Sunday, April 27, 2008


Yesterday I spent the afternoon at Lex's parents' house helping her stuff wedding invitations and for some lunch. By the time I got home, Kenji had already left for work since he had to do an evening shift. So I was in the middle of taking a nap when our friend Gretchen called and said let's go meet our friend Andy for Ethiopian food. The last time I had Ethiopian was five years ago in Boston, so I was in.

We went to a place called Makedas in New Brunswick. The three of us shared a shrimp dish for an appetizer (I don't see it in their online menu and I can't remember the name of it) and the meat sampler for our entrée, which consisted of chicken goo, beef goo, I think some lamb goo, and also veggie goo, corn goo and Gomen Wat (collard green goo). With the exception of the Gomen Wat, I don't remember the names of the other selections because I just sat back and let Gretchen do the ordering, trusting that it would all be good, and it was. The thing I love about Ethiopian food is eating the flavorfully seasoned food with Injera (the spongy flat bread) instead of utensils.

After our delicious dinner, Gretchen, Andy and I tried going to Cydz for martinis. They had some yummy-looking martinis, but we didn't end up trying any. Just before our waitress was about to come take our order we decided that really we were more in the mood for coffee, so we left and went to Starbucks instead. Starbucks had an old Cranium game hanging out. The game was missing its pen and paper, and the play-dough was dried up solid. Still we had fun acting out words and phrases and songs for each other to guess. :)

Monday, April 21, 2008

Monday, April 14, 2008

Mashy Mashes More

Great for mashing egg salad. Also great for mashing apples and pears!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Mashy Mashing

Well what do you know... the egg mashy is perfect for making egg salad...

Saturday, April 12, 2008


And I was just saying we didn't see any rainbows on our trip. :)

Friday, April 11, 2008

Monkey in the Monkey Pod Tree!

Today we have to go home -- boo. But at least we'll get to see Spammy,
Musubi, and Tiffknee. Yay!

Update 4/12/8 East Coast time: Now we are home. Since we had problems with getting a stable internet connection for my computer at Rebecca's house, I didn't post as many pictures as I would have liked while we were away. So now I'm going to add them in to the posts I made from my phone.

The monkey pod tree that Kenji is hanging from is at Moanalua Gardens, a privately run park near where Rebecca lives. Moanalua Gardens is home to the famous corporate icon, the Hitachi Tree. Our visit was an unsuccessful attempt to find letterboxes, but we had fun nonetheless.

I couldn't resist taking a photo of Japanese tourists taking photos of the Hitachi Tree. :)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Don't steal $5,000 and run away when you are 15

Thursday morning we enjoyed brunch with Rebecca at Duke's in Waikiki.

I noticed this little girl watching Rebecca, and I made the mistake of telling Rebecca she had an audience. Rebecca then launched into a ten minute one-sided conversation with the little girl telling her she should always listen to her parents and that she should not steal $5,000 from them and then run away when she is 15. I think the little girl's parents were feeling frightened yet entertained all at the same time. ;)

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Shirokiya Day

Wednesday was a pretty rainy day so we spent most of our time shopping at Hilo Hattie and visiting Ala Moana. We think it's cool that you can now drive through the mall (between the old part of the mall and the new Nordstrom's wing), but the new stuff really isn't all that exciting. However, Shirokiya is still fun. :) I like their pretty new mochi ice cream display.

Before we found the new mochi ice cream display, we had a little bit of eats from the Shirokiya cafeteria upstairs. Kenji was feeling a bit under the weather and got a little boost of energy from a chicken teriyaki musubi. I of course had some peanut butter-filled mochi.

I found a cute egg with chicken legs-shape masher. Of course I had to get it because it says "Mashy" on the package. Plus the package says it's perfect for mashing eggs and potatoes too (little do they know I will also use it for mashing apple and pear sauce).

Happy Birthday Dave!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Gramma's House

We took a picture of Gramma's house so she can know it's ok. :)

Battlecat Rebekkaka Action Figure Museum!

Monday, April 07, 2008

Zippy's Saimin

With a little fishcake! :)

Sunday, April 06, 2008


A giant slice of mud pie is the perfect ending to a very muddy hike up
to Wiliwilinui Ridge. Yum!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Cotton Candy Man

Above is Kenji in charge of the cotton candy machine at Ange's 1st birthday party at Ala Moana Beach Park. Between the cotton candy, the Dora the Explorer bouncy house, the cheat pinata and all our friends, it was a real good time.

I think the adults may have had more fun with the bouncy house than the kids did, though the kids definitely had more energy.


The Rest of Friday

Yep so now we're back at Rebecca's and I can post the other pictures we took while out vacationing today.

I began this morning by taking a little walk in Salt Lake. Then Kenji dropped me off at Ward Centre and I got my nails and hair done at Paul Brown. The lady who did my manicure is named Helga and she was a lot of fun to talk to, 
and she gave my hands and arms a nice massage that wasn't like beating me up like the massage I got yesterday. :)

After that Kenji and I went to see the movie Juno at the dollar theater. We were planning to go see Cloverfield, but we arrived at the theater at 1:30 pm or so only to discover that Cloverfield wasn't scheduled to start until 4:30 pm. It was a good thing because I think I enjoyed Juno a lot more than I would have enjoyed Cloverfield.

Next we drove by Kenji's old apartment on Date Street on our way to get some Jamba Juice in Kapahulu. We took our Jamba Juice to Kapiolani Park where I tricked Kenji into taking me for like a three mile walk all the way around the park and through Waikiki and back. Along the way we visited the ocean at Kaimana Beach where we stuck our toes in the water for a few minutes. We also said hello to the fishies in the tank that's in the front of the Waikiki Aquarium. The candy cane strip shrimp is getting big. I 
tried to take a picture of him but he was mostly hiding behind other stuff in the tank.

So as I mentioned, we walked all the way through Waikiki and boy were we surprised when we got to Lewers Street. This picture on the right was taken from the Ewa side of the street on the second floor. Back before we moved away from Hawaii it used to be that you couldn't even do that. Never mind all that green grass you see there and the little fountains you see there. All the junky buildings must have been knocked down and are now all rebuilt, set back from the street in nice curvy lines and filled with two stories of trendy shops and restaurants. Instead of having our dinner in any of these new places we went around the block to Arancino's on Beach Walk and had prosciutto and arugula pizza. 

Even though we really didn't pig out we felt like we did. So we slowly wandered back through Waikiki towards Kapiolani Park. Along the way we saw a couple of hula shows going on, and right near the second one I got a free hug from a guy holding up a sign that said "Free Hugs". He was hanging out on the side walk with a girl who was also holding up a free hugs sign. You can kinda-sorta see the guy in this picture but not the girl. They were cute and were getting lots of hugs from passers-by.

I took the free hugs picture from a little patch of grass we decided to lie down on for a while to digest our pizza. This was the view we had looking up. Not bad for a junky phone picture in the dark.

With pizza sufficiently digested, we continued on poking along down Kalakaua. We visited the ABC Store and then while we were looking at Indian Head coin necklaces in a jewelry store window we heard the usual Friday night fireworks going off way down by Magic Island. I was able to catch a glimpse of them from where we were standing. 

Well, I'd love to be able to show you that picture and also the one I took of us in the mirror at Bubbie's, but there seems to be something really wonky with my computer and the cable modem at Rebecca's house and it's taking forever for me to upload my pictures to Blogger. I wanna go to sleep already and plus my battery is starting to get low so maybe I'll try to finish this post tomorrow!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Mochi Ice Cream Yum!

More Waikiki Friday


So we're at Jamba Juice on Kapahulu, and they are playing Rockin
Around the Chistmas Tree. What gives??!


Sent from my iPhone

First Date Place

It's closed now, so I took a picture while the floor is still there...
Along Kalakaua, near Kalia...

Today in Waikiki

Genki Sushi Stinkeye Sign

Thursday, April 03, 2008


So we were telling Tiffknee and other NJ friends about Hawaii plate lunches and how they come with one scoop mac salad and two scoops rice. Today Kenji and I went to Zippy's for chili and rice, and he got his plate lunch style with a hot dog.

Anyway here's the before...

And here's about a minute and a half later...

The End. :)

We're in Hawaii!

Last night we arrived in Hawaii. We are staying with our friend Rebecca, but before we went to her place, we stopped in at Long's to pick up some NyQuil since we were both feeling a little funky. It was really cute, as soon as we walked in, we both said, "Mmmm... smells like Longs!" It was like being home. :)

This morning we slept in a little bit and then went to get massages at noontime. I have not gotten massages very often, and I think this one must have been the first real massage I ever had. It kinda felt more like getting beat up. I'm still all sore in my shoulders and neck! But maybe it will feel good in a few days.

This evening we went to yooj with HTDC friends and our former landlady at Brew Moon. It was fun to see everyone and catch up over greasy pupus and drinks.

Now Kenji is playing the original Super Mario Brothers on the Wii with Rebecca's boyfriend Mark. They're up to world 8 already. Ok gonna post pictures of our Zippy's chili lunch and then it's time for bed!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Game Two

...Was not as good as game one because we lost 5-4. D'oh!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The Rest of the Game

So I was trying to blog while at the game yesterday, but for some reason my cellphone service went kapooey and I was unable to upload anymore photos. Oh well, it's not so bad because now at least I can crop the photos, like this one of The Other Kenji. We were sitting in left-center field, in the first row, right above the Mariners' bull pen, were we got to watch Kenji Johjima warming up before the game.

You might have been able to see us on TV had anyone hit a home run our way. But since no one did, here we are as the pixelated specks we were, sitting just above the left edge of the Dodge sign. This is the bleachers section - the only section in the ballpark that's not quite protected by Safeco Field's retractable roof. Sometime during the fourth or fifth inning we got rained and hailed on!

Anyway this was the first time I've ever been to the opening day game of any sports team, at least that I can recall. It was fun to watch the opening ceremonies and see the players run down the red carpet from right field.

I started taking pictures of the players running out onto the field and then realized that I was never going to remember which player was which since they come out so teeny-tiny. So I made it a point to take Ichiro's photo last, that way I'd at least know which one he was. :)

After all the players were introduced, a giant US flag was brought out onto the field and the National Anthem performed by Seattle Opera tenor Marcus Shelton. And that's about the time I realized I wasn't able to send blog posts anymore so I stopped taking pictures.

Between the cold, the precipitation, the first inning home run by the Texas Rangers and the lack of scoring by the Mariners, it was shaping up to be a pretty crummy game. But then somewhere around the sixth inning things started to turn around. By the 7th, the Mariners had scored five runs and the sun even made an appearance. Then JJ Putz made an appearance in the bull pen below us and I took my phone out for one last picture. :)