Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Because Of You: I Love My Thighs

[I decided to start a new label for entries called "Because Of You," highlighting the people and moments that have shaped who I am today! Here goes the first in the series:]

Ali H., college friend [pronounced like Muhammad ALI] :

I love my thighs. Seriously!

We were waiting to go to the beach with friends one day when Ali looked over at my legs. He said, “Wow, your thighs are bigger than mine!” The other guys chuckled. Realizing how it sounded, Ali explained that because he was a soccer player he had big strong thighs to help in the game. He was admiring my big thighs.

Of course I’ve looked at my body many many many times over the course of my life. I’ve had moments of loving it and moments of wanting to change it, never to the point of hating any part or of changing it by surgery.

My thighs have always touched, even at my lowest weight. I could never wear the skinny jeans that many of my friends did. I’ve only ever played PE soccer.


But my thighs have taken me on long hikes, carried me through many cities, powered many bike rides and jump roping exercises. They are the thighs that help lift me from off the ground with a four-year-old on my back. These thighs have gone up and down thousands of stairs. These thighs have marched proudly for my high school. These thighs have marched in the Rose Bowl Parade.

These thighs are powerful.

Because of Ali, I love my thighs!

Mahalo for reading!

[These thighs have been to the highest point on Kaho'olawe. That is me in the yellow top.]

Monday, March 23, 2009

Random Music Play [ANSWERS]

It occurred to me that I never posted the answers to my ipod music quiz. If you’d still like to take a stab at the quiz before looking at the answers, click the following link: Random Music Play [Quiz Mode].

Otherwise, the answers are below.
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****[Answers to Random Music Play]****
1] Camila
Todo CambiĆ³

2] Foo Fighters
My Hero

3] Santana feat. Alex Band
Why Don’t You and I

4] Jem
You Will Make It

5] Joss Stone
Fell In Love with a Boy

6] Jars of Clay
Show You Love

7] 311 (the cover I have)/ The Cure (Original artist)
Love Song

8] Newsboys
In The Belly Of The Whale

9] Crazy Town
Butterfly

10] Linkin Park
Leave out All the Rest

11] JC Chasez
Something Special

12] New Radicals/ Mandy Moore & Jonathon Foreman (A Walk To Remember Soundtrack)
Someday We’ll Know

13] Pax217
Engage

14] Bob Marley
Is This Love

15] Third Eye Blind
Eye Conqueror

16] Omarion
Never Gonna Let You Go [She’s A Keepa]

17] Jonathan Rhys Meyers (August Rush Soundtrack)
Break

18] Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (the version I love)
Dream a Little Dream

19] Chantal Kreviazuk (How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days Soundtrack)
Feels Like Home

20] The Bangles
September Gurls

21] Kelly Clarkson
Be Still

22] Lindsey Haun
Broken

23] Jason Mraz
You and I Both

24] Evanescence
My Immortal

25] The All-American Rejects
Move Along

Friday, March 20, 2009

A Rose By Another Name

I am all for signs of affection. I think it’s cute that my dad will bring home a rose for my mom on Valentine ’s Day. My greatest friend dropped off a non-occasion gift one day and I totally loved it. When we were dating, my former surprised me with one of those huge paper roses- I’m having a difficult time getting rid of it.

However, I have a thing about gifts of affection; they don’t mean much to me out of context. This comes from past experiences with receiving roses. Other than family, I’ve been given roses I think 5 times in my life. I’m not much on flowers and stuff for myself, but here’s where the context comes in.

The first time that roses meant something to me was at the YFC grad banquet. I went with a good friend and he brought me a bouquet of red roses. Loved it. I didn't know what to do with them really, but loved it.

The second time I remember was a basketful of white roses from my best friend at the time, Taz. It was for my graduation. Loved it. Also for my graduation, my bf at the time took a moment to ask Taz what my favorite flower was and surprised me with white roses [I also love orchids and tulips]. Loved it. It showed that they wanted to know about me, had spent time with me, cared about what I liked.

The fourth time, I was in Vegas over valentine’s weekend. The AIAS [architecture student’s club] of Southern CA decided to join the AIAS at UNLV to do a service project. I stayed in a room with 2 of my friends and a UH student.

Valentine’s morning, we woke up to knocking on our door. UH got up and answered it. She walks back in the room with a display of roses. Two single roses were addressed to my two friends. The vase of a dozen red roses was for me. Sweet, right?

The catch is that they were from one of the guys from one of the other clubs, whom I had met maybe twice before that weekend. And whom had developed a crush on me. And whom was the kind of nice guy that would have let me walk all over him if I wanted to [I like nice guys, but they hafta have a backbone too, that’s another entry!].

So…it was too much from someone I didn’t really know and whom didn’t really know anything about me. This was only highlighted more by the fact that he had spelled my name as “Ginny.”

The last time, I had gone on one date and one lunch date with a nice guy. On the third day, he sent me a dozen red roses to my workplace. Kinda embarrassing, but fine. But then he had spelled my last name wrong on the envelope. I guess it bothered me more than it would have due to the “Ginny” incident, but still, it was too much from someone who didn’t take the initiative to find out how to spell my name correctly.

Is that just horrible of me that I see but can’t feel the sweetness behind the gesture? Is it so selfish of me to want my name spelled right? ‘Cuz now I’m thinking that if I’ve been dating someone for months and he sends me a gift but my name’s spelled wrong, there’s something wrong with the relationship and I’m outta there! Forget the possibility of love, spell my name right! Lol

Mahalo for reading.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Look At Me! : A Better Kalihi/ Hawaii Breakaway 2009

Here are the rest of the photos from the A Better Kalihi/ Hawaii Breakaway 2009 collaboration!