Light And Reflections

As we near the end of January, I cannot quite believe that a month has already passed. It has also been 5 weeks since I enjoyed the feel of the warm sun on my back while savouring my experience on our family vacation in the Dominican Republic. It has been five weeks since I relaxed by the pool or on the beach reading my book. Time has gone by so quickly.

I loved seeing the view of the ocean from the beach. We also discovered the sea view from a newly opened pool – what a treat!

The light caused a beautiful reflection on the pool. As not many people had yet discovered the pool, its serene waters were not disturbed by the enjoyment of those soaking up the sun.

We never had a chance to immerse ourselves in these pristine waters, preferring instead to swim in the sea or the larger pools. However, while we were there sipping our cocktails, we did enjoy the view and the peaceful atmosphere.

What were you doing five weeks ago?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge. In the spirit of the New Year, why not join in the challenge and share some square photos featuring light.)

A Beach Sunrise

Last Christmas we began our day a little differently to the usual. Instead of waking up, grabbing a cup of tea and gathering around the Christmas tree to open presents, we woke up early to watch the sun rise on the beach.

The morning was cloudy (it would actually rain quite a bit later that day) so the glory of the sunrise was hidden. However, the light shining from behind the clouds created a moody atmosphere.

Even though the sun was hidden, we did see the glorious colour of light erupting from behind the clouds.

When I looked in the other direction to where the sun was rising, I noticed the pink light colouring the clouds a little as well as the few visitors who had joined my family to watch the beginning of a new day.

Looking back towards the sun, the sea and the clouds seemed even more atmospheric as the sunlight hid behind the clouds.

As the sun began to rise in the sky, I realised that even though the view wasn’t what I had hoped for I was glad I had come out to the beach with my family to experience and celebrate an event that I don’t often see.

Seeing the sun rise on Christmas Day was the perfect way to think about what the day truly means. I enjoyed the change from our usual routine – a routine which we will return to on the next Christmas Day.

Where last did you watch the sun rise?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge.)

A Birthday Delight

I was born a couple of days after Christmas and for my last birthday, my family and I were on vacation in the Dominican Republic. I had never spent a birthday on the beach and that is exactly what I wished to do. After doing some aqua Zumba in the pool and eating lunch at the beach restaurant, we headed off to the beach to spend the afternoon enjoying the views and swimming in the ocean.

I even managed to do a little reading while my husband went to confirm our flight and do our online check-in.

After spending a wonderful afternoon together on the beach, my family and I headed back to our hotel rooms to get ready for our dinner reservations. I had chosen to eat at the Italian a la carte restaurant – a far cry from the buffet that we normally dined at on my birthday. When we arrived at our room, my husband and I were surprised to see the banner placed on our door.

We were especially delighted with what we saw on the bed:

I had to call my daughters to come over quickly and see what had been done.

While leaving, my youngest happened to glance in the bathroom and called us over.

The bathroom looked so pretty and I could not contain my delight at seeing the drawn bath – I really felt spoilt!

Of course I had to take a bath – and switch on the jacuzzi jets! I still managed to be ready on time for our booking at the restaurant – though only just! On arriving at the restaurant, I was in for another surprise:

On the beautifully decorated table, I saw a birthday card written to me from the concierge and the people who had organised all of these wonderful surprises.

The day could not get any better! As you can imagine, I was grinning from happiness. After a wonderful meal, I was gifted with the last surprise of the evening: the waiters sang happy birthday to me and presented my with a delicious cake that had been made especially for me.

My 2019 birthday is not one that I will forget quickly. It has certainly been the best birthday I have ever experienced.

What has been your most memorable birthday celebration?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge.)

A Walk on the Beach

The best thing about our holiday to the Dominican Republic was walking on the beach. On our first day, we could not resist the call of the sand and water.

The stretch of beach seemed never ending and our walk was unhindered by barriers.

I loved feeling the sunlight on my skin (we had left behind cold, grey days) as well as hearing the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. The breeze did not worry me, nor the many ocean bathers.

I drank in the sight of the palm trees waving in the wind and breathed in the salt air.

We walked by many hotel loungers facing the sea. Many were empty as around 5pm many beach-goers pack up and get ready for the dinner hour. We did not turn back from our walk, though, as we had decided to eat later and wanted to make the most of our time near the water.

I was curious about the trees that were still alive but do not have much contact with the soil. Had they been transported there to add to the atmosphere of the surroundings?

As the sun sank towards the horizon and the light faded, we turned back the way we had come. The shadows were lengthening and we knew that our walk along the edge of the sea would soon be over.

In the fading light, the landscape appeared more moody. That did not deter me, however, from enjoying my surroundings.

Each day that we were in Punta Cana, we walked along this stretch of beach. I loved the feel of the salt water washing up on my legs, and the sensation of the rough sand on the bottom of my feet. I enjoy walking along the beach and look forward to the next time I visit.

Do you enjoy walking on the beach?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Jo’s Monday Walk challenge as well as Becky’s Square Challenge.)

Pool Lights

At the resorts, pools are emptied by 6pm as they are cleaned of the day’s activities. At this time, dinner restaurants are opened and the nightly entertainment begins. The pool, however, still shows an attractive face.

We loved the look of the pool near our hotel and at night time it looked really magical. I loved the blue of the night lights – such an attractive way to warn people that water is approaching.

Each night we walked by the beautiful sight while meandering along to the singing and dancing performances; and then saw this sight before entering the building that housed our room.

What do you think of the pool night lights?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge. In the spirit of the New Year, why not join in the challenge and share some square photos featuring light.)

Guiding Lights

Natural light leaves quickly in the Dominican Republic! On one of our first beach walks, my husband and I were caught unawares and needed to make our way back to our room in the dark. Luckily the way back from the beach was beautifully lit.

The night lights give the resort a different feel and added another dimension to our explorations.

Do you enjoy walking at night while on vacation?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge. In the spirit of the New Year, why not join in the challenge and share some square photos featuring light.)

Christmas Tree Glory

The resort we stayed at in the Dominican Republic featured a beautiful Christmas tree in the lobby of each hotel.

I loved the vibrant red that had been placed on the tree as well as the glittery decorations.

At night time, though, the tree’s glory really shone through.

I could never have a Christmas tree like this at home as we do not have the space. So every time we passed the lobby or entered in the space, I enjoyed the tree’s beauty.

I saw this tree most often as it stood in the lobby of the hotel I stayed at. I did have the chance to see many other decorated trees around the resort but this was the one I saw the most.

Do you prefer the tree lighted or unlighted?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge. In the spirit of the New Year, why not join in the challenge and share some square photos featuring light.)

This Time Last Week

Sun. Sand. Sea.

This time last week my family and I were on a beach vacation in the Dominican Republic. For the last few years now, my husband has wanted to spend the Christmas period in the sun at a resort. This year we decided to agree with his wish and chose to go to the hotel we had chosen to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

I loved being back at the beach. I missed the warm sand and roaring sea so much yesterday as I was walking the cold, streets of the city yesterday.

What were you doing this time last week?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Linda Hill’s #JustJotJan challenge.)

Christmas Greetings from Punta Cana

Friday last week was the end of the school term and I left work quickly after school to go home and pack. After spending Christmas for more than a decade in the cold temperatures of a Canadian city, my husband and I decided we would spend the Holiday basking in the warm temperatures of a Dominican Republic resort. Our Christmas this year is quite different from years past and it feels strange not following the traditions that my family and I have created over the last fifteen years. We have had some good family time so far and are making more family memories.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones. And if you don’t celebrate it, may you enjoy the day anyway with family and friends.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

Shell Lines

While at the resort in the Dominica Republic, we had the opportunity to eat at a number of restaurants. While waiting for our ride back to our room after eating dinner, I could not help think of Becky’s challenge as I looked at the curtain of shells behind the bench.

I loved the shell curtain and looked a little closer at the objects. I could not help but wonder where these shells had been found as I had seen none on the beach during our walks.

Maybe we should have tried walking early in the morning but, after our late nights, I found it a little difficult to get up at 5am.

As we had not seen any shells in the wild, I was pleased to have at least seen these.

Have you seen a curtain of shells?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge for which we will be posting square photos featuring lines during the month of October)