Month: January 2014

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Cook

The prompt from Across the Bored’s TCTC is: “How do you cook?” My dad is a Chinese cook who enjoys preparing a feast for every meal  Growing up, it was the norm to have a minimum of nine dishes on the table.  I thought everyone ate like this for every meal.  But, it wasn’t until I started to sleep over at a friend’s house that I saw that others didn’t eat the same way as I did at home.  My dad some how creates magic with his stainless steel wok.  Occasionally, when we have parties, even now in his late 80’s, he can still whip up 10 – 15 dishes in a couple of hours.  The time it takes to prepare all the ingredients is very time-consuming.  Once, I asked my dad why he does it, and he told me that he loves to feed others.  Every time I see my dad, even if it is for a quick visit, he always asks, “Have you eaten?”  When I was younger I thought it was so annoying …

Share Your World – 2014 Week 2

If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why? Since I still have family in Peru, I would opt to live there. I love the people and the food. I do not like Lima for all the congestion, so I would want to live outside of Lima. The northern coast of Peru is lovely and the weather is great. I would not be able to swim in the cool water, but will be able to eat lots of seafood. Music or silence while working? I love music, especially when having to work out. It keeps me pushing it and finishing a workout. But when I have to sit behind the computer and work silence is better. Otherwise I may start daydreaming to the lyrics of the song. What is your favorite color? I love hues of orange and red. Best color to describe it would be coral. Do you have a bucket list? What are your three items? A bucket list are things …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Window

Grand and ornate windows leave us in awe because they are often inspired by the divine. Humble and rustic windows, on the other hand, evoke feelings of familiarity associated with daily life. I am comforted by their simplicity. Weekly Photo Challenge: Window |

32 Flavors

Day 10: EBOOK: 365 WRITING PROMPTS Vanilla, chocolate, or something else entirely?     I love vanilla bean ice-cream, especially Roselani’s Hawaiian vanilla bean ice-cream.  I can have a scoop of vanilla bean any time of the day.  I think the reason why I prefer vanilla bean over the other ice-cream flavors is that it complements any topping and most of all it goes great in shakes, smoothies or cocktails.  Vanilla bean ice-cream is great when also paired with a slice of chocolate cake.  The rich taste of the decadent chocolate and the silky taste of the vanilla bean ice-cream takes it to another level of happiness. I think the magic is in the vanilla bean.  A few years back, Kainoa and I took our parents to visit the Hawaiian Vanilla Company in Paauilo.  We enjoyed a splendid lunch and the owner, Jim Reddekopp, greeted us during our meal and shared his vision for his property.  After our meal, we had a tour of his property where he explained the process of pollinating the orchid to obtain the vanilla …

Rainy Day

I love the sounds of Mother Nature’s symphony most especially on stormy days: the rhythmic pitter-patter of rain drops hitting the roof, the whispers of the wind through the ironwood trees and clapping thunder from dark skies reverberate throughout the house. The temperature in our single-wall home drops to a chilly 49°F /9°C. Bundled from head to toe in layers of wool sweaters, baggy sweatpants and fuzzy slippers, I manage to shuffle into the kitchen and get a kettle of hot water going. It’s a perfect day to hibernate. Or perhaps make the most of the situation and pacify the yearnings of my inner child to play in the rain.

Kainoa’s Korean Love Affair (January 2014)

You would never know that I’m a fan of Korean pop culture just by looking at me, but my love affair with South Korea has been going strong for well over a decade. It all began in Honolulu when I watched subtitled dramas on local KBFD and it’s blossomed over the years to include music, reality shows, cooking, language, and even, history. To kick off 2014 and give you all a glimpse into what makes me tick, I’ll be doing a monthly feature of my current distractions in South Korean culture. ♥♥♥ Drama: The Prime Minister and I After Heirs ended, I latched onto a new rom-com k-drama called, The Prime Minister and I (or The Prime Minister is Dating). I initially thought the 20+ year age difference between the leads, Lee Bum Soo and SNSD’s Im Yoona, might be challenging for on-screen chemistry, but I was pleasantly surprised. They are both excellent actors with a strong supporting cast, plus the storyline is sweet. As much as I liked Heirs, this drama is light-hearted with brooding kept …

Happy Hilo 2014!

Hilo is the first city in the Hawaiian archipelago to greet the new day with the rising of the sun at Kumukahi, but the word “hilo” refers to other things in Hawaiian culture. The phase of the new moon is named Hilo, marking the beginning of a new lunar cycle. It’s also a style of lei making that involves braiding and binding different plants together to create something be given and worn with love. We have each considered Hilo to be our home at some point in our lives and it’s where Holoholo Girls originated. Our friendships were forged here and it continues to host our ongoing evolution. Because of its many beautiful connotations of new starts and the constant weaving of lives together, we would like to wish you a Happy Hilo 2014. From our homes and hearts to yours, we wish you and your loved ones health and safety in this upcoming year and that it will be filled with new adventures and opportunities for growth.

Quote Me

Day 4: EBOOK: 365 WRITING PROMPTS Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again?  What is it, and why does it move you? “Laughter is an instant vacation.” – Milton Berle Every day I experience a good day or a yucky day.  On the yucky days I think back to all the silly moments I have been through and I laugh.  The most noted one with the Holoholo Girls is our photo shoot.  I may not be able to relive that same experience nor take the break I am so longing for, but through that simple gesture of laughing and smiling, everything is all better.  So, the next time you find yourself in the slumps and just need a break, think of a funny time, and laugh out loud!