Sunday, December 30, 2007




360 and the 3rd year anniversary of our Family

In two days, Ulu and I will have been together for three years. In celebration, we took the kids to 360 for our 3rd anniversary as a family. I practically grew up in the old Naru Building at the old Taipei Restaurant, which is now 360, so I was excited to go and revisit my childhood. They have done a really great job on the remodeling. It was beautiful inside! Brought back a lot of fond memories. My uncle Singeru use to sing in what is now, the happy hour area. My auntie Bobbie was a waitress there. They use to serve the best roast chicken and fried pork and we would always wash that down with endless Shirley Temples. Those were the days! The menu at the new 360 is pretty good. They had a lot of my favorite appetizers and they had steak which is my family's favorite!

We ordered bacon wrapped scallops, fried cheese sticks, sashimi and beef kelaquin for chasers..the fried cheese sticks were so good we had to order more. I loved the bacon wrapped scallops!

Everyone ordered the Saipan Sirloin Angus steak for their main course. It was probably the best steak I have had on Saipan. It was very tasty and melted in your mouth..

The kids loved the steak too! For dessert we had chocolate ice cream and cheesecake. The cheesecake was delicious!

The view was awesome. It was interesting to see the changes around the island since the last time I was up there..Definitely seemed to be a lot more Garment factory buildings and I couldn't really see Susupe Lake anymore, its so grown over.

We took a ton of photos. I guess ulu and savali didn't get the memo to make a face in this shot..ha ha

We got there at a good time- 5pm..we got to see the whole island in the daylight, watch the sunset (although it was pretty cloudy) and then see the night lights just before we left.

We had a great time! Great food, great service, reasonable prices and more great memories for me, ulu and our kids. 360 is my new favorite restaurant and I look forward to going back there again soon to try the burgers and the pizza!

Friday, December 28, 2007


Last night I passed by Aquarius Beach Towers beach on my way to Blockbuster video and DCCA along with the Manamko's were having a party back there on the beach. I thought "how cool" ...This morning I returned to Aquarius beach to take my kids swimming and to try out their new underwater cameras and this is what I found....

You can actually see some Russian tourists walking on the beach in the back ground..There were quite a few Russians on the beach when I got there and all of them seemed very disgusted with all the trash..


There was also a few Japanese tourists down there..this man saw my son picking up trash and grabbed a bag to help him. Together they picked up the entire beach which turned out to be just over 7 trash bags full of trash.

Thank you Savali for caring enough about the beach and the environment and for picking up all of DCCA's trash!

This is what the beach looked like after my son and the lone Japanese man picked up all the trash..

I'm so disappointed that DCCA and the Manamko's would leave the beach in such a discus ting condition. Shortly after the trash was picked up this group of Photographers and their model showed up at the beach to take some photos..Can you imagine what they would have thought had they seen all that trash there???? I can only imagine what the Russian tourists who were already there thought???? I was embarrassed even though it was not my trash. I wanted to run up to them and tell them our beaches don't usually look like this...As you can tell, I'm still very upset..DCCA owes the public, most especially the tourists and local people who were faced with their piles of trash on a beautiful Saturday morning, an apology! NOT COOL!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

First name Imma, last name Thief

Stolen from Saipan writter and Boni....

Bold indicates what you've done.

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and didn’t care who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states [No, but I did try, and got a pretty big lead.]
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends [Still do!]
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
83. Gotten flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Passed out cold
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Para sailed
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Monday, December 24, 2007

I must have been a good girl this year....

We had our family gift opening/exchange last night..and as you can see, there were plenty monkeys in the house as usual..ha ha...It was exciting watching the kids open all their presents..Vali and Miri received a lot of nice stuff..I got vali air hogs remote control helicopters . There are two and you fly them and they shoot infrared beams at each other..If you shoot your opponents helicopter 3 times it goes down..they are pretty cool. Remote control helicopters must have been the gift to give this year..Vali ended up with 4 and all three of my brothers got one (from different people) ..My house was buzzing with copters flying all over the place.

Mirika got a watch and a bunch of new earrings (she had her ears pierced for one of her gifts).

Both the kids got new Fuji digital camera's with water proof cases from my mom, so they can't wait to go to the beach. The also both got new cell phones (from their dad, not me..).

I didn't get a camera or a cell phone..he he.. but I did get three things that were on my Christmas list, a BB gun, a new fishing pole, reel and tackle box with lots of goodies, and two Harry Blalock prints (the lion fish and a turtle)..I also received a bunch of mula, crock pot, gift certificates and a beautiful turtle shell necklace from mom.
My Rod n Reel
My air pistol..too cool!

One of the gifts i received that touched me the most was for hand made cross stick pillows that our seamstress made for me. (you can see one of them in the first picture behind Ulu on the couch). That was so touching as she put a lot of work into cross stitching the puppies on each pillow and I never expected any gift from her...very cool!

Today we are making a traditional Samoan umu complete with palasami (taro leaves with coconut milk), Roast pig, Pilikaki (Mackerel with coconut milk), breadfruit, banana and whole chickens.. everything is in the umu and cooking so I snuck away to take a break :)

Mom's making a huge steamboat roast and dessert..

Im getting really hungry :)

Hope everyone's having an awesome Christmas Day!

Ok. gotta go..back to cooking..more pictures to come later..

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Party crasher...

On my way to crash the Aquarius Beach Towers Employee Christmas Party...woo hooo!

Ok, so I really wasn't brother invited us and asked us to judge the ABT IDOL!
They had some fun games..including the always popular musical chairs

The beer drinking contest

Tinian Hot Pepper Eating Contest...YIKES!

The Apple dance

These guys really now how to party!

I had a GREAT time! It's so much fun to be attending the party as a guest and not have to worry about hosting it..he he
My brother's oldest daughter Brianna MC'd the entire event and she did an awsome job!

The full moon was breath taking last night too!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Im Starting to get really excited...

Last week I was so busy I was tired and exhausted and just not feeling the Christmas spirit...This weekend I've gotten into the Christmas groove and now I'm actually excited! This year is the first time that our family Christmas Party will be at my house and I will be hosting it. Since I was a baby, my mom always cooked the Christmas meal and everyone would go to her house. When her house started to get too small for our ever growing family, we started having our parties at the hotel (Aquarius Beach Towers)..This year I am hosting the party and I'm excited. The kids and I had decorated the house a couple weeks ago and I have been shopping shopping shopping...I think I'm pretty much set..We are going to do the traditional Samoan Umu so the food should be delicious! I hope everyone else is all set and ready to go..if not, you have one day left....hurry up!

Being that we are from Angaur (the monkey island) I thought it only fitting that we have him great everyone at the door..he he

Santa, Frosty and Rudolph making their way to the roof outside

The stocking are hung and Santa is ready to go
My mother made this nativity set by hand in 1973. She would make a manger for it and put it up every year while we still lived at home. After we all grew up and moved out, it kinda got boxed away for awhile. This year my mom passed it down to me. I was so touched and excited that she gave it to me to display. I remember this nativity set was my favorite Christmas decoration growing up. I loved and still do love, this set! What makes it even more special is the fact that my mom made each piece out of porcelain and hand painted each one. It's amazing that it has lasted through all these years with every piece still in perfect condition. Vali and I made the manger this year...Its not nearly as nice as the ones my mom made, but after a few years of practice we should get it down pretty well.

The Santa train