Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing Review: Downtown District and Island Hotels

Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing Review Downtown District and Island Hotels

Why Galveston?

Spending “Island Time” in Galveston is a great idea for so many reasons. Don’t just settle for bathing on Galveston’s sandy beaches and try paddle boarding and kayaking. You will definitely see pods of dolphins swimming and playing in the warm waters of Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. If you are a thrill seeker, visit Schlitterbahn and conquer the tallest water coaster in the world, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark’s MASSIV which is 81 feet above the ground. If you are interested in architecture and like to go for a walk then try to stop by the most prominent grand mansion on the island which is the 1892 Bishop’s Palace. There are so many historic buildings to admire in Galveston, don’t miss the opportunity to explore them.

Downtown Galveston

Your trip to Galveston Island will never be complete without visiting the 70-block historic downtown – a veritable treasure chest of culture, museums, antique shops, art galleries, theaters, chic bars and restaurants.

There is a multitude of museums that showcase the island’s historic past, be sure to pay a visit and learn Galveston’s storied past. While venturing downtown, make sure to stop for a bite or refreshments at Zaza Bar & Bites, O’Malley’s Irish Pub, Sky Bar, Rudy & Paco or in Mod Coffee.

Moody’s Garden and Island Hotels

Experience life at Moody Gardens! Watch sharks, seals, stingrays and playing penguins in the Aquarium Pyramid. Thrill seekers can enjoy the five-tier Sky Trail Ropes Course with a round trip on the Zip Line, play golf and enjoy an hour-long cruise on a replica 1800’s paddlewheel boat.

In addition, a rare and endangered species called Pygmy Slow Loris, gave birth to two small loris twins in the Nocturnal Exhibit of the Rainforest Pyramid, the first such birth at Moody Gardens since 2011 and a delightful event you surely need to look at. According to Moody Gardens, the loris has become endangered because of habitat loss and because of the unprecedented spike in illegal wildlife trade.

Galveston Island offers a wide variety to activities, attractions and accommodations you and your family will definitely love. The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau will help you to plan the perfect vacation you’ll surely love.


Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing Review- Feather Fest Takes Wing This April

The upper Texas coast transforms into a massive avian frat house this time of year, with countless birds winging northward across the Gulf of Mexico from their Central and South American winter bungalows. That probably helps to explain why birders, nature photographers and naturalists outnumber sun worshipers on Galveston during the spring.

Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing Review- Feather Fest Takes Wing This April

It’s also the reason why the FeatherFest Birding & Nature Festival, scheduled for April 6-9 and celebrating its 15th anniversary, has grown into one of the preeminent events of its kind in North America. Presented by the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council, FeatherFest regularly attracts nature lovers from around the state and the nation intent on two things: spotting as many varieties of migratory birds as they can and soaking up the camaraderie of hanging out with hundreds of like-minded outdoorsy folks.

Feather Fest combines classroom workshops and films with real world field trips that take participants ranging from casual birders to professional nature photographers to some of the prime birding locations around the island. Participants spotted nearly 300 different types of birds at last year’s event, ranging from regular visitors like the Great Blue Heron, Brown Pelican and the Common Loon—no, we’re not talking about your weird Uncle Pete—to rare and elusive specimens like the Hudsonian Godwit and the Buffle Head.

Don’t think that you have to be a lifelong birder or naturalist to have a good time during the festival. Organizers work to group participants based on their photographic or naturalist skills, while the cost of individual workshops and field trips, all of which are led by expert birding and photography pros, varies.

But all birding and no play makes for a … well … happy naturalist, but there are also several social events on the agenda, including the always popular Raptors Uncorked (April 8), which allows you to enjoy an evening of aviary photo ops and a great meal at the Olympia Grill at Pier 21. You don’t want to miss The Big Year With Greg Miller (April 7), a free event with renowned birder Greg Miller, portrayed by Jack Black in the 2011 film “The Big Year.” He’ll provide comments and answer questions following a screening of the movie that is to birders what “Titanic” is to cinema buffs.

The Feather Fest Photo fest gives you the chance to pit your photographic skills against some of the best nature photographers in the area, while Hawker’s Alley and Avian Alley are home to numerous nature-related vendors.

The campus of UTMB’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in the Island Community Center (4700 Broadway) serves as the festival headquarters.

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Make sure to have regular car maintenance By Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group Review


Maintaining the good condition of a car needs regular maintenance and necessary repair. Ensuring the safety of everyone concerned should also be the main concern of every driver. People should always keep the safety standards of their own cars as well as maintaining their perfect running condition to have a peaceful drive.

What comes first before learning how to move a car forward or backward? The answer is how to brake properly. For Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group, this symbolizes the importance of safety. The company understands the significance of safety in driving a car, so they only provide quality service to their customers to make sure that they would be danger-free inside their own car.

Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group is a family-operated company that has an excellent record in trading car parts and accessories. They offer car servicing, tyres, brake checks, MOT’s, and free seasonal tune-ups and check-ups.

Moreover, the company provides online transactions, which can deliver fast tyre quotation to their customers, making fitting faster. Tyre&Auto can also provide local collect and delivery of a car wherein you can be sure of its car maintenance or repair.

An MOT test is also possible with Tyre&Auto, and included in this examination is checking the safety of your car and the amount of exhaust emission. And in order to guide you in your yearly MOT certificate requirement, the company provides you with regular reminders such as when is the due of your test. This way, Tyre&Auto could be certain that you will renew your road tax and car insurance in time.

Each of us has our own destinations every day, and the introduction of cars made it easier for us to reach them. Owning a car can provide you with few advantages, so it’s apparent that you should take care of it properly. Such advantages include ease, mobility, personal comfort, and emotional or psychological benefits.

With 10 years of trusted service, Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group continues to deliver honest automobile services to their customers, and they always make sure to deliver top-notch maintenance and repair.

New Mothers’ Support Group: Socials @ Power Kids Gym


We have arranged a regular monthly social at Power Kids Gym (formerly JWT) UE Square. This is a soft play gym with a sprung floor and lots of soft play equipment, ideal for all ages.

You can register your interest in attending this event via the NMSG Meetup Group

  • Please note that the maximum number of children is 30 and the cost is $5 per child.
  • Socks or bare feet only please.
  • There will be no Paediatrician attending this event.
  • Please note, due to the popularity of this venue, we have started a first come / first served system as there is a limit to the number of children/adults permitted in Power Kids Gym at any one time.
  • Meet-up registration does not guarantee you a place at our regular socials.
  • Power Kids Gym is kindly offering our members the following promotion:
  • 1x Free Trial Class (worth $42)
  • 1x Membership Fee Waived (worth $60)
  • Kid’s Night Out at $49 only! (Usual Price $79). Kids’ Night out is our 4 hour Drop your kids off party, filled with some high energy activities, where they will navigate through obstacle courses, create fabulous crafts, have a pizza and go wild with our trainers. Parents enjoy the night out without the kids.


3pm – 4.30pm on the following dates in 2016

8 November

13 December


Power Kids Gym

81 Clemenceau Avenue

UE Square, #02-12

Singapore 239917


Pip Johnson

Japan Company Trust Organization: Online Fraud

Whilst the vast majority of websites in Japan are of genuine business companies, but it is also a sad fact that online scams and fraud are alive, well and are very big business in Japan and rest of the world. It is very important to be smart and stay safe by exercising all due precaution and do not become a fraud victim.

One of the most troubling concerns of today’s economy is the possibility of internet fraud. If you plan to buy a car, machinery, instrument, electronic, or anything from an exporter in Japan, it is strongly recommended for your own safety to verify any Japanese website or company’s status under the “Japan Company Trust Organization”. The most important thing before sending the money is to verify reality of a company, as online frauds and scams are increasing rapidly.

Since Japanese companies are respected for honesty, fraudsters take advantage of good reputation of Japanese enterprises. Many criminals in Japan has launched fake websites by showing them as legitimate business to gain victim’s trust and pretending to be real business. When somebody sends them money, they simply disappear. The internet fraud is damaging business of real Japanese companies. Since Japanese law is very strict against the fraud, this Organization reports all fraud attempts to the Japanese police department.

Online frauds take different forms to direct consumers to a fraudulent website that looks legitimate. Such websites claim their credibility and honesty and then commit a fraud. Those websites are designed by the professionals and even a very careful person can be a victim. Always remember if you are a professional business person, impostors are fraud specialists. They have such high tech that sometimes you will never realize them. A fraud website can appear legitimate, but you can verify on JCTO database, which will help you avoid being deceived.

For your own protection, the Japan Company Trust Organization warns you to reconfirm a website or company’s reality at our database before any purchase. Just by typing company’s name in JCTO’s search box and you will find reality of that company. The Japan Company Trust Organization is an anti-fraud organization in Japan, fighting against the online-fraud.

This Organization has a close connection with Japanese police, and all fraud-attempts are immediately reported to Japanese Police Department.  Before registration, JCTO verify the company’s profile including registration, license, and physical address. Japan Company Trust Organization warns you NOT to remit money to any so-called Japanese company without verification and your full satisfaction.

Hawkfield Gallery – Portfolio of Works Fine Art and Sculpture

Roy Thompson Signed Original Canada Geese– Roy Thompson, Hingham Massachusetts, Florida 1928- present. “Four Canada Geese” Original signed. Mixed media- appears to be watercolor and pen and ink. New matt and black wood frame. 10.75 x 7.5, with new mat and black wood frame 15 x 18, $425.00


Sergeant– Karie O’Donell, Brant Rock Ma. “Sergeant” , Gosling Oil on Masonite, 19″ x 36″, fine wood frame.


W. Lester Stevens, N.A (Oil on Canvas) – American 1888-1969. “APPLE BLOSSOM TIME” Signed lower right. On reverse Rockport Art Association exhibit label. Partially gilt molded wood frame. Half page color illustration page 9, Rockport Art Association Retrospective W. Lester Stevens N.A. This book included with sale.. Condition is very good. 20.5 ” x 30″.

W. Lester Stevens (Oil on Masonite)-American 1888-1969, “BUILDING STORM” Western Massachusetts scene. Signed Lower Left. Carved and gilt contemporary frame. Frame Signed “Goodnow”. Condition Very Good. 16″ x 20″ Additional pictures of painting and actual frame provided upon request.

W. Lester Stevens (Watercolor on Paper) – American, 1888- 1969. Fisherman’s Cove. Signed Lower Left Lightly in Pencil. Attributed to Stevens. New rustic wood frame. Some toning. Cropped for framing. 19″ x 27″


William Bradford, Attributed (Watercolor on Paper) – American, 1823 – 1892, New Bedford, MA. ” Labrador-Scene” of a shipwreck. Inscribed W Bradford and titled on verso. Exceptional detail for a watercolor. Condition very good front, areas of discoloration in sections of back. . Framed in gold tone frame – new mat and glass to be added. Contact gallery for price and more pictures. Height 10″, Length 21.5″ Provenance; Barridoff Galleries, Portland ME to Private Massachusetts Collector.

William Louis Sontag, Sr.(Watercolor) – American, 1822-1900. Rocky Mountain Scene. Excellent condition. New gold tone frame and mat. Provenance: Barridoff Galleries Auction 10/22/78 lot # 189 to Private New England Collection 9.5″ x 14.5″


We specialize in 20th and 21st century American fine art and folk art, having a particular interest in American impressionism, wildlife bronzes, decorative songbirds, and shore bird decoys. Gallery owner Sally Caverly has over 25 years of experience collecting art. This field experience combines with her B.A degree in marketing, a master’s degree in education and work experience as Market Research Division Director of a major publishing house.

At Hawkfield Gallery we believe that buying and selling art should be a straightforward, approachable, and rewarding experience. We assist our clients in all phases of the buying and selling process. Hawkfield Gallery is attuned to the different stages of collecting, as reflected in the price ranges offered in our gallery.

Bacall Associates: Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba Adds To The Fun Factor With New Family Activities

Jordan’s leading family resort, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba, has enhanced its family offering further by creating several new activities for parents and children to enjoy together, including ‘Famolympics’, treasure hunts and private cooking classes with the resort’s chefs.

The resort’s 150-metre stretch of private beach is the location for the ‘Famolympics’, which tests a family’s teamwork, agility and coordination at five stations involving mind games, relays, swimming and sandcastle-making.  Treasure hunts make the most of the resort’s Red Sea beachfront location and see teams of parents and children work together to find hidden treasures. Both activities are available at the weekend.

For families who enjoy cooking together, the resort’s first-class kitchen is the perfect place to learn five-star culinary techniques. Supervised by professional chefs, the private midweek cooking classes give families hands-on cooking experience as they create one of three local Jordanian dishes: Maqloobah, Sayadieh and Mansaf, the country’s national dish.

“Family holidays are perfect for enjoying quality bonding time, while creating memories together to take back home,” says General Manager Beat Peter. “When introducing new initiatives, we focus on the dynamics of our guests, try to understand what they want and then work on something that fits with the resources and location that we have. Our beach and beautiful outdoor areas are definitely highlights, so activities that give our guests the opportunity to enjoy this are high on our agenda. We also want to be remembered for more than just our delicious food in the restaurants and the private cooking experience is a way to combine this with a cultural element. Only in making long-lasting moments can we set ourselves apart from others.”

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba is the only property in the Kingdom to be included in TripAdvisor’s Top Hotels for Families in the Middle East.


Paternal Great-Grandfather: John Hamilton of Cadzow, James Earl Hamilton Marsden

Sir John Hamilton of Cadzow, 4th Laird of Cadzow (b. bef. 1370 – d. c. 1402) was a Scottish nobleman and soldier.

He succeeded his father, David Hamilton of Cadzow, no later than 1392, when he appears on a charter of Andrew Murray of Touchadam as Dominus de Cadzow.

He was imprisoned, along with his brothers William and Andrew, in Norwich in 1396. Richard II of England ordered their release from the Mayor and bailies of that city on 29 June. It appears that their imprisonment was due to violations of the truce between the Kingdoms of England and Scotland. A John Hamilton, either his brother John Hamilton of Bardowie, or uncle John Hamilton of Fingalton, was released from the Tower of London on the same date. Hamilton and his uncle seem to have found themselves guests of the English again, when at a meeting of Border commissioners at Hawdenstank on 28 October 1398, the first point of business was the release of Hamilton of Cadzow, and Hamilton of Fingalton and others in their entourage. The Hamiltons had been caught at sea by English privateers, again in violation of the truce. The English were urged to release the ship and restore their goods to them, or alternatively pay suitable recompense.

There is no record of Hamilton’s death, though it is possible that he was one of the prisoner fatalities at the Battle of Homildon Hill in 1402, where a Sir John Hamilton, elder, appears on a list of captives.

Marriage and children

– John Hamilton married Janet or Jacoba Douglas, daughter of Sir James Douglas, 1st Lord Dalkeith, prior to 1388. It was thought that he had three sons by her:

– James Hamilton of Cadzow

– David Hamilton of Dalserf

– Walter Hamilton of Raploch

However DNA testing of descendants of James and Walter in the Hamilton Surname DNA Project show that these two did not have the same father. The DNA project shows that the descendants of Walter and his uncle John Hamilton of Fingalton are related, which suggests that James’s biological father was not from the same family.

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Felizia Bacall, Consultant, Bridgespan: Emerging Leaders Bios 2015

The German Marshall Fund of the United States and the OCP Policy Center are organizing the 2015 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program, a unique opportunity for rising leaders, taking place October 28-November 1, 2015, in Marrakesh, Morocco. The program will precede and include The Atlantic Dialogues.

Ilham Ait Bouazza, Head of Partnerships, National Institute of Posts and Telecommunications, Morocco

Ilham Ait Bouazza is head of the partnerships department at the National Institute of Posts and Telecommunications in Rabat, Morocco. Previously, she worked as a program associate at the Multi Country Office of UN Women in Morocco, and as a trade advisor to the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Trade. She holds a master’s degree in customer relationship management from the National School of Business and Management of Settat in Morocco and a master’s degree in international development studies from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul. She is a board member of the Moroccan Association of Trade Advisers and the recipient of 2013 KOICA Global Leadership Award.

Damarlie Antoine, Director of Research, GrenCHAP

Damarlie Antoine currently serves as the director of research at GrenCHAP, a human rights advocacy group in Grenada. She is also the founder and coordinator of eARTh, which is a recently formed arts-based group seeking to empower and enlighten Grenadian youth through artistic expressions. Her previous professional experience includes tutoring research courses at the University of the West Indies, Barbados, and working as a project officer at the Ministry of Youth in Grenada. Antoine is also a self-identified feminist, poet, and spoken word performer and artisan. She is currently working on the publication of her book, SKIN.

Felizia Bacall, Consultant, Bridgespan

Felizia Bacall is a consultant in Bridgespan’s Boston office. Before joining Bridgespan, she worked as research analyst for the Finance Department of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC. She has also worked at the Millennium Challenge Corporation on their monitoring and evaluation team, and as a financial services associate at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Her most recent work was for Partners in Food Solutions in Kenya conducting the due diligence and ground work to open a lending facility for food producers in Africa. Bacall earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and her bachelor’s in economics, politics, and global studies from Brandeis University. While at Tuck, Bacall was a fellow for the Center for Global Business and Government.

Linda Benkaiouche, Border Services Officer, Canada Border Services Agency

Linda Benkaiouche is a border services officer at the Canada Border Services Agency in Toronto, where she performs both immigration and customs functions. Prior to becoming a civil servant, she worked as a project manager focusing on innovative technology and market research. Her previous professional experience includes being a writer for a Minister’s Cabinet and conducting extensive research on maritime piracy while working for the Ministry of Defence. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and has a master’s degree in international affairs from Sciences Po Paris.

Julie Bleeker, Consultant, Private Investors for Africa

Julie Bleeker is a consultant for Private Investors for Africa (PIA), a business coalition of ethically like-minded companies aiming to tangibly contribute to the African continent’s inclusive economic and social development. In this role, she leads missions to understand and improve the business climate in select African countries. Prior to this, Bleeker worked in Heineken International’s Africa/Middle East Department. Previous experience also includes work with Cape Town’s Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Good Governance Division. She holds a bachelor’s in social psychology from Utrecht University and a masters in political science from the University of Amsterdam.

Prince Boadu, CEO/Co-founder, MapTech Logistics Limited

Prince Boadu is CEO and co-founder of MapTech Logistics Limited, a company that uses the power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to solve business problems by developing and deploying GIS based applications. He also founded EVOLV.Africa, a non-profit that empowers youth with entrepreneurship and leadership skills through seminars, conferences, and workshops. Boadu holds an master’s of business administration in logistics & supply chain management from KNUST-Kumasi and has worked as logistics and supply chain analyst for Clean Team Ghana. He is founding curator of TEDxKNUST, has been named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and was recently named as one of 30 under 30 emerging Ghanaians to watch by Future of Ghana Magazine.

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Tips for Backpacking through Southeast Asia by Bacall Associates Travel


Southeast Asia is among the most famous destinations in the world for backpackers. It’s possible for you to discover lots of charm in every state, so it is a must see for many. If you are already residing in Asia, it is possible to adjust to any states within this subregion, but you could get a culture shock if you’re from a foreign land like USA or Europe. So performing a research is essential before the journey. Bacall Associates provide important pointers to take note of before you begin your journey to prevent any disorderly scenarios.


Don’t be afraid to haggle

Most westerners are shocked to learn that this was a common practice in the subregion, for them, it looks like an unfair deal to the sellers. But no more worries because most of the time, it’s not. Some foreigners just accept the first price stated by a seller and will not bother arguing about it. But in most cases, the first price was worth much more than the regular price. Bargaining is not a confrontation, so there’s no need to be scared of, just smile and ask the seller nicely, and eventually, you’ll find it very interesting to do.


You don’t need to book in advance

It will be really nerve-wracking and tiring to visit various locations at once, and then going back to the hotel you’re staying. It would be better to find a place to stay to the place you fell in love with during your travel because it will be easier to discover that particular place and enjoy its surroundings. You can have a flexible schedule if you’re going to do this rather than booking rooms in advance of time, simply because you’ll have more freedom to decide where to stay. But occasionally, booking ahead is recommended if you know you’re going to be exhausted from an extended flight, bus or train ride, or if you’re visiting a place during a major event and you don’t have time to roam about.


Transportation: Don’t be in a hurry

Expect to wait more minutes or hours in the estimated time of the arrival of a bus or train if you’re planning to go somewhere in Southeast Asia. Don’t get frustrated in this situation, but simply believe that this could bring you some favorable impact such as learning to restrain your misery and raise your patience. But there are some cities in the region that have efficient and developed transport systems, and one of which is Singapore.


Be cautious of scams

Scams could be everywhere and it can occur to you. Unfortunately, tourists becoming victims of various scams is nothing new in this region. Instead of being frightened, you need to be more cautious when traveling to Southeast Asia, or any part of the world. Before you begin your journey, you need to teach yourself with the most frequent kind of scams. If you know what to avoid, you can have a safe journey.


Properly manage your visa requirements

There are various visa requirements for each country in Southeast Asia, and Bacall Associates needs you to be educated of those. You cannot be accepted to every border by simply showing up your passport.


Stay hydrated

Showering two times a day might not be enough for you because Southeast Asia is quite hot during the coolest time of the year. Bacall Associates wants you to stay hydrated all the time because you’re going to sweat like never before, and during the hottest time of the day, find some shady spot and relax there for a bit.


Don’t get too excited on street foods

Some tourists experience having excruciating stomach pain due to food poisoning or eating undercooked food. Target stalls that have a line-up because you can be sure that the food is freshly cooked and not sitting under a heater all day.


There’s so much beauty to witness in Southeast Asia, and it’s not just about partying and beaches, the region is also rich in culture, and each of its countries deserves all the synonyms of the word “breathtaking”. Its simplicity and slow pace of life will undoubtedly capture your heart.