Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Such Thin Pages

As I was reading the Bible recently, I took some time to reflect on the thinness of the pages. I don’t know why.

I will often finish a section [which I have designated for myself as 3 chapters every reading session] and then flip through the rest of the book to see how many more chapters are left. This used to be a tasking thing as I would think, “I have so far to go!” Now it is an encouraging thing as I think instead, “I’m halfway!” or “There’s only 5 more chapters, I can finish that right now.”

But for some reason, when I was checking ahead this particular time in the book of Ezekiel, I turned the page and thought, “Why are Bible pages so thin?”

Perhaps it serves practical reasons, as 1000+ pages printed on 20# weight paper would be bulky and heavy. Or maybe small type prints better on this kind of paper.

Beyond that, I reflected on my spiritual walk being a reading through the Bible, printed on these thin pages. Such thin pages. I finish reading a page but that one page alone is so thin that it seems like I haven’t made any progress at all.

Then I take a bottom or a top view and I see that I’ve read 730 pages so far, more than halfway through. To think that I used to get stuck around page 150 [~Deuteronomy], that is considerable progress!

And the texture, so smooth, yet rough where I’ve written on it somewhere. I write on the page when I’ve gotten an idea from, a clearer understanding of, or a huge question mark on the reading. Sometimes I’ve pressed down on the pen so much that I can feel the impression through several pages. Such thin pages.

Being somewhat of a bibliophile, even the sound of turning a page is music to me. The thin pages of the Bible rustle and sigh as I flip through. I am beginning to find comfort in its song. The sound is so much more than is the sound of any other book I may read.

My spiritual walk has been slow, the journey of maturity long. Looking back from this point, it has been as if I’ve taken a whole year to take one step. Not always; there have been periods of tremendous growth and understanding, but few and far between have those periods been.

I cannot know what is in my future either, but God knows. God knows what progress I have made and what chapter is next, knows what page I'm on. The times that I’ve been lost or going the wrong direction in life are the times that God wrote on my page, not for His understanding but for my own. God also writes on my page at moments of revealing to me more of who He is. And believe me, He leaves an impression.

As for the sound of my spiritual walk, I think God loves listening to it. I’m sure He loves listening to yours just as much! And God loving your "song" doesn't take away from how much He loves mine, isn't that a wonder?

I know this is a loose illustration. It’s just some thoughts that were going through my mind as I reflected on the pages. *shrugs* I kinda like it.

Such thin pages, each one holding so much.

Mahalo for reading!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Home of the Crispy Gau Gee

Here’s a family favorite: Waimalu Chop Suey. We’ve been eating there as far back as I can remember!

Waimalu CS is called the “home of the crispy gau gee” because their gau gee is HUGE! Sometimes my brother will order just gau gee and that will satisfy him for a whole meal…and my bro’s a BIG guy.

I’ve only seen a couple of reviews on WCS. Both do not give much credit to the service. It’s a family-run sit-down Chinese restaurant; it seems to me that the service at these types of eateries are never raved about. I like the service at WCS. They come quickly with the menu and water, they bring the food out in a timely manner, and the taste? ONO!

My favorite thing from Waimalu CS is their wor won ton with vegetables [pictured above; sorry I couldn't do it much justice with this photo :/ ]. It comes with noodles, cabbage, mushroom, bamboo, and about 6-7 won ton. I like to mix the hot mustard with some shoyu and pour some of that on top of everything. We also like the beef broccoli over cake noodles, orange or lemon chicken, shrimp stir fry…….

Shoot. I’m still hung up on the wor won ton to think of what else we usually get…!! …………..

Anyone up for Chinese food?!

Mahalo for reading and try out Waimalu Chop Suey!

[Directions to Waimalu Chop Suey]
[Waimalu Chop Suey review on Yelp.com]

Monday, April 6, 2009

My Face!

I know NOTHING about makeup! My mom doesn’t know much about makeup and so couldn’t pass anything down to me in that area of a female’s life. No older sister or close cousin to tell me about the stuff.

Not that I mind my lack of knowledge that much; I like waking up and being out the door in 15-minutes if I need to; well, even if I don’t need to, I can be out in 15. I know enough, by messing with the stuff on my own, to do a quick basic thing I would do when I was working and wanted to look a little more “put-together” [isn’t that an odd phrase?]. And I’ve watched those women on talk shows that say they HAVE TO have makeup on, not even their husbands have ever seen them without makeup--- that is RIDICULOUS!

But every now and then, I like having a feminine moment and playing with makeup. And every now and then someone, usually Apple, will say that my makeup looked really good.

Some time last month as I was gumming around YouTube, I saw a video about makeup. What peaked my interest in this video was that the girl was Asian [hey, so am I! Wow!]. Also it was a makeup tutorial for someone wearing glasses. I don’t wear glasses, but I thought that was interesting that someone should do their makeup differently if they’re gonna wear glasses.

I’ve watched other kinds of tutorial videos [about building things, :D ] that are confusing or I hafta do extra thinking about the illustrations they use in order to understand what the person’s talking about, or the video is super long so by the end of it I’m bored.

The video is by Michelle Phan. She has a pleasant face, I just thought I’d say that. I decided to watch a few of her other videos. Michelle’s videos are a good length and are illustrated and/or demonstrated clearly. The music she uses in the background compliments her videos and I appreciate the fact that she gives credit in her notes to the music. If you’d like some makeup pointers, I’d suggest watching Michelle. Here’s the link to the video on makeup with glasses:

I also appreciate what she says on her channel page:
“I take great care and passion with my videos. I may not have a lot, but I am a firm believer of QUALITY OVER QUANTITY. I stress on visuals, colors, music, editing and speech to take my videos beyond a tutorial, but a pleasent experience. It's not about trying to learn something, it's about enjoying what you are learning.”

Anyways, so I guess under the influence of watching videos on makeup, I’ve been in a mood to try stuff on my own. Below are some photos of what I tried recently. Sorry if my face scares you but that’s life! I still don’t do much with my eyebrows and I don’t care all that much to start; I also didn’t do my hair and yes, I’m wearing a ratty old t-shirt, okay.

Mahalo for reading!

[Photo notes: I guess I was also thinking about my recent trip to Shark’s Cove. I loved swimming in the water, such a beautiful blue-green.

Colors used here:
Nicole Miller eyeshadow-Honey Shimmer
NYX ES–Lime Green
NM ES- Tijuana
NM ES- Midnight
NM waterproof mascara
NM eyeliner pencil
NM lipstick- Raspberry]