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.

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