Wow! It’s been a while, huh? I guess this is what happens when you go without WiFi at home. Yup. I always tell myself that I would bring my laptop with me and update during lunch at a cafe, or that I will go to the community lounge after work or on the weekends, or that I will eventually turn the WiFi back on. But here we are (or I am), finally succumbing to updating using my iPhone. It’s definitely not ideal, but it gets the job done.
My life these past two months have definitely been very heavy and stressful. It feels like I can’t ever catch a break in anything. In the times that I’ve felt like I’m finally caught up and ready to relax just for a moment, something else comes up. There have been so many things polluting my mind, and I’m trying my best to clear them all away. It’s definitely hard when you feel the pressure and need to keep things and go through them by yourself. To help ease my mind, I have been saying a lot of prayers – both silently and not-so-silently. I am working on my miracles while waiting for answers. I’m hanging on and keeping on, everyone!
But hey – summer is here! It’s not like it used to be when plans are made to make the best of the season, but I’m still planning to make good memories.
That is all for now, my friends. Until next time… 🙂
It has been a week since I last posted, if you can call it that. As much as I would love to finish my Oahu posts, I have decided that now is not the time. I am still very much heartbroken, but I am doing a little better.
I went home early from work today with a pounding headache, sore muscles, and a laundry list of things that cannot be put off… like finish filing our taxes! Sigh. I’m not the procrastinating type wit these sort of things, and I’m usually done by mid-March. However, this time, it was a bit of hassle with everything that happened. I started the forms before we left for Hawaii, and then, life happened. Yeah.
Since my last true update, I gained a baby niece. Super cool! Her name is Sofia, and she will be one month old this Friday! 🙂 I am so in love with her crybaby self. My Goddaughter, Samantha, received her first holy communion yesterday, which was super neat to witness. I worked six days the past two weeks, which I didn’t mind. The only frustrating part of it all was the many times we couldn’t get proper work done because our systems were down. Thanks AT&T.
On Wednesday, I will be heading up to Lake Tahoe for a work recognition celebration! I made it to Circle of Excellence, which is a huge recognition for us platform folks at work. It’ll be nice to kind of getaway, even if it is work related. Haha. I am just hoping that the snow does not pour on our way there or back.
Here I am now. I am still asking for your prayers, if you will. Praying for healing, blessings, and love.
Day three was a Sunday, so we started the day by attending mass at the nearest church we could find- St. Jude Catholic Church. The mass was beautiful, and we enjoyed listening to the homily. It was a blessing to just be thankful for the opportunity to have been there.
After church, we had brunch at Koa Pancakes. Mike ordered a hearty meal and macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup – oh so delicious, and I ordered a loco moco over their delicious fried rice. So much goodness and we were stuffed! After eating, we headed to Pearl Harbor. We went through the two museums and took a boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial. It was so surreal to actually be there, read all the names, and look at the remains of the ship. Wow. We definitely enjoyed our time there. After we left, we drove around, got a half dozen of poi mochi donuts from Liliha Bakery, and then had an early dinner at Zippy’s. Hehe. Seriously though, I want more of those donuts. So delicious!
The following day, we decided to head to Haleiwa in the North Shore. Along the way, we stopped by Dole Plantation. We looked around for a bit, bought a couple of things for friends and family, and then sat down with our Dole Whip Floats. We didn’t stay too long, and I was a little sad that I didn’t see the little hut that was selling roast corn until we were about to leave. That’s alright though because lunch was up next. We have heard a lot of raves about Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck, so we decided to check it out. We shared the scampi and hot & spicy plates, and let me tell you, it was glorious! It definitely lived up to the hype, and I found myself craving for more. Hah! The plate looks deceivingly small, but it is packed with rice, shrimp, and a whole lot of flavors! So, so, so good! After we ate up all that goodness, we drove and checked out the shops. Of course, we stopped by Matsumoto Shave Ice. I got a small bowl of the “tropical” flavors – lilikoi, papaya, and guava – with condensed milk. Yum! After checking out the town, the beach, and the shops, it was still just early afternoon. We drove down the island and visited the Ala Moana Center. We played more in the arcade than shopped. Hah! We then ate dinner at a Korean restaurant down the street from the mall before heading back. Once we got back to our resort, we changed into our swim gears and jumped in the hot tub to wind down.
In case you missed Days 1 & 2, you can find it here!
Mike and I just got back from our vacation in Hawaii! Actually, we got back late Saturday evening (11p), but yesterday was recovery/catch up day. Today, Mike went back to work, while I’m trying to prep myself for tomorrow’s comeback. Hehe. Honestly, I need to clean up, put away the luggages, and do laundry.
Back to our Hawaii trip. We were there a total of eight nights, so to spare a long, drawn out post, I will be breaking this up by days. I may also go back and edit to add pictures at a later time. 😉 Note: We booked our resort back in August of last year, but did not book flights until the first week of February! We lucked out on prices, especially on our rental SUV. We booked it for $365 for the entire trip, and the following week, the price went up to over $1,000! Whew!
On Friday, February 23rd, we took a 9AM flight from Oakland to Honolulu. We arrived at HNL shortly before 1PM local time, so we picked up our luggage, took the shuttle to the car rental lots to pick up our vehicle, and went on our merry way. By the way, we got a 2018 Nissan Rogue with only 45 miles on it! The representative at the Hertz kiosk said we were the first to drive it. Score! Our resort was about half an hour away from the airport, so we got there way before the posted check-in time. However, the staff was so amazing that upon arrival, we received our orchid lei (for me) and Kukui nut lei (for Mike), and we were told that our room was ready!
We stayed in a “Deluxe Studio – Poolside Garden View” at Aulani, and oh my gosh, that resort is just beautiful! We were on the fourth floor, which was perfect for us because it was one floor above the lobby floor and just three floors above the pools and the beach. Everything was so easily accessible by elevator or stairs, and we just enjoyed it. We thought we would get lunch after checking in, but we were a combination of tired and in awe, that we did not leave until almost dinner time. In that case, we just went across the street to Island Country Markets for food. Mike got a hamburger and a bottle of beer, and I got a spicy ahi poke bowl, spam musubi, and milk tea. It was satisfying. We also went for a drive, found a few beaches, and finally stopped at one that was not so crowded to watch the sunset. It was gorgeous!
The next morning, we strolled across the street again, and had breakfast at Island Vintage Coffee. Their frozen Macadamia Nut Kona Mocha was my favorite! Yum! We spent our first full day in Hawaii just hanging out at the resort – swimming in the pools, floating along the lazy river, soaking in the hot tub, and just lounging around. Around 6PM, we went back to our room to shower and got ready for dinner.
On Saturday, my first-born niece, Kyla, turned THIRTEEN! She is officially a teenager and I am still in denial. Kyla is the only granddaughter in my immediate family… until next month, when my sister-in-law gives birth to the second baby girl in our family! Kyla has been my baby since she was born. I was in the waiting room the night her mom went into labor, I babysat her as a baby, and she has been my mini-me. Now, she is a teen. I just love her so much. While she has her rough days, she is still as perfect as one can be. She is smart, beautiful, kind-hearted, and funny. Where has the time gone?!
For her birthday, she wanted a jump house for her and all her friends to enjoy. She invited her classmates and friends, and everyone just had a ton of fun. Sheesh, a house full of teens and preteens can be crazy. Who knew? Hah! We had a lot of food and delicious ice-cream cake! Yum!
Happy Super Bowl Sunday, everyone! Who do y’all have? As for me, I am on Team JT! I am so excited for the halftime show with Justin Timberlake! I love, love, love that man! I also love his little family. Yeah, I feel like we’re besties even though we have never actually met. Haha! I was so disappointed that I made a Target run on Friday, and FORGOT to purchase his new album. But hey – Spotify to the rescue!
So what’s up lately? Mike and I are thinking about upgrading our current iPhones (6S Plus) to either the iPhone 8 Plus or the iPhone X. We cannot decide whether we want to or not, and if so, which one. I have heard a lot of wonderful things about the Samsung Note 8 also, but I don’t think we can make that switch at this time. LOL. So, any input other? Help! Also, I am such a novice on backing up my MacBook to an external hard drive that I have semi given up. I’m thinking about subscribing to iCloud for backup storage instead – what do y’all think about that option? Yay or nay?
Alright… gotta get ready for the game! And the Justin Timberlake concert. 😉