November 2021

Vilgāle apt update: Doors, drywall, electricity

Published: 30 November, 2021 seen 30 Home Remodeling

Again a few weeks have passed and I got the latest images from the Vilgåle apt renovation. This time contractors have almost finished drywall works and are ready for plastering and finishing electricity works. The end is so close I can even feel it. more drywall for bathroom and saunaSlowly, but we are progressing here. seems the next task is to plaster ceiling and add tiles on the walls Kitchen wall plasteredhallwayNew doors have been installed, also lamps for the halway Cost so far: Water plumbing: EUR 60 Sadales Tīkls: EUR 60 Electrician: EUR 155 Architect: EUR 800 Removing walls and floor…

Top 10 Best Selling Laptops December 2021

Published: 29 November, 2021 seen 172 Online Shopping

In this article, I've listed the top 10 best-selling laptops models on Amazon in the month of December 2021. As a proud owner of Macbook Air, I found it just logical this list features it Without further ado, here is the list: Disclosure: 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 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 refer to the product page on Amazon.…

Black Friday in the Stock Market

Published: 26 November, 2021 seen 14 Investments

Quite a crazy Black Friday in the market. or Mr. Market almost squeezed me out of my comfort zone. A sharp recovery helped and I went shopping on bargain (hopefully). Worst day since June 2020. Should focus more on covered calls in the future

How to Sell Oil with Options (RDSA stock)

Published: 25 November, 2021 seen 29 Investments

There are a couple of ways some might get exposed to the oil market, you could go with futures, ETF's or individual stocks.  In this article, I will share an example on how some could sell options on individual stock - a stock I've been selling options with mixed success in the past - RDSA - or Royal Dutch Shell Royal Dutch Shell PLC, commonly known as Shell, is a British-Dutch oil and gas company headquartered in the Netherlands and incorporated in the United Kingdom. It is one of the oil and gas "supermajors" and the third-largest company in the world measured by 2018 revenues (and the…

3 days not eating meat

Published: 24 November, 2021 seen 3 Fitness

I decided to take a quick experiment and stop eating meat for 7 days. Just meat, not dairy or eggs. I guess age, current affairs, people around me, and go green hype have finally reached me. Despite that I still love meat, and I don't call myself a vegetarian. Today is day 3, and I noticed I eat a lot more veggies, bread, and fish. I will keep you posted

Adding Custom CSS stylesheet to Drupal Olivero theme

Published: 23 November, 2021 seen 114 Drupal Development

Just recently I migrated my blog from Drupal 7 to the Drupal 9 platform, and this time I decided to stick with what I get, instead of building it all from scratch. I really like the default experimental theme Drupal Olivero, but of course, there are a few things I would love to fine-tune.  Instead of building a theme from scratch I decided to apply a few customizations for the stylesheet, and here is how (this is not recommended as when upgrading your Drupal theme you will need to patch it again and you risk loosing your custom.css file).  from the themes folder (core/themes/Olivero)  sudo…

Top 10 Best Selling Mirrorless Cameras 2022

Published: 22 November, 2021 seen 206 Digital Photography School

When talking about mirrorless cameras in 2022, Canon, Sony, Nikon, and Panasonic are the brands to consider. In this article, I've listed the top 10 best selling mirrorless cameras on Amazon.com A quick note: Please note this list contains affiliate links to Amazon.com, by clicking on links on this page and by making a purchase on the Amazon site, I will earn an affiliate income from that. Prices for mirrorless cameras listed on this page is retrieved by using Amazon Product Advertising API and is updated daily Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Vlogging Camera Kit with EF-M 15-45mm Lens, Black Dual…

Latvian National Opera

Published: 19 November, 2021 seen 33 Entertainment

The Latvian National Opera and Ballet is an opera house and opera company at Aspazijas boulevard 3 in Riga. Its repertoire includes performances of opera and ballet presented during the season which lasts from mid-September to the end of May. Latvian National OperaDuring a typical season, LNOB presents almost 200 performances, including, on average, 6 new productions. The largest is the Great Hall which houses 946 seats, while the smaller ones – the New Hall, the Dress Circle Hall (Beletāžas zāle) and the Red Hall – have a maximum seating capacity of 338, 170 and 100 respectively.  The…

How to Rotate a video in Adobe Premiere Pro (Portrait to Landscape)

Published: 18 November, 2021 seen 154 Digital Photography School

Sometimes when filming with a mobile phone, I shoot in portrait mode. Portrait mode is Okay for social media posts, but not really cool looking on larger screens.  Recently, when working on a larger home video in Adobe Premiere Pro, I discovered a few scenes shot in portrait mode, but actually where meant to be landscape.  Without further ado, here is how to rotate a video in Adobe Premiere Pro Upload your clip, from the timeline select clip, and click on the effects control, from there under Motion click Rotate and change to 90 degrees Rotating video in Adobe Premiere ProHope it helps. For a…

Vilgāle apt update: Hallway, Sauna and more

Published: 17 November, 2021 seen 58 Home Remodeling

It has been a few weeks already since the works with Vilgāle apt have been restarted, finishing the hallway, kitchen and sauna. more wiring were done, additional drywall constructions, some plumbing and a lot of sauna works.  Hopefully the works could be done by the end of the year, but more realistic I'm looking on Spring 2022. Will see. HallwayThere is built a closet for storing wooden pellets, boiler and wood pellet stove itself. Kitchen areaLooks bit tidy, but will see Bathroom / SaunaStill a lot to do, but the good thing, most of the plumbing is already done. Next tiles and wooden boards…

Tskaltubo - Former Soviet Spa Resort

Published: 16 November, 2021 seen 38

Tskaltubo is a spa resort town in west-central Georgia. The resort was especially popular in the Soviet era, attracting around 125,000 visitors a year. Bathhouse 9 features a frieze of Stalin, and visitors can see the private pool where he bathed on his visits. Just like Chiatura cable car town, Tskaltubo is very interesting to visit and see the brutalist and futuristic Soviet architecture.  In today's Piece of Life series - Tskalubo - former Soviet Spa Resort town Former hotel in Tskaltubo, now used as housing for refugees from the Abhaz war in 1992The resort's focus is on balneotherapy for…

Top 10 Laptops With Windows 11 OS

Published: 15 November, 2021 seen 105 Online Shopping

In this article, I've listed the top 10 best-selling laptops models with the latest Windows 11 operating system Without further ado, here is the list: Disclosure: 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 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 refer to the product page on Amazon. HP 15-inch Laptop, 11th Generation Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe…

The Grand Documentary of 2019

Published: 12 November, 2021 seen 36 Documentaries

Almost 38.8 GB (676 clips short clips per year) footage resulted in almost 2 hours of film. (1h 56 m). As every year - documentary cinema - in the style of home video, but we have thought about your vestibular aparatus - trying to avoid the tremors of the hands and the desire to work with and around the zoom as much as possible (undoubtedly, the couple places ar filmed in a manual mode). Filming with a tripod and a baby on the move is difficult The length of the film is determined by its main character - Renee. One year in our baby's life - running around, crawling, getting up and finally…

Chreli Abano Sulfur Bath in Tbilisi

Published: 11 November, 2021 seen 86 Health & Wellness

Chreli Abano is a sulfur bath located in the Tbilisi Bath district of Abanotubani.  We have been heading to these baths a lot in the past (back in 2011-2013), since then we have changed our location, visiting other, not so fancy ones on Kyiv street, but lately again, we have started to visit sulfur bathhouses in the old town district. As they are many, I will try to give a quick recap of all of them, though after revisiting Chreli Abano sufur bath in Tbilisi, seems I will stick with it for awhile.  Chreli Abano sulfur bath in TbilisiLocated at the eastern bank of the Mtkvari River at the foot…

Vilgāle apt update: Drywall for Bathroom, Kitchen and Hallway, Building Sauna

Published: 10 November, 2021 seen 33 Home Remodeling

It has been a while since I posted the latest updates from our Vilgāle apartment renovation, the active construction works have been paused since March, except some minor plastering was done by mid-June. In the Summer months in Latvia, it is hard to find contractors. I was left with no other option than to wait for the fall/ winter season.  Without further ado, works have resumed with lightning speed and there is a hope we will finish this apt by the end of this year (2021), at least the major construction works. Construction for drywall at the hallwayRock wool, wiring. In the hallway there…

Le Meridien Batumi Hotel Review

Published: 9 November, 2021 seen 48 Hotel reviews

Le Meridan hotel is one of many 5-star hotels in Batumi I've stayed in so far. We booked a one-night stay here in August 2021 to celebrate my 36 birthday. For this stay, we paid about $340, and this seems a bit overpriced. I still prefer Radisson or Hilton, but if money is no obstacle, why not? Sunset view from Le Meridien Batumi hotel We arrived bit late in the evening from Batumi international airport (flight from Tbilisi). It was already getting late, but I managed to capture the above sunset . Beach reachable within only 656 feet, Le Meridien Batumi is a 5-star hotel and features 105…

Top 10 Best Selling Laptops November 2021

Published: 8 November, 2021 seen 230 Online Shopping

In this article, I've listed the top 10 best-selling laptops models on Amazon in the month of November 2021. As a proud owner of Macbook Air, I found it just logical this list features 3 MacBooks (including the latest release 2021 Macbook) Without further ado, here is the list: Disclosure: 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 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…

Halloween 2021

Published: 5 November, 2021 seen 65 Living in Georgia

Our spooky Halloween short. From the mist-covered Sighnaghi to  Bazaleti lake. Trick or treat!

Chateau Bruale Tkhilistskaro

Published: 4 November, 2021 seen 39 Hotel reviews

Chateau Bruale offers accommodations in Tkhilistskaro. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. We booked a one-night stay at this place at the end of August 2021 and paid about EUR 30. Additionally, we ordered some dinner and breakfast, for an additional GEL 120 Chateau Bruale Tkhilistskaro Chateau is located in the middle of vineyards and hazelnut grove. I actually bought some 5 kilos with hazelnut, paying about GEL 8 per kilo. Vineyards at Chateau Bruale in Georgia I held a small talk with the…

October 2021 Dividend Income Report - $9.46

Published: 3 November, 2021 seen 84 Investments

Welcome to the fifty-fourth (#54) dividend income report, covering earnings I've made from dividend-paying stocks in October 2021. Last October, just like the September we spent both in Georgia and Latvia, there were some circumstances that required us to return. Nevertheless, we still managed to make a few nice road trips, visited some nice restaurants, and so on. Golden Fall in Latvia / Laidi manorFrom the perspective of dividend income - Last October was very low, but as I'm rebuilding the portfolio from the scratch - it's picking up. Slowly but steady.   In total, I took $9.49  in…

Autumn in Laidi

Published: 2 November, 2021 seen 50

Laidi is a village in Laidi parish, Kuldīga municipality, Latvia.  The village is located some 28 km from the county center of Kuldiga and 167 km from Riga. One of the most interesting objects to see: Laidi manor - Built in the early 19th century by the local German nobility, it has housed the Laidi primary school since 1921. Autumn in LaidiIn today's Piece of Life series - Autumn in Laidi Autumn in LaidiBeautiful scenary with colourful trees View over Laidi

Top 11 New Laptop Releases 2021

Published: 1 November, 2021 seen 346 Online Shopping

In this article, I've listed the top 11 hot new laptop releases on Amazon. Apple and HP dominate the list. In this article, you will find both Laptops for everyday computing and powerful gaming laptops.  A quick note: This article contains affiliate links to Amazon, by clicking on links on this page and by making a purchase on the 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 refer on the product page on Amazon. 2021 Apple MacBook Pro (16…