Thursday, July 18, 2019

Wednesday, July 17, 2019


Posting from my phone for my cousin V.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Be Back Soon

I going Hokkaido today!  Not sure if I'll be posting anything while I'm gone. If not, see you in couple weeks!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Leony's Filipino Restaurant

This is where we sistahs had lunch on Saturday.  Leony's Filipino Restaurant recently took over the site of Pho My Duyen which was formerly known as Sam and Syd's which was formerly known as Elena's on King Street.  

Elena's had been our go-to place for filipino food, and we continued to enjoy the fare when Sam and Syd's took over. 

Pho My Duyen was often hit or miss depending on the cook, but because we enjoy filipino food so much we took our chances and still went frequently. Unfortunately, when the freshness of the ingredients became questionable (I'm being nice here), we totally stopped going.

When Sweetie mentioned that there was a new owner at our previously favorite restaurant, there was no question where we would be eating lunch on Saturday.

We were excited and very hopeful. We ordered all of our favorite dishes.

Fried Pork ($11.99)

Crispy Pata ($13.99)

Shrimp Sarciado ($12.99)

Sari Sari ($10.99)

Pancit (on the house)

The food was a bit slow in coming out, and to be honest everything except the pancit (which was really good) coulda used a bit more patis (fish sauce), but I'm pretty sure we'll be going back again.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Ginger Lemon Iced Tea

Here's something else that we got from Ohana Hale Marketplace . . . Ginger Lemon Iced Tea.  It was from Fancy Fresh Food Shop and was $5.00 for the large size.

I tasted Geri's and it was so refreshing that I got one for myself before leaving. 

The shop is here. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Buko Pandan Cheesecake

Here's another dessert that we shared at Sticky Sweets.  I think it was $3.50. It was yummy!


Sunday, July 7, 2019

Sticky Sweets

Me and Da Sistahs went shopping yesterday.  I mostly went for the exercise.

But what I didn't know was that we would end up in Ohana Hale Marketplace at Sticky Sweets sharing the best dessert in the history of mankind. 


Banana Bread Pudding Ala Mode!!  At a whopping $8 it's totally worth the money and totally worth the calories. 

Friday, July 5, 2019

New Bowl for Kona

A couple of years ago I bought a fancy bowl for Kona. It's designed so that he would eat his food more slowly.  You can check it out here if you like. 

Kona will be 13 years old next month. He just had his yearly vet visit, and everything checked out okay, but lately has been needing some coaxing to eat his meals.

So while I was at City Mill yesterday looking at their clearance deals (thanks Honolulu Aunty), I bought him a regular bowl. Never mind the other one already.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Popovy Sisters, Doll-Makers

Dolls can be kinda creepy, especially when they're realistic, but I find it so intriguing that twin sisters from Russia who look alike, dress alike and talk alike work together to produce these dolls which are highly-valued works of art.


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

New Items at Goma Tei

I had lunch with Cleta last week at Goma Tei. 

At first we didn't notice this HUGE sign posted and had ordered ramen instead. Luckily, because of Cleta's fast thinking she was able to stop the order before it reached the kitchen.   

We both ordered the Won Ton Soup, and it was goooooood. 

The pieces were big and the broth mild yet flavorful. I would totally order this again. 

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Swap Meet

I haven't been going to the swap meet too much lately because it's just too dang hot. But after I weighed myself this morning I decided that I needed to go walking, so at the last minute I just brushed my teeth and off I went. 

Here are my deals.

Painting stuff ("$2 for da whole ting")

Chalk markers ($1 total)

Chiller bags (Vera Bradley on the right) (50 cents each)

Ribbon (50 cents)

Ceramcoat acrylic paint ($2 for the bag)

Painter's tape (2/$7)

Tofu press ($2). I was thinking that I can use it to press handmade paper. Or for book binding. Or even for tofu. 

These packs of paper were free from the tofu press guy.

Tankichi hooks for Landon ($1 each). There were 33 hooks. I texted Lan and he wanted all.

I bought 2 pounds of just-picked-on-Friday Hilo lychee for my sister Geri who loves lychee.

Saturday, June 29, 2019


Katherine Kealoha is behind bars, and I felt like celebrating. 


Cheers!  To the prosecuting team and the jurors . . . Good Job!

Friday, June 28, 2019

I Got My Friday Pizzas

Amazon Prime members, no forget . . . today . . . 2/$5 pizza at Whole Foods. 


The slices are huge . . . kinda like getting 4 slices for $5 to me. 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Columbia Inn Menu, 1951

Wendell's ex-coworker shared these with me.  Thank you, Ross!




Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Whole Foods 2/$5 Pizza

Amazon Prime deal, starting today, only on Fridays, until October 1!

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019


We've had the air conditioner on pretty much all the time lately. The other day it was so muggy outside that there was condensation on our windows and glass door.


Monday, June 24, 2019

Ross Shopping Hacks

I found these Ross shopping tips on a site called The Krazy Coupon Lady

Sorry for the crazy fonts, but I copied and pasted from the website and for some reason can't fix it.

1. Ross resellers make a full-time job (and salary) out of hunting sales and reselling online.

2. The best deals are often those without a comparable value price.   Given that most Ross prices are about half the comparable value price, many of the best deals in the store are those that don’t automatically calculate that comparable value.


3. Comparable values frequently underreport actual retail price.  Ross buys inventory in batches — like 5000 units of men’s Nike cotton tees. Ross has a few tiers of pricing for men’s Nike cotton tees, and the pricing team makes a best-guess assumption without ever looking up the SKU to see what the actual retail price of the item is.

The good news? When Ross is wrong, they’re usually undervaluing the comparable value price, especially on apparel. 


4. Markdowns happen every Monday. Markdowns happen in tiny increments of 10-20%.

Every Sunday, Ross store managers receive the weekly markdown list from headquarters. Markdown departments will vary from one week to another but are generally the same nationwide. Most departments are marked down about once per month.


5. 80% of Ross’ inventory is closeout merchandise: factory overrun or late shipments. When a vendor over-manufactures, runs late on shipment and doesn’t make it to big box stores in time to sell, or when an item from a department store didn’t sell for one reason or another, opportunistic buyers like Ross swoop in and buy the inventory at a huge discount.

6. All irregular (defective) items are marked.


7. Identical items arriving in different shipments get separate SKUs, which means unique markdowns.

If there are multiple items on a shelf, always check each one before placing any item in your cart to make sure you’re getting the lowest price.

If the SKU numbers match (SKU is the twelve digit number beginning with 400), Ross will sell you both items at the clearance price. If SKUs match, it would mean the items were in the same shipment and one item just missed its markdown. But, in this case, the two sets have different SKUs, and Ross will not sell both sets of bottles for the clearance price.


8. Some of the best buys at Ross are department store beauty brands: Peter Thomas Roth, Clinique, Philosophy.

9. One of the best items you can always find at Ross is Nike Air Jordans.

10. Women’s athletic wear is the most popular apparel category in the store.

11. Clearance sections only exist in apparel departments. Elsewhere, clearance is mixed in with regular inventory.

12. The lowest clearance price you’ll ever find is $0.49.


13. Employee discount is 20% off every day and twice per year 40% off everything but jewelry and electronics.

14. Seniors over 55 save 10% on Tuesdays.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

When Life Gives You Sour Cherries

Eat it with Butter Pecan ice cream!!


Friday, June 21, 2019

Don't Buy These Cherries

On sale at Foodland for $5.99/pound. I paid $13.48 for a prepacked 2.25-pound bag. 

The cherries are tasteless and a bit sour. So disappointing. 


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Kikkoman Shaku Shaku Shoyu

Pal Cleta picked this up for me from Marukai sometime last week.  It was on sale for $2.79. I tried it last night.

It's an oil-based condiment with the "umami of shoyu and aroma of garlic. You can use it on rice, musubi, tofu, pasta and salad."


The pouch is made to be opened like this, and they advise you to use a small spoon to stir.

It's very much like a rayu (chili oil) condiment but minus the spice. 

I had planned to eat it with only this much rice, but after one bite I said, "forget that" and ate a whole bowlful. 

Thanks Cleta!!

Update on Vitamix:  Wendell said the blender worked real good last night . . . so 🎉 YAY!!