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. 

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.


Tuesday, June 5, 2018


"The Secret to Creativity" was in the subject line to a spam email that I just received. I was about to put the email into my spam folder for mass deletion, but the title caught my eye. So I read it. And then I deleted it. 

I thought it was interesting so I wanted to share. It had to do with dreams. And you know me and dreams. 

BTW, does anybody dream of elevators? I do. A lot. Nobody that I've asked does, but on a YouTube video that I recently watched an artist was sharing drawings from her sketchbook. She had a sketch describing one of her dreams, and lo and behold, it contained a drawing of an elevator!!!!!!

She said that she was trying to get onto the elevator but all these naked men were blocking her way. That is exactly like my elevator dreams! Well, I never dream of naked men, but the principle is the same . . . I want to get on the elevator, but am somehow prevented. 

I was so excited to get some validation that elevators represent a deeper meaning of transport to somebody else besides me! 

But I digressed. Here's what the email said:

“To sleep, perchance to dream” – Hamlet
We all want to be more creative.
To come up with something that no one has ever thought of before.
But how?
Scientists have actually been looking at creativity for awhile.
And while some of this research is just for eggheads.
Some findings can actually apply to you and me.
One of the most surprising ways of becoming more creative, and more productive, is through getting proper sleep.
The key to creativity is what happens when we dream.
According to Matthew Walker, Ph.D., founder and director of the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Human Sleep Science and author of the book "Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams, "Dreaming is essentially a time when we all become flagrantly psychotic.”
When we dream, we see things that aren’t really there. We’re basically hallucinating.
When we're dreaming, we believe things that cannot possibly be true. We’re basically delusional.
And when we wake up, we forget most of what we’ve dreamed. So, we’re basically suffering from amnesia
But why is this good for creativity?
According to Dr. Walker, it’s because dreaming serves as a kind of psychiatric treatment.
Going psychotic at night can help keep us sane.
Dreaming appears to heal us from the painful feelings of difficult and traumatic emotional episodes that we experienced during the day
It’s like a free session on Freud’s leather couch.
Sleep allows us to fuse memories in abstract and distinctive ways.
That’s how it helps us with creativity.
So, if you want to be more creative, and productive, get your ZZZZZs!!
Thanks again!!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Swap Meet Finds

Went swap meet this past weekend. Not sure how often I'll be going in the next few months . . . it's just too dang hot during the summer. By 9:00 a.m. I was feeling almost nauseous. 

I bought a bag of bok choy, bag of mustard cabbage and cucumbers ($1 each), dog treats and the stuff circled below. The memory card, watch face and Hello Kitty bag were $2 for all. The rest were as I marked. The coloring book I got more to get ideas from the drawings rather than to color. The soap tin I got for the tin itself, although I do plan to use the soap. I like little tins to store watercolor paint in. 

The ceramic dish in the upper left I bought on a previous swap meet outing. It's perfect to use as a watercolor pallet. I bought 3 for $1 each. The paint tubes on the upper right are Daniel Smith paints. I finally broke down and bought them on Amazon. They were $24 for all three. 

See my toes on the bottom? I get teased a lot about the rubbah slippah space between my toes. I was almost gonna crop them out, but wth, yah? I'm blessed.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Manabu on KHON Morning Show

Watch Manabu Asaoka in action!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

The Musubi Book by Manabu Asaoka

I can't believe that it was 10 years ago that I first wrote about Mana Bu's Musubi. You can check out that post here

Founder Manabu Asaoka has now written a book entitled The Musubi Book. He emailed me a few days ago to tell me that he had a free copy for me!  Score!

He had previously asked me for permission to use some of my photos, and this was his way of thanking me. So nice!!

Manabu will be at Barnes and Noble in Ala Moana Mall tomorrow from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. If you're free please go and lend some support. He'll be giving away a konbu/wakame/sekihan musubi to anyone who purchases a book. The book is $16.95 and is chock full of helpful tips on making ono musubi. 

Here are some of the topics (from the Table of Contents):

About Rice
Two Categories of Rice
What Makes Tasty Rice?
Things to Know Before Cooking Rice
Types of Rice Cookers
Water is Important
How to Make the Best Rice for Musubi

I made some musubi today for Landon to take on a fishing outing. One very important thing that I've already learned from the book is this . . .  when using the musubi mold, don't use the top portion to smash down the rice. DON'T SMASH THE RICE DOWN. The rice needs to breathe. And OMG such a small thing, but it made such a big difference! 

Here's me and Manabu. Thank you Sweetie for taking the photo!

Manabu, good luck to you and Fumiyo!! Thank you for the book and rice paddle!