Bargain Shopping: Belkin Mini Surge with USB Charging

This has been on my wish list for a while and this weekend while browsing the clearance aisle of Walmart, I found it for $10!

On the Belkin Website it's $24.99.
What a deal.
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Holiday Gift for the Traveler in Your Life: Wallets 2 Wear

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Holiday Gift for the Traveler in Your Life: Travel Publication Subscription

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Costa Rica 2011

The Pacific Coast of Costa Rica
May 31-June 5, 2011
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November 15, 2010

Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
Leonardo da Vinci

Patiently waiting my next adventure.
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South Carolina's Best-Kept Secret

Last month I took a weekend trip to Wild Dunes Resort in Isles of Palm, SC .

Trip Advisor Review

Houses along the boardwalk for rent.

Another view of the property. Yep, that's Golden Backpack!

Reading pool side

My feet :-)

“Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax. If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it.” --Osho
My favorite picture of the weekend.
Sunday morning sunrise.

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10 Things Every Traveler Should Do | Real Simple

10 Things Every Traveler Should Do Real Simple
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October 15, 2010

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Los Angeles 2006/Boardwalk Empire

10/8/2010In honor of my cousin appearing in Episode 6 of Boardwalk Empire on HBO, I decided to post a few pictures of my trip when she lived in LA.

(l) Caught me flirtng (r) A weekly house party/game night.

Getting Henna on Venice Beach

This was as close as she could get to an Ivy Vine.

Hermosa Beach is was like another world.

This is my favorite picture from the entire trip.

Us being silly in the Hills.

My makeover
((Kanye Shrug ))

The End!

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NYC 2010::Part 2

The next stop on the list was a place called PopBar . I was a little bummed to find this. They were closed for Yom Kippur.

Instead we opted for Grom.

I wasn't impressed.

After a much needed nap. It was time to head out again.
Destination: Little Italy for
San Gennaro

There were too many people to really enjoy it.

I did manage to finally taste one of these.

Deep Fried Oreo
I only had 1, but that was the best $1 I spent all weekend.

See ya in Feb NYC 2011.
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NYC 2010::Part 1

After a good and I do mean GOOD nights sleep at the Moderen, it was time to let New York see me. ( Trip Advisor Review)

Lucky for us there was a festival on the next block.
So you know what that means?

The first few bites were really good, but it left a werid after taste.

Next, Grilled Corn

There is no pretty way to eat this.

On your mark,

Get set...


Next was a place I have read about on a few blogs.
A line is a good sign.

Very simple menu.

The Artichoke slice was superb! The Crab slice not so much. It was REALLY fishy. It wasn't bad, but I'd have to eat one or the other
Not both during the same meal.
Artichoke Pizza

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NYC 2010::FELA on Broadway::

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of seeing FELA on Broadway. It was like nothing I had ever seen. Before coming to Broadway, I wasn't familiar with Fela Anikulapo Kuti. However, after doing some research, his story is one I will never forget.

The singing, flipping, chanting, even the pop-lock and dropping was on point. It was witty. It was socially conscious. It was seductive. It was energetic. The set was chromatic, yet very simple. And that soundtrack...... I have listened to TWICE since I've been back. I will admit, I was a little disappointed when we didn't get to see Patti LaBelle. None the less, the show was an A+ all the way! Recently, I read on Shadow and Act that his story maybe coming to the big screen soon. Looking forward to it.

Other than the soundtrack to Sarafina! (don't judge me) and The 2010 World Cup Soundtrack, I didn't listen to alot of Afrobeat. Does Wale count? "My sweetie" is my JAM! However, these days it's slowly making it's presence known on the play list.

Thanks for reading, Mer!


"Femi Kuti ( Fela's son) was nominated for the second time for a Grammy Award in 2010 in the world music category proving he is a positive force to reckon with in African and world music." (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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New York::FELA::Thank you!

A few months ago, I get a call from my friend Monya, "Mer, I've just won a trip to New York to see FELA on Broadway and you are going!" Now, I am not sure if you have seen the movie Baby Mama, but in the Birthing Class scenes the character Angie (Amy Poehler) makes this hilarious sound, "OoOoooo"! That is sound I made in Walmart. (Click the link. You will laugh too!)

Before I post anything about the trip itself, I want to publicly tell her, THANK YOU. She had a laundry list to choose from, but I was given the golden ticket!

The trip was sponsored by:

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::Travel Bag::

August 30, 2010
Last night during my weekly online WINDOW shopping trip and I stumbled across a unique collection of luxury luggage, leather goods, bedding and accessories. The collection is called Alviero Martini 1aPrima Classe . Here is a slide show of a few pieces that caught my eye.

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** All images are property of the Forzieri Italia website**
Travel Bags - free slideshow maker with music

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::Happy Belated Birthday::

My 29th Birthday was a few weeks ago .I spent it at home with my mommy, Uncle, Aunt, and Cousins.
That is NOT our normal tablecloth. LOL
It rained like crazy, so the BBQ came inside.
I I can't believe I was ever this little.

I still will give you the **blank stare** if necessary.

Yes, one of my nicknames is, " Head".

The End.

Thanks for reading my blog,

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