December 2018

Top 10 Best Selling Unlocked Phones 2019

  • Top 10 Best Selling Unlocked Phones 2019

    Published: 31 December, 2018 seen 396 Online Shopping

    In this article, I've listed the top 10 unlocked cell phone models in 2019. The list is updated quarterly. 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 will earn an affiliate income at no cost to you. Prices for phones listed on this page are retrieved using Amazon Product Advertising API and is updated daily. For actual prices please refer on the product page on Amazon. LG Stylo 4 – 32 GB – Unlocked (AT&T/Sprint/T-Mobile/Verizon) – Aurora Black – Prime Exclusive Phone Pre-installed…

The Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia

  • The Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia

    Published: 30 December, 2018 seen 94 Tourism objects

    The Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia is located in Pardaugava (Kandavas 2), just a 10-minute ride from the central part of Riga. The garden was founded in 1922. Over 15ha visitors can explore hothouses and outdoor collections with some 6,000 different plants. It is one of the most well-loved recreational spaces in Riga - you can slowly walk the garden’s compact yet informationally saturated territory, get to know plants from all over the world, visit the Plants House, the Azalea House as well as the Tropical House, or just enjoy lush nature in the middle of the city. Whether you…

The Grand Documentary of 2017

  • The Grand Documentary of 2017

    Published: 29 December, 2018 seen 72 Documentaries

    The Grand Documentary of 2017 is a second part from the never-ending Grand Documentary series, originally set back in 2016. The Grand Documentary of 2017 is a 5 minutes and 23 seconds long short film documenting our lives back in 2017.  Filmed in various countries across the Globe throughout 2017, glued, polished, laminated, beaten and put together in Tbilisi, Georgia, using Premiere CC Places from the film: 3 Weeks in Crete (Complete Itinerary list) Weekend Trip To Kiev, Ukraine   P.S. There is also in production "The Great Documentary 2018", which promises to delight us very soon - in the…

Top Hotels in Baltezers, Latvia

  • Top Hotels in Baltezers, Latvia

    Published: 28 December, 2018 seen 39 Hotel reviews

    Baltezers is a popular recreational village located in Ādaži Municipality some 17 km from Riga city center. The place is popular among tourists from the close neighboring countries like Estonia and Lithuania (because of Via Baltic road) and also for tourists from Scandinavia and Russia. In today's article, I've listed the top 3 hotels to book here in Baltezers. Disclosure: hotels listed below contain links to Booking.com, by clicking on links on this page and by making a reservation on Booking.com site, I will earn an affiliate income, at no cost to you. Baltvilla Read my review here This 4-…

Baby Care Play Mat - Haute Collection (Large, Sea Petals - Grey)

  • Baby Care Play Mat - Haute Collection (Large, Sea Petals - Grey)

    Published: 27 December, 2018 seen 98

    The Baby Care Play Mat provides a safe and hygienic place for babies and children to play. The cushioned mat protects against hard falls when kids do what they do best: crawl, tumble, and topple over when learning to sit and stand. Mats are portable so they go in any room you’re in, and they work well on hardwood floors or carpets. Kids of all ages love the vibrant colors, and in no time they’re identifying numbers and images from the pictures on the mats. Baby Care Play Mat - Haute Collection ranks among top user choice on Amazon for baby play mats. A play mat is a must-have for your baby,…

Weekend Trip To Kiev, Ukraine

  • Weekend Trip To Kiev, Ukraine

    Published: 26 December, 2018 seen 191 Travel guides

    Weekend trip to Kyiv, Ukraine is a short recap of my 32 birthday celebrations back in 2017. In short, we booked a central hotel in the city center, used local taxi's a lot, traveled forth and back to the distant neighborhoods, and tried a lot of great Ukrainian cuisine. Traditions should be respected. For the fourth year in a row, I have been celebrating my birthday at one of the former Soviet Union member country's capital cities. It all started in Yerevan, continued in Tallinn, Vilnius and now it was the turn for Kyiv. In fact, we made a short trip to Kyiv at the end of 2016, during a…

Puzata Hata, Khreschatyk Street, Kyiv, Ukraine

  • Puzata Hata, Khreschatyk Street, Kyiv, Ukraine

    Published: 25 December, 2018 seen 199 Restaurant reviews

    Puzata Hata is a popular (and probably the largest) chain in Kiev - it serves traditional Ukrainian cuisine for a budget price. Puzata Hata was one of our favorite Kiev restaurant chains we visited during our latest trip to Kiev in August 2017. See: Kiev restaurants The Puzata Khata Restaurant Network opened its doors to the first visitors in 2003. Then it was the first restaurant in Bessarabka, in the center of Kiev.  Puzata Hata in Kiev Today, Puzata Hata is a network of modern restaurants with quality and fast service, where you can taste delicious Ukrainian and European cuisine.…

Top 20 Best Selling Gaming Laptops 2019

  • Top 20 Best Selling Gaming Laptops 2019

    Published: 24 December, 2018 seen 2,201 Online Shopping

    Intel Core i7 processor laptops models dominate the gaming laptop market in 2019, though Intel core i9  laptops are starting to gain the momentum.  When choosing a brand new gaming laptop in 2019, it's worth to pay attention to the processor and RAM, is it Intel core i7  - 7th generation or latest 8th generation. Surprisingly but Intel Core i5 processor models are good (decent gaming laptop as well.  Regarding RAM - it should be a least 8GB RAM memory.  In this article, I've listed top 20 gaming laptop models in 2019. The list is updated quarterly. A quick note: This article contains…

3 Weeks in Crete (Complete Itinerary list)

  • 3 Weeks in Crete (Complete Itinerary list)

    Published: 23 December, 2018 seen 797 Travel guides

    This is a round-up post for our 3 weeks trip to Crete, Grece in June 2017, listing most of the places (tourism objects, hotels, restaurants, and more) In short, we fled from Tbilisi via Athens to Chania, see About Tbilisi - Athens - Chania (Greece) flight by Aegean Airlines,  spent some 8 hours in Athens, and arrived at Chania international airport from where our Cretan trip started. From the airport, we took a public bus (the price was cheap, some  EUR 2 per person, or something).  Once we arrived at the Chania bus station we found our apartment we had prebooked already in Georgia, and it…

Postcards from Kvareli

  • Postcards from Kvareli

    Published: 22 December, 2018 seen 74

    Kvareli is a town in northeastern in Kakheti Province, Georgia. Located in the Alazani Valley, near the foothills of the Greater Caucasus Mountains, it was the birthplace of Georgian author Ilia Chavchavadze The area is in the center of the Kakheti wine-producing region, and the town itself is known for its Kindzmarauli wine, a semisweet red variety. Kindzmarauli Corporation Wine House in Kvareli, Georgia Anyhow, there are many cool things to do and explore in and out of the city, like Grape Harvest Rtveli in Georgia (Region of Kakheti) For today's Piece of Life series article, I decided to…

Top hotels in Rustavi, Georgia

  • Top hotels in Rustavi, Georgia

    Published: 21 December, 2018 seen 83 Hotel reviews

    Rustavi cannot be proud of having top luxury hotels, like the one you can find in Georgian resort towns of Bakuriani, Gudauri, Batumi or the nation's capital Tbilisi. The reason probably is plain simple - the close distance to Tbilisi city. On the other hand, Rustavi is known for it's racing track and huge auto market. Many international travelers from neighboring countries of Armenia and Azerbaijan are coming here to buy used and new vehicles.  Continue reading to find out top hotels in Rustavi Disclosure: hotels listed below contain links to Booking.com, by clicking on links on this page…

Baby Trend Respiro Crib Mattress, Warm White

  • Baby Trend Respiro Crib Mattress, Warm White

    Published: 20 December, 2018 seen 71

    Choosing a baby crib mattress might be complicated, but it shouldn't. Luckily there are mom's picks on Amazon.  Made of breathable mesh, the Baby Trend Respiro Crib Mattress has open-air sides, so there is nowhere for dust mites and bed bugs to hide. The hypoallergenic Respiro doesn't use foam or stuffing, eliminating the risk of toxic flame-retardants and giving the mattress 100 percent air flow. Use it from day 1 to year 3: The firmer side is for newborns (up to 1 year) and the softer side is for toddlers. Guarantees 100% ventilation through high-tech breathable mesh and open air sides…

Kvareli Public Service Hall

  • Kvareli Public Service Hall

    Published: 19 December, 2018 seen 145 Tourism objects

    Kvareli Public service hall is located in the center of Kvareli town near Chavchavadze Street. Public Service Hall is an agency of the Georgian government which provides a variety of public services, these include the services of the Civil Registry Agency, the National Agency of Public Registry, the National Archives, the National Bureau of Enforcement and the Notary Chamber of Georgia. Services are made available at public service halls throughout the country. Public Service hall in Kvareli I was not able to find much about the construction of Kvareli site (as I was, with the Public service…

Top 3 Things to do in Kazdanga, Latvia

  • Top 3 Things to do in Kazdanga, Latvia

    Published: 18 December, 2018 seen 95 Tourism objects

    I first discovered the small Latvian town Kazdanga back in the Summer of 2015, since then I've returned here many times. Kazdanga is located near the motorway P117 some 9 km from the Aizpute and 167 km from Riga. In today's article, I decided to list the top 3 places/things to do once in Kazdanga.

Top 20 Best Selling Laptops / Notebooks Under $500 2019

  • Top 20 Best Selling Laptops / Notebooks Under $500 2019

    Published: 17 December, 2018 seen 1,265 Online Shopping

    Finding a budget laptop under $500 is quite easy in 2019. When looking for a budget / under $500 laptop think of traditional or touchscreen laptop models. In 2019 HP, Acer, Lenovo, and Dell are among the best selling models.  If you still can't decide which model to take and your budget is up to $500 -  consider screen size, RAM, HDD or SDD and of course processor power/manufacturer. No surprise, but most budget laptops are powered with AMD or Intel Celeron processors, though in 2019 you can find some models with Intel Core i3 slightly below $500 In this article, you will find the top 20 best…

Tutarchela Megrelian Restaurant in Tbilisi

  • Tutarchela Megrelian Restaurant in Tbilisi

    Published: 16 December, 2018 seen 231 Restaurant reviews

    Restaurant Tutarchela is located on Archil Mishveladze street 76, Tbilisi, just next to the Vake Park.  I was a bit surprised to learn that here is served Megrelian cuisine, and should admit that Megrelian cuisine is as great as Georgian According to the restaurant's FB page, there is served a wide selection of delicious Megrelian dishes, and for the preparation of all dishes, the restaurant uses natural products. Anyhow, here is what we got Elarji Now, this was something new for me - at the start, it looked something like a Swiss fondue to me, then I thought it is Georgian Ghomi porridge.…

Latest Stock Buy For Child Investment Portfolio: WPG

  • Latest Stock Buy For Child Investment Portfolio: WPG

    Published: 15 December, 2018 seen 135 Investments

    On November 20, 2018, I bought 88 shares of Washington Prime Group (WPG) at $6.26 per share. With its quarterly dividend payout of 0.25 dollars per share, this latest buy has a dividend yield of 15.97% and will pay us $22 (before tax) every quarter. Awesome!  I bought this share for our little baby girl stock portfolio. Without hesitation, I can say - our 4-month-old princess has a dividend portfolio generating already $19.04/mo. I'm looking to grow it towards $50/mo by the end of 2019. For right now I find it OK investing in higher yield and more riskier stocks. 15.97% yield, that's huge.…

Top 14 Luxury 5-star hotels in Baku, Azerbaijan

  • Top 14 Luxury 5-star hotels in Baku, Azerbaijan

    Published: 14 December, 2018 seen 638 Hotel reviews

    Baku is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, as well as the largest city on the Caspian Sea and of the Caucasus region. Baku is located 28 metres (92 ft) below sea level, which makes it the lowest lying national capital in the world and also the largest city in the world located below sea level. It is located on the southern shore of the Absheron Peninsula, alongside the Bay of Baku.  Here are the top 3 reasons visiting Baku (according to Booking.com) old town, city walks & friendly locals. Surprisingly but a a luxury stay in Baku, doesn't mean expensive, in fact you could get a 5-…

Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit, White

  • Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit, White

    Published: 13 December, 2018 seen 65

    Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit is one of the top moms' picks for baby cribs in 2018 (according to Amazon). And indeed this crib is highly popular, good priced, and what's important, the average rating for this crib is more than 4 stars. Buying a baby crib might be hard. I remember how I was searching for a crib for our little princess in Tbilisi. In the end, I bought a crib in the baby shopping center. It took me a couple of hours to set it up, but for now, it seems it will serve till the age of 4.  A quick note: This article contains affiliate links…

Hotel Kvareli Eden Review

  • Hotel Kvareli Eden Review

    Published: 12 December, 2018 seen 113 Hotel reviews

    Kvareli Eden Hotel is located in a remote place some 1 or 2 km from the Kvarteli town center, Georgia. Kvareli Eden features an indoor swimming pool and a wine therapy spa center. Free Wi-Fi and free private parking are provided. We booked a stay at Kvareli Eden in the mid of November 2018 during Georgia Discount week (kind of paying half the price). We stayed here for two nights and paid about GEL 500 (EUR 165 / USD 188) for that. Disclosure: this article contains links to Booking.com, by clicking on links on this page and by making a reservation on Booking.com site, I might earn an…

The Grand Documentary of 2016

  • The Grand Documentary of 2016

    Published: 11 December, 2018 seen 122 Documentaries

    Filmed in 8 countries throughout 2016, glued, sanded, laminated, blamed and put together in Tbilisi, Georgia using Adobe Premiere CC.  The Great Documentary is 13 minutes and 2 seconds long short from our lives back in 2016.  The story starts in Venice, Italy, travels to Georgia, Armenia, then Latvia, Lithuania, Spain, Gibraltar and ends in New York, US. Jokes, notes and wine (chacha) traverse the scene from the first seconds of the movie. Spoken in Latvian (and a little bit Russian) For HD quality lovers, the Full HD version is available privately by talking to an exclusive show. Places from…

Top 25 Best Selling Laptop / Notebook Computers 2019

  • Top 25 Best Selling Laptop / Notebook Computers 2019

    Published: 10 December, 2018 seen 3,808 Online Shopping

    Acer dominates the best selling laptops list in 2019.  Gaming laptops are gaining the momentum this year, as they say - great performance for a decent price Here are some popular laptop brand names to consider in 2019: Acer, HP, Asus, Dell, MSI, Apple, and Microsoft Surface book In this article, I've listed the top best selling laptop and notebook models on Amazon.com for 2019 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 will earn an affiliate income at no cost to you. Prices for laptops listed…

Roshen Candy Store in Kiev (Khotynska Street)

  • Roshen Candy Store in Kiev (Khotynska Street)

    Published: 9 December, 2018 seen 639 Shopping Venues

    Roshen Confectionery Corporation is a Ukrainian confectionery manufacturing group. The leading manufacturer of confectionery products in the country, it operates facilities in the Ukrainian cities of Kiev, Vinnytsia and Kremenchuk, as well as in Budapest, Hungary and Klaipėda, Lithuania. The name of the company was derived from the last name of its owner, current president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. It was back in August 2017, we were in Kiev to celebrate my birthday when we discovered this lovely candy store. Roshen Candy store in Kiev If I remember right, this one is located on …

Pet Food Store in Tbilisi - Zoomart on Abashidze street (near Vake park)

  • Pet Food Store in Tbilisi - Zoomart on Abashidze street (near Vake park)

    Published: 8 December, 2018 seen 617 Shopping Venues

    Zoomart on Abashidze street 78  (located very conveniently close to the Vake park) has been our favorite pet food store (actually the only one) for several years already. We came here regularly to buy special cats dry food.  According to Zoomart website, there are already 11 stores across Tbilisi (2018).  At Zoomart you will find brands like Canvit, ferplast, Vitakraft, Brekkies, catzone, elmubas, Versele-Laga, Advance, Kong, Acana, Morando, Animology  e.t.c Together with Natia Beridze Veterinary, these are two of the pet-related places I'm familiar with in Tbilisi

Top 16 Best Luxury 5-star SPA hotels in Milan city center

  • Top 16 Best Luxury 5-star SPA hotels in Milan city center

    Published: 7 December, 2018 seen 203 Hotel reviews

    Milan is the world' s fashion capital, so there is no surprise seeing high-end hotels located in the city center. I've been once in Milan, back then we chose to stay at a hotel close to the Milan-Malpensa airport and chose Holiday Inn Express Milan-Malpensa Airport Hotel (Case Nuove, Italy),  as we traveled from Milan to Venice then Florence and back to Milan. For a complete travel route, please see ​My Italy Travel Guide. For a luxury stay in the Milan city center, you should be willing to pay EUR 150 - 850 per night. Continue reading to find out the best luxury 5-star hotels in Milan Milan…

IWA Christmas Charity Fair Tbilisi 2018

  • IWA Christmas Charity Fair Tbilisi 2018

    Published: 6 December, 2018 seen 135 Living in Georgia

    Annual Winter Fair (Christmas charity fair) was held at Tbilisi's Radisson Blue Hotel on December 1, 2018 For many expats in Georgia, it has been already a tradition to visit this fair year. For me, this was already some sixth or seventh fair (as a visitor), maybe I should start selling hot wine in the next years (who knows) Here are a few articles from the past: Christmas Charity Fair Tbilisi 2017, Christmas Charity Winter Fair in Tbilisi 2015, Christmas Charity Winter Fair in Tbilisi Sheraton Hotel, Christmas charity fair in Tbilisi As usual, I took my DSLR camera, backpack and went…

November 2018 Dividend Income Report - $111.60

  • November 2018 Dividend Income Report - $111.60

    Published: 5 December, 2018 seen 401 Investments

    Welcome to the nineteenth (#19) dividend income report, covering earnings I've made from dividend-paying stocks, peer to peer lending (both fiat and cryptocurrencies) in November 2018.  In case you are wondering why I'm sharing online my earnings - the answer is pretty simple -  back in January 2017, I set a goal to reach one million dollars in my bank account by the time I will turn 60 (27, 26 years still to go). I believe in transparency and sharing dividend income reports every month helps me to observe my personal progress or bounces. Hopefully, those reports can give some inspiration to …

Documentary "Inside Mao's China"

  • Documentary "Inside Mao's China"

    Published: 4 December, 2018 seen 224 Documentaries

    A very interesting film by Martin Gronemeyer, telling a story about foreign expats in China during the cultural revolution. The film tells a unique personal story combined with rare historical footage give a new perspective on Mao’s utopia.  At the height of Maoism, China was as closed off as present-day North Korea. Then as China eased out of its age of isolation in the early 1970's, Westerners equipped with government regulated narratives began to romanticize the new government. Only a small group of Westerners who grew up and lived inside Mao’s China witnessed first-hand the upheaval of…

Top 14 Best Selling Acer Chromebook Laptops 2019

  • Top 14 Best Selling Acer Chromebook Laptops 2019

    Published: 3 December, 2018 seen 1,385 Online Shopping

    Chromebooks are a great alternative to resource-consuming Windows or MAC OS powered systems. A Chromebook is a laptop running Chrome OS as its operating system. The devices are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and data residing "in the cloud". A Chromebook comes with a great price.  There are several brands producing Chromebooks, but one of the most popular is Acer. In today's article, I've listed top 14 best selling Acer Chromebook laptop models for 2018. Alternatively, see Best Selling Traditional Acer Laptop Notebook Computers 2019 A…

Investment Goal #4 - Minimum $550 Purchase for US Stocks

  • Investment Goal #4 - Minimum $550 Purchase for US Stocks

    Published: 2 December, 2018 seen 96 Investments

    Since May 2018, I have been acquiring US stocks, my average stock purchase price is about $500 and that's basically most I can afford. Still, I'm paying a commission $5 for each transaction, in general, I'm paying a 1% fee for each stock purchase Now I decided to raise a little bit my investment in US stocks and instead of spending $500 spend $550 every time when adding new stock to the portfolio.  A small increase could lead to higher returns in the form of dividend income.  With 2019, I will probably raise this minimum stock purchase to $600.

Latest Stock Buy: XIN

  • Latest Stock Buy: XIN

    Published: 1 December, 2018 seen 77 Investments

    In October 2018, I bought 144 shares of Xinyuan Real Estate (XIN ) at $3.79 per share. With its quarterly dividend payout of 0.1 dollars per share, this latest buy has a dividend yield of 10.55 % and will pay us $14.4 every quarter. Awesome!  Bought after watching CNBC morning news. This stock is my first step into Asian markets (China) Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd. is a Chinese real estate company. Xinyuan has traditionally engaged principally in residential real estate development and the provision of property management services, focusing on Tier II cities in China. About Xinyuan Real…