Cruising with my “mini-me.”

Finally! Our Alaskan cruise is currently underway until my daughter and I found out that we didn’t have any “sea legs.” Our first day in the cruise was us medicating on Dramamine!

As virgin cruisers we definitely learned the following;

1. Bring Dramamine even if you think you can handle a bout of motion-sickness. It beats having to pay the cruise rate of nearly $7 with a pack of 3 tablets!

2. A 10 day cruise for us is far too long on a boat. Our future cruises would have to be less than 10 days.

3. Bring cash since most establishments has a policy of minimum card purchases of $5. At other times the connectivity might not let you charge your card at all.

4. Even if you are sailing to a cold climate bring a swimsuit/bathing suit. The cruises now have indoor swimming pool and hot tubs for everyone to enjoy.

5. Do take advantage of the room service especially if you do not feel like dressing up just to eat.

6. You can take food inside your room just be mindful to leave your plates and/or tray outside your room for servers to pick up afterwards. You can’t risk having an investation inside your room.

7. Wash your hands every chance you get. Being in closed quarters with other passengers can be disastrous if symptoms of any type of sickness is left unchecked.

8. Do take advantage of working out in the gym. Classes such as spin and yoga are taught so it doesn’t mean that a cruise should hinder you from working out.

9. Pack a lot of patience and a sense of humor. Be mindful that lot of retirees and disabled are also on-board, trust me you are not the only one as excited to get on the cruise. (Of course, kids by default are always included).

10. Teens will be teens, remember you were once a teenager so give them some slack.

11. At the beginning of the cruise do attend the safety briefing because it is a requirement. Yes, it is your vacation but so is everyone else on board.

12. Do try the local cuisine, its now or never.

13. The cruise staff are there to serve but they are people too so keep the self entitlements to yourself.

 

14. You can have fun even on a budget.

15. Be kind to yourself specially as you meander through the buffet lines. Food should not be a chore or a form of self pity so eat up, drink up and be merry!

 

 

 

 

Eeeek!!!! I got my first gray hair!

This morning, I was busy doing my normal routine but I took a double take as I stared at the mirror. Staring back at me is a reminder of my dwindling youth, a single strand of gray hair. Just my luck to see one, a month before I turn another year older.

I heard rumors of plucking it would only make it spread more gray hairs or something to those lines so I kept the strand, hid it in between locks of hair. As if “drowning” it in more hair would make it go away. Silly!

Truth be told I have virgin hair, meaning I never had it chemically treated to a different shade of color from my natural hair tone of black. I blame and thank my mom for it because she emphasizes natural beauty to be the most beautiful. Of course hearing it initially when I was as a teenager did not make sense just because everyone else is doing it besides me.

I have to say that the older I get, her beliefs does ring true. Plus, it saves me a LOT of money so cheers to you mom!

Belated Happy Mother’s Day!

 

My “go-to” summer time planning.

Summer break is upon us and like any parent with kids at school we’re planning for affordable trips once school is over. It was easy to plan for little ones since either way they’re going to like it. Unfortunately as kids grow up to teenagers then what I think as fun might not be the case anymore. For instance I read up on WWOOFing. Its a cheap way to have lodging at a farm in exchange for a few hours of helping out at the farm. I thought it would be fun trying out farming for a few days, I’m sure my daughter and I could learn something new. Well she didn’t think so…

Therefore, here I am looking for a plan B which would be expensive so I figured since I’m going for broke, might as well do something we both have never done, which is be on a cruise. Therefore, I summed up the courage to call the agent and in no time my wallet was feeling empty. A few more paperwork and we’re set. Now lodging and transportation after the trip is planned for. Airbnb for lodging and experiences is a great way to explore while transportation with rental car has been my go-to.

Share some of your go-to summer tips and tricks.

 

Questionable vehicle “merch”

Three times this past week, I’ve encountered the same eye opener car accessory hanging from this particular car. Its in the shape of the male genatalia driven by a male driver. Either its just a small area that I work in or that I keep encountering the same driver.

To me, it was funny so I started taking photos just to prove a point. However as I shared my encounter, it was met with disgust or merely dismissed. This got me into thinking, would it be the same response if the opposite sex’s merch was displayed in the same way, regardless of the sex of the driver?

No one would dare for fear of backlash and be accussed of being a sexist, crude and of “bad taste.” Depending on the social norms or environment, I guess. Its a weak argument but its something to consider. Right?

Perfect shot!

Disclaimer: Everyone’s view point on weapon or “gun” is a hot topic nowadays. My stance is awareness on weapon safety and handling. Therefore, I myself handle it as needed to stay proficient. Others view weapons differently and I completely understand.

With that in mind, I don’t own any firearms however I might consider owning one in the future. My mother does not approve of it due to mishandling stories she’d heard off in the past. Some ended with accidental discharge that caused a fatality.

I shared that notion to point out the lack of awareness from the handler. Therefore, I encourage safety and proper training on any weapon. Accidents happen once those are lacking.

The argument regarding the issue of mental health of weapon handling does need to be discussed. I’m not medically inclined however, I agree that any weapon with a mentally disturbed handler should not be in the same context.

What’s your take?

 

Dry but high on life.

When I took my week long leave I made a point to not indulge in alcohol for different reasons;

1. Loss a few pounds.

2. Spend more quality time with my daughter.

3. Reach a natural way of sleep that is not dependent on alcohol.

I’m used to having 2 glasses of wine every night with dinner so by day 5 my body was in withdrawal. I have to say I cheated by drinking 3 wine coolers in one night.

However after my leave, I had to indulge again by treating myself with a long island ice tea. I have to say it was the best one after my short dry spell.

I noticed that even with the short amount of time without alcohol, my alcohol dependency was curbed. I don’t have the urge to drink every night anymore which is a good thing, since its helps me towards my goals and I get to save some money.

I have to say my drink of choice is red wine. For me the darker, the bitter, the better.

Short-lived but…what a sweet reunion!

To any single parents out there, its bitter sweet when one has to leave. Unfortunately, my moment has come when I have to leave my mini-me. The short time spent seemed as if I never left since we connected like it was yesterday. We flooded each other with stories so rich that I can’t wait to catch up again.

To my baby girl, don’t let this parting hinder your own happiness. This will pass and it will be short-lived, focus on yourself because I’ll be supporting you always.

Just like the family of geese we saw yesterday, we’re still a family you and I; small but intact, so dry those tears and keep your chin up!

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You’re a smart girl, growing up as a smart young woman. Remember my home will always be open to you, its just a matter of time and you’ll find your own way too.

I’m so proud of you and you deserve all the happiness this world has to offer. For now I bid you a soft and sweet farewell, until June when I get to see you again.

Take care and know you are so loved not only by me but by everyone else in your circle. I just ask you to stay resilient and strong, not only for me but for yourself as well.

 

 

My cold DC experience

Per my usual, every time I travel outside of my island home its always cold no matter where I end up. DC is definitely cold for me as I observed locals jogging in shorts and T-shirt passing us in puffs of warm breath. Like human trains chugging along for every jog they make.

As a tourist, a group of us walked to the famous monuments/museums and experienced oddities such as protests in front of the capitol and chants in Arabic outside the backyard of the White House. From local police barring us from walking towards the front of the White House, to a homeless man setting up a permanent protest tent near the backside of the White House.

Its a reminder of how much liberty and priviledged we are compared to other nations. Besides all the observed oddities, DC is beautiful. The cherry blossom trees in bloom was a site to see, to the unique colonial homes.

Given the cold weather, I am glad for the wonderful experience. By the way, I recommend eating at Sardis. Its a Peruvian restaurant and my first time at it. Let me know if its authentic enough or not. Better yet, make other suggestions of other places to eat at DC.

“Energizer” bunny bag…my unconventional take on Easter basket

Fundraising for Easter gave my creative juices a twist regarding the traditional Easter basket. I figured an “Energizer” bunny fueled by Duracel batteries and gym workout shakes/snacks and workout gear would give things an interesting perspective.

…so off I went, I randomly selected some protein drinks/shakes, energy  snacks/shots, small gym bag, muscled theme beach towel, headphones, a first aid kit, protein tumbler & shaker with 2 adorable stuffed toy bunnies to end it all off.

Assembling the bag was tricky but fun to say the least specially figuring out how to attach the kid sunglasses to both bunnies.

Wish us luck in raising a lot for our fundraiser next month.