Archive for January, 2009

Survey Thursday – BJ Penn or Georges St. Pierre?

January 29, 2009

* Who are you picking to win at UFC 94: BJ Penn or Georges St. Pierre?

These two bruthas are arguably the best pound for pound MMA fighters in history and they will be facing off this Saturday in Las Vegas for the UFC Welterweight Championship (again). Penn is a local boy from Hilo and has a HUGE following both in Hawaii as well as in the MMA community. St. Pierre is an athletic stud from Canada and is loved by the more mainstream/every day fan. Women especially swoon over him for his physique. Which side are you on for this one man?

Me? I gotta go with our local boy Penn. Not only is he from our aina, but he is unbelievably talented in the art of combat, and makes me crack up in every interview he does. I just love it that people outside of Hawaii are also huge fans of his. Represent baby!

Results from last week (How Old You Stay?)

  • Tie – I could be your dad!: 8 (DA WINNAH!)
  • Tie – You’re cool! We could’ve been classmates son!: 8 (DA WINNAH!)
  • Me, Adam & Eve were homies!: 1
  • Anyone born in the 70s or before is old brah!: 4
  • Shut up and lemme get back to the Disney Channel!: 2
  • You could be MY dad!: 0 (Whew!)

I’m flying out to Vegas tonight for a little UFC 94/Super Bowl 43/snowboarding action so I’ll see y’all next week a-ight? I’ll be checking the results of this Survey Thursday on my breaks throughout the day and on my phone when I leave though, so be sure to vote k? Shoots!

Happy Survey Thursday y’all! It’s almost Aloha Friday!!!


Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – January 28, 2009

January 28, 2009

Paco is on a roll with back to back wins after correctly guessing last week’s photo: Taiyo Ramen in Honolulu. Wea da rest of y’all at!? 😛

Gonna give away more of the photo on this one cause it might be a little more challenging, but I’m not worried. I know you smaht buggahs going get um! Enough talk… Go guess um, go guess um, gooo!

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 28, 2009
Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – January 28, 2009

Hint: Not on Oahu…


Da “Where In Hawaii” Winnahz Circle!

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

What Attracts You to the Opposite Sex?

January 27, 2009

In yesterday’s Seven Things Meme post, rayboyjr shared something interesting about himself:

A woman’s eyes are what I notice first and is the most impressionable feature on a woman. At least to me. A nice smile and a bat of the eye will get me all the time!

That got me to thinkin’ (yeah, rare moment). We’re all attracted to different things in the opposite sex. Some like physical attributes like legs or arms, and others are drawn to personality traits like confidence or sense of humor.

Me? Now that I’m married, I don’t look anymore 😉 but if I were single and still looking, I’d say I’m a sucker for a smile and warm/kind heart (thoughtfulness).

What say you yo?

Seven Things Meme

January 26, 2009

Bruddah Ryan recently tagged me in his “Seven Things Meme” blog, which basically obligated me to return the favor.

What the heck is a meme you “axe”? Yeah, that’s exactly what I “axed” myself. So I looked da buggah up. Basically, it is a term used to describe a joke, link, digital file, video clip, etc. that spreads quickly from person to person via the Internet.

The thinking behind posting it up in hurr (on WWE), is that it would also be a good way for us to get to know each other a lil’ better. You can read my “Seven Things” meme, and then post your own seven in the comment area below. Hopefully, it’ll help our WWE `ohana get to know each other just a little bit more. So let’s get this party started… Right!?

1) I dig on A Capella music.

There’s just something about perfect harmony that makes the hair on my neck/back stand up.


Not quite sure when this began, but it’s just something I do. Any handwriting analysts out there? 😉

3) My favorite brand name is eS. Duh!

It’s the hardest brand to find, but when I do, I go at it.

4) I am OBSESSED with Virus Buster from Brain Age 2.

The wife and I literally play this practically every day. We skip/breeze through the real brain exercises just to get to it. This YouTube video shows a guy happy to have a high score of 2059. Puhlease. Talk to me when you get in the 6,000s. *grin*

5) Rice and me get along (very well!).

For the amount of rice I down at errry meal, I’m surprised I’m not a sumo tori or competing in the Biggest Loser competition! Rice Rice Baby!

6) I could be quiet and soft spoken, or loud and obnoxious.

Just depends on the situation I guess. Who I’m with, where I’m at, how much I’ve had to drink… 😛 The last one was a joke (sorta), but am I alone on this one y’all?

7) I get thrilled (and feel proud) when people from Hawaii “make it” big.

Shane Victorino, BJ Penn, Barack Obama, Tadd Fujikawa… You name it, Hawaii’s got um baby!

Well, there ya have it. Info you probably could’ve lived without. But now it’s your turn. Post 7 odd/interesting/random/fun tidbits about yourself won’tcha?

Fave Five Friday – Must Have CDs (Desert Island edition)

January 23, 2009

OK, so last week’s (Desert Island) DVD list seemed to be a pretty decent hit. We even got some lurkers to come out of shadows and post up in hurr. Woo hoo! Hopefully, this post will bring out more. C’mon y’all, don’t be scurred! 🙂 This week, let’s go with the next logical list: CDs! Awwwww yeah!

So I don’t need to explain the rules right? Let’s get on with the show! Stuck? Get some help here or here.

  1. Dr. Dre – “The Chronic – Dre and Snoop Dogg at their best! Who wants to battle me in “Nuthin’ But A G Thang?” 😛
  2. Shai – “…If I Ever Fall In Love” – Another classic! Used to listen to it going to bed errry night back in the day.
  3. Color Me Badd – “C.M.B. – My very first CD purchase (transitioning from cassette tapes)! This one got some miles one it!
  4. Anything Rockapella – These bruthas are insane! You might recognize them from their “Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego” song. Their vocal percussionist Jeff Thatcher is amazing (see video below). My dream is to one day see them in person.
  5. Anything Ka`au Crater Boys – Gotta bring the Hawaiian jams right? And who better than the starters of the ukulele craze (to the mainstream). Hopefully, I can bring my uke to the island too. 🙂

Honorable mentions go to Boyz II Men – “Cooleyhighharmony“, Dixie Chicks – “Wide Open Spaces” and/or “Fly“, R Kelly and Public Announcement – “Born Into the 90’s“, Brotherhood Creed – “BHC“, or Rick Astley – “Whenever You Need Somebody” (oh yeah! I went there!)!

Post yours below so I can see which classics I missed!

Have a happy Aloha Friday (and weekend) y’all! Shoots!

Survey Thursday – How Old You Stay?

January 22, 2009

* How old you stay (group yourself in one of the categories below)?

A) Me, Adam & Eve were homies!
B) I could be your dad!
C) You’re cool! We could’ve been classmates son!
D) Anyone born in the 70s or before is old brah!
E) Shut up and lemme get back to the Disney Channel!
F) You could be MY dad!

I’ve always been interested in how old young you cool WWE readers were, but I also nevah like get too personal. I think this is a fair, non-obtrusive way for me to get some hints about you guys no? 🙂 Holla!

Results from last week (Will you Refi?)

  • Tie – Depends/Unsure: 8 (DA WINNAH!)
  • No: 2
  • Yes: 0

Happy Survey Thursday y’all! It’s almost Aloha Friday!!!

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – January 21, 2009

January 21, 2009

Two new faces – Paco and Ed Oshiro – got the correct answer to last week’s photo: Spaghettini in Haleiwa. Props to Paco, however, for being first. Good to see new participants up in hurr though. Welcome one and all. 🙂

For this week’s WIHES, let’s try another strictly food shot. It seemed to be a hit the last time we did it. Heck, anything will be better than yesterday’s comment count. Hahaha! Here ya go yo!

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 21, 2009
Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – January 21, 2009

Hint: One saimin place. 😛 Nah, I’ll add more if needed, which I doubt.

Da “Where In Hawaii” Winnahz Circle!

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

News Day Tuesday: January 20, 2009

January 20, 2009

Lots goin’ on in the world out dea folks.

We can talk about the obvious, like Bruddah Barack’s historic inauguration today (congrats Barack!), but we all know errbody and their mama will be talking about that up in hurr.

Lessee, we can gossip about American Idol, which will air its 3rd and 4th shows of the season today and tomorrow… but things won’t start gettin’ juicy until they go to Hollywood.

Or how about Tadd Fujikawa’s amazing Sony Open story? How he not only made the cut, but hung with the big boys and finished tied for 32nd!

We can even go old school and chit chat about MMA again. Affliction’s 2nd show, entitled “Day of Reckoning,” pits MMA deity Fedor Emelianenko against hard hitting, former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski this weekend.

Or what about Super Bowl talks, now that the two unlikely teams – The Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers – have been decided?

But why pick just one? It’s News Day Tuesday aftah all! How bout’ you decide which topic you wanna talk about and have at it. You can even pick your own newsworthy topic (not mentioned here) and gossip away. Holla! 🙂

I’ll start… and yeah, since I brought um all up, I’ll talk about um all.

* Barack Obama Inauguration

It’s gonna be another busy day at work, but I’ll try to sneak a peek every once in a while to catch history in the making. I’ll also be recording it at home. Doesn’t hurt that bruddah has ties to Hawaii and we claim him as our own. 🙂

* American Idol, Season 8

I used to be an avid fan, but the bad auditions are starting to get to me. I almost just want them to get to Hollywood already and get on with the show with the good singers. It’s been good to see many cultures and backgrounds getting through so far. Hopefully the diversity continues…

* Tadd Fujikawa at the Sony Open

I was there in 07 when Tadd burst onto the scene so it’s nice to see that he’s still holding it down. Bruddah’s not a one hit wonder. He’s in it to win it baby and ya just gotsta admire that! Goooo Tadd!

* Affliction Day or Reckoning

Top to bottom, this is yet another insane card, but for some reason, I’m not sure I have the urge to order it. Their first card was lukewarm for me, so I’m just afraid it will be the same. Ah, we’ll see. Really interested to see: Fedor vs. Arlovski (obviously!), Barnett vs. Yvel, Horodecki vs. Lauzon, Baby Fedor (Sidellnikov), Matyushenko, and Bao Quach.

* Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals

Talk about a snoozefest. Nah, I guess the Warner story is a good one, but I wish the teams were a little more exciting. I’ll be in Vegas that weekend, but will probably go snowboarding instead of watching the game. *yawn* If I had to pick one, I’d go with ‘Zona.

Eating Your Way Through Japan – Part II

January 19, 2009
Part I |  Part II 

And… we’re… back. I know, I know, it’s been a while since part one, but no get all habuts. Takes long time fo put this together you know. 🙂

We last left off sipping tea at Ito-Ya, waiting for the pops-recommended, kushikatsu joint to open up (opens at 5PM). When the clock hit 5, it was time to head over to Isomura’s in Ginza.

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Isomura’s in Ginza

The general concept of kushikatsu is that you get a variety of food items, battered up, deep fried, and served to you on a stick (kushi). The secret, according to pops, is to go right when they open, as they have a happy hour special: 12 courses (items), beer, soup, rice, tea and dessert all for X Yen. Hehe, sorry, I don’t remember how much it was, but I believe it was around $20 U.S.

The jubilee of choices came in the following sequence:

  1. Beef
  2. Shi-wrapped Shrimp
  3. Shiitake Mushroom
  4. Scallop
  5. Snow Peas
  6. Corn
  7. Asparagus
  8. Shrimp/Prawn
  9. Pork
  10. Bacon-wrapped Potato
  11. Tofu
  12. Fish Eggs

Here’s a lil’ preview:

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Snow peas and corn kushikatsu

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Biggest, deep fried asparagus you’ve ever seen!

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Prawn kushikatsu

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Tofu and fish eggs kushikatsu

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You put your stick in the fishy’s mouth after your done. We did some work son!

The next morning, we tried the other breakfast buffet option in our hotel, Taronga.

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Inside Taronga Grill and Wine

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My plate full o’ goodies

The atmosphere and food choices seemed a little higher scaled, but the options weren’t as plentiful. If I were to choose one, I’d stick with Ocean Dining.

With our fill of the Tokyo/Odaiba areas, it was off to adventure the rest of this beautiful country. We headed to Nagano, whose specialty is soba.

Since we were in the mood for rahmen yet again, we combined our hunger with Nagano’s finest and found a little shop that served soba, rahmen style.

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I wish I could read kanji better so I could tell you the name of this place. 😛

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Char siu rahmen soba

Some city browsing/touring followed and, on the way back to our hotel, we came across this neat little restaurant called Mountain Q Hawaiian Diner. Yep, that’s right, “Hawaiian” food in the middle of Japan.

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Mountain Q Hawaiian Diner

Inside Mountain Q was real kitchie (sp?), with your typical hula girl and grass skirt-type decorations, but the most interesting thing was eating “SPAM nigiri” (instead of SPAM musubi) while listening to KSSK on the radio.

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SPAM Onigiri

The next morning, we woke up early to go check out what Nagano is also famous for: Oyaki, a baked, almost mochi type shell, stuffed with veggies. On the way to Zenkoji temple, you will find this town’s popular oyaki shop on the right hand side.

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Popular Oyaki Shop in Nagano

Inside, there is an omiyage area, where you can buy your oyaki to go. In the back however, is where the magic happens… the area where they actually make the oyaki over an open fire. This is where we had to be.

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Where the oyaki are made

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Flames for two cooking spots, one to cook the flat sides, and one to cook the edges

The family seemed to take a liking to us, as they fed us a complete meal (soup and tea) with our oyaki, and they also offered to teach us how to make them ourselves (a class usually reserved for special days).

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Our oyaki meal

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Us gettin’ our oyaki on

Then it was off to another town in Yudanaka for more adventures. We stayed at Ryokan Biyunoyado (Yudanaka View Hotel), an excellent Western style Ryokan (onsen hotel) in the middle of a town known for onsens (hot springs).

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Yudanaka View Hotel

That evening, we were treated to the hotel’s inclusive dinner, which included soup, sashimi, soba, saba, buttered beef, mushroom (straight from the bark!), fresh fruits (Nagano is also known for their apples), sake, and the local beer Shiga Kogen Pale Ale.

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Our Spread

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Mushrooms, as fresh as you can get. Nuts yeah?

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Shiga Kogen Pale Ale

The next morning, we had breakfast at the hotel as well, which included miso soup, salad, ham, eggs, salmon, udon, and fresh apple juice.

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Our morning spread

To leave enough for part 3, I think we’ll end it here… But before we go, here’s a parting shot from Yudanaka’s famous monkey park. Yep, sending you off with a little monkey bidness. 🙂

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Monkeys from Yudanaka Monkey Park

Have a fun day Monday y’all!

Part I |  Part II 

Fave Five Friday – Must Have DVDs (Desert Island edition)

January 16, 2009

Recently, I saw an old episode of “The Office” when “Ryan started the fire.” Outside, the workers were playing Desert Island and I thought to myself, “Eh! That’s a good Fave Five list yeah!?” So here ya go!

Keep in mind that these are the top 5 movies you can’t live without and would have to watch for the rest of your life if you were stranded on a desert island… no pressha! 😉 Stuck? Here’s some help!

  1. All box sets of “The Office – I know, I’m kinda cheating on this one cause there’s more than one DVD, but too bad! I loooooove this show!
  2. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan – Classic!
  3. Transformers – Special effects are off the hook!
  4. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and Harold and Kumar 2 Escape from Guantanamo Bay – See a trend here? I like stupid funny movies.
  5. Kung Fu Hustle – Funny, with good story, action and effects.

Honorable mentions go to the Dark Knight, Superbad, Forrest Gump (cause it’s long and I’ll be bored on the island!), Wedding Crashers, American Pie trilogy, Austin Powers trilogy, and The Matrix trilogy. With all the talk below, you know I just gotsta add Princess Bride to the pile! 🙂

Have a happy Aloha Friday (and weekend) y’all! Shoots!