Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sola Cube +

We bought these items on our last trip to Japan.

Sola Cube - natural item cast in acrylic
Dandelion and Globe Thistle.
Crystal Icosahedron

The Sola Cubes and Crystal Object were purchase at Usagi no Nedoko, the companies flagship store in Japan. The crystal was a display item but they let us purchase it.. lucky!!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Backwater Valve

Every 3-4 months the city uses Vactor trucks to clean the sewer lines of roots and debris.  Depending on which manhole they use, we usually end up with air bubbling out of the toilets and sometimes water blasting out of the bowl. The sanitation crew said all they could do is give us a towel and I need to install a backwater valve at my expense. None of my neighbors have problems...

Vactor Truck - Photo LA Sanitation

Hired Mr. Speedy Plumbing and they came out and sent a camera down the main house line to find the right location for the valve.

Digging up the ground.

Backwater Valve and additional Cleanout.

Installed, basically just a flap that allows our waste to go out and prevent anything like a blast of air or worst case a sewer overflow to come back in.

They are not exactly sure why only our house has the issue since the older houses most likely don't have this valve installed. Could be that we have a larger and root free drain pipe and the air is going to take the path of least resistance. When I called the city and talked to the crew they are aware of this affecting some homes but the percentage is low. We will see in a couple of month if this works.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Maui Trip 2014 Part 4 (Dec 25 - Jan1)

Overall the food was a little too salty for our taste.
We usually ate at a restaurant for lunch then bought some
musubi or maki sushi from Foodland or Times Supermarkets for dinner.

The Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant
Lobster Mac and Cheese - Salty but good
Grilled Ahi Sandwich - Good

Aloha Mixed Plate
Mochiko Chicken - Too salty!!!!!!
Beef Teriyaki - Good but cold

Hula Grill
Macadamia Nut Crab Wontons - Very Good
Grilled Ahi Sandwich and Cheese Burger - Good

Paia Fish Market
Ahi Fish and Chips - Little too much seasoning on the panko
Grilled Ahi Tacos - Delicious

Koa Grill
Seared Ahi Sashimi - Salt on Sashimi, stop!
Kalua Pork Taco - Good

Breakfast was always good, especially Portuguese sausage and rice.

The Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant
Macadamia Pancakes -  Delicious
Eggs, Potatoes, Portuguese Sausage, Ham and Rice - Delicious

Room Service
Eggs, Portuguese Sausage and Rice - Delicious
Waffles -  Delicious

Ono Gelato was the best and so was Roselani Tropics Ice Cream (not shown).

Sam Sato's
Lima Bean and Azuki Bean Manju - Pretty Tasty

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Maui Trip 2014 Part 3 (Dec 25 - Jan1)

On the other side of Maui, in the upcountry region we went to Baldwin Beach.

Baldwin Beach - not a snorkeling spot but nice white sand and pretty water.

Ho’okipa Beach also in upcountry, good for surfing.

Ho’okipa Beach - sea turtles come up on the beach to rest.

Back on the westside of Maui, Olowalu.

Olowalu - black sand and trees.

After we returned our snorkel gear we went across the street to Honokowai Beach
Shells! and coral!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Maui Trip 2014 Part 2 (Dec 25 - Jan1)

Kapalua Bay

Kapalua Bay - Snorkeling - waves were a little rough. 

Napili Bay - Snorkeling  - waves were rough and got windy.

Puunoa Beach (Baby Beach)
Reef 100 yards out creates a natural barrier from the waves, making it a calm lagoon.
No wave makes it ideal for kids and snorkelers.  

We rented prescription masks which I recently learned existed.

A little windy so it was not as clear as it could be.

Spam musubi after snorkeling.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Maui Trip 2014 Part 1 (Dec 25 - Jan1)

Our view from The Royal Lahaina Resort in Kaanapali, Maui.

Kaanapali Beach, north of Black Rock.
Much less crowded and relaxing than the big resorts south of Black Rock.

Hawaiian Boku-chan on the beach.

Snorkling in front of the resort.
Sunset behind the island of Lanai.

Star Mode on the Canon G7X.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Japan Trip 2014 - Day 9 - Going Home (Nov-29)

Pon de Ring and a Custard Donuts at Mister Donut.
Last meal in Fukuoka.
Fukuoka to Tokyo flight.
Tokyo covered in clouds.
Zooming into the picture above…… Tokyo Sky Tree!

Narita Airport Lounge food was delicious!

Pacific Coast

Downtown Los Angeles …… we made it home.

Japan Trip 2014 - Day 8 Fukuoka (Nov-28)

Breakfast at Caffe Otto in Tenjin.
French toast with not whipped cream but soft serve ice cream!

We went to a Cat Cafe in Tenjin!
Neko Cafe Keurig The Loft
All the cats are strays and are up for adoption.

Curry at Cafe Potters in Yakuin

Wafu Chicken Katsu Sandwich from KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken).
The best thing at KFC Japan.
Deep fried breaded chicken dipped in a teriyaki type sauce with cabbage and mayo.