Monday, December 20, 2010

The New Year

It's been a long time since my last blog post. This year has been really hectic and I really thank God for giving me strength to overcome the obstacles. When I reflect and look back, I could never have got through this year alone :) A brief run through for this year-I have met new friends, learnt to work with different people, and learnt to be a more objective person.  As this year draws to a close in less than 2 weeks, it is time to bid farewell to 2010 and welcome the year 2011.

Usually, at this time of the year, many of us would be busy drawing up resolutions and plans for the new year. I believe this is a good practice as it helps us to set an aim and direction for our life. However, it is undeniably easy to make a plan but to really implement it is another story :) We start off being enthusiastic in the beginning but other things can crop up and hinder us from achieving our goals. This sometimes causes people to be discouraged and lose hope in their resolutions. In my humble opinion, here are some tips which may be useful:

1. Be practical
When setting a goal, bear in mind it is something we are aiming to achieve. Hence, set a realistic target instead of a goal that may look good but is actually really hard to achieve in one year.

2. Don't push yourself too hard
Life is unpredictable at times as unexpected issues may be a setback to what we have planned to do. In fact, failing to achieve one of the resolutions on your list doesn't mean the plan has failed. For example, if you face a difficult situation and are able to stay calm, you may have achieved one of your resolutions which is to stay positive and objective. With this, it is easier to move on and continue to carry on with life. Don't kick yourself when a resolution doesn't turn out, focus on the rest which are attainable.

3. Be flexible
In this ever changing environment, things can turn around 360 degrees in a short time. Plans may need to be totally changed, so our resolutions would be affected as well. Be prepared to adapt and let your resolutions flow in nicely according to the circumstances. For instance, if you've switched to a new workplace somewhere during the year, you might have new resolutions like to fit in with a new working environment and get on well with new colleagues.

I wish everyone Merry Christmas and have a great new year ahead!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wrong target

A robber ends up getting killed by the victim instead. Read more here.
On one hand, it seems to be tragic as the robber is so young, a 17 year old teenager. However, it was out of self-defense that the victim shot the robber. Moreover, the robber was armed with a machete.
A lesson to be learnt is there is no quick way to wealth or success, when we do it at the expense of others. Humble beginnings and working hard are the real cornerstones to true joy of success :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Reaching our goals

Without us realising, we're drawing to an end of 2010 :) It means time to list down resolutions for the new year or simply continue on from what has been left out this year. Honestly, goals are difficult to keep at time as life is full of suprises, it takes us on an unexpected road which may cause us to deviate or lose sight of our aims. But, it's never too late to start again as long as we can stay focus and never back down. Just keep moving forward, be thankful for whatever situation we are in, and we'll be one step closer to achieving our dreams :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Rudyard Kipling

This poem used to be something most of us had to read back then in secondary school for English literature. During that time, it was only a subject for the sake of exams and I never grasped the true meaning despite having to read it almost everyday..and I when I googled it up and read it it is so meaningful and has so many lessons in here :)

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son! 

Sunday, October 31, 2010

November =)

Time really flies! Tomorrow we would be ushering in the month of November, which is also the 2nd last month of the year....

For at least the next 2 months, my main resolution is to just keep moving forward no matter how bad things may turn out :) It is undeniable that we get disappointed, upset, angry and any other unpleasant feelings at some or many points of life..but letting these emotions overwhelm us stops us from staying objective and seeing the bigger picture.

What's life without is a fact that everyone goes through..the journey is never smooth sailing..but with all the tides and waves, we become a better and stronger person :)

Verse for the day..
Proverbs 3: 5-6
 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
       and lean not on your own understanding;
 6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
       and he will make your paths straight.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Love :)

This passage does give a lot of encouragement especially whenever we get upset or someone makes us disappointed, hurt or angry :) It also reminds us of the character to follow in our life..

1 Corinthians 13

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1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The art of conversation

Hi everyone :) Welcome to a brand new week and hope you are in the best of health.

Today's post is not really related to health, but rather how to engage in a meaningful conversation. Sometimes, when we are excited about something, we tend to talk non stop forgetting the listener has not said a word :)

A proper conversation involves two or more people involved and not just one person dominating and talking all the time. Hence, it is important to remember to give others a chance to express their views regardless of how much we have to say.

Listening more to others is also a great way to make new friends. As we let the other person talk, we learn more about him/her and they also feel really happy that we've lend them our ears :)

Lastly, how do we end a conversation? If we're not in a rush, just let the other person finish up what they are saying. On the other hand, if you're rushing for time, simply excuse yourself nicely, telling the other person you've got another appointment and will catch up with them some other time :)

The art of conversation

Hi everyone :) Welcome to a brand new week and hope you are in the best of health.

Today's post is not really related to health, but rather how to engage in a meaningful conversation. Sometimes, when we are excited about something, we tend to talk non stop forgetting the listener has not said a word :)

A proper conversation involves two or more people involved and not just one person dominating and talking all the time. Hence, it is important to remember to give others a chance to express their views regardless of how much we have to say.

Listening more to others is also a great way to make new friends. As we let the other person talk, we learn more about him/her and they also feel really happy that we've lend them our ears :)

Lastly, how do we end a conversation? If we're not in a rush, just let the other person finish up what they are saying. On the other hand, if you're rushing for time, simply excuse yourself nicely, telling the other person you've got another appointment and will catch up with them some other time :)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Chase away the blues :)

We all do look forward to starting a great week..but sometimes things are not so smooth sailing. Nevertheless, it is a fact of life and it is up to us how we want to tackle the various issues.

Stay focus and keep looking forward :) It would save us a lot of energy as well as unnecessary frustration which would impact our health negatively.

When you feel down or discouraged, remember that the sun will continue to shine and there is always hope for life to go on :)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Obsession can be dangerous

This was news in 2008, but one principle remains- to appreciate and be thankful of the looks we have. It is a heartbreaking video of irreversible damage done due to obsession with beauty. Of course, this is indeed a rare and very extreme case where the Korean model, Hang Mioku injected cooking oil into her face in hope of getting softer and smoother skin without paying for high cosmetic surgery fees. This incident happened about 20 years ago.

Every person has their physical flaws-no one is perfect. But one thing to bear in mind is that we should be thankful for the way we look. Besides, this is just one aspect of life and there are so many other things in life to look forward to :)

Obsession is dangerous because it causes people to act irrationally, hence making decisions which may have a detrimental or irreversible effect like in the case above. The fact that we need to dress properly and take care of our looks is nothing wrong-we should never try to be like someone else because each of us are unique and have our own strengths and weaknesses.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hotels in Dublin

Dublin hotels are available in different classes; economy, child and family, first class, luxury, resorts and others. They range from 2-Stars till 5-Stars standards. It all depends on your budget where would you like to stay in, and how convenient is it to your needs. Here are some examples for your references:

Kelly's Hotel

Budget Hotels, 2-Stars are usually cheaper. If you cannot think of where to stay for a day or two, try Kelly’s Hotel which is located at the city centre. It is a low-cost hotel, run by a friendly family. You just need a 2 minutes route from the Temple Bar and Grafton Street. This place is surrounded with eateries that you will never go hungry. There are pubs too! You can hang out with friends at night without going too far from the hotel. Not to forget, you need to make confirmed room booking 48 hours in advance. If you are lucky, you might get last minute bookings available.

Hilton Dublin Airport
Business Hotels, 3-Stars – 4 Stars is for those who are on business trips. When you are on such trips, you will need Internet connections, business centres, meeting rooms, conference rooms and facilities. If you are looking for convenience and distance, Hilton Dublin Airport is the choice. The hotel provides you shuttle from the airport. There are 9 convenient meeting rooms that come with Internet connections, and a ballroom that can fit up to 350 persons. When you are hungry or need a drink, head to Burnell Bar and Grill or any of the tourist attractions nearby. The hotel is located at Northern Cross, Malahide Rd.

The Beacon
Boutique Hotels, 4-Stars is hip and trendy, modern design, sexy and charming, chic and distinct. Most of the time, you get you to shop in the same premise for designer goods. Should you plan to stay in any of these hotels, do try The Beacon which is located at the south of Dublin, at Beacon Court, Sandyford, Dublin 18. This 4-Stars luxury is conveniently located near to Dundrum and Leopardstown where shopping is the main thing. Any emergency or rescue is just minutes away.

Rochestown Lodge Hotel
Spa Resorts and Hotels, 4-Stars is usually for vacation purposes, personal and family retreats. You are supposed to be relaxed and enjoy yourself. Why not try the Rochestown Lodge Hotel? It is built for both business and leisure. It is about 25 minutes away from the city centre, equipped with health facilities and conference rooms. They have spacious rooms and restaurants to fill your needs.

Clontarf Castle
Luxury Hotels, 4-Stars – 5-Stars usually mean expensive to most of us. These hotels are usually special, unique and elegant. You may want to try Clontarf Castle that is redesigned from a castle into today’s hotel. It is located at the Northside suburbs at Castle Avenue Dublin, Dublin 3. It is a privately owned premise, and about 2 miles from the city centre and about 5 miles from the airport. You can now imagine yourself living in a castle.

There are more choices that you can choose from. Plan ahead, and choose a hotel within your budget :)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hotels in Paris City Centre

Get immersed in the City of Romance as this handy guide will help you on your way of some of the best and well renowned hotels in Paris City Centre that will make your stay there a most enjoyable one. Whether you are looking for a gorgeously decorated hotel where you can frolic in with your loved one, or a family friendly hotel where there is something for everyone, Paris sure has the right accommodation for you.

When it comes to luxury living, nothing beats the InterContinental Hotel Paris avenue Marceau. Located only 200 meters from the Champs-Elysees, the InterContinental sure has the perfect location for wearied travelers who want to be in the midst of everything. If you are seriously considering booking a place at the InterContinental Hotel Paris avenue Marceau, be warned that there are only 55 rooms available in the hotel. So do make your reservations well in advance!

If it is shopping that you are looking for, then you can opt for the 30-room Best Western Premier Opera Diamond. This hotel is very close to the Opera Garnier which means it is in close capacity and well within range of the shopping areas in Paris. The closest shopping areas is a mere short walk where you can browse through the latest rage in Paris fashion at famous department stores le Printemps and Galeries Lafayette. It is also very close to rue Saint-Honore so if you are on the lookout for designer items, this should definitely be your hotel of choice.

For those who are on a more restricted budget who might not want to splurge on their hotel room, then you should try the Villathena which is one of the swankiest boutique hotels in the heart of Paris. If you like your rooms personalized with a dash of art, then the Villathena is perfect for you. Decorations are primarily inspired from Greece, and the décor is peppered with dashes of red that look really nifty. Be immersed in the cosy yet modern atmosphere at Villathena.

There are so many places that you can stay at in Paris – all you have to do is find one which most suits your needs. From the most luxurious hotels on the planet, to the ones that remind you of your own home, one thing is for sure, your stay in Paris is going to be an unforgettable one!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Too good to be true?

This email basically states that you'll get a free laptop if you send the email to at least 8 people. It really sounds so simple and too good to be true. Sure enough, it turns out to be a hoax. In fact, the real Sony Ericsson has come out to clarify last year regarding this false email. There are many articles warning people about this, and some of them are as below:

Real promotions by legitimate companies usually won't carry out their promotions using chain email. They'll communicate directly with the public, or if not, they'll at least hire profession PR firms. 

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Tour guide scolds tourists

Whenever you go on a tour, you'll most probably be brought to stop by certain shops to pick up souvenirs or some local health products. Logically, any shop would definitely wish to be chosen by tour groups as they can probably make a lot of money out of tourists. Of course to get to be on the list, the shops have to be selling something unique and be of reasonable quality. Nevertheless, the tour guides are usually paid some commission for bringing the tourists to the selected shops.

Well, nothing wrong with all those incentives but things might have gone a little too far if tour guides scold or force tourists to shop at those selected shops. About a month ago, this scenario played out in Hong Kong as one of the tourists recorded the tour guide scolding the tourists from China for spending too little. You can watch the video here.

As a result of this blow up, the tour guide had to make a public apology as it had sparked the anger of many parties including the China authorities. Indeed, there's always two sides of the story. Tourists can also be difficult people, having high demands and not being satisfied easily. Being a tour guide is also no easy job and the basic pay may not actually be very attractive considering the amount of work and time taken. However, tourists are still the customers and it is also their prerogative with regards to the amount they want to spend. Perhaps those products are just not to their interest or they find it to be of no use to them. 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hotels in London City Centre

If you are planning a holiday in London and want a hotel room right smack in the thick of things, you might want to consider booking a room in the city centre of London. There are so many hotels that it might be a bit of a headache settling on the right one for you. Hopefully, this guide will give you a better view of which is the best hotels in London City Centre to go for on your holiday.

For something a little upscale, you might want to consider the Grand Plaza Serviced Apartments. Luxury has taken on a new meaning with the Grand Plaza. Don’t let the words Serviced Apartments fool you because this hotel has everything that you can ever want on holiday. From your own private bathroom and complimentary toiletries which are already a staple in all hotels, why not go for one that also gives you your very own stovetop, kitchenette and cookware. The location is also ideal because there are so many things to do around the area of the hotel that you will definitely wish that you could stay there forever.

If you want a feel of normal London life, why not go for the Caesar Hotel which is set amid a row of London townhouses. Soak in the atmosphere as you will definitely feel a part of the residential area that the Caesar Hotel is based in. You do not need to worry that it is too far away from everything because it is just three blocks away from Hyde Park. It is also within walking distance of Oxford Street and Portobello Road. The Caesar Hotel offers all amenities like other hotels. For food, why not sample the delicacies served at their well known XO Restaurant? They serve breakfast and a la carte dinners every day.

However, for those who are on a budget that might not be so willing to splurge on their accommodation should really look into making a reservation at the Gresham Hotel HSD. The best part of the bargain is that it is within walking distance to all the important sights and sounds of London – Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Speakers’ Corner and the Marble Arch.  Do take note however that all the guestrooms in the hotel are non-smoking rooms.

So, really, there are so many hotels that you can choose from if you are looking for a place to stay in London City Centre. Here is hoping that you find the one that will make your dream holiday as perfect as it can be!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Holidays to Canada

When you think of Canada, you would probably imagine wild, harsh and cold weather in different types of terrain. Well, you would be surprised because holidays to Canada are that and so much more. Forget the bustle of New York or the history of Rome. Why not go for something totally different and start planning some holidays to Canada immediately? Canada boasts so many different things that you can do – it will definitely be a different type of holiday that you are used to. Whether you love shopping, or want some skiing action or just a normal road trip across the country, you will surely enjoy exploring Canada.

Of course, touring Canada is nothing if you do not stop by to have a look see at the majestic Niagara Falls. It is the stuff of legends – an awe inspiring work of art by Mother Nature. Niagara Falls never fails to astound tourists and it is definitely a sight to behold. Apart from the Falls, you can opt for self tours so you can explore the natural wonders, sights and sounds of Canada on your own without pressure to follow the schedule set by a tour company. There are many self tour packages that you can choose from – it all depends on what you want to see!

If it is shopping that you want, Canada has so much to offer you. From Toronto to Vancouver, enjoy the shopping life because you will be amazed at the array of shops that you can buy things from. Don't forget to visit West Edmonton Mall, the largest in North America. Whether you are looking for little trinkets for your family or something special for yourself, you are bound to find something in your holiday. Or if you are a Nature bug who just loves a good hike through the park, then you can opt to traipse through Canada’s national parks. Did you know that there are more than 41 national parks in Canada? There is definitely something for even the most hardened hiker to drool over.

So you see – whoever thought that Canada was boring is totally off the mark. Being on holiday surely was never as exciting as exploring Canada because there are so many things to do there.
Whether you are looking for some city excitement, or a walk surrounded by lush greenery and the beauty of Nature, or even some quality time up in the mountains skiing, Canada definitely has something to offer you. 

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Caribbean cruises

When it comes to a holiday, nothing is more exciting than going on a cruise. Sure, some people might think that it is boring because you are basically stuck in a cruise ship for the length of your holiday. However, that all depends on the type of cruise that you opt for. After all, on the high seas, adventure is waiting for you and anything can and might happen. One of the most sought after cruises that are sure to give you good value for money is Caribbean Cruises. Beautiful scenery, wonderful atmosphere and a taste of the best service – what is not to love?

Firstly, Caribbean Cruises gives you the opportunity to really get away from it all while on holiday. I am sure that is going to difficult for all you workaholics out there. However, why not try chucking away your BlackBerry and iPhone for that few days and just enjoy the beauty that is the Caribbean. The cruise ship offers so many exciting things that you will slowly forget about work and get immersed in your wonderful holiday on board the ship. Depending on the type of cruise that you opt for, there will be many activities organized that will help you have a fantastic holiday.

Next, Caribbean Cruises gives you the opportunity to enjoy the local Caribbean hospitality. While docking at the different ports, you can go for different types of tours or just walk around to soak in the local atmosphere. At the Mexican port, you can go discover the beauty and wilderness at Mexico Park. If you feel that you have not had enough of the sea, go for unlimited beach snorkeling. Or if shopping is what you are really aiming for, buy souvenirs and other pretty items at the shops scattered around the ports. You are simply spoilt for choice.

As such, the next time you are thinking of a getaway for vacation, spare a thought for the ultimate escapade on the Caribbean. You will definitely get your money’s worth as there will be so many activities designed for everybody both on board and off the ship. Your holiday need not be the same, old boring holiday where you are staying in a building and exploring only the surrounding areas. Book yourself on a cruise and let your mind drift away into the waters. It is definitely a refreshing and rejuvenating experience for everybody!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Staying in Edinburgh

If you are planning a holiday in Edinburgh, it is highly important that you find a hotel that best suits your budget and travel needs. Luckily for you, Edinburgh has a host of hotels that are suited for all sorts of tourists and travelers from across the globe. Here is a guide of some of the more famous hotels in Edinburgh city centre that will help you plan your Edinburgh holiday better!

The Hotel Missoni is located at the Main Street of George IV Bridge so you really would be at the center of everything! The room décor is simply to die for because it was designed in the Italian style of black and white with splashes of colour. You would think that you had walked into an art museum instead of a hotel. Step onto the balcony and you would enjoy a beautiful view of Edinburgh city at its most beautiful. The Hotel Missoni also has a prime position because it is at the center of both the Old and New Towns so it has convenience right at its doorstep.

If you are looking for something a little less grand, and more modern, then you should consider Thistle Hotel which is also set in a very convenient location. The Thistle Hotel is just off Princes Street and thus, at a very handy distance from all of Edinburgh’s city attractions. If you are in your shopping mode, then you are in luck because from Thistle Hotel, it is just a short walk to all the shops that can satisfy even the most insatiable shopaholic. If it is sightseeing that you want to do, you can also walk from the Hotel to attractions like Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and the National and Scottish Galleries.

However, since you’re in Edinburgh, why not go for a hotel which is more rustic that can therefore give you a more thorough Scottish experience? Well, the Royal Terrace Hotel is the place for you then. While the façade still maintains its rich history and architecture, the insides of the Royal Terrace Hotel recently went through a major refurbishment process which has made it simultaneously more modern yet still in touch with its old roots. With all the amenities on offer, you would be hard put to step out of the hotel to get a glimpse of beautiful Edinburgh.

When choosing a place to stay in Edinburgh, you will definitely be spoilt for choice because there are so many hotels right in the city center itself. From boutique hotels to chain hotels, let Edinburgh dazzle you with its beautiful hospitality.

Monday, July 19, 2010

City breaks USA

What do you do when you’re tired of the rat race and you just want to get away for a short period of time? Well, with air travel becoming increasingly cheaper and hotel rates becoming more affordable for everyone, you can actually opt for a city break or weekend getaway. That is the perfect remedy for anyone who needs to rejuvenate after a long week at work. The best and most preferred destination at the moment has to be city breaks USA because there are so many places and things that you can visit there.

Statue of Liberty

For those who absolutely love the rush and drive of being in the city, what better way to enjoy the weekend than by exploring New York. Anything and everything that you could hope for can be found in New York – museums, night life and famous restaurants, to name a few. On top of that, who can forget that New York is the centerpiece of many films and television series that have gotten us glued to the television screen for hours on end? Relive those favourite Sex and the City moments by traipsing down shopping heaven in Manhattan. Get a glimpse of  the Statue of Liberty and enjoy the beauty of Central Park. It is all there in New York waiting for you.
Las Vegas 

If you’re in the mood for all things glitzy and glamour, then Las Vegas would be the exact place for you. Casinos and hotels all in one stretch – don’t even think of sleeping on your weekend getaway as there are so many things happening at the same time. We only hope that you will remember what you did at the end of your city break!

Potomac River

On the other hand, if you want to soak in some culture and history, you should consider Washington DC as a city break destination. What better way to enjoy Washington’s many memorials and monuments than by joining a tour that will allow you to enjoy and experience the heart of America. Enjoy a cruise or rough it out on a kayak along the Potomac River to get a first hand view of the city skyline. For foodies, there are so many restaurants and cafes in the City that you surely do not have to worry about your stomach! You would probably only regret that you have such a short amount of time to do so much.

From New York to Las Vegas to Washington, the sky is the limit with City Breaks USA. So many things to see and do that you will definitely get out of your weekend getaway refreshed, rejuvenated and definitely looking forward to your next city break!

Sunday, July 18, 2010


If you are looking for a city break or a weekend getaway, you could definitely consider Boston. It certainly has its share of nicknames which are as interesting as the place itself. A Boston City break has to be one anyone’s must do and must see list if they are looking for a weekend getaway that promises something new, something old and everything eclectic all rolled into one. If you ever wondered how Boston came to be known as “the City of Kind Hearts” or “the Hub of the Solar System”, you will definitely find out on a city break at “Beantown”.

Boston promises a heady mix of historical attractions as well as cosmopolitan diversions. There are so many things to see and do that one weekend escapade is hardly enough to enjoy the full splendor of Boston City. There are so many trails and neighbourhoods that you can visit in Boston that the best way to enjoy Boston to its fullest is to just let your feet take you anywhere at all. You are sure bound to find a nook and cranny that suits your fancy.
North End, Boston

A must see on a Boston City break is the North End of Boston which is at the tip of the peninsula bordering onto the Atlantic. North End happens to be the oldest part of Boston and a visit to the city is definitely not complete without a look see at the history of the site. North End houses an Italian American community which is fairly apparent due to the delis, cafes and bakeries that you will notice as you traipse around the neighbourhood.

On the Southern tip of Boston, on the other hand, is where the financial hub lies. Dubbed Downtown by locals and tourists alike, you will find that this area also caters to tourists which is evident by the many shops that seem to have on offer a whole species of products and souvenirs. If you are into the nightlife, you can spend a jolly good time partying away at the Ladder District. A must see is the Old State House which is where the Declaration of Independence was read from.
Back Bay, Boston

If you are into architecture, you will definitely enjoy Back Bay which is definitely a feast for the eyes. Or if you’re into the whole flower power vibe, then head to South End to relive the devil-may-care yesteryears. Want to blend in with the students at Harvard University? All you have to do is go across the Charles River and head to Cambridge.

There are so many things to see and do at Boston that a weekend is surely not enough. However, as far as city breaks go, Boston is definitely a destination that can satiate even the most critical tourist.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Think before you speak

There's a common saying in the marketplace- words don't cost a cent. Exactly- somebody can just keep talking endlessly but when it comes to real work the output is zero. However, as human beings words, comments, remarks and criticisms can leave a deep impression and impact on each individual. It either lifts you up or crushes you. Enough said, the world is harsh.

One more thing, empty bottles make a lot of noise. This is figurative but what it actually means is people who know nuts make the most noise and fuss. They also make the most spiteful, hurting and nasty comments. All these opinions are made in general, especially after reading about the recent Mr World competitor from Singapore. He was criticized for having bad pronunciation in English. The comments and even the press releases were indeed hurtful. This is just and example, but in real life the way things work are the same. One really inevitable situation is when events are organized. No matter how well planned the event is, there is bound to be some hiccups here and there. What's next? Some people who are really free blow the whole thing out of proportion and make a big fuss, thinking it's fun.

People who have never been through the situation only know how to criticize. Why? Because they fail to understand the actual situation due to lack of knowledge and experience. The only words they can express are to criticize how bad it is, and how it should been have done. Truth is- these type of people do not even have the guts to even say join a competition or perform on stage.

With enough experience, it is not difficult to tell who is empty and who really is knowledgeable. Yes, it indeed holds true there are some really smart people who love to criticize, but from the content of their speech, you can tell that it ain't all nonsense. Hence, think before you speak. If you can't do it better, stop complaining. If you wish to help the person improve, give constructive criticism instead of pulling a person down and crushing all their efforts.  

Naturally, when receiving all these baseless and stupid remarks, we tend to react and sometimes feel like beating up or slapping those people. However, why waste time dealing with fools? Always remember to assess what people comment and only take in those that were genuinely meant to help you improve. Other than that, just leave the rest behind and keep the mindset-you can't please EVERYBODY =)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Every woman deserves to look and feel great about themselves. Besides, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you do not need to make yourself fit into what the world deems fit to be beautiful. We are bombarded with the images in which the media paints the perfect image of what is called beautiful-tall, thin, sexy and a pretty face. There is nothing wrong with those standards being set but it has caused many average looking woman to try to conform and be the ‘perfect’ woman only leading to much failure and severe misery.

A smart woman defines beauty in her own way and will not let exterior influences to put her down in life. What are some ways to continue living positively?

  1. Be confident
Confidence is one of the best assets a woman could possess as it can help you move on in life and achieve your goals. There is a fine line between arrogance and confidence-the latter depicts a woman who is sure of herself and is willing to take on challenges in life with a brave heart while the former simply means being big headed and looking down upon others. In fact, the first thing men look for in women is confidence and this is what makes you truly beautiful as you are secure in your own self.

  1. Dress well
Contrary to popular belief, dressing well does not need you to spend huge amounts of money on you wardrobe. It basically means dressing up neatly and having a good sense of fashion. In addition, it is good to keep up with the latest trends but a big no-no to follow blindly. Always ensure that the clothing fits your body size and makes you feel comfortable. Wearing extremely tight clothing will only cause you to keep pulling at it or become very self-conscious.

  1. Stick to your principles and character
Beauty is more than skin deep as this would fade away as we grow older. Having good looks but if the heart is evil, it makes one even uglier. Our virtues and manners are treasures that we can keep and maintain even in our old age. It is useless to dress up nicely but to speak rough words or have an empty mind with no knowledge. Be polite, well-read and let your inner beauty shine while keeping an image you feel confident with. Whenever you receive comments especially on your looks and dressing, take note of them, evaluate and find ways to improve yourself if they are constructive.

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Trust is something that money cannot buy, it is something that is built through time, or based on one's credibility among society. Hence, it can be extremely disappointing if one who is known to be trustworthy does not seem to keep to their word. However, as what many would say- promises are meant to be broken. This post is not pinpointing to anyone in particular, just my two cents on what I think in certain issues.

People who have started from bottom up tend to remember their roots even when they have made it compared to those who have been given a fortune. They understand what it is like to just start out and the blood sweat hard work needed to reach their goals. However, some who have made it only wish to associate with people who have proved to be successful. I will never forget this and thus, in future I will also not recognize or look at these people. They do not deserve to be trusted at all. It is easy to hang around people (which most like to do) but extremely difficult to believe in someone and stand by them through difficult times.

On a lighter note, what is life if everything sails and moves as desired? If it were this way, there will be no difficulties, no pain and no suffering. What does not kill you, only makes you stronger. Never let disappointment in people (even those known to be so high and mighty) to kill you emotionally or mentally. The world is indeed evil, hence be on your lookout. The best lessons learnt in life are our very own mistakes in the past, and so I will rise up and carry on without any explanation. There is no need for one, since many things in life are better left unspoken.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Planning a holiday

When going on a holiday, there's usually two options of whether to plan your own itinerary or engage a travel agent to have everything arranged for you from flight tickets to accommodation. It is undeniable that tour agents are a big help especially for busy people who have no time to arrange their holiday and wish to just purchase a package where everything is included. Hence, there are many tour agents thriving despite the online purchasing of air tickets. It's still different as though buying air tickets is not much of  hassle, choosing good accommodation and planning out places to visit during the trip needs a lot of planning.

Going on a tour is good in the sense that everything is planned out, and you don't have to think where to go, where to eat and so forth. All the schedules are planned out for you. Some downsides of these are that you won't get to spend much time on places that you may like to stay longer as you have to follow their schedule. Since many destinations are on the schedules, they have to keep to it and hence, you may find it a bit hectic and tiring.
Nevertheless, even if you have the time to plan, it is good to go on a planned tour if you are unfamiliar with the country. It reduces the risk of messing up by getting lost and it is also safer.

If you're planning to visit a country that you are familiar with, especially in terms of language, for example Australia, going on your own is not a bad idea too. It will not be so hectic and you can choose wherever you want to go during the trip. Moreover, in most developed countries, the public transportation like buses and trains are really efficient and not very expensive too. However, hotels of comparable quality to our country are really expensive as services in developed countries pay high wages too. However, service apartments are not bad and the pricing is quite reasonable. Most apartments also include a kitchen with all the basic utensils and all other basic facilities as well.

Choosing between engaging a tour agent or planning your own itinerary is purely individual's choice. Some people prefer to have everything arranged while some like to explore further and plan out their own trip :) The most important thing is to plan ahead of any trip and find out what to expect of the trip to avoid disappointment. 

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Getting the best deals to New York

Flying to a destination that is hundreds or even thousands of miles away can cost you a bomb. However, that should not stop you from making business trips, vacation trips or even you honeymoon. All you need to do is be savvy and money-smart when it comes to booking flights.

If your destination involves New York somewhere in the near future, this is your lucky day! You will find important tips right here in this article on how to book the cheapest flights to New York in order to save money and save your pockets from a burning hole!

A blessing in disguise is the fact that New York has several airports. So, you will be spoilt for choices! Why? Well, the more airports there are, the more choices you have to choose from. Thus, you can scout for the very best deal where you can save money.

One of the most popular airports is the JFK International Airport. It is the busiest airport in the USA. Located in Queens, New York, it is reachable by taxis and other mode of public transportations easily. But some do complain that the traffic in New York is simply horrendous. However, you can always opt for the subway. The important factor for you here is that this airport is home for many major airlines such as JetBlue Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. So, if you are looking for the best deals you can compare the prices between these airlines to get the best offer.

When you seek the advice of most travellers who travel by air a lot, they would tell you to compare and contrast flight prices between varieties of airlines. More often then never, we make haste and just book the first flight that we see or come to mind. Take some time to go through the prices and special offers offered by different airlines. Also, if you are planning a vacation, try to book your flights and plan your holiday during non-peak season. That means, flying to New York somewhere near Christmas would cost you a whole lot more than flying there somewhere in the middle of spring.

Another tip to book  flights to New York is to book months in advance. If you already have a confirmed date for your business trip or honeymoon, book in advance. Flight prices increases by the bay or even week. So, by booking in advance not only will you have more options, you will also land the best deals.

Other airports that you can choose from are the LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty Airport. These airports are situated in New Jersey. But don’t let that fool you. You can always travel an hour from New Jersey to New York. Search packaged deals from the internet. Packaged deals offer you more for less. They are the best kind if you have limited money to spend.

The key to choosing and booking the cheapest flights to New York is to scout for prices. Compare and contrast between the many flights available. Choose the best deal that suits you. It also helps if you book your flights in advance. So, good luck!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Big Apple Holiday :)

New York or the Big Apple as everyone calls it is a dream holiday hotspot.  New York holidays are bound to give anyone from all walks of life an unforgettable and a memorable experience and holiday.

New York needs no introduction. It is well known worldwide. Anyone from any nook or cranny of the world would know New York! But, if you are actually planning a holiday in New York, you are able to get insightful and detailed information on places to go and things to do there, all wrapped up in this article.

First, a must do is a day trip to Niagara Falls by air. You can enjoy the scenic view and also experience the beauty and power or the wondrous water falls. An air tour is the best way to be mesmerized by the breathtaking Niagara Falls. Another sky tour that you are bound to enjoy is a helicopter ride via the Manhattan Sky Tour. You will enjoy a helicopter ride above New York City. You can view ground zero and even the infamous Statue of Liberty. These spots offer you scenic views to take a few pictures as remembrance.

Also, take a stroll in the city to experience the beauty and grandness of the Empire State building. I would personally advise you to do so at night. The Empire State Building lights up like a thousand diamonds and topazes. It is simply a sight to admire in the depth and darkness of the night. Other than that, you can take a few really good and scenic photographs when you are at the Brooklyn Bridge. This bridge has made it into quite a number of famous Hollywood movies. So, be a star for a day and take some really awesome pictures to show your friends and family back home. The amazing structure and architecture of the bridge is simply a sight  to be in awe of.

Another famous thing to do while you are at New York is to catch a Broadway musical. It may be the Lion King, Mamma Mia, Chicago or Andrew Lloyd Webber’s infamous Phantom of the Opera. There is always some interesting play going on at Broadway.  So, enjoy a night out experiencing music, song, dance and passion all combined into one!

What better way to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Big Apple then a tour on a hop-in-hop-off bus? Yes, these buses take you through the streets of New York. From the Empire State Building to the streets where  popular TV series like F.R.I.E.N.D.S was shot, these buses will take you there!

If you intend on taking your loved one out on a luxurious night out, why not plan a luxurious dinner on a cruise. The New York cruise offers you a sensational dinner and a beautiful night out on a cruise. It is also a romantic spot for lovers to dine and dance.

In conclusion, a holiday in New York is indeed what you need if you are looking to be awed. New York or the Big Apple will offer you all that and more. So, why wait?

Friday, June 4, 2010

Getting work experience before graduating

Hi everyone, sorry for the lack of updates. Since my brain has been compressed with so much academic stuff for the past few weeks, I would like to share how working during the holidays for the past two years has really given many benefits. Nowadays, in addition to good results, one of the most important things that employers look for is at least some work experience regardless of whether it is related to our field of expertise. In my humble opinion, it is quite important to work at least once before graduating from university.

After working, I understand better why this is so. Basically, with some work experience whatever it is, one can have a feel of what the working world is like. My first work experience really took me a few weeks to adjust, as I found the whole atmosphere different from university life. One of the first things learnt was how to work under superiors and that sometimes in work, it is really not up to you to say 'yes' or 'no'.

In addition, in real life work is actually kind of endless. It is not like an assignment, where it can be completed in one week. The work is ongoing, can be routine and get boring at times. Throughout the two work experiences, I managed to meet new people, make new friends and also meet people from different walks of life. It was a new experience learning how to relate to different people, and of course there were hitches at times due to differences. Nevertheless, I believe everyone has their own life principles, habits and beliefs  and the key to getting along is just to respect it even if we may disagree.

To sum it up, getting some work experience during the semester break not only kills boredom, but offers an experience that textbooks do not teach and money cannot buy. There is always so much to learn from different places, different people and the whole world outside the four walls.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Travelling to Montreal :)

Montreal is the second largest city of Canada and also the largest city in the province of Quebec. How did the city get its name? Originally the city was known as Ville-Marie or City of Mary. Then it became Mont-Royal or Mont Réal; spelt in Middle French. Flights to Montreal are widely available. The language mostly spoken is French.

It only takes you 20 minutes from the airport to reach Montreal. It is a great place to be on foot, cycle or public transit because the neighbourhood is safe, clean and quick; as the routes are connected to all major tourism attractions. Montreal is multicultural, offering varieties of gourmet dining and more than 80 ethnic communities for you to enjoy.

There is always something fun, interesting and happening on any days of your visit; be it day or night! You will not get bored. Here are some places that you can go to.

Plateau du Mont Royal is one of hippest districts, and it used to be a blue-collar neighbourhood. You can find art, bars and restaurants. Just get a bixi bike; public bike system and random tour long the tree-line streets and picturesque boulevards.

Stop by Barouf if you need a drink with your friends at night. You can order brews in a giant plastic tower with a tap at the bottom. They have a great selection of beers at affordable prices.

Places des Arts is for those who love arts. The complex was completed in year 1963 but renovated a few times. It has an outdoor plaza with fountains and ornamental pool. An underground tunnel is attached between the complex and Complexe Desjardins. Two of the five halls in the complex are 3000-seat Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier and 1500-seat Théâtre Maisonneuve, and a small experimental space known as the Cinquième Salle.

For religious visit, you may go to Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours or Sailors’ Church. The church got its name from sailors who left behind ship shaped votive lamps in returns for safe passage. You are able to see paintings and stained-glass windows of Virgin Mary and varieties of icons inclusive a recumbent statue of Marguerite Bourgeoys. Not much of its origins are left as there me many renovations done. There are artefacts dating about 2000 years ago and foundations of the original chapel from year 1773 in the crypt. Do not forget to clime the 292 steps to the observation tower. You will get a wonderful view of Old Port.

Bring your passport and visa with you all the time; to be on the safe side. Before leaving, spare some time in the souvenir shops.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Travelling to Montreal, Canada

Flying over to Montreal is the fastest way especially when you’re on a business trip. But if you’re on a vacation, then you can book your flights and hotel together as a package from travel agencies. There are many attractive packages and cheap flights to Montreal available for you to choose from.

Going to Montreal is like going to Paris for it has architectures, variety of gourmet dining and a mixture of more than 40 ethnic communities. During winter, the temperature drops to -30 so is really cold. But the weather doesn’t stop people from going out because there will be carnivals, underground shopping and lots of fun! The Underground city is the best getaway during winter. You’ll be able to find buildings such as museums, restaurants and other facilities there.

If you’re not planning a trip to Montreal during the winter, it is okay. You might find yourself having more fun instead. Take a tour to Vieux Montreal where you’ll find the City Hall, Bonsecours Market and the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel. You can also cycle in parks, and skate at outdoor skating rinks. For night goers, you can enjoy a drink or two at the bars.

Summer is usually the peak season that falls from late June till August. So it is the most expensive time for you to make bookings. The weather is warm with several festivals and competitions such as the International Fireworks Competition and the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival.

If you prefer the off peak season, then you should go in September till October. The weather is still fine and there are lesser visitors. The best time to visit is spring because the bookings drop dramatically due to the mud season. You might feel a bit uncomfortable though.

If you’re a nature lover, do visit Montreal Biodome which is a zoo of four ecosystems such as Tropical Forest and Saint Lawrence Marine Eco-system. Don’t miss it!

From the airport to the centre of Montreal and major hotels, you can either get a city transfer in an airport shuttle bus or hire a cab. You can also have car rental services. At the airport itself, there are ATMs, money exchangers, duty-free and other shops. If you’re hungry, get a bite from the food outlets. For disabled travellers, do request for special needs facilities in advance when making bookings.

No worries of going around in Montreal as there are public facilities like busses and metro (trains) that you can travel in. Make sure your passport and visa are valid prior to making bookings. Carry them with you all the time.

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