Fix The Flat Tire Immediately

This is what caused my car's flat tire.
This is what caused my car’s flat tire.

My car had a flat tire. It’s the left rear tire.  The amazing thing was that the inflation warning lighted up on my dashboard while we were on the Interstate driving home from visiting my ‘in-laws over the weekend.  And we’re like 45 minutes close to our house and the flat tire still managed to work.

I panic on alerts like these especially when I am in long distance driving. I wonder if we’ll be stuck on the road.  I don’t what that to happen…ever.

Helpful Tips

  • It is highly recommended that you familiarize yourselves to the alert and warning icons on your vehicle.  This way you will be aware of the occurring problem and you will have the immediate time to solve it.  Always refer to your vehicle’s manual for more helpful information about alerts and warnings.
  • Take your vehicle to the nearest automotive repair shop or tire shop near you as soon as possible.  You will never know when your flat tires will give out so the sooner you take your car there the better.
  • Ask the maintenance guys to give you the thing that causes the tires flat.  We always do so we know what it was.

Since the tire shop in town is closed on weekends, I took my car there yesterday.  And the cause of the flat tire was a long nail.  About 2 1/2 inches long.

50 Mandarin Words You Need to Know to Order Food in China

In 2014, more than 128 million people visited China, making it one of the most-visited countries in the world. If you are planning a trip, one thing you should know is that China is a large country with many languages and regional dialects. This can be confusing for even domestic Chinese tourists traveling in-country, let alone foreign visitors. Mandarin Chinese, the country’s official language, can be understood almost anywhere. Before going to China, familiarize yourself with these important words in Mandarin Chinese for ordering food. This will come in handy at restaurants and hotels in Shanghai, Beijing and other popular destinations in China.

  1. Rice Mi Fan
  2. Water Shui
  3. Tea Cha
  4. I want this. Wo yao zhe ge.
  5. Eat Chi fan
  6. It’s delicious! Hen hao chi!
  7. Thank you! Xie Xie!
  8. Noodles Mian
  9. Stuffed steamed bun Baozi
  10. Dumpling Jiaozi
  11. Beer Pijiu
  12. Fruit juice Guo zhi
  13. Coffee Ka fei
  14. Chopsticks Kuai zi
  15. Spoon Shao zi
  16. Fork Cha zi
  17. Restaurant Fan guan
  18. Sichuan hot pot Sichuan Huo guo
  19. Lanzhou hand-pulled noodles Lanzhou Lamian
  20. Beijing duck Beijing Kao ya
  21. Shanghai steamed bun Xiao long bao
  22. Kung pao chicken Gong bao ji ding
  23. Sweet and sour pork Tang cu li ji
  24. Chinese barbecue Shao kao
  25. Fried Rice Chao fan
  26. Ma Po Tofu Mapo doufu
  27. Wonton Huntun
  28. Vinegar Cu
  29. Soy sauce Jiangyou
  30. Salt Yan
  31. Hot pepper La jiao
  32. Menu Cai dan
  33. MSG Weijing
  34. Pork Zhu rou
  35. Beef Niu rou
  36. Chicken Ji rou
  37. Shrimp Xia
  38. Tofu Doufu
  39. Tomato Xi hong shi
  40. Bean sprout Dou ya
  41. Potato Tudou
  42. Scallion Cong
  43. Eggplant Qie zi
  44. Sweet Tian
  45. Spicy La
  46. Mutton Yang rou
  47. Waiter/Waitress Fu wu yuan
  48. Cheers Ganbei
  49. Pay the bill. Maidan.
  50. How much money is this? Duoshao qian?

So if you’re booking a flight to Hong Kong, Guangzhou or another Chinese city and you’re currently preparing for your big trip, study these 50 words. You’ll be able to handle yourself at any restaurant with much more ease. After all, eating is a big part of traveling. Knowing Mandarin Chinese restaurant vocabulary will be an invaluable help on your journey.

This post was posted by Fiona Moriarty on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on July 7, 2015

Fun Thrill Rides And Attractions At SeaWorld

My family and I had a great time at Sea World.  Since it’s been five years, some of the attractions were gone and Sea World put new ones.  Parking areas are huge but it’s very difficult to find a spot close to the theme park gates. (Tip: As soon as you enter the parking area at Sea World, pick a parking spot immediately.  Do not drive around for a long time. Chances are you will wind up at the very end of the parking area.)

You can actually purchase tickets for Sea World online and in discounted prices, too.  It is very helpful to buy tickets online than at the gates because you will be in a super long lines.  My husband is stubborn sometimes.  I planned to buy tickets the night before so we can get them cheaper but he insisted to buy the tickets at the theme park.  So when we got there at around 1:00 P.M., the line was very long already.  Good thing it was not too sunny that Saturday.  The weather was just perfect for our Sea World adventure.

Huge splash from Journey to Atlantis ride.
Huge splash from Journey to Atlantis ride.

We enjoyed the thrill rides, attractions, and shows at Sea World.  Few of DD’s favorites were the Journey to Atlantis and the Shamu Kids Rollercoaster.  She loved the Shamu Show and the Sea Lion High Show.  Shows are in timely manner so you have to decide which ones you want to watch next.

My dear husband and I were at Sea World five years ago and we tried riding the Steel Eel and the Great White.  I told my DH I don’t want to ride the Steel Eel again.  He didn’t want to either.  I thought I was going to pass out after the ride.  I lost my voice up there.  I ran out of screams. 😀

My daughter enjoyed the Shamu Roller Coaster.  She wanted to go again and again. We rode a couple of times and that was it.  We wanted to try the Journey To Atlantis.  It was the very first time my DD tried a thrill ride like that high.  When she was told that she met the height requirements to ride, she remarked “Yes!”.  I think I screamed the loudest up there.

Shamu  Show at Sea World San Antonio
Shamu Show at Sea World San Antonio