MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE!!!

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ALOHA AND WELCOME TO MY PERSONAL BLOG!!! I THOUGHT WHY NOT SHARE MY PERSONAL GAINS & STRUGGLES THAT LIFE PUTS OUT TO EACH AND ONE OF US. I FEEL THAT THROUGH THE GIFT OF "GIVING & SHARING", THERE IS NO WAY BETTER THAN START THIS BLOG WHICH IS ALL ABOUT ME, MY OHANA (FAMILY), HOALOHA (FRIENDS), AND EVEN ENEMIES WHICH ARE THE VERY ONES I NEED TO LOVE AND ACCEPT.


I'LL SAY THIS STRAIGHT UP, I DON'T HOLD BACK MY FEELINGS FOR ANYONE AND IT'LL COME OUT OF MY MOUTH ON HOW I FEEL ABOUT YOU AND OTHERS. I DON'T GO BEHIND ANYONE'S BACK AND START RUMOURS WITH HOPES THAT IT WILL CIRCLE AROUND AND FINALLY HIT ITS TARGET. WHY TAKE THE LONG ROUTE WHEN I CAN GO STRAIGHT TO THE POINT. PERSONALLY, I THINK THAT IS THE "REAL" WAY OF LIVING LIFE, "BE REAL" AT ALL TIMES EVEN WHEN THE WORLD IS WATCHING.


ON THE OTHER NOTE, "I AM" THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PERSON IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE FROM THE WAY "I SEE IT". I AM NOT SPEAKING FROM OTHER PEOPLE'S FEEDBACK OR "CONCEITEDNESS". "THIS IS" WHAT I CHOOSE TO SEE MYSELF EVERYDAY WHEN I WAKE UP FROM MY BED AND THANK "AKUA" (GOD) FOR GIVING ME ONE MORE DAY TO LIVE, REGARDLESS OF REGRETS FROM THE "YESTERDAYS" TO THE FEARS OF "TOMMOROWS".


IN MY EYES, LIVING A "BEAUTIFUL LIFE" CAN ONLY BE ATTAINED BY "CHOICE" AND IT REQUIRES "INTEGRITY", "HONESTY", "UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE", "FORGIVENESS" AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, "LOVE".


AS MY BEAUTIFUL ANCESTORS HAVED ALWAYS BELIEVED:


'Ike aku, 'ike mai, kokua aku kokua mai; pela iho la ka nohana 'ohana.


WHICH MEANS, RECOGNIZE OTHERS, BE RECOGNIZED, HELP OTHERS, BE HELPED; SUCH IS A FAMILY RELATIONSHIP.


SO ONCE AGAIN, "WELCOME TO MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE!!!"


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Sunday, June 22, 2014

MY "AWWWESOME" & BEAUTIFUL TRIP TO FAIRBANKS, ALASKA!!!

ALOHA EVERYONE!!!

AFTER A WONDERFUL WEEKEND...   I WAS ON MY WAY TO FAIRBANKS, ALASKA ATTENDING  THE "RURAL PROVIDERS CONFERENCE" - http://ruralcap.com/

I WAS TILL SAD TO LEAVE AS MY OHANA WAS STILL IN BETHEL.  HOWEVER...  I WAS ALOS LOOKING FORWARD TO REUNITING WITH ALL OF MY OLD FRIENDS WHO USE TO LIVE IN BETHEL, ALASKA AND HAVE MOVED UP TO FAIRBANKS...  FOR SOME...  I AHVEN'T SEEN THEM FOR ALMOST 10 YEARS!!!

SO MY JOURNEY BEGINS!!!


I ARRIVED IN FAIRBANKS, ALASKA!!!

I MET UP WITH MY GOOD FRIEND & BROTHER...  HT BARKER!!!

I PCIKED UP MY RENTAL CAR AND CHECKED IN MY HOTEL AND THEN WE HEADED OUT FOR LUNCH AT THE "LOOSE MOOSE CAFE" - http://www.theloosemoosecafe.com/


NEED I SAY MORE???  I ATE THE "SIGNATURE BURGER" WHICH IS A MIX OF BUFFALO, BEEF, & PORK!!!  THIS FRICKEN BURGER WAS "100% ANIMAL!!!"

RIGHT ON BRADA HT FOR THE RECOMMENDATION!!!  I DEFINITELY URGE YOU FOLKS TO GO AND EAT AT THIS PLACE IF YOU ARE INTO BURGERS!!!

HT THEN TOOK ME ON A CRUISE...







MY BROTHER...  HT!!!


IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL AND STILL BRIGHT OUT...  THE SCENERY WAS MAGNIFICENT...  I IMMEDIATELY FELL IN LOVE WITH FAIRBANKS!!!

AFTER THAT WE HEADED OVER TO...



THE UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS AND THE FAMOUS SIGN WHERE PEOPLE WOULD TAKE PICS IN CRAZY OUTFITS ON THE COLDEST DAYS OF THE WINTER!!!





SEE WHAT I MEAN???  I GUESS I'M GONNA HAVE TO DO THIS TOO...  ONLY DIFFERENCE IS I'M GONNA WEAR MY HAWAIIAN MALO AND SPEAR!!!

YOU JUST WAIT AND SEE!!!



RIGHT AFTER THAT WE HEADED OVER TO THE CINEMA AND WATCHED "EDGE OF TOMORROW" STARRING TOM CRUISE & EMILY BLUNT.  WE WATCHED IT IN 3D ON THE IMAX SCREEN...  YEAH BABY!!!

GREAT FILM AND AN "AWWWESOME" WAY TO END MY SUNDAY AFTER FEELING A LITTLE SAD LEAVING BETHEL SO SOON WHEN MY OHANA JUST ARRIVED A FEW DAYS EARLIER.

BUT A BIG MAHALO TO HT FOR CHEERING ME UP...  ITS BEEN YEARS SINCE I'VE SEEN HIM...  2008!!!

SO THE NEXT DAY...  I WENT TO GO REGISTER FOR MY "RURAL PROVIDERS CONFERENCE" AND THAT WAS PRETTY MUCH IT FOR THE DAY...  I WAS FREE FOR THE REST OF THE DAY SO I WENT TO CATCH 2 MORE FILMS...  "X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST" & "GODZILLA IN 3D!!!"  ENJOYED BOTH FILMS AND THEN I WAS HUNGRY...

I ATE AT THE "COLLEGE TOWN PIZZARIA" - https://www.facebook.com/ctownpizza

AND I REALLY ENJOYED IT FOR A NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA...  BECAUSE I'M A HUGE FAN OF THE CHICAGO DEEP DISH...  BUT THIS PLACE DID VERY WELL FOR ME. 



AND THAT ENDED MY DAY!!!

I WOKE UP EARLY THE VERY NEXT DAY TO GET READY FOR MY CONFERENCE...

FIRST THING I DID...


HIT THE TREADMILL...  I HATED EVERY MINUTE OF IT...  IT IS NO WHERE CLOSE TO REAL RUNNING!!!  AND THE ONLY REASON WHY I RAN ON THE TREADMILL...  IT RAINED PRETTY HEAVY OUTSIDE...  REALLY???




THEN I ATE BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL WHICH IS FREE FOR ALL RESIDENCE OF THE BEST WESTERN HOTEL - CHENA LODGE!!!

AFTER THAT I HEADED OVER TO THE CONFERENCE!!!



THIS LADY WAS A VERY POWERFUL SPEAKER FROM CANADA...  SHE SHARED HER LIFE JOURNEY OF HOW SHE WENT THRU SOME MAJOR CHANGES AND TRANSFORMATION FROM HER CHILDHOOD YEARS TO HER PRESENT LIFE.  A VERY WONDERFUL WOMAN THAT I HAD THE HONOR TO SPEAK WITH AFTERWARDS.




THIS LADY HERE IS AN ATTENDEE LIKE MYSELF AND SHE SO HAPPENS TO BE A "FITNESS FREAK"...  LOL...  LIKE MYSELF FOR THE MOST PART...  LOL!!!

SHE IS A "WEIO" COMPETITOR - http://www.weio.org/

SHE AND I HAVE VERY SIMILAR GOALS...  FITNESS FOR LIFE!!! 

BRING ON THE HEALTHY SMOOTHIES ERICA!!!

AND HERE MORE PICS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK FROM THE TRAINING...








I ALSO HAD LUNCH WITH SEVERAL PEOPLE... FROM THE CONFERENCE...





WE ATE LUNCH AT "PIKE'S WATERFRONT LODGE" - http://www.pikeslodge.com/

THE FOOD WAS GOOD AND THE VIEW WAS JUST SPECTACULAR EATING OUT ON THE OUTSIDE DECK OVER LOOKING THE CHENA RIVER.

I ALSO DID A TOUR AT THE FAIRBANKS YOUTH FACILITY AND MET MANY WONDERFUL PEOPLE!!!

I ALSO CONTINUED TO MEET UP WITH MY BROTHER HT FOR ANOTHER DINNER AND MOVIE!!!

WHILE I WAS DRIVING TO MY CONFERENCE THROUGHOUT THE WEEK...  I ALWASY PASSED THIS RESTAURANT, "ALOHA BBQ GRILL" - https://www.facebook.com/AlohaBBQGrill?rf=171010699599241

AND SO WE DECIDED TO GO CHECK IT OUT...

HT ORDERED THE LAU LAU DINNER AND I ORDERED THE LOCO MOCO WITH THE SPICY POKE SIDE DISH.


YOU KNOW WHAT...  I NOT GOING DISS PEOPLE'S RESTAURANT...  I CAN SEE THAT THEY AT LEAST TRYING TO ACCOMMODATE THE LOCAL PEOPLE FROM THE ISLANDS...  BEING SO FAR AWAY AND IT IS NICE TO BE ABLE TO EAT SOMEWHERE AND AT LEAST FEEL LIKE YOU ARE AT HOME EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE.

SO I'LL JUST LEAVE IT AT THAT...  BY THE WAY...  HT ENJOYED HIS LAU LAU DINNER.

RIGHT AFTER THAT...  WE THEN WATCHED "22 JUMPSTREET"...  ALL I CAN SAY...  PLEASE GO WATCH THIS FUNNY ASS MOVIE!!!

AND SO MY "AWWWESOME" TRIPS CONTINUES...

MY BIRTHDAY SO HAPPENS TO FALL IN WHILE I'M STILL IN FAIRBANKS!!!  AND FOR THIS SPECIAL DAY...  I FINALLY MET UP WITH THE REST OF THE BETHEL GANG...  AMANDA & DACOTA!!!

WE GO WAY BACK AS EARLY AS 1998 WHEN I FIRST MOVED UP TO BETHEL, ALASKA AND THESE GIRLS WERE MY FIRST CO-WORKERS AT THE "QFC - 2 STORE"...  TO ALL YOU BETHEL PEOPLE...  YOU KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT...  LOL!!!

BUT ANYWAYS...  WE FINALLY MET UP...


LEFT TO RIGHT:

AMANDA, DACOTA, ME, ANDREW!!!


I SO WISH I HAD A PICTURE OF ALL OF US 16 YEARS AGO!!!

SO FOR MY BIRTHDAY...  THEY TOOK ME TO THE FAMOUS AND "AWWWESOME"...  "CHENA HOT SPRING" - http://www.chenahotsprings.com/

I'VE HEARD ABOUT THIS PLACE SO MANY TIMES AND FINALLY I AM GOING!!!







AS SOON AS I WALKED IN...  I DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE...  THE WATER WAS SO WARM AND HOT IN SEVERAL SPOTS...  IT WAS "AWWWESOME!!!"

WE TALKED AND TALKED AND TALKED ABOUT THE GOOD OLE DAYS IN BETHEL WHEN WE ALL WORKED TOGETHER...  WE MADE THE THE MOVIE "CLERKS" LOOK LIKE A RATED G FILM...  THAT IS HOW BAD ASS WE WERE...  HECK WE ALL EVEN AGREED TO REUNITE IN BETHEL AND WORK AT THE "QFC-2 STORE" FOR ONE DAY JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT...  LOL!!!

AND THEN IT WAS TIME FOR SOME YUMMY DINNER!!!




DACOTA'S SHRIMP SCAMPI.




ANDREW'S GARLIC & BUTTER CLAMS.




MY VEGETABLE SANDWICH AND SALAD...  LOL!!!




AMANDA'S FISH & CHIPS - HALIBUT STYLE!!!




DACOTA ALSO HAD THE SAME AS MINES.




ANDREW'S KILLER CLAM CHOWDER...  I SHOULD'VE HAD THIS ONE INSTEAD!!!


AND SO WE LAUGHED AND LAUGHED AND LAUGHED SO MUCH THAT WE ALMOST FORGOT ABOUT TIME.  AND SADLY IT HAD TO END SHORTLY AS WE HAVE A LONG RIDE BACK TO FAIRBANKS AND I ALSO KNEW THIS WAS GOING TO BE MY LAST EVENING IN FAIRBANKS AND BEING WITH THEM.

BUT I AM SO THANKFUL AND GRATEFUL FOR THEM AND FOR GIVING ME AN "AWWWESOME" BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AND AN HEART-WARMING REUNION!!!

I LOVE YOU FOLKS...  ALWAYS AND FOREVER!!!


I WOKE UP THE NEXT DAY...  DID MY LAUNDRY AND PACKED  UP AND CHECKED OUT AND HEADED OUT TO MEET UP WITH HT FOR ONE LAST TIME BEFORE I FLY BACK TO BETHEL IN THE AFTERNOON.

HT TOOK ME OUT TO FOR BREAKFAST.


BANANA PANCAKES BABY!!!




OOOHHH...  AND EGGS BENEDICT WITH SPINACH!!!


AFTER BREAKFAST WE DID ONE MORE STOP...



WE HAD TO VISIT THE "MATT KRISTOVICH" GUY...  LOL!!!


WE CHATTED FOR A LITTLE BIT BEFORE I HAD TO HEAD OUT TO THE AIRPORT.  IT WAS GOOD MEETING HIS BEAUTIFUL OHANA AND HIS HOME!!!

WAY TO GO MATT...  I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU...  THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING US OVER EVEN FOR A LITTLE BIT.

WE'LL MEET UP AGAIN AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR HUGE BACKYARD...  TACKLE FOOTBALL ANYONE???

AND SO IT WAS TIME FOR ME TO SAY MY FINAL ALOHA TO MY BROTHER HT AS HE DROVE ME TO THE AIRPORT...  IT WAS TRULY A SAD FEELING ALL OVER AGAIN AS I WAS ALREADY MISSING EVERYONE I'VE HANGED OUT WITH IN BEAUTIFUL FAIRBANKS, ALASKA.

TO MY FAIRBANKS OHANA:

HT, DACOTA, AMANDA, ANDREW, AND MATT...  AND INCLUDING ALL YOUR BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN AND SPOUSES...  I AM ONCE VERY GRATEFUL TO ALL OF YOU AS PART OF "MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE!!!"

YOU HAVE ALL PLAYED A HUGE PART IN MY LIFE TO WHICH IS WHY I AM WHERE I AM IN LIFE TODAY.  DON'T EVER FORGET THAT...  YOU ARE ALL PART OF "MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE!!!"

MAHALO NUI LOA A'O ALOHA A HUI HOU!!!

TAHNK YOU VERY MUCH...  FAREWELL UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN!!!



AWWWRITE!!!

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