Costa Rica

I went to Costa Rica from 9th March to 24th March 2020. It truly was a magnificent and exotic holiday, that I went on with my famalam- including my parents and sister.

It was 35C there- woof! Muy caliente!- As they would say in Spanish- their native language. And a term Costa Ricans are known to say is “Pura vida” which means ‘simple life’ or ‘pure life’ and in Costa Rica, it is a way of life, which I think is really cool.

We stayed at the hotel Riu Palace. The staff at the hotel were very friendly, energetic and kind. And our family made good friends with one of the entertainment staff there called Leida. She hosted all of the ‘by the side’ pool games that me and my sister took part in. One of which was smashing limes with a hammer which was fun and maybe a bit dangerous lol.

We even bumped into Leida one night at the hotel nightclub called Pacha. I don’t know if it’s related to the big chain club but who knows lol. But a good club all in all, where they played hip hop, R ‘n’ B and pop. So all the songs I like to get down to haha. With the likes of Cardi B for example.

We went on one good excursion called the Buena Vista Megacombe where we went horseriding, tried sugar juice worked by a bull (yes and I was slightly scared of a free bull on the premises), went down a forest slide, ziplined, and did a forest spa with a steam room, with mud clay to put on ourselves and a hot springs pools. Living the life, eh!

The hotel even had their own water park which was great fun! Hardly anyone was there on the two times I visited, so it was slide after slide, after slide. Brilliant!

Moving on, the food at the hotel was very good. Sometimes we go to hotels where it’s like mass produced rubbish but not at this hotel. The noodles were great, the chips salty, and the rice and beans were absolutely to die for.

And then lastly, we went to the spa on our last day there and I had a 50-minute Pura Vida massage which was lush. The masseuse really worked out some kinks.

So I left Costa Rica feeling light and happy.

I would definitely recommend visiting the country.

RIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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So I wanted to write an article celebrating the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg- the woman who was a ground-breaking lawyer, a feminist, wife and mother.

Upon her death, the world has mourned over the loss and many hope to continue on her legacy of feminism and justice.

She was born on 15 March 1933 (born on my birthday! Woop! So can I become a lawyer? Lol. Pisces tings. We are great lol).

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an American jurist. She was considered a cautious jurist (a lawyer/judge) and a moderate judge.

She was married to Martin D. Ginsburg, an American tax lawyer, who died in 2010. Mrs Ginsburg publicly said how she loved and valued her husband. And was so grateful to him for supporting her dreams of becoming a lawyer, and supporting her throughout her career. He seems they were a great love story, and both parties had mutual love and respect for each other. Something I think the younger generation can learn from about how to have relationships and be married.

She is of Jewish descent but believed to be a non-observant Jew.

She attended Cornell, Harvard and Colombia University, and has been a lecturer of law too. She had a child, when she enrolled in Harvard university, where she one of 9 women, in a school of 500 men.

In her career as a lawyer, Ruth Ginsburg was a strong advocate for gender equality and women’s rights. Can I get an Amen! How wonderful is that. Hopefully, more can follow in her footsteps, men and women alike.

Even American popular culture recognised her for her passionate dissents (disagreements) in numerous cases, seen by many to reflect paradigmatically liberal views of the law. Funnily enough, she was dubbed “The Notorious R.B.G”.

In 1980, Ginsburg was nominated by then US President Jimmy Carter to sit on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of the Colombia Circuit. Her position there ended in in 1933 due to her promotion to the United States Supreme Court.

After such honourable work, the public now feel fear on who current American president Donald Trump is going to appoint in Ruth’s stead.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in her home in Washington D.C., aged 87, on September 18th 2020 from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Great quotes from the top lawyer:

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.”

“You can’t have it all, all at once. Who—man or woman—has it all, all at once? Over my lifespan I think I have had it all. But in different periods of time things were rough. And if you have a caring life partner, you help the other person when that person needs it.”

“I said on the equality side of it, that it is essential to a woman’s equality with man that she be the decision-maker, that her choice be controlling.”

Flight from London to Singapore using Singapore airlines

It was a 13-hour flight from London to Singapore with my family. We used Singapore airlines which is the no.1 airline in the world appaz and it might just be- it’s the “little things” my Dad says that make a business stand out lol- for example, the ice cream dessert we got after our lunch/dinner- lol I don’t know what time it was- I was very tired- it was really big. On a standard airline it would have been half the size. It was a chocolate orange flavoured ice-cream and I don’t like chocolate ice-cream so I was not into it anyway lol.

And amazingly and luckily, my Dad paid for the front seats in economy on the plane which meant we had lots of leg room. And it really improved the experience. No cramped legs and lots of breathing space so you didn’t feel claustrophobic. Plus, it was only £60-70 extra per person and in comparison to the total amount my dearest father and mother paid for the whole holiday for a family of four for 12 nights, it was #winning.

There was a good menu which was sick and really top-notch food like prawn curry, and rice, deep fried pork in garlic sauce with rice, chicken chow mein etc. Basically, food like that 3 times on the plane. It was sick!

And to add to all of this, my dreams came true when I discovered that all the films on the plane were the latest Hollywood blockbusters of the past year. Like really top-notch films- and films that I wanted to see in the past year but just hadn’t had the time to see. So, I watched A Star is Born (2019), The Favourite and half of Colette. So firstly, I wasn’t even all gung ho about watching A Star is Born but I heard really good reviews about it so I thought I would give it a try and it was phenomenal. Like amazing storyline and amazing acting. I couldn’t have asked for more. And Lady Gaga’s acting debut was stellar.

The second film I watched was The Favourite. Now this was a film I was supposed to see with one of my best friends a couple of months ago but we were late to the cinema and even went to the wrong one lol. #cheersZoe So I got the chance to watch it on the plane and it was sooo good. Not what I entirely expected though. Like it was a bit sick to be honest lol. But a really interesting storyline. I think it is loosely based on Queen Anne of England in the 18th century. So it seems she had had a hard life despite being in power- she experienced 11 or so children of hers dying in her lifetime. So she subsequently had lots of rabbits which Emma Stone’s character, crushed one almost to death with her foot. And on top of that the Queen was having sexual relations with two of her female servants/maids which I found downright bizarre. All in all, everyone put on a smashing performance in the film including the likes of Nicholas Hoult, Olivia Coleman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and a few notable others. Some I think are to watch in future, i.e. soon-to-be big time actors/actresses 🙂

Now the third film I watched was Colette. I only watched about half of it sadly as the plane landed, but it was an interesting set-up with what seemed like a middle-aged man married to a young-20 something woman whom he was cheating on. And of which the couple both ended up in a three-way relationship, as you get to see how the pull of sex can draw one so low. Lol. I haven’t finished watching it. But anyway I was concerned that I watched some sex-charged films on a plane. No problem. I am an adult lol. But I did feel a bit conscious when a couple of babies did toddle down my aisle, and a couple of times I did have to change what was on my screen. Awkward lol. But #myrightsasapassenger