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

Sumi on watercolor paper.
“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」

*~~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


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!



A Tree & Shrubs at Chinatown

“A Tree and Shrubs at Chinatown” 21x21cm. A sketch in watercolor & ink.

I sketched them while waiting for the bus, then today I experimented with watercolor using Burnt Sienna, Sap Green and Yellow Ochre.

If you look closer, at the background is the palette I used to paint Rhythm by the Bonfire XD

I do feel that watercolor is perfect for me because I love its spontaneity, and the surprises it gives you if you just let it run its magic!
“Isang Puno at Mga Palumpong sa Chinatown” – isang dibujo gamit ang watercolor at tinta.
「チャイナタウンにある樹木」ー 21×21 cm. 水彩画と墨で描いたスケッチ。

Rhythm by the Bonfire

Feeeeel the rhythm coooming down! 🎵
TITLE: “Rhythm by the Bonfire” 9x12in watercolour . FINISHED!

Early in August the annual Tenrikyo Picnic was held at Kapiolani Park. 


I was having a fun chat with my friend Yuki-chan, who’s also a creative (she designs nail art), about what I want to do in life.

Out of the blue I blurt out, 


“Did you say you wanna draw?” someone said behind me.

It’s Big Jay!


I said “Yeah!” and showed him my travel sketchbook. “You draw everyday?”

“Yup at the bus stop, while waiting for the bus!”

“Ok cool, I’m looking for someone to draw my album for me, do you wanna do that?”

I listened to his song, “Rhythm Going Down” and closed my eyes.

I saw people…some dancing, some just standing around a bonfire. At the beach.

There’s this one girl, who really gets into the groove.

At first I thought I wanted to just show that camaraderie.


Later on, I looked at it again and felt like something’s missing. It’s so flat.

So I added a backdrop of the sky, the moon and the ocean. I also wanted it to look like, the viewer can join in, too.



It’s not just the people, but also the ambience of the surroundings –

in Nature, one can also feel the rhythm.


題名: 「焚き火の周りに、リズム」22.9x32.5cm #水彩画 完成!

Please help!

My favorite place is in danger of closing down 😥 I want to help raise funds but don’t know what to do!!


The Arts @ Mark’s Garage has been around for nearly 20 years, and the bookstore shares a space. It’s completely run by volunteers (Friends of the Library). Very, very nice people.

They’re not pictured here but once you visit, you’ll  know what I  mean!



There’s a ton of old but awesome books, and they also provide tables where you can sit down with your book, relax and sip coffee (only $1.50!). Or take an Art Break! Plus they have AC!



They’ll  lend you their art stuff! THAT’S HOW NICE THEY ARE!! 😭

Currently they need to raise $50,000 so that this wonderful place can continue to exist. If you can donate that, they’ll name the theater after you! 🤩

This place means a lot to me, and I’m sure that it’s also helped a lot of other people too. If there’s a place that has positive vibes and encourages learning and creativity, THIS is it and I recommend that you check it out.

What do you guys and gals think? I’d appreciate any suggestions!

To donate, please go to http://Donorbox.org/1001-friends

Saturday Siesta ☀️

Today I went to my favorite place in town. 😌

As a warm-up, I  sketched the random people outside the window.

It was a mood for quiet, bittersweet music. After so many years, I remember and wanted to listen to “Looks Like December” by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

‘I still sing te quiero, bolero, our rhymes are so banal.

Oh how I still long for tus besos never more.

Tus besos nunca mas.’

I must’ve listened to it 10 times. To finish drawing Tom Jobim himself.

I played “Flowers in December” next by Mazzy Star because I didn’t want to get tired of the other song. It’s too precious for that.

Immediately I’m captivated by Hope Sandoval. Her eyes are so beautiful, her voice so fitting for the song.

Oh, I just realize they both have ‘December’ in the title! 😲


Pumunta ako sa paborito kong lugar at nag-siesta. Na-inspire ako ng mga kanta ni Antonio Carlos Jobim at ni Hope Sandoval, pati na rin nung mga naglalakad na tao sa labas ng bintana.

今日は私がダウンタウンで一番好きなところに行ってゆっくり一日を過ごせました。音楽家のアントニオ•カルロス•ジョビン と ホープ•サンドヴァルの曲や、外での通行中の人にインスパイアされました。