19 Jan

CBS Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Two Buck Chuck will no longer cost two bucks. Trader Joe’s is raising the price on its famous Charles Shaw wine from $1.99 per bottle to $2.49 per bottle.

CBS13 set out to answer the question: Were there sour grapes from wine lovers about the suddenly pricier pour?

“Big deal,” laughed one Trader Joe’s customer.

You could call it the end of an era. For the first time since its debut 11 years ago, a bottle of award-winning Charles Shaw wine will run you more than two bucks at Trader Joe’s.

“I think they just wanna make good wine, which is why it wins awards,” customer Kate Moore said. “At least it’s under $3, which is still good for college students.”

Trader Joe’s annually sells 5 million bottles of the award-winning wine bottled in Ceres. The grocer held out for years, but…

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19 Jan

The Daily Norm

I’ve already mentioned that my recent trip to Paris had been justified on the basis that there were at least 3 tremendous exhibitions on show which I was bursting to see. But likewise, while I always try to rationalise my extravagance in visiting Paris as often as possible, for those who really appreciate the aesthetic beauty, the artistic perfection of life, I need justify this visit no further, nor indeed any other foray into this undeniably beguiling city. Just one look at my recent set of Paris photos is justification in itself. For where else on earth could a heaving, busy, pulsating capital city exhibit such indisputably captivating elegance? From its broad Haussmann boulevards and narrow cobbled streets, to the blue lacquered doorways and red wings of the Moulin Rouge Windmill, Paris is a paradise of unparalleled artistic ravishment, seducing every species of the creative collective within its fold.



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The Photography

19 Jan

A statue in Bratislava, Slovakia.

You can see all of my travel photos and videos on my blog. 30 countries and 18 months so far. ZOQY TRAVEL AND LIFESTYLE BLOG.

Old and New

19 Jan

The contrast between old and new in Kiev, Ukraine.


19 Jan

I love Chiang Mai. It is fantastic place to visit.

Its Bangkok but smaller and less smelly, so way better! We arrived by plane a little after dark and made the taxi driver take us to this small road called Soi 7 where all the hostels are located within the walls of the old town.


The first night was spent walking and making bad decisions to eat Americanized food, although a hamburger would be nice I can say if you’re ever here, don’t do it it’s not worth it. Except for maybe McDonald’s, that’s the same in every country.

Red Curry.

Banana Shakes
The next day was spent crusin’ around on bikes, learning how to deal with traffic, exploring markets, and a few of the hundreds of temples that reside inside the town walls.


They have this exceptional market on the weekends where the locals buy and sell their goods. It’s a little touristy but still used a lot by…

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