Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Ton Ton Ramen

Waipahu Town Center
94-050 Farrington Hwy
Waipahu, HI 96797

Trevor and I were driving to Makaha Valley from Waipahu when we decided on a quick and inexpensive lunch.  Ton Ton Ramen stood out as we were driving through the outlet mall.

Trevor had a mochiko chicken combo.  I had Maba tofu ramen.  

I assumed it would be vegetarian but there were definitely bits of ground meat in the soup.  Having 3/4ths Asian in my ethnic background, you would think I was more well-versed in Oriental cuisine.  I'm not.  I'm very much a watered-down Asian, American-born, apple pie-eating California girl.  Thus, I had no idea what Maba was (I googled it, and its definitely a tofu food cooked with minced sausage or beef).  

I had to rinse off each tofu chunk in the soup to avoid meat, as I am a vegetarian who still tries to eat as vegan as possible.  

Incidentally, the bowl was still flavorful and filling.  I bit off Trevor' rice with curry sauce and it was delightful.  

He was satisfied with his meal as well, and drank my minced meat leftover soup.

Maba Tofu ramen

Katie chicken and curry with gyoza

Saturday, November 12, 2016


I received 3 envelopes in the mail today.  The first envelope I opened was from In-N-Out and they sent me a nice letter and 2 stickers, after I had requested a pie e of nostalgia.

In-N-Out is the most popular burger joint in Southern California.  When I are meat, they were my favorite.  I'd always order a double cheeseburger with grilled onions, fries, and a medium soft drink.  

I can't wait to rock my stickers in Hawai'i.  These folks know nada about In-N-Out.

"In-N-Out.  In-N-Out.  That's what a hamburger is all about."

The second envelope contained 3 stickers by Sharkbait Surf Wax company.  They sell more than wax, such as apparel and other goods.  I registered to be on their mailing list and they sent me 3 vinyl stickers.  That was cool.  

"If you're going to be bait.  You might as well be Sharkbait."

The last envelope I opened was a vinyl sticker of an eyeball.  It just looks rather Punk Rock and I won it through a free auction on Listia.  Woot woot!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2016


I got my mail today and received 2 stickers.  the first one says Psyko Seven on it, and I won it in an auction on Listia.  Psyko Seven is the brand name of a Dominican cigar.

The Chaco sticker is a promotional sticker I received free from Chaco.  It came with 3 gecko stickers on the sheet.  It's very cool as Hawai'i is known for the Mo'os (Hawai'ian for gecko).

Chaco is a brand of footwear best known for its product line of adjustable Z-strap sandals for outdoor and water use, often referred to as "Chacos".

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Marigold Seeds

Marigold Seeds
Last week, I won Marigold seeds via a bid on Listia.  Today, I received them.  I cannot wait to grow them.

When I move out of Makaha Valley, no matter where we stay, I want to have a garden.  If we have a balcony or just have a tiny stoop, I want to have a mini garden.  Marigolds are ideal because they attract bees.  Bees are essential to our well-being.

Because seeds are so easy to come by due to my vegetarian lifestyle, this gave me the idea that I want to begin savi g and auctioning off my seeds.  It should be ffruitful...pun intended.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Sticker and Cookbook

Sticker and Cookbook
I received a sticker from Fish Hippie and a Healthy Living Cookbook by Sunmaid Raisins company, in the mail.

I'm not familiar with Fish Hippie brand yet, but I joined their email list for more information about their products.  It appears their apparel caters to those into coastal living and fishing.  Being in Hawaii, Coastal living is the norm.  I would love to see what their products have in store for consumers in Oceania.

As for Sunmaid, my mother always wanted healthy snacks for me when I was a child.  She raised me on Sunmaid Raisins.  I still love them and even raised my kids eating Sunmaid Raisins.  I used to put mini packs into their lunch bags before I sent them to school.

It baffles me when people tell me they don't like raisins.  It's blasphemy!  
Table of Contents 

A couple recipes

Back pages co rain measuring chart

Well here are a few pages from the Sunmaid cookbook.  It has quite a few recipes I want to try with Trevor.  Trevor loves to cook but I'm no Betty Crocker or Suzie Homemaker.  I need recipes or I suck.    

Monday, November 7, 2016

Free Samples

Samples in the mail
Today, it was like my birthday opening  up my mail.  I got a few free samples.  The first was from Arm & Hammer for Truly Radiant Clean & Fresh toothpaste.  I'm obsessed with my teeth and can't wait to try this.

Next was Real Time Pain Relief Maxx for my lower back and hip flexor issues as well as Trevor's lower back and knee problem.  Another product I am interested in trying out.

The last one was supposed to be Slim-Fit capsules with Ephedra, but they were crushed during shipping so, unfortunately, I will not be able to try the product.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Banana pancakes with mac sauce

Trevor and I went to Spinner's Cafe in Wai'anae for breakfast.  There is a huge homeless (or houseless) camp at the driveway leading up to Spinners, which is at the Wai'anae Boat Harbor.  If you are not used to seeing this, it can be a bit intimidating or unsettling.  Otherwise, driving to the back takes you to the parking lot of the beautiful boat harbor.

The Spinners menu is small and they serve breakfast and lunch up to 3pm, when they close.  You order at the counter and take your food to your seat. 

In California, I was vegan. In Hawai'i, I am a lacto-ovo-vegetarian who eats vegan as much as possible, if I can get away with it.  It's just too expensive in Hawai'i to eat vegan and/or organic unless I grow my own food.

So, banana pancakes is what I got.  Unlike the mainland, hash browns do not seem to  be a popular breakfast staple.  It's rice.  Incidentally, Spinners doesn't have hash browns on their menu.

My pancakes were a thick slab of pancake with sliced bananas cooked into the dough.  Mac sauce is a thick, sweet, macadamia nut topping.  Being a traditional mainlander, I had to apply syrup to my pancakes, too.

Loco Moco
Trevor always craves meat.  He opted for the loco moco which is a popular Hawaiian dish of beef patties topped with gravy and eggs with a side of rice. He likes his food, but ended up also eating the pancakes I failed to finish, due to feeling stuffed.

We both enjoyed our meal and time permitting, we will be back.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Intenze Ink

If you read my bio in the tab above (About), you will have learned I have this fabulous boyfriend named Trevor.  He's a tattooist by hobby and works on his friends and friends of friends, and fixing to get licensed.  He goes through varying tattoo supply companies to get his products but as far as ink, he and I agree, Intenze Tattoo Ink, is a great brand.

Today, I received the Black Sumi ink in the mail and was pleasantly surprised to see the grip of vinyl stickers they shipped to us with our purchase.

Thank you, Intenze.

A tattoo done today, using Black Sumi.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


I got married in 2005, and had the letter M tattooed on my left ring finger to signify my
happy marriage.

Going through a divorce, the M became a painful reminder and a major annoyance for me.  I wore a promise ring from my boyfriend Trevor to cover it.

Considering November is my birth month and will put me in the last year of my 30s, Trevor covered my tattoo.

He freestyled loops, hearts, swirls, and other doodles to cover it.  I wanted a henna-inspired style and he did that for me.  Later, he wants to take it further up my arm.