Business Trips – Like a Parallel Universe

Business trips are sometimes a strange phenomenon. For up to a whole week, life is almost a 180 from home life. At least for me.

In same ways, it’s kind of a nice change. Lets face it, I have a cleaning service – everyday! I’m only living out of my suitcase so there is no clutter. At least not with me – vacationing with my husband and daughter is another thing as they don’t mind just throwing things around. I’m a tidy-traveler. I still believe in some level of order. So when I travel for business, it’s actually pretty awesome to get MY way of living. Clutter-free!

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The Camby – lobby

And not that I cook that much at home, but there’s no ‘what are we going to eat today’ ordeal. Or having to finish leftovers. It can be a different restaurant (i.e. different menu) daily. And the gym is just an elevator ride away!

Of course, there’s also the downside of business travels… I do miss my family after awhile, the work hours are long because since they have you there, they want to maximize your time (which includes lunch and dinner meetings), the commute is a bitch (specifically airport security) and you can only eat out so much before you get sick of it (though, I eat a really healthy breakfast and lunch in attempt to balance the more extravagant business dinners I  go to most nights).

And don’t get me started on the time change!

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The Camby – The Lounge

And then there’s the sleazy side. Yeah – I never thought I’d be writing about this because lets face it… I’m too old for this to happen to. If I were doing more business travels in my 20’s, I could totally see this occurring more often. But, as I found out such people do exist; it’s those hotel bars and single travelers looking for other available single travelers interested in a one-night stand.

And it doesn’t matter if there is a wedding ring present or not. That doesn’t seem to deter it from happening. Because lets face it, these people are just looking for one-night hook-ups. The person being married or not is of no concern of theirs as long as that person is game for well… whatever.

Anyway – of course I did not take the bait. After all, all I wanted to do at the end of the day was go back to my room and right into bed. TO SLEEP!

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The Camby – Different notice sign in each elevator. This was my favorite.

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BTS Come Back Song – Serendipity

I am in love with the new BTS Come Back song performed by Jimin. I wish it was just a tad longer but perhaps that is part of the charm – short and sweet. It is such a lovely ballad – light and beautiful, capturing what I feel is the innocence of one’s first experience of first love:

And I know this is totally inappropriate I already mentioned BTS is too young for me to look at THAT way. But I will admit it – Jimin has definitely caught my attention. While all his fanatical fans, however, goes on and on about his abs, that’s not what has me interested.

Lets just say I have this really huge desire to bite that bottom lip of his! Yup! I guess that’s my current kink.

Looking forward to their come back mini-album to see what talent they will be showcasing. And I’m hoping for some sic dance choreo in any of the new music videos!

End of Summer – 2017

As we go into the last long weekend of the summer, I am saddened to be saying good-bye to such an amazing 2 months! It’s been awhile since I felt this way. Of course, I’ve enjoyed many past summer months but with work always being so crazy, it really just sort of blends into the next season for me.

This summer, though… there was something very different about this past summer, which I will get into at the end of the post. First, a re-cap of some of the memories we’ve made to end our warmer months of the year!

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March boardwalk view from one of the trails.

We did go on our traditional, week-long camping trip. This time, we selected a new Provincial Park – Charleston Lake. Being a park with a lot of great nature trails, moderate to difficult hiking trails and many scenic canoeing routes (through the diverse amounts of islands in the bay), this was a very ideal park for us to go camping.

I was able to hit the trails three times on my own during the early mornings while the rest of the family slept in. I eventually got into vacation mode during the last half of the week and slept in as well but I usually am always the first to wake up. We also, as a family, hit three trails together. All in all, I tried to stay active since it was one week away from my usual workout routine.

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Found a great hidden spot on a tiny isolated island. We stayed here for a quiet picnic.

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Our last day paddling for an hour before we headed back to the city.

We managed to rent the canoe for two days. Day one was to find an isolated and deserted island for a picnic. Day two was the same afternoon we were heading back to the city. After packing everything up, we decided it was worth to rent and paddle for at least an hour before heading back. Both times did not disappoint!

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The slowest ride on earth. Seriously – I was bored after being stuck/stalled for the 3rd time.

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It’s traditional to go on the Ferris Wheel for a great view!

We arrived back for a 3-day weekend, just to give us some time to rest and relax before heading back to work the following week. We decided, since that Friday was going be the opening day of The Ex, to head there for the latter half of the day. The last time we went was 8 years ago. Chaeli doesn’t even remember any of it.

I always realize after spending some time at The Ex why we do not go every year. It’s expensive and really, pretty much the same thing each time. I imagine the next time Chaeli goes, it will be with her friends, leaving Doug and I at home (which will be fine by me).

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Caprese salad – with fresh basil from the garden.

The rest of our days have been drinking wine, making the use of our fresh basil before it’s too late and listening to more k-pop. Which brings me to my final point…

I have had the best summer bonding with my daughter. Sure, k-pop helped as she introduced me to this fun and entertaining world. But the conversations that developed out of this shared fascination has been so wonderful.

I will cherish these summer memories forever. I hope she will too!

And Now I’m Hooked on K-Pop

It’s just very, very sad. Not only how k-pop has taken over our house but I’m now completely hooked! I can’t stop listening to the music – specifically from EXO and BTS.

EXO Review:

Compared to BTS, they are on average older. They’ve been in the scene for several years and I’m glad I caught them at this more mature stage of their career. When Chaeli first started to forward me videos they were all so very young, I couldn’t tell who was who and their performance, while good, was lacking. Now that they are a more mature-EXO, their individuality is much more evident making them more enjoyable to watch.

Singing and dancing is great – it’s obvious each members strength though, so while some may have a great solo career, others obviously will require to always be a part of the band to succeed.

Do I have a bias? Yes. Which pains me because my two biases are NOT the oldest ones. Even the older ones (late 20’s) are still too young for me but at least I can’t use the line that I’m old enough to by their mother (minus the teen pregnancy scenario that is – yes I’m stretching it). At least the one I like the most looks older, though.

I’m human. I can not turn away from this photo of Kai:

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Kai (EXO)

Their more recent concerts have also shown a more sexier style of dancing. Once again, I AM HUMAN! I watch this and think of how much I would like to be that cane (Kai is the blond one who dances blind-folded in the end). Must watch both songs, “Playboy” and “Artificial Love”:

I’m just glad that Chaeli’s biases are so very different from mine. She likes the younger looking ones. At least I’ve got that! Sort of.

Their latest album “WAR” is fantastic! I can’t stop listening to this album – especially Ko Ko Bop, The Eve and What U Do.

BTS Review:

A much younger band but they’ve climbed their way to the top pretty fast, even winning a Billboard award this year and proving their ability to crack into the main stream scene.

Music is very energetic. THEY are very energetic. I have been working out to mostly their tunes and it’s benefiting my own energy level. I’ve also been obsessed with their dancing. These boys have fast and precise footwork. And their music videos are high quality production pieces.

Check out Fire – This is probably one of my favourite videos from them. It’s fun and energetic:

As for any biases, I will just let my daughter focus on her top 3 (V, Jungkook and Suga). They are young and they look young. And they act young. I’ll just focus on their talents and leave it at that!