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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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Thanksgiving on Maui 2011 – Where To Eat Round-up


Photo from @MauiTime via @AlohaLuxuryProp

UPDATED November 19, 2011 As promised (although delayed) here’s the update for this Maui Thanksgiving Round-up. Some more restaurants to choose from:

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is holding a Thanksgiving Island Harvest on Thursday, November 24,2011 3:00pm – 8:00pm $52 per adult & $25 per child (age 6-12) plus tax & gratuity. For reservations, 808.921.4600

Westin Kaanapili Ocean Resort with Pre Fixe or Buffet – A gourmet sit-down, four-course Thanksgiving Dinner or an amazing epicurean buffet? Either way, Westin Kaanapali resort villas is prepared to host you. The Ocean Pool Bar and Grill’s menu is tantalizing, and their buffet features seafood, cheese and fruits, carving stations, salads, hot selections and desserts. They will be serving their Thanksgiving Day Buffet from 3 to 8pm. The price is $48 per adult and $24 per child, age 4 to 12.

 Marriott Vacation Club will have a Thanksgiving Day Dinner Buffet at Longboards Ka’anapali Restaurant on November 24, 2011 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. *$45.00 for adults,*$22.50 for children 6 -12 Keiki (children) 5 and under are free Credit card required for reservation. Cancellations within 24 hours of reservations will be charged $45.00. *Discounts, coupons and special rates not available. *Prices are inclusive of tax. Call 808-667-1200 or press ext.51 from your villa or suite. 18% gratuity added to parties of 6 or more.

 Pacific Whale Foundation will host a  Thanksgiving dinner at sea. The dinner cruise provides visitors and residents a way to spend the holiday in a unique Maui style. The two-hour cruise will depart from historic Lahaina Harbor at 5:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. Guests will enjoy all of the traditional Thanksgiving fixings, as well as cocktails, a beautiful sunset, live entertainment, and the opportunity to watch for humpback whales returning to Maui waters. The cruise will take place aboard the ultra-smooth, eco-friendly catamaran Ocean Discovery. The price for adults is $84.95, children (ages 3-12) is $49.95, and children ages 2 and under go free with a paying adult. Guests can save 10% by booking online, and Pacific Whale Foundation members save 20% on their ticket price, whether booked online or by phone. For reservations, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 or visit and click on “Eco Tours” and “Holiday Cruises”.

 Duke’s Beach House will be offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for $33.95 offered from 4pm, as well as our regular a la carte menu. Keiki Thanksgiving Menu for $14.95.

Five Palms Beach Grill will have a spectacular three course Traditional Turkey Dinner or a selection from our limited ala carte dinner menu. Three course Menu is $36.95

Gannon’s Restaurant will be offering our Al La Carte Dinner Menu as well as a Traditional Turkey Dinner Buffet for $38.00.

Joe’s Bar & Grill wll also have a Thanksgiving Feast|Baby Green Salad, Traditional Turkey Dinner Homemade Pumpkin Pie. $36.00, Open at 5:00. Regular menu also available

Tiki Terrace (Ka’anapali Beach Hotel) Bountiful Buffet 60 + items Rotisserie Roasted Turkey fixins, Prime Rib, Seafood, Salad, n Dessert bars. children $20 Adults Lunch $39.95 Dinner $46.95 Evening Hula n Music.

Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in the Four Seasons Resort Maui (FKA Spago – Maui) A Complete Thanksgiving Plate featuring Organic free range turkey and all the trimmings will be available in addition to our regular menu for just $48.00 per person.

Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu   is having a Thanksgiving Brunch $32 per person, $20 for Seniors and $12 for Keiki (7-13 yrs old).  November 24 – 11Am to 4PM.

King Kamehameha Golf Club presents a Thanksgving Buffet 10:00Am and last seating will be at 1:30pm.  $36 per person, 12 and under is $18, 5 and under complimentary.

At Buzz Wharf, you can dine in or take out – call 244-5426.

Let me know if you hear of anything else or if you want to be added in.  Aloha!



PREVIOUS POST DATED November 6, 2011:


Thanksgiving is just around the corner.   I still do not know what we’re doing this year, do you?

I am thinking… maybe we should just try something different this year. Instead of  hosting  a Thanksgiving dinner,  maybe we should go to a buffet or a special dinner in a restaurant.  And so the other day I tweeted and asked who among the restaurants and resorts on Maui are doing a Thanksgiving special, and I received some replies from my favorite hotels and restaurants.

If you are visiting on Maui during Thanksgiving and wondering where to eat, I recommend the following. Check out the links for menu and reservation details.

Four Season Resort  is preparing an amazing Thanksgiving at Dou

Grand Wailea Resort is doing a  Grand Thanksgiving Luau at Honua’ula.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House  is having “The Harvest” – a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner in both their Lahaina and Wailea.

The Westin Maui Resort and Spa has two options for you in their resort:  Ono Bar and Grill and the Tropica Restaurant & Bar are both celebrating Thanksgiving with a special dinner.

I will be updating this post and will be adding to the list so check back in a week or so.  However, I think the choices above are plenty, so if I were you, I’d already make a reservation so you won’t have to think about it.

Now all I have to do is to convince my husband that we just go out on a Thanksgiving dinner so I won’t have to cook.  Wish me luck! :)

And oh,  that “turkey in a bikini” photo above, that is just to make you smile. I don’t think any of the restaurants listed above would be presenting their turkey that way.  In case you want to know how to make that turkey in a bikini for thanksgiving (I call it the Maui Thanksgiving Turkey), click the following link:  the sexy turkey recipe.


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