I couldn’t stop myself from picking up my charcoal pencils and drawing the night away.
This is what I ended up with.
I have a new blog up on my site.
Sharing my blog about my Experiencing Thailand trip with Thai Airways and Tourism Authority of Thailand. For five days, we explored Samut Songkhram, Hua Hin, and Nang Loeng. It was amazing to witness different aspects of Thai’s beautiful culture.
If you’re looking for something a little different to do for your next Thailand trip, this blog might give you some tips on cultural activities you can enjoy.;)
Sharing a few pictures from the blog:
Firstly, do know that I’ve moved to a new site, jamiefournier.com. Do subscribe to my new website for more of my updates.
Also, I just had two trips to Thailand this month and I’d love to share my videos with all of you.
I’ll start off with this one. It’s been an amazing process of learning so much about the country and I am ever so grateful. To add to that, I’ve managed to meet and keep new friends who are just as in love with traveling as I am.
If you like this video, do hit subscribe! I’d love to follow your adventures on youtube as well so do leave a comment so I can check your channel as well.
More vlogs to share in the coming days!❤
I recently traveled to Phuket again and like the first time in 2014, I had a blast.
Sharing the link to my new blog with all of you: http://jamiefournier.com/jamie-in-transit-phuket-thailand/
On the blog, I’ll share the islands, tourist spots, and hotels I stayed in. Additionally, you’ll find some travel tips on how to make the most out of your Phuket trip.
Hope you enjoy reading this guys! Oh and do subscribe to my new website if you want to continue following my adventures.😉 x
I haven’t written on this blog for a while as I have started using jamiefournier.com. Do make sure to subscribe to my new website to still continue following my adventures.
Have a lovely day ahead, friends!
Love is a choice.
We often believe that falling in love is all that it takes to maintain a good relationship. But maintaining a mature and loving relationship takes so much more effort than falling helplessly in love with someone.
I read an article today that made so much sense to me. This man wrote about his lost love and how he failed to choose this woman every single day. Instead, he was fixated on their differences and the “what-ifs” he had about other women out there, the freedom that he thought he was missing. With that said, instead of focusing on the good that this woman was bringing into his life and the happiness they had together, all he could mostly see was the life he could have had, without her.
He further shared that love is a choice and to be exact – love is a choice you make every single day. When I read this line, it brought me back to the first date I had with the guy I’m with.
Of course at that point of the relationship, we were seeing everything through rose-colored glasses, as is the case with every new relationship. What was odd about that first date was as we were so giddy and all over each other, this man in a shiny shimmery blazer who we had casually met as we were seated next to each other, said “Don’t give up on each other.” We looked at him as he said, “In relationships, there will be things you won’t like about each other, people give up too quickly nowadays and I see how connected you two are, don’t give up on that quickly and see beyond your differences.”
It was quite unusual to get that piece of advice on the first date, but three months into the relationship, this piece of advice is proving to be quite helpful.
Finding someone you like and you’re connected to can be easy these days, but keeping that connection alive is what proves to be challenging. Sometimes people these days forget the hard work that needs to be put into relationships, due to how easy it is to find yourselves in one. With how online dating is now, finding a person to love is as easy as swiping to the right.
I end this day with a reminder, thanks to that article and thanks to that serendipitous moment with the shiny shimmery dressed man three months ago.
See the good in the person you’re with, the good traits, the irresistible smile you had first noticed about him/her, how beautiful/handsome he or she is, how he/she looks at you. See how he/she makes you laugh. See how he/she is able to be the person in your life that you can constantly talk to and be honest with. See how he/she is able to bring out the best in you, or the bliss in your day-to-day routine, how every day seems a little different, a little more pleasant with him or her around. See that, instead of looking for the answers for the what-ifs and instead of magnifying the differences, you can focus on the good.
Know how you can make a difference in his/her life. Know how you can make him/her happy. Know how you can make his/her life better. Know how you can be the person he/she can talk to and be honest with. Know how you can be the person he/she adores, by always trying to be the best you can be individually. Know how you can bring more good into his/her life, rather than complications. Know how you can make his/her heart feel secure and cared for. Know how to show him/her how much he/she means to you every day.
At the end of the day, the writer of that article is right and the man I met three months ago does have a valid point. Love is a choice you make every single day, yes.
So each day you wake up, ask yourself that question and whatever your answer may be, know it and live it.
It’s easy to make your mind up about something. Sometimes, unconsciously, we shut an idea, a person, or a place out due to certain triggers out there.
I’ll be honest, though the abduction of the tourists in Dos Palmas happened when I was only 17 years old, I’ve never quite forgotten about it.
Maybe that’s why I never gave this place a chance. I never once added this to my list of resorts to go to.
I’m glad that I was inspired to change that this month as I would never have discovered the perfect quiet getaway for those weekends wherein you long for a lil less of the craziness, and more of you…well you (and the special person or people you travel with), and nature.
Some things, or places in this case, deserve a second chance.
I’ll list my reasons for eventually, throughout the weekend, falling in love w this place.
But first, here’s a collage of what my weekend was like over there:
Special thanks to Trio for the wonderful app which I now use for my mash-ups(to download, here’s the link: http://tap.trioapp.co/jamiefournier).
Now, back to my reasons:
1. It’s Easy!
They make everything so easy. We booked through Globe Trek Holidays, Inc. (A big thanks to them too) and all we practically had to do was confirm and pay for our room. Once we were done with that, all we really had left to do was make sure we’d make it to our ridiculously early flight (5:20 am). We were picked up at the PPS airport, brought to the wharf for our one hour journey to Dos Palmas and all the facilities, kayaking, snorkeling, and the like were for free. All we really had to pay for was our food and, ahem, drinks.
2. Excellent Customer Service
And I mean the-going-beyond-what-is-expected-consistently kind of deal. All smiles from our first minute there to our last. This applies specifically to their servers at the restaurant. We didn’t really get to explore much as we had built a routine during those three days: Room-Pool in the morning (aka Sun Time) – Lunch at the resto – Beach time (aka Sand and Music time) – Dinner time (aka Grown-Up drinks time – Room time ( aka Movie and/or Balcony w A Wonderful View time). The point is the staff members we got to interact with were so accommodating!
Erik from the midshift, yes you, we love you!:p
3. The Food
Prawns. Crabs. Delicious Grilled Chicken. A good buffet for breakfast. Best part? All reasonably priced! Well, may I just add, the buffet breakfast comes with the room package. Free, yes.
And, yes, I’m awful. Why? I didn’t get to take pictures of the food. We were following a strict no-phone-on-the-dining-table rule.
If you go, try their Inasal (Grilled Chicken), Gambas, Prawns, and their Crab with either Coconut Milk or Sweet Chili Sauce. And, yes, we had both. We are now about 5 lbs heavier but who cares when it comes with priceless holiday memories. Okay, we do. Pilates and gym time this week, yep. 🙆😋
4. For its Stillness
Throughout the weekend, we kept wondering where the other guests were. There were times when we felt we were the only ones there, apart from the times we spent at the restaurant.
This place is perfect for couples and families.
My Overall Experience
Because of the specific reasons listed above, I came out of that weekend trip feeling rejuvinated and a lil more ready for the hectic week ahead.
Although it was a quick getaway, it was enough to give us beautiful memories, badly needed for individuals like us who are mostly stuck in the metro. And yes, it was enough for me to conclude that someday, maybe even sooner than expected, I’d find myself there again.
I meant what I said, I have discovered the perfect hideaway!
Thanks GLOBE Trek Holidays, Inc and Dos Palmas Island Resort and Spa for making this amazing weekend possible!
You can contact GLOBE Trek Holidays, Inc.:
GLOBE Trek Holidays, Inc.
Unit -B 322 Villareal St.
Pasay City 1304
Tel: (63-2) 8816558/8335388/8339349
Telefax: (63-2) 8335388
Mobile: (63) 917-8991648
Or contact Dos Palmas Island Resort & Spa:
Contact details are found on their website – dospalmas.com.ph