Sunday, September 28, 2008
Hubby and I are still hoping that by next year we could sell this property. Maybe we just need to find a good realtor who will help us and who is good enough to give us the best appraisal for this place even if the price could just break even so we could just get rid of this place and find a cheaper one and be able to save money. Hubby would love to get a property near the ocean coz he loved swimming in the beach since he grew up in a place where the beach was just a mile away from his parents.
Speaking of properties near the ocean, Bruce Germinsky, Realtor is an online Real Estate company that features Jersey Shore Real Estate. If you are planning to buy properties near the ocean or beaches why not check this site and see their property listings such as waterfront homes, luxury condos, townhomes, commercial and retail properties and many more. I visited the website and loved to see those properties on their list. Wish hubby and I could move into one of those places.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Couple of days to go and Autumn will officially starts. I search the internet to find out when Autumn officially begins and I found out from wikipedia that in Northern Hemisphere autumn starts (22–23 September) according to Autumnal Equinox and ends in December 21 for which the Winter season starts.
Friday, September 19, 2008
- Take photos of luggage before the trip to help with identification in the event of a baggage mishandling. Also count the luggage at each stop.
- If there will be several stops during a trip, pack a couple of suitcases with a couple of changes of clothes for the entire family. This is more efficient than packing each family member's clothes in a dedicated suitcase, as it cuts down on the amount of luggage that has to be carried into hotel rooms during each stop.
- Put luggage in the trunk or otherwise out of sight if it is to be left in the car overnight.
- Pack blow dryers, first-aid kits and other health and personal-care items in a separate suitcase so that they are easily accessible.
- Here's a few common items can be a great help while traveling: A simple bandana can double as a head cover or a bench cover in public parks.
- A lightweight rain poncho can provide protection for yourself and luggage in the event of a sudden downpours. In addition, it can also serve as a drop cloth for an outdoor travel picnic. Dental floss doubles as strong string or thread when needed.
- Instead of packing along hardcover books for travel reading, choose magazines or paperbacks that have been purchased at half-price bookstores. The materials can be left behind if desired.
- Make sure at least one adult has some healthy, neat snacks packed in their carry-on luggage. Juice boxes, dried fruits and trail mix can all be used to satisfy the unpredictable appetites of children with a minimum of messy hands and faces.
- Essential items to pack for air travelers include moisturizer, saline nasal spray and eyedrops. All counteract the effects of high-altitude dryness. Also remember to drink plenty of water.
- If traveling overseas, always take single rolls of toilet tissue and hand sanitizer. Remove the center cardboard tube of the toilet tissue roll to conserve space.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
So here are a few tips to avoid your valued possessions from taking a walk:
If the hotel has an in room safe use it and keep all your valuables in there.
However, if the safe is electronic, wipe the touch keys down before operating it with a damp cloth, and then dry it before entering your secret code. Try to do this every time you use the safe.
Also after you have keyed in your code and closed the door firmly locked on the safe. Press all the other keys /numbers that do not make up your code, and press them firmly. Doing this may set off a small alarm from the safe but it stops quickly and no one will pay any attention (!!).
The reason to do this is because certain hotels have caught their own hotel staff placing, a light oil residue or powder on to the touch keys that shows them when using a certain light what numbers were pressed. They were managing to open the safe, and one very clever thief was taking only 1 or 2 US$ from each room. Would you have noticed ? It is not a lot but in a 400 or 500 room hotel the guy was doing quite well for himself.
Never leave valuables in soft/material bags with pockets even if they are padlocked like Alcatrass. This avoids any potential of somebody simply splitting a seam to a pocket with a knife and removing select contents.
This should also apply to luggage that you check into the airplane.
Never get drunk and invite a stranger to your room. This seems funny, indeed, but better safe than sorry.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Taking a Long Trip? Be aware of these common travel troubles and learn how to find solutions to have more enjoyable trip.
Three of the most common health problems that you may experience when traveling are jet lag, altitude sickness, and diarrhea. When you fly across time zones, the differing amounts of light can change your internal body clock, resulting in a condition known as jet lag. Jet lag may cause some symptoms that are bummers on a fun trip, including upset stomach, insomnia, and tiredness.
There are some things you can do to combat jet lag; for example, if you're traveling from west to east, you should stay out of the sun until the day after your arrival. If you're flying from east to west, go for a brisk walk as soon as possible after you arrive.
Altitude sickness is caused by dry air, a decrease in oxygen, and low barometric pressure when you travel to a higher altitude than you're used to. As a result, you may have problems, such as headaches, dehydration, and shortness of breath. Some people are affected at 5,000 feet (1,524 meters), but others aren't affected until they reach altitudes of 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) or more. Find out what altitude you're traveling to before you go to see if altitude sickness could be a problem.
The best prevention for altitude sickness is to gradually increase your altitude every day to get used to it. If that isn't possible, a drug known as acetazolamide can help relieve and even prevent symptoms of altitude sickness. If you think that you might get altitude sickness, talk with your doctor before you leave home.
The topic of diarrhea may seem gross, but it can be a serious problem. Traveler's diarrhea, known as turista, often occurs when a foreign type of bacteria enters your digestive tract, usually when you eat contaminated food or water. The best way to prevent turista is to be very careful of the food you eat and the water you drink on the road.kidshealth.org
Last night I began to think about my parents and hope that God will continue to bless them with good health and longer lives so I could still see them when I get back to the Philippines for vacation which I still don't know when.
To my friend Chy, have a safe trip and God bless you with the strength and comfort that you need in this time of your great loss.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Make a list. From clothes to toiletries, list everything you'll need for your trip. Then lay it all out on the bed, and check off items so you don't forget anything. It's also great in case your luggage is lost or stolen, because you'll have a record of everything you've packed.
Pick one color scheme. All your clothes should play nice together. Choose either black or brown, and then add accessories like fun costume jewelry, colored scarves and belts to brighten up your outfits.
Always pack sexy heels and a light sweater for layering. Heels can dress up any outfit, and you may need the sweater for those cooler nights.
Avoid wrinkles. Softly fold your clothes and pack them separately in travel envelopes or "pack-it" folders (try eaglecreek.com). You get more wrinkles when you place harder fabrics with softer fabrics, so pack jeans with jeans and cotton tees with cotton tees. You can also use a Downy product called Wrinkle Releaser. Just hang up your garment, spray it, and in five minutes, the wrinkles are gone.
Store jewelry separately. Wrap each piece in a napkin or tissue paper before placing them in a big Ziploc bag. Feeding chains through straws and taping them at both ends will keep them from getting tangled.
Use your footwear. Wrap small breakables, like perfume or makeup bottles, in socks and pack them inside a sneaker or shoe.
Carry a small travel care kit on long flights. It should contain lotion for your hands, face cream, aspirin, lip balm, an eye mask and earplugs.
Use your carry-on case. Prop up your feet, and create your own "La-Z-Boy" reclining chair on the plane or train.
Always bring a snack. A freshly made sandwich from your local deli will help you can avoid fast-food traps.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
1. Haneda, Tokyo (HND) 90%
2. Narita International, Tokyo (NRT): 84.2%
3. Taiwan Taoyuan International, Taipei (TPE): 80.3%
4. Kingsford Smith International, Sydney (SYD): 80.1%
5. Hong Kong International (HKG): 79.7%
6. Soekarno-Hatta International, Jakarta (CGK): 79.3%
7. Suvarnabhumi International, Bangkok (BKK): 79.3%
8. Orlando International (MCO): 78.8%
9. Franz Josef Strauss Airport, Munich (MUC): 77.8%
10. George Bush Intercontinental, Houston (IAH): 77%
Monday, September 1, 2008
First Monday of September is US Labor Day and today is a holiday. I know everybody loves holidays ha,ha, because it means no work and no school but hubby chose to work today because he gets double pay. I was searching online wanted to know how the observation of Labor Day started and here's what I found out from wikipedia.org.
"Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September. The holiday originated in 1882 as the Central Labor Union (of New York City) sought to create "a day off for the working citizens".
Congress made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894.All fifty states have made Labor Day a state holiday.
Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer.
Labor Day has been celebrated on the first Monday in September in the United States since the 1880s. The form for the celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday—a street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations," followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civil significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement."
Hope everyone have a fun holiday today. Just stay safe.
Often been referred to as "America’s Favorite Drive." It’s certainly the country’s first rural parkway – parts of it date back to 1930s (when construction began as a make-work project during the Depression) – and the longest, with breathtaking scenery and dozens of recreational opportunities to distract you when you need to stretch your legs.
2. Hana Highway also called "The road to Hana"
A drive on Maui’s beloved Hana Highway offers such an awe-inspiring display of natural beauty that you’ll soon revel in the same sentiment. This serpentine trek starts off in Paia, famous for its surfer-swept shores, and zigzags east along the coast for more than 50 miles, all the while embracing 600 hairpin curves, 54 one-lane bridges, and some of the island’s most spectacular sights.
3. Highway 1
California’s State Route 1 (aka Highway 1) skirts the Golden State’s glorious Pacific coastline from “So Cal,” near San Luis Obispo northwest to the forests of Monterey. While the twists and curves, and occasional precariously-perched cliff-top road, may prove challenging at times (one section has been ominously dubbed Devil’s Slide thanks to landslides and erosion that have occasionally made the road impassable), the magnificent vistas of ocean waves breaking on rocky sea-sculpted shores, windswept beaches dotted by frolicking otters or sea lions, and magnificent forests presiding above it all can rouse even the wariest of drivers behind the wheel.
4. Highway 12
Windswept red-rock canyons, towering sandstone formations, pristine lakes, and pine-studded mountain ranges combine for an altogether over-the-top sensory experience in Southern Utah. The setting for several stunning national parks, this remarkable road connects those at Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef, and offers unique beauty and seemingly limitless recreational opportunities on a stretch of land between the two parks’ boundaries.
5. Going-to-the-sun Road
This spectacular 52-mile drive is the best way to see the dramatic remnants and rugged path left by gargantuan glaciers in Montana’s striking Glacier National Park. Only open from early-June to mid-October (or until first snowfall), the Going-to-the-Sun Road, aptly named for its ever-escalating sky-high stretch with switchbacks up and over the magnificent Continental Divide, traverses Glacier National Park from West Glacier to St. Mary and covers untapped wilderness, rugged mountains, glistening lakes, deep river gorges, glacial canyons, and the long Garden Wall.
6. Million Dollar Highway
Despite varying explanations as to the origin of its name (one claims it cost $1 million a mile to build in 1924; another says it contains $1 million in gold ore), there’s no disputing the fact that the 75-mile stretch of scenic highway known as Million Dollar Highway is a breathtaking journey through the majestic mountain passes of western Colorado. Crossing part of the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway, and following route U.S. 550 between the old mining towns of Silverton and Ouray, the route’s twists and turns wend high above the Red Mountain Pass – an 11,018-foot-high collapsed volcano whose lava flow was found to contain gold in 1860 – and past the deep Uncompahgre Gorge, into which flow several waterfalls.
7. Red Rock Scenic Byway
If you're looking for a sublime experience and are a lover of the great outdoors, Mother Nature has blessed you with Sedona. Known for its massive, monolithic, red-rock formations that seemingly change shape and color with every passing ray of sunlight, Sedona's almost otherworldly scenery has long beckoned visitors to stand in awe of its grandeur. State Route 179, a 7.5-mile sliver of road designated Red Rock Scenic Road, serves as an excellent introduction to some of the area’s most superb natural splendors and amazing vistas.
8. Seward Highway
The Seward Highway serves as the asphalt thread linking metropolitan Anchorage to Alaska’s agreeable little portside town of Seward on magnificent Resurrection Bay. Fittingly, for a road that connects such contrasting locales, the 127-mile stretch cuts through equally diverse landscapes – from glistening glaciers to alpine meadows, and jagged peaks to majestic fjords. Many miles of the route hug the base of the rugged Chugach Mountains and the shore of Turnagain Arm, winding past waterfalls, wildflowers, and wildlife; keep your eyes peeled for grazing sheep and mountain goats in the cliff tops, and beluga whales racing through the frigid waters below.
9. Sonoma and Napa Valleys
Although we don’t condone drinking and driving, there’s no better way to get a taste of Northern California’s pastoral wine country than by driving through the Sonoma and Napa valleys. A 132-mile-long drive starts in Santa Rosa, just north of San Francisco, and follows three highways (Sonoma Hwy, St. Helena Hwy, and Redwood Hwy) through breathtaking acres of sprawling vineyards, forested hills, oak woodlands, several state parks – including beautiful Clear Lake State Park – as well as a handful of historic sites. Our preferred itinerary heads down and around Sonoma and Napa, then loops up to St. Helena, Calistoga, Middletown, and Cobb, before culminating in Hopland. Some of the highlights include the ghost-town of Silverado (made famous by writer Robert Louis Stevenson, who wrote about his honeymoon there); the expansive ranch belonging to author Jack London; the charming colonial town of Sonoma; and the famed Hopland Brewery, a microbrewery serving up frosty local beer (a nice change from all that wine).
10. U.S. Route 1
Traversing some of the oldest roads in the country, U.S. Route 1 takes you on a historic journey through New England, covering five states (namely, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine) and encompassing a bevy of sights, coastal villages, state parks, and notable cities. We recommend starting in Connecticut and driving all the way up to the coast of Maine, following the highway up to Providence, where the city’s colonial history is displayed in numerous museums and historical sites (particularly so Roger Williams Park, where Williams landed and founded his colony).