Saturday, November 26, 2011
u know what i mean. a day where you just don't feel like doing anything. a day where you just wanna lay in your bed. a day where you don't feel like picking up your phone....cuz today you're not doing ANYTHING! lol...thanx bruno mars.
its nice to just sit back and relax and do nothing after being on the go every other day.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
so to catch up i thought i'd just include the last 15 days in one post. so here you go! lol.
i love the holidays. nothing but family....food...fun...and relaxation. well...at least up until i have to go to work at 1030 at night! but alas...i'm grateful for this holiday...which reminds me to be grateful for EVERYTHING i have.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
yesterday i had the privilege to witness my uncle open his mission call via skype. he has been called to serve in the west indies mission (english speaking). i'm so proud of him and the decision he's made to be a soldier in God's army. he's worked so hard and prepared for so long for this moment, its exciting to see it actually happen. the BEST part about him opening up his call was everyone shouting out where they thought the west indies was. some thought india. some thought japan (lol). some thought africa. hahahahaha. when everyone finally stopped cheering and looked at the map in his packet, we all started laughing as we attempted a rastafari accent. lol. too funny. so good luck uncle mark! we'll be here cheering you on as you serve those in the west indies!!!
day 6: delta
thank you delta for letting me go home at LEAST 4 times a year.
thank you delta for letting my parents come up to visit every other month.
thank you delta for letting me take last minute trips to california to visit my besties.
thank you delta for taking me to korea and thailand.
thank you delta for letting me experience the WORLD.
i've said it before...but i'll say it again...i LOVE the benefits of working for an airline!!!! flying for free has been the biggest blessing this past year and a half. after moving to utah, these benefits have made it possible for me to fly out to different destinations for various occasions.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
last may i purchased my first brand new used car..lol. it was a proud moment for me. i actually purchased a vehicle that wasn't a bomber...didn't have rust spots all over the bumper...it didn't require any tricks or prayers to get it to start. it was legit! coco has gotten me through many winter storms, kept me cool through some hot winters, and has taken me to various destinations here in utah. i'm so grateful to have her...so much so that she just reached her 100,000 mile mark the other day. lol. yup...i've racked 40,000 miles on this car in a year and a half.
Friday, November 4, 2011
i'm so grateful to have 4 walls that keep me warm in the winter and cool in the summer. this may not be "home" but it's a great substitute. we just barely moved from a 5 bedroom 2 and a half bath to a 3 bed 2 and a half bath. its a lot smaller than what we were accustomed to but its a perfect fit for my brother's little family...and me...the live-in nanny. lol. not only that but the location is ideal. its only 2 minutes away from my brother's place of employment, and since we're so close to the freeway it takes 10 minutes off my commute to the center.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
this is my home. if i won the lottery and had unlimited income...i would want to retire right here. not even kidding. i would fix my parents home...buy out a few other properties on the street (namely the ones who i don't even know) and move my whole family there. lol. i'm so fortunate to have this be my place of upbringing. i've never felt so safe anywhere else. from playing kickball and skaiini in the lane to picking flowers from granny's puakenikeni tree and plumeria's from paul down the road...this is my home.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
day 1: the parentals
of course i can't list EVERYTHING when it comes to these two AMAZING people...but here are a few...
thank you for being great examples
thank you for loving me unconditionally
thank you for teaching me how to serve
thank you for dropping me off at school even though we only live like a block away...lol
thank you for chasing down the school bus whenever we woke up late
thank you for waking me up to go to school
thank you for cheering me on from the stands
thank you for driving me to and from practices
thank you for allowing me to make my own mistakes
thank you for being there for me when i made said mistakes
thank you for everything you done...continue to do...and will always do.
day 2: my siblings
*sigh* miss him
Monday, October 17, 2011
we landed in bangkok late tuesday night, and our flight to chiang mai, (a province north of bangkok known to have the best elephant tours) wasn't for another 7-8 hours. so we tried to kill time by getting a massage, dined in some of the airport restaurants (which had some amazing food), and conversed with random travelers who were also waiting for their flight in the morning. one lone traveler in particular gave us some great tips on what to do and where to go while in chiang mai...which turned out to be very useful later on.
after being on airplanes and in airports for the last 31 hours or so it was nice to take in the fresh air...but man was it hot!!! the first thing i wanted to do was go straight to our hotel and take a nice shower. our first hotel...the kuang singh residence was located just outside of the main city. excellent accommodations for an amazing rate! only about $15 a night! if you EVER plan on going to asia...agoda.com is the best place to book your hotel. the staff was so nice and extremely helpful
thank you lonely planet. we finally saw a tuk tuk headed in our direction so we flagged him down and we were off to get a massage!!!!
thanks to our new airport friend kevin, we knew an area that was flooded with massage shops. and they were all dirt cheap...i'm talking $5 an hour cheap. so we found one highly reccommended by kevin, and opted for a slightly pricier massage for 2 hours! and by pricey i'm talking about $17 for two hours!!!! holla! it was EXACTLY what we needed after all that traveling. i was about dead after we were done. i could've ended the day right there...but we decided to explore.
we must've stuck out like a sore thumb cause almost every taxi driver would stop and ask if we needed a ride. and they asked at the right time, cause we were still trying to recuperate from our amazing massage treatments. so we hit up one of the local temples...sat in on a prayer session there...visited the silk factory...and since it was crazy hot, we thought we should head back to the hotel to rest. what was supposed to be a two hour nap turned into being a 12 hour dead bird session into the next day!
and that brings me to the elephant tour. i can't even begin to describe how much fun this was. here was the basic outline for the day:
- pick up from the hotel and drive out to the elephant camp
- elephants put on a show where they do tricks, dance, play soccer, and paint
- go on an ox cart ride
- do a little shopping
- go on an elephant ride throughout the village
- take a bamboo raft down the river
- head over to the orchid and butterfly farm
- return to your hotel...or in our case we had them drop us off at a spa
all of this for a grand total of roughly $35!!!! ridiculous!!!! one funny story...everywhere we rode...the local villagers kept pointing at us saying "big big." hahaha...eh! more worse the elephant trainer that was taking us around was saying "yeah big big. big money." i was thinking to myself...yup...keep saying that and your tip is gonna be small small! but in the end the experience was amazing. take THAT bucket list!so...of course when we got back into the city...we just HAD to get another massage. this time we went to an actual spa...and paid a little more for a full on spa package....which included an hour long body scrub, an hour long massage, and a facial. i'm not even gonna discuss the price....lets just say it was about 10% of what it would normally cost here in the states. crazy cheap! and man was it worth it. i felt so fresh and rejuvinated afterward...ready for a night out on the town.
after getting worked on, we developed quite an appetite...and we opted for....mcdonalds. hahahahaha! don't judge me. but after killing time eating...drinking...and people watching, we headed to the muay thai boxing arena. to be honest i was a little hesitant about going cause it wasn't really my thing, but i'm so glad we went. i found it so interesting to see the different type of protocol performed each match. but the highlight of the night was their exhibition match. they had 5 random guys fight against each other blindfolded, for like 5 or 10 minutes. it was hilarious!
after the fight we headed back to the hotel to get some rest as our flight was first thing the next morning back to bangkok. our flight left bright and early at 7 am, and we almost didn't make the flight because it was so full. but we go on and left beautiful chiang mai for...the monster that is bankok.
our time in bangkok was nothing like chiang mai. first off our hotel. we got there and it was an amazing lobby. so clean. so modern. we even enjoyed their breakfast buffet before heading upstairs to our room. the room. hmmm. i swear it was like entering the twilight zone. as soon as those elevator doors it was as if we were totally different hotel. the hallway was so cramped and dingy..and the room was worse. so bad that when i went in the bathroom i got locked in!!! seriously?! the stupid doorknob broke! irraz. granted we were spoiled by our luxury accommodations (lol) in chiang mai...but seriously?
disgusted by the room...we head out to do some shopping!!!! finding a taxi in bangkok was cake...trying to get the drivers to take you where you needed to go...not so easy. they always wanna make different stops on the way so they can get gas credit for bringing tourists. annoying. we kept saying "MBK...MBK...just take us straight to MBK!!!" we finally got there.
that shopping center was ridiculous!!!! i was overwhelmed by the time we entered those doors. it was weird because in some sections it was like a regular mall, and others more like a indoor swap meet. and thats where u find all the bargains. u can totally bargain to get stuff for like half off their asking price there. i had so much fun doing that. we also watched a movie and interesting thai fact...after all the previews, they have this short little 2 minute slideshow of the king of thailand where everyone in the theater is asked to stand to pay tribute to him. they also had a karaoke booth that we totally took advantage of.
post shopping activity...dinner at an authentic thai restaurant. that was the plan at least. but i don't know if that's what we got. lol. we trusted our tuk tuk driver to take us somewhere nice...and he FAILED! after refusing to get out of the tuk tuk...he finally took us to a better place. he offered to wait and take us back to our hotel for 50 baht...but when we came out he fully left! hahahaha. we didn't pay him...so he pretty much took us there for FREE!!!!! we headed back to the hotel and packed up for our flight early the next morning.
omg i can't believe how long this post is! but needless to say...it was an AMAZING trip!!!! i seriously came home ready to go back! i feel like i just didn't get enough shopping done..and i would love to explore the southern part of that country next time. who's down?
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
so...as leone (oldest sis) and i got ready to pick her up...we joked about the different things mahea would say as soon as we picked her up. here's what we came up with:
"its sooooo coooooold!!!!"
"i'm soooooooooo hungry!!!"
"i HATE utah!!!!"
buahahahaha....you really have to know my sister in order to understand how funny this is. so i guess this is just for my own personal documentation.
so needless to say as soon as she stepped out of that airport...she repeated each phrase almost verbatim! not necessarily in that order. lol. and then there was her FAMOUS line...which she says almost everytime we're driving somewhere NOT in hawai'i...
"WHERE are we?! i don't even know where we are!!!"
never mind she's been here like 5 times already!!!! and she wants me to list her as my companion next year???? hahahaha. omg...i LOVE my tita.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
don't forget this....
i was only gone for a week but these two monkeys changed so much while i was gone! they both started crawling...and hili girl's first two teeth broke through!!! ugh...they are growing so fast, and i'm so excited! i can't wait for them to start walking/running around. it's gonna drive their dad NUTS when he comes home to a messy house. hahaha!!!
Thursday, September 1, 2011
destination: Lake Powell
duration: 7 beautiful days
company: my murr town/long beach 'ohana
i don't know if words could describe the grandeur of lake powell. before i met greg, i've never even heard of lake powell...let alone planned to go there at any point in my life. being the island girl that i am...forever surrounded by the largest body of water there is...the pacific ocean, i never....EVER thought i would be spend time in a...lake...let alone spend 7 days there!!! but it was freakin awesome!!! we spent our entire time there cruising on the dowden's houseboat...and exploring the canyons on their smaller boat and seadoo's.
the dowden's have been going every year for the past 30 or so years...and the murphy's (greg's grandparents) have been going almost every year since the lake opened up back in the 60's! they knew every nook and cranny there! man...i swear i was so luck to be with them, cuz if i ever went by myself i swear i would get lost. every corner looks the same to me. lol.
i'm kicking myself right now for not taking that many pictures. thats wut happens when you go with people with cameras...you're too lazy to take any of your own. but here are the few that i do have.
the other side of the marina...where all the houseboats are docked
the back of castle rock...its HUGE!!!!
the dreamcatcher...my home for the entire trip
rainbow bridge...one of the natural wonders of the world. a 747 can fly thru it. MASSIVE!!
the cliffs by our campsite
hole in the wall (yup thats what its called) an lds historical landmark. you can read about it here.
some indian ruins. if you look closely you'll see the opening to their homes. these guys would scale these cliffs (which are a couple hundred feet high) just to get to their HOUSE! i'm never complaining about my drive to and from work ever again! lol
there were a lot of HUGE cave. if you look closely to the bottom left you'll see greg and josh on the seadoo's...just to give you some perspective of how GARGANTUAN everything was.
i forgot what this was called...but it was another HUGE hole in one of the cliffs. lol
just a shot of the water reflecting on the rocks as we were coming out of one of the canyons. pretty cool huh? and...while i was there i discovered a new app that does some pretty cool effects with your pix. this is the modified version. i call it..."fiyah on the rock"... lol
i thoroughly enjoyed the different colors and lines on all the cliffs.
here's the same pic after its been instagram-ed. i call this one "rawr like tigah...on the rock" lol
this was one of the few pix of myself while there. its been instagram-ed...but it stays true to my color. lol. anyhoo....thats the extent of my trip. i don't know if i'll ever go back again by myself..but if the dowden's extend the invite again...i'm so there!