Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Travel Dining with Friends at Pies and Pints in Morgantown WV

Dining while traveling is fun especially if you do it with family and friends.  Part of traveling adventure is exploring the food.  Sometimes you  find the food that resembles the food that you  ate at one place or it reminds you of your home cooking but most of the times, you discover something new for your palate.  During our adventures in Charleston, West Virginia, we explored the food with friends.

We have experience with our family friends before but this time, we have  multiple families with us who also  participated in the History Bowl championship event.    Black Sheep Burrito was  a decent place to dine.
Pies and Pints was a great place too.  They have so many options.
The great thing about it is the experience that we all shared in  trying this new place.
We had our school principal with us  and three other families, it was a great time.
If you ever visits our state capital and looking for a place to eat, I highly recommend Pies and Pints especially if you like beer.  I am not a drinker so I dunno about  beer but I didn't know how many there are !  The place has a display of beer cans on their wall and almost all of them were so unfamiliar to me ha ha.  Traveling and dining with friends is a whole lot of fun for sure.

Surviving Financial Hardship

Things happen — between the roof springing a leak to your daughter’s wisdom teeth needing removed, sometimes life throws unwelcome surprises at you. A loan can be a blessing or a curse and can only take you so far (click here if you’re interested), but it is an uneasy feeling to know that you are in debt.

Take it All In

The first step in managing your debt is to acknowledge it. You and your partner should both sit down together and open all the scary envelopes that you’ve been avoiding. It’s the opposite of a good time, but it needs to be done. Prioritize all your bills and decide what needs to be paid the most urgently (water, electric, etc).

  • Sort by date and company, and use a highlighter to mark the amount due for each bill.
  • Total up the amounts from every bill to get an idea of where you stand with each company.

Start Communicating

Once you know how much you owe to each company, you need to contact them as soon as possible. You might be surprised to learn that many companies are willing to work with you and want to help you out. Explain that you are in financial hardship and ask what can be done to help you make regular, but low enough payments.
  • Usually you are able to set up payment plans with collection agencies. Believe it or not, being kind to these folks will make them more likely to work with you and an overall more pleasant experience.
  • Sometimes you can get a lower interest rate on your bills by pleading your case. This helps to lower your overall monthly bill.
The nauseating, gut-wrenching worry that keeps you awake at night is not a good feeling. If you’re in financial crises, take a breath. Start with what you can take care of and take steps to get the rest under control.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Washington Park in Cincinnati Ohio

I can't believe it's been over a year since we had this fun adventures with the Dias family.  I'm the slowest turtle or snail on earth when it comes to posting about our travels.  We decided to met up with them after our vacation in Tennessee last year since it has been years since our  get together in Texas. We were suppose to go the Noah's Arc Encounter together but we did not make it due to time constraints.    
We stayed in Kentucky while they stayed in Cincinnati so we decided to explore the city.  Washington Park was one of the places we checked after we spent  hours in Newport Aquarium.    It was very hot that day and it will give the kids  some fun while the adults are catching up.  
This place is beautiful. It's bounded by West 12th, Race and Elm Streets in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. The park has an old-fashioned bandstand and many trees. Several American Civil War cannons and busts of Civil War heroes Frederick Hecker and Colonel Robert Latimer McCook, who commanded the German 9th Ohio Infantry are in the park.
The park stands in the shadow of the Cincinnati Music Hall. While the now-demolished Washington Park School was located at its north end, a new School for Creative and Performing Arts currently stands across Twelfth Street at its south end.
The new Washington Park's  green space has been expanded from six to eight acres, and the amenities include a dog park, interactive water fountains, refreshed public restrooms, a concession building, a “civic lawn” that will host concerts and events, shade from the summer sun, and a kids’ section.
The interactive water fountain is a favorite among children.  We knew the moment the kids saw the fountain, they would want to soak in so we let them, after all it was so hot that it would refresh them.
We had so much fun with the Dias family.  We came close friends through blogging.  She's the only blogger I have connected when my family was still living in South Korea back in 2008.  When we came back here in the mainland, our families met in Disney World and since then, we go on vacation from time to time.  
Our children became friends and so does our husbands.  You can really found genuine  people in the blogging world.
Sharing this photo that my my  friend took during our fun adventures.

Delhi is Touted to be the Perfect Gateway to the Serene Himalayan Visual Treat

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What makes Delhi airport one of the busiest and bustling tourist epicenters in South Asia? Why are thousands of tourists swarming into Delhi every day, and what makes it so sought after with the netizen of global destinations? The answer probably lies in unique latitudinal coordinates of Delhi highlighting its proximity to all the popular hill stations that sit on the lap of the Himalayan valleys.

Shimla and Manali have always been held close to the heart of the tourist, and they never think twice visiting these places again and again. The popularity of these places has climbed up to the magnitude of the act of pilgrimage through the sanctum of nature so much so that hardly you will find anyone from anywhere in India who did not have ever been to any of these places. The roadways to both these hill towns intersect Delhi which happens to be the only metropolitan city conveniently connected to them. Delhi is also accessible from rest of the other part of the country in all possible ways through Rail, Road and air transport. Frequent flights shuttle between Delhi and other metro cities in every single or couple of hours. 16 Mumbai to Delhi Flight booking online throughout the day connect the two cities. Fleets of aircraft being operated by almost all the domestic and international carriers are quite frequently found to be on their wings at Delhi airport to ensure the logistical support required to sustain an enormous load of passengers.

Tourists from global destinations can easily fly to Delhi and then they can charter a rented car to take them to hills through the spectacular labyrinth of mountain roads negotiating through the slopes of the hills and verge of the gorges overlooking the valley beneath. With the emergence of online digital travel platforms, booking tickets, or planning a vacation has now become a cakewalk for everyone. You can book your rooms or buy your air tickets only with a few clicks on your smartphone sitting in the comfort of your couch. Tourists are increasingly found to have preferred to book their tickets online, which also offers a host of attractive features aimed at delivering the best of user experiences that translate into higher retention percentage and better customer engagement.


Shimla is the capital of an Indian State called Himachal Pradesh surrounded by the mountain range of Himalaya. Shimla is probably the only capital town in India which is located at an elevation of 2276 meters from the sea level. Shimla was named after goddess Shyamla who is described as an avatar of goddess Kali. It was the Summer capital British ruled India. So the administrative buildings wrapped in red bricks and the gigantic churches themed in Gothic architecture bears the emblem of authentic British signature which marks the grandeur and sophistication of the British empire. A trip to Shimla would never be complete without a leisurely walk down the promenade of ethereal Shimla Mall overlooking the majestic mountains stretching themselves towards the limitlessness of the sky.

Shimla is fondly called the ‘Queen of Hills’ and you will see yourself meandering through the ridge road of Shimla which traverses diagonally through the mall with beautiful and colorful shops lining down on either side of it, you will probably realize why people have fallen in love with the ‘queen’ since time immemorial. Shimla could best be described through the visuals of unending stretches of apple orchards, exotic churches towering themselves up above the thick layer of drifting clouds, newly married couple holding hands tightly out of affection while offering a prayer to Jesus. Shimla is unique because of it still carries the reminiscence of Colonial India against the backdrop of a picturesque live Himalayan wallpaper.


Manali is a Himalayan resort town located at an altitude of 2050 meters which is popularly known as an adventure destination as it offers a whole gamut of adventure sports ranging from paragliding, bungee jumping to river rafting. Manali is a small valley which is unique by the juxtaposition of two contrasting natural phenomena of the mountain and the river packed together to create the most beautiful natural sights and scenes which the tourists behold in their memory forever. Manali is a gateway to Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass which is believed to be the most popular trekking trail in India.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Morgantown, West Virginia #MarriottHotell

The  25th Catholic Schools Dinner was held in Marriott Hotel in Morgantown, WV.   We've never really explore Morgantown but we do drive by there often times when we do our road trip.  It was our first time to see a little bit of Morgantown.
Marriott Hotel was located by the river so the back of the hotel is quite relaxing.  I can imagine how beautiful it is during the Fall.  It  still looks dead  during the event but still a breath of fresh air to  go out from the  hotel and enjoy mother nature.
As I have mentioned in my previous post at the other blog, we suck at socializing so we kind of avoided the crowd and hang out at the back and  took some pictures.
Our son is not digging the pictures though lol.  Oh well, he will regret not smiling for pictures (I warned you, giggles).
The table outside served as our camera holder for a family picture.  I should have brought our tripod but it's inconvenient carrying it around especially to an event like this.
The cherry blossoms were  beautiful out there.  It reminds me of the annual  Spring Flower Festival we used to go to in South Korea when we were still living there.  In  Japan, cherry blossom festival is called Sakura festival but in South Korea,  it is called beot-kkot.
I wish the  mountain isn't looking dull but the cherry blossoms kind of beautify  the view.
There was a greeter at the door of the hotel which I thought was nice.  I am not sure if he was part of the  event's organizer or an employee of the hotel.  I thought it was a nice touch to welcome the guests.

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