November 29, 2013

Five Fun Kid Activities in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria, Spain, offers up a delightful assortment of activities to those there for a short visit or an extended holiday. Those traveling with children need not worry about entertaining them as Gran Canaria is a great family holiday destination and there are many things to do that both you and your child will enjoy. Read further for just a few ideas.

Holiday World

This is an amusement park that offers all sorts of fun for all ages. Rides and attractions include a roller coaster, ferris wheel, bumper cars and bumper boats, several children's rides and activities, a playground, several thrill rides, a pirate ship, parrot show, 4D Cinema, arts and crafts, indoor bowling and so much more. Food is available throughout the park. When night falls, put the kids to bed and enjoy some dancing, live music, night clubs and pubs.

Cocodrilo Park

Come see the huge crocodiles. Shows are held each day where you will see them being fed and their handlers perform some amazing feats with these interesting creatures. Other animals you will see include deer, llamas, ducks, monkeys, zebras, tropical fish, birds and many more. There is also a beer tent, cafe, cactus garden and souvenir shop on-site.

Camel Safari

You will find several places that offer camel rides. You will be outfitted properly and taken on a tour of the sand dunes on the back of a camel. Lunch will be provided and you can expect to see all sorts of creatures that make their home in the area.

Sioux City

Take a trip back in time to the period of the wild West. Western shows will be performed where you will see shoot-outs, bank robberies, cowboys and Indians and more. Many of these shows are interactive so don't be surprised if you are pulled out of the audience to join in. There is also a zoo area where you will see prairie dogs, raccoons, meercats, albino wallabies, American bison, Aruba rattlesnake, American rattlesnake and a rare white alligator. Various demonstrations are held throughout the day and you are welcome to visit the saloon for an old-fashioned sarsaparilla which is basically cowboy soda pop. Food is available on-site.

Maspalomas Beach

This is a great family-friendly beach where you can all relax and enjoy the beautiful water and sunshine. This beach boasts a large amount of sand dunes and a very old lighthouse. Take a dip in the sea, build a sand castle, play in the sand dunes and enjoy a picnic or visit one of the nearby restaurants.

Any of these activities are sure to make your child happy and excited. This is likely to be the holiday they will be telling their friends and extended family about for a long time to come.

November 28, 2013

It’s Never Too Early to Plan a Summer Getaway

Many people are not a fan of winter. It is a period of the year that seems to drag on forever, shrouding us in dull, cold weather, which restricts us from doing many of the things we enjoy. Out come the thick heavy jumpers and away go the shorts and vest tops . Basically it’s a pretty depressing time of year, as we all long for the warmth of summer or at least the mildness of spring.

There is little to look forward to during this time. Yes, there is Christmas and New Year, but they would be far more exciting times if they were accompanied by a little bit of sunshine. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about winter, other than just deal with it. However, we can make the time pass a little easier, if we give ourselves a treat.

As winter really takes hold, why not start planning your summer break? Not only will this give you something exciting to focus on, it will also help the cold months pass more quickly, as you count down the days until you are in a basking in a hot sunny climate. Picture the scene: You land in a warm country, instantly dazzled by the sun, you arrive at your Portugal property and get ready to chill out by the pool or bar for the next two weeks. If this isn’t enough to get you through the winter then I don’t know what is? The coldness of this time of year will be nothing more than a distant memory as you soak up the rays.

We are all aware that Christmas and New Year are only a matter of weeks away but there is no harm in some forward planning.

Booking your summer vacation now gives you plenty of time to prepare and gives you months to pay for the break and even start clothes shopping, buying other little essentials that every holidaymaker needs. You can also consider researching activities and tourist attractions you may want to visit whilst you are abroad.

As with anything, a full planned and prepared for break will make for a much better trip, but most importantly you will sail through the winter with a smile on your face, knowing that the golden beaches and crystal waters are merely months away.

This article was written by freelance writer and mother of three, Kathryn Thompson. Follow her on Twitter: @katht35

November 26, 2013

Places You Need To Check Out While In Japan

There are a lot of tourist spots where you can go in Japan, these places are packed with people and you see them quite often on televisions but there are also interesting places in Japan that you can check out and worth your time. These places can be weird but that’s the good thing about it.

Rabbit Island

Can you believe it, a place where rabbits live freely? In Okunoshima Japan, rabbits are freed and had grown to a large number. The people in the island never bothered to kill the furry creatures even though they have infested the place, apparently tourists seem to grow fond of them. You can feed the rabbits while you’re visiting the place.

Cat Island

If you’re a cat person, then you are in for a treat, there’s a place in Japan where groups of cats scatter for your indulgence. These cats are so adorable and they don’t look neglected at all, some of them look very fat and furry. You will be in cat haven once you visited the place.

Butler cafe

There are bars in Japan where you can get male escorts to pour drink for you; they entertain you they serve as your male host. This place is popular for single a woman who wants to be spoiled and just want the company of men to entertain them. Most women in Japan chose to be in their company because they seem to know how to pay attention than their boyfriends.

She-men cafe

There are also bars and cafe here in Japan where men dressed in cute maid outfits and serve you drinks as well as be your host.

A Disaster Waiting to Happen

Holidays and birthdays are important occasions for my family. We never miss a birthday celebration or holiday with gathering together. But in every family gathering there is almost something that can either go right or absolutely wrong.

As it happen one of our cousin precious guitar is lying around in the house. While the little kids were playing around one of them accidently step on it and unfortunately the guitar bridges broke. After the accident the kid immediately said sorry to him but I think the latter took the incident a little to gravely and got really mad. I can’t say I blame him for getting mad over it. The guitar was indeed an expensive one and it was a gift from his dad.

Collecting Jewelry

At the age of seventeen, I bought my very first pair of genuine gold earrings. From that moment on, I just knew I’d be addicted to collecting jewelry. Aside from it being a great investment (since the value increases as time passes), it also adds a zest to the simplest outfits I own. I’ve also dreamt of giving it out as heirloom to my descendants once I pass away.

The best for me are the ones I scored from utah jewelers salt lake city because they’re very unique and one of a kind. My friends and family know about my collection and whenever my birthday comes up, they usually give me jewelries. Now that I’m in my late thirties, my collection has really grown and I’m actually planning on starting a jewelry business.

The dream of traveling the world

When I was a child, my parents told me to do well in school. They told me that if I finished school with honors, I can make my dream come true. Now that I already graduated from college, I want to travel the world. My parents told me that I can do it as long as I am determined.

I graduated with honors. I got a job at a very well-known company. They pay really well and I saved a lot of money I worked for 3 years. I planned my travel around the world. Sadly, I plan to do it alone. But I am very excited to see the world in my own eyes.

I will leave next week for Japan. I studied a little of Japanese because I wanted to experience Japan fully. I will stay for a week then leave for China, Korea, Russia, and so on. After my Asian tour, I will proceed to Europe, then Africa and then Australia and lastly, America. Maybe I also want to go to Antarctica.

November 23, 2013

A Rough Guide to Reykjavik

Iceland is a drop dead gorgeous country, but it’s probably not for everyone. If you prefer your big cities and your shopping experiences, you would be better served by Italy or Spain, but if you love the countryside and the raw beauty of undiluted nature, Iceland is the place for you.

If you’re not willing to get too far from the city life, that’s okay – Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik, is full to bursting with different things to do and see. The nation has a population of just 320,000 people, but 200,000 of those live in the capital! It’s a trendy city, and it makes for a great jumping off point: it’s surrounded by incredible landscapes.

Let’s go through some of the best things in Reykjavik.

Go Around the Golden Circle

What is the Golden Circle, we hear you ask. It’s actually a popular sightseeing route, one which takes you around some of the greatest sights, so it’s definitely worth spending a day on!

You can either do it yourself by hiring a car, or you can go as part of a group – it’s up to you. We’d recommend, however, going with a tour guide, as you can get to know more about what you’re seeing.

The three main sights of the Golden Circle are as follows: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, and Gullfoss. Thingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of the world’s earliest parliament. It sits on top of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, meaning you get an otherworldly scene of lake-filled fissures – it’s beautiful.

Geysir is the original geyser, the OG, if you will. While it’s a great sight, it’s not as active as the nearby Strokkur, so head there if you want to see an eruption – they occur roughly every four minutes!

Gullfoss is a wondrous waterfall; its name means Golden Falls. Come on a day when the sun’s shining to see loads of little rainbows!

Head to the Blue Lagoon

The blue, milky water of the Blue Lagoon is well-known for its colour, but we’d recommend it even if it looked normal – the geothermal spa is just an incredible place to relax in! Sink slowly into the pool for a few hours and you’ll find all the troubles in the world just drift away.

The waters stay around the 40-degrees mark, so you’ll be in for a toasty bath, even when the temperature above is below freezing! There’s a poolside bar to refresh at, and there’s also some steam rooms and even a sauna – take advantage of everything on offer!

Go on a Rúntur

A Rúntur is the local name for a pub crawl, and it’s a lot of fun! Believe it or not, but beer was banned in Iceland until 1989 – they’ve had a lot of catching up to do, and they’ve taken to it like champs. Things in Iceland can be expensive, so we’d recommend trying to save money beforehand – look online for flight deals; if you can get up to 70% off city breaks, that’s loads more money to spend on the Rúntur!

Expect to stay out late – the locals tend not to hit the pubs until around midnight, and they often keep on powering through until 5am! It might be raucous, but it’s always a good laugh, so you should definitely join in with the local Icelanders on a Rúntur, it’s an essential experience!

November 22, 2013

Wellington's Great Museums

Wellington is a great city, it really is. It is the capital of New Zealand (though not the biggest city in NZ – that title goes to Auckland), and it is known for being the home of Peter Jackson, hence why it features in such films as King Kong and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Often called The Windy City, for fairly obvious reasons, or Wellywood, because of the number of big movies filmed here, Wellington is a much-loved city, home to some four hundred thousand residents.

Named as the coolest little capital in the world by Lonely Planet, it’s a wonderful place to spend a week or two, with loads of stuff to do and see – there’s the zoo, the view from the top of Mt Victoria, the Cable Car, the Zealandia nature sanctuary, and a number of great beaches, among other things.

But what we’re interested in is the museums – Wellington has plenty, and here are some of the best.

Museum of Wellington City & Sea

This museum, if you hadn’t gleaned from the name, is all about the city of Wellington and its social, cultural, and maritime history. With a number of beautiful displays featuring amazing tech and precious objects, the museum celebrates all things Wellington.

It’s open from 10 until 5, seven days a week, and entry is completely free, so get yourself down there!

New Zealand Cricket Museum

Cricket is massive in NZ, so if you’re a sports fan it’s the country for you. Any cricket nuts will absolutely love this museum, based in the Old Grandstand of the Basin Reserve, though anyone with a slight distaste for the sport might not enjoy it as much…

With a huge collection of cricket artefacts and treasures, it celebrates the history of the sport and New Zealand’s involvement in it. It’s only open Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10:30 – 15:30, but it can be accessed outside these hours for $5 per person.

Carter Observatory

Carter Observatory is New Zealand’s longest-serving national observatory, and it has recently undergone a NZ$5 million refurbishment, making it well and truly state of the art. With an incredible exhibition about the skies of the southern hemisphere, a full-dome planetarium, and a variety of historic telescopes, it makes for a great day out for anyone with the slightest interest in space.

Sadly, with an entry fee of NZ$18.50 per person, it’s not a particularly cheap activity. However, it is well worth the price, so you should try and save money elsewhere. For example, you can find cheap airfares here, or you can look online for the best hotel rates. Make sure you take in one of the planetarium shows!

Southward Car Museum

The Southward Car Museum is known around the world, and for good reason – it has the biggest private car collection in the entire southern hemisphere! With more than 400 different cars on show, it’s like a mecca for gearheads.

From the 1895 Benz Velo and a Model T Ford to Marlene Dietrich’s Cadillac Town Cabriolet and a vintage fire engine, this place has pretty much everything of note. Child admission will cost you NZ$3, while adults get in for NZ$13.

November 19, 2013

Take Pleasure in Calbayog

If Wild, fun adventure with a taste of delicious seafood is what you are after, Calbayog then is the right place for you. Did you know that the best tinapa or smoked fish in the Philippines is served in Calbayog?

Indeed, this place has a lot more to offer when it comes to sea foods. It has the freshest scallops and crabs and the Labtinaw too or the dried fish. It also boasts about its local delicacies such as the kalamay y loko or the ground sticky rice mixed with milk, ube and coconut milk and so with its delicious bibingka.

Have fun with its nice beaches like the Malajog or Pinkit Beach and have a bit of pleasure walking by the shore on barefoot. For wild adventurers, jumping off the bridge facing the Malopalo Marble Mountain best fit for you. It is wild, fun yet very safe. Take pleasure in Calbayog!

Say goodbye to the old one

My music teacher assign me to canvas some keyboards online, apparently we needed a new one since old one got a little bit out of tune thanks to the missing keys. It’s good that they are going to replace it, it took them ten years to decide, it seems that our music teacher got a little bit attached to the old one and would not let go.

My teacher plans to buy it though, It’s like she formed a bond about the keyboard. Don’t ask me, I'm not the one with that kind of music fetish or something like that. Anyways, I found some Moog Keyboards at musicians friend, they are good though. I just hope its good enough for my music teacher.

Dancing like in Havana nights

When the family spent our vacation at Boracay Island, not only that we enjoyed the beach, the night life there is just so lively. There are many bars to choose from and the people there are just having fun, dancing at club music. I personally like the live band that plays Cuban beat music that was featured that day, the guy doing the congas and bongos solo just got me grooving to his beat.

I grabbed my partner and began dancing with him, soon after more people followed and the night was just amazing, I see different races dancing in the same floor; this was surely a first for me. The dancing got me breathless, but I didn’t care, I just enjoyed it. My partner did too and we just dance and partied all night.

November 5, 2013

The Perfect Carrier While Travelling

Travelling is fun but packing the luggage before a trip is always a headache. We are worried what to pack but ever pondered about the pouch that carries things for you? Getting the correct backpacks for travelling is very important because often a silly bag can make your tour miserable. Let’s see what are the basic things to keep in mind while choosing a backpack.


Decide for how long you are going out and naturally you have to stuff your bag accordingly. For an overnight or 2 day outing, frameless bags are good. You can use your laptop bag too if in a hurry. But if you choose to go for a week or 10 days, then your bag must have an internal frame to ease your walking. The inside space should be more too as you have the necessary items like shoes, toiletries, medicines, etc. apart from clothes to carry. And if you plan for a long vacation trekking or an expedition, you will have to take your backpack very seriously. Loads of pockets, solid internal as well as external frame are a must. Space will definitely be an issue.


The backpack actually rests on your back like a chair. If it hangs below your hip, then it will be uncomfortable to walk. So your torso height should be the length of your backpack. Women often have different size of the backpack as their torso is shorter and narrower than men. A good salesman can guide you with the perfect size. Try out several bags before you choose the correct one.

All Set to Go

When you are on your way out whether to do errands or just to go out the house it is highly necessary to dress according to the weather. It is one way to ensure that you would look silly or feel uncomfortable.

Let’s say it’s one of those cold days of winter and you need to go out the house to do stuffs, the least that you can do is to wear all the right things. For instance a jacket and gloves is important. A scarf is also handy plus a thermic head hand and foot warmers can also be a big help. When you are dressed based on the weather it can help protect you from harsh environment. Keep that in mind on your next trip outside.