Hawaii

There is this place that is paradise. And it sits in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Have you heard of it? It’s Hawaii. Having traveled to many various places, happy to report that Hawaii is incredible. Go and immerse yourself in the culture, the islands, the music, the food, the scents, the aloha. Hope to travel there for the rest of my life. It’s that good.

Here are the must dos:

1. Oahu: Watch the sunset while sipping a Mai Tai at the House Without a Key at he Halekulani. And view the former Miss Hawaii dance hula to a trio playing live music. Halekulani

2. Kauai: Order Pineapple Cocount Ice Cream at Lapperts. Lapperts

3. The Big Island: Buy a Plumeria Lei and wear it as much as you can. Lei Orders

4. Maui: Eat at Mama’s Fish House. Mama’s Fish House

That’s it. The rest is bonus.

Beautiful, paradise, and completely fantastic.

Funny Girl

“Hello, gorgeous”

Discovered and appreciate this musical as an adult. The Broadway version has great songs not included in the film such as: “Cornet Man” and “The Music That Makes Me Dance”. But the film delivers some real gems: “I’m The Greatest Star”, “Don’t Rain On My Parade”, “I’d Rather Be Blue Over You (Than Happy With Somebody Else)”, “Funny Girl”, and “My Man”. It is an incredible, Oscar winning performance by Barbra Streisand.The story, and Barbra’s talents, usher in a new era of musical theatre.  Brassy, indelible and stirring.

Hipstamatic

This application is like photo magic. It turns most photographs into something remarkable. It was itunes 2012 App of the Year. It currently costs $1.99 in the itunes store. Posted below are several photos taken using the app. You can select different lenses, camera cases, film quality. Retro, progressive and hip.

Hipstamatic Website

Moonstruck

Look, I love Romantic Comedies. Can’t help it. I like it when a movie makes me feel good. Moonstruck is one of those movies that always delivers.

From wikipedia: “Moonstruck is a 1987 American romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison. It stars CherNicolas CageDanny AielloVincent Gardenia, and Olympia DukakisMoonstruck was nominated for six Oscars at the 60th Academy Awards, winning for Best Original ScreenplayBest Actress, and Best Supporting Actress.”

It also has some of the best lines, ever:

Ronny Cammareri: I love you.
Loretta Castorini: [slaps him twice] Snap out of it!

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Rose: I just want you to know no matter what you do, you’re gonna die, just like everybody else.
Cosmo Castorini: Thank you, Rose.

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Rose: Old man, you give those dogs another piece of my food and I’m gonna kick you ’til you’re dead!

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Ronny Cammareri: Loretta, I love you. Not like they told you love is, and I didn’t know this either, but love don’t make things nice – it ruins everything. It breaks your heart. It makes things a mess. We aren’t here to make things perfect. The snowflakes are perfect. The stars are perfect. Not us. Not us! We are here to ruin ourselves and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and *die*. The storybooks are *bullshit*. Now I want you to come upstairs with me and *get* in my bed!


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Rose: Why do men chase women?
Johnny: Well, there’s a Bible story… God… God took a rib from Adam and made Eve. Now maybe men chase women to get the rib back. When God took the rib, he left a big hole there, where there used to be something. And the women have that. Now maybe, just maybe, a man isn’t complete as a man without a woman.
Rose: [frustrated] But why would a man need more than one woman?
Johnny: I don’t know. Maybe because he fears death.
[Rose looks up, eyes wide, suspicions confirmed]
Rose: That’s it! That’s the reason!
Johnny: I don’t know…
Rose: No! That’s it! Thank you! Thank you for answering my question!

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Johnny: In time you will see that this is the best thing.
Loretta Castorini: In time you’ll drop dead and I’ll come to your funeral in a red dress!

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Rose: Do you love him, Loretta?
Loretta Castorini: Aw, ma, I love him awful.
Rose: Oh, God, that’s too bad.

Grab some pasta, a nice bottle of red wine and watch this terrific film with someone you love.