Archive for December, 2008

Happy New Year Preview (Photos)

December 31st, 2008
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Like last week, I'm sure many of us (I hope!) are away from our computers today and spending quality time with our families. For those of us who are taking a quickie WWE break before heading on home (I don't blame you :P ), here's a lil' somethin' somethin' for y'all: a couple long exposure shots I took during last year's New Year's celebration. Enjoy!

Pretty cool yeah?
Pretty cool yeah?

Pretty cool yeah?
Pretty cool yeah?

I'm scheduled to be promo'd in this Sunday's print version of the Advertiser so pick one up and support the paper won'tcha? And den, check out this blog right hurr for Part I of some of my Japan adventures! Woo hoo!

Have yourselves a safe and happy new year y'all! See you next week year! :)

Food, Family and Fun: The True Meaning of the Holidays

December 30th, 2008
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With Christmas just behind us and the new year quickly approaching, many of us are fortunate enough to be able to spend quality time with family and friends during this happy time of year. Preparing and eating our favorite meals while trading gifts and stories from the year gone by... Ahh... there ain't nuthin' better!

Here are some shots from recent celebrations:

Pork Chops on the Grill
Pork Chops on the Grill

Seasoned Shrimp Ready to Be Cooked
Seasoned Shrimp Ready to Be Cooked

Shrimp On the Barbie!
Shrimp On the Barbie!

Wii Fun
Wii Fun

Da Gang
Da Gang

And den... it was time for homemade mochi making with da wifey's family. Good times!

Pouring the mochi rice into the steamer bowl
Pouring the mochi rice into the steamer bowl

The Steamer
The Steamer

Transferring the rice to the mixer
Transferring the rice to the mixer

The Mixer (Nu Skool version of the mallet-stone pounding action)
The Mixer (Nu Skool version of the mallet-stone pounding action)

Big mochi blob ready to become little mochi blobs
Big mochi blob ready to become little mochi blobs

peanut butter and anko (red beans)
The mochi innards: peanut butter and anko (red beans)

Stuffing one with anko
Stuffing one with anko

My combination mochi
My combination mochi

The finished products
The finished products

Let's not forget da local kine eats! Kalua pig and cabbage!
Let's not forget da local kine eats! Kalua pig and cabbage!

Kalua pig and cabbage stir fry
Kalua pig and cabbage stir fry

(Wasn't quite sure if the fam wanted to be seen on this here blog, so I only included food shots this time around. Maybe next time, if/when they give the ok, we'll get some faces up in hurr! :)

Talk to me!
* How did/will you spend your family bonding time this year?
* What is the one dish you most look forward to (and who makes it)?
* What are you most thankful for this year?

How Geeks Do Blackouts

December 29th, 2008
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Yeah, I know, I'm shmall kine late with the blackout report, but I figgah since errbody else already blogged about it up in here, I'd try to present a different angle for all y'all, 3 days aftah da fact. *grin*

Now I don't consider myself a geek by any stretch of the imagination, but I do have geeky tendencies. LOL! Below, you'll find what one pseudo-geek did to pass the time of what literally turned out to be "Black" Friday.

Unless you make your home far far away, I don't have to tell you what happened to most of us during Friday's fiasco. What I do want to tell you (and what I also want to hear from you) is how we (you) spent our (your) day battling the dark "night". Get it? Pretty good play on words eh? *patting self on back* Anyway...

The night started with some false alarms. The flickering of the lights. Some subtle hints warning of the impending doom, er gloom, ah, blackout. Wifey and I rushed to get our dinner a-cookin', but the electric gods were not with us.

*POOF*

Power be gone!

Ain't no thang. We were kinda mentally prepared for it actually. But it did suck, as, I'm sure it did for the rest of us. (One story I heard was of those stuck in the "Bodies" exhibition when the power went out. That must've been nuts yeah!? Talk about real life haunted house! LOL!).

Thanks to all of the candy and treats our friends, family and neighbors gave to us for the holidays, we pretty much had a jubilee of options for a replacement meal. And although Chex snack mix is not the ideal meal, we at least had 30 days worth in case the power didn't come back for another month. :P

With no electricity, there was no form of entertainment to speak of. Like errone else, TV, Internet and Phone were all down, so we were reduced to working on our Thank You cards under candlelight (My eyes are still burning). 8)

When the vision started to go and the fumes from the marker became too much, I took periodic "Virus Buster" breaks on the trusty DS. Staring at a bright screen in pitch black darkness however, is not so guaranz balbaranz, so I had to take a break from taking a break, naw-mean? So it was off to find the next thang to do. Hmm, let's check the Internet on my phone...

Awww yeeeeeaaaaah!

Da buggah works!

So what do I do? I check my email, read my feeds on Google Reader, do a lil' bit of Facebook, and then pop on to Twitter.

WOAH!

Note to self (and others): Twitter, during island-wide blackouts, is the place to be son!

Thanks to the (Hawaii) Twitter community sending constant updates about their situations and the news they've gathered from others, I was not in the dark, while in the dark, if you know what I mean. I was able to piece together what was happening all ova the island without electricity and without moving a muscle (except the ones in my thumb). Apparently, the Hawaii blackout related messages (marked with "#hipower") was the number one tracked term on Twitter search at the time. Pretty amazing.

I gotsta give mad props to @johngarcia (John Garcia from the Advertiser), @hawaii (Ryan Ozawa), @KGMB9 (Jared Kuroiwa is that you?), and a few others for keeping many of us afloat when we were looking for something, anything.

The next morning, the power was still not back for us "Milsville" peeps, so it was time for more geekiness. We busted out the ol' crank radio to listen to Perry (on the left) and Price (on the right) on KSSK to find out what the dealio was, and mixed in a few more rounds of DS and Twitter for good measure...

Funniest quote of the day (from wifey): *pouts* "I'm washing dishes for food we didn't even eat!"

Talk to me!
* Is that geeky enough for you? Were you even geekier than me?
* How did you end up spending your night/day?
* What area do you live and what time did your power end up coming back on at?
* Any other thoughts or feedback on the blackout or weather in general?

Holla!

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - December 24, 2008

December 24th, 2008
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Christmas Eve BBQ
Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - December 24, 2008

OK, ok, so it's another "psyche!" photo this week, but das only because it's Christmas eve and I care about you yo! You should be spending quality time with your family, friends and loved ones today instead of wasting your time reading this here WWE blog. So promise me you'll go home soon a-ight? :)

BTW, this photo, in case you were wondering, was from a Christmas gathering I had with the homies last year in Hawaii Kai. BBQ-ing with friends is always fun during the holidays.

Happy Hump Day Where In Hawaii Wednesday Christmas Eve. :)

I'm doing the long weekend thang, so I'll see you guys next week k? Shoots! Merry Christmas y'all!

P.S. For kicks, don't forget to track Santa here.

If I Only Had a Beard

December 23rd, 2008
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It's been a while since I've written a "real" random blog, so let's give it a try eh?

In these final few days leading up to Christmas, I've had my fair share of sightings of the big guy in red. Seeing that jolly fella, and his flowy white work of art always made me wonder why I can't, for the life of me, grow more than "scraps" on my chinny chin chin.

Errone always tells me that I should be thankful that I don't have to shave errday, but I dismiss that with a pout. You see, I've been blessed with baby's butt cheek syndrome... and I hate it.

Whenever I see you peeps with beards, goatees or even sideburns, I get j. Even if I let myself go for two weeks (which I've done on trips mind you), all I come up with is some sorry excuse for stubbles - above and below my lips - that would make Tom Selleck wet himself from laughing so hard.

Look Out Abe Lincoln! Hurr comes Ed!
Look Out Abe Lincoln! Hurr comes Ed!

The people who tell me I should be thankful are probably right, but I just want the option, nawmean? I want to be able to wake up one day and say, "Hmm... this week, let's go for a Rollie Fingers stache, or the Kimbo Slice beard, or Dylan McKay 90210-esque sideburns!" The only options I have now are clean-shaven or a little dirt on my lips.

Sad yeah?

Talk to me:
* Should I be thankful?
* My hairless bruthas, does this curse last forever? (Will I one day be able to shave a monster beard?)
* My hairy bruthas, ain't it great?
* Do beards keep you warm in cold weather or sweat in hot weather?
* Ladies, are your husbands/boyfriends/potentials hairy? Do you wish they weren't? Is it a turn on or turn off?
* Ladies, are you going to slap me cause I, at least, don't have to worry about my other body parts? :P

Happy Tuesday y'all!