Dear & I are now onboard I-Ride Trolley travelling from Trolley South Bound Stop 1 (after shopping at Prime Outlets International Orlando), back to our Hotel at Quality Inn International located at Trolley South Bound Stop 15 at International Drive :
Here’re our I-Ride Trolley 1-Day Passes – exchanged with the Trolley Driver (upon boarding) with our Trolley Tickets which we purchased (at US$4 each) at Quality Inn International Tour Desk this morning :
And it’s a pretty waste on our part cos we’re only using these Passes for one-time single Trips back to International Drive, which by right only costs US$1.25 per person, instead of the US$4 (each) which we’d already paid!!
Well, all these is due to the fact that Dear & I never planned properly since this morning when we first started out on our day’s Outing!
When travelling in Orlando, Florida USA - it’s best that one plans well way beforehand cos there’re tons of Activities to do, tons of Places to see & visit, & ons of Cuisines to have, plus tons of Discounts coupons & Freebies to enjoy too!!
In fact there’re just too much to be entertained & be pleased by here!! And one actually needs to plan properly & smartly so that one can be assured of fully best utilising one’s travelling time, as well as spending in the best quality way!!
Below pic shows a snapshot of “Sky Spin’ in the Amusement Park at International Drive – seen from aboard our I-Ride Trolley – & Dear goes wild excited about it commenting that if only both of us have more time here in Orlando than we can visit the Park too hahah!!
It’s Dear’s very first time travelling on I-Ride Trolley & he pretty much enjoys it as he thinks it’s very convenient & most entertaining sitting aboard the nice cute Trolley, & sightseeing International Drive along our journey!!
We’re now back at Quality Inn International – walking through the premises & garden of the Hotel’s Tower Blocks :
Dear & I rest a while drinking our very chilling American Coke (always replenished & kept in our Room’s super cold Fridge) once back in our Room, & then prepare ourselves to go out again – this time for our Friday the 13th Late Night Shopping in Walmart heheh!!
OH Yea it’s Friday today & the calendar date is also the 13th so it’s Friday the 13th today alright!! And well, Friday the 13th is associated with the Superstition of FEAR & GOOD or BAD LUCK - Yes, GOOD LUCK too cos to some, the number 13 is an auspicious & lucky number!!
As for the Superstition of FEAR – well, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by FEAR on Friday the 13th – some are so paralyzed by the FEAR phobia on this day that they avoid their normal routines in busines, taking flights or even getting out of bed!! And it’s been estimated that US$800 – US$900 million is lost in business on this Friday the 13th day!!
As for Dear & I – we’ve always enjoyed Horror movies (about Friday the 13th & etc) back home in Singapore, though we feel not much significance about its FEAR Superstition as compared to Caucasians whom we believe are affected!!
So how’s best to celebrate Friday the 13th than for Dear & I to get out there in late night hours right now here in Orlando, Florida USA heheh!!
But well, we’ve to leave our Babies Cutie, Smartie & Sportie in the Room with their Big Kor Kor Micktie as they settle down on bed to watch TV programme……….Poor Babies looking tired & sleepy from their Outing to the Universal CityWalk & Prime Outlets International Orlando shopping with Ma Ma & Pa Pa since morning today :
As for whether our Babies would be scared of tonight’s Friday the 13th here without Ma Ma & Pa Pa – Well, I’m sure their American Big Kor Kor Micktie would know how to take very good care of them cos being born & raised here in America (Magic Kingdom - Walt DIsney World), I’m most certain Micktie would know how best to deal with Friday the 13th Fear & handle his Di Dis & Mei Mei very well heheh!!
Dear & I soon grab hold of 2 Business Cards of Quality Inn International before leaving the Hotel for Walmart – as I always remember Mom telling & reminding us that whenever we’re travelling alone out of our Hotel during our overseas travelling – to always take our Hotel’s Business Card so that we know the Hotel’s exact Address & show it to our Taxi Driver (when coming back), or to anybody when asking for help in finding our way back, so that we would be safely back to our Hotel & won’t ever get lost………
Dear & I are now walking along International Drive outside the World’s Largest Mcdonald’s – Me stopping by to take the following snapshot of the Pedestrian Crossing at Traffic Lights Instructions here at Orlando, Florida USA :
Well, Dear & I are having not much a feel of any FEAR of Friday the 13th walking in this pretty dark late hour past 9.30pm - but instead we see an exceptionally pretty crowded International Drive filled with vehicles & walking people!!
Hey don tell me that these Americans are celebrating Friday the 13th!!?!? Well, guess some are, but guess most are celebrating Valentine’s Day which falls tomorrow!!
The whole long stretch of International Drive is lined with many Restaurants & Eateries & I’m sure the Orlando Tourists & Americans are all here busy with their family & loved ones on this Valentine’s Day Eve!!
“Hey Dear, normally I’d see empty avaliable Taxis here at International Drive but tonight’s so hard for us to get one!!” Me telling Dear as we try looking for a Taxi to bring us to Walmart!
Dear & I decide to take a Taxi to Walmart this 2nd last night of our Stay here in Orlando cos Dear’s never been to an American Hypermarket, & having heard My stories of visiting gigantic Hypermarkets from my first American Trip with my Family, Dear’s been wanting to see one too & so tonight’s the chance to do so as we’re nearing the end of our Orlando Trip………..
And well, I’ve actually got the following Address & Location Map of Walmart located at Turkey Lake Road from Quality Inn International (when I asked the Receptionst for the nearest Walmart’s whereabout & directions) when I first started out on my Shopping Sprees here in Orlando :
I was actually told by the Hotel Receptionist that this Walmart’s very near Quality Inn International & that I could always walk there as do many Guests who’d done so, according to the given Location Map!
And you know what!??! I’d actually, a few times, wanted to try walking there alone (during the 4 days that Dear was away in his SolidWorks World 2009 Conference), based on this Map, if not for myself being pretty tired & so lazy……..
Besides, I was told by a local American Cashier from Gift Outlet at International Drive (whom I bought Souvenirs from) that it’s not possible to walk cos the Walmart’s way too far from Quality Inn International, & could easily take Me 45mins to walk there! Hahah what a joke I don think I wana do that!!
So tonight, Dear & I decide that we should take a Taxi to Walmart instead, we waited a while before hopping on the following Orlando Taxi!! WEW luckily we got it pretty fast considering the lack of available Taxi around here tonight!!
And according to the Black American Driver - the roads here at International Drive is usually this packed on Friday nights – hahah YEA of course since last Friday night Dear & I were at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World - & tonight’s our very first Friday night out here in Orlando!!
Besides, it’s Valentine’s Day Eve tonight explaining the extra road & human traffics – & luckily this Taxi Driver decides to pick his last passengers (Dear & I) before he ends his service for the day – if not we’d still be standing around at International Drive & GOD knows when we’d be able to hire one haha!!
While travelling to Walmart at Turkey Lake Road - Haha!! Turkey Lake Road - what interesting cool road name - still remember the yummilicous humongous Turkey Legs Dear & I ate at Frontierland in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World – Hmmm……….so yummy yummy!!
Well, we realise Walmart’s at a pretty long distance (for walking) from International Drive via a long dimly lit Expressway – & as our Taxi Driver puts it “You can’t walk especially walking along this long Expressway!! You won’t wana do that cos that’s not good walking at all!!” Yea he’s absolutely right about that!! THANK God I never try walking in the first place hahah!!
Anyway, our Taxi fare upon arriving at Walmart comes to about US$10 (equalling more than S$15) which is very costly as compared to Taxi fare (for the same distance) back home in Singapore!! However Dear & I think we’re needed to spent it since we feel we MUST come to Walmart no matter what haha!!
Just before getting off our Taxi, we’re given the following Mears Taxi Business Card by the Driver so that we can call & book for a Taxi when we wana leave Walmart – that’s really very thoughtful & helpful of the Driver when Dear & I never even think & know to ask for that!!
OH YEA we finally land in Walmart!!!
And haha!! Dear finally gets to have his “little Dream“ of visiting an all-American Hypermarket come true as he excitedly stands inside Walmart here at Turkey Lake Road in Orlando, Florida USA :
And Dear immediately goes like “WHOA WHOA it’s so huge in here hahah haha!!” as he hastens his footsteps into the fresh Vegetables & Fruits Section infront of us…….”No la, it’s not so big cos I’ve seen & been to even much larger Hypermarket in America the last time!!” as I proudly remind Dear heheh………..
Well, Walmart is an American public corporation that runs a chain of large, discount department stores. Founded by Sam Walton in Rogers, Arkansas in 1962, Walmart was incorporated in 1969, & is currently the LARGEST Private Employer in the United States, & also the LARGEST Grocery Retailer in USA.
What lovely Valentine’s Day Balloons, Flowers & Cookies we see……….so fresh & pretty!!
“Hey Dear the cookies here are all so cheap” – “Oh yea so cheap!! And they’re so so beautiful!!” as I instruct Dear to turn around & pose for Me heheh :
We’re now looking at the Genuine Steak House Brand fresh Beef & Pork :
Dear eagerly checks out the many American Beef Packages & at the same time telling me that the Beef here are all so cheap as compared to back home in Singapore!!
Dear doesn’t really know how to cook (except for instant noodles!!), but he does know how to make his speciality Cuisine – Black Pepper Steak!! YES YES Dear makes very delicious Black Pepper Steak – heheh at least to me!!
Still remember he made me my very first Black Pepper Steak (by him) in his home in Brisbane while I visited him after my last uni semester (at Deakin University), when he was still a student studying at University of Queensland!!
Hahah we both simply love Steaks!! & Dear would still cook his Speciality Cuisine for both of us sometimes after we’re married now heheh!!
Let us now see close-up views of fresh American Ribeye, Sirloin Steaks & Ground Beef available here at Walmart :
We next look at the American fresh Pork that comes packed in Boneless Pork Chops, Pork Sirloin Chops, Pork Loin Center Cut Chops, & even Tony Roma’s World Famous Pork Loin Back Ribs & Baby Back Ribs – hahah Singapore also has Tony Roma’s Restaurants & Dear & I pretty much adore its Ribs too!!
Fresh Fresh Fresh!! The Pork & Beef are all so fresh & cheap as Dear keeps telling me hahah!!
Now, let us look at the Fresh Chicken Section where there’re Perdue Tender & Tasty Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, Cut-Up WHole Chicken, Wings & Drumsticks, & Good Young Chicken Leg Quarters :
Hahah!! enough of the so fresh & so inexpensive Meats - Dear & I only wish we’re living here in Orlando, Florida USA so that we can alway come buy & cook them haha!!!
Dear’s now hunting for an additional Luggage for our flight back home to Singapore!!
Haha we didn’t know prior to flying here that we’re each entitled 2 x 23 kg checked-in Luggages which means we can have up to 92kg in 4 pieces in total!! If only we knew beforehand cos then we’d bring extra empty Luggage (instead of just 1 big piece each!!) for our Shopping Sprees here!!
And so far our 2 huge Luggages are ”over-flowing” with nonsenses & souvenirs, plus Dear’s SolidWorks World 2009 Conference Books & stuffs haha!! That’s why we need to get another extra Luggage piece here at Walmart!
Heheh pretty PINK color which I like – but we’re a little headached cos we’ve already got many Luggages back home in Singapore – hahah now that I’m saying – Dear & I seem to often end up buying extra Luggages whenever we’re travelling overseas!! we’ve got one from our Chiang Mai Trip & then now again from Orlando!!?!? Oh NO!!!
Well, better not buy such a big one as I remind Dear as our Home space’s pretty scarce right now hahah!! So Dear & I decide to take the smaller Blue piece instead as Dear wonders into the Electrical Section here at Walmart dragging the Luggage……….
I soon wonder off alone without Dear as I see many Framed-up pics of United States of America Barack Obama with his Family :
Then to my much amusements, I see a whole Section filled with Valentine’s Day Gifts, Balloons & Plush Toys!! And there’re many local Black & White Americans, plus many other foreign Natives such as Spanish & Portuguese teenagers (& several adults too!) shopping for their loved ones on this Valentine’s Day Eve!!
Such is a most lovely homely scene I see here at Walmart simply looking at these Americans cracking jokes…….throwing at each other, & playing with, the Plush Toys………giggling & laughing & teasing one another & having so much fun & joy as they shop for their most special Valentine’s Day gifts……..
Immediately I’m filled with great Valentine’s Day atmosphere, love & romance as I too join them in searching for something special for my Dear Dear heheh……..
Unfortunately I find no Plush Toy to my satisfaction as they all look very China-made with pretty easily dropping furs & non-smooth texture for hugging comforts :((
But still just looking at the local Americans shopping in this Valentine’s Day Section makes me jolly & my heart bumps a little………
I later shop through almost the entire huge Walmart seeing many Sovenir t-shirts, lingeries & sleeping wears, bags, furry carpets, & also trying to find more Coffee Powder & American Oats for Dad (cos Dad loves Oats from America & Australia which Dear & I often buy for him) etc etc………
By now it’s past midnight (heh it’s officially past Friday the 13th now!!) & hey guys let me wish you all a very Happy Loving Extra Yummilicious Valentine’s Day here as Dear & I turn into the Ice Cream Section here at Walmart in Orlando, Florida USA!!
“Haha Dear the Ice Cream here are all so cheap so cheap!!” as Dear checks out the prices of our LOVE Dessert stored in long huge chilling fridges here at Walmart……….
Haha there’re so many brands of Ice Cream here – Breyers Overloaded! & Blue Bunny Ice Cream :
Edy’s Slow Churned Ice Cream :
Ben & Jerry Ice Cream :
Haagen-Daz Ice Cream which is another of Dear’s & My favourite – still remember I used to buy ( for a period of weeks!!) a whole middle-sized Tub after lunch when I was working - to either share with my ex-colleagues, or ate it on my own (if they refused to put on weight) hahha!!
After picking our Tub of American Ice Cream among the many Brands, Dear & I head to the Walmart Bakery cos we promise our Baby Cutie a Birthday Cake!!
YES!!! it’s our Baby Cutie’s 2nd Birthday tomorrow (YES!! her Birthday’s on Valentine’s Day cos it was on Valentine’s Day 2 years ago that Dear brought her home for me as a SURPRISE heheh!!)………….
What many beautiful & fancilful speciality Cakes & Cupcakes displayed here at Walmart Bakery & HEY they’re really very inexpensive!!
Now, let’s see more close-up views of the Cakes available here at Walmart Bakery :
After getting all excited over these many yummilicious-looking Cakes, Cupcakes & Pies, Dear & I decide to get our Baby Cutie a small but most sweet-looking all-American Carrot Cake.
Too bad we can’t have the Many-Blue-Cupcakes-Combined-Together with Minnie & Mickey Couple Cake (as featured above) as I’d wanted cos it’s too big for us to finish considering we’ve still got Muffins & Dear’s Mickey Crisped Rice Cake etc in our Hotel Room, besides we’d already be leaving Orlando in 2 days time ((
By now, both Dear & I are extremely tired & sleepy, especially I who’s exceptionally exhausted & I’ve actually been practically dragging my 2 feets while “window shopping” here in Walmart cos I’m extremely exhausted & sleepy with my legs almost killing me………..
And I’m extremely worn-out that I’ve got no mood & energy to really shop or buy the things I’d seen (& wanted) earlier here at Walmart – such as a very beautiful HOT PINK colored rug, sweet lovely sexy lingeries, a bright Pink or Apple Green Handbag etc etc……..
Hey I even forgot to check out its Chocolates Section!! Supposed to cos I’d wanted to buy more more home but I completely forget them all!! Err err!! So SILLY Me for being so tired & so sleepy & can’t really think much except to wana get back to our Hotel asap!! SILLY SILLY SILLY!!!
Dear & I are leaving Walmart now as he stands in line at the Cashier Counter here in Walmart :
Well, Dear & I end up not getting that Blue Luggage that Dear’s been dragging about & around inside Walmart cos its Price Tag’s missing hahah!!
And the Black American Cashier asks for us to wait while she gets another colleague to check out the price, but we assume it’ll take them a while cos that’s the last & only available piece (of its design & brand), so we decide to forget about it!!
And we can always go grab that much bigger Pink colored Luggage instead but it’s house-space consuming for us plus I’m also way too exhausted & sleepy to wait any longer………….
So Dear & I are left with no extra Luggage……..& HEY let me tell you a Secret!!
Heheh that Black American Woman Cashier actually asks us if that Blue Luggage is ours or that we’re paying for it & wana let us walk through her Counter but NOPE – I’m too honest & tell her “NO, it’s not ours – we’re paying for it!!”
Hahah!! may be I should have just said YES!! to her huh then Dear & I would have easily gotten what we wan hahah!! & FREE too hahha!! Too bad too bad!!
Well, here’s a snapshot of many Walmart Trolleys (called “Shop-Backs” as told by my cool reader Sarah ) filled with unwanted/misplaced stuffs left by its customers picked up & left in these Shop-Backs by employees to be put back where they belong – lined up behind the Cashier Counters :
Wow that’s a really gorgeous bunch of FRESH Tulips inside one of the Shop-Backs, & for seconds Dear & I even thought they’re fakes haha!!!! – So beautiful!! & I thought to myself why would the customer decide not to have it but dumped it here!!
Dear’s now ordering Mcdonald’s for our way too-late Dinner cum Supper to be taken away with us back to Quality Inn International :
Hahah look at the interior decos of this Mcdonald’s with its Motor Bike, Bicycles & even a Lady with Red Skirt sitting on one hanging from the ceiling!! Amazingly cool!!
Dear & I have now just come out of Walmart Supercenter :
“Huh it’s so quiet out here!!” as Dear & I see no signs of Taxi at all except for some walking-by Americans leaving Walmart, & empty parked cars in the large quiet still Carpark………..huh no Taxi in sight at all!?!? OOPS!! OOPS!!
Heheh FEAR no more as the time now’s past 12.30am thus NO MORE Friday the 13th Night hoho!! NO more FEAR!!! NO more FEAR!!!
NO WORRIES too cos remember we’ve got that MEARS Taxi Business Card of ours from that Taxi Driver when we first travelled here from International Drive!!
Heheh so fortunate for us that we’ve got the MEASR Taxi No to call or else Dear & I won’t know how to get back to our Hotel, & who knows we might end up filled with Fear & Panic hitching a Ride back from here outside Walmart - just like we did last night from Kennedy Space Center haha!!!
Anyway, Dear’s just dialled & booked for our Taxi & while waiting for it to come, let me show you the Souvenirs we just bought from Walmart here at Turkey Lake Road in Orlando, Florida USA -
Dear’s Targus Backpack for his Labtop Computer :
Neoprene NoteBook Computer Case (to replace my current Leopard-Prints one) to hold, carry & protect My Travelling Souvenir Magnets Collection whenever I go travelling :
And we also bought 3 pairs of home-wear Slippers :
Ocean Pacific Slippers for Myself :
Elf Green colored Circles Slippers for Dear :
Honey colored Circles Slippers for Dear :
Walmart – Save Money, Live Better – Shopping Bag - Yea SURE as all things here are all very inexpensive yet in pretty fine qualities, beautiful designs & styles!
Well, Dear & I sure have a great HELL of a GOOD time on this Friday the 13th Late Night Shopping in Walmart here in Orlando, Florida USA - feeling very satisfied that we’d make it to the Walmart heheh!! though how we only wish we’d gone there much much earlier so that we’ve more more hours & energy to shop in there!!
“Hey Dear there comes our Taxi!!” arriving in just one to two minutes’ time right infront of us outside Walmart……………
WOW WOW unbelivably fast & so efficient!! as Dear & I hop on inside the huge Taxi……….Well, feeling a little scared cos it’s very late now past 12.40am & we’re afterall all alone in a faraway foreign land travelling on Streets & Expressway pretty dark & so quiet……….
But well NOT quite so scared though cos afterall it’s past Friday the 13th Night for now heheh!!!