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What to pack when travelling with the kids January 31, 2008

Filed under: travel,travelling with the kids — lifestylescribe @ 11:33 am
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While traveling can be considered a solitary activity. It is also considered as a good way to spend time with the kids. But kids have special needs and having them at your backseat or beside you on the plane.

I remember when I went with my brother and his kids on a disneyland trip two years ago. It was chaos even while we were still at the house. The three kids were running from their room to room and were finding something I can’t remember now but I can recall how noisy it was. My brother, a single parent just had deep sighs and was able to manage to get the kids to the SUV and led the kids to the airport.

The scene at the plane was somewhat subtle. My two nephews and one niece were just able to whisper childish insults to each other. When we arrived at Florida, the tantrums suddenly disappear as they were told that Mickey was just a few minutes away.

So, what do I learned from that experience? I was able to come up with a list of the things we should pack when travelling with the kiddies.

1. Headphones

Putting something in your child’s ear can definitely make things quieter. With something to listen to while travelling, you can make sure they won’t move any muscle. But a word of caution, though. Don’t let the headphones for two long or let them max out the volume.

2. Light snacks

The way to a child’s heart is through their stomachs as well. Nibbling or eating along the way can divert their attention from playing around. But it is better to give them light snacks so as not to upset their tummies and make stopovers at public restrooms that are not that clean.

3. Favorite huggables

Bringing their sleeping companion will definitely ease their tendency to play around. Plus, it will contribute to a sound dozing off.

4. Medicines

Taking the necesary medicines will definitely aid you for unexpected health emergencies like dizziness, stomachaches, headaches, and other travel sickness.

5. Portable DVD player

Having something to view while traveling will surely keep their eyes fixed and their bodies properly seated. Don’t forget to bring the kiddie flicks.

Preparation is the key

Make a checklist before the trip. A checklist will let you decide on what are the necessary things you need to pack. Also, plan your departure time. A late afternoon departure will give you some peace since the kids will fall asleep when night time comes. My brother has learned from that Disneyland trip and the next trip six months after that went very smoothly to the point that he was able to sleep six hours on their first night out. He brought all these stuff and it worked more than expected.

Also, don’t forget to buckle the kids securely. A nagging-free trip is a happy thought but main goal is safety first.

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What to pack when travelling with the kids

Filed under: Uncategorized — lifestylescribe @ 4:33 am

While traveling can be considered a solitary activity. It is also considered as a good way to spend time with the kids. But kids have special needs and having them at your backseat or beside you on the plane.

I remember when I went with my brother and his kids on a disneyland trip two years ago. It was chaos even while we were still at the house. The three kids were running from their room to room and were finding something I can’t remember now but I can recall how noisy it was. My brother, a single parent just had deep sighs and was able to manage to get the kids to the SUV and led the kids to the airport.

The scene at the plane was somewhat subtle. My two nephews and one niece were just able to whisper childish insults to each other. When we arrived at Florida, the tantrums suddenly disappear as they were told that Mickey was just a few minutes away.

So, what do I learned from that experience? I was able to come up with a list of the things we should pack when travelling with the kiddies.

1. Headphones

Putting something in your child’s ear can definitely make things quieter. With something to listen to while travelling, you can make sure they won’t move any muscle. But a word of caution, though. Don’t let the headphones for two long or let them max out the volume.

2. Light snacks

The way to a child’s heart is through their stomachs as well. Nibbling or eating along the way can divert their attention from playing around. But it is better to give them light snacks so as not to upset their tummies and make stopovers at public restrooms that are not that clean.

3. Favorite huggables

Bringing their sleeping companion will definitely ease their tendency to play around. Plus, it will contribute to a sound dozing off.

4. Medicines

Taking the necesary medicines will definitely aid you for unexpected health emergencies like dizziness, stomachaches, headaches, and other travel sickness.

5. Portable DVD player

Having something to view while traveling will surely keep their eyes fixed and their bodies properly seated. Don’t forget to bring the kiddie flicks.

Preparation is the key

Make a checklist before the trip. A checklist will let you decide on what are the necessary things you need to pack. Also, plan your departure time. A late afternoon departure will give you some peace since the kids will fall asleep when night time comes. My brother has learned from that Disneyland trip and the next trip six months after that went very smoothly to the point that he was able to sleep six hours on their first night out. He brought all these stuff and it worked more than expected.

Also, don’t forget to buckle the kids securely. A nagging-free trip is a happy thought but main goal is safety first.

 

Stuff you should never ever bring to a Caribbean cruise January 29, 2008

Filed under: carribean cruise,cruises — lifestylescribe @ 12:29 pm
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Thanks to the movie Titanic, going on a cruise, or a Carribean cruise to be specific has never been so romantic and at the same time tragic.

Although Rose and Jack weren’t really on a cruise per se, the long travel at sea with nothing to view but the blue ocean and nothing to hear but the sound of the waves, makes getting on a cruise really be appealing.

But some degree of tragedy can also happen if you board unprepared or brought the unnecessary things. Have been to a cruise only twice, not proclaiming myself as an expert, but as what I have observed, there are things that aren’t necessary to pack before going on a Caribbean cruise.

  • Hairdryers

Reason: it’s already provided at the cabins. This was my mistake when I first went on a Carribean cruise. What made it worst was I brought bulky hairdryer which took a lot of space in my luggage.

  • Shavers

This one’s for the guys. Again, this is already provided in the ship so it is senseless to bring one as well. Also, it’s the high-end brands that are provided so, it’s a waste if you won’t use them.

  • Mobile phone

I remember I brought mine and it virtually became useless as the signal was non-existent during the cruise. Yes, even if your phone has a roaming capability. But the good thing is cruise ships have an ample number of phone booths and they will give you their number beforehand so you can give the contact number to your loved ones. An operator will connect the calls directly to you. The calls will be charged to your credit cards.

  • Flammable objects

As the cruise ships use tons and tons of gas, any flammable material would deem risky to use.

  • Pets

Well, this is a sad one. Most established cruise lines do not permit boarding animals. If you know a cruise ship that does allow, let me know.:) I want to take my beloved yorkshire, Soothie to my next cruise.

  • Non-commercial drugs or supplements

If you’re taking a prescription medicine that it is not commercially known, better take with you the doctor’s endorsement.

But don’t let these what-not-to-bring items hinder you from enjoying a Carribean cruise or whatever cruise for the matter. Most important thing is to have a checklist that contains your documents and consult with the cruise line on the thing that they allow and do no permit on board.

 

Stuff you should never ever bring to a Caribbean cruise

Filed under: Uncategorized — lifestylescribe @ 5:29 am

Thanks to the movie Titanic, going on a cruise, or a Carribean cruise to be specific has never been so romantic and at the same time tragic.

Although Rose and Jack weren’t really on a cruise per se, the long travel at sea with nothing to view but the blue ocean and nothing to hear but the sound of the waves, makes getting on a cruise really be appealing.

But some degree of tragedy can also happen if you board unprepared or brought the unnecessary things. Have been to a cruise only twice, not proclaiming myself as an expert, but as what I have observed, there are things that aren’t necessary to pack before going on a Caribbean cruise.

  • Hairdryers

Reason: it’s already provided at the cabins. This was my mistake when I first went on a Carribean cruise. What made it worst was I brought bulky hairdryer which took a lot of space in my luggage.

  • Shavers

This one’s for the guys. Again, this is already provided in the ship so it is senseless to bring one as well. Also, it’s the high-end brands that are provided so, it’s a waste if you won’t use them.

  • Mobile phone

I remember I brought mine and it virtually became useless as the signal was non-existent during the cruise. Yes, even if your phone has a roaming capability. But the good thing is cruise ships have an ample number of phone booths and they will give you their number beforehand so you can give the contact number to your loved ones. An operator will connect the calls directly to you. The calls will be charged to your credit cards.

  • Flammable objects

As the cruise ships use tons and tons of gas, any flammable material would deem risky to use.

  • Pets

Well, this is a sad one. Most established cruise lines do not permit boarding animals. If you know a cruise ship that does allow, let me know.:) I want to take my beloved yorkshire, Soothie to my next cruise.

  • Non-commercial drugs or supplements

If you’re taking a prescription medicine that it is not commercially known, better take with you the doctor’s endorsement.

But don’t let these what-not-to-bring items hinder you from enjoying a Carribean cruise or whatever cruise for the matter. Most important thing is to have a checklist that contains your documents and consult with the cruise line on the thing that they allow and do no permit on board.

 

Secrets to adapt the lifestyles of the rich but not so famous January 23, 2008

Even if we don’t want to admit it, we all like to get wealthy even in our wildest dreams.  The lure of living with endless spending makes us work harder. By endless spending, I mean being able to put the money to where our hearts are.  Be it to material things or our causes or our passions.

But getting millions richer ain’t that easy. There are those who get it the old-fashion way, they inherit the stash,  But  not all of us have wealthy ancestors.

The rich but not so famous seem to have it all. Why? Because they can enjoy the luxuries of life without being stalked by paparazzis or frequently interviewed by entertainment magazines.

But we all can enjoy the lifestylesof the rich but not so famous without  robbing a bank or working 24/7 for the overtime pay.

1.  Be content with what you have.

Well, at least for the moment.  If from the time you were born into this world without a silver spoon in your mouth, so to speak, then at least strive to keep things as they are.  Spend with what you earn.

2. Keep the worthy friends.

Your friends are one your priceless treasures.  No amount of wealth or luxury can replace the joy having them over at dinner or being godmothers or godfathers to their children.

3. Protect your family.

When the world ends, hopefully not anytime soon, our families will be the only ones who will be there by our sides.  They are the ones who keep us grounded and strong.

4. Pursue your calling.

You are the only one who knows what your passion is.  Don’t be hesistant to pursue whatever your heart desires.

5.  Give, give, and give.

Nobody can never deny the joy in giving. Instead of yearning for what we want, work to be able to bring something back to your family or the society.

6.  Don’t be afraid to be happy.

The pessimistic in us hinders us from being completely happy in the moment. We have this fear that good things never last. There is some truth to that but the thing is, fully enjoy the moment for it may never come again, but if it will, it won’t be exactly the same.

Positivity is the key

Nothing beats a positive attitude to being rich but not so famous.  If we all have happy feelings, which is hard to feel this days, then we will have the drive to do better and one day, actually get rich, in the financial sense and in the wholistic sense.

 

Secrets to adapt the lifestyles of the rich but not so famous

Filed under: Uncategorized — lifestylescribe @ 2:57 am

Even if we don’t want to admit it, we all like to get wealthy even in our wildest dreams.  The lure of living with endless spending makes us work harder. By endless spending, I mean being able to put the money to where our hearts are.  Be it to material things or our causes or our passions.

But getting millions richer ain’t that easy. There are those who get it the old-fashion way, they inherit the stash,  But  not all of us have wealthy ancestors.

The rich but not so famous seem to have it all. Why? Because they can enjoy the luxuries of life without being stalked by paparazzis or frequently interviewed by entertainment magazines.

But we all can enjoy the lifestylesof the rich but not so famous without  robbing a bank or working 24/7 for the overtime pay.

1.  Be content with what you have.

Well, at least for the moment.  If from the time you were born into this world without a silver spoon in your mouth, so to speak, then at least strive to keep things as they are.  Spend with what you earn.

2. Keep the worthy friends.

Your friends are one your priceless treasures.  No amount of wealth or luxury can replace the joy having them over at dinner or being godmothers or godfathers to their children.

3. Protect your family.

When the world ends, hopefully not anytime soon, our families will be the only ones who will be there by our sides.  They are the ones who keep us grounded and strong.

4. Pursue your calling.

You are the only one who knows what your passion is.  Don’t be hesistant to pursue whatever your heart desires.

5.  Give, give, and give.

Nobody can never deny the joy in giving. Instead of yearning for what we want, work to be able to bring something back to your family or the society.

6.  Don’t be afraid to be happy.

The pessimistic in us hinders us from being completely happy in the moment. We have this fear that good things never last. There is some truth to that but the thing is, fully enjoy the moment for it may never come again, but if it will, it won’t be exactly the same.

Positivity is the key

Nothing beats a positive attitude to being rich but not so famous.  If we all have happy feelings, which is hard to feel this days, then we will have the drive to do better and one day, actually get rich, in the financial sense and in the wholistic sense.

 

How to win at a vacation auction using an almost ebay style January 21, 2008

Filed under: vacation auction — lifestylescribe @ 9:07 am
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For certain, we have heard weird things being auctioned. But what about a vacation? Are there actually persons who bid to snatch a vacation spot when you have thousands to choose from? I know people fight over bookings and reservations. I guess the fight has elevated to more expensive level, bidding over a vacation spot.You have the money, you have the time, but your dream destination seems light years away, what do you do? Either you get the place or no vacation at all.

So, what are you to do? How will you win that auction for your dream vacation spot?
Read on for suggestions:

1. Familiarize yourself with the inner workings of a vacation auction

Before entering the bidding wars, get to know the ins and outs. Know the place, know who’s sponsoring the vacation auction. Know who’s bidding.

2. Get your bank account ready.

It’s useless if you win and yet your bank account can’t actually reach the amount.

3. Consult with your solicitor

Your solicitor can read the sale contract language more than you.

4. When you have reached your ultimate limit, that’s it.

Never ever go beyond the amount you have set for yourself. It’s your money on the line.

Decide before participating

The most important thing is you must set your boundaries before setting into the vacation auction. Your bidding hormones will be on an all-time high so take control and be firm. Be very firm. And if you don’t get the vacation destination. You still have a chance. Don’t sulk in a corner clutching your bank account.