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Old 07-27-2008   #61 (permalink)
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Sorry that your vacation is over...You only mentioned bugs on the first day. Were there many during the rest of the week? Some resorts we have stayed in sprayed once a week and it really kept things comfortable. I am something of a mosquito magnet.
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The weather was insane here. We lost power for 4 hours. That's only happened once before in the 19 years that we've lived here! Glad you got home safely.

Does Casi work at the Commerce Bank complex on Route 73?



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kr8tiv1 would have enjoyed meeting neighbors at GRP. Casi actually works near exit 4 at the Commerce Bank complex.

We were in a holding pattern for almost 30 minutes near Maryland because of the weather in PHL before the pilot came on and said that we were being diverted to Harrisburg because we used up our holding fuel ( everyone on the plane sighed when this announcement was made). There was a lot of turbulence, in fact the lady sitting behind me lost her lunch, and the barf bag ended up ripping in the bottom, what a mess. As we were about to approach Harrisburgh the pilot came on and said PHL had been reopened and that we would not have to divert to Harrisburgh (everyone applauded).

Enjoy your vacation, you'll have a blast.
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Does Casi work at the Commerce Bank complex on Route 73?
Yes, I work at Commerce University, the only building that you can see from 73.
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You only mentioned bugs on the first day. Were there many during the rest of the week? Some resorts we have stayed in sprayed once a week and it really kept things comfortable. I am something of a mosquito magnet.
I am also a mosquito magnet. My suggestion is that you stay on a higher floor, if possible. They spray around the resort every day but there's only so much that they can control, considering the placement in the jungle and the chances of so much standing water. We were on the third floor facing the jungle.

A man told my mom and I that his grandson woke up with about 60 bites all over his body one morning. They were on the first floor near a standing fountain in the Jr. Suites (not sure where, though. I never saw a non-working fountain.)

I only got bitten twice (we did spray with Off before dinner every night). Jordan got one, and I don't think Lauryn got any.

They do supply you with repellent wipes in the room but we never used them so I'm not sure how effective they are but Off definitely works (and it doesn't smell like insenticide anymore.)

We never had bugs in our room.

Hope that helped.

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I work for a financial institution also! I'm the Director of Marketing for a Credit Union.




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Darkin: Happy to hear that you had a safe trip home. We are days away from going on our family vacation & can't wait. Just wondering, now that you've returned, is there a list of items you would suggest us bringing & a list of items which you would suggest leaving at home. Yesterday, I went shopping for those items like OFF bug spray, can of Raid, Bubba Kegs, pool floats, etcetera, as suggested by previous vacationers. My husband says, I'm going to need a suitcase just for these items & now I'm paniking.

So any help you & your wife could offer would be really appreciated. I know it's good to be prepared but I'm really just feeling overwhelmed!!!!
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mrsOntario,
Don't panic. There's a Wal-Mart in Playa so if you ever forget anything, there's always a backup! When we went there, I bought extra lotion, scuba gear for the kids, regular goggles, sundresses for my daughter and I and extra underwear (I didn't count on changing so many times a day.) So, if I were to do it again, that's what I would remember. Otherwise, it sounds like you've got it covered. We flew USA3000 and we were only allowed one checked bag per person so we were limited in what we could bring and what we could buy to bring home. As long as you have Off, you should be fine. I brought a Bubba cup but never used mine. But everyone else did - my mom had hers with her all the time. And if you're a beer drinker, it's a necessity (you saw the cups that they give you!) as it keeps your beer nice and cold.

You should be fine. Have a ball for us!
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i miss GSP but my husband and i are getting over being sick for the last week.
It started the day we left.
Some of the other ppl I met there at least 3 families were also sick.
One person told ME not to eat the Lamb,and the other not to eat the seafood, so its up to you.
Ill post some pictures of our trip ;i just have to figure out HOW! on here.
I miss my vacation! its gonna be at least a year till i get to go again.
Any questions ;id be happy to answer them.
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i miss GSP but my husband and i are getting over being sick for the last week.
Ill post some pictures of our trip ;i just have to figure out HOW! on here.
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Jewels,
Sorry you were feeling sick. Darryl didn't feel so well yesterday but is much better today. No one else in our party got sick.

To post pictures, start an account with Photobucket. It's slow (I suggest rotating any pictures that you intend to upload BEFORE you bring them into Photobucket) but effective and then you can post pictures anywhere.
Can't wait to see your photos.

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CasiBK: Going to Walmart in Playa has already been 'ear-marked' as an outing for us. Believe it or not, my 18 year old daughter's summer job is working at Walmart, so we think it'll be a 'hoot' to check it out in Playa & see if we can use her staff 'discount' card!

You may have had to buy sundressess for your daughter & yourself but let me assure you that my 18yr. old daughter has that area already covered. I keep telling her that she is a 'tad' overpacking but you know how the story goes, she says 'but what if............?', so she wants to be prepared, 'just in case'!
So, the only stipulation we've now given her is that it can come along as long as it fits in her suitcase, she is not allowed to pack anything in the rest of our suitcases
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CasiBK: Going to Walmart in Playa has already been 'ear-marked' as an outing for us. Believe it or not, my 18 year old daughter's summer job is working at Walmart, so we think it'll be a 'hoot' to check it out in Playa & see if we can use her staff 'discount' card!

You may have had to buy sundressess for your daughter & yourself but let me assure you that my 18yr. old daughter has that area already covered. I keep telling her that she is a 'tad' overpacking but you know how the story goes, she says 'but what if............?', so she wants to be prepared, 'just in case'!
So, the only stipulation we've now given her is that it can come along as long as it fits in her suitcase, she is not allowed to pack anything in the rest of our suitcases
For what it's worth.... I found most items in the Playa WalMart to be
much more expensive than at my local ones. Clothes especially.
No huge diff on the food though.
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debbielasvegas: Wow, I'm surprised that anything in the Playa Walmart would be more expensive than anywhere else. Oh well, I think we will still check it out just for the fun of it!!
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casiBK: During your stay did you take any food out of the buffets to bring to the beach or back to your room? It seems to me that on an earlier posting someone said they took fruit & sandwiches to bring to the beach or on an excursion. They said bring freezer ziplock baggies or paper plates would be a good idea since you could'nt take out the dishes.

I was thinking around the line of taking a fruit or muffin for a snack later. Did you or anyone else do this?
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oh gosh photobucket?never heard of it! oh dear we will see if i get this lol
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CasiBK: During your stay did you take any food out of the buffets to bring to the beach or back to your room? It seems to me that on an earlier posting someone said they took fruit & sandwiches to bring to the beach or on an excursion. They said bring freezer ziplock baggies or paper plates would be a good idea since you couldn't take out the dishes.
I was thinking around the line of taking a fruit or muffin for a snack later. Did you or anyone else do this?
No. You aren't "allowed" to take food from the buffets so in order to do so (on the sneak tip) you would have to bring baggies and such. We took a couple of boxes of cereal for the kids on the day of our tip to Chichen Itza but that was it. The Platinum Lounge has snacks all day long and time flies between meals so we didn't really find it necessary.
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