1. smell: Oftentimes while walking around the middle of the city I catch a strong whiff of sea air. It smells salty, and beachy, and...well...like the sea. For me, this is the smell of a vacation. So, my home smells like a vacation.
2. rainbows: There are an awful lot of these about.
3. malasadas & bubble tea: Delicious.
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4. mystery bagpipes: The acoustic makeup of our surroundings is such that even soft noises made at ground level can be heard almost perfectly from our windows eighteen stories up. A couple times a week a bagpipe band gets together somewhere in our neighborhood to practice. We can hear their playing perfectly (and a bit eerily) from home, but can't tell exactly where the sound is coming from. We've thought of trying to search them out, but once outside their sound is covered by all the other city noises. I really enjoy listening to the music, but I've come to enjoy it even more thanks to the mystery surrounding its origins.
5. hiking trails & waterfalls: There are so many beautiful hikes through lush terrain and rainforest here on the island, a great many of which end with a waterfall. It's our favorite day off activity.
6. fisherman's wharff: My favorite busted down abandoned restaurant right near the water by the marina is one of the best places to take photos.
7. thrift shops: The thrift stores here are rife with racks of muu'muus ripe for the plucking (and shortening).
8. lunch wagons: I've never seen so many restaurants on wheels in my life.
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9. pineapple with li hing mui powder: The most delicious snack ever created is pineapple chunks covered in a spicy/salty/sweet powder which I originally found at the Aloha Swap Meet but is supposedly also available online. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.
10. vintage signage: There are plenty vintage signs left in tact on the buildings around town. This makes me happy.
11. stating the obvious: I live on a tropical island, and can't drive more than an hour in any direction without running into a beach. Could there possibly be anything better than that?
More recently (as in at least a couple weeks ago) I was also tagged by Afton, the brains behind my new favorite inspirational and insightful blog, freckle farm. The rules for this one: go to your fourth photo file, find the fourth photo, post it and describe it. No cheating.
Anyone who's met my wee one knows she's not the type to sit still for long. I was mighty impressed when, after finding a collection of these little people at a local thrift shop last September, she continued to play contentedly on her own for the remainder of the afternoon.
its ok to sweat