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New Zealand

New Zealand is a unique country that provides out of this world adventure experiences, scenic views, and relaxing culture. Visiting New Zealand should be on top of everybody’s traveling bucket list. There is truly no other country like it. Here are three of the many things that you can and should do while visiting New Zealand.Gerald Simonelli

  • If you decide to go whale watching near Kaikoura, there is a 95% chance that you will see a whale. So why wouldn’t you go whale watching there? Whale watching is available year round in Kaikoura and is one of the most popular tourism activities in New Zealand. You will see a plethora of marine life in the Serengeti of the South Pacific, besides just whales while on a whale watching trip.
  • Go to the west coast and visit the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers cutting through temperate rainforest. Bring your camera because no one will believe you when you tell them you saw a glacier in a rainforest. The idea is conflicting and seems like something you only see in paintings. This is one of the most incredible sights in New Zealand.
  • You can take a bath in the outdoor hot pools on the west coast of the South Island. In a remote valley, the Copland Track will take you to a cluster of thermal pools nestled together in the rainforest. Rainforest and snowcapped mountains will surround you while you hang out in the thermal pools. The hike to this area is a bit strenuous, and you will need a guide, but it is well worth it.

Gerald Simonelli has traveled the world extensively, and New Zealand was one of his favorite countries to visit. He hopes to go back soon.


How to Maintain Your Sleeping Bag and Tent While Camping

You want to ensure that your camping experience goes smoothly when you are camping with your family. The last thing you want to happen is that one or more members of your family aren’t having fun, thus ruining or putting a damper on the rest of the camping trip. Every camping trip will come across obstacles or bumps in the road, the key is to minimize those obstacles and have a ready plan or at least quick improvised response ready. Here are two ways to make sure your trip goes smoothly.

  • Gerald SimonelliAlways make sure that your tent is placed on a shaded and flat surface. The exterior of your tent is waterproof but is easily damaged by UV rays from the sun and scratches. Keeping your tent in the shade should minimize the damage caused by UV rays. It’s also not a bad idea to place your tent on a tarp. This will protect the bottom of the tent, especially from rocks ripping the bottom. Always keep your tent zipped up to prevent insects from getting in and keep your shoes outside of the tent so that the tent doesn’t get dirty.
  • During the night, sleeping bags absorb moisture from your body. Moisture is bad for sleeping bags because it reduces the efficiency of sleeping bags. It’s best to open up your sleeping bags after using them. This allows your sleeping bags to air out, thus keeping you warm at night.

Gerald Simonelli is an experienced camper. He organized and coordinated mission trips to Kentucky and Bolivia.

Things to Consider for Aspiring Craft Beer Bar Owners

The craft beer industry is a growing industry with more brewers and bar owners trying to break in. Although there is a large customer base, it is still a difficult industry to break into because craft beer is not brewed in large quantities. This means that the amount of beer available to customers is less and that, therefore, there is less money to be made depending on your status within the craft beer community. Here are three things that new craft beer bar owners should remember in terms of the limited quantity of craft beer that is available.

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  • First and foremost, you are going to have to deal with the fact that craft beer is limited in quantity. It’s part of what makes craft beer so desirable and tasty. Pay attention to what is being brewed in your local area and focus on those beers initially. Expand your selection from there.
  • Limited release beers are going to be difficult to get in your bar initially because well-established bars who do good for the craft beer community, will be given first access to limited release beers. To have a shot at limited release beer, you need to carry that brewer’s seasonal beer year round.
  • Prepare to get in line to have access to craft beer. Craft brewers want certain beers to be on the market a certain amount of time before they switch to the next beer. Craft beer is produced in small quantities so you will be competing with a lot of bars for that beer. Be prepared to wait your turn or work for it.

Gerald Simonelli’s career goal is to open up a bar or restaurant that specializes in craft beer.

Types of Craft Beers

Understanding what a beer might taste like or what type of beer you have chosen just from its name alone can be a little daunting. Despite the craft beer community’s welcoming nature, it is easy to see why newcomers might feel lost when looking at a beer menu. Wheat, Weizen, and wit are each different styles with specific histories and characteristics, but all are fairly similar in composition. So naturally it can be confusing.

While some beer styles require a bit of background to understand, one can often make reasonable assumptions about a beer’s character with a small amount of information. For example, there are ales which are the most common style of craft beer. Some ales are pale to medium in color, such as a blonde, amber, or red or brown. Ales have a medium maltiness and a medium hop character. They tend to have a bit more of a caramel flavor and body, and less hoppy aroma. Ales are usually flavorful, yet light. Another type of ale is the India pale ale. These ales may have a light golden color, but they pack a punch flavor-wise. Most commonly known as IPA’s, they are very hoppy or bitter and, in addition, can have piney, citrus, fruity, or floral flavor accents. Lastly, there are lagers. Lagers have a range in a color similar to ales but have a bit more maltiness and body. Lagers are smooth and usually have a toasty caramel flavor and mild-medium hops. They are brewed at a lower temperature for a longer time, giving them that extra malt flavor and body.

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As a food and beverage expert, Gerald Simonelli is a craft beer hobbyist and works as an event coordinator at a local restaurant. He enjoys making recommendations to customers on fine wines and craft beers and has a thorough knowledge of the beverage industry.

Ways to Improve Quality of Life

There are so many different ways to help improve the quality of life.  Sometimes with the rush of daily life, we can get burnt out and our quality of life is affected.  Some helpful ways to improve our quality of life would be to do something as simple as meditating. Call it what you will but spend time each day alone with your thoughts. This surely isn’t the first time you’ve heard that advice, there’s a reason for that! There’s also a reason that this is the first step in the list. Doing the other things in the remaining nine suggestions without taking some time to reflect almost negates any benefit gained elsewhere.

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Another way is to make it a point to do something bold every day. Step out of your comfort zone and leave the routine even if for only a second. This might mean talking to someone that you generally wouldn’t talk to or starting a project that you feel intimidated by. It’s also great to learn something new. Pick a topic, preferably something you know nothing about and learn something about it. A good source of inspiration for this can be the newspaper. It helps if you have time to make a note of what you learned or explain it to someone else, but even if you don’t get the chance to do that, your brain will thank you for the new patterns you introduce as you learn something new every day.

As an event planner for a local restaurant with over 20 years of experience in management, Gerald Simonelli is an efficiently organized individual who works hard to meet his goals. He has an extensive education and life experience with which he has formed a unique perspective and desire to help people. He has spent years traveling and working as a missionary for local parishes.  In addition to helping people throughout the world with charity work and fundraising, Gerald also works within his small community. He is a member of 4 chambers of commerce and was chaplain to the Addison Fire Protection District. He regularly attends mayor’s conferences in order to offer his opinions in improving the town. Gerald would like to become an event planner for a large charity organization to continue helping others.

Expert Fundraiser Gerald Simonelli’s Budgeting Tips

Gerald Simonelli has over 20 years of experience in administration and management. As a pastor in his hometown in Illinois, he helped organize fundraisers that collected millions of dollars for parish and community improvement. Currently, Gerald Simonelli is pursuing a career in professional event planning and management. As both an event planner and fundraising activist, Gerald Simonelli is an expert when it comes to budget. In the past, he helped a local parish get out of a twenty year debt within 3 months. Being so good with budgetary concerns, Gerald Simonelli offers some budgeting tips to people who may have trouble saving.

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Start with the 50/20/30 rule. 50% of your income should go to fixed costs, like rent, utilities, and car payments. 20% should go to payments to help you secure a financial future. Savings accounts, paying off credit card debt, and emergency funds all fit into this category. The final 30% goes towards daily expenditures and other flexible spending. This can include groceries, dining out, gas, shopping, hobbies, etc.

Estimate low for income, and high for expenses. If you’re rounding out numbers, it’s always best to work with the lower figure for you income, and the higher for your expenses. That way, any discrepancies will end up in your favor.

Utilize saving options. If you have the extra money to save each month, open a savings account where it will gather interest. If you work for a company that offers 401(k), you should absolutely invest, as companies will usually match the amount you save every year. Some states offer IDA programs that match your savings towards a home or business if you agree to attend financial education sessions.

Gerald Simonelli is a St. Baldrick’s Pediatric Cancer Research Fundraiser

Gerald Simonelli takes great pride in organizing fundraisers and charity events for a good purpose. As a former pastor, he raised millions of dollars to improve several parishes and ministry organizations in his home town. He recently worked with St. Baldrick’s and raised over $10,000 for Pediatric Cancer Research. Gerald Simonelli cares deeply about today’s youth, and works hard to ensure that his slice of the world is a better place for future generations. After raising money for St. Baldrick’s, Gerald Simonelli continues to follow pediatric cancer research closely in hopes for a cure. Just this month, there has been a humongous breakthrough in cancer treatment, and now children suffering with cancer may be closer to receiving the cure they need. Since the 1980’s, researchers have been working diligently on a drug to treat high-risk neuroblastoma in children. This type of cancer emerges from the nerve tissue outside the central nervous system, and is extremely aggressive. Unfortunately, it is also a common form of cancer in children, and accounts for almost 15% of deaths due to cancer. Within the last 20 years, there were only two drugs that were approved by the FDA to treat cancer in children. But just this month, a third was approved. The drug, Unituxin, works in conjunction with other drugs to help the immune system fight off cancer. Its approval means that the drug is available outside of clinical trials, meaning that all children will have access to it. St. Baldrick’s thanks the cancer research advocates who have so tirelessly dedicated their time to funding cancer research through their programs. People like Gerald Simonelli who shaved their heads and raised thousands of dollars have had a direct effect on the development of this drug.

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