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Survived 11/11/11 and lived to tell about it!


Today was an absolutely insanely busy day. Between getting up at 4:30am (after 4 hours of sleep) to get into town on time for my APEC-related work, rushing up Tantalus to watch the F22s fly over Punchbowl for the Veteran’s Day Ceremony, and then adventuring into the cordoned-off zone of Waikiki for more APEC stuff, all the while filming random clips for OneDayOnEarth.Com, I am exhausted! (But not as exhausted as Ed, who is currently passed out on the floor of the hallway outside my office room, even though I told him to go to bed.)  We got home at about 10:15pm, and I’ve stayed up just long enough to make sure I got all of today’s photos uploaded and backed up while watching President Barack Obama’s landing at Hickam livestreamed via KHON2.  Wish I could have been there like last year, Mr. President!  But honestly…I’m also glad to be home, sitting down. It all hurts.  So…much…walking…

Today’s quote of the day:

Me: *After setting gear down at the checkpoint to get sniffed by the bomb dogs* Do you want me to put my coffee down too?

Security Lady: No, that’s okay. If you’re drinking explosives, that’s your problem.

Me: I like to kick-start my morning like that. ;)

Here’s a few photos from today that are non work-related, including soldiers and policemen guarding the street in the rain, Chinese protesters, the F22 Veteran’s Day flyover, and the only photo of Barack Obama that I took today.


Sometime next week I’ll cut together all my video clips of today. I am actually greatly looking forward to it being Monday!

Recent Happenings


I’ve fallen behind on blogging again, so here’s a brief update on what’s been going on:

I had another article published on Metromix a few weeks back, this time a visual tour of some of my favorite places to go in Honolulu.  I used it as an opportunity to support a few of my favorite local businesses, as well as show some of my less-seen photographs, including a few from my daily photo blog…

…and, by the way, I’m up to Day 91 on Visuals.  This is the one-a-day photo project I’m doing while Ed is gone, and it’s helping each day go by quicker…especially when I’m scrambling at the end of the day for a photo! I totally intend to make a book of the photos and entries once he’s home for good.

I’ve been better about updating our couple-blog, ProAwesome.Com. Yes, the name is a joke about us striving to be professionally awesome.  A good goal, right? We can try, at least! This is also where most of our wedding information will go. Speaking of…

We got featured in an article by the Honolulu Advertiser‘s Mike Gordon! (Photos by the lovely Lisa Hoang of Windwardskies Photography) Thanks go out to everyone who’s helped us and supported us with the wedding – we really hope it’ll be a fun time for everyone!

I’m going to San Diego soon to visit a friend for her birthday, and I’m looking forward to photographing a change of scenery. Also meeting the mother-in-law and sister-in-law for the first time…exciting! (And nerve-wracking, but I’ll get over it…) :)

One of the more random and entertaining things I’ve done lately is walk in a UH student fashion show, wearing a shirt by one of my friends who’s in the APDM (Apparel Product Design and Merchandising) program. I’m no model, but it was fun to pretend for a night (honestly never thought my hair could do that!):

Finally, I am also going to be back home on Maui for the first couple weeks of June, and I’m having a portrait special while I’m there:

…and I guess that’s all for now! Hopefully I will have something more substantial to blog about soon. :)

Top 10 for Metromix


Metromix must be getting tired of my face! Today, my Top 10, in which I listed my favorite places for hand roll (temaki) sushi for under $2, went online.  Go check it out!

Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my daily photo blog, Visuals.  I have gone 45 days with daily updates so far, so I’m a lot more faithful to that blog than this one. ;)  KawaiiKon is coming up in a couple weeks, so if all goes well I should be churning out a few more designs.