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Shopping in El Corte Ingles, Madrid

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I am quite sure, most ladies would love to go to El Corte Ingles when visiting Spain. Don't you know that this department store ranks fourth worldwide. It is also the biggest department store group in Europe. I went for an emergency shopping for winter jacket here during my second week of stay in Madrid. The weather two weeks ago was very cold that I decided to buy one because if not, I cannot really go out due to cold weather.

Spain's only remaining department store chain carries the most comprehensive collection of designers of any large store in Spain. They have everything you need from designer boutiques to grocery items, electronics and gadgets, gold and silver jewelry, sportswear, shoes, perfumes, etcetera.

Don't miss visiting any of its store when you are in Spain. Have a lovely day to all. I am getting ready for another sightseeing walk in Madrid.

Living a Simple and Stress-free Life

What can you say about the title of my post here? I believed millions of people would love to live a stress-free life. The question is? Can you live a simple life? For me, this is the key to be truly happy, living a simple but happy and contented life. Most of the times stress is caused by having complicated life. Stress is also caused by financial problems like having the inability to pay your debt. I heard a lot of people who are earning enough salary but still cannot manage their financial aspects in life. More on that, they don't have enough knowledge on how to rightfully manage and budget their finances. This is quite simple. Don't spend more than you earn. Lastly, in order to avoid stress, live simply and have contentment in life. Peace!

The Telefonica Building in Madrid, Spain

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I always see this skycraper especially when I am on the terrace of the apartment I am staying in Sol, Madrid, Spain. It looks great during the night especially when it is lighted. The Telefonica building is located in Gran Via 28 and it was was designed by Ignacio de Cárdenas. It became the first skyscraper in Europe.

The Telefonica building in Madrid, Spain. I am loving my stay in Madrid.

Las Vegas Holiday- Things To Do and To See

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Las Vegas, the dream city to visit of millions of tourists from around the world! Would you believe that I am one of those lucky ones who was able to visit the so-called "Entertainment Capital of the World". It was truly a great experience visiting Las Vegas. I could still remember boarding one of the Delta Air Lines Flights departing from Munich International Airport last May 2008. It was quite a long flight but it was it was all worth it.

I can recommend some things to you when visiting Las Vegas, Nevada.

Watch the Musical Fountains of Bellagio Hotel- This is one thing I love about this luxury hotel. Bellagio's Musical Fountain is simply awesome! The dancing fountains of Bellagio run every day on the half hour, and every quarter hour during the evening. Music played are from opera to pop to broadway and to classical. This is truly and amazing show and a must-to-see when in Las Vegas. You don't have to worry, you can watch it for free.

The Musical Fount…

I Miss Walking in Bavaria

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As the saying goes, "There is no place like home!" and I believed in it. Philippines is always my homeland but I found my second home in Germany. I miss walking in my second home after I found out that we are also having a very nice weather in Bavaria, Germany today. One of my friends in facebook told me that they have 20 degrees Celsius temperature. I feel like flying back home soon!

Here are some images during one of those sunny winter days in Bavaria, Germany!

taken last January 2012..what a lovely sunny winter day it was!

I love the surroundings with all the nature around in my second home in Bavaria!

Driving To Prague

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I was invited by friends to go with them to Prague, Czech Republic last summer 2011. I did not hesitate to say yes to them because I also want to see the city for the second time. It is around three to four hours drive from where we live in Bavaria, Germany. I can't remember if my friend's husband installed an suv bike rack on their suv's roof. They have a big 8-seater Honda car which is perfect when many persons are travelling.

Since it was already my second visit to Prague, I showed them some of the sights in this city which are accessible by feet. I hope that my friend's mother-in-law had a great time during her Europe vacation. She lives in the United States of America and had some weeks holiday in Europe last summer 2011.

That road trip to Prague is not that stressful anyway since the roads and highways are in good condition. It was a great trip so far.

Day Trip to Herend, Hungary

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Have you heard about Herend porcelain? Herend is actually a small town near the city of Vestprem in Hungary. It is a historical town dating back to the Roman times. We had a day trip there last summer 2011 during our 5-days trip to Hungary. It is famous for its Herend Porcelain, one of the world's largest ceramic factories, specializing in luxury hand painted and gilded porcelain. It is enough for us to only go sightseeing and window shopping because the porcelain there are really expensive. We only bought ceramic souvenirs in the area but not really in Herend.

The famous Herend porcelain in Hungary during our trip last August 2011.

The Porcelain Museum of Herend. It has been opened to visitors since 1964 and was chosen as the museum of the year 2002 in Hungary.

Presents for Baby Christening

There are just a lot of births in our area last year. Three of my friends gave birth. One was already christened last December 2011 but we were not there because we were in a trip to Spain. One is already planning for baby christening. This is also the reason why I am looking for a baby gift basket from GiftBaskets.com. I found nice stuffs there which are perfect as presents for baptism. I will buy some once I will be backed home next month. I guess the parents planned to have the baptism sometimes in May this year. I am quite excited about it. Looking for baby presents? There are a lot online and sometimes you are lucky to find cheap ones. Have fun shopping!

Cruising in Danube River in Hungary

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I always love to turn back time when I travel. Through the travel images I took everytime I go for a trip, it always reminds me of the places I visited. During our trip to Hungary last summer 2011, we had a cruise in Danube River in Hungary. One of the interesting places we passed-by was Esztegom.

It is a city in northern Hungary, 46 km north-west of the capital Budapest. It lies in Komárom-Esztergom county, on the right bank of the river Danube, which forms the border with Slovakia there.

That cruise trip was quite a relaxing one while watching the nature around and the places we passed-by.

Esztergom Hungary. The opposite side of the bridge is already the border to Slovakia. I love the cruise we had there last August 2011.

Interesting Places to Visit in Bavaria

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Bavaria is the largest and also the most beautiful state of Germany. It is also the most visited and the most popular tourist destination in this country.

If you are visiting Bavaria, here are some of the interesting places I recommend you to visit.

Munich- Your visit to Bavaria is not complete at all without visiting its beautiful capital city. Munich is the third largest city of Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg. There are a lot to see and to experience in this charming city including its fine culture, beautiful architecture and interesting museums. If you have the chance make a perfect timing to visit the world's most famous and biggest festival, the annual Oktoberfest beer celebration.

Don't miss to visit its famous sights such as the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), the Marienplatz (Mary's Square), Nymphenburg Palace, BMW Headquarters, Maximilianeum, the Residenz, Olympiapark and many more. If you have the chance, make some sidetrips to Linderhof Palace …

Finally in Madrid Again

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Thanks God for my safe trip to Madrid, Spain. I just arrived last Sunday afternoon. My friend met me at Barajas International airport. It was a sunny Sunday. This is one thing I love in Spain, its friendly weather even on winter time. When I left Germany, it was raining on our way to the airport, the opposite weather here in Spain.

After putting my baggage in my friend's house, we just made a quick relax and headed to the main city center in Sol. There we go a bit walking and met other friends. During the night we strolled the streets of Madrid and passed at Plaza de Cibeles.

Here is an image taken in the famous square of Madrid last Sunday night.

The Plaza de Cibeles at night.

The Plaza de Cibeles is a square with a neo-classical complex of marble sculptures with fountains that has become an iconic symbol for the city of Madrid.

Singapore In My Travel Wishlist

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It is always nice to travel and travel when I only can but I need to consider some things before spending a trip or a vacation. First and foremost, I need to consider my budget. Time is not a problem for me because I am always on the go unless if there are other appointments or trips.

There are a lot of places and countries that are included in my travel wishlist. One of these is Singapore. The other day, I was exchanging messages through facebook with my friend who is currently living and working in Singapore. I told her that if I can find one of those cheap flights to Singapore in Autumn this year, I would surely book it to visit this country.

I already have a list on what to do when visiting one of the most prosperous countries in the world and that is Singapore.

I want to ride the Singapore Flyer- I can't believed that I had the pleasure to ride Europe's highest ferris wheel, the London Eye. If I will visit Singapore, I would surely love to experience the hi…

Feel Like a Movie Star at These Top UK Film Locations

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Hollywood is the land of studios and soundstages, but the UK is the place to come if you want to immerse yourself completely in your favourite movie and wander the locations that they feature. From the magic of Harry Potter, to the elegance of Downton Abbey, on a holiday in the UK you’ll feel like a movie star when you visit these impressive film locations.

Shere, Surrey: If quaint country villages are your style then a visit to Shere in Surrey will not disappoint. Here you will feel like an extra in the romantic comedy The Holiday, starring Jude Law and Kate Winslett, as you wander the streets of this charming village. Some locations from the movie you can visit include St James Church, The White Horse Pub and the winding country lanes which feature so regularly in the film. Sadly, the idyllic Rose Cottage was just a set, but it was patterned after the country cottages that fill the town. If you’d like to relive the romance of the movie there is no shortage of romantic holiday cottage…

Cheap Accommodation in Bali

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Anyone out there who is planning for a holiday to Bali? If yes, here are some things I can impart to you especially if you are looking for cheap Bali hotels or any other form of accommodation in this island. As a traveller to Bali, you don't need to worry about finding for affordable accommodation because this so-called "famed Island of the Gods" has a vast assortment of cheap Bali hotels from really very cheap to mid-range ones. Depending on your type, needs or budget, there are a wealth of guesthouses, upscale resorts and villas and dorm accommodations that are scattered on the island.

Since Bali is very famous with its world-class diving and surfing, many cheap Bali hotels specialize in the surfer trade from gorgeous Ulutwatu to wild Kuta to tranquil Canggu.
This is also one of the reasons why this Indonesian island is a top destination for many tourists and visitors from all corners of the world.

Bali is also widely known for its vibrantly spiri…

Doha at Night

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I had a long stop-over from my flight departing Munich International Airport in Doha last November 2009. My final destination was Philippines. I remembered that one of my co-employees before at the bank is currently working and living in Doha. I contacted her and told her that I want to go out from Doha airport since it was a 6 hours stop-over there.

Somebody want to disagree with that plan being afraid that I might be late for the next flight connection to the Philippines. I still insisted and met my co-banker. As a German citizen, I still need to get a visa in Qatar but I can immediately apply for it in the airport. I guess I paid $20 or $25.00 for the visa. It was not really so bad because I want to use the time instead of just sitting the whole 6 hours waiting in the airport.

one of the restaurants in Souq Waqif during my stop-over in Doha last November 2009.

To make the story short, I met Chinky. She was already waiting for me outside the airport. Her husband was also…

Tops Sights to Visit in Delhi

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If there are a lot of beautiful places to visit in Europe, there are also a lot of exotic and interesting ones in Asia. Let me also tell you this, "One life is not enough to see and to explore all corners of this world. If you have the chance now to see its charm and beauty, grab it because this is only once in a lifetime". This is also the reason why I am always taking my chance to travel especially when time and budget are available.

India is also included in my travel wishlist. It is a vast land ranking the seventh-largest country by geographical area and the second-most populous country in the world. Delhi is one of the cities I wish to visit in India. That is why from time to time, I am searching for cheap flights to Delhi. When I find one including affordable accommodation, I would surely go there immediately.

Akshardham- One of the sights not to miss when visiting Delhi. Also know as as Delhi Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham, it is a Hindu temple known for …