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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Things to Do in Pattaya: The Usual and the Unusual

Let’s admit it, Pattaya is both famous and infamous for the risqué shows, ladyboys and Nuru Massage parlors that flock the city and they are indeed a big part of what the tourism in the city is about. However, there’s more to Pattaya than just what you usually hear about it. On that note, let’s now look at four things we suggest that everyone should try out in Pattaya which includes a few uncommon treats and mostly family-centric activities.

Party at the Walking Street

Let’s start the list off with a party on Pattaya’s most happening street, which is arguably, the trendiest street for party lovers in the whole of Thailand. The 500 meter long stretch and its side streets are home to nightclubs, go go bars, regular bars, restaurants and everything in-between! Walking Street looks devoid of life if you visit it during the day but as soon as the sun goes down, the neon lights take over, accompanied by booming music, tourists and a whole range of colorful characters.
Visit the Sea Turtle Sanctuary in Sattahip

Marine life conservation is usually not what people associate with Pattaya but if you have had enough of the go go bars and the loud music, this can be a refreshing change. Besides they have a pure white albino sea turtle which is one of the very few of its kind in the entire world! The turtle sanctuary which is run by the Thai Navy, has turtle feeding programs, turtle release programs and an awareness program to make people realize how our activities are affecting the ocean and all the creatures that live in it.
Shop at the Four Regions Floating Market

Floating markets are one of the unique attractions of Thailand in general and the one in Pattaya is definitely worth a visit. After all, how many markets are there in the world that require you to cruise around in a boat while shopping! The market is divided into four parts, namely North, Northeast, Central and South. This division is quite meaningful though as each of these four sections of the market represent the four corners of Thailand and sell items that the particular area is famous for.
Take the Children to the Art in Paradise Gallery

Although children generally love it, the truth is that adults like it no less! Everything you will see in here is some sort of an optical illusion or the other and the best part is that you can become a part of these clever little pieces of art. It’s a perfect opportunity to get some funny pictures to remember your trip by. Over one hundred pieces of optical illusions spread across ten different sections will keep everyone entertained for the whole evening.

You will, of course, have many more attractions to see and enjoy in Pattaya, but before anything else, we recommend that you choose one of the hotels in Pattaya Beach Road to make your stay as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. In spite of its mixed reputation, Pattaya can be an excellent place for a family holiday as well and this list is mostly catered to help you find some of the best family outings in the city.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Camping in the Backyard

As part of our daughter's birthday celebration , we   did a camping  in the backyard.  We haven't gone to a real camp site yet but  for now, camping in the backyard is a lot of fun.  Maybe when they are old enough, we can  go to a real camping ground.  The moon  on that night was so bright, it was perfect for a camp out in the backyard.  This is one of the many reasons why I wanted a  fenced in backyard because we can do  whatever without the neighbor seeing what we are doing.  
We also roasted some marshmallows and  hotdog at a made-up fire pit.  Having a fire pit in the backyard is  another project we will be working on in the future.  for now, using the  stump of the  crab apple tree that we took down is good enough.
The smoke from the fire  drove away the mosquitoes which is advantageous to my kids because they are both allergic to  mosquito bites.  Even with anti-mosquito lotion and ointment, they still get bites once in a while so the smoke totally eliminates that.
Even our fur babies are ready to camp out!
I remember when we camped in the backyard, our dog Bolt was still a pup and he was little then.
It was chilly that night so  having four bodies in a small space was  great, it kept us all warm.
It was hard falling asleep and getting comfortable but the kids seemed to have fallen asleep with no problem.  They woke up so late  the next morning.  If it wasn't going to rain that day, we could have left the tent there for a couple of days but we decided to take it down the next day because when it rains, our  backyard get all the water from the hill.  .
It was fun, we all had a great time and we will definitely do it again, probably next year.  

Cool Destinations for a Family Vacation You May Not Have Thought Of

When I look at my kids I realize it won’t be long before they’re teenagers who will find taking annual vacations with mom and dad to be a bit – boring. Though I know it’s a phase all teens go through, it’s probably a good idea to get in as much time as I can with them now. We enjoy taking family trips every year. This year, I wanted to switch things up and do something different that the kids would enjoy. When checking around, I found some cool destinations I would never have dreamed of taking my family to.

Hit a Dude Ranch in Colorado
Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Your kids would enjoy staying on a dude ranch in Colorado. There are beautiful ranches in Grand County, Colorado. With the Rocky Mountain views and authentic old western vibe, there’s no telling the exciting adventures the family could have here. The ranches are all-inclusive meaning all the fun activities are right there. They also have really fun programs for kids who’d love the idea of being a junior cowboy or cowgirl.

An All-Inclusive Resort in Cabo San Lucas
Thought that island retreats in an all-inclusive resort was just for children? Contrary to popular belief, resorts can be a great way for families to vacation and save money at the same time. The food, accommodations and some of the activities are included in the price. Everything is right at the resort which means there’s no need for a rental car. There is even a Welk Cabo San Lucas family resort that has cool activities like paddle boarding, Mexican festivals and city tours.

Explore the City of Chicago
Are you from the country but you want to see what the city life is like? Take the kids to Chicago for a fun-filled family vacation they won’t soon forget. Chicago has a lot of fun activities for families to partake in. Take a cruise down the Chicago River on an architectural boat tour, dine on some Chicago style pizza, and if you happen to head down there during the summer why not catch an outdoor concert at Millennium Park? Many major cities like Chicago has city passes to make it more affordable for families to visit several tourist attractions.

Head to La Jolla Shores in San Diego
You can’t say summer family vacations without talking about beaches. If you want to find a destination that has some of the best beaches as well as a ton of activities for families to enjoy you’ll need to check out vacations in San Diego. There are over 70 miles of beaches with tropical temperatures all year-round. La Jolla Shores is great for children as the waves are slow and small for them to enjoy. There’s also the San Diego Zoo and Legoland.

Get Patriotic and Visit Our Nation’s Capital
If you thought Washington DC was nothing more than a historical bore that your children will almost certainly whine about, think again. The 4th of July is when the nation’s capital Washington DC is the most fun for families. Enjoy festivities like parades, concerts on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capital, and tons of fireworks. Want to know what makes this an even better family vacation destination? All of these activities are free!
I’ve learned a lot searching for the best places to take the kids for our family vacation. Though traditional family destinations like Disney World are always a ton of fun, getting out into the world and allowing your kids to explore other cities can be a lot of fun. So, whether you want to hit the beaches, head to a ranch, or get patriotic, these destinations are sure to be a hit for your next family vacation.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Our 4th of July Celebration 2017

Independence Day is always  fun for us because we love  watching the parade and the fireworks .  There's an added bonus this year, the Wheeling symphony group have performed at our City.  This year's 4th of July fell on a weekday so the city   had the  parade and firework on the 1st.  We watched the parade in the morning  and then watched some parts of the Wheeling Symphony performance at the event center before  the firework have started.  
They have  different activities  every year but we only watch firework.  This year however, we thought of watching the  music group since we  have never watched them before.  You can see  a small part of their performance on the video below.

We  normally watches the firework with our neighbor family but they went on a vacation this year so we watched it  with other family friends.  The kids were excited because they got to watch it with their friends from school.
It's always fun to watch the fireworks with friends.
It was a fun little get together with friends.  The kids  passed football while waiting for the firework to start.  We also had some snacks and drinks for them to enjoy.
Last year, we were on vacation  on the 4th of July so we didn't get to celebrate it at our  new home.  This is the first  time we celebrated it here.
We did some BBQ and the kids lit up some sparklers later that night after we played tennis.  Hubby is a real trooper because even though he had a migraine, he still played tennis with us and enjoyed the meal we  prepared.
We are just starting to make some tradition for our  family so we kind of figuring it out  as we go.  Ever since my FIL died,  we  no longer  have a family get together for  special occasion.  We used to go to his house and the whole family celebrate there.
Here's a short video of them lighting up the sparkler.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Father's Day 2017

June was a very busy month for  my family.  With all the  outdoor projects  that my husband  and I have been doing, I barely have time to  sit down in my desk and write about  stuff.  Everything I post is  so late but it's okay as our time is being spent on  home improvement and family bonding.  We made a special breakfast for  him before we went to church.
The kids made their own personalized cards for  their Dad.  Hubby and I always appreciates the time and effort that our kids put into making their cards for us on special occasions.
They even influenced me to make one  for my husband.  My husband is a such a fun Dad for our kids so I played a little  with the color, I chose pink for the material to make a card for him.  I actually bought a card  for him but he accidentally  saw it in my office so  being the surprised is ruined, I made him another one.  
I  felt bad because he had a migraine that day but  he is a real trooper and smiled through pain.
After attending mass, we visited his Dad and  brought him some  flowers.  The kids put it together with the flag that they brought him during Memorial Day.
We used to celebrate  Father's Day with my FIL  at his house when he was still alive  but now we  visited and celebrated it at his  new and permanent home.
I would like for my kids to continue  this tradition of visiting loved ones  even just on special occasions.
Father's Day always makes me miss my own father as well.  He passed on 14 years ago and I still wish he still here to see my kids.  I hope that he is happy wherever he is now with the  creator  up there.

The Best Family Summer Vacations in the USA

The best family summer vacation is often one that meets several different criteria. It must be fun, educational, adventurous and family-friendly. Admittedly, this is a tough list of requirements to meet in a single destination. Fortunately, we’ve done all the leg work for you to narrow the list to a few best destinations that are bound to create family memories that will last a lifetime.
Here are our four recommended family summer vacation destinations in the USA.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

The Grand Canyon is a gorge that runs for 277 miles and runs as deep as 6,000 feet in some places. The flow of water over millions of years cut out the shape of the gorge to what it is today. There are several vantage spots to get the best view of the Grand Canyon. But this is not all there is to do.
Don’t miss the opportunity for your child to become a Junior Ranger during their visit. Different Junior Ranger courses like the South Rim Junior Rangers and Phantom Rattler Junior Ranger give young kids a real sense of achievement. There’s plenty of trips down the river operated by several companies with plenty of experience creating water-based enjoyment as a family. For parents with older children, there is camping and hiking all around the area. Be sure to bring appropriate clothing and carry enough water and snacks. After all, Arizona is known as one of the warmest states.

Monterey, California

While Monterey lacks the beach life present in other parts of California’s famous coastline, it more than makes up for it with the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Whether being right up against the glass next to the sharks and sea turtles or watching the staff feed the penguins, this is one aquarium that’s up close and personal with its many fish and mammals. The Secret Lives of Seahorses is a fish tank that is also not to be missed. Outside, walk out on the deck to see if you can spot the many blue, humpback and gray whales that sometimes come close enough to the shore to be seen.
Monterey itself is an old sardine fishing town that now has a number of excellent seafood restaurants that are worth a visit. There are a few interesting stores dotted around that make for an interesting change of pace too.

Park City, Utah

Utah is very much a family destination and Park City is no exception. While the busy ski season sees an influx of visitors to hit the snowy peaks, the city stays busy through the summer months too. There are cultural places to visit like the collection of museums and art galleries, and the historic Main Street with its quaint façade. Horse riding for kids and horse steering for the younger ones exposes the children to horses, stables and a different way of life. Mountain bike riding for the teenagers and steep hiking trails to challenge the young adults will surely keep them occupied.
A pleasant stay in Park City isn’t complete without an enjoyable place to call home. There are some excellent apartments and rooms available for rental. You can view rentals here to see what’s currently available.

Not every vacation is great for kids. The last thing you want as a parent is the kids getting bored; this only means trouble for everyone. Each of the above destinations provides enough varied entertainment to keep children of all ages happy.

The Top Ways You Can Encourage Your Aspiring Child Superstar

At  Kinsley Ard Memorial Talent Show
If you’ve got an aspiring child superstar on your hand then there is a good chance you are busy carting them from audition to audition, meeting with the agent, and helping to get their career off the ground. While all of this is important, your budding star also needs emotional support and encouragement. So what can you do to offer this kind of support? Here are some tips.

Help Them through Disappointments

Show business is often filled with disappointments, so it's important to offer support when this happens. Your child's self-esteem can take a real hit in these moments, so as a parent it's important to teach them the value of a lesson.

Let them know that failure is part of learning and is actually an opportunity to better themselves. Failure doesn’t mean they should give up; rather, they need to make some adjustments for next time. This is the kind of lesson that they can carry with them through their life anytime they are feeling low on self-esteem.

Praise Them for a Job Well Done

Over-praising is never a good idea, as this sets them up for disappointments, but praising them when they deserve it offers them that boost of encouragement they need. Even if you are just praising them for giving all they’ve got, whether they succeeded or not, this is still worthy of praise.
Make Sure You Show How Much You Love Them

This particular tip is even more important in these tough times. They need to know that whatever happens with their quest in the entertainment industry, you are there for them and love them no matter what. They need to know that you are their safe space and that you don’t care how things have gone at the latest audition.
Great job taking home the win!
Look at What Others are Doing

As a final tip, this one is more to help parents find their way. Show business is a tricky and often fickle business, so knowing what to expect and how things work can help. An excellent source of information is to take a look at some of the reality TV shows on today that showcase the life and activities of these budding young stars.

Straight from actor and producer Michael Palance is the show "My Hollywood". This show is currently being filmed in a few different locations around the world and chronicles the lives of families who are helping their kids break into the entertainment business. It’s a wonderful peek into the world you can expect to be a part of.

It’s also a good idea to follow the adventures of Michael David Palance through Twitter so you’ll have the inside scoop.

Helping Your Child to Realize Their Dreams

There is so much that you can do as a parent to help your child realize their dreams, but it’s important to also remember that much of that help comes in the form of emotional support and encouragement. These tips will help you to navigate the waters of support.​
She played The Hunter

Take Advantage of the Opportunity of a Lifetime and Study Abroad

There is an ancient saying that knowledge is what liberates us. It is by studying that we become better versions of ourselves. The practice of studying has existed since time immemorial, and the process of formal studying is something seen the world over, having existed for thousands of years. Every country in the world now accepts the importance of education and aims to develop programs that meet the needs of their country and their students, giving them relevance in the world at the same time. An opportunity to study abroad in U.A.E., for instance, is one not to be missed, particularly when considering the U.A.E. now plays such an important role in the global political and economic landscape.
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What Does it Mean to Study Abroad?

Very simply put, it means that you take a study break from your university in this country. During that break, you enroll with a completely different university, for instance in the U.A.E. However, this isn’t just a random break. Rather, you ensure that your university agrees that the standards of the U.A.E.’s university are comparable to their own, so that they accept the credits you have earned when you return. At the same time, it means that the university in the United Arab Emirates agrees that what you have already studied is to a level that is acceptable to enable you to complete part of the study with them.

How to Choose a Program

Choosing a study abroad program is quite complex and only you can decide what is right for you. If, for instance, you are studying medicine, you will have very different requirements than if you were studying engineering. Another complexity is deciding whether you can attend the university at all. In the U.A.E., for instance, you will have to meet the necessary visa requirements. This may include getting vaccinations, having certain financial capabilities, arranging your own accommodation, having a clear background check, and so on.

Thanks to the power of the internet, and the fact that the world is becoming increasingly global, a lot of this work can be done for you. Universities now welcome international students with open arms, because they also know that your university will be more likely to take their students should they wish to complete a similar project. Hence, they have made the process a whole lot easier.

What is perhaps more difficult is to actually take that step and get on the plane to the U.A.E. You will be away from your home, who and what you know, for at least a semester, heading not just to a different country, but one with a very different culture. Additionally, the climate is like nothing you will have ever experienced before. But you need to understand that this truly is the opportunity of the lifetime, and you should not pass up on it just because it all feels a bit far away and foreign. It is an opportunity for you to explore the world and come out with a more respected degree than any of your peers.


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