What To Avoid


Don’t eat near a major tourist Site. These places will be expensive; you are paying for the view and location. A few of them have decent food, but the places the local frequent will be better food at a better price. North Korea tours won’t give you a choice- you eat where the tour eats. Some Japanese Package tours also choose the restaurant for you, but this can be an advantage- the package tours will get a group discount in return for providing regular customers, and the food will tend to be something that the tourists appreciate. Package tours will often use lesser known eateries rather than the tourist traps as


Don’t use Money Changers at the airport – the exchange rate and fees are too high. An ATM will get you a good deal, especially if it is linked to the same bank you have at home. Citibank operates in South Korea, so you can use a Citibank account from Australia. Find a card system without fees.


Don’t limit yourself to the same internet search engines. Search engines in your country will not give all the best results for a foreign country. And a foreign country will not always be in your language. But use different search engines for more results. And do look for suggestions from returning travellers.


Don’t compromise time to save money. You will only be on vacation for a few weeks or so. If you save $10.oo but have to walk for an hour, or wait for a connection, you are wasting vacation time. You probably aren’t coming back soon, so make use of the opportunities.


Self Defence and Avoiding Injury


Self Defence when you alone are threatened with a confrontation.

  • Avoid dangerous situations in the same way you avoid rush hour traffic. If you don’t really need to be in high risk neighbourhoods or dark alleys, then there is less risk of a fight. If you can avoid unstable individuals, all the better.
  • Keeping your distance from an intoxicated or emotionally unstable person can help. Standing too close will violate their personal space, and that personal space might be several metres if they are emotionally unbalanced. This refers to a threatened person; a mugger will not allow you to move away.
  • Occasionally an upset person can be reasoned with. If you can convince them they have done nothing wrong, and convince then you are no threat, you might avoid a physical fight. But it is often better to avoid any unstable or unpredictable situation.
  • Ignore insults. You opponent doesn’t believe what they say any more than you do. Sometimes words are just ugly sounds that mean nothing.
  • If you can walk away, do so. But do not turn your back on them. You cannot risk them hitting you from behind.
  • Adrenaline will affect behaviour. This applies to both the attacker and the threatened individual. Some individuals automatically back off. Others unfamiliar with threatening situations find it difficult to withdraw once the adrenaline affects them. Those use to stress and adrenaline will understand themselves a little better and make a better decision.
  • If there is a way to have an advantage in a fight it is keeping a clear head. This is no easy task; we never know how we are going to react till we experience the reality of the situation. Some training is of benefit here. The skills learn in martial arts are useful, but learning to react well in crisis is more important. If you have learn defence moves so that they come automatically, and you find you respond automatically when threatened, then the training is doing a lot of good.

Warn others of any danger whenever necessary.

Some History of Deficiency

Study of skeletons several centuries old has given some insight into vitamin D deficiency. We have known for many generations that vitamin D was essential for our health, and we have known that this extended to our teeth. Lack of vitamin D definitely had some detrimental effect on our oral health. But as controlled experiments are not possible, we cannot deliberately deprive individuals of nutrients to see how they suffer, we must rely on historical studies to see how individuals in the past were affected by diet deficiencies.


In the past much research into vitamin D was conducted on the bones of skeletal remains. But as bones alter throughout life, and interact with environmental conditions after death, the research was limited, if not flawed. The situation is different with teeth, however. Unlike bones teeth are not completely remodelled over time. Rather, they form internal layers over time, rather like the rings inside a growing tree. These layers provide an ongoing record of the individual, and allow researchers to understand how the availability or lack of vitamin D (and some other substances) affects dental health.


The days of people suffering rickets from severe vitamin D deficiency are gone. Such diseases are now rare given that we have discovered their cause. But less than optimal vitamin D levels will still compromise health. The good news is that it is the cheapest supplement in the world! Sun exposure creates vitamin D in the body. Provided we don’t let ourselves get sunburnt is it possible to create sufficient levels of vitamin D with moderate amounts of outdoor activity. We recommend exposing arm and legs, rather than the face, to the Sun as these areas of our body usually receive the least light. Early morning Sun exposure will help the body’s sleep cycle and improve our dental health, at absolutely no cost.

A Little On Problem Solving


Escape rooms are about solving a series of problems. Unlike some other situations the problems in an escape room are interconnected; they are all components that lead to a larger solution – escape from the room. Also, unlike many other situations the problems in an escape room are entertaining. The fair comparison would be a detective mystery.


Some ideas for solving Problems:

  • Think laterally. Some solutions are logical, but the logical behind it many only make sense after you see the answer. Look at things from all angles.
  • Think differently, and don’t overthink. The answer is often not a case of being more complex or extreme, just one of a multitude of possible answers that happens to be right.
  • If two items have the same colour, shape, are causally connected, or come from the historical time period or foreign culture, there may well be a link.
  • There are often red herrings, which may not be deliberate. The human mind takes information and sees connections, but the connections may be in the mind of the observer, not the character’s mind or the theme of the escape room. Consider how the character or story of the room might think.
  • Look for patterns. These are rarely coincidence. Again, what is the pattern that the character or theme of the room might follow.
  • In contrast to the previous advice, is there anything out of place? The key to the whole day might be the item that breaks the pattern.
  • Anything obvious in a room is probably an element that need to be solved early on before you can solve other puzzles.
  • The problems have no memory; what worked to find one solution may not work on the next puzzle, it might even prove misleading.
  • At the same time the problems in an escape room are interconnected. If there is a theme to the room (as there invariable is) then the solutions to the puzzles will ultimately fit in with this theme.
  • Communicate and include everybody. Often two individuals will have half of a clue each.

There are two things that make us feel more alive: Strong physical sensations, like amusement parks, physical sport or rich food; and powerful mental activity like strong emotions or the release we get from an intellectual breakthrough. Escape rooms provide a lot of the mental feeling of being alive, and perhaps a little of the physical. Part of being alive is about throwing ourselves into challenges and emotional situations. Escape rooms provide this in a prepared and secure manner.


Escape Room Sydney

You don’t have to play every escape room Game Sydney has to offer in order to feel the benefits; you just have to make sure you don’t play the same one twice. They are great for building and releasing tension. Try them socially or as a team building exercise for a company.