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Royal Caribbean – Allure of the Seas: 7 Night Caribbean Cruise (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

September 23, 2018 | 1

We received ~$600 credit in order to reserve this cruise accumulated from a Casino Bonus offer and partial refund from our noisy stateroom aboard the Serenade of the Seas in April. How couldn’t we take the opportunity for cruise travel before these credits expired?! Wouldn’t you SetSail? We were able to reserve Stateroom Cabin: 104, Deck: 9 which is my favorite ocean view room! Get familiar with Allure of the Seas with our photo tour. Read More

Video: Fishing with Family (Leesburg, FL)

September 9, 2018 |

Weather looming, a nice breeze and the sounds of thunder in the distance but that didn’t stop us from continuing to fish. Bill’s nephew Andy is quite the fisherman so he gave us some tips and had himself the right lures for the type of fish found here. Read More

Erasure – World Be Gone Tour (St Petersburg, FL)

July 7, 2018 |

The last time I went to a Erasure concert on Dec. 4, 1992 – senior year of high school, during their “Phantasmagorical Tour” at Jones Hall, in Houston, Tx. I was visiting my sister at Texas A&M where a bunch of friends had already purchased tickets. We all caravanned on this road trip adventure. For those of us who didn’t have tickets, we purchased ours from scalpers. Such a spontaneous journey and what a setlist they had back then. But Erasure can never fail to entertain. Read More

Video: Learn to Ice Skate (Tampa, FL)

July 3, 2018 | 1

Moving from Oahu to the Tampa area, we looked forward to watching some professional sports. This year was an exciting time for NHL with the Tampa Bay Lightnings had an exciting Stanley Cup season but got beat by the Washington Capitals who went on to win the Stanley. We learned from the Ice Sports Forum we could both join a Learn Hockey class but had to pass certain ice skating skills first. I already know how to ice skate so Bill had to sign up for a class. Will be posting his progress here.
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Maroon 5 – Red Pill Blues Tour at Amalie Arena (Tampa, FL)

June 16, 2018 |

The last time I went to a Maroon 5 concert was when I was still living in San Diego, CA. Adam Levine and his band played at the Del Mar Fairgrounds as their Songs About Jane album was still on the rise in the Billboard charts. By the end of 2004, the album was Ranked 15 on Billboard 200. Read More

Creating a Miniature Garden Terrarium with Succulents (Plant City, FL)

June 9, 2018 |

I wouldn’t call myself a gardener or claim to have a green thumb. I’ve never touched soil in my life. Honestly, I was gifted succulents once before as a house warming gift and unfortunately, they died. One of the plants that needs minimal maintenance died. “Hi, my name is Maya and I have killed succulents…” I imagine saying at an – I Suck at Gardening Group. I spotted an Instagram announcement (@parkesdale) about a Terrarium Workshop. Thought to myself, “This is where the tides change. I will put my best foot forward and give succulents another go.” Read More

Airbnb: Belle Vista Hotel – John’s Pass (Madeira Beach, Florida)

May 13, 2018 |

Friends we made on our recent Caribbean cruise… and whom we adventured together Snorkeling to the Antilla Ghost Shipwreck in Aruba… brought their boat to John’s Pass and extended us an invite. They found a rental property a few steps away from John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk which had its own boat dock (for an extra fee). It’s always great to discover another area only an hour’s drive away from home. If interested in a coastal vacation in the Tampa area, this is a great spot. Read More

Why Visit Lion Country Safari (West Palm Beach, Florida)?

April 20, 2018 |

We heard about this Drive-Thru Safari Adventure from our stay at La Quinta Inn where we had stayed prior to our cruise. This morning, we disembarked our 11-night Southern Caribbean Cruise, from Port Everglades, with Royal Caribbean and had this last hurrah in mind instead of a straight ~ 4-hour drive back home. We’ve been to other wildlife parks but we heard that there’s more than just the drive-through safari to enjoy. After the drive, we could exploration other attractions on our two feet like animal feeding experiences, rides, water sprayground, and more. Read More

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