Saturday, July 30, 2011

Savings With Straight Talk

This post brought to you by Straight Talk. All opinions are 100% mine.

Mom and I have been talking that after our current cell phone contract expires, we'll switch to a no contract cell phone provider. One of the companies we looked into is Straight Talk. We love that there are no contracts, no surprise bills and no credit checks, and most of all, they have great, reliable nationwide coverage and excellent reception/connectivity. Reliability matters to us because Mom lives in Hawaii and I live in the DC area; our current provider has been plagued with dropped calls.

Let's look at Straight Talk's monthly plans: (1) “All You Need Plan” meets even the needs of heavy phone users with 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts and 30 MB of web data; (2) Unlimited Monthly service is only $45, and includes calls, text, picture messaging, and web; (3) Imagine unlimited calls, text, picture messaging and web for a whole year, for only $499.00; (4) 411 calls are included at no extra charge; and, (5) Free from activation, reactivation, or termination fees. With these type of plans, you can easily save money, call a friend or family anytime and anywhere you want.

Also, Straight Talk offers a variety of smart phones; touch screen phones, and app capable phones with features like voice navigation, camera, video recorder, music player, instant messaging, and Bluetooth. I'm sure that for those who love to play the fishing game, you can definitely become expert in the art of hook, line and sinker.

Oh yes, they also offer International Long Distance Service and it is a flexible prepaid calling service that enables you to make international calls from your home, cell or office phone at low rates. I think that everything you need or your family's need are covered with Straight Talk. What do you think?

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Maui's Hana Highway

I think that visiting Maui is incomplete if you have not driven through and survived Hana Highway. Here, you'll experience one lane bridges, sharp and tight turns and nervous inducing rocky cliffs. Setting aside the gripping part of the adventure, you'll be amazed that every turn through this lustrous green forests and mountains leads you to spectacular views, hidden waterfalls, unexpected dead ends and sometimes you feel the thrill that you're going to drive off straight to the blue and beautiful Pacific.
Highway 36 is one of the most famous highways in the country, but most know it by a different name: the Road to Hana. The trip is 52 miles of winding roads with 1-lane bridges, hairpin turns and stunning landscapes of rocky cliffs, plunging waterfalls and rolling valleys. The ride takes about 3 hours, but you'll want the whole day to linger. (Source here.)
Put on your seat belts and let's take a drive to Hana Highway!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Colors Of Maui

If given the chance, I'd LOVE to visit Maui again. I'd like to drive through the winding, treacherous and breathtaking Hana Highway, breathe in the dewy mountain air and the seaweed scented ocean breeze. 

Also, I can't forget the spectacular display of flowers and their bursting colors. And talk about Rainbows, check this photo I took while ascending Haleakala Volcano.

 This was just the beginning of the journey of colors - Hana Highway.

  Driving through Hana Highway, our first visit was at the Garden of Eden. This is the Banana greeting that welcomes you at the entrance.


L-R: Cup of Gold, Anthurium, Starfruit and Birds of Paradise

Tropical flowers offer a feast of colors.

Breathtaking views. Recognize one of them from the movie Jurassic Park?

Also, if you visit this place, you'll get to meet Pepper, the resident dog at the Garden of Eden.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

LP: Malaya (Free)


Sa Waimea Beach, Hawaii, parang may hinihintay sila...

(At Waimea Beach, Hawaii, everyone's  standing still and waiting for something...)

Ano kaya ang hinihintay nila? (What are they waiting for?)

Talon! (Jump!)

Kung sila'y tumatalon at nasa himpapawid, kitang-kita ko ang kanilang kalayaan. Kalayaan na lumipad at magpakasaya kahit sa ilang segundo man lang. Ako ay naiinggit dahil sa isang aplastic anemic na tulad ko, hindi ito puwede dahil kung may mangyari sa akin na trauma sa tubig o sa mga bato bato sa paligid, ay maaari ko itong ikamatay. Tulad nila, ako'y naghihintay na gumaling at makawala sa aking hawla. At sana sa susunod, ako ay malayang tatalon sa bato na ito.

When I see them jump off this rock, I see their joy and excitement. They relish their air time even if it lasts only for a few seconds. I envy them because for someone with aplastic anemia like me, a jump like this could be fatal. I am still waiting to jump. I am waiting to be free and be healed of this disease. I dream of being free from this cage and maybe next time, I'll be the one jumping off from this rock.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Remembering Spring

As I sweat and whine about summer's oppressive heat,
thoughts of spring has filled my thoughts of late.

I miss the -

tall weeds dancing to the soft spring breeze
outburst of vibrant colors
sweet floral scents that filled the morning air
anticipation for the first spring rain
waiting for the right time to sow the vegetable seeds
deciding what flowers to grow
excitement of house renovations
looking forward to starting a new.

It's good to remember spring, but now, fall will be here anytime soon.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

LP: Masaya (Happy)


Sila ay mga mananayaw ng mga Russian folk dances na napanood namin sa St. Petersburg, Russia. Napakasaya silang panoorin at puno ng sigla ang kanilang sayaw. Napakaganda at makulay ang kanilang mga pansayaw na damit. Magaling silang mananayaw kaya't pagkatapos ng palabas ay napakalakas na palakpak ang ibinigay ng mga manonood.

They are the Russian folk dancers that we saw perform at St. Petersburg, Russia. They are a treat to watch as they perform their folk dances with energy and vigor. Their colorful costumes adds to the cheer they bring to the audience and that's one reason why they were given an outstanding ovation after every performance.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Maui's Kuka'emoku

Let's take a break from my Finland travel posts and fly back to my home islands, Hawaii. Lately, the thoughts of home have been really making me homesick and going through a rough time in the health aspect makes me miss the warmth of home instead of the needles and cold, impersonal clinic visits that is my reality for now. Hopefully, after this post, I'll feel the warmth of Hawaii - even if it's just in my thoughts.

Visiting the Iao Needle was something I've been wanting to do for the longest time, but it was only last year that this dream came to fruition. I was home in O'ahu for the holidays, so Kepi and I decided to visit the island of Maui for two days. Of course, two days weren't enough, even a month is not even enough to explore or enjoy the beaches of Maui. Maui is so beautiful and has so many things to offer. From beautiful beaches, whale watching, picturesque volcano and breathtaking scenery. You name it, Maui's got it.

So here starts my adventure to see the Iao Needle...

It was a rainy start, but it soon cleared out as the day progressed.

A tunnel in Maui.

A morning glimpse of the Pacific after the rain.

The view as we descended to the Iao Valley - the morning mist hasn't departed yet or will it ever.

Kuka'emoku measures at 2,250 feet and is the phallic stone of Kanaloa, Hawaiian god of the ocean. During the warfare period between the islands, this was used as a lookout for warriors

According to the park brochure, "Kuka'emoku is an erosional remnant. It is at the end of a ridge comprised of a denser dike stone. The softer rock around the dike stone was eroded by streams and waterfalls."

Here's a rest place near Kuka'emoku. A great place to relax while the cold mist blankets your whole being and lands kisses on your face

As we were driving away from Kuka'emoku, I happen to see this park at the base of the mountain so we decided to check it out.

From the park, you can watch the mist hover and disappear over the mountains. It was a dramatic scene how nature rules out here.

The park featured Korean, Japanese, Filipino and Chinese gardens.

And yes, Jose Rizal, the Philippine National Hero.

The Filipino house complete with a Koi pond.

A bust of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen.

Japanese garden

Flower and raindrops.

Sunday, July 17, 2011


This photo was taken during my visit to Maui's Garden of Eden: Arboretum & Botanical Garden. There are so many fruits, flowers and exotic plants there but this Pinanga really caught my attention. I didn't research much on what this fruit is for, but I find it interesting that they look like prayer beads and I love their deep red color.