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5 Fun Facts About Cincinnati

Cincinnati is a city with a wealth of history. It has long been a hub for community-health minded innovation, and that is as true today as it ever has been. Below are five fun facts about Cincinnati that prove an emphasis on the health and happiness of the citizens is what it takes to make a good city great. 

Fun Facts About Cincinnati

Cincinnati is Home to the First Professional Baseball Team: The Red Stockings (the Reds)

In 1869, the Red Stockings (now known as the Reds), became the USA’s first professional baseball team. They had ten players at the time. Not long after, this team became the first to travel to another city by plane to play a game. Because of this storied history, the team always opens their season with a home game.

The First Paid Municipal Fire Department in the USA was Established in Cincinnati

By developing a department where firefighters were paid and trained, the city of Cincinnati was investing in the health of its citizens. It also started a system that would, over the next 200 years, be adopted by thousands of other cities across the country. 

On a similar note, the city of Cincinnati was also the first US city to establish an ambulance service for its residents. That service was established in 1865. 

Fun Facts About Cincinnati

Cincinnati is Home to the First Professional Observatory in the USA

The Cincinnati Observatory is located on the top of the aptly named Mt. Lookout. It is the oldest professional observatory in the United States and a National Historic Landmark. It is open to the public and still fully functioning. 

This emphasis on science is also seen in the Cincinnati Public Library. Here, anyone eligible to borrow a book can also use a 3D printer, sewing machine, laser cutter, laser engraver, and a host of other professional equipment free of charge.

Below the City of Cincinnati is a Derelict Subway System (the Largest in the USA)

The tunnels only span a length of just over two miles, but that is still long enough for this to be the most extensive subway project that was ever abandoned in the USA. The tunnels house no tracks or cars, but can be visited by the general public. The tunnels were originally built between 1920 and 1923. 

Do You Like to Have Company? Half of the US Population Lives Within 12 hours of Cincinnati

Although the exact number is in dispute, somewhere between 50 and 60% of the entire US population lives within a half-day drive of Cincinnati. Not only is it easy for nearly anyone to get to you, but it’s also a shorter trip for you to go to most habitable places in the US than it would be from many other major cities. 

There’s More to Discover in Cincinnati

These five fun facts about the city are just the tip of the iceberg. Cincinnati has a wealth of culture and history. The community is vibrant, and the real estate scene is warming up. If you’re interested in the city, go ahead and visit. You may find yourself browsing homes for sale in Cincinnati before you know it. 

Getting an Emergency Dental Appointment Whilst Travelling

It is a fact of life that medical or dental emergencies can happen at any time, regardless of whether we are on holiday or working away but you can negate the risk to a certain extent. If you suspect you have a problem or a potential problem with your teeth, the best course of action is to visit your regular dentist before you actually leave home. Far too many people overlook a niggling tooth problem and put it off to another day but the main problem with this approach is that it can make matters worse. The advantages of visiting your local dentist before you leave are obvious, they have your dental records and may be able to apply a temporary fix until you return from your holiday or work placement. But this scenario belongs in an ideal world. At the end of the day, if your teeth need urgent attention, you need to visit an emergency dentist wherever you may be.

Getting an Emergency Dental Appointment Whilst Travelling
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Australian Dental Expertise

Australia is well known across the world for its world leading standards of dental care. From Bangkok to Bali to Hanoi, you can see dental practices that proudly display their Australian accreditations, these accreditations reassure people that they are getting a high standard of dental care from people who have qualified in Australia. If you happen to be in Australia and need to see an emergency dentist in Brisbane, there are a number of high-quality dentists you can rely on. Finding a dentist whilst on the road is relatively straightforward but if you haven’t spotted a dental practice in your present location, you will probably begin your search by using the internet.

Getting an Emergency Dental Appointment Whilst Travelling
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Finding an Emergency Dentist

As previously mentioned, if you haven’t seen a dental practice in the area where you are staying, the internet is a good place to find one. By simply typing ‘dentist + location’ into a search engine you should be presented with a comprehensive list of dentists in the locality where you are staying. If you need some specialist dental expertise such as denture repair or orthodontics you can also include that with your search term.

 As a general rule of thumb, you should try and find a dentist that can work around your schedule and enable to you to get back to your holiday or work as soon as possible. Obviously, this does not apply if you are in severe pain, in which case you will need to be treated as soon as possible regardless of other commitments.

Should you be needing an appointment for a small child, you may need to check whether your chosen dentist has any expertise in paediatric dentistry. Although dentists are qualified to work on anyone’s teeth regardless of patient age, some have more experience of treating young children than others.

Getting an Emergency Dental Appointment Whilst Travelling
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Regardless of where you are travelling, you are guaranteed to receive an extremely high level of care from all dentists regardless of whether it’s an emergency or not.

3D2N Batam Getaway by Ferry and Our Stay at Harmoni Hotel Batam – Indonesia

I know you are looking at this post because you love family travel.It is same with us.Any long weekend or school holiday time filled with outdoor activities and short getaways.Here is our 3D2N Batam Getaway itinerary and our experience and review of staying at Harmoni Hotel Batam.

It was last June school holiday which we decided to spend a weekend in Batam, Indonesia. Malaysia and Indonesia are the perfect destinations for short getaways for families live in Singapore. This is why we travel to these countries frequently.

Below is a short photo story to show our experience in Batam and in Harmoni Hotel Batam which is a great hotel for family holidays.

Batam getaway
My little explorer at the Harbourfront ferry terminal before the departure
Batam getaway
Waiting till departure
Batam by Horizon Fast ferry
At Harbourfront ferry terminal
Batam by ferry
We travelled by Horizon fast Ferry
Batam by ferry
My kid spent time to draw this while we were in Ferry.He was bored simply by looking at the sea.I was worrying about sea sickness.But we had a smooth journey.
Batam getaway
Welcome to Batam Island-Indonesia 🙂

We booked a Delux room for our 2 nights stay.As it was June holiday and the last weekend of the holiday period,most of the hotels were fully booked.Luckily this hotel had few rooms left.The first reason to book this hotel is that it has a kid friendly swimming pool.

Other than that it was mentioned the room size.Compared to other hotels in Batam,rooms size is larger.

Free breakfast included in hotel room price is another reason for us to choose this hotel.Having breakfast in the same hotel is something we like in any holiday in order to save time.We also get opportunity try several local food when we have breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Harmoni hotel Batam review
Our spacious room at Harmoni Hotel Batam
Harmoni hotel Batam review
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Harmoni hotel Batam review
The view of the swimming pool from our room balcony
Harmoni hotel Batam review
Dining area of Harmoni Hotel Batam
We enjoyed a variety of good food.These are a few only.
Congkak -Used for traditional Indonesian game (Found in Harmoni Hotel batam)
Kid had so much fun at the swimming pool
Yes,it was another funfilled holiday for the kid.At the swimming pool of Harmoni Hotel Batam.

Although there are many attractions in Batam,we didnt visit much places.Instead of that we spent more time at the hotel premises and walking in nearby.

Kid was so happy when he found the McDonalds next to the Harmoni Hotel Batam

Yes,kid was happy to find the McDonalds next to the hotel.If your kid is also a Happy Meal fan,then this hotel is a great place to stay in a kid friendly holiday to Batam.

Nearby Nagoya Shopping Mall is a great place for families to shop and dine while engaging in kid friendly activities such as game arcades and kiddy rides.

3D2N Batam Getaway
Kid friendly Nagoya Shopping Mall- batam
Maha ViharaDuta Maitreya Temple-Batam
At Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple-Batam
Teh Susu

We enjoyed a short weekend getaway in Batam Indonesia.Our stay at Harmoni Hotel Batam was comfortable.Hotel staff is nice and it was easier to hire taxis at the taxi counter in hotel.And at the Nagoya shopping Mall)

In this September School Holiday,we are planning another getaway to Bintan Island.Wait for the updates! 🙂

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Manila : A Dark Gem

Manila began as the first chartered city due to the Philippine Commission Act 183 enacted on July 31, 1901. It gained autonomy as a city after passing of the Revised Charter of the City of Manila on June 18, 1949. But it was founded on June 24, 1571. Located on the eastward shores of Manila Bay, the capital of the Philippines is labeled as one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Manila served as the throne of power for many of the country’s colonial rulers. With those colonial rulers came their way of life and so it now houses a variety of historical sites, dating back to the 17tn century. Manila is also witnessed to a lot of the Philippines first- from the first hotel and water system to the first flyover and science high school as well as a whole lot more. It is undeniable that it is one of the most populous areas in the world, but on the other hand, it is also one of the richest places in Southeast Asia.

Manila

If you want to visit this vibrant city of seeming contradictions, then the best way in is through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport which welcomes domestic and international flights. You can book Dubai to Manila flights,Dublin to Manila flights, London to Manila flights and more so due to the expansive catering of the airport.

Surely you would like to see some main attractions here and figure out what you can do. So we have a list for you:

Manila

  • Enjoy at Binondo:  Touted to the oldest Chinatown in the whole world, Binondo is certainly a haven for people looking to dig in and get the authentic Manila experience, which lies beyond the regular fast food stalls and restaurants. But be warned of crowded alleys and then head on over to Divisoria where you will be able to indulge in bargain shopping regarding a wide variety of low priced, wholesale goods.
  • Take a tour of Bonifacio Global City: This is the financial district of Manila, or specifically of Taguig City in Metro Manila. Not to bore you with financial matters, the place you should hit up is the Bonifacio High Street, which is filled with bars, restaurants, retail outlets, and pedestrian-friendly walkways. So if you are on the lookout to enjoy some of Manila’s nightlife, this is the area to scout.
  • Get awed at Intramuros: Famously called the walled city, Intramuros actually best represents Manila’s rich cultural history. The oldest Manila district is lined with Spanish era constructions and this is the place to go to if you want to learn about the historical importance of the place you are visiting. If you want to give it a visit, we would suggest taking the LRT 1 train to the Central terminal station first.
  • Enjoy at Poblacion, Makati: Certainly one of the important business districts in Manila, which caters to the history, culture, and entertainment of the place. You should look towards hitting up the streets like Makati Avenue, P. Burgos, and Polaris which are all major entertainment sites.

Manila is a beautiful city which offers a variety of entertainment for its travellers. It is definitely densely packed, but so is its historical importance in terms of the country.

Magnificent Moscow In Winter : Festivities For Trans-Siberian Passengers

First time passengers aboard a Trans-Siberian train heading to Beijing from Moscow are definitely in for the ride of their life – beginning their journey with a fabulous stay in the Russian capital. Indeed, although the temperatures from December to February in Moscow do drop to below zero, it is not too difficult keeping warm during a tour of the city as part of a Trans-Siberian express experience. Getting the chance to witness magnificent ice sculptures in the capital as well as visiting some of the many fantastic places of interest in the city is what Trans-Siberian train passengers have got in store for them.

Trans-Siberian Passengers

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Indeed, train trippers spending their first ever day in Moscow are bound to be blown away by the many wonderful festivities to be found in the city during winter which are unique to the capital. What many people looking forward to a couple of days in Moscow will do is look on the net for websites providing insight into the more unusual things to do in the city. Some of the more interesting things to get up to whilst touring Moscow before a Trans-Siberian trip to Beijing are listed below:

  1. Have fun at one of the 45 ice rinks in the city
  2. Experience the Russian Winter Festival
  3. Witness the “Art on Snow” competition in Sokolniki Park
  4. Marvel at the display of Russia’s New Year’s trees
  5. Enjoy winter sports such as snowboarding or sledding in a Moscow park

Hearty Food

Trans-Siberian passengers who will be spending some time in Moscow before heading off on their journey to Beijing need not worry about being able to keep warm whilst in the capital. Indeed, it is very easy to find an array of restaurants providing hearty food and warm beverages designed to help Muscovites and tourists deal with the extremely low temperatures. People wondering whether there are a selection of Trans Siberian railway tours in 2019 that will give them the chance to visit the enchanting city of Moscow in the winter should look online for the many options to be discovered. However, rather than being in too much of a hurry to book one of these life-changing train trips, it is best to take our time in order to choose the tour that we will enjoy the most. Of course, couples or lone travellers who cannot wait to sample the delicious dishes to be found in the Russian capital will need to conduct some research. By doing so, food lovers will be able to discover some of the more appealing places to enjoy Beef Stroganoff, hot soups or Pelmeni.

Wrap Up Warm

With the sub-zero temperatures to deal with when visiting Moscow in the winter, there is no wonder that bringing the most suitable clothing and footwear for a trip to the capital will be on the minds of people planning such an experience. However, apart from talking to friends or colleagues that have spent time in Moscow during the winter months, it would be a good idea to carry out a bit of online research in order to be properly prepared for a magical visit to the city of Moscow. There are fortunately some fantastic websites with information about Moscow available online.

Indeed, by putting in a bit of effort when planning a trip to Moscow in the winter, there is no reason why we should not have a magical time. Of course, if we are also looking forward to heading down to Beijing as part of our Trans-Siberian express trip, then life simply could not get any better.

Field Trip Around the Home Garden in Sri Lanka

Usually kids go field trips to new places such as museums,botanical gardens and any other kid friendly attraction such as zoo.Even my kid visited Singapore zoo as his preschool field trip for last year.But,recently we had another experience of field trip around the home garden Sri Lanka.Here is our exciting story of the field trip! 🙂

Field Trip around the Home Garden

We happily started our field trip around the Home Garden in Sri Lanka

This is another experience we had during our recent holiday in Sri Lanka. Spending school holiday in Sri Lanka is a really enjoyable experience for the kid. He gets more opportunities to live with nature as each our homes are with a private garden area. As my husband’s parents live in a home with a spacious land area, kid gets more experiences other than playing freely in the garden.

Field Trip around the Home Garden

After spending few days in husband’s place, I thought of taking the child to visit around the land. It was kind of a field trip for him.

Field Trip around the Home Garden

It’s a dragonfly!

During our walk he watched Grasshoppers, dragonflies, butterflies and even monkeys! Though it was few minutes’ walk around the home and land, it was an awesome field trip experience for a curious preschooler like him!

Field Trip around the Home Garden

We saw a monkey too! 🙂

Though this was just a walk around home garden, kid was relaxed and excited with his new experiences. He experienced climbing on tree trunks and walking on the land with lot of wild plants around.

Field Trip around the Home Garden

Balance walking along the tree trunk!

End of our land, it was a view of paddy field. (Rice fields). To view the rice fields we need to cross a small water stream.

Field Trip around the Home Garden

But for the day, we ended our field trip at this point and returned home.

Field Trip around the Home Garden

It was a great idea to spend with my kid. And a field trip around the home garden is a great idea to expose kids to nature. They will sure enjoy such time!

 

Back to School Shopping in Johor Bahru , Malaysia

Living in Singapore, Johor Bahru is our favorite place for short getaways and shopping trips whenever there is a holiday. We don’t need a reason to visit Johor Bahru. ( or JB as most call this city of Malaysia)After our recent long holiday in Sri Lanka, year-end weekend was the perfect time to visit JB again. Reason? No perfect reason at all! We wanted to spend family time, entertain the kid, and most importantly we wanted to buy school stuff for the kid.

Back to School Shopping at Johor Bahru Malaysia

I still remember the back to school days during my school time, the best part of the new school term is that we get new shoes, new bags and books if need. So, following the same, it is time to buy new items for the kid. He will be in Kindergarten this year (K1).After around 2 months holiday in Sri Lanka, we wanted to give him some excitement which can make him eager to go to school on the first day of the new school term.

Back to School Shopping at Johor Bahru Malaysia

Which kid doesn’t love such school supplies themed with Sesame Street Characters!

Johor Bahru is with large city malls namely City Square, Komtar JBCC and many other. As it was the holiday season, both malls were decorated nicely to give us a festive mood.

Back to School Shopping at Johor Bahru Malaysia

With Sesame Street Characters at the City Square Mall, Johor Bahru

At City Square mall, there were lots of photo opportunities with popular Sesame Street Characters. Other than that, Sesame street themed school supplies were on sale. Our kid was so happy to have his new water bottle, file case, snack box and some other items with his favourite Sesame Street characters!

Back to School Shopping at Johor Bahru Malaysia

Kid had great time playing these games at KOMTAR JBCC

In Komtar JBCC, kid enjoyed playing on kiddy rides and games.

Back to School Shopping at Johor Bahru Malaysia

It was a fun day at Komtar,JBCC

After spending a day at Johor Bahru among activities including shopping,playing and dining,kid wanted to come back to Singapore soon to play with his latest name labels.Those name labels were perfect on his new school supplies.

It was awesome to spend the year end at Johor Bahru. How about you? How do you prepare your kids for the new school term?

School Holidays and Time Spent in Sri Lanka

As a mom who works from home, now I enjoy the luxury of spending long holidays. Before the kid’s arrival, we always had 2-3 weeks holidays in Sri Lanka as we both were working full time. We had to utilize our annual leaves in the best way whenever we visited Sri Lanka to see parents. However, now it is almost 5 years after I resigned from my full time job which I loved so much. Though I miss the working environment, I enjoy other privileges as a self-employed mom. As my clients are from around the world and due to I hire virtual staff online I can easily work from anywhere when I have the access to internet. That is one the secret for my long holidays!

We were planning to visit Sri Lanka when the November-December holidays started. However, as my father was not well and had to undergo a surgery, we had to change the dates. We visited Sri Lanka earlier than we planned. It was an enjoyable time among the family and friends. My kid enjoyed his time running around the lands. Finally we are back to Singapore and adjusting to the life here. As usual it takes some time to adjust to Singapore life as we spent nearly 2 months in Sri Lanka.

Anyway below are some moments that we experienced in Sri Lanka. This holiday is just after our recent June holiday in Sri Lanka. Although we didn’t visit many places during this time, kid experienced new things including his time exploring the nature.But,we also cant forget the first few days of the holiday which our kid caught with fever.

A visit around the home was enjoyable for my kid. For him it was like another day trip or another field trip. As my husband’s home land is bit larger, he could spend few hours walking around the land.

As always,this time too we arranged a pilgrimage to Anuradhapura which is a sacred city for Buddhists.My kid spent time with his grand parents learning how to worship Buddha.

Sanu,my kid had great time with his friend D at my friend’s home.Sanu always like to visit my friend’s home because of the playing time he enjoy with the friend’s kid who is of similar age same as my kid.

Finally,we are back in Singapore.There are many experiences to share including our recent birthday celebration of the kid. 🙂 And still we are missing our time spent in Sri Lanka with family and friends.

Traveling with children for the end of the year holidays. Next stop Peru.

Almost everyone is focusing on the end of the year holidays; most people are starting to purchase presents for their family and friends. The classical euphoria of the Christmas holidays surrounds everything around us and takes over our minds, but what if people like me do not want to participate in any of that? What if I want my children to not part take of this consumerist madness?

Fortunately for us, The best present we can get to our children is a holiday spent in a different country, however choosing the right place to travel with them is always a challenge and a hard choice to make.

Peru Traveling with children

To do that, one has to consider many factors to make a wise decision. for instance, not only the attractions have to be entertaining for the kids, but the place itself has to have the necessary accommodations and infrastructure for people who travel with children.

After careful analysis and research, my recommendation for such destination for 2017 and 2018 is Peru, the land of the Inca.

Peru is a place that is located in the southern hemisphere, which means that while we are entering the cold winter, they will be entering a warm summer. Some of the best places to go with children in Peru are the Paracas National Park, and it’s Ballestas islands where one can see the large and unique wildlife of the Pacific Ocean in South America. Sea otters, Humboldt penguins, and other exotic animals can be seen from the boats touring this attraction.

Not far from there, in the Coastal desert of Peru south of Lima, it is located the Huacachina lake, which is a natural oasis of that holds beautiful and surreal sunset views. In that same area, one can take the kids on a boogie ride to the nearby dunes and practice some sand boarding which will keep the kids entertained and happy.

Traveling with children Peru

And if that is not enough, Peru is the home of the beautiful lost city of the Inca; Machu Picchu. In this place, one can perform a bunch of activities and tours ranging from visiting zoos to see the fantastic wildlife of the Andean mountains, handicraft markets and even do some camping along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, which is one of the most famous hiking routes of the world. The best part of that is that Machu Picchu is a great place for kids, they can learn many things there.

It is important to know that to do this hike one needs to make reservations ahead of time with a trusted tour operator. They usually provide you with all the essential gear that is necessary for this type of activities which means that one does not even need to but or take these things from home.

To sum up, this whole end of the year frenzy, traveling to Peru and enjoy the beauty of its magnificent culture will be my present and the present I will give to my children.

Having a Mom Moment? Take a Break in the Beautiful Mountains of Arkansas

They don’t call Arkansas “The Natural State” without good reason. There’s a wealth of things to do in the unspoilt outdoors to renew your spirit and boost your mood. If you’re a busy mom looking for a break, the mountains of Arkansas may be just what you need for rejuvenation.

Arkansas has two separate mountain ranges – the Ouachitas and the Ozarks which are located mainly in the west of the state. Regardless of which range you choose, there are a several activities to take part in including wildlife watching, hiking, biking, camping, fishing and boating. Check yourself into a hotel like Courtyard Little Rock North and explore all the region has to offer.

Beautiful Mountains of Arkansas

The Ozark Mountains are a series of plateaus which run south to north and reach into Missouri. They offer a number of geologic features including caves, springs and sinkholes. You can also choose from many rivers and streams.  In contrast to the rugged and remote Ozarks, the Ouachita range is well-known for its diamond lakes – Ouachita, Hamilton Catherine, Greeson and DeGray. There are several state parks from which to choose and they offer lots of options.

Camping and climbing

Tough it out in the open or take advantage of the many public and private campgrounds in the Ouachita National Forest. You can choose to erect a tent or enjoy the amenities an RV. Many campgrounds offer restrooms, showers and other comforts. You also have the option of roughing it in the Ozarks or opting for some luxury.

Camping and climbing is a great way to spend time on outdoors.Therefore don’t forget to pack the camping essentials including tents and sleeping bags. You should also pack a pair of binoculars to watch birds and animals.This will be a great experience for your kids to enjoy the wonders of nature.Check the best binoculars under 200 before you choose any Binocular,because recommendations and reviews are always helpful for making decisions.

Beautiful Mountains of Arkansas

Meanwhile, the sandstone in the Ozarks is great for climbing. Check out Sam’s Throne, Horseshoe Canyon Ranch or Red Rock Point for sport climbing and bouldering.

Hiking and biking

The Ozark Highlands Trail is 218 miles long but that is just one of the many hiking trails you will find. Get a workout and take in the amazing view from Pedestal Rocks Loop, the Lost Valley Trail or Hemmed in Hollow.

Bikers will be in their element in either range. The Ouachita mountains are home to three IMBA Epic trails and miles of forest road. The Ozarks have the IMBA Epic Upper Buffalo Headwaters Trail and Syllamo Trails well as Mount Kessler, Lake Leatherwood and Slaughter Pen. You will need to return if you want to explore them all.

Fishing and boating

The lakes are crystal clear and you can catch a variety of species. The Ouachita and Little Missouri Rivers are perfect for finding trout and walleye while you’ll take home striper and bass from Lake Ouachita and Lake Hamilton.

Do you love boating and water sports more? Choose from Lake Hamilton, Lake Ouachita, Lake Catherine or Lake Greeson. If paddling in a canoe or kayak is more your thing, then the Caddo, Cossatot, Little Missouri and Ouachita Rivers are ideal for you.You can easily find the best fishing kayak under 1000 and enjoy fishing while spending the day among the beautiful river views.

Shopping and dining

If you want to be surrounding by nature but you don’t want too much physical activity, take in the charming city of Hot Springs, the main commercial hub in Ouachita. Pop into the shops along Central Avenue, check out the art in the galleries and grab some lunch in one of the many restaurants. Hot Springs National Park is also nearby.

Get started on planning that itinerary and remember, if you can’t do it all, there’s always next time!

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