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Dominican Republic – La Romana

It was a perfect time to get away from this freezing cold weather for a week.  Another amazing vacation in the Caribbean area, Dominican Republic – La Romana, where there is only sunshine and beautiful beaches.  My flight was in the afternoon, after 4 hrs flight and 1.5 hrs bus ride, as expected, it was almost midnight when I arrived at the resort Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville (5 stars).  The whole week was a semi cloudy but warm, the resort is as beautiful as what I saw on the internet, the water at the beach was kind of cold the first couple of days since there wasn’t much sun but I loved the pool so much that I spent most of the time there anyways 😛

A few thoughts about this resort tho

Things I found good
– great looks and view everywhere, especially the pools, umm that’s about it

Things I found bad
– flies every where (restaurants, the pools the beach etc.)
– crawling bugs indoor (especially on a table cloth in our room)
– beach is bad, water not even clear, tons of rocks in the deeper area
– poor service bartenders at the main lobby (took your order and went off serving others, then let me stand there for over 15mins…)
– leaks in the shower (by the time you are done, its wet everywhere outside the shower…)
– shows were cheesy, could get better ones in other way cheaper resorts
– most excursions are far, as in over 2 hrs of transportation…
– worse of all, we had to fight for a late check out because we had a very late flight back to Toronto, asked many times, the answer we got was “come back on the morning of check out, we would let you know…” They should have known the answer on the day we arrived because no one would walk in to the resort and make reservation last min. All we got was 3 hrs delay from the normal time 12pm

also a few people that we talked to, told us they got very sick (throwing up, diarrhea and etc.) luckily we didn’t 🙂 Don’t understand why people would rate this so high, anyways, that’s what we experienced 🙂

lesson learned, 1, never take a late flight to this resort because they will make you check out early, then you will have to use their courtesy room to take a shower which has a lonnnnngg wait time (we saw it with our own eyes when we passed by it, plus we talked to some other customers on the way back) 2, never book a resort just by looking at the pretty pictures, yes, the place looks super nice and what else?!?

Anyways, the whole trip was still very relaxing, I love taking beautify pictures as always, so here are some of the highlights!!

Tons more pictures on my facebook, enjoy 🙂

from my main camera – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152999178215211.1073741844.689775210&type=1&l=61f180499b

from my phone – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152999233900211.1073741845.689775210&type=1&l=843f84e391

panorama pictures – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152999303585211.1073741846.689775210&type=1&l=86700849f2

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duo pâtisserie&café

pictures added 14 Nov 2014

Woah, another good find in Markham area, a very unique little dessert place which is in a very convenient location, on 230 Commerce Valley Dr. E, Unit 4, a little dessert place called “duo pâtisserie&café” (noted, don’t think the website is ready yet but you can visit their facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/duopattiseriecafe).  Its probably one of the first of it’s kind in the area, similar to Nadège Patisserie on Queen if you know where that is, with famous tasteful macaroons and croissants along with a few other desserts and specialty coffees.  I am not a very dessert person but the first time I was there I was already fallen in love with their desserts.  Not to mention the looks is very mouth watering, and the taste just fits my taste buds, not too sweet compare to a lot of similar places. If  you are looking for a goodnight dessert before bed, I think this is the perfect place in the area.  Anyways, here are some pictures I took while I was there, and yea, go try it and you won’t be disappointed 🙂

p.s. hey I was the first one to use their credit card machine 😛

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Southern Caribbean – St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados

My first time on a cruise Caribbean Cruise Experience (Oasis of the Seas), my second time cruising Royal Princess (East Caribbean Cruise) and onto my third cruise this time with my favorite “Royal Caribbean International” to the southern Caribbean on the Jewel of the Seas.  Man, it was hot hot hot, I got sick on the third day probably because of the hot and humid weather, good thing all I had was cough, nothing serious 😛  This time was a little different from the other ones I had, we board at San Juan Purto Rico other than Ft. Lauderdale and it has 5 itinerary ports, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados and only 1 day cruising on ship.  Luckily, we had 6 sunny days, only one rainy day, lots of walking and sun tanning 🙂

Really glad that I went with Royal Caribbean International again this time because compare to Princess (the one I went last year), the activities and age groups are way way better.  Tons of things and shows that fit my age, not as many older generations with walkers and scooters around, more than half of the people are actually my age or even younger, the whole ship was ALIVE!!!

Since I have cruised 3 times already, there are a few things I have learned, 1, as far as I know, for my age, Royal is definitely the company to go for, 2, don’t bring too many socks, 3, never believe the elevators signs that said MAX 20 persons because most people on the ship are 3 times of a normal person 😛

of course there are more pictures on my facebook 🙂

Southern Caribbean day 1-3 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152778357290211.1073741841.689775210&type=1&l=9838c1e8dd

Southern Caribbean day 4-7 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152778447250211.1073741842.689775210&type=1&l=fcc81e0a22

Panoramic view https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152778514420211.1073741843.689775210&type=1&l=8d7f1a88a8

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Buskerfest 2014

This was probably the very last big event in Toronto during summer time, Buskerfest 2014, a very large section of Yonge st. was closed for this, I was there last year Buskerfest 2013 on Yonge st. and I was hoping to see more interesting things for this year. Compare to other big events in Toronto, this was probably the least interesting event.  As I expected, it very disappointing again, even less performers than last year and more booths for merchandise and food, place was still very packed but the fun factor was low.  Anyhow, it was really ok to spend an hour there to kill time if you have a place to park your car, but I am sure I will not go again next year 😛  Here are some of the pictures I took, P.S. you would probably notice some performers were the same from last year too 😛

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I walked by this place so many times but I never noticed it actually opens 24/7, 7 WEST, located in the heart of downtown Toronto, 7 Charles St. W.  A very unique cafe kind of diner, fantastic atmosphere with 2 storeys, whether if you want to relax with a cup of coffee, a nice dinner for 2, a slice of cake dessert or a late night snack, they have it all.  Not to mention they have all day breakfast as well which was what I had, it wasn’t anything fancy but was done just right 🙂  I will definitely keep this place in mind if I want something late night while in downtown 😛

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