by Meli C

Category — Travel

Sunday Funday

It’s easy to take for granted the fact that the beach is scarcely 15 minutes away.  Last Sunday we organized a beach day with friends (and their kids), and it turned out to be a really nice Miami staycation.

April 10, 2012   1 Comment

Our Honeymoon: Singapore

{Singapore Changi Airport – Terminal 1}

Even though 3 months have passed since our honeymoon, I still wanted to share some photos of the trip. I can’t believe we’re already in April!!

We started off with a very long flight from Miami to Singapore. We were in Singapore for the day (before leaving on a cruise) and then returned for one more day on our way back to Miami.

{Marina Bay Sands}

Upon arrival, our first stop was the Marina Bay Sands, where we met up with friends who had been living in Singapore for a while, and who so kindly offered to show us around.

Here we are atop the Marina Bay. Behind us is the surreal infinity pool with the Singapore skyline as a backdrop.  The view is really amazing.

This Louis Vuitton store at the Marina Bay is the largest and most unique I’ve seen. It’s like a museum.

After touring the hotel, we went to see the Merlion, and tried some delicious fruity popsicles at the Merlion Park. We had the grapefruit-passion fruit and the coconut-rambutan.

We also got to see the cool Singapore Elephant Parade around the city.

We walked around Little India and its shops, and then it was lunchtime.

We had lunch at the Rasapura Masters and all the dishes we tried were delicious. My favorite was the very traditional “chicken rice”.

While in Singapore, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try out the fish spa.  This was quite the experience! It really tickled and for the first 5 minutes I couldn’t control my laughter. It was really hard to stay still.

We returned to Singapore the last day of our trip and we set out to explore Orchard Road, famous for its shops. We had an amazing early dinner at NUOC, a Thai restaurant atop the Orchard Central. The spring rolls were to die for, and we tried Australian beef for the first time!

April 6, 2012   No Comments

Travel Maps

{Places on Earth ~ A self-congratulatory guide to personal global domination}

I’ve been seriously obsessing over this map recently. I love the way that you can track and see all the places you’ve been to.  You can use different pins to color code your hometown as well as your next destination.

{Map and photos by You And Me, The Royal We}

This is a perfect gift for anyone who loves to travel half as much as I do. It’s also available in black. Genius.

I also found this other one, which let’s you scratch off the places you’ve been to, revealing different colors underneath. Pretty cool  stuff.

March 23, 2012   2 Comments

Weekend Escape

I mentioned last week that we had escaped to the Dominican Republic for the weekend. One of my best friends (pictured above) lives there, and we couldn’t have asked for a better host. We arrived on Friday night and flew back to Miami on Monday before sunrise. I have no doubt that we made the best of the two full days we spent there.

Our mornings began with a full-fledged Dominican breakfast: mangú, fried cheese, scrambled eggs, cold cuts,  fried salami, sausages, and fruits.

On Saturday, we took off on a boat to spend the day at Palmilla, known for its turquoise waters that resemble those of a swimming pool.

We headed back home around sunset, passing by a gorgeous sailboat.

On Sunday, we took a boat ride down Chavón river. From there we got a very cool view of the medieval European village of Altos de Chavón.

After exploring the river, we headed to Isla Catalina, about a 15 minute boat ride away. It’s safe to say we fell in love with the pristine waters and the scenic surroundings.

We headed back to our home-away-from-home at La Marina around 4pm that day, to get ourselves all packed up for our journey to Santo Domingo that night and back to Miami the following morning.

Do let me know if you ever plan a trip to the area as I would be more than happy to give you tips and recommendations. xo

March 21, 2012   4 Comments


This past President’s Day weekend, we traded the warm Florida weather for some Colorado snow. After much research to decide on our ski destination, a group of 7 of us packed our bags and headed to Breckenridge for the long weekend.

We rented a condo within walking distance to both the base (lift) station and the town center. The apartment was perfect for our group; spacious,  fully equipped, comfortable, and cozy.  I highly recommend you check it out if you are ever planning a group trip to Breck.

We skied 3 out of the 4 days. The weather cooperated only on the first two, but in any case the skiing was nice and smooth.

On our day off the slopes we decided to go snowmobiling.  A complimentary shuttle picked us up at 9:00 am.

After a quick orientation and a few practice laps, we were off on our 2-hour tour of the Colorado Rockies. It was so much fun, though a bit scary at first, but nevertheless a total hit!

I will say, those snowmobiles do tip over easy! I almost managed to tip us over one time. However, it was Fran who was driving when we went straight into a pile of powder and got stuck!

One of the highlights of the excursion was standing right on the Continental Divide of the Americas!

Breckenridge is a charming little winter wonderland, with its horse carriages, bakeries and snowy streets.

On our last night, we unexpectedly stumbled into The Gold Pan Saloon to discover their famous happy hour special, 25 cent beers! It also happens to be the oldest bar in town, dating back to 1879.


March 14, 2012   3 Comments

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