Laundromat tips for vacationers.

Being able to wash clothes is a must especially on long vacations and its a life saver for when the hotel or Airbnb does not offer such a service. For me its a staple and I have no qualms of using it even given the stigma behind laundromats.

Here’s a few tips I learned;

1. Most laundromat places are clean but it does not hurt to do some research before heading there.

2. Research if it has the option of paying with a card or do you need to bring cash/coins. It pays to read the reviews as well so you get an idea of how the place is managed.

3. Bring your own laundry soap, fabric softener and dryer sheets. Most have limited selections plus they might not have what you need depending on the material you’re planning to wash.

4. Be aware of machines that might not be working as well. Some might be a dud such as not having enough heat on certain dryers or other flaws due to wear.

5. If number 4 is your issue don’t be afraid to bring it up to management, most would reimburse the cost of what you paid for so you can use a differen machine.

6. Be prepared to wait. You need to have time when using laudromats, usually a washing cycle is between 20-30 minutes while a drying cycle range from 30-35 minutes. Add in the time needed to fold clothes, usually I’m there for 2 hours.

7. Bring your own entertainment. Most laundromats are not equipped with televisions or stacks of magazines so if you’re prone to get bored easy, might as well make use of your time there.

8. Other patrons are courteous enough to not hog the equipment so also pack a lot of patience with you, in case you happen to experience some exceptions to the rule.

9. Laundromats are noisy and it can get warm so plan to dress comfortably. Also, bring a pair of earbuds to stifle the noise. Usually I binge watch Youtube videos, it helps passes the time quickly.

10. Be mindful that most do not offer bathroom facilities so if you’re prone to bathroom breaks, research a place that has nearby public bathrooms that you can use.

 

Cruising with my “mini-me.”

Finally! Our Alaskan cruise is currently underway until my daughter and I found out that we didn’t have any “sea legs.” Our first day in the cruise was us medicating on Dramamine!

As virgin cruisers we definitely learned the following;

1. Bring Dramamine even if you think you can handle a bout of motion-sickness. It beats having to pay the cruise rate of nearly $7 with a pack of 3 tablets!

2. A 10 day cruise for us is far too long on a boat. Our future cruises would have to be less than 10 days.

3. Bring cash since most establishments has a policy of minimum card purchases of $5. At other times the connectivity might not let you charge your card at all.

4. Even if you are sailing to a cold climate bring a swimsuit/bathing suit. The cruises now have indoor swimming pool and hot tubs for everyone to enjoy.

5. Do take advantage of the room service especially if you do not feel like dressing up just to eat.

6. You can take food inside your room just be mindful to leave your plates and/or tray outside your room for servers to pick up afterwards. You can’t risk having an investation inside your room.

7. Wash your hands every chance you get. Being in closed quarters with other passengers can be disastrous if symptoms of any type of sickness is left unchecked.

8. Do take advantage of working out in the gym. Classes such as spin and yoga are taught so it doesn’t mean that a cruise should hinder you from working out.

9. Pack a lot of patience and a sense of humor. Be mindful that lot of retirees and disabled are also on-board, trust me you are not the only one as excited to get on the cruise. (Of course, kids by default are always included).

10. Teens will be teens, remember you were once a teenager so give them some slack.

11. At the beginning of the cruise do attend the safety briefing because it is a requirement. Yes, it is your vacation but so is everyone else on board.

12. Do try the local cuisine, its now or never.

13. The cruise staff are there to serve but they are people too so keep the self entitlements to yourself.

 

14. You can have fun even on a budget.

15. Be kind to yourself specially as you meander through the buffet lines. Food should not be a chore or a form of self pity so eat up, drink up and be merry!

 

 

 

 

Gym How Tos & What Not To Dos…

5 days a week, my gym partner and I hit the gym every morning for a 45 minute weight lifting routine. After some time you notice who are the “regulars” and their gym mannerisms. Unfortunately, a pair of regulars have no regard to other patrons since both like to literally drop the weights after each set causing unnecessary annoying clankling sounds. It doesn’t matter if its from free weights or stand alone machines. I don’t know what their deal is but if its their way of getting attention, they definitely got mine…. in a very bad way.

I only made mention of it because I want to share tips on what to do and NOT to do in the weight room of a gym.

1. DO NOT drop any weights because over time it will damage the weight/equipment. Plus its a safety hazard not only for the user but neighboring weight lifters. Not to mention, it brings undue attention from users such as myself.

2. Listen to your body. If you attempted to lift a particular weight but you clearly can’t finish a set, try to safety re-rack so you can adjust the weight. Pushing yourself often lead to injury but if you must push yourself, then ask someone to spot you.

3. Bring your own towel. I don’t know how bougie the gym you attend because the ones I’m a member of do not have available towels. This is a must for me since I sweat like a pig.

4. Wear gym outfits that work for you. For instance restricting clothes are uncomfortable and it shows because the wearer constantly fidgets/adjusts every so often. Its time wasted from every routine, clearly not suitable when you’re short in time.

5. Have fun with your routine by changing the exercise or adding a different routine. If you don’t, you would get bored leading to you quitting and end up wasting your gym membership. Don’t become a statistic!

6. If you’re gym rat, please try not to hog the machines, bench and weights. Other patrons are trying to work out too. As a regular, clearly you have an idea when the gym is packed so either try to limit your weight usage to 30 minutes or come at a different time.

Did I miss any? Let me know what are your pet peeves when working out in the gym.

 

 

First impressions warning.

Noticing someone’s social media profile photo presents a first impression, as much as I try to be a wannabe Forensic Files profiler of figuring out more than what is being presented in a photo, I’m sure I would get something wrong. I only state that because nowadays, our social media profile is analyzed before we even have the chance to meet in person, if that.

I know, because it happened to me before which can be uncalled for but its presented in public so who am I to judge. The sad truth is, our profiles are judged and scrutinized on a one sided viewpoint, when in truth there is more to the person besides the first impressioned profile photo. I merely mentioned it as a precaution to all, (including myself) to be mindful of what content to share since it can be misjudged.

The same concept applies to how we are dressed. Its unfortunate but its true. Therefore I have to be mindful of my graphic t-shirt wear since it can be playful but be misconstrued at the same time.

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“Manly” look…

I noticed how the Androgynous look has always been in. When I was young going through fashion magazines, I wasn’t taken by it since I didn’t understand or see the beauty behind it, but now with shows such as Next Top Model and YouTube videos of runway shows I can finally appreciate the Androgyny look.

What I love is the flexibility behind the look and the way a female body can be bold and daring within a masculine attire but still be beautiful. The curves might be hidden by boxy shoulders or straight edged unflattering linear seams, but how the person carries themselves makes or breaks the entire look altogether. If you seem to be uncomfortable through your body language and/or stance, it only negates from your outfit. Therefore, finding confidence in yourself is crucial.

Girl, if you need to wear lingerie underneath your “manly” uniform/attire to find your confidence, go for it!

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What is your niche wear?

I had to consider this thought for awhile since my niche wear requires the act of not wearing a part of clothing. To most women its the one of the first things that comes off after a hard days work, and I’m not referring to shoes ranging from heels to combat boots.

Instead I’m referring to a small piece of clothing that evokes both a love and hate relationship among women…its none other than the restricting confines of a bra.

As a teen the wearing of a bra was my right of passage to womanhood. I could not wait to finally wear a pair that I looked forward to that day. Once I did, I was so ecstatic that I religiously wore one that it soon became a habit.

After years of bra wearing, I savor the times when I don’t have to specially inside the house. Eventually I was bold enough not to wear it with my outfits. At first, I was so self conscious of getting found out during my none wearing bra out in public that I end up second guessing myself, but eventually I got over it. Finally I’m enjoying the fact of not being top heavy because I can get away with it pretty easy. 20181020_152601

…and so they say, free the Ta-tas!

 

 

 

 

Repurposing a pair of statement earrings.

With the holidays coming up everyone is on a financial budget, with plans of either visiting family and/or friends with the anticipation of food and gift giving. I only mentioned it since yours trully looks towards scoring on bargains because I’m always on a budget for upcoming trips or just saving for a rainy day.

This is the interesting part of the story because I found a pair of statement earrings for only $3.99! It was such a steal that I can’t believe anyone would pass on such a pair.

Well, I wore it twice but the next time I wanted to wear it, I noticed the hook on one was missing. I felt so cheated but considering how cheap it was, its definitely expected but I refused to accept defeat specially since I loved wearing it.

Sometimes, your girl likes to accessorize even when I wear mens wear pieces and these earrings looked so feminine. I also loved the soft tingling sound it made everytime I moved, so I was determined to find other ways to use it.

Below are ways I managed to get more out of a pair of statement earrings:

1. I wore it as a ring. 20181019_142419

2. Spicing up a pair of earrings with it. 20181020_122028From boring hoops, to bedazzled ones. 20181020_121946

From BLAH icing to fun wear!20181020_12245020181020_122709

Finally, from Meh to Va Va Voom!20181020_12172820181020_121639