Touchdown! Time to explore Honolulu
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Touchdown! And excited couldn't really sum up how all of us were feeling. The airport itself showed how unique my host city for the next 4 days is. It wasn't humid as I was expecting it to be, although it was humid enough for my hair to be all frizzy and in complete disarray. I conceded defeat I should've shaved my hair prior to this trip. The airport seemed relaxed compared to LAX, much like what Cebu International airport is. What I found very interesting and amusing were the leis that were inside these refrigerated vending machines, and oh yeah, starbucks was there, but of course. I expected throngs of Hawaiian people greeting us with "Aloha!!" and wear us with so much leis that it covers our heads but no, jasmine triases we were not.
We got our rental car (a top down Mustang, baby) and officially, our Hawaii trip begins! The top down idea was good until we hit traffic and it was scorching in the middle of the day. Convertibles are also not a good idea when there is sudden downpour which was not uncommon, not to mention the feeling of the wind burn in your face and the frizzy hair is all over the place. I was hoping to listen to local Hawaiian music but Eric had none of it and changed the station to regular HipHop/Pop music, much like KIIS FM in LA only it felt like they only played the same 6 songs in rotation every hour. If you looked at our group, it can't be denied that, with the exception of Darwin, the three of us are on the "very lil bit" on the heavy side (emphasis on VERY LITTLE) so it's not surprising that the 5 hour trip made our stomachs complain a bit (ok, ok, a lot) so we didn't waste our time in going to what I think is Hawaii's answer to mainland's Denny's: ZIPPY'S!! We instantly made a connection with the host who's Filipina and gamely recommended what's good to eat, although our charm didn't go well enough to give us a senior citizen discount.
After we finished that sumptous meal, Eric took us straight to our dessert: MALASADAS (valley girl accent: mallahsahduz) at Leonard's! Leonard's is a hole in a wall bakery where they serve these delicious treats. Basically, malasadas are sugar donuts that has different flavored custard inside it. Their special for the day was the guava flavored custard. Although it may sound like an ordinary donut, the taste really made it different from any ordinary pastry. The server was very nice, she even volunteered to take a picture with the four of us and the Leonard signs. She was really thin though like bordering on anorexic. If only she would eat more of the malasadas she would be much more better looking.
After Leonard's we checked into our hotel, the Resortquest Waikiki Sunset. The hotel would probably be the same as any 3-star hotel in Waikiki but what was interesting was that it didn't have any doors to the lobby. It was super exposed to outside elements and I'm wondering if the employees, in one way or another have contracted Malaria...or STD. Fortunately we got a spectacular view of the Oahu mountains and the cute houses that are way up there, a testament to rampant overdevelopment (commentary hehe).
Later that night, we went to WalMart to buy pasalubongs (gifts) and breakfast which consists of spam, corned beef, vienna sausage, kona blend coffee, water, diet coke, eggs all for $8 per person. It can clog our arteries but hey it's cheap. That definitely helped our budget and gave me extra money to buy a wooden ashtray and a wooden lighter cover. Hehehe.
We didn't waste any time. We knew we only had four days left. As soon as we rested for a bit, we went straight to our first adventure in the island: The (in)Famous Diamond Head Trail.