A Weekend in Los Angeles!

Los Angeles is a sprawling city in the Southern California, which is known to be the center of the country's film and television industry. This bustling city has a vibrant nightlife and is a popular tourist spot for visitors from all over the world. The exotic beaches, historical and architectural attractions, Hollywood celebrities and the amazing tour of the Disneyland makes this city an amazing place to be at. There is so much to explore in this astonishing city that spending a weekend is not enough. But to ease your travel and make your experience all the more exciting, we have picked up the best things for you to do & see in Los Angeles for a weekend getaway. No matter whether you are traveling with your family, your best buddy or your loving partner, there are wonderful opportunities in this lively city that will make your vacation memorable. Here is the list that will help you spend a wonderful weekend in LA:

1. Explore the Cultural & Historical Heritage: Los Angeles is a metropolis that offers endless opportunities for the visitors. To start your trip, take a trip down the memory lane by exploring the cultural & the historical heritage of this city. There are many landmarks that can be visited while being here. The popular ones are Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles City Hall, Firehouse Museum, etc.

2. Entertain Yourself: There are numerous options for entertaining oneself in LA as it happens to be the heart of the country. Universal Studios, Madame Tussauds Museum, etc. are few of the popular spots. If you are in a mood to enjoy the nightlife of the city and shake a leg to the latest numbers, head to the Playhouse, AV clubs and lose yourself to your favorite drink.

3. Experience the Adventure: The extravagant beaches and the amazing adventure sports can make your trip worthwhile. Santa Monica, Malibu Lagoon, Venice beach, El Matador beach, Paradise Cove, Zuma Beach, Manhattan Beach, etc. are the famous beaches of this city that have a large number of water sports, snorkelling, underwater diving and much more. You could simply sit down and relax to enjoy the beauty of nature too.

Shopping, clubbing, enjoying the local cuisines, etc., there are many more things to do & see in Los Angeles, all you need to do is book a cheap flight to Los Angeles and land to this incredible city to experience the charm yourself.

The Do Do List

This list used to be called the Honey Do List at my house. It was held in place with four magnets, posted on the front of the refrigerator. One day, I placed a task for Honey (my wife) to do. She read that. A wave of emotional reaction welled up inside of her to create a tide of hurt feelings that surged forth (in my direction) with all of the fury of El Nino.

“Do I not do enough around here? Am I not appreciated?” I could go on, but she reads these articles that I write. Years of experience has taught me that this was not the time to defend my action. I was flummoxed, to quote an earlier article that I wrote. I scratched off my scribble as I decided not to mess with the system.

Looking anew at her list, I realized that her tasks for me were things that she wanted me to do, none of which she had foisted upon me while I was doing something that was important or interesting to me. She had not indicated how or when to do them. For some time, it has been my habit to try to complete one task a day and to try to do them in the order that she wrote them. My other approach has been to look at the list when I was in the kitchen, and plan to take with me the tools I needed when I went upstairs, out to the garage, or in the yard where a task lay in wait. The tasks don’t seem like an additional chore when I “am going there anyway.”

There was no argument that most of the tasks on my wife’s list were things that I had a moral obligation to do about the house anyway. I agreed with her that she does far more about the house, particularly in the subject area of cleaning, than I do. She is the Queen Bee of our hive, and she wants the hive to have a royal look to reflect her status and sovereignty.

Fiends of mine plot to regularly escape their hives because their Queens Bee unmercifully attack them with tasks, insisting that they be performed now. I created a template on our home computer. It has two sections. The first section is a short list of three numbered spaces for the Queen to list the tasks that are most important to her. The second section is a general list of ten spaces for her to place random tasks. I print the list and place it on the refrigerator for her.

Taking license in one area, I changed the name from Honey Do List to Do Do List, taking care with the spelling. The meaning is clear. A one way list has no honey. The list is do do.

If You Were to Die Today

Hebrew Version

IF YOU WERE TO DIE TODAY

If you were to die today, do you know where would you go?
Everybody has to die, we know that it is for fact, it is just a matter of when and how, nothing else! Are you prepared for the journey beyond death?
Whether you believe or not in eternal life it does not make a difference, because eternal life does exist, it is a fact, written in a trustworthy Book, the Holy Bible, which is a guide for living life to the full. So we must be ready for the journey beyond, because we do not know when or how.
In Dr. Dennis L. Siluk's Christian poetry books you, through poetry, will learn the way to eternal life with our Lord Jesus Christ in his Heavenly Kingdom.
In the Christian series, "The Galilean" (Poems for the Soul), and his sequel "The Nazarene" (Poems for the Son of Man), from per near over ninety-sources-in a 30-month period, and over 3200 -hours- the author brings to life, the ancient sacred scriptures, in a most diverse historical melodramatic way; in poetic prose canto; to be read and reread. These books, have their own soul. Written in English and Spanish.

Spanish Version
SI FUERAS A MORIR HOY

Si fueras a morir hoy, s sabes a dónde irías?
Todos tenemos que morir, sabemos que es de hecho, es solo cuestión de cuándo y cómo, ¡nada más! Est Estás preparado para el viaje más allá de la muerte?
Ya sea que creas o no en la vida eterna, no hace la diferencia, porque la vida eterna si existe, es real, está escrito en un libro confiable, la Santa biblia, que es una guía para vivir la vida al máximo. Entunes debemos estar listos para el viaje del más allá, porque no sabemos cuándo ni cómo.
En los libros de poesía cristiana del Dr. Dennis L. Siluk, aprenderás, a través de poesías, el camino hacia la vida eterna con nuestro Señor Jesucristo en su Reino celestial.
En la serie cristiana, "The Galilean" (Poemas para el alma), y su secuencia "The Nazarene" (Poemas para el Hijo del Hombre), de cerca de más de noventa fuentes -en un período de 30 meses, y más de 3200 horas- el author da vida a las antiguas escrituras sagradas, de una manera melodramática histórica muy profunda; en prosa poética; para ser leído y releído. Estos libros, tienen su propia alma. Escrito en inglés y español.

Five Halloween Traditions in Spain You Will not Find in the UK!

All of you who knows the core of Spanish culture, will agree that it revolves around the spirit of hosting festivals and parties. Most of the world knows about the British way of celebrating Halloween, but if you are in Spain on October 31 this year, you will realize that it is a big affair here. The festival which originated from the essence of remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed is quite common in most of the civilizations across the globe.

A three-day celebration

Spaniards like everything grand and elaborated. So they celebrate Halloweens for three days starting with el Dia de las Brujas (Day of the Witches). The second day (November 1st) is Dia de Todos los Santos (All Saints Day). Halloween is not an American affair here and it has a traditional feel which is akin with the people of Spain who are known for their warmth and hospitality.

On November 2nd, the concluding day of this festival is known as the Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the dead). Spaniards do not consider this as a commercial holiday. For them this festival is all about honoring the dead and celebrating the continuity of life and thanking the Lord for giving us this life.

Different provinces and parts of Spain follow different rituals in these three days. Halloween in Galicia in Northern Spain is celebrated with more enthusiasm and pumpkin carving competitions, costume parties, bonfires fill the entire area. People happily sip a strong alcoholic drink named as quemada after reciting a spell (esconxuro).

Halloween in Barcelona and Catalonia is a little different affair and the bars and clubs are full of special nights and costume parties. Enjoy the Catalan tradition of La Castanyada and eat the small Catalan cakes '' panellets '' made of marzipan, almonds, nuts and various other stuffs. Also be a part of various events, game shows, music concerts and other activities. Eat in the local stalls which will be filled with seasonal delicacies such as castanyes (chestnuts), sweet wine, savories, sweet potatoes and other delicacies.

There might be other fun activities in Barcelona during this time, but the locals do not forget to pay respect to their dead. Make sure you visit the city's magnificent cemeteries to witness these mass gatherings. Some of the popular cemeteries are Montjuïc, Poblenou, and Les Corts.

Honoring and remembering the dead

Even though Halloween in Spain certainly has a commercial side, you will witness families gathering at the graves of deceased loved ones with flowers, offerings, holy water, food and drink on the second day of the festival.

Night of the Pumpkins

Halloween and the cut-outs of pumpkins go hand in hand in the memory of everyone who celebrates it or has watched it in movies and TV series. Just like in Britain, on the first day of Halloween, in Galicia pumpkins are carved and illuminated to pay respect to the dead.

A Zombie March!

In the Southern part of Spain, in the city of Malaga, Halloween is marked with a large zombie march through the streets. You can witness the participants dressed up as witches, ghosts, goblins, zombies, vampires, Dracula, Frankenstein etc. roaming around on the streets and scaring people. There are competitions organized to tell scary stories and there is an eerie environment all around.

Fiesta de Tosantos

In the city of Cadiz, during Halloween holidays street performances and concerts are organized. Also you can enjoy the fruit and vegetable stalls which will display characters from some recent political scandals. The cut-outs and models made out of fruits and vegetables are quite mind-boggling.

Plan your holidays well in advance, and enjoy a spooky vacation this time.