Table tennis, also known as ping pong, is a popular sport played by two or four participants. It is a fun form of exercise that stimulates mental alertness, develops concentration and sharpen reflexes. It is also a very safe physical activity and can be played all year round, day or night, indoors or outdoors (as long as weather allows).
Apart from the paddle and ball, another important equipment in playing this sport is the ping pong table. Standard ping pong tables are 2.74 m (9 ft) long, 1.525 m (5 ft) wide, and 76 cm (30 inch) high, divided into two halves by a 15.25 cm (6 inch) high net. Commercially available ones come in a variety of formats that can be easily assembled or disassembled for portability or easy storage. Depending on the manufacturer, setting up or knocking down a ping pong table can be as simple as unfolding/folding the legs or as complicated as dealing with numerous nuts and bolts. Read more →
During the years of the Great Depression in the United States, many glass manufacturers produced glassware that became known as Depression glass. These mass-produced molded glass items were made as a cheap alternative to fine bone china.
Apart from their affordability, these items are known for their wide array of bright colors. Some were even given out for free by businesses to encourage shoppers to buy their products or visit their stores. Despite their relatively poor quality and imperfections, these items are highly appreciated because they brighten up homes without breaking the bank. Read more →
Ski suits are outerwear worn over clothes when engaging in skiing, snowboarding and other winter sporting activities. They are usually made from wind- and water-resistant fabric, and has a non-removable liner made of nylon, silk, cotton or taffeta. Their main function is to keep a person warm while participating in outdoor sports during cold climate.
These suits can either be a one-piece jumpsuit, or two-piece ensemble comprised of a ski jacket and salopettes or ski pants. These items tend to be a bit bulkier than ordinary pieces of clothing but can be safely shipped as long as properly packed. They should be well protected from damage as tears and holes will allow entry of cold air and render the suit useless. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship a ski suit. Read more →
Wireless speakers are some of the most popular gadgets these days, with every audio company coming up with their own version. These devices pretty much operate in the same way regular speakers do except that they have transmitters, instead of wires, that carries signal (Bluetooth, RF or Infrared) from the source to the speakers. With wireless speakers, you can instantly play music from your smartphone or tablet without having to install complicated cables and wires.
These devices come in all shapes and prices, from a portable and affordable block to a multi-device system that also comes with a handsome price tag. They can vary wildly in sound quality and features. Read more →
Since the discovery of polyethylene in 1933, plastic has become a ubiquitous material used to make items that make life both easier and safer. Plastic is known for its durability and longevity. Unfortunately, these same characteristics make this synthetic material a primary source of non-biodegradable waste that leaves harmful imprints on the environment.
Because of its harmful effects to human, animals and the environment, plastic reduction efforts and other green solutions are being promoted in attempts to reduce plastic pollution. Many individuals are taking part in these efforts by recycling plastic materials or minimizing the use of such items in their lifestyle. Businesses are also taking the initiative as increasing numbers of customers are seeking for “green’ companies that employ environment-friendly operations. Read more →
Fruit-drying is a common method of preserving fruits that has been used for thousand of years. By removing water from the fruits, their shelf life can be lenghtened by preventing the growth of bacteria. Thus, fruits can be consumed even outside of their peak season.
Drying preserves much of the original flavour and nutrient content of fruits and will turn them into healthy snack-time treats. Dried fruits can be enjoyed on their own, mixed with nuts or used as ingredients for baked goods and other dishes. Popoular fruits for drying are strawberries, apples, apricots, peaches, pineapples, oranges and plums. Read more →
A nightstand, also called night table or bedside table, is a small table designed to stand beside a bed. It is an essential piece of bedroom furniture which is very useful in keeping nightly essentials like reading glasses, telephone or medication within easy reach, eliminating the need to get out of bed when you need such items.
This furniture can be as simple as a four-legged pedestal or can be utilitarian, equipped with drawers or cabinets. The nightstand is also an ideal surface to place a lamp for nighttime reading and an alarm clock or can serve as a storage for reading materials and other personal effects. Nightstands can come as pairs but they can also be mixed and matched depending on the bedroom’s interior design. Read more →
The celesta is a keyboard instrument, similar to a piano, but instead of having hammers hitting strings, the hammers in it hit metal tubes suspended over wooden resonators. It comes in a variety of models like the four- or five-octave types which look like a small upright piano. There is also the three-octave variety which is a large wooden box without a stand and is usually played on top of a table.
Because of its size, a celesta can be quite easily boxed or crated for shipping. Nevertheless, proper packing precautions must be observed to ensure that it arrives intact and without any damage especially if it’s an antique. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship a celesta. Read more →