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#701 tylersgirl

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    Posted 01 May 2009 - 12:05 PM

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    ok, one more thing from me for today

    I hope some of you get a laugh out of this like I am right now....

    So I just found out that a couple of days ago, the HR lady at my work issued a company wide announcement about employees traveling internationally during this pandemic...i haven't seen it yet but it but from some other people from my work told me this morning is that basically I am being forced to stay home (work from home) for 2 days when I get back to the US, yes paid and all! apparently they are worried i might bring the crud back so they are "quarintining" me!

    i am not the only one in mexico right now either...one other co-worker of mine is in cancun right now too! so he will be "quarintined" as well!

    yes, I might bring it back...but it is soo freakin funny to me that they are freaked about it this much!!! again there are no confirmed cases in PV but now there are 2 in Denver....um aren't my chances of getting/having it way worse if i were in Denver?!


    so i apparently can't go back to work until next wednesday! good news for you all too, hopefully while at home i will be able to get you pics and get my reviews done!!!!!!!!!!

    That is awesome! Work from home! YAY!

    Yeah, I have guests that are so freaked out about Playa del Carmen when there hasn't been any cases there, yet there are cases in Houston which is so close to us! Crazy!

    #702 JaimeLynne

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      Posted 01 May 2009 - 12:08 PM

      Yayyyy, good news. You know I'd been dreading calling my Grandma back. Well today I finally did and all she could talk about was if I liked this shirt @ Banana Republic for my Grandpa to wear!!! I've asked both my Dad & my Grandpa to walk me down the aisle (my Grandparents helped raise me and are totally my foundation in life!), so they need to wear shirts that match the theme. I've been so caught up in just getting myself there that I don't give a sh!t what they or anyone else wears anymore!!! LOL

      I'm SOOOOO happy :) And that news break about the 1957 virus being so similar totally helped them feel better. They're just worried about me now since my immune system is already compromised. I said I'm totally rocking the mask! They're wearing them too ~ I am TOTALLY cool with that!!! :)

      YAY, my goal was 5 people! My Dad is on, Martin and I are on and now my Grandparents seem to be on as well!!! I had totally prepared myself for the worst but things are looking up :)

      Seriously, as soon as I started to work on my Visionary Board yesterday everything turned around! Going back to work on it today!!! :)

      ~ Jaime & Martin ~
      "Rain or Swine! 2-0-0-9"

      We had 24 people attend our wedding in Las Caletas, Mexico on May 24th, 2009!

      We all stayed at The Marriott in P.V., and Honeymooned at The Royal Plantation in Ochos Rios, Jamaica!


      #703 cougs

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        Posted 01 May 2009 - 12:58 PM

        it just happened on my end too ... FI's aunt just got a memo at work that anyone traveling to mexico will be required to take off a full week without pay upon their return. (seems like it should be illegal for an employer to do that, but she works for a law firm so i'm guessing they're aware of their rights as employers)

        gee, guess that means i just lost another 3 guests, including my flower girl!

        #704 dbellie1414

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          Posted 01 May 2009 - 01:12 PM

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          it just happened on my end too ... FI's aunt just got a memo at work that anyone traveling to mexico will be required to take off a full week without pay upon their return. (seems like it should be illegal for an employer to do that, but she works for a law firm so i'm guessing they're aware of their rights as employers)

          gee, guess that means i just lost another 3 guests, including my flower girl!
          Your on the May 2009 forum too I just put 2 and 2 together, yep i am slow! This is f-ing riducoulous! SERIOUSLY, PEOPLE IT'S THE F-ING FLU!!! So if regular people get the flu are they going to 'quarentine' them too at this company!?!?! I think they should have too! I am mad for you! Hey, are you holding auditions for flower girl role, I am a good petal thrower - may not be as cute or fit the dress but I am game :)
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          #705 Costabride2009

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            Posted 01 May 2009 - 01:34 PM

            Thankyou to all the brides posting the good thoughts. I will be building my visionary board with pics of my hotel and the beach and our last mexico visit. Bad things come in threes, drug wars, swine flu and earthquakes. Stay strong to all my Summer 2009 brides. If we are willing to go through all this for the wedding, it has to last forever, at least that what my fiance keeps telling me!

            #706 pepper55

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              Posted 01 May 2009 - 01:37 PM

              We're still unsure what we're doing. Trying to find out from our hotel & TA what options we have (if any). If its a matter of losing our money, then we are going! No matter who comes with!

              Below is a statement issued from our hotel. This may be helpful to send to your guests who are on the fence...

              STATEMENT ON TRAVEL TO MEXICO IN LIGHT OF
              US, EU AND CANADA RECOMMENDATIONS
              April 30, 2009 4:00 p.m. ET
              As many already know, ongoing reports of swine flu cases around the world prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to announce the influenza as Phase 5, denoting the “human-to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries in one WHO region.”
              Although these reports are dismaying, swine flu’s overall impact is still quite minimal, having affecting less than .000008 percent of Mexico’s population, .0000004 of the U.S. population, .00000005 of the EU population and .0000005 of Canada’s population.
              As such, the United States, European Union, Canada and Mexico have all decided NOT to restrict travel to or from Mexico – an assessment aligned with WHO, which “recognizes individual country considerations will affect national decisions, but, in general, does NOT encourage” border closings.
              There have been absolutely no reports of influenza in the Quintana Roo region (encompassing 16,228 square miles) of Riviera Maya, where El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels and Azul Hotels by Karisma are located.
              The Quintana Roo State Secretary of Tourism reports that the isolated cases of H1N1 Influenza outbreak registered in the country have been located at the central and northern regions of Mexico. Further, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States, the Ministry of Health in Mexico and its counterpart in the State Government have not reported any of these cases to be identified in Quintana Roo.
              We continue to monitor the situation daily and will provide related updates as developments arise and/or new information is learned.

              #707 Carolyn

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                Posted 01 May 2009 - 02:03 PM

                I just got info from my TA in Canada for my Dads flight (were he lives) Sunwing just canceled his flight for May 31st........I can't believe this. Needless to say I just rebooked him on American arilines but lost my money with Sunwing.......

                #708 JaimeLynne

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                  Posted 01 May 2009 - 02:32 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by Costabride2009
                  Thankyou to all the brides posting the good thoughts. I will be building my visionary board with pics of my hotel and the beach and our last mexico visit.
                  Woohoo, another Visionary Board!! I need to get back to work on mine! Have just about collected all of the pics, need to print them out. It is so great looking at all the smiling faces of friends and families from our Engagement parties, and also the beautiful pics of PV, our resort, etc.!

                  I just got info from my TA in Canada for my Dads flight (were he lives) Sunwing just canceled his flight for May 31st........I can't believe this. Needless to say I just rebooked him on American arilines but lost my money with Sunwing.......
                  sorry you lost the $$, but glad you were able to rebook him!!!!

                  ~ Jaime & Martin ~
                  "Rain or Swine! 2-0-0-9"

                  We had 24 people attend our wedding in Las Caletas, Mexico on May 24th, 2009!

                  We all stayed at The Marriott in P.V., and Honeymooned at The Royal Plantation in Ochos Rios, Jamaica!


                  #709 Ayita

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                    Posted 01 May 2009 - 02:34 PM

                    Hello everyone !

                    I'm currently in Playa del Carmen and it is soo nice here. Although archeological sites have closed, restaurants bars and clubs are open. Also there are less people than usual, making it real cool.

                    There are still no reported cases of flu on the Riviera Maya. The only noticeable signs is a few people here and there wearing masks, and the pharmacies being out of masks and hand sanitizer.

                    I honestly feel safer here than in Houston, where a kid died from the flu and did go to a big mall while sick... Think about it : Cancun is farther away from Mexico City than Houston is (807 miles versus 749) !! And I don't think the border will be an efficient barried, even if the flu has no visa to enter. And there are 49 cases in NYC - none here - why would it be safer to fly to NYC than to Cancun ?

                    I also still don't think it's a big issue, because people that die actually remainined unattended during a long period of time (the first woman was treated for throat infection, then pneumonia before they detected the flu ; same for the kid) and don't necessarily contaminate their relatives.

                    I also notice that people that gety sick on flights are only a few. i.e., it's not the whole flight that get sick but only a handful. So is it that contagious ?

                    Also, the death toll does not increase.

                    Anyway, I'm here getting married tomorrow. 10 of my guests cancelled so we will be around 25. My family is there (and my bro will get quarantined when going back to Singapore) ; DH family is there ; and a few friends (I'm missing two in my party and DH 1).

                    We still plan to have a good time !

                    And on return I will be working from home for 72 hours - sounds like extra vacation to me !

                    #710 drtracy

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                      Posted 01 May 2009 - 02:36 PM

                      Well, so far I've only lost three people, one couple for non-flu related reasons and one b/c she wouldn't be able to relax. WTF? My MOH is fighting with her mom about it, which I think is hilarious b/c my MOH is 35 years old. Like she's going to get grounded for going? I shouldn't laugh but I just want to shake people some times. Would it really be better for me to move to some place in the States that already has the flu?




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