Saturday, May 29, 2010

Hawaii Shopping

I wasn't planning on doing a post on my Hawaii shopping, but Beverly wanted to see my purchases, so here we are. I reserved basically all shopping till the last day and went a bit berserk at the outlets and Alo Moana Centre. Thanks Alec for your supreme patience...

Honeymoon gift from the Hawai'ian mothership.

New charms from Juicy Couture.

This fab bag from LeSportsac was 50% off and served as my extra bag to bring my loot home.

Tissue and make-up pouch from LeSportsac.

Cute little money and travel pouch.

Little evening bag from the Coach outlet.

I love the logo.

Some interesting looking sandals from Crocs.

Overload at Sephora and Mac.

Urban Decay eyeshadow primer - it's amazing!

Laura Mercier make-up - I've been wanting to try it for a while. So far, it's fantastic.

Body wash from Philosophy. It smells fantastic.

My fave mascara from Fiberwig. Pricey, but looks great and doesn't smudge.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Liam's 2nd Birthday

One of my favourite munchkins turned two in style over the weekend. We had a great time at his new Tamarama pad and ODd on fairy bread.

Happy birthday Liam!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Farewell J-Vo

My dear friend Jenn is moving to Mexico City soon. She wanted to have a last night out with her fave Google gals, so we had a fun pole dancing class at Studio Verve followed by a dinner banquet. Jenn is an amazing athlete - as demonstrated by her superb tricks on the pole.

Holy moly, how does she DO THAT?

Demonstrating a much easier trick, the flying fox.

Sexy ladies, woo!

Dinner with wonderful friends.

We colour co-ordinated. Nice one girls!

Thanks for a fantastic night out Jenn. I miss you already.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Hawaii Honeymoon: Oahu

Last stop - Oahu and shopping. Honolulu reminds me of the Gold Coast, so I like to get on and off the island pretty quickly. I'm sure there are beautiful areas on this island too, but it's just so built up that I'm not overly keen to explore it. We spent a very short period here - two nights and one full day. Just enough to shop till I maxed my credit card out.

Dinner at the Cheesecake Factory.

Honeymoon splurge gift.

Me and the Duke, we're old mates.

Waikiki sends us off in true Hawaiian style on our last morning.

Aloha Hawaii!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2010

My favourite day of the year isn't my birthday, it isn't Christmas, and, despite what Alec thinks, it's not the chocolate holiday otherwise known as Easter. It's actually the annual RSPCA Million Paws Walk.

I've attended the walk for the past six or so years since Kahlua came to live with us. I'm not sure how much the dogs actually enjoy going and being around thousands of other dogs and people, but it's one of my highlights every year because it's the one day where you get to see so many animals lovers en masse.

I am a huge supporter of the RSPCA and have a difficult time hearing about how cruel people can be to animals and the numbers that are dumped and put to an early death every year. This one day is the day that restores my belief that there are also a lot of people out there like me and Alec who really love animals. This year the walk is at Homebush again, starting at the Olympic Cauldron.

Go pooches, go!

This tiny pug was smaller than Alec's hand.

Well, it has paws ...

Kahlua hitches a ride.

The girls walk in tandem.

I'm a sucker for the cute, funny-looking dogs.

Buffy wants to be picked up!

Happy Million Paws Walk Day everyone!

Hawaii Honeymoon: Kauai Part 5, Ins and Outs

Pretty much the only bad thing about Hawaii is the food. They have a lot of junk food, and most regular food is cooked the fattiest way possible. Throw in vegetarian and it's a struggle to find anything to eat.

One of only two decent places we found to eat was the Bubba Burgers chain on Kauai. The burgers look like cute little McDonald's burgers - but they taste amazing in a way Maccas have never been able to master. They had a vegie burger made out of Taro, a root vegetable kind of like sweet potato. I was hesitant to eat it, but it was really good.

Inside Bubba's - watch your burger get cooked on the grill by the local teenagers.

How cute are they? How good do they look?

Completely wrecked by our 2.5 hour hike and desperate for burgerrrrrrrs.

There are a some very well-placed waterfalls in Hawaii so tourists who don't want to hike for an hour can still see the natural beauty without breaking a sweat.

Such as this waterfall, literally on the side of a road.

We found this pie stall on the side of the road. The pie maker had created about 15 types of fruit and dessert pies.

We tried two types, one of which was mango. It was the best pie either of us has ever eaten.

Also the best looking pie I've ever seen.

 More fishies out the front of our hotel and at Poipu Beach.

Blurry photo courtesy of a dirty underwater casing.

Parrot fish!

In the hotel pool.

Last night on Kauai. Sadness.

So long Kauai, thanks for the tan!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Hawaii Honeymoon: Kauai Part 4, Kalalau Trail

Kauai is a small island. You can drive from one side to the other (on the one main road they have on the island) in an hour.

We took a drive along to the end of the highway, along the Coconut Coast and North Shore, stopping along the way at anything looking interesting. It was a gray, rainy day, but fortunately the sun came out sporadically enough that it was still a great day for our hike at the end of the road.

The USA is famous for their fruit pies - and we happened upon a little cafe in Princeville that sold slices of blueberry pies that made Alec exclaim in happiness - much to the amusement of the waitress who had never seen anyone so happy to buy pie before.

One very happy camper.

Princeville is in the shadow of mountains, which makes for a very dramatic landscape.

Just your average, run-of-the-mill location ...

A short drive past Princeville we came to Ha'ena Beach Park, where we saw this amazing view...

Across the road from the park is the Manini-holo dry cave, one of several sea caves located in the area. The cave, which is about 300 yards deep, used to be much larger but the 1957 tsunami partially filled it with sand.
It doesn't look so big ...

Amazingly huge. The roof and walls have beautiful colours and details.

A little further down the road is the Waikanaloa Wet Cave.

We decided on a hike, despite the bad weather. We'd heard great things about the Kalalau Trail, which starts at Ke'e Beach and leads to Hanakapiai Beach. You can continue the walk further, but the mud from the rain made it a really difficult hike so we just walked the 3.2km to the beach and back again.

View along the hike.


Our final destination comes into view.

Alone on Hanakapiai Beach.

Alec has no idea this is the last photograph in which his 3rd pair of Oakleys will appear. Shortly afterwards, Alec took his shirt off, dropping his sunnies into the stream.

The beach is only accessible via the walking track, making for a peaceful destination.

Navigating back over the steam out of paradise.