Monday, September 19, 2016

#MyFitSquad 2016

So let's be real here, I did not reach #MyNextLevel. But it's my birthday week and I'm getting another year older. The bid is not where I want it to be. I need to get my BMI and fat percentage down. My clothes are not fitting the way I want them to.

I did up my cardio and really wanted to do my first 5K race as I never fulfilled that resolution last year. I was able to run a 5K but not during an official race. The last time I did before recently was on Halloween in bunny ears and a bunny tail. I can get back to it easily. I ran over a mile and had to stop last month. The next time I did, I ran a 5K. I was pretty proud of myself.

But 10 or so days ago, the top of my left foot started to hurt that I had a nice pimp walk. It got so bad that I saw a doctor and she asked me to go get an x-ray. The results came back a few hours later and I have arthritis and need to see a podiatrist. No running for me. I will have to find ways to get my cardio in. So I think I will try cycling.

I have #MyFitSquad to keep me going. I have Court Court, Cristen, Crystal and Erika.

The challenge is 8 weeks and fortunately unfortunately I have a trip to Paso Robles with a lot of wine drinking and a trip to Italy with more wine and all the pasta  during that time. It will be challenging but let's see if I can balance this out. It'd be nice to win some money.

Wish us luck! Feel free to find me on Bodyspace 'bappletree'

Lost 8.2 pounds and 3.5% body fat and up'd a bit in muscle. Progress! So ready for 30 Days of Fit, the next challenge. 

Round Table's garlic Parmesan twists seem to be my first craving after a fitness challenge is done. But I couldn't resist getting a salad too.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Maui 2016 - Day 4

It was time to go home. I enjoyed my time in Maui and loved spending time with my father. I am definitely a Daddy's girl, to this day. I woke up, packed, had breakfast thanks again to my Stepmom and told them I was going to go to the beach before leaving. It's something I do to take a moment and take in one last time of where I am, appreciate that I have rested and think about where I am headed.

I walked along the beach and stopped right in front of the hotel restaurant was where we dined and stayed when my Lolo was alive. I vividly remember taking a group photo there with them and my four other cousins. It made me miss him even more. It also made me think that my father is 62 and we all are getting older. I don't like to think about it but I can hear the sadness my father has for losing his own father. I couldn't imagine it. Papa and I were both at Lolo's side when he took his last breath. Sitting there on that beach made me feel close to them both at the same time. And it's been years since I felt that way.

During that time, a golden lab was wandering the beach by himself, didn't have a tag and came and set next to me, so close that he was leaning up against me. I gave him some love for a bit. And then he was off. Dogs are so sensitive to your feelings. I think he knew I needed some care. Perhaps that was my Lolo's way of visiting and comforting me.

I sat on that beach thinking of all the discussions my father and I have had the past couple of days. Both of these men made a lot of sacrifices in their lives to give their families the lives they now lead. I made it a goal to not disappoint.

By 40, I will be in a comfortable position. I will be smarter with my money and my time and I will make my money work for me. I will also work hard, but I want to work smarter. I will be taking small steps to learning more about the economy, business, stocks, options and real estate. Papa is willing to guide me. A sign of that success will be me owning property in Hawaii by the time I am 40 years old. I have definitely narrowed down the location to Maui recently after a Labor Day Weekend trip to Oahu. I am in love with Maui. So, wish me luck.

I have never been a fan of saying goodbye to my father. When he used to drop me off after having my sister and I for the weekend, I would just cry my eyes out. This time, I had my sunglasses on and tried to hide my eyes that were watering. He was headed to the mainland the next day so I could see him soon if I wanted to. But still. I hate saying goodbye to him. But I did, hopefully without him knowing I was still a big baby that loves her Papa so much.

The car was dropped off at Dollar, I checked in my bag and grabbed some grub at Sammy's. I remember having one last island cocktail with my cousin Shanti at the bar 10 years ago there, and had dined there a few times before traveling between islands. I didn't have Spam all weekend so I went with the Kama'aina Breakfast, your traditional two eggs, toast and choice of meat kind of breakfast. Spam it is! I grew up on that so I am not ashamed to eat what some people call 'Mystery Meat.' I don't care what it is. I like it. I just forgot to tell them to cook it well. Oh well. 

The plane ride was direct and they fed us lunch, a ginger chicken with rice and a three bean side dish. I don't typically like ginger but I ate all of that main dish. Not so much of the bean or cookie. Thanks, Hawaiian Airlines for the food. Mahalo!

From the airport, I rushed over to work the annual dinner I have been working since 2009 at Fantasy Junction in Emeryville, California. I made it just in time for the speeches. And so it was back to reality, One Busy Bee.

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3

Click on the Travel label to the right for other travel-related posts. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Maui 2016 - Day 3

It's my Papa Bear's birthday! The whole reason why I came to surprise him in Maui. I was there two years ago with my Lola and celebrated his birthday with him. It was nice to be a part of this celebration again.

2014 at Longhi's
I fell asleep on the couch, sleepily made my way to temporary wonderful room where I woke up to a view of the fruits growing on the trees outside my window. I found my Papa Bear cleaning the pool on his birthday.

"Why didn't you carry me to my bedroom?" I used to fall asleep to watching Annie on a VHS a lot and I loved getting carried to bed. He was turning older and I'm sure part of him, like me, wanted to go back in time, even if it was temporary.

Papa Bear continued his chores and I didn't go for a run. I just stretched and was mesmerized by the clouds moving above me.

The flowers I gave my Stepmom were blooming.

After another delicious lunch by my Stepmom, Papa Bear wanted to get some rest, his siesta. He went up and I wanted to go north and check out Kapalua again. I invited my Stepmom and she wanted to go. Then she invited Papa. He whined a little bit and she called him a party pooper. On his birthday. It was funny. My poor Papa. Can't get to do what he wants on his birthday. But I know he also wanted to spend time with me.

We took my rental and he drove. We stopped at the Kapalua Plantation where houses start at $5 million and on a golf course. We stop at the clubhouse and inquired about grabbing a drink or appetizer to take in the gorgeous view. Unfortunately, they only allowed this at the bar top. Unlike me, they preferred not to sit there.

We were headed to Merriman's nearby but parking was busy. Papa says it usually clears up after 4 PM. We then went to the Pineapple Grill and sat on the patio. The name reminded me of The Pineapple Bar & Grill at City Beach in Fremont, California. It's where I met Kristian, my Business Partner, and many good friends. Read more about it HERE.

The menu had draft beers and I knew majority of them. Out of the ones I wasn't aware of, I asked for just a taste of the Beniaka Sweet Potato Premium Lager from the Coedo Brewery in Japan. I haven't had anything like it. It was odd. Then I went with the Lilikoi Specialty Punch.

As Papa said, the parking lot near Merriman's was a bit more open with guests heading home from the beach and getting ready for dinner. We found a spot, walked passed the beach and decided to sit on their large patio with a view of the ocean. It was absolutely gorgeous. I loved these private seating areas with a fire pit and cushions. I wonder what their food and beverage minimum is to sit there.

You  just can't go wrong with this view. And with live music? Heaven on earth.

One of my favorite pictures of my Papa Bear and I. He does not look 62. And retired for that matter. He retired early. Smart man, wouldn't you say? I hope to follow in his footsteps.

I had to have their Mai Tai. I haven't had one. It was strong. No complaints here. Our server was awesome. Great personality and tied well with mine. When we wanted the bill, I told him that I'm breaking up with him and that I need the bill.

Then we headed back to the house and allowed Papa his siesta. I sat out on the deck and browsed the real estate that was available by the pool. I would love property easily accessible to the beach. That $5M price tag could be doable...right?  Goals. My mind was churning.

Then it was dinner again at Longhi's. Two years ago, we sat on the second floor and had a wonderful view without the passerbyers drooling over our dishes. Regardless, the service and food were great. It was really warm. The same bottle we had two years was still on the menu but a different vintage. They provide you bread, we ordered the roasted cauliflower and the huge seafood and pomodoro pasta with a whole lobster, prawns, clams, calamari and mussels. Delicious and carb filled.


Sunset with all the tourists

Then we did the usual thing of sitting out on the deck by the pool and chatting. Papa has made a wonderful life for himself. I was soaking in all the information I could. Not only was this trip all about love and family, but it was also motivational.

Day 4 - coming soon

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Blogging Goals - September 2016

Write down your goals and achieve them.

I want 100,000 hits this month!

At this point, I need 1,200 hits. I can do it. But ideally, I would like to do it by my birthday, September 22nd.  That will be a nice birthday present.

For my birthday, as well as Cristen's, my Office Manager, we and a bunch of other folks are headed down to Paso Robles to wine taste. While on Maui and Oahu recently, I hashtagged myself as a #travelblogger. I do love to travel and even though I have posts that are about my own backyard, it is still travel to me, AND people that do not live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Yes, majority of my readers are from the US, but according to Blogger, I have many readers from Russia, Germany and France. Thank you, international readers! Next up in my travels after Paso Robles will be Italy, specifically Rome, Venice, Florence and Milan. Please contact me to invite us, Courtney & I, to come to your establishment. It will surely be mentioned here! 


IF I meet the 100,000 hits mark, I will raffle off a $100 Hawaiian Airlines gift card!

I want to know where you are from! Comment below with your name, city/town, state/province, country and email address to enter to win. If you have a blog as well, let me know! One entry per email address.

Want bonus entries? ReTweet any of my Travel blog posts with a link on Twitter.

Entries will be eligible until 11:59 PM on September 30, 2016. Winner will be selected at random, notified via email as well as posted on this blog post and via Twitter, and will have seven days to claim their prize.

Good luck!

Beer Log - September 2016

To gain more of an understanding of the industry I am in, you have to go out and be exposed to it! As a part owner and Events Director of a new restaurant in San Francisco, I have been enjoying food, wine, whiskey, cocktails, local flavor, popular and not so well known establishments. I love it! My taste buds love me for it.

This is my beer log for September. If you click on one of the labels to the right, you can also find wine, beer, spirits and general dining posts. Please browse through the blog and I hope it inspires you to visit that place or be on your own search for something similar. So let's begin!

Waikiki Brewing Company
It's my birthday month and I just got back from Hawaii again. This time with my business partner. I was actually invited to Oahu by a Food and Beverage Manager I met while in Maui. He was opening a brewery and I said 'Me too!' It's been a long-time comin'. He didn't end up making it out after we booked our flights and we headed in the same direction as Hurricane Lester and enjoyed ourselves.

We walked a bit to finally find this brewery. I first had the beer while in Maui and have tweeted them that received responses. I asked about a tour. However, on the day of, I didn't get a response.

Nonetheless, I tried ALL THE BEER as my Brewer does. I did a flight of all of them and shared it with my business partner. My personal favorites were the Aloha Spirit Blonde Ale, the Eee Pah IPA (the same one I enjoyed while in Maui), and the Black Strap Porter.

They also made beer cocktails which I didn't have a chance to enjoy. There's always next time!  I'm not a fan of pale ales, hefs and the Jalapeno Mouth was really interesting. It was promoted well there.

The Overnight IPA got his name when the brewer took a flight to California, drive to Clearlake, bought hops, and returned to brew with them immediately. It was really unique.

The brewery was pretty cool. You can sit outdoors and stare at the hanging televisions before the system of steel. I had a good time. It's hard not to when you're in Hawaii. Jeffrey and Vanessa were behind the bar and were friendly and attentive.

Georgetown Brewing
Bodhizafa IPA

A duplicate was poured at DW so I had a taste of it and gave the rest to my Bar Manager. Trying to lose weight here!

More to come!