Maui Life

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Maui Life

Last week, my brother and I headed to Maui for “Spring Break”. We came during unpleasant weather but that’s okay. Even when the weather is less than ideal, Maui was beautiful in it’s own little way. Just lower your expectations when it comes to food. I have to add that the culinary options are not as impressive as Oahu’s food scene but do hold high expectations for the scenery in Maui; it’s gorgeous. But anyway, here are a few shots from Maui:

The Gazebo

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The Gazebo (Yelp) is one of the popular restaurants on the island. The wait is VERY long so prepare yourself for the wait. Fortunately for my brother and myself, we got ahead of the line since they were looking for a party of two (majority of those waiting are families) so we waited for about 30 minutes before we got to sit down. I ordered the white chocolate macadamia nut pancakes but I believe the banana pancakes would be more up my alley. Over the years, my sweet tooth has gotten less sweet so it wasn’t as delicious as I remembered it be. Anyway, I like to order my breakfast with a side of pog juice (passion, orange, and guava juice). Pog is definitely something that must be ordered whenever one visits the island! As soon as we finished, a family that was two parties ahead of us in line was about to be seated so we may have waited for an hour PLUS if there wasn’t an open table for two!

Hike

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Not much of a hike but we took a trail to find this beautiful blue beauty at the end. I won’t divulge on how to get there but it sure was a sight to see!

Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice

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The one place I definitely recommend whenever someone visits Maui is Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice. Hands down, the best shave ice I have ever had. The ice is fine and the syrup tastes so much like the fruit itself (or at least the mango did). I added haupia (coconut pudding) ice cream inside and topped it with toasted coconut, mochi, and a sweet cream mixture.

Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve

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This was our first time heading to this part of the island. It was unusual but in a good way. I don’t know much about this particular area other than the lava fields that seem to go on forever, the rocks that line along the shoreline, and albeit the poor clarity of the water, fishes can be seen and they seem to be huge and colorful! Certain parts are closed to the public to give it time to “recover” from tourism activities. It sure was a sight to see though.

Sunset

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Wander Hour - MauiFrom the time we were at the Natural Reserve till sunset, there were flash flood warnings on the island. During this time, my brother and I took cover at Target and a restaurant to wait for the rain to subside. We then headed back to West Maui to check out the outlet. Charles and I will be in LA next week for a wedding so I wanted to check out Banana Republic Factory for any guy stuff for him to wear at the wedding. I ended up finding a cute sweater and a pair of pants for him for a total of $27! I love when they have 50% off clearance! Throughout the time I was in the outlet, it was POURING RAIN. I lost hope on a beautiful sunset (and the reason why we headed out west in the first place) but, Maui put on a beautiful show and the sunset was beautiful!

Hopefully you enjoyed my Maui photo diary! Have a great week friends!

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Maui Layover

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Maui Layover

Before my family and I headed to Seattle, we had a quick layover in Maui. As soon as we landed, I knew we had to get out of the airport and explore because 1) I love Maui and 2) I really do love Maui. There’s something about Maui that makes it completely different than Oahu. I mean, it really is a different island and offers things that are way different than Oahu. Don’t get me wrong, I love living in Oahu because let’s face it, I’d probably get bored if I lived in Maui. Maui doesn’t have the city life that Oahu has but when I need to have a short getaway, Maui can give me that. Road to Hana, Haleakala, and no shortage of gorgeous beaches (especially the black sand beach!), it sure is a paradise with a short flight from home.

Paia Bay Coffee

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When we landed at the airport and headed out to street, we opted to take a bus to Paia. Thing is, we took the bus going the wrong way and when we informed the bus driver, he suggested we buy an all day pass for $4 and he would take us to Paia. We were dropped off at the entrance of Paia and we walked to Paia Bay Coffee. As soon as we entered, we were greeted by the cutest canines at the door. Inside, you are transported to, what I call, a little tropical coffee shop. Lots of plants and gorgeous flower arrangements everywhere. Who knew that gladiolus and birds of paradise would go so well together? Taking a mental note for the next time I make a flower arrangement for the house! And also taking a mental note for how I want my future backyard to look like!

I ordered an organic eggs with goat cheese. I’ve always avoided goat cheese up until recently when I decided to be more open to tasting different types of ingredients. With Charles being an aspiring chef, I needed to be more spontaneous! Anyway, long story short, although my mother and brother weren’t too fond of what they ordered, I enjoyed mine a lot! The goat cheese was perfect and I loved the salsa.

Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice

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After breakfast we headed back to get shave ice because of course, why wouldn’t I go to Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice for a delicious treat on a hot day? Honestly, it is the best shave ice I have ever had. After Paia, we took the same bus back towards the airport but got off at the stop after the airport. We then walked towards Ululani’s where I ordered my usual: mango with haupia (coconut) sorbet, and snow capped. I should also mention that I ordered a small! They have a micro size as well but I’m okay with my small shave ice!

 

These photos are making me dream of a Maui getaway. I currently don’t have any solid plans to go to Maui anytime soon but anything can change and I’m open that. I’m just dreaming of all the gorgeous scenery I can take photos of! Happy Friday and hope you guys have wonderful plans for the weekend!

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On Instagram

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Hello friends! I’m not 100% better but I’m in working condition so here’s a post for today: an Instagram update!

  • Insane view from Road to Hana; one of my favorite things to do on the island of Maui. I’ve probably said that a few times on here (and you probably already knew that) but I’ll say it again because it’s that beautiful!
  • Popbar in Anaheim is (or at least, was) popular on Instagram. Charles and I made our way over there a few weeks after The Packing House opened last year. We went to Popbar and although it was good, I don’t think I’d want to go back. It made for a pretty photo though!
  • Space Needle. I love, love, LOVE Seattle!
  • I’m in love with tide pools. I haven’t been for quite some time but I hope to go before the waves aren’t as ideal as they are now. Waves on the west and north shores of the island aren’t favorable for swimming in the next coming months!
  • That swing photo from this post.
  • Hiking views; I also haven’t hiked in awhile. I wanted to hike recently but that didn’t work out.
  • Hawaii also has a pretty sunset show more often than some places. I believe it’s because of the abundance of clouds we have here. There’s usually a lot clouds which is crucial for beautiful sunsets.
  • Pupukea Grill; I’ve been meaning to try this place in North Shore and I’m so happy that I did. I’m attempting to eat healthier and this is how I decided to transition. Spicy ahi poke on top of greens and quinoa. Super delicious and definitely recommend it!
  • North Shore views never disappoint!

Some updates for the week:

  • I’ve been obsessed with Gudetama at the moment. I’ve been following Gudetama on Instagram and the videos always crack me up!
  • I was hitting the gym 5 days a week for awhile but I haven’t been in a week thanks to being sick. I’m itching to go back though! I was on a roll!
  • What I also have been itching for is to go shopping. The weird thing is, I haven’t made a move. I think I’m a little bored of online shopping. Plus, it takes a million years for my package to reach my door. Okay, just a month but it’s still a lot longer than I’m used to when I was living in California.

Hopefully you guys had a great week and a wonderful weekend planned! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram to see what I’ll be doing!

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July

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July

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you may have seen these photos already but here’s a recap for those who don’t have an Instagram!

  • An older photos of Charles and myself from two years ago in Portland. I need to make a trip back there soon. When I first went there, I was there for less than 24 hours. Let’s say that I didn’t get the chance to fully explore the city.
  • This dreamy sunset photo was taken in California. I was going through older memory cards and found this gem in there. I’m kind of obsessed with the colors. Can’t believe I haven’t shared it but then again, I can get so picky with my photos.
  • Sunday pool days. Yesterday was an amazing day at the tide pools. I spent my time swimming and snorkeling. It’s one of my favorite “secret” spots on the island but it quickly became crowded. Crowded as in two more groups came in after us. It’s still a “secret” spot though compared to the very crowded Waikiki Beach.
  • Pork belly on top of a homemade tortilla, Asian-slaw, and a kochujang-lime sauce made by Charles and myself. I was eating this dish all weekend and now I’m craving it. We used up all the pork belly we bought the other week and I may need to head back to Costco to buy another slab of pork belly.
  • An old photo from Maui that I took of Charles’ sunglasses and a pretty view.
  • Red, white, and blue sunrise above Haleakalā Summit in Maui. I’ve never really shared this photo but I thought it was appropriate for 4th of July.
  • A road in Oahu. Don’t try this photo at home. I had a friend who looked out for me as I took this photo to make sure no car was passing by.
  • Charles and I in Tokyo. We’re going back in October and I can not wait. We’re both excited since this time around, we will be there a lot longer than 3 days.
  • Some lookout my roommate and his coworker took me to after a crazy hike that we went on that I did not complete (I shall write about it soon). This was a refreshing view since I’ve never seen this view before!

For my US readers, hopefully you guys had a wonderful 4th of July! Charles, Curry, and I walked to the beach and watched the fireworks from there. For everyone else, hopefully you guys had a wonderful weekend! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram if you haven’t already!

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Instagram Monday

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Instagram Monday

If you can’t tell, my Instagram has been full of wanderlust-ing photos. I wasn’t kidding when I said I was dreaming of tropical destinations (which I think is quite funny since I do live on a tropical island). My color scheme at the moment is full of dark hues: lush dark green foliage, blacks, the bluest oceans, hints of yellows, a touch of red, and the grayest skies. The allure of these dark hues mixed in with the beauty of nature got me dreaming of my next trip (wherever that may be but Kauai, Seattle, and Tokyo is next on the list). Anyway, I love doing these Instagram post. Although many of you are already following me (and if you’re not, be sure to follow me!), I like getting deeper into my photos; explaining my thoughts on a blog rather a fast caption that I’m sure many don’t take the time to read. I like to call myself a “visual journalist”. So here it is:

  • I sat at the beach with my brother in Kihei (and Charles opted to take a nap; oh did he miss out) while watching the sun burn through the sky. It’s amazing what Hawaii does to people when the sun sets. Everyone stops and stares west, with their phones and cameras out, hoping to catch what could be the most beautiful of sunsets. This is a photo that I forgot I took.
  • The dark green lushness of Road to Hana. This is by far the one thing I’m lusting over right now. If I can put to words how amazing Road to Hana is, I’m sure you will want to book the next flight from wherever you are but I’m not sure if I can convey it through my blog because there are no words. Here’s a view off the side of the road; a very remote and maybe inaccessible beach surrounded by foliage covered mountains that may or may not be untouched by man. The next time I’m in Maui, I’ll be sure to spend more than a day there. One full day on that side of the island wasn’t sufficient enough.
  • As clear as it can get; Lanikai never ceases to amaze me. This photo was shot on an iPhone. I am dreaming of Tahiti after finding this photo. Or maybe sand bars might be the easiest place to take photos rather than a flight out of Honolulu.
  • Tidepool swimming is my favorite and I’m waiting for summer so I can finally swim in places that are not swimmable at the moment. I have several photos in mind that I want to manifest onto the blog but we’ll see. It would require a housing for my DSLR which can be incredibly pricey and way out of my price range.
  • From the waterfall hike post you guys saw on Friday; wild blooms in a tropical rainforest.
  • If you’ve been following me for a bit, you would know that I’m trying to lose weight, eat healthier, and get in shape. Here’s my take; a Thai chicken larb salad. I usually eat it with rice but decided to eat it with spinach instead. I didn’t mind too much at all (I will admit that I had rice yesterday and today oops).
  • That Chloé inspired bikini from H&M (top and bottom)
  • My very first travel photo that I took using film. This was taken 12 years ago in Mexico. When I saw this photo after getting it developed, I was in awe with the colors and if there’s anything I want to achieve as a photographer, all of it is in this photo. I try so hard to achieve this color tone, albeit it being post-processed by me this time around, but the difficulties of doing so is due to how bright and airy Hawaii is. I’m liking this challenge though of seeing things around me and trying to emulate this photo’s color tone but in such a fresh-looking scenery. It’s like, I’m trying to get this moody photo in an otherwise cheerful place. Trying to find the balance between the two is key I guess.
  • Another photo from Maui at the Haleakalā summit.

As you can see, Maui has given me inspiration that I’ve been digging around for. It’s remarkable how one thing can influence so much of my work (that being Maui). I’m using this week to find photos of Maui and revisiting them with fresher, more inspired eyes. I hope you follow me and see how I progress as a photographer! What is inspiring you right now?

Hopefully you all had a fabulous weekend! I spent all day on Saturday running errands and buying groceries. Yesterday, we had our barbecue at our community’s beach. See you all on Wednesday!

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