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!
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..
DCCA SHAME ON YOU!!
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!
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
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 infraredbeams 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..
On my way to crash the Aquarius Beach Towers Employee Christmas Party...woo hooo!
Ok, so I really wasn't crashing..my 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!
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