Monday, July 04, 2005

Fourth of July

Well, Happy Anniversary, America.

You started off things prety decently. Now, let's see if you can keep it going.

This also marks the one year anniversary for N, B, and I in Hawaii. We arrived in Honolulu on July 3 last year. We've been doing the Hawaiian version of celebrating the 4th. We drove up to Kualoa Beach Park which is on the Windward side. We got there about 10:30. We froliced in the water as appropriate, and N collected shells. B is getting really comfortable in the water now. He was rolling around in his water wings for quite some time. Then it was a picnic lunch, followed be a little kite flying. It went well. It's a good beach. There were a lot of people there, but we still had a little slice of beach to ourselves, and a free picnic table. It's mostly locals on that side of the island and is about 45 minutes from Waikiki. Many locals make a much bigger deal of it. First, you get a huge family tent and either camp out for the weekend or at least stay for the whole day. They have the big tent for shade, a hibachi, about 10 of their closest friends, and stacks of gear to entertain. You swim some, you fish some, you hang out and play the uke, etc. Maybe next year, N and I can take our celebrating to that level.

6 comments:

Killer Llama said...

Greetings Paca,

Haven't visited your blog in a couple of days and you throw up 4 posts! It's good to see a new pic of Brannon... he's growing up fast! It's sad to me that he would not know me at all. Hopefully before too much more time passes you and I can visit more frequently again.

Your linguistics class looks alot like my Int'l Dev class... lots of asian women. The only difference is we also had a sizable contigent of African women. But as a white male, I was definately in the minority.

Shan has not arrived yet... she's still flying. She left yesterday about 8:00 PM (my time), she won't get in till aboutr 11:00 PM tonight. That's one long flight. We'll be going to the beach ourselves, but we have to drive about 2-3 hours to get there. It must be nice living so close to a beach that you can just go spend the afternoon there, lazing around, without alot of expense.

Anyway, that's it.

Killer Llama said...

Greetings Paca,

Haven't visited your blog in a couple of days and you throw up 4 posts! It's good to see a new pic of Brannon... he's growing up fast! It's sad to me that he would not know me at all. Hopefully before too much more time passes you and I can visit more frequently again.

Your linguistics class looks alot like my Int'l Dev class... lots of asian women. The only difference is we also had a sizable contigent of African women. But as a white male, I was definately in the minority.

Shan has not arrived yet... she's still flying. She left yesterday about 8:00 PM (my time), she won't get in till aboutr 11:00 PM tonight. That's one long flight. We'll be going to the beach ourselves, but we have to drive about 2-3 hours to get there. It must be nice living so close to a beach that you can just go spend the afternoon there, lazing around, without alot of expense.

Anyway, that's it.

pacatrue said...

't would be nice to visit more. If you end up there for 2-3 more years, surely I can get there by then.

On the makeup of the linguistics class, yes we are very much dominated by Asian women. That is part Hawaii, not simply linguistics, though linguistics, like much of academia, is coming to be dominated by women. Pan-Pacific education is kind of what UH does. I was the only white male in my starting group of 15. And only two men total.

What's the route for flying there? Can you go straight from, say, L.A. to Bangkok direct? Will you be going to Phuket for the beach? Has it recovered enough already?

Killer Llama said...

There's only one direct flight from the US to Thailand that I'm aware of, and that is through NYC. It just opened... I forget the carrier, but I think it's Thai Air. Everything else has a stop somewhere.

Most flights go East to Thailand, despite the NYC direct shot. Those will leave from a major hub, sometimes as far East as Minneapolis. You then travel north (following the curvature of the earth). So long as you don't leave from LA, you are pretty much guaranteed to fly over Alaska.

Then the plane will land somewhere in East Asia. Typically Hong Kong, Tokyo or Osaka. If you land in Japan you have to deplane, go through Japanese customs, and then reboard. It's a pain, but they are efficient at moving you along. Then you have another 6 hour flight from that point to get to Bangkok.

Phuket is still recovering. Ross just got back. Most of the really fancy resorts are already up and going... especially because many of them aren't directly on the beach, but on a cliff overlooking the beach. The tourists have not returned, though. Ross said it was very quiet; his buddies he went with were looking forward to seeing a little of the famous Thai nightlife, and it just wasn't there. It's a good time to visit if you just want the beach, though. Hotel rates are severely discounted and it's not very crowded at all.

Shannon and I will be going to Hua Hin. Phukhet requires a plane ride and my limitted salary makes that ane expensive proposition. Hua Hin is much closer - about a 3 hour drive. We'll hire a mini-bus to take us and bring us back - all told, about $100 roundtrip for four people. Not bad. Hua Hin is much more "local" than Phukhet - it's wear many Thais go to get away from BKK. It's quieter, not nearly as much nightlife, more kid-friendly.

kristybox said...

And a white male, at that. Presumably with a wife or partner of some sort and a child. In my stereotype-controlled mine, you were Asian, though not Hawaiian, and had beautiful, long, dark hair and big brown eyes. And you were short and tiny. (Of course, you must remember that you were a female, in my mind, and one that Tom might be flirting with...so that's how I pictured you!)

pacatrue said...

I sound stunning. If my wife ever kicks me out, you will have to introduce me to myself.