Operation: Bachelorette Party
Location: Sunny Isles, Miami – North Miami Beach – South Beach
DAY 1: Four of us flew into Miami International Airport on Thursday night at about 9:30 in the evening. There was Rupal (the bride-to-be), Annie, Laurie, and yours truly. We stepped out of the airport and were quickly enveloped by the warm and humid Miami air. It was a far cry from the 35-degree weather we left in NYC. We waited at the shuttle stop for the Budget bus which took forever. Our clothes were sticking to us by the time the bus got there! Total waiting time: 30 minutes. However, it was smooth sailing after we got our car: a shiny, white Ford Explorer that seated 7 people. I drove us to my parents’ condo in Sunny Isles, FL (about 25 minutes from South Beach) where we were staying. We didn’t party that night, but we had a few stops along the way: Taco Bell – Pizza Hut – and Krispy Kreme to get our SNACK ON! Healthy food be damned! We were on vacation! So we munched on burritos, pizza, and donuts till 2 in the morning and went to bed.
DAY 2: The day doesn’t start without a Starbucks run. So we went to get coffee, then to the market to fill up on more snacks. We meant to buy only water but ended up with a full cart of food and drinks! We bought enough drinks and snacks to last us a week (most of which we hardly even touched)! Ever notice how grocery shopping is so much more fun when you’re with a group of friends? Afterwards, we chilled on the beach, had pina coladas by the pier, and then cooled off in the pool. I got a very lovely tan --nice and golden (although I would’ve liked to be even darker).
The gorgeous bride-to-be!
That night, we picked up 2 more girls at the airport: Alina (Laurie’s sister) and Sonal (Rupal’s sister). We went to dinner at Macaroni Grill where the waiter became smitten with our friend Annie. The waiter slashed our bill in half and we ended up being charged only $80 for a meal that would’ve been almost $200! The waiter even gave Annie a flower! Aw!
Afterwards, we went back home to get ready to party, and then drove off to South Beach. Getting ready was half the fun. Imagine 6 girls running around trying on hot outfits and putting-on make-up. By the time we strolled out of the condo, it was past midnight! We ended up at the Clevelander Hotel (although that wasn’t our original destination), and had a good time. The bride-to-be's sister bought her some penis-straws and put it in almost every drink she had. We took lots of pictures with the penis straws. None to be posted here though. After about an hour or so at the Clevelander, we decided to go to somewhere swankier. We got directions from a guy who said it was only on 16th Street. As we were currently on 10th Street, we decided to walk. BIG MISTAKE. The blocks in Miami are not like the ones here in NYC. We ended walking about 10 blocks. 10 blocks is nothing if you got comfy shoes on --unfortunately, we were wearing heels and it was about 80 degrees that night. By the time we got to 16th Street, our feet were exploding in pain and we were all sweaty. We look like disheveled rats, not the hot babes we looked like an hour ago. Worst of all was that we couldn't even find the place! We decided to go home at about 3 am.
Chicas Gone Wild! (l-r: Sonal, Alina, Rupal, Laurie, Me & Annie)
DAY 3: Again, another Starbucks run, plus Cuban-food run. I luurve Cuban food. I certainly over-dosed on unhealthy, greasy, but yummy food while I was there. We chilled the whole day at the beach and the pool.
Getting some sun...
Two sisters by the beach...
Chilling in the hot tub...
By the balcony...
That night, we were determined to be more organized and got ready to leave at 7:30 pm. We went to Lincoln Road to walk around and find a cool spot for dinner. We ate at Cafeteria, and had some amazing drinks. The funny thing about this night was that a customer next to me yelled because she saw a water bug. Waterbugs are HUGE cockroaches –the kind I was terrified of in the Philippines. I screamed bloody murder and ran from the table like a madwoman. My friends all laughed and claimed I was making it up. I saw it I tell you! Afterwards, we had dessert at Ghirardelli’s.
Then off we went to Prive –the hot spot of the night. Well, we ran into a bit of trouble at Prive. We got there at 10:30 pm so that we could get a table and enjoy the rest of the night. Alas, the folks who ran the show were extremely disorganized and had a mass of people waiting in the lines for more than an hour! After waiting elbow-to-elbow along with a hundred other equally cranky and pissed-off people, we decided to leave. Actually, the bride-to-be got really upset (the most I’ve ever seen her upset) and made the call to leave. But even in our most pissed-off mood, we are still a bunch of polite ladies.
US (to one of the bouncers): Your clubs sucks!
Bouncer: Well, go somewhere else then.
US: We are!!!
-talk about a witty comeback!
We ended up at Mansion Club and got our groove on there. Drinks, shots, dancing, rival bachelorette parties, dance-offs! Again, got home about 3 am.
Pics at Mansion
DAY 4: HAPPY EASTER! I woke up early to go to church; then picked up the girls afterwards for brunch. We pigged out on Denny’s (nothing like greasy food after a night’s worth of drinking) and then went back to the condo to pack. Then we went off into the sunset. Adios Miami!