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by Kiran on July 4, 2011 · 19 comments

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Howdy!

Life has proven to be more hectic than usual lately. Throw in some productivity and I am a happy girl. The best way to put things off our minds for a while was to enjoy a long 4th of July holiday weekend with the Hubby and a friend.

I’ve been thinking about the beach for a long time now that the weather is a little tolerable. In an effort to fully utilize Hubby’s time away from work (and to get me some dose of D vitamin), we planned an impromptu trip to Clearwater Beach. With limited time to prep ahead, I make do with whatever we had in our pantry and rustle up some delicious chicken sandwich, a huge spring mix and egg salad (with fixins), guacamole and fruits for desserts! This is my plate, enjoyed in the car. I was that hungry.

We drove 1.5 hours to Clearwater Beach in Tampa. A must visit if you want to dig your toes into the finest and whitest sand, soaking up some sunshine…

Or simply taking in nature’s beauty.

Don’t let these photos deceive you. It was sweltering hot that day.

Nothing beats the feeling of walking bare feet along shorelines and reflecting on memories.

I recalled fond childhood memories of many beach and rain forest picnics we had back in Malaysia. I grew up in a joint family, which is a common Asian culture. Mom and aunt would tirelessly prepare sumptuous meals for picnics. From fried noodles to nasi lemak, picnics were more fun when you eat, play and make wonderful memories with your loved ones.

Fun games such as tireless efforts in making sandcastles, chasing the waves, sighting butterflies and insects, kite-flying, collecting shells, enjoying shaved ice in sweltering weather, and of course, bird watching – all seemed old school, but nothing was short of AMAZING.

We couldn’t afford a camera back then. Everything is saved in the memory bank (the brain).But we had each other. Fun times. Phew! Times does fly.

On our way back to Orlando, we caught some glimpse of rainbows. Yes, two rainbow sightings in one day at the same time. How cool is that? Nature offers many surprises.

Whether being on foreign land or otherwise, its nice to continue making memories that also includes dreaming of a cruise or a vacation to Bora Bora Island some day. Well, a girl can always dream πŸ˜‰

What was your fondest childhood memories?

{ 18 comments }

1 Jay July 13, 2011 at 12:12 AM

hy,
chanced upon your space while blog hopping..
very interesting blog you have..
love your space..
Am your happy follower now..:)
do stop by mine sometime..
Tasty Appetite

2 Kiran August 1, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Jay,
Thanks for dropping in, being a follower and welcome to Chatterbox! I would definitely check your blog out πŸ™‚

3 Destination Infinity July 13, 2011 at 4:08 AM

The rainbow over the beach is very beautiful – you have clicked it very well too… We have a marina beach here, and I made the mistake of going there on a May afternoon!! I was almost roasted that day πŸ™‚

Destination Infinity

4 Kiran August 1, 2011 at 12:08 PM

DI,
Thank you so much! It was such a beautiful day with Bonus rainbows thrown in πŸ˜€ We don’t usually go to the beach during summer, but that day made a perfect un-roasting sunshine. Haha!

5 dinu July 13, 2011 at 12:17 PM

uhmm . you made me feel really nostalgic πŸ™‚ I grew up in a village 1km from the beach πŸ˜€

6 Kiran August 1, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Dinu,
I made you nostalgic and now you made me so envious!!! You grew up in a village that was 1 km away from the beach?!? Arrgghh!! πŸ˜€

7 Holli July 13, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Beautiful photos Kiran… I’m happy you finally made it to the beach πŸ™‚

8 Kiran August 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Holli,
Thanks a lot honey – and yes, I finally made it to the beach after countless rants on Twitter and finger crossing for good weather πŸ™‚

9 Ameena July 17, 2011 at 9:21 PM

A very happy belated 4th of July! Lovely pictures of the beach. I actually have fond memories of a trip we took to West Palm one December. My dad was actually in a good mood for a change. πŸ™‚ We stayed in a nice hotel and had great food. It was a wonderful vacation!!

10 Kiran August 1, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Ameena,
Thanks and same to you! We need to visit West Palm some day – been to Key West before? It’s a must visit πŸ™‚

11 carolinaheartstrings July 18, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post. I sure miss Florida. Great pictures!

12 Kiran August 1, 2011 at 6:19 PM

CHS,
You are welcome. I am so happy this post brought back good Florida memories for you πŸ™‚

13 Simply Life July 18, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Looks like the perfect afternoon to relax at the beach!

14 Kiran August 1, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Simply Life,
Thanks a lot honey. Indeed, it was and that too, a bonus on 4th of July! πŸ™‚

15 Mia Summer Rose July 21, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Oh lovely!
U make beautiful memories picture perfect πŸ™‚

16 Kiran August 1, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Mia,
You are way too kind honey πŸ™‚

17 Simply Life August 6, 2011 at 2:54 PM

so many beautiful pictures!

18 Kiran August 10, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Simply Blog,
Thanks honey πŸ™‚

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