Month: November 2013

Daily Prompt: Fright Night

It was a warm and humid summer evening in the sleepy town of Kamuela, Hawaii. I was getting ready to turn down for the night when I caught a glimpse of an unusual shadow figure in the bedroom mirror. Was that my reflection? I thought to myself. It had to be; my husband was already in bed, sound asleep. “Get a grip, Rogene. You’ve been watching too many horror flicks,” I mumbled aloud as I turned off the lights, slipped into bed and drifted to sleep. I’m a light sleeper; any subtle movement or unusual sounds will awake me at night. So, later that evening, when I felt a slight brush on my feet my eyes shot open. I looked over to my husband to see if he was tugging on the sheets, but he was lying completely still on the opposite end. I turned to look at the clock; it was 3am, too early to get up. A half hour had passed when I felt another tug on sheets. My night vision had not …

Holoholo Girls: Lessons from a Multi-Author Blog

It started off as a casual Facebook instant messaging session between friends in three different towns, that over the course of 2 hours, grew into the biggest (and probably best) cockamamie idea we’ve ever had. What ensued over the next 48 hours was a virtual upchucking of random ideas that resulted in what you now know as Holoholo Girls. As friends, we already share similar interests, so coming up with topics wouldn’t be an issue, but when the idea for Holoholo Girls came about, we were all going through some major life transitions. We thought the blog could be a place for us to explore our interests, to document memories, to traverse the blogosphere and meet with people from all walks of life, but it could also serve as a place for us to process transitions. Now, 6 months since we began, we continue to happily chug along; finding new adventures, making new memories, expanding horizons, breaching lines of comfort, and yes, growing. Writing has never been so gratifying and educational! Since starting the blog, some of our friends have …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

To love or loathe this bulbed vegetable? There’s no denying the power of the onion. It is the key ingredient in all savoury dishes prepared in my home. The veils of an onion and its pungent fumes bring forth tears and excitement as I prepare this evening’s hearty meal: grilled marlin topped with ali’i mushrooms and caramelized onions. YUM! Weekly Photo Challenge: Layer | http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/weekly-photo-challenge-layers/

Cee’s Which Way Challenge: No. 13

A few years ago, we visited Machu Picchu, Peru.  It was very memorable, especially as we were waiting to enter the park, one of the attendants shouts out last call for those who want to climb Wayna Picchu.  We ran towards the attendant and grabbed our 7 a.m. entrance tickets.  Our group of eight received the last eight slots to climb.  They only allow 400 people a day to climb that lovely mountain.  Enjoy the few shots of our five hour trek. Check out Cee’s blog to see others who are also participating in this week’s challenge: http://ceenphotography.com/2013/11/13/cees-which-way-challenge-no-13/

Try Wait?

Write about whatever you’d like, but write using regional slang, your dialect, or in your accent.  Try Wait? (Translation: Please hold on a second?) **cell phone ringing** Wrong Number: “Hello?” Local girl: “Who da hell is dis’? Wrong Number: “Excuse me?” Local girl: “No even try, ‘kay? I know who you…” Wrong Number: “I’m sorry, I think you have the wrong number.” Local girl: “Oh, I don’t have a wrong numba’. Dis’ Chelsea, hah? What, Kawika stay wit’ you?” Wrong Number: “No, my name is Michelle, not Chelsea, and who’s Kawika?” Local girl: “No ack’, kay? I know as you, Chelsea. You stay talk all good English so I get tr-own off, but I rec-a-notice yo voice. You work da drive-tru at Taco Bell so you can make nice voice if you like… You bettah tell Kawika he bettah get his ass home pronto.” Wrong Number: “I’m hanging up now. Please don’t call me again.” Local girl: “Chelsea, if you hang up on me, when I see you again, you gonna get it. And you …

Love Left Behind

Four weeks ago, we lost our beloved cat, Simon. It was a sudden and unexpected loss and even now, the thought that he is no longer with us makes me sob uncontrollably. Simon was a 1-year old shelter cat we adopted from the local Humane Society when we first moved to Hilo. He was the most vocal one there and when I walked into the cramped cat house, he was in one of the cages, almost ordering me to take him home. In no time, I was signing the papers to adopt him. After being neutered, he came home to us, bonding immediately with my husband. Simon spent 10 years with us and in that time, he became an integral part of our family. Most of our day revolved around him; the morning and evening routines, the way he needed to be in the same room with us when we were home, and how he sat in the window to watch us leave for the day. He lived to make us happy, to love us, to take …

Come Fly with Me…to Greece

One of my most memorable trips was to Greece, where I participated in the first SWY Global Assembly to see old friends and make new ones, “Once a PY, Forever a PY!”  The adventure began the moment we landed in Athens, Greece.  Since we had arrived a few days prior to the GA, our host informed us at the airport, we had the option to go sailing or to visit with another SWY member and his family in Aegina, Greece.  We decided to visit Aegina, as it was only a short ferry ride away. It was a fabulous journey getting there, meeting with a local Greek family, and consuming delicious foods!  This is where I tried a “Greek” salad engulfed with huge chunks of feta cheese.    We also went swimming for the first time in the Aegean Sea.  The water was salty and warm.  But after traveling on a plane for almost two days, it was so refreshing and relaxing. Later that evening, a huge storm approached Aegina. Looking out to the calm Port of …

Challenges for the Soul

Think about the word ‘challenge’ for a minute. Does it scare you? Excite you? Make you want to run away? All of the above? For me, it kind of stops my heart for a few brief seconds as I carefully think about what it is that I will be challenged to. Do I want to do this? Can I do this? But most important, will I be able to finish the challenge? I remember nervously signing up for my first half marathon and although I signed up for fun, questions began filling up my head: Could I finish the 12 miles? What if I have to go to the bathroom during the event? and the worse one of all, what if I pass out from exhaustion or dehydration? Turned out, I had a blast. No, I did not pass out from heat overkill and yes, I did have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the race where there were no portable toilets around and yes, I couldn’t walk the next day and …

Gratitude at Dusk

#NaBloPoMo, Day 13: What is your favorite hour of the day? One of my favorite colors is orange.  Not the vibrant red-orange, nor the bright pink-orange, but more of an orange with a tinge of coral and yellow.  This shade of orange can usually be found at dusk and sometimes at dawn.  When ever the opportunity presents itself, I am thankful to witness a lovely sunset on a clear day.  As the sun sets, my favorite shade of orange is present.  The orange glow from the sunset is mesmerizing and breathtaking.  It is so unfortunate that the moment happens so quickly. As dusk approaches, I look forward to unwinding for the day with a hot cup of tea and Nag Champa.  During this time, I take the opportunity to reflect on the blessings in life and how grateful I am to have another day to enjoy with my friends and family.  Another day will begin tomorrow, but I am thankful that today I did my best.

The Big Five

Name five things inside your refrigerator right now and how you feel about them. Gochujang = Hungry I blame the K-drama, My Lovely Sam-Soon, for turning me on to gochujang, or Korean red pepper paste. On one of the episodes, Sam-Soon is eating a slab of tough beef for dinner, complaining that the cow must’ve been old, while her mother and sister are on the opposite side of the table, sharing a nice big bowl of bibimbap. Since she’s sworn off carbs, Sam-Soon is relegated to watching them chow down, only asking them if it’s any good, while they discuss whether the dish needs more gojuchang. Later on in that same episode, Sam-Soon snuck out of her room after her family went to bed to cheat on her diet and whip up a big bowl of bibimbap for herself. Maybe it was because the actresses were eating with such gusto that I started to get hungry myself, but after watching that episode, I decided to buy some at the local Asian market. Since then, I’ve incorporated …

Noodle Dependency

Daily Prompt: Food for the Soul (and the Stomach): Tell us about your favorite meal, either to eat or to prepare. Does it just taste great, or does it have other associations? Favorite foods come and go, but saimin has been with me from the beginning. When I was a kid, all I wanted to eat was saimin. It was the first food I learned how to make. In fact, Hamura’s was a little less than 10 miles away from my childhood home, so it was inevitable that saimin would become my comfort food. A melamine bowl filled with noodles and a hot yummy broth takes me back to that simpler time, so when one isn’t up to my liking because the dashi is too salty or the noodles are overcooked, I’m understandably disappointed. Saimin reminds me of my childhood, when everyone who meant the world to me was alive and well and lived within a 5-mile radius. Saimin is not meant to taste the same at every restaurant, but it needs to be well done and as perfect as its meant to …

S … is for San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama is located in the northern part of Chile, and it is the driest place on earth.  It has the most gorgeous landscape – a lovely desert with pockets of greenery.  Depending on the time of day that you go, you might be lucky and see pink flamingos when visiting the Salar de Atacama (giant salt lake) . The sunsets are also breathtaking.  San Pedro de Atacama is one of the most memorable places for me, as it was the first place I visited on my own when I lived in Chile. To see other posts participating in Frizztext’s A to Z Photo Challenge which features the letter S, go to http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/s-challenge/