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Philippines Trip-We’re Sending Sewers To Japan!!!

So it’s almost midnight here in Tokyo so I think that’s like 10 am in Illinois. I have traveled to the future. This hotel is awesome. I’m so exhausted. Spent like 7 hours in JFK then a 12 hour flight. I was kinda happy we missed the flight to the Philippines because I couldn’t take anymore airplane for the day.

So first thing I did when I got here was had a free Japanese Buffet. And that has been about the coolest thing I’ve done so far hahaha and the ride here on the bus from the airport. Pretty cool. Didn’t think I’d be staying here but I’m glad for the bed and the rest. I wish I had time to take some pictures.

We landed in Tokyo around 9 pm Sunday. We missed our 7 pm flight to Manila so Delta airlines booked us a hotel and put us on a flight for the morning. This was my first time having to go through customs and all that craziness. It wasn’t too bad. We took a shuttle bus to the hotel, where we got a free meal. Then we pretty much just went to bed so we could continue our flights in the morning. Here’s some pictures of our short time in Japan.

Because every scary movie comes from Japan...
Because every scary movie comes from Japan…

Japan has beer vending machines!
Japan has beer vending machines!

You know I had one.
You know I had one.

Cigarette vending machines?!
Cigarette vending machines?!
Super high tech toilet options.
Super high tech toilet options.

With all these cool things we found just in the hotel, I can’t imagine how cool Japan is! Can’t wait to spend more time here someday!

Philippines Trip-Travel Day

Left for O’hare at 4 am for our 7 am flight. The flight actually left on time. Got to NYC JFK around 10:30 am. Found out our flight to Tokyo-Narita had been delayed from 1 pm to 5 pm. Super bummed because this would push back everything. We waited around JFK, scrambling to make arrangements to have our flight reservations to Boracay changed.

Ended up leaving JFK’s runway around 6:30 pm. We didn’t notice but our seats were split up on this flight. Luckily a woman opted to go to an empty seat to let me sit by Don. It was a 12 hour flight. I spent it first of all getting a meal of chicken and potatoes. I almost got sick and couldn’t eat hardly any of it because of the turbulence. I spent probably an hour with my head down trying to hold down whatever I did eat. The flight had a good deal of turbulence, at one point I was really afraid. The plane bumped around a lot and I got a huge bruise on my thigh from this.

Then I attempted watch Dear John. I got tired and took a nap. After waking up I decided to finish Dear John…which I thought was not a great movie. Each seat had a touch screen that we could watch movies, listen to music or play games on. I spent the next several hours playing trivia, sleeping, and watching movies like Avatar that I had already seen so I could sleep to them. Then the flight attendants gave us snacks, which consisted of an apple, bread, and a drink. After this we had about 5 more hours of flight left. I started getting very irritable. I wanted the flight to be over! So I slept more. Then there was about an hour and half left when we got served a breakfast of an omelet and fruit.

Birthday Surprise-Montauk!

So all last week I was super excited because I knew that Don had something planned for my birthday! I got off work early and we left around 2:30. He had even packed a cooler full of dr pepper for me!! I really don’t know New York that great so I had no idea where we were going. Traffic was horrible and we didn’t get out of the city until about 5:30 or 6.

I started thinking we were going to Long Island, but he was all like “no…didn’t you bring a book to read?” of course I hadn’t so I read some story in one of his books.

Then it started raining and storming and I started seeing signs for the Hamptons!! I was getting so excited but I didn’t want to say anything to ruin his surprise.

It was like 7 and we were starving and places to eat were getting few and far between. Then we started worrying because we forgot to get cash…and most places probably wouldn’t take credit. Luckily good old Chase saved us and we got some money.

I was starting to get tired and cranky from lack of food and he told me we were going to Montauk! I was so excited because one day I was looking at a map and mentioned I wanted to go there because it was last place in New York and after that it’s just the ocean!!! So we found a burger place and then went to our hotel…which was only a small street from the ocean!!! We could hear the freaken Atlantic from our room!!

After settling in I realized it was almost 11 which I thought was weird because I remember it was like 8:30 when we were in the car last….more about this later. The weather had gotten better and it was no longer raining so Don suggested we go to beach. I was a little hesitant at first because it was so dark and kinda cold but then I was like okay….and I was pumped!!! So we walked over to the beach and he had a backpack with him which I really didn’t see as weird because we had stuff like our phones and towels.

When we got there I noticed some people sitting around a bonfire and I said “wow, it would be cool to have a fire!!” but he didn’t really say much and we kept walking. Then he stopped and said “what would you say if we could have a fire….?” Then he started pulling out supplies to make a fire from the backpack and I was like oh my gosh!!!!!! I was completely surprised!! He had kept this a secret from me and it was so freaken awesome! It was amazing to sit around the fire and hear the waves and see a lightning storm that was going on far out on the Atlantic.

At the end of the night we saw some kids trying to get a fire started but failing repeatedly so we decided to ask them if they wanted ours. It was still going good and we were ready to go back. They were so excited and we didn’t have to deal with putting it out haha.

The next morning I woke up and looked at the clock and it said 7:16 which I thought was weird because I have a phone alarm that goes off everyday at 7…I was wide awake and decided to get on my laptop..the time said 6 am then I looked at my phone and it also said 6. Then I realized we had been living an hour ahead because the clock in the room was wrong!! Thanks a lot people hahaha, but it is nice realizing you have more time.

So we got up and had breakfast at a diner. The weather was beautiful and by 9:30 we were on the beach because it was supposed to rain in the afternoon. The beach was amazing!!!!! The water was cold but I just loved being there.



Around 11 Don said he had a restaurant in mind that he wanted to go to for lunch. So we got in the car and started driving. Soon I saw a lighthouse and we pulled into parking lot of a park. As were getting out of the car I’m like “where’s the restaurant?” He opened the trunk, pulled out some charcoal and said “right here!” There was an area to have a picnic…and there was only one other couple there. It was awesome!!!


Keep in mind that he had brought along a cooler with us, which I thought only had dr pepper and the entire time up until this point he was constantly saying “we should get ice, we need more ice, let’s get more ice!” and I was like “why do we need ice?! It’s only dr pepper it will stay cold forever in that cooler!” Now I knew why because at the bottom of the cooler in a bag he had prepared steaks and vegetables wrapped in foil and there were even Italian sausages! Hahaha it was amazing! So as were cooking the fog was rolling in from the ocean and you couldn’t even see the lighthouse that was right in front of us!!!! Then all the sudden the fog was gone and the sky was so clear!! The weather was beautiful!!! As we were eating though we had some crazy seagulls always trying to get our food when we were not looking. They were really terrorizing the other couple there though, one was trying to get in their cooler to get out food haha!!! Seriously though, I had NO idea we would be cooking out!!!!!



After eating we went up into the lighthouse and then we walked around this rocky beach that is on the eastern most part of New York. So it’s really really really ocean!!! The beach was also beautiful and the waves were big crashing against the rocks. It was an awesome day…I don’t know where the rain was because it was so nice and I got sunburnt haha.





Then we went back to the hotel and grilled out again for dinner because they had an area to do that there. We decided to go back to the beach again that night to make another fire. This night there were so many people there making fires and hanging out!! It was awesome!! Once again at the end of the night we gave our fire to someone else haha and we didn’t have to mess with putting it out again.




The next day we had to check out of the hotel and we drove to a place called Star Island. It was a very touristy area, with little shops and restaurants every where. We saw the coast guard base there. We also watched lots of boats coming and leaving since this was the area where all the boats passed by the bay to get out to the Atlantic. There were huge fishing ships! We ate a restaurant and then decided to get on the road to go home, but we also decided that if we saw anything cool we would stop.


Our first stop was a state park right on the ocean. The beach was really nice but mostly it was just a huge camping area so we left. Then we wanted to go to a nature conservation area that we saw on the map. Once we got there though it was really just a beach area and you had to have a resident pass to park there. We got ice cream and left.

Then we saw a fruit/vegetable market that said “pick your own strawberries”. So we stopped and got some strawberries haha.


The last place we stopped was a petting zoo. This petting zoo was awesome! There were so many animals and they gave you a huge bucket of food and a bottle of milk to feed the baby pigs. I had fun feeding the animals and then I had an encounter with a llama. I was just feeding some llamas when all the sudden a giant one ran up to me and I thought “man, he must be hungry!” but when I tried to feed him he wouldn’t eat. Then all the sudden he raised his head and spit everywhere! I started running haha luckily none of that spit got on me!! It was hilarious!!!


So then we got back on the road to go home…we were in traffic for like 2 hours. And now I’m home….I didn’t want the weekend to end!!!! We had a blast!!! Honey if you’re reading this…..thank you so much for this awesome birthday surprise!!!! It was really really really amazing!!!