Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Devil Is In The Detail: Getting Ready For Your Holiday

It’s nearly holiday time again. Chances are you’ve already booked any time away, but you may not have sorted the details yet. And, it’s those details that really hang over our heads when we’re travelling abroad.If you don’t go away often, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all the additions you need to consider. In fact, it can be hard to know where to even start. And, finding out what you do and don’t need to do isn’t as easy as you might think. It’s fine if you know what you’re doing, but there’s no one to show you if you don’t. If you’re struggling to get your head around everything, these suggestions should help you.

Depending on where you’re going, you may need to sort out a travel visa. 128 countries need travel visas, so it’s worth finding out if your destination is on the list. If you don’t do this, you won’t be going anywhere. The good news is, it’s easy to find out. And, once you know, you can take steps towards applying. Make sure you know what the requirements are. Some countries will allow you to visit for a period of time without a visa, so don’t apply if you don’t have to. It’s also important to note that there may be a way around having to apply. Find out whether you could travel using an ESTA instead, like those found at You will still need to apply for this, so make sure to find out ahead of time. But, going down this route will save you having to worry about a full-blown visa application.

Many countries need you to receive certain vaccinations before you travel. Not having the correct certificates will result in refused entry. Research whether this applies to your destination. Sites like offer an easy way to find out what you need. While some destinations require compulsory vaccinations, others suggest them. If this is the case, think carefully about whether you’re willing to risk going without. Even if you don’t need it to travel, there’s a reason the country in question has suggested it. It may not be worth risking your health in that way.


Before you go, you’ll also need to consider health insurance. While this isn’t a compulsory addition, it’s well worth thinking about. An accident or illness while away could end up costing you, otherwise. If you’re travelling within the EU, you may be able to get an EU health card. These are free to apply for and mean that you receive the benefits of the NHS while you’re away. It’s crucial you apply for one of these. But, don’t think that’s all you need. These cards don’t cover all your costs. And, if you need an emergency flight home, or miss your flight due to illness, your card won’t cover you. Instead, look into travel insurance that can cover any extra costs. For a relatively small amount, it’s well worth making the effort.

Considering Los Angeles California

If you have been to California, lucky you!I never been there yet! Traveling was not really into my mind years ago. Now, all of the sudden, the idea of traveling is hitting me hard. I wanna go everywhere and anywhere. I am very excited and really looking forward of renewing my passport this coming summer. 

My girl's passport needed to be renewed too but not until next year since she is a US born citizen. Renewing her passport is just a matter of going to any post office in the area that offer the service. While my passport, needs to go to Philippine embassy to renew it. What a pain!

Anyway, California was just a California to me and that was before. Now, meeting people from California, hearing people been to California is giving me this urge to visit the place. I want a sunny place, a warm place to stay. On the other hand, I received an offer to have all my expenses paid. All I need to do is to get to the plane and be there in Los Angeles, California. It is indeed one of the places in California that I wanted to see.

The thing is that, the offer came unexpectedly... This event has something to do with a concert. In my job, I need to send my off request ahead of time, a month of time for the possible approval.

So, going to Cali is not possible this time. :( There's always next time.. :)

Friday, April 14, 2017

A Guitar That Comes With A Style

I believed I am lucky for liking my job. When it comes to the customers, some are nice and most of them are pain.. LOL! But anyway, what makes me go to work everyday was my co-workers. I loved the bonding,the talking, the catching up of what happen lately liked what's new and what's not.

Retail store is a fun place to work especially if you are testing yourself when it comes to patience. Joke but it's also for real. Anyway, it is very impressive finding most of my co-workers having two or 3 jobs. And what they're other jobs are.

One of my co-employee does concerts. He has his band and lately, he was invited to be one of the judge. He showed me the photos and once of the guitar was similar to the musiciansfriend jack casady. It was really sleek looking bass guitar.

Quick Dinner at McDonald

I was picked up by my family from worked today. They did few errands before picking me up. My boy wants to go to Dairy Queen when I don't really feel of going there plus, it is far than McDonald. Anyway, I was glad that he gave in to us, 3 versus him. LOL!

As always, I ordered 20 pieces chicken nuggets with honey mustard sauce, a basket of fries and a large soda which I only filled half. I did not even finished my soda, it was my choice anyway. The kids had their happy meal both came with SMURFS toys. Their dad had some hamburger.

Stayed for 20 minutes and left and head home. It is nice because we don't have to cook but as we all know, home cook meal is always the best and the healthiest especially if we haven kids. :)

On the other hand, it doesn't hurt to do it once in a while just be be free from cooking at home.. Ha, ha!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Don't Snooze On The Mattress Warning Signs

Tried counting sheep?

Started adding drops of lavender essence to your pillow?

Have you been playing white noise in your bedroom?

If you have tried everything to try and improve your sleep without any luck, you are probably about at the end of your tether! Well, there could be one last thing that you haven’t tried yet - a new mattress! In fact, not being able to sleep is one of the main signs that it is time to bin your current mattress and get a new one. Here are some more warning signs that it’s time for an upgrade!

There Are Visible Lumps
Your mattress should be firm and smooth. If there are any visible lumps and bumps in it, it is definitely time to think about getting a new one. These often occur in old ones when the springs start to become loose or have dealt with so much wear and tear, that they are now out of place. If you can also see a groove where you always lie, you should think about changing your mattress. It’s normal that a slight sip should develop, but it shouldn’t be too deep or apparent.


You Wake With Back Pain
An old, lumpy mattress is far from comfortable to sleep on. It could be even more painful in the morning when you wake to find that you have developed back aches and pains. According to ChooseMattress, there are certain types of mattresses that are great at reducing these kinds of aches and pains. So, if you are sick of all the pain in the mornings, it could be worth swapping your old one for one of the more beneficial ones.

You Wake Up Sneezing
Dust gathers almost everywhere in our homes. You’ll know just how quickly it can build up if you have to go around all your rooms and dust every week! But do you remember when the last time you dusted your bed was? You probably won’t have ever done this! No one really does, even though beds are a hotbed for dust and mites. If you find that you start waking up in the middle of the night sneezing, it is probably because your mattress is full of high levels of dust, and could be affecting your allergies. It’s time for a new one!


You’re Getting Older
As we age, our bodies require more and more support at night. If you find that your current mattress no longer gives your back enough support, it’s time to trade it in for a firmer one. If you aren’t sure what to look for, visit your local bed shop to speak to a shop assistant about their various types on offer. Make sure you let them know whether you normally sleep on your back or your side as this will affect your choice of mattress.

So make sure your mattress isn’t bothering you when you should be sleeping. You’ll find that the earlier you change your mattress once you notice these warning signs, the better your sleep will be!