About, Blog

Welcome to SpaceCoach

Hello & welcome to spacecoach.org. This blog is about space exploration and travel, but also a lot more. I’m going to be talking about my day-to-day life and what I’ve been up to. 75% of this blog will probably be random day-to-day stuff, and 25% about outer space and cool stuff I find!

A little bit about me.

My name is Benjamin I work as a teacher ( Science) and while I do enjoy my work, I’ve always loved space. I had a little chat with one of my students and the next thing you know I’m inspired to create this website/blog. I’m married with 2 kids, and other then teaching and space have very little hobbies unfortunately! I do have an interest in Politics, but generally keep that to myself, since it’s very decisive.

Want to connect with me? You can reach me at Benjamin@spacecoach.org

Blog, Vacation

I just got back from a week long vacation in Bacalar mexico, and it was amazing. So amazing that I’ve decided to share my experience of mexico, and particularly of the Bacalar region

Hoteles en Bacalar are dripping with authentic Caribbean culture. Whether I want to get away for a romantic vacation or take the whole family, I prefer the atmosphere in Bacalar. You will, too, if you’re tired of artificial environments and crave a location that’s real with a strong dose of natural beauty, you will love Bacalar.

Much more than its famous multi-colored lagoon, Bacalar, in the state of Quintana Roo, offers visitors a rustic small town “feel,” although its loaded with beauty and history. My favorite relaxing vacation destination was formerly Aruba.

Now it is Bacalar! This town makes no false promises – it just exists as it has for many years. If you’d like to recline on a spectacular Caribbean-like beach, while surrounded by an impressive jungle, you will love Bacalar.

With numerous colorful buildings, Bacalar, looks like a typical small Caribbean village. Having spent time over the years in numerous Caribbean villages, I prefer Bacalar for its colorful, picturesque, natural beauty.

The Environment

I love lazy floating in the natural swimming pool that is the famous warm water lagoon that Bacalar is noted for. The lagoon’s seven shades of blue are graphic beauty that also is unique in the world.

When you seek a picturesque spot to relax and get comfy, Bacalar is the ideal destination. It seems to me that the locals are almost always celebrating something, so you won’t be bored, but you probably will become welcomed as a celebrant. In my opinion, this is a magical village.

Hoteles en Bacalar

If you want beachfront accommodations in Bacalar you’ll love the Hotel Rancho Encantado. With its spa and outdoor pool, you’ll enjoy the best of all worlds. In addition, I enjoy the free continental breakfast, free parking, and free WiFi, as much as I enjoy the private beach.

On the shores of Lake Bacalar, this hotel has an outstanding rating (4.7 out of 5.0) for good reasons. Staying here is like being at home. If you bring the family, you will enjoy the free crib or infant bed if you have a young child, there are extra beds available for your bigger kids.bacalar beach

I also love the complimentary refrigerators, the private bathrooms, the garden, and the convenient terrace. As you might expect, the views are fabulous, since this hotel is right on the shore of the lake. With only 12 rooms this hotel fits the norm in Bacalar: Small, intimate, and high-quality lodging.  You will love it, as I do.

Another outstanding choice of hotels en Bacalar is Toto Blue Hotel Boutique, only a 5-minute walk from the incredible lagoon. This hotel is small (only 10 rooms), clean, and features fabulous décor.

Toto Blue is a great example of an outstanding boutique hotel, with a wonderful restaurant and a cozy bar/lounge. Hotel accommodations feature private bathrooms, cable TV, hair dryers, and flat-panel TVs.

I can recommend either of these options with confidence. There are other equally comfortable choices. Typically, your preference for beachfront or a town center location will influence your choice of accommodations.

In all cases, the town of Bacalar and its outstanding lagoon, are the primary reasons you will love this location. Since there are no mega-hotel complexes, all the Bacalar hotels are intimate and “homey,” stressing relaxation, fresh seafood, and family-friendly activities.

Tips

How I improved my tennis game this week

 

I don’t normally talk about my day to day life, but I decided sharing this would be helpful to some people. I pay tennis, a lot! I’ve been playing with my wife recently, and I decide to write about ways she could improve her tennis game.

I am an avid player of tennis right since my childhood days. But, about ten days ago, a very young player who had been watching me play tennis suddenly asked me if I could, off-hand, give him ten tips to improve his tennis. I promptly told him that I had been playing the game for a long time and said, “I can definitely give you ten tips to improve your tennis.” I don’t really know as to what prompted me to say so. However, when I gave it a serious thought, I asked myself if I could really give him ten tips to improve his tennis, spontaneously. The answer I got was an emphatic “No”.

But today, I can easily tell anyone, “I can give you ten tips to improve your tennis play.” The reason is that I have actually improved my tennis game significantly this last week after pondering over that short chat with the young tennis player. Let me share with you what I did or my ten tips to improve your tennis:

  1. A deep analysis – I thought seriously about what all could lead to me to improve my game and also what all was holding me back and worked on those points.
  2. Improving my fitness – I gave an extra fifteen minutes a day to improving my fitness, whether it was by jogging, exercising or lifting weights, of course by rotation.
  3. Improving on one point every day – I stepped into the court having already decided on what I was going to improve upon in my tennis game that day. And it did wonders, indeed!
  4. Improving footwork – With every passing day, I improved my footwork.
  5. Reducing my serve speed – Instead of serving at 100% velocity, I reduced my serve speed a bit, may be by around 20% or so.
  6. Training with players who were better than me – This too was a big help.
  7. Sticking to one pattern – I paid attention to my strongest shots every day.
  8. Playing a tournament – This gave a big boost to my morale.
  9. Cutting on junk food completely – I cut out on unhealthy food and paid more attention to lean protein and veggie diet.
  10. Exploiting my opponent’s weakness – Though I did it earlier too, now I was paying more attention to this aspect.

 

Blog, Life

Hey guy’s I know this topic is unrelated to space, but it just made me so mad I had to write about it. For the past 5 years my insurance company ( Not naming names) has been increasing my car insurance rates by about 5%. What for? Absolutely nothing. We’ve had no accidents, didn’t change cars.

Our insurance should be going down not up. I did some research and found out that insurance companies will increase your rates regardless of your driving record. Here’s why:

1.Your to lazy to switch insurance companies if the cost isn’t high enough. A 5% increase for most people isn’t a lot. Most can easily afford to pay so they don’t complain or bother switching insurance companies.cheap auto insurance in NJ

Insurance companies know this and benefit from it. After 5 years of 5% increases that’s a 25% increase in your insurance cost, for absolutely nothing!

I decided to find a new insurance company. I found a great site to compare companies: autoinsurancemonkey

I was able to find cheap auto insurance in NJ for about 35% less than I was paying!

So guys, here’s my advice: Compare! Compare! and Compare!

Friend

I don’t normally recommend products or services, but today I will. My good friend Ben has started a search engine optimization company in Mississauga, also know as SEO. SEO is pretty much the process of optimizing your website so it shows up higher in Google. My buddy is really good at this, that’s why I’m recommending him to all my readers!

So if you happen to live in the Mississauga area and need help with SEO, he’s your guy. You can reach him here: http://www.mississaugaseoconsultant.ca/

If you don’t live in Mississauga or Canada for that matter it’s not a problem. He works with clients around the world, so there is no issues.

In other news, I’ve been fired from my job. Long story short, it had nothing to do with me, but generic downsizing ( Who downsizes teachers?, seriously). I’ll create an updated blog post to talk about this.

Uncategorized

Hey guys (and girls) it’s been a while since I posted. Not much has happened, except I’ve sprained my back and had to visit a chiropractor. Fortunately my best buddy has a chiropractic clinic, so he gave me a great deal ( Lucky me!).

Here’s how I probably looked when I hurt my back:chiropractor visit

Slightly exaggeration of course. I’m much better looking than the guy in the right.

Anyway this post has nothing to do with my chiropractor, but more to do with his marketing. My buddy has been getting clients like crazy. No idea why. So I asked.

He hired a chiropractic marketing company, called savedbysearch. I was surprised there companies out there who specialize in marketing for chiropractor. How my buddy Jon has been getting his clients is by something called SEO, which is a much easier way of saying search engine optimization.

SEO means optimizing your website to show up higher on Google. I thought it was interesting, so I’ve started learning SEO. I want this website to show up when people Google “space”! I don’t know if I’ll do a good of a job as my friends chiropractic SEO company, but we’ll see.

 

 

Research, YouTube

Why some YouTube videos get popular

I was looking at some space related videos on YouTube, and a lot of poor results were popping up. Like things not even related to outer space. This got me somewhat interested in how YouTube decides what videos to show. A few minutes of Google later I find this interesting article SEO YouTube.

SEO stands for search engine optimization; which is the process of getting search engine results to show up higher. Well, let’s say a lot of the crappy videos I encountered had some very good SEO, while some awesome videos had no SEO.

It’s unfortunate YouTube’s algorithm can’t punish low quality videos yet, hopefully one day in the future they figure this out. Until then we’re stuck sifting through low quality irrelevant videos to find what we really want.

At the end at least I learned a little about how search engines work; which was very interesting by the way. So if you have a few minutes to spare I recommend checking out the link above, or this site: http://www.boredmarketer.com/