07 December 2016

Season to be Jolly

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I was not raised looking for gifts on Christmas morning. I was not even taught that Santa existed. My parents along with my siblings were glad to celebrate the real reason of the season, the birth of our saviour Jesus Christ.

In doing so, the night before Christmas, we go to church and afterwards we sat on our dinner table to enjoy what my mom cooked for us. We can eat all night, talk and laugh all night but Christmas day itself is the busiest day. Why? Relatives and friends are coming over to celebrate with us. Frequently, such gatherings were turned to reunion with lots of games, singing, dancing and playing of instruments.

I am most delighted to pass on the tradition to our child with a little twist though. Since we cannot go home every Christmas, we get to enjoy the holiday season with closest friends we have got. Plus we got to bring our little miss to visit Santa in his grotto. I do not want to give her the idea that Santa is coming to our house through a chimney. First, we don not have one. Second, I would love her to understand that with or without gifts from Santa, there are plenty more good reasons to be happy on Christmas. Lastly, we need to celebrate Jesus more than anything else on Christmas day. 

By the way, look who I found sleeping on his cosy bed.

18 November 2016

Get Entertained Groupon Way #ad #spon

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way. 


Winter is here. Yesterday it was raining and snowing at the same. Crazy right?


Me, my husband and my little girl love to travel. Last summer, we had a blast seeing new places and enjoying the beaches. Now that it’s winter we keep on thinking how can we make ourselves busy and entertained without being caught freezing in the corner. In short, more of indoor activities. It’s really a good time also to hibernate and cuddle under the blanket.


I’m so glad that there are few good movies and tv series this season. After hubby’s busy day at work, a good movie to watch is perfect to end the day. We got our streaming device years ago and we’re in a hunt of another one to place in our room.



Groupon Goods have plenty of streaming device on great deals. I checked out the prices in local shops and I’m so pleased to know that Groupon is truly have amazing offers. Not only electronics but also a whole bunch if household needs and personal needs, gadgets and tools. Name it they got it. I feel like I’m buying yet I’m saving. How about that?


I love the idea that I don’t have to queue to get what I need. I don’t need to wait for my turn to be served. Groupon is really offering a total different great shopping experience. I tried Groupon before and so far I’m never been disappointed.




12 November 2016

Autumn at It's Best

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Scoop:

This blog started as a photo blog to showcase the eye for beauty of my husband. To honour him on his special day, allow me to share few of his recent snaps while reconnecting with nature. This is his idea of unwinding. Happiest Birthday my sweetheart. 



Snaps:

Lord Iveagh's Clocktower or Farmleigh Clock Tower was erected at 1880. It is 37 metres in height and the walls are 1.22 metres thick at the ground reducing as it ascends. The tower itself has a water tank inside that contains more than 8000 litres, enough to provide private water supply for the Farmeligh estate. 

Lord Iveagh's Clocktower, Farmleigh Demesne, Fingal



"Mister Guinness has a clock
And on its top a weathercock
To show the people Castleknock"

Purchased by the Irish Government in 1999 from the Guinness Family for €29.2 million

78 acres estate to the north-west of Dublin's Phoenix Park

The estate are highly surrounded by big trees which made it more pleasing to human eyes. On summer days, people can lay down their mats and have a picnic anywhere under the tree. On autumn, don't forget your camera as the beauty still exists in every falling leaf.



Even on autumn, flowers are blooming. 



Winter is just around the corner evident by the trees bearing no leaves at all. 


Shades of Autumn at Farmleigh House and Gardens

Peeping Sun beside the Lord Iveagh's Clocktower

My special place

All these photos were taken around the lovely Farmleigh House and Gardens at Phoenix Park. These are the results of a good Sunday walk in the park alone. Well done my dear.

I love every snaps and the last one is my favourite. How about you? What do you like most?



28 September 2016

Kyteler's Inn in Kilkenny

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Would you stay here for the night if you know that a witch once lived and owned this inn? Kyteler's Inn established in 1324 located at the heart of Kilkenny city. There's a bunch of stories behind this place, scary and will really give you goosebumps. But I tell you, it's now just a story, there's much to see and experience in this amazing place. 



A BIT OF IT'S HISTORY

Kyteler's Inn was once owned by a daughter of Flemish family of merchants who found settlement in Kilkenny, Ireland. She was Dame Alice Kyteler who was married four times namely William Outlaw (merchant and moneylender), Adam le Blund (moneylender), Richard Valle (landlord of County Tipperary) and Sir John le Poer (a knight). These marriages left her a huge amount of wealth that made a lot of people around her jealous which lead to different accusations.

Alice was the first person in Ireland who was condemned for Witchcraft or maleficium. Her fourth husband expressed his suspicion that Alice was poisoning him. As you can imagine, this lead to the accusation that she murdered her four husbands using poison and sorcery.

She and her followers were also accused of other things like offering animals as sacrifices to Satan, conducting secret meeting at night in different churches to do black magic, and even denying faith of the Church and Christ. Before she was sentenced, she fled out of the country, probably in England. Since then, she was not seen or heard.

Her most faithful maidservant, Petronella de Media was burnt at the stake guilty of witchcraft implicating Kyteler. It was said that Petronella confessed because she was tortured which was believed to be legal in church law during those medieval period.


CURRENT OWNER

Kyteler's Inn now owns by a new lade named Nicky Flynn. She acquired the place in 1986 and have rebuild it to it's Medieval look. She made it sure that the once avoided place will be the heart of "good food, drinks, entertainment and traditional Irish hospitaliy".  And she dis it. It is now popular to tourists and locals. The Top Bar is a big room which you can find your own space to settle for the day for it's great food and drinks. On the side, you can learn about the history of the Kyteller's Inn.

There are great deals in other restaurants and bars but being in that old creepy yet beautiful looking place makes a huge difference. So if you're in the Kilkenny don't forget to visit Kyteler's Inn.


16 September 2016

Cultural Night 2016

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Tonight is the night for the the famous anual event all around Ireland and even in other parts of the world. It is one night in which different arts and cultural organisations extend their opening hour to welcome people into their door. Amongst these organizations are the National Museum of Ireland, Christ Church Cathedral, The Guinness Storehouse, The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, Dublin Castle State Apartments and plenty more historic houses, museums , galleries and cultural centres.

Not only that, I'm pretty sure the streets will be alive too with music and happy people. So hold on to your chair and braced up your tremol-no for you will be blown away by the rich culture of Ireland. This is your chance to explore new things, enjoy the nation has to offer in terms of arts and culture. Be part of your community and make this your night too.

Other information on Culture Night 2016.





15 September 2016

iPhone Photos vs Sony A55

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I'm in the process of deleting old snaps in my iphone and I came across the picture of Kilruderry House and Gardens at south of Bray, Wicklow. Then I remember that me and my husband had plenty of good shots using his Sony Alpha 55. It's no brainer, photos using SLR are better over pictures using iphone 4 (yeah yeah I got the an old unit, but not for long {wink} hi sweetie).

Just to give you a short tour of the place, kindly click the links below. 

20 Cents a Song

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Eddie Rocket's Jukebox

Personally, the idea of dining out is fun for so many good reasons. First of all, it's my excuse not to cook at home once or twice a month. (I think that is just fair, don't you think?) Secondly, tasting other cuisine is one of my goals so I can recreate a new recipe out of it (ahem, another excuse). Third, it's my chance to experience other perks just like this Eddie Rocket's Jukebox. It is an absolute musicians firend. Imagine you can travel back in time by just 20 cents per song. You'll just have to drop a coin, press the code, song goes to the queue  and enjoy the beat. Though sometimes, you have to wait for other songs to finish before your choice to be played. 

If you are going to ask me about the food, check out my review at Luto ni Nanay.

12 August 2016

Glendalough National Park , Wicklow Ireland

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I'm so grateful for another chance to visit this lovely and calming Wicklow Mountains and Lake. We usually follow a trail to reach the peak but we just drove up the hill during our last trip since we had our 23-month old toddler with us. Nonetheless, the experience was still great. Great weather and amazing scenery.  

"Never measure God’s unlimited power by your limited expectations." -ODB

16 June 2016

Cliffs of Aran Islands

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God is so amazing.I live to give praises to   Him everyday as I witness how marvelous all His creations great and small. We may be too busy with our daily routines but our God is never busy to tell us every second that He loves us so much. Let us not forget to pause and listen to God's calming voice through the sound of roaring sea, singing birds or dancing leaves. 


Partial view of the cliffs at Aran Islands. Breathtaking view. One of the best places I ever visited in Ireland.


Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

15 June 2016

Message in a Banana

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There are numerous ways to say "I love you" to the person you love so much. Putting them into actions will be the best. Giving a fancy gift or arranging a special trip with that person are few amazing options. But writing those three words in a banana is so cool as well. 


Banana note

Hubby didn't know this until it's time to open his lunch bag. I got a very sweet kiss when he got home from work. Relationship goal - ACHIEVED!


21 May 2016

Bride Wars

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This is one rare situation, two brides, totally stranger to each other in a some place for their wedding photos. This is something, I cannot miss to capture in a snap.

two brides at St Stephen's Green Park
Have you seen the movie, Bride Wars? If not, it was one cool and fun movie. Certainly, something to watch for. I love weddings. Not only for seeing two love birds exchanging their vows to each other but also it is a very good day to see people happy celebrating new beginning. As a matter of fact, my reasons to love weddings are endless. 

20 May 2016

St. Michael's Church at Tipperary Town

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St. Michael's Church

St. Michael's Catholic Church was built in 1859 in gothic style. It has an amazingly beautiful stone entrance to the main body of the church. It also has fine lancet windows.  


Just my thoughts...
I always have this great interest on visiting catholic churches whenever I am in a new place. The interest grow even more when I start to see how these churches were made. Personaly, I believe there is no church similar to the other. But of course, the main reason of getting inside the house of God is to seriously feel the presence of our Lord, to wholeheartedly thank Him for all His marvelous blessings and to devotedly entrust everything into His almighty hands. 


16 May 2016

13 May 2016

Donabate Cliff Walking

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Donabate Cliff Walking Photo by lencilicious

In Ireland, there are plenty of beautiful nature spots that I love. Cliff walking is one thing I never thought I will enjoy. Aside from to cool breeze, the lovely view chills me. I am so grateful for the chance to be in this wonderful land. I bring back the glory and praises to our dear Creator. "Thank you Heavenly Father."


"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."
-Albert Einstein

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08 April 2016

Getting Questions Answered about Your Boating Purchases

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As a boat owner, you know the importance of keeping your vessel in good sailing condition. While you may know a lot about many components that you use to make repairs and upgrades, you may still have questions about components like replacement marine parts, supplies, and other gear that you are expected to have on board with you. Rather than rely on less than reputable information you could get from friends or loved ones, you can instead get solid answers by using the contact information online. You can visit the store in person or you can use the phone number or email address details provided for you on the website.


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10 January 2016

Hill of Tara

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It's always been a great deal for me and my husband to see the lovely heritage of Ireland. We even said to ourselves that we must see every corner of this country before seeing other countries. Hope that will not be far long especially now that it's more fun to travel with our toddler to spice up the trips. 

One of the famous hill to visit here in Ireland is located in County Meath. It is called Hill of Tara or in Irish : Cnoc na Teamhrach (please do not ask me how to pronounce that because I certainly do not know, sorry about that). 

The place was known for its' ancient monuments on top and surrounding the hill. Here are few of my shots of this legendary hill. 


The "Mound of the Hostages" - a small Neolithic passage tomb (constructed 3,400 B.C.)

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