Mapping out your Thomson Destiny

 Thursday, August 30, 2012

Your Thomson Destiny can be just about anything that you would like it to be. You can travel to some of the most incredibly exotic and idyllic parts of the world and in the kind of style that you would imagine to be considerably more expensive than it is. Thomson Cruises and Thomson holidays deliver reliably high standards that keep British consumers coming back year after year.

In the realms of cruise holidays, what sets Thomson apart in many ways is the range of package options. You can for example fly to a wide variety of airports in different parts of the world and join your cruise ship in the region that you are most interest and excited about visiting. Equally appealing though are the packages that enable Thomson cruise passengers to make the most of a week or so of sailing and sunshine and follow it up with an extra few days or another full week in a particularly lovely resort. The 'fly and cruise' and the 'cruise and stay' options that Thomson offers are great for families or for couples or anyone else who wants to mix up their trip and get as much done that piques their imagination as possible.

And of course, the regions of the world that are opened up by the Thomson range includes the classic cruise destinations from the Caribbean to all manner of hotspots around the Mediterranean.  On top of all that, you can expect an exceptional level of service at genuinely very reasonable prices and a friendly atmosphere that very few rival cruise holiday operators can match. There are in fact some bona fide bargains on great trips to spectacular locations available online right now and you book Thomas Cook cruises relating to Thomson's various ships in a matter of minutes these days.


Photography Tips: Capturing Child’s Innocence in Pictures

 Sunday, August 26, 2012

Children are wonderful photo subjects – they have a youthful vibe that many photographers want to catch through pictures. These precious moments in your children’s lives can be highlighted and kept for many years to come.

Unforgettable events such as the child’s first steps, moments with their pets, birthday cakes and even everyday wonders in their lives can be captured through the camera’s lenses. Here are some tips to catch and keep your child’s innocence in pictures.

Use Macro and Zoom In

Through a mother’s eyes, their children are perfect in every way. Click on those adorably fuzzy hair and show your husband how similar their head’s or hair are! Those little fingers look so fragile to touch and you want to hold it for all times. Everything about your kids are perfect and even the smallest details are noticed by moms. So zoom in and set your camera to Macro mode to catch things that only moms notice.

Use Natural Lighting and Practice Creative Poses

Capture baby’s cuteness by focusing on their curves. Find a place where you can get more natural light and shadows to wrap around and highlight your baby’s curves. Do away with the flash and let natural light create a more artistic effect on your photos, your friends and family will surely be full of “oohs” and “aaahs” for your little ones.

Capture Iconic Events

Nothing is classier than capturing toddler’s taking their first wobbly steps with anxious arms outstretched to eagerly catch them in case they fall. Be sure to shoot where your baby’s expression can be seen. You’d be delighted to see your baby in full concentration as they try to walk their first few steps before their fall.

Play Dress Up and Use Some Props

We all know how much kids love to dress up. Find props, buy or make some of your own and see how your kids have fun with it. This is when the most naturally endearing expressions come out – when kids are enjoying themselves. You can use simple blankets or plain curtains as a background and a bright lamp as lighting. Use Night Portrait mode for capturing these scenes.

Use Sepia Tones and Go “Au Naturalle”

Another photography tips to go with is to use sepia tones to set a nostalgic mood with childhood photos. Letting them go “au naturalle” showcases their purest and most innocent looks. Play around with white blankets and pillows and watch their creativity unfold.

Click on Signs

Kids will most likely remember your travels if you can take pictures of them along the names and locations you visit. They don’t have to look picture perfect at all times, even the rumpled clothes and uncombed hair can look cute and endearing. 

You don’t have to be an expert to take wonderful shots of your children. Even the simplest home chores and their unaware moments can produce cute candid photos. These few photography tips will give you great frozen childhood moments that you can always look back to even if they’ve already grown up and are no longer that eager to pose for your shots.  


Christoph's 7th Birthday Cake

 Sunday, August 19, 2012


Ocean Park Friends

Taken in 2010 during my kids field trip in Ocean Park. 



 Thursday, August 16, 2012


Your Next Family Holiday: Ibiza Vs Lanzarote

 Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Despite the typical images of fun fuelled adult holidays, can Ibiza and Lanzarote family holidays offer more than meets the eye?
Ibiza – The Lowdown
First and foremost Ibiza holiday deals usually come hand-in-hand with the island’s world famous nightlife. In recent years, the government in Ibiza have instructed significant alterations to the island to make it more child friendly.
Located in the Balearic Islands, just less than two hours away from the UK, Ibiza holiday deals could be your ticket to quality family time in the sun.
Ibiza – Activities
Although Ibiza lacks the amount of family friendly attractions that its sister island Majorca boasts, there’s plenty to do around and about the main tourist areas.
Thanks to recent improvements, streets are now lined with parks, trampolines and other activities to keep the kids entertained.
Aguarmar waterpark in Playa d'en Bossa is fun for all the family, while Karting San Antonio and Smuggler's Cave sealife centre are alternative options.
Lanzarote – The Low Down
Located in the Canary Islands, off the west coast of Africa, Lanzarote boasts scorching summer temperatures and a year round sunny climate.  Flights here take a little longer than to Ibiza, lasting approximately three hours.
Although often seen as an adult’s escape, Lanzarote has been welcoming families to its safe shores for decades, with plenty of diehard Lanzarote holiday broods returning year after year to prove it.
Lanzarote – Activities
One of the most popular attractions in Lanzarote is the Rancho Texas Park in Puerto del Carmen. Expect Wild, Wild West themed action with crocs, saloons and goldmines to boot.
Other days out include Aquapark in Costa Teguise and Guinate Tropical Park, an extraordinary wildlife park to the north of the island.

Which will it be, Ibiza or Lanzarote family holidays? Whichever you choose, the best Lanzarote and Ibiza holiday deals are online now for 2013 getaways.


Who is that Baby?

Who is that beautiful baby girl? She is such a jewel, our precious little darling, the only rose among our 2 thorns. That's Alexa when she was 1 year old.

Sharing this photo for 366 BPC @ Pinay Sahm.


Take A Break

 Tuesday, August 14, 2012

After a lot of walking in Quaipo and with this gloomy weather, taking a break at Goldilocks with this yummy halo halo is just perfect. Come and join me ..
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Care for Some Pizza?

 Sunday, August 12, 2012

Pizza anyone? Pick your choice! One is for me, you choose first.. :) Salami pizza?

Or the shrimp pizza?
Which is which? Both were super delicious! Another food trip encounters in one of my travels abroad.


Pastillas for Dessert

We went to Super 8 this afternoon for buying our weekly supply of groceries. But when we were in the counter, our son called us and asked us to buy pastillas.. of course, these pastillas are so sweet and delicious made from milk and sugar. 

Taken from my Blackberry Phone

So after every meal, it is customary for us to eat a little bit of sweet - and so far - this is our favorite! Cheap and good! 


366 BPC – An Old Church

Still from our Germany trip, in one of the outskirts in Munich, we saw an old church and so we stopped and  paid a visit - of course we prayed too!

There are two buildings or say one is church and the other one is the chapel where they hold mass for the dead. Yes true indeed, the whole area also serve as a cemetery for the town.

That is the chapel, a smaller version of the church. (behind that chapel)

I was really happy I visited this church. Its solemn and you'll feel God's presence. The church is old along with their decors and furnitures. I can't tell you how old but when I do - believe me, its really old! My boss is an antique collector and when he say - its antique it is!

The bible comes so handy as it is just in the benches.


Beautiful Mountains at the Alps

 Saturday, August 11, 2012

I was here some time ago. As this is my photography and travel blog, I might as browse through my archives and post photos of my previous travels.


Best DSLR Camera for Newbies Like You!

Well you recently discovered a love for photography and you’re planning to get a new Digital SLR (single lens reflex)camera. But with all the models, brands and makes around, how do you know which one is the best DSLR camera for you? When choosing a DLSR camera, you can to check the focusing and viewing of the objects through the lens attached to it. Photographers can have a better viewing experience of the images exposed so they are more confident on the accuracy of their subject when they use SLR cameras. With digital SLRs, photographers can now interchange lenses, adjust light as well as the flash to prevent catching blurry shots.
Photo not mine.
The major factor that usually stops beginners from buying DLSRs is the price element. These type of cameras tend be pricier than others because of their complexities and the quality of photos produced. Compared with other handier cams, DSLR are bulkier and heavier too. They are more complex but you can also find one that is more user-friendly, less complex and with auto features that can help you while you discover other manual features to take your photography to the next level. Beginners in photography have a lot to explore when they get their first DSLR cameras – the possibilities are endless!


Calm Water in the Lake

I have always been fascinated with photography. I love taking photos of all the places we've been, food we've eaten, personal things and most especially my family. These photos were taken in Europe when we attended a printing and advertising exhibit in Munich. My kids were not with me so consider that a fulfilling travel but business wise, it was great! After all, we didn't go there to relax and rest and have fun, but to explore a possibility for business expansion.

These photos were taken in outskirts of Munich, I would have to dig into my files of which lake in particular but for the time being.. enjoy the calm lake of Germany.

See how calm the water? 

Fresh Air, Clean environment, Blue Water, Quiet. Really nice to sit back and just relax. 

This is my entry for Skywatch Friday and 366 BPC @ Pinay Sahm