Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Final Blog Post

I know.  Sorry.  I was gonna go gradually . . . posting less and less frequently until you got used to it. But NOOOOOOO, BAMM . . . here it is . . . the final post.  Again, I'm so sorry. 

I'm sad for the end of Photos by jalna updates, but if you're Buddhist or even just a wannabe Buddhist like me . . . you know that nothing is permanent . . . change is inevitable.  And it's been six whole years!  I thought it'd be for just a few months at most.

I've "met" a lot of awesome friends through this blog and I will always be forever grateful for that.  Thank you, Peoples, for giving me the incentive to keep this thing going on for so long.

If you haven't read every single one of my posts, here are a few of my favorites. Maybe you haven't seen some of them yet.  Topping the list by far is the story of Kino, my favorite, favorite Micronesian boy. If you click on each of the titles, it'll get you to the post.

Stuck in Traffic
Our Dog Kona
I Yelled at My Mom Yesterday
Kazuki and Naoko Kato
Comparing Muscles
I Wannabe Like Frank Amodo
Tiger Cubs at the Honolulu Zoo
The Bane of My Existence
The Ant
Walking Kona Walking Me
Denver, Did You Do This?
Madagascar Geckos at the Cactus Garden
My Mom the Musician
Wendell and the Scammers
Ah Ah's Back
Damn Rabbit
Me and Drive-Throughs
Late to Work

They're probably more that I like, but the above is all that I could find for now. Again, I'm so sorry for springing this on you so suddenly. I wish you guys all the best, and thank you, thank you, thank you for having been so supportive for all these years. I hope that you will always remember to

Enjoy the Strawberry.


Anonymous said...

Jalna, You will be missed, more than you'll ever know. I read a LOT of blogs, and you are my favorite. Best to you....I'll keep checking back in case you pop in with an update. Much aloha, Sunny

mmiissee said...

I'm in a total shock right now. I didn't think the ending would be now. I truly will miss reading your posts. How long will your page be up?

Anonymous said...

what will I do every morning???

Well, it shouldn't be your stress to keep us entertained, although I cannot express how much I've enjoyed reading your posts.

You take care and enjoy life!

Anonymous said...

I hope you are joking bc who the heck ele will I write my songs for!!!!Please don't leave!!!!! Pretty please:)

Anonymous said...

Much & Plenty Mahalos for your entertainment. Take good care of yourself and have a good life. -lance

waibu said...

WHOT??? Jalna you goin leave us now??? NO WAY JOSE.

Where we gonna get our daily dose of Jalna? And how we going see your Bikini Ready Body?? And read about your bee sting, toe surgery, FOOD, travels, recipes, swap meet finds, beads, office antics, drive thru challenge, hanabattah days, you yelling at yo muddah, da family esp Aunty and "our" dog, Kona, flushing da panty down the toilet (hahaha) and all your incredible photos?

Eh where else we going read this stuff and laugh out loud when we waiting in line for flights or in the middle of crowded streets and pipl give you da side eye look like pupule or what? Hah? Tell me, tell me??

Puleez say it isn't dunno know how much fun and happiness you bring to the Blogesphere with your incredible wit and humor.

NO Waaayyy.

Anonymous said...

Oh no! I'll miss your blog very much. I always look forward to adventures and seeing Kona's pictures. Take care, Jalna! Maybe we'll run into each other one day. ~jowee

Nippon Nin said...

I'm really sad that you're leaving the blogger world!(not really, you still checking my blog out weekly right?). It has been a pleasure visiting your blog. You're so neat, awesome person and skilled photographer! Good luck with your new adventure! I will miss you very much!

K and S said...

sad to see you leave the blogosphere...hugs!!

Anonymous said...

really enjoyed your posts from afar. found your blog via courtsdawnpatrol. keep up the great photography! aloha, jon from seattle

Linda said...

I'm a little sad but it is what it is. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and adventures. You will be missed.

Moontaj said...

I am so sad that you're going to stop your blog, it's been such an inspiration to read! I especially love your posts about swap meets and your Japan trip! I was looking forward to more posts about your upcoming trips.

Best of luck to you! Luck and love!

Erick said...

Waaah. Sob, sob. I getting Jalna withdrawals.

Anonymous said...

I didn't want to be the first, now I will in the teens.
I too retired and signed off a while back. I will miss reading and getting my morning fix with my coffee.

Maybe I should start up again...........nah

Ct out!

jalna said...

Whoa! My head is spinning and I'm kinda dazed. Your responses have overwhelmed me. I am truly touched and extremely grateful for all of your kind words, but ending this blog is something that I need to do. In answer to mmissee's question: Even though I won't be adding any more posts to this blog, I don't plan to shut it down any time soon. Bye guys. Thanks again.

Sarah Lum said...

Awww Shucks...It's so nice to read something that's not about xrays or anatomy! We're gonna miss your blog, Aunty Jalna!

-Aaron & Sarah

Susan said...

Aww, you are known to my family as "my blog friend from Hawaii"...I will miss you! Tks for letting me into your beautiful island and your life: ) God bless you!

jalna said...

Thank you Sarah!

Thank you so much, Susan. Can you email me at

Anonymous said...

I ditto everyone's comment. You don't know me but I've thoroughly enjoyed following your blog. I will miss all your pictures and adventures. Thank you

Lorna said...

Jalna: I just discovered your blog, and you are leaving. You will be missed greatly, because your zest for life is truly inspiring. Best of wishes to you in all that you choose to do!!

jalna said...

Awww . . . Anon, thank you so much!

I knooow, Lorna! So sorry. And to make matters worse, I have a question about your Flying Saucer recipe. Can you email me at please?

Anonymous said...

You don't know me but I first discovered your blog through courtsdawnpatrol's blog. I've really enjoyed reading your stories and admire your photos. I'm sad that your blog is ending. why are you stopping?

Anonymous said...

Mahalo for your lovely blog. I've been reading from Germany to get my Aloha fix. Your blog always made me smile, and I agree, your post on Kino is my favorite too. You will definitely be missed!

Anonymous said...

Nooooo... *sniff* *sniff*

So sad! I'm gonna miss reading your blog! You made so many of my days brighter.

Best wishes! Take care of yourself and keep smiling and laughing!

jalna said...

Anon, your question prompted me to explain in another final blog post. Thank you for asking. It gave me the courage to explain.

From Germany, Anon! I never even knew. Thank you so much!

Thank you too, Anon!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Jalna, for taking us on a wonderful ride. Although I've followed your blog only through the past year, it was easy to see that you put your heart into each and every post, through all the ups and downs of everyday life. The stories you told were well complemented by your excellent photography too.

Aloha and best wishes to you.

jalna said...

Thank you for your kind words Warren!

Anonymous said...

We discovered your blog after you photographed us doing Japanese candy art at a party. Your photographs and narratives hooked us right away. We get to see a lot of photographers in our line of work, and you would be one of the photographers that we would hire if we were hosting our own party.

We wish you best of luck in the future.

jalna said...

Thank you so much CAH. I loved taking pictures of your candy-making. That was such a treat for me. Your candies are so photogenic!! LOL! I never knew you were following my blog. In fact, now I realize that there were so many of you . . . I just never knew. I'm so touched.