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Holiday Problems … Let’s do something about it

Hoilday Problems Turn to Joy

It’s 4 days until Thanksgiving, 30 days before Christmas, 37 days before New Year, and to some of you, by the time you read this post the holidays might even be closer!

Do you feel your blood pressure rising? Are you feeling a bit stressed and anxious, thinking of the many things you have to do this holiday season? I have to be honest, I do and I am.  I am a person prone to anxiety and if I don’t become proactive in dealing with stress I will be a basket case even before the holidays start.

So …..  here I am in front of my computer making plans and devicing strategies on how to combat holiday problems and turn them into joy. I will be sharing my holiday problems and my possible solutions. While reading my post I encourage you to think about the possible holiday problems you might have and how you can proactively deal with it proactively.

Before I proceed with my sharing, let me tell you that this post is part of a campaign by Travaasa Experiential Resort to help us take away the #holidayproblems out of the holidays.  I will tell you more about the campaign later (and your chance to win a  stay for two at Travaasa), for now please allow me to reflect on my own family problems and find a solution to it. This post is a win-win kinda post.  I know this will benefit me  and I believe it will benefit you as well.

#HolidayProblems turned to JoyHoliday Problem #1 – Stressing about Buying Gifts.

I love giving gifts! However, making a list of who to give and what to give can really be stressful because I have a limited budget (very tight one). If I have a bank account that says sky is the limit, I would be so happy buying gifts for everyone I love. But you see, I don’t.  And I get sad about that.

My solution?  I have to remind myself that gifts don’t have to be material things bought from a store.  There are other gifts like gift of encouragement (write a letter, give a card with a heartfelt note), gift of time (coffee date, movie date, laugh together).  I often hear people talking about how Christmas has become very materialistic and they don’t like Christmas at all. As for me I love Christmas,  and so I wouldn’t let the pressure of materialism steal away the joy I feel when I think of the warm memories I have of Christmas.

Holiday Problem #2 – Feeling Homesick

I love living on Maui, but the hard part about it is I miss enjoying holidays with my extended family.  Both my husbands’ family and my family lives far away from here. His family are in Connecticut, my family are in the Philippines (and California and New Jersey). Hearing the song “I’d be home for Christmas” brings me to tears. I long for my kids to experience Christmas with grandparents, uncles, aunties and cousins.

My solution? My first thought is to fly back my family to the Philippines so they can experience having Christmas there. But that solution will create another holiday problem (financial stress) because the cost of round trip tickets are outrageous.  So, plan B is to spend time with Hanai Families  or Ohana (Surrogate families) here on Maui.  And thanks to technology, I can Facetime my family from far away and can feel a little bit of closeness with them talking to them and seeing them on the video “real time”.  Not exactly the same as “real life” get together but it will do for now. Funny, as I was writing this “wishing I am spending time with our family this Holidays” a thought came to my mind. Others might be saying that is their “holiday problem” – the drama that goes on when family gathers: the in laws who don’t get along, etc. etc.   Do any of you have that kind of stress?

Holiday Problem #3 – Hectic Schedule

Holiday hectic schedule translate to having no time to exercise, eating junk food a lot, not getting enough sleep, not finding rest. Ugh, just typing about those things makes me feel tired. But it is true, holidays are hectic days.  If I don’t guard myself, being hectic will steal away the joy I have of the holidays.  So what to do?

  • realize that I can’t say yes to everything thing, even if it’s all fun and good.  I have to decide which parties I (or we as a family) should go and which one I (we) should pass.
  • exercise early morning, even if it’s just 10 jumping jacks.  Exercise is such a stress reliever and is great for our body but this is one thing I always neglect (and I shouldn’t)
  • have some quite time and downtime. I am an introvert and quite time for me is indispensable. But even if one is not an introvert, it is important to set aside a time to be quite, to meditate. It’s is good for the body as it is good for the soul.
  • Plan ahead.  Drink lots of water; pack healthy snacks in my bag.

Holiday Problems Turned to Joy -

That caption on my photo, I thought about it and added it last might.  I placed it there with my goofy photo to remind me that the important thing about holidays is to find and experience the joy it brings.  I won’t let stress and anxiety ruin this wonderful time of the year. I want to be able to sing “Joy to The World” with glee.  Oh I know it’s easier said than done, but it can be done … it can be…. What are some of your holiday problems? Do you have tips in on how to resolve and overcome holiday stresses? Hey, I have a suggestion for you…. Why don’t you share it with us at  Travaasa #HolidayProblems sweepstakes  and be entered for the chance to win a three-night stay for two plus two $300 American Express gift cards to help with your travel expenses. Travaasa built a  #HolidayProblems  Page as an effort to help us be relieved of some of the holiday stresses we experience. I am sure you’d find the page very useful this holiday season.

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Mother Daughter Bonding Time at Travaasa Hana

 

Mother and Daughter at Travaasa Hana

Hana, Maui, often called “Heavenly Hana” is one place on earth where I can find serenity and pure bliss. Maui is such a beautiful place to start with. You can find peaceful places here, there and everywhere.  However …

…. if you want to experience the ultimate serene old town feeling, in a tropical setting, Hana is for you, as it is for me.

…. if you want to experience peace in a luxurious setting, not the bling bling kind, but more of a luxury that is in touch with nature, then Travaasa Hana is for you, as it is for me.

On Labor Day weekend, my daughter and I decided to go for a “Mother-Daughter Get Away Weekend”.  Hana was our choice.  Staying at Travaasa Hana was an added treat.  Travaasa Hana is a  “mesh of simplicity with luxury” – the combination of those words somewhat sounds like an oxymoron but it is not.  We experienced luxury at Travaasa in it’s simple form. Organic living at its best.

This is my 3rd year to stay at Hana for a retreat. The first two I went by myself. I enjoyed it. A lot.  This time, I took my daughter with me. I wanted her to experience the slow and unplugged living and truly enjoy it as much as I do.

Each of my three visits at Travaasa Hana is unique and magical. I always come home refreshed and renewed.  This recent retreat was extra special because Noelle, my daughter, is with me.

**** put a looong pause ***

Below is an outline of what I wanted to share with you.  It’s been two months and I still have this post on draft so tonight I am going to upload this as is … then I’d just update this post whenever I can …. section by section … memories by memories …. adding photos here and there.

1) It’s The Journey, Not Just The Destination.

The pick up

The Rainbow

Singing Our Hearts Out

Fell In Love With Travaasa – Sea Cottage, People, Welcome

2) Don’t Be Afraid, Go Give It A Try

Yoga, Slept in, Breakfast

Wainapanapa, Cave

3) The Food

4) The Massage

5) The Horseback Riding

To be updated …. :)

 

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Travaasa Hana on Maui

Travaasa Hana

 

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Miss Saigon on Maui – Don’t Miss on Aug 22, 23 & 24

Last NIght of The World

Photo by Jack Grace

It’s 11:17 pm. I am supposed to be in bed, asleep, by now. Yet I know I had to write a blog post to tell you how fabulous Miss Saigon on Maui is, and that if any of you are still on the fence and not sure wether to go or not, I highly suggest you buy your tickets now because it’s worth it and it might sell out soon. The show is spectacular, emotion packed with excellent performance. My daughter went to see Miss Saigon Maui this afternoon and we were both well pleased along with the hundreds of people in the theatre who gave the show a standing ovation. Excellent production, kudos to all the cast and crew.

Fall of Saigon

Photo by Jack Grace

I am assuming that by now you already know what Miss Saigon is about. In case you don’t, I highly suggest you read about it here on this Wikipedia page of  Miss Saigon. I know there are other articles about Miss Saigon on the internet, so yes, please Google about it if you still don’t know the story.

I knew about Miss Saigon way back in 1988/89 bck in the Philippines when Lea Salonga was discovered and chosen to play the role of Kim.  I bought the sound track and knows the lyrics to every song. Sang most of them a hundred times (ok, maybe less), of course mostly in the shower or when I am alone in the house.  However, I have never seen Miss Saigon in a live stage performance until today. It was truly a treat watching it live on stage. It was intense, I cried a lot, and in the end I am glad we we watched it.

I am not a critic and I won’t even try reviewing the performance of this Maui version of Miss Saigon as a critic would.  All I can say is  it is a must see. As the hashtag would say #MustWatch

I have many favorite songs and scenes in Miss Saigon and I want to share some of them with you … are these your favorites too? If not, which one is your favorite? I couldn’t find a video of the song “Movie in My Mind so I chose the Youtube version with just the logo and it’s original version playing in the background.

I was planning to write more about each song but it’s getting pretty late and I must log off. I hope you enjoy each video. Not the best quality video but it’s all that we got – just focus on Leah’s voice and it’ll be all right.  I am hoping these videos will motivate you to go and buy the tickets to the play (if you have not done already).

THE LAST NIGHT OF THE  WORLD

I STILL BELIEVE

THE MOVIE IN MY MIND …

I’D GIVE MY LIFE FOR YOU

Here are the remaining show dates and time.

Fri., August 22- 7:30PM
Sat., August 23- 7:30PM
Sun., August 24- 2:00PM

Get your tickets by calling 242-SHOW or online at mauiarts.org

 Visit and LIKE the MISS SAIGON MAUI Facebook Page and

see many of the photos take by Jack Grace of  Jack Grace Photography

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