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Get your cheap money while you can!

One of Aunty's favorite quotes is:  Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards.  (Soren Kierkegaard) To wit, there are moments in history that come upon us as surprises, but after they occur, we get a different perspective looking back and thus realize that the outcomes were predictable because of what happened prior to. The crash of 2008 A good example of this was what led to the hou ...

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Graduation party favors

Aunty was stuck while cleaning up.  Some things were hard to throw out or give away. One of these things was this cute party favor from a graduation party that we went to a few years ago.  It was such a good idea, very simple, very graduation-y, and so it was kept in order to share the idea with some mother putting on a party for her child's graduation one of these days. It is made with disposable plastic d ...

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Real Estate Lesson from Uncle the Fisherman

Recently, the house next door to us was for sale.  Aunty wanted it.  Wanted it bad.  We put in an offer that was higher than asking price with generous concessions and a very big mortgage.  With some rehabbing and modifications, this house could be rented out with a little bit of a positive income. The owners decided to go with another offer and sent us a counteroffer which they would use as backup.  Aunty ...

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How did Princess Pupule pick plenty papayas?

Fellow blogger Kay posts on an almost daily basis about her life, travels, trials and tribulations.  One of Kay's recent posts was about her husband's $20 fruit picker.  Aunty commented on it and wanted to share pictures of the one she bought from Koolau Farmers.  It was pricey - at $33.  However, after trying the standard fruit pickers and bruising adjacent-to-the-ripe papayas, Aunty caved in and got the K ...

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Super quick and easy hair coloring trick

Aunty met Pam Chambers at a Patsy Mink Center for Business and Leadership event, the first of 4 Personal Pathways at the Richards Street YWCA.   Pam's subject was about business etiquette.  It was terrific!  Aunty plans to sign up for at least 2 more in the series, the next one will teach Aunty how to be intriguing.... (auwe, Aunty can't go - too busy putting in a kitchen.  Maybe Aunty will wear sunglasses ...

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Talk to strangers and get tipped

Aunty likes to talk to strangers, especially when waiting in lines or when nothing is going on. At Kozo Sushi Kahala, Aunty was next to KITV4's strikingly beautiful news anchor, Yunji deNies.  Yunji was one of the MCs at the recent Cherry Blossom Festival Ball, so not only was she kinda famous, she was also kinda connected, if you understand local da kinds. Anywho, Yunji was really nice and friendly, and sh ...

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The Mighty tiny Quyen at Salon 808

This year, Aunty stopped coloring her hair (though there is Aunty's exciting coloring trick) and didn't go to get her hair cut for over a year.  In recent photos, Aunty looked really old, which, however, had some advantage of getting senior discounts without being asked... One day, out of the blue, best pal Patricia mentioned how much she loved her hairdresser Quyen (pronounced Quin) at Salon 808.   Maybe s ...

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Rat Lungworm Alert!

Do you have "symptoms that are flu-like and usually start with a headache, most often severe, and stiffness in the neck?  There may be fever, joint pain, fatigue and nausea. The skin may feel itchy, like something crawling under it, and then become extremely sensitive to touch." Aunty has a little garden that is somewhat successful and sometimes not.  Currently there are 3 kale "trees", chili plants, Thai b ...

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Shibaraku deshita, neh? (It has been awhile, hasn’t it?)

Aunty has had life on hold for the last few months and Sunday night was a pushing point out of the house since our youngest was crowned a princess in the Cherry Blossom Festival Ball! It brought back a long ago memory at her preschool graduation ceremony 20 years ago.  Dressed in mini cap and gowns, each graduate had their shining moment on stage at which they shared their life goals as 5 year olds.  Some s ...

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Stretch! for your Health

Aunty is getting to the age of having her mother's body.  Slow, achy, stiff, and sedentary.  Lately, this happens in the morning, then disappears during the day once activities get going. It isn't fun, becoming one's mother.  We rather be forever young, but it isn't going to happen without some help. Today's email from LiveInTheNow.com was about a muscle (fascia) causing pain, and the answer to it was stret ...

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