022013Oct

North Shore

It was time for snorkeling. Rounding up a group of twenty friend and family was challenge we accomplished by simply starting off with a mass text, “Leaving for Shark’s Cove at 10am.” And then we were off, in our little subgroups. Room after room left without the need to caravan with one another. We just arrived, found a spot on the beach, and joined each other in the water. It was off season in terms of the number of tourist, but still, we were lucky to secure the last parking…

012013Oct

Vow Renewals

It’s not often you can get all your friends and family together. Especially when you grow older and time becomes more of a precious commodity. But somehow we got about twenty eight people together to watch a few friends renew their vows. Maybe it was allure of Hawaii or the prospect of just getting away. Either case, we had people from as far as Hong Kong and as neighboring as Canada, join in. This was the main point of this trip, to see vows renewed. Couples engaged in a once…

302013Sep

Awaiting the Cousins

Cousins were due to arrive by 2:50pm right in the middle of the afternoon. What else to do, but to hunt for some good eats near the airport. I read about this place, Nico’s Pier 38 from a couple of blogs. Little did I know, Yelp had two entries for this and I followed Apple Map’s direction out to some warehouse. Thanks. Luckily I used Google maps and found the actual place a few blocks away in a more active place. It still looked like it was in an industrial…

292013Sep

Pillbox Hike

Day one of my vacation and somehow I was convinced to do physical activity. I realized this after I was halfway up a trail over in Kailua, sweat soaked and regretting why I decided flip flops were okay. The trail was short but steep. Within minutes I saw the first military pillbox perched on the hill. It was subjected to local Hawaiian graffiti making it look less formidable than it’s previous life. If you don’t know what these are, they’re the concrete bunkers you see in the movies mowing down…

112012Sep

Hidden Hikes

Why is there a picture of musubi, albeit my favorite cucumber, egg, spam musubi from Iyasume? Well, that’s because I wished I had one while we were hiking. Not that it was a difficult hike. It didn’t even take half an hour to get to the top. No, I simply was dreaming of this stuff. And you may not know, but I was looking for the best musubi in town. I tried the ABC stores. Not bad, I’d say their the benchmark norm. The whopper of the burger world. Not…

112012Sep

Rain Day

It was a scattered rain storm day. And rain storm isn’t quite the word. It was a chaotic down pour if you got caught in one of these rain clouds roaming the island. Unfortunately, one of them came out to Waimea Bay to ruin our snorkeling and beach afternoon. We ended up searching for other beaches because at the time, Waikiki was being hit by rain. The only place without rain was Ewa Beach, a beach I never been to. Well, once we got there I knew why. It’s quite…

082012Sep

Waikiki, Finally

Today was all about staying around the hotel. I mean why wouldn’t we venture out in this great part of the island. Can’t let the tourist scare you away. Oh wait, I’m a tourist too ain’t I? Well, the stuff that’ll scare you are all the street performers and brochure hand outs that make you feel like you’re walking on Hollywood Boulevard during the day. Cheapens the place tremendously, but if you stay along the beach, you’ll understand why this is a beach hot spot. Gentle waves and clear water…

072012Sep

Pearl Harbor

So I don’t usually do the touristy stuff, but it’s my third time here and I haven’t checked out one of the most historical landmarks here in Oahu, Pearl Harbor. The very place where tragedy struck only to make a country more resilient. Impressive. And even more impressive was the Missouri, a battleship that was basically a city floating on water. And no, a cruise ship doesn’t compare. Touring a battle ship gives you a true perspective of what it is, a ship made exclusively for firepower. There were so…

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