Category Archives: Random Musings

Unrelated topics that have nothing to do with the standard entries.

Happy New Year.

Oahu night sky: South.

I hope everyone had a great holiday season! “Twenty ten”, that sounds nice. :) I enjoyed the movie. Let us hope that this reality will be just as good. ;)

I’ve been playing catch up for the last 30, or so, days. I have way too many photos to sort through… (-3-) I am most excited to go through those from our last trip to Japan. That is my, “dangling carrot”. (I am working towards that.) Please be patient, there will be a bunch of galleries in the near future. In the mean time, check out Chad’s Flickr. He has his latest photo selections, from Japan, online. (I gotta lose weight!) (~3~;)

I wish everyone the best for 2010! Aloha!!

Summer has come to Hawaii.

Oahu seascape with green sea turtle basking.

Well, it seems that Summer has come to Hawaii. No more big surf, the NE trade winds are more often “variable”, and the days are getting longer. This is perfect “beach weather” but I have been spending more time indoors. Lately, I spend time on the internet looking for the next place I want to travel to! (・3・) Most people think I am crazy for wanting to “get away” from Hawaii. But, imagine where you live your normal — day-to-day — life… It is human nature to want to get away from “teh ordinary”.

Maybe I should try to be more like this Honu (海亀,Sea Turtle). Most animals don’t worry too much about traveling to unfamiliar places (besides for mating and feeding). They do what they have to do in order to survive. I guess humans are lucky (unlucky) enough to know the difference between survival and luxury. Maybe from now on I should adopt “turtle nature” way of life! (^3^)

Happy New Year! (Akemashite Omedetou!)

I love my (pyromaniac) neighbors!HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!!! Kotoshi mo douzo yoroshiku onegaishimasu! I hope everyone’s New Year’s Eve was fun and safe. Brace yourselves…work starts up again, day after tomorrow. /(~.~)\ I will see you all then!

The photo on the left is just a wee bit of the chaos that was taking place this evening in Hawaii…I love my (pyromaniac) neighbors! I would have loved to have been in an ultra-light aircraft, skipping about the sky, dodging sky rockets, and photographing the aerial view of Oahu! *sigh!!!* I guess that is something to plan for next New Year’s Eve…

Photo captured with Nikon D3, Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 @17mm, 0.6s, f/2.8, ISO 800, WB=2500K.


Return to reality…dreaming of the floating world.

Well, it has been just over a week since I returned from Japan (we got back last Wednesday, the 12th). I think I am still jet lagged. If I don’t set my alarm, my body naturally wakes at 1pm Hawaii time–that is 8am Japan time. OR it could mean I just like to sleep-in. ;-) Either way it feels really good to be sleeping in my own bed again.

Getting back into the groove has been a slow process. Only a couple of location shoots and a lot of computer work allowed me to be quite a slug on most days…I do my best work on the computer at night. Oh, while I am thinking of location shoots: since returning to Hawaii I have done an interior design photo shoot with the D3. It was a kitchen remodel done in a high rise condo. The space was quite a challenge. But the D3, with the Sigma 12-24mm, worked like a dream! (Fred if you are reading this, I’ll post more on the topic soon.)

I am slowly going over the photos I captured in Japan. Lots to look over…I get tired just thinking about it. But I will make it a serious TO-DO line item before the new year. For those of you who have been waiting to see the images, thank you for your patience–they will be up soon.

I have been craving Japanese food since the day I returned to Hawaii. Everyone asks me, “So what do you want to eat?” My answer: JAPANESE FOOD! I can honestly say that I LOVE japanese cooking. I could eat Japanese food every single day of my life and be perfectly happy. (I’m talking about authentic Japanese flavors and ingredients…not that psuedo-japanese stuff most local places try to pass off.) Our routine in Japan was: panya (bakery, fresh baked daily) for breakfast, ramen, katsu, bento, or donburi for lunch, and an izakaya or sushi for dinner. Everyday we did that and I was utterly and totally satisfied after every single meal! You can tell from my photos of our meals…rather, you can tell from Ryan’s photos. He shot me and I shot him…you know how it works. :-) Anyways, nothing against local food, the flavors are just different. I gotta have my Sugoi’s Teri-Loco-Moco too but not everyday. I can’t wait to go back to Japan…

Check back soon, I’ll have a link to the rest of my photos, selected write ups on food + experiences, as well as some detailed photo reviews of gear and processes. Jya, mata na! (^^)V