Travel Agent issues

It was my first time to deal with a travel agency and I was just frustrated and angry and so stressed out!!!

I wanted a package tour because we've never been to that country and we don't want to hassle ourselves from going from point A to point B. With the package tour, everything will be taken care for us. We pay more but we are more relaxed.

Anyway, before I booked my tickets, I ask the agent to make sure that the tour is available. And she said "yes", I just need to make a deposit so that it will be put on hold for us. I paid for the airfare and make the deposit. Four days later, the agent called me to say the tour was canceled! Arrrggghhh.... Our airfare are non refundable.

The agent was kind enough to create a tour for us, but this means that we have to go on our own on most days and just join local tours on a daily basis. This package is actually cheaper, but if we have to consider the meals that are not included, plus the taxi fare to get us from point A to point B, I believe that it would be more expensive in the end.

With lots of email back and forth, she got us on a different tour, which would be more fast paced than the one we originally wanted to. This also means that we have to shell out extra $350 for the airfare difference! Dang!

I wanted to cancel the whole trip, but our airfare are non refundable! Well, I won't deal with them again, that's for sure!

And yes, I am back on blogging... I hoped! :-)

Filipinos and Karaoke

Filipinos are known for their love for karaoke. A Filipino party is never complete without singing. And we are all so very proud of Jessica, even though she didn't win the American Idol.

So it is not a surprise when a friend of mine actually asked us to buy rode microphones for his birthday. Well, the good news is that we have enough people to chip in to buy him one. And the other good news is that we got it for a lot cheaper that the MSRP.

A piece of advice

If you are a first time traveler or somebody who rarely takes the plane, one thing you should do before going on a trip, is to check the do's and don'ts of what to pack and how to pack!

I can't understand that up to now, there are a lot of people who think that carrying a knife, multi-tools, box cutter/blades and the likes are allowed on their carry-on bags. A lot of things have changed since 9/11 happened. Please be more conscious of what you pack and carry.

On musical instruments

OMG! I haven't really opened my blog for such a long time and it got a new look already! There's been so many things that went on in my life and I am quite excited for what's coming up in July.

Anyway, that's not what I wanted to write about today. I wanted to share Woodwind Savings in the Outlet Store. If you are a music lover and play any instruments, you will be very much interested in what they have to offer right now. You have the option to buy a brand new instrument or a used one for a lesser price. Still, you will get a huge discount from MSRP if you decided to purchase a brand new one.

I believe that people, especially kids, who are musically incline, would have a much better outlook in life when they grow up. Not only that, they tend to be more responsible in life.

My daughter is playing the piano and the recorder. On the other hand, I can't get my son into any type of instrument.

It's Personalized

When I buy gifts for a friend's birthday, I try to think of something that he/she would love. I am not the type of person who just buy flowers or gift cards. As much as possible I try to personalized the gift.

One of my favorite website to browse for gifts are having a huge discounts. Best coupons for Personal Creations are now available online. I just purchased a personalized baby quilt. I just hope my friend would appreciate it.


I never thought I would be neglecting this blog... but I have.

Tax season has been pretty busy for me. It's busier since I started doing corporate taxes. Bookkeeping part of it just takes too much time and it is mentally draining. But it's all over now. I still work at the tax office, but only once a week, just to do corporate taxes.

I am still hooked up on Cityville... which is another reason for not blogging.