My Own Travels
December 14, 2017

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I updated this blog. I’ve been so busy and have been to a lot of places that I hardly found the time to sit down and write. Anyway, I left for Osaka on November 23 with the whole family, including my parents and my sister.

We’ve been to Japan many times, but this is the first time that we are visiting Osaka (except for my Mom and husband). I was able to book us an adjoining room at Hotel Keihan Universal City, a hotel very near Universal Studios.

The hotel is situated within the vicinity of the Universal Studios and it’s just about a 6-minute walk. There is a shopping mall, specialty stores, convenient stores and many restaurants around the hotel. Several hotels are also within the area, but I chose Hotel Keihan because their rates are more affordable. There are actually two Hotel Keihans. The other one is Hotel Keihan Universal Tower. I believe the rates are more pricey there.

The check in counter.

Hotel lobby

 

If you want to skip the ticket lines at Universal Studios, you can purchase your tickets from this booth.

They also have a buffet restaurant on the 3rd floor of the hotel, right beside the check in counter.

 

Aside from the vending machine room in the lobby, you can also find one at every floor.

We stayed at the 14th floor and this is the fire escape.

Each floor also has this screen, so you’ll know where the other amenities of the hotel are located, i. e. the laundry room, smoking area, restaurant, etc. There is also a different theme for each floor. On the 14th floor, the theme is Road Runner.

As I mentioned earlier, we got an adjoining room and this is how it looked like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They also have a baggage express service where you can have your luggage shipped to your next destination. We availed of this service when we checked out because we took the bullet train going to Tokyo. We sent 13 baggages and we paid for ¥17,000. Fair enough considering the convenience of travelling with a big group with two kids and a visually impaired husband.

Each exit also has an alcohol dispenser. This, for me, is a big plus.

Overall, we had a very nice and comfortable stay at the hotel. If you are looking for a great place to stay in Osaka for your family, this is highly recommended.

Address6 Chome-2-78 Shimaya, Konohana Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 554-8585, Japan

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December 14, 2017

Moving into a new apartment is an exciting experience. Whether it’s your first place after college or an upgrade from a smaller space, it is always enjoyable to get everything moved in at the new address.

Of course, it takes more than just the placement of belongings to get your new home up and functioning. There are a lot of things you’ll need to be done along the way, and many of them have to be done right in the middle of your work in getting everything else moved in. Add in the possibility of a deadline to get out of the old place and it’s no surprise that moving is such a stressful experience for some people.

Good organization can keep all this transitional activity from ruining the fun of the move. Get started with these ideas.

Getting Insurance

One of the nice things about renting an apartment is that you aren’t responsible for insuring it. But while it’s true that the property owner is responsible for any damage from weather, theft, or fire, it’s also true that your personal belongings are not covered by their policy. You need to insure those things yourself.

You may feel like coverage for your car and health are enough insurance payments in a month, but it can be well worth the investment to get renters insurance in your apartment. Even your yard-sale furniture would have to be replaced if lost, so make a plan.

Renter’s insurance is beneficial even if the apartment is furnished, because you still have clothes, electronics, kitchen appliances, and valuables like jewelry that will be covered in the event of a fire or natural disaster. And it will start to build insurance expenses into your personal budget, making room for homeowners’ insurance later on.

Make The Switch

There are a lot of things that will have to be changed over when you move. If you still use a landline, it will have to be relocated, and along with it, your broadband services like internet and television. Make sure you receive any utilities deposits that are due back to you, especially since you may have to put down new ones elsewhere.

You’ll also need to make changes in your mail. Your first step here should be to put in a forwarding order with the postal service, but you will still have to do a change of address with everyone you do business with. That includes creditors, the various schools you’ve attended, your employer, everyone.

Check Out Your Place

This may sound a little strange. You already got the grand tour, what’s left to discover? It can actually be quite a bit.

Depending on the type of place you’re renting, you may have access to spaces that can accommodate a basic home inspection. While it’s true that the upkeep of the structure isn’t your problem, there are also financial and safety concerns that can affect you.

A good first step is to check the plumbing for leaks. Before moving in, turn off all the water inside–not just at the faucets but at the valves inside the cabinets and behind the toilets. Write down the reading on your water meter. Check a day or so later and see if it has changed. If it has, there is water leaking out somewhere–water that you may be paying for.

Check batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Ask if the locks have been changed, and make sure they latch solidly. See if there are any loose windows, and check the breaker box for tripped circuits or other signs of electrical problems.

Moving into a new place is often a big step toward independent adult living. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of having a pool or a fitness center on site, and those amenities are great. But it’s more important to be financially sound and personally safe, so be sure you take care of all those other considerations as that new key jingles in your pocket.

 

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January 30, 2017

The past couple of months had me traveling to different places so, that explains the lack of posting here. And since it was the holiday season, my schedule had been super busy we had to hire Vogt RV Dealership. The Vogt family has been serving recreational enthusiasts of North Texas for over forty years. At Vogt, they a vast array of ultra light to ultra luxurious, new and pre-owned Rv’s where you will appreciate the quality of our employees and our selection of America’s finest manufactures. The second week of December, my family traveled to Tokyo and in the first and second week of January, we made two local travels; Batangas and Palawan. Let me tell you first about the towing company let’s leave Batangas and Palawan for another post.

We left on December 12 and Airbnb’ed in a cute little mansion in Shibuya. It’s been a long time since I last traveled to Japan and almost everything have changed. Of course, I’m exaggerating! But really, those places that I loved before (btw, if you have been following my blog, you know that I’ve lived in Tokyo for one year), most of there are gone. This is the first time that my twin granddaughters have traveled and my oh my, the excitement in their faces is so priceless. From the plane ride going there (we took Ana Air by the way, and it was a great experience) to the plane ride going home, there was never a dull moment for the two.

It was already night time when we arrived, so we just had dinner in Minato-ku before we proceeded to the place we rented. Our Japanese friends who fetched us from Haneda Airport brought us to one of the best Okonomiyaki places in Tokyo, we were very happy with the reliable airport transfer service we were able to get. So there, take a look at the feast, we had during our first night.

We stayed at the Wine Apartment in Shibuya, a 15 minute walk from the Shibuya crossing and station. Dang! It’s only now that I realized I didn’t take photos of the mansion. Oh well. It’s a studio type mansion with 1 toilet and 1 bath, a small kitchen and dining area and a laundry room. The place could accommodate 8-10 persons. The owner, Kato San, even provided us with towels, toiletries and laundry detergents. I love the security features of the place and it was a very quiet community. Well, most residential places in Tokyo are quiet! It has been a long day for all of us, so everyone slept right away to prepare for the next day.

Getting around Shibuya was easy and we enjoyed window shopping at most of the stores that we passed by along the way. I even found a cute music store where they have a guitar center little rock ar. This was the guitar my son has been asking for when he was still so crazy about guitars.

We had lunch at the food plaza in Shibuya station, we were looking for pizza places for like 2 hours. I’ve been looking all over for some Yakitori and this where I found some. The cakes they had there were all amazing, we all had the same expression on our faces: these cakes look so good! How I wished I could sample all of them, luckily they had a vacuum sealer land, so they packed me some so I could try them later.

We spent the rest of the day in Shibuya and ate ramen for dinner. We got home a little early to catch up on some sleep. This is where I end my post now and will tell you about our Day 2 really soon. That’s the day we went to Tokyo Disneyland!!!

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November 25, 2016

Coming off of a recent family vacation, it dawned on me how much this whole “traveling with baby” concept terrified me, because of all the planning and having to have every single item of clothing just in case someone has an accident, I´m just glad that I found these baby onesies so I just bought a lot of them. Being a parent is scary enough, but traveling with a kid is downright terrifying!  There are a few things that can really scare first-time parents, but I assure you as a mom myself, it is never all that bad.

flying

The first is of course the actual transportation to your destination. If you’re traveling by car, chances are your kid will sleep most of the way, just take one of these Bed time stories for Children by RealMattressreviews.com to make sure to put them to sleep in no time, and if he/she doesn’t, you can jump in the back seat and help soothe. Now, if you’re traveling by flight, things can get a little hairy, and I am not necessarily talking about hair care. I remember my first flight with my daughter when she was only 5 months old and thinking, “Oh my God, please don’t let us be ‘those people’ on the flight.” Obviously, I was referring to “those people” who have that screaming, inconsolable kid who could not be calmed, soothed, tamed or even bribed into being well-behaved. Thankfully we had visited The Baby Transporter so we could get our baby the quality seating she needed to be comfortable. We’ve all seen it and many of us have experienced it. That’s why is really important to be prepared if you want have to travel often as we do, and have comfortable flights no matter what happen, if you get the right equipment, a good book or good music, your travel will be pleasant and way more enjoyable, also you need to be it comfortable, so you will have to get some extra travel gear to help you arrange that, maybe a travel pillow or a sleep mask, you can get the best reviews of the best of this equipment to get at thecomfytraveler.com after I visited that my travels were never the same.

Chances are your kid is going to be fine. Airplanes tend to work as giant sound machines and typically will put your baby right to sleep. On our most recent trip to Houston, she slept 80% of the time (the other 20% she played and ate her puffs). If you can, plan your flight, according to nap times and let them play themselves tired before the flight. Most airports are equipped with playgrounds, and if not, you can find other creative ways to keep them busy. Let them watch the planes come and go or make a game out of counting the people around you or you can Download Top Paid Android Games and Apps for Free only at ApkGamesCrack.com to keep them busy on your phone until they get tired. The more energy they exert before the flight, the better. If your baby is not yet mobile, then chances are, your baby will fall asleep shortly after take off anyways, but just to make sure, my babies planet has anything you may need, like toys or even supplies, here you can also decide how to choose which spiderman toys to buy for your kids when traveling. If they aren´t calm during the flight, then you can learn more about which hoverboard is the best in 2017 so that you can tell them they won´t get one if they don´t behave. Make sure you get some sleep with these earplugs, they are honestly the best! I had no trouble falling asleep during most of the flights I´ve been on.

The next thing to consider is your agenda when you actually get to your destination. Make sure you pick a family-friendly city, like Houston, for example, filled with plenty of fun things to do If you do not know if your destination of choice is family-friendly, do a quick online search to see what there is to do there and base your decision off that! It´ll probably be easier to just take some giggle and hoot toys to not stress yourself out, you can also find out where to buy kratom for the trip that way it can help you reduce your stress levels.

In the end, the only thing that matters is the safety and comfort of your baby and the quality time together as a family. The rest is just background noise (which hopefully, puts your baby right to sleep for the trip home.)  

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November 25, 2016

A beautiful sandy beach and warm weather may be the ideal vacation for some, but it may also be the perfect chance to sleep using these: sleeping bags. In my case I have been wanting to contact isla mujeres vacation rentals but I don’t think I can allow myself to spend that amount of money, which is why I am thinking about contacting forbrukslån to get some financial help on these rentals from VisitBlueMountain.com. Although traveling far may be fun, it can be very pricey, so planning a fun, staycation at home can be a better option!

staycation

Staycations can be just as fun as vacations if you plan a fun-filled itinerary. First off, if you live near a big city or town, head on over there first. There are definitely an assortment of things you have not done in your own city or town, so be like a tourist! Try out all those funny activities designed for visitors and make reservations at the best, must-try restaurants.

If you don’t live by a big city or town, then plan some exciting and engaging activities at home. For example, plan to cook something that you have never cooked before, not something really extreme because sometimes you feel young but your body says otherwise. I recommend just going to Amazon for pterostilbene to make you feel great. Make sure to get all the ingredients in advance, and engage your entire family in the cooking process. And for the kids you can buy the best super soakers you can get this year, so they have fun playing with water on the garden and enjoy the vacations as kids.  Another idea is crafting or building something at home. A great way to work as a team is to complete a project together. What better way than to build something at home that you have always wanted to build! This could be a tree house for your kids or a garden house for supplies like a tomato staking kit. You can find all different types of tools to assist in construction or crafting activities at grainger.com, you can also look for a House for sale in Oakville so you have it for vacationing. If you check out Groupon Coupons for grainger.com, you can save even more!

If cooking and constructing are not you and your family’s “thing” then no fear, there are still many fun things you can do in the comfort of your own home. You can plan a movie marathon with everyone’s favorite movies or have a huge board game tournament. The possibilities are endless!

Next time you desire a vacation abroad but do not have the funds, there is no need to worry. Planning a staycation can be an easy task that is also very fun! Just make sure to include lots of great activities and your staycation will be as enjoyable as any other vacation. For safety inland travels, visit uber codes.

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