Oahu: Days 3 & 4


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.

Shrimp Plates from Giovanni’s!
Shave ice! Mine’s the one to the right.
Mike’s results. LOL.
Dole Whip Float!


In case you missed Days 1 & 2, you can find it here!

Oahu: Days 1 & 2


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.

Welcome  buttons!
View from our balcony.
First breakfast in HI. YUM!
A short program by the pool.
Infinity pool!

Need for Speed

Hello August! It’s my birthday month, and it’s not quite the start I had wished for.

Today, I got my first ever speeding ticket. I was so mad at myself because how dare I think that my morning meeting was more important than my safety and the safety of those on the road with me? In my defense, there was no one else around me. Because I left them all behind, maybe. As soon as I saw the CHP pull out of its hiding place, I knew she was after me. I pulled over immediately. I didn’t play dumb, and I was glad she didn’t ask me if I knew why she pulled me over. I didn’t fight her or disrespect her. I was as calm as I could be, but inside it was a mixture of, “Oh crap! A ticket! I’m late for the meeting! I’m so sorry, God. I’m sorry, Husband!” Yeah all of that. A few minutes later, I was on my way, with a ticket, and about twenty minutes late to my meeting. Never again, I hope.

To make myself feel better, I had HUGE slice of combination pizza for lunch. They must have known I was not having the best day ever, because they loaded that baby! I also sprinkled so much garlic and crushed pepper. Yup, totally delicious.

Anyway, I left work around 4:10pm, and stopped by my parents’ house to play with my nephew and the dogs. Of course, babies and pups are total cure for a horrible day. I didn’t tell my dad about my ticket, which means I have to beat him to our shared PO Box until my ticket comes. LOL. Even though I am married and moved out, I’m still scared of getting scolded by my parents! But u what was waiting for me? A summon for jury duty! Is this real life?!

I need a big glass of mojito. Or wine. Or beer. Or ROOTBEER. Cheers to thirsty Thursday!