September 2017

Another Bitcoin Hard Fork Planned (Bitcoin Gold) - My Approach to Survive It

Published: 30 September, 2017 seen 3,117 Investments

OK, the title might sound too scary, as in fact, I don't feel so worried anymore about this possible Bitcoin hard fork. Just recently there was a Bitcoin Cash hard fork at the start of August, during which I kind of panicked, as I've been starting my journey in crypto-currency investments just a month before. Now, once I survived previous fork/split - there are few lessons I learned and looking to apply with next, possible, Bitcoin Gold hard fork in October 2017 Here is what is all about: First Cash, Now Gold? Another Bitcoin Hard Fork Is on the Way Styled as a rebellion of sorts, bitcoin…

Top 20 Apartments in Agia Marina Beach, Crete (Aparthotels, Villas & Hotels)

Published: 29 September, 2017 seen 194 Hotel reviews

Agia Marina is a popular resort town on the island of Crete in Greece, located just some 10 km west from Chania. Frankly speaking, I didn't know of the existence of such place before our last trip to the island of Crete during the month of June 2017. Now I can only regret about it. Agia Marina beach is amazing, hotels, resorts, villas, you name it are good, service is amazing and prices are affordable. No wonder why it's so popular among Scandinavian tourists. During our about month-long trip around the island of Crete, we stayed at Agia Marina twice -  for about 2 nights at trips start and…

Google Spreadsheet To Track BTC/Altcoin Trading on Monthly Basis

Published: 28 September, 2017 seen 9,828 Investments

Investments in crypto-currencies are among one of the most interesting findings for me this year. I decided to give them a try just a few months ago, see: First Investment In Crypto Currencies - Bought 0.2 ETH for EUR 50 Affiliate link here: If you are just planning to acquire your first bitcoin, consider to register at coinbase.com with this link, once you buy or sell $100 (€85) of digital currency or more, we will both get $10 (€8) of free bitcoin. Soon I decided to use dollar cost averaging to acquire four different crypto-currencies once a month, no matter the price. I've been investing…

Beata's Orange Juice Bar, Crete

Published: 27 September, 2017 seen 268 Restaurant reviews

It was on our third-day trip around Crete, when we discovered an interesting roadside cafeteria promising breathtaking views, just later, post-processing photos with the help of Google Maps I was able to track down coordinates and name for this place - Beata's Orange Juice Bar, Crete. Indeed - views here was lovely, though the most interesting "tourist attraction" was a donkey. A kind owner suddenly got a donkey out of nowhere and here you go - fresh orange juice, donkey, and panoramic views.  Outdoor deck with great views Could be cool on a cloudy day, walk in the clouds feeling, see my…

Back to the Gym - Get Under 99kg Beard Challenge

Published: 26 September, 2017 seen 64 Fitness

Getting fit is cool, getting heart rate normal is awesome. Visiting a gym can be really addictive. For the second time this year I'm taking beard growing challenge - not to shave it under I will get under 99 kilos.  Let me explain, back at the start of 2017 I applied for a gym membership at Tbilisi's Champions Academy, my weight was 105 kg, I made a challenge to grow a beard until I will weight less than 100kg. I reached my goal in less than 2 months. My best result was 97.2 kg on March 23rd, 2017. Then starting April I took a pause from a gym for 6 months (obstacles, relocating to another…

Floating Block for Drupal 8

Published: 25 September, 2017 seen 2,246 Drupal Development

The Floating block is a nice helper module which allows you to keep HTML blocks, selected using jquery selectors in a fixed position on the page as you scroll. I've been using Floating block mostly for my personal blog to feature related content (you can see floating module while browsing this web page from a desktop computer.) In fact, I stop using floating block module  a couple of years ago, but recently I was contacted by another Drupal webmaster, regarding my tutorial on Floating Block module for Drupal 7 site and taking a fresh look at this module, I understood - Floating block module…

Views Infinite Scroll / Load more with Ajax for Drupal 8

Published: 24 September, 2017 seen 5,539 Drupal Development

As you might guess from the title already, in today's Drupal tutorial I will write about how to configure infinite scroll/load more button for Drupal 8 website. The best - both behaviors can be achieved using just one module - Views Infinite Scroll Check out following tutorials for Drupal 7: Drupal masonry front page, Views lode more pager with Ajax for Drupal And again, as in the previous tutorials, you can find a live preview on Tourgeorgia.eu Download and enable Views Infinite Scroll module Visit views page, you would like to attach infinite scroll or load more function Change Pager:…

How To Enable Custom Google Fonts For Drupal 8 Website

Published: 23 September, 2017 seen 777 Drupal Development

There are several options how to enable custom fonts for Drupal 8 website, in this article I will stick with one of the easiest - using a custom module - @font-your-face As usual, for this Drupal tutorial I will use a real-time scenario: For Tourgeorgia.eu website I'm using custom Premium theme adapted for Drupal 8, at one stage I noticed that example theme looks better than customized, and then I realized we are missing few fonts, which must be loaded manually. As, said there are several options to handle this, but this time I decided to use a module. Again, there are two scenarios possible…

Top 20 Luxury 5-star hotels in Athens, Greece

Published: 22 September, 2017 seen 1,564 Hotel reviews

For a luxury stay in Athens with a panoramic view towards Acropolis you should be ready to pay between EUR 120 up to EUR 670 per night. Although I haven't stayed for a night in Athens, as I have just once been here during a few hours between connecting flights (see: About Tbilisi - Athens - Chania (Greece) flight by Aegean Airlines) I would definitely love to stay close to the Acropolis (Ancient Agora of Athens). Sure I would think twice am I ready to spend about EUR 670 per night for a luxury hotel in Athens, I must admit those hotels with great panoramic views towards Acropolis interests me…

Google AdSense Experiment - Huge Leader board Ad Unit

Published: 21 September, 2017 seen 97 Blogging

Soon this blog will mark its 4th birthday. The blog has gone a long way, it has increased its monthly audience from humble 30 users to over 100,000. There have been involved a lot of experiments to get here, including experiments with ad units placements - Google AdSense experiments. Despite getting a decent website traffic, averaging at about 100,000 users in the past months, income from Google AdSense still has been pretty low here. Can't complain much, in the past 8 years have earned about $2,000 from Google AdSense. Now, I've always searched for ways to improve earnings here. It helps to…

Matsoni House

Published: 20 September, 2017 seen 325 Restaurant reviews

Matsoni is a Georgian fermented milk product, kind of similar to yogurt. Made from cow’s milk. Now, there is even a Matsoni House, where some (probably you) can try this product served with honey or nuts and so on. There is even an ice cream made from Matsoni.  Matsoni house is located just opposite to the Alaverdi Monastery, in the region of Kakheti, Georgia. Matsoni house near Alaverdi monastery If you are visiting the Alaverdi Monastery, it' s hard to miss this lovely place, located just opposite the cathedral. Smart. Matsoni with honey and walnuts Ice cream from Matsoni Delicious.!

Grape Harvest Rtveli in Georgia (Region of Kakheti)

Published: 19 September, 2017 seen 557

If there is the best time to visit lovely Georgia, I would highly recommend to visit it in September, during the grape harvest time, or Rtveli.  Rtveli is a traditional vintage and rural harvest holiday in Georgia accompanied by feasts, musical events, and other celebrations. It normally takes place in late September in eastern Georgia and in mid-October in western Georgia. It was in the mid-September of 2017, we had just returned from Latvia, where we already gathered our autumn harvest and decided to spend a weekend in Kakheti (Region of wine), we booked a lovely chateau, next to Gremi…

Top 15 Laptops With 24GB RAM Memory - For Better Gaming Experience

Published: 18 September, 2017 seen 10,869 Online Shopping

Are you looking for a really fast laptop? Super Fast Gaming experience? Consider a 24 GB RAM laptop. 24 GB RAM laptops come with a price attached - to get a brand new one - expect to spend at least $1,000 up to $5,000.  Looking for a bargain deal? You could get one under $1,000 but that would be an older model.  Keep reading to find out the TOP 15+ laptops with 24GB RAM  or see the Top 20 Laptops with 32GB RAM (Gaming / Business) A quick note: This article contains affiliate links to Amazon.com, by clicking on links on this page and by making a purchase on the Amazon site, I might earn an…

Kvareli Lake Resort

Published: 17 September, 2017 seen 608 Lakes

Kvareli lake resort is located in the heart of Kakheti, one of the most beautiful regions of Georgia and to the east of the small city Kvareli, beneath the southern slope of Great Caucasus mountains. The unique and beautiful Kvareli Lake Resort spreads over 300 hectares of beautiful natural landscape. There is located a hotel and restaurant at resort territory. We headed here just to enjoy a cup of coffee with a beautiful view in mid-September 2017. I must say, if I had to choose a leisure accommodation in Kakheti, I would recommend choosing from Royal Batoni, Lopota lake or Kvareli lake…

Alaverdi Monastery in Georgia

Published: 16 September, 2017 seen 455 Churches and Monasteries

Alaverdi Monastery is a Georgian Eastern Orthodox monastery located 25 km from Akhmeta, in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia. While parts of the monastery date back to 6th century, the present-day cathedral was built in the 11th century by Kvirike III of Kakheti, replacing an older church of St. George. Despite being on my travel bucket list in Georgia for a very long time, I first visited it in the middle of September 2017, during a two-day trip to Kakheti. See: Day Trip to Kakheti in Georgia Alaverdi Monastery in Georgia The monastery was founded by the Assyrian monk Joseph (Yoseb,…

Top 10 Hotels and Guest Houses in Gori, Georgia

Published: 15 September, 2017 seen 138 Hotel reviews

When planning your travels to Gori in Georgia, keep in mind there are not many classical 4-star or 5-star hotels there, instead, there are a lot of guest houses and apartments in Gori.  In this article, I've listed TOP 10 hotels and guesthouses in Gori, according to actual user reviews on Booking.com Please note: hotels listed below may contain links to Booking.com, by clicking on links on this page and by making a reservation on Booking.com site, I might earn an affiliate income, at no cost to you. Nitsa Guest House Only 230 m from Stalin Museum, Nitsa Guest House offers friendly and…

Setting Booking.com Affiliate Marketing Second Goal - 50 Bookings per Month

Published: 14 September, 2017 seen 1,029 Blogging

I've been a proud booking.com affiliate partner since 2013, despite more than 4-year experience with this affiliate program, I haven't earned here much (less than EUR 1000). It was around the middle of 2014 (more than 3 years ago) when I did set my first affiliate goal for Booking.com - send 50 or more visitors monthly to booking.com site. At one stage I found that hotel affiliate marketing is a way too competitive, I decided to drop it, but not completely, as time went, more and more bookings happened via my blog, and income generated from booking.com slowly, but steadily started to increase…

Home Remodeling - Season 3 (2017)

Published: 13 September, 2017 seen 280 Home Remodeling

We had some great plans for this Summer's home remodeling works, unfortunately, we faced some obstacles, and decided to stop any further home remodeling works for this year. Despite being pretty upset about our situation, we still enjoyed a great Summer at our rural country property. Here I'm adding pictures, how it all looked in April 2017, make sure to check out how it all started, and see previous years start of the season. Let's start with one of the biggest pride - the freshly dug pond in the front of the house Pond in April 2017 Amazing, it is full with water. See how we waited for…

From 0 To Over 100,000 Monthly Website Visitors in 3 Years and 10 Months

Published: 12 September, 2017 seen 373 Blogging

August 2017 marked a very important milestone, first set about 3 years ago, for the first time in this blog's history, total visitor count cracked 100,000 user milestone, and actually reached 110,788. Awesome. The road to this milestone took me 3 years and 10 months and a lot of writing. Over the years traffic to the blog has increased steadily, but the huge leap happened exactly in August, and I believe it's thanks to the AMP protocol I implemented around the middle of June. August saw about 20% traffic increase if compared to July. See: SEO Results After Implementing Drupal AMP 100,000…

Rose Garden 'Dailas Rozes' near Tukums in Latvia

Published: 11 September, 2017 seen 163 Farms

We received a special request, from a special person, to deliver park rose Rītausma, which could translate as Dawn in English. Rītausma is a local, Latvia selected park rose breed. To get one (seedling price was about EUR 5), we had to cross half of the country, to find this special, precious rose at Dailas Rozes, located in Sēme parish, some 5km from Tukums. After spending an hour at Dailas Rozes park, I felt impressed, made a few photos here and would highly recommend this place to all rose lovers. Rozītes Dailas Rozes is located in Rozītes,  Sēme parish, Tukums district, Latvia. We did…

Autumn Harvest in The Garden

Published: 10 September, 2017 seen 60

Back at our rural country house in Latvia, we have a pretty international garden, plants, and flowers from different countries across the world, so, for example, we have a tulip bulbs from the Netherlands, cabbage seeds from the United States of America, some lichens from Georgia, and of course traditional Latvian plants. It was at the end of August 2017, we decided it's the right time to harvest the crop, we planted back in Spring.  In today's Piece of Lifes series - Autumn Harvest 2017 Garden Today we will dig potatoes, beets, carrots, onions, and cut cabbages See, how we made this garden…

How I Made $2,135.03 with Google AdSense in 8 years

Published: 9 September, 2017 seen 200 Blogging

Wow, it has been already 8 years, since I've been using Google AdSense to monetize online content. Amazing how fast time flies - It was at late night of September 4th, 2009, when I finally decided to give it a try for Google AdSense. You know what's more amazing? Half of that amount I made in the last year alone. See: How I Made $1,000 with Google AdSense in 7 years Back then, 8 years ago, I had a dozen of "web-projects", mostly powered by WordPress, I was exploring different niches and put a lot of time and energy in too many directions. I decided to try to monetize my efforts - and of…

Top 12 Luxury & Boutique Hotels in Chania Town

Published: 8 September, 2017 seen 1,232 Hotel reviews

For a luxury stay in Chania town, you will find plenty of  4-star and 5-star hotels. The best - luxury and boutique hotels are pretty affordable in Chania, you should be ready to pay about EUR 75 to EUR 260 per night. From my personal experience, thus I've not stayed at any of listed below hotels, I've stayed just for one night at Lithinon Studio apartments, close to the harbor bay for about EUR 50, spending rest of my time at other boutique hotels on Island. See my complete Crete travel map. That said - here is the list of TOP 12 luxury and boutique hotels in Chania, Crete, according to…

One of The Best Traditional Cretan Restaurants - Gramvousa in Kaliviani

Published: 7 September, 2017 seen 404 Restaurant reviews

There is another clear winner in my top restaurant list - Gramvousa Restaurant in the small Cretan village Kaliviani. Discovered by the accident, during our travels in Crete at the start of June 2017. We headed here after failed attempt to reach Balos beach in the nearby vicinity, see: Discoveries in Crete - Rough Road To Balos Beach Right now it's hard to remember where did we actually headed, but we were driving through this small village, just later we learned the name of it - Kaliviani. As it was afternoon already, we just looked for some lovely roadside restaurants, and here it was - …

Adding Synereo AMP tokens as Long Term Hold to Alternative Crypto Currency Portfolio ($0.19)

Published: 6 September, 2017 seen 392 Investments

Starting July 2017, I've been a buy & hold investor for some of the largest crypto currency tokens as of 2017 - BTH, ETH, LTC and XRP. In fact, XRP (Ripple) was added because of FOMO already, see: Why I Rushed to Buy Ripple (XRP) Cryptocurrency at $0.19 Last few months have taught me a lot in the crypto currency investing, and I'm still learning new things every day. A few weeks ago I decided it would be cool, to learn how to short, and kind of started day trading altcoins, right now it doesn't look anymore that I'm actually day trading, instead, I'm performing so called swing trades. See…

Discoveries in Crete - Rough Road To Balos Beach

Published: 5 September, 2017 seen 329 Tourism objects

Balos Beach & Lagoon have been listed as one of the TOP 10 Best Europe's Beaches in 2017 according to Trip Advisor. We didn't know that yet when planned our trip here with a rental car we took earlier this morning at Agia Marina beach. This was indeed a beautiful trip, kind of reminded me the one we did about a year ago in Spain's region of Andalusia, see: In The Searches For El Torcal - Wilderness in SpainTorcal - Wilderness in Spain Also, I should admit we didn't reach Balos beach after all, as the road to there was indeed rough, and once we were at the final parking space it turned out…

August 2017 Dividend Income Report - $40.43

Published: 4 September, 2017 seen 265 Investments

Welcome to the fourth (#4) dividend income report, covering earnings I've made from dividend paying stocks, peer to peer lending (both fiat and crypto currencies) in August 2017.  If you are new to these dividend income reports, where I'm sharing my progress towards financial freedom, here is a backstory in short - I started my wealth building adventure (portfolio) in January 2017 with a simple goal to invest $8,561 this year in several batches. First months of the year didn't generate me anything much, but starting May it has started slowly pick up. Last August, I turned 32, we headed to…

Georgia's Island of Mystery - Tusheti

Published: 3 September, 2017 seen 255 Travel guides

Nowadays Georgia is considered to be a European country with an admixture of its ancient culture that is cherished by every single citizen. People of different nationalities can be found not only in the capital – Tbilisi, but in many other big and developed cities and towns as well. Tourists usually share positive feedback and emphasize high level of tolerance to the country they come from due to Georgians’ cordial hospitality. It is true that even about 20 years ago it would be difficult to walk in streets for women in mini-skirts or to walk with a stranger who is not her fiancé. Country was…

Mavros Molos Beach near Kissamos, Crete

Published: 2 September, 2017 seen 186 Tourism objects

Mavros Molos beach is a quiet and kind of remote, tourist unspoiled beach located near Kissamos, some 40km from Chania.  We made here a short stop during our Crete exploring trip back in June 2017 Mavros Molos Beach is the largest beach in Kissamos (Kastelli) itself, with fine sand and relatively shallow water. Mavros Molos beach near Kissamos, Crete Mavros Molos beach is at the west end of town, right in front of the restaurants and tavernas, and is fully organized with umbrellas and loungers. There are hotels and apartments for rent on the beach. Mavros Molos beach near Kissamos, Crete…

Top 20 5-star hotels in Istanbul, Turkey

Published: 1 September, 2017 seen 1,033 Hotel reviews

For a luxury stay in Istanbul, you will find a wide selection of top World brand hotels, Sheraton, Hilton, Kempinski, Four Seasons, Hyatt you name it. a From my personal experience, I've stayed at a dozen of Istanbul's boutique hotels in a price range USD 60-100, with Dosso Dossi Istanbul Old City Hotel located in Sultanahmet, being the latest. Make sure you check out article What to do and see in Istanbul in less than 24 hours if you are traveling to Istanbul for the first time. Also, I should add, back in 2013, when traveling from Houston to Riga, via Istanbul with Turkish Airlines, and…