Things Not To Miss in London

Are you visiting London soon? There are a lot of things to do and experience when visiting UK’s capital. A day or two is not enough and if you are planning for a trip in this city, here are some things not to miss when going there.

Visit the Famous Landmarks

London is one of the must-cities to see when visiting Europe. It is a huge city and there are a lot of things experience. Put a priority when visiting its famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Tower of London, The Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Palace of Westminster, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, the Marble Arch and more. If you have the chance, experience the biggest wheel in Europe to have a good sight of the city.

Changing of the Guards in Buckingham Palace in London, UK.- © www.rubybenz.com

Changing of the Guards in Buckingham Palace in London, UK.- © www.rubybenz.com

Experience Night Life

Night life in London can be very exciting and full of fun. London bars and pubs makes the city as the capital of fun and cool! You can drink, dine and dance from night to dawn in many famous bars in the city. If you want to party from dusk till dawn, you can always find a venue that will fit your taste and budget. You can browse online for many club listings, the best places to go and what’s on in London.

The Palace of Westminster and the Big Ben.- © www.rubybenz.com

The Palace of Westminster and the Big Ben.- © www.rubybenz.com

Visit  Museums and Galleries

United Kingdom’s capital is famous for its  museums and galleries. The British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Modern are only among the worth-to-visit ones.

Take A walk on Its Lovely Parks

If you love nature, visiting the many beautiful parks in London is the perfect thing for you to do. Great and small, you can always find a relaxing place for you in any of these parks. St James Park, Hyde Park, Regent’s Park and Richmond Park are only some of its “green lungs”, where you can find a place to relax and be with nature.

 

Can’t wait to See the Tulips In Our Garden

It is really cold outside now. It is because it is  still winter time in Europe. So far our lowest temperature ranged to  negative 20 degree Celsius last Saturday. I believed this is the coldest winter I experienced here in Europe. Thanks God for our heater! We always feel warm and comfortable despite the sub-zero temperature outside. Some  people in Europe had problems in warming their homes during winter season. I hope that they are just doing fine.

I can’t wait  to see the tulips again in our garden.  Two  more months, when we will be  lucky enough and the weather gets warmer,  the tulips will start to grow again in our garden.  Sometimes in March, the tulips are slowly growing already. In spring time  especially during the month of April,  its flowers are already blooming. I would be happy again to see them in our backyard.

I would like to say, keep warm during this winter season. Always be careful when driving especially when it is snowing and the road is slippery.  If possible, stay at home when the weather really gets bad.  That’s all for now. I have a lot to share but sometimes time is  not enough. Just take a look at my tulips below. I  truly miss it!

Tulips from Our Garden.© www.rubybenz.com

Tulips from Our Garden.
© www.rubybenz.com

 

Opera Show in Prague

My friend invited me once to watch an opera show in Prague, the capital city of Czech Republic last 2011. I was not able to go with her because  that time I had another appointment. I believed she was able to witnessed a musician who plays the best soprano saxophone. She told me that it was an amazing show and it was all worth driving four hours from Germany to Prague.

This year’s travel wishlist is to watch an opera show. I hope this wish will come true. Have a nice day everyone!

 

Sending Balikbayan Box to the Philippines

Another week is here! I believed this will be another busy week for me. I can’t imagine when I am working full time and there are a lot of things to do  at home  plus my online sideline.  Life is never boring for me when I am at home. There are just a lot of things to do.

This morning, I called a Balikbayan Box company. I want to send a balikbayan box to the Philippines this month. I am looking for a new service provider because I already had some  unhappy experiences with the previous one. I guess the owner is  good but I believed  the  management is not so good. Or maybe the employees are not train  with regards to providing  good customer service to their clients.

I called this new Balikbayan box  company and talked to Alice. She said that  they are picking up boxes in some European countries and  in particular,   in the Bavarian region of Germany. She is   friendly and  the way she talk,  you can say that  she knows what customer service is.

And so the conversation goes and she told me that they will pick-up  my  box on Monday. I need to finish packing my Balikbayan box before weekend comes. I know for sure, I have a lot of things to do this week.

 

Friday Etcetera

Thanks God Its Friday! Today was a  fantastic day! It is because I was so busy doing a lot of things at home. I am happy to slowly organize some things.  The chores are still not done. At the moment, I am already doing my second laundry. I just want to finish it before weekend comes.

While organizing, I  found some things including the best cigar lighter I can find in the house.  Nobody smokes inside our house and hubby is not smoking as well. When I ask him where did he got the lighter, he told me that he found it near his workplace.  I guess the owner  lost it on his way somewhere.

I am happy to accomplished  somethings today. I just don’t sit down the whole day but always find a lot of things to make me busy. I hope you had or are having a nice Friday too!

 

The Famous Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain

It is an honor for me to visit one of the most famous and finest museums in Europe and in the whole world as well. Yes, I had the chance to go inside Prado Museum during my second  visit in Madrid last March 2012.   I believed you all know that Madrid is the capital city of  Spain.

The weather was not so called last mid-March 2012 in this city. Everyday I walk around  to the different direction in this city. One day I decided to go inside  Prado Museum. I did that because our tour guide during our holiday in Spain  last December 2011 told us that if we have the chance to go inside, we must take it.

Prado Museum,  known as Museo del Prado in Spanish  features one of the world’s finest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection. It is unquestionably the best single collection of Spanish art.  El Prado is one of the most visited sites in the world.  It is considered to be among the greatest museums of art.

Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain. Taken during my second visit in Madrid last March 2012. © www.rubybenz.com

Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain. Taken during my second visit in Madrid last March 2012.
© www.rubybenz.com

The Prado Museum contains works  of the famous painters such as Diego Velázquez, Titian, Peter Paul Rubens,Francisco de Goya and Hieronymus Bosch. Their paintings are among the highlights of the collections.

Sad to say, it is not allowed to take photos inside the premises. I am just sharing a snapshot taken from outside the museum.

 

Holiday Infographics of Americans

This infographic shows the main holiday expenses: food, alcohol, trips, gifts, duty free, travel & transport, holiday decorations, clothes, sports, and accessories. New Year is a great opportunity to spend a vacation in: Nevada, New York, Colorado, and Florida. 37% of Americans even don’t think about their spending, especially when they are on vacation. Astoundingly, 63% of Americans take out payday loans to get quick cash, along with high fees. During the holiday season, it is necessary not only to control your expenses, but also to use payday loans right way, for emergencies.

Top 10 Reasons holiday makers overspend Infographic

Source: FastLoanTree.com

 

 

New Year, New Bedset and Bedding

Happy New Year and Happy Three Kings everyone! I hope you are having a great weekend. So far, my first weekend of the year is fantastic. I was invited by a friend to go with her to the parties yesterday and today. It was great!

Back to the main topic! I am happy with our new bed. It might not be the best and most expensive bed but it is better that our old one. We actually bought it last October but only put-up last November 2012. Our mattress is also new. One day before new year 2013, I also used new bedding for it. My next project would be new velvet throw pillows for our living room.

I always feel comfortable sleeping on our new bed. It is a nice feeling when you have a good sleep during the night. When you wake-up in the morning, you always feel fresh and relax.

So far, everything is doing good for me at the moment. I can’t complain about anything. A challenge happened last New Year’s day when my father was confined at the hospital. Thanks God that he is out now from that place.

I keep on hoping and praying that this year will be a good one for all of us. Take care peeps! Until then!

 

Reroute in Czech Republic

First Thursday of the year 2013! Right folks?  How was your day today? or your first days this year?  I hope you did had a nice one. Yes, I am!

My friend called me last night.She told me that another friend is coming  to her and we will be driving to Czech Republic.  I should  go grocery shopping today but since she invited me to go  with them in Cheb, Czech Republic, I cannot say no to it. Besides I have been planning since last week to go there. I should be going last January 1 but I am afraid that everyone was closed during that day.

In short, I had a reroute in Cheb instead of going for grocery shopping today. And you know what did we do there? I was once  there in a  hair and beauty shop last summer 2012.  I had a haircut and it was so cheap.  I told my friend that I want to go back there again. So we indeed up driving there. I had my haircut again and a new color for my hair. I love how the beautician did it to my hair.  For sure, I want to go back again in that place. my friends also had their nails manicured and  some hair styling as well.  Things like these are much cheaper in  Czech  Republic than in  Germany.

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The hair stylist and my friend in a beauty shop in Cheb, Czech Republic.

After 2 hours of pampering ourselves in that beauty shop, we went to an Asian restaurant and had our dinner. The foods were good and also very cheap! Lastly and the most important thing, we had fun during that trip. It is also good sometimes  to reward and pamper ourselves. Right ladies?

 

Happy New Year 2013!

Are you ready  to face 2013? It is inevitable and it is coming very soon! Some more hours  here in  Europe and 2013 will be here!  Before I say goodbye to 2012, I would like to reminisce for a moment all the beautiful  things that happened this year. So far, I can say, 2012 is a great year for  me and my family. There were a lot of challenges along the way but I believed they are part of  our lives.  Besides, challenges make  my life more exciting.

There are a lot of things I am thankful all! The many travel experiences I had this year, the wonderful friends I have around, the myriad blessings and opportunities I had  and my family, the many home improvements we did, the new travel gadgets  I had and most of all the miracle of waking up everyday….Thank you dear Lord Jesus Christ for everything..A million thanks is not enough  and I am always grateful for all  the good things you had done to me and my family.

LASTLY,  I WOULD LIKE  TO GREET EVERYONE A WONDERFUL AND MORE BOUNTIFUL NEW YEAR 2013! MAY WE RECEIVE  MORE BLESSINGS THIS COMING YEAR,  GOOD HEALTH  FOR US AND OUR FAMILY AND MOST OF ALL LOVE,  PEACE,  CONTENTMENT  AND HAPPINESS BE UPON US ALL!

GOD BLESS EVERYONE! HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013!

 
 

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