Book Review: The Nest


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I’m finally back with another post. I hate that nearly all of the posts I have written lately have been reviews. I really want to bring you more original posts, but that just hasn’t happened yet.

I recently picked up The Nest by Cynthia D’ Aprix Sweeney, which was a Paper & Glam book club read in March. Apparently I’m nearly always behind in all my book clubs, but at least I’m trying right….?

The story about The Nest is about a NYC based family called The Plumbs who are about to inherit their father’s fortune, which they fondly called the Nest. The Plumbs siblings think that inheriting the money outright will solve all their problems. It is during this time that they find out that their mother used part of the Nest to bail their oldest sibling, Leo out of his mess.

Melody and Jack finally admit to the rest of the siblings that they have the most of to lose. Bea, the closest sibling to Leo finally finds the will to write about something other than her brother. There are various other characters weaved into the story such as Paul, the owner of Paper Fibres, where Bea works and who is also in love with Bea. Stephanie is Leo’s former lover and Bea’s former editor, Tommy is Stephanie’s downstairs neighbor, who also has something to hide. Matilda is the girl at the heart of Leo’s accident.

I love the quotes scattered throughout the book, which is typical of most books that I love. Here’s one:“Everyone’s always on the hunt for a mirror. It’s basic psychology. You want to see yourself reflected in others. Others—your sister, your parents—they want to look at you and see themselves. They want you to be a flattering reflection of them—and vice-versa. It’s normal. I suppose it’s really normal if you’re a twin. But being somebody else’s mirror? That is not your job.” Nora”-Simone.

The ending for the book struck me as a little sad since it appeared to have the siblings reunited at a wedding minus one of the siblings. I promised I wouldn’t spoil the book for people, so I’ll leave you guessing. I enjoyed the book, but like most of the reviews I have read it was not as memorable and fabulous as most people would have hoped. In fact, the beginning of the story was a bit slow and sluggish.

Hopefully I’ll be back soon with another post.Let me know what you have been reading lately.

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

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I’m slowly getting back to a regular posting schedule and even making moves to make improve this site. I’m really glad that you have stuck around if you have been here a while. I can’t believe that I have not posted a movie review since last year. I have seen a few movies since Fantastic Beasts and where to find them Part 1, but I just didn’t find them worthy enough to review for the blog.

Today I’m back though with a movie review because I saw Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 opening weekend. Well, actually if we are being perfectly honest I saw it twice. I didn’t do it on purpose it kind of just happened. Spoiler alert for those who no longer wish to read any further, I think the movie is excellent and is a great addition to the universe that Marvel Studios is building.

The story starts as any Marvel story would start with trying to answer some of the questions we had from the last film such as the origins of Peter Quill. Yes, we meet Ego the guy who claims to be Peter’s father and once again the Guardians of the Galaxy have to save the universe from certain destruction. At one point in the movie Peter, Gamora, and Drax get separated from Rocket and Groot who have their own adventure with Yondu. Yondu’s a semi good guy in this film and we definitely get to see a more human side to him than in the last film and also get more of a backstory. We also get to see a ton more of Kraglin.

There’s a ton more that I could tell you, but it would give away what might come next in the spoiler universe. If you are reading this before the movie know that there are 5 end trailers that last until pretty close to when the lights come up. Also actually watch the screen during the credits and you can see some characters from the previous movie like Howard the Duck, Cosmo the Dog, and others.

Let me know what you thought of the movie and what you might predict for the future for the Marvel Universe.

Book Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe

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I’m finally back with another post! After reading Lauren Graham’s autobiography Talking as fast as I can I decided to try reading her book. She wrote her first fictional novel entitled Someday, Someday, Maybe probably a year or so before Gilmore Girls: Year in the Life came out. This review probably won’t be as gushy or as lovely as some of the other reviews you may read on this book.

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a hardcore Gilmore Girls fan who has watched it from the start. I really do like Gilmore Girls and would probably own at least a few memorabilia if I could. While I adored Lauren Graham’s autobiography since it felt as if I was talking to a friend about her life. I can’t say that I loved the writing of the book.

I loved the fact the Frannie Banks kept a Filofax to record her entries of the acting appointment and you get a glimpse of some of these pages throughout the book. It would definitely feel like my planner if I ever doodled in my planner like that. Although the story flowed pretty well, I didn’t feel drawn into the dialogue or the characters at all. I could relate to Frannie having a deadline for herself and feeling as if she was doing really well and then falling on her face, but her relationship with her roommates didn’t feel genuine.Even her relationship with her father felt a little bit strained and uncomfortable to read at times. I liked the book overall, but wasn’t impressed as some of the other people who have read the book.

If you are a hardcore Gilmore Girls fan I would definitely recommend that you give this book a shot, if you are curious. This book was interesting, but would not be on the top of my to read list or that I would highly recommend this to anyone.

Hopefully I’ll be back soon with another post.Let me know what you have been reading lately.

5 Oahu sites in Hawaii

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It has been a little bit since I did one of these posts I thought that I would give you my top 5 Oahu sites to visit on your trip here. I have received many inquiries on what I recommend people see when they come to Oahu. I could also try to do a guide by island, but that will take some work. Let me know if you are interested.

  1. Pearl Harbor/USS Missouri/ Ford Island/ World War II Valor in the Pacific
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Above is the picture of the USS Missouri, which you can read about my experience here. There are so many things to see at Pearl Harbor and Ford Island that you could spend a day exploring there. I recommend this because it was the beginning and ending of WWII all in one place. There is also an aviation museum at Ford Island which is supposed to be pretty awesome. If you have not been to the USS Arizona Memorial in recent years you will be genuinely surprised by the update.

Some things to note for a visit here: While a trip to see the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is free, you will need to make reservations to go over to the actual memorial. Reservations can be done on their website or by phone. There are also no bags and beverages other than water allowed inside the  visitor center at memorial. There are rental storage lockers available for use. Other parts of this experience such as Ford Island and the USS Missouri may have fees. If you are reading this on the day it goes up the USS Missouri is currently getting a facelift, so I apologize if you don’t get a full experience.

2. Diamond Head

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I mean how could you deny yourself a view like this?!?

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This is at nearly every visitor list that I have ever met! I also did a post on hiking it here. I have hiked it a few more times since, but I’m not obsessed with it. There is a nominal park fee, since it is a state run park, but it’s nothing outrageous.

3. Dole Plantation

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My friend Aiko is pictured standing next to a sign with some hometowns from visitors past. I did a post on our day on the North Shore which you can read here. Dole Plantation is amazing to visit since there are so many things to do. You can ride the train, look at koi fish, see varieties of pineapple grown around the world. Also you can have Dole Whip, which has grown in popularity! Definitely worth it!

4. North Shore Beaches

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While the North Shore is known for their surf contests during the Winter Season and for the amazing waves nearly all year around. A trip to see the North Shore beaches even if you don’t surf is definitely something to check out. Giant sea turtles can often be found sunbathing at Laniakea Beach. Note: if you ever find a sea turtle on the beach, you can take pictures with it , but don’t touch it! It’s not okay to bother any sleeping animals. Sometimes the beach patrol will tape off the area with the sea turtle as not to disturb them, but in case they don’t just say you were warned.

5. Shave Ice

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I know this last one isn’t really a place to visit. It is still something you must do! While the  recommendations for shave ice vary from person to person most of the list remains the same: Matsumotos, Waiola and Shimazu. Matsumoto’s Shave Ice is found in Haleiwa on the North Shore and has been very hyped up for many years.

Waiola Shave Ice, while being a local favorite has recently been brought to more fame since the reboot of Hawaii 5-o came to town. Waiola Shave Ice, currently has 3 locations as of April 2017, one on Waiola street in Honolulu, another in Kapahulu at the end of Waikiki, and the last one is currently in Ward Warehouse near Ala Moana.

Shimazu is a local favorite that is known for the many different choices in flavors. They have a menu they will pretty much leave you speechless. They currently have 2 locations: one in downtown, and another in Kapahulu. It’s definitely worth checking out at least to see the menu of flavors.

While this list could go on and on. I’ve tried to keep it to just five and even that was a struggle. There are always so many things to see on Oahu and some of them vary by seasons! While Oahu has a variety of ways to get around of a relatively well sized island. It’s transportation effectiveness still needs some work. If you are visiting the island and want to save money you could bring a bike your use the bus system.

Another way to save money is to plan your days out and to get a rental car for just a few days. Much like everything these days prices are creeping up everywhere, and I’ve always loved the concept of Zip Cars, but always a bit disappointed that there wasn’t an option for the islands. Lucky for me and lucky for you too, Turo has now created a way for that to happen. Turo is a company where you can rent a car for just a couple of days and for nearly ahl. There are also a number of cars at different price points to choose from like a Ford Aviato, for more wilderness treks. Check out Turo’s rentals page to see if there’s anything available in the area you are going to.

I hope that you enjoyed this post. Let me know if you would like to see more posts like this in the future!

*Turo contacted me to do this post, but the opinion expressed in this post is my own.

Book Review: Talking as Fast as I Can


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I’m back again with yet another book review. I swear that if it feels like that is all I have been posting lately, you might be right. I am working on more content such as a few film reviews. They just haven’t happened yet.

Recently I picked up Lauren Graham’s autobiography Talking as fast as I can: from Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls. I bought into the hype of Gilmore Girls sometime in 2015 when it began to be rumored that there might be a revival of it. Not to mention that the Rory Gilmore reading list is definitely one for the bucket lists, well at least it’s on mine but not to be done just yet. I even rewatched the whole series before watching the mini movies on Netflix. You can read my review on the series here. Throughout the hype I thought that Lauren Graham’s character was brilliant and that the actress must be amazing.

To say the least, the book did not disappoint. Lauren Graham wrote the book as if she is really having a conversation with you or several conversations. Several of these conversations about life seem to be long and ramble a bit, but others are more concise from end to end. Overall, I loved reading her book and loved her open and honesty especially in re-watching the series again so many years later. Now it makes me want to re-watch Gilmore Girls again along with the mini movies.

I definitely recommend this book if you love reading autobiographies or Lauren Graham. Do not pick up this book, if you do not have a sense of humor or can’t laugh at the antics of Gilmore Girls or anything like it.

I hope to see you soon in another post, hopefully this week….

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Many things occur in human lives. But, whatever difficulties or sadness that we may have experienced, if we can look upon our lives as being rare and wondrous events, then we will have truly have lived. If we are able to realize this realm of gratitude, in which we are able to live and die in gassho, then what else could we need?

-Jitsuen Kakehashi

Sunday Currently v.37

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I know that I’ve been slacking a little  with the posts, but I’m hoping that I can catch up and work forward, by doing a few of these link-up parties. Today I’m linking up with Lauren from Siddathornton. I’ve read her blog off and on for several years. I don’t even remember how I discovered her blog, but it’s beautiful and you should check it! Below is my currently list for today. Everything here will get better in time and I’m hoping that you will stick with me.
reading A Lying Game Novel and Uncommon Criminals from Heist Society
writing… at least this post for now. I’m trying to get more inspired to write posts again
listening to the current quietness as I type this, it’s been a busy day
thinking that I should probably get a bit more done before settling down for the night
wishing for peace and resilience for this crazy week
hoping for peace.
wearing boring clothes because I haven’t decided to change into pajamas for the night yet
loving that I am so blessed and loving life lately. Only good things
wanting more love, more time, and more peace
feeling a bit overwhelmed at my crazy to-do list this week, but I think that it will all work out
eating nothing at the moment, but dinner is starting to smell good

anticipating the crazy thing that is called the work week and Weekend camp coming all too soon
watching Criminal Minds on Netflix
planning at least a few things for the future and hoping that a few more come in a matter of weeks
looking forward to happy mail and gifts
creating more creative content for my youtube channel finally and feeling a bit more creative
need to finish at least one project for work and at least one book this week
main goal get at least 3 videos up by the end of this month