Boarders And Floors

Years ago, my father opposed of the construction of additional rooms to accommodate paid boarders in our home. While it would help provide additional income to defray our household expenses, we would have to provide more security measures at home. Aside from that, having someone unrelated to the family living with us would have caused some awkward situations.

Unfortunately, my father died too soon to stop this project. We now have two lady boarders at home and I am getting worried with the security around the house. Even so, that most of us are always at work during daytime.

Additionally, there have been sticky situations that could have not happened if we did not have any other people in the house except our family. The other day, I came home and found a very wet staircase. Getting negative answers from family members, I decided to check our boarders who are living upstairs. I found one who was throwing soaped water on the wooden floor. She was supposed to be cleaning up but ended leaking water to the staircase that could have caused some accident.

I realized then that if our boarder would keep doing her style of cleaning the floors, we should plan changing our floorings upstairs. Firstly though, research is needed to know which floors are affordable and at the same time long-lasting enough. Good thing, the internet is helping a lot so I click for flooring options.

In the meantime, I asked our boarder to refrain from throwing water on the floors indiscriminately to avoid leaking water downstairs. So far she is doing that but I prefer that we stop having boarders at home.


Sunday Stealing#134 The Back 15 Meme

15) How do you vent out your anger?
I vent my anger by doing something physical like working out, cleaning up the house, taking a walk or go shopping.
16) Favourite toy as a child?
The doll my father bought me and the little cooking set my mother gave.
17) Favourite season?
18) Do you ever get letters delivered by the post office?
Yes, mostly marketing letters and postcards.

19) When was the last time you laughed hard?
While watching Chinese kungfu movie, Tai-chi Part 2.
20) What is on the floor of your closet?

21) Are you any good at drawing?
Just so-so.
22) What did you do last night?
Blogged and watched Tv.

23) What are you most afraid of?
Losing people I love.
24) Plain,cheese or spicy hamburger?
Plain cheese.
25) Favourite dog breed?
Any. I love dogs.

26) Favorite day of the week?
27) How many states / provinces / countries have you lived in?
Two provinces, one country.
28) Diamond or pearl?

29) What is your wish for this new year?
My wish for this year is that somebody should stand on his own feet and live away from his mother.

30) New year resolutions

I don't have one because I keep breaking them anyway. 


If Only I Could Have It Sooner

Traveling for me is not only seeing new and interesting places but also meeting interesting people. Traveling is also learning about new things that I would not be able to learn if I stayed close at home. Every place always has something different to offer and to show off. For the recent Europe trip, it showed me that Europe is far more interesting and has a lot more to show off than other continents.

Part of our itinerary was the exotic Northern African kingdom of Morocco. The kingdom was known for its Berber people, exotic belly dancers and for its colorful world-renowned carpets and leathers.

We went on a tour inside what is considered the oldest medina or town in the world in the city of Fez, Morocco. There, we saw how the world-renowned Moroccan leather was made from animal skin or animal hide. The smell of tannery was bad but curiosity on how the process was made had our group tackling the labyrinthine stair of the tannery building determinedly. We also saw how such thick and exquisitely beautiful carpets were made. I could have bought one if only they were cheap. Actually, I almost bought one if not one of our tour groupmates prevented me when she told us that she bought her own exquisite carpets by checking online on Shop deals & savings today!

She was right about the more affordable but similarly beautiful carpets when I checked online. Good thing that impulsiveness did not take over on that day, it would have been more expensive. Anyway, the carpet project is on my future project list. If only I could have it sooner but things are not easy nowadays.


Sunday Stealing#133 40 of The Most Random Questions Meme

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we also have our rules. First, we always credit the blog that we stole it from and we will “fess up” to the blog owner where we stole the meme. We also provide a link to the victim's post. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") We do sometimes edit the original meme, usually to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, sometimes to select that meme's best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from either this new meme or recently asked questions from a prior featured meme. Let's go!!!
Today we ripped off a blogger named Gina from the blog The Journey to Olivia. It is 40 questions, this is part two. She does not state where she found the meme. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Take the time to comment on other player's posts. It's a great way to make new friends! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Sunday Stealing: 40 of The Most Random Questions Meme, Part Two,.

21) Whats something youve always wanted?
Travel the world with somebody special.

22) Do you have hairy legs?
Nope, thank goodness.

23) What does Semper Fidelis stand for? 
I've googled it, Always Faithful or Always Loyal. It is also the motto of the United States Marine Corps.

24) Would you rather swim in the ocean or a lake? 
I'd rather do the ocean.

25) Do you wear a lot of black?
Yes, because it's always the color of anything about photography. Black is considered the combination of all colors.
26) Describe your hair:
Used to be really black and thick. It has lighter color now and thinner than it used to be.
27) Do you have Entomophobia?

28) Are you an adult?

Yes, I hope so.

29) Do you own or rent?
Own or rent what? I own a house but I'd rather rent a car than own one.

30) Do you have a tan?
Yes, am naturally tan.
31) Are you addicted to TV?
Thankfully, no. I'd rather read or blog.

32) Do you enjoy spending time with your In-laws?
Am single.

33) Are you a sugar freak?
Nope but I like sweets from time to time. 

34) What happened to Larry King?
Don't know.
35) What sign are you?

36) What do you wish on your birthday?
A new camera or a new lens.
37) Who did you copy this from?
 Sunday stealing.

38) Do you eat breakfast?

39) What would you name the royal baby?
If a girl, Alexandra. If a boy, Michael.

40) Do you buy a newspaper?
At least, twice or thrice a week.


Where Did The Money Go?

Source: FastLoanTree.com

Am in the process of evaluating what I have earned and what I have spent for the past year.This is to ascertain if I'd actually save some or not. For sure, my expenses were quite high last year due to some travels but I also know that I saved a few. Last year, the realization that I could not depend on some people I thought I could trust was more prevalent than ever which is why the goal for this year is to save more for some planned projects for my future and for some more planned travels.

Do Not Forget The Local Travel

Thanks to cheaper plane fares, people are traveling more. It used to be that the international destinations  were more expensive than the local destinations but because of budget plane fares, people are traveling abroad more. This is good but a lot more people now prefers to go abroad than see the local destinations.

Me and my friends started traveling long before these budget travels came along. Back then, the travel cost were not only expensive but the bookings were quite difficult to make. Back then, there was no internet, no mobile phones and such conveniences to make things easy for travelers to book for their vacation. But we made a pact, travel locally as much as we can before we could allow ourselves to travel abroad inspite of the difficulties we encounters.  We did and we still do and we had great adventures.

Of course, we are now traveling abroad too but at least, once a year me and my friend-travel companions travel locally. Not only we learn more about our country but we also get to appreciate our own culture, people and heritage. So, whenever I hear people telling stories about their travel abroad, I also encourage them to travel local too.


How to Find All Inclusive Holiday Deals

When it comes to finding a great holiday deal, many travellers look no further than all-inclusive for their next package break.

Why? Because with all-inclusive all of your meals, snacks, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are typically included in the upfront cost of the holiday - which takes care of the essentials when you're in the resort. Just think of all the money you'll save on eating out, and the time you'll save by not having to go in search of three meals a day. What's more, in Eurozone countries the currency exchange rate means that eating out can feel significantly more expensive. So for many, all-inclusive is the way to go.

But how do you find cheap all inclusive holidays?

The trick, just like any bargain hunt, is to be vigilant with regard to special offers and scour the market as widely as possible. That means browsing various travel agents' websites and performing a range of different searches on your ideal dates, and whittling down the options until you've found your perfect combination of destination, departure date and price. It's a process of elimination.

Another great way to find all inclusive holidays is to look for late deals. Just like any regular package holiday, all inclusive holidays will often come down in price just before the departure date. The last few weeks prior to departure is usually the best time to find late deals, as this is when hoteliers and travel agents will drop their prices in order to sell off the last few available rooms before the date passes. After all it's better to have a half-price-paying customer than none at all.

So remember to be vigilant, do your homework thoroughly and be prepared to jet off at a moment's notice if the price is right. After all, bagging your perfect holiday at a great price means your travel experience will be worth its weight in gold...


Traveling Is Not Expensive

Some people will disagree but hear me out first. Sure, it takes money to get to one place to another. More especially if the destination is half the world away. Even more so, if one needs to get a visa for the country to be visited like what we did in Europe. For ordinary employees, some could only afford to travel in distant places after getting their retirement pay or after they have saved several years from their toils for the trip. In most cases, the dream to travel abroad could only take them to nearer places. This is why some people just forego their plans to travel at all. To not travel at all is akin to deciding not to learn something new again. Because traveling opens a lot of learning experience and opportunities for an individual not only to appreciate the world outside-the world different from one’s own and to live outside the comfort zone. The value of these experiences is priceless. One cannot put monetary value on how people live their daily lives, on how do their dress themselves, as well as their beliefs, culture and tradition. Traveling may need money but I cannot say it is expensive in the truest sense. Because in lieu of the cost, the learning experience and the appreciation of what is life to other people are invaluable.