In case you were wondering, I’m still alive! Been ultra busy since January planning and organizing our wedding ceremony.
After visiting Tobago over winter break last year we decided we want to have our wedding ceremony at Magdalena Resort.
We’re planning a 1 day Hindu ceremony followed by a cocktail hour and then a buffet dinner. The next day we plan on taking our guests on a boat tour of Buccoo reef and Nylon Pool.
The main ideas were pretty easy to plan out. Getting in touch with vendors was a little bit more difficult due to long distance phone calls etc.
But after 1 month things are almost done with the wedding 2 months away. I think we’ll be OK.
Here’s an outline of the planning and preparation:
Over Winter break we went over to the sister isle of my homeland Trinidad to the island of Tobago.
Tobago is the more resort, touristy, laid back island unlike the busy, industrial Trinidad.
Tobago is an island paradise and less commercialized and busy than some other Caribbean destinations. Which is how I like it.
We stayed for 4 nights at Beverly’s Oasis. Not an all inclusive resort but it suited our needs perfectly. Laid back, clean, well kept and out of the bustle of the Crown Point Airport Area.
Before your trip:
- Do research on your destination. TripAdvisor usually has good reviews for hotels and things to do.
- Avoid paying extra fees by getting a credit card with no foreign transaction fees and has an EMV chip.
I have a Chase Sapphire Card that I use for travel. It does have an annual fee though. Another great option is Bank of America’s BankAmericard Travel Rewards which has no annual fees. I may switch over and get one of those eventually.
- Verify your passport and required Visas are valid and not near their expiration dates.
- Remember to bring your Passport and tickets. Keep scanned copies of your passport and visa on a secured cloud storage medium.
- Carry a pen with you.
- Keep spare clothes in your carry on luggage in case your checked bag gets separated from you.
- Bring entertainment with you. Books, tablet, games, music, etc. Purchase airplane WiFi internet package if needed
It’s that time of year for office holiday parties.
Here’s some of my tips for acing it with class:
~Do show up
It’s a party c’mon it can’t be that bad. It’s a great way to get to know people outside of work in a more social way including your bosses. Let people see you can be a real person instead of an office robot.
~Do dress appropriately
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite American holidays. Mostly because it involves lots of food and Turkey and reminds me to be grateful. Long weekend, good food, plus Black Friday shopping is awesome! I spent Thanksgiving with my American In-laws again this year. There was lots of food, chaos and fun.
Lucky for us they have Thanksgiving dinner on the Saturday after the official Thanksgiving Day. That makes it so much easier for traveling and we get to do Black Friday shopping the day before.
Hindus all over the world will be celebrating Diwali including me.
Diwali is the Festival of Lights and celebrates Light over darkness. See the Wiki link for the more info. about Diwali.
I miss being able to be at home in Trinidad for Diwali. Back home I would celebrate by fasting, cleaning, doing a Lakshmi Puja (prayers). After the puja would come my favorite part, lighting diyas and fireworks.
A diya is a small oil filled clay pot that’s lit with a wick. It’s been 9 years since I’ve had a ‘proper’ Diwali back home.
This week I visited the capital of Iowa, Des Moines. Had to go there for an early morning appointment and decided to go sightseeing afterwards. Adventure time! Visited to Zombie Burger + Drink Lab and had an amazing chicken sandwich with a Zombie theme. After lunch I visited the Blank Park Zoo.
Tonight is the night before Halloween, apparently called mischief night by some. For me every night is mischief night though.