I can do all things with God who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

What I am is a gift from God. What I become is my gift to God.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalm 23

I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:16.

Aug 22, 2011

Beware of Ring Scam in Paris

To all those who plans to visit Paris,  Beware of the Ring Scam.

I was in front of  Musée d' Orsay with my two younger kids taking some photographs with my iPhone. My hubby is already few meters ahead of us with our eldest son. While I was busy taking photos, a woman who speaks French bent over in front of us and got my attention by holding a gold ring and asked me if it was mine. I was startled a bit and started a conversation by saying it wasn't mine.  The lady acted so happy to have found a gold ring and told me it was her lucky day. She tried the ring in all her fingers, showing me that it won't fit. The moment she entered the final act - offering the ring to me because it won't fit her - I sensed that something is not right and put my guards up. The lady is trying to pull my hand and wanted to put the ring on my finger while I was pulling it all the time and saying NO. My mind was telling me to be careful but I don't know how to end the conversation without being rude.  At that point, my husband called us from the other side of the road so I told the lady that I have to leave.

My husband was a bit frustrated and reminded me not to talk to strangers because starting a conversation will open doors to scammers. Before I could tell him my story, he told me that he was offered a gold ring and he just snapped NO and walked away.  It confirmed my fears that it was a scam.

While we walked away together, I could still see the lady looking at us.  It wasn't her lucky day after all.

Aug 20, 2011

All Set for Paris

not Paris Hilton but Paris, France :)

It is very common to lose your luggages in Charles De Gaulle airport (as discussed in most travel forums).  Since we don't want to be included in the growing list of unhappy and unsatisfied travelers, hubby and I followed some useful tips posted by previous travelers who lost their luggages and reunited with their belongings after at least 3 days :0 

As part of our risk management plan, our luggages are not only locked and tagged as usual; they are also photographed (profiled) for easy identification in case of emergency.  It is easy to describe your bag by showing its picture rather than lose your mind in thinking how to translate the bag's description in French :) 

The bags' profiles are in my phone and instead of sending the other copy in my email, i posted it here in my blog.  Each checked-in luggage has our itinerary inserted in the pockets which shows where we will be on a particular date (hotel name, address, phone and email) as well as our personal phone numbers and emails.  This way, if ever the unexpected happens, they could easily track us and make everything simple.

Hopefully, we won't be needing all these things and we don't have to go through filing a lost luggage claim.

All the bags are packed 
...locked, tagged and profiled
Checked-in luggage #1
Checked-in luggage #2
Cabin bag #1
Cabin bag #2
Cabin bag #3
Looking forward to a great summer holiday!