Where to Take Your Kids for Family Fun This Merdeka Day

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Merdeka day is one of the most celebrated holidays in Malaysia because it marks the total independence of the country from the British Empire.

 

This is a momentous day for all Malaysians and deserves to be celebrated, and this is usually the day when families go out and have to enjoy the spirit of Merdeka. There are many family friendly attractions in Kuala Lumpur that will surely provide an all-in-one fun experience to every member of the family especially to the kids.

 

Theme parks in Malaysia are the best places to visit during this holiday, for that quick family bonding fix. Two of the most popular and most accessible theme parks in Kuala Lumpur are the places to be for families this Merdeka Day, and they are Sunway Lagoon and Berjaya Theme Park.

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Sunway Lagoon in Selangor

 

This theme park is one of Malaysia’s multi-awarded attractions due to its awe-inspiring number of rides which is now at over 80. One of the most famous rides that this theme park has is the 360-degrees rotation pirate ship which will satisfy the need for an adrenaline pumping fun of your kids. Aside from that, there are so much more in store in this theme park than you’d expect.
What to do:

  • Ride their 360-degrees Rotation Pirate Ship.
  • Explore, have fun and learn about exotic animals and the wildlife in their Wildlife Park.
  • Enjoy surfing as you catch the waves of their man-made surf beaches inspired by the waters of Africa. Their man-made beach is over 13,000 square meters big, offering tons of water activities and sports, perfect for everyone in the family.
  • Have fun hunting for and running away from Zombies with their “Scream Park.”
  • Let your kids play with other kids and explore their creativity and imagination with Sunway Lagoon’s Captain Kid’s Candyland playgrounds.

 

If you think the outdoors would be the perfect place for your family to bond and enjoy Merdeka Day, Sunway Lagoon should be on top of your list.

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Berjaya Times Square Theme Park 

 

Contrary to the outdoor driven nature of Sunway Lagoon, Berjaya Times Square Theme Park is otherwise.  This place offers an all in one playground for kids that will surely satisfy their thirst for fun and adventure.  Their attractions include the following:

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Fantasy Garden 

 

This is a very child-friendly attraction that is suitable for pre-schoolers and toddlers. It has rides that are safe for kids but are fun enough to keep them active:

  • Botanic Drive
  • Buddy-Go-Round
  • Crazy Bus
  • Fantasy Trail
  • Flying Bumble Bee
  • Honey Bump
  • Kid’s Theatre
  • Molly’s cool Swing

 

Galaxy Station 

 

On the other hand, while you leave your kids to have some child-friendly fun in the Fantasy Garden, you can head on to Galaxy Station if you seek for thrills that will give your adrenaline a boost.  The Galaxy Station offers adrenaline pumping rides that are Galaxy themed:

  • Dizzy Izzy
  • DNA Mixer
  • Oort’s Express
  • Robo Crash
  • Spinning Orbit
  • Supersonic Odyssey

 

If you’d prefer to have an indoor attraction without going far away from the city, Berjaya Times Square Theme park is the place to be.

 

Merdeka Day is more than just a commemoration of the independence of Malaysia, but also, it’s a day for friends and family to bond and enjoy the essence of freedom brought about by this national holiday. What better way to enjoy freedom than to live free and enjoy the rides offered by these awesome theme park in Malaysia.

An Essential Guide: Costs of Private International Schools in Malaysia

 

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Education in Malaysia is of very high standard, and expat parents and locals altogether shouldn’t struggle finding a decent school for their children. All the same, many expat parents like to school their children at international schools where they can easily be enrolled in a curriculum of their home country or of any other country they wish, besides Malaysia.

 

Another reason why most parents send their children to international schools is so that they can acquire a well-rounded education, with access to world-class facilities and special classes–like a Brain Gym! Many international students have also discovered studying in Malaysia really is a “value-for-money” option, which attracts many and makes them want to accomplish all their scholarly excellence and endeavors in Malaysia much more than in any other country.

 

Below is a structured list of fee estimates for the top 10 primary and secondary level international schools, which expat parents and locals are more likely to pay when they choose to enroll their children in the most prestigious international schools in Malaysia.

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1) British International School Kuala Lumpur
SYLLABUS & CURRICULUM   British National Curriculum   IGCSE
FEES RANGE   (Primary) RM35,000 – RM50,000   (Secondary) RM50,000 – RM80,000

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2) Fairview International School
SYLLABUS & CURRICULUM   British National Curriculum   International Baccalaureate (IB)
FEES RANGE   (Primary) RM10,000 – RM17, 000   (Secondary) RM19,000 – RM22, 000   (Pre-University) RM23,000 – RM30, 000

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3) Australian International School Malaysia (AISM)
SYLLABUS & CURRICULUM   Australian Curriculum
FEES RANGE   (Primary) RM25,000 – RM35,000   (Secondary) RM35,000 – RM50,000

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4) ELC International School
SYLLABUS & CURRICULUM   British National Curriculum   IGCSE
FEES RANGE   (Primary) RM15,000 – RM25,000   (Secondary) RM25,000 – RM35,000

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5) Prince of Wales International School Penang
SYLLABUS & CURRICULUM   British National Curriculum   IGCSE  A-Levels
FEES RANGE   (Primary) RM35,000 – RM50,000   (Secondary) RM35,000 – RM50,000

 

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6) Garden International School
SYLLABUS & CURRICULUM   British National Curriculum   IGCSE
FEES RANGE   (Primary) RM40,000 – RM74,000   (Secondary) RM80,000 – RM88,000

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7) Sayfol International School Kuala Lumpur
SYLLABUS & CURRICULUM   A Levels Cambridge International Curriculum IGCSE
FEES RANGE   (Primary) RM13,000 – RM18,000   (Secondary)RM19,000 – RM27,000

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8) UCSI International School Subang Jaya
SYLLABUS & CURRICULUM   A Levels–Cambridge International Curriculum–   International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
FEES RANGE   (Primary) RM18,000 – RM23,000   (Secondary) RM23,000 – RM33,000

 

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9) Sri KDU International School
SYLLABUS & CURRICULUM   British National Curriculum IGCSE   International Baccalaureate (IB)
FEES RANGE   (Primary) RM35,000 – RM50,000   (Secondary) RM35,000 – RM50,000

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10) REAL International School
SYLLABUS & CURRICULUM   Cambridge International Curriculum   IGCSE
FEES RANGE   (Primary) RM15,000 – RM25,000   (Secondary) RM25,000 – RM35,000

 

 

Above all else, education in Malaysia is top-notch and of universal standard, may be this could be the reason why many international schools are structured everywhere around Malaysia. Many expat parents love enrolling their children in international schools around Malaysia for their high quality education, competitive costs, and availability of top-notch facilities such as a state-of-the-art-library, special classes, diverse study options from either home country or other countries and more. They also do it to raise global citizens, and at least parents no longer have the worry of their children experiencing a culture shock at school anymore every time they’re away from home. All the same, if you’d wish to enroll your child in a Malaysian international school, above is a structured list of fee estimates of the top 10 international schools, which you would more likely pay in order for your child to be enrolled in any decent international school around Malaysia.

How To Buy The Right Air Purifier And Water Filter

These days, it’s better if you have at least one air purifier and water filter for your household, especially when we’re struck with haze and other environmental disasters every year, with many people facing a decrease in health (sometimes death) due to the harsh environment, whether indoor or outdoor.

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Aside from taking precautions and whatnots, you can also get a portable air purifier and water filter in Malaysia. Not only are they easy to be carried and moved around should you need it, these portable devices are also reasonably priced; making them a good investment.

 

Air purifier:

 

For a portable air purifier, they come in many shapes, sizes and weight (which ranges from 1.5kg to 4kg). Do some window-shopping online and you can see that they go as low as RM50, with 6 months to 2 years of warranty. There are plenty of minimalist designs but for those who’d like to add some style to their space, there are also beautiful air purifiers for décor.

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Overall these purifiers function the same way and have similar features, so make sure your portable purifier doesn’t weight more than 4kg, has at least 1-year warranty, can maintain optimum humidity, has easy smart-touch button, and a certification. Having an air purifier especially during the haze season is an advantage to your heath.

 

Water filter:

 

For a water filter in Malaysia, you no longer have to get a plumber to install the device in your household, as the portable water filter is easy to use, install or uninstall. These devices are especially useful if you live in an area where it’s prone to flood or flash flood, contaminating the water in the surrounding area. Most of the portable water filters found in the market comes in two shapes: a long stick or a jug-like shape complete with pumps.

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The prices can range from RM80 to RM500, weighing no more than 5kg. When looking for a portable water filter, make sure the device comes with at least 1-year warranty, weighs no more than 5kg, has a certification, can remove particles over 5 microns (rust, dirt, silt, sand), remove odour and taste, and chlorine. The ability to remove any unwanted substance is important as your health is at risk if you drink contaminated water that hasn’t been properly filtered.

 

Do some window-shopping online to determine which devices would benefit you the most, taking into account your budget, personal needs and other things.

4 Ways On How To Reward Your Employees If You’re Bootstrapped

 

getty_143922977_9706939704500109_53565Increasing the salaries of your employees is still the best way to reward them for their excellent performance and productivity. However, this is a very difficult option if you are running a bootstrapped business wherein every dollar in your coffers needs to be re-injected into your cash flow to keep the business afloat. This basically means that increasing the salaries of your employees is out of consideration. In this case, you need to find other options in rewarding your employees. So check out these ways that allow you to show how grateful you are for their hard work.

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  1. Show your appreciation.

    There are several ways on how you can extend a hand of appreciation. A written note commending the employees would go a long way in boosting office morale. However, it’s highly recommended that you approach the employees and thank them personally. This creates the honest impression that you truly care about the extra efforts they are doing to help grow your business.

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    2. Give out awards to deserving employees.

    The best way to do this is to put up an “employee of the month” policy. This promotes confidence and healthy competition in the workplace. To make things more interesting, you should set up a wall where previous winners are posted with tallies of how many they have won the award.

    celebrate3. Celebrate personal milestones like birthdays, weddings, graduations, and anniversaries.

    This injects some form of social life in the workplace. A simple surprise birthday cake can make an employee’s day memorable. Celebrating personal milestones among your employees also promotes camaraderie which helps in easing tension if there’s any.

    sb10061547eo-0014. Provide business-related outings like team-building activities.

    Think of this as a paid vacation for your employees but it’s still geared towards growing and making your business better. Sure, you are going out for fun but you should also use it to drive the point that teamwork in the workplace is very important. That said, your outings should include interactive activities wherein your employees have to divide themselves in teams and compete against each other.

 

A lot of entrepreneurs who manage bootstrapped companies often make the mistake of assuming that monetary incentives are the only way to reward employees. Nothing is further from the truth. There are alternative ways on how you can show your appreciation. These include the strategies discussed above or apply these employee engagement strategies.

The Pros and Cons of Server Co-Location

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For a large website, server co-location can be the only solution to serving millions of pages. There are advantages to this web hosting package, and there are also a few disadvantages.

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Advantages

 

Serving web pages faster. Server co-location means that your server is in the web hosting company’s site. This means that there is a shorter distance between the computer and the internet backbone. This makes it faster to serve pages without the lag time due to the additional distance from your office to the web hosting site.

24 Hour Support. The cost of support and maintenance is part of the web hosting package. You do not need to hire your own person to watch over, support and maintain the server if it was located in the office.

Controlled Environment. Your server will be in a room which is temperature controlled throughout its lifetime. It will also have uninterrupted power supply while in service. It would cost you a lot of money to have the same environment if you had the server in your office.

Disadvantages

Disadvantages

 

Changing web hosts. When there is a need to change web hosting services providers, co-located servers have a distinct disadvantage: these are actual computers that you own. You would have to move them from one physical location to another. Besides that, you would still need to do some maintenance work to ensure that the servers are in perfect working condition.

Physical servers need to be replaced. At the end of the serviceable life of the server, these have to be replaced. When a server shows signs of giving up, it will have to be replaced before it totally dies in service. With a clean backup there should be no problem for business continuity.

 

All in all, once you already have a website with a large volume of traffic, there are only a few options for web hosting packages. If you have a continuing business, server co-location offer the best option. The only real disadvantages have more to do with necessary business decisions.

 

 

5 Tips to Organize Your Precious Shoes

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Shoes are your friends; they are your travel buddies that will always give your feet a good company. After a long tiring day, the first thing you take off are your shoes! But because they are considered as friends, you just don’t want them to be thrown away like trash; you treasure them. So, here are the ways on how you can organize your little feet protectors:

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  1. Same Style Same Rack

 

Put the heels on the first rack, sneakers on the second, and flats on the third. Don’t they look systematic and clean? In just a glimpse, you’ll be able to find that perfect and proper style for your outfit. Save your time and energy.

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2.Bookshelves to Shoe-shelves

 

If you think that only books could be stored in shelves, you better think again. If you love books more than shoes or you collect shoes more than books, then this tip is certainly for you! If you have enough space on your bedroom, closet, or wardrobe, you might as well use a bookshelf for your precious ones. It makes things cleaner and simpler.

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  1. Hang Your Shoes

 

People in Malaysia who have a small apartment space but have lots of shoes as collection totally need one of these. Clothes are not the only ones that could be hung, clothes too! Shoe hangers than shoe rack in Malaysia is better if you want to save some space.

 

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  1. Traditional Shoe Racks

 

If you have shoes, you also need a shoe rack. Among all the other tips here, this is the one that stores as many shoes as possible. Shoe racks in Malaysia come in different sizes which you could choose from depending on the number of your possession.

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  1. Behind-Door Cases

 

If you don’t have enough space, you can try to create a shoe case at the back of your bedroom door. Just a few wood or steel and some nails or other hardware materials, you can already organize your shoe stuff. And because it is closer to your door, a lame excuse of being too lazy to put your shoes up there is not acceptable. By the time you enter the door, you can easily put your shoes to their rightful places.

 

Shoes are as important as your clothes. Without them, you won’t be going anywhere. So, if you are the type who goes out as frequent as possible, well you better take care of your shoes. They’ll be with you through thick and thin.

 

Office Makeup: What You Can and Cannot Do

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Women find the act of applying makeup very liberating and therapeutic.  Whether it’s simply dabbing lip gloss before stepping out of the car or going the whole nine yards for a night out with the girls, putting on makeup has proven to be every woman’s remedy to imperfections that only she can see.

 

Makeup helps women look good and feel good, but there is also an appropriate amount and style that need to be considered when wearing it for work.  What looked good on you at last night’s concert may not necessarily be suitable when meeting your boss at 9AM.

 

Here are some tips when wearing makeup to the office:

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  1. Go easy on the mascara.

Mascaras are supposed to make your eyes look bigger and your lashes more pronounced.  Too much of it can ruin the natural beauty of your eyes.  Instead of loading your lashes with the thick liquid, just roll the wand once from base to tip for a natural effect.

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  1. No dark eye shadows please.

You may be a pro at achieving the “smoky eyes” effect but do know that that only works at night.  Office makeup does not necessarily require eye shadow but if you feel you really need to apply some, stick to earth tones and neutrals that will enhance your eyes’ expression rather than dim it.

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  1. Hold the frosts and glitters.

Lipsticks that are too shiny, frosty, or glittery wash out your face and make you look immature. If you want to be taken seriously by your colleagues, choose a nude shade that makes you look fresh and professional.

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  1. And the bronze goes to…

Bronzers can help you achieve a natural glow when applied correctly. Use a large brush when putting on matte bronzer on your face as a final touch to your “barely made up” look.  It helps keep your colors in place while giving you an effortless glow.

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  1. Keep the drama away from your eyebrows.

The secret is choosing an eyebrow pencil shade that is nearest your hair color. Elianto Malaysia carries dark and light shades of brown that you can match with the color of your hair.  It helps if your eyebrows are neatly groomed too!

 

Work makeup has to make you feel confident without being too loud or off-putting.  Wear the kinds of shades that will make others say, “She’s got her game face on.”

 

Being in the Creative Industry: Overcoming the Challenges

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Challenges in the creative industry can range from simply finding inspiration for your work to finding the perfect job for your particular creative style. It could be difficult at times, but it should not be the case if you know how and where to look for the information you need. If you are looking for a job in the arts and related fields, here are some ways to overcome the most common challenges.

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Challenge 1: Nobody knows what you can do
Tip: Create a portfolio

Your portfolio (e.g., a website, a published photo book, etc.), unlike your resume, shows exactly what you can do. Your resume might be able to provide a narrative of the experiences you’ve had, but a portfolio creates a visual representation of your skills as a creative person. For instance, if you are applying for architect jobs, you can increase your chances of being called in for an interview if the employer sees your actual work. Whether in digital form or not, you should make your portfolio easily accessible to your target employers.

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Challenge 2: You have no network
Tip: Be part of the community

Attend conventions, seminars, or even just visit a gallery. If you are having difficulty finding new motivations in your career, meeting new people in the same industry can do wonders. Aside from helping you expand your network, going to such events will also enable you to have intellectual discussions about the topics that you are interested in. Even with the many communication technologies, sharing information within the creative community by word of mouth still helps you in many ways – especially when creating a reputation.

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Challenge 3: You run out of new ideas
Tip: Take interest in other art forms

You should learn how to appreciate other people’s work, and do your best to observe and learn from your surroundings. For instance, if you are a photographer, examine paintings, animations, movies, and other media formats. Turning to other art forms to find inspiration can help you develop new ideas for your art. By doing so, you could learn different styles that you can integrate into your work.

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Challenge 4: You unknowingly disregard intellectual property rights
Tip: Get to know the people in the industry

To avoid being labeled as a copycat, take the time to get to know the people in the industry. You can still learn new things even when you are not in university anymore, and who else can you learn from better other than the people who are in the same industry as you? However, be careful in doing so, as you would not want to be accused of (or worse, sued for) copying someone else’s work. For example, you can go to exhibits and art installations of artists who use the same style, but you cannot copy exactly what they are doing. What you can do is learn their process and technique, but you need to have your own interpretation of the art.Get-Your-Content-to-Stand-Out-from-the-Crowd-620x350

 

Challenge 5: Your work doesn’t stand out
Tip: Deviate from the norms

Most creative people find it difficult to build their careers simply because they follow what other people are doing. If you want to show your potential in the industry, try to develop your own knowledge and skills, combine them, and add a personal touch to it. It is all about how you market yourself. Have you ever noticed how Tim Burton’s movies always seem dark, while Quentin Tarantino’s always show gore and blood in intricate detail? These creators have their own “signatures”, and it is one of the reasons why they captured people’s attention.

 

Once you overcome the challenges that everyone in the creative industry is facing, your job-hunting experience will no longer be as difficult as you think it is.

8 Easy Hacks for Organizing Your Tools

 

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There’s a growing culture of people making do-it-yourself things. From the hype of IKEA’s concept where people can arrange their own furniture, to making your own items such as wooden clocks and pottery. There’s a certain pride when one is able to craft items, and with that creativity comes… clutter.

 

 

In order to help you make the best tools organizing system, here are some tips below:

–           Have categories for your tools. Have a system. This would mean that your tools are easy to locate and use when you need them. It’s also crucial to protect your tools. Metal tools can get rusty over time, and also break other more delicate tools.

–           If you have string-like tools (cables, rope, measuring tape, etc.), it’s a good idea to keep them in a roll so they don’t tangle. You can always use rubber bands to tie it together so it’ll stay in a neat coil.

–           Consider the weight of your tools. Keep heavy objects such as items made from metal or heavy wood away from things like corrugated cardboard or plastic.

–           When dealing with smaller items such as nails or nuts in small, organized containers. You may opt for a nice toolbox that has smaller components with lids in it to prevent smaller items from getting mixed up.

–           It’s a good idea to have a separate tool bag with staple tools you use, just in case you need to bring them somewhere. Some brands may also offer tool sets that already come inside their own packaging/case.

–           For tools with sharp edges such as screwdrivers or handsaws, it’s better to store them in containers where you can fully see the items and also have all the handles facing one direction so you don’t get yourself injured when reaching in to grab items.

–           If you have heavy tools such as large hammers or drills that you have to move around, consider getting a utility cart. It provides efficiency because it doubles as a storage area while also helping you move tools around.

–           Keep in mind the materials of items. Some items may be fine kept in a standard steel toolbox, but others might require more specific containers such as ESD boxes.

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The most important thing is to keep yourself safe while handling these tools and create a system that’s best for you. Good luck, and keep crafting!

Just How Far Can Your Cycling Footwear Take You?

Image result for Cycling FootwearMany have missed out on the benefits of getting the right gear for an exercise because of some usual misconceptions. Sneakers can be considered handy for cyclists. At least, for some. Since cycling isn’t a daily routine, shoes are not a worthy investment. For a moment perhaps, but this thinking will eventually lead you nowhere.

 

Enthusiasts need the gist of this entire “shoe” story in their personal successes. Here are important considerations why cycling shoes in Malaysia will always be worth buying.

 

The Power Feature

Soles of cycling shoes are designed to be very stiff. Experts say that this significant feature prevents loss of the power produced from working leg muscles. Instead of being trapped in the soles’ cushion, the power goes straight where it’s needed-the pedal. As a result, it becomes easier to pedal as one amps up resistance.

 

The Alignment Feature

Proper position is the key. The right foot gear needs no conscious effort for the feet to stay in the right position. Cycling shoes automatically clip in. One gets consistently aligned then and better avoids injuries.

 

The Comfort Feature

There is a danger of failure to clip in. Those with bigger shoe sizes find it hard to keep up with the optimal position – that makes them pedal with their toes. Those with smaller sizes may end up with arches of their feet over the mid-pedals. Both situations are not advisable. The proper footwear is sure to bring the best comfort possible and prevents both tendencies to occur.

 

The Muscle-Building Feature

One can target his core better with the right kind of shoes. Since cycling shoes keep the feet in place, unnecessary stress is gotten rid of, especially in body parts not required for the workout. The sweat session will definitely be of good quality.

 

Cycling must end up somewhere, health-wise and energy-wise. To get the most from this, the right foot gear helps. If you believe otherwise, prepare to be caught in a measly bike.

 

The benefits far outweigh the price paid. Almost always.