Oh dear. This is your vocation, your job, this is what you do. Please don’t misspell construction (twice).

Contruction *Danger*

Contruction *Danger*

Go for the Music

by Gee Why on July 25, 2014 · 0 comments

in Pulp

Go watch the Fifty Shades of Grey movie for the music featuring Beyonce with a remake of Crazy in Love.

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After seeing a water filling station at the ala mater, I had to Google it to learn more. Looks like it’s from Flo Water. Interesting…wonder if we can get one for the workplace???

Flo Water

Flo Water

You’ve seen the foretelling signs at local Starbucks, and now La Boulange pastries and goodies have debuted in Hawaii Starbucks last week. Along with the yumminess, stores were highlighted in matching pink accents.

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I’ve tried a cheese danish and cranberry orange scone (at different visits), and interestingly both we’re heated up. Previously, you had the option of warming up your food. Now warming seems like a La Boulange mandate. What did I think? The pastries were a step up from previous offerings though I’ve had better elsewhere. Sorry, but that’s my honest opinion. Have you found a La Boulange favorite? There are a lot of new offerings so maybe I’ll find a personal favorite in the new lineup.

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Executive Chef Exited

by Gee Why on July 20, 2014 · 0 comments

in Life

Seemingly a great location in Kailua, it was not. The Executive Chef that opened on Kailua Road in late 2011 is now closed. I’m not certain when they closed but driving by, you’ll see emptied spaces.

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Ugh, I can’t say this is a positive change for Ala Moana, but I guess it is necessary. With all the construction and expansion of the shopping center and nearby buildings, safety for the shoppers is paramount, and all of this helps protect you and me.

Where in Ala Moana?

Where in Ala Moana?

But where is this in Ala Moana? Can you guess?

After sleeping on the photo blue colorway of the Nike Air Max Lunar1 and seeing them sell out within a day, Nike has them restocked online. There’s also a new colorway of wolf grey/midnight navy along with an unnamed watermelon-colored lunar midsole. Still though, I prefer the pop of the photo blue along with the yellow accents.

Nike Air Max Lunar1 Photo Blue

Nike Air Max Lunar1 Photo Blue

pillbox-signAfter reading this Exploration Hawaii post about 5 Great Kid Friendly Trails on Oahu, our family decided to hike the Lanikai Pillboxes of Kaiwa Ridge. Though we’ve been Windward residents for years, we never hiked the Pillboxes with our young kids, instead sticking to the paved ways of Diamond Head and Makapuu Lighthouse.

Parking is tight since you’re in the cramped Lanikai area. There are a few parking stalls nearby the trail entrance, and we lucked out with a spot as hikers continually come and go. The trail entrance is nondescript, just looking like an opening between fences. Going up the Pillbox entryway is what you can expect from the rest of the hike. No paved walkways, no handrails, just dirt, rocks, and trees. Kids have a little bit of difficulty making it up, but it is very doable. Once you make it up to the landing, you’re greeted with an open view of Lanikai and the Mokulua Islands.

After admiring your first visual vista, it’s time to go up. There’s no real main path, just a general direction that all the hikers take. Some parts are wide enough for groups to pass. Other places are narrow with one lane of traffic in each direction.

On the way to the first pillbox, you have two great views. On one side, you see the Mid Pacific Country Club and on the other, Lanikai, its beaches, and the blues of the Pacific Ocean.

A word of caution. It can rain on your hike and with the wear and tear of the trail, it’ll get slick and easy to lose your footing. There was a passing drizzle on our morning hike that brought some heat relief and of course, a rainbow.

At the first pillbox, the Mokulua Islands are in clear view as well as the neighborhood of Lanikai.

The path to the second pillbox seemed more craggy and closer to ridge lines. While general caution will keep you safe, you can definitely injure yourself if you don’t respect the terrain and cooperate with fellow hikers.

From the second pillbox, you can see the entire stretch of Bellows in Waimanalo.

Sitting atop the pillbox is a great place to snack, rest, and reflect.

And of course, the panorama of the Windward coastline is just awesome.

While there are more pillboxes, the general public turns around at the second one since hiking to the others is more challenging. All in all, the hike with kids and stops along the way took under 90 minutes. After this workout, don’t forget to head to the nearby Island Snow shop for a cool, refreshing snack.

Then share your Lanikai Pillbox hike experience online with Dwellable’s #GetYourGlassOutside contest.

Please retweet the above tweet to help my contest entry. For a few more pictures, check out my Flickr album.

How thoughtful! To help figure out tip/gratuity on a bill, various percentages are provided to patrons for their “convinience.”

"Convinience"

“Convinience”

How is this automated addition of this information, not spell checked?

So in Don Quijote, there’s this sign calling out Filipino, Korean, Thai, Chinese foods, and long rice.

Long Rice

Long Rice

So is long rice an uber Asian food or another kind of ethnicity besides Filipino, Korean, Thai, and Chinese?

Hmmm, I think we have a cleanliness problem here. Employees must wash their hands before returning to work. That’s cool.

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But look closely at the instructions posted above the air-blowing hand dryer. Kinda hard to do steps 5 and 6.

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Over the weekend, the sports world learned that LeBron James was coming home while Carmelo Anthony penned, “My city, my heart.” Lost among this NBA hoopla was the return of the champion, the Hawaii State Farm Fair Watermelon Eating Contest champion.

In 2009, the champ took stage and demolished his watermelon ahead of his competitors. Since then, the champ’s been away unable to defend his title. Until now. 2014. July. Hawaii State Farm Fair at Kualoa Ranch. Eight competitors. One winner.

Here’s the action (including a GoPro closeup view).

It was a close contest with bite-to-bite lead changes with Jake, the 2013 champ. But in the end, 2014 mirrored 2009.

Kiss the rind

Kiss the rind

Congratulations to the Farm Fair 2009 and 2014 Watermelon Eating Champ!

Farm Fair Watermelon Eating Champ 2009 & 2014

Farm Fair Watermelon Eating Champ 2009 & 2014