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Sailing, Pool Time and Photo Shoot

Posted on December 17, 2017 by under Travel.    

It was a pretty laid back day. We spent some time at the beach and we went sailing, as you saw in the slideshow video that I posted yesterday.

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I’m not sure where Brian learned to sail but he actually did really well. I felt pretty comfortable that we weren’t going to get out too far and stall out in the middle of the sea. I didn’t have to know anything because Brian did all the work. He would just tell me when to move to the other side each time we had to turn. For those who are wanting to learn some hobie cat sailing basics, I found this helpful page.

Brian handled the hobie cat pretty skillfully except for the turns. He hadn’t quite mastered the timing so he would hit his head on the bottom of the sail each time. LOL. The second time we went out, we asked one of the water sports guys to go with us because Brian was tired of hitting his head.

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The photo above was actually taken by some new friends we made at the resort, Kathy and Brian Dunn. We first met them on the flight from Atlanta to Georgetown (where the airport is in Great Exuma). We spent the same number of days and so we all traveled out the same day as well.

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The funniest part is when we first learned their names I told Brian, “Don’t you have an aunt named Kathy Dunn? Have you met her? Do you know what she looks like?” I was being silly. Brian had met his Aunt Kathy before and knows what she looks like. It was just funny that we met someone by the exact same name.

We got to hang out with the Dunns a bit at the butler convoy and cocktail party and found out that we shared the same butlers, Jackson and Garth. We got to visit with them some more because the butlers would save us side by side cabanas at the main pool throughout the week. Brian and Kathy are both nice, fun-loving people. It was a pleasure visiting and getting to know them.

Anyway, these two picture were taken from Kathy’s phone and I had asked her to text them to me so I could have them.

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Speaking of the pool, here are some pictures we took at the pool later that day.

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The Dunns were in a cabana to our right and then there was a young German couple that always had the cabana to our left. She changed swimsuits for some reason and hung her original bikini up to dry. I thought this picture was funny because it made you wonder if someone was walking around naked. LOL.

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Later that day, Brian and I played lawn chess. It’s one of our favorite resort activities. We didn’t get to play as much this time, though because the chess board was on the opposite direction as our villa from the main pool. I don’t even think we realized it was there until later in our trip.

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We had to play at least one game though, because that’s kind of our thing. We did it when we were at the Couples resort in Jamaica and also when we were at Barcelo celebrating Brian’s 40th birthday week in the Dominican Republic.

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Here’s the winning shot of my checkmate move.

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In Brian’s defense, lawn chess is more challenging than regular chess because it’s difficult to see everything that is happening on the board. It’s a totally different perspective. It’s also hard after a few drinks. LOL.

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Even later that day, we went on a sunset photo shoot. We would have never scheduled one (because resort photos are so expensive) except that we won two free pictures at the manager’s cocktail party a couple of days prior. We had to get a photo shoot so we would have at least a few photos to choose from.

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The talented resort photographer took a ton of photos. These are a few of our favorites. At $15-$20 a photo, we obviously couldn’t buy them all. We had to carefully pick and choose.

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Smart marketing on their part, though. We would never have even thought of doing a photo shoot had it not been for the prize we won. So they gave us a picture frame and two free photos and in exchange we ended up spending a ton of money that we didn’t expect to spend at the Epix store.

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I think this photo is very similar to the print that we bought for grandma. We gave it to her in the nice wood Bahamas picture frame that we got from the resort.

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We loved this cool black and white one with just a hint of color from the sunset peeking in the corner.

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We opted for garden photos since we were going to dinner after and neither Brian nor I wanted to mess with sand in our shoes all night.

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We also took some photos with the golf course as the backdrop and kept a few of those. Though you can’t really tell from these photos.

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These next three are heavily stylized but they looked really cool so we kept them.

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We also ended up buying a few random photos that were taken by Epix photographers throughout our trip. This one is from the butler convoy on Sunday.

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We bought a second picture from the butler convoy in the form of a print so I don’t have a digital version of it. It was a group photo of me and Brian with Jay and Becca. We put it in a frame and gave it to Becca for her birthday.

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This one was a great candid shot of Brian that the photographer took during our ocean safari excursion on my birthday. Definitely a keeper!

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We also kept the one of us on our way to my birthday dinner at the Bombay Club. My dress just happened to perfectly match the Sandals sign in the background. LOL. Not planned but it turned out pretty cool.

Next, I’ll tell you about our dinner at Soy and Kimonos which was one of our favorite meals at the resort.

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Emerald Bay Sailing Adventure

Posted on December 16, 2017 by under Travel.    

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Halloween Spooktacular Photos and Videos

Posted on December 16, 2017 by under Travel, Videos.    

I found the missing pictures from the Halloween Spooktacular!

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The lead is Linden, who was in the Deadpool costume in the previous post.

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The pictures above were from a Thriller medley type performance. I think the performance below is more of a traditional Bahamian dance performance.

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I didn’t get as many pictures as I should have. I wish I could have taken more. I was just so enthralled. I thought it was nice of the resort staff to put together a special Halloween show for the guests.

As you can see, I did get some videos. This one is from the Thriller segment.

Another short clip.

Here’s a solo performance by Linden.

That’s all the videos and pics for now. I hope you enjoyed watching them. Until next time! <3 <3 <3

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Halloween at the Resort

Posted on December 13, 2017 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

After Jay and Becca left the resort, Brian and I were pretty much by ourselves.

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It was Halloween so the resort had plenty of activities for those inclined, including a pumpkin carving contest.

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There was even a costume contest in the evening. Of course, Brian and I were unprepared. We didn’t pack any costumes because we weren’t sure they observed Halloween in the Bahamas. I guess they have enough American visitors that they wanted everyone to feel right at home.

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The entertainment team members were dressed in costume all day. That’s Destiny, above, dressed as Harley Quinn.

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Though you can’t see his face, this is Linden in the Deadpool costume. Linden/Deadpool also hosted the poolside trivia. It was a lot of fun.

There’s always fun activities put on by the entertainment team at the main pool but the added Halloween activities made it extra festive. They had an activity where you would mummify someone and other stuff. We didn’t get much of a nap that afternoon because there were lots of interesting things happening.

That night was our first “just us” dinner. We decided to go to Bahama Bay because it doesn’t require reservations. Here are some pictures of our food.

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I ordered the surf and turf, otherwise known as steak and lobster. I had no idea that lobster was on the menu every night at Bahama Bay until then.

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I could have been eating lobster every night!

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Brian was quite content with chicken and I’m not sure what that other thing is.

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I had a mini coconut crème pie for dessert. It was the best coconut crème pie I’d ever had. I actually had it again another night and Brian also ordered one for himself that time and he ate the whole thing. That’s when you know it’s really good because he hates coconut.

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After dinner we decided to check out the Halloween Spooktacular, a special show put on by the resort staff, at the bandstand. But, before the show started, they called everyone dressed in costume up to the stage to announce the winner of the costume contest.

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I was really disappointed that Brian and I didn’t get to participate. I think everyone who wore a costume got special resort gift certificates. You might have even got extra ones for being willing to make a fool of yourself in front of everyone. LOL.

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I took a bunch of pictures of the Halloween show but I can’t find them for some reason. I need to figure out what I did with those photos and videos so I can share them here. I hope they’re still on my phone. Until next time!

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A La Carte Breakfast at Il Cielo

Posted on December 10, 2017 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

Tuesday morning, Halloween, was Jay and Becca’s departure day from Sandals Emerald Bay. They had plans to spend Halloween night at Universal Studios before heading to Mexico (Valentin) to celebrate Jennifer Jacob’s BIG 50th birthday. Our breakfast at Il Cielo was our last sit down meal with them.

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Here are some pictures of our delicious breakfast.

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I think it’s pretty easy to guess who ordered what.

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I ordered the benedict (first pic), Becca ordered the omelet (second pic), Brian ordered the pancakes (he’s not very adventurous when it comes to food as you all know), and Jay ordered the steak and eggs (pictured below).

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The craziest thing about Jay and Becca’s departure day is that it was the day that all of the crazy flight cancelations started. Apparently, the airport only has one firetruck and it was broken. US safety regulations don’t allow US flights to land in an airport without a working firetruck.

Well, Jay and Becca were relying on the flight to arrive because that was the plane that they were going to take back to the US. Being the savvy travel agents that they are, they managed to reroute their travel from Georgetown to Nassau and Nassau to Miami. This was possible because local flights and Canadian flights were still running as usual. The airport firetruck issue only affected US flights.

Several people who couldn’t get rerouted returned to the resort (it took several days for the firetruck to be repaired). The resort was nice enough to offer these folks a discounted rate for the additional unplanned days. Such was the case with my birthday sister Sharon. We found out that we share the same birthday at the manager’s cocktail party. Anyway, she and her husband didn’t end up leaving until Saturday. Their flight just kept getting rescheduled for the next day and the next.

At least I can’t imagine a better place to be stranded. Sharon and her husband didn’t seem to mind staying the extra days.

Jay and Becca, on the other hand, had specific plans. They had a few more stops on this trip. They had to get off the island stat. They figured it out but we did get to hang out with them a bit longer as they came back to the resort to sort out their flight situation after their original flight was canceled.

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