Holiday Travels: My Unanticipated Washington Journey

With the peak of holiday travel madness upon us, my friend Rosey suggested that I share my story of travel in mid-October. The star of the tale is fog. Although the journey was a frustrating and fatiguing one, I came out of it with a laugh and some new friends in the end. Needless to say, the people and situations you encounter while journeying around the world may really surprise you. Here is the excerpt I posted on Facebook:

Adventure Time in Maui!

Adventure Time in Maui!

It is true what they say – once you go to Hawaii you never want to leave. I was fortunate enough to jet off to Hawaii at the start of September, which was the perfect conclusion to my summer of full-time Co-op work and filming just before jumping back into my final year of undergrad. I was doubly lucky to be able to experience resort life in Wailea, Maui at the Fairmont Kea Lani as well as the condo experience a few short minutes north of that in Kihei, Maui. I could probably ramble on about how much I love this island, but in short – it is simply paradise.

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Summary of highlights…

1. Watching the Sunrise at the top of Haleakala Volcano

I think we left the condo at about 3am and arrived at the top of the mountain just after 4am. IT IS COLD. Once we arrived at the top, we saw people getting out of their cars bundled up in comforters and blankets and I almost didn’t think I could handle it (I was equipped with a thin long-sleeved sweater and leggings). Luckily there is an indoor viewing area so that’s where we spent most of the waiting and anticipation. The zombie-like waiting state was well worth it though – the view of the sunrise above the clouds and peaks feels like being on cloud 9.


2. Snorkeling on the Coral Reef

I was lucky enough to get to snorkel twice at two separate beaches in Maui. The first time was just supposed to be a canoe excursion, but within 5 minutes of paddling, turtle heads starting popping up around us and our leader told us to hop in! These turtles were the largest I had seen with my own eyes. A few days later we partook in an excursion to the beautiful island of Lana’i, where we swam with the fluorescent coloured fish of the majestic coral reef.


The cliffs and topography of Lana’i

3. The Road to Hana

This was the one thing that everyone told me to have on my checklist while on Maui. We took part in a van tour from 7am-5pm, which was the right choice, as the road is narrow and equipped with many sharp turns. I absolutely loved the eastern coast of Maui, covered in lush rainforest and history. Our guide was pretty knowledgeable and led us to some super scenic and intriguing stops, including the Seven Sacred Pools and the Maui Winery. Image

On the Road to Hana


Aerial view of the Seven Sacred Pools at Ohe’o Gulch

4. Parasailing!

Now this was cool. Along with several other couples, we took a boat out to parasail off the coast of the historic town of Lahaina. If you don’t like heights or the water, this is not the activity for you! We sailed 800ft up in the air, where you will find just the most relaxing experience. You can’t hear a peep that high up, and it provides a great view of Maui and Lana’i. I loved the added touch of being dunked into the water before being retrieved back into the boat.


5. Attending a Beach Wedding

C’mon, who could hate a wedding with the backdrop of sand, blue water, and the clear sky sprinkled with tiny white clouds?


The Ultimate Work Bag: My First Cambridge Satchel

The Ultimate Work Bag: My First Cambridge Satchel

Now that I’ve jumped into my second official office job, something that has been plaguing me is how badly I’ve been in need of a good work bag (yes I know, talk about first world problems). But really, I had been using a $34 brown flimsy bag from Forever 21 for the past year, and the contents of the purse would tumble everywhere, making it constantly hard to find what I needed. This is where the Cambridge Satchel Company comes in!

Family Vacation: Variety in Vegas

Vegas this time around was for my brother’s 21st birthday, so the long weekend getaway was filled with all your usual Vegas activities excluding nightlife excursions – shopping, shows, and eating good food.

Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil: The first thing that comes to mind when I recall this show is, “I definitely would not have been able to attend if my parents hadn’t paid for this”. I say this because we paid for the cheapest tickets at $98 per pop. I absolutely recognize the immense work that goes into each Cirque show, but that is a bit much! Nevertheless, I really did enjoy the show. It was filled with some pretty unique and mystical death-defying acts. So much so that two performers tripped and nearly fell while in the act, which sent the audience to a roar of both ¬†horror and joy. I still say that my favourite Cirque show to date is Mystere though – I really have never sat that far off the edge of my seat or held my breath for as long as I did during that show.
Brad Garrett`s L.A. Comedy Club: We were fortunate enough to go on the weekend that Brad Garrett (of Everybody Loves Raymond fame) was actually performing at the club, and I must say that this was one of the funniest shows I have ever seen. I was laughing nonstop at each of the four acts, and was doubly glad that I didn`t sit in the first two rows, as Brad makes fun of almost everyone in that section. The club is of the smaller variety with dozens of photographs and portraits of famous comedians draped on the walls, which provides a cozy, intimate atmosphere. If you`re in Vegas, seriously see this show.
Javier`s Fine Mexican Cuisine at Aria: The most expensive Mexican food I have ever feasted on, but was in fact one of the best enchiladas I have ever had. The decor inside is quite spectacular as well.
Outfits in Vegas… (I usually don’t take photos like this, but our hotel room had a full length mirror so basically ‘when in Rome’…)
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Some purchases from Vegas: