Touchdown! Time to explore Honolulu

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Honolulu airport, with the mataray jetsetter look

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.

Hawaii's version of Denny's. Mazarap in fernezz

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.

Mara Clara
  The service was kinda slow so we started doing what would be the start of the main theme of our trip:  pictorials.  We shot quite a few dramatic poses to kill time, but the ones that I posted were the best of them.  As me, Tof and Eric are filipino soap opera junkies, we didn't find it difficult to pose our favorite characters.  I went for the "ew you're gross" look while the rest of them were, hmm, not sure who they were.  Darwin was our director.  A tactless, in your face director.  A minor mishap happened when Eric accidentally knocked over the divider separating us from the table beside us that scared the wits out of the gurangs (they didn't get angry though, it's the aloha spirit!  Choz).
Drama shot at Zippys, walang magawa
 

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.

So happy to be in Hawaii!!!
  Anyways, this place is a can't miss.  We truly enjoyed it as evidenced by the photos.  See me licking those chocolate custard.  YUMMY! 

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).

Mmmmm YUUUMMM!!
  Our hotel is 2 blocks away from the beach and has floor-to-ceiling windows and a full kitchen.  It was super windy, almost knocked out my wig if ever I had one (I did wear one the night before, I was beyonce and britney, but I'm digressing). 

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.

All happy and busog

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Honolulu airport, with the mataray…
Honolulu airport, with the matara…
Hawaiis version of Dennys.  Maza…
Hawaii's version of Denny's. Maz…
Mara Clara
Mara Clara
Drama shot at Zippys, walang magawa
Drama shot at Zippys, walang magawa
So happy to be in Hawaii!!!
So happy to be in Hawaii!!!
Mmmmm YUUUMMM!!
Mmmmm YUUUMMM!!
All happy and busog
All happy and busog
YAY Hawaii!!! Reminds me so much o…
YAY Hawaii!!! Reminds me so much …
Home of the Malasadas (valley girl…
Home of the Malasadas (valley gir…
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