| ||Dominican Republic: Sunshine Coco... & Trouble Next Door in Haiti|
Coco Hotel was such a pleasant experience, made even more memorable by the
extremely helpful and friendly owners and staff who went out of their way to guide us
like friends. We stayed a total of 5 nights before leaving for the beach resort in Punta
The groggy morning monster just rolled out of bed.
Throw on glasses to hide sleepy eyes, troop on downstairs for breakfast.
Table never fails to await, set perfectly by the hotel's chief maid
Fresh fruit, good start to the day :)
Breads, butters, jams, cheese, hams, freshly squeezed juice... refreshing!
The Spanish couple that owns Coco Boutique Hotel have such an ADORABLE son,
even with snot dripping down his little button nose, couldn't help going gaga over
him. (and look at those eyelashes, on a baby! Jealous ^_*)
There is a lovely rooftop lounge too.
Day bed to lounge in the sun..... or take in the twinkling city horizon as dusk falls
I just flew back to cold, cold New York this morning, and I already miss being in the
warm Caribbean. Brought back so many memories to cherish and share with all of you.
Wait for the new blog posts, coming soon!
One thing I'll never forget though, was the shock of being right next to the disaster-hit
Haiti when the earthquake struck. I'm sure you have heard in the news by now of the
devastating tragedy that has befallen Dominican Republic's neighboring state. For days,
I followed the news of people in Port au Prince left homeless, hurt and hungry, hundreds
of injured still trapped under rubble, or mourning the deaths of loved ones.
For a country as fragile and impoverished as Haiti, it is overwhelmed. Already, there
is 70% unemployment and most of them survive on only under $2 US dollars a day.
A NYC church I attend, Times Square Church, has a CHILDCRY program that also
operates in Haiti. During service, they once showed videos of church volunteers there
in Haiti and I was deeply saddened by the extreme poverty there. Hence, I have had a
CHILDCRY banner link up on my website for a long time now for those who might be
interested to help.
But now, the pressing need here is from the victims of the earthquake. Medicine, food,
and water are in short supply. Thinking about how I was enjoying myself on a
luxurious holiday right next to Haiti, is a sombering, almost guilty thought. We are all
so blessed to be safe, healthy and alive in stable, affluent environments. Lets do what
we can to help these less fortunate ones!!!
For Singaporeans, please click HERE to donate to World Vision
Singapore. Your contribution will go a long way.
For American and other international readers, please click HERE to see a list of
organizations that are helping in relief efforts too.
Thank you and God bless. May our prayers and hearts go out to the people of Haiti.
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