Gl academy – Notes on Second Language

A disproportionately large number of enrolments in selective schools come from students whose family come from overseas. The reasons for this are uncertain. It may be partially because established Australian families are more likely to send children to private schools, reducing the competition for selective placement. But there may be other reasons.


Children whose families speak a foreign language at home are regularity given extra English lessons at primary school, even if their English is already satisfactory or above average. This extra tuition may give them an edge. All written exams depend on language skills. No matter what the topic a student must be able to write proficiently in order to do well on an exam. The foreign student with extra English coaching probably performs near their potential on any written exam, hence their ability to do well on selective tests.


It also seems that learning a second language is beneficial for intelligence. There are a small number of activities that seem to increase an individual’s IQ score; learning a second language and become proficient on a musical instrument are two of these activities. The benefits to intelligence seem legitimate, but the amount of effort requires for language and music proficiency is considerable. Nonetheless, individuals required to learn a second language by their circumstances will have an edge over the average person. This may account for the larger number of dual language students in selective schools.


IELTS Tutoring

We are all individuals, we learn in different ways and have had distinct past experiences. A private IELTS Tutor can be a great advantage in finding the particular needs of a particular student. If a university of career position depends on a good IELTS score it is worth investing in some IELTS tutoring.



Karate Breathing

Correct breathing seems to be a factor in all martial arts. If we get this wrong we compromise everything. Breathing is almost as fundamental for martial arts as it is for life. No breath, no life.


Exercise spends energy. The only ways to make more energy is by eating or breathing. Exercise will give us an energising effect by improving circulation; it utilizes the energy already in us. And in the long term the cumulative effects of exercise will allow us to have more energy at our disposal. But correct breathing and eating are essential for energy.


Our lungs are fairly large.  Many people get into the habit of using less than half of their lung capacity. Our lungs can be divided into 5 lobes, most people having three on the right. If we get into the habit of only using the lobes at the top of the left and right of our lungs we are only operating at part capacity. Over time it becomes harder to change breathing habits; older people may show atrophy in their lower lungs.


Karate Breathing Exercises

  • Find an area that does not have any pollutants in the air.
  • Find a comfortable position, lying down or sitting in a chair. Standing is ok if you have no other option.
  • Place your hands below your navel, so you can feel your abdomen move.
  • Breathe in slowly through your nose, and hold the breath. Fill your lungs up completely.
  • You should feel your abdomen expand as you breathe, not just your chest.
  • Breathe out through the mouth, taking 50% longer to breathe out that it took to breathe in.
  • Some people advise a 1-4-2 rule for this breathing – Note how long it takes to inhale; hold your breath 4 times as long as this. Then take twice as long for the exhale as it took for the inhale.
  • Try to do this three time a day.


As you learn some karate moves you will learn to exhale at the right time in order to optimize your strength.

Korean Red Ginseng – Growing Ginseng


Ginseng varies in quality, partially because of the difference between various varieties of plant, partly because of the growing conditions. Proper aging and processing are also considerations.


  • Ginseng typically takes eight years to mature. It can be harvested in less time, but the herb’s beneficial qualities are notably compromised. Yet there are some farming methods that till the soil and provide artificially shade, resulting in a faster maturing crop. These tricks are less popular that expected s they are labour intensive, and therefore more expensive.
  • Soil for ginseng must be loamy and moist, with acidity levels of 4.5 to 5.5 pH (though some experts disagree and prefer 6-7 pH). Calcium levels must be about 0.35 kg per square meter, and phosphorus with at 0.01 kg per square meter.
  • Sown ginseng seed in the early winter, in moist ground after rain.
  • It is often illegal to harvest wild ginseng. Check local laws before searching for wild plants.
  • Ginseng seeds must be kept moist; dried out seeds will not sprout. Countries such as Australia have strict laws about importing seeds, but ginseng seeds can be purchased locally.
  • The Planted ginseng must be covered with mulch.
  • It will take about seven years for ginseng root to be ready for harvesting, unless you use specialized methods. Extraction is difficult as the whole root must be drawn out. This not fruit to be picked, the main body of the plant is the point. The root often grown at a 45 degree angle and splits in into several sections. The entire piece must be uprooted together.


Best Korean Red Ginseng

It is presently very difficult to import high quality Korean Ginseng seeds. Quality Korean Panax ginseng seeds have been banned from export since mid-2014. It is now far more cost effective to buy the Korean Red Ginseng as an already grown product.



JINNY MAKEUP – Frequently Asked Questions about Bridal Makeup Sydney


Should I have a Trial?

For the Bride, definitely. For the bridesmaids and mother, quite probably.

The trial is the chance to find our exactly what works for you. To bring photos of both styles you like in others and the occasional photo of yourself where things look just right. The wedding is a one off event; make it the definitive event by being yourself at your best.

The makeup trial often tries several different makeup styles, giving a range of options for the big day. This takes all the guess work out of the wedding preparations. We take a few photos and make notes about the makeup used, and give you the same thing on the morning of your wedding. Deciding in advance makes the process much quicker.


What Preparations should I Make?

For your trial, bring photos of your intended wedding dress and any jewellery or headpieces; this help us ensure that everything will match.  Bring photos of makeup styles that you like.


Hair tends to style best when it is almost perfectly clean rather than absolutely perfectly clean. Wash your hair the day before rather than the day of the trial.


You skin will look best if you look after it. Ask about some healthy routines and diet advice. Seriously consider a facial.


What are the Unforseen complications?

Sometimes, if the trial was long before the wedding, a bride’s hair has grown considerably. Obviously this can affect the styling. Sometimes this is deliberate; sometimes it just creeps up on us because we didn’t think about it. Having the hair cut a few days before, to restore it to the length it was at the trial, can be a good idea.


If you have ever had an allergic skin reaction to any makeup, please advise us in advance.

Advise the makeup artist if you intend to have you eyelashes extended or perform any other cosmetic alteration.


Bridal Makeup Sydney

Friends, siblings and others all have advice, some of which is helpful and based on personal experience. Your bridal makeup artist has more than a few useful tips based on the experience of many past customers.

What to Look for in House Paint

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Paint Colour

This might seem obvious, but it is worth stressing. We spend a lot of time in our homes, and the paint job should last for years. We should choose carefully.


The colour of any room will not exist in isolation. You may want one room to be different to the others, or you may want them all to match. This does not mean the rooms have to be identical, only that they are different in ways that are coherent with each other. If you paint one room of the house you may find you want to paint others.


Colour sample sheet (swatches) will give some indication of what is possible. Computer simulation of a room (just using Photoshop) is a better indication.



The refers to the gloss or flat look of the painted walls. Gloss is easy to clean, but shows any imperfections and can be tricky with lighting.  Matt/flat looks good, though cleaning is a little more difficult. Semi-gloss and a few other options vary between these two extremes, but the most popular choice by far is eggshell, which both look great and make cleaning fairly easy.


Gloss paints remain popular for windowsills, doorways and other trim.



Without light there is no colour. Changing the lighting will affect the whole look of a room. Consider Natural light bulbs or other alternatives. They can change the whole effect of a room. Rooms that receive sunshine should be painted with this in mind.


Sydney Painting Services

If you are looking for house painters Sydney based Tiger Painting Services is highly recommended. The right advice is as important as the right technique. Talk to the experts and get the result you will want to keep.



HI CAR WASH – Car Advertising Perth

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Advertising Car Wrapping Perth

The benefits of car wrapping on company vehicles are fairly easy to understand – a sense of solidarity for the employees, free advertising when they drive on the road. But there is another commercial use – simply advertising on cars.


Advertising need not be on vehicles owned by the company. There is a trend where a company pay other drivers to display suitable advertising on their private vehicles. The drivers must be out and about on the roads for a sufficient amount of time, and the general routes they take are noted. If eligible, that can display advertising on their car appropriate for the area they drive in and the demographic most likely to see it.


The drivers collect a fee for this, but not a particular large one. Companies pay $2000.oo for their advertising to be displayed prominently on a private car, which breaks down to about $40.oo per week. This is not a huge outlay for the advertiser compared to some mediums. And it may not seem a huge income for the driver; yet it is supplemental income, and the driver need not do any travel that they weren’t already doing.


Car Window Tinting Perth

A car is physically and metaphorically cooler with tinted windows. It we take some joy in the details of life we should take some joy in looking after the car we drive. Make your car better with just the right tint of windows.


Car Detailing Perth

Car detailing looks after all the little factors that make a vehicle so much better to drive. Take pleasure in the details of life.




Trying to use an orbital sander to resurface a wooden floor is a big mistake.


Finishing sanders are not designed to rapidly remove wood- they are designed to do very fine sanding. The small amount of wood they remove is a side effect; the less wood removed the better.


There are other types of sanders;

Random Orbital Sander

This is a very popular and otherwise versatile sander. It rotates a sanding disk while simultaneously moving it in an elliptical pattern. This is highly useful as it prevents the swirl marks common to other types of sanding systems, common problems especially if one goes against wood grain.


Orbital Sander:

This has a similar tittle, but without the orbital name or function. This uses a spinning sanding surface to rapidly material from the wood. It is not designed to give a wood floor finish, and will tend to leave marks that vary with the wood and the direction of its grain.


Finishing Sanders.

These are designed specifically for finishing wooden floors. They cover a large amount of surface area in a fairly short time, removing the top finish of the floor with as little disruption to the wood as possible. They are finely tuned machines that do one type of job extremely well.


Floor Sanding and Polishing Sydney

Few people have the tools for proper floor finishing; fewer still have the necessary skills to achieve the best results. Even handypersons tend to have trouble floor sanding as it is so different to other DIY activities, and they have had no past experience to learn from. Call professionals for Floor Sanding and Polishing, Sydney based SK floor sanding are highly recommended.



We feel different in an untidy environment. Some studies have shown that a chaotic looking neighbourhood seems to increase the likelihood of crime; individuals did not feel the need to be honest when living in disarray. If we live with disorder long enough we simply stop caring, not only about the keeping the surrounding in order, but in trying to keep anything else organized as well.


Cleaning your house, or simply have it cleaned, gives one the feeling that you have at least some control over your circumstances. Leaving it messy eventually gives the message that it is acceptable to be messy, and disorganised, and give up. The effect varies between individuals; some people have thin boundaries, and quickly absorb their surroundings. Others either take matter into their own hands and start their own organizing or they leave.


Of course matters can go both ways. A messy house may be the result of a sad, depressed person who has given up; else, it may be encouraging the person to give up and grow sad or depressed. But this is a balanced equation. If we change one side we can affect the other. Tidying the house may be the first step towards recovery; this works even if there is outside help. Else, after recovering from a problem we might feel compelled to start organizing our house again.


Our office space is similar to the house in terms of psychological effect. We will not be at our best in a mess; we will do much better if come to a clean office each morning. Almost every office employees a cleaning service for this very reason. The time taken to clean your own office is considerable; time you spend in an office already cleaned by another is far more productive.


Disarray gets us down. Dealing with disarray is time consuming, even if there is some initial sense of satisfaction. If we arrange for our homes and offices to be cleaned we have the best place possible for getting some real work done. Let a cleaning service get you in the best position for you to perform you best work.



Collectables are products specifically made for collecting. They seem to appeal to some fundamental part of our nature, as early civilizations collected beads, clay figurines or other objects that only had aesthetic value. Some collectable items do have a possible function, such as cup, and others are also toys that are important for developing children. But the for most part a collectable has only aesthetic use.


Some collectables started out a promotional items included with other commodities. The cards included with cigarette packets were an example of this. These played in the urge may people had to form a complete collection of cards. As the buyer was never aware of which cards was to be included in a pack they had to keep purchasing in order to have any chance of obtaining a complete set. As the purchasers already smoked there is no sure way of knowing how many cigarettes were sold on account of the cards, but the cards later became so popular in their own right that they were sold without accompanying products, or with just a token piece of candy.


Many collectable toys started as free giveaway products with fast food or breakfast cereals. But the business side of this is multi-dimensional. Collectables can be tied to films, TV programmes or any aspect of modern pop culture. The collectables sell both the item that they accompany and the cultural source of their image. Films many also benefit from advertising exposure on cereal boxes even when the consumer does not buy that cereal. The situation benefits all involved with the collectable, with the collectable perhaps later gaining value beyond this advertising origin.


As the collectables rarely have a function use, or contain materials of any worth, their value lies in their both cultural significance and their availability. The most valuable collector’s items are rare and tend to date from a time when their potential value was not recognized. Early products from Disney or early comics from famous characters command a high price, largely because nobody thought to retain them. Paper recycling during the war was also a big issue.


Collectables represent the ultimate in supply and demand price fluctuations. They are not necessary for anything, and have no value other that what we put on them. They have a vague historical value, but do not really add to our knowledge of the history they connect to. They are mere representations of ideas or ideals, and we might only be attracted because we want something tangible for the ideas or memories that we have.




More than a few people use coffee to get them through the day. But caffeine is not great in larger doses, and a few individuals find is causes them problems. There are alternative if you want to keep the coffee at one or two cups per day.


  • Chocolate – Possible the most misjudged substance of the last generation, we have spent years been blaming chocolate for tooth decay and weight gain, only to find it wasn’t at fault. The coco powder in chocolate is now known to prevent tooth decay, and those who eat more chocolate tend to be lower in weight. Avoid sugary varieties, but eat some high coco powder chocolate for an after lunch pick-me-up.
  • Cacao – chocolate’s precursor. This is the unprocessed version of chocolate, with even more nutrients and antioxidants. Buy it as a powdered drink or eat the nibs. It tends to be unsweetened, but super healthy. Consider this uber-chocolate.
  • Maca – This comes as a powder. Mix it with the cacao for a steady energy hit. It seems to improve mood and long term energy. You will need to use it for a few days to get results. Start with half a teaspoon a day, and increase if there are no problems.
  • Beetroot powder. This increases the nitrate (which becomes nitrite) in your body, which is great for heavy work. It takes a few hours to work, but try adding it to breakfast (in juice perhaps) and see the results.
  • Ginseng – Possible the best stimulant on the list. Ginseng initially had a reputation for providing fast energy. In truth is provides endurance, which is far better. Instead of a quick hit of energy followed by a slump Ginseng allows energy levels to remain steady for hours.


L-Theanine is not a stimulant, but it works well with stimulants because it has a calming but not drowsy effect. It is the ingredient (along with a little caffeine) that makes green tea effective. Try a little L-Theanine with some moderate stimulants.


Of course all stimulants should be avoided before sleeping. And a healthy diet and lifestyle are the best sources of energy.