Japan 2016

I went to Japan for two weeks with my family over a month ago, and it was one of the most exciting trips I’ve ever been on. Japan is such an orderly, secure and clean country. People are incredibly respectful, and they go above and beyond to offer you help. I’ve tasted the freshest sashimi and the most tender beef (also the most expensive). I’ve conquered their intimidating transportation system and traveled on their bullet train. I even tried their toilet seat sprays ;)

The Japanese has a strong spirit and is an inspiring example of the people doing their share for their country. Everyone is united in the respect they have for their land and their work tasks.

For the first time, I actually got a culture shock when I came back home to Canada. I thank Japan for their hospitality towards tourists.

Here is a brief video of our trip!

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Tampa, Florida

Highlight 1: Re-uniting with a good friend and my godson and their family, and seeing their lovely home and neighborhood.

Highlight 2: Beautiful water-side views.

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Highlight 3: Sunburns and aloe vera.

Highlight 4: Games night-in. NBA finals (disappointing) with beer and delicious pizza.

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India – Part 2

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The bride and groom were so generous and thoughtful to send us on a trip before we head back to America. After spending 5 days in Cochin, we took a flight to Goa, where we stayed at the beautiful Vivanta by Taj Resort. We were traveling along with two of the groom’s friends, whom were quite a bit older than us. We weren’t sure how things would turn out; if we would get along, if we would even stick together or chat. We arrived at Goa at midnight and by the time we got settled in the resort, it was nearly 2 AM. The place was dark and quiet, but the rooms were gorgeous! It was like a sudden 5 star upgrade from where we were sleeping the previous night in Cochin. The room was bright, air-conditioned, modern, and most importantly, we had a gorgeous bathroom with an actual shower! The time spent in Cochin was great, but we were always on our feet here and there. Now, we could finally relax and have peace, without the disturbances of a city. Continue reading

India – Part 1

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I haven’t had the chance to write about my India experience! 4 months have already gone by since I came back, and yet I still frequently think about this amazing trip. The first time I had an idea that I might be traveling was when one of my inmates (fellow prisoner from work) got engaged (J and GM). She’s a special friend and both her and GM are simply incredible people. I felt, and still feel very honored to be invited to witness such a wonderful event. An Indian wedding — in India! It doesn’t get more real than that! We had a lot of preparations to do for this trip: VISA, vaccinations, medications, gathering all the plane tickets. Thankfully, J and GM planned it all out for us and reassured us that it was all under control. How did they manage to plan our trip along with hundred of other guests and with wedding preparations?! They are superheroes. I could say tons about this trip, but I will keep it as short as possible…

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Our Mini Review of Las Vegas

This year for vacation, “him” and I went to Las Vegas! I have been there around 13 years ago, when I didn’t get a chance to enjoy it much, because come on…Vegas is not really children-oriented. But still, it felt familiar and extremely refreshing to visit again. This is our first time traveling this far alone with each other, and I can tell you that the “honeymoon” phase of our relationship is well behind us after this 5 day trip :P (a healthy thing) Anyway, here are some heads up… and here’s to making you all jealous :) Warning: this might be long!

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I Left My Heart in Cuba

I recently got back from my one-week trip in Cuba where we stayed at the Memories Azul Beach Resort in Santa Maria. I must admit that before going, I was a little bit concerned about what to expect. The only other communist-based country I have entered was China, which never made me feel too comfortable. And knowing Cuba’s hostility towards Amercians, they didn’t appear too welcoming. Aside from that, I was constantly warned to stay away from their tap water,because if God forbid I even had ice in my drinks, I would fall ill the entire week. I was also urged to bring some Chinese disinfectant due to some flesh-eating bacteria hidden in the sand. Hurricane Isaac was passing by so we weren’t sure about the weather. On top of that, we were only 4 girls in a stranger place. So the general rule was to never leave our drinks unattended, never wander off, and never speak to stalkers. But the moment we arrived, all my worries vanished. The weather was perfect and guess what? I had ice in all my drinks and nothing happened. Continue reading