Catch Speedy NOW! Advanced Hosting Solution for Bloggers

Be the first to read my latest entries on the New WOBM Blog!!!

Saturday, October 27, 2007
Where Has My Google PR Disappeared?
A lot of bloggers might have asked themselves this very question this week, when Google decided to change their algorithm and make it even harder for sites to have a good PR. I could start telling you why it has all happened, but I'd rather let an expert have a say on this topic.

Mihaela Lica (Mig) has written a comprehensive article on this subject on one of her blogs, Pamil Visions Tutorials. Go ahead and read it, it will surely make things a lot clearer for you. And take her word on this subject: PR is not that important! Take my case, Google PR is dropping while Alexa ranking are improving on both of my blogs.

Labels: , , ,

posted by Alina @ 2:31 PM   6 comments
Latest News on AccomBlog
Accommodation news are becoming quite a hot topic these days, as more and more of us stop relying on what friends and agencies tell us and we are getting involved in our own research and plan projects before going on a trip. Our time is precious and knowing more details gives us power over it: power to make sure our time is well-spent and power to make the right choice, as not all holiday plans suit everyone's wishes.

The accommodation stories AccomBlog comes to share with as are wrapped in a sunset-like template, summery and warm. While it is nice and the colors are chosen accordingly, I do feel they are limiting their audience a bit. I know I would choose a different place to read about a skiing trip. But the stories themselves, seem to fit the general image they promote: Niagara falls and crazy people jumping from its top, praying to survive, Dubai the very modern city with air-conditioned bus stops or fishing on Hubbard Lake.

All these accommodation updates appear to fancy the unconventional: strange habits tourists have, unusual design, elevators going nowhere and just laying on the street. I think it is the travel blog to go to if you also need a taste of what's different about the place you're going to.

Labels: ,

posted by Alina @ 6:45 AM   0 comments
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Anti-stress List
The list below came in the company's jokes folder. It contains easy and crazy/stupid/funny solutions to life's major problems. Read on and enjoy!

  • If you ever happen to choke on an ice cube, don't panic, just pour a mug of hot water down your throat and the cube will instantly melt.
  • Are you a wild person? Do you cut your fingers when chopping vegetables? There a great solution for this problem: just ask a friend to hold the vegetables for you while you chop them.
  • Do not waste your life fighting with the life partner over the toilet seat's position: use the sink!
  • Is your blood pressure rising? Just cut a bit into your veins and it will instantly drop in less than 2 minutes.
  • If you place a mouse trap on your alarm clock, you will surely not fall asleep after stopping the alarm!
  • The best remedy to excessive caughing is a dozen of laxatives, as your body will surely be very affraid to ever start caughing again.
  • Is your tooth hurting a lot? Just hit your finger with a hammer just as hard and you will completely forget about the aching tooth.
  • All people seem normal untill you get to know them...
  • If you wake up and have a hard time breathing...congratulations, you have one more chance!
  • Be good and loving to friends and relatives, as you never know who you need to help you out with the dirty works when you're stuck in a bed!

Labels: ,

posted by Alina @ 3:54 PM   5 comments
A Successful Birthday
It's still the 24th in the US, for a little while. So there's still time for everybody to contribute a link, a thought or some nice words to Liz's all-day-party organized at Succesful Blog! You won't feel alone, there is a cheerful crowd out there and the comment count is approaching 600.

Liz has also posted some very interesting posts on this blogs and bloggers anniversary party. So I strongly recommend taking a look to todays and yesterday's post. HART, one of the party people over Liz's, has also been keeping track of all these posts (you can find the link among the party comments).

Come and join the wild fun!

Labels: , ,

posted by Alina @ 6:00 AM   0 comments
Friday, October 19, 2007
Editor's Pick on Travel Stories

RealTravel is an ever growing community of free travel blogs, trip planner and overall a rich resource of travel information for anyone working on their travel plans. The official travel blog, also know as Editor’s Picks, features some of the best pieces written by travel bloggers.

Take a look for example at today’s choices: a nice piece on Antarctica Cruise Trips, featuring breath-taking photography, and another piece on Pontivy, France. They both explore possibilities in the selected regions and are doing a great job at delivering useful tips to travel readers.

What I think this collective travel blog would need to actually make it stand out better would be a better organization of categories. Right now they mix regions, continents, countries and type of holidays in the same and extremely long list of categories. I think a little tidying up would help users a lot in finding what they are looking for.

This is a sponsored post.

Labels: , , ,

posted by Alina @ 4:16 PM   2 comments
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Priority: High - Get the Balance Right
Theres more besides joyrides
Little house in the countryside
Understand, learn to demand,
Compromise, sometimes lie

Get the balance right, get the balance right

Be responsible, respectable,
Stable but gullible
Concerned and caring, help the helpless
But always remain ultimately selfish

Get the balance right, get the balance right

You think youve got a hold of it all
You havent got a hold at all
When you reach the top, get ready to drop
Prepare yourself for the fall, youre gonna fall
Its almost predictable

Dont take this way, dont take that way
Straight down the middle until next thursday
Push to the left, back to the right
Twist and turn til youve got it right

Get the balance right
Depeche Mode

Labels: ,

posted by Alina @ 2:42 PM   3 comments
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Win a Chance to Carry the Olympic Torch
The Olympic Torch is the symbol of the Olympic Games. But do you still know what is symbolizes? It reminds us all of the god Prometheus who stole the fire from the other gods to give it to humans. And he did pay dearly for it, being tortured every day. Nowadays, the torch is lit months before the games and carried from Olympia, Greece, to the city hosting that year's winter or summer games. Eleven women impersonating ancient priestesses perform a ceremony during which the Sun ignites the torch.

The the Torch Relay starts - people run short distances carrying it and then pass it on. It all lasts until the eve of the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games. Right now you have a say in who carries the torch. Nominate torchbearers for the historic Torch Relay to theBeijing 2008 Olympic Games. You can nominate yourself or a friend who complies with a few simple rules, such as being able to run 400m while carry the Olympic flame or being over 14 years of age. So join Samsung in their quest to find torchbearers!

This is a sponsored post.

Labels: , , ,

posted by Alina @ 7:54 PM   2 comments
The War of Email Storage
The competition on the "free" market leads to price wars or quality high end positioning to convince customers they should buy/pay more for your product. But when it comes to a free and online service, the battle is taken somewhere else. For email specifically, it's storage limit.

When Gmail entered the market, the guys at Google took our eyes with incredibly large storage space. Yahoo reacted instantly by increasing it's limit a bit, while Hotmail had a very, very slow reaction.

At this time though, Google keeps increasing its limits, yet it is its turn to have a slow reaction. Hotmail offspring Windows Live Hotmail is at 5 GB and Yahoo is claiming to be offering unlimited storage, while Gmail is still at about 2,9 GB.

Via Slashdot

Labels: , , ,

posted by Alina @ 8:08 AM   1 comments
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Secrets Trapped in the Tower of London

London is one of the most important places to go for those seeking cultural, historical and artistic attractions. And to make the entire group of visitors happy, the UK capital city also has its share of attractions for sport lovers, party people and those just wanting to walk around aimlessly.

But the one place I would first go to see there is the Tower of London, with is jewels, tales and prison past, everything going back for about a millennium. William the Conqueror started by building a great fortress here. It then was turned into a palace, a prison, and nowadays into a museum. What is really my main point of attraction here? The crown jewels. I would like to see the Imperial State Crown, the Imperial Crown of India, Mary Modena’s crowns, the orb and the scepters and everything else royalty indulged themselves with when taking part in official ceremonies.

London can be visited regardless of the season; there are always things to do. And don’t worry about rain, it can happen any day! Hotels in London or other London accommodation options are always available. And if you are looking to expand you trip and see other cities, cheap hotels are available anywhere.

Labels: , ,

posted by Alina @ 9:55 AM   2 comments
Thursday, October 11, 2007
New Cool Toy
D has recently bought a wireless router so that we can use our computers at home without and also get connected to the Internet at the same time. Before we ordered it, I wasn't that keen on this little acquisition of ours. But afterwards, when we were both trying to get the same damned cable, I changed my minds.

Now that it's up and running, I am having an incredible time working on my laptop from my own desk! And all our three computers (on PC and two laptops) can be connected at the same time. Oh, and don't let me forget one more aspect: the lack of cables to be spread everywhere and the ease of just taking your laptop and moving around with it is to die for! Yes, the wireless router has gotten to me...

Labels: , , ,

posted by Alina @ 6:24 AM   5 comments
Friday, October 05, 2007
PayPal Fully Operational in Romania
In case you haven't heard it yet, PayPal is now available in Romania to receive payments and withdraw funds. For me, this is quite big news, given that my blogs do run sponsored posts. I found out from Alex Brie and also checked it in the mean time. I registered, verified it and it's now up and running.

For those using ING cards, don't rely on PayPal verification instructions. You won't see any code before the PayPal word. There is no PayPal word, only a PP and the code right after it :) Happy transactions to you all!

Labels: ,

posted by Alina @ 1:46 PM   0 comments
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Unified Messaging, Would You Actually Use it?
I've been researching this field a bit lately, so I thought some questions needed to be asked. Unified messaging means taking completely independent communication streams and mix them together to create a unique solution. For example you take phones, mobile phones, emails, chat windows and video conferences and offer them together. So when you log on, as an end user, to the email client offered by such a solution, you are also logged in to your instant messaging client and your phone numbers are also "on line".

Some of the real benefits? When a fax is sent to your phone line, you see it on your email. When you want to fax something, you don't need to go over to the fax, you just send an attachment by email. Or if an important email comes when you're no longer in the office, your mobile phone receives an sms notification. You could also use such a notification to set a meeting late in the evening, when no one reads emails. And the list can go on to right click an phone number in an email and automatically have it dialed, or to have a complete list of missed calls or voicemail on your email client.

Would you actually use such a solution? Do you think it would help make your work more efficient and would it actually save time? How long do you think it would take to get adjusted to all its features?

And now, most important question: do you think such complete and innovative solutions would actually encourage you to work more? Would you take more tasks at home with you?

I am really curious to see your thoughts on this.

Labels: , ,

posted by Alina @ 6:59 AM   3 comments
Let's Be Three Year Olds again!
Om Luji tagged me on this one. I am supposed to state five reasons why I'd like to be three again and here goes:
  1. Because everything was surrounded by a magical light that made me see the good in people only
  2. Because everybody hurried to do what I wanted, even my grandfather who was baking me dough nuts early in the morning
  3. Because it was before the girls vs boys division (although that division forced me to enhance my persuasion techniques - basically I had the toys the boys needed)
  4. Because by then I was tall and strong enough to open the fridge and take the cold milk out to drink whenever I wanted to.
  5. Because my great grandfather was still alive then
The tag is open, as always, to all those feeling inspired by it.

Labels: ,

posted by Alina @ 6:48 AM   2 comments
Major Cities in the UK
Any trip to the UK must include three major cities, meaning London, Manchester and Birmingham. For those who are more than sports lovers, what else is there to do?

If in London, one has to see the Tower of London, guided through it by the Yeoman Warders showing tourists the Crown Jewels and telling stories of old prisons. St. Paul’s Cathedral is also a must see, along with its famous dome. Designed by sir Christopher Wren, the Cathedral was then built from 1675 to 1710. It is now the home of the world’s best knowns works of art. Then try one of London's many museums, such as Victoria & Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, British Museum and the National Gallery.

Manchester welcomes tourist with big changes. As I have read the architecture is quite changed to feature modern, innovative buildings. If you are more of a cultural tourist, then try the Quays, home to the Lowry and the ‘matchstick’ paintings of LS Lowry. The Lowry features two galleries, two theatres with ballet, comedy and other performances. Near the Lowry, the next stop should be the Imperial War Museum North. Daniel Libeskind designed this museum exploring the impact of war with iconic objects. It also displays an amazing audio-visual presentation.

The Manchester Art Gallery, located in the city center, houses one of the country’s finest collections of Victorian and contemporary surroundings. You could also try the Urbis interactive museum of life in the modern city, located in the Millennium Quarter.

Home to several important museums and art galleries, Birmingham has a surprise for sweet tooths: the chocolate delights of Cadbury World. You could also try the National Sea Life Centre, UK’s first and largest inland aquarium, or Thinktank which is Birmingham’s Museum of Science and Discovery.

If such a trip appeals to you, then check out the hotels in London, the hotels in Birmingham and the hotels in Manchester, then decide on when to go to see it all.

This is a sponsored post.

Labels: ,

posted by Alina @ 6:27 AM   0 comments
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
The Battle Against Your Hair
If your hair is like mine, slightly curly but all that in a totally disordered fashion, you also have a thing for hair products that make it straight. As I hardly have time to go to a beauty salon, such products and devices are life saviors at times when my hair feels the urge of showing off its strong personality.

GHD product will help you in your endeavor to be at your best. As the holiday season is knocking on the door, the Hot Pink Styler and other GHD hair styler come with a significant discount. Visit them and see if their products make for a Christmas present.

This is a sponsored post.
posted by Alina @ 9:48 AM   0 comments
Monday, October 01, 2007
Sunday Morning
This song best describes how I felt on Sunday, early in the morning. It was our first morning together in our new place.

Sunday morning rain is falling
Steal some covers share some skin
Clouds are shrouding us in moments unforgettable
You twist to fit the mold that I am in
But things just get so crazy living life gets hard to do
And I would gladly hit the road get up and go if I knew
That someday it would bring me back to you
That someday it would bring me back to you

That may be all I need
In darkness she is all I see
Come and rest your bones with me
Driving slow on Sunday morning
And I never want to leave

Fingers trace your every outline
Paint a picture with my hands
Back and forth we sway like branches in a storm
Change the weather still together when it ends

That may be all I need
In darkness she is all I see
Come and rest your bones with me
Driving slow on Sunday morning
And I never want to leave

But things just get so crazy living life gets hard to do
Sunday morning rain is falling and I’m calling out to you
Singing someday it’ll bring me back to you
Find a way to bring myself home to you

And you may not know
That may be all I need
In darkness she is all I see
Come and rest your bones with me
Driving slow?

Labels: , ,

posted by Alina @ 9:24 AM   2 comments
About Me

Name: Alina
Home: Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
About Me: "This is my church. This is where I heal my hurts". It's also where I feel free and my preferred means of expression.
See my complete profile
On this blog, I accept sponsored reviews. Expect one such entry every now and then.I am picky about them, but you can contact me for the details.

Previous Post
My Reviews
Recent Readers
Blogroll and Other Links
Blogroll&Hall of Fame
People Coming and Going
Powered by


Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.