Ants All over the Wall

I was in dire need of pest control in NYC a little earlier in the year. I hate seeing ants. They’re small and easy to kill, but when there are a lot of them, they can be a real problem. They were getting into my home and I couldn’t tell where they were coming from, because they were so small and could fit into any crack. I tried to follow them to see if they had a path, but I couldn’t figure it out. I sprayed around the home, and that got rid of them for a while, but then they came back in greater numbers.

I searched around the home outside, and found a few ant hills, which I then sprayed with pesticide. Continue reading

Air Tahiti Nui

Indulge yourself in sampling the best of French Polynesia by visiting the three Islands of Tahiti, Moorea & Bora Bora. Each Islands offers a different experience – the bustling town of Papeete offers the best shopping and local market, see the interior of Moorea and stunning lagoons of Bora Bora. The first night is at InterContinental Tahiti Resort which has long been the island’s top resort and the perfect place to begin a visit to French Polynesia. Spend the following five nights at the InterContinental Resort and Spa Moorea, situated close to Opunohu Bay on the northeast coast of the island, sheltered from the prevailing winds and located voluptuously between the mountains and lagoon. The final five nights are spent at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa which is located between the “two hearts” of Motu Piti Aau, a coral island on the barrier reef. Continue reading

I Changed My Energy Provider to Reliant

My friends and I were having a discussion about the history of Houston. Two of them were born and raised here while the rest of us were transplants. When the talk turned to the city becoming industrialized, I found out here that Reliant Energy was one of the founding companies that brought electricity to Houston. Anyone who lives here has heard of Reliant along with a lot of other energy companies, but I had never really considered the history of any of them. I did not have Reliant at the time of our conversation, but it sparked something in me to find out more about them. Continue reading

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa 7 Days in an Overwater Villa from $4126 per person

Under a one hour flight from the island of Tahiti or Moorea, the island of Bora Bora, with a lagoon resembling an artist’s palette of blues and greens, is love at first sight. Romantics from around the world have laid claim to this island where the castle-like Mount Otemanu pierces the sky. From the dramatic scenery to the privacy and quiet, Bora Bora is truly the most romantic island in the world.hilton-bora-bora-nui

Package Inclusions:
* Return airfare from Los Angeles to Bora Bora
* Accommodation in an Overwater Villa at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa including * Breakfast daily
* Meet & greet on arrival
* Launch & airport transfers
* 24/7 local travel assistance and support * Tahiti/French Polynesia taxes including VAT 5%, RPT 5%, Service Tax 4%, with the exception of the city tax of €1.26 per person, per night, which has to be paid locally, directly to hotels.

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Frogs in the Garden – Front and Backyard

Wildlife such as tiny reptiles, butterflies, and bugs are indeed attracted into many home gardens. Whether we live in the urban area or in a forested valley, they find our gardens and stay there for a while.

My theory as to why these frogs are here in the neighborhood is that the rainy months may have brought them. There used to be rice fields along the highway a few minutes from here and within the villages and subdivisions in our area. There are still rice patches and small vegetable gardens in some places around here where these frogs and other small animals forage.

I’ve waited a few weeks before writing this post because I wanted to see if the frogs in the garden will stay long enough. And indeed they stayed – let me rephrase that – they’re still staying and growing fat thanks to the insects they can feast on. Continue reading

Rainy Days and Growth Spurts

It’s kind of interesting to see some signs of growth from both our garden plants and the moss on the wall. The rainy season offers a variety of possibilities to our backyard garden and it seems the plants are enjoying the drops of water they receive from the heavens.

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I’ve read that rain water is much better than tap water when it comes to benefits and nutritional contents that the plants need. Perhaps these are the reasons why the plants that have been dreary during the hot summer months became more lively and grew a few millimeters at least. Continue reading

How to Make a DIY Bird Feeder

I’ve created a how-to guide on making a bird feeder a week ago and I hope you’ve tried it at home, too.

It’s really easy and cheap. And you’ll be feeding wild birds (and even sneaky mice if you’re from the Philippines) in no time.

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Overwater Bungalows, Sharks and Rays from $2999 per person

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Bora Bora
Depart Los Angeles for the next day arrival into Papeete, the capital city of Tahiti. Then take a short flight to Bora Bora. Discover the sparkling magic of the lagoon, admire the awe-inspiring Mount Otemanu, relax and soak in the tranquility of the resort’s private beach. Bora Bora’s Main Island is in the center of a multicolored lagoon, surrounded by offshore “motu” islets inside a protective coral necklace. Bora Bora’s lagoon is world-famous for its beauty and is constantly replenished with ocean water from the ocean swells that crash over the fringing reef. In the center of the lagoon one side of the extinct volcano still stands as a tall mountain. The old crater has eroded and is now submerged. Within the lagoon the depths of water vary from a few inches to 120 feet. The diving inside is pure delight. Continue reading

Cook Islands

An ideal destination for those wanting to unwind, relax and discover a unique and friendly culture. The 15 Cook Islands are scattered across the south Pacific over about two million square kilometers, an area the size of India. These Polynesian tropical gems have a combined population of an average country town: about 14,000 unique and friendly souls. Most Cook Islanders dwell on the capital island of Rarotonga, which is also where most of the 70,000-odd annual visitors stop off, arriving at the island’s international airport.

Circular Rarotonga is almost completely enclosed by a reef, harboring a lagoon of clear turquoise water and white sandy beaches. The small island is dominated by a high mountain peak from which lush rain forests cascade down to the palm-fringed shore. The commercial centre of the islands is the friendly, bustling town of Avarua on Rarotonga, which has banks, shops and tourist facilities as well as a busy port and yacht basin. The outer islands are becoming increasingly popular for excursions, but remain largely unspoiled. Just North of Raratonga, lays Aitutaki. The Island itself is small and volcanic, lying next to a barrier reef teeming with coral and fish, and enclosing a perfect turquoise lagoon. Continue reading

Ultimate To Do List – Fiji

Have you ever dreamed of being a castaway on a South Pacific island — an island where the drinks are icy cold, the spa treatments are hypnotically relaxing and your thatched-roof bungalow (bure) is stocked with luxurious amenities? Then welcome to Fiji. It’s the tropical paradise you’ve always imagined, scattered across 333 lush islands. Welcome the dawn with a stroll along a sugar-sand beach, as a gentle breeze ruffles the fronds of the towering coconut palms fringing the shore.

Linger over a leisurely breakfast served on the veranda of your private bure, admiring the delicate orchids blooming in the surrounding gardens. After breakfast, the choices of ways to indulge, unwind and rejuvenate are boundless. Scuba or snorkel through crystalline waters along a spectacular coral reef teeming with fish. Glide high above the archipelago in a hot air balloon. Hurtle along a rushing inland river aboard a whitewater raft. Gasp as the air fills your parasail and whisks you high above the turquoise ocean. Continue reading