Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fitness update

Lately i've lost motivation in working out.
My goal was to lose some weight before Hawaii,
but that ended up being a fail. LOL.
 I would tell myself I would workout after work since I get off
around 3pm. I even wear my workout clothes to work so I can drive straight
to the gym. However, on most days, I end up not going because I feel too tired
or I have an errand to run, and I hate going to the gym during peak hours.

After a couple of months of being inconsistent with working out,
I forced myself this week to wake up earlier and workout BEFORE work.
I start work around 6:30am.. So on Monday I woke up at 3:40am.
It gives me at least an hour and a half to workout, and go home and get ready.

I thought waking up that early would be extremely hard, but it really wasn't
I even woke up before my alarm. Of course i still felt tired,
but before I left to the gym, I took my pre-workout drink which really 
helps a lot.
I start by doing weights, then 30 mins of cardio at the end.

It was a success, I did this for 5 days straight and I love it!
They gym is empty which is a BIG FAT PLUS!
It encourages me to go this early each time. 
Also, My workout is out of the way and done so I don't have to
worry about it later on in the day, AND I have extra time do things
after work.

Overall it worked well and I will try and keep this up.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Going back to the Mainland

Had our last breakfast at our hotel
gathered our things and waited for the shuttle bus
to pick us up from our hotel.
We were picked up around 11:00am,
and out flight was at 2:30pm.

There was a flash flood warning,
the waves were pretty crazy and it was raining hard.
We were hoping our flight wouldn't be canceled
because of the hurricane, luckily it wasn't.

We arrived at the airport, checked in our bags and walked to our gate.
We had lunch at this place called Gordon's.. I can't remember the full name of it.
But we had burgers with garlic fries and sweet chili chicken wings.
It was pretty pricey..
We got done just in time,
right when we came out our plane was boarding passengers.

We were heading back home..
back to reality..
We got to oakland airport around 10:30pm pacific standard time.

Hawaiian Airlines was great,
there was a lot of turbulence, but we got through it.
The pilot brought us safely back home and through the storm,
We are so blessed.








Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bob's Snorkeling at Kaneohe Bay

Our activity for today was Snorkeling at Bob's Snorkel in Kaneohe Bay
It was about 30-35mins away from Waikiki.
What a difference does that make in terms of the view.
I love seeing the natural view of Hawaii rather than the city life
Waikiki had to offer.
ALSO, there were no ABC stores! LOL
I think they said Waikiki had 47 ABC stores?
Not sure..

The weather was gloomy, and sprinkling a bit..
The storm was nearing our way.. but that didn't stop us from snorkeling.
We first went to the middle of the water where there was a sandbar,
I believe it was 6 miles long and 1 mile wide.
It's the largest sandbar in the world.
Very very shallow.
It was a bit colder than usual because of the weather.
nonetheless we enjoyed it.

The sandbar was to give practice to those who haven't snorkeled before.
there was really nothing to look at but sand..
Then they provided us with lunch which was hamburger,
beans, pineapples and chips.

We then headed to the coral reef area which was a lot deeper 20-40 feet deep.
Along the way we ran into a few sea turtles maybe about 5-6 of them
They're so cute!!! and large.. They said their neck is about the size of my thigh.
Too bad it's a $500 fine if you touch the sea turtle..

We got to the reef.. It was kinda scary, I usually don't like deep waters
because I do fear sharks, or any weird creatures underneath that may harm me.
I was one of the first snorkeler's out there, my boyfriend and the tour guide went 
first.. I waited because I wanted some fins and a life jacket to snorkel.
I remember last time I went without it, i got so tired I drank a lot of sea water
and nearly drowned lol! So much for being a rebel. I learned my lesson this time,
AND the current was a lot stronger because of the storm.
It's always better to be safe. 

I got to the water and was just terrified but I swam next to the coral reef.
the other guides said it was pretty dead because of the hurricane coming..
However we got to see a couple of fishes here and there. 
The coral reef got so shallow that I cut my knee from it!
Before we got into the water they were telling us not stand on it,
because if it breaks, it takes about 5 or 15 years (can't remember) to grow back the
size of a fist. They did say, if you were drowning,
to just stand up on it, because our lives were more important. 

I didn't want to break and coral reefs but I had to stand on it because It was so shallow 
it was grazing my knee. 
I developed a battle wound from the reef that day, 
but I still kept swimming.
Luckily no sharks were around to smell my blood.

My boyfriend saw an eel... 
How scary..
He told me to go back and see it,
but i refused. LOL!

It was raining more and more,
we finally went back on the boat and back to the dock
where we waited for our bus to come back in the rain.
Although it was rainy, it was still warm and humid.

We went back to the hotel and washed up and 
headed to this Ramen place near our hotel and ate 
some good ramen!
Then headed to the ABC store to buy souvenirs for friends and family
and finally tried the Dole Whip. mmmm
then we came home and began packing..




















Friday, October 17, 2014

ALI'I KAI CATAMARAN DINNER CRUISE

In the morning we ate the complimentary breakfast they served
at our hotel. Buffet Style of course.
I felt like I gained so much weight, all we did was eat, eat, eat!
Then headed to Chinatown because my parents
wanted to bring home some fresh fish and vegetable that they didn't have back
in California. Every time in Hawaii, we always go to Chinatown just for this.
They bring it back frozen of course. 
I love their tropical fruits.. I really wanted to try star fruit, but they didn't have
any good ones.
We also bought some gifts there for my boyfriend's family.
They were cheaper than the ABC stores.
He also got me 2 Sarongs and a Turtle bag, heheh.

My cousin told us to try this hole in the wall place called Ono's Seafood
Takeaway for some good Poke!
We stopped by and got some spicy delicious poke,
along with some garlic edamame and seaweed salad.

After, we had a few hours to spare before getting ready
for the Dinner Cruise at 4:30.
So we utilized that time to go and enjoy the beach! 
We only had two more nights in Hawaii and we only been to the 
twice (including today).
There was a Jelly Fish warning, scary, because they never had that before.

We finally came back, got ready for the dinner cruise.
Before that though, we had to return our rental car.

The cruise was nice and relaxing..
We got to see the Hawaiian Sunset and cruise along the whole strip of Waikiki
towards diamond head and then made a U-Turn back home.
It was drizzling a bit because the tropical storm or hurricane Ana was coming..
But we still went outside and took some photo opportunities.
We couldn't miss the breath taking view you know.
Dinner was served buffet style
then there was entertainment
with polynesian dancers from samoa, tahiti, new Zealand, and hawaii.

At the Hilton, they also had fireworks going off so we were able to watch that
as well from the catamaran. 


We spent the rest of our time dancing 
while the catamaran took us back to our destination.
We danced the twist, Gangnam style, and a little bit of YMCA lol.
It was great! 

A tour bus took us to the cruise, just like how a tour bus took us to the Luau.
So we had to represent our Tour bus and guide.
They told us to cheer for them whenever they announce our Bus Number.
We were bus number 7 at the Dinner Cruise,
and Bus number 1 at the luau.
Cousin Gabby Was our tour guide in bus number 7
and Cousin Greg was bout Tour guid in bus#1.

It was fun.










Quick Snack haul






















My hair cannot withstand this Humid Hawaiian Weather








Thursday, October 16, 2014

Waikiki Beach Time!

Woke up around 7am to eat breakfast and hit up Waikiki beach!
We finally got to enjoy the water after being in Hawaii for two nights.
This was what I was looking forward to, I can be a beach bum all day everyday!

We had breakfast at the Outrigger Reef. It was a breakfast buffet.
They even served cupcakes :)
We later headed to Waikiki beach to go swimming!
It was the first time using my Go-Pro and Man did it take awesome footage
I recommend the Go-Pro! We took underwater pictures
and pictures in the water without worrying about it getting wet!
The water was nice and warm and clear.
Oh how I missed the Hawaiian Waters.
It's nothing compared to back home in California..
The water there Is DARK.. not clear.. and super duper COLD!

My boyfriend also rented paddle boards.
It was quite and experience! I wasn't too good with standing and paddling,
So I just went on my knees to paddle.
I had more balance that way lol!
We spent the majority of our morning at the beach,
and later headed back to our hotel to check into 
the embassy suite and to rent a car to visit my Grandma
and buy groceries from chinatown.

Too bad Chinatown was closed, we were too late.
Instead we headed to my Grandma's house,
(She's my great-grandma's Sister in-law).
She looked great, just how I remembered her.
We went back to the hotel and later got some dinner 
at Kai Market at Sheraton Waikiki.
It was buffet style eating
They also had Hawaiian Shaved Ice.