June 28, 2008

sunny day in L.A.

Posted in USA - los angeles tagged , , , at 11:40 am by Malia Yoshioka

last night i caught the red-eye from honolulu to LAX. it was a pretty smooth flight and went by quickly, but i didn’t get nearly enough sleep. we arrived in L.A. just before 6am and i gave jess y. an early wake up call to come pick me up.

jess y. is one of my favorite people in the whole world. i was so sad when she moved back to the mainland, but we try to keep in touch and share our travel stories and plans whenever we can. so my 10-hour L.A. layover came with perfect timing because she wasn’t working and was able to come down to spare me the headache of camping out in LAX for 10 hours!

jess picked me up and we headed to a cute little cafe near venice beach for a delicious breakfast while we chatted and caught up. after walking around the neighborhood, enjoying the cool morning air, we headed to venice beach for people-watching and window shopping. there was even an eco-festival going on so we got to sample organic foods and “green” products! fun!

venice beach, LA
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June 27, 2008

tonight’s the night

Posted in home in hawaii at 10:23 am by Malia Yoshioka

so tonight i leave for paris. the past ten days have been a whirlwind, to say the least! i know that most of you have really hectic schedules, but it was so nice to get to see everyone together even for a short time. thanks to my wonderful friends for all the get togethers, lunches, movies, dinner parties, and for helping me run errands and to get from point A to point B! (i miss my car!)

and it was wonderful seeing our high school class at the MHS reunion, as well as getting to spend time with my family on maui. i know with email and the internet that we’ll all be keeping in touch, but it still makes me sad each time i have to leave you all in hawaii. (can you just hear “honolulu city lights” playing softly in the background? i always do.)
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June 25, 2008

dance a little jig

Posted in home in hawaii tagged , at 9:44 am by Malia Yoshioka

you gotta love this guy. (don’t expect me to be dancing all over the streets of paris though!) haha

June 23, 2008

vacation vs. mini-retirement

Posted in home in hawaii tagged , , , at 12:20 pm by Malia Yoshioka

i’ve been a big fan of tim ferriss ever since reading his book, The 4-Hour Workweek about a year ago. one of the concepts that comes up in his book and also on his personal blog is the concept of “mini-retirements,” as opposed to just taking a sabbatical or a vacation.

this morning, i saw this article on the getrichslowly.org blog, which features an interview with ferriss where he explains further the idea behind saving for and planning a mini-retirement.

after our six month trip, i think i can now say from experience that mini-retirements are a great idea. in fact, making the most of your “in-between jobs” time with travel is one of the best ways to use a mini-retirement! i’m currently in the middle of one extended mini-retirement, but will have to go back to the working world someday soon. please cross your fingers for me that something will work out at the writing workshop so that i’ll be able to work WHILE enjoying my greatest love – travel! with that kind of job, i may never want to retire!

June 22, 2008

j’adore paris

Posted in home in hawaii tagged , at 5:33 pm by Malia Yoshioka

after a whirlwind first half of the year, i’m recuperating at home on maui for the weekend. maui always gives me the chance to slow down, take stock of what’s important to me, and to get ready for new adventures. and what wonderful adventure lies ahead, you ask?

paris, of course!

i’ve always loved paris. when i was little, i asked my mom to buy me a french dictionary so that i could practice “the language of love.” i dreamed of the eiffel tower, falling in love on a bridge over the seine, and spending my days visiting museums and charming french cafes. the first time i actually made it to paris was back in 1998. now ten years later, i’m returning to this beautiful city for rolf pott’s annual paris writing workshop.

we traveled through southeast asia and the pacific for the first half of the year, and now i’m looking forward to a new continent, new friends, new opportunities, and revisiting the city i fell in love with ten years ago… stay tuned, there’s lots more to come!