All posts tagged: NaBloPoMo

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 …

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/

Wind: Weekly Photo Challenge

For Day 8 of #NaBloPoMo, I decided to try WDBWP Weekly Photo Challenge of capturing WIND.  This photo was taken at the Pride Festival in Hilo, Hawai’i.  During the parade, I was fascinated at how this huge flag was flapping in the air.    It was a gorgeous day and the blue sky was a great backdrop.

Make Every Day an Adventure!

#NaBloPoMo, Day 4: Who is your favorite character of all time? Without a doubt, I would have to say that my favorite character of all time is Indiana “Indy” Jones. The start of my adolescence included watching the first Indy movie, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” which got me hooked on travel, adventure and history. I thought, wow, what an awesome life to have – teach at a college, and during your breaks jump on a plane.  Why not explore the world while finding hidden treasures and seeing first-hand what is described in books? Not that Indy influenced how I would plan out my life, but as result of watching every single film (don’t ask me to summarize them, as my memory is not as sharp as before) I started to get excited about growing up and being independent. I couldn’t wait to be an adult where I could decide when I wanted to explore other countries, experience different cultures, try exotic foods, and jump at a chance of being in awkward cross-cultural situations. This …

Daily Prompt: Placebo

If you could create a painless, inexpensive cure for a single ailment, what would you cure and why? I first thought about writing about a cure for cancer because of its emerging prevalence in my family, but truth be told, finding a cure is an endeavor that demands our collective attention and resources. Most of us have experienced the havoc and devastation brought on by cancer in our own lives and in the lives of those we love, so as far as I’m concerned a cure is both long overdue and absolutely necessary. Instead, I’ve opted to write about something a little less serious… a cure for cowardice. I can remember many times in my life when I’ve stood at the precipice of brilliance and at the last minute opted not to leap, not to soar, not to risk. I’ve wondered what might have happened if I had taken the chance. One might argue “liquid courage” could achieve the same effect. Sure, the act of going through with things might happen with a shot of alcohol, but …

Stuff We Love: Pictionary!

The heat is on! Who doesn’t enjoy a friendly game of Pictionary?  When Adrel brought over his Pictionary game to one of our gatherings, it became the after meal ritual. Even though we are not playing for any prizes, we play to win for bragging rights. What is Pictionary?  If you haven’t gotten around to playing it, you should check it out.  The object is to DRAW as quickly as you can so your team can name the item listed on the card you selected.  The team that is able to get from the start to finish line first wins.  There are different versions of Pictionary; I think our group can only handle the original version.  Some Pictionary sessions can get heated and it brings out the competitive nature out of some of us.  Enjoy!