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Weekly Small Pleasures #13

It’s time, once again, to take stock and be grateful for those moments, big and small, that made this week amazing. Early Mornings – It was week #3 and I’m proud to report that I’m now getting up enthusiastically at 5:00 am. As a result of this newfound appreciation of dawn, I now enjoy the brilliant sunrises instead of lamenting how early it is or how tired I am. Tuesdays with Mom – I flew to Honolulu on Tuesday to meet my mom and dad for her doctors’ appointments. No matter how depressing it can get, it’s always nice to spend the day with my parents. Flying – This past Tuesday, I was reminded that I love flying. Unfortunately, the only long-distance traveling I’ll be doing in the next month is to Honolulu for a bunch of meetings and mom’s medical appointments. No matter. I enjoy the 45-minute commute. Macarons – Need I say more? Oishii desu ne! Cooking – Now that I’m working out regularly, I’m spending a bit more time in the kitchen, but because my schedule is getting tight, it’s forcing me to do a lot of food prep …

Weekly Small Pleasures #12

It’s been a while since I posted one of these, but I had a few amazing moments this week that are too good not to document. Lava Viewing Trek – That little excursion out to Kalapana is still fresh in my mind. Return to Fitness – This past week was week #2 of being back at spin, hula, and yoga and I’m finally feeling great. As you all know, when you get back into working out, it’s kind of a bummer. Your body’s in shock, you’re still trying to convince yourself that miserable sweating is worth it, and you’re exhausted all the time, but after going 2 weeks straight, I’m hitting my stride and it’s amazing. I’m eating and sleeping better, I’ve got a lot more energy, I’m happier, and I even managed to rock the front row last Friday. Hurray fitness! Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Morning Spin Vinyasa Spin Vinyasa Spin Yoga/Cardio Evening Vinyasa Hula Yoga Hula Pretty Nails – I’ve mentioned this before. Painting my nails is my way to feel more …

Lava Viewing at Kalapana

Our friend Adrel called me on Saturday to see if I wanted to go with him to take pictures of the lava flow in Kalapana. You may have seen Adrel’s amazing photographs on our Holoholo Girls’ Instagram and being that we’re both recreational photographers, I jumped at the chance. After discussing trekking at night or early morning, we decided on today, Labor Day. We packed up and headed out of Hilo at 4:30 am. Once in Kalapana, we were surprised to see that other people had the same idea, no doubt wanting to see the beautiful glow of the lava in the dark. Getting to the actual viewing site was not that difficult. It’s a 3.5 mile walk/hike on a mostly flat gravel road. Adrel heard that people head out on bikes, so he managed to secure two bikes and we rode toward the site with headlamps. Walking wouldn’t have been bad, but biking was better. People were already situated on the cliffs, cameras out and taking photos of the amazing view. While Adrel moved closer to snap some pics, …

Green Optimism

In response to Optimistic: I love the concept of bike-sharing. As a tourist, it’s an affordable and “green” way to sightsee, while also getting in a little physical activity. In Taipei last August, I saw these bike rentals outside the hotel, and immediately thought to rent one and ride down to the Daan Forest Park. In the end, I decided against it since I had 1 hour before having to check out of the Chaiin Hotel in Dongmen. Also, the instructions were in Chinese and it was a stifling 90 degrees. Excuses, excuses, I know, but I really was pressed for time. One of the things I’d like to do when I go back to Seoul is to rent a bike and ride along the Han River. Other bloggers have mentioned how beautiful the views are so it’s definitely on my list of Seoul To-Do’s. Our local university here in Hilo recently implemented a bike share program for students. Abandoned bikes on campus were given makeovers, with new seats, tires, and fresh coats of paint. Now students can borrow these bikes for free to run errands …

Romantic Tango in Buenos Aires

I love dancing, but I also love watching couples dance the Argentine Tango.  The intensity of the dance is very moving and can transpose you to another place.  During my visit to Buenos Aires, we spent an entire day in the district of La Boca.  It is such a unique neighborhood.  And it is said through many romantic stories that the tango originated from La Boca.  I love the bright colors of the  buildings along the shoreline painted in bold colors.  You can also find artisans painting or singing along the sidewalk.  My favorite is coming across the impromptu tango repertoires performed by the dancers.  You can never tell when a couple of dancers will show up and brighten your day with a lovely tango.   Visit other blogs participating in Bastet’s Pixelventures – Romantic: http://wedrinkbecausewerepoets.com/2014/05/12/bastets-pixelventures-may-13-2014/  and Frizz’s “T” Prompt: http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/tagged-t-2/

Spring Activity in Hilo nei

In one of our previous posts, Spring is in the Air, we noted that it is always difficult to differentiate between the seasons here in Hawai’i.  But, based on the school calendar, we know that school will get out soon, so it’s always great to indulge in a few outdoor activities.  Here are a few photos from this weekend’s mother’s day outing at Moku Ola (aka Coconut Island). After a full belly, we walked to the opposite end of the island to the rock wall tower structure which looks like the remains of a wharf or pier to watch as the youth climbed and jumped into the ocean. Our overseas guests wanted to also join in the fun. As good hosts, we had to show them how it was done.  Just climbing up the first level of the structure on shaky legs, I had a boost of adrenaline rushing through my body to help me make the jump.  Rogene and I were not as brave as Adrel who jumped from both levels, including the highest one. The day was very calm, with hardly any trade …

S is for Sand Dunes

When visiting Peru, one of the places to include on your list is the Ica Region, also known to the Peruvians as the “Land of the Sun”.  The land is very fertile due to the warm dry climate. There is an abundance of grapes grown here.  This area is also known for the delicious Pisco – the national drink of Peru.  There are many vineyards found in this area attracting many visitors all year round. But, one of my favorite things about this area is the massive sand dunes surrounding the area. After a nice visit with various vineyards, and an afternoon at Huacachina, as we were headed back to the hotel, we noticed several locals climbing up to the top of the sand dune behind our hotel.  We asked at the front desk what they were doing and where they were going.  All my husband heard was sand surfing and he was very excited. We were very lucky to have stared the climb before dusk so we could climb the enormous sand dune and enjoy the sunset while hitting the …

Reflections of an IRON(WO)MAN’s Journey

If anyone would have asked me if I was interested in doing an Ironman triathlon in my lifetime, I would have laughed and told them they were crazy! After all, you must have a few screws loose to entertain that idea, right?! Well….. that’s what I used to say 🙂 It all started in 2002, when one of my best friends from college, Paola, asked me if I would be interested in doing a triathlon in honor of her grandmother who had passed away from Leukemia. The organization we would be training and fundraising with was called Team in Training, an organization that raises funds and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I had no idea what a triathlon was, but I am a sucker for sentimental and heartwarming causes and I signed up after attending an Informational Session and hearing stories of those who had been affected by blood cancers such as Leukemia, Lymphoma, or Hodgkin’s disease. Initially I had signed up for the shortest distance, the Pacific Grove Sprint Triathlon in Monterey. …

Share Your World – 2014 Week 2

If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why? Since I still have family in Peru, I would opt to live there. I love the people and the food. I do not like Lima for all the congestion, so I would want to live outside of Lima. The northern coast of Peru is lovely and the weather is great. I would not be able to swim in the cool water, but will be able to eat lots of seafood. Music or silence while working? I love music, especially when having to work out. It keeps me pushing it and finishing a workout. But when I have to sit behind the computer and work silence is better. Otherwise I may start daydreaming to the lyrics of the song. What is your favorite color? I love hues of orange and red. Best color to describe it would be coral. Do you have a bucket list? What are your three items? A bucket list are things …

Marathoner? Who Me?

“Crazy!” That’s what I called my girlfriend when she suggested we do the Honolulu Marathon! “We can WALK it!” she exclaimed! She steered me to a site called “Marathon Walking” which outlined how any level headed person with slight overachieving tendencies can (really) do it! This was January of 2011. We had 11 months! No sweat we said! At that point, walking 2 miles was quite the achievement. Actually, it was finding the TIME to walk even 20 minutes was the big challenge. We were busy! Then, my husband (the manager—you know the type) chimed in and threw down the real gauntlet (we think he was scoffing at us)… he would SPONSOR us through his small business company! Cool! An ACTUAL, like, FOR REAL SPONSOR! He paid our entry fee but then issued this ultimatum: If… during or after the race, we were found on the ground, comatose, we were to immediately remove any association with his company (i.e. t-shirts, caps, tattoos, etc). He surmised the negative publicity was going to hurt his already obscure …

Good Luck, Honolulu Marathoners!

On the eve of the 2013 Honolulu Marathon, I’d like to send all entrants well wishes and good juju for a successful race. Exactly one year ago, I was in your (running) shoes, digesting carbs and getting psyched up to finish 26.2 grueling miles. Last year’s race means “run a marathon” is officially crossed off the old bucket list and I might be fine if I never run another marathon again, but I won’t rule it out just yet. Here are a few lessons that came after the race: 90% mental, 10% physical I didn’t train as much as I should have, but it was no use beating myself up about it. I silenced my mind, took in the view, listened to music, and enjoyed the experience. I didn’t dwell on losing 15 minutes, standing in line at the porta-potties after mile 4, and I certainly wasn’t thinking about the finish line. I just took in everything as it happened. Whenever things started to feel bad, my mantra was, “One foot in front of the other” …

Challenges for the Soul

Think about the word ‘challenge’ for a minute. Does it scare you? Excite you? Make you want to run away? All of the above? For me, it kind of stops my heart for a few brief seconds as I carefully think about what it is that I will be challenged to. Do I want to do this? Can I do this? But most important, will I be able to finish the challenge? I remember nervously signing up for my first half marathon and although I signed up for fun, questions began filling up my head: Could I finish the 12 miles? What if I have to go to the bathroom during the event? and the worse one of all, what if I pass out from exhaustion or dehydration? Turned out, I had a blast. No, I did not pass out from heat overkill and yes, I did have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the race where there were no portable toilets around and yes, I couldn’t walk the next day and …