Monday, July 24, 2017

My Vegan Eggplant Balls

I can honestly say that of all the many horrible-tasting things that I've ever made in my life, this one is the worst.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Best iPhone Photos of 2017

Leslie shared this with me. Unbelievable shots taken with an iPhone. Because I'm the jealous type, I said, "So lucky shots. All of them."

You can check out more photos here

I DID NOT TAKE THIS PHOTO (see below). It was taken by Sergey Pesterev of Russia.

I feel like I have to clearly state whenever I post a photo that I didn't take because of what happened to Leslie recently.

Les was erroneously credited for taking a photo that was shown on some TV program. The lady who actually took the shot found out, got all hoo hoo, and called out Leslie on Facebook. Leslie proclaimed her innocence and said that she didn't know how her name got involved, but the lady apparently didn't believe her and said something like, "Well, we'll see about that. I WILL get to the bottom of this." 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Landon's Vegan Eggplant Casserole

Here's Landon's first vegan dish. Surprised me at how good it was. Landon just threw things together so there's no recipe.


Lan sautéed some onions, green bell peppers and slices of this "sausage" which I got from Down to Earth.

Then he layered it in a 9 x 13 inch pan with some eggplant, a couple patties of this chopped up veggie burger (Costco),

pasta sauce (Down to Earth) and

vegan fake cheese (Down to Earth). He also threw in some hash brown mix to thicken and seasoned with garlic salt and taco seasoning. He baked it at 325 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours.

We're slowly discovering different vegan options, so we don't feel as lost as when we first decided to do this. It feels like we might be able to pull this off . . . for now. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

What the Health

I do have something to share!

One of Landon's friends recommended that we watch What the Health on Netflix. 

It totally made me not want to eat meat anymore. The following is from Wikipedia and can be found here

What the Health is a 2017 documentary film which critiques the health impact of meat and dairy products consumption, and questions the practices of the leading health and pharmaceutical organizations. Its primary purpose is to advocate for a plant-based diet.

Advertised as "The Health Film That Health Organizations Don't Want You To See", the film follows Kip Andersen as he interviews physicians and other individuals, concluding that health problems are a consequence of consuming meat and dairy products. Andersen also attempts to contact representatives of the leading health organizations but dissatisfied with their response, he interviews other people and examines the connection between meat, dairy, pharmaceutical industry and various health organizations.

It's a biased film . . . some of the gross stuff that they show seem exaggerated. And I wonder how true the miraculous recoveries of some of the ailing people who stopped eating meat really are. 

But still . . . I like try go vegan. Crazy, yah. It's hard enough doing no meats . . . but no dairy and no eggs?  No buttery pastry? No cookies? No cheese in my salad or pizza? No cream in my coffee? Seems impossible, yah?!

Here was my lunch for the other day . . . leftovers from the previous night's dinner. I just stir-fried some broccoli and shiitake mushrooms in some minced garlic and olive oil. I sprinkled on some garlic salt, poured in a little bit of the shiitake water and then covered for a little while. It was okay.

Landon is very game (for now). Wendell is not so game. We'll see how it goes. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wendell's Pork Guisantes

Recipe thanks to Mary Pascua

Wendell made this ono Pork Guisantes last week. The recipe is from an old cook book published in 1974 called Hawaii Filipina's Favorite Recipes.

Gonna take a break from blogging. Ran out of stuff to post. Will be back when there's something for me to share. See ya!


1 lb. pork butt, sliced (separate fatty and lean pieces)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
3 bay leaves, crumbled
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 medium onion, sliced
1/2 cup water
8 oz. tomato sauce
2 tsp. chopped pimento
1 cup frozen peas, cook using package direction

Saute pork fat and garlic until brown; eliminate any excess oil. Mix together salt, bay leaves, pepper, onion and lean pork, then add to pork fat and continue cooking for 5 minutes or until lean pork is cooked. Add water and simmer until water evaporates. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt if necessary. Add tomato sauce and pimento and simmer for 1 minute. Add peas.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bumble Bee Umbrella

A few weeks ago while at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet, we saw a couple buying this cute umbrella for their daughter. You can't see it too good in this photo, but it has antennae that stick straight out. 

The vendor is on the outer aisle, and the umbrella sells for $10.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Dalai Insight

I thought this was interesting. I haven't been able to use either method yet, but I've always had vivid dreams anyway and don't really have trouble sleeping.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Screen Cleaner

Geri turned me on to this screen cleaner. She said that she got it from City Mill.


You can use it from inside of your house without even having to remove the screen. 

It has pokey things that dig out the dirt.

She gave me a demonstration.

Wow, yah!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Wendell's Panang Chicken Curry

Thank you Gordon Lum .  .  . for the recipe of DA BEST curry that I've ever eaten.

I normally don't care for curry. You know da-kine chicken-katsu-curry . . . or da-kine curry you might get at some local drive-inn with the potatoes and carrots . . . or da-kine Japanese curry rice? Not for me.

But this one . . . holy cow . . . I just loooooooved it. You can find the recipe here. I must say that of all the dishes that Wendell has made, this is one of my most favorite. 

If you're a non-cook and don't normally try recipes like this one because it looks too hard or you're too lazy (me), just this once, TRY DO THIS ONE. You . . . will . . . impress. 

Wendell did use the Mae Ploy brand curry paste and the Mae Ploy brand coconut milk (from Asian Market on Beretania) and he did put in the macadamia nuts (kicked it up a notch). Wendell said that he got the raw sugar (photo way below) from either Foodland or Safeway (he couldn't remember).  He didn't use a Dutch oven (whatever that is) but used a pan on the stove instead. The inedible bits of finely diced Kaffir lime leaves (also from Asian Market) were annoying to me . . . had to spit them out. Not sure if putting them in whole so that they can be easily taken out afterwards would work, but it's just a suggestion.


2 lbs. boned chicken thighs
2.5 tablespoons panang curry paste (2 oz Mae Ploy brand)
19 ounces coconut milk (or 1 can Mae Ploy brand)
3 tablespoons roughly ground Island Princess Hawaii macadamia nuts (unsalted)
2 tablespoons turbinado or raw sugar
3 finely diced Kaffir Lime leaves
2 teaspoons fish sauce to taste
1 sliced bell pepper (any color)
1 sliced onion
1 cup flour (for dredging)
4 tablespoons oil
Hawaiian salt to taste
pepper to taste
4-5 Thai Basil leaves (optional)

Rinse, then dry the boned chicken thighs. Lightly salt and pepper the thighs on both sides and then dredge in flour, shaking off the excess flour. Heat the Dutch oven and add oil. Sear both sides of thighs until it becomes a light golden brown (about 70% cooked). Set thighs aside. While they are cooling, slice the bell pepper/onion; finely dice the Kaffir Lime leaves, and roughly grind/chop the macadamia nuts. After the chicken thighs cool, cut into chunks.

Heat (about 1/4 cup) the oil and add the curry paste, searing the paste for a minute. Add the chicken chunks and stir until the chunks are coated with the paste. Add the peppers and onion and stir until they are also coated. Add the coconut milk, Kaffir lime leaves, turbinado sugar, macadamia nut, and fish sauce to the pot. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Garnish with basil leaves.

This is the sugar that Wendell used.  DO IT!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Wenger Swiss Army Knife

For real . . . this Swiss Army Knife is being sold on Amazon. It's selling for $4,000. You can check it out here.  Thanks for the scoop, Kevin!


Here are some of the funny reviews:

I forgot the knife in the front pocket of my Swiss Army shorts and when my wife washed them it completely disassembled our washing machine.

I accidentally left this knife in the glovebox of my wore out 67 Chevy truck overnight. miraculously the knife fully restored the truck and drove it to the store then returned with two hookers and a cooler full of beer.

The tire iron and floor jack proved handy, I was particularly impressed that I could use both at the same time.

I tried to file my nails, but in the process I accidentally fixed a small engine that was nearby. Which was nice.

When I forgot to take it out of my backpack before trying to board my flight the helpful TSA agent at the security area pointed out that by deploying the two larger blades and the jet engine on the back side I really didn't need a commercial flight, just a runway and some goggles. Boy, did I feel dumb, but I saved $605 on airfare!

After reading the 497 page Quick Start Guide, I was finally able to find the tweezers and remove that darn splinter.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

OMG Kahai Street Kitchen OMG

We had this yesterday. The Pork Chop was killah. The Chili Burrito was owsum. The Pork Belly Banh Mi was to die for.

Pork Chops  Two pork chops sautéed or charbroiled and served with homemade mushroom onion gravy ($12.95)

Chili Burrito  Two deep fried burritos topped with house-made chili garnished with cheese and diced onions, choice of white or brown rice, tossed or potato macaroni salad ($9.25)

Roasted Crispy Pork Belly Banh Mi Sandwich Roasted crispy pork belly seasoned, sliced and charbroiled with hoisin barbeque sauce, served with tomatoes and pickled carrots, daikon and cucumbers, topped with a Sriracha aioli, choice of fries or tossed salad ($9.95)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hometown Stories on NHK

I sent this email to my siblings. After sending I thought, hey I should share with you guys too. 

This is for-real-kine stories . . . not like da-kine Korean dramas.

i love to watch Hometown Stories on NHK.  if you can, try watch:

misako's all-night diner
three grannies cookie challenge
grandma's picture cards
sharing life together: 81-year old caregiver

"misako's all-night diner" is about a 91-year-old lady who runs a diner. her shift is 9 pm to 9 am.  unfortunately, at the very end of the program, they say that the diner closed last month. not sure if she passed.  sad 'cause the people who went there felt like it was home to them. for one girl in particular . . . 

"three grannies cookie challenge" is about three over-86-year-olds who bake cookies in a tiny hamlet.

"grandma's picture cards" is about an 80-year-old who paints water color greeting cards and writes inspirational sayings on them. three days a week she puts a blanket on the grounds of some castle and she calls out to people to come look. she lets them choose one to have for free.

"sharing life together" is about an 81-year-old caregiver.  need i say more?  

P.S. It looks like you can only watch "Misako's Diner" video online on On Demand right now. I guess we have to wait for the reruns of the other programs that I liked.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

MAC Eyeshadow

This MAC eyeshadow was expensive ($16) so I'm making sure I use every last bit of it. 

Didi when I'm pau with this one, I'll be using the one you gave me. Thanks!


Monday, July 10, 2017

Current Project - Rubber Stamping

I noticed that my greeting card stash is getting low, so I decided to make some more. 

I loved loved loved how this came out so I wanted to share. So pretty, yah. This will end up making around 20-something individual cards.

These are the stamps that I used. It came in a set.

I'm not sure if I paid full price for the set or if I got it at the swap meet. If you're interested, it's on eBay right now here for $9.95 plus shipping. It's made by Stampin' Up and the set is called Spring Garden.

I used this ink pad for the flowers. I got mine from Fisher Hawaii awhile back. Actually, this is my second one. My first one is so old that it's falling apart. It's my absolute favorite. In fact, I like it so much that I bought inks for the five different colors so that I can re-ink it when it gets too dry.IMG_1369

Here's the finished card. 

I also stamped these to make more cards. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Blast from the Past

I'm kinda behind on gathering blog posts for you, so for today here's me again from seven years ago on Leslie's blog:  Jalna

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Greek Marina

This was my birthday dinner . . . from last year . . . September. I found the photos in a neglected folder on my computer.

Wendell was in Vegas at the time, and Lan asked if I wanted to go out for dinner. I said nah, I'd prefer eating at home.  I chose Greek. 

Landon went overboard. All the food below is for just the two of us. It's from Greek Marina in Hawaii Kai. I enjoyed it . . . for several days.

Fried Kalamari ($8.95)

Chicken Gyros ($14.95)

Gyros ($14.95)

Spanakopita ($5.95) 

Baba Ganouj ($7.95)

Dolmades ($7.95)


Baklava ($4.95)

Basbosa ($4.95)

Friday, July 7, 2017

Free Lunch

We got treated to lunch from Side Street Inn yesterday at work. Yeehaw!!

We had two choices . . .  the unhealthy cheeseburger and fries . . .

or the less unhealthy teriyaki chicken burger and fries.  Guess which one I picked. 


Thursday, July 6, 2017

McDonalds Lobster Roll

Me and Landon shared this Lobster Roll ($9.99) from McDonalds. It was good, but I probably wouldn't buy it again.


P.S. If you do Facebook, check out Kalin's Mommy's comment and go to the link. Soooo funny dat gal!! I'm crying, I'm laughing so hard. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Swap Meet Stuff

I met Harri on a Japan tour to Hokkaido that me and my sistahs went on a few years ago. We really clicked and so still keep in touch. 

The other day we were emailing back and forth and she asked what kinds of stuff I look for at the swap meet. As an example, I shared with her what I had bought on the previous weekend. 

I thought it might interest you too.

dog treat (guy there makes jerky - ahi, pork, beef) $7

ream of card stock to make gift cards $3

swiffer sweeper (i neva really need but was good deal. $3 brand new. gave to Geri to give to her son)

winnie the pooh watch (coworker liked it) $1

minnie mouse watch (another coworker gonna take) $1

banana bread and carrot cake (lady there makes ono kine. small loaf for only $2). she sells small bags of various kine cookies too.

book for nephew colin (golden compass) 50 cents; i always look for minecraft toys for him but couldn't find this time

bag of yarn for my mom $1

set of Chinese calligraphy brushes for my nephew's wife $3

i like DVD movies for cheap, usually $1.  a lot of the movies i give away after i watch. 

i look for $1 jewelry to take apart for the beads. i like swarovski crystal beads.

i used to like to buy japanese plates and bowls,  but i no more room anymore so if i buy gotta be special, and then i gotta get rid of a old one to make room.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Congratulations Marc and Marvin!

One of my favorite people, Marvin (Yosh to me), got married this past weekend. Yosh (on the right) used to work with me but moved to the mainland around 4 years ago. I miss him a lot. Mostly I miss the Meyer lemons he used to give me.  Nah, nah, nah . . . Yosh . . . I miss you too. 


And here's another one of my favorite people. 

Happy 4th of July peoples. Don't pop too many fireworks . . . gonna scare Kona. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Swiss Army Knife - continuation

I got one for myself! My favorite watch guy had it in his showcase. I never noticed it before because I tend to not look in showcases. I like to look at stuff that are tossed haphazardly on tables or in boxes or baskets. Stuff that are displayed in showcases tend to be out of my price range.

I really liked the yellow color so I asked to see it. 

It looked good.

It was just like the one I just gave to Wendell . . .

but better.  The two pull-out pins were still intact on this one.

One is a pick.

The other one is a tweezer. The Watch Guy said he was selling it for $5.

Then I saw this one in the showcase. It was missing my favorite tool . . . the scissors.

But I really liked it because it's made by Wenger, the other maker of Swiss Army Knives.  If I bought it then I would have one from each maker. This one was selling for $8. 

This Pierre Cardin watch was also in the showcase. It was $5. I decided to try and do a bundle deal.

In the end, because I'm a "regular customer" of his he let me have all three for $13. Yippee!!