Archive | September 2012

Talin’s Red Kidney Bean Dip Recipe

Hello everyone, I haven’t written a recipe in a while, so I decided today I write about my Red Kidney Bean dip. It is how you make humus, but there are some things that are different into it. Here goes:

Ingredients/Quantity needed:

One or 2 large cans of 540 ml of Dark Red Kidney Beans. (washed thoroughly after opening)

4 tablespoons of tahini

1 to 2 teaspoons of sea salt (regular iodized salt is not good to use)

2-3 cloves of Garlic

2-3 tablespoons of Lemon Juice Squeeze

1 teaspoon of Ground Cumin

1/2 teaspoon of Sweet Paprika

2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

half-one cup of water….. or as desired texture, but for dip, it shouldn’t be too tender.

How to prepare:

Get a food processor, and first add in the tahini, Olive Oil, water, lemon and garlic. Process it very well until garlic is well pureed

then you put the ground cumin, sweet paprika, salt into the mix….. beat that very well.

then add the dark red kidney beans —– check to see for tenderness, and the dip should be in between dense/tender… not too much as long as its dip-able.

 

Makes a good snack, makes a good dish for parties and everything.

Bon apetit!

Have a great one!

 

What Happened To Patriotic Dedication Hockey? NHL Lost A Fan

In the last couple of months, hearing about NHL Having a lockout, cancelling pre-season games, cancelling a lot of practices and hearing the owners and a lot of the players wanting more and more money seems to be the trend setter these days with a lot of greed going around. Not just the NHL But everything else. Okay, I understand the NHL (National Hockey League) needs money and everything and it takes money to get far, but this greed has got to stop, and this childish behavior of he said she said, needs to stop. What happened to patriotic hockey? What happened to the dedication and love for the game? Yes some Players are passionate about the game, but greed ruins everything. Your just getting millions of dollars just passing around a puck on the ice for 82-84 games throughout the season, whereas people who work their butts off in real society and reality get minimum wage or low pay. Is that really fair? To go to hockey games in the arenas it costs an arm and a leg to attend the games. Make it cheaper for the fans, and easy accessibility for low income families who are fans of the game, but cannot go to a game because the money is tight. Gary Bettman and the league should open up their eyes. I know a lot of people who have stopped being an NHL Fan because of all this behavior.

Where is the integrity? Where is the passion? I guess that was back in the early years up to the 90’s and then it was all down hill from there. I used to be a real hockey fan, and I never missed a game, I used to go to so many card shows, I never missed an opportunity to see players at different venues across the city, and I used to be a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens clubs, and used to collect a lot of memorabilia, sports cards and everything, but now, its lost its value and I don’t think I can be a fan to greedy people anymore, and I don’t want to be sitting down watching a Hockey game and seeing a bunch of owners and players only playing for money anymore and not for the love of the game. That is how I am feeling that money is overpowering everything and it is not such a good thing anymore. I can surely tell how hockey was played before and how hockey is being played now. More fighting, more penalties, and its a form of he said she said type of thing. I can tell how the old timers of hockey really enjoyed the game, but now not so much anymore. If NHL wants to keep their fans, then its time to smarten up, take initiative to keep costs to go watch the game low and listen to the fans and their expectations. Without the fans, NHL will not exist, and without NHL Fans, all of you would be out of a job. So in order to keep fans happy, listen to them, be on the fans side, don’t break their heart, and leave childish and greedy behavior.

This year, the lockout will hurt all the fans, but even if the lockout does happen or does not happen, I choose to no longer follow hockey and be part of hockey pools anymore. I’ve lost my flame. I hope they make smart decisions from now on. If they decrease ticket prices and food prices at the games, they will make more money and more revenue, but they think the more they increase it, the better it will be for them, but on the contrary. People with seasons tickets, people who have that love for the game, whats going to happen to their feelings? Whats going transpire? Greed just takes away all the fun and all the patriotic feelings away of the game. Money comes and goes, but the fans are the true essence of hockey, without them NHL Is nothing, sorry but that is the honest truth, sorry I still stand with my decision. I am an NHL Fan no longer, until I feel the dedication, patriotism and love for the game, I won’t be either of that to the league. Open up your eyes owners and smell the coffee.
Thanks.

Feeling A Lot Better. Thank You For The Wishes

Hello All, I would like to inform you, that today I am feeling much better and my back pain is all gone. I am so happy and thrilled. I took some much needed relaxation and some much needed sleep and that helped a lot. I can not breathe and enjoy life again. I want to thank each and everyone of you for your well wishes and giving me advice about what to do. I am truly humbled and touched by everyone who was concerned about me. I love you all very much. It was a miracle. I woke up feeling no pain what so ever and now that its gone I will be filling up my suitcase soon and onto my travels without worry. I just need to take it easy until then and everything will be great. I need to really relax and start preparing. Anyway, today I am going to keep it short and sweet. I have a lot of things I need to accomplish today that I didn’t this week due to my back being out of commission. Thanks again everyone. It is much appreciated and I wish you all the best in everything. Time to get up and get things done. lol :)

Almost Time To Go! I am So Happy

I just can’t believe how time is flying by so quick. We booked the trips around 3-4 months ago and I cannot believe how quickly it is approaching. in less than a couple of weeks, I’ll be enjoying my travels again, going through airports, going through all that. I love it a lot. Traveling has taught me a lot about life, about exploring different places in the world and gaining experience to last a lifetime and where I can share my stories with other people and just go with the flow. I don’t know who I will meet this time when I travel, I don’t know what is going to happen this time, but I am excited with the new adventures and everything else. I have started to pack and put stuff away already to the side, I finished all my shopping, I bought some nice new shoes, some outfits, and travel gear. Now I am just waiting for the big day. Next week is a week full of pampering and getting eyebrows done, doing last minute details, then off I go. I am not good with being patient when it comes to traveling. I am always counting the days, and I am always on edge saying when is it going to happen? Now that the time is approaching, I can relax a little, enjoy the packing, and utilize this time to prepare and to start filling that suitcase. That suitcase has been all over the place. If a Suitcase could talk, it would say a whole lot of stuff lol. Anyway, I have a busy day today, but I wish you all the best and have a great day and if your traveling too, I wish you safe travels, and all the best.

Hurt My Lower Back – I Think I Over Did It With My Exercise

Today I have just been taking it easy. I woke up this morning with excruciating back pain, and when I stand up the back pain goes away and when I sit down, it acts up. I have just been getting much needed rest today and sleeping it off. I didn’t take any medication for it yet, but I will be and I will be heading to my doctor. I think I over did it with my exercising and I pulled a muscle or something in my lower back. The pain is going all the way to my toes, but when I stand up, the pain goes away. It is so strange, but I better get better soon. I have my trips coming up within the next few weeks and I need to get better so as I can sit comfortably on my flights and Hold my bags and enjoy my trip. I won’t be able to enjoy my trips if I am feeling like this. I need to get better and quick. Now I delayed myself in my exercising and it totally messed it up for me. I guess I learned my lesson to never over do it and go gradually and not hurt myself. I don’t stretch enough before exercise and that is also the factor. I guess I am my own worst enemy lol. Well, time to take it easy this week and just go with the flow, and do stretches in the morning. I never knew I had these muscles. Well, I am going to keep it short and sweet today and go rest more.

If You Love Yourself, Respect Yourself, Then Be Yourself

I know I have written a lot about this subject, but I want to bring this up again. I am really concerned about people trying to be someone else not being ones self. There is nothing wrong with who you are, the true essence of beauty in the world is ones individuality, someones different outlooks on life, people opinions, it is the way the world goes around. If we all become the same person and not be ourselves, the world would be boring right? Now, if you love and respect yourself, you will be yourself and shine to the world and say hey, this is me, I am me, and if people do not like it, they can get out of my life and not return. Always know that the real people in life will always appreciate you, no matter who you are, and no matter your profession, no matter what talents you have, no matter where you live, but there will always be people who judge others without knowing the reasons and that is wrong too. Never try hard, and don’t try to impress people who are not worth your time and your effort and don’t cry over fake people who just leave you out to dry and who leave you to the curb, do not shed your tears away for people who do not matter. Fake people do not deserve your tears. People should be there for you in good times and in the bad times and when people stay for the bad times, confide in you and do things that will benefit you, then they are the ones who deserve to be in your life. Don’t worry about fake people, let them go.

You know what I detest the most? When people always find a new group of friends to be with for a year or 2 years and then they find a new group to be with all the time. After that, they go find other people. When people ditch you, it is the worst thing ever and I know the feeling. This past year I have had a few people ditch me and toss me out on the street and who has made excuses all the time. I know the feeling of being ditched and abandoned by those certain people, and we used to talk everyday, we used to see each other all the time, and now, its slim to none and we always made a pact that we will never leave each others side, no matter what happens and we will always be there for each other, and then all of a sudden the bonds got broken and I felt like yesterdays friend, and now they are with another group of friends. It is terrible when people make promises and pacts and then do not even keep that pact and then boom all those years of friendship down the drain. It is not good to do that to anyone. It can be a really bad outcome. So do not worry about people like this. True colours and peoples true personality comes out sooner or later and it is God’s way of protecting us from people like that and it is a way where we wake up and smell the coffee. It is always important to know who your true friends are and if they like you for you and if they are there for your through thick and thin, than that is all that really matters in life. Everything else will come to place, but that is very important.

I wish you all the best and do not cry and love, respect and be yourself. It is the best thing you can do for you.

Things Always Have A Way Of Working Out In The End

Sometimes in life we lose hope because we tend to think negatively because we believe that things won’t work out in the end and sometimes we don’t believe in the good of everything, but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and things always have the way to work out and I truly believe that if each and everyone of us believes that everything will be great. We just have to analyze situations better and we just go with the flow. I know sometimes we wonder when it will happen, but sooner or later it will. We just need to have patience. Patience goes a long way in anything we do. If were always impatient and always rushing for everything, it is not a good thing. Just keep calm and everything will be great. I truly believe that if each and everyone of us begin to be patient everything else will come to place. There have been a few times where my friends would be opening their heart to me, and tell me everything and some of my friends tell me stuff that are so negative, and I stop them right there and I tell them, hey everything will happen for you, maybe not now, but soon. You never know what life throws at you, you never know what life has in store for you, so now you have to really concentrate on being positive and focus on good things that will happen in your life. You must always put yourself up higher and don’t downgrade yourself in anything. That is not a good thing at all. Be yourself, and love yourself. You will see great results as you keep on doing and thinking happy thoughts, but believe in and trust in me, things will always work out in the end and life will be how you want it, but first before doing that, you must not think pessimistically and start thinking with optimistic thoughts, start being positive, and leave negativity at the door. All of us can learn a lot from ourselves when we believe in ourselves, when we start to gain perspective of ourselves. You will be amazed at how much you can accomplish in your life with these changes in life, you will see how great you are when you really think about how wonderful you are, and how incredible you are. Just give yourself some credit, do something happy in your life and don’t wait for things to happen, go for it, and when things do work out you will be happy, but that always starts with positivity, happy thoughts and being optimistic in life. It is the way to go right? Right. I wish you all the best in your life and always remember be happy and everything else will come to place.

I am In Denial About The Cold Weather Coming Back

In the past 2 weeks, I have just been thinking about how Fall is approaching and it has come now, and all I can think of is the cold weather coming back and the time to wear jackets and warmer clothes, and I am in denial that it is here. I was out tonight with friends, and It was freezing. I went nuts. I said even though I am Canadian, I still cannot bare this cold weather. I am more of a Spring and Summer person and I hate wearing jackets and long stuff. Today I still went out with my summer gear and I had on a light jacket until I froze my behind off for most of the night. I said, why couldn’t summer stay all year? I know I am in the wrong country to talk bad about cold weather, but I just cannot handle it. I would love to live somewhere warm for the 5-6 months we have this crazy crappy weather. It is not my cup of tea at all. I am so happy to be escaping a few weeks of it during the winter time, which I am happy. They said it will be another mild winter coming up, but judging by how cold its getting at nights from now, It might be both with extreme weather and some days better than the others. I do not like taking snow off my car, or shovel my driveway. I so cannot do that. That is not my forte. I am just in denial. I refuse to believe that its back and it will get worse. Time for me to hibernate indoors and be selective on when I go out, and if not important, I will not go out in that cold. No way… Anyway have a safe and happy season and bundle up because its only downhill from here. lol — Have fun!

The Hype Of The iPhone 5 Is Not My Cup Of Tea

It is a crazy gadget world we live in these days. Every year technologists and engineers are coming up with new gadgets and a lot of people are getting indulged by all the ads and the hype about them and now with the iPhone 5 that is out. To be really honest with you all, I do not have a hype for the iPhone 5. It is another way companies make money like Apple. Another thing, that does not sit well with me and which I think is super crazy, people line up for so many hours outside stores to get the latest gadgets and gears whether the weather is cold, rainy, super hot, snowy, people don’t care, they want that gadget on the day, they don’t want to wait a week later or a few weeks down the road when things will be less crazy. People think that they will sell out of things, but things really never sell out. They make you want to buy it, so they always have stock no matter what. I just don’t see the hype of waiting for something for so many hours. It is not worth my time, and it is not worth it. I’d rather wait, then anything. You can always find iPhone 5’s now without hassle. Once its out, its out. Honestly, I see the news and I see pictures online of people waiting for it, and some go on the news and explaining their story on how long they have been waiting and what they have been doing since they have been waiting. I mean come on. That is craziness. I am sorry if it is someone you know, or someone that can relate to what I have said, but It’s the truth. It is complete madness to wait for a gadget that will go on sale later on, or when I can get it later when it is not so chaotic.

Just because a lot of people are getting it, it doesn’t mean I have to follow the circle. I am happy with my blackberry. Yes the battery life isn’t all that great and sometimes their can be faults with the phones, but I like my blackberry. It is doing the job I want with texting, calling and everything. All other times I could care less if it doesn’t have as many features and stuff. I am satisfied with a phone I can communicate with, rather than paying for something that is in style now. Blackberry’s are too, but I will not follow people and I am my own person. So what if I will be out of the loop with iPhone life, No matter what, It is not my cup of tea. I apologize, but really not interested.

It’s Impossible To Satisfy Everyone, and I Suggest We Stop Trying

Today just a few hours ago, I saw this quote on Facebook about how impossible it is to satisfy everyone, and It just made me think a lot about how I should stop trying and focus on doing what is best for me and to stop trying to satisfy each person, because that will never happen and there will be people who agree and disagree about everything in life. In the end you to do what is right for you, you have to do things that are to your benefit because in the end were all individuals and we all have to learn how to stand on our own two feet and take control over our lives, Yes opinions, suggestions, and ideas is what makes the world go around and it is good to learn from one another about success and among other things in life, but the ball is in your court. Will you always listen to everyone? Or will you learn to listen to yourself and what is in your heart to do the right thing? Yes it is important to listen and to get advice from people and I am not up for debates on that. That is the way things are supposed to be, but there will come a time where you will need to make decisions all on your own without people always intervening with you.

There are so many things that is impossible to satisfy others such as, The type of wedding you have, the type of home, home decor, home colours, the car you have, the parties, functions, and everything people have, but one must know it is someone trying to stay in their budget, no matter how extravagant or how simple things can be, it is all in the terms of preference, and each person has their own taste and their own perspectives on how they want something to be. We cannot discriminate and complain about how another person chooses to do their parties, functions, and even to their style of furniture, colour and everything else, because it is their space and their home. Everyone is entitled to have a space of their own and create it the way they want to without be pestered all the time. There is a fine line to stop trying to impress people a lot and start focusing on what is important and what makes you happy to want to do what you want to do and it is important to have people’s support, and to be happy for you. You are not going to a wedding for the decorations, for the food, for the ambiance, your going to a wedding for the couple that just went into marriage hood, you go to rekindle with others and meet people, you go to events to socialize and be social, not for the material side of things. If that is the way they want to do it, then set them free and be satisfied, but then again someone people will not agree to what I am saying either and that is fine.

I have learned to take criticism and constructive criticism, and I value everyone’s opinions, good or bad, because that is a queue to make vast improvements, to better yourself in things, to improve on lifestyle, to improve on so many things in life. I believe that each and everyone of us needs criticism once in a while, but then again not everyone will agree with that, but that is how the world goes around. If everyone thought the same and if everyone had the same perspectives on life and the way things are supposed to be, then we would be living in a really boring world and there won’t be anything new. It will just be the same things over and over again and we won’t meet new people, all we would meet is the same type of personalities and the same type of opinionated people. Yes it is important to have good personality traits, it is important to make good choices in life, but in the end everything is up to you, but it won’t hurt if you listen to others once in a while. Enjoy your life and do things that will satisfy you, not others unless it is your immediate family. Be you and the rest will follow. All the best!

 

 

Something So Happy & Wonderful Came Back To My Mind Today

Something came into my mind today, that made me smile and made my whole day. I remember when I did my last Driving Exam with the Examiner 4 years ago and he took me out on Highway 401 in Ontario, and before we left to do my Driving exam, he asked if I drove on the Highway 401 Before? I said, does driving to Montreal and Back count for 4-5 hours each way? He said, wow you must have a lot experience. I said, I sure do. So he took me on the Highway 401, and he said “In the History of my 10 years as a Driver Examiner, I have never seen such a skilled and really great Highway 401 Driver, just like you before, you are the first one in my books”. I said, thank you so much :). He said drive back to the Drive Test depot, and park anywhere, then he congratulated me, and said YOU PASSED. You are a G Driver. :) I got out of the car Jumping with happiness. 4 years ago Last month. :)

I have had a lot of practice driving, reverse parking, parallel parking, 3 point turns, emergency park braking, and among other important driving techniques. I love driving and it is one of my favourite things to do. When that examiner was with me, I felt comfortable and I did my signal lane changes, and everything without feeling that nervousness. It was an incredible feeling. When he said that I was the best in his 10 years of taking people out on the highway, That was really an awesome thing he said, and I can tell he actually meant because the tone of his voice and the way he said it to me was fantastic. He and I we were talking about a lot of things while he took me out driving. He said I wanted to just test you how you can talk and carry on a conversation and drive at the same time with others in the car. You succeeded again. You handled situations well, and you stopped and pulled to the side when a fire truck was passing by with its sirens. So much happened in that 15 minutes and it was incredible. I will never forget that day when I became a fully licensed driver, and I will continue to drive the way I drove with the examiner and I will continue my safe driving habits. It is very important to exercise good driving habits. Insurance premiums go down, and life will be much easier, safer and you can save a life.

All the best to those who will and who are going to get a drivers license and permits.

Racism Is Wrong – Were All Human!

In this life as I was growing up, I have learned to accept people as they are and accept the colour of their skin  and my parents and a lot of the adults when I was a kid taught me the importance of accepting people of who they are and not the colour of their skin and one of the things I do not like is racism and discrimination towards each other. I believe we all have one body and we all have blood in our veins, we all live in this place called earth, were part of the human race and humanity and that is something very important to me. We all make mistakes, we all have people in our race that make good and bad choices, but we can’t discriminate people because of it. Learn to love each other, learn to accept people as they are. I love learning about different cultures, heritage, beliefs, and visiting and traveling to countries and experiencing culture and the society of each place. I have a lot of friends from all races and beliefs, and its such a nice thing to have conversations with different people in the world and to gain peoples point of view. This is what makes the world go around. When people go around stereotyping, and pointing fingers at each other and making fun of other peoples races, accents, and the way they look. It is not a very nice thing to do and say.

People who discriminate can really hurt someone, and it can really cause a lot of trouble. There are so many racial profiling, there are those really terrible racist words that get said to people, and I will not mention them as I cannot stand racism. Although some may say it doesn’t hurt me, but it really does hurt someone or some people. I have a profound respect for everyone in the world in regards to gender, race, cultural beliefs, orientation and so much more. We all can make a difference in this world and when someone is treating someone with disrespect, and being offensive toward them, it is not a good trait to develop. God made everyone differently and respect everyone. Yes although some races have had problems in history and things have happened where races, cultures and government don’t see eye to eye, but I do believe there are great people out of each race in the world and I do believe the people can live with each other, but when higher authorities get involved things get messy and it is not nice.

I believe in true diversity, equality, love, respect, outreaching, giving a helping hand regardless of anyone’s race. Were all in this together and we live in our communities with different people. Time to stand up to racism and move forward in life and be there for each other. Get up, and Stand up for your rights. Always. Nobody wins in racism and discrimination.

All the best and love each other.

 

 

Getting A Great Nights Sleep For A While Now – I am Happy

So many blogs ago, I had wrote about how difficult it was for me to fall asleep and tossing and turning in bed and not being able to wake up fresh, and for a few weeks now, I have been having a great nights sleep. I am so happy and thrilled about that. Before it would take me over an hour to fall asleep now it takes me about 10-15 minutes. It has improved so much. I guess because of my exercising and eating well and getting healthy is the case. I haven’t felt this energetic in a long time. I owe it all to healthy eating and exercise. I feel so great, and I feel the weight coming off and I have already lost about an inch or 2 off my waist and tummy area since I have been doing my pullie 250 times every morning, plus drinking a lot of water, and eating small portions rather than large portions. I am so relieved that things are working out for me and my social life is getting better, I feel more confident about myself, and I feel like I am on my way to a new body, and this time I am sticking to it because I found a painless way to exercise and its working very well for me.

Last night I got emotional and started to cry a bit because I feel like I have lost a whole lot of my young life with wearing dresses, and outfits that I should have started wearing at age 20, but now at 27, It is still not too late and I can still wear the dresses, outfits and go out in style without having to worry about wearing outfits bigger than my age. I saw this wedding dress in a dress boutique on the weekend and It had my name written all over it. It was the perfect dress and I would have said yes to the dress, but I do not have a boyfriend to begin with and that will come soon too. I feel it. I guess all my worry and stress is finally being lifted off and sleep is improving and my life is improving with making all these positive and happy changes in my life to feel good, to be healthy and to have better outlook on life. I am happy! :)

 

Cruise Ship Travel – Travel Advice From Me – The Do’s & Don’ts

Are you thinking about traveling on a cruise ship? Is your next travel a cruise vacation? Are you thinking of visiting many countries all at one vacation? Do not know what to expect before going on a cruise? On the cruise ship? and after? Are you stuck on what to do? Well, look no further, I am here to help you get on your way to your travels and give you a start on how fun and awesome cruise ship travel can be. It is an experience like no other. Well, here is what to do.

Before Embarkation to your Cruise Ship:

1 — Go over your documents, tickets, passports to make sure you have everything required for your cruise and make sure your passport is valid for up to 6 months before it expires. Reason being is that some countries require passports when you enter into their ports and a lot of countries require that your passport be up to 6 months valid from your expiry date. Say you have your passport in January 1st, 2013 and you still have time. and if it is to expire June 1st, 2013, make sure to renew your passport and to give yourself enough time to make those changes before traveling. Documents, tickets, passports are one of the most important things of traveling. Double triple check and keep organized into your stuff in your handbag.

2 — When booking a cruise ship vacation and if you are from Canada or Europe or where ever else and are thinking about Doing Panama Canal, Pacific Mexican Riviera, Caribbean, Europe, or anywhere else, it is always recommended that you purchase Air and Cruise together. Reason being is that if heaven forbid your airline gets delayed a few hours and its almost time for the ship to disembark, the ship will automatically know that there is an airline delay for a lot of the passengers and so they give people a grace period and wait for them to arrive. The airline packages that have Air and Cruise together will always be in communication with your ship. Most of the time the Airport is close to the cruise port within 5-25-30 minutes drive. Depending on where you travel.

3 — Never get separate Air and Cruise, because the ship’s personnel will have a hard time to pin point where passengers are and they do not know when they will be arriving. It is always a good idea to get packages. Although a lot of the Cruise packages do not include air, but when you ask for air, they should be able to include that in, but you will need to pay extra for airfare. Some cruises offer free airfare because the cruise alone is expensive. There are cruise travels to fit each persons budget.

4 — Give yourself enough time to head to the cruise port. a few hours before you embark on your ship, make sure you know exactly what ship you will board, identify your cruise ship before you travel, look at photos of your ship, and make sure you know which port at the cruise terminal you are going to. the taxi or shuttle bus will take you there. Just do your research and have phone numbers on standby of the cruise ship terminal, so that you can call and you are there. Super important. (I know a few people who have taken cruises before and they weren’t able to identify their cruise ship and they went through hassle, then it was on their itinerary and so they took them to the right port terminal)

5 — When you embark on your cruise and when you get on the ship from your embarkation port, a lot of the times, they do not allow people to leave the ship after you get on because there isn’t enough time and they want all passengers to be on the ship to avoid confusion and to make sure people get on the ship safely.

6 — Make sure you pack all sorts of clothing with you for formal nights, semi formal nights, casual dining and bring clothing that is up to par for cruise ship vacations. It is not a regular all inclusive resort, this one is a floating resort and thousands of people are on the ship, so its a good idea to pack clothing for all types of occasions.

7 — When you are booking your dinner reservations for early sitting or late sitting dinners. — It is important to choose late sitting dinners because when you are at different ports of call, and won’t be able to come back to your ship in time, it is a good choice to choose late sitting so that you can eat and then enjoy without the rushing. A lot of parts on the ship have restaurants that are open 24 hours, but the main dining room has its times. It depends on the cruise you are taking.

What to Do on The Ship:

1 — Give yourself a tour of the ship, identify where you are going to go, and ask the cruise personnel if you are stuck on getting somewhere.

2 — Everyday the cruise room makers put a newsletter of what is happening on the cruise ship. take a few moments and read what there is to do, events, what the dress code for the evening is, what to expect on your next port of call, and to give you a heads up on what goes on. They also refill shampoos, body washes, towels and among making your room twice a day. one in the morning and when you go to bed, they come and open your bed up and sometimes they give you treats on your pillow. It depends.

3 — I personally do not like the shore excursions. they are expensive and plus you will not enjoy them as much as going on your own to tour the ports of call that you are visiting. Take extra money with you pay a taxi to take you around, and go on your own. The first time I went on a shore excursion and I was sorry I ever did it. You had a time limit and it was not good. A lot of ships require you to be back at the ship between half an hour for up to 1 and a half hours before disembarkation to the next port.

4 — participate in events, make your cruise enjoyable yet relaxing. go to shows, and entertain yourself. there is so much to do on a cruise ship that you will never be bored. I hear people often say cruise ships are boring, not too much to do, but on the contrary. Cruise ships nowadays are being built larger and larger, and they offer so many things. if your a person who just wants to relax on the cruise and not do anything, that is cool too, but don’t miss out on the cruise ship and touring the ship. its awesome.

After Your Cruise:

1 — Nowadays gratuities and tips are added into your cruise deal, but take extra money and give them the tips, it also depends on the service you get too. if you liked the service sure, but before checking out they would want that, but it depends on how you were treated of course.

2 — check out from the main desk on the cruise, getting the luggage and be on your way to the airport or however you traveled.

3 — Then after doing all that, talk about your experiences, go on a travel advisor websites or cruise feedback and give your feedback so it can help other cruise ship travelers make their choice, but again everyone has their own opinions and feelings so you won’t know until you have done so yourself.

Bon Voyage and have a great cruise. if you need to ask any questions, let me know….. All the best!

 

There Is No Such Thing As Privacy Anymore

In this day in age, there is no longer privacy anymore. The reason why I bring this up today, is that because of what happened to Duchess of Cambridge Kate and William. They were just enjoying their time together in a remote area where they were just relaxing, and the press takes shots of Kate topless. I mean where do we draw the line? Celebrities and Royal Family is entitled to their privacy too. Even with Prince Harry in Vegas. I mean leave them alone, they are entitled to have fun too and do what they like too. The media always has so much time on their hands that they want to cover news like this all the time. It shouldn’t happen. Peoples privacy is at stake. It is not cool to invade someones privacy. You always here, oh this celebrity is vacationing off this island, or this celebrity is caught eating at this restaurant, or this person was caught getting out of a public restroom. I think there should be boundaries and monitors of what news going into the media. It is too much. Even ordinary people like us, our privacy too. People take pictures of your house and the street you live on, so that they can make mapping systems. People can see the cars they have on their driveways, and so much more.

People deserve to have privacy, people shouldn’t have to always share everything that happens in their lives. Some things should be kept very personal, and not everything should be tweeted or be put on a facebook status message. I have seen people post their bowel movements, I have seen people post what they do every second of the day, I have seen people posting everything. Somethings should be kept discreet. Not everything needs to be posted. Yes although we live in a social media world right now and things have become so public with everything, Social networking is booming with so many hundreds of millions of people joining these websites, but I do believe in keeping yourself up high and not sharing everything. It can be used against you and it won’t be cool.

Yes, I blog everyday telling people about my adventures of traveling, and among my emotions and issues with people bullying me and going through a lot of emotional things, and giving people positivity and happiness, but I do not go over the top with things. Everything has its limits, everything has its borders. Do not cross the line when it comes to your privacy and others privacy. People like to ask so many questions about others, and they like asking super personal ones. People don’t need to answer them. If you are not comfortable sharing, say, I am sorry, but I do not feel like sharing my very personal issues with anyone. I like to keep it to myself. As the years go by nothing is kept secret anymore, nothing is kept in confidence anymore which is sad. I feel for the celebrities, artists, singers, talk show hosts all the time. They are always bombarded and bothered. It shouldn’t be like that. They are entitled to have a personal life too. It can’t happen all the time. People need to back off a bit and let them live their lives too. Just because they are celebrities and big icons of our world, it doesn’t mean they should be followed 24/7 365 and be stalked. Not cool at all.

Even with us ordinary people, Never let others pry into your very personal life. Be cautious of what you share. All the best to you