Updated on November 15, 2016
Whether you are living or visiting, Wales has a lot of amazing places to explore. Historic buildings, spectacular castles, scenic landscapes, and beautiful gardens are just among the many stunning attractions the country has to offer. Here are some of the top places to visit in Wales.
Location: Island in the north-west coast of Wales
Points of interest: Amlwch Copper Kingdom, Anglesey Sea Zoo, beaches, Beaumaris Castle, Beaumaris Gaol, Foel Farm Park, James Pringle Weavers, Newborough Forest, Oriel Ynys Môn (museum), Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens, Plas Newydd, RSPB South Stack Visitor Centre, Tacla Taid, Trwyn Du Lighthouse, Ucheldre Centre
Brecon Beacons National Park
Points of interest: Blaenavon: Ironworks and World Heritage Centre, Brecon Mountain Railway steam train, Big Pit National Coal Museum, Carreg Cennen Castle, Dan-yr-Ogof National Showcaves, food festivals, Llangorse Lake, Llanthony Priory, Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, ; activities like cycling, hiking, stargazing, walking, and more
Location: Castle Ditch, Caernarfon
Points of interest: A castle that dates back to the 13th century, created by military architect Jacques de Saint-Georges d’Espéranche, spectacular castle with octagonal towers, the main King’s Gate, Eagle Tower
Location: North coast of Wales
Points of interest: Aberconwy House, Bodnant Garden, Bodnant Welsh Food Centre, Conwy Castle, Conwy Mountain, Conwy Quay, Conwy town walls, Plas Mawr, Quay House, Royal Cambrian Academy of Art, RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve, The Albion Ale House
Cyfarthfa Park & Museum
Location: Cyfarthfa Park, Brecon Rd, Merthyr Tydfil
Points of interest: Art gallery, museum, parklands
Points of interest: Devils Bridge Falls, Devil’s Punchbowl, Hafod Estate , old Hawthorn Cottage , the Pontarfynach, quaint village, Rheidol Gorge, walking trails
Location: Conwy County Borough
Points of interest: Beaches like the Colwyn Bay beach and Llandudno beach, cable cars, Great Orme, Happy Valley, Llandudno Pier, Marine Drive, Mostyn Street, seafront, Venue Cymru
Location: Gwynedd, North Wales
Points of interest: Beautiful architecture, film location for The Prisoner, picturesque village, the gardens, clifftop, Battery Square, Central Piazza, Hercules Hall, hotel and quayside, grotto, Salutation Square
Location: Northwest Wales
Points of interest: Bendi-Gedig, Bodnant Welsh Food, Electric Mountain, Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, Glasfryn Parc, GreenWood Forest Park, Inigo Jones Slate Works, King Arthur’s Labyrinth, Llanberis Lake Railway, Porthmadog Maritime Museum, The Fun Centre, The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum, Snowdonia National Park, Trefriw Woollen Mills, and more
St Fagans National History Museum
Location: St Fagans, Cardiff
Points of interest: Historic buildings, St Fagans Castle, gardens, living museum, natural attractions, outdoor activities, Cilewent farmhouse, Dovecote, Hendre’r Ywydd Uchaf farmhouse, Rhyd-y-Car ironworkers’ cottages Smithy, St Teilo’s Church, Stryd Lydan barn, Tannery, Tudor Trader House, Y Garreg Fawr farmhouse, and more
Wales Millennium Centre
Points of interest: Performing arts centre, home to various art organizations
Posted on September 4, 2017
The workplace is far from the perfect place anyone would wish it to be. But it does not have to be a toxic environment that will burn you out if left unchecked. While other people’s behaviors are not something you can control, how you choose to react and deal with work-related challenges can help you cope with the ups and downs of your job. Here are some of the things you can do to reduce stress at work.
1. Know the rules and policies to manage expectations and to have a clear understanding of your role. Understanding the rules allow can help you avoid making unreasonable expectations on others.
2. How do you empower someone? Encourage feedback regardless of your role. Whether you are a manager or a new hire, be open to feedback and learn to manage criticisms well. Build a reputation that makes it easier for others to be more open about sharing their feedback to you.
3. Set an example. Follow the rules and adhere to the standards set by the company or business. Make yourself accountable and be available to clarify any questions others may have regarding workplace expectations and the responsibilities their job entails.
4. Avoid making unrealistic expectations. You have to find the balance between your workplace expectations and bringing out the best from you and others you are working with. Know your and your co-workers’ strengths and weaknesses to make it easier to identify the right people for specific tasks. SEt expectations that match everyone’s skills and potential.
Updated on June 22, 2017
While other people think being a Muslim is being in a religion, it’s not entirely the case.
Muslims are the people who practice Islam. Islam is the religion practiced by Muslims which, by definition, is “a religion that believes in one God.”
Here are other Islam facts you don’t want to miss:
- The word Muslim means “one who surrenders peacefully to God.” The word Islam means “surrender” and “peace,” as well as “security.”
- Thus, being a Muslim can refer to anyone – not just Muslims – who surrendered peacefully to God.
- Islam is the second-largest religious community in the world.
- About 1/5 of the world’s entire population are Muslims.
- The largest number of Muslims lives in Indonesia.
- There are 6 beliefs a Muslim should have. One, a Muslim should believe in one God. Two, a Muslim should believe in all of God’s prophets. Three, a Muslim should believe in the original scriptures from David, Jesus, Moses, and Muhammad. Four, a Muslim should believe in angels. Five, a Muslim should believe in the Judgment Day and the afterlife. And six, a Muslim should believe in the divine decree: “Everything good or bad comes from God. Moments of happiness or sadness come from God. Feelings of pleasure or pain come from God.”
- The importance of prayers in Islam ultimately lies in one fact: “No matter what one does in his life, the most important thing is his relationship to God.”
- There are three religions that share the same kind of beliefs, prophets, and history: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
- The three religions that share the same kind of beliefs, prophets, and history also originated in the Middle East.
- Jesus is an important figure in the Quran. However, Muslims don’t believe that Jesus is the son of God. On another note, they believe in Jesus’ birth through the Virgin Mary and through the Holy Spirit.
- Jesus is considered one of God’s prophets. He is also considered second to Muhammad when it comes to importance.
- Mary, Jesus’ mother, is the only woman stated in the Quran. She is mentioned more in the Quran as compared to the Bible’s New Testament.
Updated on November 15, 2016
Volunteering in the community is a worthwhile way to spend some of your time. But not many get the chance to get involved for varied reasons. A busy schedule is often on top of the list of things that prevent people from contributing their time for the community. If you are thinking of doing whatever you can to help with certain causes or projects in your area, now is always a good time to explore volunteer work. Here are some of the top reasons why volunteering may be good for you and why you should make time to do it.
1. Build relationships with people in your community. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people or reconnect with those you rarely get in touch with in your neighborhood. It provides opportunities to work with diverse types of people and develop better understanding of each others’ interests and quirks.
2. Pick up new skills. A volunteer position is a good training ground to upgrade or learn new skills. You can look up for volunteer services that either match your skills or related to something that you would learn to boost your list of professional qualifications. With so many volunteer groups needing a helping hand, you can find a place where you can do something meaningful while brushing up your skills.
3. Boost mood and overall wellbeing. One of the benefits of volunteering is the sense of fulfillment you get from it. It also increases your self-confidence as you work with people and tasks that you may initially be unfamiliar with. Knowing that you are doing something relevant for the community can put a spring to your step. Volunteering is also a great way to defeat depression. So the next time you feel the blues, head out and volunteer to do something worthwhile.
4. Widens your perspective. It is easy to get mired with your own concerns and have a more limited view of things within your immediate environment. Volunteering helps you see things you could miss while living your usual busy life. It allows you to see the struggles of others who need help, which could put your own problems in perspective.
5. Life lessons learned. Volunteering provides real experiences that you rarely learn from reading or in the hours you spent earning a diploma. Your unique experiences, the people you meet, the work you get to do and everything that unfolds each time you give a part of yourself through volunteering can give you life lessons that would add to your happiness and fulfillment in life.