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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Fort Matanzas National Monument

Are you looking for a great place to visit this Spring? Check Saint Augustine, Florida. There are three places that I can recommend : Fort Matanzas, Castillo de San Marcos, and the Old City or Saint Augustine. Here are some of the photos that I took in Fort Matanzas.
The ferry ride is free of charge.
Obviously, it is windy up here.
The passage to go up here can only accommodate one person at a time.
this is Fort Matanzas.
We are all excited at this pint.
the cannon at the sentry box.
the ferry
awesome view
Taken inside the Fort Matanzas.
The ride going back to the Fort Matanzas Welcome Center is smooth and  free..
What a great view from here.
The top is the lookout area.
Only few of us dare to come up here.
 Here I am at the tower roof. While standing here, hubby was at the sentry box area waiting for me to go down. We stayed in Fort Matanzas for almost two hours enjoying the view and listening to the guide how this Fort plays vital in Florida history.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dealing with AC Issues

In less than two months, we will be back living in the gulf coast. Yes you read it right, we are leaving Florida but, not totally since we have rental properties down here. We sold our house that we currently living and we agreed on the buyer's request that closing will be on May since we are not in hurry. We love this house and the quiet neighborhood but, we have to move to be closer to our family.
I remember the first day that we saw this house. It sits on a corner lot with a good size backyard. When we walked in, our hearts drop when we saw the outdated kitchen and dingy inside look but, it has great potential. We found out that there was no AC too and that's quiet expensive to add into the expenses of buying a house. Since we love the structure of the house, the location and the outside look of the house, we decided to buy it.

That was two years ago. We splurge the kitchen, enhanced the look of the laundry room, added new AC , change the bathroom fixtures, and added new paint in the entire house then guess what, we have 48% profit when we sold it last month. Unknowingly, we are actually flipping houses. How cool was that?

Right now, we are looking for a new and desirable property to buy in the gulf coast location. We are not intimidated with foreclosure properties even if there's an AC issues. We can always find an AC repair company to deal with it. If you are living in North Carolina and encountered the same issues when buying a property, you can find ac repair in Raleigh nc here. Anyway, wish us luck that our home buying activity this month will be smooth and that we can find the property that we need.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Disney Character Topiaries

To clip the foliage and twigs of shrubs and trees in order to create a defined shape such as the Disney Characters takes time, skills and creativity. It does take a real talent to do all these art works. This spring season, Disney World's EPCOT theme park celebrates the International Flower and Garden Festival presented by HGTV. Now on it's 21st year, this yearly event has drawn millions of Disney guests all over the world. Throughout the EPCOT theme park, amazing floral displays of breath-taking blooms, colorful gardens and beautiful topiaries welcomes the guests.
Find this topiary in Future World.
Find this wonderful topiary at the entrance.
You will find the topiary of goofy in the Future World.
You will find this topiary near the Electric Umbrella in Future World.
You will see this topiary in Future World.
You will see this right at the entrance.
Find this topiary at the Future World.
located at the Future World
at the entrance
Nearby the Electric Umbrella
The International Flower and Garden Festival is a special event scheduled from March to May. These are just few of more than a 100 topiaries in Disney. Most of the amazing topiaries are located in the World showcase and that's where we will be going anytime next week. Anyway, thanks for stopping by. See you all tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Dual Action Foaming Cleanser

I assumed that both men and women have beauty routines before bedtime and upon waking up in the morning. Conscious individuals do not just go to bed without washing their face. Though I do not wear make up most of the day, I do wash my face with warm water and select facial wash. I admit, I am not blessed with beautiful clear skin in fact; when I was in my teens, I have breakouts and the scaring is pretty obvious even up to now. I have sensitive skin and if I wear make up, I will get breakouts. Anyway, with scaring problems, I can't do anything about it but, I make sure that I take time to clean my face before bedtime to avoid breakouts.

Few weeks ago, I bought this dual action foaming cleanser at Victoria's Secret on-line. I have been using this for about a week now and so far, I like the clean feel of my skin after using it. It seems that the pores of my skin tightens. It is maybe because the cleanser penetrates deeply inside the pores, unclogging the dirt and impurities.

So far, I like the results. I don't usually use other stuff like exfoliating and moisturizing my face but, last week, I started doing those as well. It does make the difference. My skin is clean, soft and the darken spots from acne breakouts lightens. I just hope that this cleanser and the other two products that I am using will continue to bring good results on my skin.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The House Inspection

The moment we decided to put our house on the market, we had a thorough clean-up and made easy fixes inside the house. We make sure that the moment the buyers walk-in, they could tell that they want this house. We de-clutter and I did the staging. I make sure that every room in the house is functional and squeaky clean.

The Inspection
As sellers, the thought of having to respond to the buyers request of inspection is daunting. Wise buyers need to have an inspection for protection of their expensive purchase. It is not advisable to just go on the big purchase without it and relying only with their ocular inspection. There might be a money pit hidden beyond those walls.

In total of 2 weeks, we received 5 offers and we accepted the highest offer with two requests, they wanted the outdoor grill that we have and they will have an inspection ASAP. Fair enough, we accepted the offer and sign the contract.

The inspection was smooth. It lasted about 2 hours. I was already thinking, the result was great. When we bought this house two years ago, our inspector took more than 4 hours inspecting the entire house. He gave us a long list what rooms need to work. Two major problems that needs instant fixes, gut the whole kitchen and add a new AC unit and duct work. We did that. Now, the inside of the house is fairly new.

We were confident that the inspection turns out great which, it did! We pass.

There was also a termite inspection, another company that the buyer hired. He came and gone in less than 30 minutes. Whewww ... we were so happy and relieved because we did not have a termite inspection before so; we pass again.

Oh, we can't wait to move.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Walt Disney Hometown Museum in Marceline Missouri

Our one week road trip travel to Missouri has led us to Marceline, the boyhood town of Walt Disney. We arrived in 120 E Santa Fe Ave, Marceline, MO 64658 which was located beside the train tracks in the restored Santa Fe depot. When Walt Disney was a child, he loved to watch the trains goes by.


The Location of the Museum
The museum is located near the train depot, as you can see from the picture above. The premises of the museum is well-kept, with great landscape and fenced in. The museum is located in Marceline, a charming place, has wide roads, many houses were old and probably most of them were historical buildings especially in the heart of the town. When we arrived in the museum, it was late in the afternoon, quiet and maybe less than 10 of us went in to explore the place. There is nothing much to see in Marceline except few areas that connects to Walt Disney. I like the town and most of the people are friendly and since it is a rural town, they know who are guests in their place. There is no big stores in the area. I only saw one 7-11 store and it's not even near this place. If you want to explore Marceline, gas up and bring foods. No McDonalds or KFC around and if you need to use the bathroom, you have to drive a long ways to find one. As I have said, Marceline is a charming place. I would love to comeback and explore the town more.


The Museum
Inside the museum is a collection of Walt Disney and family personal effects such as letters, photos, artifacts, and personal belongings. As I explored the museum, I was indeed transported to a different and simpler time apart from the atmosphere in Disney World. Reading the personal letters of Walt Disney to his friends and family and seeing the personal belongings has made me believe that Walt Disney indeed found magic in Marceline.
The admission fees posted outside.
 Though it says no photography inside, the ladies said it's alright to take photos so; all of us did.
Obviously, Walt Disney loves to collect trains.
No wonder that Disneyland and Disney World have the Main Street Vehicles, World Railroad as well as
the Railroads in Fantasy Land and Frontier land.
This is a gallery of photos and personal letters of Walt Disney and his family.
This is really cute personal effects.
Walt Disney attended Park School in 1908 and he was in first grade.
Walt Disney's desk in first grade. Fascinating huh?
The caption:
Featuring Walt Disney--Marceline's Favorite Son
Walt Disney's First Grade Desk-- Park School 1908
School bell used by principal of Park School when Walt Disney was a student.
Mickey Mouse Flag and Disneyland Flag
donated by Walt Disney at the 1960 dedication of Marceline's
Walt Disney Elementary School 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Who Makes the Fairy Houses ?

Awww! Who makes fairy houses? I bet your child will be happy to answer that. In the world of Neverland and the characters of Tinker Bell and Peter Pan brings a wonderful smile on a child's innocent face. Well, not only for them but, for us gown-up as well. Such a magical imaginary place which full of beauty. Just like Tinker Bell's Butterfly Garden in Epcot, Disney World.


EPCOT Theme Park
One of the 4 popular Disney World's theme parks is called Epcot. This place is all about human achievement, culture and innovation. The Spaceship Earth is the icon of Epcot and is also one of the popular attractions. EPCOT is an acronym which means Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Popular areas are Future World where Spaceship Earth, Mission: Space,Test Track and Soarin' attractions are located; and World Showcase where guests enjoy the pavilions which showcase selected countries in the world. Right now, Spring has sprung in EPCOT!


The International Flower and Garden Festival
Annually, EPCOT have special events and one of the popular festivities that I love is the International Flower and Garden Festival. Yesterday, hubby and I went to Epcot to see the blooming flowers as well as take photos of the Topiary Sculptures of Disney Characters and other creatures. This festival started in 1993 so; it just turned 21 this year, how amazing is that?


Tinker Bell's Butterfly Garden
For now, I am sharing these photos of fairy houses inside Tinker Bell's Butterfly Garden. This is not a permanent attraction because I didn't see this in the last years. The butterfly garden is inside a huge canopy slightly covered so; butterflies are free to fly inside and out of this area. The flowers are blooming and so gorgeous. Hundreds of varieties and blooms in different colors. There's yellow, pink, red, orange, white and so on.


Cute Fairy Houses
The moment I walked inside the butterfly garden, the blooming flowers are just everywhere. The area is landscaped well, a good size to enjoy blooms in every corner, and no one surely did not missed the fairy houses. They are made skillfully and artistically out of ordinary things which can be found in your place. Check out the photos here:

The Fairies make the fairy house but, in Tinker Bell's Butterfly Garden, the humans Vikki and Ronda made the fairy houses hehehe. They are great artist and I admire their creative works of art. Have you ever seen fairies? I never saw a fairy yet but; I would love too (wink). Tinker Bell is one of my favorite #Disney characters and please comeback tomorrow to see the topiary sculpture of tinker bell. I will be posting few topiary characters as well. Thanks for stopping by. You should visit #Epcot, now!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Potential Home

I can't stop thinking about this property. The net amount from the house that we sold is enough to buy this huge property located in the ideal neighborhood (talking about the view minus the storm). It has 2,824 sq ft, with a good size swimming pool with a golf course view at the back. Truly awesome for the square footage and worth for the money. There's a catch though!

As you can see it, it is a brick home. I like it a lot! The yard is alright but, with a landscaping improvement, this will look appealing. The location is few blocks to the beach with easy access to a boat dock. The golf course is right on the backyard , how cool is that?

Anyone who loves fishing and boating, this is a great property to buy because the bayou is just 3 blocks away too. I saw this area 4 years ago and the place is really blessed with beautiful view by the water.

Vaulted ceiling which I love and it has a fireplace which tops hubby's wish-list. Nice floors right? I don't hate the paint colors on the wall but, that's an easy cosmetics to fix.

As I was trying to check this property in other listing company, I found out that this house in good condition is worth 4x the asking price. This is totally a bargain right now. This might look good but, behind that wall, it tells otherwise. The catch that I mentioned earlier? Though the location has a nice view, this area is within the flood zone and this is a fixer upper. Remember hurricane Katrina? This area was flooded. Therefore, this house has a flood damage especially in plumbing and electrical. Plus, insurance premium in flood zone area is ridiculously high! We cannot afford this house. This is a money pit for us.
 
Considering the "catch", if it is you, would you buy this property?

I Love Florida

When hubby and I had a road trip from Florida to Kansas and back, we truly enjoyed it in fact; we canceled our flight and chose to drive instead. We love seeing the mountains in Tennessee and the farmlands of Missouri. We love everything that we saw but, we missed Florida.

We missed seeing bridges and the sight of waters and beaches just like this one. Though I love the mountains in Tennessee, I still prefer living in Florida. I love it here.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Home Inspection

My husband and I had a long day today. Our realtor informed us the other day that the buyer of our house wanted to schedule a home inspection for 8 AM. It was too early for us but, we said yes. We wanted to get this done and over with so that; we can move on to the next phase of this "selling-moving-buying" frenzy.
We were able to meet the buyer too, both of them. We like them to own this house. The good thing is that, they really love our house too. That's really important to us because living in this house for two years, we already felt attached and connected.

The home inspection went great and the buyer were pretty much happy about the result. Our realtor called us to know how everything goes. We just relay everything to her. She already talked to their realtor as well. They both communicated in real time. I am not sure if they are using real estate crm but, for whatever they use, truly it works.

Right now, we are in the waiting game period. I hope that the buyer will get their loans on time.
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