Monday, April 23, 2007

Yeah! It's long overdue! I figured it would be best to blog about it now before the end of April and also before I totally FORGET! I admit, I'm getting old and really forgetful :)

So, R and I took a short trip over to the Valley Isle; otherwise known as Maui. It was really short indeed as we flew on Friday evening after work only to return in the early afternoon on Sunday. (Btw, check out the new style and color theme for Aloha Airlines...orange...ewwww). We didn't really get to much but it was a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu city and school. I did bring one textbook thinking I'll be able to do some studying but who was I kidding...when we were at the house, all I did was either lounge on the couch watching TV or playing with Tiger...the cat.

We woke up early on Saturday and while waiting for R's parents to come home with the van so we can go out cruising, we manage to watch Poseidon on HBO. R's mom was nice enough to buy us lunch from Cupie's Diner before our little mini excursion. He had his usual cheeseburger with fries and I enjoyed my usual breaded teri steak on rice and macaroni salad. When one is hungry...I tell you...it's all delicious ;)

We head upcountry and end up in Makawao ~ one of the state's last paniolo towns. The paniolos were the first cowboys in the United States. Long before there were cowboys in the old west, paniolos came to Hawaii in the early 1800's from Mexico to teach the Hawaiians how to herd cattle. Makawao retains much of that paniolo flavor in the facades of its buildings, but on the inside you'll find lots of art galleries, boutiques, craft stores and eateries sitting right next to stores where the locals shop. Makawao is not just for the tourists. It is the nearest town for many locals for groceries, haircuts and even paniolo gear. We'd planned to stop by Komoda Store to pick up some fresh pastry but they were closing up when we finally found parking and walked to the store entrance. Ohh well, so I made myself useful and when clicking away on my camera. Check the slide below for more photos :)

Before heading home, we drove through Pukalani and then, we made a quick pit stop at Kaahumanu Mall as R needed to do some shopping and I was craving for some Mango-A-Go-Go from Jamba Juice. *sweet* When we finally got home around 6-ish, R's mom had dinner ready. Quickly, we changed into comfortable clothes, came downstairs to enjoy and devour the yummilicious roast with potato salad and rice! I wasn't shy either as I had three servings!

After dinner, we lounged in the living room area, chit-chatting to kill time before getting ready to go church for Mass. It was a lovely service but a tad bit long (...3 hours and it was getting hot and stuffy in the area where we sat as there was no air ventilation) because they included a baptism and the Holy Communion ceremony during Mass. When it was all done, we came home, changed into comfortable clothes again and this time devour on ice cream and pastries before hitting the sack.

It's Sunday already! A couple more hours to go before flying back to Honolulu. R's parents had made Easter brunch reservations at Raffles in the Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort in beautiful Wailea, Kihei. Aparantly they only open for brunch for two special occasions ~ Easter and Mother's Day. I felt lucky to be there to enjoy all that good food such as an assortment of sushi, salads, seafood and desserts with champagne! Gosh, don't I sound like a little piglet...all we did was eat, eat and eat some more! (haha) But then again, what else do you do when on vacation? So there you have it...

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