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Hoilday Problems Turn to Joy

It’s 4 days until Thanksgiving, 30 days before Christmas, 37 days before New Year, and to some of you, by the time you read this post the holidays might even be closer!

Do you feel your blood pressure rising? Are you feeling a bit stressed and anxious, thinking of the many things you have to do this holiday season? I have to be honest, I do and I am.  I am a person prone to anxiety and if I don’t become proactive in dealing with stress I will be a basket case even before the holidays start.

So …..  here I am in front of my computer making plans and devicing strategies on how to combat holiday problems and turn them into joy. I will be sharing my holiday problems and my possible solutions. While reading my post I encourage you to think about the possible holiday problems you might have and how you can proactively deal with it proactively.

Before I proceed with my sharing, let me tell you that this post is part of a campaign by Travaasa Experiential Resort to help us take away the #holidayproblems out of the holidays.  I will tell you more about the campaign later (and your chance to win a  stay for two at Travaasa), for now please allow me to reflect on my own family problems and find a solution to it. This post is a win-win kinda post.  I know this will benefit me  and I believe it will benefit you as well.

#HolidayProblems turned to JoyHoliday Problem #1 – Stressing about Buying Gifts.

I love giving gifts! However, making a list of who to give and what to give can really be stressful because I have a limited budget (very tight one). If I have a bank account that says sky is the limit, I would be so happy buying gifts for everyone I love. But you see, I don’t.  And I get sad about that.

My solution?  I have to remind myself that gifts don’t have to be material things bought from a store.  There are other gifts like gift of encouragement (write a letter, give a card with a heartfelt note), gift of time (coffee date, movie date, laugh together).  I often hear people talking about how Christmas has become very materialistic and they don’t like Christmas at all. As for me I love Christmas,  and so I wouldn’t let the pressure of materialism steal away the joy I feel when I think of the warm memories I have of Christmas.

Holiday Problem #2 – Feeling Homesick

I love living on Maui, but the hard part about it is I miss enjoying holidays with my extended family.  Both my husbands’ family and my family lives far away from here. His family are in Connecticut, my family are in the Philippines (and California and New Jersey). Hearing the song “I’d be home for Christmas” brings me to tears. I long for my kids to experience Christmas with grandparents, uncles, aunties and cousins.

My solution? My first thought is to fly back my family to the Philippines so they can experience having Christmas there. But that solution will create another holiday problem (financial stress) because the cost of round trip tickets are outrageous.  So, plan B is to spend time with Hanai Families  or Ohana (Surrogate families) here on Maui.  And thanks to technology, I can Facetime my family from far away and can feel a little bit of closeness with them talking to them and seeing them on the video “real time”.  Not exactly the same as “real life” get together but it will do for now. Funny, as I was writing this “wishing I am spending time with our family this Holidays” a thought came to my mind. Others might be saying that is their “holiday problem” – the drama that goes on when family gathers: the in laws who don’t get along, etc. etc.   Do any of you have that kind of stress?

Holiday Problem #3 – Hectic Schedule

Holiday hectic schedule translate to having no time to exercise, eating junk food a lot, not getting enough sleep, not finding rest. Ugh, just typing about those things makes me feel tired. But it is true, holidays are hectic days.  If I don’t guard myself, being hectic will steal away the joy I have of the holidays.  So what to do?

  • realize that I can’t say yes to everything thing, even if it’s all fun and good.  I have to decide which parties I (or we as a family) should go and which one I (we) should pass.
  • exercise early morning, even if it’s just 10 jumping jacks.  Exercise is such a stress reliever and is great for our body but this is one thing I always neglect (and I shouldn’t)
  • have some quite time and downtime. I am an introvert and quite time for me is indispensable. But even if one is not an introvert, it is important to set aside a time to be quite, to meditate. It’s is good for the body as it is good for the soul.
  • Plan ahead.  Drink lots of water; pack healthy snacks in my bag.

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That caption on my photo, I thought about it and added it last might.  I placed it there with my goofy photo to remind me that the important thing about holidays is to find and experience the joy it brings.  I won’t let stress and anxiety ruin this wonderful time of the year. I want to be able to sing “Joy to The World” with glee.  Oh I know it’s easier said than done, but it can be done … it can be…. What are some of your holiday problems? Do you have tips in on how to resolve and overcome holiday stresses? Hey, I have a suggestion for you…. Why don’t you share it with us at  Travaasa #HolidayProblems sweepstakes  and be entered for the chance to win a three-night stay for two plus two $300 American Express gift cards to help with your travel expenses. Travaasa built a  #HolidayProblems  Page as an effort to help us be relieved of some of the holiday stresses we experience. I am sure you’d find the page very useful this holiday season.

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Miss Saigon on Maui – Don’t Miss on Aug 22, 23 & 24

Last NIght of The World

Photo by Jack Grace

It’s 11:17 pm. I am supposed to be in bed, asleep, by now. Yet I know I had to write a blog post to tell you how fabulous Miss Saigon on Maui is, and that if any of you are still on the fence and not sure wether to go or not, I highly suggest you buy your tickets now because it’s worth it and it might sell out soon. The show is spectacular, emotion packed with excellent performance. My daughter went to see Miss Saigon Maui this afternoon and we were both well pleased along with the hundreds of people in the theatre who gave the show a standing ovation. Excellent production, kudos to all the cast and crew.

Fall of Saigon

Photo by Jack Grace

I am assuming that by now you already know what Miss Saigon is about. In case you don’t, I highly suggest you read about it here on this Wikipedia page of  Miss Saigon. I know there are other articles about Miss Saigon on the internet, so yes, please Google about it if you still don’t know the story.

I knew about Miss Saigon way back in 1988/89 bck in the Philippines when Lea Salonga was discovered and chosen to play the role of Kim.  I bought the sound track and knows the lyrics to every song. Sang most of them a hundred times (ok, maybe less), of course mostly in the shower or when I am alone in the house.  However, I have never seen Miss Saigon in a live stage performance until today. It was truly a treat watching it live on stage. It was intense, I cried a lot, and in the end I am glad we we watched it.

I am not a critic and I won’t even try reviewing the performance of this Maui version of Miss Saigon as a critic would.  All I can say is  it is a must see. As the hashtag would say #MustWatch

I have many favorite songs and scenes in Miss Saigon and I want to share some of them with you … are these your favorites too? If not, which one is your favorite? I couldn’t find a video of the song “Movie in My Mind so I chose the Youtube version with just the logo and it’s original version playing in the background.

I was planning to write more about each song but it’s getting pretty late and I must log off. I hope you enjoy each video. Not the best quality video but it’s all that we got – just focus on Leah’s voice and it’ll be all right.  I am hoping these videos will motivate you to go and buy the tickets to the play (if you have not done already).

THE LAST NIGHT OF THE  WORLD

I STILL BELIEVE

THE MOVIE IN MY MIND …

I’D GIVE MY LIFE FOR YOU

Here are the remaining show dates and time.

Fri., August 22- 7:30PM
Sat., August 23- 7:30PM
Sun., August 24- 2:00PM

Get your tickets by calling 242-SHOW or online at mauiarts.org

 Visit and LIKE the MISS SAIGON MAUI Facebook Page and

see many of the photos take by Jack Grace of  Jack Grace Photography

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Musings on Maui

Calm after the storm

KULA  “Calm After The Storm” Photo via @ErikBlair of www.erikeverywhere.com

Musing on the storm before, during and after.

It was interesting the amount of preparation people on Maui did for these hurricane Iselle and Julio.  It was quite entertaining seeing so many photos on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter about long lines at Costco and empty shelves at Safeway. Even my boss who usually does not post on social media channels posted about it. What a hoot!   There was a bit of a panic buying, but then again, everyone wants to be prepared.

The school were cancelled.  Many of the offices sent their employees home early as well.

Then we waited, and waited.  It did not even rain in Kihei till the day after Iselle was supposed to hit Maui. Later we found out that Upcountry had a lot of rain and crazy wind that night, and there were some damages in Ulupakalua area. Considering what the Big Island Hawaii had experienced, Maui’s storm experience was mild. For that we are thankful. Now praying for quick recovery of the Big Island.

So was the 2 days cancellation of school a fail? Was the storing up of food ad water a fail?  In my book, it’s absolutely not.  Storms and hurricanes are have a mind of their own. It’s hard to precisely predict what is going to happen.  I remember one year when DOE did not cancel school, then it rained hard in the middle of the day, and then there were power outages, and there were chaos among parents trying to pick up their kids from school. That was a disaster.  So canceling  the school due to a weather forecast saying that a hurricane is hitting Maui is good in my opinion.

Musing on my new job.

Well, it’s not so new anymore. I have been with Wailea Realty for 3 months now.  Sometimes I still can’t believe that his hobby/passion of mine turned into a career/job. Friends always ask, how’s your new job? Are you still liking it? The answer is yes. My new job is great and yes I am still liking it. Who wouldn’t want to get paid  cruising Facebook and the Internet? ha ha.  OK, this job is not for everyone, and not everyone will enjoy what I am doing.  For me it’s great to be able to talk about Maui as part of my job. Of course I do more than cruise the internet, but it’s a fun part of the job. It is quite fulfilling too. Check out the comments on this Facebook Post when you get a chance and see how friends on the internet appreciates what I do :)

Musing on my kids and family.

When I started blogging, my kids were little  and  young. Now they are tall and teenagers.  Will I still be blogging when they turn into adults and then have a kids of their own? Ha! I would be a grandma blogger.  The question is, would blogging still be existing by then?  I wonder what other technology with come up.

Musing on Blogging.

Speaking of blogging, did any of you noticed that there was no “Best Local Blog on Maui” category in the recent Best Of Maui 2014?  I initially wanted to ask why, but then the more I thought about it, the more I feel I shouldn’t ask why.  I decided to apply the wisdom of Yoda as in this scene:

Luke: But tell me why I can’t… Yoda: No, no, there is no why. Nothing more will I teach you today. Clear your mind of questions.

 

Well, there goes the musings. Thank you for reading along. Hopefully this will jumpstart the blog and I will regularly blogging again.  However, if at any point in time I become MIA again, know that you will find me at Wailea Realty’s Maui Blog.

A hui hou!

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Hawai‘i State Chili Championship Cookoff on Sunday, July 20 at Ulupalakua Ranch – Come for a Sunday Drive

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Ulupalakua Ranch Store & Grill, along with Shaka Pops Maui and Maui’s Winery, invites the public to come on up to beautiful Upcountry Maui for the 2nd Annual CASI Hawai‘i State Chili Championship Cookoff on Sunday, July 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The cookoff, which is sanctioned by the nonprofit Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI), debuted last year at the Ulupalakua Ranch Store and was so successful that the organizers decided to expand this year’s event and make it part of the Ulupalakua Sunday Drive series, with proceeds again benefiting the Maui 4-H Livestock Association.

Chili Cook Off

As anyone knows who’s “come on up” for a Sunday Drive, the day is all about fantastic live music! Maui’s own Country Knights will be performing on the beautiful grounds of Maui’s Winery. The Knights are good-time island favorites, featuring Herb Andrews on vocals and guitar, Rob Loney on bass, and Jon Melia on drums. They perform at many major resort conventions here in Hawai‘i, with music described as having a relaxing, island-style country feel, especially their most frequently requested original song “Maui, You’re On My Mind.” The Knights will perform from 11 to 3 p.m.

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Over at the Ranch Store, Bradda Francis will entertain from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bradda Francis has been called “the Hawaiian Elvis” for good reason. A full Native Hawaiian, he has a deep, rich voice that can transition into many different styles (and he can also sing in seven different languages!). Maui audiences especially love his authentic Hawaiian melodies, and you’ll hear plenty of those at the Sunday Drive event.

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Just as hot as the music that’s playing on the Ranch is the lunch that’s cooking on the Grill. Executive Chef Will Munder has created a spicy new menu that’s all about chiles in all shapes and sizes. Try the Anaheim Chile Enchiladas with Queso Fresco, or Steak Tacos with Pasilla Pepper Salsa. From the Hawaiian Chile Pepper Croutons in the famous Caesar Salad, to the Bacon-Wrapped Jalapenos you can order on the side, to the Red or Green Ranchero Sauce you can add to your Elk Burger, it’s a day full of flavor and spice. Yes, and that includes dessert: Ancho Chile Pepper & Double Chocolate Tarte with Cinnamon Whip Crème—¡ay, caramba!

The event also marks the debut of Ulupalakua Ranch Store’s own Pulehu BBQ Sauce and No Bull Hot Sauce, newly bottled, labeled and on sale. Like everything else at Ulupalakua, the sauces are all made from local ingredients and created fresh in-house. If you love what you taste, take some home with you!

Shaka Pops for Chili Cook Off

The chili cookoff was brought to Maui by husband and wife chili enthusiasts Larry Lutz and Christine Vestfals—the makers of Shaka Pops Maui. These handmade, natural Hawaiian ice pops are the perfect way to cool down after a bowl of hot chili. (Unless you’re trying the Spicy Mayan Chocolate pop, made with fiery chili spices just for the event!) How many pops can you eat? That will be the question during the Shaka Pop-Eating Competition at the Ranch Store. Keiki from Maui 4-H will be selling pops, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the 4-H program.

Popsicle eating contest Maui

Just across the road at the King’s Cottage Tasting Room, Maui’s Winery is offering new kama‘aina pricing all day for all visitors. The Winery recently brought home two prestigious medals from the 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition: a Gold for the lively and elegant Lokelani Sparkling Rosé, and a Silver for the layered and intriguing 2011 Plantation Red. In celebration of these triumphs, the Winery is offering low celebratory pricing on both wines just for the day.

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Tasting room staff will offer visitors advice on “Pairing with Heat,” with a display of the do’s and don’ts of pairing wine with various levels of spice. “It can be hard to find the perfect marriage between wine and spicy cuisine, where the classic rules of food and wine pairing just do not apply,” says Joseph Hegele, Director of Marketing for Maui’s Winery. “Pairing the wrong wine with spicy food can actually accentuate the heat and impair your palate.”

For the chili cookoff, visitors can purchase a $5 tasting kit to sample the competition from 12:15 to 2 p.m. and place their vote for theirfavorite chili in the People’s Choice category. “Anything goes” for that category, as well as for the Best Restaurant category, so cooks can get creative. Rules are a bit more stringent for the official CASI Rules chili. All three categories require that the chili be cooked onsite the day of the cookoff. A limited number of judging seats are also available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dan MIller

Maui’s own Don Miller of Makawao will be returning to defend his 2013 title, taking on chili aficionados from around the islands. The competition will be spicy, as 2008 Terlingua International Chili Championship (TICC) winner Susan Dean from Johnson City, Texas, and Texas Men’s State Champion Alan Dean will also be competing. Winners will be announced at 3 p.m.

The winning three Hawai‘i resident cooks will be invited to compete at the legendary TICC in Texas on November 1, 2014. Prizes include a hand-painted cookstove donated by Shaka Pops Maui for the first-place Hawai‘i cook, as well as gifts from Ulupalakua Ranch and Maui’s Winery. Last year’s event raised more than $1,600 for Maui 4-H. Ulupalakua Ranch has a long-standing commitment to Maui County’s agriculture community, as well as to the future farmers and ranchers in the Maui 4-H program.

CASI is a major nonprofit organization that raises over $1 million annually for local charities and its scholarship fund, all while promoting chili appreciation.

Poster Chili champsionship Maui

 “We are so proud to welcome the state chili championship here once again,” says Diana Azevedo, manager of Ulupalakua Ranch Store & Grill. “It’s a wonderful and fun way to bring the community together, and we’re excited to introduce our new line of Ulupalakua Ranch branded food products on this special day!”

For more information, visit www.shakapopsmaui.com/chili.

About Sunday Drive events at Ulupalakua

Ulupalakua hosts twice-yearly Sunday Drive events to share and honor different aspects of this unique historic area. Each event features live music on the beautiful grounds of Maui’s Winery, lunch specials at Ulupalakua Ranch Store, complimentary wine tasting, and opportunities to learn more about the area’s history and culture.

For more information about Sunday Drive events, call toll-free (877) 878-6058. To learn more about Ulupalakua, please visit www.mauiwine.com or www.ulupalakuaranch.com.

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PLEASE KOKUA and support Ulupalakua! Help us keep these events free and open to the public by patronizing the Tasting Room and Ranch Store and by respecting our rules: NO DOGS (for the safety and comfort of all), NO COOLERS (purchase your delicious meal and drinks here in Ulupalakua!) & NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL (county liquor laws are very strict). Mahalo!

 

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