Next stop Shanghai

The trip to Shanghai is confirmed and this is the itinerary:

Shanghai 🚃 Hangzhou 🚃 Nanjing 🚃 Wuxi 🚃 Suzhou 🚃Shanghai.

It’s gonna be a whirlwind of a trip because it is a package tour but hopefully we still get to do some exploring of our own. The kids are excited about doing another overseas trip and I’ve already started reading up on the cities we’ll be visiting.


On the agenda

There is one trip with the family already confirmed for next March a tour of Shanghai. The girl is off to Cuba in December and will spend the first week of the New Year there. Another one that has been discussed for next summer is a trip to Europe with Italy and Spain on the top of the list. Lastly at the end of next summer is a trip to drop off the boy wherever he decides to go to college. Lots of miles in the air for the family these next 10 months.

Paddling has wrapped up and my club’s long distance crew will be doing the Molokai this Sunday. The only time I will be able to get in a boat for the next few months is on Sundays with Kamehameha CC if they run an off season paddling program. Not having a regular exercise schedule for means I have to find activities that will get me out and about. There is a club called the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club that takes members and non-members on hikes all over Oahu. I convinced my wife to go on one at the end of October and there is another in November that I have an interest in. For my next post I’ll load pics and my opinion on the hike.

Summer vacation pt. 3

One constant sight during our time in Tokyo was its SkyTree Tower. We had views of it right our front door and in the sunroom.

Photo taken from the observation deck of the SkyTree during a cloudy sunset.

Summer vacation part 2

More pics from Japan.

House front in Hirai

Godzilla Resurgence had its premiere on July 29th. Toho’s reboot of Godzilla and the studio’s first in 12 years. Went to see it with the kids we were all disappointed but still geeky cool to have watched it in Japan.



Summer vacation pt. 1

The family vacation was Japan this summer from late July to mid August. It was our first international trip and we had a blast! Tokyo totally kicked our asses with its heat and humidity but such a great city to get lost in and wander around to discover stuff. That actually played out in all the cities we visited which included Sendai and Sapporo. I plan to write more posts and post photos as I sort through my assorted memory cards. Here are my first collection of photos.

View of Arakawa River from our AirBnB in Tokyo.
Cabins at Gassan Pole Pole Farm in Yamagata Prefecture.
Mount Gassan first summit.
New Chitose Airport gate numbers.

Back to the grind

Regatta season ended several weeks ago in an anticlimactic way for me and my club. For one I went on a family vacation the weekend of the Oahu championship races and two the regatta was cancelled anyway due to debris and unsafe water quality at the race venue.

I’ve rejoined my club for long distance practices and my first was Wednesday after a three week long break. I felt good and not winded after that practice but I was in the slowest boat and in seat 5. Friday’s practice I was with a faster crew in seat three and I’m definitely feeling some wear on my body this morning. Sunday practice at 7 am so I better get a good night’s rest and set my alarm correctly.

Friday’s practice route.

Hello summer my old friend


Different name same blog I got tired of using Blogger hence the move, I’m hoping I won’t have as much trouble posting from my phone with WordPress. I’m well into summer with regatta almost done and by happenstance or circumstance I haven’t raced in nearly a month. I missed Waimanalo because of another engagement and then at Waikiki my crew’s outrigger broke during the race so we couldn’t even finish. The club is going to be transitioning to long distance practices soon and hopefully I can do two races, one in Kailua and the other in Kona. The regatta practice grind is gonna last for a couple of more weeks and maybe longer if the crew qualifies for the State Championships.

Comics read

I was doing well with my reading until I let Marvel Unlimited lapse. I’ll likely re-subscribe in August but take a break for the time being. Here are my latest reads: Amazing Spider-Man 102, Avengers 126, Captain America 176, Incredible Hulk 271, Tomb of Dracula 54, X-Factor 34.

Other activities

The big family trip is coming up soon at the end of July and I think we’re all looking forward to it. I’ve been taking the Boston to DH more often and sometimes I even manage to snap some photos, summer is my favorite time and I intend to enjoy the next month and a half.

Tuesday afternoon crowd.
Still grinding for regatta.