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Goodbye, Daylight Savings Time

Goodbye, Daylight Savings Time

A short post not related to the “Should Daylight Savings Time even exist?” question (though, for the record, growing up in Hawaii where DST doesn’t exist, I’m not its strongest proponent): In the past, the end of DST and the beginning of Standard Time meant for me an extra hour of sleep. One year, this happened … Continue reading

“A closed mouth does not get fed.”

I’ve been hearing this saying a lot lately, and it’s been making me think. While I find it true in a Darwinistic way, I also empathize with those for whom it may be a little tougher to keep their mouth “open.” Whether it’s due to their past, the way they were raised, their environment, and/or … Continue reading

The problem with being a perfectionist

The problem with being a perfectionist is that I never get anything done. Well, scratch that, I get things done, but they tend to take me 2-100x longer than the normal person because I’m never satisfied with being “done” until whatever it is I’m working on is the best that I know I can possibly … Continue reading

Is it summer yet??

Is it summer yet??

Looking forward to June 15th, which hopefully marks the start of my summer vacation: the first ever to be spent mostly in Lalaland, with healthy doses of Bay Area lovin’ thrown in for good measure, and an entire August of Hawaiian hotness to perfect this meanmuggin’ face atchu. Why? Because my summer is gonna kick … Continue reading

Lost in LaLa Land!

Lost in LaLa Land!

AAAAHHHH! I haven’t updated my blog in forever and a day :(. Or at least since I moved to Los Angeles (the AAAAAHHH fake monster up there is me at a shop on Sawtelle, the Little Tokyo of LA’s Westside). Not that anyone expects me to, since I’m pretty sure that anyone who used to … Continue reading

It hasn’t quite set in…

Almost 36 hours ago, I got on a plane (the first of three) and said goodbye to Okinawa. Since I arrived in Hawaii a little over 12 hours ago, I’ve caught up with the fam, gotten a pay-as-you-go cell phone, eaten one too many dark chocolate acai berries from Costco, and managed to partially unpack the … Continue reading

Party in the USA… Oki Style!

It’s not that I’m not patriotic or anything (ok, maybe I’m just not), but I honestly thought I’d make it through two time zones’ worth of Independence Day without having to chime in about it. Of course, the fourth of July is the birthday of my home nation, and due to 70% of American military … Continue reading

Irei no hi: Okinawa’s Memorial Day

Irei no hi: Okinawa’s Memorial Day

Everyone knows I live in Japan, but I’m pretty sure that most people’s vision of what it’s like where I live is very different than the actual case. I live in Okinawa, the southern most part of Japan, made up of 150+some islands. Geographically it’s closer to Taiwan (a 1-hour plane ride) than it is … Continue reading