Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Drop of Water

Happy Earth Day.....I chose this picture to share for Earth day, to celebrate one of the greatest miracles in life, the miracle of a drop of water. This is in the desert of Ocotillo Wells, in California, where the soil cracks from dryness, where at other times of the year this is brown, but a few drops would change cracked brown into a heaven of colors. 

Travel Tips for People with Hearing Loss

Unless you travel regularly and know what to expect or are ready for the unexpected, traveling can be stressful. This is only compounded for people with hearing loss. Exploring the unknown can be exhilarating for some, and a nightmare for others. People who use a hearing aid may be worrying about keeping extra batteries, not hearing their stop called on a train or bus or not hearing a tour guide. If you plan ahead for a trip with a person who has hearing loss, you can make the vacation much more enjoyable for both of you. Some places that cater to the hearing impaired are the Toledo Zoo, Toledo Ohio, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia and Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. 

Tips for Hearing Impaired Travelers

With a little advanced planning, you can greatly reduce any future frustration while traveling. Start by booking everything online. This way you’ll have a printout of all of your travel plans including dates, prices and hotel and car reservations. Some tips for your travel list:

• When you have selected your destination, ask about provisions for the hearing impaired. Your hotel should offer helpful things. If not, you might want to look for a different hotel. 

• Pack everything you need. Hearing aids such as Miracle Ear offer the correct supplies for cleaning the device. Make sure you pack cleaning supplies, extra batteries and the proper cases in your carry-on luggage. If you have an extra set, you can bring that too. 

• Ask about the travel restriction for your phone. You’ll want to be able to send text messages wherever you go and receive travel updates. 

• Always remind your hotel staff or tour guide that you are hearing impaired. You may need to make special arrangements for a wake-up call, or tell room service that you can’t hear a knock on the door. 

• Even if your hearing aid is working properly, it’s recommended to have it checked by a professional before you embark on a journey. If anything goes wrong, you may not have access to the right repair agency. You can also ask for a referral to a hearing professional at your destination. 

• If you are on a guided tour, inform your tour guide that you are hearing impaired. Also, inform your flight attendant on a plane or any other passengers in a car. 

• Always ask for help when needed. This will save you worry and frustration that will take unnecessary time out of your vacation.

There’s no reason you can’t have a fantastic vacation whether you are going to the great outdoors or for urban clubbing. Just remember to make people near you aware of your hearing loss, and prepare to have a memorable time.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Gifts of Spring

What a bounty we saw in our walk yesterday, indeed, spring is nature's way of saying let's go out and party. ��

A day at the zoo

Visited the San Diego Zoo to see the springing of life.....
The baby jaguar is 2 weeks old I think and the baby hippo is just 6 days old

Making Paris Vacation More Comfortable

People who are visiting France can rent an apartment or house instead of staying in a hotel. Apartments and houses have more space and privacy than hotels.

An Apartment In Paris

A family who is interested in a Paris apartment vacation rental will have plenty of room in a loft apartment near the Eiffel Tower. An apartment with two bedrooms will accommodate seven people. A full kitchen will make it easy to prepare meals. An apartment near the Eiffel Tower is close to Metro train stations.

A House With A Pool
A group of eight can stay in a stone house near a village in the Luberon area of Provence. Outdoor amenities of houses in this area may include pools, gardens, barbecue grills and outdoor furniture. Houses in the Luberon are close to the city of Avignon and vineyards.

A House In The Vineyards

Travelers can stay in a house in the middle of the vineyards of the Rhone Valley. Outdoor amenities of a house in this area may include a garden, an orchard and an olive grove.

A House In The Mountains

A house with more than two acres of land in the Alpilles mountain range will delight people who want to spend plenty of time outdoors during their stay in France. Travelers can enjoy meals in the outdoor dining area and exercise in the lap pool.

Travelers who stay in apartments or houses in France will have amenities that are not available in hotels.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Into The San Diego Wild :)

You may wonder why there is a smile :) symbol after the title. It is because it is not uncommon for me to get comments similar to the two below:

"I was in San Diego, but did not see those at all."
- I guess, it depends on which part of San Diego one focused their travel. Of course, if the focus was the "city", despite all the abundance of nature in and around San Diego, one may not be able to see them because they are not in downtown streets. 

"You always take vacation. I do not have much time to get away as much as you do."
-  One of my professors before told us, "San Diego is one of the most expensive places to live, you could get a place for 1/10th of the price and 10times the size somewhere else. However, if you enjoy a balance of great outdoors and the city, this is your city. You don't need to take a vacation, for everyday is like a vacation. Considering vacation expenses, the price you are paying for to live in San Diego is not that expensive after all."  :)

Oftentimes, we are being mistaken to have a lifestyle that always take vacation. To quote a friend while I toured her around San Diego, she said, "Goodness, Betchai, I did not know these are all just within San Diego and minutes from your home. I thought all the while, every weekend, you take a vacation. Haaayst! Please pray I can find a job, HERE!"

Anyway, let me share with you first a picture collage which somehow summarizes what is around San Diego.