Oldest Starbucks Store | Pike Place Location

Posted by admin on July 23, 2013
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Strarbucks is the most famous coffee and coffeehouse company in the world that is based in Seattle, Washington, USA. Accordingly, it has about more than 15,000 stores, including licensed stores, around 42 countries. About two weeks ago we went to Seattle and just had a stroll at downtown area. When we were at the Pike Place market, I thought of going to the first location of this famous coffee house. The oldest location of Starbucks is at 1912 Pike Place, between Stewart St. and Western Ave in Seattle. As it is in the market area, it is very crowded. If you are going there, don’t drive. You can park in one of the parking areas at downtown and just walk.

We were there early afternoon on a Saturday. I thought of going in to get something, but the line was way too long and it was hot and humid. I cannot wait as we have two kids in tow. I will go back there one of these days when we will be in Seattle again and buy something, a souvenir perhaps or their mugs for collection. According to some reviews, aside from their coffee and drinks, there is not much of a selection in terms of food that is being sold there. It is more of a souvenir shop for those who wanted to set foot at the oldest Starbucks location. Besides the long line, outside the store were also some sidewalk performers singing and lots of tourists taking pictures.

LeMay – America’s Car Museum

Posted by admin on July 10, 2013
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If you happen to visit in the Northwest area, especially in the South Pugent Sound, one museum that you should not miss  is the LeMay America’s Car Museum. This museum was opened on June 2012. This museum is among the largest auto museums in the world. It is located adjacent to Tacoma dome, another landmark here in Washington, and along Interstate 5. In the museum are about 500 galleries of cars in a four story building of different type, made, speed, and technology and showcasing vehicles since the 1900′s and up. Most of the cars are from the LeMay family who amassed a collection in thousands to include vintage and limited editions. Other cars are on loans too from other collectors.

 The entrance fee of the museum is $14 and $12 for military, students, and seniors, $8 for kids and below 5 years old is free. The parking fee is $5; and during occasions or events happening, make sure to come in early as parking will surely be hard to find. Inside the museum, you can also find shops for souvenirs and the museum cafe featuring classics by the Pacific Grill at the museum’s mezzanine.

There are for sure lots of interesting cars at the museum and for car enthusiasts this museum is surely an eye candy. The cars on display are all in its shining glory. My husband asked one of the attendants if all cars are still running and they said almost all are and they rotate the cars on display those from the LeMay’s and other collectors in order to keep the display fresh as possible. You can also get some information of the car’s history on it’s monitor display making it more interesting and adding to your knowledge about it.

Among the cars our girls were so excited to see are these in picture below:

And who would have thought you will see Flintstone’s car used in the making of “The Flintstones’ Movie” in the museum.

It is surely an educational and historical experience at the museum with the family. You will surely see the development of America’s car culture and its “love affair” with cars. The  museum is hosting a lot of interesting events and  to all car enthusiasts, those are the ones to watch out for.

Seattle Center Attractions | Sightseeing and Tours in Seattle

Posted by admin on June 17, 2013
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One of the city of Seattle’s attractions is the Seattle Center. Accordingly, it was first built in 1962 for World’s Fair. It has a 74 acre area and includes different attraction sites. The first landmark that is a must-visit for tourists is the Space Needle. You can have a 360 degree panoramic view of the Puget Sound. There is also a monorail that traverse from the center to downtown Seattle. There is also the International Fountain that shoots water with music accompaniment. This is a hit during warm weather in the spring and summer.

Space Needle

International Fountain

Monorail passing thru the EMP

Seattle center also have other attractions for science and culture. There is the Pacific Science Center, Key Arena for sports and concerts to be held, McCaw Hall for ballets and operas, SIFF Theater for world and classic films, and Seattle Repertory Theater for exciting plays and events. They also have the center house which they now changed the name to the Armory that has restaurants and shops. Below it is The Seattle Children’s Museum. There is also the  Science Fiction Museum, Intiman Playhouse and the Experience Music Project [EMP].

Seattle Center hosts different festivals year-long to include Bumbershoot, the largest music and art festival held yearly, and this will be held this year in August 31st to September 2nd. There is also the Northwest Folklife Festival that is held every May, and different festivals showcasing different world cultures. This month, June 8th & 9th, they also had the Pagdiriwang Festival, which is on its 27th year already, presented by the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington [FCHSW] .

Another addition at the Seattle Center which was opened last year is Dale Chihuly’s Garden and Glass Museum. This is accordingly the world’s largest glass museum devoted to glass artist Dale Chihuly.

Pardon for all my pictures’ low quality as I only took it with my phone. It does not give justice to what the actual place really looks like :-)

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Cheap Flights to Hawaii

Posted by admin on May 13, 2013
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This past weekend was really a disappointment for us. We have been planning to go to Hawaii to attend our son’s graduation in high school, which was yesterday. The plan was to hop on a space A flight through the Air Force Base here in our area. There were several flights that were announced within a 78-hour period, but when the time came it kept bouncing off and postponed or the seats available were limited. That is what happened in space A because flights can change anytime depending on what is going on. Our mistake was we did not check out any cheap flights to Hawaii as a back up plan. We were crunched with time and all flights at the last minute is very expensive.

So, we learned our lesson. We need to make sure next time to check out cheap flights way before the date of any event. We felt disappointed by the whole situation, especially my husband as he really wants to be there. But then on the brighter side, we still can go there after the school is over in June or July. By that time, I am pretty sure we will have enough time, and we can find great deals on flights to Hawaii. Maybe we can also take our chance again through space A since we are not in a hurry and no event to attend to. This is just another option though. The important thing, we have to be always prepared for any circumstances that will happen. I cannot wait to experience Hawaii again and enjoy the pristine beach and the island feel.

The above picture is me and our daughter during our last vacation taken at Waikiki beach. We are all excited to see the island again!

Our Cuties Travel Buddy

Posted by admin on April 27, 2013
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Traveling with kids will entail a lot of preparation. Aside from bringing food, drinks and snacks, you also have to bring different toys, gadgets, books, and other entertaining materials for them not to get bored and cranky when going through a long drive. Things that we don’t forget when traveling are their headphones and DVD kids movies. The good thing now is that there are headphones appropriate for kids that you can get at the store. When we bought theirs, our eldest chose a monster high doll headphone and the youngest chose the lalaloopsy headphone. Most of the DVDs we have in the car are VeggieTales, Strawberry Shortcake and Barbie movies.

We also have nursery rhymes songs in CD’s that we play when they don’t want to watch movies anymore. But kids are kids and they have short tolerance of being seated for a long period of time. We ended up stopping at rest areas or gas stations where we can park for a few minutes to stretch and use the restroom. Another thing to consider also when traveling across states and you have enough time is to try to incorporate some side trips to interesting places along the way. This doubles the fun; sightseeing before reaching the final destination.

Hands On Children’s Museum – Olympia

Posted by admin on March 29, 2013
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One of the happy places for kids here in our place is the Hands On Children’s Museum. The new museum building was opened in fall of last year. It is now bigger and has a lot of interactive areas for kids to experience. The museum, as its name implies, is a fun learning place for kids that can really stimulate their creativity and curiosity as they experience the different exhibits. All exhibits are interactive and certainly can spark the inquisitiveness of the children. The exhibits and galleries to explore are also partnered with specific agencies that gives services in the community like the gallery for Emergency that features medic van/ambulance, patrol car, dental clinic, E.R., scream room, and others, which are sponsored by the emergency services here in our place.

Other galleries and exhibits include Good For You! , Build It!, Move It!, Fabulous Forest, Our Puget Sound, Tides to Trees Climber, Snug Harbor, and Arts and Parts Studio. All exhibits are geared for different learning styles of young visitors. It can be collaborative, investigative, creative and constructive,  fine motor engagement, full-body motor engagement, planning and execution and many others. Below are few of the pictures that I took while we visited the museum. The kids really had a blast and even myself had a great time at the Hands On Museum.

Apple picking and preparing food ordered at the cafe.

Grocery shopping and water table for float your boat.

Tree climbing and boat sailing.

Loading big rocks in a dump truck for construction.

The general admission to the museum is $9.95 (2+), but since we have valid military ID we were able to get a $2 discount each. They also offer membership program and you can get a yearly pass. I am thinking of doing this as the kids love to go there and having a yearly pass can save us from the entrance fees. Every first Friday of the month, the museum has free entrance fee which starts at 5pm until 9pm. They also offers services such as book an event for birthday parties or after hours events. I and some of my friends are already planning for a playdate for the kids to go the museum again soon.

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Posted by admin on March 14, 2013
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When in the Pacific Northwest, especially the Puget South Sound area, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is one of the cool places to see and this is the only zoo and aquarium combined in this area as well. We love going there and now that the kids are growing and curious with different animals and wildlife, this is a good place for them to be educated. Last summer we were there and we are planning to go back there again soon when the weather gets warmer. This past Christmas we were not able to witness their yearly Zoolights event. I love their mission and vision, which is to foster harmonious relation with people and wildlife here on earth and with that they are determined to protect and conserve wildlife.

Facade of the of the zoo and aquarium as it sits overlooking the Puget sound and offers an amazing view of Mt. Rainier and Olympic mountains.

The excited zoo goers sitting on the wood sculpture of mama bear and baby bear.

The Animal Avenue inside for the kids to play with and also learn different animals.

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New Fridge for My Folks

Posted by admin on October 16, 2012
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When I was still in my parents house my sister gave them a fridge. During the course of the year, the wear and tear and everything else, it is now come down to just holding on and anytime soon it will stop working. My parents are old and having an old and almost non-working refrigerator is something I don’t want them to think about. This is why I am wishing to be able to give them something to get the replacement  fridge freezer. I am looking at surprising them this holiday also but I will just see if I can squeeze in some more funds for it.

The good thing is that the ever generous Fairy Hobmother had fulfilled some of my wishes. Those already came off my back. The rest in my wish list will for sure be fulfilled at a given time. I will continue to be nice and hopefully I will be blessed more and can make more loved ones to be happy this Christmas.

I know it is not yet too late to wish upon the fairy. So follow Fairy Hobmother on Twitter and give him some love by leaving a short comment here with your blog site or email for him to contact you. It’s really a blessing that he came by as his help is very much needed and I so appreciate it a lot. From the bottom of my heart I thank thee!

Things to Do with the Kids on your Tunisia Holiday

Posted by admin on October 05, 2012
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As you would expect, a Tunisia holiday has everything you need for a postcard perfect beach break. Although sugary sands and twinkling waters are an ideal backdrop for every traveller, going abroad with the brood can require a little more entertainment than blue flag beaches.

Tunisia getaways are reasonably priced. For the best holiday deals check online in advance and take your pick from the range of early bird offers available.
An alternative option to European trips – such as the Canaries and the Balearics – you may wonder if your Tunisia holiday would be fitting for a family holiday. As well as safe shorelines and excellent attractions, popular tourist resorts, such as Hammamet, are policed open areas.

With the safety of the resort aside, it’s time to concentrate on the fun stuff. Youngsters are always happy digging for treasure and building epic sandcastles on superb shorelines, and Sousse, Nabeul and Hammamet sands are all perfect for the job.

When you do want to head out, away from your hotel, Tunisia will surprise you with the amount of family friendly attractions in the region.
A favourite with locals and tourists alike, Carthage Land boasts a splash park, rides, mazes and more. Easily a full day of fun, children can explore the two parks and zoo before cooling off at Aqua Land.

If you’re looking for a relaxing evening with a chilled out clan, then take the kids to Bouncy Tune Park during the day to run off some steam. This outdoor attraction is filled with inflatables for a crazy, action packed day of activity.

Hammamet’s Friguia Park is the largest wildlife centre in Tunisia; over 60 species of animals are on show. Easily providing half a day of animal magic, this is a relaxing treat for everyone in the family.

The best holiday deals are online now. Book a Tunisia holiday for a family adventure that will never fail to surprise you.

Tuesday Travels #14: Wild Waves Theme Park

Posted by admin on September 06, 2012
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On August 25th our family along with other friends and their families had a blast at the Wild Waves Theme Park located in Federal Way, Washington. This theme park is located along I-5 and is only about 20 to 30 minutes from our place when there’s no traffic. We passed this theme park when we go to Seattle and thought of going there. So before the summer ends, we finally gave in and went there. We were able to get a discount on the ticket so that is good too. Although for military personnel with valid ID the ticket is also discounted.

As it is still summer, the place was packed. We positioned near their pool with artificial waves since the kids wants to waddle right away to the water. Our DD1 was kinda apprehensive to go to the waters, but the little one is braver. She don’t want me to hold her. I forgot to bring floaties so I was basically holding them both all the time. Their artificial wave really can swept little girls along the current.

A friend of mine took the picture above while we were in the pool. There were just too many people especially on the deeper part. I only stayed in shallow part as my hands were full with two squirming little girls. Below are some of the rides they have at the theme parks. There were tons and we haven’t ride them all specially the extreme ones, the zipline, and the water slides that are winding high and long. Most of the rides we tried were those for the kids to enjoy.

Our picture together while we were exploring the vast area of the theme park.

Some of our friends that were also there and enjoying the theme park adventure. These are only few of us as the others where all over the place enjoying their families as well.