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The High School Musical Phenomenon

Disney just released High School Musical 2. If you are like me and have school age children, this was an event rivaled only by Christmas!

If you have not seen it, let me get you up to speed. The story essentially revolves around two attractive teenagers and their attractive friends. Troy and Gabriella are the leads (played by Zach Efron and Vanessa Hudgens) and are constantly in conflict with Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) and twin brother Ryan Evans (Lucas Grabeel). Troy and Gabriella are nice kids who sing unbelievably well together (yes, their actual voices) and are trying to find their niche in their school.

Many of the kids who watch these movies have no idea what the following reference is, but it reminds me very much of the excitement that surrounded the movie Grease with a young John Travolta and Olivia Newton John as the attractive young couple. There are many similarities. Obviously, both heavily rely on music to shape the story. Both involve kids who come from different backgrounds to find each other. I found there to be many other similarities as I watched High School Musical.

Disney is one of those things where there is no middle ground. You either drink the Disney punch, or you don’t! Personally, I think the productions they put out are great for young kids. Almost all of their Disney orignal television programs and movies have some kind of a moral lesson in them. This would be in stark contrast to some channels for kids which teach violence and rude behavior.

It is also a neat experience for the kids because we live in a time that is run by the internet. There are places on the Disney Web page where you can find out more about the stars and the kids can go to these sites and play games and create yearbooks and the like.

Now I know some of you are saying, “Hey, weren’t Justin and Brittany mouse club members when they were little. Man, look how they turned out! Yes, it is true these are not necessarily the people I want my kids to emulate themselves after, but that is my job as a parent. To me, if a kid is having a good time and is not doing something wrong, mean or rude I am pretty much ok with that.

In closing, let me say this. Even if you do not like Disney and are not into the programs being put out, remember your child looks at these people like you looked at your idol. Are the actors the greatest kids in the world, who knows. I am sure some of them are interesting to handle, but they keep my kids entertained and I have never read bad press about them!

My advice is to take a look at the movie. Even if you have never seen the first movie, check out the second one anyway! Trust me, when your kids go back to school this is going to be a major topic of conversation! Also, try to sit down and watch the movie with your kids. It is fun to watch my very serious daughter really have fun with a movie like this. This movie is a complete Disney experience that you get. Disney Performing Arts programs is a similar and much popular platform that you can opt in order to get the beautiful Disney experience.

Chinese Horoscope Love Compatibility

Have you ever wondered what a Chinese Love Horoscope is exactly? Do you think you and your partner could be a Chinese horoscope love match? What is your Chinese horoscope love compatibility? While I don’t take Chinese astrology signs compatibility very seriously, it is neat to learn about and find out some potential insight on the romantic compatibility between you and your partner based on ancient wisdom.

The first thing to do if you are interested in learning about Chinese horoscope love compatibility is to first realize how Chinese astrology works. Chinese astrology factors in the year which you are born and then based on whatever year it was that you were born, assigns the corresponding animal with the birth year.

Below will help you find out which Chinese Astrology Signs you and your partner are. If you are unable to find your birth year here you should try Mindfulness and justice that have complete horoscope related details on their website page. You will get the latest Chinese horoscope updates through your mail. All you need to do is find the year which you were born and from there we will discuss Chinese astrology signs compatibility:

Rat: 1936, 1948,1960,1972, 1984, or 1996

Pig: 1935, 1947,1959,1971, 1983, or 1995

Dog: 1934, 1946,1958,1970, 1982, or 1994

Rooster: 1933, 1945,1957,1969, 1981, or 1993

Monkey: 1932, 1944,1956,1968, 1980, or 1992

Sheep: 1931, 1943,1955,1967, 1979, or 1991

Horse: 1930, 1942,1954,1966, 1978, or 1990

Snake: 1929, 1941,1953,1965, 1977, or 1989

Dragon: 1928, 1940,1952,1964, 1976, or 1988

Rabbit: 1927, 1939,1951,1963, 1975, or 1987

Tiger: 1926, 1938,1950,1962, 1974, or 1986

Ox: 1925, 1937,1949,1961, 1973, or 1985

Now that you’ve identified which Chinese astrology signs you and your partner are, the next step is to look at which signs are the most compatible with one another based on Chinese love horoscope compatibility.

Typically the Rat, Dragon, and Monkey are the most compatible with one another over the other Chinese astrology signs. These signs exhibit traits of intelligence, and often compliment one another.

The Ox, Snake, and Rooster are another group of signs that make excellent Chinese horoscope love matches. Each of these signs are deep thinking signs and compliment one another in intellect as well as mannerisms.

Tiger, Horse, and Dog signs tend to get along well with one another, as each of these love freedom. These signs are very understanding of one another, though they may be a bit egotistical at times.

The Sheep, Rabbit, and Pig are the peace lovers of all of the signs. They are the most sympathetic and cooperative of the signs, and therefore get along well with other peace loving types such as themselves.

If you are not in a relationship with the most compatible signs however do not despair! There are thousands of happily married people who do not have Chinese horoscope compatibility! For some, opposites attract. For others, there may be different complimenting traits – such as a Mouse (who is timid) enjoying the company of a peace loving Rabbit.

Learning these Chinese horoscope love matches can be a fun experience, and while I don’t recommend anyone taking them too seriously, it can be yet another method of gaining insight into how you are your partner relate to one another through Chinese horoscope love compatibility.

Want to learn more about relationships and compatibility? You might also enjoy the articles I’ve written at It Might Be Love.


6 Trip Ideas For Fun Holiday Get Aways

Having dinner with your family members, relatives, and friends, and exchanging gifts with them are a good celebration for holiday season. It is undeniably a good activity where you can bond and be together with your loved ones. But surely, it’s been your family’s traditional activity in holiday season ever since the world begun. As time passes by, you’ll notice that the excitement and joy have been getting low for the past years. Probably, this is because you’ve been doing the same thing over and over again.

You might want to consider and put into context that it is now the perfect time to do something different in the next holiday season. There are a lot of activities you can do to give a new approach in your holiday celebration. Traditional dinner and gift giving are good, but it is now the time to do something different. Hence, one of the best things to do to celebrate holiday season is to go on a trip with your loved ones. Surely, a new place can give different ambience and atmosphere for your family. Thus, here are some of the best trio ideas for dun holiday getaways.

Virginia Beach – The Season of Lights

One thing is for sure, your family will enjoy holiday at the beach. As such, Virginia Beach is one of the most popular and most beautiful beaches you can go to. You can stroll through the beautiful garden of the Founder’s Inn with more than 100,000 lights twinkling for Christmas. You can also visit Christmas mouse for nautical gifts. Lastly, you can try some teas at the Cavalier Hotel.

Albemarie County Winter Itinerary and Charlottesville

Looking for an amazing destination during winter season? Charlottesville and Albemarie County are the best choice for you. You can find a lot of historic sites, taste great food, and visit a lot of options galore in this place. You will never run out of things to do in this place. Also, you can experience a lot of discount and promos in hotels, breakfasts, and other visit destinations tour during winter season. All you have to do is go to website and reserve as early as possible.

Mount Vernon’s Christmas Illuminations

George Washington’s Mount Vernon offers you a five day itinerary to fully experience Northern Virginia and Washington DC during the most wonderful time of the year. Here, you can witness the amazing firework displays with choreographed holiday music in the Potomac River.

Miami, Florida

If you are looking for something different yet fun and exciting, Miami, Florida is the best place for you to go. With the enthusiastic night life where good bars, drinks, food and clubs, you can definitely enjoy holidays in a different and modern way. Additionally, it is also a good opportunity for you to see and meet hot celebrities in the Hollywood. Miami, Florida is the place where parties never stop and good music, food, art exhibits are located.

New York, New york

Of course, New York, the city that never sleeps should never be out of the best picks. New York is the place of entertainment, great music, great food, amazing light shows and exciting holiday events. You can watch some of the famous and exceptional broadway shows.

Phuket, Thailand

The continent of Asia has also lot of great things to offer where you can perfectly spend your holidays. Phuket is an island with great beaches, pure sand, blue and clear water, colorful fishes and breath taking view of sunset. Hence, if you like to celebrate Christmas in a paradise, Phuket Island of Thailand is one of the best deals.

Final words

It is now the time for you to spend holidays with a new approach perspective and in a different place. It is good to experience and discover new things in a different place. After all, celebrating holidays should never be traditional, boring and very much expected. Once in a while, going to beautiful and amazing places can give you a new taste and breath of life. So what are you waiting now, get your planner and organizer and start planning your holiday in a new destination with your family and loved ones.

The Best Telescopes For Deep Space Viewing

If you wish to go deep into the space and know what exists, how it looks, you obviously need to dig deeper and not just look at the surface level skies. For this there are some of the best home telescopes offering you amazing field of views, high apertures and good quality, deep space imagery.

  1. The Celestron 21023 CometronFirstScope

This is a very renowned choice among kids and beginners to view deep space objects such as galaxies and comets. It features Dobsonian style with 76mm aperture and with its high quality, portable design is a good choice of a commercial telescope for deep space viewing. The Celestron 21023 is by far the most opted for option for the best home telescope.

  1. Orion SkyQuest XT8/ XT10g Classic Dobsonian reflector telescope

With an 8” aperture and a 1200mm focal length, the SkyQuest XT8 allows amazing deep space viewing with crystal clear imagery of the Moon, the Planets and deep space celestial objects. Its best feature is the point and view locating. X10g with its 10” aperture and 28mm, 2” eyepiece has the ability to capture star clusters, galaxies, deep space objects like nebulae and close-up study of the planets and the Moon. It’s fully motorized and automated, making it easier to use.

  1. Orion SkyQuest XX14g GoTo Truss-Tube Dobsonian Telescope

With an amazing 14” optical diameter and GoTo motorization, it becomes a wonderful option to set up in your backyard and look at the deep space objects with precision. One of its amazing features is that is collapsible which means that you can keep it anywhere, in the least amount of space and can break it into minute pieces and then join it back whenever needed. This increases its portability and makes it a very low maintenance home telescope.

  1. The CelestronNexstar 8SE Telescope

With its 8” aperture and high light-gathering ability it gives an excellent view of the deep space objects like the whirlpool galaxy and Hercules Globular Cluster. The telescope is fully automated and has a database of over 40,000 celestial objects which makes the tracking and locating extremely easy. This one is a major win, you cannot really miss out on this.

These were some of the amazing commercial telescopes you can easily set up at home and have a wonderful experiences of locating the deep space objects, getting to know more about them and if you are lucky, exploring what has already not been explored.