Friday, June 7, 2013

Crazy Cabo

Have you ever traveled to a place where every person from the moment you land in the airport looks you in the eyes and lies to you? Well, welcome to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico! A place that thrives off of tourism and timeshares, and offers beautiful beachfront resort vacations for incredibly low prices. (And we all know I'm the number one fan of the ocean)

As soon as you pass customs at the airport, dozens of people approach you in trying to sign you up for a timeshare presentation. Here, they will offer all kinds of activities at no charge in an effort to sign you up. From this moment on, be aware that every person you talk to until your last day will be telling you a different story, to the point where you don't know who works for who or who to believe anymore, including your hotel staff. The vouchers for the activities will be given to you, but the timeshare presentations are ruthless. Just keep in mind that it will take at least 3-4 hours of your day. 

However, once you pass all that your vacation will be amazing. You can indulge in unlimited exhilarating water activities or just relax by the ocean and enjoy the magnificent views. From jet skis to parasailing to banana boats...this is the place for it! 

All in all, Cabo is a great place for a quick getaway. It has beautiful beaches and nice all-inclusive resorts for great prices.

But, be careful because unfortunately too much fun can lead to this...

Until next time...Safe Travels! 

Sunny Seattle?

Mount Rainier- one of the world's most dangerous volcanoes- from 40,000 ft....spectacular! 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A Bite Out of the Big Apple

Everyone is in a hurry, cars honking, incredible skyscrapers all around, $13 toll roads, a beautiful river, delicious pizza, impeccable fashion…welcome to the city that never sleeps….New York City!

There truly is no city in the world quite like New York. It appears to be a whole world in itself. So alive and so busy at all times. Where in the world can you get freshly baked chocolate chip cookies delivered to your place at 3am? New York! You can walk around in bustling Times Square and not see a difference at 2pm or 2am.

But I have a question…what is the hurry? Everyone is rushing. You can’t stand in line in a coffee shop and take a few seconds to think about what you want without a line of people getting mad. It’s so funny because you can instantly differentiate between the locals and tourists. Especially those from Los Angeles, who are strolling behind everyone else. The honking was noticeably loud. Drivers are so impatient and will honk at you if you are one second late in turning or driving when the traffic light turns green. The taxi cab drivers are ruthless when it comes to driving and changing lanes. One thing is for sure, I could never drive in New York! And who charges $36 for daily parking? Thank goodness for public transportation.

Kudos to the fashion! Everyone is dressed so beautifully, so sharp and so poised. I was very impressed. I’m so disappointed when I see people dressed in their pajamas out in public in Los Angeles.

Central Park is my favorite part of New York. Every time I go there, I feel like I can spend all day there. It’s just so peaceful and beautiful. The cherry blossoms were absolutely breathtaking. Combine that with the lake as a backdrop and you have postcard worthy moments.

I love New York. I can visit anytime. However, I could never live there. I need the beach life, where it’s ok to walk slowly, take a deep breath and smell the roses.

Thank you New York for the absolutely perfect weather!! You were a perfect host.

Until next time…safe travels!

Being Grateful

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

May the new year bring lots of love, peace and happiness to all. We all have so much to be grateful for. Time passes by so quickly that we should embrace every moment. So laugh often, give lots of love, breathe deep, practice peace, see the beauty in all situations, don't worry about the little things, and stop comparing. But if you must compare, compare your life to those who have less than you, rather than those who have more. Maya Angelou once said, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." So, make your new years resolution to bring a smile to someone's face everyday. Wishing everyone a prosperous and healthy new year!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Where do we draw the line?

In the wake of the horrific act that occurred in Connecticut two days ago, words are beyond any explanation or grievance. How someone can do that is beyond fathom. What the parents of those innocent children who were killed are going through right now is something that no one should ever feel. Condolences and words will never suffice. May God give them strength and patience to survive each and every passing second, minute, hour, day. 

The reason I'm posting here today is because I read a something that intrigued me. It was a statement that some say Morgan Freeman made, while others say it was just a hoax and not really made by him. Regardless, I think it had some very important points. The statement tells people to turn off the news and remember the innocent lives lost. It criticizes the way the media outlets have been reporting the news. And that the shooter, and all other mass shooters, are treated like celebrities. Their name goes down and their picture goes up for making history, only to prompt the next person to top their act. It says, "Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he'll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody." 

It makes a lot of sense. We will always remember the Batman theater shooter because he kept being compared to Joker, giving him exactly what he wanted. Studying and working in media, this statement really affected me. I have always been intrigued with word usage in media and the the immense power it has. When a Muslim commits a horrific act, it's always labeled as "terrorism." But, when the same horrifying acts are committed by others, why is it that it always leads to a psychological disorder? We all know of the power of media, do we know the responsibility that comes with these little things like word usage and choosing what to report? 

The statement ends with, "You can help by forgetting you ever read this man's name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news." Would that solve the problem? I don't think so. Turning off the news isn't the solution. However, I believe in changing the way news is delivered. Which is something that is more possible today than ever before, with digital journalism taking over mainstream news outlets. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Inspirational Quote

"Talking with quiet confidence will always beat screaming with obvious insecurity." I don't know the source of this quote, but as soon as I read it, it touched my heart. It has so much meaning. I loved it and had to share it. Please reflect on it and share any thoughts...