Get A Car Insurance That Fits Your Lifestyle And Budget

It is very important to take really good care of your car.

It is very important to take really good care of your car.

A quality insurance provider should be concerned with more than just getting you adequate coverage on your car insurance or trying to up their commission. A good agent focuses on providing quality customer service and adding value that goes beyond expectations. With so many companies and providers available, you don’t have to stay with one that offers you anything less than the best. Here are some signs that it’s time to shop around for a new provider.

1. Unexplained rate hikes. If you have a spotty driving record or you’ve been found at fault in an accident, you’ll expect your insurance rates to be a little higher than average or to temporarily increase. However, if you find that your agency offers less than competitive rates or that your rates have gone up unexpectedly without reason, it’s time to look elsewhere for coverage.

2. Evasiveness. A professional agent will readily answer any questions or concerns that you have. They should also be able to explain the details of your insurance contract and provide accurate information. If your agent doesn’t have facts at hand, doesn’t know where to find vital information or avoids giving you direct, concise answers to your questions, you’re better off finding an agent who can.

3. Not answering or returning calls in a timely manner. If you’re constantly playing phone tag or your agent cuts your calls short, they’re not showing you the kind of respect and service you deserve. You need to know that if you’ve been involved in an accident or you have an emergency, your agent will be there to assist you when you need them.

4. Pushing you to buy services or coverage you don’t need. Your agent is your advocate. If they’re constantly trying to sell you unnecessary coverage or up-sell you on other products, chances are they’re more worried about their bottom line than they are about your best interests. A good agent will find you the maximum amount of insurance at a rate that fits your lifestyle and budget.

You don’t have to stick with a company out of habit or use a certain carrier because that’s the one your parents always used. Insurance agents in Austin can be found through such resources as auto club recommendations and even online rate comparisons. It’s important to find the best provider for your needs, so shop around until you feel comfortable with your agent and in what their company has to offer you.


Passport Renewal

I am freaking out.  Why?  My passport is expiring soon.  My dear husband’s too.  We both need to renew our passports by December this year or else, we will be having a hard time with passport renewal.

I don’t know but it just came up to me suddenly the urge to open the Philippine Consulate in LA website today.  And I was very glad that there is going to be an outreach program in Dallas, Texas in September.  According to the website, the outreach program schedule is confirmed.  That means that the scheduling for appointment for the passport renewal, dual citizenship, report of birth and marriage services will be announced very soon.  And I am keeping my eyes on it.  My husband told me that he wants us to go on a long vacation overseas next year so I don’t want to miss this chance.  His passport is due for renewal VERY SOON and I will keep reminding him until he goes to the US Passport Renewal Office or until he mails his passport renewal application.

In my case, I have to send a filled-up passport form in advance to the Philippine Consulate office in LA to get an appointment scheduled because the slots are limited.  Actually, the form and requirements are ready to send.  I am now waiting for the next official announcement or press release from the Philippine Consulate office with regards to start date of accepting the applications.

Enjoy the Sights And Sounds Of A Texas Town In Historic San Antonio


Touring picturesque, historic San Antonio is a great way to spend a vacation. The entire family can enjoy all of the activities and scenery that the city has to offer. There are many beautiful spots in this Texas town that should not be missed when visiting the area. can assist vacationers in seeing the city through the planning of small groups of up to fourteen individuals who are all interested in enjoying their time in Texas. A guided tour will help vacationers get the most out of any excursion, and San Antonio has much to offer to visitors.

The touring website lists two trips that take visitors to different areas within San Antonio. These trips provide various opportunities to see and enjoy the sights and activities of the area. The Orientation Tour features stops at the Alamo, various missions, the River Walk, and points of interest in the downtown portion of the city. This particular tour lasts from nine in the morning to four in the afternoon.

The Highlights Tour is of shorter duration, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is an abbreviated Orientation Tour. The journey eliminates visits to the missions and takes less time in the central part of the city. Visitors can decide which tour will fulfill their requirements the best.

A vacation in San Antonio will provide a wonderful excursion for entire families, and a guided tour is one of the nicest ways to take in the sights of this beautiful location.


Huntsville, Corsicana, and Centerville, Texas

The Sam Houston Statue in Huntsville, TX

The Sam Houston Statue in Huntsville, Texas

Hurray!  Our summer family vacation starts today.  A six-hour drive to Galveston was worth it.  We were able to visit and see the Sam Houston Statue in Huntsville.  On our trip to Galveston three years ago, my husband and I didn’t get the chance to stop by.  This time we took our time and showed our darling daughter how BIG the statue is.  She said it’s a giant statue.  :) She was stunned.  And I was so happy.

As we head on to our road travel, our little girl kept on talking about the giant statue of Sam Houston.  Then we stopped at the Rest Area in Corsicana. DD quickly approached the buffalo and she asked to take her photo with it.  Well, she wanted me to join in, too.

Portrait with the buffalo. Rest Area - Corsicana, TX

Portrait with the buffalo.
Rest area – Corsicana, Texas

About forty minutes after leaving the rest area, we stopped at Woody’s Smokehouse in Centerville.  They have so many selection of smoked meat in the store.  We ordered a couple of barbeque sandwich and a corn dog.  We had a nice lunch there. There’s a big statue of the American Bald Eagle outside the store and looked like it was built as a tribute.

American Bald Eagle statue at Woody's Smokehouse Shell -Centerville, Texas

American Bald Eagle statue at Woody’s Smokehouse Shell -Centerville, Texas

It was an enjoyable road travel.  After a nice lunch at Woody’s, we head on and arrived in Galveston at about six o’clock in the evening.

Ten Roadside Sights in Idaho

Driving through Idaho and Utah soon? You’ll be surprised by the wealth of scenic, historical, and interesting sights found not too far off the path.

The 45th Parallel

The latitudinal halfway point between the equator and the North Pole runs through southwestern Idaho, about two miles north of New Meadows on U.S. 95. Stop to snap a photo at this unique spot on the globe, and learn about the 45th Parallel at the visitors center nearby.

Clearwater Fish Hatchery

If your children like nature, then stop at the Clearwater Fish Hatchery in Ahsahka, Idaho. With free admission, you can learn about the fishing process and what it takes to prepare fish to send across the country.

Eastman Drug Store

While you’re in Idaho, enjoy an old-fashioned soda at the state’s oldest drug store in Soda Springs. Walking inside Eastman Drug Store, you will feel like you have traveled through a time machine. Still a functioning pharmacy, the drug store has been operating since 1884 and still uses its antique soda fountain.

Soda Springs Geyser

While you’re in the neighborhood enjoying your handmade sodas and ice cream, visit Soda Springs Geyser. The only captive geyser in the world, Soda Springs geyser erupts every hour and can reach up to 100 feet in the air. Soda Springs also boasts thousands of naturally carbonated springs that were a landmark on the Oregon Trail.

The Giant Cedar
Standing at 177 feet tall, this cedar is approximately 3,000 years old. You can find it at Perkins Cedar Grove, near Elk River, Idaho. With decks and paved trails that make it easy to explore with the family. On your way out, grab some ice cream at the Elk River General Store.

Idaho City

Founded in 1862 during a gold rush, Idaho City is a fun town to learn some American history with your family. At one point in the late 1800’s, the town hosted more than 200 business, including three dozen saloons. Now, the small town is home to remnants of history, including the Boise Basin Museum and 18 historical buildings.

Hell’s Half Acre Lava Field

Interstate 15 crosses through the southeast corner of this unique natural site. Hell’s Half Acre Lava Field consists of a basaltic lava plain on the Snake River Plain in Idaho. About 150 square miles provide a look how vegetation exists after a lava lake once occupied the area around 3250 BC.

Miner’s Hat Realty

Located in Kellogg, Idaho, on Highway 10, Miner’s Hat Realty occupies a building shaped like a giant—you guessed it—miner’s hat, complete with an old-timey carbide headlamp. The building was originally a restaurant from 1939 to the mid 1950’s, servicing gold and silver miners nearby. Now, a realtor owns the building, but visitors are still welcome to stop in and learn about its history.

Shoshone Ice Caves

For an interesting escape from the heat, stop by the Shoshone Ice Caves. These natural lava pathways form thick layers of ice, up to 20 feet, year round. A giant dinosaur statue will greet you off of N. Highway 75. Grab some complimentary coats and walk through the centuries old caverns.

Atomic City

The quintessential small town, Atomic City has a population of 29 on its 0.11 square mile of land. In 1951, the city became home to the first electricity-generating nuclear power plant, which was used for experimental purposes. After decommissioning the plant, the town served as halfway point between Blackfoot and Arco on Route 26. The small downtown can provide fun photo opportunities for your family.

This article was contributed by KJ’s Super Stores, a family-owned business headquartered in Idaho Falls. Whenever you need snacks, fuel, or a car wash in Idaho, we’re here!