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December – Catching Up

Hello, travelers and vacationists!  It’s December again.  How’s it going? Busy traveling and enjoying the vacation?  Good for you.

My family and I were quite busy with school and work.  My dear husband has a lot of stuff going on in his office.  As a Senior Software Engineer, he has to make sure all the developments on their new testing tool is accurately working before being off for the holidays.

The plan of going to Michigan to visit his best friend and family didn’t go through this year (again).  Well, because, a major repair had been supervised.  Remember the big hail in March? My daughter and I were not actually here in Texas when that big hail storm happened because we were vacationing in the Philippines.  That hail did a lots of major damage in some homes and establishments in Wylie and surrounding areas.  Luckily our roof just had few shingles flipped.  But of course, we had to have it fixed and replaced.  So that’s the huge thing that we had to take care of this year.  In addition, me and my daughter had been under the weather since we arrived home from our vacation.  We ran a fever and it was on and off.  Didn’t have infections of some kind (thanks to God)…it’s just some virus going around.  Nasal and chest congestion bothered us for about two weeks.  So awful. With proper medicine, it went away.

This year’s cold season seems like sickness gets us whenever there’s a chance.  We are doing our best to stay healthy as possible all year long.  It sucks being sick because you’re not able to travel or do anything fun.

Y’all take care and have safe travels.

What Are Your Travel Goals?

a-rural area in PI
Hello, friends!  Happy New year!  How was you New Years?  As for me, we celebrated at home with lots of fireworks.  My dear husband invited some of his colleagues and they brought fireworks, too.  It was a great celebration, as usual, but this time it’s more sentimental.  I mean, in addition to the New Year’s, we were also celebrating all the luck in the world. It was so big deal for us because, from that huge calamity that hit some towns in Texas, we were not affected.  I hope you had a wonderful New Year celebration, too.

Anyway, one of the things we’re thankful for is that our vacation to the Philippines in Spring is finalized though I am not completely happy because my dear husband is not going with us on this trip.  But this vacation is very important because my darling daughter will be spending time with my side of the family.  As you know, my parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews live in the Philippines.  I haven’t petitioned one of my parents yet to come over to the US.  Hopefully when my application for naturalization gets approved, I will be able to petition them this year.  This is one of my priority goals in 2016.

How about you? What are your travel goals this year?

Back To The Scenic And Serene Beaver’s Bend State Park

Amazing sunset.

Amazing sunset.

Okay so my family and I went to Beaver’s Bend State Park in Broken Bow, Oklahoma again for a weekend adventure last month. This is the second time we went there, and I think it is going to be a tradition now.  We love the place.  It’s scenic, calming, relaxing, and beautiful.  It feels like you are in a different place, away from the busy life in the city.

We drove there Saturday after noon and we arrived at the Hochatown Lodge at around 3:00 P.M.  It was the very first time we booked an accommodation at Hochatown Lodge and  we were somewhat satisfied in our stay.

The room rate was reasonable and the room was just the right size.

  • We had two double queen beds non-smoking room.
  • Secured door locks.
  • Refrigerator, microwave, oven, hair dryer, coffee maker, television, and complete toiletries.
  • The towels smelled really good.  🙂

I am giving the Hochatown Lodge a rating of 3.5 because:

  1. The quilts need upgrade.
  2. They should serve bacon and eggs for breakfast, too.  🙂

Overall, it’s an okay place to stay if you are looking for an affordable accommodation around Beaver’s Bend State Park.

a-beach lake

After we checked in and stuff, we drove to Beaver’s Bend and looked around for a place to go the next day.  We found the beach where we hung out by lake last year.  We spent a while there relaxing until sunset.

My Cousin From Dubai

One of my cousins who lives in Dubai came to see me and my family few weeks ago.  She is a cabin crew (flight stewardess or flight attendant as you call it) for Emirates Airlines.  She is still in training and good thing that she was one of the crews who went to fly here in Dallas.

Together with my darling daughter, I picked up my cousin at the Marriott Hotel in Addison where she was staying around 5:00 P.M. on the day of her arrival one Wednesday.  She and her crew arrived at 11:00 A.M.  So she hasn’t had her full rest that day.  But it was great that we were able to meet because that was very first time I saw her since her family lives in the Middle East.

To be honest, I am not very familiar in and around Dallas.  I was looking at a travel guide leaflet but I wasn’t sure where to take my cousin so we can have some bonding time.  And it was close to night time and some attractions are close at 5:00 P.M.  In addition, it’s rush hour and if we have decided to go to a special place, it would take us more than an hour to get there because of heavy traffic.  She said it’s fine if we can go to a park.  So we went to a nearby park.  We walked on the trails, took pictures, and talked and talked and talked.  After about an hour and a half of bonding at the park, I took her to my house to my husband.  We took her to Big Daddy’s Restaurant for dinner.  It was a nice day and wonderful evening with my cousin from Dubai.  We had a great time together.  I drove her back to her hotel in Addison around midnight.