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3 Things I Can Do Without At The Movie Theatre

Watching a movie at the theatre is more fun than watching it on your TV or tablet. Ask any movie buff and he or she will tell you why. With the huge IMAX screen and Dolby surround sound system, everything seems more real. Throw in a 3D format once in a while and the experience is simply amazing. This is the reason people happily pay over $10 to watch a movie in a theatre.

But watching a movie in a theatre has its downsides, too. And fellow moviegoers are usually to blame for that. So here are the four things that I can really do without at the movie theatre:

  1. People who come to the theatre to talk: Some people just can’t help chattering no matter where they are. I simply fail to understand why they are compelled to make their own contribution to the conversation going on in the movie. They disturb other people around them and spoil the fun. If all these people want to do is talk, what makes them think that a movie theatre is the right place to do that?
  2. Babies who can’t stop crying: One of the worst things that can happen in the middle of an engrossing scene is a restless baby screaming at the top of its voice. I know that some parents have no one to leave their baby with when going to the theatre. But why make other people suffer for that? A baby crying in a theatre is highly distracting and takes the fun out of watching a movie. Imagine that the “hero” is finally going to propose to the “heroine” and this baby one row in front of you suddenly picks just that moment to scream. What could be more infuriating than that?
  3. Folks who show up late: It is my firm belief that people can be forgiven for coming late to office, but not to a movie theatre. But that’s exactly what some people do every time. They make an entrance in the theatre fifteen minutes after the movie has started and saunter towards their seat as if the theatre belongs to them. Not only that, some of them also can’t stop yapping while they do that. And if they happen to have their seats in your row, you have to show them the decency to squeeze yourself in your seat to make way for them. How annoying?

What are some things you can do without at the movies?

 

 

5 getaways before the kids go back to school

Whenever you have kids at home on vacation, chances are that they will pester you to take them somewhere interesting where they can have lots of fun before they go back to school. Besides fun, you can also consider places where they learn something, such as a historical site, geographical landmark or wildlife park. Now is a great time to take the kids on a holiday before they hit those books again.

Here are 5 getaways that you can take your kids to before they head back to school:

1. Paris, France: Beside the Eiffel Tower, the beautiful and historical capital of France has so much to offer that your kids will love being there. You can take them to the museums, including the Musée du Louvre, which houses many famous works of art, including the Mona Lisa; and Musée d’Orsay which is home to impressionist arts, including those by Monet. You can take them sightseeing to the Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Coeur, Arc de Triomphe, Versailles Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral and many other world famous places. 

2. Vancouver, Canada: Vancouver is a great place to take the kids during the summer because it offers a lot of opportunities for outdoor activities, including cycling, hiking, fishing, skiing and boating. There are also many museums, including the Museum of Anthropology where your children can learn many things. They will also enjoy walking across the Capilano Suspension Bridge, which hangs high above the ground and provides a real thrill. For sightseeing, you can take them to Stanley Park and the English Bay, which offers a breathtaking view of the harbor.

3. New York, USA: Your children will love a vacation in the city that never sleeps. There are so many things to see and do in this bustling city that you will be practically running from one place to another. You can take the kids to see world famous landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, The Empire State Building and the Grand Central Station.  You can take them to the opera, ballet and theater. There are also many world famous museums including the Modern Arts Museum and Guggenheim.  

4. Buenos Aires, Argentina: The beautiful and bustling capital of Argentina is not as far away as it seems. To make things more interesting for the kids, it has the opposite seasons, so when it is fall in Canada, it is spring in Argentina and the weather is perfect and flowers are full bloom. Buenos Aires has many attractions that your children will really enjoy. You can take them to the Paseo del Rosedal (Rose Garden Walk), Fair of Mataderos, Palermo, Palermo Hippodrome, La Boca, Plaza de Mayo and the Children’s Museum.

5. Tokyo, Japan: One of the largest and the most high-tech cities in the world, Tokyo is also a beautiful city where you and your children can experience a different culture and have lots of fun. You can take the children to the Tokyo Tower and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building to see a bird’s-eye-view of the city. Historical sites like the Imperial Palace provide a good glimpse of Japanese history. The city has many Buddhist and Shinto sites that will teach the children about the Japanese culture and religion. And, of course, you can buy them the latest electronic items as holiday souvenirs.  

Are you planning any trips before the kids go back to school?

Texas Was Awesome!

I just got back from one of the best road trips ever! A long time friend of mine moved to Texas in 2010, and I went to go visit her in Houston last Saturday. She had the whole entire week planned out. Let’s just say I need another vacation.

Once I arrived we went to Pappadeaux’s for dinner which was absolutely delicious. We then went to Joel Osteen’s church. Here’s a picture of the lobby of Lakewood. This is one of my favorite scriptures, so I had to take a picture. We actually got a chance to meet Joel after service. It was so nice. I am not sure if I can post a picture of him without getting his permission, so I’ll just stick with the one of his lobby.

After church we left Houston and headed for a 4 hour drive to Dallas. I wanted to visit TD Jakes church on Sunday morning, and since his church startes at 9:00am, we thought it was best to drive there that night. We arrived in Dallas at 2:00am Sunday morning, slept for a few hours and arrived at church before 9:00am.

I was so happy that he was actually there. Maybe because it was Mother’s Day. Since his church is a mega church and he is extremely popular, I wasn’t sure if he was actually going to be there or not.

After church we explored Dallas and headed to San Antonio the next day to visit the famous Riverwalk. Check out some pics.

 

We stayed at the Riverwalk Plaza hotel, which was pretty nice. Breakfast was also included in the hotel stay which was a huge bonus, since we had to pay for all of our meals.

On Tuesday we headed to Austin to see what all of the talk about these food trucks were all about. Austin was quite nice. We met a lot of great people. My friend is a chef and couldn’t wait to try some of the food on the trucks. We ate from several trucks and I must say Taco’s in Texas are fabulous! I haven’t had a taco since high school, so when my friend suggested that I try one, I wasn’t too optimistic. I wanted another one after the first one. Check out some pics of some of the food trucks in Austin. 

 

This is the back of a school bus food truck. The guy sitting in front of it, wouldn’t move so I could get a good pic.

 

After Austin we headed back to Houston, but not before doing some shopping at San Marcos Premium Outlets. I bought a total of 11 dresses at the outlet. I couldn’t believe the dresses were all under $22. San Marcos is a city between Austin and Houston. After my shopping spree we finally headed back to Houston. 

I got a chance to meet up with Crystal from Budgeting in the Fun Stuff which was awesome! She had a get together last Friday, so my friend and I stopped by. Crystal is so funny, she had us rolling the whole time we were there. It was definitely a great way to end my awesome time in Texas. 

Have you ever been to Texas? If so, what did you enjoy the most?

Top 5 Things to do in Belize

Today we have a guest post on Belize. It’s perfect timing since hubby and I are in the process of planning our trip there in August for our 1 year anniversary. Now we know what to do when we get there. Enjoy!

Located in northeastern Central America on the western shores of the Caribbean Sea, Belize is a land of lush green rain-forests,sun-kissed beaches, azure seas, vast coral reefs and ancient Mayan ruins. With a blend of British colonial heritage, indigenous civilization and Caribbean culture, Belize is the perfect tropical getaway for those looking for sea, sun and unlimited fun.

Although a small country, Belize has so many things to offer that you will have a very tough time trying to squeeze all of them in your holiday itinerary. So here are the top 5 things you should make it a point to do in this beautiful country (besides soaking up the sun on the sandy beach)

1. Visit the ancient Mayan ruins: Along with neighboring Guatemala, Belize was the hub of the powerful Mayan civilization and its hinterlands are littered with ancient ruins. Some of the largest and most interesting ruins are in Caracol, Cerros and Lamanai. Lying deep in the rainforest,Caracol was the capital of one of the largest Mayan kingdoms. Cerros is one of the earliest Maya settlements while Lamanai is the longest continually occupied site.

2. Go hiking or camping in the rainforest: If you are a nature lover, then go hiking in the dark and deep rain-forest. Watch the exotic tropical flora and fauna in their natural habitat,and revel in the awesome beauty and diversity of Mother Nature. Most hiking trails in the country are made in loops so that you can easily find your way back to the starting point.

3. Dive deep into the Great Blue Hole: Off the coast of Belize, there is a large submarine sinkhole known as the Great Blue Hole, which can be seen from the sky as a great dark blue circular patch surrounded by reefs. If you are not afraid of the deep, then you can go diving into crystal clear water of the 984 ft wide and 407 ft deep blue hole. There you can come face to face with some of the most fascinating creatures of the sea, including several species of sharks and gigantic shoals of fish.

4. Discover the spectacular subterranean caves: For a small country, Belize has over 200 limestone cave systems containing spectacular subterranean sinkholes and waterfalls. It’s not surprising that ‘caving’ is one of the most popular adventure activities for locals and tourists. You can ‘tube’ down the length of subterranean rivers, drop deep into the huge gaping holes or swim in underground pools. Many of these caves are also littered with intriguing Mayan artifacts.

5. Explore the great Belize Barrier Reef: Located off the coast of Belize, the Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest group of coral reefs in the world. One of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, it is home to 70 species of hard corals, 36 species of soft corals, 500 species of fish and hundreds of species of other marine life. Go snorkeling or diving into the reefs to come face to face with these wonders of nature. It’s sure to be the most unforgettable experience of your life.

Have you been to Belize? If so, what did you do while you were there? I would love to have a variety of options.

Photo by SummerDS

Belize or Costa Rica

A pic from our honeymoon in Palma De Mallorca, Spain

I can’t believe it’s been 7 months since hubby and I have been married. It feels like we just got married yesterday. Time sure does fly!

So we’re thinking about where we want to go for our 1 year anniversary in August. I am so excited, because we’ve only gone to Vegas so far this year and I am itching for another vacation. I feel like I need to take at least 4-5 trips a year to be happy. I absolutely love traveling, and because the weather is still really cold here, it makes me want to get away even more.

I may be headed to Houston Texas in May to visit a girlfriend, if our schedules work out, but I am even more excited about our anniversary trip.
 
Belize and Costa Rica are the two places we’ve narrowed it down to. Neither of us have been to either country. I have also heard nothing but great things about both. Have you been to either country?
 
Belize is actually my first choice. I recently started looking for prices on my favorite travel website Trip Central and they are no longer offering trips to Belize, which is weird because when I checked a month ago it was there. Perfect time to remove it, when we’re actively looking. I called them to ask if they will be bringing it back, and the rep wasn’t sure, so I will have to look elsewhere.
 
Any suggestions on where else I can look that has reasonable prices? Also, Are you planning any getaways this summer?

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