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For someone who is today a Partner at private equity (PE) firm Berkeley Assets, Omar Jackson’s first foray into the world of business may come as a bit of a surprise- here’s someone who found his entrepreneurial chops as a pre-teen selling cakes at his school, with the profits then used to fund his outings with friends. At the time, his mother was raising him and his brother by herself at Slough in the United Kingdom, working a number of jobs, and as such, Jackson didn’t want to ask his mother for money to participate in frivolities that more privileged kids his age were accustomed to, think things like going out on a school trip, or heading to the local Pizza Hut for a meal together. But Jackson did want to be a part of these kinds of activities, and that’s how he decided to make the money he needed he used his culinary skills to bake cakes that he would then sell at his school for a profit. “At the best times, I was making around GBP50 a week,” Jackson remembers, a proud smile still lighting up his face as he recalls the experience. His career in the cake business was short-lived though- his school was quick to shut Jackson’s side hustle down when they heard of it. But this episode, which essentially kicked off Jackson’s career in business, is a good exhibit of his particular prowess at identifying potential opportunities early on, and then successfully capitalizing on it, a talent that has seen him venture into everything from e-commerce, to cryptocurrency, to private wealth management, and today, sees him in his current role at Berkeley Assets, where he’s using his brand of innovative acumen to shake things up on the private equity landscape. “We’re not looking to follow a set mould,” Jackson says. “We are looking to innovate at every opportunity we can.”

With a diversified portfolio of investments across sectors like real estate, hospitality, logistics, and technology, Berkeley Assets currently operates over 150 businesses across multiple industries, with its offices spread across Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. “We like to see ourselves as a low-risk PE firm,” Jackson says. “One of our unique points is that everything is tangible so, what we work with are asset-backed businesses, tangible assets. We are looking at real estate as 80-85% of our portfolio, all in the UK and the US because those are notoriously two of the most stable and historically strong real estate markets in the world.”

This kind of reasoning governs Berkeley Asset’s forays into other sectors as well, wherein the company takes charge of all the assets under its purview, thereby ensuring its clientele’s peace of mind. “We, as a company, have a lot of security in terms of our charge over the assets,” he explains. “So, we are able to protect our clients’ money at all costs, at all times. And it’s great for the clients just to know that. Because if you’re doing everything through a fund, something you can’t physically see or touch, it becomes a lot more difficult. So that’s our framework, to offer clientele, retail or institutional, something physical, something tangible.” According to Jackson, this is the differentiating factor that makes Berkeley Assets stand out as a firm. “PE is very simple,” he says. “You raise money on one side, and you invest it on the other side’.

Now, some PE firms go down the fund route; others go down direct placement. We’re direct placement, so a client knows his money comes in the door from one end, and it goes into projects on the other end. There are no fees; it’s a simple arrangement, they can come in for two years, five years, or 10 years, we give them a fixed rate of interest on their loan to us. So that could be 4%, 6%, or 8% per annum. They can get paid that interest bi-annually, and we do that in order so that clients can physically see the rewards of their investment, not just see it on paper. It’s physical, it’s real. That’s the whole concept of Berkeley Assets; it’s tangible.” In terms of raising capital, Jackson reveals that Berkeley Assets has a global outlook in that respect, while also noting that it is one of the few PE firms in the world to have a focus on the retail sector. “80% of our capital is raised through institutions; 20% from the retail arm,” Jackson says.

“A lot of our capital is raised in Asia as a continent. The Middle East is a great jurisdiction for us. We’ve also expanded to Hong Kong and Singapore over the last couple of years. So, that’s seen us achieve some good figures in terms of raising capital, from institutions especially. And the retail arm is really growing. We had to spend a lot of time educating the marketplace in terms of private equity for the retail market because it’s all a bit of a mystery to most people. It’s only ever been available to ultra-high net worth [individuals] and institutions. So, it’s great to be part of doing something different, part of educating the society in a wider marketplace of an alternative that they’re not otherwise used to, to innovate a little bit.”

This spirit of tapping into new opportunities can be seen in Berkeley Asset’s investigation into locations (other than the UK and US) that they could be investing in, with the Middle East figuring prominently in these conversations at the company. “Investment wise, we’ve always been into British real estate, US real estate, but in the last 12 to 18 months, we’ve started looking at other opportunities in other fields and other landscapes,” Jackson says. “So, we are now looking in the Middle East actively; my investment committee is searching for and discussing various opportunities that can take place in the Middle East. It may not be real estate, but it will still be asset-backed, tangible assets that we can invest in, which will be profitable for businesses in this jurisdiction.” But it’s not just in the investments space that Berkeley Assets is trying to innovate in, there’s also work being done in reimagining how the company is perceived by those around it.

It seems pretty apparent that Jackson is leading the charge in this department, with Berkeley Assets making its presence felt through everything from billboards along Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road, to partnerships with celebrity brand ambassadors in the sporting arena, like British boxers Amir Khan. When I point out that it was a surprise for me to see the former unified light-welterweight world champion promoting Berkeley Assets, and that it did make me curious about the PE firm and what it does, Jackson gleefully declares that this is exactly the kind of reaction he is hoping to elicit from these kinds of initiatives.

“It is that curiosity, that stunt factor,” he says. “And then, when people look into it more deeply, they realize there actually can be a lot of correlations… If you look at boxing, and you think about the amount of diligence it takes, the mental strength it takes, the careful planning it takes, the dedication it takes, there’s a lot of similarities in terms of the qualities of that individual, and to those of our firm. So, that’s what’s exciting. And it’s also popularizing what we do, it’s showcasing, in a positive manner, with a very well-known face, who has himself, like life and investments, had some volatility in his career, but has matured, and he has ultimately come through and is a double world champion. So, I think it’s a nice element to us. PE firms don’t do that traditionally- we like to do things differently.” At this point, I ask him if he’s faced any blowback on doing these things at Berkeley Assets that PE firms aren’t typically known for doing, and he replies, “I’m very much the force of innovation within the company, and I’m glad the other partners don’t hold me back in that sentiment.”

“They actually appreciate it, because they’re seeing the rewards on the back of that.” Jackson points out that historically, most PE firms have preferred to stay in the background they were never keen on being known or becoming household names. But given the landscape Berkeley Assets operates in today, Jackson believes that there is a need for the enterprise to be seen as an accessible brand, and as such, it needs to be present, work with the public, and put itself out there as a force to be reckoned with. “I think you need to be proud of what you do,” he adds.

“You need to popularize what you do, and you need to make the idea of doing something with your money a fun, enjoyable experience, not a stressful experience. So, if we were just working in an institutional framework as traditional PE firms do, maybe we would stay a little bit more, well, not in the background, but reserved. But because we work in the retail sector as well, we need to present ourselves in the right way. We need to be able to provide transparency to people. I think that the transparency aspect of it gives confidence anyway, even to institutions. Just because we are very transparent as a company, in terms of what we invest in as a firm, or what we do in terms of PR, we still don’t talk about who our clients are. So, we’re still private in that sense. Institutions know that, and they like the fact that we can be very transparent, very open, very popular, but at the same time, where discretion is needed, we are discreet, and we protect their interests at all costs.” As I chat with Jackson, it seems to me that the reason why the seemingly disparate aspects of Berkeley Assets still work together as a cohesive whole is because of the ingrained culture within the company, and that forward-thinking approach is what drives everyone within it.

As Jackson put it, “Everyone is reading from the same hymn sheet. And as long as everyone within the walls of the firm understands the future where we’re heading, it makes presenting being consistent to the outside world to be very simple.” Now, company culture is a topic that Jackson is quite passionate about talking about, and he readily admits that it’s something he’s been a champion of at Berkeley Assets. “PE firms, in general, don’t have huge teams. But the way I see it is that every position that you need filled needs to be worthwhile, and it needs to have a specialist in that position. Whether that be an office manager, or whether that be someone in your investment committee, they need to be a specialist at what they do. It’s all about efficiency you don’t want to have unnecessary overhead; you don’t want to have unnecessary people in your workforce that don’t really serve an ultimate purpose. Everyone that’s there [at Berkeley Assets] is highly valued for what they do, and they have very specific job roles. And I think that’s very crucial. I think all businesses should adopt that kind of mindset to the staff they’re hiring. This process starts from the hiring stage- that’s how you get the right people with the right mindset.”

These words shouldn’t come as a surprise to those of you who regularly read Entrepreneur Middle East, as the importance of hiring the right people is something that has been reiterated on the pages of this magazine many a time, and Jackson is emphatic about replugging this particular notion as well. When it comes to advise for entrepreneurs, Jackson reiterates that building a good company culture at the outset is absolutely critical if they wish to see their businesses grow and thrive. But this starts with the people at the helm of such enterprises taking a good hard look at themselves, says Jackson. “I think the biggest part of it is learning what kind of entrepreneur you are,” he explains. “Because only once you understand your strengths and weaknesses do you know how to, well, set up a team around you, and that is crucial.

I love racing, I love cars, I’ve raced for a lot of my life. And it’s the same thing like taking a car round a track in testing. You only know how fast you can go if you go off the track then you know the limit. As a racing driver, you’re told by your team to push, and push, and push at every corner when you’re testing, so that you can see how far you can take it. That’s the only way you really know how much you’ve got- how much ability, how much willpower, how much strength you’ve got. So, I think that’s the first thing, it is establishing who you are as an entrepreneur, getting your right mindset in place, and then, it’s putting a process in place for your business that you’re focusing on.

I think if you are comfortable in your own skin with what you’re doing, and you’ve got the right mindset in place, you can then instill that into others if you can find the right individuals… I think that’s the fundamental sort of entrepreneur understanding himself, getting his right mindset in place, knowing his weaknesses, and getting the right people who are passionate to form his guard, if you like, step by step, and then, you can take it forward to year one, year two, year three. I think that’s kind of my advice to entrepreneurs. I’m very much about positioning your mindset in the right place.” That, in essence, seems to be the mantra that Jackson personally lives by, with him noting that he’s not driven to do all that he does by the prospect of, say, money, or power, but instead, by the intoxicating nature of success. “I’m always addicted to the feeling of success,” Jackson says.

“I’m addicted to the feeling of winning. And I’ll do what it takes, I’ll put my heart and soul, my sweat and blood into any projects I’m working in, or any team that I am working together with, to make sure we do the best we can possibly do.” It should be clear here that Jackson has come a long way from his entrepreneurial beginnings as a kid trying to earn some extra money today, he’s more keen on building his own profile up to a position of influence, through which he can have a positive impact on the world at large. He’s already got himself on this path, be it with him spearheading charity projects around the globe, or by setting aside time for inspirational interactions with children and youth but this is only just the beginning. “I think, once upon a time, I was motivated by money, when I was a kid,” Jackson says. “But if you’re just motivated by money, you actually don’t get anywhere. If you just focus on money, once you do earn that money, it is not as impressive as you might think it is. That’s not the bit that gives you the kick.

You know the bit that gives you the enjoyment, that has to be something else. It has to be a passion underlying there somewhere, because otherwise, once you get the money, then what? Then your motivation ends. See Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet it’s obviously not money that motivates them to be as hungry and passionate as they continue to be today. I think real entrepreneurs, and the real entrepreneurial spirit, aren’t motivated by money. For me, it’s a desire to be a leader. And I want to establish myself as a leader, and make as much of a difference as I can. I can’t change everything, of course, but I can make life better, and I can make a difference to communities and people. So, I will do that.” It’s clear Jackson’s brand is on the ascent- and the rest of us need to just stay tuned.

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A Refreshing and Unique Perspective in the World of Hip Hop: Diverse Artist Lanelle Tyler Unveils New Single with Doley P.O.B

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Brooklyn, New York- September 29th, 2021-Bringing a refreshing and dynamic new vibe to the world of Hip Hop, Lanelle Tyler is set to soar, with a stirring new Hip Hop single. Titled “Trenches”, the new single showcases the rising artist’s magnetic song writing prowess, coupled with memorable rhythms and tunes.

Complemented by talented artist Doley P.O.B, Lanelle Tyler brings a breath of fresh air to the beloved genre, shedding lights on an authentic musical style. Using music to achieve his life’s purpose of gaining wisdom and influencing his generation (generation Y) and those succeeding it, Lanelle Tyler showcases a unique musical talent.

Bringing positivity to the world of Hip Hop and Rap, the promising artist remains inspired to remain in the ‘now’, battling all insecurities and inhibitions of the past, and paving for himself a new path. With each new track, Lanelle Tyler hopes to accomplish his goals of crafting a successful musical career and creating opportunities for others.

“Ultimately, “Gen Y” has shown me there is unlimited potential within myself, it’s up to me to access it. I am honored to be committed to Gen Y at world’s request. Gen Y All Day EveryDay!” says Lanelle Tyler regarding his musical inspirations.

PresaveTrenches”: https://unitedmasters.com/m/6144aaf986f548114fd50aeb

Follow the artist on social media to keep track of new releases, and feel free to contact through email for interviews, reviews, and/or collaborations.

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About:

Hailing from Bedford, Stuyvesant, and having grown in Brooklyn New York, Lanelle Tyler is a talented singer-songwriter and artist. A Sagittarius, Lanelle Tyler remains engrossed in the art of musical content, and plays the Tenor saxophone, and piano as a hobby.

Lanelle Tyler also has a penchant to rehearse and perform in front of his audience because the visceral reactions help him understand that listeners can connect to his art. With each new track, the seasoned artist hopes to spread positivity and compassion, traversing his unique musical voyage.

Doley P.O.B is a talented powerhouse in the world of Hip Hop, who hails from Brooklyn, New York. Having gotten into the world of music after high school, the artist unveiled his first original musical content in 2018. Drawing influence from the likes of Torey Lanez and J.I Prince of New York, the artist is currently working on a new 7-track EP, “D.I.D v1”, which is set to drop in November. Showcasing a versatile musical spirit, Doley independently writes all his music and has also penned singles for other budding artists.

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Name: Harthfelt

Email: Lanelletylermusic@gmail.com

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Spotify:
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Apple: 
https://music.apple.com/ca/artist/lanelle-tyler/402038802

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The Best Products to Try this Fall

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The days are growing shorter and the temperatures have subsided, bringing some much-needed relief from the dog days of summer. 

Not sure how you want to make the most of the fall? We’ve got some products that are sure to spice up your autumn season. Everything from snacks to naps, we’ve got something for everyone.

Home Baking with Porto’s Bakery

There isn’t anything much better than a snack when it comes to relaxing on a nice cool fall day. Add in the aroma of fresh baked treats and you’re well on your way to having one of the coziest homes on the block!

Porto’s Chocolate Twist is something that will tickle your taste buds and be sure to wow everyone in your home. This croissant is ready to bake and is filled with European butter, creamy vanilla custard, and the inside sprinkled with mini Belgian chocolate chips for a sensational treat that will have the house begging for more.

Offered in small, medium, and large sizes, you have the options needed for an after-dinner snack all the way up to entertaining guests at your Thanksgiving party. 

Catching Up on Sleep with Peels CBD

With the windows open on a cool autumn night, fall is easily the best time of year to catch up on your sleep after a long summer of vacations, campfires, and long nights. 

Sometimes, our natural sleep habits can be disrupted from all of the fun that can be had in the summer months, and a recent trend in use the use of CBD for sleep is one way to get yourself back on track.

CBD is a naturally occurring substance that has many health benefits, including promoting deeper, more restful sleep, and longer sleep durations. Peels products range from gummies to oils and are taken orally, with benefits being realized in one to two weeks of consumption. 

Taking a quality nap or getting a good night’s rest should be at the top of your priority list this fall, and Peels can help you make the most of it.

Take Care of your Hair with Prose

With the change of the season, you should consider changing up your hair style! After Labor Day you’ll want a new and exciting look that will be sure to turn heads when you get back from your long summer vacation.

Prose offers The Salon, which is a subscription hair-care service that goes the extra mile in providing you with their awesome products you need to look your best. It offers a customizable solution to you, delivering the products you need, when you need them.

In addition to this, after your first delivery, The Salon by Prose will hook you up with a free 15-minute virtual consultation with one of their hair-care experts. They’ll offer styling tips, product suggestions, or anything else you can think of when it comes to wearing your best hair this fall.

Improve your Health with fatty15 

With the wonderful fall weather, there isn’t a better time to work on your health, both mentally and physically. Going to the gym, getting outside for a hike, or even going to a park with a nice book are all ways to take advantage of the season.

Fatty15 is a supplement that is certain to help you maximize your health and well-being. This fatty-acid supplement is known to boost cell replenishment and strength, which is key to rejuvenating after a good work out. In addition to this, is boosts the mitochondria (which is the go-juice of our cells) by 45 percent. 

All of this means that your body is going function better, improving immunity, sleep cycles, metabolism, and even your mood. 

Give fatty15 a try this fall and give your mental and physical health a boost!

Take Care of your Skin with Rose Inc.

Skin care is often overlooked when it comes to the fall season, but Rosie Huntington-Whitely’s makeup brand is reason enough to give yourself a whole new look this year!

Rose Inc has everything you could ever need when it comes to skin care products that will both make you feel good and look good. They offer an online shade finder to make sure that you can accurately match your skin tone, as well as a virtual try-on to make sure you like what you are buying.

Some of their best sellers that will fill up your home storage include the Blush Divine Radiant Lip & Cheek Color, Softlight Luminuous Hydrating Concealer, and the Lip Sculpt Amplying Color. In addition to these standalone products, they also offer several different kits to get you everything you need to keep up with a fresh look this fall. 

Work or Play with Your Device Anywhere with Skyfloat

Whether you want to take your phone or tablet out on the porch to catch up on your favorite show or workout on your living room floor while listening in on a Zoom call, the Skyfloat hanging phone holder is a must-have product for the tech-saavy person on the go this fall. 

The hanging phone holder device utilizes a very strong rare-earth magnet, along with pre-mounted metal plates that attach to your ceiling with built in adhesive strips to attach the holder in any area you’d like. This allows you to move your mount around the house or workplace as needed. 

Some common areas are living rooms, offices, and gyms, or anywhere else you might need hands free operation of your device. 

This neat little tool is a great way to add a little productivity and multitasking to your day while not breaking the bank on expensive TV and monitor mounts and connections.  

Take Care of your Pooch with Sundays For Dogs

Fall isn’t only a great time of year for people, it’s also one of our four-legged friend’s favorite time of year as well. This is a great time to consider improving your beloved pet’s diet. 

Make sure they are well-nourished a ready to walk, run, or play all day with Sundays For Dogs dry dog food

Sundays For Dogs is a healthy dog food made with human-grade ingredients. This food is designed to keep dogs well, improve their mood, and improve their coat. 

Take good care of your pups this fall by giving them a food that they’ll be begging for like its table food!

Bundle Up with Tasc Performance

When you’re not cuddled up next to the space heater, you’ll find the necessity for new and trendy clothes to look great, while also keeping yourself warm for those chilly fall days. 

Tasc Performance French terry lineup will do just that.  French terry is very similar to fleece, but often more lightweight and used in activewear versus lounge wear. This material will keep you warm after a workout, in the office, or at a tailgate for a football game.

Tasc Performance offers French terry sweatshirts, casual shirts, quarter-zips, and more for you to keep warm and look stylish in any situation this fall. Take a look at their selection as they have something for just about anyone. 

Conclusion

Hopefully you’re as excited for fall as we are! With the products we’ve mentioned above, you’ll have a head start on making this fall one to remember. 

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Top Advantages of Hiring A Plumbing Contractor At Home

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The suitability of professionals in every task and work format may differ from that for the other. Sometimes, we often entrust somebody with a job responsibility they may not finish properly. The same happens when one chooses an individual with some basic plumbing skills to do the work of a whole plumbing team! 

It is not always going to be a one-person job! So, the best is to hire a plumbing contractor and let them decide how many plumbers they need to send to fix or install a pipeline. 

Still doubtful? Relax, we have you covered! With this blog, we explain the benefits of hiring the best plumbing contractor. Let’s have a look: 

Hiring A Plumbing Contractor: Top Benefits To Reap 

The advantages of hiring a plumbing contractor over any other freelance Plumber Northern Beaches are as explained. However, these facts also define the difference between quality services. 

  1. Warranty On Services

A freelance plumber with no compliance or credibility to a firm or company may charge a little less than a contractor but will not offer any warranty on the services. So, one may get the faucet broken a day after plumbing services. So, it is better to entrust a contractor with the responsibility of taking accountability for his services. 

  1. Experience & Teamwork 

Every plumbing task is not possible to manage with five-six individuals who come together to do the job. The job will be more productive when this group knows teamwork and has the experience of working together. 

  1. Expert Tools & Equipment 

Plumbing contractors own the most advanced and expert toolbox that every plumber needs to perform the tasks. However, the unavailability of advanced tools can lead to undermined plumbing fixes or work done by a plumber. 

  1. Compliance With Plumbing Codes

Compliance with building, street and local plumbing codes is necessary to know for every Plumber Northern Beaches. However, if any violation happens in this aspect, it can cost a lot more than hiring a plumbing contractor. So, it is best to invest in quality services rather than take the risk! 

  1. Insurance Benefits 

Some leading plumbing contractors also offer insurance benefits, especially on big projects. Since the complexity of this job may lead to uncertain outcomes, one must be prepared well to take the risk. Plumbing contractors offer to redeem benefits to make up for such unexpected events. 

  1. Quality Over Quantity 

The advantage of quality over quantity goes a long way! Freelance plumbers may not commit to the job, but contractors know how to justify their market reputation. 

  1. Worthy Services 

Only a few plumbing contractors like Pearla Plumbing serve the value of cost customers bear for the services. However, if one is calculative enough to make the right decision, he can also make a redeeming transaction. 

Avail Only The Best! 

These advantages serve the value and worth of money spent on availing of plumbing contractors’ best services. People looking for options to build their dream home should go through a sceptical screening process. Then, assign the job to the most efficient plumbing team to reap these benefits.

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Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas for 2021

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Halloween

Introduction

Halloween is a day of the year that calls for celebration and fun. People love celebrating Halloween as it comes with a lot of thrill and excitement. The pumpkin carving ideas are the best way to decorate your home and other places on this special day. Whatever you do, there will be tons of pumpkins ready to be carved.

This article is all about some cool pumpkin carving ideas for Halloween in 2021. Halloween is the time when people are eager to make their homes look more attractive by putting Halloween pumpkin carving ideas in front of their house. They want to use these pumpkins as a decoration for the whole season. But it is really important to know how you can make your pumpkin carving ideas different from others, mainly because there are millions of people who have already made these designs before.

 Pumpkin Carving Ideas

There are a lot of pumpkin carving ideas for Halloween. With new designs and patterns, it will bring you more fun to carve pumpkins. In this article, we’ll tell you about some popular types of designs that can attract more people’s attention. It’s very important to be creative when cutting the pumpkin because you have only one chance to make a good first impression. While carving pumpkins is a great holiday tradition, it’s also the perfect opportunity to get creative. There are so many ways you can decorate your pumpkin this Halloween. Whether you’re looking for scary, funny, or something in between, there are so many options available these days!

Halloween Pumpkins

Pumpkin carving has been a tradition around Halloween for centuries. It is a great way to express creativity and imagination in designing the most frightening, spooky, and fun-looking pumpkins with different styles and designs. During the Halloween Season, nothing feels more appropriate than pumpkins. In fact, pumpkins are one of the most iconic symbols of autumn and Halloween. These squashes have been used for centuries in rituals throughout the world to ward off evil spirits and invite good ones into homes.

While there are many reasons to decorate Halloween Pumpkins, one of the most important is that they can help you harvest more candy. Not only will this increase your home’s curb appeal on the spookiest day of the year, but it will also ensure that trick-or-treaters stay safe while collecting candy.

Different Types of Halloween Pumpkins are used for decorating the home and lawn with these wonderful designs.  Different Types of pumpkins are carved into jack-o’-lanterns, lanterns, masks, animals, and cute faces.  The children also love to dress up as different types of characters like witches, ghosts, or any other characters than they can imagine. The pumpkins are great for making decorative bowls which can be placed on the dining table filled with candies.

Conclusion

It has been the month of October when everyone is in the mood to carve pumpkins! With Halloween around the corner, many people are planning their pumpkin carvings for this year. They want to make sure that it will be unique and cute. This can be achieved by considering different Halloween pumpkin carving ideas for 2021.

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Things You Need To Know Before Going to Costa Rica

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Costa Rica

Known for its rainforests, Costa Rica is a Central American Country that also coastlines on the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean. The country is famous for its beaches & volcanoes including wildlife.

Costa Rica sees a surge in tourism each year mostly during summertime. Most tourists visiting Costa Rica enjoy the wonders nature has to offer. Below is a list of things you need to know if you are planning to visit Costa Rica any time soon. 

Visa/Entry-level requirements 

Most nationalities do not require a visa to enter Costa Rica. This allowance is up to 90 days. You will be free to move around the country if you have the proper documentation. Apart from that, some of the foreign nationals do require a visa which should be obtained before as visas will not be issued at the border. All of the information is available at the Costa Rican embassy’s website.

Moving around the country

Buses 

Bus services are available within the country which can take you to destinations. Service charges and bus fares are reasonable. Traveling by bus can be a fun and safe way to see many parts of the county. 

Cars 

Another way to move around the country is to rent a car. Renting a car can be far more adventurous. There are many rent a car services available online. You can also book a car through your travel agent. You will be asked for a security & insurance deposit to rent a car.

One great advantage of renting out is that you can visit different secluded beaches and mountains of your choice. It is not advisable to drive a car at night because of road conditions and safety issues.

Boats/ships

Small cruise ships are available which carry passengers mostly to national parks but also the remote islands and beaches. Bigger ships are known to anchor at ports for a day or two before the cruise.  

Money Essentials

Colon is the official currency of Costa Rica. US dollars are also widely accepted. Money can be exchanged at banks. However, bank transactions will require a valid passport. ATMs are also located around cities. 

No Street Nomenclature System

Costa Rica does not have a street nomenclature system at all. However, they have an informal refereeing system. Most directions are given by referring to structures and buildings around a place. You should know to use paper maps and GPS perfectly well before embarking upon exploring the country.

Weather pattern

A major part of planning a trip is the dilemma of what to pack. In terms of Costa Rica, you will find an erratic weather pattern throughout the year. San Jose can be 72 degrees with a pleasant breeze while it might be hot and dry when you travel towards the north of the country. Highlands are naturally going to be cold. Therefore you need to be prepared with an appropriate clothing item to face the weather. 

Local food

It’s easy to find restaurants, bistros, bakeries, and cafes. The country is abundant in tropical fruit species. So make sure you taste the flavorful blends of tropical fruit juices. Rice and beans are major food here. Salsa Inglesa is the country’s favorite sauce and is much enjoyed by tourists. Coffee is known as El Grano de Oro or the “golden bean” in Costa Rica. You will find coffee being brewed on the streets.

Eco-Tourism 

Costa Rica is well known for its eco-tourism experience. The country is blessed with rain forests, beaches & volcanoes. It is estimated that almost 6% of wildlife species are found in Costa Rica.

Plan your journey in a way that can cover a major part of each thing. Rafting, visiting forests & beaches, fishing, zip lines, Scuba diving, surfing & biking are some of the adventurous options the country offers. Another great experience you can grab is bird watching. There are many hot spots where you can bird-watch. Most resorts and hotels also provide bird-watching guidelines and maps. 

Sustainability and environmental laws

For the people of Costa Rica, sustainability is not just an option. It’s a way of life. 25% of the country is based on conservation. The country is home to almost 500, 000 species of wildlife. Many are endangered or have been classified as rare.

The government has formed national parks around the country to conserve these species. Many environmental laws are also set in place for any discovered or undiscovered sites in the country. According to law, tourists are not allowed to carry any native species back home especially flowers.

Conclusion

Costa Rica is extremely rich in biodiversity and the country has used its assets well. The concept of “ecotourism” put forward by Costa Rica is unique and more appealing to people.

The conservation practices have made sure that the biodiversity remains intact while the rest of the world can enjoy the bounties of nature. By traveling and exploring Costa Rica, you will surely be a lifetime experience for you. Just make sure you check all the facts before you plan to travel. Have a safe trip!

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