February 2017

Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal

  • Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal

    Published: 28 February, 2017 seen 184 Railway / Bus / Ferry

    There is a super cheap way to travel across the United States using intercity buses. Back in the Summer 2013 I made a long journey from New York to Houston, Texas for about USD 200 per 2 persons using MegaBus.  Last time I was in the US, we decided to go to Philadelphia from NYC using Greyhound, the ticket price was very cheap some 24 USD, again for two persons. When we traveled back to NYC, we bought even cheaper - USD 10 tickets for return way.  Either you are on the budget or you just love to travel by buses, greyhound and megabus are great choice.  The Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal is…

Night Office 2016

  • Night Office 2016

    Published: 27 February, 2017 seen 128 Home Remodeling

    It's in the far future I will build a fancy working space in our rural country house, for now we are still busy of replacing log walls with aerated concrete blocks. For now to perform digital nomad activities I'm left with what I have a laptop and high speed internet - and I cannot complain. See: My Outdoor Working Place During Last Summer (2015)  and My Summer Office 2016 It was on the cold September night, I had to finish some works online, and I opted to enjoy one of the last Summer evenings outside. It was planed to build a nice outdoor summer terrace for evenings like this, but we didn't…

Blog Income: 63% YoY Increase in Google AdSense Revenue

  • Blog Income: 63% YoY Increase in Google AdSense Revenue

    Published: 26 February, 2017 seen 430 Blogging

    Learn how I increased revenue from Google AdSense by 63% Year over Year and how you could too.  For a prelude: I have been using Google AdSense for already seven and a half years by now, from whom first four and a half years have generated a really modest sum of EUR 100 from many low traffic and let's be totally honest - thin content websites (I had installed AdSense ad units on dozens of sites). Earnings from Google AdSense 2009-2016 By accessing my Google AdSense reports today (02/26/2017) I noticed that my lifetime revenue from this channel has reached EUR 1305.68 for a time period Sep 4…

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Secaucus, NJ

  • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Secaucus, NJ

    Published: 26 February, 2017 seen 78 Restaurant reviews

    Once in the Burger bar - order burgers. That's how in short I could describe my experience at Red Robin Gourmet Burger in Secaucus, NJ. Located in the some building were La Quinta Inn & Suites Secaucus Meadowlands, in which we stayed during my latest US trip Red Robin was an oblivious choice for meal. They indeed have gourmet burgers and super delicious milkshakes.  Red Robin Gourmet Burgers in Secaucus No wonder it's called Red. Everything is so red around you. Fish & Chips at Red Robin I wouldn't order them once more. Yes they were eatable, fur far from fish & chips IMHO.…

First Rows of Aerated Concrete Block For Pump Room

  • First Rows of Aerated Concrete Block For Pump Room

    Published: 25 February, 2017 seen 83 Home Remodeling

    Let's keep building walls from aerated concrete blocks - the material I really love - it's easy to install, it's durable and it should be cost effective in combination with proper insulation. Today I was left alone, no handy hands, completely on my own - at start I was worried, but result turned out really good. Walls from aerated concrete blocks Yesterday I did the soil grading, and this part of the house starts looking decent. A couple of days later, we will dig another trenches and for the first time in house's lifetime water will be inside the house. Amazing. But, not so fast, there are…

How To Install GlobalSight Translation Management System on Linode VPS (Ubuntu 14.04)

  • How To Install GlobalSight Translation Management System on Linode VPS (Ubuntu 14.04)

    Published: 24 February, 2017 seen 412 Servers

    There are plenty of translation management systems available on the market, some are better, some have features that other's don't have. And some are paid while some are Open Source (free) In today's servers article series I will share my configuration I used to install Open Source GlobalSight translation management system on Linode VPS running Ubuntu 14.04 It took me about 8 hours to get it finally runing, but using following tutorial you should be able to manage it under 2 hours (including some testing). About GlobalSight Translation Management System GlobalSight is an open-source…

La Quinta Inn & Suites Secaucus Meadowlands

  • La Quinta Inn & Suites Secaucus Meadowlands

    Published: 23 February, 2017 seen 60 Hotel reviews

    La Quinta Inn & Suites Secaucus Meadowlands was our first hotel in United States, during our latest trip here. We booked this hotel as a secret deal on hotwire, as we wanted to get a reasonable price for a hotel with easy access to the Manhattan, New York city. Our booking price was about USD 140 per night here. Once our reservation was confirmed, it turned out to be located in the New Jersey, we paid for a limo service about $140 to get here from JFK airport, after a long flight, see: About Tbilisi - Kiev - New York Flight by Ukrainian Airlines Just off I-95, this Secaucus hotel offers…

Grading Soil Around Foundation

  • Grading Soil Around Foundation

    Published: 22 February, 2017 seen 107 Home Remodeling

    I could probably come up with an article How to grade soil around foundation, but I'm not an expert on this topic. In today's home remodeling series I will show with images how I leveled soil around foundations using just two tools - a shovel and a rake. Technically speaking, here is what you should know about grading soil around foundation: Proper grading around the foundation of your home keeps many potential issues at bay. Without the right grade, water collects at the base, causing erosion, foundation cracks, mold and unhealthy vegetation. To ensure a proper grade, slope any landscape…

Zen Ramen and Sushi House, New York City

  • Zen Ramen and Sushi House, New York City

    Published: 21 February, 2017 seen 128 Restaurant reviews

    Nestled in the middle of financial district, New York City, we discovered this place by an accident. After wondering around Manhattan, I took the wrong subway ride and once we left subway, we were in a cool neighborhood somewhere in Midtown. This place promised some 50% discount on some select sushi and we decided to go inside. Zen Ramen and Sushi house in New York City if you don't read Japanese you should take a careful look around, as it was bright banners that attracted our attention, and just then we notices this might be a sushi place. Sushi set at Zen Ramen and Sushi house Wow, that…

Spending $4 Per Day On Facebook Ads - Case Study

  • Spending $4 Per Day On Facebook Ads - Case Study

    Published: 20 February, 2017 seen 762 Blogging

    When it comes down to the Facebook Ads, I have love it / hate it relations, let me explain - I believe Facebook Ads are one of the simplest ways for small business to spread the word, while, at least, speaking about my experience the results are questionable. I'm spending on Facebook ads regularly, my spending/promotion habits are pretty simple - I can spend actively for one month, then stop for some two months and start again. Generally I'm promoting blog articles related to tourism activities in Georgia. For the better (cheaper) results I'm targeting local Georgian audience as well. Though…

Constructing Foundation From Fibo Ceramsite Blocks For Pump Room

  • Constructing Foundation From Fibo Ceramsite Blocks For Pump Room

    Published: 19 February, 2017 seen 127 Home Remodeling

    The long story short - we are continuing to build a pump room, a room to store inside pumps and other aggregates, earlier this Summer we drill a bore hole and we are looking to draw in water to the house. For that we need a pump room. Unfortunately the old log walls have been rotten and we started to replace them with aerated concrete blocks, prior to that we had to strengthen foundation. During foundation works we found out that there are parts were there are no foundation at all for house, it has been sitting just on few stones for more than hundred years. We had to change that. The task is…

How To Open A Bank Account in U.S., As A Non-resident Non - citizen, Wells Fargo Bank

  • How To Open A Bank Account in U.S., As A Non-resident Non - citizen, Wells Fargo Bank

    Published: 18 February, 2017 seen 47,937 Investments

    Long story short - after the long and painful check operations, originally sent from the U.S., and redemption in Georgia (or probably in any country except USA), which takes at least some 40 working days and huge bank fees for check procedures - I decided enough is enough, I'm going to the United States and I will open a bank account there, in order to receive direct payments to my bank account instead of checks. Yes, there are companies in U.S. which sends checks instead of direct payments for international partners, Amazon Associates, for example If you are looking for a way how to open a…

Cheap Direct London Luton - Kutaisi (Georgia) Flights

  • Cheap Direct London Luton - Kutaisi (Georgia) Flights

    Published: 17 February, 2017 seen 233 Travel guides

    For a very long time there were no direct flight connection between United Kingdom and Georgia, leaving travelers from UK to choose layovers in other European cities. But now it has been changed for  good. Now, if you are looking for a direct flight London - Tbilisi, you will have to wait a little more longer, as currently just a direct flight between Kutaisi and Luton airport has to been established by June 18, 2017 Wizzair is well known European low budget air carrier with bases across all around Europe. In the past I have done several Kutaisi - Vilnius, Kutaisi  - Warsaw flights. As the…

My Start at Investing on Mintos Peer to Peer Lending Platform: Depositing Funds

  • My Start at Investing on Mintos Peer to Peer Lending Platform: Depositing Funds

    Published: 17 February, 2017 seen 1,959 Investments

    I first heard about Mintos.com peer to peer lending platform at the start of 2016, later that year I decided to give it a try, as I was looking for investment opportunities especially in Georgia. Back at these days Mintos operated already in Georgian lending market. I even made an article later that year, see: Invest in Georgia - Peer-to-Peer (P2P) lending - Mintos.com Both individuals and entities can invest through Mintos. Individual investors must be at least 18 years old, have a bank account in the European Union or third countries currently considered to have AML/CFT systems equivalent…

When Foundations Crumble - Home Remodeling

  • When Foundations Crumble - Home Remodeling

    Published: 16 February, 2017 seen 66 Home Remodeling

    When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do? Psalm 11:3 Today was meant to be an easy day, we had to continue foundation works, pouring in concrete, nothing complicated in fact, just a manpower to carry gravel with wheelbarrow for some 100 meters from the pile to the concrete mixer. I had two workers helping me out today, what could go wrong? It was planned some visitors will arrive in the evening and we will grill some meat and look on overall progress of home remodeling.  See: Home Remodeling - How It All Starts Work in progress Author of this blog standing next to…

Central Park, New York City

  • Central Park, New York City

    Published: 15 February, 2017 seen 147 Tourism objects

    Central Park is an urban park in Manhattan, New York City. Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States, with about 40 million visitors yearly, also it's one of the most filmed locations in the world. Central Park should be on every travelers, going to the NYC, bucket list, I first visited it in the Spring 2012, and was really amazed of an elegant urban/nature solutions in the middle of... New York. At the end of 2016 I had a chance to visit New York again - this time I was prepared with a tripod and camera. Central park in New York city Originally park was established in…

About New Year's Holidays in Georgia

  • About New Year's Holidays in Georgia

    Published: 14 February, 2017 seen 1,261 Living in Georgia

    Do you have plans for the 2018 New Year's holidays? Good time to think about coming to Georgia. Georgian holidays are beginning after December 25. The first thing that surprises most of the first time visitors is a bottle of wine which is handed from the border guard once your passport is stamped and you are approved for entry to Georgia. The bottle of wine is is the present from the Georgian government, to show how Georgia loves their tourists.  On the other hand it might be the way to make sure that you understand - next two weeks will be the most alcoholic in your life. Some of tourists…

First plants for Rock Garden

  • First plants for Rock Garden

    Published: 13 February, 2017 seen 35 Home Remodeling

    Last summer we not only concreted a lot and demolished walls, but planted some plants and trees in the surrounding territory.  See: Planting an Apple Tree (Doch Melbi / Daughter Melbi / Дочь Мелбы) After we shaped a little bit our rock garden it was time to plant first plants. First plants at rock garden For the record - thyme and rosemary

Short Day Trip To Kiev, Ukraine

  • Short Day Trip To Kiev, Ukraine

    Published: 12 February, 2017 seen 294 Travel guides

    Long story short - we had a chance to spend in Kiev couple of hours, during our latest flight Tbilisi - Kiev - New York city, after our flight was delayed for about 10 hours at Kiev's Borispol airport we decided to use these hours by exploring Kiev, instead of waiting at airport's transit area. Out of the airport terminal at Borispol, there are buses taking passengers either to Kharkivksya or Vokzalnaya. The ticket prices are really cheap there. Since we didn't had any clue which station should we go, we asked just a bus going to the city center. We were taken to the Vokzalnaya from which we…

83 Reasons To Visit Georgia This Year

  • 83 Reasons To Visit Georgia This Year

    Published: 11 February, 2017 seen 1,221 Tours in Georgia

    83 reasons to visit Georgia is a compilation (round up) post from my, more than five years long, experience living in Georgia as an expat and traveling a lot across Georgia. For the record, I still haven't traveled to the two must have destinations in Georgia: Svaneti and Tusheti, I hope to head to these mountainous and hard to reach regions soon. As I haven't been to these far away places yet, I haven't included them on list. When planing your trip to Georgia, consider to visit both Svaneti and Tusheti, as they are really beautiful and scenery places. In this article you will find 83 places…

Shaping Rock Garden

  • Shaping Rock Garden

    Published: 10 February, 2017 seen 89 Home Remodeling

    It was on the same day when guys and I demolished walls and poured in concrete for home foundation, while the better part of me, decided to shape a little bit rock garden we recently formed from stones used at cowshed's foundation, during pond excavation works. See: Building a Rock Garden and Pond Digging - Part 3 - The Result The idea was simple, we are looking to plant some flowers and plants into rock garden, we should make a good soil there, and also we should give some shape and trails inside, so we could enjoy our evening coffee's while sitting on the rocks and watching amazing sunsets…

Independence Square in Kiev

  • Independence Square in Kiev

    Published: 9 February, 2017 seen 501 Tourism objects

    Maidan Nezalezhnosti (literally:Independence Square) is the central square of Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine. One of the city's main squares, it is located on Khreshchatyk Street in the Shevchenko Raion. The square has been known under many different names, but often it is called simply Maidan ("square"). I had a brief chance to visit and make one photography of Kiev's Maidan Square at the end of 2016, during unplanned short Kiev city tour after our flight to NYC was delayed for about 10 hours at Borispol instead of waiting at airport's transit area for our flight we opted to have some…

Rooms Hotel Kazbegi

  • Rooms Hotel Kazbegi

    Published: 8 February, 2017 seen 861 Hotel reviews

    Located at the base of Kazbek Mountain in Stepantsminda Village, 7 km from the 14th-century Gergeti Trinity Church, Hotel Kazbegi features a lobby bar with a library (I even got local Georgian Forbes magazine in English) and free Wi-Fi. We booked our stay at Rooms hotel Kazbegi in the middle of December 2016, and were accompanied by friends of us, who luckily had a ground transport and were able to take us there, as speaking of public transport, I have no idea is it actually possible to reach this place (probably by some marshrutka). Anyhow, seems Rooms Hotel is mostly visited by those who…

Let's Keep Demolishing Walls, Construct Foundation From Ceramsite Blocks And Pour In Some Concrete

  • Let's Keep Demolishing Walls, Construct Foundation From Ceramsite Blocks And Pour In Some Concrete

    Published: 7 February, 2017 seen 97 Home Remodeling

    Yeah, let's do that - another day on steroids from my home remodeling adventures during late Summer 2016 (August) Frankly speaking, by now, browsing through the images from last Summer works I'm getting a little bit dizzy - it looks way too dramatic. On the other hand, we already had experience and knowledge about demolishing walls, see: Remove a Wall to Finish Foundation Concreting, also constructing missing foundation from fibo blocks, not to speak about pouring concrete footing.  Today I had two guys helping me out Uldis and Guntars. We did a lot today. Demolishing log wall Just look how…

Hiking trails near Turtle lake, Tbilisi in Winter

  • Hiking trails near Turtle lake, Tbilisi in Winter

    Published: 6 February, 2017 seen 172 Outdoor Activities

    I'm fond of hiking/trekking trails near Turtle lake in Tbilisi, I have done several routes, with my favorite being unaccessible anymore after the Tbilisi flooding in June 2015. See: Failed attempt to complete Tskneti - Turtle lake hiking route Now, since it was about a year since our latest hiking activities in Georgia, on a lovely's Sunday morning (February 5, 2017) we decided to catch a taxi (see: How to Get around in Tbilisi by Taxify (Taxi Mobile Application) ) and head to the Turtle lake and let's see. I was into a photography mood, so I packed a new backpack I ordered recently from…

Top 15 Best Selling DSLR Cameras 2017

  • Top 15 Best Selling DSLR Cameras 2017

    Published: 6 February, 2017 seen 5,663 Digital Photography School

    I switched from a point and shoot camera to a  DSLR back in April 2015, when bought an entry level Canon Rebel T5 camera. I'm using this camera to the date, most of the photography featured on this website is done with this model. Best Selling DSLR Cameras of 2018 There is a good saying a photographer needs to upgrade his/her gear just only he/she is outperforming existing gear. For me, I feel it's time to make another switch, from a crop sensor to the full frame body. And as a Canon person, I'm looking exclusively on latest Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, but it comes with a price tag of about $3,500…

Tasty Ukrainian Cuisine on Khreshchatyk street in Kiev

  • Tasty Ukrainian Cuisine on Khreshchatyk street in Kiev

    Published: 5 February, 2017 seen 108 Restaurant reviews

    Wow, my first (yet, only one) Kiev restaurant review and I can't remember name of this place. Shame on me. On the other hand it was not planned to make any Kiev restaurant reviews this time, as we were having just a layover flight in Kiev before departing to NYC. See: About Tbilisi - Kiev - New York Flight by Ukrainian Airlines Unfortunately our flight was delayed for 10 hours and instead of waiting at Borispol's airport transit area we opted to have some Kiev tour. At that included a trip to the heart of Kiev (at least I think so) As Wikipedia have helped me to learn more now, we were…

Cafe at Hotel Mate in Khulo

  • Cafe at Hotel Mate in Khulo

    Published: 4 February, 2017 seen 111 Restaurant reviews

    I just love those small roadside cafeterias and cafe at Hotel Mate in Khulo (region of Adjara in Georgia) is just another great discovery.  Hotel Mate is located in the center of Khulo in front of the hospital up the hill from central road. Address: 1 Davit Aghmashenebeli st, Khulo ​ Hotel cafe in Khulo The food served at this cafe is just delicious, let's say made with countryside love. Traditional Georgian meal - Ostri Ostri is a hot, spicy beef stew that is very popular in Georgia, both as a home prepared meal and as a dish in restaurants.

A Perfect Harmony

  • A Perfect Harmony

    Published: 3 February, 2017 seen 111

    It was on a still and tranquil evening after a hard work day on home remodeling - for the record, today was one of the toughest days in my constructors career as we faced some really though obstacles to overcome. More about that, learn in this article: Fall Through The Ceiling, Dig a Trench Around Foundations, Stone Wall Concreting In the evening, during sunset, I took camera and decided to document overall progress both of house and surrounding territory. I made just some random shots, not thinking much of scene or composition, when suddenly realized objects been captured to the SD card for…

Kyiv-Passazhyrskiy Railway station

  • Kyiv-Passazhyrskiy Railway station

    Published: 2 February, 2017 seen 249 Railway / Bus / Ferry

    Kyiv-Passazhyrsky, also called just as Vokzalna, is a railway station in the capital of Ukraine, Kiyv (Kiev) The Kiev Metro station Vokzalna is adjoining the complex, constituting the station's main intersection with city transport. The Kiev tram terminal Starovokzal'na  (the terminal for Kiev's High-Speed Tram line) is also adjacent via a passageway. I had a chance to spend here some 5 minutes, during our latest flight Tbilisi - Kiev - New York city, as our flight was delayed for about 10 hours at Kiev - Borispol airport we decided to use these hours by exploring Kiev, instead of waiting at…

Postcards from Khulo

  • Postcards from Khulo

    Published: 1 February, 2017 seen 57

    It was in middle of November 18, we booked a train ticket to Batumi, leaving Tbilisi. Prior to that we booked a really lavish hotel with bath tube next to king size bed for a really cheap money, see Hotel Sputnik in Batumi. After spending lazy first days in Batumi, see: 16 things to do in Batumi I decided to get to the place I had heard so much before, to the Khulo. Khulo is a townlet in Adjara, an autonomous republic in southwest Georgia, 88 km east of the regional capital Batumi, in the upper valley of Adjaris-tsqali. The town and adjoining 78 villages form the mountainous Khulo District.…