Monday, September 5, 2011


These past couple weekends have been blooming creativity in me. 

Every September The Foodbank in Hawaii sponsors Canstruction. Th event invites 5/6 companies out to challenge each other to building the most creative structure using cans of food and water donated by their respective companies. Companies will put together their team and with all the donated food on a given day set to work. I think there's a time limit, but I'm not sure. All the structures are left up for 2 weeks during which time the public is given the chance to vote for the winning design. 1 can of food= 1 vote. This year's subject I believe was youth. Here are some of the more creative designs.

textbooks and apple for the teacher

a rocket blasting off

a McDonald's kids meal

Of course Oscar the Grouch recycles

Sometimes when the energy is flowing right you get creativity. I've been letting the energy flow and it's been good for me. See the pictures below, there's still a few more things I've been working on and haven't finished yet.

a recycled magazine holder. There's a tutorial on youtube.

a lined bag for my every day electronics

a new keychain holder, since I'm a little too old to be carrying around random animals and I needed to find my keys in my mess of a bag

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Japan 2010

Finally, right!?! I have been editing pictures in between working a ton. I swear that I work too much, but given the other alternative I would rather work. I'm glad that I had the opportunity to go to Japan this summer for work. Although going there has forever altered my mind about food, everything I ate aside from the shave ice in Hiroshima was to die for good. I want to go back so badly, but maybe not in summer. Ironically the whole 10 days we were there was the last part of the rainy season and it rained nearly every day or night at some point. It was also incredibly humid there which doesn't make for a completely great condition. I know you are going to consider me crazy when I say this but the rain there feels different there than it does in Hawaii. I know it comes from the same sky, but it feels different in all the places I've been.
Sorry this post is so picture heavy, but it was requested. I hope that you like it even though I'm not an incredibly great photographer. There are no pictures of anyone else I went on the trip for their protection for various reasons. Enjoy the picture trail...

Osaka from the Floating Garden Observatory

Rainbow bridge in Tokyo

oysters for sale on Miyajima

Kyoto Tower

Can you see the dragon and the turtle?

man hole covers in Osaka

Apparently they still exists in Japan

Is it food or something else?

playing dress up at the Hiroshima castle

Hiroshima countryside

2 things Miyajima is known for in a picture

World's largest rice paddle

view of Tokyo from Sunshine 60 Observatory

inside the elevator at Sunshine 60 Observatory

key to the room in Tokyo
only thing cooler than this was the keys to our rooms in Kyoto

the front in vanilla and grapefruit in the back is mango 
dessert for lunch in Tokyo Disneyland

Kyoto Ramen

soft cream from the vending machine in Miyajima
green tea, watermelon, and cookie&cream

okonomiyaki in Hiroshima

lemon taiyaki 

sushi in Tsukiji

Shokukkei Gardens in Hiroshima

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Personal Update

I caved and bought it.

Yes, my macbook pro now has protection. the book book cover from TwelveSouth. I mention this case in a blog earlier this year and kept debating on it until I got it. I was completely ecstatic when I found out that they had free shipping, although I was even more thrilled when I didn't have to pay for shipping to where I live since it's technically outside the continental United States. They didn't even sneak in shipping charges on my bill :) Definitely giving them a good rating. UPS even worked overtime to get this to me, which is shocking because I honestly wasn't expecting that.

In other news, I just finished Jennifer Weiner's latest book Fly Away Home.
This book though amazing. Took me longer to finish than normal possibly because I have been having to read so much for work and haven't had enough energy to read something fun. I did like the book. It gave a face to the family behind the public sex scandals. Probably reads better than CBS's The Good Wife looks. I don't watch the show, so I honestly couldn't tell you.

I do recommend reading Jennifer Weiner. She will touch your estrogen center and have you longing to have more at every page. She is probably best known as the author to In Her Shoes. If you only watched the Cameron Diaz movie you are missing out on some good writing.  Check her out the next time you're at your bookstore/library :)