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Happy birthday, everyday, in 2016!

On my trip to Taiwan last summer, we visited Sio House, a salt museum in Anping, Tainan. I’ve always fostered an appreciation for salt. As a native of Kauaʻi, where one of our prized cultural items is the precious paʻakai made in Hanapēpē, I was excited about this stop. After going through the salt purification station outside, I stepped over the threshold and was greeted by a display of little circular bowls containing colored salts. The bowls represented the 366 days of the year, and I was taken by their vibrant colors. I sincerely wish you wonderful birthdays ahead, everyday, in 2016. … in response to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, Circle  

My Grandpa, My Best Friend

What is your earliest memory? Describe it in detail, and tell us why you think that experience was the one to stick with you. The earliest memory I have is being 1-year old and crying at the back door of the house. My parents had gone to work and I was left alone with my grandfather who, because he was retired, was tasked with babysitting me. I stood there, tears streaming down my face, pounding on the door, wishing to be close to my mother, but unable to articulate exactly what I wanted. My grandfather picked me up and comforted me, holding me close, bouncing me slightly, while softly saying “shh-shh-shh” and walking me back to the living room. I remember crying in his arms for a bit longer and then the memory ends. My parents and I lived with my grandparents, so it was as if I had two sets of parents. Being an only child, I had no playmates growing up, so my grandfather became my best friend, and we ended up being an unlikely …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring!

Share a photo which describes what spring means to you. The light during today’s late afternoon hike at Puʻu Huluhulu was absolutely magical. Spring is here! Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring! |

Colorful clutter

Just like a bowl of bright-colored Jelly Belly candy, I seem to look cheerful on the outside.  But lately, I have been a combustion of different moods probably because I have so much clutter in my head.  It’s times like these that I love grabbing a handful of jelly beans.  You just never know what flavor you will sweetly savor in your mouth.  I hope to soon sort and organize all my thoughts so I won’t feel like a bowl of jelly beans. Check out the other blogs participating in Bastet’s Pixelventures prompt –  MOODS.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

We walked along the shoreline of the Yongmeori Coast on Jeju-do, South Korea, and stopped at a make-shift station operated by two women selling fresh seafood. Large plastic basins were filled with cool water to keep loads of brown conch and bright orange sea squirts alive. Bottles of beer were also strategically and suggestively placed in the basins to entice visitors. We decided to indulge in the experience and as we waited, the women cracked open the conches and cut into the sea squirts, slicing them up for us to enjoy al fresco. It was the first time we tried these two foods and were all pleasantly surprised at how yummy they actually were. If we had been free of responsibilities after our little excursion, we might’ve indulged in ice cold beers as well. Oh well… There’s always a next time. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three

Spring is in the air

Living in Hawai’i, it is difficult to differentiate between the seasons.  However, in beautiful Kamuela, there are lovely Cherry Blossom trees lined up near “Church Row“.  These magnificent trees are now in bloom and we know its a sign of Spring.  It’s quite lovely to see the vibrant pink flowers contrast with the deep blues of the sky. In Hilo, we know Spring is approaching when the entire town is getting ready for the sold-out Merrie Monarch Festival.  This hula festival kicks off on Easter Sunday.  MM also means CRAFT FAIRS.  I love browsing through all the items sold at the craft fairs representing local artists as well as international artisans. I am excited that Spring is here which also means that Summer is fast approaching. Check out the other blogs participating in Bastet’s Pixelventures this week:

“Yong Jess”

Ah, sweet youth. No matter whether you grew up sporting a fedora, penny loafers, poodle skirts, bell-bottoms, leg-warmers, skinny jeans, Madonna-inspired net shirts and rosaries, goth garb, a spiky mohawk, or even a wave that would put the Bieber to shame, you made a fashion statement, unique to you. Describe your favorite fashions from days of yore or current trends you think are stylin’.    I grew up as a girly girl and my mom would go to great lengths to stylishly coordinate my outfits from head to toe. Of all my clothes, my favorites were dresses that weren’t necessarily Hawaiian muʻumuʻu, but more casual floor length dresses that were popular at the time. Everytime I said I wanted to wear my “yong jess”, it’d be met with an exasperated sigh, but my mother would eventually cave. Floor length dresses were far more appealing to me than shorter ones, probably because all that material hid my scrawny legs, yet also made me feel like a princess. I instantly feel more feminine with a floor-length dress. It …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

After a decade of saving money and being indecisive about style, this lauhala hat found me two years ago. I had fallen in love with it, even before the staff at Kimura Lauhala Shop in Holualoa mentioned that the hat was made by a master lauhala weaver, Aunty Josephine Kaukali Fergerstrom, who was named as a Living Treasure of Hawaiʻi in 2011. One of these days, that hat will be passed on to someone in my family and I hope the next owner will treasure it as much as I do. Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure |

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Loyalty

Growing up as an only child I learned to play on my own and figure out life lessons with minimal help. Now as an adult I have fostered some amazing friendships that even I cannot believe I have gained. I am not sure how I have been blessed with the people in my life, but am totally grateful. Throughout my pregnancy, I was living on cloud nine. I didn’t know what to expect nor how to prepare for raising a child. My friends jumped in to help prepare the nursery with all the necessities, showered me with gifts, and made sure the nest was ready for the first few months after delivery, that I refer to as the hibernation period. Through it all, I know I can count on my pals whom I’ve known for over a decade. Some as far back as college, and a few even further back as grade school. Friends who have stuck with you during all the seasons of life are able to know how to be there for you …

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda

Tell us about something you know you should do . . . but don’t. I can never remember my husband’s birthday. I always think it’s 2 days earlier than it really is and what ensues is the following conversation, which has happened more than I care to admit. Me: “Hey, it’s your birthday…” Him: “…” Me: “… soon. Yay!!” I really need to either memorize it or put his special day in my calendar. With a reminder. Wait, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, isn’t it? Uh-oh.

Stranded, but Happy

You’ve been kidnapped and given a choice: would you rather be stranded on an island, dropped into an unknown forest, or locked in a strange building? Being held captive and awaiting escape or rescue might be different from starting a life somewhere new, but given this hypothetical scenario, I would hope to make the most of the situation and live comfortably. It’s not a surprise that I would choose to be held captive on an island. I already live on one and am much more familiar with an island lifestyle than any of the other possibilities. Hawaiʻi Island, my home, is one of the most ecologically diverse in the world. Beaches? Of course! Forests, grasslands? Yup and yup. The environment is part of the reason why I continue to be in love with this place. There is room to breath. There is room to roam. And there is room to grow. Hawaiʻi Island is geologically young. It’s still covered by lava and soil is in the beginning stages of being created for most of the …

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 …