Sunday, May 29, 2005

The cat came back...

Hey Vegas, look who's back in town! It's colder and windier than I expected...not the welcome I had hoped for but good enough. I'll take it!

Snacks of Choice

As we board the plane home I opt for my snack of choice--marlin jerky and dried mangoes. Vegas here we come!

Aloha and Mahalo

Aloha Oahu...we are so sad to leave. We had so much fun on the beach and eating all the Hawaiian foods. It's time to go home but we'll be back soon!

Waikiki, Oahu


It's been a wonderful week in Waikiki, Oahu. The staff at Outrigger have been so friendly and accomodating. We couldn't ask for a better view of the ocean from our room. The food is excellent--we have not had one bad meal. From Hula Grill and Duke's to what the locals eat at Ono's Hawaiian Foods--all were delicious. We've visited so many places including the USS Arizona Memorial, Waimea Bay, Dole's Pineapple Plantation, China Town, and all the little beaches along the coast of Oahu. What we liked best was our afternoons on the beach soaking in the glowing sun next to the most clear aqua blue, warm waters one could wish to doggie paddle in. As soon as we get home, we'll post pics. Aloha! Posted by Hello

Waikiki Day 1


First day in Waikiki. We settled at Hula Grill for some a delicious breakfast of khalua pork omellete and bloody mary's. Yumm.... Posted by Hello

Hula Grill at night

I'm glad we stayed on this island. At times it allowed me to pretend that I'm Tom Hanks in the movie Castaway. The next island I'd like to visit is the big island or Maui. I'm in search of fresh coconuts!

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Last full day by the beach.

Dear friends and family--even though we've done so much during the five days we've been here...it feels like we've only just begun our vacation to relax. The pigeons are white, flowers everywhere, a view of the ocean within yards no matter where you are. I don't know...my heart still belongs in Vegas. I wonder if housekeeping still makes their beds every morning with clean sheets like ours?

Food of the Locals

The food here has been incredible! Never run out of places to eat from our favorites Hula Grill's Red Snapper and Duke's coconut crusted calamari steak to plate lunches loaded w/ khalua pork and macaroni salad. Tiki's for killer fish (Aha, Mahi Mahi, Ono--you name it) to what the locals eat Ono's (taro leaf wrapped khalua pork, lomi salmon, squid luau). Mmmm...the price I will have to pay later.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Duke's Canoe Club

What another long day out! After Pearl Harbor we went to China Town to get me some tropical fruit (photo to follow-you don't wanna miss it!). We're absolutely tired of driving around in our roachmobile (long story) so we settled back in our hotel for some pupus and margaritas by the beach at Duke's.

USS Arizona Memorial

Memorial over USS Arizona to honor the 1,178 heros who perishes when a metal-piercing torpedo shredded through the ship on that fateful morning of December 7, 1941.

Pearl Harbor

Waiting in line at the crack of John to see the sunken battleship USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The line is really long so my suggestion to those who foresee a visit in the very near near future is to get up earlier than 5:30am--and skip the Thai coffee.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Hawaii Mormon Temple

What a beautiful temple! All the sisters were trying to convert us to Mormonism while we visited the temple in La'ie. The temple is one of, if not, the oldest temple (established in November 1919).

Cruise along Oahu to North Shore

We passed a macadamia nut farm, avocado farm, and sugar mill ruin. Our drive is literally a few feet away from the coast!

Drive around Oahu

Our adventure starts today with a roadtrip in a white convertible from south Oahu along the coast on the 83 to north Oahu. First stop--Leonard's for some guava custard filled malasada...mmm. I wish I had room to post all the photos of the scenery we saw along the way but you would be scrolling forever--LOL!!!

We did, however, stop by Ohana Hawaiian BBQ for some plate lunch. Pictured to the right was my choice for lunch and I can't tell you enough how flavorful the shrimp was, creamy the macaroni salad tasted, the fish was flaky and the rice was so soft and warm. Oh--god, it was the best plate lunch I've ever had!

I found better pictures of Ohana BBQ and their food along with a more descriptive post from mmm-yoso so if you don't believe me, at least mmm-yoso might be more convincing.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Outrigger, Waikiki

The view from our room...

Breakfast Hawaiian style

There's no shortage of places to eat as we settled for a traditional fare of spam, rice, and portugese sausage for breakfast at Keo's. After breakfast we toured the area on foot through the hotels and little shops along the beach. Then back to our rooms for a quick change before we broke out to the beach to soak up some sun and play in the sand. The water is salty but warm and a magnificent aqua blue...so clear.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Gone swimming

Boy, the weather couldn't be nicer. I could actually go in the water quite aways without worry of drowning. It's so shallow and clear.

Waikiki Beach

Here we are at the beach in Waikiki. Our first attempt to soak up some sun while waiting for our hotel room to be ready. The view is unbelievable and temperature is perfect although a little humid for me. Eh...I can get use to that.

Breakfast at Hula Grill

Breakfast at Hula Grill consisted of an omelette with a Bloody Mary to wash it down.

el Chollo

Esta amigo muy guapo! ¿Eh...what is he doing here across the border? And how did he get across the ocean?!

Ma ma ma my Corona

Sittin' here with my baby & my corona...got my straw hat and i'm ready to hit the beach! Unfortunately, there is no sun, no sand, nor any daylight cuz I'm at the airport.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Yummy...Pho


Yummy! Pho (pronounced like an incomplete bad word) at Pho Kim Long Vietnamese restaurant. Say the name of the restaurant really fast! Think about it... Posted by Hello

Hangin' tough

What's hangin'?

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Bad Gas

Gas prices nowadays are pretty much the same everywhere in vegas so I figured i'd go to Mobil because i'd at least I'd get a percent back in a college savings account that I established with uPromise for my nephew. It turns out, that Mobil was not a self-service station--so I ended up tipping them and there went my contributions to college funds! Grrr... :-( Don't those guys have a conscience?!

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Megadeth?

THOMAS & MACK CENTER TO HOST 'GIGANTOUR'
MEGADETH TO TAKE MAIN STAGE

Tickets On Sale Saturday, May 21st at 12:00 p.m.

Las Vegas – It's called Gigantour, and it's the brainchild of Megadeth frontman/guitarist Dave Mustaine. Set to launch in late July, Gigantour is a six-week festival trek co-headlined by Megadeth and Dream Theater, who'll be accompanied by other acts including Fear Factory, Nevermore, Symphony X, and Drykill Logic.

The tour stops in Las Vegas on July 21st and tickets for the Thomas & Mack Center performance go on sale this Saturday, May 21st at 12:00 p.m.

Gigantour follows Megadeth’s sold-out 2004 “Blackmail The Universe” Tour in support of 2004's The System Has Failed – Megadeth’s tenth studio album, which debuted on the charts at #18 and was critically hailed as a brilliant return to form. Bandmates Glen Drover (guitar), James MacDonough (bass), and Shawn Drover (drums) will once again join Dave Mustaine on the road.

Gigantour, whose moniker was inspired by the classic 1960's cartoon “Gigantor,” will travel throughout North America, with stops in amphitheatres and arenas in cities including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Montreal, Washington, Philadelphia, Boston and Minneapolis, among others. Mustaine, “I think people may want an affordable alternative to the choices out there – along the lines of a pure music festival – like Monsters of Rock or Clash of the Titans.”

Mustaine handpicked the bands for Gigantour, with a focus on musicianship. “There are a few very successful tours out each summer and in order to be significant, I knew the first Gigantour had to make an impact with top bands like Dream Theater, Fear Factory, and Nevermore.” Mustaine wanted to “put together a festival that consisted of positive bands that play heavy music in a high energy environment.”

Mustaine is excited to hit the road and has a positive outlook for Gigantour. “I look forward to watching this develop over the years and seeing how we can turn this into something that's going to stand the test of time. And if this works, and it really works, maybe we'll take it elsewhere.”

Tickets for the concert are $42 and $32 and go on sale Saturday, May 21st at 12:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.unlvtickets.com or charged by phone at 702-739-FANS. Tickets may also be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Ticket Office and all UNLVtickets Outlets including the Galleria at Sunset, the Boulevard Mall, Meadows Mall, and all Station and Fiesta Casinos. Service charges and additional fees may apply.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

A Washingtonpost.com Article

Hmm....

Bloggers Guard Their Turf: By Robert MacMillan

The blogging community is sending around an ill-tempered welcome wagon to the McMansion next door where Arianna Huffington and her circle of friends are turning the Web's hottest commodity on its head.

To view the entire article, go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/17/AR2005051700512.html

Oh...baby...YES!!


Wink, wink! Gasp..flirty as such a young age!Posted by Hello

Look at those eyes. Posted by Hello


There she is...just a few weeks old. I'm getting a slew of photos and wish I could post all of them. This girlie has a good chunk of memory on my laptop reserved exclusively JUST for her photos. I'll have to get an external drive when she turns a year old--YIKES!! (But she sure is worth every bit...no pun intended). Now. If I could just get photos of my nephew... Posted by Hello

Pre-Whiskey Bar at Green Valley Station Casino


Ouch...another long story that ended started at the Whiskey Bar at Green Valley Ranch Casino...I will share later although it won't be as long--I promise. Posted by Hello

Rehab at the Hard Rock


Say whaa?? I was trying to rehab at the Hard Rock but that turned mission impossible. Oh what a day...it's a long story which I will divulge later than sooner. Posted by Hello

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Hung Over

Oh my god...I thought I was done with those days BUT I guess I'm not. I'm SOoo hung over. I forgot how it felt. I remembered praying as I fell asleep that I wished the room would stop spinning and I wished I'd upchuck so I can get rid of the alcohol's remaining effect before it wreaked havoc on my body but NOoo...the porcelain god could care less about me.

So, I woke in the same position I fell asleep in to my vibrating phone. My sister called at 8 freakin' a.m.!!! She's in MN. I guess people there have no concept of TIME ZONES!!! Sorry sis. I love ya. You just can't call me that early on a post-Saturday morning cuz I'm usually in bed.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Psych Party


Angeline and I at the Psychology End-of-Year party at Chris Heavey's house. Everyone was pretty much plastered BUT whatever happened at the party...stayed at the party and THAT, my friend, is something that will never be divulged to a soul. Posted by Hello

Thursday, May 12, 2005

AAAaaaahhHHHHh!!!!

My last attempt to destress because I have a math final in less than 10 minutes!! BUT I've been avoiding--doing everything I could to avoid touching the subject (clean room, laundry, cook, exercise, journal, e-mail, blog, pick the lint off the carpet) and now... I must face the final exam. Here I go!

==5/14/05 5:58 p.m.===
YYIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! I just finished by Environmental Science final and scored 100/100--I'm confident that I'm definitely getting an "A" in that class. I also a getting an "A" in Business Writing. I'm borderline between an "A-" or "B+" with my Math class so I'm hoping and I really don't know about my Marketing class. Probably a "B" but oh well. I did my best considering the circumstances and challenges faced this past semester. YEAH!! I am done.

Now. Monday is the start of Summer Session I. I'm taking Dance100 online...huh? How does that work?

Thank you, dang cold, for your support!!...and of course, all the little people who've helped me along the way ;)

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Old Wives' Tales

Funny how thoughts come up while you're in the shower. The other day, I was thinking of an old wives' tale my mother told me..."key hi key hua, di pua key kak". It means "she that cries then laughs shall have husband ugly like an Donkey"...(ahem). Yeah.

I'll spare you the lesson in Laotian and list some others (with my interpretation):

  • If you walk over someone's legs (when they're sitting with legs outstreched), you'll be a dog in your next life.
  • If you eat the claw of a crab or lobster, you'll have lopsided breasts. (MOM!!!)
  • If you eat while laying down, you'll be a snake in your next life.

Oh--there's more, but first some background information. Moles are not freckles or "angel kisses" or "beauty marks" ...they're flyBird Pooping droppings so...

  • If you have "beauty marks" near your lips, you must talk a lot. (Hmm...self-fulfilling prophecy--you think?)

That's enough for now. I had no clue there were more farfetched Old Wive's Tales than the one my mom told me! Check it out!

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Phone Call from Half Way Around the World

Last night, I received a voice mail from my cousin in Laos, Tan. It was difficult to understand her. Her Laotian is different from the language (I thought) I knew. It was strange in a neat way to hear her talk...her voice coming from the other side of the world.

I've never met Tan. Prior to this year, I have only seen a photo of her as a little girl, sitting in a bowl her parents were holding. She's grown up now, late teens I think--and she has a little brother whom she calls "Bear".

I think if I were to visit Laos, I would have difficulty communicating with my broken Laotian--what little I now know. I would be a foreigner in the very country where I was born and left 22 years ago. How ironic. Posted by Hello

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Teamwork

Some people understand life better, and they call some of these people retarded???"

At the Seattle Special Olympics, nine contestants, all physically or mentally disabled, assembled at the starting line for the 100-yard dash. At the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with a relish to run the race to the finish and win. All, that is, except one little boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over a couple of times, and began to cry. The other eight heard the boy cry. They slowed down and looked back...

Ten they all turned around and went back...... every one of them. One girl with Down's Syndrome bent down and kissed him and said, "This will make it better." Then all nine linked arms and walked together to the finish line. Everyone in the stadium stood, the cheering went on for several minutes.

People who were there are still telling the story... Why? Because deep down we know this one thing:
"What matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves. What matters in
this life is helping others win, even if it means slowing down and changing our
course."

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle." I think people are like candles. There are those that just burn down until there's nothing left and there are those that light other candles along the way. I have been blessed by so many candles in my life. Those special individuals who lit a path for me will always have a place in my heart and mean more to me than they will ever know.

...and I will continue to carry their light for them...burn my candle bright in their honor. I will light others along the way, as I have been so lucky to have happen to me!

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Car Wash Coupons

Coupons for $2.00 off car washes at various locations including the hand-wash Regency Auto Spa on Maryland Parkway across from Coffee Bean! It's convenient AND they do a great job. So if you have to swing through Terrible Herbst, it would cost only $.99.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Overdose Victims

I'm posting these graphic pictures of overdose victims not for shock value, but rather the hopes that you will have a frank discussion with friends and family about respecting moderation, understanding limits, and knowing when to just walk away. Remember...this did NOT have to happen!



This kitty looks an awful lot like how my cat, Mickey, sits when she grooms herself.

And finally...

The queen of food!!!