Best of the Web: July 2016 edition

It is no secret that nowadays we have to deal with information overload and we don’t even know where to start.

Fortunately there are some individuals that stand out and write exceptional blog posts and for the first edition of

Best of the Web July 2016 edition, blog, blogger, blogging, social media, TS76

Best Of The Web: July 2016 edition.

I would like to share with you some of the most interesting that I have found while browsing on the web and here there are in no particular order.

Digital Detox: How to Unplug and why you should

Talent Culture, digital detox, blog, blog post

This excellent article explains why unplugging from the digital world is actually something that we must do in order not only to keep our sanity, but to allow ourselves to rest and recover!

As a matter of fact, I have been doing that…well kind of. Last year I took a week off from Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and company.

Just this past month I have taken an entire month from blogging (that is why I have been MIA or missing in action) and it feels so good (although I must admit that I do read the comments and get notifications of the activity on site.

More unbelievable as it may seem, I’ve been getting more visits and page views than when I do blog! Isn’t that something?

I decided not too stress so much about having to post from 1 to 3 posts per week and truly focus on writing quality content rather than quantity and I’ve to say thank you for checking in on me and returning to see what I’m up to.

Don’t worry, I’ve plenty to write about and share with you but there is life that must be enjoyed, especially the beautiful season that just started!

Have you ever or would you unplug completely?


Five ways to be a more confident blogger

How to become a more confident blogger

Blogging is not just a hobby; it is a passion and its hard work on a daily basis for many of us.

Writing for a group of close friends and family is one thing, but for a broad audience it is completely different!

I don’t know about you but sometimes I do think about the choice of words or topic I write about and wonder if it will be well-received or will it cause a strong reaction or if there will be people who will criticize what we do.

No matter what reasons, Mark Schaefer gives us 5 ways to be more confident in his blog post.

It does take time, practice and just go with the flow. We have to go forward and adapt to any situation that presents itself right?


How to become a morning person

 How to become a morning person

I will be the first to admit, I really am not a morning person. I have always been a night owl and find that my creativity is activated in the wee hours; it has always been like that since my university days!

I know there are so many benefits of waking up before the sun rises or start the day earlier in order to achieve more things. It truly takes a strong willpower and one has to make it a habit, that’s just what Michael advises in his motivating post.

Starting is just the beginning but keeping the momentum is a challenge but it is feasible!

Are you an early bird or night owl?


The 20 best travel books of all time

travel, travel books, The 20 Best Travel Books of all Time

This great post by Telegraph Travel gives us a list of 20 of the best travel books of all time.

To be completely honest, I very surprised with the selection of titles. I only recognized two of them:

On the Road by Jack Kerouac


The Beach by Alex Garland

However the others are totally unknown but since I am an avid book reader, I sure will add them to my books to read shelf.

What is (are) your favorite travel book(s)?


The airlines making stopovers sweeter

Travel, Airline stopovers in Iceland

Imagine this. Say you are on the way to Europe and decide to stop in Iceland and tour the country with a member of the staff of the national airline.

That is exactly what the Stopover Buddies by Iceland air program offers, how cool is that?

Who knows, you might get lucky and a pilot could be your guide. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

If you are departing from Amsterdam, you can sign up to Layover with a local by KLM who will match the traveler with a local who will then be your host and take you around the country.

This is just a fabulous idea and it allows travelers to live a unique and unforgettable experience.

Would you sign up to one of the programs?


Exposure won’t pay for my next flight

Journalist On the Run, Exposure won't pay for my next flight

In her honest blog post, Janet explains why companies, PR reps or social marketers reaching out to us bloggers and looking to promote their prestigious clients or product is not going to pay for our necessities, even less a flight.

It is important for everyone to know that blogging is not a hobby; it involves a lot of research, photo editing, and writing, editing which is time-consuming and is a labor of love.

We have worked many hours, days, nights, weekends in order to grow our readership and followers on social media and that’s precisely what they want to tap into and pass on the “good word” for free while they get paid thousands and companies have no problem trusting them with advertising budgets or strategies.

It was hit home and I too understand the frustration and disrespect some individual have demonstrated time and time again.

My absolute favorite email or request was by this Public Relations Company located in London who wanted me to give free publicity for their highly prestigious airline from the Middle East (the one that offers an apartment in the sky) while offering a simple thank you as payment.

I emailed the lady back explaining that I do not work for free and that if she wanted me to give free promotion to the company, well there had to be a financial compensation in return. I never heard back and I am sure she tried with others who jumped on the occasion (those who take just about anything that is free).

Sadly some people are happy to accept anything that is offered or settle for way less than they deserve. This makes it harder for us to be respected or be considered as people companies can trust or believe in.

I have seen my share bit in the 5 years I have been blogging and worked with some of the best travel companies in the world and they have seen what kind of work I produce, therefore I under promise and over deliver and I’m actually proud of that. I will not lower my standards or compromise my work ethics for any reason and neither should any respectable blogger.

What has been your experience with PR or marketers?

Would you promote a company or product for free?


 Giving Credit where credit is due. Why is it so important to give credit to the artist.

DIY Photography, photography, Giving Credit where credit is due

This excellent post again highlights or reinforces us, photographers, believe is the golden rule: GIVE CREDIT to the creator of the image!

So much is involved behind the camera that some people truly should learn as much as I can and stop stealing photos, making it theirs or simply not give proper credit.  It really is a no brainer!

After learning a lesson in watermarking, I respect other colleague’s original, creative and colorful work even more. I also put an emphasis on the importance of linking back or letting the artist know that their creations are incredible and value their worth, thus I happily share it but follow the rules!

I personally appreciate when someone contacts me and kindly asks for my permission in order to use one of my images say for a project or poster or site as long as they mention my name or link back to my blog or clearly state that the image belongs to me. That’s the right way to do it and as long as it’s not commercial, I’ll say yes 99% of the time!

When in doubt, just ask! It’s much better than stealing or editing an image or don’t measure the consequences that using a photo that belongs to someone and that has rights over it.

What do you think about photography rights?

Have you ever had an experience when you found one or many of your images used by other people without your consent?


This rounds up the Best of the Web for July 2016.

Stay tuned for the next edition next month!

If you have suggestions or recommendations, let me know in the comment section.

Until next time, enjoy the summer!

Tashi Delek, All the best.


Book Review: The Life We Never Expected + Giveaway (US & Canada only)

God’s Purposes come about through millions of unnamed people doing unheard-of things, in unnoticeable ways, to the glory of God.”

The Life We Never Expected

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Life is the greatest adventure isn’t it?  Well, we can plan all we want, down to the last details and take calculated (and well thought) risks.

However, life has a way of throwing us a curve ball out of the blue which often hits us between the eyes or on our head which we totally didn’t expect and knocks us out. It changes the course of our lives…FOREVER.

Andrew and Rachel Wilson certainly did not have the slightest idea of the life that the creator of the universe had planned for them. Their worlds would be turned upside down but yet their faith, strong values and beliefs would pull them through some of their most difficult days.

The Life We Never Expected is not your regular parenting book. It is much more personal, honest and a heartfelt recount of their out of the ordinary lives as parents of two special needs children: Zeke and Anna.

It is an invitation inside their world and all challenges as well as surprises (often hilarious but others not so funny) that put them to the ultimate test on a daily basis.

Honestly, one can’t help but wonder where in the world they find the strength, energy, patience, determination, understanding and above all their sanity in the middle of it all.

They witness, laugh, cry, pray, wait, breathe and go on by always looking up and ask for celestial intervention which is always needed and very welcome. Sometimes it is not obvious but signs are everywhere and when they are at the end of a dead-end street, they simply let go.

Andrew and Rachel are extremely fortunate to be surrounded by some extraordinary people because after all it does take an entire village to raise a child. They have the love and support of their families, specialists but most importantly, the captain of their ship (Oh mighty God) is always there 24/7.

While they may not exactly understand why they were the chosen few and not someone else, dealing with these two special little human beings, they fully trust that it was their life mission and know that they were equipped and skilled to lead and set an example for others.

Any parent or family would greatly benefit from reading this moving, well-written and sincere book. It will teach them to appreciate the souls that God entrusted them with and help them become the best persons they could possibly be. It will help them understand their offspring a little better and be appreciative that they chose them to guide, look after and love them in this lifetime:)

God’s calling for our lives is irrevocable, thus we must always stay in faith, strong and be grateful for what we experience, may it be good or not so good. Life is indeed the best school there is and we must pass our classes with flying colors!


Would you like to win a copy of The Life We Never Expected?

It’s simple, simply tell us what the best parenting lesson you’ve learned so far or what you would recommend to families.

Leave us your social media handle or email where you can be reached if you are selected right in the comment section!

Final draw will take place on July 8th 2016 at midnight (Pacific time). Winner will be contacted on July 9th.

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

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

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.

Until next time!

Have a great summer and happy reading.

Tashi Delek, All the best




June through Instagrams

The summer starts and ends with great memories

Hello everyone! I owe you an apology. I’ve been MIA (missing in action) for sometime now but I am back! Did you miss me? I sure hope so!

I hope that your summer has started on the right foot and enjoying every single day.

How is it possible that we’re at the end of June already? Wow, time is flying but I’m loving it.

I’ve been quite busy with a few projects, namely translating for a major event and also gone on a few road trips which of course make my heart very happy as I adore driving and many people will attest or confirm that I am indeed a good and careful driver:)

How about you? What is happening on your side of the planet?

So many things have happened in the span of a month. Sadly the tragedy in Orlando was a wake up call to live each day to the max and truly treasure whoever is around you.

On a more positive note, the highlight of June was of course the excitement about Copa America Centenario and hooray for La Roja, Chi chi chi Le le le! Viva Chile! The Chileans are the Champions for a second year in a row! Couldn’t be happier for them:)

To those of you who contacted me, thank you so much for your messages. Do not worry, I shall be back to blogging more, however I do intend to enjoy the summer but I’ll be posting and keeping in touch.

Since we’re wrapping up the month, I wanted to share with you some of the most beautiful images I captured in the past weeks. I hope you enjoy!

Instagram, architecture, photography, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, TS76

Instagram, nature, photography, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, TS76

Instagram, sweets, bakery, pastries, photography, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, TS76

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Instagram, art, mural, murals, color, photography, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, TS76

Instagram, food, foodies, food photography, brunch, photography, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, TS76

Instagram, cars, cars of instagram, car, car interior, Mercedes Benz Canada, Mercedes Benz, wheels, photography, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, TS76

Instagram, nature, river, mountains, photography, Quebec, Canada, TS76

Instagram, dessert, sweets, photography, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, TS76

Instagram, nature, river, mountains, photography, Quebec, Canada, TS76

Instagram, food, lunch, foodie, food photography, photography, Quebec, Canada, TS76

Instagram, nature, park, outdoors, photography, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, TS76

Instagram, nature, lake, outdoors, photography, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, TS76

Instagram, outdoors, nature, lake, park, photography, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, TS76

Instagram, flowers, market, outdoors, photography, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, TS76

Did you like June Through Instagrams, instagrams, instagram, photography, TS76Let me know!

Tell us…

What is your Instagram account name?

Share it with us so that we can follow you by leave your info in the comments!

Until next time, hasta la proxima!

Happy Summer, Feliz Verano.

Tashi Delek, all the best.


5 great websites for free images

A photo is worth a thousand words

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It certainly couldn’t be truer. Sometimes words cannot fully express what the image represents, transmits or it is open to interpretation, depending on who is looking at it!

We are highly visual creatures and in the times we are living in it is imperative to research, select and provide readers and followers photographs and lots of them. We’re literally always on the lookout for fresh ideas, takes, points of views, subjects, places, trends and just capture them to later share them through different mediums.

Fortunately there are many (and wonderful) websites where high quality public domain & royalty-free photos are available and can be downloaded to then be used in blog posts or for your social media updates.

Now some pictures do not need to be credited or must be accompanied by a link back to its creator or photographer. Well, you probably know that for me it is incredibly important to recognize the photographer (I am one too!) and give them proper credit by adding two simple terms: Photo Credit (name) below each image. It’s a way of showing respect for their work and just the right thing to do.

However I would never take an image that displays a watermark for legal reasons. Contacting the creator of the image is a far better option and ask for their permission to publish it or use it but including a link to their site. The golden rule prevails and it’s just the right thing to do, right?

I’ve already shared with you My Top 5 Websites for free images which I use on a regular basis (I’ll be completely honest, I think that PixaBay rocks, that’s my No 1 go to site and make edits on PicMonkey).

But since I am always learning and researching, I found more sites where you can obtain original, gorgeous, colorful and creative captures which I’ll share with you now J

In no particular order, here they are:

Albumarium, photography, free photos

They site claims that it is the best place to find beautiful images by using a keyword or browse its albums.

Albumarium offers 24 categories, ranging from nature to electronic devices, the choice is yours.

What’s interesting is that they also feature the most popular images or the most downloaded.

You can use the share or adapt any image according to Creative Commons 2.0 licence and that is a no-brainer, just standard procedure.

Lake, mountains, view, travel, photography

Gratisography, photography, free photos

On Gratisography, you will find high-resolution images for personal and commercial projects.

Among the 7 categories you can choose photos from, you’ll find high quality, creative images that are easy to save thanks to its download button.

Easy breezy!

New pictures are available every week, so it’s a great idea to come back and see what they are😉

Manhattan Bridge, Bridge, travel, photography, architecture

Photo credit: James McNally

Pexels, photography, free photos

Pexels offers 50 new high-quality stock photos every single day. How awesome is that?

Search for free photos or browse among the popular searches.

Once you have found the photo you like, the process is super easy. Just select a photo, choose the file size and click on download et voilà!

The only thing left is to edit the size of your image and do a little bit of editing but the photos are gorgeous just as they are published.

Monaco, Europe, streets of Monaco, travel, photography

StockPic, photography, free photos

StockPic is where free stock photos for commercial or personal use are found.

Two of the great things about the site are the Latest 100 list and its 16 categories, which is are a true feast for the eyes!

You can also sign up to receive 10 new premium photos twice a month.

No credit is required but it’s sometimes the photographer requests it and it’s a good and fair thing to do.

I loved this one of breakfast.

That one almost made me drool, If I could, I’d lick the screen! How about you?

MorgueFile, photography, free photos

MorgueFile is a site where you will find a great variety of images taken by creatives for creatives.

There are over 350 000 free high quality photos to choose from!

Browse through the different options offered or simply scroll down on the homepage. The gorgeous, original photography is pure eye candy.

Once you’ve selected the photo you wish to download, click on the down arrow. By the way, I would suggest to read completely the terms and agree to them.

It is vital to be fully aware of what you are required or asked to do. We are all busy bees and simply click without taking the time to learn about some important details but trust me, the more you know, the better it is!

Village, Road, travel, photography

Photo credit: Koan

Again, because I respect the work of the photographer, I make sure to give proper credit and it’s simply the right thing to do:)

So there you have 5 more great websites for free photos.

I hope they are helpful and that you’ll refer to them whenever you are in search of the right visuals for your blog or site or any other creative project you will work on!

Now I’m turning it over to you!


What is your favorite website for free photos?

Are there any other sites I should look into?

Share it with us in the comments!


Until next time.

Tashi delek, all the best, todo lo mejor!


May 2016 Update

Whatever May Come


Hola, hi everyone!

I’m back after a few days away. It did a lot of good to take a short break from blogging but many of you have emailed, sent direct messages and Facebook private messages asking if I was ok and I sure appreciate you asking.

No worries, I am fine. I simply needed some time off from the blog but I must admit that I cannot completely disconnect from some social media profiles (namely Twitter and Instagram).

I also had to work on a rather long and difficult legal translations which took quite a bit of research and effort but you know that deadlines are my motivation and racing against the clock is something I actually enjoy:)

Now can you believe we’re already past mid-month? How is that even possible? I sure cannot wait to start wearing shorts and t-shirts along with sandals and warmer days because we’ve been having some yo-yo weather here. It’s still quite chilly but I’m happy that everything around has finally turned green!

Ok, enough blah blah, let’s get started shall we?


I have a confession to make. I have decided to watch less TV (which is almost always not so positive news as you know), so I decided to dedicate some of my time to tune in to uplifting, inspirational and educating shows.

A couple of shows I watch religiously are:

Parts Unknown with the one and only Anthony Bourdain.

Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unknown, screen shot, travel, foodie

So far the episodes filmed in The Philippines and Greece have made me daydream (totally adding that to my always growing Travel Bucket List)

Super Soul Series conducted by the ever amazing Oprah Winfrey on OWN TV has a winner with these series and they just allow you to have several a-ha moments. Enlightening and life-changing for sure!

Now I also will admit that I watch some shows which are full of adrenaline-pumping, excitement and challenges and one comes to mind first and that is The Amazing Race.

This past season, contestants went to awesome locations around the world, such as

Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena, Colombia, South America, travel, photographyPhoto credit: Graphical Brain

Geneva, Switzerland

Lakeside view, Geneva, Switzerland, travel, photography

Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, travel, photographyPhoto credit: Naridzer

Dubai in the UAE

aerial view, skyline, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, travel, photographyPhoto credit: Sonnenuntergang


Bali in Indonesia

Temple, Bali, Indonesia, travel, photographyPhoto credit: Klaus Schrodt

among many others.

They were put to the test physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually in addition to testing the strength of their relationship with their companions.

This show really had me on the edge of my seat; some episodes were nail-biting and had me cheering for a couple of friends in particular (Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl). They didn’t win but gave their best and sure won my respect and admiration! What a race it was.

P.S: I’ll fill you in a little secret too. I already mentioned in a previous post that I’m beyond obsessed with Turkish Soap Operas right?

Well, even though if I’m making slow progress in learning the language (which is quite hard), I have been watching some clips here and there (thank you YouTube) of the 1001 nights which I heard was a major hit in Latin America as it was translated into Spanish.

Knowing how I like challenges, I watch the bits in the original language. Yes ok a little drama won’t hurt, it’s entertainment and yes I want to and have to make it to Turkey, especially to Istanbul

Skyline, View, Istanbul, Turkey, travel, photographyPhoto credit: Mofik

or other parts of the country. No. Matter. What :)


Have I already mentioned that I am a voracious book reader?

Well, I’ve been on a roll lately and find a couple of hours to read on a daily basis.

So far this year I’ve read over 25 books and I am super happy at the pace I am going. The goal this year is to surpass the 50 book mark which would be my all-time record. They say that great writers are great readers right? Margaret Fuller also said the following: “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader”:)

Words literally are not enough to emphasize the importance of reading. One must keep learning something new EVERY. SINGLE. DAY and books provide that for me.

The title of the book I am currently reading is Rising Strong by Dr. Brené Brown,

Rising Strong, Book, DR Brené Brown, reading, must read

a social scientist and acclaimed author whom I first saw on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

The topic of this particular work is research that Dr. Brown conducted among a great range of people from all walks of life, from CEO’s to military personnel, to normal people who share their stories of having fallen or endured hardships and their brave road to recovery or getting back up.

I don’t know about you or if you’ve ever experienced a really trying difficulty or problem that shook you to the core but one must find the courage to bounce back and come back stronger and wiser.

We sometimes make mistakes or things happen out of the blue but it’s during those times that we find out what our true nature is and our comeback power.

As hard as it is, those experiences are truly necessary to our growth even if it’s not obvious at first or we cannot understand why it happened. But as the saying goes: “after the storm, the sun always shines” and stories of overcoming adversities and triumph of the human spirit will inspire many others!


Maybe I have already shared this secret with you or maybe not. Every day, when I am working (translating and writing for the blog, I faithfully tune in (actually I am hooked) to Sound Cloud or

Guess what? The post you are currently reading is being written as I listen to the Global DJ Broadcast by Marcus Schulz, one of my favorite DJ’s (Love Armin Van Buuren and Tiësto as well).

I am a huge euro techno, trance music fan, so I find that my concentration improves when I hear great beats and rhythms and I’m in “the zone”.

I do enjoy world music and pop music and just a few weeks ago we lost one of the great ones, a star, a legend a genius, the incredible, Prince.

Where you shocked to find out the news of him passing away? I had to stop and take it all in. I was in complete disbelief. He was still too young and left just too soon.

I have really great memories of his music from the 80’s and the 90’s. Choosing his best songs is like picking a favorite child!

I love “When doves cry”, “Raspberry Beret”, “Kiss”, “Let’s go Crazy”, “Diamonds and Pearls” and of course his signature song “Purple Rain”.

His legacy will live on and will be missed!



Hopeful because I know that much better and brighter days are coming up right ahead and I’m happy to report that I’ve succeeded my patience and optimism test or exam life put me through in the past months.

Also the people who needed me to be present (friends who needed an ear to listen without judging, someone to kick their behind counted on me and I was there for them at the right time) are on their way. Now I see the bigger picture and understand why I had to remain here for much longer.

Excited because a new phase of my life is about to start and I can only bow in gratitude to the universe for everything it taught me, good and not so good.

As I said above, I am kind of glad I had those difficult moments and I have grown a great deal because of them. I am wiser and know better!


A couple of local and exciting international trips, continue my studies (i just started learning ASL which stands for American Sign Language and it’s very cool. Will need lots of practice:).

I’m also planning and working on new blogs in different languages. It’s high time for me to graduate and go on to become a pro blogger! It’s about time right?

When opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. In this case, I do not wait for opportunities; I create them and move forward with optimism. I am über excited about all of them!

I won’t go into the details but you will soon find out where and I’ll make sure to share with you the new sites later on when they go live!

Did I say at some point that I love adventures? Well it’s kind of obvious right? I already told you I have no cure (and don’t ever want to be cured really).


How things are unfolding or happening according to divine time. There’s absolutely no need to rush, speed things up or provoke things. Let things run their own course. In all honesty, I can say: “I got it”.

I’m especially very grateful that I have had the necessary time to spend to those who have been there for me and those who will always have my back no matter where I am or what happens.

I also learned to appreciate them even more and know that without them I wouldn’t be who I am at this moment in time. They’ve changed and I’ve changed for the best and this was just meant to be.

I also am in awe when I realize that everything, absolutely everything you need is always provided for.  Not sooner not later, at the right time.

As they say: “Ask. Believe. Receive:)


My Favorite Photos

A few days ago, when I went for a walk out in the sun, I came across this magnificent magnolia tree. Want to know the best part? It is right in my own neighborhood! How great is that?

Magnolia tree, flowers, nature, photography

Magnolia tree, flowers, nature, photography

I have to admit that no travel is required or no need to go far to discover a gem right in front of our eyes!

Mother Nature knows exactly when things change or evolve or in this case, bloom and transform into this. The smell, color, size, leaves were speaking bliss (as Emily Brontë once wrote) and the abundance at its natural state.

It had to be captured of course, so I was more than happy to take many snapshots. It is now engraved in my mind.

One funny thing happen, as soon as I started taking pics, other passersby saw what I was doing and stopped for a minute and took a photo as well! Before long we were 4 or 5 persons.

Life is too precious to let it slip between our fingers.

It is important to pause for a moment, look around and be grateful. After all we’re given 86 400 seconds every day, do you say “thank you” at least once? Let me know.

So there’s my current update of May 2016, that was quite something wasn’t it?

Now I’m turning it over to you!

Tell us…

What is happening on your side of the planet?

Please share with us!

Better yet, show us.

You know that I love seeing photos and read of course.


Until next time! Hasta la próxima

All the best, todo lo mejor.