Sunday, December 17, 2017

How to find the ideal husband

So many women want to find the ideal husband. Well, one lucky lady found her ideal husband entirely by accident. Scroll down to read more.

Someone forwarded this story to me sometime back. When I read it, I really had a good laugh. So I thought I'd re-share it with you today with a few revisions. 

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Several men were in the locker room of a golf club. Let's suppose it was the Manila Golf Club. A cell phone on a bench rings and a man picks it up. He puts it on the hands-free speaker function since he's busy dressing up and begins to talk.

Of course, everyone else in the room stops to listen to his conversation on speaker phone.


MAN:    "Hello?"

WOMAN:  "Hi honey, it's me. Are you at the club?"

MAN:    "Yes."

WOMAN:  "I'm at a shop now and I found this beautiful leather coat. It's only 200,000 pesos. Is it okay if I buy it?"

MAN:    "Sure, go ahead. If you like it that much."

WOMAN:  "Oh, and I also stopped by the Jaguar dealer on the way here and I saw the new Jaguar XJ. I really liked it."

MAN:    "How much?"

WOMAN:  "8.5 million pesos, VAT included. And they're going to give us UV window tints for free as well."

MAN:    "That sounds good. Okay, let's buy it. But for that price I want it loaded with all the options. Medium tint on the windows, please."

WOMAN:  "Great. Oh, and one more thing. I was just talking to Jane, and she told me that the house I wanted last year in Forbes Park is back on the market. They're asking 500 million for it."

MAN:    "Well then go ahead and make an offer of 4.5 million. They'll probably take it. If not, we can go the extra 300,000 if you really want the house."

WOMAN:  "Okay. You so made my day. I'll see you later! I love you so much!"

MAN:    "'Bye! I love you too." And then the man hangs up.  

By then, the other men in the locker room are staring at him in complete astonishment, mouths wide open. 

He then picks up the phone, slowly turns to all of them and asks:  "Anyone know whose phone this is?"

Saturday, December 16, 2017

A relaxing holiday at the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Bosphorus

The Bosphorus is synonymous with the romance of Istanbul, a city straddling Europe and Asia and yet anchored on the waters that flow in from the Black Sea and eventually rush out to the Sea of Marmara. Right on the Bosphorus, you will find the Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, one of the most luxurious hotels in Istanbul.

At the Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus,
one of the most luxurious hotels in Istanbul

The Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus sits regally like a beautiful lady of the Ottoman Empire, practically a destination in itself, especially for frequent travelers to Istanbul like myself who wish to revisit the city in relaxed style.

I’d been to Turkey many times before; so on this particular trip, all I wanted to do was walk around the old neighborhoods of Galata and Karakoy discovering quirky shops and cool cafes, visit the Istanbul Modern, and then spend the rest of the time on R&R right by one of the most strategic waterways in the world.

At the Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus,
one of the most luxurious hotels in Istanbul

The convenient location of Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorusnear  historic sights of Bosphorus and also comfortably away from the hustle and bustle, is most ideal for a relaxing holiday in Istanbul.


At the Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus,
one of the most luxurious hotels in Istanbul

For my stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus, I chose a second floor Palace Bosphorus room which is one of the most attractive rooms in the hotel. Located in the historic main building, a 19th century former Ottoman palace, it still had remnants of its grand old self, with unusually high ceilings and old-fashioned windows facing the Bosphorus so that I could see the Asian side of Istanbul and the Maiden tower in the distance.


Meanwhile the interiors were classic Turkish turn-of-the-century in feel – dark furniture and plush fabrics – although with all the magical gadgets of modern technology.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Bosphorus


Within this oasis, one of my favorite rituals was eating at the delicious breakfast buffet at Aqua, the contemporary Italian restaurant of Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Bosphorus

It has a wonderful breakfast buffet, all kinds of fresh juices including my all-time favorite fresh pomegranate juice, full of anti-oxidants, and there's a lovely Turkish lady who makes a Turkish specialty of beef and flour pancake nearby. I always order this Turkish pancake and ask her to put a little chili in.

Breakfast at the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Bosphorus

I began my days in a wonderfully languid fashion at this sleek but cheerful venue, with freshly pressed pomegranate juice and a typical Turkish breakfast of assorted cheeses, clotted cream, olives, honey and breads.

Baklava at the Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus,
one of the most luxurious hotels in Istanbul

The spa had a wide range of treatments but I just had to book the Turkish hammam experience on one of these spa days, of course. 

This Turkish hammam experience began with a short steam treatment followed by a body scrub, foaming wash and massage that ended just in time for afternoon tea in the hotel gardens where tables are set up right next to the sea so that on a beautifully sunny afternoon this was just about the best place to be in Istanbul.

At the Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus,
one of the most luxurious hotels in Istanbul

Then, just like the pace of everything else in Istanbul, a city full of moments worth savoring slowly that slip by all too quickly, we were soon reluctantly calling it a day. All the while sitting at the same spot outdoors, afternoon tea seamlessly turned into sunset cocktails; and then darkness crept in and we walked back to Aqua for an authentic Italian dinner of pasta, steaks and gelato cooked by Istanbul's best Italian chef.

At the Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus,
one of the most luxurious hotels in Istanbul

We’d been so mesmerized by our VIP seat on the grand show that is life on the Bosphorus one of the greatest attractions of Istanbul – that, ironically, the hours had ever so wonderfully slipped by unnoticed. And this is how it was everyday for the rest of our stay as well, until it was time to say goodbye to Istanbul and to the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus.

Christmas in Edinburgh, Scotland, along the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace

With Christmas around the corner, Edinburgh's landmark building at the top of the Royal Mile is Christmas ready. The 12-foot Christmas tree in Cafe Hub provides a cheery holiday atmosphere welcoming visitors to celebrate the holiday season with a festive themed afternoon tea for two, including seasonal favourites like homemade mince pies.

Christmas in Edinburgh, Scotland

Afternoon tea at the Cafe Hub at the top of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh offers the perfect opportunity to relax following a day of Christmas shopping on Edinburgh's Royal Mile as well as after a day of shopping in the Old Town. To accompany the festive treats, guests can choose from a selection of artisan loose teas including earl grey, apple and cinnamon, Scottish rooibos, chocolate chilli explosion or freshly ground coffee. The afternoon tea can also be enjoyed with a glass of prosecco.

Head Chef Denis Zominy of the Cafe Hub at the top of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh said: “Afternoon tea sits between lunch and dinner just like The Hub sits between the castle and Holyrood Palace. When you need a little holiday indulgence at the half-way point we have the place to do it, and now the perfect refreshment as well.”


Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also be available if booked in advance. Also on the festive menu for the holiday season is mulled wine to warm up in this winter weather, coffee and two mince pies, and an apple winter warmer as a non-alcoholic alternative.