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How to Find Cheap Apartments/condos

Last year, when I announced that I was moving to Honolulu, everyone I told seemed to gasp. “It’s very costly to live out there,” each one of them said using a variation of those ugly words. Well, let me assure you that if you’re looking for cheap (affordable) apartments in Honolulu, with a little luck, a little guidance, and a little effort, you will find some. Here are some tips.

Many apartments in Honolulu come furnished, since there are a lot of people who move to Hawaii with no furniture. It’s costly to move furniture from the mainland to the islands, and it’s usually not worth the cost. You’ll have to decide for yourself between a furnished or unfurnished Honolulu apartment. If you have furniture already on the island, then an unfurnished unit will be cheaper. However, if you do not, it will certainly cost you more to furnish an apartment yourself, then it would to pay the few extra bucks a month to use someone else’s furniture. My first apartment in Waikiki came furnished. The furniture was clean and aesthetically pleasing, and I was happy with my choice after renting the apartment sight unseen.

The next consideration is whether you are looking for a long-term or short-term rental. Generally, long-term rentals are cheaper. The reason for this being that the landlord won’t have to try to re-rent the apartment (a major pain) in a few short months. Also, moving in and out brings a lot of wear and tear on an apartment. So, look for a six or twelve month lease. Many landlords will offer their apartments at one price for a short-term lease and at another for a long-term. Ask the landlord if he or she can lower the rent if you sign on for a longer period of time. In addition, when looking for an apartment or condo, it is advisable to consider all the necessary factors. From location to accessibility to rates to amenities and facilities, there are several things that you need to pay attention to. The landmark condo is one of the best deals.

The next consideration is whether or not you need a swimming pool. Many apartment buildings in Honolulu, especially Waikiki, have swimming pools. While a swimming pool on the premises is nice to have, ask yourself if you really need one when your apartment is a few blocks away from the world-famous Waikiki Beach, with waters as warm as any olympic-sized heated pool. My first apartment in Waikiki didn’t have a pool. I thought I’d miss it, but with Waikiki Beach a few steps away, I didn’t in the least. Of course, apartments in buildings without swimming pools are generally cheaper than ones with.

One thing that can jack up the price of any Honolulu apartment is the view. Even a crappy apartment that overlooks the sparkling Pacific Ocean is going to cost you an arm and a leg. How many hours are you going to be spend staring out at that ocean during each day? Will it be enough to warrant the extra cost? I moved to Waikiki to write my first novel, so my apartment overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a wide open lanai that also served as a kitchen was inspiring, and thus well worth the extra cost. But for many people, an apartment is just a place to lay their head down at night, so a view may not be as important.

The same goes for apartments on higher floors. Apartment rents rise as the apartment does. My first Waikiki apartment was on the 23rd floor, and thus more expensive. Why? A better view for one. If you’re in the market for a cheap apartment in Honolulu, look at the high-rises and then select a unit on the second or third floor.

Likewise, the closer the apartment is to the beach, the more money you’ll pay in rent. So, look for your cheap Honolulu apartment farther away from the beach. That doesn’t mean the beach can’t be within walking distance of your cheap apartment, you may just have to walk a little further.

The final consideration is an important one: Do you needparking? If you don’t own a car and take public transportation to work, clearly you do not. And your typical Honolulu apartment without parking is going to be cheaper. Like any major city, parking is a commodity, and it’s a costly one at that. If you do have a car, don’t plan on simply parking it on the street. It could be a daily nightmare looking for a spot.

If you currently live on the mainland, the best place to start looking for a cheap Honolulu apartment is Craigslist. There are tons of them. Check every day. At the very least, you’ll get a good feel of rental prices and what you’ll get for your buck. I ignore the postings without pictures. If the landlords can’t afford a digital camera or a scanner, what’s their property going to look like? Also, check out the online edition of the Honolulu Advertiser.

Aloha, and mahalo (thank you) for reading. Good luck in finding cheap Honolulu apartments – they are out there. Just heed my advice and start looking.



Impotency or (erectile dysfunction) is explained as an inability to get or maintain an erection enough to satisfy you or your sexual partner. This can cause disruption in most couple’s lives. It’s an embarrassing situation and most men get depressed not knowing that there is help. 90% of this condition goes untreated.

Main causes

  • Diseases – diabetes and kidney failure can cause damage to arteries.
  • Injury to the penis – due to riding a bicycle or kicked on the penis.
  • Side of the effect of medication – e.g. depression medication
  • Complications of surgery such as prostate cancer as it interferes with the flow of blood.
  • Substance abuse – alcohol abuse, drugs can diminish the sex drive.
  • Hormonal disorder – low testosterone.


Not able to hold an erection to the end of sexual activity, alone or with a partner.


Treatment depends on whether it is physical or emotional and how far gone the dysfunction.

  • Oral treatment e.g. Cialis, Levitra, Hyper Male Force, and Viagra they work by increasing the flow of blood to the penis. These drugs should be discussed with the doctor if you have suffered a heart attack or high blood pressure. You can also read more about this through hyper male force reviews as well. 
  • Penis pump (Vacuum constriction devices) it helps to get and maintain an erection.
  • Psychosexual therapy – this is where the qualified specialist addresses the sexual dysfunction and emotional distress within the relationship.
  • Intra-cavernosal injection therapy (ICI) – papaverine, alprostadil, and phentolamine – can be used for males who can not use oral treatment.
  • Vascular surgery – The device vacuum or draws the blood into the penis causing it to expand – this is the last resort and it’s rarely done as it can cause nerve damages.
  • Penile implant (Prosthesis) – can be done as an option when drugs can’t help.
  • Talking about your feelings – communication between partners can help ease the anxiety and depression caused by fear and self-esteem.
  • Discus treatment plan with your partner, explore different sexual activities.
  • Seek professional counseling for both of you.

Side effects of the drugs include:

  • Headache,
  • Indigestion,
  • Back pain,
  • Muscle aches,
  • Flushing, and
  • Runny nose
  • Difficulty breathing;
  • Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, and throat.
  • Dizzy or nauseated during sexual activity,
  • Pain, numbness, or chest tingling
  • Numbness of arms, neck, or jaw,
  • Palpitations.

Physical effect:

  • Hearing loss
  • Vision loss
  • Priapism (a painful, erection that lasts longer than usual) – this can cause permanent impotency if not treated in time.

Side effects of the penile pump

  • Red dots caused by bleeding under the skin of the penis if, on blood-thinning drugs, this can lead to hemorrhaging if a vein erupts.
  • Numbness of skin when the band is in place
  • Firmness can be minimal at the base of the penis.
  • Bruising and severe Pain of the penis
  • Delayed ejaculation during sexual activity due to constriction of the blood flow.

Side effects Intracavernosal injection therapy

  • Penile fibrosis (PF) – is documented as a high complication of intracavernosal injection therapy (ICI).
  • feeling light-headed, fainting;
  • bleeding from urethra;
  • bleeding, bruising,
  • swelling
  • painful erection

Side effects Penile implant (Prosthesis

  • Malfunction of the device can lead to removal and re-operation.
  • Infection – patients with diabetes and kidney failure are very prone to infection.
  • Skin bruising – around the implant site, which can lead to infection and removal of the implant.
  • Formation of scar tissue around the penile area.

The psychological effect of the Impotency

  • Anxiety – fear of sexual failure and losing their partners can be experienced once a man realized he has erectile dysfunction.
  • Guilt – he will always suspect himself of not satisfying his partner and blame himself.
  • Depression – drugs used for depression play a big part in causing impotency and depression itself takes tall on a man’s physical and psychological ability to perform.
  • Low self-esteem – knowing you can get it or keep it up just diminishes any men’s morale. This can even lead to abstinence.

Future treatment for Impotence

Currently, there are only three oral treatments to treat impotence. A number of pharmaceutical companies are researching more treatment that is efficient and has fewer side effects.

Losing Weight Gradually and Responsibly

Losing weight in and of itself is a hard thing to do for most people. There is no easy, permanent way to lose weight. The journey to making a new “You” is not a piece of cake (no pun intended) and it’s why most people do not have the body that they want. A lot of people go looking for the next fad diet, or new “tools to help with their weight loss. The truth that many people do not know or choose to outright ignore is that the only tool you need to lose weight was taught to you in second grade arithmetic.

This simple tool is addition and subtraction. It doesn’t matter if you eat no carbs or more low-glycemic index foods etc. The onyl thing that matters is how much you eat calories wise. You must burn the calories that you put in your body by eating, and that is the only way to lose weight. A pound of fat is around 3500 calories worth of energy. This means that if you wanted to lose say 10 pounds, you would need to accumulate a “deficit” of calories in your body equal to 35,000 calories.

Creating this deficit is simple but not easy. It’s simple because all you have to do is cut how much you eat based on your sedentary metabolism and exercise everyday to obtain a negative calorie total for that day. So say you needed to lose that 10 pounds, or 35,000 calories, in around 2 months. That means in 56 days you have to create a deficit of 35,000 calories, or a deficit of 625 calories a day. Usually this should come half from cutting down on eating and half from exercise. So everyday, you’d eat around 310 calories less than you normally would and exercise so that you burn another 310 calories (310 calories is equivalent to running about 2 miles at 6 mph). Now you know why its simple, but not easy.

So how do you know how much to cut down on eating? Well that depends on how much you would burn if you didn’t do any activity in your day. This is your resting metabolic rate, teenagers have high metabolic rates, about 2,500 calories a day. So they could eat that much, sit around and still not gain weight. Adults on the other hand have a metabolic rate of about 1,850 to 2,000 calories a day. You should also never really go below 1,200 calories a day, because if you do your body starts to go into “storage” mode, where it thinks there is a severe lack of food so it stores what you eat quickly into fat! You don’t want that! So figure out how much you want to lose, cut half of the required per day deficit for that goal from your eating habits as long as it doesn’t go below 1,200 calories. Exercise the rest of your daily quota off to meet your end of the day goals and your body WILL lose fat!

Furthermore, some people who want to lose weight don’t just rely on their diet and regular workouts. They also consider taking supplements with weight loss solutions. If you check resurge reviews, you can see how effective and helpful supplements are for people who want to lose weight.

You might still be waiting for the part where I say that all of this is the long way to do it and that the short way is to just take Pill “ABC” and give you a link. But it doesn’t work that way. You have to work to lose weight and reach your goal. Find support from family members and friends so you don’t get off track. Organize your goals and work towards it, it’ll pay off in the end!

Condo Shopping–Understanding Maintenance Costs, Rules and Regulations

As you age, don’t be surprised if you find yourself thinking of ways to escape the drudgery of maintaining your home. After 40 years or so of mowing, raking, trimming, sweeping, and scooping, people tire of all that yard maintenance. Who wants to be working in the yard when he/she could be playing tennis, seeing a movie, taking a trip, or writing the great American novel?

If you decide to join the ranks of those who prefer condo living, you will need to do some condo shopping. An important part of that condo shopping is understanding maintenance fees and guidelines of the condo complex.

Calculating Your Current Home Maintenance Costs

Since you will most likely be paying maintenance fees to live in a condo, it is wise to add up current costs of maintaining your yard/home and compare the total to the condo/association fees you will pay. Don’t be surprised that when the topic of paying maintenance fees for a condo arises in conversations with friends/family/co-workers, you might hear something like, “It’s stupid to pay all the condo fees, it’s not worth it.”

No doubt about it, people making such comments most likely have not done the “homework” (adding up their current maintenance costs). In essence, they are uninformed about maintenance fees in general and what they include, which does vary among condo associations. Also, some people don’t consciously keep watch over their finances or budget their money. Literally, they may have no idea what they ARE spending to maintain their homes. Such negative comments regarding condo association fees could also indicate the person making the comments may not take care of their current property so, of course, can’t imagine paying a fee to actually take care of/maintain a property in its best condition.

For most who do the exercise of compiling current maintenance costs, they will find that they are already spending a reasonable amount of money to take care of their current homes PLUS their own time and labor to do the tasks. The beauty of moving in to a condo (or having one as a vacation home) is that you won’t be doing the grunt work. Much of what you will be paying for in your maintenance fees are labor costs to pay the salaries of those who do.

Possible Inclusions in Condo Maintenance Fees

Part of the homeowners’ insurance (for the exterior walls of the property) is included in monthly maintenance fees at some condo complexes, as well as maintenance of the outside of the buildings, cable television charges and water usage. Any difference between home maintenance costs and proposed condo maintenance fees can be considered costs to do the labor. Remember, you won’t be doing any of these tasks anymore so someone must be paid to do them at the condo complex.

Condo Rules and Regulations

When you are seriously considering buying a condo, your realtor will most likely provide you with a website where you can read the condo’s regulations. Reading the manual is a must before purchasing any condo property. Take notes regarding any questions you have or anything you don’t understand in the rules and regulations. Your realtor will provide the contact information for condo association board members who you can call to discuss your concerns. If you decide to buy a condo, you must follow the rules/regulations as a resident in the condo complex.

Note to people who question every rule, whine or complain frequently, just don’t like following rules, or have problems with authority figures: don’t purchase a condo. Yes, even you must follow the rules established by the board should you buy and move in to a condo. If you can’t trust there are reasons certain rules are established for the masses, then condo living is not for you.

For those who are simply a little less sure about having rules to follow in your “neighborhood,” remind yourself that what you are purchasing is more leisure time for you (and your partner if you have one). Doing so may require you to follow some fairly simple and reasonable rules. For those who truly seek freedom from the costs, time and energy required to maintain an expanse of outdoor, physical property, respecting the condo property’s guidelines is a small price to pay for the amenities and convenience you receive.

And don’t forget, the rules and regulations are most likely set up and maintained by a governing board largely made up of condo residents. This means that you can most likely become active on the board to assure you have a say in various issues that arise related to your condo complex.


Condo maintenance costs, rules and regulations can serve as real deterrents for people shopping for a condo. Take time to get familiar with your own home maintenance expenditures. Then, compare them with prospective condo maintenance fees, keeping in mind you will be paying labor fees to maintain the outside of the condo property. Be sure to jot down your questions and contact an officer of the condo association to get answers about the condo association’s rules and regulations. When you feel comfortable with your understanding of how the complex operates, you will be ready to purchase the carefree lifestyle you seek.

Choosing the Right Condo

Whether you buy condos as your current real estate investment, or for yourself, there are things that should always be considered. Some of us feel condos are a great investment for many reasons. See if the pointers we offer help you decide what you should do.

Some things you will need to help you in your search may include the Internet, a real estate agent, your financing if you are not paying cash, some time and patience.

To buy condos as a real estate investment, or for your residence, look on the Internet to see what condos are available in your area of interest. Once you are sure which area you want to check, you need to actively look at the condos you think will meet your needs.

Get a real estate agent to help you with your condo search. You need to learn what the monthly condominium fees are, and what is included. Will you have a separate water bill? Is cable included? What about extra parking?How much parking is included? Often a real estate agent will have these answers and can save you time.

Before you buy a condo check for deferred maintenance. Drive through the condo complex and the nearby area. If the complex looks as if maintenance if being deferred, you may want to cross this off your list. If it looks very tidy and well cared for, but the area surrounding it is not what you want, you may want to skip this one.

If you think you will buy a condo, check online for property tax records for the complex. You can determine from this information how many units are owner occupied. Also, you can see what the taxes have been for the last few years. Remember that any real estate purchased is an investment on some level.

Once you find a condo you may be interested in, you can have the real estate agent question any recent or upcoming special assessments. What are any major renovations planned that may not be covered by Home Owner’s Association fees? The real estate agent may help you determine is a property investment in this area is a smart choice.

When you buy a condo, do you want one that allows pets? Ask who the residents are in the condo complex you are considering. Do you care that everyone there has at least 5 kids, and tons of pets? Were you looking for a pet free area where everyone is an adult? These are important things you must ask about before you buy!

If you want to buy condos as rental investments, find out what rentals are going for in the area. One of the best things about condos as rental property is that exterior maintenance is taken care of for you. Also, the Home Owner’s Association restricts noise, parking on the lawn, the number of pets, cars and occupants! These things are important not only for your living circumstances, but for your financial investment as well.

How I Keep to My Weekly Fitness Schedule

I always had a busy schedule. In the 80’s I worked three jobs and in the 90’s worked as an Account Executive for a security company. I was determined to keep a weekly fitness schedule not only for my health but also because I am a competitive weightlifter. How do I keep my weekly schedule even today at age 57? I’ve spent over thirty years participating in weightlifting competitions. I set a California state record in my division. How do I stay motivated?

The Routine

I like mornings. I’m up at seven and in the gym. This is the best time for me. I get my exercise out of the way before the day begins.

First thing I hit is the treadmill for no less than 20 minutes at a speed setting of 3.2 and incline of 4. My heart rate rockets to a burn cycle of 112 beats per minute which is 65 % of my target rate for my age group. I alternate between walking and running; running at a speed of at least 5.

Next, I hit the weights. I lift heavy weights. My warm ups are 50% of my maximum lift and 10 repetitions for 4 sets for each body part. The higher the weight, the lower the repetitions. In my squats the single repetition can get over 350 pounds.

Cool down is 15 repetitions of 135 pounds for one set. When you exercise your heart rate accelerates. The harder you work out, the longer the cool down period.

Cool down includes Yoga stretches for 15 minutes. I enjoy the Downward Dog and the Warrior poses. This stretches the entire body.

I alternate between weight days and aerobic days and take off once or twice a week. I lost over 25 pounds and kept it off. I never exercise longer than an hour; this keeps the gym from becoming a social event.

Don’t Over Do It

If you can’t handle it, leave it alone. I understand my limitations. I never overdo my exercises therefore I never had an injury.

A solid routine disciplines the mind. Going to the gym might increase a few muscles but it’s the mind that constantly expands. Train the mind first and the body will follow.

Most people fail because they think it’s all about shaping the body. I have conditioned my mind to approach exercise as a wonderful event. If you hate working out, do you think you can ever convince yourself to get to the gym?

Change Up!

Change up the routine. If I’m weight lifting one week, next week I’ll concentrate on aerobics. I change up with the stationary bike for 40 minutes with levels up to 13. If I don’t feel up to weightlifting or aerobics, I go Yoga movements in a heated room for 45 minutes.

The mind needs variety or you will get bored and quit. Just switch up your routine!

Are There Natural Cures to HIV?

AIDS is a deadly disease. There is no doubt in this statement, specially when an estimated 40 million people worldwide suffer the woes of HIV. It then becomes a serious matter to be addressed and the rush to finding that ultimate cure seems to get nowhere. AIDS is a life-threatening condition created by the human immunodeficiency virus or HIV. What happens is that the infected person’s immune system gets weaker, where one becomes more susceptible to certain types of infections and even cancer. The best hope in fighting AIDS is prevention, education, and early treatment.

Carelessness and being ignorant of what HIV is all about are the two main factors why one gets HIV. This can be transmitted through unprotected sex where one is exposed to a person’s blood, vaginal secretion, or semen; through transfusion of infected blood; through needle sharing; through organ transplant; or even during pregnancy. You can’t be infected with a simple kiss, hug, dance, or even a hand shake.

During the early stages of HIV, one can feel flu-like symptoms like fever, headache, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and rashes. Even if you don’t have these symptoms, you may transmit the virus if you are infected. You may even be free of these symptoms even for nine years. Therefore, you need to get yourself an HIV test, just to make sure that you are AIDS-free and that you have protected sex at all times. At its latter stages, one can experience night sweats, fever of more than 38 C for several weeks, dry cough, shortness of breath, chronic diarrhea, white spots or lesions on your tongue and mouth, headaches, blurred vision, and weight loss… until you reach your demise.

Are There Natural Cures to HIV or AIDS?

Sadly, there is still no way to help scientists develop that ultimate vaccine and HIV remains a resilient enemy. The very problem with this disease is that at its early stage, the body doesn’t reproduce enough antibodies to combat the infection. Still, there are infected folks who relied on herbal remedies just for them to feel well when the symptoms occur. These are low-cost traditional cures that are easily accessible, namely:

  1. Basil – which is used to treat mouth sores, nausea, and other digestive problems.
  2. Calendula – which when prepared as a tea, helps heal infections of the upper digestive tract.
  3. Cardamom – when added to food or made as a tea, helps relieve diarrhea.
  4. Cayenne – stimulates the appetite and helps fight infection. This can be a natural energizer when added to juice or water.
  5. Chamomile – as a tea, it helps eases digestion and provides relief for nausea.
  6. Cinnamon – is great for stimulating the appetite, as well as fighting off colds or flu.
  7. Garlic – is a great antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral herb. You can use it in food, take supplements, or make a tea out of garlic.
  8. Turmeric – is great for digestion, as well as an antiseptic and antioxidant. You may use it in powdered form and mix it with your food.

These are not permanent cures, but they help you feel relieved when the symptoms occur. In the end, it is still important to get tested. Many hospitals and clinics offer privacy in the results of the tests. Your name may be given to health departments for tracking, but not to anyone else ( family, government, employer, insurance ) – unless you allow this data to be divulged. You may also choose many anonymous testing centers. But if your results turned out to be positive, you are likely to give your name to your doctor when you seek treatment. In the end, it is all about making smart decisions and healthy choices that will save you from acquiring this disease in the first place. Practice Safe Sex!

Starcraft 2 : Wings of Liberty

Starcraft 2 was first announced on May 2007 for release, in early 2010 Blizzard allowed anyone who owns a Blizzard game to register for a beta key to test Starcraft 2 from a random draw, those who were lucky enough to be selected were amazed by the game that took 12 years. Recently Blizzard released the game and it scored sales of over 1.5 million units in just 48 hours, fans were lining up near Future Shop, Best Buy, etc. where launch parties were held worldwide.

Not only has Blizzard wowed us with the amazing improvement in the game’s graphics as compared to the original 1998 “Starcraft” but it has maintained excellent storyline throughout it’s development, I personally enjoy the single player campaign more than the highly competitive multiplayer mode, with many more expansions set to release at a later date.

The game features the 3 distinct races from Starcraft, The Terran (A futuristic version of humans), Zerg (A terrifying race of aggressive arthropodal aliens), and the Protoss (Alien humanoids race). Although the races were kept the same, Blizzard implemented various new units and structures and also deleted/replaced many.

The controls and careful development of the game features and game play have significantly improved this game, the first thing you would notice when you start a game is that every skill, ability, unit have actual descriptions on what they do and how long it takes to preform in contrast to the original game which has none of that so it is clear that Blizzard wants to make the game more friendly to new players even providing a tutorial that runs at the first login. Although Blizzard kept most of the keys and bindings the same which are helpful to veteran players who adjusted to this style of RTS play.

The multiplayer ranking system was also a new implement to the game, where it allows new players to participate in 5 placement matches where it will then match the player up to an appropriate league, the leagues are Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, where Bronze is the lowest tier and Diamond is the highest tier. From there players will need to stay competitive to either increase their rank in their league or try to get promoted to a higher tier league. And of course there are divisions in these league to lower competition, there are usually around 80 players per division (Although you rarely play players from your own division) so it is rather easy to rank up.

On top of playing multiplayer online, Blizzard also kept the initial AI (Artificial Intelligence) Computers which players are able to play against with selected difficulty of their choice, players may also team up with another player in the new “Cooperative” mode where players group up and face AI opponents.

The sound in the game is rather simple, although Blizzard always finds some way to fit humor into it’s games such as unit speeches, such as the Thor when it spawns it says “Thor is here” in a thick Norwegian accent, which I find rather hilarious.

I highly recommend this game to anyone who likes a great storyline, highly competitive, well development game. It is one of my favorites and I play it quite often, It is a game that will keep you hooked and give you a great experience to remember.

Zerg Attacks for Starcraft 2

The Zerg evolves by modifying life forms to specialized missions. All of it’s soldiers and buildings are biological. Zerg are best suited for bigger areas and open spaces. Their units are speedy and cheap to build, but are pretty weak when compared to the other races. You will need unrestricted space in order to overrun your foe, since each unit is pretty weak but there is strength in numbers. Keep away from ramps, craters, chokes and other enclosed spaces. Remember to burrow when your troops are close to death – it’s one of the most helpful abilities the Zerg have. Be sure to check out the Zerg micro guidbook and Zerg macro guide for additional ways to improve your game.

As is true with every species, make sure to frequently scout what your foe is building and adapt. To win you have to attempt to be flexible and adaptable based on what your scouts discover. The Zerg Scouting guidebook is ideal for improving your scouting skills.

Generally it is incredibly vital to spread out your Creep in the game. Creep permits your troops to advance significantly faster and also provides energy for your structures. Your structures will soon die by themselves without a Creep generator near them. Plan the utilization of your production capabilities very carefully, because the Zerg have to create workers and fighting units from the same resource. A significant factor for your build orders will be the number of Hatcheries and Larvae you possess. Usually it is smart to produce as many Drones as possible for as long as possible.

Baneling Bust

The Baneling Bust is an attack tactic that is best used against walled in (usually Terran) enemies. It combines Zergling speed with a secret Baneling nest whos purpose is to set up control of the map and demolish enemy scouting units. Produce Zerglings as fast as you can. When you’ve spawned from 20-25 Zerglings, convert eight to ten into Banelings. As you are spawning the Baneling nest, be certain to research Zergling speed. Deploy 2 Zerglings as a decoy while your Banelings puts an opening in their wall. Then utilize your Banelings and extra Zerglings to do as much destruction as possible. Be certain to keep the Baneling nest hidden – this attack works best when it’s a complete surprise.

Zerg Strategy – Roach/Hydralisk

This is a simple tactic of allowing your roaches to act as a shield while your Hydralisks do massive damage. Generally it’s best to discover your enemy’s strategy before figuring out the proportion of Roaches to Hydras. Set up a 60/40 Hydra to Roach ratio if you spot a large number of air or anti-armor units. Otherwise keep a 50/50 proportion.

Zerg Mid-Game Zergling Rush Strategy

This tactic is difficult to pull off at the beginning of the game, but will end in your victory if you can survive to mid-battle. The main idea behind this plan is to overpower your opponent with Zerglings. They are inexpensive, strong troops that will eventually overrun him. Just make certain to keep building your economy as the game progresses. Be sure to always be scouting in order to continue to discover weak spots to take advantage of.

Women’s Clothing Trend: Animal Print for Under $100

When I first heard that animal print clothing and accessories were coming “back into style” I cringed. For some reason, in my mind I associate animal print with 1980’s tacky spandex pants, overly teased hair, and excessive amounts of bright make-up. This is a look that I don’t think anyone can pull off, except for maybe Peg Bundy. However, some of the latest trends aren’t “trailer park” at all. In fact, mixing an animal print piece in with an otherwise subdued ensemble can create an overall look of sophistication or just add fun to your wardrobe.

If you aren’t ready to plunge into the animal print pool but just want to get your toes wet, try wearing a sheath dress in a solid black, white, or red. Then mix in animal print accessories, such a zebra print belt and matching zebra print shoes. You could finish off the look with earrings or a bangle.

There are some very stylish animal print themed dresses available in a variety of color combinations. If you’re going to wear a boldly printed dress, keep the accessories and shoes simple by wearing them in a solid shade that matches the dress.

  • Animal Print Dresses Under $100
  • Purple Animal Print Peplum Dress
  • Arden B. V-Neck Babydoll Dress
  • Animal Print Cowlneck Dress
  • Brown Draped One-Shoulder Dress
  • Yellow Animal Instincts Safari Dress
  • Pink Animal Knot Front Dress

When wearing an animal print skirt, try to pair it with a top in a solid but coordinating color and simple legwear. Use moderation when choosing matching animal print accessories because sometimes less really is more.

  • Animal Print Skirts Under $100
  • Hot Pink Tulip Skirt
  • Asymmetrical Tiered Skirt
  • Aqua Animal Print Silk Skirt
  • Michael Kors Ocelot Skirt

Animal print tops and cardigans can be worn with jeans, dress pants, or skirts depending on whether you’re going to work or going out. I would stick with a bottom in a solid color or denim to avoid conflicting patterns or looking more costumey than fashionable.

  • Animal Print Tops Under $100
  • Blue Boxy Knit tee
  • Michael Kors Off-The-Shoulder Peasant Top
  • Arden B. Ruffle Chiffon Top
  • Daytrip Animal Print Tank
  • Parfait Animal Print Cardigan
  • Blue or Yellow Animal Print Cardigan
  • Arden B. One Shoulder Animal Print Top
  • Lucky Brand Animal and Lace Cardigan

  • Animal Print Bags Under $100
  • Lucky Brand Cheetah Hobo
  • Betsyville Animal Instinct Hobo
  • Giraffe Print Double-Strap Bag at Target
  • Betsey Johnson “The Satchel” in Pink Python


  • Animal Print Shoes Under $100
  • Hot Pink and Gray Guess Pumps
  • N.Y.L.A. “Jacie” Leopard Print Pumps
  • Converse Chuck Taylor Sequins Oxford
  • Animal Talk by Naughty Monkey heel
  • Naughty Monkey Space Invaders 2
  • Naughty Monkey Chiller Patent Pumps (In red, tan, or black.)


I can’t stress how important it is to wear any print, especially an animal print, in moderation. You want to look like you were inspired by a zebra, not wearing a zebra costume. In other words, go wild…without going too wild!

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