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Prioritizing Self-care this 2021

January is that time of the year where you tell yourselves the same thing every year, “New year, new me”. Although it gets wearying to say over and over again, it’s a reset button for you to reassess yourselves. This month marks the starting point of endless possibilities that you will make happen. That’s why you should not be focusing only on your health goals but your overall well-being. You must look after yourselves on top of all the things you juggle on a daily. Here’s a self-care checklist to keep you in check throughout the year: Practice meditation Make it a habit to start or end your day with a clear and present mind. Meditation will help you focus on your breathing, remain or return to your present state of mind, and ultimately fasten yourself to the here and now. You have the freedom to do your meditation the way you want it to be. Try putting on some relaxing music and listening to meditation apps. This will set the mood and become your guide until you finish your session. Maintain an active lifestyle Sitting long hours in front of your laptop can take a toll on your health in the long run. Staying active is extra challenging especially during this time but it doesn’t mean that you can’t. All you have to do is to be a little bit more creative. Doing quick home workouts can be fun and will surely get you pumped to go through your day. Tidy up your working space How many times have you said that you will declutter your desk or room and ultimately fails to follow through? The reason why this task gets too overwhelming is that you continue to put it off for too long. The key is to set a day in a week and make it your cleaning day. In this way, a weeks-worth of clutter will be more manageable and realistic to deal with rather than a months-worth of load. Having a tidy and functional workspace will do wonders both for your mood and productivity. ...

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Holiday Gatherings in the New Normal

Christmas is all about spending time with your family but what if we can’t? This year was such a rollercoaster ride for everyone but does that mean we will let our Christmas spirit dwindle? We don’t think so! We just need to get creative and resourceful on how we can still make memories with our loved ones while adapting to the new normal. 1.) Holiday Movie Night Miss going out to watch movies at the cinema? Recreate the same cinematic experience at the comfort of your home. Line up your all-time favorite Christmas movies for you and your family to enjoy. Some recommendations are the Home Alone series, The Christmas Chronicles, and The Grinch. You can even prepare cinema snacks like popcorn and chips. 2.) Set-up a Virtual Christmas party The saying “The more the merrier” may not be applicable this year since inviting your friends and having a Christmas gathering can put all of you at risk. Thanks to today’s technology, it’s possible to have a Virtual Christmas party. Make it fun by preparing engaging games as well. 3.) Keep it intimate You can still have your friends or family over but make sure to limit it to 10 people and practice social distancing partnered with continuous sanitation. Aside from bonding over good food, make your gathering extra festive by making a Christmas playlist that will surely give everyone the holiday feels. 4.) Shop and send gifts online  Even with the pandemic, the Christmas rush is still inevitable. We highly suggest you stay safe and shop online instead. It saves you time, energy, and even money. Take advantage of huge holiday online sales and finish your Christmas shopping all in one go. You can even send your gift directly to your recipient by having it delivered to their doorsteps. How hassle-free is that? However, and wherever you spend your Christmas, what matters most is really who you spend it with. No fancy gifts and extravagant celebrations are needed. Just you and your loved ones sharing laughter over good food and music – even from afar. ...

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Legendary Sound, Now Smarter

JBL LINK SERIES NOW AVAILABLE IN THE PHILIPPINES JBL LINK series, the first voice-activated speakers to bring together JBL’s Signature Sound with the Google Assistant. The JBL LINK Series have four models, the LINK 10, LINK 20, and LINK 300 give consumers rich, full-range sound and instant access to their favorite music through voice control. JBL LINK is a hands-free voice-activated speaker series with the Google Assistant built in. LINK speakers deliver exceptional sound with the intelligence of Google Assistant  With JBL Link, you can now use your voice to command your audio, ask and tell it to do things, manage your schedule and control your smart home. The JBL LINK 10 and LINK 20 are both portable and IPX7 waterproof that you can use outdoor. LINK 300 and 500 provide a more powerful sound and are more suitable as home speakers. Experience a more engaging and amplified multi-room listening experience by synching together multiple LINK speakers.   “Hey, Google” Just say “Ok, Google” and your demand, JBL LINK will play your favorite song using spotify, search weather updates online, and even checking traffic before leaving the house.   Hands-free help from the Google Assistant Ask questions, play songs, get answers and enjoy your entertainment and control your smart home with just your voice. Far-field voice recognition allows for easy hands-free operation. Ask questions across the room and the JBL Link will respond   Turn off your lights using JBL LINK Use your voice to control the lights and temperature from your home automation devices.   Multi-room Audio Experience Link multiple speakers with Chromecast built-in to share the same song in every room and enjoy a high-definition music across all your speakers – within reach of any home Wi-Fi network.   Party outside with LINK10 and LINK20 Take your LINK portable speakers to the backyard and extend the fun to the poolside with rugged and IPX7 waterproof design.   JBL LINK SERIES LINK 10 – PHP 9,999 LINK 20 – PHP 12,999 LINK 300 – PHP 14,999 LINK 500 – PHP 23,999   Available at selected A.Refinery branches: A. Refinery UP Town Center A. Refinery Ayala Center Cebu   For more info, visit our website and follow our social media accounts Facebook andInstagram ...

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TIPS WHEN SETTING UP YOUR HOME THEATER

You’ll want to make sure as many seating positions as possible are viewing the TV straight on. Consider reflections: most windows will have curtains or blinds you can close and, of course, lights can be switched off For ambient lighting that won’t cause a distraction, consider placing lamps or lighting behind your TV. This is sometimes known as ‘bias lighting’. The screen should be at eye level when you’re seated, so invest in a decent TV stand that can accommodate any other kit you have, such as a cable box, Blu-ray player or soundbar. Avoid the trend of placing it above a fireplace if you can, or it’ll be like sitting in the first row of the cinema. If you must place it higher than eye level, make sure you angle it downwards to make viewing more comfortable. ...

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WHAT IS DOLBY ATMOS?

You don’t need to be an audiophile to have heard about Dolby Atmos. I’m sure you already heard it or read about it somewhere, from the movie theaters or on the internet. So, what is Atmos by Dolby? “Dolby Atmos adds overhead sound to the mix. Atmos is an innovative sound format that uses Dolby‐enabled upward‐firing speakers or in‐ceiling speakers to project sound from above your seats. Audio video receivers with Dolby Atmos capabilities can create an immersive listening experience by placing sounds in more precise locations in the room than previous setups.” And according to Dolby, Dolby Atmos is, “the most significant development in cinema audio since surround‐sound.” Dolby Atmos technology was originally developed in 2012. It goes beyond the 5.1 and 7.1 surround‐sound technology with Atmos‐enabled speakers placed in precise locations around the room for that immersive sound and listening experience. Atmos speakers can be placed on the walls, in the ceiling or behind the screen. You can use up to 64 speakers to set up your Dolby Atmos Cinema. ...

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