Saturday, June 30, 2018

My Cucumber Dish

After eating (and loving) the $$$ cucumber dish at Wagaya, I was craving more, so I made my version of it.

I salted some cucumber and left it in the fridge overnight. I think a few hours is good enough, actually. Then the cucumber will be crunchier. 

I rinsed off the salt, cut into pieces and added Pietro dressing and furikake. Totally my kind of recipe, yah! I wish I had Korean nori. Then I woulda torn some and added that in too.

It was pretty good except I kinda overdid the furikake part and had to add in more cucumber.

Edit: Please see the comment section if you'd like to see more detailed instructions. 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Da Andagi Guy

This was outside of Don Q Kaheka the other day. Sorry, had line so I didn't buy. But I was wondering . . . anybody try yet? 4/$1.00, regular or cinnamon sugar. 



Wednesday, June 27, 2018


I put exclamation marks in the title because Wagaya deserves exclamation marks!!!

My sister Geri took off today for her birthday, and we celebrated by having lunch there. It was such a good choice. Everything was so ono!


This is the Chili Cucumber ($4.25). It was so, so ono, but I wish had more pieces to the order.

This is the Potato Mochi ($4.75). I don't think it has any mochi in it at all, but is just made to look like mochi. Boy, was it goooooood.

This is my Vegetarian Ramen ($11.95). I was too full from the appetizers to finish my bowl . . . but I tried to. I loved the shiru (soup). 

Here's Geri's Garlic Tsukemen ($13.50).  She was full fast too and ate less than half. She took the leftovers home. So lucky. She'll get to eat it twice that way!  Happy Birthday, Geri!







Tuesday, June 26, 2018


I think beer bottle qualifies as "glass", no? 

Another thing that I learned in drawing class that is so simple yet makes a big difference is to use a sharp pencil point to define the outside edge of an object to help separate it from the background and make it look more three dimensional. Great tip, yah!


This thing is called a stump. You use it to smudge and blend marks. I used it for the first time on the beer bottle and was small-kine shocked at how well it works. 

Monday, June 25, 2018


For today's class Vernon taught us how to draw eyes. After his lesson we partnered up to draw the eye of a classmate.

My partner drew my eye below. She was so nice and didn't draw my upper lid as saggy as it really is. And then would you believe . . . of all days . . . I forgot to put eyeliner on my lower lids today!! She was kind enough to draw that in for me too.


I ended up drawing my partner's full face. I couldn't help myself . . . I love doing faces. Vernon made adjustments to one eye and also shaded the nostrils for me. He said that the top part of the nose puka should be darker than the rest, not just one black hole. I just love knowing that now . . . a tiny change like that can make all the difference. And Vernon is awesome at showing that.

Homework is to draw something made of glass. Yikes!!!!!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Ink in Motion

LOOOOOOOVE this video.

Thursday, June 21, 2018


Vernon gave us a homework project, and he was a bit vague about it. He said to draw something from home. And so I did Big Hero 6.

Back in the old days of school I was never, ever this prompt about homework. I was totally an 11th-hour homework doer. And that was if I even bothered to do the homework. I often wonder how I managed to graduate.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

After and Before

Wendell invited some friends over for lunch the other day so I had to clean up the counter so they'd have someplace to sit and eat. 


This is what it normally looks like. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Drawing Class

Drawing class started yesterday! Our instructor is Vernon Rieta, and I really like how he teaches. He seems to be into teaching the human form and that's great for me because that's what I'm interested in.

Our project yesterday was to draw a wooden model thing that was displayed on the table. We were given a certain amount of time, and then Vernon would reposition the model. We were supposed to draw three different positions. I only managed to do two. I got stumped on getting the right perspective on a sticking out leg and ran out of time. 

Vernon went over each of our drawings and scribbled in his corrections (identified by me in red). I loved his scribbles so much that I asked him to sign the drawing. 


One of the best things about yesterday was that I met blog reader Cleta for the first time. She gave me these adorable greeting cards which are copies of watercolor paintings that she had previously done.

So cute, yah!! Thank you Cleta! And thank you for the cookies too!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Kuretake Gem Watercolor Set

You know how I'm a sucker for good deals. So when I saw this watercolor set on Amazon priced at a 62% savings I jumped on it. It's selling for only $8.60.


I like it. It's sparkly. There're 13 left in stock right now. Go buy!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Guava Smoked

About a week ago Landon went to Guava Smoked in Kalihi just before closing time and found the guy there already packing up. The guy apologized profusely about the premature closing and gave Lan some chicken and a bag of fried rice . . . for free! 

Although Landon had actually gone there in hopes of picking up some smoked fish he gave the guy $20 anyway.

I tasted a bit of the fried rice and it was very flavorful . . . really smoky. Lan shared the food with a bunch of people. I'm sure they enjoyed it.





Saturday, June 16, 2018

Los Chaparros

Wendell felt like eating Mexican food last week Friday so we ended at at Los Chaparros on Beretania. 

Here is my Fajita Salad with Shrimp ($15.50). It had grilled vegetables in it and was so ono that next time I won't add on the shrimp. Neva need. I didn't even use the Ranch dressing that came with it. And it was so huge that I ate only half and had the rest for lunch the next day.

This is Wendell's Chicken Chimichanga with Rice and Beans ($11.75). He said that it was good and ate all but about a fourth of it.

It got really busy at around 7:00 pm, but our server BJ was calm and cordial and very attentive. Wendell left a good tip. If you go, maybe go early, especially since parking pretty much sucks there.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Jane-Inspired Drawing

I did this drawing last night. It's colored with colored pencil.


Inspiration came from this book by Jane Davenport. It's a workbook art journal that you're supposed to color and draw in. You can also rip out pages to use in your own art journals. 

Only thing . . . the book is so awesome and pretty and so full of wonderful Jane ideas that I can't bring myself to deface it. Maybe in time. But for now I'll just use the book as a reference.

You can check out the insides here.

Thursday, June 14, 2018


It must be lychee season because the swap meet is loaded with them.

Most come from Waipahu. I think. Or Wahiawa. I always get the two mixed up.

There are always samples to taste, and depending on the seller will go for either $4/pound or $5/pound.

My sisters had already bought a couple bags each from two different sellers when we came upon . . . 

this seller.

Their lychee came from the Big Island, and according to my sister Geri, this lychee is a different kind of sweet . . . a more ono kind of sweet. 

So if you're into lychee, now is the time to go swap meet! No forget . . . go early before get HOT.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

How To Train Your Dragon 3!!!

Whaaaaat??? Coming Spring 2019! I haven't been to a movie theater in years, but I will next year!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


Guess which feet are mine.


Monday, June 11, 2018

American Savings Bank Commercial

This video is OUTSTANDING!! I wonder who did it.

Thanks for sharing, Dd!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Helper Colin

My brother sent me this photo. His son, Colin, is helping their neighbor in the rain. Don't you JUST LOVE HIM???!!!!!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Sandy Beach Food Trucks

Landon bought these at a couple of food trucks at Sandy Beach a few days ago. Some of the pictures are blurry 'cause I rushed to take them.

I actually don't know the names of the food trucks, but I do have the prices for you.





Friday, June 8, 2018

KUM Pencil Sharpener

My drawing pencils and colored pencils need sharpening all the time, and I found that the sharpener that worked best for me was a KUM brand one. It was only $1 something at Fisher, but what I found slightly inconvenient was that I had to be by a trash can when using it. 


On a return trip (I go often) to Fisher I found this one. It was only $2 something so I got it.

It's made in Germany and is a joy to use. 


Thursday, June 7, 2018

My New Top

Leaving in a minute to help out at the Day Care. Wanted to share this photo of my top. Gonna be cleaning out stuff in the attic, and I wanted to be cool . . . temperature-wise and cute-wise. K. Bye den.