Hawaii is GORGEOUS… I think. – Destination Daze

I don’t think I’ve ever done one of these before but lately I find myself dreaming of traveling. I picture visiting new places all over the world and trying out all the food. YES FOOD. I have to confess: when it comes to traveling I am in it for the food (surprise, surprise). I want to try out all of the local favorites and history comes second. I feel like that might sound really weird to anyone that isn’t me but growing up I never cared about the history of places. It’s definitely changed since moving to the UK because HELLO there are places older than the US. That thought never crossed my mind when I’d visit places like Disneyland or the beach. Ok I didn’t go to the beach that often and only went to Disneyland twice as kid (and can’t remember any of it) but like I said, history was never something I cared about. As a ‘cool’ teeny-bopper I never appreciated the history of places until visiting the UK because it was the first and only place I have ever visited/lived in outside of the US. I’ll admit, whenever we’ve visited new places, the first two things that pop into my head are nice views and restaurants. Ali is more about discovering places and learning about a country or city’s culture so whenever he’d be like “oh we can go see a wall” I’d be like “WHYYY?! it’s a wall.” He always laughs at me because, as he knows, I’m the type of person who would drive passed the Great Wall of China and be good. But whenever I get to our destination, I am usually in awe and so happy I actually visited and learned about each place we’ve been to. We’ve gone to a couple of graveyards in Scotland with gravestones that date back to the 1500s, which when I saw them was like a weird punch to my brain like “THERE IS SO MUCH MORE THAN CHIPOTLE AND NETFLIX” and I’m truly grateful for that, no matter how reluctant and bratty I’ll be about going at first. Blame my anxiety. LOL Anyway, this brings me to my next point. I have always wanted to visit these places that I’ll be mentioning in future posts but I now have a new reason for visiting, history…. but still food. Always food.

SO I MEAN OK I GUESS I CAN DO A QUICK FIRST PLACE I’D LIKE TO VISIT, RIGHT??

I feel like this one is an obvious choice and it’s Hawaii but not for the reasons people might think. When Lilo and Stitch came out when I was around my early teen years, I remember that everyone was suddenly in love with the culture. I remember watching clips and being annoyed by Stitch so I didn’t watch the movie and therefore wasn’t into Hawaii and to be quite honest, I wasn’t into the idea of going to Hawaii up until a year or two ago.

I want to go somewhere tropical and although there are a couple of places that provide the sunshine that I always dread, I would love to immerse myself in both ancient and modern Hawaiian and Polynesian culture. Of course, growing up in California I have had the fortune of experiencing the culture through friends and hula. I’ve always found hula fascinating and the ways that culture and stories can be conveyed through dance. I joined a friend’s dance group for a good 2 minutes years ago and wished I could have stayed a part of the group longer, and I’ve actually been looking for classes out here in England but have only found hula hoop classes. That’s great and all but that ain’t what I’m looking for. Nah ah chica. I wanna move my hips and break my knees and feel the burn in my thighs!! That is a very strange sentence out of context but I am going to stick to it and commit.

Although there are tons of things I want to see in Hawaii my priorities are visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center, seeing the ‘iolani Palace, go to a touristy (but super cute) lu’au, lay out on the beach in a bikini, and of course visit Pearl Harbor. Ali, of course, wants to do all the hill-y things that involve trekking thousands of miles across the Hawaiian countryside (Ok I know I’m exaggerating, but still). Aside from this part of Hawaii’s history and culture, there are more things I want to experience. As I mentioned above, I really want to do the lighthearted touristy things that I’d never get to do. I’d also like to try out authentic Hawaiian food. I grew up eating L&L Hawaiian bbq but I don’t think having Hawaiian food made in San Jose on the corner of Capitol & Aborn (SHOUT OUT!) has the same authenticity as food made by the people who actually live and grew up in Hawaii. Still good though!

Maybe someday, when I visit California again, I’ll take a detour and spend some time with my love relaxing in a resort on the beach, sipping cocktails, trying out new foods, the history, and learning all about how to make spam musubi without them falling apart. We’ll see!

ps shout out to my friend Mack who let me borrow her picture of a Hawaiian sunset she witnessed.

What I’d Do If I Won The Lottery

The other day I made a video with my love about what we’d do if we ever won the lottery and we had so much fun making it I thought that I’d do a little follow up and further explain my choices since we were a bit jumbled in the video and immersed in thinking about what it’d be like to actually have millions.

I would fix up my parent’s house.

This is the first thing I would do. I feel like most people would buy their parents a new house which is AMAZING but the reason I’ve decided fixing their house up would be a great idea is because I feel like even if you won the lottery, in northern California, in Silicon Valley, you’re better off fixing the house you’re in. I don’t know what happened to the place I grew up but I noticed even before I moved away that living there was becoming unaffordable. When Ali and I were living there together we were thinking about buying our own place, thinking that we’d be in California forever. To our surprise, one bedroom apartments in average areas were at about $600,000 to start so this is why, if I had the money, I would fix up their house. I’d also install air conditioning cuz NAH AH CHICA I remember those summers full of boob sweat and wanting to punch anyone who was within one foot of me with their body heat.

I would then take all of my loved ones on a month long vacation at Disney World & somewhere tropical.

The reason I’d want to do this is because all of my family and friends are all over the world and it’s rare that everyone is in the same place. Come to think of it, I can’t remember a single time where every single person was in the same room. Closest thing was our wedding but even then there were a few people I really wish could have been there to celebrate with us.

My dream would be to be able to afford to pay for everyone’s flight and stay at Disney World’s Boardwalk Inn because that’s where Ali and I stayed on our Honeymoon and the boardwalk itself is adorable, not to mention the PIZZA at the hotel. I’d love to go on all of the rides together and meet up for dinner since I know every single person who would go would enjoy themselves because if there’s one thing my closest people and I have in comment, it’s our love for Disney. Then I’d love to take everyone to a tropical place to just relax, sip cocktails and spend all of our time at the beach. I don’t think there’ll ever be a time where everyone is together at the same time so this would be a dream.

LORT DO I HATE CLEANING.

I’ve always loved organizing things; putting everything in their own little place, labeling folders, planning trips, scheduling my week, folding my clothes the same way, taking notes and rewriting them just so they look cuter… LOL. But when it comes to washing dishes and cleaning the bathroom, no thank you. I mean I still do it but it’s really not my favorite thing to do. Ali usually cleans the bathroom because he’s less bothered by it so if it ever gets to the point where we could get help with this that’d be amazing.

I’d hire a hair stylist to do my hair.

This is exactly what it sounds like. I’m not great at doing my own hair and this is one of those vain things where I know I’d be more motivated to do ANYTHING if my hair was cute. TBH I probably wouldn’t even have someone do that every day so maybe this one is a waste? Maybe we can throw in a person do to my makeup too.

Aside from the selfish things I mentioned, I really would want to give back to the world.

I’d want to save the bees, endangered animals, pay of any debt my friends and family might have, donate to charities like St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, cancer research, pay for people’s health insurance, and I would absolutely love to pay for people’s tuition fees and pay off student loans. I never got the chance to go to college full time and get a degree (but still want to) because life happened. HOWEVER I would love to see more people get the chance to enjoy life with one less thing to worry about.

What would you do if you won the lottery?? Let me know in the comments or even link me to a similar post as I’d love to read what you have! Hope everyone has an amazing weekend!
 

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge – Why Start This Challenge?

I started this challenge because I feel like it would be a good way to keep up with my blog. For the last 3 years or so, I’ve kept saying “I’M GONNA START MY BLOG AGAIN” or “I’m gonna post more often” and never did. I think my record is posting once every month for two months haha!

If you look at all of the topics that are included in this series, it’s a great way to show gratitude towards people I love and also things that I don’t normally question or think about when it comes to me. For example the “5 things you like about you” blog will be interesting. Not because I don’t like anything about myself but because I *never* know what to say when questions like that are asked so it’ll be fun to see what I come up with. I’m excited to express gratitude to people who have inspired me, who have been there for me, and people I don’t think I’ve ever expressed gratitude to out loud.

Since I’m 10 weeks or so behind, I’d like to start with talking about…

The City I Live In – Manchester! (Week 6)

I’ll be honest and say that I don’t know too much about Manchester, but I can talk about how I ended up here and what I’ve enjoyed so far.

To those of you who are reading for the first time, I am from California, my husband is from Glasgow, we met online, were friends for a couple of years, fell in love, he moved over to California for uni, we got married, and he got into a PhD program out here in Manchester. There’s a ton of videos about us on my YouTube channel, glowpinkstah and a bunch of little vlogs about our lives together on my gloriashurinava channel so please check them out if you’d like to know more about us.

We are constantly working and don’t get to explore much but one of my favorite places we’ve visited so far in the area (and not exactly in the middle of Manchester) is:

Lyme House! Lyme House is Mr. Darcy’s house in the movie based off of Jane Austin’s book, Pride & Prejudice. I’ve never seen the movie or read the book but when I posted pictures of my husband and I visiting everyone got REALLY excited. I have heard about Mr. Darcy coming out of the lake and it’s all scandalous because his shirt is all KIIINDS of wet though.

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Ooooh Fancy!!!  – The back of Lyme House (my favorite view)

 

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Waiting on Colin Firth to come out that lake!

It’s a beautiful house that was built in the Tudor period but expanded over the last few centuries. It’s full of pretty gardens to walk through, a lake to sit and have a picnic (as seen above) with your best squirrel friends and loved ones, but my favorite part of it all was what was actually inside the house. Even though my knees died from going up and down multiple flights of stairs, I really enjoyed taking the time to explore into every room. I loved the high ceilings, the stained glass windows, the library, and most of all, the dining area! Can you imagine having dinner parties here?!

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I know that this isn’t what people think of when they think of Manchester, but it’s so beautiful that I had to share! You can also watch me attempt to play croquet, here!

I’m tired as frick and don’t feel like I’m 100% here at the moment but here’s a list of restaurants we love just in case you’re ever in the area.

1. Shaad – Indian Curry – the best curry I’ve ever had.
2. Luigi’s – The best pizza I’ve had in Manchester
3. The Stoker’s Arms – A pub. I love their burgers!!

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More from Lyme House cuz it’s cute ^