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Philadelphia Day 1

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I visited Philadelphia, a favorite city of mine.  A couple of colleagues and I flew in to NYC on Hawaiian Airlines and hired a private driver to take us to Philadelphia. We could… Continue reading

Only Necessary: Misty’s 5 Minimalism Strategies

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By Misty I. What do you love? Do you wish you had more of (fill in the blank) in your life? Is it more balance? Is it more self-care? Is it more time… Continue reading

Day 6–Our last day in Peru

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We started off our last full day in Cusco, with our guide Patricia who took us to Plaza de Armas and explored the Cathedral of Cusco and Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus… Continue reading

Day 5 – Peru – Back to Cusco

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Hotel Pakaritampu was beautiful but it was time to leave and head back to Cusco. On our way from Ollantaytambo, we stopped at one roadside vendor where we saw more cuy being raised in… Continue reading

Day 4 in Peru — Sacred Valley, Cuy, Ollantaytambo

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We had a fresh breakfast filled with local fruits at the Hotel Pakaritampu nestled at the foot of mountains where we stayed after our return from Machu Picchu.  What a great feeling of… Continue reading

Day 3 in Peru — Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu

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We woke up at 3:30 a.m. so we could stand in line at 4 a.m. to catch the 5:30 a.m. bus that would take us to the entrance of Machu Picchu for its 6… Continue reading

Hawaiian Style Cafe–Anna, Lechon, and Lilikoi

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Yay!  I got a text from Anna, a former student of mine.  She is visiting from Portland and had some time for dinner with me.  We decided to go to Hawaiian Style Cafe… Continue reading

Day 2 in Peru — Cusco to Aguas Calientes

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Breakfast was again included at the hotel buffet so we had some eggs and toast in the morning before checking out of our hotel and heading to the hills above Cusco. After stopping… Continue reading

Only in Hilo: Top 3 @ Nori’s Saimin & Snacks

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By Misty I. Growing up, did you watch Let’s Go Fishing? I did. Like every single weekend. Haha, my favorite part was definitely not the fishing, it was watching Hari Kojima and Stan… Continue reading

Calamansi and Lemons from Grace Turned into Calamansi-Lemon Muffins!

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My green-thumbed friend Grace dropped off some bittermelon, lemons, and calamansi for me today.   What an awesome way to be greeted at my front door upon my arrival home from work!  A heavenly… Continue reading