Monthly Archives: May 2013

A Festive Card from Czech Republic

This card made me smile when I got it from the mail a few months ago. This is another official Postcrossing.com card with ID#: CZ-242044. This was mailed from Zlin by a 15-year old student, Yuuki.

This card has all the elements to one perfect celebration, won’t you agree? I particularly loved the bear playing what seems like one of those breedlove guitars from musicians friend!  😀 While his other furry friends join along to create the perfect party sound!

Don’t you just love the animals having a soiree and enjoying themselves? I do and thank you so much Yuuki for sending me this lovely card. How sweet of you to mention my little man on your message, too. And thanks for the beautiful stamp that you used on my card, as well!  :heart:

Join The $500 Visa or Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

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Welcome to the $500 Visa or Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

How about winning an extra $500?  With summer just around the corner, we gathered some treats for our beloved fans and avid readers! It will be perfect to fund all your summer adventure with the family. Or if you happen to be in the same part of the world where summer will soon be over, do not despair, you can always save it for your next travel adventure or use it on something you can still enjoy even on rainy days, like a staycation in the nearest hotel, perhaps.

This giveaway runs from 21 May, 2013 until 11 June, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST. Please feel free to complete the entries at your own pace. Remember, you can always come back to enter daily entries and the more entries you submit, the better chances of winning!

This giveaway is open to everyone WORLDWIDE (as long as they has a blog and a Paypal account)! (Please use full name, aliases are fine but not initials.)

A lucky winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries via Rafflecopter within 14 days of giveaway end date. Winner will be contacted via email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Once the winner has been confirmed, they will be announced on this page. No purchase necessary. Participant must be 18 years or older to enter.

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A Family Overnight Hotel Stay

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As a prelude to Mother’s Day, we spent a night in one of the hotels in Quezon City. I got free accommodations to Sir William’s Hotel from an event I participated in last year and thought of using it before it expires this June. So I whisk my little family of three to the city one Saturday of May. We called the hotel earlier on to reserve us a room and I was glad that one of their rooms is available on the date we chose.

We were running a bit late that day since we had to do an errand before leaving. We even made a quick stop to the local McDonald’s to grab a quick lunch and get the little man a free Ironman poster! Surprisingly, it also rained that day that we had to call the hotel’s reception to inform them that we are on our way.

We went straight to the hotel’s basement where the parking is located before we heading to the hotel’s main desk. Checking in was easy-breezy. They just had to confirm my reservation after I presented my gift voucher. We also had to pay Php360 for service charge and an additional Php500 for key deposit {which will be refunded upon check out}.

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We were given the suite room on the fifth floor which is ridiculously big for the three of us! There was even a receiving room where we can entertain a guest or two during the prescribed visiting hours. Apart from being big in size, there is nothing really exceptional about our hotel suite. What bothered me is that we even had to call in and request for toiletries after checking that they are noticeably absent from the bathroom. It was a good thing I packed a set of toiletries for us but I happen to forget stashing a tube of toothpaste and a bath soap.  🙁

We watched a bunch of the little man’s favorite cartoons on Disney Junior and Cartoon Network and went to check out the pool upstairs later in the afternoon. Jared enjoyed swimming in the pool. Good thing I packed his floaters because there was no kiddie pool available. We swam for a few hours until we decided to go back to our room.

We did not want to go through the hassle of dining out so we decided to order room service and had dinner in the hotel while Jared busied himself watching animated cartoon films on his dad’s external drive which we packed for this stay. We loved the adobo we ordered. The pancit is also good but Jared only had a few spoonfuls not wanting to be disturbed from the Peter Pan film he was watching at the time.

We had a “New Girl” marathon after dinner. The little man was off to zzz land after a couple of episodes and his dad followed after a few more. I planned to finish all two seasons of this funny sitcom that stars Zooey Deschanel but was having an eye strain by the 8th episode that I decided to hit the sheets and sleep with my two boys instead.

By the time we woke up the following morning we were surprised to find out that it was already 9am. Jared’s dad and I agreed that we have not slept in this late for a very long time. He decided to go out and buy breakfast. We also ate the leftover pancit from last night’s dinner after which, we were already preparing ourselves and our stuff to check out.

Staying in a hotel sure is a relaxing and enjoyable way to spend quality time with the family. A day way from our usual day-to-day activities sure is a very welcome change. I hope to do this adventure again soon with my boys.Thank you’s go out to the staff of Sir William’s Hotel for accommodating us!  😀

Sir William’s Hotel
#39 Timog Avenue, Quezon City
{02}371-4333 to 48
www.sirwilliamshotel.com/

The Expat Guide To Volunteering Abroad

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a man volunteering to clean rubbish at the beach

If you are like many people throughout the world, you have already involved yourself with some kind of charity or volunteering work. This might be one hour per month, two hours per week or even full time. Maybe you are simply not getting the time to volunteer and you want to allocate a week or month every year for projects across the globe?

Although volunteering in your home country can be extremely rewarding, a lot of people feel like they need the experience of volunteering abroad. They get to experience new cultures and it opens their eyes to what is going on around them. Of course, learning a new language is going to be part of the deal. If you are planning to volunteer abroad, then are some things that you should consider.

Take Time To Develop Yourself

There are many inspiring volunteering schemes across the globe. They are run by people that put their blood, sweat, tears and even their own cash into these projects. These people are people that should be role models. When you are involved in a volunteering project, take it as an opportunity to develop yourself by learning from the inspiring people around you.

Are there aspects of you that need to be sculpted, or changed altogether? Could you take anything away from the people that you are working with? How could your work here and new perspective help you, to help others, when you eventually get home?

Making A Difference

A lot of people that volunteer abroad will have taken time off from work in order to do so. Although the thought of relaxing on a beach in the Caribbean or white water rafting in Scotland might seem appealing, they know there are people out there that need help. If you are one of these people, then make sure that your time here really does make a difference.

Many of the projects will be in villages where there seems to be little hope. Some help, inspiration and motivation is sometimes all these people need to help them get on the right path; make sure you are able to give it to them. Don’t take your personal problems with you, as these people have their own problems to deal with.

The Cost

Volunteering projects cost money to keep up and running. Labour, is only a small part of the cost of these projects. For that reason, you might be asked to purchase a package before you join. This will go towards tools and equipment that you will be using during the volunteering project. Of course, you will also need to account for your flight to and from the project, as well as transfers. Make sure you have plenty of cash before you leave.

Visa Requirements

Visa requirements vary a great deal throughout the world. Some countries will have specific travelling visas for volunteers, whereas other countries may require that you use a working visa for the duration of your stay. Like your money, you need to prepare visas well in advance of your trip. Whether you need a volunteer visa in England or a South African work permit, give yourself at least 3-6 months to get the application in and time for it to be approved.

Bio

Alex is a professional content writer and has been writing for a huge range of blogs since around 2007. Since he began his writing career he has been has over 100 pieces published on a huge variety of blogs. The subjects that he has covered include the likes of motors and the economy, although he has a passion for travelling.