San Jose Municipal Rose Garden

Went to San Jose Municipal Rose Garden on Friday with mom and Fred.

Installed Responsive Lightbox. It is pretty amazing. WordPress media upload feature is still ghetto though. I’m getting HTTP ERROR a lot.

Puerto Vallarta 2013

I figure I should blog about my trip to Puerto Vallarta before I completely forget about it.

view at night

Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta

I book my trip from www.cheapcaribbean.com. It was Ackbar who suggested PV since his friend who vacay in Mexico a lot seems to like it there. I really didn’t have a preference, as long as it is a beach vacation. Coincidentally, Nida and Alex’s honeymoon were also at PV. They went in July/August 2012 but I was too busy planning my wedding at the time to notice.

We stayed at Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta  by AMResorts. It is very new and is adult only. However, AMResorts also have a family friendly sister resort called Now Amber next door.

We stayed in the preferred tower for the Jacuzzi and free wireless internet access. Our room is located on the 6th floor, this is a plus since it’s less likely for Fred to get bit by mosquitoes lol. Also, if you are located on the ground floor of this tower, you have semi-private swimming pool straight from your room. Cost $300 more per night though.

nifty bathroom

nifty bathroom

There are several restaurants  on the premise. Most of the fancy dinner only ones require you to dress up.  All of their portions are small, so I go all out ordering appetizers, soups, salad, and desserts along with my entree. These are the places we went during our stay.

  • Tamarina (Mexican) – We came here on the first day for dinner. It was not good.
  • Oceana (Seafood) – good food. I had grilled shrimp and scallop, it was delicious. The rice that comes with my entree wasn’t though. Fred had steak I think. I got the tiramisu for dessert.
  • Bordeaux (French) – Good food. Poorly lit place.
  • Himitsu (Asian Fusion) – probably the best looking Japanese restaurants I’ve been to. Fred and I enjoyed everything we ordered. Desserts were amazing as well.
  • Market Café (International Buffet) – We came here when they were closing up after we finished checking out. Food was good, staffs were very sweet, but I found a couple flies around the food :(
  • Barefoot Grille – Pool food. The burgers, fries, and fruits are the same when we order room services.

Several things I hate about food in Mexico are: butter, juice, and coconut. Their butter is like the type of butter my mom used to bake pastries in Vietnam. It is definitely not edible or spreadable (for me) with bread. Their juice is pretty much flavor used for cocktail making. I ordered apple juice and it tasted like artificial apple flavored water. As for the fresh coconut we bought at Las Caletas and at the boardwalk, they tasted like the yucky Costco coconut juice I hate.

We booked our excursions through Vallarta Adventures. They have a 3 for 2 promotions. So I basically told Fred to either do 1 or do all 3 activities . We wanted ziplining and snorkeling for sure so we booked Outdoor Adventure, Las Caletas Beach Hideaway, and Rhythm of the Night .

Outdoor Adventure

Outdoor Adventure

Las Caletas Beach Hideaway and Rhythm of the Night are both in the same location. It’s a beautiful place plagued by heavy rain every single time we’re there.  I wasn’t too thrilled with Las Caletas Beach Hideaway because it was filled with little kids.  Anyways, snorkeling there was not worth it. Next time, I’ll just snorkel at the beach where my hotel is. Save money that way.  Rhythm of the Night was just meh. Maybe I’m just picky and expected Vegas quality Cirque du Soleil stuff.

Animal Encounter @ Las Caletas

Animal Encounter @ Las Caletas

Going to these excursions pretty much take all day. By the time we get back, Fred and I can only enjoy the gourmet dinner since all pools are closed by 8PM and beach is too dark and creepy for us to go on our own.  Fred isn’t a heavy drinker and I don’t drink alcohol at all so we didn’t take advantage of the bar either.

On the last day, we finally decided to venture to downtown PV and its boardwalk. It was hot and dirty (in some area).  There are some neat arts along the boardwalks.

Mermaid

Mermaid

Fred and I didn’t eat at any restaurants there. Their prices seem steep like in the US. We get free gourmet food from our hotel so no reason to spend more. However, we purchased raw oysters by the plate from the local vendors.  It’s $10 for 16-18 oysters and it was delicious.  I also tried raw blood cockle (so huyet) but it tasted too bloody for me.

Oysters

Oysters

QE T-Dredge

I’ve been doing dredges and TS a lot of my baby cleric and songweaver because I needed the AP for stigma.  I’m tired of running with noobs that are too cheap to pop a single scroll. Basically, on both my toons, I play the role of tank, dps, and cleric.

Anyways, starting today, I put this in my profile lol

Scrolls up or no heals

Scrolls up or no heals

It’s pretty nice, the QE dredge I got in on songweaver today, everyone except the temp scrolled up. He said this after I healed everyone in first room except him and proceed to AFK the entire run. We ended up winning anyways :D

10:08:13 PM: Ailleana-SL: no reason to scroll. no heals.
10:08:21 PM: Ailleana-SL: ill just die anyways
10:08:23 PM: Ailleana-SL: gl afk
10:08:25 PM: Me: good u notice

I see no reason why I have to waste my resources carrying scrubs that are too cheap to do their parts right. Don’t expect me to be a pocket healer when they can’t dps or tank properly.

Puerto Vallarta Photos 2013