Friday, April 24, 2015

Planning an Ideal Vacation

Many people use vacations to step away from the stress in their lives. Spending some time in a new destination can result in a feeling of peace and allow a chance to return to the real world with a refreshed attitude. Some people prefer to relax by a pool for the duration of their time away. This can be an ideal way to relax. Vacations are also an opportunity to try new adventures. Hobbies and activities are often available that offer a chance to see a new place or develop a new skill.

Explore the Outdoors
Many popular vacation destinations have breathtaking views. Be sure to take time to enjoy the scenery. Hiking is a great activity that can be a fun way to spend time enjoying the outdoors. The feeling of completing a challenging hiking trail can be rewarding, and the view from the peak of a mountain can be magnificent. Other vacation destinations may have historical buildings that offer tours or activities. There are usually plenty of sights to be seen.

Take Time to Relax
After a day full of sightseeing and adventure, be sure to take some time to relax. Consider booking a spa treatment or taking a yoga class. Spas often offer massages, steam showers, saunas and other specialty services. These services are designed to put clients at ease so that they can feel rejuvenated. A swim in the pool can also be a fun way to relax. Spending time in the fitness center and pool can be a great way to unwind without distractions.

Find Themed Activities
If the usual selections are not appealing, consider trying something unique. Many resorts also offer some type of sport activity, such as golf or ice-skating. Some resorts may also offer activities that are part of a theme. For example, New York's Mohonk Mountain House has hosted weekend events with jazz and ballroom dancing themes. These events offer an entertainment experience to enjoy a special activity. Other themes, such as dining events, are also popular.

Try to consider the goals of a vacation while planning the trip. If relaxation is the primary focus, then be sure to select a resort with spa services. Vacations that feature more activities will be better at resorts that have a wide range of offerings. A mix of relaxation and action can be the perfect solution for stepping away from stress and enjoying a break from life.


Goodbye Hugendubel Stuttgart

I have seen some small shops and even big department store chains along the Königstrasse closing down because of low profit and clientele but I never thought I would see the day when one of my favorite book stores, which is really a haven for book lovers out there, would also close its doors. Whether you fancy reading a book and decide to buy one, grab a cup of coffee in their cafe, look for some gift ideas or just relax and window shop, this is one of the places to be.

My little girl trying to look what's still inside the bookstore
through a small gap between the glass doors.
She was of course sad when she heard the news.
HUGENDUBEL. If you have never been to this book haven before, then it is too late. Their branch along Königstrasse (beside Müller) closed last April 4th 2015. There are still other branches all over Germany though and you can still purchase books from their online shop at Hugendubel.de.

Interior of the bookstore on the 2nd floor. These comfy lounges are so relaxing.
Photo © Pagolux Interieur
There's even a play area in the children's section of the bookstore where
children can play while their mommies browse through children's books.
Photo © Pagolux Interieur.
The bookstore front along Königstrasse taken a year and a half ago (October 2013).


Monday, November 3, 2014

Give Your Club or Spa the Right Flavor

When prospective members come to your club to take a look around, they are not just assessing the amenities of your business, but they are also evaluating your staff in terms of courtesy, friendliness, and professionalism. A great way to give your team an even more professional look is with the right uniform.

There are some great separates found from online uniform merchants that can comprise the perfect country club uniforms for your distinct club. Depending on the atmosphere that you want to eject to the visitors and members of your club, there are various aprons, shirts, pants, and ensembles to suit the setting and give your club a bit of personal flair. 


This provides an easy way for those visiting your club to identify who works there, and who to ask for assistance or help when needed. There is a polished, chic look to a club where each staff-member has a neat and contemporary uniform and this equates to a look of pride among the employees. There is no better way to groom an air of confidence and unity among staff than a really attractive, well-fitting uniform. Consider this when looking at ways to enhance or restore your current club.



Friday, August 15, 2014

The Amazing Triple Fret

It was a pleasure to finally meet these three beautiful and talented ladies: Iqui, Marga and Jenny during their church concert at the Römische Katholische Erlöserkirche in Zürich, Switzerland last June. They were on a three-month European tour and I was hoping they would also perform in Germany. Unfortunately, they didn't have anything scheduled for Germany and the closest performance venue was in Zürich, Switzerland. The two and a half hour drive was worth it. 

They just play the classical guitar so beautifully... mesmerizing your very being. They played folk songs like Usahay, Leron, Leron Sinta and Si Filemon, Si Filemon, classical Spanish and contemporary songs like the Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody using various classical guitar techniques during their performance / mini-concert. 


Their playing was harmonious, captivating, emotional and just heavenly. Watching them playing, it seemed as if their classical guitars came to life. And I find myself wishing I could play so beautifully too. But I guess I am better off being at the audience. I would love it though if my man can learn to play "Usahay" similar to the Triple Fret's interpretation. I just love this classic Cebuano song. Jenny, send me a copy please? Then perhaps I could purchase my man in something from www.musiciansfriend.com in return... like maybe another classical guitar? :)


I also got an autographed copy of their first album! It was a great accompaniment on our way home from Zürich to Stuttgart... with a stunning sunset view on the way!


Kudos ladies! And may you continue to move and captivate people with your unique musical style!  And oh, my CONGRATULATIONS for bringing home the Gold in the guitar ensemble category during the Tarrega Malaysia International Guitar Festival 2014 in Klang, Malaysia. I am one proud friend!



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