Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Big Island Vacation




Ans & I enjoyed a week on the Big Island with my family. After a long month of constant work and no play, my family surprised us with a much needed vacation/ reunion to the Big Island. This photo strikes me because my niece is angelically highlighted by sunlight...fun times!

I also learned something at the volcano. My mom said her ancestors live in the lave tube. I kid you not. She says crazy stuff like that all the time. Ans gets a kick out of it. We tried to get her talking about it on film, but she got camera shy.
video

Here's the group shot at the Volcano:...I don't know why I look larger than everyone else...no one in the photo looks related to anyone else...
Here's the video of us trying to get Adam to sit for the group shot: video

This is us in the mini van...no family vacation is complete without the mini van. This van was much better than last time when mom had to sit on the floor and there were cockroaches everywhere. Our very first family vacation was almost 10 years ago to this day. It was historic...let's just say it was from La Jolla to Big Sur and it was the longest ride of my life and no one was allowed to sleep...that's all I can say. I was surprised Ans stuck around after that but things worked out :)

We of course stopped at Hapuna Beach for some boogie boarding and sand building:
We were also treated to a night at the Hilton Waikoloa. I like this hotel because its just fun. Its made for families. You have three options to get to your hotel room 1) walk (but who wants to do that but you actually usually end up walking because the stupid tram takes so long) 2- ride the tram and 3) ride a boat. I kid you not. You can ride a boat to your hotel room. Well it takes you to your hotel building but there's three buildings and its a fun ride. There's always a flock of Myna birds in the trees making a ruckus too. The dolphins are fun to look at. they like to swim up close to you and look you right in the eye. I don't think they're in greatest of shapes though.

This is Ans sliding down the biggest slide at the Waikoloa Hotel. I like how he has his "Extreme" Face going on...
And if you can see in this little picture you'll see the legs of my momma as she exits the slide sideways .
This little picture might be the best part of the trip. My mom, if you've ever met my mom, is a little Japanese lady and when she speaks to you, you end up looking like a deer in headlights. I understand her most of the time but its difficult for most people. She's about 4ft tall. At most. She also doesn't swim. At all. I spent a good deal of time growing up just trying to get her to float...something just isn't working. As soon as she was in the pool, my brother in law was there to swoop her up & out onto dry land. I'm so proud of mom for going down the slide! She was scared but when she saw little Adam go down she was determined. Plus I ended up having to push her down when she at the last minute tried to back out of it much to the amusement of the other slide riders who didn't know what she was shouting at me.

After her big adventure down the slide, mom found herself a hot tub:


Hopefully we'll be able to go back again soon!





Red Moon!


I've never seen one. I've never had my shit together enough that I knew exactly the date and time of a lunar eclipse. So it was quite a big deal that Ans & I were able to watch the whole total lunar eclipse tonight. I was slightly bummed I missed the initial start of it after days of waiting but you have to appreciate what you got, right? So i had like an hour of sitting out on the hammock watching our shadows move across the moon's surface. It was sublime- a perfect way to spend the evening. Plus there's something about the hammock that puts Ans out cold. He just has to sit in it for like 2 min and he falls asleep. I had to wake him up every time the clouds cleared enough to shout out the eclipse's progress, but that was fun in itself.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Hurricane Flossie

Update:
All Big Island Public schools will be closed on Tuesday for Hurricane Flossie.
All Big Island Wal-Marts are now open for 24 hours.

The Big Island is expected to get hit the hardest by Flossie. It has been downgraded to a Category 3. Hurricane experts were counting on the cooler waters in the pacific to significantly weaken Flossie, but she has so far been indifferent to the weather.



HURRICANE FLOSSIE LOCAL STATEMENT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI
544 AM HST MON AUG 13 2007

...DANGEROUS HURRICANE FLOSSIE APPROACHING THE BIG ISLAND OF
HAWAII...

...AREAS AFFECTED...
THIS STATEMENT RECOMMENDS SPECIFIC ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN BY PERSONS
THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII.

...WATCHES/WARNINGS...
A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII. A
HURRICANE WATCH MEANS HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN 36
HOURS.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

In case you were wondering...

Here is an educational clip from Japan showing the various methods you can use to disperse bad smells. I love the fact that they used yellow to highlight the gas and the semi tight sound is classic.



The conclusion is that you should never walk in front of your fart. The best and fastest method of detaching yourself from the smell is to quickly move off the side like a crab simultaneously tapping your bum hole. This method is called "The Indian" in Japanese. I'm not making this up! This is even better than the F CUP cookie.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Nice


Look what I found! F Cup Cookies from Japan! So this might be old news to some folks but I just discovered them. These cookies are for breast enhancement...i'm not kidding. It's for real. It's from my people. Q-Taro, the makers of this insightful morsel of cultural obsession says (the links aren't work appropriate- there's some freaky breast action on the Pueraria site):

F Cup Cookies make breast implants obsolete. Making your breasts bigger is now as simple as eating 2 cookies a day. They come in packs of 4 for ¥290, each cookie containing 50mg of that miracle breast enlarging herb Pueraria Mirifica. How many cookies you'll have to eat to get size F Cup is unknown


You have to wonder if this is also an Ass Cookie...