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Season to be Jolly

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

Get Entertained Groupon Way #ad #spon

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

Autumn at It's Best

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 pleasi

Kyteler's Inn in Kilkenny

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

Cultural Night 2016

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 .

iPhone Photos vs Sony A55

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.  Kilruddery Gardens Killruddery House and Gardens

20 Cents a Song

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 .

Glendalough National Park , Wicklow Ireland

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

Cliffs of Aran Islands

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. Revelation 7:12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and  thanksgiving , and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

Portmarnock Beach

Not all days are great... Not all moments are fun... Trials come... But our God is bigger than any troubles. Our Heavenly Father never ceases to show how much He loves and cares for us. Just look up and you'll see, everything is going to be alright. 

Message in a Banana

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!

Bride Wars

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. 

Devotion: Love is the Best Language

Flower of the Day "A crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken." Acts 2:6 "Lord, give us eyes to see those around us as You see them. Give us ears to hear their stories; give us hearts to share Your love." -ODB

St. Michael's Church at Tipperary Town

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. 

Just For You

Just for you by @lencilicious  "I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I'm out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."  -Marilyn Monroe

Donabate Cliff Walking

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

Flower Power

Flower Power by lencilicious "Where there is love, there is life." -Mahatma Gandhi

Good Food, Good Mood

Crispy Chilli Beef I am so easy to impress. I certainly do not fancy big parties. Just good food and great friends are enough. Here's my one of my favourite dish that I love to share with my family and friends, Crispy Chilli Beef . 

Eyes On The Goal

setting my eyes on goal and having a nice hot chocolate "Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently. So choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting and joyful. Your life is always moving toward something. " - Ralph Marston

Do Not Lose Faith

Blue Bell Photo by @lencilicious "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."  - Mahatma Gandhi

Happy Mommy's Day

From my baby girl on mother's day.  "God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers." - Rudyard Kipling

Getting Questions Answered about Your Boating Purchases

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.

Poulnabrone Dolmen

It is a megalithic tomb found on The Burren in County Clare. Inside this tomb were the remains of 22 people (16 adults and 6 children). #discoverireland #scoopandsnap #theresascoopineverysnap #neolithicperiod

Solitude and Service

He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing. Luke 9:11 Sometimes we are too busy to listen to God. We certainly need to turn down the volume of our lives to hear what God is telling us. 

Inspiring Dedication and Passion

I admire dedicated musicians in the streets who are not afraid to show their talents despite the limitations and rejection of some. Just like the man below, he may not have a top class  36c  subwoofer or high end guitar, still his love of music was gorgeously echoing along the busy street of Grafton.

Seeing Through

Sometimes, our prayers are unanswered. We don't need to know why. Our Lord God is very good. He never fails to listen to us. We just need to wait for His time and trust in Him completely.

Current Mood ATM

One of my favorite applications on my phone is the Spotify. With this app, I am able to listen on records even without downloading them. Different genre. Different artist. Different album.  Screen shot of my Spotify app at the moment

Hill of Tara

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.)