Christmas is fast approaching

Wow, time is running so fast. In few days we will say goodbye to the month of August and welcome September. Here in the Philippines Christmas normally begins at this month, so it’s really long celebration of Christmas in our country. For sure in the coming days, Christmas songs would be airing in the different radio stations, television shows, and neighboring houses. Colorful and different sizes of ornaments would be seen in the malls and popular places, so get ready with your camera. Anyway, a friend shared me this online store; department 56 snowbabies. She mentioned that this online store has a huge collection of Christmas ornaments and other related products. So if you are looking for ornaments at this time better visit the above store.

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Wonderland Head – It’s a huge head!!

Contributor Hanz J

Ever since I had my car which is like 5 months ago, barely did I get a chance to walk around Calgary downtown. It’s been awhile since the Bow,which is the tallest building in the city was built. In front of this altitudinous building was a sculpture created by the world-renowned artist, Jaume Plensa. Jaume Plensa is a Catalan Spanish artist and sculptor. Some of his works include the Crown Fountain at Millenium Park in Chicago Illinois and Blake in Gateshead, in North East England. For photos of his artwork please visit

Last sunday, I had a chance to see a world class sculpture named “Wonderland . This is a 12-metre sculpture of a girl which was unveiled January 25, 2013. So here I am sharing the amazing.. Wonderland 🙂

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Love kitchen with beautiful cabinets

Every time I’m visiting a house, whether relatives or friends house, I always find time looking at the kitchen. I love a kitchen with beautiful cabinets because for me having this kind of furniture gives neatness and beautiful look in the kitchen. I don’t care if the kitchen cabinets are colorful or not as long as the color blends in the color of the kitchen.

Recently, I was eager to learn how to cook so I guess that’s the reason why I love the kitchen now. Well, this is second favorite and room is always my top preferred. Back to kitchen, the other day I was discussing to my mother because our kitchen cabinets need replacement already. If not replacement, fix them because the cabinet doors are already broken. Also the paint is beginning to fade already. If my memory is right these cabinets were set not long ago but now they are giving headache already. I hope mother will decide what to do with our kitchen cabinets, I might tell her about revashelf brand. I heard they are offering huge collection of furniture especially kitchen tools.

On a different note, I was upset because I didn’t enjoy Niyog-niyugan festival that happened in our place last week. The continuous rains stopped us from visiting the venue. Well, for sure there is next time but sad to say I have to wait till next year.

A Traveller’s Guide to Riga

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Riga’s Old Town is not the prettiest of the three Baltic capitals (that honour would have to go to Estonia’s Tallinn), but it is arguably the one with the most things to do. It is definitely the liveliest, with a throbbing nightlife scene, but you don’t have to worry about being swamped by stag parties!

If you’re thinking of going to the “Paris of the North”, as in was known in the ‘30s, here are a few tips for you.

Learn About Its Storied History

One of Riga’s most famous attractions, the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia (found at Strelnieku lauums 1) charts the history of the country from its initial Soviet occupation, followed by the Nazi annexation, right through to the Soviets regaining control.

Although it has been criticized for being a little too nationalistic, the museum is a truly fascinating experience. Finding out that the Latvians were initially relieved by the Nazi invasion (believing they’d be “liberated” rather than occupied again) makes the hardships of living under Soviet rule really hit home.

The museum is free to enter (though you can make a donation), and is open daily until 5pm.

Try Some Real Latvian Food, Buffet Style!

First off – leave any and all preconceptions at the door: Latvian food is great! Anything you’ve heard is probably untrue, well, unlessLido atpÅ«tas centrs photo Lidoatp16B0tascentrs_zps4d3f2577.jpg you’ve heard there’s a lot of garlic. Because there’s a lot of garlic.

You want to get yourself down to Lido. This Latvian food establishment has got so popular that it’s become a chain, and they even opened a branch in Estonia in 2009. There are Lido restaurants dotted around Latvia, each offering an incredibly cheap pay-per-item buffet, but for the true experience you want to visit the Lido atpūtas centrs (“recreation centre”).

You won’t have any trouble finding it – it has its own tram stop! There’s no missing it either; it’s massive. With all the Latvian foods you could dream of (and plenty more), you’ll be very full by the time you’re done. There’s live singing and dancing each night, as well as a fairground, a brewery and a go kart track. Don’t hem and haw – book your flights online now!

Drink Some Tea

Although you’re at the opposite end of Europe to ol’ Blighty, that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a beautiful cup of tea. Head over to ApsarA on the Barona side of the Vermanes Gardens for the ultimate in relaxation: a teahouse.

Looking like a traditional Chinese teahouse, ApsarA is a two-floor glass and wood building with lovely views of the park. With hundreds of varieties, there’s tea to suit all tastes. We were missing our home comforts, so we opted for a type of Ceylon (though without milk – baby steps here!), but you can go all out if you’re feeling brave.

Kick off your shoes and head upstairs to the cushioned area if you want to really chill out for a while.

Hong kong Disneyland

Daughter loves to watch cartoon shows. The first cartoon channel that she enjoys ever since was Disney Junior. She loves this show though she finds time to watch other cartoon channel like cartoon network, Nickelodeon and Disney channel. Still she’s going back to her first favorite, Disney Junior. She knows all the shows, characters, and songs of each show here. I’m happy every time she sing-along with the characters and theme songs. Sometimes Disneyland features in this channel and I see how excited she is.

So, I wish my daughter and I will visit and enjoy Hong kong Disneyland in the next few years. I’ve visited this place way back 2006 and that time she’s not yet born. I hope this time we will travel together and able to enjoy the place together. For sure my daughter would be very happy seeing all her favorite characters in Disneyland.

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Sigh, I need to earn lots of money. If possible, I want her to experience Disney on her 7th birthday. She’s 5 now. I hope I can save money to use or miracle would come, lol. Hong kong Disneyland wait for us, wink!

Hope She Can Play Yamaha Digital Piano

This organ was unused for a long time ago. The wire was broken and always forgot to buy new wire. I thought this organ would only be a display in the house because of being idled. Well, for a year or I think more than I got the chanced to buy the thing needed for this organ to work again.

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Actually, this can be used not only in connecting through outlet but with batteries as well. Sadly, the batteries needed are the big one and not only one or two but six. The price of one battery gives headache to me and based on my computation I will pay more, than getting new wire. To make the story short, I went to the music store and asked for the wire, they have one but the price is high. I went to Ace Hardware and fortunate to get one at lower price.

My daughter was very happy when she heard her organ playing again. This is not yamaha digital piano but the happiness i saw in my daughter is just liked playing a Yamaha piano, wink! I wish to send her in a music school because i’m seeing her fond of playing instruments and singing but my financial status won’t support her passion at this time but hoping soon, need to wok hard.

10 Free Attractions Available In London

Notably, London is known for its expensive hotels, restaurants and activities, but there is so much more to city than meets the eye and so much more that can be done for free. The capital has a plethora of museums that cost nothing to visit and not forgetting the vast array of markets that will keep you entertained for hours. Below is just a short list of what you can do for free in one of the best cities in the world.


As mentioned previously, London is a glow with education and learning that comes in the form of its world famous museums; not to mention it’s all for free. The British Museum hosts a range of artefacts and exhibits, from the Rosetta Stone to more modern and up-to-date displays that will please anyone’s taste. Another museum that boasts a tonne of history, and this time it’s local, is the Museum of London. Once again, there’s no admission charge and you’re free to take a leisurely wander around and pick up loads of interesting facts.

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If it’s sea history you’re after, then why not take a free visit to the National Maritime Museum? Situated in the thriving area of Greenwich, the museum is home to all things sea and boats and is a great place for kids to learn and interact with a subject they might not know that much about. But if sea life and marine artefacts aren’t your thing, then the Natural History Museum should cover everything else for you. From dinosaurs to pickled wildlife, this museum is a must-see when visiting London.


Art is in wide reach throughout London and there’s so much you can see for free. Not only do you have the Tate Modern and Tate Britain, which both offer magnificent works from the 16th Century to today, but there are so many more galleries to visit.

The National Gallery is home to Western European classics, such as Van Gogh, da Vinci and many more, and you can see all these famous artworks for as little as, well, nothing! If it’s faces you’re after, and specifically famous faces, then take a trip to the National Portrait Gallery; you’ll even get to see Andy Worhol’s portrait of the Queen.

Notable Landmarks

To really soak up the culture of London and get to grips with what with city is all about, then a visit to the Houses of Parliament is an absolute must. You can even book a place to watch the Members of Parliament in action, but this is entirely your choice.

We’ve all heard of St. Paul’s Cathedral, but this has an admission price, so if you’re looking for a religious building that doesn’t charge entry, then try St. Paul’s Church. Situated in Covent Garden, the church was the first outing for Punch and Judy. You’ll find that you may learn many interesting facts that will trump over those paying to go to the cathedral.

Calgary Zoo

You are not lost; this is still traveling with mona’s blog and I’m still in the Philippines =). My nieces in Canada want to share their getaways to the places they have visited in Canada especially in Calgary and other neighboring cities in the province of Alberta

Anyhow, I told one of my nieces to start making her own blog but she just wanted to be a contributor of this blog. So this is her first share – Calgary zoo; I was amazed with all the animals here. I’m only looking at them in photos but i’m sure they are all beautiful and look like the zoo is well-maintained.

Anyway, here’s my niece’s share …Hi folks!

Today we will take you to the other side of the world. CANADA!!! calgary photo calgary_zpsed6f6d3d.jpg

Let’s visit the city of Calgary. Calgary is one of the city under the province of Alberta in Canada. Most of the time you will experience a long cold and dry climate. But don’t be discouraged by the weather!! In 2007, Calgary was awarded as the cleanest city in the world by the Forbes as well as the Mercer Global Financial and HR consulting this year. (Now you know what to expect)

Our first stop? – CALGARY ZOO!!

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The zoo contains more than 1000 animals from the Prehistoric Park to the Canadian wilds. To enjoy your visit I suggest you allot a day to explore the entire menagerie.

The zoo is divided into different areas and one of them is the African Savannah where the giraffes and the hippopotamus are located so as some other fishes.

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If you’re not adventurous but would like to see wild animals CANADIAN WILDS is the place to be. Get up close and personal with the bears, wolfs and caribou!

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Other than the two areas mentioned, you could also visit the BOTANICAL GARDEN, EURASIA and SOUTH AMERICA JUNGLE.

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We hope you enjoy our escapade in Calgary Zoo. This is what the zoo is like in summer. Watch out for the Zoolights event every December where they fill the whole zoo with bright and amazing lights!! Here’s a sneak peak :p

Watch out for our next Canadian destination =)

New Changes being implemented in the school

There are many changes that are being implemented in my daughter’s school. Recently, they are providing fetcher’s ID because something happened couple of days ago. I heard pregnant woman came in the school and pretending she’s one of the nanny of one of the students. She entered the school premises and heard some students lost mobile phone, money and other things and this pregnant woman was suspected as the one who got all these things. Because of this the school implemented a rule and parents/guardians cannot enter the school premises especially during school hours.

The fetcher’s ID I mentioned above is another new in the school. We don’t have this one. Well, I’m supporting the new changes that the school is implementing and besides this is for the safety of all the students in that school. Anyhow, the school is looking where to get the best print envelopes, they will use this for the upcoming Open House happening this month.

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