kaua’i minimoon, part 2

Had a day off today. Woohoo for 4-day weekends!

Ok, here’s part 2 of my Kaua’i recap…

Thursday, 8/14
Did a whole lot of nothing. I think we were at the pool most of the day so no pictures… not even of food. We were supremely lazy.

But here’s a bonus pic of some roosters. They are EVERYWHERE in Kaua’i. And they crow at all hours of the day, not just in the morning. So annoying!

Friday, 8/15
This was the first day we had to wake up to the sound of an alarm clock. We made reservations to do a Na Pali coast tour and we had to be at the pier by 8:30am. So painful after days of sleeping in.

We were the last ones to board so we got stuck at the very front with no shade. This boat ride is the whole reason I got so sunburned. OH! And sitting in the front was incredibly bumpy. We felt every little dip and swell. At first it was fun (like being on an amusement park ride) but after a few hours, I started feeling nauseous. Rob kept making me drink water and carbonated lime soda, which helped. At least I didn’t get sick.

We saw dolphins!

Look how gorgeous the coast is!

Guh. Soooo pretty!

I also tried snorkeling for the first time (no pictures though — we don’t have an underwater camera). It took Rob awhile to coax me to get in the water (I am a terrible swimmer and was freaked out) but when I finally got in, I really enjoyed it. 😀 I wasn’t crazy about the water filling up in my ears, though.

I’m a wimp.

After the 5 hour boat trip, we had the most amazing shave ice at JoJo’s in Waimea. YUMMY. I wish it was closer to where we stayed (it’s on the southwest-ish side of the island and we stayed in the east) cause I could have eaten that every day. I had strawberry, Rob had liliko’i (passionfruit) and we both had haupia cream on top (haupia is like a coconut gelatin/pudding).

After a quick nap, we had dinner at Gaylord’s (this was our big, expensive dinner). No pictures, sorry — I was too lazy. I read about this restaurant on Fodor’s forums and it was recommended to us by family so we tried it. Honestly, I wasn’t that impressed. I had a seafood platter (scallops, fish, shrimp, and lobster) and while it was good, it really wasn’t worth the cost. Their lava flows were yummy though and the Banana Cream pie we had for dessert was solid.

Saturday, 8/16
Our last day in Kaua’i. Or so we thought.

Started out with a breakfast of malasadas. These are basically like donuts (no holes) covered with sugar. There’s a stand in front of K-Mart — they were fresh and soft and oh-so-yummy. Thumbs up. I can’t believe I forgot to take a picture of them — you can kinda see them in the very left of the pic.

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kaua’i minimoon, part 1

I just realized that back in late 2006 when Rob and I went to Paris, I started a trip report and I never finished it. OOPS. And since I consider this blog a diary of sorts, I want to write about some of the highlights of our mini-moon in Kaua’i… with pictures, of course (that way, I don’t actually have to write very much :P)!

We didn’t do much but lay in the sun and eat (perfect vacation to me!) but we did explore the island a little so here goes…

Monday, 8/11
After breakfast at Kountry Kitchen (loco moco for Rob and strawberry and banana pancakes for me – forgot to take pictures), we went to… K-Mart and Wal-Mart. Here we are on our mini-moon and we go shopping?!? BWAH! We were actually looking for some flip flops we could trash, some cheap-o sneakers for me (we wanted to do an easy hike and I completely forgot to pack sneakers), and also HURRICANE POPCORN (only the best popcorn ever). It’s basically butter popcorn with seaweed flakes and rice crackers. Weird, I know but oh so good.

Lunch at Hamura’s Saimin. I had the wonton saimin. YUM. (Saimin is a noodle soup dish, similar to Japanese ramen).

After lunch, we visited Opaekaa Falls…

…Lydgate Beach Park (but we didn’t go in the water)…

…and the Sleeping Giant.

And we rounded out the day with drinks on the beach. I had a lava flow (pina colada with strawberry puree) and yes, it was alcoholic. 😀

Tuesday, 8/12
Beach Day!
Started off with breakfast at Eggbert’s.

We shared eggs benedict (YUM), pancakes, and a side of spam. 😀

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back to reality

I’m back from Kaua’i. *sigh* It sure was tough going back to work today and catching up to over 300+ emails.

Rob and I had an amazing vacation even though United was at it again and totally ruined our departing flight back to LA. We were supposed to leave Saturday night at 8pm and had even boarded the plane when the flight attendants said there was a mechanical problem they were trying to fix. We deboarded and waited around for 2 hours before they determined that it could not be fixed, the flight was going to be cancelled and we were going to be rescheduled for 2pm the next day. Sure, it was nice to have an extra night on the island on United’s dime but at that point, we just wanted to be home instead of dealing with the line to get our accommodations vouchers and then another line to be shuttled to the hotel. UGH. It was seriously painful. Our time on the island, though, was super relaxing and fun (I have the sunburn and awful tan lines to prove it!) and I’m so glad we had that time to enjoy each other’s company after the wedding.

Speaking of pics, here’s one that my best friend Robyn took of Rob and me before the wedding… we decided to see each other before the ceremony to get all our pictures out of the way. This was taken right after our “first look” — we look so giddy!

YAY! More pics soon.

Thanks so much to all of you for all your well wishes, especially Kelly and Sarah for the awesome cards. It was so nice to come home to them. 🙂

Lastly, I want to wish a very Happy Birthday to my best friend Carms! Love ya!

women’s gymn aa

First, I just want to wish my husband Rob (weird!) a happy belated 30th birthday. It was actually yesterday but we were out sightseeing on the north shore and I was too lazy to blog about it. 😀

So it’s 7pm Hawaii time… Rob’s taking a nap after a very tiring day at the pool (hee) and what am I doing? I am refreshing my browser every few seconds checking on the scores of the women’s gymnastics all-around competition. Gawd, how I love the Olympics.

And because I don’t think it has aired yet (warning: spoiler ahead)…

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married and in kaua’i

So Rob and I are married.


Saturday was amazing. The whole day felt completely surreal and overwhelming. Everything came together beautifully — so much more than I ever expected. I’ll definitely share photos of the day once we get them from our friends and family.

Now we’re in Kaua’i for our “mini-moon.” It’s so nice to be able to relax! Too bad it took us *forever* to get here. Our flight was scheduled to leave LA at 4:55pm on Sunday and due to an air circulation problem on the aircraft, we didn’t actually leave until just after 10pm. UGH. Oh well, we’re here now and that’s all that matters. I don’t want to the vacation to end! 🙂


I *really* want to take a week off from work and go on vacation this year… but where to?

Rob and I tossed the idea of Hawaii around. But we’ve been to Oahu twice together already. We thought maybe we’d check out a different island (neither of us have been to the Big Island) but I’m not sold. I LOVE Hawaii but we were just there last year so I’m thinking we should try a different destination.
I really want to go to New York (I went when I was about 9 or 10 and I don’t remember a thing) but HOLY MOLY, hotels are INSANELY expensive. If I’m going to spend that much money, I’d rather head to a destination outside of the US.

I’ve been to the major cities in Europe (Rome, London, Paris, Amsterdam, etc. but only for 2-3 days at a time) and Rob’s never been so this might be a great opportunity to experience Europe together. I figured we could pick one city and really spend the week exploring and relaxing instead of visiting 2 cities and cramming all the activities into a few days. Is that a good idea? Or should we just wait to hit Europe when we have at least 2 weeks?

Argh. I don’t know. Anyone have any suggestions? We’re aiming to take our vacation in October. I wish it were October right now.

And to answer a few questions from my previous post… I’m taking my ballet classes at an actual studio. I can’t imagine taking a ballet class at a gym! I started taking lessons when I was 4 and took multiple classes a week until I was about 15. I actually thought for awhile that I was going to be a professional ballet dancer when I “grew up.” It wasn’t until I was 13, when I was auditioning for apprenticeships at various companies, that I realized 1) I didn’t have the ideal body type (I heard this more times than I care to remember) and 2) dancers have a tough life (competitive atmosphere, money is tight). At that point, I decided to stop training and just take classes for fun. That didn’t happen, though, since “high school life” took over (ie. pep squad, clubs, homework). I’ve wanted to take classes again for years now but was too lazy, lol. I’m trying to be more active now, which is hard since I’m not a huge fan of the gym. I figure that at least with ballet, I’m getting exercise AND I enjoy it. Not bad. 😀

hawaiian adventures

Before I forget, just wanted to do a quick Hawaii post…

Hawaii was amazing. I’ve visited many times now and each time I love it more and more. For me, there really isn’t a more perfect vacation spot.

Aww man, I miss Hawaii. My first day back at work was *harsh.* I had 250+ emails to wade through and all I could think about was getting some more sun on the beach. Guh.

Anyway. Enough wallowing.

I finally got my Harry Potter book on Saturday afternoon (stinking black-out!!!). And finished it Sunday night. Thoughts to come…

i’m back

… So I’m back. And I miss Hawaii already (I could seriously pack up and move there; I love it so much). I can’t believe I have to go back to work tomorrow. Noooo!!!
Pictures and an actual blog about the trip to follow… as well as an entry about Veronica Mars and my shipping inclinations. 😉

*sigh* Off to finish unpacking.


I’m in Hawaii right now posting from the Apple store. Heh. I’m so silly.
Anyway, just wanted to say Hi! 🙂 Will blog all about the trip when I get back.

OTP meme

I started getting ready for the trip to Hawaii (squee!) this weekend… bought flip flops, beach towels, sunscreen, shorts (ugh, I don’t typically wear shorts but they’re a necessary evil), and of course, a swimsuit. Trying on swimsuits was… NOT FUN. I don’t really have body image issues but… blech. I’d rather not have to try on bathing suits again. Ever again. *shudders*

So… I finally managed to finish up sour-lemon.org. Does anyone even remember that I bought that domain months back? lol. Anyway, I basically moved all my wallpapers and scans and combined them into one big multimedia site since I was getting tired of maintaining separate sites. There’s nothing new… yet. But there *is* a new layout! Please visit!

And some memes since I was tagged by Alie

Ships Meme
1. Pick your 5 favorite OTPs (One True Pairings)
2. Find pictures and post them
3. Give the name of the OTP and what fandom they’re from
4. List your favorite moment between them
5. Tag 5 people to do this meme

OTP #1 (aka my favorite ship of all time): Pacey and Joey, Dawson’s Creek

Favorite Moment: Joey running to the docks to tell Pacey she loves him… just in time to sail away with him on the True Love for the summer.

OTP #2: Ephram and Amy, Everwood

Favorite Moment: Ephram returning from his summer in New York to be greeted by Amy at the airport. (This scene *never* fails to make me smile).

OTP #3: Anne and Gilbert, Anne of Green Gables series

Favorite Moment: Gilbert’s marriage proposal to Anne at the end of Anne of the Island. (This is my favorite moment in the movies as well).

OTP #4: Harry and Hermione, Harry Potter

Favorite Moment: The entire time-travel sequence from The Prisoner of Azkaban.

OTP #5: Seth and Summer, The OC

Favorite Moment: Seth “sweeping Summer off her feet” (slow dancing in his room at the end of The Heartbreak).


Hot Guys Meme
List 10 celebrities that you find attractive and then tag 5 of your friends.
01. Joshua Jackson
02. Ewan McGregor
03. Jonathan Rhys-Myers
04. Brad Pitt
05. Josh Duhamel
06. Carlos Bernard
07. Mike Erwin
08. Ben Affleck
09. Michael Vartan
10. Tom Welling

I’m tagging anyone and everyone for both memes! 😛