Thursday, February 13, 2020

Planning A Wedding: Tips From Engagement To The Big Day

When it comes to weddings, it can be a very stressful thing to go through and plan. Many people out there are currently engaged, or even hoping their partners are going to pop the question, and with Valentine’s Day approaching and it being a leap year, this could be the year that you start the planning process. So you might be in need of some information and advice. So from engagement through to the big day itself here are some of the top wedding tips to help you through the process.

Let’s talk about getting engaged for a moment

Indulge me a little, having just been proposed to I am feeling on cloud nine. So if you are hoping that your partner will pop the question you might be wondering how to go about it. A few tips would be to start talking about the future and enter weddings into your conversation every now and again. Often it’s just making sure you are both wanting the same thing that can set the wheels in motion for your future wedding. Talking about getting engaged isn’t even a taboo subject if you have been together a while. Perhaps you already own a house together and have dogs or children. The beauty of planning your engagement together means you can go shopping for your ring. A look online at websites like can be a great source of inspiration. Choosing your own engagement ring might be the dream for you. 

Don’t get swamped with planning

A marriage and a wedding are two different things in reality. Getting married means making a commitment to be together through sickness and in health, for better or for worse. A wedding is the event itself in which you celebrate this very act. So if you keep things simple or go for something more elaborate and big then make sure the wedding planning doesn’t overwhelm you. It’s easy to step on the roller-coaster of wedding plans and not be able to get off, while you watch money mount up and cost escalating. The biggest tip is to ensure you get yourself a planner and no your budget and wedding size before you begin, it helps to be able to keep yourself in check.

Make the important decisions together

Let’s be honest here, the man in your life might not want to try every piece of cake or look at endless color samples of a different shade of blue or pink, but he might want to know about the venue or have a say on the food. You know your partner better than anyone, so involve him in what he will be interested in, and don’t bother him with the little details. Wedding planning can be stressful without it causing unnecessary arguments between one another. 

Don’t let the emotion of the big day take over

Finally, try and make sure you don’t let the emotion of your big day take over. Instead, don’t feel overwhelmed by the at but embrace the wedding day and enjoy yourself. It’s going to be one of the best days of your life. 

Let’s hope these important tips help you with your wedding planning.

Friday, February 7, 2020

'If There Was A Disaster, Could The Government Protect Your Family?

We live in a world in which the media drip-feeds us with a steady flow of disastrous news. Crises have almost become a part of life. When fires or hurricanes rage across the country, we find out about it instantly on the TV or our smart devices. 

That’s not to say, though, that disasters are just a normal part of life or easily managed; they’re not. They still present a real danger. People might be nonchalant about the threat, but that is only because of the preparedness systems put in place by the government. 

As the following infographic shows, the number of disasters is going up. In the mid-1990s, there were comparatively few crises to manage compared to today. Whether that is by chance or some underlying reason such as climate change, remains to be seen. But what we do know is that the government needs to take action now to ensure that we’re all prepared should disaster strike. 

If you’re interested in how the government is trying to protect your family from fires, diseases, earthquakes, and hurricanes, please take a look at the following infographic. It charts the increasing costs of disasters and the growing need for emergency management in the public sector. It then goes onto explain how authorities respond to crises and the strategies that they have employed. Finally, it discusses how modern technology improves the capacity for disaster mitigation. As you’ll see, the problem is much more complicated than you might imagine, with all kinds of moving parts.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

#MarchForLife Rally 2020 in Washington DC

On January 24th, we participated on the 47th Annual March for Life Rally in Washington DC.   My daughter’s school, Madonna High School, spearheaded this effort.  This is one of the annual activities that they participates into as part of the continuing effort of marching for the unborn.  This year, they invited St. Joseph the Worker students to join.   My son wanted to go too so I decided to participate as well.  My husband and I originally planned on going together but he was just getting over his sickness and we also have our dogs to take care to so he stayed behind.
I had to attend an online training and be certified before I could go.  It’s one of the requirements in Madonna for chaperoning.  This never came up at St. Joe’s when I had to chaperone for my daughter during their trip to DC so I didn’t know but glad I  am now certified.  It’s an-hour online course and it’s actually very enlightening, I’ve learned things about safe rules on children’s safety and legal ways in handling things.
Anyway, we left Weirton at 1:30 in the morning of Friday.   I wasn’t able to sleep in the bus at all.  We arrived at iHop in Frederick Maryland around 5 am.  The school have made the reservation for us back in December, we thought we had plenty of time to eat our breakfast and continue with our trip.  We met a stumbling block at iHop, they only have 2 servers and it took so long for them to serve the food.  We even ordered the special they offered as they said it would be easier if we all order the same thing.  Two of our students, including my daughter, didn't get their food.  We didn't have much time to wait so we left disappointed with their service.
The first part of this journey is the Youth Rally at Capital One Arena.  As I checked in, the security guard questioned me for the camera I had with me.  She said that professional cameras are not allowed inside.  She advised me to leave it our car but since our bus has already left, I couldn't do that.  She then took me to the guest information office so I can leave my camera there but luckily, the lady there said that there's no problem with me having the camera inside the arena, phew!  
I found this rule ridiculous because the reason why they're not allowing pro-camera like mine is that it can record video, well if that's the case then all cellphones won't be allowed since almost all cellphones can do that as well.  Glad I dodged that problem and got it resolved.
The youth rally was almost over when we arrived due to the issues we've faced early on so all we witnessed is the mass where there are so many priests from across the country have celebrated.  The arena was packed with young generation from different states.  Our parish priest said in all the years he has attended this event, that arena has never been filled like this year.  I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that we have a Pro-life of a President in the White House who value the right to life of the unborn.
My pride and joy right here.  They inspired me to join as well and make a stand.  This is the first time I went somewhere with both of them without my husband.  This will be one of our fondest memories to cherish.  I am super proud of both of them. 
It was a nice time also to be able to learn a little bit about the new bishop bishop in our diocese.  I think Bishop Brennan is very down to earth, he seem to genuinely care .  His vibe is so different from the disgraced  former bishop, Bransfield.
We lost the bishop towards the end of the march but glad that he found his way back into the bus safe and sound.
Fr. Dennis Schuelkens is truly a good leader of our church.  He leads us the way a priest would in his community.  I have nothing but good praise for him.
I was very glad to be able to share this experience to two of the moms I am close friends with from school.
My son, did not have any issues falling asleep in the bus so he was fully energized during the march.
My daughter on the other hand did not catch a wink.  She's like me who find it very difficult to sleep in those kind of setting so she was exhausted and I can tell that she was already feeling sick.
This group of kids from St. Joseph are the pioneer in joining this big movement for the first time.  I am glad that Madonna High School decided to invite them.  Their religion teacher, Ms. Moore was with them.
The freshmen group of Madonna have stepped up their game also.  This is the first year where the majority of the participants are from the first year students.  Way to go class of 2024, we are very proud of you!
My son was my bus-buddy, it was great riding a bus with you Bud.
Coming home from DC, I was feeling sick.  My throat was painful and I was coughing.I think the lack of sleep and exhaustion from the trip got to me.  Both my daughter and I were sick for a week.  Despite the sickness, I would definitely do it again, it's a great cause and if nobody will fight for the right to life of the unborn, it would be terrible.  I thank the organizers at Madonna especially Mrs. Granato for letting us join and for ensuring that every one of us were safe during the trip.

"Together, we are the voice for the voiceless.  You stand for life each and everyday.  You provide housing, education, jobs, and medical care for the women that you serve.  Today, as the President of the United States, I am truly proud to stand with you.  We're here for a very simple reason: to defend the right for every child, born and unborn, to fulfill their God-given potential.  Young people is the heart for the March for Life.  It's your Generation that is making this a pro-life nation.  You are powered by prayer and motivated by pure unselfish love."
President Donald J. Trump

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Best Cities in the World for Expats with Families

It used to be that moving abroad for work was daunting and a massive challenge, especially for those with families. As the world has become more globalized, more and more international cities have made themselves far more attractive to expat families. 

Companies need foreign expertise all over the world and so it’s important that they create an environment suited to precious employees that have a family. This has included offering free healthcare, subsidized education, helping your partner get a job, free housing and free transport to and from work. 

In this article, we look at the best cities in the world for expats with families.

1. Taipei, Taiwan

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Taipei is friendly, modern, safe and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The Taiwanese are amazing people who work hard, play hard, and respect their city and their environment. 

96% of expats that live in Taipei said they feel safe living there and 94% say that national healthcare is way above average. Expats report feeling at home and find it easy to integrate with locals. The Taiwanese are genuine and hospitable people who welcome foreigners with open arms. 

Taipei is a large international city that has all the amenities an expat family could ever want. The transport here is fantastic making it easy to travel around and you are never too far away from a trip into the local nature including a dormant volcano. 

Taipei also has an amazing food scene with its own unique cuisine plus access to quality international foods. Nightlife is varied and fun including a big focus on music, art, and dance.

2. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A combination of historic cultural buildings with brand new modern spaces makes up the wonderful and exciting city of Kuala Lumpur, or KL, as expats call it. KL is a melting pot of different ethnicities where local and foreign cultures intertwine with one another creating a unique and interesting scene.

The city has seen immense growth over the last 20 years and today still continues to expand exponentially. KL is an Asian metropolis defined by its wide range of Asian cuisines, fusions, street foods, and fine dining.

Expats feel at home here and the city has been designed to cater to a business lifestyle. Amenities are plentiful and of great quality with easy access via a solid infrastructure that allows people to move around quickly and freely. 

Families will enjoy the large number of fun things to do here and the chance to explore Malaysia’s stunning tourist hotspots like Penang, Langkawi and the Perhentian Islands in the north of the country. 

3. Kemang (South Jakarta), Indonesia

Indonesia is quickly becoming one of the best places in the world for expats to live. Why? The country is currently experiencing a boom with buildings going up everywhere, foreign investment pouring in and tourists arriving for the Indonesian experience. 

Kemang in South Jakarta is the number one place for expats in Indonesia and for good reason. There are tons of quality international schools here and private perumahan (housing) areas designed with expats and their families in mind. 

Kemang is also home to some very active expat communities that will help you get settled and show you all the best things to do in the country. Entertainment is plentiful with modern super malls, entertainment centers, and restaurant areas. 

Kemang is also home to some wonderful works spaces where expats can meet other people, network and collaborate on projects.
4. Lisbon, Portugal

There is an international buzz about Lison right now. It’s considered one of the hottest cities in the world and dream city to live in by millions. The reasons for such popularity are easy to find. 

Lisbon has had a recent economic revival which has created a huge spark in the business and cultural scenes of the city. Quality of life here has grown massively over the last decade with 96% of expats saying they feel safe and 74% saying they feel right at home.

Lisbon is far cheaper to live in when compared to other expat cities in Europe or North America, it retains its western feel at an affordable rate. Expats living here will be exposed to a different type of city living, one that is very relaxing, that moves slowly and is focused in work/life balance.

Those with kids will be happy to know that the beach is not too far away, the food is simply sublime and the number of entertainment choices is limitless.     

Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Rules of Taking Children Abroad'

Believe it or not, it isn’t always as simple as you think to be able to take your children away with you on vacation. There are a few little traps that some parents face when they plan to take their children abroad. A lot of parents don’t start to realize that this is something that could be an issue whether you are planning a quick trip abroad or a long trip away. One of the things is that consent is needed from both parents if you are separated parents. So there are a few different things to think about. 

So, if you are planning to take your children abroad, then you might need to check a few things before you. You might need the help of a child custody lawyer if you are their other parent are separated, so it isn’t something to take lightly. Here are some things to be thinking about.

Different Surnames

You may have a different surname from your children, which can happen for a variety of different reasons. You and their other parent could not be married or you might still have your passport in your maiden name. This is something that can be checked up on by immigration officials, so it is important to think about, even if it hadn’t crossed your mind before. It is a good idea to think about having some ID documents with you, such as their birth certificates or your marriage certificate, for example. This is going to be very needed if you are traveling alone with the children, without another parent. You could even think about getting a letter from the other parent, if that is easy to get. Just an extra thing to be thinking about when you plan your vacation.

Relocating abroad with your children

There are a lot of things to think about if you are thinking about relocating with your children to a different country. Both parents, together or not, need to be involved in the decision to relocate with the children as it is something that can mean a large disruption to their life. It can really mean that they are going to be far away from one parent on a long-term basis, if their parents are separated or divorced.

When you need to take children on a vacation, it is actually against the law to remove a child from the country on a permanent basis without the consent of both parents. So no matter what dreams and plans you have, it won’t be possible without full consent from the other parent. You could look into going to court in order to do so, but it can be a long process. 

If you have some questions about taking your children away on vacation, especially if you parents are divorced, then it is a good idea to seek some help from a lawyer if needed. You don’t want to run the risk of anything happening, so ask the questions and get prepared ahead of time.

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