yeahhhhhh, my favorite friday5!  the annual scattegories post!  i think this is my third time participating.  answer for yourself or see others's answers here: http://f.riday5.com/?p=1401

What random letter was generated by the online random-letter generator (this doesn’t really count as one of your five questions)?


  1. What brand or model of car, whose name begins with the letter, would you like to get?

    i'd love to have an audi TT!

    (photo via wikipedia)
  2. What summer activity, whose name begins with the letter, are you looking forward to?

    Tour de France~ beautiful scenery, exciting stages, something to watch at 3am HST everyday, interesting fan signs and costumes, fun commentary, cute cyclists... ♥ u ♥
    let's go, Etixx Quick-Step! 

  3. What’s an item in your desk whose name begins with the letter?


  4. What’s something, whose name begins with the letter, that you find frightening?


  5. If you had to get a tattoo on your upper arm, what’s something whose name begins with the letter that you could live with?

    i will get more thirteens! 

and now for some Tycho 


1. watch The Simpsons
i was pretty young when the show came out and my parents said it's a cartoon NOT FOR KIDS.  so i never watched it even though i'm not a kid anymore.  there are so many episodes now, i don't even know how to start.  i know i'm missing out on a beloved american tradition.  maybe one day i will watch it.

2. visit Las Vegas
it's practically the ninth hawaiian island, i know.  but i haven't been there.  i'm not very good at gambling, anyway.  yeah, i know how to play pai gau and black jack and stuff, but... i don't really know how the betting works?  oh yeah, and i'm also not really good at playing those games either.  but i suppose now a days there are plenty of other things to do in vegas.  i really want to see magicians and circus people!

3. meet a band after a show
man, i don't know how people are doing this.  i hear of lots of people who meet bands after a concert... i know one person who even got some things signed!  what is the secret?!  i always get chased out of venues by giant security people!  i swear i'm not up to no good!  if i could just hang my eyes upon my favorite band for a moment and say "hi i am a huge fan" i would just swoon!  alas, it hasn't come to be. do you have to "know somebody" for this to happen?  should i bring a cake (although it may or may not survive the mosh pits)? someone explain this to me!

4.  eat balut
there isn't anything i wouldn't try once (except bugs.  bugs are not food.  i don't want to see them, dead or alive and definitely not going to eat it knowingly and/or willingly.  don't even ask me and don't ever try.), i just haven't had the opportunity to eat balut.  some people are grossed out by the looks, but i figure it's like eating boiled chicken and boiled egg all rolled into one package?  i'm not sure if i would seek out this food, but if i happened to run in to it, i would try.

5. read any marvel comics
i've always been a DC girl (and more recently, Image!  i'm so addicted to Saga! and Criminal and Fatale and Descender are all in my favorites!) and just never got into xmen or avengers or dare devil or punisher... i did watch all the spiderman cartoon so i know a lot about that story line.  i also read some deadpool here and there.  but otherwise, the new movies and tv shows are all fresh stories to me.  and it's very enjoyable! sometimes i think i can't focus on some of the new DC media (ex: arrow and flash tv show) because i'm simultaneously comparing to the comic book story lines and looking for easter eggs.  

september is going to be nuts, guys.

not only is phantogram III coming out

but touché amoré just announced an album!



i wrote this a while ago, but decided to wait until sunday to post it.  
i guess i was waiting to see if things would turn out differently, even though i kind of knew they wouldn't.  

there is something i want everyone to know about my dad.
maybe you have heard the hotel that he works at is undergoing major renovation?  
the second restaurant (specializing in authentic japanese food) is not just closing during the renovation, it's closing forever.  

my dad is the chef of the [first] namesake restaurant and whole hotel.  while the closure of one major operation warrants the loss of a lot of staff, i just want everyone to know my dad fought really hard to save as many people as he could.  in his own restaurant, there are also many people who will be laid off since the renovation requires downsizing to a smaller area during construction.  he worked really hard (and is still negotiating) to get as many people hours and positions as he can.  inevitably, some will be bumped, but i hope they know it's not without sadness and regret.  
as for the second (japanese) restaurant, the head chef was asked to move from japan many years ago to open it and the hotel owners seem to have no problem just closing up shop... kind of a cold "thank you for your service, goodbye".  which really made me sad, because it was a REALLY GOOD restaurant and there are no others that can compare in quality and variety.  they weren't losing money, just not making enough.  sigh, business.  my pops suggested they reopen smaller.  or reopening without buffet (a la carte only). opening less days a week.  opening up at the golf course property instead of in the main hotel. he said they could open in his restaurant half a week.  or open in his restaurant once a week.  alas, all his proposals were rejected. he could only save the head chef to work as a sushi/japanese specialty chef to work for his restaurant.  but it looks like at this point, the chef will turn it down and part ways with the hotel instead. 
the worst part is, the hotel asked the japanese restaurant to stay open one more day but do their service in the ballroom for fathers day.  because there are so many reservations (note, the reservations were full + waiting list every night for the last three months).  because it's going to make the hotel a freaking ton of money.  and all i could think was WTF.  they won't even honor the restaurant and let the workers finish their service in their own restaurant. è___é 

change isn't all bad.  my pops has been working out brand new menus for his restaurant and the brainstorming has been fun.  he also gets some input on new dining layout, new china and silverware, new room service menu... 
but he's definitely the kind of guy who appreciates dedication to craft and hard work out of all the other qualities in a person.  he is not one of those "oh gee what a shame have to let you go, but too bad" people.  he's genuinely sad that all these people and especially the japanese chef is going away.  i just want people to know that it was not without a fight.  he did things that he never had to do before he was an executive chef, like go to meetings and try to game the schedule so less people would have to lose jobs or hours ("i have to make a presentation... can you help with this... power points?") and i'm really proud of that. 
i guess time will tell- when his restaurant reopens in full, this fall- how well he did.  in the interim, he's going to hold up a skeleton crew during the construction, and workers and patrons alike are going to mourn the loss of the best japanese restaurant on this island.

"Dining Out" 4/19/15 

last night, was the last night of service.
my dad went in to work before 8am. did all his regular work.  then made sure the dinner specials went ok, until the last person was finished.  then he helped throw a small after party for the japanese restaurant.  he said the food was amazing (of course) and they pushed all the tables in the restaurant together so they could eat together.  the crew presented some gifts (such as a hard cover copy of the first menu that was signed by the chef and sake sommelier) and he had a cake made for them (green tea strawberry shortcake with the restaurant's logo drawn on top).  and then they cleaned up the kitchen and took down the outside sign and lamps.  
he didn't come home until way after midnight and since i had already left for work, i didn't see my dad at all on father's day.  however, i don't think he would have had it any other way.  as i see it, he was having dinner with family anyway. 


i missed them in concert four times already, i am not missing them again!
presale tickets are on sale tomorrow at 10am hawaii time- you know i'm going to be sitting at the computer from the moment i get home from work so i can get on the tickets!
omgggggggggg so excitedddd!
i love sspu so much!
to celebrate their return, here are ten of my favorite sspu songs:

1. Kissing Families | Pikul

2. Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance) | Better Nature

3. Lazy Eye | Carnavas

4. There's No Secrets This Year | Swoon

5. Dots and Dashes (Enough Already) | Make Believe

6. All the Go Inbetweens | Pikul

7. Common Reactor | Carnavas

8. Surrounded (or Spiraling) | Swoon

9. Latchkey Kids | Better Nature

10. Dream at Tempo 119 | Carnavas

Bonus: Hidden track on Pikul: Sci Fi Lullaby

it's everything that is connected and beautiful and now i know just where i stand...


Sunday's samadhi show was so amazing! Performing was a new and unique experience for me, and now that it's done I'll forever be chasing the high of my first time.

Not going to lie, I was really nervous at home in the two hours before I was supposed to show up. I used the bathroom so many times. i couldn't even watch TV because it was making me nauseated. I just sat in silence, trying to read a comic book (Brad Meltzer Identity Crisis saved my life) and calm the fuck down!  I already told myself we did this routine a ton of times and it wasn't very technical and we were only in the studio performing for friends... But I just couldn't help feeling like a bowl of mush. 

T-minus two hours before the show starts I finally get to the studio.

And then something magical happened!

There was funky music blasting! And disco lights! And everybody there was all smiles!

Every bit of nervousness just melted away at that moment and was replaced by wonder, relief, and excitement.

Backstage, there were people stretching and putting on false eyelashes.  The greatest 70s dance songs were playing and every one was dancing with each other! There were stray sequins all over the floor and a perpetual cloud of hair spray. I didn't know most of the other performers- just saw them in passing between classes- but everyone was so friendly I didn't care! In any other situation I might have hid in the bathroom until seven or pretended to be busy reading a book. Instead I decided if this is what the circus life was like, this is where I want to be.

What really sealed the deal was the final words of the teachers to the group. Thinking about it now, the words were pretty much what you'd expect and filled with the adequate amount of cheesiness- have fun, don't panic up in the air if something goes wrong, we are proud of you, etc etc. My instructor, Marie, even pointed out that my two classmates and I were "show virgins" and every one cheered and giggled.  But it was the studio owner and director, Andrea, that said what I loved the most: we really perform for each other. Everyone who does aerial also loves to watch aerial and if we could share just a slice of that excitement with our friends and family in the audience it would be an amazing show.

The rest of the night went by in a flash. I lost a towel somewhere backstage. We cheered and clapped along with the audience (maybe even louder than them!) at every daring drop or disco booty shake. It was humid as fuck up in the loft and it nearly caused me to get stuck in one of my hip keys but I really really couldn't stop smiling!  I should have been having a minor heart attack since all this is happening ten feet off the ground and everybody was watching me (I saw Andrea stand up really quick, from the corner of my eye, which is a red flag if there ever was one) but for some reason I couldn't wipe the insane smile off my face!  Then there was a tribute to prince. And a little roller skate number. And one of the guys dressed up as Donna Summer. My favorite was the straps duo, so beautifulllllll! 

At the end of the show, Andrea announced four students would be traveling to Montreal for the summer on scholarship for training!  And one of the girls got proposed to on stage! I don't think my heart could have been any fuller.

I have one picture we took backstage. 

"that one time we were sparkly circus people"

And one of me and my pal, Emily, eating a sandwich and orange freeze at Like Like Drive-In after the show. 

^ this girl flew in from the big island just to see me!  i have the best fucking friends in the world.

But besides that, no pictures of the actual aerial performances.  i think it's just like my favorite song: got no time to take a picture, I'll remember someday...
so if you're reading this, thanks for sticking with me through that text wall.  i only have memories of what a great night it was, but it's good enough to keep me heading back to the studio for a long time to come.

PS -

if you want to try your hand at flying, new summer sessions are starting for adults and kids. maybe you'd like to hang on a trapeze?  or climb the silks?  maybe just want to try a different kind of exercise?  i'm sure you won't regret it. :)  samadhihawaii.com 




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