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traveling with babies and toddlers 0

Posted on July 30, 2008 by dorisch

I’ve never had issues traveling with a baby only because I make sure I’m well prepared for the trip. A friend of mine is already planning on the ‘logistics’ even though she’ll be traveling with her baby in three months’ time. The thing about traveling with babies or toddlers is that you need to expect the unexpected.

After a long drive, a nice, quiet night in a hotel room sounds perfect. Unfortunately, after that long drive, the toddlers might not see it the same way. If parents don’t want to wake up in a room filled with shocks, a bit of baby-proofing might be in order before settling down to sleep. Don’t worry, you won’t need to bring any air tools to fix up any non baby friendly features in the room. All it takes is a little efforts to look out for potential spills, hiccups and frustration causes.

First, take anything that can be opened and sprayed or spilled, like the tiny hotel soaps and shampoos, and move it out of reach. You might leave the bar soaps as a distraction, since a couple of scattered soap bars are a cinch to pick up compared to finger-painting in conditioner. Likewise, move any toxic or messy substances you brought with you out of reach, as well. I would like to believe that’s sheer common sense 😛 Check the dresser drawers, too, for things left in the room that could be torn up, or for helpful items like pens and notepads that could be used for redecorating. You don’t want to receive a call from the hotel for any ‘redecorating’ incidentals, do you? Book your Travel on Black Friday to complete your holiday shopping in person. Click here for great deals in New York

education cum travel sounds like a great thing 0

Posted on July 24, 2008 by dorisch

When I was younger, I used to admire some of my friends who had the chance to travel far for an education. Getting into a new environment was exciting for a young adult although you would have studies to worry about. It was until many years in the workforce that I could save some money for an overseas education. That was the time where I could travel around and experience Perth Western Australia in a close encounter. The one year of learning the Aussie culture was great for me.

Sometimes I wonder if I would still strive hard to travel overseas for a University degree if online education was available those days. The truth is, online university degree has made it possible for many to fulfill their academic dreams and goals since not many can afford the high expenses of overseas education. With many courses and degrees offered these days, online education will continue to grow in years to come.

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play more golf and pay less with golfcard 0

Posted on July 22, 2008 by dorisch

Die hard golfers will go anywhere, under any circumstances to play their game of golf with their buddies and friends. I often heard of business travelers meeting up for a round of golf after a series of meetings and some even engage team building events on the golf field. It’s all about passion, I believe!

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do people still travel this summer? 0

Posted on July 16, 2008 by dorisch

When times are bad, do people still travel? Yes and no. Travel may continue but travelers may choose destinations that cost less. Some go to the extreme of spending big budgets on their travel plans first and then face the risk of mortgage lenders knocking on their doors. Air travel may be minimize when economy is rocky and people will resort to domestic travel or perhaps a short break to a nearby city or break. But there are also those who are not affected by bad times and will continue to splurge on luxury and ultimate comforts.


Fuel is increasing and the airlines industry is facing enormous challenges ahead. But if you are still traveling this summer, just enjoy your break cos you are one of the fortunate ones who can afford to go ahead with your trip. Still thinking of ways to save for your summer vacation? Get $100 cash back on vacations! Click here for more information!

bugs for food in chatuchak 0

Posted on July 14, 2008 by dorisch

What’s poison for one man may be another man’s food. My friend had just returned from a trip to Bangkok with his wife and a couple and was showing me his ‘buggy’ pictures in ChaTuChak (Jatujak; Thai: ???????)) weekend market in Bangkok. I’m quite certain that you would need no diet pill after seeing those bugs for sale! I’m not sure how many visitors have bagged some just to try out how they taste like but I don’t think I’ll be trying any of them.

Chatuchak market is adjacent to the Kamphaengphet station (MRT) of the Bangkok Metro, or about a 5-minute walk from the Mo Chit (??????) Skytrain (BTS) station and Suan Chatuchak(Chatuchak Park) station(MRT). Most stalls only open on Saturdays and Sundays. The market offers a wide variety of products including household items, clothing, Thai handicrafts, religious artifacts, collectibles, foods, and live animals.

a career that travels 0

Posted on July 11, 2008 by dorisch

I’ve always been told that one of the careers that allow you to fly while you work is being a flight attendant. Looking back, I remember how I used to crave for a flying career since the travel bug was already birthed within me at a young age. The free spirited personality in me longs for space and a career that takes me places but like many others, this dream didn’t come true for several reasons. If only we had the web in those days to find our desired jobs by posting Atlanta resumes if you are in planning to settle in Atlanta and New York resumes if the big apple is what you desired. But some people would prefer a pure travel vacation compared to a vacation mixed with work and play.

planning a group hotel reservation 0

Posted on July 09, 2008 by dorisch

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things to take note when going on a cruise holiday 0

Posted on July 07, 2008 by dorisch

Traveling to exotic locations on a luxury ship, catching sunrays, and breathing the salty breezes can renew and replenish anyone, no matter how shopworn from the cares of work. However, a cruise holiday requires planning in order to be the best it can be.

When scheduling your cruise holiday, you should be aware that there are off season and on season dates, and that you want to schedule your trip in the off season to get the best deal. What you may not know, however, is that cruise lines actually change prices a number of times throughout the year.

To travel lighter, find out about equipment that will be available on the ship. For instance, if the cruise line provides irons or hair dryers, you won’t need to pack yours. Also pack your own sample size shampoo, toothpaste, and other toiletries because these items will cost more in the gift shop. You may have access to laundry facilities on your cruise holiday, so you don’t have to take a huge amount of clothing. But make sure you find out first from the cruise liner so that you won’t end up with insufficient change of clothes. For those who bring your laptop, always check that you have enough ram installed on your computer.

honolulu, how I miss u 0

Posted on July 05, 2008 by dorisch

One year ago at this time, I recalled the excitement when hubby agreed on our family vacation to Hawaii. It was a dream come true for me. This morning, there was a program on the travel channel and guess what it was all about? It’s the top 10 best places to visit in Hawaii! That show brought me wonderful memories!

sunset in waikiki

It is hard to forget the friendly smiles in this island and the gorgeous sunset at Waikiki. The scenes are still vivid in my mind and I find myself missing Honolulu. Though many have this perception that it’s a commercialized city with lots of branded shopping and high rise condos, I look beyond these and appreciate the ‘hang loose’ spirit and laid back pace. To me, Honolulu has a nice mix of city life and natural beauty. The weather is lovely at most times of the year and you don’t need to go too far to escape from the bustle of the city. This is a gourmet haven where food is concerned. The Hawaiians are exotic in their cooking and tropical ingredients can be easily spotted in their cuisine. Hubby can’t have enough of Eggs n Things and I guess he would need to bring along his hoodia pills the next time we head this way again.

Honolulu… what a lovely city you are…

new york is a shopper’s heaven 0

Posted on July 04, 2008 by dorisch

My good friend is counting down to her trip to New York. I can’t imagine many places in the world that have quite the number of shopping options that are available to New Yorkers on a daily basis. It’s hard to imagine that there are people who actually have never felt the thrill of getting that little extra percent off or finding a perfectly good second hand piece for less than a quarter of what that item would have cost new. At the same time, there are very few things that I can mentally justify paying full price for.

Perhaps this is why New York represents shopper’s heaven to me. From travel commentaries, magazines and travel programs, I come to know that there are so many consignment stores, used clothes stores, vintage clothes stores, and the bargains don’t end at clothing. There is consignment furniture, house wares, health foods, even eca stack can be found at bargain prices in very specialized consignment and second hand stores. Electronics and appliances can be found in these types of stores as well. It’s truly amazing all the wonderful things that can be found at bargain basement prices by those who are truly willing to look for them.

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