Hawaii :: Christmas in Honolulu

” Hula is the language of the heart, therefore, the heartbeat of the Hawai’ian people.”
– Kalakaua

Finding something to do for Christmas Eve in Honolulu isn’t hard, that’s why I love this place. It’s got fantastic beaches, great weather, happy people (because they’re on vacation) and chill atmosphere. But if you need it – there’s always something going on. A concert, a play, an impromptu standup, slowly eating an ice cream cone while Santa is dancing and singing at one of the local malls (and a high standard one at that).

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Hawaii :: Honolulu my heart

“Honolulu, it’s got everything. Sand for the children, sun for the wife, sharks for the wife’s mother.”
– Ken Dodd

While my trip was about seeing as much of the world as I could cram in with the budget I had, I found that for a while now I had thought of about going back to Honolulu – a place I’d been to once before and fallen completely in love with.

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Vietnam :: The Cu Chi Tunnels

“We became so tuned up after a while that when the other person would flick an eyelid up or down, you really knew he was there, in the corner, not even hiding anymore. Just sitting and waiting. They were the ones you never killed. You just backed out and told them up above the tunnel was cold.”
– Tom Mangold, The Tunnels of Cu Chi

After being brought up on war movies by my older brother, (thanks, bro), I knew that even if I were to miss everything else in Vietnam, I would make sure to see the Cu Chi Tunnels.

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Hawaii: Hawaii Five-O HQ

This is gonna be a short and nerdy post. Our Pearl Harbor tour guide, Nancy, just happened to take us up by the statue of King Kamehameha while en route to the punchbowl (cemetery). She asked if anyone wanted pictures and I had to stop myself from shouting “YES!!”. I quietly… yeah, ok, quite enthusiastically started on the Hawaii Five-O theme and she said “Thank God you did that, so I didn’t have to”. Continue reading