Family Getaway to Palm Beach, FL!

Hi! Hope everyone is doing well! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged but I’m sure you all enjoyed reading Roman’s latest post about his amazing trip to Israel! What an incredible blessing that his mother, Doni, and himself were able to partake on that spiritual journey together. I’m looking forward to the day that I’ll be able to experience the Holy Land myself! 

Recently, Roman and I went down to Florida with both sides of our family! We traveled with his parents and met with my parents and his grandparents in Singer Island, where we stayed the entire time. First off, a big thank you to Roman for planning the whole trip and doing an extensive amount of research. The way Roman executed everything was perfect. So thank you, Roman!

What made this trip even more special was that it was my parents first time meeting Roman’s grandparents so that was very exciting!!!

We stayed at the beautiful and luxurious condo, Ritz Carlton, that’s located right off the beach. Pictures don’t do justice– we highly recommend staying in this place to truly see how elegant and lovely it is in person!

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One of the buildings of Ritz Carlton. We stayed on the 25th floor!

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Balcony view that oversees the inner part of the island

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With my love!

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My parents loving the view!

 

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LOVED the kitchen, especially the stainless appliances!

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The kitchen window overlooks the beach

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The interior design of the place is beautiful. Loved the wooden and elegant look!

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Masters bedroom. Overlooking the beach and has access to the beachfront balcony!

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View from the master bedroom! Breathtaking!!

I was not able to take a picture of the other rooms, I must have been deep in “the moment” and forgot to take pictures! Lol however, I was able to take pictures of the movie room and the social room!

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Private theatre room

What’s nice about the movie room is you can rent it out and it’s completely private! Unlimited movies and a whole private theatre, what more could you ask for?!

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Pool table located in the Social Room

The Social Room included a pool table, a library, and tables to just sit and relax! It was neat to see all the amenities the condo had to offer.

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One of the two pools at the Ritz Carlton

 

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The “infinity” pool overlooking the beach. Our favorite! We swam in this pool almost everyday!

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Candid photo of Roman just relaxing in the pool

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Overlooking the ocean with my mahal!

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Say cheese, Mark and Doni! 🙂

 

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Nan and Papa Ken relaxing under the shade!

 

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Fun fact: my parents, just like any other Filipinos LOVE to pose for the camera and take lots of pictures! lol

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See what I mean? Always posing! Lol

We spent majority of our time relaxing by the pool but we also LOVED being in the water! Roman in particular loved to swim in it– I didn’t want to get my hair wet (such a girl problem lol) so I didn’t go in as much as he did but I know he definitely had a great time!

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Good life…More like BLESSED life!

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Roman and I did a little bit of walking and ended up at this nice little peaceful spot!

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Heading into the water!! Lol

 

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My mom admiring the pretty view!

Being by the beach is always an amazing feeling. It’s peaceful, relaxing, and pure bliss.

One of my favorite bible verse is from Psalm 36:5-7 NIV

“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
    your justice like the great deep.
    You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
    People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”

 

The ocean will always be a reminder to me of God’s unfailing and unconditional love for us. How blessed are we to have such a loving God!

Everything about the trip was such a blessing. One of the main highlights though is simply being with our families, all together, just enjoying each others presence and having a great time! And in Florida!!! From California, to Northeast Pennsylvania, New Jersey— we were all able to be in Florida all together. Family time is the best time! God truly blessed Roman and I with such loving families and for that, we are forever grateful! Here are some of my favorite pictures with them!

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Group picture with Roman’s grandfather and Katie after breakfast!

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My parents and Roman’s parents! LOVE!

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Selfie with the lovely Nan!

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At CityPlace in West Palm Beach

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The Rubando’s!

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Playing golf!

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Jupiter, FL!

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Roman with my mom and I!

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My love

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With my dad!

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My lovely parents

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Smile! 🙂

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Smiling before getting ready to devour the food!

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@ Bethesda-by-the-Sea Church

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Fountain from Jerusalem

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Courtyard @ Bethesda-by-the-Sea Church

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Beautiful Doni!

SO. MUCH. MORE. PICTURES and that’s just a small gist of it from our one week trip! lol

Knowing Roman and how he LOVES to plan our trips, he already had it all planned out that we were definitely going to see a basketball game in Miami and as always, he kept his word and we were all able to go watch the Rockets vs Heats! It was a great game and it was my first time being in Miami, as well as my parents, so it was an awesome experience!

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Roman got us GREAT seats! Thanks my mahal!

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So excited! lol

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Selfie with my love, of course!

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We were so close!!

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Hey, AllStar!

The next day, my aunt from the Philippines messaged me and told me that she saw Roman and I on TV! Lol what are the odds! She sent us this picture and it was so cool to see!

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A little blurry but yep, that’s us!

I looked up the Instagram of Houston Rocket’s the next day and saw us again!! Lol

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In addition to Roman’s list of “must see in Miami”, he took us to this AMAZING and AUTHENTIC Cuban restaurant! He first heard of it while watching the travel channel sometime last year and it was exciting to finally try the place and see what the hype was all about. Everything was delicious!!!

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Group selfie!

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Hopefully in the near future, we’ll be having Cuban food in Cuba! It was so yummy!

And speaking of yummy, we literally had the BEST steak of our lives at the Flagler’s Steakhouse. I am not exaggerating when I say it is the best filet mignon that I have ever had in my 23 years of life and I think it’s safe to say I speak for everyone else as well. I can’t get over how mouthwatering and enticing the food were!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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Menu at the Flagler’s Steakhouse.

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Everything was delicious

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Hello my handsome!

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Excited to try the Filet!

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Group photo!

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Everyone was stuffed and happy! lol

Although my parents were only able to join us for a few days, we were blessed and thankful that they were granted the time off from work and was able to come and spend time with us all!

Upon the day of their departure, was the arrival of Billy, Mitch, Gloria, and Dave!! It was a sad goodbye to my parents but a happy welcoming to our family friends! We went out to dinner to a nice pizza place the night they arrived and it was a nice little Giant Floor reunion in Florida!

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Billy has been with Giant for over 50 years and Mitch is on his 25th year!! That’s dedication!!

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Giant Floor Crew!

We had a great time spending quality time with everyone! Roman’s grandfather took us out deep sea fishing the next morning. It was my first time and oh my goodness, it was so fun!!!

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Fishing boat!

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Grandpa with grandson 🙂

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Excited to catch some fish!

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All smiles before departing out to the deep sea!

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Watched them filet the fish!

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Look how pretty the water was!

There were actually pretty big waves and 90% of the people on the boat, including myself, were seasick! BUT despite the 5 ft waves, I caught a fish!!!! Lol I was so excited!!!

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How cool! My first catch–ever!!!

Billy and Mitch caught some fish as well so they brought it back to the condo and grilled it! I’m sure it tasted fresh! lol

We all had such a wonderful time and can’t wait to do it again!!

We spent the last few days in Florida just relaxing and having a cookout right by the pool, swimming in the beach, and having dinner cooked in the condo!

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Deep talks in the jacuzzi 

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Billy taking a little snooze after swimming! Lol

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Can never get tired waking up to this view!

Thankful for all the great and new experiences and being with amazing company during our trip. It went by so quick, but words can’t express how much fun we all had!!

God is so good for making it all happen! 

And Roman,

THANK YOU! Thank you for all the long hours you put in planning and making sure everything was perfect. All your hard work and effort are very much appreciated.

Mahal Kita, Roman Marcus! 

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Fall is in the air!

Hi everyone, hope all is well!

I cannot believe it’s already November 1st! Thanksgiving is in 3 weeks and Christmas is just right around the corner. Crazy how quickly time flies by. One of the many things I love about Pennsylvania is the foliage. It’s mesmerizing seeing the colorful, vibrant leaves on the trees sway back and forth from the light breeze. It’s just a beautiful time of the year! This year, this season has been warmer than usual and we aren’t complaining at all. Roman and I are definitely soaking in all the cozy, fall fun while we can!

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One of the colorful trees in our neighborhood!

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Look at all the leaves on the ground!

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Love taking strolls with Roman during this time of the year

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@ Glenmaura National Golfclub 

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Practicing my golfing skills lol

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Beautiful sunset

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Father & Son

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The background is absolutely breathtaking!

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Selfie with Roman on the golf course!

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Smile, my love!

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Roman took this nice shot of the sunset! 

And more fall festivities!

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On our way to dinner at The Settler’s Inn!

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This restaurant hand carves such BEAUTIFUL pumpkins!!!

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Look at the details! Wow

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So many pretty pumpkins! lol

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This porkchop was delish

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Roman got the filet and he loved it

Hope you guys enjoyed some of the photos we have from the foliage! If you have yet to experience it— you need to go visit the East Coast ASAP! lol

Have a great and blessed rest of the week!!!

Love, 

Jess

Bloomsburg Fair 2017

First and foremost, can I just acknowledge the fact that in just a few days, it will be exactly one year since I’ve moved across the country to be with Roman? How surreal! When Roman and I started this blog, I was still living in California while he was here in Pennsylvania and we were sharing with all of you our travels together as well as how we were managing long distance! Time flies!

But to get back to the main topic of this post: Bloomsburg Fair! Roman and I went this past weekend along with his parents Mark and Doni. I had 3 days off and we thought, what better way to spend it than go to the fair?! We went on Saturday late afternoon and we could not get over how perfect the weather was. We picked the best day to go! I heard it usually rains this time of year so we were thrilled with our high 90’s weather! 

Parking was full! Lots of people!


It was Roman and I’s first time attending the fair together, which made it special but even extra special to have spent the day with his parents as well! When we got to the parking lot, I was excited to see a helicopter! I’ve never been to a fair that offered helicopter rides so that was interesting.

Watching them prepare for takeoff!


And they’re up!


We were pretty hungry by the time we got inside considering we saved our appetite and we were not disappointed! There were HUNDREDS of food vendors right from the entrance and it was pretty overwhelming but in a good way of course! The very first thing we got was edible cookie dough and I couldn’t contain my excitement because earlier that day I was telling Roman how I was craving it and when he pointed it out to me, we made sure to get some right away!

We spot the edible cookie dough truck!


Roman trying the cake batter flavor and loved it


Happiness in a little cup


After getting our cookie dough craving out of the way, we continued on our food adventure! Lol 

Can’t go to a fair without some fries!


Deep fried everything!


And you definitely can’t go without having some deep fried Oreos!!! We tried the deep fried peanut butter too but the Oreos were better


Mark & Roman having the best apple cider! All natural!


BBQ is a MUST!


Turkey BBQ! So tasty.


Teriyaki noodles; full of flavor!


By the end of the night, we were stuffed lol but all the walking around we did made up for it. We had such a great time! Truly blessed to have experienced it this year and with the loved ones ❤️ 

Cute little bunny!!!

Reaching sunset 🌅


Thanks for reading! I hope you all have a great rest of the week!

Love,

Jess 

Life update from Roman

Hello fellow bloggers! It’s been a while since I have last posted and I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the final remaining days of summer! I can’t believe the summer is practically over! This summer of 2017 went by too fast. Way too fast. I wish I could hit the rewind button to enjoy some more warm days, but I am looking forward to the fall. Living in Pennsylvania, we are blessed to be able to see some of the best fall foliage in the country and Jesci and I will definitely be sharing that in some of our upcoming blog posts.

As for a life update:

Jesci and I just recently got back from New York City with my parents and we had a wonderful weekend getaway to remember. Being so close to the city (2 hour drive exactly), we have seen and spent a lot of time throughout the city, but there are still so many places that we haven’t experienced. We wanted to do something different for this short trip, so we decided to spend our whole New York City trip in SOHO.

Myself, Jesci, and my parents!

Our view uptown!

View of the Hudson River and Jersey City

Jesci and I had to take that selfie 😂

My favorite part of the room! BREATHTAKING VIEW! The skyline view was remarkable at night. And yes, I did take a bubble bath 😂

We got to enjoy the beautiful weather and get a little sun

We had to stop in Little Italy for dinner! (Close walking distance from SOHO)

Dessert from Ferrara’s! Definitely a must visit while in NYC

We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend! Can’t wait to get back to New York City!

Our First Novena at St. Ann’s Basilica

Hi everyone! Hope you all are doing well! A lot has happened this past month but one thing that’s very special and dear to us is being able to do the Novena this year! It’s our first one together and we are truly blessed to be able to experience it together and at one of our favorite church, St. Ann’s Basilica!

For those who are not familiar with the Novena, it’s practiced in the Roman Catholic Churches which goes on for 9 days and it’s a form of worship consisting of special prayers. It starts off with regular mass and then followed by the novena and guest speakers from all over the world!

Despite our busy work schedule, we managed to go for all the days! There were days where I worked a 12 hour shift after attending the mass and novena which lasted for at least 3 hours but the sacrifice every single day was well worth it!

Our faith has gotten so much stronger since the first day we met and we give all credit to the Lord for never leaving our side and always giving us strength to overcome anything and the best part? He has blessed us with one another to go through the trials and tribulations together.

I am thankful for my partner in Christ. There’s not a day where he does not pray for me, our faith, and our relationship. Attending this novena together renewed us spiritually, mentally, and it healed us.

Here’s a few photos from the novena! St. Ann’s Basilica is a BEAUTIFUL church and the service was outside when the weather was nice and they had food sale every single day so we ate there literally all 10 days lol!

 

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Thank you for reading and I hope you all have a great week!!

Love,

Jess

Life Update! 

Hi everyone! Roman and I have gone MIA these past few months and as much as we wanted to blog, so much has happened that we hardly had any time to sit and write! But we’re back and have plenty to share with you all! ❤️

Updated selfie with my love! I dyed my hair to brown! Lol


I came back from the Philippines to Pennsylvania first week of April. I had an amazing time there with family (I actually still have a few posts to make from the trip which will be up soon!) but it was nice coming back home to my love! 

So during my last week of vacation in the Philippines, I received an email from the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine stating that I was officially licensed and can practice as a Respiratory Care Practitioner! I was licensed in California but when I moved to the East Coast, the process of getting my license took MONTHS and at times I was getting discouraged but God is so good because it came and after the big trip to the Philippines! When I got back to PA, I sent out ONE application to this one hospital that’s literally only 15 minutes from the house and the next day, I got an interview and the following day after, I got offered the job! 

One of the biggest blessings of 2017, thus far! I prayed for an acute care hospital job as a Registered Respiratory Therapist since I graduated and I am more than thrilled to have received an offer at a Level 3 NICU center as a full time employee and with a highly generous sign on bonus! I’m still in shock honestly and I’m already 3 weeks going on 4 into the job. Lol I love what I do– from working with babies to kids to adults and everyday is something different! From being in the ER, NICU, ICU, or on a patient transport from one hospital to another and being part of the critical care team… it’s surreal to think back to how much I’ve learned and gained as an experience these last few weeks.

First day on the job!


I’m so thankful for the support I’ve been receiving on the daily basis from Roman, his parents, my family, Nan and everyone else!!! I would not be able to go through these 8-12 hour shifts without them and their love and continuous support. 

My schedule has been all over the place with orientation and now that I’m off orientation, my shifts are from 2-10pm and 2pm-2am! Roman and I are adjusting to this schedule because we have been used to being together everyday, but it’s a constant reminder for us to give it all to God and to let Him take care of our relationship and we know that He will never fail us! 

So asides my work, these other events have taken place!

Roman always loved nature but this Spring, he’s been into planting and gardening and it’s the cutest thing ever!! He’s made the front + backyard look so colorful with all the trees and flowers he’s planted!

My little gardener


And he has been such a handy man lately… he’s been setting up new furniture for the backyard and look how pretty this solar umbrella is!


He found his new hobby! Lol and me on the other hand… I started golf lessons with my friend Olivia and Roman’s mom, Doni! And it’s at one of the most beautiful golf clubs in North East PA!

Glenmaura Golf Club


Our classes are every Thursday night and each week they provide us unlimited drinks and a different theme! lol so far we’ve had Sangria and Margarita night! How awesome is that? Although I don’t drink, I’m sure everyone else is loved it! ☺️

And the last update for today:

Mark, Roman’s father, bought us these awesome new bikes!!!!! We were beyond excited and that was so thoughtful of him.

Mark,

Thank you so much! You are the real MVP!!!

We love our new bikes!


Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed weekend! Roman and I will be back to posting regularly and keeping updated with everyone’s post again! ❤️

Love,

Jess 

The hidden gem of the Caribbean: St. Lucia

I want to start off by saying I apologize for not being active and not posting this sooner! The past two months have been quite ludicrous! And that is an UNDERSTATEMENT! I ended up getting the flu and I mean the REAL DEAL FLU! I was away on a business trip, only to soon find myself in a hospital. Not to mention, I ended up losing over 10 pounds. It is one thing being sick, but being away from home and having the real flu; it was the worst experience of my life.

I just wanted to share a quick update about me, but enough about that…

We are on to St. Lucia!

Have you ever heard the saying?

“If you’ve been to one island, you’ve been to them all”

It is one of the most bogus statements that I’ve heard and the worst part about it is that I hear it all the time. How can one make a statement like that without experiencing it? Just like no person is the same; no island is the same. From the food, to the scenery, to the people, and etc. Each island is unique in its own way and the island of St. Lucia stands out like no other.

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Located in the south eastern Caribbean Sea, most people probably have never heard of St. Lucia 

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The port of Castries

Our ship was docked in St. Lucia a bit longer than the other ports, but there was much to do in so little time! Being in port on Christmas Day, we wanted to make sure that we were able to attend a Christmas Day service in one of the churches. We were so blessed to have found this church!

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After the church service, we did not have any excursions planned, but we wanted to explore the island. We stumbled upon an amazing driver named, Eli, who gave us an AMAZING tour of the island. I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

Castries St. Lucia

We had to stop and take a picture!

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And a selfie!

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The gorgeous lush green countryside of St. Lucia

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More scenic view of the countryside

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Enjoyin’ the views

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My mother enjoying one of our many roadside stops! We ended getting some great homemade banana ketchup here that we brought back home!

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Beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea

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Small fishing village in St. Lucia

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Family shot

St. Lucia Fishing Village

View from the bridge in the fishing village

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Caribbean Sea view from the bridge

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Another small little fishing village

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We began our ascent further into the mountains

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The gorgeous mountains of St. Lucia

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We finally had a little glimpse of The Pitons in the distance!

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The breathtaking view of The Pitons

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Had to take a family shot

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Pitons Selfie of my mahal and I

Soufriere Volcano St. Lucia

We then went to see the active Soufriere volcano in the mountains of St. Lucia

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Selfie at Soufriere

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We then walked to the hot springs

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Jesci and I covered in volcanic mud and ash

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We all had to do it because it has so many therapeutic healing properties!

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My mom and I

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Game Face On

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The natural flowing hot spring water

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From there, we went to a nearby waterfall and it was FREEZING COLD!

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After the waterfall, we began to head back to the ship and we went to where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed!

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We came back to the ship to find this gorgeous sunset on our departure of St. Lucia

St. Lucia is drop-dead gorgeous. The Pitons are absolutely out of this world. They look like they have no place in the Caribbean. If you don’t have this place on your bucket list, you better put it right on. From The Pitons, to the hot springs, to the scenery; countless times I thought to myself, “is this place real?” The views are straight out from a movie. I have never seen views like this in my life and it is truly remarkable to have been able to experience it with Jesci and my parents, especially on Christmas Day. It was a Christmas that we will remember for the rest of our lives.

– Roman