Foldable Semi-Recumbent Bike

March 28, 2020

David ordered an Exerpeutic foldable semi-recumbent bike from Amazon and is absolutely thrilled with it.

It took him more than two hours to put it together:

He folded the bike and dragged it to the guest room:

He enjoys bicycling in the guest room with the air conditioner and TV on:

He will get a lot of benefit from it. Maybe, I’ll try the bike myself.

Ham and Egg Cups

March 26, 2020

I got this recipe for ham and egg cups from Marion’s Kitchen via Christine’s blog. Here’s the link to the recipe:

Chilli, Ham & Egg Cups

You might want to watch the video, too, which helped me tremendously.

This is my version of Marion’s recipe:

HAM AND EGG CUPS

SPRAY A MUFFIN PAN WITH OIL.
PLACE A SLICE OF HAM IN EACH CUP.
PLACE 1 TEASPOON OF SALSA ON TOP OF THE HAM.
CRACK 1 EGG IN EACH CUP.
SPRINKLE WITH CHOPPED GREEN ONIONS.
TOP WITH SHREDDED CHEDDAR CHEESE.

BAKE FOR 15 MINUTES AT 375F.
LET IT SET FOR 5 MINUTES BEFORE REMOVING FROM PAN WITH A KNIFE.

These are photos of my creation.

Enlarge by clicking on the photos.

These are the cups after baking:

See the slice of ham circling the egg:

See the egg yolk split in half:

It was delicious and addictive. Wow, I couldn’t eat only one.

Sebastian, now almost 3 years old

March 24, 2020

As you know, our younger daughter Lisa is a licensed physical therapist in Las Vegas, Nevada. She owns a 3 bedroom 2 bath house in a very nice area. In 2018, she adopted a dog from the pound to keep her company. The vet told her Sebastian was around a year old and was mixed. I think he might be part dachshund because of his short legs. Now almost 3 years old, Sebastian is such a cute, happy dog!

This is a photo of Lisa and Sebastian in 2018 at the pound in Las Vegas:

These are recent photos of Sebastian:

Sebastian is well behaved, rarely barks, and is a loving pet. What a beautiful dog!

P.S. Lisa has been calling us every afternoon to see if we are still alive. She is concerned that we might succumb to the coronavirus.

Restaurants with a beautiful view

March 22, 2020

These are photos of restaurants with a beautiful view that I took over the years. I would like to share them with you. They evoke pleasant memories.

All of these restaurants still exist on the island of Oahu, where I reside. They have not gone out of business. At the present time, they are closed to dine-in customers due to the coronavirus.

La Mer (June 2007):

Royal Hawaiian Hotel (March 2008):

Orchids (September 2008):

Top of Waikiki (January 2011):

Ocean House (July 2011):

The Signature (June 2013):

53 By the Sea (March 2016):

100 Sails (May 2017):

Nico’s Upstairs (January 2018):

House without a Key (November 2018):

Greek Marina (June 2019):

Chart House (June 2019):

Roy’s in Ko Olina (December 2019):

Roy’s in Waikiki (January 2017):

We can’t wait to dine out again once the coronavirus threat ends.

P.S. Our 40th wedding anniversary is coming up in June. We might celebrate it at the Top of Waikiki, the revolving restaurant.

Relieving the monotony of quarantine

March 20, 2020

We relieve the monotony of quarantine by listening to new CDs, watching movies on Amazon Prime, experimenting in the kitchen and planning new meals, and of course, blogging.

David is a sports addict and is upset that the coronavirus has cancelled sports on TV. He can’t exercise at the gym, either, due to social isolation. So, guess what, he purchased an exercise bike on Amazon and can’t wait for it to arrive next Wednesday. He plans to set it up in the guest room, where there is a TV, a DVD player, a CD player, and an air conditioner — all great things to have while one is bicycling. I’ll post photos on my blog when that happens.

Meanwhile, we had fun relocating paintings in the house.

This is an oil painting of Kaneohe Bay by an artist named Ebert. I bought it at the Zoo Fence in 1979. It used to hang in a bedroom, but we decided it belonged in the living room above David’s recliner:

This is a close-up:

This is an ink and watercolor painting by Eileen Seitz. It now hangs above the stereo:

This is a close-up:

This is a painting of sea life by Christian Lassen that now hangs in a bedroom:

This is a close-up:

Life can be monotonous during quarantine. It’s nice to relocate works of art, seeing different pieces in different places.

Cheers!

The ER at Pali Momi

March 18, 2020

Pali Momi Medical Center

I was experiencing pain in my right eye last Friday, which reminded me of the iritis I experienced last year. If not treated immediately, it could result in vision loss. David canceled his birthday celebration and took me to the ER at Pali Momi Medical Center Friday evening. I underwent a series of tests, and the diagnosis was uveitis, or inflammation of the eye. The doctor prescribed a steroid medication, Prednisolone eye drops, to be taken four times a day.

So far so good. The eye drops are working. I canceled a follow up visit with my regular eye doctor at Straub Clinic, because I am doing well now. Besides, why expose myself to germs at the clinic?

A side note: The doctor at Pali Momi offered me a handshake at the beginning and end of our consultation. I refused to shake his hand and offered a namaste instead. He laughed when I declined an elbow bump, too.

Namaste:

Self-quarantine

March 16, 2020

The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra:

The Hawaii Symphony announced that they are canceling a concert scheduled for March 22 due to the coronavirus. I assume that more concerts will be canceled in the near future. We intend to donate the cost of our tickets to the Hawaii Symphony.

David and I are trying to self-quarantine until April 12 to prevent us from getting that dreaded disease. This means we will be missing two symphony concerts and two musicals during this time period. If necessary, we’ll extend the quarantine.

Since I have a weak immune system, I am the one who has to be extra cautious. David is stronger, so he does the grocery shopping and other errands for both of us. I am very lucky to have him in my life.

P.S. According to TV News, the Symphony and Opera seasons are being canceled until the end of April. The gym has been shut down until further notice. Manoa Valley Theatre and Diamond Head Theatre are also postponing their shows until further notice.

Ueno Zoo in Tokyo

March 14, 2020

Since I have been writing quite a bit about Japan, let me show you some photos of the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. We were there in June 2008. We took the subway and after a short walk found the entrance to the zoo. Unfortunately, we were told that the two Giant Pandas, Tong Tong and Ling Ling, had died only a few months ago, apparently of old age. But, we got our money’s worth when we saw polar bears for the first time. All of the animals seemed well-fed and much healthier than those in the Honolulu Zoo.

I generally don’t like zoos because of the bad odors and the captivity of the animals. But, the Ueno Zoo was well maintained and pleasant to stroll through.

Our favorite restaurant in Japan

March 12, 2020

Continuing this thread on Japan, I would like to tell you about our favorite restaurant in Japan when we were in Tokyo in June 2008. It was the Oshima Restaurant, located in the lobby of the Hotel Pacific (Shinagawa district).

The Oshima Restaurant was very clean and nicely decorated. All of the waitresses wore kimonos. This was the entrance to the restaurant:

We were given a fresh hot towel (left) to clean our hands and a napkin (right) to place on our lap. We sipped an alcoholic peach drink that stunned our taste buds:

Appetizer: Chilled nori (seaweed), veggies, and crab meat:

Excellent sushi: The raw fish was very fresh, having been caught in the waters off northern Japan. We also enjoyed the miso soup:

For dessert, we had green tea ice cream:

This type of cuisine is uniquely Japanese. I am so impressed with Japanese art, food, and culture. Awesome!

Japanese tea ceremony

March 10, 2020

Since my previous post was about the art of Japan, I would like to tell you about our wonderful experience observing a traditional tea ceremony in Japan. David and I visited Tokyo in 2008 and enjoyed our visit tremendously.

HAPPO-EN GARDEN is where we experienced CHA-NO-YU (traditional tea ceremony), which is a discipline for rich, not poor people. Shinto music played in the background. First, we ate a piece of sugar candy to sweeten our tongue for the tea. After the tea maker served the tea, we raised the cup to eye level, and then, to respect the artist, turned the cup around twice so as to not sip above the artistic design on the cup. The tea tasted bitter-sweet.

It was such a precious moment in time, taking us back to ancient Japan. I don’t know if this ritual is still practiced in modern Japan.