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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Swimming Dragon

Liping Zhu’s performance of Taiyi You Long Gong or Taiyi Swimming Dragon Chuan is awesome!  Check out the video.  I can see how she won her gold medal.  She is the disciple of the art’s inheritor from Wudang.  Apparently, it used to be taught only within the family and to the imperial privileged.  Master Yu Anren broke tradition and brought it public only in 1980.  Having done various martial arts, I find myself partial to Wudang at this stage in my life.  And finding this lady’s video was a happy accident for me.

And I loved the music too.  Any of you know what it is or have it?

Tai Chi Spirit


Gave out our inaugural Tai Chi Spirit Award today to a most deserving lady.  Even though she doesn’t want recognition or rewards for herself, I had to remind her that tai chi begets yin and yang…a constant flow of giving and receiving.  A balanced flow fosters growth and harmony while imbalance can lead to stagnation.  So with that, she graciously accepted her award.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Thanks goodness for...


At a meeting and the speaker sounds bland.


Yesterday, we took the kids out for holoholo. That was the meat
sandwiched between work in the morning and afternoon til evening.

We took the monkeys for pancakes then the play The Children's
Theater of Oahu gave a very entertaining musical performance of the
play, Hercules.

Viva Olympus!

Then we had sushi before heading back home. Yeah, my girls are
definitely NOT cheap dates.

Back to work for me. The beauty of having your own business is that
you can take the time to smell the roses when the opportunities
arise. The downside is you still have to do what you have to do. So
I worked until 10:30.

Oh, I did pause to make dinner. Made chicken soup since the little
uns were catching colds. The twist I tried was to wrap seasoned mochi
rice with the chicken so the soup was hearty. It was quite good.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Our Hike Last Month - Kulana'ahane Trail

It was a beautiful day to get together with the family and some good friends. So we did. A short hike of a few miles with our children was perfect.

On the way in...

We crossed some of the old turn of the century bridges.

And made our way to Petroglyph Rock.

The petroglyphs were pretty worn and not as distinct as I hoped.

But there's probably a reason for that. Erosion. And curious visitors, like our children. When we realized that people climbing on the rock made the glyphs more difficult to see, we shoo'd our kids off.

And continued on our way. We took various side trails to see what was about. One thing we found in abundance was guava trees.

Most of the trees didn't have fruit or they weren't ripe.

But there were more than enough ripe fruit if you had a keen eye.

And they were sweet, succulent and delicious.

Ohia over there.

The valley was verdant.

Yet when we saw color, it was mostly vibrant red. Like this guy hanging on the edge of a drop.

Or these hibiscus waiting to bloom.

My wife was in all her glory.

And she later reminded me that she held my nuts in the palm of her hand. As if I needed reminding. ;)

Like the tree embracing the rock, these vines clung on too. And there were lots of interesting rocks in the valley.

All things must come to an end, so we headed back out. Although most of us didn't go out with as much sass as these three.

When we got out, we found a nice spot to have a picnic lunch and a little extra play time for the kids and socializing for the parents.

Of course, there were some among us that had other ideas of what was a fitting end to a nice hike and lunch is.