Back to Square One
Happy Friday everyone! It’s been one crazy week for me but I’m happy that my MacBook is working, I finished working on my last photo shoot after starting all over (but on to a new set of photo shoots next week), and I can finally go back to working on the blog (for reals this time). It feels good.
For my Friday posts, I like to compile random photos in one photo diary for some reason. Trying to be consistent and so far it’s been working: Monday is a food post on a restaurant, Wednesday is an outfit post, and Fridays are for photo diaries. I know, I didn’t get to do an outfit post this week because of unforeseen circumstances which made me focus more on, “How am I going to save all of my files? What if I can’t save my files? How am I going to edit an entire photo shoot in a few days? What if my MacBook problem is bigger than it really is? I can’t afford a new MacBook right now. That’s stupid, I JUST got my MacBook not even a year ago and it’s broken.” than “What should I wear with this dress? I have nothing to wear.” You can imagine my stress but everything is semi-okay now. As you all ready know, I lost all of my edited photos that I’ve been working so I had to start from square one. It’s a bit overwhelming BUT as I was editing photos from when my mother and my boyfriend’s family was here over the summer as well as newer photos, I found photos that I haven’t put on the blog so yay here it is:
Photos that I took from around our home including from the sky: a view of where we live from the plane, the lounge chairs and umbrella from the beach nearby, and various sunsets photos that I took from the backyard. Living in Hawaii has it’s disadvantages though: high cost of living (extremely high), geckos, and living in a very old home. But hey, I’m not complaining.
Living on your own really forces us (my boyfriend, my brother, and myself) to think outside the box. When we moved here, we didn’t know ANYONE but only one person in the entire island. Imagine it, moving to an island (the most isolated island in the world in fact) and you don’t know anyone. It’s a bit hard and stressful albeit it being a very rewarding experience but I wouldn’t want it any other way. Point is, we’re kind of on our own here so we love to cook to save money. We really can’t go to our mom’s house for food like we would if we were living in California. I’ll be honest, my boyfriend loves to cook more than I do and here’s what he made so far: Parisian gnocchi from scratch with brown butter sauce and Wingstop inspired fries. I LOVE Wingstop and I was so glad that they opened one here on the island BUT it’s always a lot of fun when you can cook it yourself (AND you save money). These two dishes were pretty amazing and we’re excited to try to make pork buns soon.
PS: I took these photos at night and they turned out pretty well. I’m not a fan of flash photography but we’re usually cooking at night and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to take awesome photos of the dishes my boyfriend makes so I decided to play around with my external flash and voila! Photos that look like I took them during the day.
Nico’s Pier 38
Nico’s Pier 38 is the restaurant I love to go to after I land from my flight. I love it so much that the bartender knows my face and what I order which is furikake pan seared ahi (medium rare) with ginger garlic dipping sauce. Furikake, for those not familiar, is dried seaweed and sesame seed. This restaurant is a place I recommend for delicious fish!
Waiola Shave Ice
Waiola Shave Ice is one of the best shave ice on the island (if you want to know the other places, check out this Friday Five: 5 Shave Ice Places in Oahu post). I always get POG (passion, orange, and guava) with mochi and condensed milk. My boyfriend got sour apple and guava while my brother got creamsicle and calpico. The shave ice is absolutely fine and definitely refreshing on a hot day.
Curry the Yorkie Terror
Don’t let his cuteness fool you, he can be a terror sometimes. He’s pretty overprotective and thinks he’s 10 times bigger than he really is. Despite all that, I love him to pieces!
If you’re visiting the islands, don’t forget to get shrimp from the shrimp trucks! Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck is the most popular from the bunch. I plan to visit more so I can have a post exclusively for shrimp trucks. Anyway, I always order the shrimp scampi!
As touristy as it can get, Dole Plantation is where every tourist likes to go to when they visit the island. Nothing wrong with that, I love going to Dole Plantation even as someone who lives here! I only really go for the Dole Whip though.
Hoping you all have a lovely weekend! It’s “supposed to rain” tomorrow, as in, there is a 50/50 chance that it will rain so who knows what this weekend brings. What I do know is that we’re going to attempt to make pork buns, Ippudo NY and Momofuku style so we’ll see how that turns out. What are your plans this weekend?