Hawaii – Days 4-7 – Maui

[singlepic id=561 w=320 h=240 float=left]It’s been about 20 days since I returned from Hawaii, figure it’s about time for an update from the 2nd half of the trip on Maui. Luckily I’ll be able to keep this short because, well, I didn’t do a whole lot on Maui. I stayed at the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas, which was a great location to relax, enjoy a few drinks, and meet some interesting people. Actually, the last part I was a little surprised with. Most people have this idea that Maui can be a tough place to go to as a single person. I didn’t find that to be the case; however, there were a few times I would have liked to have a sidekick. I didn’t take any pictures of the hotel room, but think I should have as proof to it’s impressiveness (is that a word?). Continue reading “Hawaii – Days 4-7 – Maui”

Hawaii – Days 1-3 – Oahu

[singlepic id=487 w=320 h=240 float=left]Greetings from Waikiki, Hawaii! The first 3 days of my trip to Hawaii, where I stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Waikiki, are coming to an end. Tomorrow morning I’m taking a quick flight over to Maui for the rest of the trip. Here’s the recap from the first 3 days.

After arriving on Saturday afternoon I tried to get a feel for Waikiki. The area around the hotel is a lot like the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, with shops and restaurants all over the place, just a block from the beach. I spent most of the time walking up and down doing a little shopping and figuring out where I wanted to eat. I ended up having quick drink over at Dukes, but with no space at the bar to eat, I went over to the Cheesecake Factory. Sad, I know, considering there’s a Cheesecake less than a mile from where I live in Marina del Rey.

It wasn’t until late Saturday night that I realized I forgot a charger for my phone. Maybe subconsciously I just wanted a reason to go to the Apple store. :-). So, Sunday morning, after my phone died, I walked over to the Apple Store at 9 AM, or so I thought. Without my phone I used the clock on my computer to figure out what time it was, but forgot to change it to Hawaiian time, so it was really 7 AM. I found a Starbucks for some coffee and walked to the beach to spend some quiet time before the crowds started to show up. Continue reading “Hawaii – Days 1-3 – Oahu”

Summer Vacation 2009

After months of debating on whether to take a vacation to Greece this summer, I’ve finally made a decision not to go.  As much as it’s tough to go another year without visiting family there, the stress of trying to plan the trip was getting to be a bit much.  With my cousin getting married on July 18th, I was trying to fit the trip in around that weekend.  Then deciding if I should go for just 10 days or 2 weeks, knowing full well that a long trip would prevent me from taking any other vacations the rest of the year and a short trip just wouldn’t be worth it.  Then the cost of the trip was on the high end, the flight alone was going to cost at least $1400.  For those of you that know how in tune I am with my finances, you know the expense wouldn’t be easy for me to swallow.

When I found out last week that I have training to attend the week of July 20 (with a golf outing that week too), it pretty much sealed the deal on not going.  After not picking up a large amount of CPE’s last year, I could really use the training time for my CISA designation.  It’s somewhat of a relief now that the decision has been made.  It’ll also allow me to plan a cheaper trip to one of the other places on my list, like Italy, Spain, Portugal, Hawaii, and Costa Rica being a few.

So now I’m making preliminary plans to go to Hawaii during the week of July 12th.  With a bunch of friends here in the LA area always willing to go I’ll probably have a few people with me on the trip… and they’ll probably be my tour guide too considering the amount of times they’ve been there.  Who would have thought planning a vacation would cause so much stress?  Now I’m finally excited about planning my summer vacation.  Just think, clear blue water, white sand beaches, mai tai’s (sp?), and relaxation.  That’s my ideal vacation!