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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Christmas List!

Ok. So I decided on some things I want for Christmas.
It's not much but it's some ideas for those of you who want to bye me something.
1. Lots of Jamba Juice Cards
2. Joby Gorillapod - from REI
3. A head lamp - cute one I can wear on my head :)
4. Cute Beanie hat
5. Books by Donald Miller - I only have blue like jazz, but I read the other four
6. Any Seasons of Veronica Mars, Private Practice, House, Monk
7. Books on digital photography
8. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
9. Jump drive USB 4+GB
10. Any gift cards

That's all I can think about for now.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Second weekend!

This particular weekend was the weekend of October 19th. My friend (classmate from UPS) from Oahu came to visit for the weekend. I flexed my Friday so I only see one kid and then we can do touristy things.
L.K. came in on Thursday night a few hours after my homeless roommate came from Peru. This was my second time at the airport that day.
After a Thai dinner we were off to the airport again. L.K. arrived safely.
The next day we were ready to see one kid and then do touristy things.
Our first stop: Ulupalakua Ranch where we bought some cool gifts. Some of you will have the opportunity to receive some. Lucky...
Next we went to the Maui's Winery in Ulupalakua. We tasted some wine and enjoyed looking at the other things they had in the store. L.K. got a little drunk (well maybe just a little) on the wine so we had to wait a little before moving on to our next location.
We were off to the lavender farm where we had some tea and scone. The flowers are beautiful there and the view amazing.
It was getting cold and windy and we were getting hungry so we went to Kula Lodge and some great pizza that they make in their outdoor oven.

The next day we went and drove around the back side of the West Maui Mountains. It's so beautiful there and such an exciting drive. We went to the olivine pools, the blow hole, stopped in Lahaina for lunch and then off to the Maui Ocean Center.
Here are more pictures.
So that was another one of my busy weekends. More to come later.
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving...

Thursday, November 8, 2007

One of my many busy weekends!

So my roommate got married on October 13th. so soon I'll be getting my old roommate back. Yay.. but also real sad LT is gone.
It was a beautiful wedding. LT was like an angel when she walked through the church doors. The food was great, mostly Hawaiian food. The same as our Luau dinner.
I'll post some pictures too so you guys can see my new dress for those who are interested.
The reception was interesing. There were so many people that my table and one other one were stuck by the pool away from everyone. It felt like we were at a different party. It was ok though cause I walked around most of the time.
The groom and his friends did the Superman song dance, it was so funny to watch.
Ok, so I don't know what else to say about it but here are some pictures.

Friday, November 2, 2007

I am still alive!

OK, so I know it's been a while, but I have been really busy with work. I am currently relaxing on the beautiful island of Lanai at an amazing resort. We love you auntie Yvette. It's much more peaceful then the resort on the beach. Less people, more quiet, lots of green, and relaxing things to do. We just took a walk in the gardens and had a cappuccino by the fireplace. I'll post some pictures later.

So I know it's been a long time since I got back from Romania, but it sure is still fresh in my head. I posted the pictures from that second week. We worked with boys from a state placement center who have some kind of mental, learning, or mild physical disability. It was a challenging week, but with the help of God we survived. It was nice to see some of the kids I've seen in 2003, but they sure have grown. The challenges of that week included stealing, fighting, and cursing. The week was also exhausting after we thought the first week was challenging, but after looking at the second week the first was nothing compared to this.
God gave us the patience and rest we needed, and we were able to survive and love on those kids even in time of disappointment.

So anyways, here are some pictures from the second week of camp.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

First week of camp Pictures!

Well so I finally uploaded the pictures from the first week of camp! You've read the stories, now you get to see the pictures. Enjoy.
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Saturday, September 29, 2007

First week of camp!

Well back to my stories. I can't believe it's taken me so long to update again.
So on Saturday we arrived late at night so we met the Romanian staff and had dinner together and just played around with the few kids that were there for the weekend. On Sunday I gave the team a tour of the camp and after a few hours of free time (trying to get adjusted to the time) we were off to work. We put together the care packages, which included the soup, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, wash cloth, and comb. We also arranged all the crafts and made sure we had everything we needed for each craft. And we also started cleaning up camp and putting all cabins together (making the beds and cleaning up).
Monday morning we finished up what we had left to do and we were waiting patiently for the boys (from around villages) to arrive. The first group from Talmaciu arrived around 11am and we just played with them (mostly soccer) until the rest of the boys and Romanian staff arrived.
The vans were starting to pull up. Lots and lots of boys came out of the vans. I knew one boy out of all 55 of them. I knew some of the Romanian staff and the leader. Marcel is a great leader. He works with children in the villages around Brasov every week and he has an amazing heart to help those children and their families. With God's grace he and his wife had a little girl a couple of years ago and I was so happy to see her. She is a beautiful and smart little girl.
Back to the kids. The kids were between 9 to 19 years old. Some were there for the first time and some have been there before.
The first day we introduce ourselves to the boys and told them our name, where we were from, if this was our first time there, our favorite sport and the animal that we are most afraid of. Can anyone guess mine?
The rest of the day we got to know them by playing with them, eating together and having fellowship together. The boys had the opportunity to read about each one of us. We had our pictures with a little bit about ourselves on the wall in the fellowship hall so the kids can know us better. Here is a picture of that. During the week it was time to put the team to work. At the camp we had three interns who were in charge of the camp areas. We had to help them out with dishes every meal of the day, so a put up a list of each helper per meal, who had bathroom duty, and who was cleaning the hall after each meal. Some needed reminders some were always helping out. The team was great.
For the next few days we got to really know the boys. We did crafts (box cars, kites, albums, name tags), played games (tug of war, soccer, chess, volleyball, 4-way tug of war, and other indoor games), ate all meals together, went on a hike, walked down to the store for ice cream, and shared the love of Christ with them.
We didn't get to have the bon fire this week due to lots and lots of rain. We also had some power outages and no water for a few hours. My team got to learn how to be flexible. We talked about it at all meetings and still some of them were surprised off all the changes that were going on at camp. That's camp life, you never really know what's going on.
Here is a picture of all the boys from the first week of camp.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Before the first week of camp!

Ok. So let's see where we can start.
After I said Good-bye to my family in Cluj, I took the "air conditioned?" bus back to Sibiu. I got to sit behind the driver this time so the ride was not too bad, except for the fact that my driver and the driver (not driving - second shift) were watching TV on a little tv that was placed on the dashboard. I couldn't believe they were watching TV and driving a group of people on very dangerous roads (we only almost got hit once).
So I got to Sibiu about 9:30ish PM and I took a taxi to my cousin's house. The taxi driver was so talkative and I was so not in the mood, but listened nonetheless.
He was telling me how he was from Sibiu and he works a lot,and this morning when to Baia Mare (2 hours further south then I was this morning) and had come back and went right back to work. He was then telling me about a country town he stopped in to get vegetables and fruit and the lady was real nice and told him he can go pick his own from the garden. He was hesitant but he also gave her something he got real good vegetables.
Me to myself "that sounds familiar" to the taxi driver "What town were you in?"
Taxi Driver: I think it was Chisinau or something like that
Me: Oh, I have a grandmother who lives in one of those towns and I thought maybe it was the same one but it's not. Any ways
Taxi Driver: (going on and on about his stop) He also talked to the lady across the street because she saw his Sibiu license plate and she was also from Sibiu (Valia Aurie - where we were heading) and just moved there with her husband.
Me to myself "that sounds real familar"
Me: tell me the town again
Taxi Driver: Chisinau
Me: are you sure it was not Catcau?
Taxi Driver: could be, I just asked someone a few towns later but did not look myself what it was. Why?
Me: well I have a aunt from Valia Aurie where we are going right now and she recently moved there with her husband and it just sound it the same.
Taxi Driver: Do they have a little girl there?
Me: yes, my cousin's daughter and my grandmother is there also
Taxi Driver: wow, it's them. What a small world? It was meant to be that you take this taxi.
Me: yeah
taxi driver: where are you from ?
me: Cluj, just visiting Sibiu
taxi driver: can I ask how old you are? (brave of him)
me: (with a little hesitation) 30
taxi driver: I'm 31 and single ... blah... blah... are you married?
me: no
taxi driver: why not?
me: (wanted to ask him "why aren't' you?") because I'm just not
taxi driver: (getting real close to my cousins' house) well you should call me if you need a taxi while you are here. What are you doing tomorrow? my name is ...
me: getting ready to head to a camp in the mountains to work with kids
(remember we were speaking Romanian this whole time but had to translate for those of you who don't know Romanaian) so what are you doing after the camp?
me: going to America to visit my parents
...: I hand a feeling you were from there. Here is my phone number to call if you need a taxi or your family does.
me: thanks got to go. have a good night!

Almost had myself a husband. Oh, well he was short and talked way too much anyways.

So I got to my cousin's home and they were ready to go to a concert in the center, so I decided I didn't have anything so why not I don't have anything tomorrow.
I'll post a video so you can decide for yourselves what you think of the guy.

The Plaza was full of people. I've never seen so many people. I'll have to post the video I took later. For now just check out the one I have above just to see what kind of music he sings. Sometimes he just sits there with his drink (probably Vodka) and make hand signals and his band sings, but he is the famous one. It was an interesting night to say the least.

At the last minute at night my cousin and his wife decided that they will be going to visit my grandmother. So the next day they left early in the morning and I was home all alone. I slept a lot. Did some last minute things for the camp. Visited with friends in town and on the internet. I talked with one team member who arrived in country. It was a good relaxing day.

The next morning I was picked up by the same driver who picked me up from the airport and we headed down to Bucharest to pick up the rest of the team. It was another long trip to Bucharest but at least it was not as hot. Before reaching the airport we had a meal at McDonald's. I got a Happy Meal just for the toy.

We got to the airport and we quickly found R. She arrived early and had been waiting for about 30 minutes. F. should be arriving soon so we checked the board and it said his plane landed. The other three should be at the airport soon, since they have been in Bucharest since last night.We arrived at the airport about 1:00 pm. We wait and wait and we don't see F. come out and the other three have not arrived yet. About 2:15 pm F. arrived safe and sound. Then soon we saw C., he arrived by taxi but S. and J. were in the taxi stuck at the entrance. After figuring out where everyone was it was 3:00 pm and it was time to go. We still had to stop at a store to get some food. The grocery store was big almost like a mall. We got what we needed and off we went to camp. Still 6 hours to go.

More on arriving at camp and the first week of camp.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Hello Everyone. I'm in the process of writing more about my trip but I just haven't had the time yet, so I put up some more pictures of my time with my family in Cluj and Sibiu.
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I hope I get some time this weekend to write more about my time in Romania.

Thursday, August 2, 2007


I can not believe the week flew by so fast. I got to visit the city and lots of relatives.
I'll try to recapture the week for you.
Sunday I arrived by bus in Cluj and it was about 100 degrees. I think I was mostly happy to get off the oven bus. I was picked up by my aunt and uncle in their Dacia (Romanian made car for those who don't know). I arrived at my new residence for the week and a half (or a few days) and was quickly fed. I don't remember everything I did that day but I do remember at night I was not able to sleep very well because the loud noise and the building shaking every 5-10 minutes was keeping me up. What was the noise you ask? Well it's this thing they call "tramvai" (some kind of streetcar or tramway) that run until late at night and start up again around 5 am.

The next few days I went around town visiting with cousins and other relatives. Buying lots of things. 1 dollar = 2.27 RON (Romanian money)
My cousin, her daughter and I went to a cafe and had this wonderful tea. Austrian tea, so good.

I also went to visit my aunt up on the hill and we went for a walk and took pictures of the city. It's a beautiful view from up there.
Here some pictures of Cluj from the hill.

Sorry I didn't get to finish this post but I leave for Camp tomorrow morning and I will have less time, but I will post when possible.
Here are more pictures.

My cousin and her daughter.

In the country visiting my grandmother.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007


Thursday, July 26, 2007

In Sibiu and on the way to Cluj!

I slept well, only waking up one time during the night. The next morning I played with my cousin's daughter, Estera. She is so cute.

Then, my cousin and I went in to town, walking many miles to get there in the heat of the day.

The center has changed so much, being redesigned by the Germans. I got a phone number, 01140746974992. Then we met with a guy my cousin was trying to set me up with and had some juice. Then we walked around the town. There were these water fountains that come out of the ground and with the heat everyone was playing in the water. It was so cool on my feet. I also had Gelato and we walked around the city for a while.

I met lots of the kids from previous years.

Eva, me, Adry (from Washington).

My cousin and I having Lemonade (same place that I named earlier).

Around Sibiu.
The next day I left early in the morning. I took the bus to the bus that will be taking me to Cluj. I almost missed the station where I had to get off. I got to the bus station and my bus came quickly. We actually sat in somewhat of a line to get our tickets and on the bus. Some people were ready to push their way in the bus because they had a reservation, but after the bus driver told some people to get off and wait to see if there were any seats, people didn't push anymore.
I got a seat towards the back. There was a girl in my seat but her mom told her to move to another seat. Then they kept moving cause I guess they didn't have a seat. I wanted to listen to music and sleep but my MP3 player ran out of battery and I forgot to charge it the night before. Oh, by the way my cousins told me that this company Dacos will have AC and since it was so hot I was hoping that they did since it was a four hour ride up to Cluj. But guess what, there was some air that was blowing through the vents but it sure wasn't AC. Anyways, sweat was dripping down my back and all over me and everyone was complaining. After one stop we wanted to open the window that was on the roof of the bus, but this old "mos" guy that was sitting a couple of seats in front of me said he didn't like the air blowing on him (maybe "curent) so he got up and closed the window and everyone was yelling at him. But he said that he had a reserved seat and could do whatever he wanted since that was his seat. I almost melted the rest of the way but I made it alive.
My aunt was waiting for me and off we went to her warm house.
More later.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

On the way to Sibiu!

Well I get to the airport in Portland and I pass the luggage test (I made sure my bags were under 50 pounds the night before), get my ticket but no seat assignment (great, now I have to hurry to the gate so I can get a good seat). I hurry to security (one stop to get a travel pillow since I forgot mine at home) and make it to the gate way before our flight leaves. I ask for a window seat and he gives me a exit row seat toward the back. I walk around till it was closer to our time to leave. While we were all waiting they annouce that Lufthansa is giving away free magazines in english and german and everyone runs to the shelf. Man you think they were giving away free food.

I get to my seat and it's a great seat. Next to the window and the door. Plenty of leg room. I was sitting next to a lady from Austria who was visiting her daugher in Eugene. Across from us was a couple who had a 6 month old baby and she did not stop crying till we were well off in the air, but at least she slept most of the time. I slept great, got to see a couple of great movies (Goal 2, and Catch and Release), and ate some OK food. It was a pretty good flight given the fact that it was 10 hours long.

We got to Frankfurt in time. I had about 1.5 hours to wait for my next flight. I tried to call my friend but she wasn't home and her mom gave me her number but she didn't answer. I waited to get in to the gate area because once you pass the security there are no bathroom on the other side and there are plenty of people I didn't want to deal with. Once I decided to go in I forgot I had water in my bag so I drank it all before crossing over. Clear. Oh, now I have to find a seat between all these people. I decide to go and check to see what seat I have (hopefully it's a window). Plane leaves at 10:15am, it's 9:45 and there is no one at the counter. Oh, this is a great start. Someone finally comes, everyone comes to the front (remember romanians don't know what a line is). She confirms that my seat is indeed a window seat. I stand to the side, closer to the door to the bus that will take us to the plane. The lady behind the counter yells at a few people to stand in line she also says that only if they dont' have tickets they should be in line since she needs to start boarding (remember plane leaves at 10:15 and it's now 10am). A few more minutes she starts the boarding process, and again people rush to the gate. Crazy people, why can't they wait nicely in line? We're all going to the same plane and we have assigned seats so no one will miss the plane.

We get on the crowded bus to the plane. I meet a man who is going to Romania and will be going on a cruise on the Danube. His wife is sick from the plane food. I ofer a pill that I also took and I feel great. He didn't think she would take so, oh well. We get to the plane and I again have an exit seat, but there is an empty space between my seat and the window. I tried to sleep the whole flight so I can be awake on the ride from Bucharest to Sibiu. We're finally here. I pass passport control, get my luggage and I am out with no problem. I wait and wait. I see someone famous and everyone with cameras and videos run after him, I think it's a soccer player.

Iulian, our driver finally arrives, we find the team, and off we go to the "oven" van. He nicely offered us some water, but guess what it was nice and hot. Oh, well. We drove over to the hotel to get the trailer. I got to see Jill, my old leader. She gave me some encouraging words and off we went on our 6 hour drive to Sibiu.

It took us about 2 hours to get through Bucharest through all the traffic and crazy people who apperantly don't care if they may get hit. So many cars, and in this heat. I think it was about 107 degrees at the time. Remember we had no AC. We were sweating from head to toe. Even the seats were wet.

We stopped in Pitesti at McDonalds, where I managed to eat a salad. Not too bad. I slept a little on the way, but after so many hours we were in Sibiu where I was taken to my cousin's house.

More later.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

My adventure begins!

I guess it already began but finally you get to read about it.
So I left Maui about noon on Wednesday July 18th. I got to the airport in time to get on my plane. I asked the nice lady if I could have a window seat closer to the front of the plane.
Lady - "There are no windows left"
Me - "Oh, maybe I'll just stay where I am now"
Lady - "I can give you 16J but there is no window there"
Me - "What do you mean?" (thinking she just told me there are no window seats left)
Lady - "I don't know how else to say it, there is no window there"
Me (think about what she said I realized ...) "oh, you mean there is a wall there just no window"
Lady - "yes"
Me - "I don't care I just want to sleep anyways" ( I only got a couple of hours of sleep the night before)

Well, so I get on the plane and I find my seat. Business class, last row.
I sit down and I feel a little claustrophobic. Seat does not go back since it's next to the wall, and the seat in front of me is a few inches from my face. "oh, I was glad I didn't pay for a business seat"

People come on the plane and I watch to see who is going to sit in front of me. One "bigger" lady sat right in front of me. Then later a "bigger" guy sat next to her.

Here is where the love affair in front of me developed.
guy and girl started talking, sharing a movie dvd player, drinking together, laughing, putting their seats back squishing me, ordering lots and lots of drinks, getting drunk, talking stink about Portland, etc. The flight attendent rolled her eyes at them for ordering so many things.
When the guy got off he hit his head on the luggage thing above, and another lady said "oh, you hit your head" He just walked off the plane rocking side to side while walking.

It was a great thing to watch, very entertaining.

Slept at my parent's house in Battle Ground. They have lots of chickens and goats. So funny, felt like I was on a farm.
Anyways I got a good night sleep and the next day I was ready (well I did have to run to Fred Meyer's to by a toothbrush on the way to the airport) to go.

More on my adventure to Romania.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

4 day Birthday Celebration!

Well I finally reached the end of the third decade of my life, and I don't quite feel different yet, as someone said I will now get sick more (and I was sick on my birthday).
I do feel better now and I am ready to become a 30 year old mature woman (What is that exactly? - no clue). I am not married and no where close to it, I do have a good carreer, I don't have any kids (not ready for them anyways, I just work with them), and I have traveled more then most people (my favorite thing).
Anyways I wanted to tell you all a little bit about my birthday celebration.
Friday morning my friend and I headed for Lanai to work for a few hours before starting our wonderful weekend. We saw three kids and headed to the hotel where we were greeted with leis. We were told our room was not ready so we spent three hours in the teen game room sleeping or trying to on the couches in there. When we got our room we were so excited (at least I was, L. went to bed she was so tired) I started jumping on the beds and unpacking moving in to our new place. I was so big and elegant. We also had a great view.

The rest of the weekend we just spent relaxing and enjoying the pool, spa and fittness center. I had three other friends come out. We had two rooms and we all tried to spend time relaxing but one evening we went out dressed up for dinner together. It was good and somewhat out of our price range, but worth it for the fun.

Here are some pictures from our weekend.

Breakfast on our lanai.

Relaxing at the spa.

In front of our room.

Around the hotel.

Birthday celebration at Caffee Ciao at the Kea Lani.

Dessert goodness!

Well, that's it for now. I leave for Romania on Wednesday so my next post will probably be a little before or when I reach Romania.
Have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy 4th of July!

Well as I promised here is a quick update on what is going on in my life.

Busy, busy, busy. That's the main thing happening. I am trying to catch up with work but more work is being added day by day. I have to also get ready to leave for my vacation, so I have to see as many clients as I can and get others to see the ones I can't.

We have 2 weeks till Romania so our team has been working hard at raising money and getting everything ready for that. It makes it challenging when everyone on the team is spread out around the country. One person is in Portland leaving for Maryland soon. One left two weeks ago and he is in California, leaving for Europe soon. One leaves on the 17th of July. I leave on the 18th of July (going to visit family in Romania before heading off to camp).

Camp does not start until August 5th, but we are all meeting in Bucharest on the 4th and going together as a team (first time together) to the camp to prepare it before the kids come.

First week we will have 60 boys from around Sibiu and Brasov area, and the second week we will have 60 boys from an orphanage (the boys have mental disabilities).

We have a fun week planned for them each week. We are making box cars and will be racing them at the end of the week. We are also making kites or Frisbees depending on the week, key chains, scrapbooks or photo albums (the kids will all get a camera per cabin and they will have two days to take pictures of what they want and at the end they will be able to put together a album of at least three picture each. Debbie is still looking for disposable cameras in Romania for us so we don't have to carry them from here but no luck yet. if not we will have to take them in our carryone's which already has all our personal stuff since our other two suitcases each are filled with supplies.

We had a garage sale last weekend and the weekend before making a good amount of money. Praise God. We are still short on scholarships but we are getting there.

I have been real stressed and busy lately so this weekend for my birthday I will be spending time on Lanai at the Four Seasons with my good friends enjoying our time at the pool and spa.
Happy Birthday to me.

Next weekend I have a conference on the Big Island (the last island I needed to visit, I've seen all the other ones) so I will be there until Saturday evening.

July 15th is our packing party at my house and hopefully we will be able to fit everything we got in the 8 suitcases we have.

Well since today is Forth of July, we had a big party in Launiupoko at a friends house eating lots of good food (lots of raw food) and cake (even raw). We saw the fire works and enjoyed time also celebrating birthdays for 7 of us. It was fun.

I am going to leave you with some pictures. Enjoy.

The group at the 4th of July Party.

The Birthday cake with everyone's name on it.

The Raw Food 4th of July cake.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Still Alive!

I know everyone is interested in hearing from me but I have been real busy and I promise since I have Wednesday off I will update at that time.

Hope everyone is doing well.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007


Hey Everyone,
I thought I should update a little bit about what's going on with me. So a week ago we spent a day at the Grand Wailea Resort pretending to be rich tourists. It was a fun day going in all the pools and down the slides. Even up a water elevator. We also got burned.
The next weekend I worked on Lanai and after seeing three kids my friend and I spent the day at the Four Seasons pool and spa (compliments of my friend who works there). Great day. But when we got back to reality and we had to drive home we were stuck in traffic for two hours before heading home. The rest of the weekend was good. We went to the Maui Ocean Center, watched movies, and worked out. Of course there was a little paperwork to be done also.
For my birthday in July I will be taking a few of my friends for a night at the Four Seasons on Lanai. I can't wait.
Anyways I will live you now with a few pictures from our trip to the Ocean Center.
Always Me

Friday, May 11, 2007

For you Swell!

I got this in an email and I thought of you. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Pacific Islander Worship Festival!

Saturday we had the Pacific Island Worship Festival where our chuch and many other churchers from around the islands and some from the mainland.
It was an amazing time worshiping with everyone.
Here is the Hula song we did at the Festival last night.

OK try this.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Only in Maui!

1. You see someone walking in their swimsuit, with just a towel or not, in Safeway.
2. Some local stores will tell you that slippers and shirt are not required to walk into their store.
3. People walking down the street in just their swimsuits.
4. Able to buy fireworks in the grocery store.
5. You see car seats on top of the car not inside the car.
6. Slippers as dress shoes.
7. You can by liquor in a grocery store until 11 pm.
8. No road rules or parking rules are followed.
9. Cars are abandoned on the side of the road.
10. People in stores take breaks whenever they want and just put a sign on the door that they will be back in 5 minutes and come back whenever they want.
11. People sit in the back of a truck on beach chairs while there is a law to wear seatbelts.

Friday, April 20, 2007


I'm sorry I am not good at updating very often, but when something exciting happens I am sure to let you know.
Yesterday was our staff retreat and we spent the day at the beach playing, swimming, getting massages, learning hula, belly dancing, eating real good food, getting things (new bag, PTO, small gifts), and spending some quality time with people from work.
It was an amazing day. Didn't have to think about work except for the time the OT leaving wanted to talk about her cases.
Today it was hard to work after a relaxing day yesterday. I was so tired by 3 pm and had to go home.
Sorry, life in Maui is not more exciting, but the beach, the weather, the short days, and long nights, are pretty much it and not much has changed.
About my trip to Romania. I have currently 4 people including me. We are still planning to go in August. Please pray that we will get the right people to join our group. We found out that the church has too many groups going this year and we are too late to join in the fund raising so we will have to do that ourselves. Many negative things right now about the plans for the trip but I know God cares for those children and we will have the best team to care for them.
Next Saturday our Halau will be participating in the Worship Hula Festival and we will be performing the same song we did on Palm Sunday and some people will be doing the same song from Easter.
Hope everyone is doing well and I will try my best to keep you guys updated.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Week update!

I wanted to share the Hula song we did at church today with everyone, but I couldn't figure out how to put the video on here. I'm not sure it can be done.
Anyways, here are a few pictures from our performance today. This is some of my friends and I in our Hula attire.
This is my roommate and I after church.

Well, not much to update. This past week was a long week. I had something every night. Monday I went and worked out. Tuesday I had Hula practice. Wednesday we went to see a movie about the "Lost boys of Sudan". Thursday my friend and I (my friend who was my movie friend who is moving to Cali) went to see Amazing Grace. Friday I worked on Lanai, went to see a movie called "the Tiger and the snow" with the same actors as in Life is Beautiful, and then went to church. Saturday I worked on my Hula skirt that took forever (4 hours), went to a dinner, and then watched a movie with my friends and had wine. Sunday I was at church from 7:30 am to 12:00 doing Hula for both services, then we went to lunch, took a nap and watched a movie "Lady in the water".
Have a good week everyone.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Check out my pictures!

Thanks everyone for reading the stories, now it's time to see some pictures.
Click here to see my pictures.


Thursday, March 15, 2007

Going South!

Well, so where did I leave off with my stories. Oh, yeah, we drove by a waterfall.
Ok, so we were on our way down south. We drove south by the Jordan River, through the West Bank and down toward the Dead Sea. Here is a list of some of the things we did on the rest of our tour.
1. Got to float in the Dead Sea pool at our hotel (it was warmer than the real Dead Sea). I did however step in the Dead Sea. Feels a little oily.
2. Visited Masada on top of the mountain. Nice view from there.
3. Drove down to Beer Sheva (28 miles from Gaza). Our next hotel was here and we got to go to a mall where a security guard had to check our purses before heading inside.
4. Next we were in Jerusalem. We stayed at a beautiful hotel. Grand Court.
5. Walking distance from downtown and the old City.
6. We went to Bethlehem. We had to drive through the wall that was built by the Israeli around the city. Real sad.
7. After visiting the church where they remember the birth of Jesus, we went to Herod's castle.
8. Went up on Shepherd's Field and talked about the meaning of Psalm 23.
9. We had to leave Bethlehem early due to the riots starting.
10. Dude at the check point came on our bus and checked our passport.
11. In the evenings we walked downtown and saw all the crazy people dressed up for Purim (a Jewish holiday where they remember the good done by Esther for the Jewish people). They dress up in costumes and they have one day where they are allowed to get drunk. Wow, they sure know how to party.
12. The next day we walked down the Mount of Olives as a group stopping continuously to discuss different events in the Bible.
13. Had the Lord's Supper at the Garden Tomb ( a place remembered as the place of Calvary and Jesus' resurrection - not real just man made).
14. Visited a place known as the upper room.
15. Visited the Old City. Walked the Via Dolorosa. Much better with a tour guide who knows what he is doing and where he is going.
16. Shopping, shopping and more shopping in the Old City.
17. Walked on the rampwalk (on top of the wall of the Old City). Good view from there.
18. Met people who work at the hotel. One was Romanian.
19. Holocaust museum.
20. I met wonderful people in my group. There were 40 of us. Great group dynamics. Prepare to come home.

I had an amazing time there and I will never forget all I have seen and learned.
Sorry about the list, but I think it's easier to read than paragraph form. If you have any other questions regarding my trip feel free to ask me.

Monday, March 12, 2007

The next few days!

Our next stop was Tiberias, where we stayed at the Golden Tulip for the next couple of nights. During the time that we were there we got to go on a boat over the Sea of Galilee. We also saw many parks that were closed by and drove up close enough to see Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. We saw many military bases on the hills looking out toward Lebanon and Syria. The very northern part of Israel is very cold. While we were visiting one park (where no other tourists were) we were met by a rain/lightening/thunder storm. Good thing that day we went to the hotel early and we got a chance to hang out at the pool and in the sauna. Good times.
While we were driving by the borders I saw many fenced areas that had signs on them saying "Danger Land Mines". We drove by such a fence no more than a foot away. Sorry no pictures we were going way too fast. While up north we were close to Mt. Hermon which is a mountain near the Lebanon Syria border, about 2000 feet above sea level. It snows on this mountain and there are a few ski resorts only open a couple of days a year. When it does snow, a few days later people get excited about the water that they will get from the result of the snow melting. We went to a point near the bottom of the mountain were we got to see a waterfall that everyone was so excited about, but to us who have seen waterfalls many times it was a small dirty waterfall. It is here that we got to try the famous Israeli apples. They look like the red delicious apples of Washington but quite smaller.
Well enough for today, I'm getting sleepy.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

First day of my tour!

After a sad good-bye, I joined my group for our first of many meals together. Some people ate cow tongue without knowing ( I don't eat mystery meat). We had a short meeting where our tour guide introduced himself to us. He has been training Israeli Tour guides, he is an archaeologist, he has been on the history channel, and has lived and studied in Israel for over 7 years.
I had a roommate who was actually from Maui, also from my church but I didn't know her. There were 8 people from Maui and one from Oahu. 12 students from Ohio, and others from Florida.
During the evening I learned a little bit about Shabat (a Jewish holiday where they seem to be eating and hanging out a lot) there is also a Shabat elevator which stops and goes to whatever floor, you can't push buttons. Don't get on that or you'll never get to your room.
Shabat is observed from sun down on Friday until nightfall on Saturday. After about 7pm on Saturday stores open up and people are out on the town. Around the town they have Shabat lines (which look like power lines) which indicate how far you are allowed to go out of your house during those times. there are many things not allowed to take place during Shabat as it is a time of rest.
So any ways the next day we had to be on the bus with our suitcases at 8am and off we were on our adventure. We went to Caesarea (Acts) where were saw excavations of a palace from the Roman times and aqueducts by the Mediterranean Sea. Then we were off to Nazareth (church of the Annunciation) where the angel appeared to Mary and also where Jesus lived. We learned about the set up of a house during the time of Jesus. Jesus lived in a cave with Mary, Joseph and their animals. It is a cave set up into three rooms the back room is a stable, the middle is a guest or storage room and the front is a main room (where the family lived). Gives you a different perspective on how Jesus lived.
We saw many other things, but these were the highlights of the first few days.
More later.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Nightmare at the Airport!

I will start my stories with my last story before getting home.
So I left the wonderful hotel at about 1 am. The airport shuttle picked me (and another couple leaving at the same time) at the hotel and off we were to the airport. The driver seemed old, tired and ? maybe drunk. The worst driving of the trip was left for the last few hours in Israel. The guy was a crazy driver, speeding down dark streets, turning corners and turning around in the middle of the street. He picked up many other people. Orthodox Jews students going home for their spring break. They had some big bags, which of course ended up on top of my small bags. So much for trying to make sure nothing breaks at least before I get to the airport.
So anyways, we get to the airport for $11 at about 2 am. Our flight was scheduled for 5:30am, but we told the driver 4:30am to make sure we got there 3 hours early and I still almost missed my flight.
So I head over to my airline line to check in and as soon as I get there a guy takes my passport and asks me why I was in Israel and how long. In the next few seconds another guy takes my passport and asks me the same questions. He then says "come with me" and that's when the nightmare started. He asks me millions of questions about why I was there, with who, why it was three weeks, what did I see, where do I work, where do I live, who I work with, how many people work there, what is an OT, how many OTs work there, how many kids do I have on my caseload, do I have brochures from where I went, do I remember being there, and blah blah blah. Next he took me to a place to x-ray my suitcases and the people there took me aside again. They took everything out of my purse, backpack, and two suitcases to scan and swab them for any unwanted things. After an hour or so of questioning and scanning a girl took me to a back room where I was scanned with a metal detector. The button on my jeans kept beeping so she had to call someone else to check it out. Close to a strip search.
Next I went back to my suitcases where I tried to re-pack them to make sure nothing will break before it reached Maui. A security girl came and took me to ticketing where I found out my flight from Amsterdam was canceled and I needed to fly through Minneapolis and I would get home on Thursday instead of Wednesday. She told me I needed to got to the travel agent to get that changed, so off I went with my security guard. The travel agent could not find me another route to get home, so with my new security guard off I went back to ticketing. After checking in my luggage he walked me to the security check where I got to go through a special door and didn't have to be checked again like everyone else. A few minutes before boarding I got to my gate and I was off to Amsterdam. In Amsterdam I was able to change my flight through LA and get home on Wednesday, since I had to work the next day. I took a little nap in the airport and soon I was on my way to LA. I sat next to a guy from France who was interested in seeing all my pictures from Israel. He was real nice, he actually got headphones and a snack for me, since I was sleeping. After 10 hours of flying I was in LA. Passed passport control and customs and after searching for my gate in a different terminal and going through security I barely made it to my gate. One of the doctors I work with was on the same flight. I got some food and off we were to Maui. The flight was pretty empty, so most people had a row or two seats to themselves. They even gave us some food.
Well that was my first story and there are more to come.
I leave you with a picture from the plane passing over Iceland or close by.

Thursday, March 8, 2007


Well, I'm home safe and sound. It was a long flight and I am real tired since I had to work today. Just one more day of work and I will relax all weekend. Thanks for everyone's prayers.
I will soon write about my tour and my airport adventure.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

In Jerusalem!

Well it's been almost a week since I arrived. It feels so much longer. I have been in Nablus, West Bank till today and I have met some wonderful people there. Everyday N and M and I left the house at 7:45 am to go to school where I helped put notes together and sometimes with lab. When I didn't have much to do I played games or talked to people. We ordered real good food at lunch which was more than enough for all of us. It was yummy.
Yesterday N and I went for a walk around the neighborhood with a neighbor and some kids. We got to see the area around where they live and spend some time with the local people. From the area we were at we could see a glimpse of the Mediterranean sea. We also saw an amazing sunset.
Today we arrived in Jerusalem, and after checking in at the hotel we went and walked around the old city of Jerusalem. Parts of the historic sights of where Jesus was judged and killed.
It was interesting to say the least. Every where we walked there were people walking and selling things. Where the historic sights were, there was a church built on top of it or around it so you couldn't see much. It was a big maze and we barely found our way out.
We are back at the hotel now and tomorrow we will do something (not sure what yet) before N and M drop me off at the hotel. I start my tour on Saturday.
Hope to hear from you all later.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Some Pictures from my trip!

Well I know some of you read my journal, but I haven't seen any comments yet. Well, since I know you want to see some pictures I am going to put some of the sites from what I've seen so far.

On our drive from Jerusalem.

From N and M's house. View in our back yard.

I will write more stories later.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Jerusalem to Nablus!

Hello everyone. I wanted to wait to write in my journal after I knew how many fo you were interested, and then our internet did not work yesterday. Sorry.
Well here are a few stories from my fist couple of days in Palestine.
N and M and the driver (Mustafa) picked me up from the airport about 3am. I had not problem at passport control. They asked me how long I will be staying in Israel and how I knew my friend in Jerusalem. Of course you don't say you are going to Nablus since it's a Palestinian territory. I went over to baggage claim and one of my suitcases came with the first few suitcases and my second one soon after. I had no problem with customs.
I waited a few minutes outside till N and M arrived. They said they had a few problems at the check point because the driver was an Arab Israeli.
We got in our Toyota SUV and headed to the hotel in Jerusalem. No one was on the roads and it was dark. We went through 2 check points and after 45 minutes we were at the hotel.
I was so glad to get a shower. After traveling for 2 days I don't think many people wanted to be around me.
We all had to sleep in the same bed since it was a small room with one bed. We tried to sleep but it was cold and after 20 minutes (thinking it had been 2 hours) we were awaken by the Muslim prayer. We tried again to sleep and I think we all had a not so good sleep of 2 hours. N and I went down to have breakfast. Real good fruit (persimmon), bread, cheese, and tea.
Our driver was there at 7:45 am and we were on our way to Nablus. We drove through hilly and white rock sights. Houses built on and in rock and in valleys. I never seen so much white.
After 30 minutes, we were at the check point to Nablus. We couldn't drive through (too many Israelites with guns) so we walked with everyone else through chain link fence with barbwire on top. Some drunk or stoned man with a wagon took our luggage through the check point. There was a driver waiting for us at the other side, who drove us to the school, and N and I to the house to put our stuff away.
We came back to the school and I got to meet some that work there. I also met some students. At lunch, we walked to the store across the street to get some pita and falafel and some unknown salad. I never had so many people stare at me (well maybe in Africa), but it felt different.
The food was real good, but a little dry. At about 2:30pm we went home and we didn't have much food so we ate some small frozen pizzas and watched Veronica Mars. It was so so cold.

Well that's it for now I will write about my first night here tomorrow, as it is time to go home soon.
Thanks for your interest in my adventure.

Saturday, February 17, 2007


Wow! Words cannot describe the scenes I saw today.

Friday, February 16, 2007


Just leaving Amsterdam. I spent the day with a friend (who I just met) who showed me around the city. I am so exhausted, I can't even walk straight. Soon I will be on my last flight to Tel Aviv.
The flight from LA was good, seemed real long. Everytime I woke up it seemed like we haven't gone very far. We got a real good dinner and breakfast. At breakfast I think I became invisible because the flight attendent forgot to give me water and breakfast, I had to ask.
We took a boat ride around the Canal in Amsterdam learning about the history of the city. We also went to Anne Frank's house and the palace.
Well, I will write more later. I can't seem to think right now.
I am doing well otherwise.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

I'm in LA!

Hello everyone. I just got to LA a few hours ago. My flight from Maui to Honolulu was good, except I didn't kn0w I was going through there I thought it was direct to LA. So when we got to Honolulu they tell us that we might not be able to leave because they have a exit light missing and they are not allowed to fly. We eventually left at about 1am and I was over 2 hours late arriving in LA. We also had to take passengers from a flight to Alaska so we had to wait until they filled all the empty spots on the plane. It was so tight in my seat trying to sleep, but I dozed off a few times.
My wonderful friend was waiting for me in LA since 6:30am, but she got to take a nap before she had to pick me up. After a few drives around we found each other and we are currently in Santa Monica walking around the pier and shops.
Thanks for all your prayers and I will try to update you from Amsterdam. I leave LA at about 5:45 pm if the flight is on time.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Itinerary and Hotel Information

Ok, so for those of you who care about where I will be, here is the information I have so far.

Wednesday February 14th I leave Maui at 9:30pm on Northwest Airlines. I arrive in LA at 7am. I will be spending time with my friend for a few hours, and than I leave LA at 5:45 pm. I arrive in Amsterdam at 1pm and will be spending some time in the city with a friend's cousin, before I leave on my 9pm flight to Tel Aviv. I arrive in Israel at 2:30am where I will be greeted by Swell and Sheepie. I am so excited to see them. I get to Israel early the 17th on Saturday.

February 17 to 23, I will be with Swell and Sheepie. And most of you know where that is.
February 23-24. - Mercure Marina Hotel in Tel Aviv. # 011-972-3-521-1777.
February 24-27. - Jordan River, Carmel in Tiberias # 011-972-4-671-4444.
February 27-28. - Novotel Thalassa at the Dead Sea # 011-972-8-955-3333.
February 28 - March 1. - Paradise Beersheba in Beersheba # 011-972-8-640-5444.
March 1 - 7. Grand Court Jerusalem in Jerusalem. # 011-972-2-591-7777.

I will also have a cell so if you really need to get a hold of me you can reach me on that number which I will give you when I get it. If by any chance you need to get a hold of me at the hotel you can just tell them that I am with "Legends' CTSP group". Also Friday and Saturday is our weekend days so many places are not open.

March 7th I leave Tel Aviv at 5:30am. I have a short layover in Amsterdam and I fly to Seattle for another short layover and I am on my way home.

Well I hope this information helps you some.

Thanks for all your prayers.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

I did it!

So I finally went in and got my hair cut. I donated 10 inches of my hair to the Locks of Love ( I have been growing it for over a year and I finally got the guts to do it.
Here is the before and after picture of how long my hair was and how short it is now.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

I hate smoking!

This post is for those neighbors who smoke outside and ruin my clean air that comes in the house and are giving me 2nd hand smoking. I hate the smell so here is a sign just for you.

Getting ready for my trip!

So I have less than 5 days to go until I leave for my trip to Israel. I am very excited about all the things that I will be seeing and all the people I will be meeting. I have much to prepare before I am ready to leave. Here is a list of all the things I need to have done before I am on my way.
1. Complete all my paperwork for work.
2. Buy more warm clothes.
3. Pack (after I do laundry)
4. Have my first Romania Team meeting.
5. Hair cut?

Well those are just some of the things that I have to get done in the next 5 days. The other day I went and bought myself a pair of closed toe shoes (Skechers) and I have been wearing them around the house to break them in. I feel like I am loosing all my circulation to my feet when I wear them. I haven't worn closed toe shoes for a long time and my feet have been used to slippers and are a little more flat and wide than usual. OH, man I think my feet are numb.
Anyways, tomorrow (Saturday) I was approved to work so I can finish all the paper work I need to do before I leave. It's good because I can cut a little out of my vacation day use.

Cold Israel here I come.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007


Not much going on here. The weather has been real windy and rainy. I hope it will quiet down soon cause I have to go work on Lanai on Friday. I am not looking forward to the boat ride.
Yesterday, was so sad. I had a meeting with CPS and today one of my kids will be taken away from their parents. I know it will be better for the kids, but I still feel sad about the whole situation.
This past weekend I had another classmate visit from Oahu. We didn't hang out much since she had 3 other friends with her. We had dinner and breakfast over the weekend. The best Belgium waffles, yum.
I also got to see the movie "Catch and Release". It was an ok movie, but I like watching movies with Jennifer Garner.
Sorry for the sort post, but I don't have much going on here.
Hope everyone is well.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Another Aloha Friday!

For those of you who were interested in the lyrics of the Aloha Friday song, here they are:

It's Aloha Friday, No Work 'til Monday Song Lyrics

c 1982 Paul Natto

Here is where I sit, all cloudy and blitzed

with the Primo bottles lying everywhere

Got a guitar in my hand and a Wesson Oil can

Under my okole for a chair.


It's Aloha Friday, no work till Monday.

Doo be doo, doo doo be, doo be doo be doo be doo!


The cousins all here, drinking up my beer

got keikies running everywhere.

I got some poki on the side while mama's trying to hide

the Miller and the Heineken beer.


OK. You know when you wanna get away, I mean one ting

about Friday ma, da working work is ovah yeah.

Frankly, ya, I feel good man.

I work hard all week long.

I can't wait to get away, you know like down like the beach.

I'm cruise dis weekend yeah, get one hot concert too man,

dat's the most important ting. But main ting too,

is to get enough money fo gas and to go out to da disco.

I like to see all da beautiful chicks Yeah!

So now I gonna jus kinda cruise, take my Bank Americard,

you know adderwise, how can I get money?

Right, plus den my friends always say

eh braddah, you can buy me one drink then.


Kimo and the crew sucking up the brew

pulehu meat smoking on the side

All the surfers are a-droppin'

while the highschool are a-poppin'

down Kaluakaua for a ride.


It's Aloha Friday, no work 'til Monday.

Doo be doo, doo doo be, doo be doo be doo be doo!


Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Last Weekend!

I been having wonderful weekends with people visiting. A week ago K. visited me. She is an OT who travels and will be working in Boston. I haven't seen her since we finished school back in Tacoma. I also met her friend J. who is also an OT at Maui Memorial. Nice to have a few new friends.
This past weekend I had a visit from L. who is now an OT. Congratulations L.! We has a good weekend. Going to church on Friday, later to Sansai for sushi, watched a movie till late in the night. Saturday morning we mad waffels, went to the beach to get a tan, went shopping in Wailea, and went to dinner at Manana Garage. Sunday we went up to Haleakala and quick tour of Kula Louge. She also taught me how to wire wrap. Thanks for the necklace L.
Today I got my car fixed so I rented a car. I got to drive around a PT cruiser convertable. It was a cute car. Now I have my car back and it's almost like new, with new breaks, axels, timing belt, water pump, AC.
Enough about all the car parts.
I feel so blessed to have such wonderful friends. I enjoy spending time with people and learning about their lives. Last night I was talking with a friend from Liberia for four hours and he told me all about his life. Thanks! It's amazing to find out that both our lives were changed at 12 in different directions. God is Amazing! He cares for us and brings us through different trials to test us and to prepare us for His Will. I have so much more to learn about God's Will, but for now I want to spend more and more time with him. I enjoy His creation daily and I just need to thank Him every minute.
Well I hope everyone is well.

Monday, January 15, 2007


We finally had our Holiday party for work. We went to the Lahaina Luau! It was a beautiful day. We were all allowed to bring one person as our date. I had my friend's daughter as a date since my friend was bringing her boyfriend and didn't want to pay for her daughter. Two of my friends also got to go as someone else's dates.
We arrived there all dressed up in our beautiful dresses. We were greeted by our boss and were given a ticket and a picture ticket. We walked on where we were again greetted by a boy only wearing a wrap around his waist, who also gave us a Mai Tai. Later another half naked boy gave us a lei and walked us to our table. We had a open bar, so I got another Lava Flow and a Little Tita (lets just say I know why I don't drink). After a time of mingling around and taking pictures it was time to sit down and wait for the next part of the Luau, FOOD!
Poke, crab salad, taro rolls, mahi mahi, fruit, fried rice, Kalua pig, lau lau, and many more delicious things!
Desserts too! Haupia, brownie, etc.
Of course ... next..... the ..... DANCING!
Tahitian, Kahiko, drumming, story telling, Uli'uli, Pu'ili....
Let's just say I never knew hips could move that fast...
It was a good show and 3 and a half hours later we were stuffed and ready for a nap.

Well, tomorrow it's another week of work. Have a great week everyone.

Friday, January 12, 2007


Well it's Aloha Friday. This has been the longest week ever. I think I was getting used to a four day week with a three day weekend. And now next week is another week with a monday holiday. oh, what am I going to do.
Anyways, it has been a hot week also. Sunny days and warm evenings. Sorry for those of you who are dealing with snow. I miss snow, but I am glad I don't have to deal with it right now.
Things in Maui have been good. We had a Tsunami watch on Friday evening after the earthquake in Japan, but nothing happened, Thank God.
Well, just wanted to update everyone on my status. Have a great weekend everyone.

Thursday, January 4, 2007

The new Year!

I can't believe we are already 5 days into the new year. The last two weeks have been real busy for me. I worked on Christmas Eve day, Christmas day, New Years Eve day and New Years day, and some days in between. I was watching a 6 month old baby girl from 3 to 10pm. I got used to it after a while but it's just too hard watching a child in a hotel room. She was a cuttie and I got attached. They left the island already and they asked me if I wanted to move to Chicago for 2 months to help them out, but I told them I liked my job here. I also took care of a littl girl I had last year and the family requested me.

Here are two pictures of
the kids I nannied for.

Well, now I'm back to my normal schedule and I am enjoying my evenings off doing whatever.

Everyone have a good weekend.