20 May Instagrams

Can you believe we’re approaching the end of May? Time has flown by so fast hasn’t it?

Actually I have thoroughly enjoyed the return of warmer sunny days which were very much-needed after a brutal winter that never wanted to leave!

I can’t explain how the change of seasons was truly what we needed but trust me I have enjoyed every single day to the max!

Now as you know, I am a serial picture taker and not a day goes by without me capturing a special scene or freeze a moment in time thanks to the camera on my phone and I am even surprised at what I see :)

To sum up the current month, I’ve decided to share with you some of the best images that I posted to my Instagram Account.

Enjoy!

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How has your month been?

Let me know.   Until next time! Tashi Delek, All the best K :)

NETGEAR Around Town Giveaway Twitter Chat

Do you love travel and technology? I am pretty sure you do :)

I would like to invite you to participate in a very cool chat on Twitter this

Wednesday, May 20th 2015 at 

10am – 11:30am Pacific

12 pm – 1:30 pm Central

1 pm – 2:30 pm  Eastern

 

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I will be co-hosting the chat along with other colleagues and it promises to be tons of fun!

 

NETGEAR has teamed up with Hipmunk

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one of the best travel booking sites online, to promote Around Town Mobile Internet Device

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which allows you to surf to the internet from wherever you may be, delivering high-speed connection on a 4G LTE Network. You can even connect up to 10 devices!

 

It gets even better! Enter the NETGEAR Around Town Giveaway for a chance to win a trip for two :)

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To help you have an idea of what we will be discussing, here are the questions that will be asked tomorrow.

Q1. How do you stay connected while traveling abroad? (Start your answer with A1) #TechAndTravel

Q2. What airlines have you had the best wi-fi experiences with? (Start your answer with A2) #TechAndTravel

Q3. Which hotels integrate up-to-date tech the best? #TechAndTravel

Q4. What do you use your wi-fi for while traveling? #TechAndTravel

Q5. What apps do you use while traveling abroad? #TechAndTravel

Q6. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done to get free wi-fi? #TechAndTravel

Q7. What’s the biggest tech fail you’ve had while traveling? #TechAndTravel

Q8. Have you ever used an app to connect to new people while traveling? Which one? #TechAndTravel

Q9. What’s the best way tech has improved travel for you? #TechAndTravel

Q10. Share your best tech tip and travel #hacks! #TechAndTravel

 

So feel free to join us, jump in the conversation and let’s have fun!

Participating in twitter chats is so much fun as you get to know people and seriously make great connections!

You never know who might be reading you :)

Remember that you can copy paste the questions to your twitter feed and answer to the question by writing A1 (your reply) and add #TechAndTravel at the end.

I personally use tchat.io which allows you to follow Twitter Chats by using the specific hashtag and it is much easier on the eyes.

Trust me when you are having a lot of fun, time just flies!

If you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to email me or tweet me. I will help you to the best of my ability!

Speak with you soon.

Happy travels.

Tashi Delek, All the best

Karla :)

 

Top 5 favorite cities in the world

I was recently doing some spring cleaning even in my bookmarks on my laptop and found out that I had created a Trip Advisor page a few years ago and  much to my surprise, I added all the cities I have been to and I couldn’t believe how many there are! Pretty grateful and incredible if you ask me.

Now I might have been there at least once but there are certainly a few I would go back over and over again.

I would like to share with you My Top 5 Favorite Cities in the World.

Without further ado, here they are in no particular order!

Seoul, South Korea

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View of the Han River in Seoul. Photo credit: Ssalae

Ah Seoul, my soul mate! What can I possibly say about my 3rd home that I have not already said before?

My apologies if I repeat myself or sound like a broken record: I am madly, insanely, absolutely in love & adore Seoul!

The South Korean capital is by far one of the greatest, craziest, busiest, chaotic, most dynamic and fun cosmopolitan cities on the planet!

My love story with the city started when I first lived and worked there as an English as a Second Language Teacher over a decade ago.

Sure it was very difficult at first (and not even mentioning the culture shock) but it got way better (gradually) with time and any expat can confirm this. By the end of the year I seriously did not want to leave but had to as my contract and working visa were about to expire.

Fast forward a few years later. I had the opportunity of going back for Round 2 and I fell even more in love!

Not only with the area where I was but also with my kids (students), the school where I taught, my brand new apartment but most importantly, the people I met and the great friendships that I built which helped me feel welcome, loved, taken care of, respected and more!

Every single week-end I went out to explore different neighborhoods of Seoul (Hong-Ik, Sinchon, Myeong Dong, Gangnam were my go to places) and the rest of the country which of course turned into amazing and unforgettable adventures :) I honestly don’t remember having so much fun in one city!

South Koreans are super friendly, kind, welcoming even if language is a barrier! They are very proud of their culture, country and in spite of all that happened in the past & the obstacles they’ve overcome, you can’t help but cheer them on! They are a great example of determination and strong will. Tae Han Min Guk – Go Korea!

I’d definitely go back to either visit, live or work or both in a second. Well it could happen again, we never know!

Toronto, Canada

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Toronto Skyline from Metro Toronto Convention Centre

The Queen City of Canada IS my second home!

I’ve always been fascinated by it since I was very young and think it is just an incredibly diverse, multi-ethnic, fast-paced, energetic cosmopolitan where any dream can come true! Where else in the world would you be listening to people speaking in one of the 140 languages spoken by its residents?

Can I be totally honest with you? I love it way more than my own hometown. Yes, I am a cosmopolitan and big city girl and I’ve absolutely no shame in admitting it.

I simply can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve visited and loved it so much that I even moved and live there to further advance in my professional career and learn some important lessons!

They say that when a door closes another one opens right? Well they did open alright! And when it rains it pours! A shower of blessings came down.

What was supposed to be a 2 week vacation, to test the waters or try my luck, turned into a 2 year, life-changing, unforgettable and very valuable experience. Some of the best years of my life if you ask me, hands down.

I was very determined, focused and never gave up in my search for better opportunities, so I did everything to the best of my abilities and all that hard work did pay off.

Having a group of people believe in you against all odds means the world to me and showing them with actions, results is the best way to thank them for taking a big risk!

I loved discovering different parts of Toronto and suburbs. Trust me; 2 years were simply not enough to get to know it all but I did see quite a bit and saw it from different angles!

Toronto will always have a special place in my life and I would certainly not hesitate to go back if given the opportunity to work or go for a short stay. It makes me proud to have been a Torontonian.

 New York, New York, USA

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Central Park, New York City.

The Big Apple, the Capital of the World, the Epicenter of the Universe, whichever name you wish to call it, New York City is one of the most incredible cities on earth!

Each neighborhood is so special, unique and the whole world comes together in one place.

I truly got to live like a New Yorker during a summer there and lived in Queens. I travelled to the city back and forth every day and I must say that my favorite place is definitely Soho/Little Italy.

I also LOVE Central Park. It is such an oasis of calm and serenity right in the middle of the concrete jungle.

There is definitely so much to see and do and once you visit you will fall under its spell, trust me on that one.

I really can’t wait to return to go see a nice Broadway Show and have a nice meal at a great restaurant and also go on a little shopping spree!

Rome, Italy

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Monument to Vittorio Emmanuelle II

They say that all roads lead to Rome and that is certainly true!

I’ve always been fascinated with the Eternal City ever since I can possibly remember.

Images of the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, Ancient ruins, the food & la Dolce Vita especially in Trastevere (my absolute favorite part of the city) immediately come to mind.

My first visit was when I went to Europe by myself and have returned on two more occasions.

What can I tell you about Rome that you have already not heard or read or seen?

As soon as you arrive in the city, there is this air of mystery, incredibly rich history, torturous past, a sense of pride by the locals and ah did I even mention the culture and FOOD? Travelling just for that is a good enough reason ;)

I stayed there for a period of 2 weeks (before going to my school in Le Marche and before returning home) and frankly, it felt as if I was at home!

Strolling along the many streets or vias, piazzas, stunning parks and getting lost on purpose (read the part about Trastevere above) was a daily ritual.

Having a gelato or coffee and watch the world go by while listening to the beautiful & charming language, admiring gorgeous people, smelling the fresh-baked goodies or food…ah it is a true feast for your senses!

I sure dream of the day I return to Roma. By the way, if you spell the city backwards it is Amor which in Spanish means Love and that is certainly what I truly feel for the city and I’m sure you will too :)

Barcelona, Spain

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Parc Güell. Photo Credit: Futurezone

Barcelona has definitely been one of the best yet unexpected surprises of my life.

It was my last stop on my 2 month European whirlwind tour and I couldn’t have ended it in a better place!

It was my first time on Spanish soil, so you can just imagine how happy and excited I was! I had heard nothing but amazing things about the Catalan city and were they ever true!

It was 100x better than the descriptions or stories I was told ;)

I stayed with some friends of mine I had been speaking to for years and they took me all over town!

From El Tibidabo to the Sagrada Familia, to the Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas, to Camp Nou all the way to the top of MontJuïc.

Oh I haven’t even mentioned our parties? Catalans sure know how to throw some amazing ones!

Recovering from them was easy thanks to the fabulous food available everywhere but especially at La Boqueria, one of the greatest markets on earth if you ask me.

If I close my eyes right now and transport myself back there, I see myself sitting on the soft, golden sand at la Barceloneta facing the Mediterranean. I feel the light breeze and the warm sun rays on my face. Ah now THAT is what makes my heart skip a beat and really makes me want to go back in a second. I am pretty sure I will in the very near future!

As I mentioned at the beginning, selecting just 5 cities is not enough. So I decided to include some Bonus (and fantastic) Cities that I would like to visit again.

Here they are:

Paris, France

London, UK

Berlin, Germany

Hong Kong, China

 

So there you have my Top 5 Favorite Cities Around The World.

Now it’s your turn!

Tell us,

What are your favorite cities in the world?

Which ones do you want to or will visit again?

 

I’m looking forward to reading your answers and seeing photos, so please include them or any links!

Until next time!

Many happy travels :)

All the best, Tashi Delek.

Karla

CD Review: Exhale by Plumb + Giveaway

Have I ever told you that music is another of my passions in life? I think I already did and you probably know that my musical taste is quite surprising; from opera to salsa to electronic dance to world beats which make me shake what my mother gave me :)

I also like to listen to music that allows me to travel thanks to its contagious rhythm but some tunes have this amazing capacity to reach the depths of my soul and comforts me when times are difficult.

You know very well that life does throw you some lemons when you least expect it! Going through the storm is not easy but you need to keep the faith, trust in the almighty and know in your heart of hearts that everything is going to be alright and you will come out stronger than ever before.

That’s precisely what Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, singer, songwriter, recording artist, performer and author, better-known by her stage name Plumb, offers in her latest album titled EXHALE.

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Her melodies and powerful lyrics capture you right from the first note. The album starts with the title of the album.

Not only she gives praise to the creator, she also is very grateful for allowing her to become a better version of herself.

You know that we all go through phases in our lives where we think we are captains of our ships and we tend to forget who really knows what lies ahead.

Plumb had to literally fall on her knees, be humble and ask for divine intervention and what she found was pure, unconditional love and is very grateful for that moment that changed her life forever.

What I really love about this CD is that every single song tells a story of faith, devotion and surrender.

Whenever the going gets tough, don’t give up! Believe that you are still special and important to the eyes of that special someone. You are not alone. Ask, Believe and Receive!

Whatever happens, breathe in and exhale! What you are living or experiencing is only a temporary situation. Better and brighter things are coming right ahead. You may not see it right now but it is on the way!

If you are looking for some words of wisdom, inspiration and motivation, this is one that will provide just that.

I don’t know about you but I always find myself singing half-way through the songs (they are that good!) especially my personal favorite which is Faithful. It brought back memories from a (mis) adventure that happened a few years ago after I had arrived in South Korea. Oh I cried tears of laughter and joy!

So if you or anyone you know needs an energy boost or a healthy dose of confidence or help their morale, this is going to make them believe again!

About Plumb:

She has sold more than 500,000 albums and over two million singles worldwide, co-penned songs for numerous other artists, including Michelle Branch, Mandisa, Mandy Moore, Jaci Velasquez, and Natalie Grant, and had music placed in many films and television shows. Originally signed as a Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) recording artist in 1997, Plumb is now known as well as or better in alternative rock, electronic dance music, and for the use of her music in film and television than she is in the CCM market.

About the album:

EXHALE, the seventh studio album from acclaimed multi-genre singer, songwriter and author PLUMB, expresses a new focus and vision. After the runaway success of NEED YOU NOW (the album, title track and book), which coincided with her own moving story of brokenness and ultimately healing, Exhale brims with worshipful songs of gratitude and hope.

 

Follow Plumb on the following Social Media Channels:

Official Website

Official Facebook

Official Twitter

Official Instagram

ORDER on iTUNES 

 

**GIVEAWAY (Open to US and Canadian residents only)**

Would you like to win a copy of EXHALE?

It’s very easy; simply leave your name and city in the comments. Also

 

Tell us what were the best words of hope someone ever gave you?

What did you do to overcome an obstacle?

 

I can’t wait to read all about it. I love comeback stories and triumphs over adversity! It proves how strong our spirits are :)

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Final deadline for the giveaway is May 15th 2015.

Winner will be drawn at random and will be notified via email, private message (so make sure I can reach you) and also announced on the blog, below the post.

 

I would like to thank Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.

The choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

I did receive a sample of the product (CD) in exchange for this review and unbiased post.

As you know I will always give you my two cents on any matter and I do speak my mind, good or not!

Until next time, hasta luego!

Many blessings to you and yours,

Miss K

Perspectives on Watermarks (and Various Methods to Protect Your Images)

traveller soul:

I was invited to share my opinion on photography watermarks which is a subject I am very passionate about since I’ve had a couple of experiences that made me take some action.

It’s very interesting to read other people’s views and takes on this matter.

Enjoy and feel free to share :)

All the best,

Karla :)

Originally posted on The Daily Post:

Photographers sharing their perspectives on watermarks:

Jeff Sinon, Jeff Sinon Photography
Mary McAvoy, The Ripest Pics
Karla Aguilar, Traveller Soul
Richard Smith Jr., Reckless Pixel
Marcus Kazmierczak, Mkaz.com
Jen Hooks, Light Candy
Pam Kocke, Pyjammy’s {Identical} Triplets
Donncha Ó Caoimh, In Photos
Stephen McLeod Blythe, All My Friends Are JPEGs

Many photographers display watermarks — commonly known in the form of a visible marker such as text, a logo, or a signature — on photographs for various reasons, while others strongly prefer not to add them. Here, we’ve asked a handful of WordPress photographers their takes. You’ll read a mix of opinions from bloggers who take pictures for different reasons, their various experiences and methods, and links to other sources of information.

Like other roundups on The Daily Post that compile the best practices of bloggers, our goal is not to tell you what’s “right” or “wrong,” but to present a range of perspectives so you…

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