Beach Lines and Cocktails

My favourite part of my week spent in the Dominican Republic was definitely the beach. We walked on the beach daily, swam in the sea, and had something to drink at the beach bar.

Often we would walk on the beach in the late afternoon. One evening we had early dinner reservations, so we had our walk a little earlier. It was for this reason that we discovered a bar on the beach which served drinks.

We first ask for a glass of cold water with a hint of line. Once we had swallowed the refreshing glass of water, we turned to the cocktail menu.

My husband and I are not big drinkers and we do not know too much about cocktails. We wanted something different from the usual pina colada and the water suggested a mudslide. I did not know what to expect with such a name, but I was pleasantly surprised.

We enjoyed our early evening cocktail on the beach before we left to get ready for dinner. We ordered the cocktail again but our first was definitely well-made and beautifully presented.

Do you enjoy trying out new cocktails?

© 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)


Not yet a week!

It has not been a week yet and I am already missing our vacation spot in the Dominican Republic. As I step out into the bracing wind each morning this week, I feel chilled and think longingly of the heat that I experienced outdoors while on holiday. My thoughts also turn to the barefoot walks we took along the beach in the late afternoons.

The roar of the sea as the waves crash upon the shore are certainly a more pleasant sound than the constant hum of cars and people in the city. And the salt air is definitely a more pleasant smell than that of carbon monoxide!

My memory of the week-long beach walks will sustain me until I am able to visit an island once again. The pristine sand and the clear blue skies are a sweet memory that I can turn to as the city I live in turns towards winter.

Do you enjoy walking on the beach?

© 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)

Room for a Week

For our vacation in the Dominican Republic, my husband booked a room at the Bahai Principe Aquamarine hotel. This all inclusive hotel offers adult only accommodation s well as access to many activities within the resort. My husband and I had never stayed over at a 5 star hotel and we were curious to see the accommodations.

As soon as we stepped into the room, we liked what we saw. The bed was huge and I liked the canopy that had been created over it. On the opposite side of the room was a place to sit (where I would spend some time reading) as well as a table (which my husband would use to place his laptop).

On the dresser, a tray for coffee and tea had been placed. We did not use this tray at all as we preferred to go to the lobby to have our tea while enjoying the atmosphere.

The bathroom was also stunning and included a jacuzzi – which we did not have time to use. We did enjoy the spaciousness of the space – and I liked that there were two separate basins. 😀

We enjoyed our stay in the room. And the best part? I did not have to clean it or make up the bed!

Would you enjoy living in this room for a week?

© 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)

Tempting Desserts

The temptation at an all inclusive resort is definitely the food – and certainly the desserts! I found it hard to resist the tempting displays.

And once I had tried the chocolatey goodness, I could not resist picking up a few at my next meal.

I enjoyed the small bites of chocolate and cream. They were definitely my weakness!

My lack of resistance led to me gaining one and half kilograms on my vacation. Now I will be hard at work trying to lose it!

Are you able to resist the dessert at an all inclusive resort?

© 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)


The day of departure from the Dominican Republic arrived too soon. Before we knew it, my husband and I sat in the lobby of the hotel waiting for the bus to take us to the airport.

It was midday and the hot sun was causing a sheen of sweat to cover our bodies. Drinking an ice-cold glass of water, I savoured the heat with the knowledge that by the end of the day I would be experiencing the cool temperatures of a Canadian Fall.

A few hours later, we were airborne and bade our farewells to a country that had welcomed us with open arms. We had enjoyed our stay and looked forward to returning to the island with our children sometime in the future.

© 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)

A First Evening

Once we had arrived at our hotel room, we spent some time unpacking and freshening up. A quick shower did wonders for our travel fatigue. We then set out to find a place to eat dinner as we were hungry. Our diet for the day of a sandwich, banana, mandarin and salted pretzels on the planet and not been a satisfying one.

We liked the ambience of the buffet restaurant we had found. We tried a little taste of many of the foods on offer and really enjoyed the pasta with its accompanying sauce. The dessert was a little blah and I am hoping that the place we try tonight will have a better offering.

We found the buffet restaurant we want to visit for tomorrow ‘s dinner. The place looks bigger and very appealing inside. While walking around the complex, we happened upon a show titled Broadway. It contained hits by Liza Minelli and from Broadway shows such as Chicago. The show ended with a bang with the songs from Grease. The show was fun to watch and I look forward to seeing what they will offer tomorrow night.

Before heading off to bed, we wandered around a little more and had a drink while listening to some music. We enjoyed our first evening at the hotel and will set off to do some more exploring today.

© 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)

Square in September: Pink Blooms in Luxembourg

It is a cold, blustery day today with the threat of rain hanging in the sky. I cannot help but think back on the warm days of summer in Paris and the time I spent with my family. On one of the days we spent in the beautiful city, we went to the Luxembourg gardens to see the park. We loved the beautiful flowers which were a perfect accompaniment to the view of buildings many hundreds of years old.

Looking at the sun-filled and colourful photographs reminds me that summer will come around again in 10 months.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in September. This month we are posting pictures featuring in the pink, i.e., photos featuring the colour pink,  something ‘in the pink’ of health, or those which leave you ‘tickled pink’)

A Family Vacation: Paris, France

The time has arrived for our family vacation and in a few hours we will be taking a plane to Paris France. We have been saving a long time for this trip and have itched to get on the plane since we bought the tickets. We have read about the city, and planned the sights that we wish to see. Bags have been packed, and Canadian Dollars have been changed for Euros. As we lock the door to our home and walk away for 2 weeks, I leave with the knowledge that my days will be spent as a tourist. Blogging will take a back seat, and will probably be non-existent. I will, however, share moments with you when I get back from our trip. Until then, Au Revoir. 🙂

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Weekend Coffee Share: Vacation Planning Begins

wordswag_15073188796611453091488.pngIf we were having coffee, I would tell you that the weather is awful today! The temperature is down to -10c and we are experiencing freezing rain. This is not the weather one would expect in spring during the month of April. When you think of spring, you think instead of mild weather and blooming flowers. I have not seen many flowers and yesterday when walking in the park, my daughter and I noticed that there were not even buds forming on the trees. The branches are still winter-bare even though they are housing birds.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this week I had a Scientist in the School come into my classroom to run a workshop I love. This workshop is usually my introduction to spring and the inquiry on living things. Even though it was snowing outside during her presentation and spring was not mentioned at all (except the lack of it), the children still enjoyed the experience. The workshop was on bugs and the children had the opportunity to touch an assortment of them. I was surprised that many boys did not want to caress and hold the worms. The highlight of the afternoon was definitely the tarantula that the presenter brought in to visit!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this week we decided where we would go for our summer vacation. We toyed with the idea of going to a resort in Mexico again but then decided to go to Europe instead. We chose Paris as I am the only one who has been to this fair city. Both my husband and daughters are itching to go and I look forward to hearing my girls use the French that they have learned at school. This morning I began planning our days. I have opened a document in Google Drive and started listing the things we would like to see. My intention is to plan, more or less, each day we will have there so that no time is wasted. I am also looking at the cost of entrance fees and how to get to places – especially those places out of Paris. I have ordered a guide book as well as a map from Amazon and cannot wait to receive them.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you to not stay too long. The icy rain is still falling and the roads are extremely slippery. Stay safe for the rest of the weekend.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Eclectic Alli and the Weekend Coffee Share)

Grateful for Family Vacation

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

When the Summer break began, my husband and I had not planned a holiday. Instead, we had decided to relax at home and fix things in our place. My husband’s colleague, however, came back from a trip to Mexico and raved about the resort he had stayed in. We were convinced and decided to book a vacation to Playa del Carmen in Mexico.

We prepared and packed for our holiday quickly and with excitement. We had never been to Mexico and quickly learned a couple of couple of basic Spanish words. The wait at the airport was pleasant as we arrived early and did not have to wait long in lines. Once we had checked in and gone through customs, we ate lunch and wandered to our gate. We noticed that they had completed the work they were doing the last time we were at Toronto Pearson International Airport. The waiting lounge now has iPads on offer – though I prefer to use my own.

The plane was delayed by a little – but not too long. We had booked with Air Transat, an airline that we had not flown with before. We were pleasantly surprised by how large the plane was and were all pleased that we had our own TV screens which allowed us to make our viewing choices during the flight.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
Settling in for flight. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

The trip to Cancun International Airport in Mexico did not take too long. Once out of the airport, we found the transport that would take us to the resort we had booked in, The Azul Fives. When we arrived and were taken to our room, we were pleasantly surprised by how luxurious the rooms are.

When we walked around the resort in the morning, we saw that the views on the beach were spectacular: The sight reminded me a little of the beaches we have walked on in Mauritius, the birth place of my husband.

I enjoyed walking along the beach front listening to the sound of the waves and feeling the water splash over my feet. It was extremely hot midday, so walks were taken in the late afternoon. I spent some time as well at the main pool doing water aerobics and relaxing.

What made me even happier was that the food and drink is inclusive in the bill. No cooking for me – and no cleaning up! A true vacation. I did not have my camera with me at every meal – except on the first day. I loved the breakfast buffet, the lunch was tasty, and the evening meals at the non-buffet restuarants were haute cuisine. Delicious!

This week I am grateful for the family vacation we had last week. We had the opportunity to visit a new place, experience life in a resort, and truly relax. I enjoyed the break at The Azul Fives Resort as did the rest of my family. I am sure we will visit the area again.

Processed with RookieWhat have you been grateful for this week?

Last week:

Lavender Ladi was grateful for warm, furry kisses

Laura was grateful for snarky friends & decoder rings

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

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