Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Simple Resort Guide for Lanzarote Holidays

Lanzarote holidays are definitely a top choice for lovers of sun, sea and sand. Despite its ability to offer a welcoming Spanish ambience, the exotic location of Lanzarote holidays means that travellers can benefit from year round stunning sunshine, with summer highs reaching well above 30 degrees C.

It may sound a little too good to be true, but Lanzarote holidays don’t have to cost the earth. Thanks to low cost holiday websites like ( deals to the Canaries are now amazingly affordable, meaning you can escape for less, with more cash to splash on spoiling yourselves in the Spanish sun.

When it comes to choosing where to stay on your Lanzarote holiday, there is a wide variety of resorts to choose from. Although not the liveliest of the Canaries, losing out only slightly to the vibrancy of Tenerife, there is a good selection of areas in which to stay, to suit all.

Puerto Del Carmen

Bask in balmy rays by day and party hard by night? Sound right up your street? Puerto Del Carmen is just for you. This resort may seem timid to the naked eye, but as night falls the neon bites through as the Del Carmen becomes the party capital of Lanzarote.

Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca is the best resort in Lanzarote for beach lovers. Located to the south of the island, Playa Blanca boasts three breath-taking beaches, complete with sugary sands and clear waters. If you like to kick back, relax and safely soak up the sun, this is the resort for you.

Costa Teguise

Perfect for sporting fanatics and families alike, Costa Teguise is a contemporary resort with modern accommodation and amenities. With safe shorelines for the small ones, and watersports and golf courses galore for the big kids, Costa Teguise is a chilled-out base for a rejuvenating Lanzarote escape.

Whenever you’re hoping to travel in 2013, take a look online at bargain Lanzarote holidays.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Making Memories in Majorca

Majorca is a magical holiday destination that brings happy holidaymakers back to its sun-drenched shores year after year. It's the type of place that creates wonderful memories and, whether you fancy all inclusive Majorca holidays or chic city breaks, has the ability to appeal to holidaymakers from all walks of life. So, what's the secret?

For starters, Majorca is deliciously diverse. It's packed to the brim with stacks of different holiday experiences, ranging from the classic appeal of sea-and-sand beaches and bustling seaside resorts, to its tiny fishing villages and rural retreats. Wander into cosmopolitan Palma, the island's capital city, for a day of sightseeing and shopping. Hire a car and drive along the coast to discover tiny secluded villages and clusters of whitewashed houses. Explore shady olive groves and hike through the island's beautiful rural interior. This glorious Balearic gem has certainly got variety in abundance.

And where accommodation is concerned, the range of hotels and apartments in Majorca is nothing if not diverse. Whatever you fancy, you're bound to find it here. All inclusive Majorca holidays are well covered with a fantastic choice of hotels offering all inclusive dining options with all the food and drink you could ever wish for. Some all inclusive properties go one better by offering additional perks like free sports lessons, reduced green fees on the local golf course, or discounted spa treatments.

If any of these holiday experiences tickles your fancy, you'll find all of these plus many more through tour operators like Thomas Cook. With package holidays you get the benefit of a stress-free experience with all of your travel essentials covered, plus, you'll often find plenty of money-saving deals and special offers advertised throughout the year too.

So, when will you start making memories in Majorca?

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mayerling Performed by The Royal Ballet

Ballet fanatics will probably already be aware that the Royal Ballet is performing at the Royal Opera House once again, this time depicting the great tragedy of Prince Rudolf of Austria-Hungary in the ballet titled, “Mayerling”.  The ballet is based on the true story of the Prince, his wife and daughter, and his mistress and the events leading up to the tragic deaths of the Prince and Mary Vetsera in1889.  The Ballet has already in session and is running until June 15th 2013 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.  Staying locally is no problem, click here to check the Travelodge hotel in Covent Garden and book a room, that way you can absorb the experience without having to rush to travel home.

The Mayerling incident is well reported and is cemented in the history books as one of history’s greatest tragedies and part of the events that led to World War One.  The Austro-Hungarian Prince Ruldolf was forced to marry Princess Stephanie of Belgium against his will for political reasons.  He was then tormented by his love for another woman and faced with political troubles outside his control until he ultimately committed suicide in an alleged pact with his mistress Mary in January 1889.  The story is wrought with passion and violence as well as romance and desperate sadness.  The Royal Ballet do an incredible job of capturing all of the emotions in this complex tale with elegance and a class only found in the arts.

The story has been dramatized in film, television and theatre, but frequent viewers of ballet will know that there is a certain heighted drama about depiction in dance.  This adaptation was written by Kenneth MacMillian and first performed in 1978.  The music, written by Franz Liszt and arranged by John Lanchbery, captures the high drama of the story and tells it well.  For the dancers themselves this is a challenging arrangement and has one of the most complex male dance roles there is, so expect something spectacular from the male lead.  There are also 5 female lead roles with the dancing style purposefully pushing the boundaries of classical ballet.

The Royal Ballet Company are based year round at the Royal Opera House and are internationally renowned as one of the best classical ballet companies in the world.  The company are 100 dancers strong, each one as talented and as disciplined as the next.  This brilliant dance company combined with the majestic spectacle of the Royal Opera House makes for an exceptional arts experience that transports you to Austria-Hungary and the era of Prince Rudolf.

Everyone from a true ballet convert who has seen many performances in the past, or a newbie who enjoys history and tragic love stories akin to Romeo and Julliet, should go and see the Mayerling at the Royal Opera House.  There is no dialogue in ballet, but the story and emotion will be so apparent that there won’t be a dry eye in the house.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Before and After

Wow!! Time flies so fast that it's been two months since my last blog post. So many things happened, I get rehired by my previous employer, and realized many things. I was given the opportunity to fix (again) the company's computer network/system and in the same time have some little projects for my company. I've met my old colleagues and some new employees. I've heard again their endless sentiments and it's quite hard not to get involved but I tried my best to keep my cool.

I've met different top executives in the past and I've realized how much I've grown as a person. Now I know how employers and employees thinks. Their different perspective in getting things done, their different styles and their priorities in life and business/career. 

One thing I really don't like about supposed managers or supervisors even on top executives is when they panic. Panic is born out of fear. For me, managers should learn to lead because its how their subordinates see them. What will happened if everyone in the corporate ladder panics and although get the job done. Something else will be sacrificed in the process. It may be respect for your boss, yourself/confidence or quality of your work. 

I might say I really missed the old team on my previous company. The time when all of us are working as one. Not because of the money but we want to company to grow as we grow. We enjoy what we're doing and respect one another. At this point, I still believe that something good will happen and everything will turn out just fine.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Job Hunting is like the life of Pi

Few weeks ago, I've watched the movie the "Life of Pi" because my girlfriend keeps on insisting to watch it. To those who haven't seen it yet, I have to give you a spoiler alert so don't hate me after reading this post ok? ;) As I watch the movie, I can't help but relate on his life and realize many things that happened on the past and what's happening at the present.

During his youth, pi short for piscine was making fun of by his classmates because his name sounds like "pissing". He tried to change it to "Pi" pronounced as pie. His early attempts failed but he never gives up and memorized almost a whole blackboard of the value of Pi. To those who doesn't know or remember a Pi is a mathematical constant that has a decimal representation that never ends. Pi became a math legend on his school after that. Bottom line is, he turned a negative event to a positive one. 

I remember that time in College that I need to transfer to another school because of low grades on my previous one. I swear to myself that if given a second chance, I will change for the better and graduate. I did graduate with flying colors and met many amazing people during that time.

Back to the movie, Pi and his family needs to migrate to Canada because of a conflict with the Government in India. But as he went out of the room to see the animals, He finds out that the ship is sinking and he was thrown in a small boat by the sailors. After the storm, Pi found himself with animals like the hyena, orangutan, zebra and a tiger. Eventually, only the tiger survive and Pi needs to make the best out of resources available.

For me job hunting is like this. It's like you're on a small boat with a limited resources and during the interview you'll meet different people. There's the zebra, professional interviewers that wont notify you if you're not hired or they already hired someone. In short, they just don't care. The Hyena, interviewers that loves to laugh with you but say bad things behind your back. The orangutan, interviewers that will really help you like your parents and tell you the truth (if you're not hired). And lastly the Tiger, a strict and ferocious interviewer but will still consider you for the position you're applying for.

Oh by way, I'm still job hunting and sometimes I'm really losing hope and feeling anxious about it. But during these times, I realized many things that I've taken for granted. Now I appreciate and value my time and money more, because like Pi in that small boat I too have is making the most of what I have.There's a quote that the adult Pi said that I remember the most and helped me a lot. 

"Even when God seemed to have abandoned me, he was watching. Even when he seemed indifferent to my suffering, he was watching. And when I was beyond all hope of saving, he gave me rest. Then he gave me a sign to continue my journey." 

I do believe that everything happens for a reason and I know one day, God will give me that dream job I'm searching for.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Back to the Old Drawing Board

One year ago. I've decided to quit my job and become a full time entrepreneur. Fortunately, I've become one and it's not an easy road to take. I've learned so much last year about business and money that I've decided to come back to the work force this year. 

Why? You asked. Being an entrepreneur is really cool but at this time I don't feel I can give up my career either. It just doesn't feel right. This year I've learned so many things and I came to understand how it feels to be an employer and an employee. I met so many amazing people that I've learned to realize that I've so many things to learn to become a full time entrepreneur.

I'll listed down below some of the most important things I've learned:

1. One of the pros of being an employee is that you can easily build new connections and enjoy the company of your colleagues.
2. If you're starting up a business don't quit your job yet unless you have a sufficient capital, a good network, a good cash flow from your business and you understand the business 100%.
3. Being an entrepreneur is like growing your own kid. If you didn't pay attention to it and nurture it, it will not grow and eventually die.
4. I believe that there's always a transition from being an employee to becoming an employer. You will know when it comes.
5. Sometimes being always at home or doing your business at home sucks. That's why having an office is very important.
6. Defining your market at the beginning is very important. If you can't define your market, just answer this question what problem does your business is trying to solve?
7. Don't believe everything about what people tells you. Always trust your instinct and test everything before jumping into something.
8. Most of the time, most friends are not good business partners. Everything changes when money is involved. It is best to start a business on your own or with your wife/husband.
9. Have fun doing your work, be it on the office or your home.
10. And lastly, don't be discourage by failures. At first, most people won't believe you or your business but don't stop and never ever quit. Persistence is the key to success.