April 2017

Postcards from New York City

  • Postcards from New York City

    Published: 30 April, 2017 seen 65

    That time have come, and in today's Piece of Life photo series, we are very exited to list postcards from New York city, if you have been following for a while our photo project, you have already noticed that we have featured postcards from many cities around the world. New York city has a lot to offer, it's dynamic, calm, strange but let's agree - very interesting for photography and inspiration. Not to speak more, here are some interesting shoots from New York city, made at the end of 2016 / start 2017. Always busy 5th avenue in New York As we arrived just shortly before the New Year of…

Famous Tbilisi Restaurant Review

  • Famous Tbilisi Restaurant Review

    Published: 29 April, 2017 seen 412 Restaurant reviews

    Famous restaurant in Tbilisi is another so called high end restaurant located in the quiet are of old town on Abo Tbileli street (Puri Square) Famous restaurant is one of the best places to enjoy European & Georgian cuisine in Tbilisi in a pleasant music and a special atmosphere of comfort and playful romance. During our latest visit here (February 2017) we learnt that a chef we already knew from master class in Asian cuisine - gourmet chef from Russia Natalia Chvileva runs this kitchen and it was real pleasure she come out from the kitchen just to say hi! Restaurant Famous in Tbilisi…

John F. Kennedy International Airport

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport

    Published: 28 April, 2017 seen 82 Airports

    John F. Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK, ICAO: KJFK, FAA LID: JFK) is a major international airport located near South Ozone Park in the borough of Queens in New York City, United States, 12 miles (20 km) southeast of Lower Manhattan. It is the busiest international air passenger gateway into the United States, the fifth busiest airport in the United States and the busiest airport in the New York City airport system, handling 58,956,288 passengers in 2016. Over ninety airlines operate out of the airport, with non-stop or direct flights to destinations in all six inhabited continents.…

PAUL Depuis 1889 Bakery & Restaurant in Tbilisi

  • PAUL Depuis 1889 Bakery & Restaurant in Tbilisi

    Published: 27 April, 2017 seen 416 Restaurant reviews

    I'm glad seeing more good dinning places and restaurants popping up in Tbilisi, there is huge demand for a good place, and worldwide known French Paul bakery & restaurant brand seems have made a good decision opening a branch in Tbilisi on Abashidze street. At Paul bakery you could get freshly baked bread and other French pastry goodies,in this article I'll stick with restaurant review. I love Paul because of salads and desserts. I've tried other things, like burgers here, though they are decent, there are better places to order burgers. Once at Paul stick with what they are best - pastry…

The Empire State Building & Observation Deck Tour

  • The Empire State Building & Observation Deck Tour

    Published: 26 April, 2017 seen 240 Tourism objects

    OK, this finally is off from my bucket list. Here is the tip I would give to myself - buy "skip the lines" tickets to avoid long hours waiting in the lanes.  it started to remind me my dear Georgia after the second hour of waiting in the lanes and hugging with Italian family to sing Bella Ciao. Amazing. Paid a visit to the Empire State Building, January 5, 2017 The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets in Midtown, Manhattan, New York City. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 m), and with its antenna included, it stands a…

Khinklis Sakhli / Khinkali House on Moscow Avenue, Tbilisi

  • Khinklis Sakhli / Khinkali House on Moscow Avenue, Tbilisi

    Published: 25 April, 2017 seen 331 Restaurant reviews

    I usually don't hang out in this area of Tbilisi, just recently we returned by marshrutka from Hiking Route in Georgia - Norio Village - Martkopi Monastery and were really starving, and agreed to leave the minivan as soon we will notice some restaurant, that's how we ended up here in Moscow avenue (somewhere between Samgori and Isani metro stations) and found this interesting Khinkali house. Now, I must admit I had a feeling I've traveled back in the time to the early 90-ties, a disco scene, music from late 80-ties and fish aquariums. Though the food here, and especially khinkali was…

Q1 2017 Online Income Report - $5,886.46

  • Q1 2017 Online Income Report - $5,886.46

    Published: 24 April, 2017 seen 252 Online Income Reports

    First quarter of 2017 has been very interesting, tried and applied some new ideas, launched two separate websites and started to generate first real passive income from peer to peer lending.  As there have been a lot of changes in the past three months, this year's online income reports will be different from previous quarter reports, they will cover not only earnings from this blog, but will include earnings from other websites and earnings from investments. In short first quarter of 2017 (January, February and March) earned $6,335.20 what is an awesome more than double growth if compared to…

How To Insert Node Reference in Content Using Views

  • How To Insert Node Reference in Content Using Views

    Published: 23 April, 2017 seen 336 Drupal Development

    I this article I'll cover some details on how to programmatically reference nodes in content using Drupal views. Such behavior I've already implemented in this blog, see for example 83 reasons to Visit Georgia This year article to see it in action. Today I was working on one of my side projects - a laptop buying guide - laptop500.com and decided to implement a new feature - best selling items of the month, by programmatically referencing laptops (nodes) from archive. Here is how - at start you will need to download and install references module, then visit Content type you would like to add…

Average Salary in European Union 2017

  • Average Salary in European Union 2017

    Published: 22 April, 2017 seen 126,369 Investments

    For the fourth year in a row, I'm publishing my humble observations on average salary changes in the European Union. In this article, I've decided to compare average salary in 2017 with 2014.  Update: Average Salary in European Union 2018 For previous archives see: Average salary in EU: 2016, 2015, 2014 I wouldn't call bellow written a scientific research, as most of the data in this article are taken from Wikipedia's article List of European countries by average wage. To make it more interesting I've added the year of 2014  as a reference and made some simple calculations in Google Sheets.…

12 Dividend Stocks to Invest to Get Payments Every Month

  • 12 Dividend Stocks to Invest to Get Payments Every Month

    Published: 21 April, 2017 seen 991 Investments

    The other morning I read an article on Kiplinger - Great Stocks to Get Dividends Every Month, and I decided to make some calculations and speculations, as right now I'm looking to invest some money in dividend paying stocks and idea of getting dividends every month seems a very good option to make a living. My goal for 2017 is to invest $8,561 throughout the year, not mandatory all money should be invested in stocks, in fact I have already invested about a quarter of that money in Latvian peer to peer lending marketplace - Mintos. See: Review of Mintos Peer to Peer Lending After One Month of…

Hiking Route in Georgia - Norio Village - Martkopi Monastery

  • Hiking Route in Georgia - Norio Village - Martkopi Monastery

    Published: 20 April, 2017 seen 483 Outdoor Activities

    Hiking from Norio village to Martkopi monastery is about 10km long distance (forth and back), best done in Spring, Summer or early Autumn. The route is pretty steep, though covered with asphalt, there are parts of damaged surface and some agility is needed.  Update: We originally did this hiking path back in 2017. in 2020 there is a new asphalt road built reaching the monastery complex The route offers kind of Wilderness in Georgia views, with ruined bridge, tumble asphalt, livestock with a really nice Martkopi monastery at the end of the route. Tip: You could get to the Norio village just…

Investment Opportunity in Georgia - Fish Farming & Agro Tourism

  • Investment Opportunity in Georgia - Fish Farming & Agro Tourism

    Published: 20 April, 2017 seen 520 Investments

    The other morning I was contacted by acquaintance informing about interesting investment opportunity in Georgia. Investment opportunity involves fish farming and possible agro tourism. As this investment asks more than $300,000 and is out of my knowledge, I decided to "list" it on blog as blog is getting a lot of eyeballs regarding invest in Georgia. Here is the proposal: This package is to find interested investors for 350,000 USD for a 49% share in the project. The entire farm and project is as of today on a fire-sale of sorts for about 200 000 USD for 100% ownership of 41 Ha (the original…

How To Remove HTML Elements From Drupal 7 Feed

  • How To Remove HTML Elements From Drupal 7 Feed

    Published: 20 April, 2017 seen 418 Drupal Development

    In this article you will learn how to style RSS feed in Drupal 7 (not sure, but most bellow written should apply to Drupal 8 as well) I'm using RSS feeds to power up e-mail newsletters, see How To Sync Drupal RSS Feed to Mailchimp, and everything would be fine, except I had to stop automated email marketing because of amazon affiliate links included in feeds, which is against Amazon Associates TOS.  If you are sending out RSS feeds via email and you are not concerned breaching some rules with links included, this article is not for you, but if you are on Drupal, using Amazon Associates for…

How & Why To Hire a Virtual Assistant / Freelancer - UpWork.com

  • How & Why To Hire a Virtual Assistant / Freelancer - UpWork.com

    Published: 19 April, 2017 seen 235 Blogging

    2017 have come with some fresh ideas and changes for me how to continue successfully grew my personal blog (the one you are currently reading). It was back in December when I was intensively brainstorming  ideas on how could I keep my 365 days blogging challenge (an article per day) meanwhile rising the quality of content. Another reason I was looking for a Virtual Assistant / Freelancer - I was looking for ways of doing less by myself and getting more free time on other, let's say organizing issues.  This blog covers many different topics, which might not been related at the first glance, I…

Review of Mintos Peer to Peer Lending After One Month of Investing

  • Review of Mintos Peer to Peer Lending After One Month of Investing

    Published: 18 April, 2017 seen 1,070 Investments

    End of the February 2017, marked one full month since I've been investing to Mintos peer to peer lending platform. In this article I'll share some of my findings. The idea to invest in Mintos Marketplace first arise at the start of 2016, when I was looking for a passive investment opportunities in Georgia (country). Back in these days a newly built platform popped up on my radar, 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…

Dividend Paying Stocks In Nasdaq Baltic Market By Yield

  • Dividend Paying Stocks In Nasdaq Baltic Market By Yield

    Published: 17 April, 2017 seen 2,148 Investments

    After couple of years of pause in investments I have decided to return to investing. It probably all starts with my New Year's resolution to save in my "retirement" fund a million dollars before I will turn 60. See: Road To Million Dollars in Saving Account My goal for 2017 is to put aside, or more precisely to invest $8,561 throughout the year, not mandatory all money should be invested in stocks, in fact I have already invested a little bit more than $1,000 in peer to peer lending, in another Baltic "start up" - Mintos. See: My Start at Investing on Mintos Peer to Peer Lending Platform:…

Martkopi monastery

  • Martkopi monastery

    Published: 15 April, 2017 seen 585 Churches and Monasteries

    Martkopi monastery complex is located some 30km from Tbilisi, Georgia. This place is best reached by car, but some could get here by hiking too, see: Hiking Route in Georgia - Norio Village - Martkopi Monastery We first discovered it the end of February 2017 with one goal - to make stunning photography, as I've seen some really nice shots from this place, the truth turned out to be a little bit complicated, it took us about 5km hiking (each way) from Norio village, and once on site, I did find it hard to make that stunning photography. But here is what I think could work - there is another…

The Chronicle of Georgia, Monument Near Tbilisi Sea

  • The Chronicle of Georgia, Monument Near Tbilisi Sea

    Published: 15 April, 2017 seen 6,113 Tourism objects

    The Chronicle of Georgia, also called History Memorial of Georgia is one of the hidden gems of Tbilisi. Not at all a popular tourist spot, but definitely one of the impressive sites I have discovered lately. Located near the Tbilisi sea (it's a water reservoir actually) this place not only tells history of Georgia, but gives really spectacular views to surrounding vicinity. And impresses of it's size. On a lovely Sunday's afternoon I packed my camera and tripod, ordered a taxi using Taxify app and asked to take me to this place and back (with waiting time for about 30 minutes). I paid 20 GEL…

Norio Village

  • Norio Village

    Published: 13 April, 2017 seen 193 Railway / Bus / Ferry

    Norio village is located in Gardabani district some 50 km from Gardabani and 25 km from nations capital Tbilisi. My travels took me to Norio village at the end of February 2017, when we decided to make a lovely hiking trip to Martkopi monastery, we decided to travel here by public transport, in our case it was a marshrutka service leaving from Tbilisi (Samgori metro station). Marshrutka final stop at Norio village in Georgia Ride is marshrutka cost 1.5 GEL (as of February 2017) and took no longer than 30 minutes. Marshrutka is a fun and very cheap way to explore Georgia, in past I've done a…

Samsung Galaxy A3 (SM-A310FZDDSER) 16GB Gold Cell Phone Review

  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (SM-A310FZDDSER) 16GB Gold Cell Phone Review

    Published: 13 April, 2017 seen 247 Gadget Reviews

    Samsung Galaxy A3 is an entry level business smartphone with 16GB built in memory, 1.5 GHz quad core processor. I bought this phone to my better part as a Valentines day gift, as I felt really sorry for her seeing her trying to accomplish some business tasks with her older but really stylish Samsung LaFleur model. What I was looking for was a phone with at least 16GB memory, as from my experience with Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime (SM-G532F) 8GB might be too few if you are willing to run apps and not to worry about getting out of storage. Samsung Galaxy A3 I bought this Samsung Galaxy A3 phone at…

Top 10 Tips for Awesome Phone Photography

  • Top 10 Tips for Awesome Phone Photography

    Published: 11 April, 2017 seen 132 Digital Photography School

    You'll be surprised to know that a good photo is never defined by the brand of camera in your hand or the number of megapixels, what makes a good photo is light, the subject and you yourself. So, before you decide to buy a camera for more in-depth photography and control, go over these tips for getting your basics spot on. 1. Don't forget to focus on your subject Your phones are all touchscreens and have autofocus capabilites. But it is still a fact that many people literally just “point and shoot”, forgetting to first tap on their subject to get their smartphones to focus on it. It makes a…

Restaurant at Best Western's Tbilisi Art Hotel

  • Restaurant at Best Western's Tbilisi Art Hotel

    Published: 11 April, 2017 seen 81 Restaurant reviews

    This article is about restaurants review at Best Western's Tbilisi Art hotel located on Apakidze street 11 (behind the sports palace) We visited this place on a Valentine's day 2017, ordered some basics, like Caesars salad, meal from fish and a dessert, also we ordered some glass of pink wine. Yeah, the basic stuff when taking your girl out. Salmon with risotto  Now, I wouldn't call this something special, let's say it was decent, not gourmet but decent.  Lounge at Best Western's Tbilisi Art hotel Chocolate fondue Could be better, but still decent.

Hee Korean BBQ Grill in Chelsea, New York Review

  • Hee Korean BBQ Grill in Chelsea, New York Review

    Published: 9 April, 2017 seen 93 Restaurant reviews

    Our latest trip to the United States was accompanied a lot by visiting local Asian cuisines, a Japanese Sushi place in Financial district (Zen Ramen and Sushi House, New York City) or Chinese noodle house in Philadelphia (Spice C - Hand Drawn Noodles in Philadelphia). Now it was time for Korean cuisine. Hee Korean BBQ Grill is located on the corner of 6th Avenue and 27th street, which was just a few blocks away from our hotel room and INNSIDE NoMad hotel. Frankly speaking, I do believe this was the first time for me visiting a Korean restaurant, and my first impressions were really good -…

How To Order Goodies From US to Georgia - Usa2Georgia.com

  • How To Order Goodies From US to Georgia - Usa2Georgia.com

    Published: 9 April, 2017 seen 4,055 Living in Georgia

    For those of you looking to ship goodies, like electronics, clothing, perfume e.t.c. from online stores located in the United States to Georgia, there is a simple, easy and affordable service - usa2georgia.com I've been using usa2georgia.com for years, ordering items like hinges for my laptop (see: New hinges added to my HP Compaq 6510b), a laptop, equipment for DSLR camera, kitchen tools, even some food, clothing, perfume and more. There is a small catch still, basically all of the items received in the US before been shipped to Georgia must be declared for customs, for items which price is…

INNSIDE New York NoMad Hotel Review

  • INNSIDE New York NoMad Hotel Review

    Published: 7 April, 2017 seen 175 Hotel reviews

    From the footsteps of mount Kazbegi in Rooms Hotel (Georgia) to the footsteps of the Empire State Building in New York city - that's how I could describe in short our hotel choice during the holiday season of 2016/2017 We booked Hotel Innside by Melia in New York city after our return from Philadelphia, for a 4 day sat and paid about USD 600. This sophisticated hotel in the NoMad neighborhood of Manhattan features on-site luxury dining and contemporary accommodations. Madison Square Garden, Penn Station and the Empire State building are within 20 minutes' walk of INNSIDE New York NoMad.…

Speed Up Drupal site by 76% Using Image Lazyloader

  • Speed Up Drupal site by 76% Using Image Lazyloader

    Published: 7 April, 2017 seen 4,705 Drupal Development

    In this article you will learn how I managed to increase load times for a Drupal powered site (the one you are currently reading) by more than 76%. Now the following tip will apply for Drupal sites heavily loaded with images. My website, which is now more than 3 years old,  features about 80% of photo stories, over the time, I have tried to limit my picture articles to 3 or less images, posting online the best of my work, but yes, there are articles with even 136 pictures, see Keukenhof tulips gardens in the Netherlands. For each of the posts I'm using a head photo, done by using image fields…

Spice C - Hand Drawn Noodles in Philadelphia

  • Spice C - Hand Drawn Noodles in Philadelphia

    Published: 5 April, 2017 seen 381 Restaurant reviews

    I first discovered Spice C noodle house in Philadelphia back in 2013, and mentioned it on my article about streets of Philadelphia. Now about 3 years later, re-discovered this place again, after arrived to Philly from NYC and stayed at a lovely Chinatown hotel - Sleep Inn, it turned out that Spice C Noodle House is just about a block away from our hotel. Spice C Noodle house in Philadelphia One of the things visitors will enjoy at this place, you can actually see how your noodles are prepared Hand drawn noodles It's allowed to photograph inside, but not allowed to make a video. Shrimp…

Canon EOS M5 Mirrorless Camera Review

  • Canon EOS M5 Mirrorless Camera Review

    Published: 5 April, 2017 seen 564 Digital Photography School

    The EOS M5 is Canon's best mirrorless offering. But this may not mean that the camera giant's mirrorless beats the excellent mirrorless cameras from Sony and Fuji. With a lot of features borrowed from the 80D in a small and light body, the M5 is certainly interesting. Let's see if it can hold up against the competition or not. If you are new to mirrorless cameras, see: Mirrorless Camera Buying Guide or Top 20 Best Selling Mirrorless Cameras [block:block=34] A quick note: Following review contains affiliate links to Amazon.com, by clicking on links on this page and by making a purchase on…

Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB Portable External Hard Drive Review

  • Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB Portable External Hard Drive Review

    Published: 5 April, 2017 seen 2,141 Gadget Reviews

    I bought Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB Portable External Hard Drive at the Best Buy store in Manhattan, New York City at the start of 2017 for about USD 69.  Now I could probably get a better price if opted to ship it online from Amazon store, see: Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB Portable External Hard Drive with Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0, Black (STDR1000100) Back at the end of 2015, I bought a brand new Asus laptop with 500GB internal disk storage, the main goal for this laptop was to post-process photos taken by my Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR camera, after switching from JPEG to the RAW format,…

Top 10 Best HP Laptop releases of 2017 (New & Refurbished)

  • Top 10 Best HP Laptop releases of 2017 (New & Refurbished)

    Published: 4 April, 2017 seen 13,750 Online Shopping

    HP laptops are known as durable and really powerful, in this article I've listed top 10 brand new and refurbished (almost brand new) HP laptops relased just in 2017. See: 17 Best HP Laptops You Can Buy Online - Amazon.com or Best HP Laptops of 2017 [block:block=35] A quick note: This article contains affiliate links to Amazon.com, by clicking on links on this page and by making a purchase on Amazon site, I might earn an affiliate income from that. Prices for laptop computers listed on this page are retrieved using Amazon Product Advertising API and is updated daily. For actual prices please…

How To Shoot Indoor Photograpy

  • How To Shoot Indoor Photograpy

    Published: 3 April, 2017 seen 249 Digital Photography School

    Indoor photography covers a huge range of situations – from kids’ birthdays to high-end interior shootings. Basically, everything that is shot indoors. Assuming that you don’t own a studio lighting gear, all you’re left with is a light that’s already in your space. Because of that, indoor photography is often not-so-easy to shoot. Why? Because most of the time, the light in indoor spaces is poor and you need to learn to set your camera for low light situations. [block:block=34] Here, we’ll focus on some basic principles to follow while shooting indoors. Problems disappear if there is a…

Launching Concierge service in Tbilisi and Georgia

  • Launching Concierge service in Tbilisi and Georgia

    Published: 2 April, 2017 seen 272 Living in Georgia

    Here comes a brief update on my tourism activities in Georgia, after successfully implemented organized tours in Georgia service, I've decided to push to the new limits and as of the start of April 2017, have re-launched tourgeorgia.eu  - platform listing tour packages in Georgia. Tourgeorgia.EU, originally launched back in 2011,was my first attempt building a travel portal about Georgia (you can find  some articles about development regarding this website in archive, see: Tourgeorgia.EU). Over years I stopped any development works on Tourgeorgia.EU, instead built a pretty popular blog…

Digital Photography School Adobe Lightroom Presets Review

  • Digital Photography School Adobe Lightroom Presets Review

    Published: 1 April, 2017 seen 624 Digital Photography School

    A Brief Look at the Preset Packs offered by DPS Lightroom is one of the most widely used tool of photographers. An easy to use organizer and an even more efficient editing tool, Lightroom is an excellent software to have in your photography arsenal. The only problem is – you have to learn how to use it. And that takes some time. With hundreds of tools and settings and values to change, it sometimes gets overwhelming to edit your image and bring out the best in it. It gets even more difficult if you have more than hundreds of images you need to process and hand back to the client. [block:block…

How I Lost 4.4 Pounds In 5 days In The Gym

  • How I Lost 4.4 Pounds In 5 days In The Gym

    Published: 1 April, 2017 seen 89 Fitness

    With this article I'm starting new blog series on blog - fitness, my first article, kind of warm up article for beginners,will cover details on how I lost my first 4.4 lbs (2 kg) in the gym after first five days of training. For a prelude, I have been overweight for years, not obese, just overweight. My body weight have been in the range 210 - 242 lbs (95-110kg) for the past 10 years. My ideal body weight as I believe should be under 200 (90kg). I live medium healthy lifestyle, with the biggest treat to health being smoking, which I want to get rid in the foreseen future. Though I eat pretty…