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Newport in May


It is always too difficult to book a room in Newport, Rhode Island. It is just way too popular even on off season. While we are now looking forward to warm weather in the East Coast, it takes a while till it gets warm in the New England States. Places like Newport that is close to the water takes way more longer because of the wind chill factor.


What we ate at Seoul

We had so many food options in Seoul. We didn't even got to try the street foods. Often times, we save our appetite for the main meal where we sat down and eat. We walked around so much that we want to rest our feet for a while we enjoy our food.

Below are the foods we tried. Some of them we really like too much that we ate it almost everyday.

  • Plane food
Okay, we are not in Seoul yet but en route. We took Korean Air so we can have a direct flight to Seoul and try to see their service and food options. And oh boy, they didn't disappoint.


Throughout the 13 hour flight, I had the selection of Bibimbap (seen below), congee and meat/potatoes combo.



Beomeosa Temple

Beomeosa Temple means the temple of heavenly fish. It is said that a gold fish came from the sky and settled on the well on top of Mount Geumjeongsan.


The original temple was built 1,300 years ago until it was lost during the Japanese invasion in 1592. It was renovated in 1713 and became one of the most delicate architectures in the Joseon era.


Random Photo: Colonial Williamsburg Christmas


There is a subtle elegance on how Colonial Williamsburg is decorated during the holidays. It is spare and always items that where you find nature. It teaches you to be festive without overdoing it.

Random Photo: Byodo-In Temple



Every time we were in Oahu, we make sure to stop by the Byodo-In temple. We walked around, rang the bell and fed the fish on the koi pond. Next time, I have to note that we need to bring an insect repellant. The mosquitos here are borderline aggressive.

Random Photo: Birthday Cupcakes


It so happens that our little girl is having her birthday in Honolulu. I looked up a couple of cake places but decided on getting a simple Hello Kitty cupcakes. It was a great idea and we ended eating all these yummy cupcakes in the next couple of days.

KCC Farmer's Market - Oahu, Hawaii

Another wish crossed off on our list. Farmer's Market is usually set up on a weekend morning. And since we are on limited time in Oahu, we ended skipping this adventure. I am glad we were finally able to visit one.

The KCC (Kapiolani Community College) Farmer's Market is organized by the Hawaii Farm Bureau which was originally started by a group of local farmers to promote and advocate the locally grown commodities.

We started our day early and was able to get a close parking spot. Then it started to rain.


Ocean City, Maryland

We have been planning to go to Ocean City in Maryland for years. I heard that is it a fun place to be --in the summer. I could see that this tourist town is bustling with activity in spring and summer where the specialty is called Maryland crab. Our timeshare doesn't seem to have any availability in peak season but when we finally found an opening  and it is the dead of winter. It is a ghost town but the upside was that we have the place to ourselves, no lines and tons of parking next to the beach.



National Constitution Center

Philadelphia, PA

This was one of the stops we had on our weekend trip to Philly. And since, Philadelphia is an old old town, you would never ran out of historical places to visit. For the National Constitution Center is historic but not old. It is an interactive museum devoted to the U.S. Constitution.


The Poconos Weekend

It was a surprise when hubby told me that he wants to do a weekend getaway. I was exhausted these past few weeks and I don't feel like going on a long drive. And since we have always been driving south on most getaways, this time I suggested going north. The Poconos Mountains sounds a good idea. It is close, an hour and a half drive and we never been there. So, we grabbed the water cooler, the van and the in-laws and off we went.

The Poconos Mountain is a popular (and cheap) options for family vacations. It is great to visit on both extremes of the season. On winter, it is a popular ski destination. On the summer, it is known for hiking and white water rafting. We are in a shoulder season (too cold for the pool, too warm to ski) so I am not sure what other options we could do for the weekend. It turns out that its a good thing not to do much on a weekend. My in-laws (both retired) made sure we ate good and got enough sleep. I told hubby that we should do this more often.



Off to Myrtle Beach

Our Colonial Williamsburg tickets are still valid the following day so we decided to make another day out of it before heading to another 8 hour drive to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We visited the museum area and had a quick lunch before heading on the road.

We stopped by a popular local BBQ joint. It had a fast food feel where you order the food on the counter and they call your number for your tray. The selection was a predictable meats and sides. While deciding on the sides there was one with an item called hushpuppies. What's that? It turned out that it is a southern specialty of deep fried breaded cornmeal that when you bite unto, it had that outside crunch but soft inside. It is not my favorite but it was a surprise that I haven't heard of it, till now.

Hushpuppies!*

Myrtle Beach, SC 2009

After a spending a couple of hot days in Florida, we made a detour to Myrtle Beach. It is a popular beach town where most people come and play golf. There seem to be an abundance of retirement communities and golf courses here. The beach, the sun and golf sounds like a perfect combination of a serene lifestyle.

We stayed at one of our timeshare, so far this seem to be one of the biggest property they have second to the one in Orlando. Joe seem to like the area better. I think because the beach is milder than the one in Florida. No matter how far you are from the shore, the water doesn't get that deep. It has fine sand and has adequate waves perfect for body surfing, mild enough for toddlers. See how Madison love to frolick on its fine sands.


INDOORS



Key West, FL 2009

Our original plans for the Florida road trip was to drive all the way south of Florida keys up to Key West. At the last minute, I scrapped the plans to the Keys since it will take a 4 hour drive from Miami. It would be a bad idea to make this a day trip even with the assumption of driving not counting on traffic and pit stops. It is not enough time to enjoy Key West. But we did it anyway, we are here so might as well take the trip.

Our first stop was the Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo. We want to take the Glassbottom boat tour to check out the coral reefs. The trip usually take 2.5 hours on a state of the art catamaran with a glass bottom. During the tour, they would explain about Florida wildlife and how it relates to its corals.

The view from the glass bottom boat.

Day 7: The Grove, Los Angeles



92 degrees.

Places visited: The Grove and Farmers Market

We were up to do some sightseeing in the area. The first stop was the Chowking in the Eagle Rock area. I was surprised to find that not only Jollibee and Chowking in the same place but Goldilocks was a few doors down and a Bench store in front of it. Hurray, for the Pinoy town.