fish or prawns. Natives advise caution when eating seafood during the monsoon months of June to August due to the increase in water-borne diseases.
While India conjures up images of curries, local specialties are worth digging around for. In North India, never say no to chaat or paani-puri. These delicious crispy crackers are dressed up with condiments of the sweet and spicy variety. If you’re in the south, say Kerala, don’t leave without trying fresh coconut. Traveling tappers climb coconut trees, tap the fruit’s blossom and decant the sap into a bottle. As the day progresses, the liquid becomes increasingly intoxicating, transforming from a light, fizzy drink mid-morning and fermenting into a seriously strong alcoholic drink by evening, says Thy Trang, founder of the Asian Culinary Forum.
Eat lampredotto, a special street-cart sandwich, when you’re in Florence, says David Rocco, producer and host of David Rocco’s La Dolce Vita, launching on the Cooking Channel this month. When friends visit, he reveals the secret ingredients only after they’ve savored it: chili sauce, salsa verde and cow’s stomach. “Don’t look at it before it’s cooked–it looks like a brain. But one bite and you’re hooked.”
Pizza not exotic enough for you? The pizza in Naples has a “DOP” stamp of approval from the Italian government to authenticate it. The ingredients are simply dough and a rich marinara sauce with oregano. In this case, native is best. “Locals say there’s something in the water density in Naples that guarantees you will never have a pizza like it anywhere else in the world,” says Rocco.
If you’re lucky enough to be around during the autumn truffle season, try uova con tartufi–fried eggs with truffle oil. It can’t be found on restaurant menus, but chefs from Tuscany and Umbria will know exactly what you mean if you ask for it.
You can get great sushi almost everywhere, so when you’re in Japan it’s worth trying other delicacies. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto recommends trying okonomiyaki, a savory pancake (or Japanese pizza) from his hometown of Hiroshima. This dish is made with batter, vegetables, seaweed, meat, a sweet sauce resembling Worcestershire, and Japanese mayonnaise. Other Morimoto regional favorites include anago-meshi, or sea eel rice, and tonkatsu ramen from Hakata, a pork-bone white soup with ramen noodles.
Many dishes, such as hummus, a delicious chickpea spread, are pervasive throughout the Middle East. But when you’re in Beirut, don’t leave without trying mezze, a selection of starters with dips like hummus and the smoky eggplant baba ganoush, fresh vegetables, olives and leavened bread that could be a meal in itself.
Lebanese cuisine relies heavily on poultry and meat, especially lamb, grilled or served in a stew. Lebanon also has a growing wine industry, but only order if you’re handed a wine menu; traditional Islamic law generally prohibits drinking alcohol.
“The best meals are worth the money in Russia,” says Reilley. If you see solyanka on the menu, don’t hesitate to order. This salty, sour and often spicy soup combined with meat or fish and topped with smetana, Russian sour cream, is delicious.
Borscht and pelmeni (dumplings) are ubiquitously Russian, but experiment with different varieties; salmon and wild mushroom pelmeni are Reilley’s recommendations. Borscht can be spiced up with roasted apples and smoked goose breast. If you find the time, a culinary side trip to Georgia or Armenia in search of Azerbaijaini plov, a spiced rice dish cooked with meat and dried fruit, is worth the journey.
So on your next adventure why not include your research on the food that a place or country could offer. You might be surprised as to how rich every food is of the culture and history of the place. Make sure to take some photos of the spectacular scenery and gastronomic food. Do not forget to have your gadgets protected with GhostGuard. It doesn’t just protects your phone screen but also your other devices too.
Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
Keeping connected while on a trip is necessary in this age of convenience. Plus, who would want to miss out on taking awesome snaps of the places you’ll go to? Smartphones make a lot of things possible, from reservations to directions and more. This is why you have to make sure your phone survives your trip. Check out the top ways you can avoid any damage on your device while traveling.
Be extra careful on the beach
Extreme temperatures at the beach, along with the water and the sand, can spell disaster for your phone. To prevent any major damage, invest in a good waterproof case. Protect your mobile from the sun using a case with a light cover. Keep the device away from direct sunlight to avoid overheating.
Keep a portable charger
When you’re out traveling, chances are there will be periods when you have to go without a power supply for your phone. Avoid a dead battery by carrying around a portable charger. This will help you with extended mobile use.
It’s a good idea to turn your phone off for a while when it’s not in use. This will help you save more of your battery life as well as reduce the effects of extreme temperatures. In the case of water damage, immediately turning your mobile off can prevent short circuits.
Take anti-theft protection
Always be wary of leaving your device unattended or vulnerable in open spaces, such as tabletops while you’re outdoor, or letting it hang in your bag where it can be easily reached and stolen. Small body bags with useful pockets for your essentials are a good option to keep your valuables close.
Implement security features on your phone such as password protection and tracking to protect your personal information and easily trace the device’s location.
Finally, it’s always a good idea to get covered and prepare for any possible scenario. Insure your phone and get coverage for any type of damage, including common ones such as dropping and breaking.
Protection in one go…
All you need for your trip is the right protection for your phone. You get all that with the AquaGuard – now you can enjoy the freedom of a worry-free trip! The lightweight water resistant case is the made of the thinnest, most durable material that protects your phone from more than just water. Go underwater with heavy duty casing that fits like a second skin to your device. Capture your adventure like never before!
Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
A lot of people that you might encounter in your busy life would often tell you to take a break, have a sip of some tropical margarita on a white sand beach or probably go on a hike and climb a mountain with such breathtaking scenery. Nevertheless, it has been proven by science and other folks that traveling is one of the best things that you can do for your soul, your physical and mental health.
Below are some awesome benefits of traveling and why you should plan your trip after reading this:
1. Promotes a Healthy Body
The greatest benefit of traveling is that it allows your body to move more. Even when you are on a cruise ship or lounging at a remote island, you are still on the go because there are a lot of sights to see and things to experience. Physical movement lowers blood pressure and the risk of heart attack and stroke. Your whole cardiovascular system would thank you for it.
2. Sharpens Your Brain
Travel can promote brain health and will keep it sharp. The brain, like every other muscle in your body needs strengthening and a bit of challenging. Every time that your brain is introduced to new experiences as well as surroundings it becomes challenged and builds resilience at a microscopic level so brain degeneration is potentially delayed. Whenever you travel, you expand your horizons leading the brain to constantly adapt and be on the go. Training your brain is indeed necessary for its longevity.
3. Easier to Cope Up with Stress
Most of us nowadays are living in a fast-paced life. Not that it’s bad, however this also means we are living in an environment plague with stress and worries. Getting so stressed out is bad for our heart and it will lead to organ failure too. Getting away from the everyday stresses helps you cope with stress even better. In fact it allows your brain to relax and not think of problems. When you start to not think of ways in solving a situation that is when your brain will sort things up for you. You would be surprised that once you’re back, those huge issues you are dealing with were just so simple to handle.
4. Amplify Creativity
Authors and painters usually travel before they start to write or paint. They usually go to places that they would want to write about or simply a place that somehow links their ideas. Most famous authors have have a certain setting in places that are far from where they are. Creating novels entails great research to describe the place, the scenery in exact detail that makes it come to life once you read it. The brains adaptability are enhanced when the neural pathways are influenced by environment and experience. This means according to researches that travel can spark synapses in the brain thus enhancing creativity.
5. Increase Sociability and Connection to Inner Self
When we travel, we get opportunities in meeting new people from different walks of life and culture that you would never had a chance to meet with if you just stay at home. Traveling exposes us to the unknown and with this we are triggered to ask for guidance may it be for directions from strangers or probably connect with locals to get to know the best place to eat or visit. This creates a sense of connection towards the people around you whether they are locals, strangers, other travelers or may be those you are traveling with. On top of the social connection is also an improvement of your mental and physical health.
Research has shown that when you go out of your social comfort zone and immerse into different cultures, you strengthen your personal identity, including your values and beliefs. It also boosts your confidence.
So go ahead, plan your itinerary, pack your travel clothes, book a flight and grab yourself an AQUAGUARD to keep your phones protected from virtually anything, especially water damage. Pick one up at our shop now!
Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
Smartphones aren’t exactly the most durable devices., but they’re so essential to daily life that they are easily subjected to different elements, making them vulnerable to breakage and other types of damage. This is why it’s a good idea to take extra care and know what steps to take to avoid damage.
Here are five of the top tips you can follow to make sure your phone stays protected, without breaking a sweat.
1. Get a good quality phone case.
Cases are your friend when it comes to preventing scuffed corners, cracked screens and more. Users who are prone to handing over their devices to kids would do well with a protected phone to avoid permanent damage. Buy a case with a raised lip or beveled edge so that it really holds your phone and keeps everything intact even if you drop it. You also need a case that has a grip so that it won’t be so easy for the phone to slip from your hands.
2. Put your phone in your bag, not your pocket.
Shirt and pants pockets are the most common places you keep your phone safe and close to your person. But if you keep it in a shirt pocket and you lean down, it’s gonna fall. And if you keep it in your back pocket, I can’t imagine it being very comfortable for your or for your phone. Your best bet is putting it in the bag or the suitcase you bring with you everyday, so you know you won’t accidentally sit on it on the subway.
3. Keep your eyes forward.
Texting while walking can lead to bumping over people and other objects, which can result in dropping and breaking your phone. If you find that you need to send a text while in a crowded area, sit down or step aside for a bit so you can concentrate properly. Tempered glass screen protectors are also a good idea just to make sure that you won’t end up breaking your screen.
4. Install a phone stand on your car dashboard.
Sometimes, you’re in a hurry and you toss your phone on the seat or even forget that you put it on the roof of your car. Just to keep things in check, make sure that you have a designated spot for your phone in your car. This is where phone holders come in, allowing you to drive and still be able to use your phone for calls, directions and more. Of course, texting while driving is a non-negotiable no-go.
5. Stay away from water.
Beaches, lakes, pools, and other watery getaways are picturesque settings to use your phone. But your phone isn’t a fish. Water can be deadly for your phone if you’re not careful. Leave your phone in a dry place. If you have to take it with you when you’re out in the water, then make sure to invest in a high quality, waterproof case. Other places where your phone could take a swim include toilets, bathtubs and sinks, so be extra careful.
Bonus: Top quality protection is the answer
Prevention is always best when it comes to your phone, so it’s best to get device protection that lets you enjoy all your activities without having to worry. You can find what you need at Liquipel, whether you need protection from water, snow, dust, breakage and more.
Best of all, getting all the protection you need is easy, with the SafeGuard Protection Package. You get a shockproof case, screen protector, and phone insurance all in one!
Don’t take chances when it comes to your phone. Make sure to make the right choice for protection.
Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
GhostGuard is a liquid screen protector designed to keep your device’s screen secure from unavoidable scratches and abrasions by simply wiping the product on your screen. It utilizes award-winning nano-technology to fortify your device’s screen with a resilient surface.
What sets GhostGuard apart from other screen protectors is that it’s so thin, it’s basically invisible to the naked eye. Rated at 9H on the hardness scale, it offers heavy-duty toughness that will safeguard your phone’s screen from grazes, scruffs, and impacts that come with everyday use.
GhostGuard not only protects your screen; it aims to protect your health as well. Dirt and grime will always find a way from your fingers to your screen. This can be counteracted with GhostGuard’s liquid film, which eliminates 99.9% of germs as it comes in contact with air. This guarantees you a more sanitary experience as you swipe and tap on your phone.
To make matters more convenient, GhostGuard is also made to fit any device, mobile, or tablet regardless of make or model. It also comes with Liquipel’s “You Break It, We Fix it” Guarantee, promising you that if your screen protector breaks even after applying it correctly, we’ll have it fixed for you for up to $150!
GhostGuard will give you 100% protection for 0% effort with its easy wipe-on application and 9H sapphire hardness. Pick it up at any Sam’s Club near you or get it from our shop for additional promos and discounts!
Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
Our phones are like an extra limb: they’re like an extension of us, and if they’re not with us all the time, we just can’t function properly. That’s why a lot of us invest in cases and insurance plans, because if we drop our phones on the way to work or spill on it during lunch, we don’t have to worry about figuratively having to amputate our extra limb.
But no matter how much we try to keep our phones safe, even the smallest things we do can break our phones slowly but surely. Here are five things you normally do that you had no idea could ruin your phone:
Exposing it to extreme temperatures
Sometimes, during a particularly hot summer day, we leave the air conditioner on the entire time. Sure, you’ll feel cool and refreshed, but if your phone is in a place that’s too cold, then somewhere too hot the next minute, that’s actually doing some pretty serious damage.
Since phones are almost purely electronic, keeping them cool is a must. If the internal components are exposed to excess heat or cold, you can bet your bottom dollar you’re going to have to send that back to your carrier for a replacement.
Throwing it into your bag
You usually just throw your phone in your bag, especially when you’re in a hurry. You don’t worry about it getting scratched or beat up because you have a case and screen protector installed. Your exterior may be safe, but the damage is probably happening inside the phone. Shocker.
Like most electronic devices, smartphones can have loose parts inside the housing. And like most electronic devices, if you keep shaking it around, these parts will eventually become dislocated, and the phone will stop working properly. So if you’re planning on putting it inside your bag, make sure to slip them inside a phone compartment (they’re there for a reason) that will prevent it from flying around.
Letting kids use it
When you’re visiting relatives for the holidays, the best part of your vacation can be playing with the litter of children your aunts and uncles never seem to stop producing. Kids are fun and energetic, but if one of them starts pawing at the smartphone in your pocket, asking to play “Kandy Kwush”, don’t be so quick to say yes.
Children have tiny hands and are notorious for being hyperactive, so a big jump and a loose grip can send your phone flying across the room like a game of Angry Birds. Make sure the kids are sitting still when they’re using your smartphone, and keep an eye on them. It can save you from the stress of a broken phone and a kid crying his eyes out.
Using the wrong charger
When your first iPhone charger finally snaps (like everyone’s does), you might be tempted to pick up a cheap, off brand charger from some dingy electronics store. Although you may save a few bucks up front, the damage the wrong charger does to your batter can be irreparable later on.
When an iPhone user in China got
fatally electrocuted when she charged her phone with an off-brand iPhone charger, Apple immediately launched the USB Power Adaptor Takeback Programme, which highlighted the dangers of using the wrong charger for your device. So invest in an authentic charger, whether it’s for Apple or Samsung; it’s well worth your money!
Now that you know all this, top up your phone’s protection by getting the
SafeGuard Protection Package! It comes with a shockproof case and a phone screen cover, as well as phone insurance so you won’t have to worry about your phone at all. Head on over to our shop or any Sam’s Club or Walmart near you to get the best protection for your phone.
Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
Get your hiking and camping equipment ready! Summer is just around the corner and there’s absolutely no better place to gratify your outdoor needs than going to a National Park. By completely immersing yourself in these National Parks, you are bound to not only discover America’s story, but also add chapter to your own.
Out of the 58 National Parks out there, we have dialed it down to six National Parks that we think should be at the top of your National Parks bucket list. So without further ado, here are 6 National Parks that you may need to explore this upcoming summer.
1. ZION NATIONAL PARK
Be prepared to see a mixture of colors you’ve never seen together in the wilderness.
Spotlight: The Subway
2. ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
Immerse yourself in majestic nature and abundant wildlife in this mountainous marvel.
Spotlight: Longs Peak
3. GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Get ready for an awe-inspiring experience with the amazing views in the Grand Canyon.
Spotlight: Cape Royal
4. SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK
Majestic sequoia trees and beautiful rock formations are only a couple of the unforgettable things you’ll see here.
Spotlight: Beetle Rock
5. YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Grand. Awe-inspiring. Those are just a couple of words one would utter as they enter Yosemite National Park.
Spotlight: Half Dome
6. DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE
Although this National Park is clearly out of the way for any individual or group that is trying to see as many National Parks in one go, this is one park that you wouldn’t regret going out of your way for.
Spotlight: Mount McKinley
Get the most out of your summer by making an adventure trying to go to all of these awesome national parks. If you get to at least one and have a great time, then your summer will have been one for the books!
Don’t forget to keep yourself and your phone safe by picking up
SafeGuard for those hiking and trekking trips, or AquaGuard if your trips are going to be a bit more aquatic in nature. Available at your nearest Sam’s Club, or order from our website and get free shipping!
Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
The thing with protective phone cases is that we want them to be as thin as possible so that we don’t sacrifice the form factor of the phone, but a lot of the thin, “sleek” cases available now just don’t cut it when it comes to protection. Liquipel has spent a lot of time and resources trying to figure out the best way to balance out thinness and durability, and we’ve been able to successfully reproduce them in the form of SafeGuard’s ArmorTek Clear Case and AquaGuard, our two amazing protective phone cases.
The ArmorTek Sleek Clear Case is absolutely shock and drop proof (and you can test it out by dropping it from a 10-foot height) but we’ve engineered it in a way that won’t require so many layers of rubber and plastic, not like a lot of the other shock proof cases out there, so it hugs the form of your phone in the best possible way and gives you the best “feel” when you hold it, especially for extended periods of time.
The same goes for AquaGuard: a lot of waterproof cases require such thick housing that the phone sometimes gets lost under all that plastic and rubber, but AquaGuard’s made of some of the lightest but most durable materials out there. We made AquaGuard as thin and light as possible so all that heavy duty protection doesn’t have to feel so heavy.
We’re proud of the fact that we’re able to give you the best protection available without compromising your experience with the phone. If you wanna learn more, make sure to head on over to our website!
Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
Guarantee, protection plan, replacement plan— these words are probably not what you’d associate with a phone case. You might not understand it at first, but phone protection plans are absolutely necessary to keep you and your smartphone safe. You can buy any other run of the mill phone case, sure, but if your phone breaks when it’s dropped or gets wet even though the box said the case was shock-proof or water-proof, you’re going to have to go through hell and back just to get a replacement from the company, never mind even getting your phone fixed.
We at Liquipel always have you, our customers, in mind. You buy our products for a reason: our promise. With SafeGuard, we promised that your screens would never break, ever. That’s why it comes with a $150 guarantee: if your screen does break, we’ll send you a replacement SafeGuard Package, and pay for your screen repairs for up to $150. With AquaGuard, we promised your phone would never get water damage. If it does, we will send you a new AquaGuard case, and a brand new phone to replace your broken one.
These guarantees are in place for a reason. They’re meant to give you protection even after you buy our products. The best protective phone cases are the ones that gives you both the prevention and the remedy! All of our products come with their own guarantee, so you’re always protected. Make sure to check out our website to learn more.