Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Please Wear a Mask

Please watch this video. 

Wendell tries to do his part whenever he has to go out. I believe that this small effort is key to helping us flatten that curve.  I think that the least we can do is try. Please try.


Monday, March 30, 2020

Dog Biscuits

We ran out of dog biscuits. I ordered some from Amazon, but it won't be here until Thursday, so I made some with the ingredients that I already had at home. 

It was the first time for me, so I wasn't sure how it'd come out.

Turned out good. And main thing is Kona likes it.

Here's my revamped recipe:  2 cups flour, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup (+ few more sprinkles) water, fish jerky. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Landon's Noodle Scramble

Landon made this concoction the other day using some Mi Goreng noodles

He placed some prepared noodles into a frying pan with diced spam and eggs. After the eggs and spam cooked, he flipped the whole thing over and topped with some sautéed cabbage and watered-down oyster sauce for flavor. Then he garnished with Japanese mayonnaise, some sriracha and furikake.

It was winnahs.


Saturday, March 28, 2020

Bibigo Pork Mandoo

Yesterday I made the Bibigo Pork Mandoo that I found at Palama Market earlier this month.

I placed the frozen mandoo into a pan and fried all three sides.  Then I put about a spoonful of water into the pan and covered for about a minute or two so that it would come out gyoza-ish.

I ate it with a bit of V's So Damn Ono Sauce mixed with a few drops of perilla oil. I liked it!

This is the perilla oil that I bought at Palama Market back in the day when I used to leave my house. 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Our Washer

Two days ago it broke.

Wendell went to Best Buy and was greeted by a sales associate . . . outside. No one was allowed inside. I liked that.  

The sales associate said that Wendell needed to order a new one online. There would be no installation, delivery to the door only, and no haul away of the old machine. All understandable, except I wish they would take away the old machine. 

New machine comes today . . . sometime from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

It's 6:49 a.m. right now. The guys are still sleeping. But I've been up since 5:00 a.m. so I'm ready.


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Wendell's Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

Wendell said that he didn't add anything . . . just wrapped bacon around asparagus and then broiled.



Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Amazon Delivery

Mailman brought this at 7:00 pm last night. It was actually scheduled to arrive today. Can you guess what it is?

Toilet paper!!!  I was so happy that it didn't get highjacked somewhere along the way to my house.

I ordered it last week Thursday when Wendell said to check if Amazon might have. I was so surprised to see that they did have their house brand available. Only thing, I had trouble getting it into my cart. It was glitchy . . . the page freezing slightly . . . then saying "unavailable" . . . then not letting me finalize. But I kept trying.  It was a if I was virtually fighting with other people for the toilet paper. 

And then I won! LOL. 30 rolls for $19.99. 

Right after "winning" I tried again. It had become "backorder" and then "currently unavailable". It's been "currently unavailable" ever since. But I figure they must have supplies coming in, no? 


BTW, how many sheets do you use?  I use two. Unless . . . you know . . . no can . . . .

TMI, yah.  La la la la la . . . . (fingers in ears) . . . 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

On Da Desk

How are you guys doing? Staying safe I hope. Being cooped up is okay with me because staying at home is my favorite thing anyway.  Unfortunately, I may have developed an agoraphobia. 

I miss shopping at Ross the most, but just the thought of possibly catching something frightens me. Wendell even had to pick up my medicine from Longs for me. The furthest I've been for over a week has been to the mailbox. 

The upside is that I've been drawing and painting a lot. It's so fun and relaxing to me.  And luckily, ordering supplies via Amazon is still easy.

Anyway peoples, hang in there. Much love and peaceful thoughts to you.


Sunday, March 22, 2020

Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant 30% Discount

Honolulu Aunty emailed this info to me.  Thank you, Aunty!!

Ichiriki Restaurants will be switching to takeout only starting March 20 to April 3, 2020 or when the mandate is lifted. We understand that this is an economically challenging time and we would like to help however we can. Therefore, we are offering a 30% discount to all takeout orders placed directly through us during this period. Our operation hours will be 11:00AM to 8:00PM Daily for all locations.

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Whole Foods' Support for their Employees

This is from the Whole Foods website:

How we are caring for our team members

Our team members are our top priority, and we’ve taken the following steps to support them during this time of uncertainty:
  • All part and full-time hourly team members at Whole Foods Market stores and facilities in the U.S. and Canada are receiving an additional $2 per hour on top of their current hourly rate through the month of April. In the U.K., part-time and full-time team members in our stores and facilities will receive an additional 2£ per hour through the month of April.
  • All part and full-time hourly team members at Whole Foods Market stores and facilities will receive double their regular hourly base rate of pay for every overtime hour worked in a work week from March 16 – May 3, 2020.
  • All team members placed into quarantine or diagnosed with COVID-19 will receive up to an additional two weeks of paid time off, as announced by our parent company, Amazon.
  • If they are unable or unwilling to work their scheduled shift, team members have unlimited call-outs during this time.
  • Like our full-time team members, all part-time team members are eligible to accrue paid time off.
  • We have increased funds available through our Team Member Emergency Fund, which is available to all team members faced with an unforeseeable emergency or critical situation. Amazon has committed an additional $1.6M to support the fund, bringing the total to $3.34M. Every additional voluntary donation to the fund by a team member will be matched 100% by Whole Foods Market.
    • Since it was started by team members decades ago, the Paid Time Off Donation Program has helped thousands of team members in times of crisis and need. It’s one of several resources — including company-funded programs — that are always available to to support team members. The program is voluntary, and the company has not proactively solicited team members to donate in response to COVID.
  • We have asked team members to cancel nonessential business travel (both domestic and international).
  • We support team members who have jobs based in our regional offices and global headquarters to work from home if they are able.
  • We have increased sanitation and cleanliness protocols in meeting rooms, team member gathering spaces and office workstations across all stores, offices and facilities to promote a conducive work environment.
  • While it is not currently recommended by the CDC, and the guidance is to preserve these resources for the medical community and those caring for the ill, any team member who wishes to wear a mask while working may do so.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Vriksasana Posture Back Support Belt

I occasionally suffer from lower back pain, oftentimes brought on by fits of coughing, which is what happened to me recently. 

Many years ago I bought a back brace. It was not comfortable, mostly because I'm fat and short-waisted, but it was the best I could find at that pre-Amazon time. It was over $30 . . . not cheap. 

Recently, the velcro on the brace stopped gripping, and even though I sewed on new velcro strips it just wasn't working.

I went on Amazon and found this belt. It's made by Vriksasana Posture and was $24.99. I WISH I HAD BOUGHT IT YEARS AGO. It supports my lower back exactly where I need it (not from just below my chi chi's down to my butt like my old one did) and is extremely comfortable. 

I bought the regular size which turned out to be perfect, with extra length in case, heaven forbid, my hips should expand any further. If you're in the market for a back-support belt, go check it out. I highly recommend it.

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Monday, March 16, 2020

7 Eleven's Local-Style Saimin

I recently wrote about 7 Eleven's saimin that I really liked. I was intrigued because the instructions say not to add water.

I bought it again the other day and took a look under the noodles. The broth is gel-like before heating. Aha!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Sign of the Times

Went swap meet today. 

Me and my sistahs all kinda looked like this. Geri bought the cute masks for us. Someone at her church made them.

This is the area where usually got my favorite kind of sellers . . . the kind that cleaned out the house and just want to make a few extra bucks. Nada.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

No Hugging?

One of my sisters received unfavorable responses today when she hugged two different people.  I've been refraining from hugging lately because of my cold and not because of you-know-what. 

I'm wondering now. How do you feel? It's totally understandable, yah. I don't mind being hugged, but I wouldn't want to hug somebody who doesn't want to be hugged.  But then, what do you do to not be offensive?

Maybe I'll just keep saying I have a cold even when I'm pau being sick. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Pork Mandoo at Palama Market

I hobbled down to Palama Market today with my still-sore back just to get out of the house for a little bit. 

While I was there looking at this sale sign and wondering if the mandoo was good a local Korean lady came by and quickly put 4 bags into her wagon. 

So I got me one too.  I haven't tried it yet, but I'm thinking must be good, yah. 

Monday, March 9, 2020

Japchae Seafood Ball from Palama Market

I actually forgot that I had these in the freezer.  I bought them from Palama Market awhile back. I think they were around $10 for a 2-pack.


They're small . . . about the size of a silver dollar and more patty than "ball". I fried them up with some perilla oil that my sister Geri shared. I think she also got it at Palama Market. It's kinda like sesame oil but different. It's very fragrant. I like it a lot.

Came out ono, especially when I dabbed on some of  V's So Damn Ono Sauce.

Oh, while I'm at it, these mandoo from Costco are really good. But when Wendell went to get more a few days ago, didn't have.

He bought these instead. They were not bad. Very cilantro-y and tiny. Good to throw into your instant ramen.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Grand Sumo Spring Tournament 2020

For the first time in history, no audience. Seems so weird. It's just not the same.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Sumo Citrus Seeds

You know how I'm such an awesome gardener, right?

So I'm gonna try and grow Sumo Citrus plants from seeds!! Wish me luck!!

Friday, March 6, 2020

Thursday, March 5, 2020

(Piper) A Joy Story

I enjoyed this Oscar-winning 3-minute film.  Thanks for sharing, Steven.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Whole Foods Pizza Deal

I caught a cold. Coughed. Coughed. Coughed. I threw out my back.  So I've been pretty much stuck at home since the weekend. 

Wanted to tell you about the Amazon Prime pizza deal at Whole Foods on Thursdays until the end of April.  A whole cheese pizza for $8! Regular price is $14.