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Date Night

August 5th, 2015

My weekend stay-cation at Halekulani continued with Husband on the second night. Dinner at Orchids (spectacular, as expected), followed by a short walk before retiring to the room.

Seared Scallops at Orchids. My favorite!

Seared Scallops at Orchids. My favorite!

I have to admit I indulged in wine with dinner again, which makes me tired. Also a little unfiltered.

Claus and I both agreed we appreciated the change in routine, and he was telling me what he did while Olivia and I were at the hotel without him.

"I made biscuits last night," he said. He likes making food, but he usually doesn't make biscuits.

"Oh? Biscuits?" I said with surprise. Then I remembered. "Are you trying to use up the Bisquick box because nobody likes your pancakes?"

Oops! The look of shock on his face!

I'm a good pancake maker!!!

I'm a good pancake maker!!!

"What????!!!! Nobody told me that! You guys didn't tell me that! Nobody likes my pancakes?!?" he exclaimed.

To give it context, this is a guy who is always steady in his demeanor. He's constant, consistent, stable.

In zodiac terms, he's an earth sign. In Ayurvedic terms, he's a Kapha. In video-editing terms, his audio never spikes. Tonight, it spiked.

He was a little insulted. He got over it. We laughed. We're still laughing about it.

Sunday, I paid the price for all that fun. I had all these big plans of swimming, walking, exploring Waikiki, and what happened?

We ate breakfast and then I had to retire to the air-conditioned comfort of the suite to nurse an achy head. I felt guilty because he's active, but he told me not to worry because he anticipated I'd be useless.

A/c and Aragon: a fine combination.

A/c and Aragon: a fine combination.

Finally at 1 p.m. I got moving and only wanted to remain in a climate-controlled, cool space, so I suggested we exercise in the hotel's workout room.

Here is what he does when he accompanies me for a workout. He puts on street clothes, which indicates to me he knows nothing strenuous is going to happen.

More perspective: he was a collegiate Olympic hopeful who trained for five hours a day for nearly two decades. To this day, he works out about an hour a day, and is ready to compete in a triathlon on a whim. He doesn't enter the race until the week-of, and the last time, he still placed third in his age group for the Tinman Triathlon.

OK, so we've established he's insanely fit. But does he have to rub it passively in my face by practically wearing like, jeans and a dress shirt to the gym with me?

I exaggerate for emphasis, but the truth is, I know his workout clothing, and what he wears with me is never it. If it's a "long" walk, he still wears slippers. If it's a jog, he sometimes doesn't bother changing out of his golf shorts and polo shirt.

We're at Halekulani's fitness center and I felt like teasing him about it. "Thanks for wearing your business suit to work out with me."

It's sweet that he does stuff just to be with me, but it's self-deprecatingly funny too that my activity level is absolutely no challenge, especially on a day of a hangover. So yeah. We knew it would be a pathetic attempt at movement.

If this were the US military alert system, I'd rate a DEFCON 5. If this were the UV Index, I'd rate a 1. In reality, it was a 3.5 on the treadmill.

In all seriousness, though, it was major luxury to unwind and change up the routine, spend quality time with Husband, and get to delight in air-conditioning all day in the sweltering heat of the Hawaii summer. Love it. Got to do this again.


Thanks for the ever-gracious service and hospitality, Halekulani. A perfect setting for a perfect weekend.

Feng Shui for Love & Money

August 5th, 2015

How can feng shui can be used to improve your financial and love life energies? Author and feng shui practitioner Clear Englebert will be on Oahu from Friday, August 28, through Monday, August 31, to hold presentations and book signings for his newest release, Feng Shui for Love & Money.

Courtesy: Dawn Sakamoto

Courtesy: Dawn Sakamoto

He says money can’t buy you love, but feng shui can help with both! This feng shui guide offers easy-to-follow advice for promoting prosperity and attracting and enhancing relationships.

Feng Shui for Love & Money includes real-life examples and simple illustrations throughout the book to aid in visualizing potential feng shui problem situations and understanding how to place objects for maximum effect. Englebert specializes in offering multiple solutions that are easy to implement and can complement any decor style; many clever fixes are even meant to be hidden from view, but still retain their impact.

Intention is a powerful tool for strengthening feng shui corrections; to state your intention, you must know why you are employing a fix, and Englebert is careful to explain the rationale behind each suggestion.  A list of his appearances are below, and they are free unless noted otherwise.

Courtesy: Dawn Sakamoto

Courtesy: Dawn Sakamoto

Friday, August 28
7 p.m.– 9 p.m. Mindful Matters Wellness Center, Kailua 407 Uluniu St., #412 (808) 230-2476. $10 fee; two-hour intensive seminar and book signing. Limited space, please call for reservations: (808) 328-0329.


Saturday, August 29
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Native Books / Na Mea Hawaii at Ward Warehouse (808) 596-8885. Introductory lecture followed by book signing.

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Dragon Gate Bookstore at the Chinese Cultural Plaza 100 N Beretania St., # 120 (808) 533-7147. Book signing.

4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Highline Kitchen Systems 1276 Young St. $10 fee; two-hour intensive seminar and book signing. Limited space, call for reservations (808) 328-0329.


Sunday, August 30
Noon – 2:00PM Lily Lotus, Kaimuki 3632 Waialae Ave. (808) 277-1724 $15 fee; two-hour intensive seminar and book signing.

4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Highline Kitchen Systems 1276 Young St. $10 fee; two-hour intensive seminar and book signing. Limited space, call for reservations (808) 328-0329.

Monday, August 31
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Jelly’s Honolulu 670 Auahi St. (between Keawe and Coral St.) (808) 587-7001. Introductory lecture followed by book signing.

Girl's Weekend Out!

August 3rd, 2015

For a decadent summer getaway, I went back to my old stomping grounds and stayed a weekend at Halekulani. It was luxurious in more ways than one.

I decided to break up the stay, spending one night with my daughter for Girls' Weekend Out, and the second night with my husband. It worked out really nicely for all parties.

View from our suite

View from our suite

Olivia was thrilled to have special Mommy-daughter time, which started with afternoon tea at Veranda. She's got a serious sweet tooth (like me) and the pastries are as delicious to look at as they are to eat. In retrospect, we decided it was the trip highlight for both of us.

Then, we went back to our room, a lovely Diamond Head Ocean Suite, to change into our swim suits and go swimming. Except, when she saw the deep bathtub, the SpaHalekulani bath salts, and the pretty glycerine soap with silver glitter, she asked if we could take a tub bath together.

And so it was, me sitting in the tub with this crazy-cute eight year old, playing and chatting and having a good old time. It reminded me of when I was that age and would do that with my cousins or my friends, and we never wanted it to stop.

We had dinner reservations at 6:30 p.m. and while we were both full from tea, I felt it prudent to eat now, because any later and I'd be too tired from my weird body clock. I get up at 3 a.m for work so I'm used to a nap and an early bedtime.

At Orchids, I had a three-course meal that was heavenly. Everything was perfect. I even indulged in a glass of wine (might be my first glass of wine I've drank all year - I rarely drink) because Girl's Night Out with my sweetie is a special night.

We were so full, but I kept eating everything because it all tasted so good. I remember now why I gained nearly ten pounds in my three-and-a-half years working there.

VIP breakfasts, client lunches, business dinners, corporate functions, and the free staff cafeteria. Oh, and the hardship of staying up on product knowledge required me to eat there occasionally on weekends. It takes dedication.

After dinner I asked if she wanted to walk around Waikiki, but Olivia was tired and wanted to return to the room. She hardly admits she'd tired. This must have been a lot of stimulation for her!

In the morning, we enjoyed breakfast at Orchids before jumping into the pool. What we like to do is race, compete to do the most somersaults, and make up water dances. I ended up inventing interpretive dances as a jellyfish, a rainbow, fireworks, and more.

We completed the Girl's Getaway with a little shopping before I dropped her off at a friend's house for a sleep over and went home to pick up my husband.

That was fun, and too quick. There were about ten things more on our To Do list that we didn't get to, so Olivia and I are already thinking about our next Girl's Weekend!

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