Sal For-busky

Playagal

Sal For-busky

Life is too short to be serious all the time. So if you can't laugh at yourself, call me...I'll laugh at you. (Wink wink)

What started out as a way to keep a journal of our family trips on TravelBlog.Org, surprisingly led me to be hired to write travel blogs for a luxury vacation rental company in the Riviera Maya MX. And because of this wonderful job, it led me to contribute blogs to the Work & Family Foundation Canada and Navut.

I love a good quote, and love to share historical information on the area in which we are traveling, and I try & do it all with a sense of humor, insight, and passion for those taking the time to come along with me on my trips. Trust me, we've had our share of "Griswold" family vacations, where something unforeseen happens.

And most of all, we are proud to take our Canadian pride with us where ever we go!
(So honored to have been awarded Blogger of the Week and Treasure Blog Hunt in July 2016!)
Sal Gal / Playagal (Playa-Gal is for my love of Playa del Carmen)




"All the water that will ever be is right now." ~ Good morning to anyone up, sipping a coffee and reading this old blog. I think I last left off a week ago, so you've had a week to build up your strength to read another one. :) This morning is so breezy and warm & it's like heaven to open up the sliding doors to the sparkling ocean, and the boats gently floating over the sea. The radiant Caribbean is flaunting its blue/green dazzling colors which can transfix you for hours. I have my laptop in the shade in a corner of the balcony listening to Mother Nature sing me a morning song. The sargassum (seaweed I referred to in previous blogs) has been well behaved and shows no signs of it landing on the ... read more
Father & son
Burnt pizza box
View from bed this am


"You don't get smarter as you get older. There is just less stupid stuff you haven't done.~ Well it was fun to celebrate another birthday by the Caribbean yesterday, July 4th. There was a lot of activity yesterday with people coming and going. Al's parents arrived a few hours after Mom, Lara & Alex left. So sad to see them go on my birthday. Oh well, these teens are responsible and have to get back to their summer jobs. It was so nice to see Ray and Pat again, and for them to enjoy some family time with their grand-kids. (And us for that matter!) What a lovely birthday I had. Other than seeing some of my family off (not the good part), I was greeted with the offer of a margarita on the house at ... read more
Compleanos (birthday)
My flowers
Spa day with Mom


Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canucks! As usual I came prepared to tout my country on its special day in Mexico. We have Canada leis, hats, tattoos and flags proudly waving in the breeze. Yesterday July 1st also would've been my Dad's birthday. As you know (or most of you know,) my Dad passed away last July. I am thankful we got in one more birthday before he left us. Lordy that man loved his birthday. I think he loved it because most of us would share that special day with him, on Canada Day. My Dad loved his ball caps, so here's to you Dad. It's pretty blinged out (which of course Clemmie would never have worn...(haha wouldn't that have been a sight. It's 'blinged' our for Mom to wear in honor of both ... read more
Diaz de Canada
Canadian Made!
Canada Day prep


"One thing they never tell you about child raising is that for the rest of your life, at the drop of a hat, you are expected to know your child's name and how old he or she is" ~ Erma Bombeck Hello family & friends! Happy summer to you all! I love a good quote with a sense of humor. I've brought up Erma Bombeck in my blogs before. An American humorist way ahead of her time. And before I start, it's that time of year again for your annual check up. I am here to perform a memory test. Praying that most of you have forgotten the stuff I've written in the past so I can borrow from it. (Insert winking eye here.) I love the above quote because being one of 5 kids I ... read more
Aww paradise
Private area to relax
View from ground condo

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen February 6th 2018

"If you can't convince them, confuse them". ~ Hola all, well I'm back with my blog like a bad rash. A few of you emailed me asking where my blog was... Rest assured I am safe & sound and was not dragged off my balcony by a pelican, or hit in the head with a coconut. No such luck. :) Sorry to disappoint you but I'm still hanging 10. Well I can only say that this has been a dyno-mite vacation spent on the first leg with Mom, Ava and Martha. We relaxed, ate, drank (some more than others, ahem), enjoyed dessert (some more than others), listened to music, swam and then they went home. It was a time I cherished with all three of you and I was sad to see you go. Till next ... read more
Sue & Cory by moonlight
Girls just wanna have SUN
Lapping up Tulum beaches

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 27th 2018

"Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth."~ Buenos dias, (Spanish) good morning (English), bonjour, (French) guten morgen (German), zǎoān (Chinese), Kaliméra (Greek), Buongiorno (Italian). Dzień dobry (Polish). See if you hang around with me you will learn things such as how to say good morning in other languages! (PS I apologize if you got this twice. Apparently some of you tried to read it and page was missing so I had to re-publish. :( Thanks for telling me Linda! SABATO (SATURDAY) JAN. 27TH I'm sitting in bed typing with the sliding doors to the balcony open listening to the waves say good morning to me. Good morning little waves. It was a humid night, but windy, and then it started to rain heavy around 5 am, with the rain tap-dancing across the windows. I ... read more
Love you mammy & Ava
Swinging ourselves silly
Cheers to life

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 19th 2018

"Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the road and accommodations". ~ Happy New Year to family & friends including my talented fellow travel bloggers (I appreciate you wasting your precious time reading my blogs! (For those that do, I thank you for your charity work!) I wasn't going to do a blog this trip as I wasn't sure we'd partake in as many adventures i.e. diving, snorkeling, zip lining, para-sailing, swimming in lagoons, visiting coastal towns etc. etc., this time with all that's going on but upon telling some friends this, they balked so here it is. The Land of Beautiful Beaches, Colorful Waters And Margaritas!) We're coming to you live from Playa del Carmen Mexico where I'm back to my old stomping grounds for both work and leisure. We ... read more
Joanie wearing the pilot's hat
Joanie at the controls
Mom in the cockpit

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen August 25th 2017

"I'm not afraid of flying. I'm afraid of NOT flying". ~ For those of you that were sick of hearing about our tropical getaway & that we were enjoying the good life too much ;>, this blog's for you. (Sorry if you received this more than once.) So we gave United Airlines another chance after the mishaps last month with our flights home to say my final good-bye to my Dad who fell ill. They did their best to help us, and upgraded us, so it was worth a chance. (Dear lord...) Flying back to Cancun we got upgraded again & everything went fine except for the head stewardess aka 'Nurse Ratched' (the infamous cold-hearted tyrant nurse from the movie, The One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) who was something else. When I say she ... read more
What a view...
Up close with a harrier hawk

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen August 17th 2017

"Family. An anchor during rough waters". Hoping this blog finds you all well and living the good life wherever you are. Hola Mom! Nice video chatting with you. You're looking great! Life has been treating us kind where we are. We have thoroughly enjoyed 5 solid days of sun here and it is nice to see smiles on the girls faces after a tough stretch. We all arrived safe and sound on Sat., and it was a great reunion with Ray and Pat. We were beat from the feet up after getting up at 2:30 in the morning, catching a flight at 6 am and finally arriving almost 12 hours later. That's what you get when you book last minute. I know, I know - you are not feeling sorry for me at all given where ... read more
Fresh fruit to go...
Rory taking a sunset pic
Baby croc

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen August 12th 2017

"One father is worth more than a hundred schoolmasters". The above quote pretty well sums up my Dad to a T. He was worth more than a hundred schoolmasters to his family and friends. Unfortunately Dad died three days after we rushed home from Mexico. He was surrounded by love those few days he was in the hospital. When my time comes, I'd be honored to be surrounded by my family - the perfect ending of a book. 'The End'. And I hope I leave this world before my kids too. I love the The Winnie the Pooh quote. "If you live to be 100, I want to live to be 100 minus one day, so I never have to live without you." Dad was given a beautiful send-off - folks were lined out the door ... read more
Birthday fun...
The Dynamic Duo
Family ties




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