My first time attending the Hispanic Heritage Festival

Today was the Hispanic Heritage Festival 2019 ! It was wonderful 😍

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IMG_20191005_230954_674It was a happy event filled with bright colors, delicious food, smiling faces — all under the sunny blue sky.

The dances were nothing short of spectacular, and the music enlivening! It’s great seeing people dancing in the street!

It was very hot though, and come midday even if I was drinking a lot of water my throat felt very dry. I was dehydrated 😦

Next time I’ll bring some salt to solve ny dehydration problem, AND add more sauce and hot sauce to my tamales!

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Ngayong araw ipinagdiriwang ang Hispanic Heritage Festival. Napakaganda!
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今日は「ヒスパニック遺産祭り」が行われてとても素晴らしかったです!

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“Would You Like Crackers with That? + Surprise Fig Jam”

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“Gusto Nyo Po Ba ng Crackers kasama Niyan?” + Sorpresang Fig Jam”
題名: 「クラッカーは如何でしょうか」
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*~~The Story~~*

I went to the Foodland in Ala Moana for the sole purpose of getting me some Camembert cheese, and I was SO EXCITED because I love cheese!

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Hell, I was even swaying my arms back and forth and did a big silent clap as I went past the automatic doors.

The greens of the veggie section looked very pleasant, save for a bundle of spinach that lay on the ground, but nobody seems to volunteer to put it back on the shelf because it looked damaged and you wouldn’t want another person to grab that, thinking that it’s fresh, right?

I approached the cheese section and grabbed the Camembert, but noticed the “sample size basket” with the mini kine stuff and it was half the price!!

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🤔

I bought the wedge of Champignon Cambozola. 😆

It’s a combination of triple-cream cheese and Gorgonzola, an Italian blue cheese.

I was like “what is this triple-cream goodness??” plus it was blue cheese so CURIOSITY (ping!).

Actually, the cheese fridge is right next to The Bar. I’ve always passed by it because it looks fancy and maybe expensive? But I did want try it someday…

TO-DAY is that day! Dun dun dun!

I sat down, and the staff asked me for my ID XD

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Ok friends, you know that feeling when you’re reading the menu and would like to take some time to read it but you can’t because the server is waiting only for YOU?

Anyways I picked the CHEAPEST wine (a 2 oz glass of pinot noir) and I DON’T EVEN KNOW if it pairs well with the fricking cheese!! LOL

So there I was, with my lonely wedge of surprisingly salty brie-looking cheese that I was eating with my chopsticks (!) that I brought from home (I’m trying to reduce usage of plastic utensils that’s why!), and a quarter pound of Secret Spicy Ahi Poke!

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“Would you like some crackers with that?”

From the other side there asks the lady bartender who probably noticed the RIDICULOUSNESS of this situation.

“Um. Yeah please! How much for the crackers?”

“Oh don’t worry, it’s free.”

**THANK YOU Ms. Staff Lady!**

So I give her my plate, and she did her magic and gave it back and

VOILÁ!

She even added some FIG JAM!!

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Dude. The cheese was salty, right? BUT when eaten together with the fig jam, and crackers, it was ohmygosh the fig jam’s sweetness paired very well with the saltiness and creaminess of the cheese, and the slightly bitter taste of the sesame seed crackers!

It didn’t even seem like one flavor was overtaking everything.

Perfect! Like that scene in Ratatouille!

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Anyhoo, despite the craziness of that I am happy to have experienced it. I’ll stop by again! Maybe next time I’ll get the Camembert.

Thanks for reading!

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Downtime

In our ever-busy world, try sitting down for a few minutes and do nothing. Nada. Just relax. Take three deep breaths. 😤

Hope you feel better!
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Sa sobrang pagka-abala ng ating mundo, subukan mong umupo ng ilang minuto at walang gawing kahit ano. Mag-relax lang. Huminga ng malalim ng tatlong beses. Sana’y maganda ang pakiramdam mo!
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「休憩」。私たちの忙しい日々の中でちょっと休憩しましょう。深呼吸を3回してみて下さいね。如何ですか?

I’ll light the fire, you place the flowers in the vase

Did I mention that I love music too?

I like different genres, but mostly I’m into 60s-70s kind of music. So today I wanna talk about one of my favorite songs from that era, plus lyrics!

“Our House” by Crosby, Stills & Nash

Album: Deja Vu (1970)

Lyrics:
I’ll light the fire
You put the flowers in the vase that you bought today
Staring at the fire for hours and hours while I listen to you
Play your love songs all night long for me, only for me
Come to me now and rest your head for just five minutes, everything is good
Such a cozy room, the windows are illuminated by the
Sunshine through them, fiery gems for you, only for you
Our house is a very, very, very fine house with two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy ’cause of you
And our la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
Our house is a very, very, very fine house with two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy ’cause of you
And our
I’ll light the fire while you place the flowers in the vase that you bought today

Some background info: I once read that this song was written by Graham Nash while he was living together with Joni Mitchell.

My thoughts:
Ahh this song is so sweet. And simple but in a very good way. It’s light on the instruments with the piano being the most audible, and the harmonies of CS&N are just so soothing and on point. Note that David Crosby is from The Byrds which is another legendary, vocal harmony-centric group, so no suprises there.
It’s whimsical and if you’re looking for something light-hearted to listen to on a quiet night while lying down on your bed, this is it!