Archive for July, 2009

Harry Potter’s Biggest Japan Fan

July 31, 2009

Sorry peeps. Still slammed at work, but had just enough time to post these two HILARIOUS videos sent to me by my favorite niece. Hope this gives you a warm little chuckle and rounds out your weekend nicely!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6Y4CUpscWs


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70ABKwflFZ0

Remember… BIG announcement on Monday! Stay tuned y’all! 🙂

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Wedding Entrance Video

July 30, 2009

Not exactly sure why, but the teeny 3GP video I uploaded to YouTube a while ago has been getting some crazy action lately (215,026 views as I write this), so I thought I’d share… (My guess is that it’s linked as a “Related” video to one of dem viral wedding videos out there).


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH-3XuE-f2E

Sorry for the short post, but these end of the month deadlines have been killin’ me! I hope to have some really exciting news for all y’all on Monday. Stay tuned!

P.S. Props to Chris Kanemura for the video (from his phone)!

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 29, 2009

July 29, 2009

93 comments later, bruddah Takeshi came through in the clutch last week and won it with his guess of Mac 24/7. Congrats Takeshi-kun! Funny thing is I didn’t even think it would be that hard. 😛

And now, for my next trick, I will be making thangs even harder easier in anticipation of comments/guesses galore! Play along with me won’tcha!? 😉

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 29, 2009
Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 29, 2009

Hint: Hmm… 8)


Da “Where In Hawaii” Winnahz Circle!

Happy Hump DayWhere In Hawaii Wednesday y’all. 🙂 Shooooots!

Tinman Quick Tips

July 28, 2009

OK so I was obviously a bit MIA yesterday (and Friday for that matter). Apologies… your boy was busy healing his wounds from “competing” (and I use that term lightly 😛 ) in the 2009 Tinman Hawaii triathlon.

Gonna (hopefully) blow this out into a full-blown article on AroundHawaii.com, but until then, I wanted to share some tidbits for those of you who are interested in “competing” in the near future. Enjoy! 

Still in good spirits on Heartbreak Hill at the 2009 Tinman Triathlon
Still in good spirits on Heartbreak Hill at the 2009 Tinman Triathlon

 * Get ready to invest – if you’re a “newb” like me and going in from scratch, be prepared to shell out some pretty pennies in order to get the party started. Bicycle (mountain bike doesn’t count!), helmet, tri-shorts (specially padded swim trunks that are waaaay too tight), no-blister socks, goggles, water bottle, water bottle holder, miscellaneous bike tools/kits, etc., are just some of the things to think about. And that doesn’t include the $80-100 entrance fee.
* Take it serious – unlike the marathon, there are a lot less “just for fun” participants, as made obvious by my finishing rank! LOL! Being fairly athletic and in reasonably good shape does not equal Tinman success. Not training seriously will not only be dangerous to your health, but frustrate the bejesus outta you (when your muscles don’t agree with what your mind is telling them).
* Train! – I would recommend training each activity/concentration successively, in addition to individually. In other words, it’s good to swim until the cows come home, but you should follow it up with a bike and then a swim. Yes, on the same day.
* Be prepared for rough surf – Before the race, someone told me that the waves were expected to be 3-5 that morning at Queens. Not sure if that was true, but there was definitely a bit of washing machine action going on. Rough water swimming in the ocean is A LOT harder than flat water swimming in the ocean or in your local pool fo sho.
* Buy a good bike! – thanks to my great friend who shall remain nameless, Bari thought it would be a good idea to buy a bike from a Craigslist ad. 8) Come to find out the puppy was from Walmart. Um yeah. So even when I was flying it at full blast on the highest gear, everyone continued to whiz right by me. WTH!?
* Hydrate, esp during the bike portion! – there are NO aid stations during the 20 something mile bike portion of the race. Be sure you have a water bottle or two filled with your favorite fluid.
* Be prepared for a sore bum – after sitting on a teeny seat for that long, your butt and “special areas” (if you’re a man) will undoubtedly get sore. I’m just sayin’.
* Be careful on the bike dismount – if you didn’t train properly (or even if you did!), when you dismount your bike, be aware that your legs will be J-e-l-l-o. This happened to me as well as my unnamed friend Bari, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there were actually some who ate it coming off of the bike.
* Transitions, transitions, transitions! – Our transition times were just plain ridiculous. Streamline your in-between time to shave precious minutes off your time.
* Don’t take pictures – unless you’re a dedicated blogger extraordinaire (like me) 😛 , don’t stop to smell the roses. Taking mental notes and photos during this race is not a good idea for your finishing time. Lesson learned.

So thar ya have it! I hope this helped at least a little. A special Mahalo to M for the pre-race tips!

Now that the first time, just-for-fun itch is under the belt, there is no doubt that I will take it VERY seriously next time and own it the next time around.

Talk to me!
* Any tri-ers or racers in general have anything to share with the WWE `Ohana?
* Did this blog make you the tad bit interested in possibly racing the Tinman one day?
* If you were to judge yourself, would you say you’re strongest at swimming, biking or jogging?
* Is there anything that you’d like to accomplish one day? What’s on your bucket list?

AAJA-Hawaii 2009 Media Basketball League – Week 5 Results

July 26, 2009

With most of our guys out for Saturday’s game, we had our lowest scoring output (22) and suffered our first loss of the season . We rebounded with style in Sunday’s game however, with 61. Not sure why they didn’t list our high scorers for Sunday’s game, but from what I heard, Neal and Todd went off. I’ll rejoin the team this week, after a weekend rest for the 2009 Tinman, to see if we can’t do some damage leading into the playoffs…

We’re entering the final regular season games with the playoff picture clearing up: HMSA, Oceanic and MidWeek have clinched berths. The final berth will be between ESPN1420 and KHON; if they both finish 4-4, ESPN will advance via the head-to-head tiebreaker. Both teams own the head-to-head tiebreaker over The Advertiser (3-4).

Saturday, July 25, 2009 Results:
Advertiser 45, KHNL 40
KHON 47, KGMB 34
MidWeek 38, Oceanic 22
ESPN def. Star-Bulletin, forfeit

Leading scorers:
Advertiser: Lance Kwon 18, Chris Simpson 10. KHNL: Deryl Seino 19. KHON: Kanoa Leahey 17, Rob DeMello 14, Joe Udell 12. Oceanic: Matt Hines 11.

Sunday, July 26, 2009 Results:
MidWeek 61, Star-Bulletin 33
KGMB 38, ESPN 32
HMSA 48, KHNL 26
KHON 71, Advertiser 50
Oceanic 61, Advertiser 41

Leading scorers:
ESPN: Micah Komine 10. KHON: Kanoa Leahey 21, Rob DeMello 16, Joe Udell 16. Advertiser: Rick Daysog 12, Shaye Oana 11, Chris Simpson 10. Oceanic: Neal Matsumoto 29.

Standings:
*HMSA 6-1
*Oceanic 5-1
*MidWeek 5-2
KHON 4-3
ESPN 3-4
Advertiser 3-4
KGMB 2-5
KHNL 2-5
Star-Bulletin 1-6

* Clinched playoff berth

This weekend’s schedule
Saturday, Aug. 1
6:30 p.m. — KGMB vs. Oceanic; KHON vs. Star-Bulletin
7:30 p.m. — ESPN1420 vs. Oceanic; KHNL vs. MidWeek
8:30 p.m. — Advertiser vs. HMSA

Sunday, Aug. 2
PLAYOFFS
6:30 p.m. — Semifinal 1
7:30 p.m. — Semifinal 2

Fave Five Friday – Music Groups

July 24, 2009

My co-worker was laughing at me the other day when I told her that I’m really into Rockapella. Some also find it hard to believe that I dig on country music. What other secrets can we pull outta me? We shall see. But not without y’all sharin’ too!

  1. Flo Rida or Twista – there’s just somethin’ about Flo Rida’s beat that makes me wanna get up and dance. Twista’s flow is insane! Respect.
  2. Jason Mraz – cool cat with mellow, catchy grooves. Seeing that he’s a genuinely sincere/nice person when we met him at the Road Runner Music Hall just solidified my respect and admiration for him.
  3. Colbie Caillat – kinda da kine for me to admit this, but sistah’s got some good kine jams. I like that she’s from Hawaii and that she seems to still be grounded after all of her success. Trying to line up an interview with her one of these months. Wish me luck!
  4. Rockapella – can’t think of any other a capella group as talented as these bruthas! I need them to redo their lyrics to “Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego?” and sing “Where In Hawaii Is Edward Sugimoto?”! 😛
  5. O.A.R. – My alt rock ear gets its fill with this group. Love the brass infusion! 8)

How about the local acts?

  1. Ekolu – Lukela Keala’s voice is a thing of beauty!
  2. Koa ‘Uka – ultimate party song band. Makes me wanna skank. I still wanna see them in person.
  3. Justin Young – soulful voice with a laid-back, humble personality. Deservedly goin’ places now that he’s rollin’ with sistah Colbie.
  4. Na Leo – spine-tingling harmonies, memory inducing hits. Don’t get no bettah.
  5. Fiji – his live appearances are like no other! He knows how to get a crowd going fo sho!

Share your fave groups below yo!

P.S. Wish me luck in the Tinman this Sunday y’all! 🙂 The bummahz part is that we play the Advertiser that night in our Media Basketball league and my legs will be shot. D’oh! If we lose, I won’t hear the end of it from Queenie, WesNaks and Bruddah Kwon (and maybe even StevieT! 8) ) LOL!

Happy VHO7V Friday y’all! Have a good weekend and I’ll see y’all on Monday! 🙂

Chris Brown’s Video Apology

July 23, 2009

I know, I know, it’s like 3 days after the fact, but I already had some blogs queued up yo. Cut me some slack. 😛

Anyway, if you didn’t already catch this, here’s Chris Brown’s video apology to Rihanna and his fans. Since it’s Survey Thursday, let’s list some questions for you to answer at the bottom…


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4SD6oBvbKY

Talk to me!
* Do you believe him?
* Do you care?
* Well scripted by him or his PR people?
* Once a beater, always a beater?
* Is growing up in an abusive home an excuse?
* Too little, too late?
* How would you have handled this if you were Chris?
* What would you do if you were Rihanna?
* What would you do if you were Rihanna’s parent?
* What would you do if you were Rihanna’s next boyfriend?
* Interested in Chris Brown’s career going forward?

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 22, 2009

July 22, 2009

Although somewhat vague 😛 , we’ll give last week‘s victory to YN after she correctly guessed Pike Place Market in Seattle. For those who were wondering, it was actually the alley (Post Alley) behind Piroshky, Piroshky. Congrats on your first (of many?) victories YN! 🙂

We’re back in the 808 this week, and back to some eats to make you hungry. Ready?

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 22, 2009
Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 22, 2009

Hint: Somewhurr in the streets of Waiks! 8)


Da “Where In Hawaii” Winnahz Circle!
 

Happy Hump DayWhere In Hawaii Wednesday y’all. 🙂 Shooooots!

EATS – Buffalo Wild Wings

July 21, 2009

It’s been a bit since we did a decent food review eh? I guess we can say that a recent trip to the newly opened Buffalo Wild Wings on Ala Moana Boulevard inspired a brutha.

Buffalo Wild Wings first opened in Ohio back in 1982. Well, don’t take my word for it. Here’s the story straight from their menu:

“It started with two guys driven by hunger. The year was 1982. Jim Disbrow and Scott Lowery had recently transplanted to Kent, Ohio from Buffalo, New York. All was fine until one day they started craving wings. Not just any wings, but authentic Buffalo, New York-style Chicken wings. Problem was, there was nowhere to go. Hence the beginning of Buffalo Wild Wings (formerly known as bw-3) – the grill and bar that serves up a healthy dose of fun along with wings spun in signature Buffalo Wild Wing sauces. Over 25 years and millions of wings later, Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar continues to grow.”

My first experience with B Dubbs was on a snowboarding trip to Colorado. My boy Bari swears by them after getting hooked in Pennsylvania. Our first attempt to check out the new one in Hawaii fell short. They weren’t open yet (good job Bari!). This was our second go. Enjoy the pics y’all!

Outside Buffalo Wild Wings Hawaii
Outside Buffalo Wild Wings Hawaii

The waiting area
The waiting area

We tried to go early so the wait wouldn’t be too bad, but even in the 4-5PM range, we had to wait a good 25 minutes. Expect to wait a while during these early days.

Inside Buffalo Wild Wings (faces blurred to protect the innocent)
Inside Buffalo Wild Wings (faces blurred to protect the innocent 😛 )

Caribbean Jerk and Honey BBQ Boneless Buffalo Wings with Potato Wedges
Caribbean Jerk and Honey BBQ Boneless Buffalo Wings with Potato Wedges

The sauces go from mild to wild in this order:
* Sweet BBQ
* Teriyaki
* Mild
* Parmesan Garlic
* Medium
* Honey BBQ
* Spicy Garlic
* Pepper Infusion (coming soon)
* Desert Heat (coming soon)
* Asian Zing
* Caribbean Jerk
* Hot BBQ
* Hot
* Mango Habanero
* Wild
* Blazin’

And the prices go like this:
Traditional Wings
6 Wings – $7.49
12 Wings – $11.99
18 Wings – $16.49
24 Wings – $21.99
50 Wings – $37.99

Boneless Wings
8 Boneless Wings – $9.99
12 Boneless Wings – $14.49
24 Boneless Wings – $27.99
50 Boneless Wings – $44.99

Here are the descriptions of the ones we tried: Caribbean Jerk: Red peppers you love, island spices you crave: An exotic, delicious sauce. Honey BBQ: A sweet, sassy sauce: Savor the flavor.

Asian Zing and Mango Habanero Boneless Buffalo Wings with Potato Wedges and Celery Stalks
Asian Zing and Mango Habanero Boneless Buffalo Wings with Potato Wedges and Celery Stalks

Asian Zing: Sweet meets heat: A chili pepper, soy and ginger sauce. Mango Habanero: Feel the burn, savor the sweet: Two sensations, one sauce.

Close-up of the Caribbean Jerk Boneless Buffalo Wings
Close-up of the Caribbean Jerk Boneless Buffalo Wings

Bari's Hot Boneless Buffalo Wings
Bari’s “Hot” Boneless Buffalo Wings

Hot: Classic wing sauce: Delicious flavor, exhilarating heat.

Which led to this...
Which led to this…

Bari either sweatin’ or cryin’. Not sure which. 8)

The Buffalo Chicken Flatbread
The Buffalo Chicken Flatbread

BWW is also known for their Flatbreads. We got their most popular one: the Buffalo Chicken Flatbread: The taste of Buffalo wings, in for a landing! Crispy flatbread covered with a blend of our signature Spicy Garlic sauce and Bleu cheese dressing, chicken, fresh celery bits and mozzarella cheese.

As with any new opening, they’re still working out the kinks. Our waitress warned us that the order may take an hour due to the kitchen back up, but that’s to be expected and we knew this going in. (Our order arrived in like 10 minutes BTW). If you’re in the mood for something a little different, check it.

Buffalo Wild Wings
1778 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96815-1605
Phone: 808-983-3933

In other news… BJ Penn is making viral waves with his latest video (jumping out of a 3 foot pool). It even made the front page of Yahoo! Simply amazing!

50 Life Lessons

July 20, 2009

I recently got this message forwarded to me with the subject heading “7%”. Thinking it was a discount coupon for 7% somewhere, I opened it, but, as it turned out, “an estimated 93% won’t forward this and just 7% will.” The instructions continued “If you are one of the 7% who will, forward this with the title ‘7%'”, hence the title.

After some research, I discovered that the original was actually from a decorated writer: Regina Brett., from her column in Cleveland’s Plain Dealer. I thought it would be a great share for the WWE community, so I hope y’all enjoy! Feel free to add your own life lesson in the comments below!

Regina Brett’s 45 Life Lessons and 5 to Grow On
Written By Regina Brett of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.. It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written. My odometer rolled over to 50 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

36. Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

42. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

45. The best is yet to come.

46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

48. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

49. Yield.

50. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

Talk to me!
* Feel free to add your own life lesson in the comments below! 🙂