Archive for September, 2008

The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 Debuts Tomorrow Night!

September 16, 2008

Are you as excited as I am for tomorrow night gang?

It’s the premiere of the 8th season of The Ultimate Fighter, tagged as Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir. Yes, it’s been 8 seasons since Forrest Griffin’s and Stephan Bonnar’s historic fight that (re-)started it all. Not much has really changed as far as editing and format, but there’s just something about this show that has me glued.

I can honestly say that I’d probably watch the 600th season of this damn show. As long as they keep showing it, I’ll keep a’ watching. Are you in the same boat as me or do you think the show is getting old already? If so, what do you think they need to do to spice it up? I think Mir will make things interesting for the kids, but Nogueira, I’m not too sure.

Hawaii’s got another guy to root for this season: 24 year old Shane Nelson from BJ Penn’s MMA team in Hilo. Don’t really know much about him, but here’s a video I dug up on Youtube. Aside from the booger that was bothering him (in BOTH nostrils no less!) *grin* , he looks like a scrapper. Good luck this season Shane! We’ll be rooting for ya!

* The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 @ 7PM on Spike TV (Oceanic Digital Channel 0559). Don’t forget to also catch a new UFC Fight Night (Nate Diaz vs. Josh Neer) at 5PM preceding TUF.

Talk to Me!
* Are you hooked on The Ultimate Fighter too?
* What is your reality TV show du jour?
* Are you proud/happy when Hawaii peeps make it to the big stage?

Get With Da Program!

September 15, 2008

So this weekend, we met with our emcee to be Bruddah Bryan. He’s an old friend and ex college roommate (shout out to Noelani apartment!), and is holding it down now as one of KCCN FM 100’s radio personalities.

Nimitz Zippy’s was the location of choice as we chatted a bit and discussed the possibilities for the day’s events. We’ve got a few interesting things up our sleeves for our Asian/Japanese-themed shindig, but wanted to do another “reach-out” to all y’all for suggestions you may have for us. Ya know… things you personally enjoy as a guest to a wedding (or even pet peeves of things you don’t like) or unique and interesting things you’ve witnessed. From the program to the music to various activities inspired from the motherland, we’re trying hard to make it a unique event to remember. Holla atcho boy if ya gots any gems for us (post ’em below please)! 🙂

P.S. Thanks for always helping a brutha out with these things. I’ve got a pretty good understanding of what would make a fun event for me as a guy (beer and booty shakin’ music come to mind), but I’m pretty clueless when it comes to a more mainstream, female friendly event. 🙂

Happy Monday yo!

Bag Ladies

September 13, 2008

In a convo with a couple of lady friends at work the other day, the topic of shopping bags came up. As I rolled my eyes, sighed, and looked at my watch a few dozen times, they gossiped away on the intricacies of these bags. Pshaw, as if there were any intricacies to talk about. Ain’t it just about holding thangs? They edumacated this apparently clueless boy…

It all started when Erin brought 3 parasols (for me to take home to the woman) in a larger than life Sephora bag. I swear it was big enough for 20 parasols. Honestly, for a second there, I thought she was just trying to embarrass me because it was so ridiculously HUGE. I soon realized that it wasn’t a joke and that I should’ve been grateful to her for sacrificing one of her favorite bags for/on me.

One of the many... *sigh*
One of the many… *sigh*

Diane chimed in, “Yeah, don’t you know how important bags are?”

As they continued to gossip about bags and make their rather odd fetishes for them apparent, I wondered off in my own head as their voices turned into Charlie Brown’s teacher.

Suddenly, it hit me. This HAS to be a blog post. I’ve gotsta put this to a vote to all y’all to see if these two women are just crazy bag ladies or if I’m just an oblivious guy.

I mean the lady saves and organizes bags at our crib, and, I guess, now that I think about it, mamasan saves bags she gets from Japan, so there could be something to it, but really, isn’t a bag just a bag?

Erin and Diane continued… even emphasizing the importance of the handle (material, length, etc.), and how big and how fashionable the bag itself was. If one was “ugly,” it would go right inside the “prettier” (and I quote) bag. *rolling eyes*

If there really was some “trufe” to this, and I were in charge of marketing for a store, you can bet I would pimp out our line of bags to encourage more foot traffic. The handle would be covered with moisturizing lotion, made of soft, furry velvet and long enough for some over-the-shoulder action. The bag itself would be large (and in charge) and would be covered in glittery rhinestones or sparkly diamonds. That’s right, other stores… Don’t hate! Inside, there would be multiple pouches for phones, makeup stuffs, keys, and those other mysterious things you hold, and to top it all off, there will be Big LVs or Cs all ova the outside. Shmall kine copyright infringement, but what the h*ll. 😛

But why stop there? I’ve already got the “bag lady” market cornered! I would next go for the man bag population, son! This would bring an entirely new demographic into to my awesome store. These disposable murses would have rough leather or rope/lasso handles, connected to weighted dumbbells. Inside, there’d be an area to spit our tobacco and store our goatee grooming comb. There’d be a butterfly knife pocket for good measure. On the outside, there’d be imagery like a skull and crossbones or some athlete or sports car. And to top it off, there’d be real chest hair glued on the back. Oh yeah!

*POOF*

OK, maybe not. Go ahead, we’ll let you ladies have the bag market. I’ll be perfectly fine if a store gave me a garbage bag to lug my stuff home in. As long as da buggah holds up ’til I get home. Maybe I’ll keep that one until Erin or Diane needs something from me… 😉

Da Bag Ladies Erin and Diane
Da Bag Ladies Erin and Diane

Talk to me!
* Are you a bag lady? Why?
* Is your woman a bag lady?
* Are you a bag man? Why?
* Name the stores that have your favorite bags! I know ya got um! 🙂

Fave Five Friday – Wedding Party Gift Ideas

September 12, 2008

OK, so this somewhat of a self-serving post, but what the h*ll, let’s give it a shot. 😛

We’re getting down to the wire for this whole wedding thang, and I’m trying hard to think of an awesomely unique gift idea for my boyz/groomsmen/wedding party. I’ve been on a few parties myself and got some cool gifts like shades, an engraved money clip, a high quality pen, etc., but I’m looking for that special somethin’-somethin’. The “it” that will leave a memorable mark forever…

I’ve got a few things in mind, but maybe you, my beautiful (but virtual) online friends can help a brutha out with some neat gift ideas. And hopefully, none of my boys will read this one. LOL! If ya gots any ideas for the lady and her party, feel free to post those below as well. The more help the merrier!

In no particular order, here are some I’ve received or heard of:

  1. Alcohol! (in one form or another)
  2. Sunglasses/Shades
  3. Watches
  4. Shoes (and then you wear it during the wedding)
  5. Custom engraved _______ (fill in the blank).

Please post your suggestions below. Can be your own ideas or ones you’ve received or heard of yourself. Helllllp! 🙂

P.S. Be sure to pick up tomorrow’s Honolulu Advertiser for the most amazing front page in history! Hehe, nah, they’ll be hyping my face and blog on the front page, so consider this your warning. Don’t want ya spilling hot coffee on yourself out of fear or amazement… one or the other. 😛 Oh yeah, and be sure to also check out this blog that same Saturday for an interesting topic on “Bag Ladies”…

Shoots! Have a good weekend y’all!

FREE Movie Pass Giveaway: Ghost Town

September 11, 2008

We’re back at it again folks. Who will be joining JMAW (“Speed Racer”), Miss Pris (“You Don’t Mess With the Zohan”), and liane (“Pineapple Express”), as our 4th advance movie screening winner? Could it be you with the movie of the month: “Ghost Town“?

COMMENT BELOW TO WIN!
In line with the movie’s theme, comment the one thing you would go back and fix if you die prematurely (i.e. what is the unfinished business you would take care of). Best comment wins the pass!

Da Details:
WHO: You and a homey
WHAT: FREE Advance Screening Movie Pass (good for two) to Ghost Town
WHEN: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 7PM (opens to the public on September 19)
WHERE: Regal Dole Cannery – 735 B Iwilei Road, Honolulu
WHY: Cause you read my blog brah!
HOW: 1) Post the one thing you would want a “do over” for if you die. Best one wins!

Ed’s Easy Rules:

  • I will pick da lucky buggah by next Friday (09/15) or earlier.
  • Once the winner is selected, I’ll contact you via email so we can coordinate a time and place to give you the pass, OR, if it’s easier, I can leave it here (at Oceanic) for you to pick up (during normal business hours).
  • Please be sure you are actually able to attend (or know someone who can) because I’d hate to pick the winner, only to find out that you can’t make it.
  • Acceptance of the pass means you will not hold me or Oceanic Time Warner Cable liable for anything whatsoever.

The Official Rules (fine print on the pass itself):

  • Theatre is overbooked to ensure capacity. ARRIVE EARLY, seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. This pass DOES NOT guarantee admission and must be surrendered upon demand. No one will be admitted without a ticket or after the screening begins. Issuer reserves the right to refuse, revoke or limit admission in its sole discretion at any time. This Ticket Is Not For Resale. No Admittance once screening has begun.
  • This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or video recording device into the theatre and you consent to a physical search of your belongings and person for such devices. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device (this includes cell phones with photo capabilities), you consent to your immediate removal from the theatre and forfeiture of the device. Nothing contained in the notice shall limit the available remedies Paramount Pictures Corporation may have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages of up to $150,000 per violation).

About the Movie:
In the comedy “Ghost Town,” Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais) is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. Even worse, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear), who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow Gwen (Tea Leoni).

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – September 10, 2008

September 10, 2008

Yay! It’s Wednesday! Time for this week’s “Where-In-Hawaii-Wednesday” pic. Congrats to M for guessing last week’s one correctly! Enough wit da chat you say? Ho, k, let’s get to the photo!

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - September 10, 2008
Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – September 10, 2008

Hint: If dis buggah turns out to be too difficult (which I highly doubt), I’ll drop the first major hint, but until then, comment your guesses below. No be skehd! I’ll tell ya if you’re getting warmer…


Last Week’s Answer
Here’s the answer to last week’s photo:

Where In Hawaii Is Edward Sugimoto - September 3, 2008: Laie Point State Wayside
Where In Hawaii Is Edward Sugimoto – September 3, 2008: Laie Point State Wayside

Da “Where In Hawaii” Winnahz Circle!

Happy Hump Day Where In Hawaii Wednesday y’all. 🙂

Bye Bye Brady

September 9, 2008

As many of you probably already know, Tom Brady, the New England Patriots’ dreamy quarterback, is done for the year. In the first quarter of the first game of the year, he injured his knee (ACL/MCL) when Kansas City’s Bernard Pollard hit it from an odd angle as he was throwing. And don’t think I’m getting soft on you by using the word “dreamy.” Hehe. In addition to being a looker for the ladies out there (ladies, lemme hear ya…Heeeeey!), he’s also dreamy in the eyes of us manly men *grunt* because of the kind of fantasy numbers bruddah puts up.

In this year’s Fantasy draft, I was *THIS* close to picking him up in both leagues. Last seasons, he was a fantasy football manchild and to have a quarterback on your team of that caliber is, well, dreamy. Fortunately, Brian Westbrook fell to me in both drafts so I went for him instead. Thankfully so… So far, so good *knock on wood*

Talk to me!
* Fellas, post your favorite Tom Brady related Fantasy Football story, good or bad, OR…
* Fellas, post the injury to a player that affected you the most, fantasy or otherwise.
* Gals, do you think Tom Brady is a looker? Post your reasons below.
(see I don’t discriminate! ;P )
* Anyone out there ever have an ACL injury before? I’ve been lucky to escape that one all these years, but it sounds pretty wicked.

P.S. A moment of silence please for Reid-o and Alfredo Pasta who drafted Brady in the fantasy leagues I’m in. *evil grin* My team is soooo gonna get batchi now. 😛

EATS! – Poke Monday

September 8, 2008

Last Monday, I was lucky enough to buy fresh ahi from a friend’s fishing expedition. Since it was sold to me at such a good price, I thought I’d spoil myself (and others) by making poke out of the entire 2-3 pounds; something I’d never even consider doing at regular prices.

I’m not much of a chef (YET!), but I’d like to think that limu poke is my bag baby. You see, I used to work as a “Fish Cutter” (yes, that’s the official title of those peeps) for Safeway, and my poke was da bomb yo. Hehe. Of course that’s just my opinion, but it sure was a good feeling when customers would only buy if I was the one who made the current batch. 8)

Anyway, since the last post about poke was a hit (at least by WWE standards), we’re testing the waters again with another poke post. This time with shots of my poke making process. Hope y’all enjoy!

Da Poke with Haaaaawaiian Salt, and fresh green onions from the mama-in-law's garden. Thanks mom! :)
Da Poke with Haaaaawaiian Salt, and fresh green onions from the mama-in-law’s garden. Thanks mom! 🙂

Adding da inamona (kukui nut)
Adding da inamona (kukui nut)

Adding da ogo
Adding da ogo

Mixing um all up with CHOKE sesame seed oil
Mixing um all up with CHOKE sesame seed oil

There ya have it. Pretty easy yeah? Try um out and let me know how it goes. Also, if you have any other secret poke recipes, be sure to share them with us k?

Talk to me!
* How much do you love poke?
* What is your favorite kind of poke? (Ahi, Aku, Au, Tako, Clam, etc.)
* Is beer your beverage of choice to go along with your poke?
* Is this close to your poke recipe?
* Any other secret ingredients we should try?

Fave Five Friday – Hotties

September 5, 2008

In my never ending attempt to lure the lurkers out of hiding, I am inviting y’all to participate in this modern day debate: Your list of Sizzlin’ Hotties. Post your list below and teach me a thing or two about today’s eye candy. Since I’ve been out of the game for so long, I wouldn’t be surprised if my list included oldies like Marilyn Monroe or Pamela Anderson. LOL!

  1. My Fiancee of course! 8) – Thanks for the wisdom Kel Sr. and M! 😛
  2. Jessica Alba – cute, hapa, seems grounded and down to earth.
  3. Arianny Celeste – waiting between rounds of the UFC have never been the same…
  4. Jessica Biel– just saw “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry”… ’nuff said!
  5. Halle Berry (with long hair) – K, kinda old school pick, but she’s still got it.
  6. Lauren Conrad – Thanks Erin!

While I’m at it, here are my fave five “I don’t get it” Hotties

  1. Sarah Jessica Parker
  2. Maria Sharapova
  3. Rihanna
  4. Kim Kardashian
  5. Angelina Jolie
  6. Gisele Bundchen
  7. I can keep going… *grin*

Show me what you got! Post your list below yo! And Ladies… Don’t feel left out! Send us your list too. We want to know what studs you think are hot a-ight?

In other news, Google has come out with their own browser called Chrome. It’s pretty quick with Google related products like Gmail, Google Calendar and Reader, etc. Check it out! Also Randy Couture will be making his retun to the UFC at UFC 91 against Brock Lesnar. Any predictions out there? Also, don’t forget to catch UFC 88 for me tomorrow. I gots more wedding-related meetings lined up. 😦 Here’s all of September’s MMA Programming.

Are You Ready for Some Football!?

September 4, 2008

This afternoon, the defending Superbowl Champ New York Giants host (Colt Brennan and) the Washington Redskins, a game that will kick off the 2008 NFL Football Season. Seventeen plus weeks of beer drinking, score checking, and overall lazy unproductive Sundays are on the horizon. Caaaaaaan yoooooouuuuu dig it?

I can almost hear the collecting groans from wives and girlfriends across the country, as their significant other morphs into a pizza eating, tv watching fatty in front of their eyes!

And even though I still maintain that baseball is the greatest sport on earth (yes I’m one of the few), followed closely by MMA, and then basketball… football has found a soft spot in my heart. I could care less about rivalries or which teams perform well or even who will win the Super Bowl. For me, it’s all about who’s on my Fantasy Team(s)! As long as they stay healthy and perform, I’m G double O D good!

Here’s whatcho boy got. Whatchu t’ink?

Friends’ League
QB Donovan McNabb
QB Marc Bulger
WR Andre Johnson
WR Torry Holt
WR Brandon Marshall
WR Bryant Johnson
WR Derrick Mason
RB Brian Westbrook
RB Larry Johnson
RB Jonathan Stewart
RB Ronnie Brown
RB Ahmad Bradshaw
RB Warrick Dunn
TE Tony Gonzalez
K Shayne Graham
DEF Jacksonville
D Jonathan Vilma
DB Roman Harper

Work League
QB Marc Bulger
QB Jake Delhomme
QB J.T. O’Sullivan
WR Andre Johnson
WR Chad Johnson
WR Steve Smith
WR Bryant Johnson
RB Brian Westbrook
RB Frank Gore
RB Thomas Jones
RB Chris Perry
RB Rudi Johnson
RB Maurice Morris
RB DeShaun Foster
TE Todd Heap
TE Randy McMichael
TE Greg Olsen
K Neil Rackers
K Rian Lindell
DEF Minnesota
DEF Tennessee
DEF Arizona
DEF Carolina
DEF Houston

Talk to me!
* Are you looking forward to this NFL season?
* How do you think Colt will do if given the chance to start?
* How’d you do in your fantasy draft?
* How do you think I did?
* Who’s your favorite NFL team?
* Who’s your favorite NFL player?
* How are you gonna spend your Sundays?

NFL Football: Washington Redskins at New York Giants From Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. @ 1PM on KHNL Digital Channel 0008 or HD KHNL Channel 1008