Friday, June 15, 2018


Well, here we are at the last day of our babymoon sadly. It has been a lovely week full of sun, swimming, food, napping and sleeping in. What more could we ask for?!

Baby Obando is now 23 weeks and 1 day and I hope that baby will love the water just like his/her mom. I think my belly gets even larger in the heat! As of week 23, Baby Obando is the size of a Barbie doll, or a bunch of grapes, and weighs about 1.25 pounds.

Here are some highlights of our lovely trip:

1. Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay

We saw this bay during the Circle Tour we did earlier in the trip, and had multiple recommendations from people to go snorkeling here. Not only is this place beautiful from above, but it has an amazing amount of beautiful, colourful fish in it to see right away! You literally put your head in the water and start seeing fish right away. We regretted not borrowing my dads underwater GoPro to take photos - next time!

I did some preliminary exploration and Edwin joined me shortly after

2. Dinner at Buho Cocina y Cantina

This was a random restaurant Edwin found and it turned out to be really great - its a funky Mexican rooftop restaurant.

This is my kale wrapped burrito that was delicious! It had rice, beans, mango salsa, guacamole and came with a side of beans. Loved it!

I had a churro for dessert (not pictured) and Edwin had an ice cream burrito. Both were so tasty!! This is Kona coffee flavored ice cream wrapped in a house made flour tortilla.

3. Dinner at Duke's Waikiki

We ate at quite a few well-known chain restaurants (P.F. Changs, Cheesecake Factory), which were delicious of course, but there is something I love about going to a non-well-known restaurant. Duke's turned out to be a chain, but there is not a lot of them and they are mostly in Hawaii and California.  Edwin had a steak and I had an alfredo pasta with shrimp, and they had a salad bar you could add onto your meal for $4. Who even has a salad bar anymore?! Why did these ever leave us? I ate far more than my far share of salad and Edwin helped me finish my pasta. Plus, this restaurant had live music and was right on the beach.

4. Laying on the beach

Need I say more? So relaxing and beautiful! 

Edwin venturing out to cool off (the temperature was around 30 - 35 every day, "feeling like" closer to 40 according to the Weather Network)

5. Iolani Palace

This was cool to learn about some history of Hawaii and see the former royal palace. So beautiful!!

6. Shopping/wandering downtown Waikiki

There is SO much to explore around here. I was absolutely amazed at just how many people (aka tourists) there are around here though. Some evenings were packed walking the main drag! You can definitely tell that downtown Waikiki caters to a very specific demographic though. We did not go into the majority of the stores on the strip as they were the veryyyy expensive ones: Prada, Gucci, Tiffany's, Rolex, etc.

The best store ever - the flip flop store!
7. Knowing my Chucho was with his grandparents having a great ol' time! 

So smiley & happy!
 8. Touring the USS Missouri Battleship

We visited Pearl Harbour and it was very cool to see & learn a bit more about the history (from the non-movie version)! The one in depth tour that we paid to see was the USS Missouri Battleship, which wasn't actually part of Pearl Harbour, but was put into working order a few days later. It was HUGE!

Where the table was placed where papers were signed between Japan & USA to end World War 2

I was having quite the special hair day this day....

We are back to reality as of Monday. Such is life! I am glad that we come home on a weekend and have a few days to catch up on laundry, groceries, etc. before usual work/life happenings again. I am also so glad that Edwin & I had some relaxing time before a busy summer, and before Baby Obando makes their appearance! Happy weekend :) 

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