eGetinnz had the pleasure of guesting on DWDD Katropa Radio with Digital Filipina hosts Karina Ramos and Myrns Roman. As eGetinnz becomes known more and more we hope not only to share about travel booking and vacation rentals but being an all in one portal for your travel desires.
During the guesting we talked about the latest travel trends and destinations. As we see it these will be the popular destinations for 2017:
Canada- travelers are exploring Canada especially because of PM Trudeau and the upcoming 150th anniversary
Finland- World Figure Skating Championships and the Nordic World Ski Championships
Havana, Cuba- boost in travel as more and more clamor to appreciate the colorful and cultural city
Zimbabwe- a new $150 million airport in Victoria Falls with an expected 1.5 million people a year visiting
The best way to immerse yourself in any place you travel is to live amongst the local folks. What better way than to stay in a local home.
Vacation rentals are cost effective allowing you to pay for only a fraction of the cost you would have spent at a hotel. You won’t have to miss those creature comforts when you’re traveling.
Guangzhou, the capital and the most populous city of the province Guangdong in southern China is home to the famous Spring Festival Flower Fair held yearly. It is dubbed as the “flower city” because of its emphasis on having gardens and greenery. During the festival, the streets are decorated with fragrant, colorful and beautiful fresh flowers, golden tangerines and miniature landscapes where people shop for flowers and gifts.
History of Guangzhou Flower Fair
The annual festive flower fair in Guangzhou originated 500 years ago to the Ming Dynasty. The forming of the festival is related to the city’s climate, history and culture. Guangzhou being subtropical, enjoys long days of sunshine and plenty of rainfalls, excellent for growing flowers. The large demand for flowers from the Guangzhou market lead to the formation of the festival for people to appreciate flowers, and the old saying “No flower fairs, no Spring Festival” had also evolved.
In 1920, the festival began to be held regularly. Nowadays, the annual flower fair is divided into 8 major markets all around the city of Guangzhou.
Flowers, Plants and their Symbols
It is a Chinese tradition to welcome spring with flowers. In Guangzhou, it is customary to visit the flower fair on the eve of Spring Festival and buy potted trees with hanging tangerines. Tangerine trees symbolize a fruitful marriage, goodwill, good luck and prosperity or wealth.
People also buy peonies for love, affection and feminine beauty. Peony which was China’s National Flower in 1903, also symbolizes honor, wealth and aristocracy, hence known as “king of flowers.”
Other plants and flowers that people buy include – peach blossoms for romance, longevity and considered as the strongest defense against evil; lettuce for wealth generation and chrysanthemums for long life.
On the contrary, if one comes back home from the fair empty-handed, that would mean a year of unhappiness.
The Chinese Lantern Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first Chinese Lunar month. It is the end of the Chinese New year period.
The Lantern festival marks the return of spring and symbolizes a reunion of family but since there is no public holiday for the festival, most people don’t celebrate it with their family.
How did the lantern festival come to life?
Lantern festival originated 2000 years ago. During the Eastern Han Dynasty, Emperor Hanmingdi who was an advocate of Buddhism; ordered the lighting of lanterns on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month to show respect to Buddha. Since then, it gradually became a grand celebration among people.
Activities during the lantern festival
People get together on the night of the Lantern Festival to enjoy different activities.
Lighting of lanterns is the main activity of the festival. Lanterns of various shapes, colors and sizes will be seen everywhere during the event – hanging, floating, held or fixed. Children may also hold small lanterns while walking the streets. The lantern symbolizes hope for a brighter and smoother future and best wishes for the families. Women who are praying for a child walk under a hanging lantern.
Another popular activity during the festival is solving lantern riddles. This activity began in the Song Dynasty. Lantern owners put riddles written on a piece of paper inside the lanterns. People who guessed the correct answer win a small prize.
Lion Dance is the most entertaining activity for the celebration. People believed that the Lion as a sign of bravery and strength could drive away evil and could protect people and the land. Aside from jumping and rolling, the lion moves from place to place looking for the red envelopes which have money inside, this makes the activity more exciting and amusing.
Eating tangyuan is an important activity for the festival. Tangyuan is a ball-shaped dumplings made of glutinuous rice flour with different fillings. Families eat tangyuan altogether with the belief that it would bring togetherness and better bond in between the members.
What can be more amazing than seeing marvelous icy masterpieces from different parts of the world? eGetinnz lists five fascinating ice and snow festivals that you must see.
BP World Ice Art Championships (Alaska, USA)
The BP World Ice Art Championships is an annual ice-sculpting contest held in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA. More than 100 sculpting teams from different countries around the world participate in the two-events of this contest: the Single Block Classic and the Multi-Block Classic.
Amateur ice sculptors can also work side by side with the experts in the Fairbanks Open, the part of the competition that is not judged.
The Kids Park is also a top crowd-drawer at this event. It is a playground made entirely from ice. It has rides, slides, mazes and other fun stuff for the whole family.
Ice on Whyte Festival (Alberta, Canada)
The Ice on Whyte Festival is an outdoor winter festival celebrated annually in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It features ice and snow exhibits for everyone to see, an interactive play area for the little ones, and a giant ice slide for the kids and the kids at heart.
One of the main highlights of the festival is the International Ice Carving Competition. This year, ten competing teams will showcase their ice carving talents by creating captivating masterpieces.
The Ice on Whyte Festival will run from January 26-February 5, 2017.
Sapporo Snow (Hokkaido, Japan)
In 1950, local high school students exhibited six snow statues at Odori Park, which drew in a large crowd of spectators. This marked the beginning of the Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido, Japan, which attracts millions of guests each year.
For this year’s Sapporo Snow Festival, ice and snow sculptures will be featured in three different sites on the following dates: Odori Site and Susukino Site (February 6-12, 2017) and Tsudome Site (February 1-12, 2017).
Ice and snow sculptures will be displayed at the Odori site, giant snow slides can be seen at the Tsudome site, while the ice sculpture contest will be held at the Susukino site.
Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival (Harbin, China)
What started out as a traditional ice lantern show and garden party in 1963 has now become the biggest ice and snow festival in the world. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is a month-long celebration that starts on January 5.
The two important exhibition areas of this festival are the Sun Island, where big snow sculptures are found, and the Ice and Snow World, which features full-sized buildings made from huge blocks of ice.
Ice Music Festival (Geilo, Norway)
The Ice Music Festival in Norway is a one-of-a-kind musical event where all instruments used in the concert are sculpted from ice hours before the actual stage performance.
The festival, founded by Terje Isungset and Pål Knutsson Medhus, is a tribute to art and the environment. It is held on the first full moon of the year.
Specialising in Palmistry and Emotional Healing, London psychic Philena Bruce is a Palmist, Tarot Reader and Clairvoyant with over 35 years experience. She has read hands from all over the world and many fly to the United Kingdom to see her.
Tell us about yourself.
I have been practising palmistry since 1973. Between then and now I have read hands all over the world. I spent much of the eighties in India, where my reputation as a good Palmist spread all over South India.
As a young adult, I taught Mathematics in a secondary boys school in West London. In 1980 I resigned and went to India for 2 years, starting in Calcutta, now Kolkata, where I worked in Mother Teresa’s children’s home for a few months. Later I travelled around the entire country twice, ending in Shantivanam Ashram, the Ashram of Father Bede Griffiths in South India. I loved this place so much, I returned many times throughout the eighties.
In the late eighties, I set up as a Palmist in London and taught Mathematics part time to young ballet dancers in central London. Over the next few years I developed my own healing business. In the mid nineties I went full time into Palmistry and Healing.
In 2009 I went back to Shantivanam Ashram in South India and wrote my book – Know That You Are Loved; Self-Healing Techniques for Everyone.
Today I continue to practise Palmistry, Card Readings, Clairvoyance and Healing. I see people face to face and also do Telephone Readings.
Please share a little bit about yourself as a business owner.
I enjoy running my own business as it gives me freedom as to how I organise my life. I don’t employ anyone, I never have. I am a late night person, so deal with admin and emails late at night, when there are no doorbells or telephones to distract me, and get up late. I have given up working in the mornings; I work afternoons and evenings.
What is the most challenging part of being a business owner?
Learning to pace myself so I don’t over work. Having the strength to turn down work, when it coincides with my personal time, regardless of how much money I might have earned or how needy the client is. I learnt the hard way, that if I don’t look after myself, I get ill and then need to take much more time off work.
Why did you venture into your current business?
Having become well-known for my Palmistry in South India in the eighties, I thought I would give it a go in London – never looked back.
What do you want to highlight about your business?
I have had over 40 years experience worldwide as a Palmist.. Nearly 30 years experience as a healer. And have been releasing stuck spirits from properties for the last 25 years. I see people face to face and give Telephone Readings.
I am the author of Know That You Are Loved; Self-Healing Techniques for Everyone, which has been published by O Books.
What do you like to do in your free time or currently find interest in?
I like reading, travelling to faraway places, visiting relatives and spending quality time with friends. I also enjoy going to the theatre.
Visit: Palmistry, Tarot Readings, Mediumship & Healing -by Philena Bruce Website and Facebook