Monday, June 30, 2014

Newark Club

I cannot believe it has been two years since I finished graduate school. I am definitely not where I thought I would nor where I would like to be. Still working hard on making the changes I want in life, but progress can only take place a little at a time. 

I do not miss Newark one bit. I have good memories there, but I surely don't want to go back without good reason.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Tackling Projects

The first half of the year just flew by. A lot of has changed- some good, some bad. But life has kept me busy and I have been working on lots of different projects. Oddly enough, all of them were playing to my strengths, but somewhat different. I will share those another time. 

Below is a layout I created for baby Jake. He really isn't a baby anymore. What I liked about this page was using negatives and leftovers from Polaroid sticker frames. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Rutgers Football Game

The big sport event going on right now is the World Cup in Brazil. Even for a person who cares very little about sports, it is quite exciting. Obviously, my team to root for is the USA. But there are lots of really good teams playing. And of course I have to cheer for the Germans as well to support Martin. 

Football in America is much different than football anywhere and everywhere else. I do not watch the football games until the Superbowl. But when I was in undergrad, it was a fun activity to go to the home games. The crazy nights are the freezing cold ones and when we also win!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Quality Singapore Days

Even though I had landed in Singapore the week before, I did not see much more than the Bay area that Martin took me to the Saturday I landed. I probably spent just as much time in Singapore as I did in any other country I had visited on this vacation.

I had met a person in Thailand and she offered to show my around while Martin had to work the weekdays. We had lunch with a few of her friends and saw Chinatown. After we parted, I did some shopping on my own.

On the tail end of the week, Martin treated me to a two night stay at the famous Marina Bay Sands. Probably cost him an arm and a leg, but it was so worth it. The view and the pool on the top floor made it worthwhile. We went to watch a musical at the amusement park on the island of Sentosa. Later in the evening, Martin's colleague picked us up and took us out for the popular chili crab that I had the tiniest bit of - I at least tried it!

That concludes my vacation in Southeast Asia. I cannot believe what took forever to plan flew by so quickly. I am looking forward to the next adventure coming in a few months.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Malaysia on My Own

Well... sort of, Martin had to work so I decided to make a quick stop to Malaysia on my own. I have family friends in Kuala Lumpur that I have not seen in ten years. They were awesome for taking time off work and picking me up at the airport and showing me a bit of Malaysia. First stop was Melaka which was about an hour outside of the city.

Later that evening, we checked out the night scenery by city hall and the court house. The next day they took me sight seeing in Kuala Lumpur. During my time there, I had eaten quite a variety of Southeast Asian cuisine. Lots of good views and good food in a short time frame. 

This concludes my thirty six hour whirl wind tour of  Kuala Lumpur. I cannot wait to visit Malaysia and my friends again; hopefully next time Martin will join me and we can check out other cool parts of Malaysia. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Cebu City Tour and Cheap Massages

Martin and I have awful timing. More research should have been done before we made these bookings, but a lot of things did not cross my mind. We had went to Thailand during that unpleasant water experience. We then went to the Philippines, a Catholic country, during Good Friday. When we went on our city tour, pretty much everything was closed. I do not think we got our money's worth; I know better next time. 

Fort San Pedro

Magellan's Shrine

View from the top of the Taoist Temple

On our flying day, we had a good morning to ourselves after we checked out. Across the street was a massage location that had good reviews. It was also much cheaper than the resort's spa pricing - $33 USD for 2.5 hours of a massage. You cannot get those deals anywhere else.

Leaving was a pain. Again, we didn't do our research and we needed to pay in order to leave the country. I guess us visiting wasn't enough to stimulate the economy. Regardless, I was glad to leave. I was tired to trying to explain to people that didn't understand English why I didn't want to put my camera and film into their x-ray machine.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Cebu Scuba Diving

For the second half our vacation, we had a gorgeous view  from our hotel room. The resort is on the east side of the island, so we can watch the sunrise everyday. But truthfully, we missed most of them because sleeping in was clearly more important.

We didn't do very much our first day. We were still exhausted from Thailand the day before. Resting and relaxing was just the perfect itinerary. The next day we went scuba diving. I will be honest; I had the hardest time adjusting. I kept panicking and couldn't relax enough to breath from my mouth. Martin was awesome, like always, and was able to go down for two dives. We went to Talima and Hadsan. I only did some snorkeling at Hadsan once Martin returned. Then for our second diving spot in Hadsan I gathered my courage and took my time. I made it this time and was able to go with Martin and our dive master for some quality time underwater.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hongs and Elephants

I wrote this entry when I was on vacation, but I haven't had the chance to publish it yet. Priorities had to be renumbered and this fell to the bottom of the list. I hope you don't mind; pretend you are going back in time to a magical place....... April 19th. 

My vacation is flying by. We are already on our third day in the Philippines. I haven't finished sharing our trip in Thailand. On our third day in Thailand, we did Hongs by starlight kayaking tour. We got on a boat that took us to the Ao Phang nga National Park. It is a group of islands north of Phuket.

We would get into kayaks and a local person will maneuver us into a cave that leads us into the middle of a massive island, inside is hallow; it is almost like a doughnut - a really tall doughnut. I would say it was one of the best things of our trip. Fun, relaxing and great scenery. It was also exhausting. It took up the entire day. 

On our last day, I wanted to go ride an elephant. Which I did! At first it felt extremely in unstable being strapped so high on a chair on it's back. But later I was allowed to sit on its neck. Did you know they are hairy?! It is extremely course and prickly - so my legs didn't appreciate it. I was also hanging on for dear life because the mountain we trekked was steep. Regardless of the hair and steep route, it was a memorable experience.