January 2015

How Amazon Associates Receives Their Checks in Republic of Georgia - Part 2

Published: 31 January, 2015 seen 1,169 Living in Georgia

Welcome to the 2 part of my blog series on how Amazon Associates receives checks and get them redeemed in the Republic of Georgia. How participants of Amazon Associates program are getting paid in the Republic of Georgia by a bank check is a blog series I originally made at the end of 2014 / start of 2015 while struggling to redeem my first bank check issued by Amazon, Although it's still technically possible to withdraw bank checks in Georgia, at the end of 2016, I flew to the US and opened a bank account there, see: How To Open A Bank Account in the U.S., As A Non-resident Non - citizen,…

27 Things To Do In Georgia

Published: 30 January, 2015 seen 1,444 Travel guides

To celebrate a 100 milestone post in category Living in Georgia, I decided to wrap up some places, activities or ideas I have visited, discovered or explored while have been living here.  The chronology dates back to October 11, 2013, which is just a day after I started this blog, you will learn different kind of activities to do in Georgia - starting to visit a Fitness centre, and ending with a rafting. You will learn about ancient Georgian sites and you will explore different Georgian Regions. You will find some restaurant reviews here as well [view:referenced_items=block_1] Don't forget to…

'Bank Republic' Georgia Offers Check Redemption

Published: 30 January, 2015 seen 1,076 Living in Georgia

Time ago I made a post of how Amazon Associates are getting paid in Republic of Georgia, I was wise enough to call that article "Part 1" because of I knew there will be a long and probably complicated procedure of  "cashing" a check sent by Amazon Associates here in Georgia.Again, some time ago I wrote a post how to open a banking account in Republic of Georgia for foreigners, in that post I suggested to stick with ProCredit bank.Recently I finally received my first Amazon Associates check, so I went straight to my bank - ProCredit bank. Unfortunately clerks there had no idea what to do…

'Hilton Batumi' Hotel Will be Opened in May, 2015

Published: 29 January, 2015 seen 1,762 Living in Georgia

Today looking through Georgian news, I found another interesting news about plans of opening Batumi Hilton hotel in this (2015) May.  I lived for a short period of time in Batumi, back in 2012, and I do remember they had a lot of visionary ideas around the city, including the Hilton Batumi hotel.  Update: Hilton hotel has been opened, and see my review here: Hilton Batumi Hotel Review Finally, seems there is some progress, so enough preface, according to GHN (You can read original here): in May in Batumi city will be opened five star hotel "Hilton Batumi". The opening of the hotel was…

ProCredit Bank Withdraws From Micro-loans, Will Focus on SME's

Published: 29 January, 2015 seen 1,034 Economic notes

On 27 January, ProCredit Bank held a press conference to announce its performance results for 2014 and to reveal its new strategies. After 15 years in the banking sector, the bank is changing its strategy to focus on small and medium business clients and will stop offering micro loans below EUR 10,000 and will sell the 5% of its loan portfolio that consists of micro loans.  Asmus Rotne, General Director of ProCredit Bank: “In line with the bank’s new strategy, we will direct our resources towards providing small and medium business clients with the best possible banking…

Veterinary Clinic Natia Beridze in Tbilisi

Published: 28 January, 2015 seen 3,361 Professional services

In case you are looking for a veterinary clinic for your pet, I can suggest you Natia Beridze on Nutsubidze street in Tbilisi. Natia is a fantastic person, she just loves animals so you shouldn't be worried that of your pet wont be taken care properly. You (your pet) can get here all possible animal vaccinations, blood tests, surgery and even all paperwork regarding travel documents. Logo and address details for Natia Beridze veterinary clinic Pay attention to Town Musicians of Bremen in logo - I really love it! Inside at Veterinary Clinic Animal photos Kote - Sheriff of this veterinary…

Drupal 8 Configuration for Nginx Server Blocks, Ubuntu 14.04

Published: 28 January, 2015 seen 2,012 Drupal Development

After a long period of doubts should I start testing and developing with Drupal 8, which stable version is not yet released, yesterday I decided to give a try for a Drupal 8 beta release.I bought a new Linode VPS, quickly deployed there Ubuntu 14.04 and installed Nginx as web server. I did it because of my current server is php 5.2, and Drupal 8 is asking for at least php 5.3. So  - not to mess up with my existing server configuration, a new Linode seemed the best option. All went pretty smoothly, I had some problems to configure Nginx virtual server blocks, but after couple of…

Tutorial on Drupal User Roles and Permissions

Published: 27 January, 2015 seen 1,279 Drupal Development

This article was planned originaly as part of my building a Drupal site from scratch series, I did at the end of 2013. For some unknown reason I didn't published this article back then in 2013. Recently working on a Drupal project I faced this problem again - how to explain for an end-user how to work with user roles and permissions on Drupal. Depending on creating a site for customer or for yourself, it's smart to create a separate user (users) for working with content (adding/editing posts).In case for creating a site for customer, customer doesn't need to be involved on knowing how to…

High Speed Rail will Boost Kenya's economy

Published: 27 January, 2015 seen 1,276 Railway / Bus / Ferry

I have never been to Africa, but have been watching economical events there more or less for last 5 years. Today I red an article about high speed rail networks infrastructure in Kenya, could boost it's economy by 1.5% .I will re-publish article from kbc.co.ke (you can read original here)The modern high speed rail system under construction will raise Kenya’s GDP by 1.5 percent once it becomes operational, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.The President said the economic benefits of the high speed trains will be massive and the immediate effects will include decongestion of the port of Mombasa…

Il tredicesimo apostolo (The Thirteenth Apostle) TV series

Published: 26 January, 2015 seen 1,648 Movies, TV shows & Documentaries

A long time has passed since I wrote about the TV series I watch - it could mean just one - I watch them less. Well, that doesn't mean I'm not watching any more TV series at all. I'm! So - here comes one interesting TV series from Italy - Il tredicesimo apostolo (The Thirteenth Apostle) is an Italian television series produced in 2012. Directed by Alexis Sweet. In short, the plot revolves around a young priest named Gabriel, who is a professor of theology. In collaboration with the psychologist Claudia, he has been researching the mystical phenomena. I wouldn't call this a super masterpiece,…

ASUS X551 15.6-inch Laptop (Intel Celeron 2.16GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Windows 8.1 includes Windows 10 upgrade), Black

Published: 26 January, 2015 seen 441

Intel Celeron N2830 Dual Core Processor (1M Cache, up to 2.41 GHz) 4GB DDR3L-1333 RAM, 500GB 5,400RPM Hard Drive 15.6" 16:9 HD (1366x768) display 1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, Integrated SD card reader, No Optical Drive Weights 4.74 lbs, up to 4 Hours battery life

Best Tablet Gift Ideas for Valentine's day 2015 (Samsung & Asus)

Published: 26 January, 2015 seen 841 Online Shopping

Be prepared for this Valentine's day, surprise your loved one with a tablet as gift.I believe you wont be surprised to learn that in our days the mos popular tablets are manufactured by Samsung. I have listed 17 popular tablet buyers choice on Amazon, among them you will wind both Samsung and Asus.The prices will wary starting $119.00 for a cheaper Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite or $127.00 for Asus Memo Pad, and will go up to $748.00 for a Samsung Galaxy Note PRO 12.2.The same applies for operating systems, most of the Android powered OS will come with latest Kit Kat Version, but some (ASUS…

Armenia-EU: Brussels opens door to Association Agreement with Yerevan

Published: 25 January, 2015 seen 1,230 Geopolitics

Damned I'm confused, today I red an article on armenianow.com - Armenia-EU: Brussels opens door to Association Agreement with Yerevan, you might wonder why I'm surprised?Since January 2, Armenia is a full member of Eurasian Union (curated by Russia), as far as I remember Russia is not willing member countries of EAU to sign any treaties with EU at all. For now - I can say just one - I highly doubt Armenia will sign anything with EU, but time will show.I'm republishing article from armenianow.com By NAIRA HAYRUMYAN ArmeniaNow correspondentArmenia-EU: Brussels opens door to…

Affordable Rental Prices in Catalonia, Spain - Starting EUR 400.00/month

Published: 25 January, 2015 seen 2,656 Random thoughts and notes

Today I was looking for long term apartment rentals in Spain and I was surprised of how cheap some of them are. Honestly, looking through some of the photos I was surprsied.I have been in Spain just once, and I have seen just a small part of it, last autumn we headed to Catalonia, we visited places like Barcelona, Girona, Figueras, Roses, Cadacues, Sitges and other. You can read a full review of my Spain + Andorra travel guide here.I found a rental site of http://www.kyero.com/ where according to Kyero are listed more than 175,000 real estate rental and sale offers from more than 2,000…

Restaurant 'Деловой ...' Review in Tskneti

Published: 24 January, 2015 seen 1,136 Restaurant reviews

Welcome to another Tbilisi Restaurant review - today I will speak of a restaurant located in Tbilisi Suburbs in Tskenti. The problem is that I don't know name of this restaurant, today I asked a locals and they told it's called a 'Biz... of something', in Russian they used a word 'Деловой'... well sorry I cannot give you a more details of this restaurants name. But I must admit I like 'Деловой...' very much. We arrived here after a bowling match at Kopala bowling centre. Before I will dig into food photography - let me mention one more thing, here they speak Georgian only, so either have a…

Kopala Bowling Review in Tskneti

Published: 24 January, 2015 seen 1,562 Entertainment

Kopala Bowling is a bowling centre located in suburbs of Tbilisi, mountainous village Tskneti. This is one of the few places in Tbilisi where to play bowling. The prices here are a little bit expensive, but not too pricey.  As usual for taking photographs I'm using my Samsung phone and using Instagram (then taking them from Instagram and adding to posts - you can read a blog post on how I turned my Instagram account into a photo blog  Entrance at Kopola Kopola is not only a place where to play bowling, actually Kopola is a hotel with bowling and other entertainment facilities inside.…

No Referral Fees for Wine and other Alcoholic Beverages for Amazon Associates

Published: 23 January, 2015 seen 1,637 Affiliate Marketing Tips

Today was a quite interesting day, I found I have not done something geeky with Drupal. There are times when I like to do something foolish trying to build some next big thing and today was that kind of day.I was reading some blogs, start-ups and generated some ideas. I though about my online income streams, niche marketing and was looking to build something from scratch what could generate some passive income - unfortunately I didn't know what!I headed to Amazon looking is there some untapped niche I could try to dig in - and found one - Amazon Wine. I'm living in a country which is…

Lisa Angell with Song 'N'oubliez pas' will sign for France at Eurovision 2015 Vienna, Austria

Published: 23 January, 2015 seen 1,109 Random thoughts and notes

I'm continuing to follow up Eurovision 2015 performers and was glad to learn on official Eurovision TV website, that France has chosen their participant. Paris, France - by Marco Brey (Original here)Today French public broadcaster France 2 announced that Lisa Angell has been internally selected to represent the country in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. She will sing the French-language ballad N'oubliez pas.N'oubliez pas was written by Robert Goldman, brother of Jean Jacques Goldman. The song was first perfomed on a concert in November during the commemoration…

Mobile Devices in Digital Economy: My Case Study with Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Published: 22 January, 2015 seen 914 Affiliate Marketing Tips

Today I red an interesting article on Forbes The Digital Economy Is The New "App Economy"  By Ross Mauri, IBM. According to the annual IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark results, overall online sales rose 13.9 percent for the 2014 holiday season. Cyber shopping during November and December set another record high, while mobile traffic accounted for 45 percent of all online traffic. On Black Friday, for example, mobile devices accounted for one-in-four online purchases. In essence, with this increasing reliance on mobile devices, the digital economy is rapidly become…

Knez to Represent Montenegro at Eurovision 2015

Published: 22 January, 2015 seen 741 Random thoughts and notes

Back in October 31, 2014 Montenegro decided who will represent their country at Eurovision 2015 - Nenad Knežević Knez, a very popular Montenegrin pop singer.“I was not so surprise by the invitation to represent Montenegro at 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, because everybody know how passionate Eurovision fan I am”Knez said in his first statement, after its being confirmed that he is going to represent this Balkan state in Austria.Nenad Knežević believes that he will have a great competition in Vienna, considering that some neighbouring countries decided to return to Europe’s Favourite TV…

Second Traffic Spike Happened - more than 3,500 Unique Visitors on January 19

Published: 21 January, 2015 seen 1,243 Blogging

Another major traffic spike to my blog happened on January 19, 2015, when total unique visitor count reached 3,584. Update: Read how I got 10,000 page views in day a year later. Previous or first major traffic spike happened about a year ago on January 24, 2014, when unique's totalled in more than 1,000. I believe there will be some who are going to smile about such results, I mean those of you who are receiving traffic more than 5,000 unique visitors per day, but for me - well, it's a great achievement. Best so far! Traffic Spike more than 3,500 unique visitors per day  As you can see in…

Loïc Nottet will represent Belgium at Eurovision 2015 Vienna, Austria

Published: 21 January, 2015 seen 804 Random thoughts and notes

Belgian Francophone broadcaster, RTBF, has announced that the runner up from last year's The Voice Belgique will represent Belgium at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna in May.Loïc Nottet was runner up in the latest series of The Voice Belgique, where he impressed the audiences with his rendition of Rihanna's Diamonds.Loïc is hoping to "succeed Conchita Wurst" as winner of the 2015 competition, the article states.About Eurovision 2015 Song contestThe Eurovision Song Contest 2015 will be the 60th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. The contest will take…

The Dezerter Bazaar (Market) in Tbilisi - Day Before New Year's Eve

Published: 20 January, 2015 seen 4,084 Living in Georgia

In this article, I have listed a few photos from the visit to the Tbilisi Dezerteer market on December 30, 2014 ( Warning - Some of the images may be inappropriate for some users, on few of them are pictured slaughtered animals. I'm not a vegetarian but I must admit, there are times when walking through this market I have considered becoming one. Georgian version of Christmas trees Well, to explain this version of a Christmas tree I would need to wrap up another blog post, but in short - I have no idea why Georgians make such Christmas trees. Pumpkins for sale at Tbilisi Dezerter market…

Daniel Kajmakoski with Song 'Lisja esenski' will sign for Macedonia at Eurovision 2015 Vienna, Austria

Published: 20 January, 2015 seen 795 Random thoughts and notes

Daniel Kajmakoski will represent Macedonia with the song "Lisja esenski" written by Aleksandar Mitevski, Daniel Kajmakoski and Joacim Persson.Entry was selected through the national final Skopje Festival 2014, organised by the Macedonian broadcaster Macedonian Radio Television (MRT).The Skopje Festival 2014 was a song contest organized by MRT that served as Macedonia's national final to select their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. The competition was held on 12 November 2014 at the Metropolis Arena in Skopje, hosted by Vasil Zafircev.All twenty competing songs in the festival were…

Elhaida Dani with Song 'Diell' will sign for Albania at Eurovision 2015 Vienna, Austria

Published: 19 January, 2015 seen 867 Random thoughts and notes

Albania already chose their participant for Eurovision 2015 song contest on December 28, 2014.And after an exciting night of entertainment, a jury decided that Elhaida Dani will represent the country in Vienna with her song Diell!Elhaida Dani will represent Albania with her emotional ballad Diell. It was composed by Aldo Shllaku, with the lyrics written by Viola Trebicka and Sokol Marsi.BioElhaida Dani was born on February 17, 1993 in the Northern Albanian city of Shkodër. Her path of fame started in 2008, when she participated in the Kënga Magjike festival. One year later she…

New & Popular Touch-screen Laptops Under $500 (2015 Q1)

Published: 19 January, 2015 seen 2,787 Online Shopping

First time I touched a touch screen computer was about 3 years ago, when visiting some Wall-Mart store in United States I was amazed of such technology advancements. Update: Top 20 Best Touch Screen Laptops It has been already 3 years from first my such of experience and a lot has changed, a touch-screen laptop doesn't seems any more something wow. They are here, they are cool, they are powerful, and they come with affordable price. You can have one in our days for less than $500.  I have listed 22 new and popular touch-screen laptops, available for sale on Amazon at mid of January 2015. You…

Edurne with Song 'Amanecer ' will sign for Spain at Eurovision 2015 Vienna, Austria

Published: 18 January, 2015 seen 1,358 Random thoughts and notes

Another name for a contestent to perform in Eurovision has been revieled - Edurne from Spain with a song "Amanecer"The popular female artist has been chosen internally by Spanish Television with a song fully in Spanish called Amanecer which means "dawn". Edurne described it herself as a high quality pop song. It will be presented to the audience in the forthcoming weeks.Who is Edurne?Edurne has been singing all of her life but her appearance in the limelight started exactly 10 years ago, when she ended up as one of the finalists of the hugely popular talent show Operación Triunfo in 2005.…

Terrassa Lounge Bar in Tbilisi Review

Published: 18 January, 2015 seen 2,943 Restaurant reviews

Update: This place seems is out of business - I visited this cafe at the end of February 2016 and it was just gone - empty space left. I was still able get to the rooftop terrace and capture some fantastic views of Agmanashebeli avenue. Welcome to another review of Tbilisi "restaurant" - today I will speak about lounge bar Terrassa located on David Aghamashebeli street. I visited this cafe first at the start of 2015. I must admit I'm not sure what does words "lounge bar" exactly mean, this is what I learned from Wikipedia: A cocktail lounge is an upscale bar that is typically located within a…

Tbilisi and Baku among The New York Times recommended Places to visit in 2015

Published: 17 January, 2015 seen 1,969 Caucasus overview

Great news from The New York Times - Georgia and Azerbaijan (only 2 of the former Soviet Union countries) has been selected as recommended places to visit in 2015.Among best places to visit in 2015 - Milan in Italy is named as first best, Cuba as second (probably lift of travel restrictions to Cuba is playing a major role here), Philadelphia, USA - third.Georgia (listed #25) A wine revival at the foot of the Caucasus.Written by Robyn EckhardtGeorgia has all the makings of the next great wine destination: the world’s longest-running unbroken wine tradition (underground fermentation in…

Uzari & Maimuna from Belarus Will go to Eurovision 2015 Song Contest in Austria

Published: 17 January, 2015 seen 610 Random thoughts and notes

15 artists with individual styles and strong voices fought for the honour to represent Belarus in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. But only the winner takes it all – it is Uzari & Maimuna with song Time.The pop songTime is their first collaboration together. The music was written by J. Navrotski, the lyrics – by S. Geraskova.Learn more: http://www.eurovision.tv/page/news?id=uzari_and_maimuna_won_in_belarus

Nina Sublatti will Represent Georgia at Eurovision 2015 Song Contest in Austria

Published: 16 January, 2015 seen 829 Caucasus overview

Nina Sublatti will present Georgia at 2015 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), with the song  Warrior. The winner was revealed out of five singers  in live air of "Communicator", program of First Channel of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB), on January 14.  Eurovision Song Contest 2015 will be held in Vienna, Austria.Nina Sublati - Artist, Composer, TeacherDate of Birth - January 31, 1995 in MoscowIn 2005 Nina graduated from Art School, in which she studied painting, graphics, sculpture. For her artworks Nina won  several international contests.In 2008 She graduated…

Public Coffee Tbilisi Review (Aghmashenebeli avenue)

Published: 16 January, 2015 seen 1,479 Restaurant reviews

Welcome to another Tbilisi "restaurant" review. This time I would like to talk about Public Coffee on Aghmashenebeli avenue (Right next to McDonald's). Update: Seem this place is out of business The reason I enjoy this place - because they have toasts and delicious Cappuccino, It's one of the rare places in Tbilisi, I like to have my morning coffee and breakfasts. Visit of this place will cost you a bit more than average but in most cases service and food will be delicious. Entrance at Public Coffee Inside interior at Public Coffee Inside interior at Public Coffee Inside interior at…

Proposed New High Speed Rail Line - Moscow - Beijing could cost ~$ 230 bln

Published: 15 January, 2015 seen 2,086 Railway / Bus / Ferry

While Azerbaijan-i's are building it's super expensive project Khazar Islands with estimate costs of ~ $100 bln, Russians together with Chinese are looking to build a high speed rail connecting Moscow to Beijing in 33 hours with estimate cost of around $230 bln.Russia China high speed train (Image source: businessinsider.com)According to Business Insider - The project would cost more than $230 billion and be over 7,000 kilometres (4,350 miles) long, the Beijing Times reported -- more than three times the world's current longest high-speed line, from the Chinese capital to the…

Pictures of Khazar Islands, Azerbaijan Tower

Published: 15 January, 2015 seen 13,193 Caucasus overview

I have never been to Azerbaijan, but have heard a lot of it's plans to build a super expensive project of Khazar Islands and worlds highest tower - Azerbaijan, somewhere close to it's capital city Baku. More than a year ago - I wrote about Baku to build Worlds Tallest building: Azerbaijan is aimed to build artificial island archipelago called Khazar Islands with worlds largest building on it - Azerbaijan Tower. Estimated cost for such a mega project is 100 bln USD, which is more than total of Azerbaijan's GDP. The cost of Azerbaijan Tower will be 3 bln USD: The $3 billion tower is to be the…

South African Fish Farms in Georgia (Sagarejo, Sartichala)

Published: 14 January, 2015 seen 2,299 Farms

The other day I was contacted on my blog's contact form by locally living foreigner in Georgia originally coming from South Africa. It turned out Afrikaner guy (Johann Kritzinger)  is a manager of South African owned fish farms here in Georgia.  Since I'm open to almost anything new and unknown for me, I asked is it possible to arrange some sightseeing tour in his properties. I'm a complete noob in a fishery, fish farms e.t.c. I could barely find any difference between a carp and a salmon, so it's always interesting to learn new things. My new friend agreed to showcase fish farms in…

Travellers from Poland, Germany and Greece Among Top countries from European Union visiting Georgia - EU From Total Just 4.21%

Published: 13 January, 2015 seen 1,099 Caucasus overview

According to Georgian National Tourism Administration in 2014 there was a total of  5 493 492 international travelers arriving to Georgia, what is a increase of 1.9% compared to previous year (2013) Most of the travelers arrive from following 5 countries - Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia and Ukraine, if counted together international travelers from those 5 countries makes 4 992 934 or saying in percentage - makes 90.88% of total travelers,  leaving the rest of the World travelers with 500, 588 (9,22%) I decided to count - how many travelers arrives to Georgia from European Union member…

Best Selling Laptops / Notebooks and Ultrabooks Starting $1,500 and Up 2015

Published: 12 January, 2015 seen 3,774 Online Shopping

Looking for some serious laptop upgrade? Searching for a laptop that comes with latest technology advancements, best video cards, fastest processors? You are in luck, there are plenty of such laptops available, but they come with a price more than $1,500 per piece. If money is not an obstacle for you - I bet you will find your laptop soon.Apple or PC? Following trends on Amazon's best seller list - seems Apple Macbook Pro dominates this list. Gaming laptop? I guess you should make your choice between ASUS ROG series and MSI Gaming Series laptops, speaking of second - MSI (Micro-Star…

Rabati Fortress Complex in Akhaltsikhe, Georgia

Published: 11 January, 2015 seen 5,272 Tourism objects

Georgia will never end to surprise you (at least - me). Few years ago a major tourist attraction was renovated and opened to the public, some would call it a Jewel in the Crown, while others would call it a Georgian Disneyland (appealing that like in Disney land, everything here is a butaforie). My subjective opinion will stay somewhere in middle. Yes it's kinda of butaforie, built from lightweight materials in less than 15 month almost from scratch, but still, it's a jewel in the crown. First time I visited the Rabati Fortress complex back in July 2014, during 2 day rafting trip. Back then…

Hotel Rabath & Gino Wellness Review in Akhaltsikhe

Published: 10 January, 2015 seen 1,877 Hotel reviews

Back in summer of 2014, we took a 2 day rafting trip, during which we visited Rabati Castle Complex for about an hour. in such short time we hadn't much chance to explore the so called "Jewel in the Crown" - Rabati Castle complex, renovated just couple of years ago, and aimed to become as one of the most popular tourist attractions in Georgia.  Back then (in summer of 2014) we noticed a hotel located at the heart of Rabati castle complex, and we decided we should come back again, stay at local hotel and explore this charming place. Our second trip to Akhaltsikhe happened at start of January…

Tbilisi - Akhaltsikhe by Minibus: Cost, Time & Distance

Published: 9 January, 2015 seen 5,863 Travel guides

As an indie traveler, I prefer to travel in Georgia by mini buses, they are cheap and most often the fastest way to get from one point in Georgia to another. Not always, but most often (for example, I would prefer railway to travel from Tbilisi to Batumi over minibus). My first time when I visited Akhaltsikhe was in July 2014, during our 2 day rafting trip. Back then we had a little time to explore Akhaltsikhe and I decided - we must return here another time for a longer stay. That day came at the start of January 2015 -  we booked a superb hotel at a superb location in Akhaltsikhe, see Hotel…

Blog Income Report 2014 - $3,334.20

Published: 8 January, 2015 seen 2,038 Blogging

Yesterday I published a round-up post for the total blog traffic in 2014.  It turns out my blog has attracted more than 40,000 unique visitors last year. Today I decided to wrap up a blog income report for the whole of 2014. I have been publishing my blog online income reports starting in January 2014, so by today, I have 12 reports for the previous twelve months. In total, my blog in 2014 has earned $3,334.2, what is around $277.85 per month or $9.13 in a day.  Blog Income Report 2014 As you can see from the above chart -  first months of 2014 (January, February, March, April, and May) are…

Blog Traffic Report 2014 - 40,378 Unique Visitors - Growth; Location, Gender & Age

Published: 7 January, 2015 seen 1,296 Blogging

I have been doing monthly blog traffic reports starting from the first month I started this blog. Today I have decided to wrap up a blog traffic report for the whole year of 2014. It should show more accurate data about what was happening last year.  In average my blog traffic stats have gone up from 1,433 unique visitors in January up to 13,074 unique's at the end of December. Though there were 3 months (February, March, and April) when traffic didn't overpass 1,000 unique visitors in a month. In total, my blog reached 40,378 unique visitors in 2014. In average it is - 3364.83 unique's a…

Hotel Trialeti Palace in Bakuriani Review

Published: 6 January, 2015 seen 1,772 Hotel reviews

Welcome to another photo review article, this time I will photo-review Hotel Trialeti Palace hotel in Bakuriani. For a prelude - this was my second stay at this hotel during Christmas time second year in a row. You might find interesting my post - White Christmas in Bakuriani. Though, I didn't find a way to book this hotel on booking.com, as usual we used local groupon clone site - hotsale.ge or vovovo.ge (search in both for deals, use Google Translate if needed). So we bought coupons on of the groupon clone sites and get a nice discount, in total making to pay 50GEL per person per day. This…

Best Selling Laptops under $400 at Start of the 2015

Published: 5 January, 2015 seen 3,285 Online Shopping

It's that part of the year - New Year of 2015, and that could mean just one- it's time for a best seller laptops/notebooks list. Holiday season is over, but that doesn't mean sales and deals have gone away with it. I have listed TOP 20 best selling laptops on Amazon, at start of 2015, January.All of the best sellers come with price under $400, and the most popular comes as low as $249.00Please note those items are available for sale on Amazon, by clicking on links on this page and by making a purchase on Amazon site, I will earn an affiliate income from that.ASUS 15.6-Inch…

Hiking in Tbilisi - Turtle lake (Kus Tba) - Vake Park

Published: 4 January, 2015 seen 3,488 Outdoor Activities

On a lovely and sunny Saturday morning, we decided to take hiking from Turtle's Lake down to Vake Park. First thing first. How to get to Turtle Lake? Catch a Taxi, or call a taxi company. Personally, I prefer the taxi company with number 2 155 155. Drive to Turtle lake should cost you around 5 GEL. If you prefer to catch a taxi on street - the price may go up to 10 Lari, but I wouldn't pay more than 8 Lari. Update: Use taxi ride companies like Bolt Actually, Turtle Lake or Kus Tba is one of the best attractions of Tbilisi (my subjective opinion) - so you can stay there all day along without…

Blog Online Income Report - December 2014

Published: 3 January, 2015 seen 1,824 Online Income Reports

Welcome to my twelve blog income report - covering month of December 2014. I'm making an income report each month covering earnings I have made solely in internet and in general with my blog.Those reports keeps me track were I'm, were I was and were I'm heading to. I hope they can inspire some as well.About online income in December 2014In total my blog and I earned $2,029.67, that's increase by 188.04% if compared to previous month.$2,029.67 makes average $65.47 in a day.Money I earned in December equals to a minimum wage in Belgium ($2,026.00) or average wage in Spain ($2,018.00). I…

Blog Traffic Report - December 2014

Published: 2 January, 2015 seen 1,076 Blog statistics

Welcome to monthly blog traffic report, today I will share some data how my blog performed on month of December 2014.As it turns out this is already 15th blog traffic report. In short - December was a great month, traffic first time cracked 10,000 milestone and ended with 13,074 unique visitors.Blog Traffic Report December 2014 (Source Google Analytics)13,074 unique visitors is a 43.73% growth compared to previous monthIt's 3,978 unique visitors gain if compared to previous month13,074 unique visitors in a month, is an average 421.74 unique visitors in a day, again it's up from 303.2 in…

Lithuania joins Eurozone

Published: 1 January, 2015 seen 968 Economic notes

January 1st, 2015 is a historic day for a Baltic nation - Lithuania is changing it currency to Euro, following Latvia (2014) and Estonia (2011).Starting today - there are 19 countries in Euro zone. Here is the article I found on BBC by Zivile KropaiteSome Lithuanians fear price rises, but opinion polls point to growing optimism towards the euro.Government officials believe the euro will not only boost investment but will also bring deeper integration with the West."Given the current geopolitical situation, now it is more relevant than ever," central bank governor Vitas Vasiliauskas…