Turn Back the Clock with These Fun Retro Party Ideas

A retro party is a throwback to the old days, when people didn’t have much to worry about. These days, we have so many things to worry about. We’re always thinking about our jobs, our families, and our responsibilities. It’s no wonder that we’ve forgotten how to have fun! We need something that will remind us of the good times and take us back to a time when life was simpler.

A retro party is just what you need!

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What to Know Before Moving to Ottawa

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Canada’s capital city may not be one of its most popular tourist destinations, especially when compared to places like Montreal, Banff, Victoria, and Vancouver, but as one of North America’s fastest growing cities, there are many reasons so many people are choosing to buy one of the Ottawa homes for sale to make their move. If you’re one of them, here’s what you need to know.

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Solitaire from tabletop to your desktop

Is it just me but every time I see a deck of cards, I’d immediately clear a table or the bed or even on the floor and start shuffling and laying cards to play several rounds of solitaire. It’s out of boredom I guess but more than just to pass the time, solitaire helps stimulate a soft mental activity that somewhat relaxes the brain and relieves stress. And even without the physical cards, who is not guilty of squeezing in a few minutes of solitaire on a Windows PC during breaks or when work becomes too stressful? On a Mac, there are no card games installed by default, good thing I found solitaire.org, a website where you can play solitaire online for free just like you do the classic way.

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Upskill for free with Skillshop

If you’re looking to explore and upgrade your skills, particularly on Google’s professional tools and solutions, but thought such would put a huge dent in your budget, you’ll be happy to know that there’s actually a one-stop-shop training website called Skillshop where learners at any level can get online training to master the Google products, tools, and platforms for free. Doesn’t matter if you’re already a seasoned pro or just started with your upskilling goals, Skillshop offers comprehensive courses that you can take at your own pace to help you excel in your job, scale your business, or secure that next big opportunity you’ve been prepping up for.

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Watch for health

Watch your health they said and I took it to heart. No, I actually took it to my wrist, because I needed to check on my heart. For years now, I’ve been using a digital watch that doubles as an activity tracker when I workout, usually quick runs, after work. This, after a doctor, warned me that my heart needs my attention. But with the global pandemic happening, forcing us to stay at home, work remotely, but running out of focus when it comes to our own well being, I’ve been wearing it now most of the time to watch my health. And recently leveling it up when I finally got myself an Apple Watch SE.

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Work hard, play even harder

Play online anytime with plays.org

And another tough week is done. Exhausted but thankful and feeling great for getting things sorted out. But it sure felt way too long, the daily heavy rains, impassable floods, and terrible traffic everywhere, the weekend is a welcome respite. The alarming surge of COVID-19 infections headlining the news has somewhat caused more fear than caution, pushing people to get vaccinated on the rush. Stricter quarantine and more lockdown are expected but instead of complaining about being stuck at home again, take it as another opportunity to spend more time for yourself and with your family. We work hard to earn our keep, but let’s play even harder and we’ll get through all this. I did just that with plays.org with its massive library of video games with familiar characters that are absolutely fun and free to play online.

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Respite and repeat

The Nintendo Switch Neon

Every Friday when work’s done, I look forward to a weekend of rest and spending more time with my family. A respite from my somewhat strict daily routine that I stick to since I started working for my new company. On repeat for the past several months now, while I have yet to get used to wearing a face mask the whole day and the occasional face shield when going to public places. I’m not complaining though, I’m thankful that I have work and enjoy what I do. And whenever I’m home and my wife’s busy tending to her plants, that’s my cue to grab my Nintendo Switch and play for an hour or two of my favorite games.

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Alexa on the dot

The Amazon Echo Dot by CC Lozano

I actually got this Echo Dot last year as a holiday gift to myself, the only unit left at a local store where I queued supposedly to buy the collectible Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. by Nintendo, but my curiosity as to how it compares to Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant got the best of me. This awesome find and “it” here is of course Alexa, Amazon’s own version of the intelligent personal assistant. Well, let’s just say I’ve had really good convo with Alexa especially when it comes to history, news updates, and trivia. This 4th generation smart speaker, available in three colors and costs around Php 3,000 here, now sports a spherical design and smaller than the previous model. There’s another version with an LED display that costs a bit more, but makes it a more appropriate bedside toy as it shows time or outside temperature when asked.

While this cute little ball of a speaker sounds surprisingly good given its size, it lacks the thumpy bass and volume vibes you’d want to hear when playing music. But it’s really Alexa and the amazing AI behind it that got me talking to it like it’s my personal secretary.

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