A fresh start is just around the corner, and what better place to ring in the New Year than Hawaii? I always wanted to celebrate New Year in one of the liveliest places in the world, surrounded by amazing scenery and Hawaii seems like an obvious choice!
Fireworks at Honolulu
Home to the largest New Year’s Eve firework display in Hawaii, join in the explosive excitement at Waikiki, Aloha Tower or Ko’Olina for a spectacular night to remember! It all kicks off at five minutes before midnight, a firework will be set off every minute during the build-up before a ten minute grand finale closes the celebrations. You can also view the displays via the internet, if nightlife isn’t for you.
In the village of Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island, fireworks are a big hit for New Year’s Eve, and the best spot on the island to experience the show is Ali’I Drive. The whole town lines the strip waiting for the main event at midnight, shot from a barge over the ocean in an incredible show that sets the village back tens of thousands of dollars.
Hawaiian nightlife is great all year round, but it’s particularly special on New Year’s Eve and this is the perfect time to experience it. LUX and TRUMP both hold a Black Tie Masquerade party from 8:30pm-1:30am while the Rumfire at the Waikiki Sheraton host the Avenge 2013 event between 8.30pm-2.30am. This superhero event attracts partygoers from all over the world, and it’s one of the closest clubs to Waikiki Beach.
Aloha Tower Marketplace New Year’s Block Party
If fireworks aren’t your thing, try the Aloha Tower Marketplace! They’ll be ringing in the New Year with their famous Honolulu Block Party, and this giant celebration will boast eight stages with over fifty performers. Kicking off at 10pm, there will be DJs, dance crews, magicians and plenty of food and drinks to help you see in 2014 in style.
New Year’s Eve in Hawaii isn’t just about wild parties and club nights! Enjoy a more sophisticated NYE experience with one of the most exclusive experiences available – a midnight dinner cruise off the shores of Maui! These cruises really do offer a one of a kind experience, and offer unrivalled views of the firework displays! One of the most popular cruises is the Pride of Maui, which serves up appetisers and desserts, live music, a premium open bar and a midnight champagne toast to allow you to see in 2014 in luxury. They might be slightly on the pricier side, but when you’ve saved money on your air travel by using the Cheapflights comparison site, it makes sense to splash out!
Wet ‘N’ Wild
If you can’t find a babysitter (or just want to celebrate NYE with the kids), Wet ‘n’ Wild is the place to be! As well as the 25 water park rides, the park will also be holding a fireworks display and family celebration where there’ll be live music and fun for kids and adults of all ages!
I’ve been trying to decide on which Christmas jumper to buy this year. I could not find what I like last year but this year round seems like there is loads of those festive jumpers on the markets. And this year I cannot decide which one to get! Here are some of the jumpers available online I really like! Help me decide!
Christmas jumpers from Primark
Christmas jumpers from Play.com
Christmas jumpers from BooHoo.com
Christmas jumpers from ASOS
I’ve recently subscribed to a couple of magazines online via Zinio. I must admit I’m not a big fan of Kindle and reading from the electronic devices. Despite the fact I work in digital, I’ve always stayed faithful to an old-fashioned book. I also had some magazine subscriptions in the past, and I received them in hard copy to my door, which was great at the beginning. However, since I have no space on my shelves to store all my magazines (I won’t throw them away because I love collecting books and press!!!), I’ve decided to go with the flow and embrace the digital age. I’ve subscribed to Vogue UK and Frame, which is a leading interior design publication. All you have to do is to log in to your Zinio account and you can access all the magazines you’ve subscribed to.
Starting with Vogue, I am sure all the fans of fashion magazines agree if I say that I never read anything when flicking through the pages I just look at the images!
Changing the pages of the issue is really easy with the straightforward navigation at the bottom of the page. I’ve done it on my PC but I’m sure tablet is even easier as you can do it with your finger tips.
What I was really impressed with was the quality of the images, and what I really liked is the fact that you didn’t have the dividing gap between the two pages, instead you could appreciate and enjoy the full ad image in a full screen.
I also enjoyed reading the Frame and I think Zinio software is particularly good for design magazines, where it is important to see the full high quality image.
By clicking the grid button on the navigation you’ll go to one place where you find all the pages of the issue. You can click on any of them if you wish to come back to some earlier content without flicking through all the pages on the way. Really cool option!
I must say I’m getting used to reading online through Zinio. I can see how I enhanced the experience of looking at the fashion and interior design with the high quality images of the pages of each issue that Zinio presents.
It is not easy for me to wake up early in the morning and exercise for an hour. It takes a lot of determination to exercise at least 4 times a week, especially with such a busy schedule and workload everyone face in those crazy chasing for money times! Here are some things which motivate me to get on with it and maintain the healthy lifestyle. Special thanks to my boyfriend, who is trying to wake me up in the mornings as he is leaving for his gym session. x
I’ve been to Taste of London festival for the first time and I must admit that I didn’t expect it to be such a success as I’m not a big fan of crowded places! However, crowded place with abundance of delicious food and tasty champagne that’s more like it! I went with a group of people, who were invited to the event by Electrolux, a Swedish multinational household and professional appliances manufacturer. The brand sells a variety of products, including cookers, washing machines, dishwashers and fridges.
Besides enjoying outstanding dishes we were invited to attend a cooking class with Simon Hulstone, a Michelin start chef. We took part in a hands on cookery session where we picked up kitchen secrets as well as learnt the benefits of induction and steam cooking. I was really surprised that the induction hob was so easy to use and didn’t make me hot, which I normally get when cooking on my old hob at home.
We ended up buying some cheese, cooking oil, chorizo sausage, delicious bread, as well as Belgium chocolate from the stands at the event. Overall it was a great day out and I will definitely come back next year.
It is not easy to be a woman, especially when single and travelling solo. It sometimes seems to be a bit of a taboo topic but the truth is there is far more things women should be wary off when they’re exploring different countries. I admire women such as Isabella Bird or Ida Laura Reyer Pfeiffer, who both travelled solo back in 19th century. Many women, driven by fascination and courage overcame the cultural and biological constrains, and traveled the world. In some parts of the world a woman traveling by herself would be portrayed as weird and can even become a target of verbal harassment from the male crowd. If you are one of those strong and independent women, make sure you follow a few rules of safety and prepare yourself for any possible situation.
Here are a few points you should think about before and during travelling:
- Think about how you are going to manage your cash while abroad. There are different types of current account you can choose from. You can for example set up a bank account in a particular currency, for example in American dollars, to avoid paying extra charges for paying by card in the USA. You can travel with cash but that’s more dangerous and you don’t want to spend your relaxing time stressing about money in a hotel room that you left in a sock. You might also want to look at the travel checks or prepaid cash cards. Check if your bank has easy to switch bank accounts in case you need to deal with some unexpected money matters while abroad.
- Make sure you study what local women are wearing before going to the country. In many cultures, women have to have their shoulders covered, cannot sunbathe. You might want to avoid drawing unwelcome attention to yourself in general.
- Plan your itinerary each day and make sure you know how to get from place A to place B so you avoid getting lost. Don’t travel alone at night, take taxi where possible.
- A good idea would also be a wearing a fake wedding ring if you’re single. As silly as it might sound but it can work as a man repeller!
- Making eye-contact or smiling can be interpreted as a sign of encouragement in some countries. Be polite, but reserved.
- Classic, stay sober and never leave a drink unattended.
Above all, enjoy your trip!
Like many people in the UK I’m saving for converting the space in the loft to make the most of the space in my house. I love bright and airy spaces and I particularly like removing as many walls as possible to create a living space, where one can run around the house.
For those who are new in this extension/conversion of the property business, a great source of information is the Planning Portal website , where you’ll find plenty of pointers on where to start. A loft conversion is considered there to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, provided certain limits and conditions are met:
> Loft conversions are NOT permitted development for houses on designated land (national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites)
> Any additional roof space created must not exceed these volume allowances:
*40 cubic meters for terraced houses
*50 cubic meters for detached and semi-detached houses
> An extension beyond the plane of the existing roof slope of the principal elevation that fronts a highway is NOT permitted development
> Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house
> No part of the extension to be higher than the highest part of the existing roof
> Verandas, balconies, or raised platforms are NOT permitted development
> Any side-facing windows must be obscure-glazed and non-opening unless the parts which can be opened are more than 1.7 meters above the floor of the room in which it is installed
> Roof extensions, apart from hip to gable ones, to be set back, as far as is practicable, at least 20cm from the original eaves.
> Work on a loft or a roof many affect bats. You need to consider protected species when planning work of this type. A survey may be needed, and if bats are using the building, a licence may be required.
After we decided on the size of the conversion, we meet all the legal requirements and the neighbors agreed on the ongoing work taking place next door, we are ready for the next step…choosing the windows. As I’ve mentioned I want my loft conversion to be bright. I want the daylight to be there all day so I don’t have to use electricity to lit up the place. I’ve been recently recommended an international brand called VELUX®, which sells window innovations, including roof windows, solar panels, and blinds (you can open and close them with the remote control!). You can check out VELUX shop to explore their products and get the prices.
Here are some loft conversion ideas I’ve gathered from their website and other sources. Which is your favorite?
As the summer months are nearly upon us it’s a great time to not only start playing, but also watching some top quality tennis. If visiting during any of these tournaments, it’s well worth looking into tickets in advance or queuing up on the day. For accommodation right on the doorstep, check out GowithOh who offer holiday apartments in all of these cities.
As an ATP World Tour tournament, the Mutua Madrid Open would be a great place to start the season, watching the world’s greatest players get warmed up for their two upcoming Grand Slams. Held between the 3rd and 12th of May, this is the second most important clay-court tournament, behind only the French Open, played in the unique setting of the Caja Magica. Following last year’s controversial introduction of the first ever blue clay courts, it will this year be returning to the traditional red clay after the complaints from many top players.
Onto the second Grand Slam of the year, the French Open offers the perfect excuse for a city break to Paris. Taking place between the 27th May and 9th June, the Roland Garros tournament has a long-standing history of being the world’s premier clay-court championship. This makes the event a particular favourite (and a success) for many Spanish speaking players who tend to specialise in clay court play, including of course the current holder Rafael Nadal.
Played at the end of June, Wimbledon is the third Grand Slam and one of the most prestigious two-week tennis events of the year. Full of tradition and history, this grass court tournament offers a much more unpredictable surface which many of the players are not so accustomed to – making it even more exciting as a spectator. Renowned for being quintessentially English, even buying grounds ticket is a must just to sit on Henman’s Hill (or Murray’s Mound) to sip on a Pimms, enjoy some strawberries and cream and take in the atmosphere as the Brits cheer on Murray towards his first possible Wimbledon victory.