America – bucket list checked!

Philippines was a colony of America in 1890’s which explains why there are a lot of American influence in my home country.   From food, clothing, architecture, culture and even the English vocabulary taught in school.  I think that’s how my desire of wanting to visit America developed and grew.

As what I’ve mentioned in my previous post, my husband is a travel addict and going for a holiday for his 40th birthday was all he ever wanted.  When we were thinking of where to go, America crossed our minds a couple of times.  Firstly, because of my aspiration to visit the country.  Secondly, my husband and I loves watching TV series and one of our favorite ones is Dexter.   It is a crime drama mystery series where most of its shooting locations is in Miami, Florida.   Isn’t it too obvious that we’re a bit obsessed with Dexter?! Not that we like his character being a serial killer but we just enjoyed watching it.   Well, after a lot of discussion, we’ve finally chosen to go on a holiday to Florida particularly in Miami.




Having a family holiday in Miami even in the month of January is fabulous.  Weather was much better than at home, sunny in the morning although a bit chilly at night time, but hey! it’s still around 20 degrees celsius, which is far warmer than Scotland.  While we were there, we took advantage of being able to visit the places we’ve wanted to see right before our eyes.  We were able to taste the food and drinks that seems popular in the place.  Well, I would say we have explored the place the way we wanted it to be, isn’t it the purpose of holiday?

Having a taste of the popular Cuban Sandwich in Miami. Hmmm yum!
Having a taste of the popular Cuban Sandwich in Miami. Hmmm yum!
Having a go with the huge mojito glasses in one of the many restaurants in Miami South Beach
Indulging himself with the huge mojito glasses in one of the many restaurants

Meanwhile, Reimer and Ruby tried a frozen banana which I’ve not seen yet available in UK to help cool them off.   These chocolate covered full-sized treats topped with a generous coating of rainbow sprinkles made them go bananas with it.  They have variety coatings too but this one is their favorite.


 Ocean Drive is one of the most popular filming locations of the television series and just seeing it in person is amazing.  I know we’re kind of over the top with it, but it feels like being in the scene itself when you find the area so familiar.

Ocean Drive is the street where Dexter is cruising at night time.
Ocean Drive is the street where Dexter cruises at night time right in front of Colony Hotel.

We spoiled ourselves with the views while taking the delight of the character and ambiance of this touristy place but not much of the wild and crazy nightlife though which seemed so interesting.  That’s the only downside of having a holiday with kids, you have to be indoor early at night, after dinner time ideally.

Of course, we also spent a lot of time in South Beach.  Reimer and Ruby loved playing the sand, collecting shells and just happily sitting in the shoreline while finding pleasure as the waves brushed through them.  Simple pleasures I guess!





My aspiration to explore America didn’t stop here.  I still fancy visiting other states of America, who knows what the future lies.  However, at the moment, that’s America, one of my bucket list checked.

Have you visited the places in your bucket list yet?

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36 thoughts on “America – bucket list checked!

  • Looks amazing. Love the picture of your children at the end. #coolmumclub lifeinthemumslane

  • Wow – looks like a fab trip! I have never been to the states, so it’s definitely on my bucket list!

    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub

    • ReimerandRuby

      I would love to go to different states in America, I think that would be fab. Thank you!

  • Loving the size of that mojito glass!! #KCACOLS

    • ReimerandRuby

      Oh yeah! My husband enjoyed it… there’s even one bigger than that and I’m glad he settled for the medium sized one lol

  • Lovely pics, I have always wanted to visit there too but I haven’t watched Dexter but I’d imagine I would be the same if I ever visited Hawaii as I love Hawaii 5-O #KCACOLS

    • ReimerandRuby

      It’s amazing visiting the shooting locations of the places you only seen on television. But yeah, it was a bonus on top of our holiday. Thank you!

  • It looks like an amazing visit – everything looks so beautiful! x #KCACOLS

  • It looks like you all had a brilliant time. Such lovely photos!
    Laura xx

  • James stevenson

    Your husband looks likes he needs a shave !

  • You look like you had a fab holiday. January is great time to get away to the sun. I have a list as long as my arm of places I’d like to visit, hopefully as the kids get older will be able to start crossing them off!

    • ReimerandRuby

      I know, sometimes it’s nice when kids are a bit older because I think they can appreciate going to places a bit better. My kids are not really bothered going on holiday yet but at least the pictures can prove that they have been to these places.

  • Great post. A good one for me as we are hoping to visit Florida this year, all being well. You are lucky to have a husband who likes to travel, mine isn’t keen, I, on the other hand would love to do a LOT more. #abitofeverything

    • ReimerandRuby

      My husband loves to travel and can’t live without going on holiday in a year, which is good as we get to explore other countries as well. Good luck on your visit to Florida and enjoy the sun!

  • Looks like you all had an amazing time, reading this has re sparked my interest in visiting America #abitofeverything

    • ReimerandRuby

      Yes we did, and I love going back again to America but in different state next time around. Thank you!

  • Lovely pictures, looks like you had a great time! I checked off America on my bucket list in 2009, I went to New York! Would love to go to California one day, San Fran is on my bucket list! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday Xx

    • ReimerandRuby

      I know there’s more states to explore in America which means more places on bucket list! Thanks for dropping by and for the lovely comment too!

  • Dexter is a great show, maybe because he is such a gorgeous actor! So great you got to ahed this amazing trip, the beaches look great and I love all your pics! Thanks for linking up #mg

    • ReimerandRuby

      I totally agree with you, he’s such a gorgeous actor. Love his acting too! Thanks for your lovely comment!

  • What a lovely holiday! Lucky you! And that mojito glass is Huge!! Love the kids’ excitement faces with the frozen chocolate bananas. So funny! Miami looks amazing! & the photos shows it. Thank you so much Cheryl for linking with #FabFridayPost xx

    • ReimerandRuby

      Yep, they got overly excited with that frozen bananas, it taste good in fairness. Thanks for your lovely comments!

  • Looks like you all had an amazing time! The UK would be on my bucket list! Thanks for sharing with #abitofeverything

    • ReimerandRuby

      That would be lovely if you visit UK one day and meet some of us, lol. Australia is on my bucket list too, I just love to set foot in there at some point! Thanks!

  • A January holiday to the sun sounds like a great idea! Definitely better than our chilly Scottish temperatures. It looks like you all had a fabulous time and ticked off lots of things you wanted to see in America. It must have been lovely to see the film locations for Dexter too. Thanks so much for linking up your beautiful holiday to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

    • ReimerandRuby

      It makes a difference going somewhere warm on January, away from the chilly temperature of Scotland. Even kids appreciated the sun a bit more when we returned in constant rain. Thanks for the lovely comment!

  • Wow what an incredible holiday and bucket list. It looks so, so beautiful here. I’d love to go! You’ve definitely sold it to me. The beach looks so perfect and it must be so nice being somewhere warm at the moment. Your pictures are stunning. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatevertheweather x

    • ReimerandRuby

      Hahaha! It does look stunning and I even want to go back again… Yep, being warm somewhere is nice! Thanks for your lovely comment!

  • Oh my homeland *waveshellotoit. Looks so amazing makes me want to go home. hahaha Glad you had such a great time. It’s a beautiful place to go. But I am bias. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

    • ReimerandRuby

      Oh sorry for making you miss home now. But yes it was absolutely beautiful and I want to go back again… Thanks for stopping by!

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