"When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky"
-Guatama Siddharta

Over and under and up and down...sunshine and thunder...a laugh and a frown!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

It's like the Amazing Race...minus the amazing part!

6/29/11

As I write this I should be snoozing somewhere on my way to Delhi. The fact that I'm in the armpit of America (you can all venture your own guesses about that locale as I ramble on about my adventures that put me here) rather than on a plane is starting to become humorous...slightly. Yesterday however, not so funny.

It started off as a good travel day, running around with mom, the obligatory Costco stop, arriving ON TIME (this never happens when mom and Costco are involved!) to the airport (couple of hours early in fact), checked in, no problems. Great! I just happened to check my phone and my itinerary said canceled for my flight to Chicago (I HATE flying there. Always a problem). I refreshed and checked again and it said on time. I refreshed again. It said canceled. Finally I got up and checked the board. Canceled. I was told by the one and only American Airlines (hate them right now) agent that I would have to go back out through security to ticketing because she couldn't help me/us (the other stranded passengers) as she was trying to board a flight to Dallas. Lovely.

Fast forward through some insignificant details. The ticket lady (who I actually was fond of because I thought she had really hooked me up) originally was going to put me on a continental commuter flight to LaGuardia, I then would have to take a shuttle to Newark to then catch the 8:30pm Continental flight to Delhi. I wasn't thrilled with the option and extra traveling but would have done it. It took her forever to try to get the shuttle info, so she finally just said that she was going to cab me to Newark. That's right. I took a freaking cab from Hartford to Newark. With the worst cab driver EVER. This man got lost while using his GPS. At least 5 times. We were stopped dead, stuck in NY traffic for an hour and a half. The total time in the cab was 5 hours.

I tried to check in to about 3 different Continental counters, to be shooed away each time, finally finding the "India only" check in counter. Lovely. After going through the chaos of that (inspecting/measuring my carry-ons, weighing my luggage on the spot, all before I could even get in line) I finally get to the counter. The lady looks at my ticket looking thing (mind you I knew it wasn't a ticket but thought I was confirmed on the flight) and says, "we don't have you on here". She then continues to tell me "there is no way they could have put you on this flight because it's over sold already by 13 people". I was fighting off the ugly cry like nobodies business! At this point it had been WAY too long traveling and I hadn't even been on a plane. No food. Not enough sleep, and still recovering from the jet lag of Guam. She directed me back to American (the people who royally screwed me up) in a completely different terminal...via train...with my excessive luggage.

I do a lot more back and forth between American and Continental finally finding a very sweet Continental employee who really helped me out (and even talked to the American worker who clearly couldn't do her job because she did the same thing the woman in Hartford had done...and would have stranded me for a second night in America's armpit). So, I'm hopeful that I actually have a seat, on a flight to Delhi, on an airline that I prefer, and hey, I think they prefer me, at least that's what my gold card, speedy line privileges and occasional upgrades tell me!

I've always said that I would LOVE to do the Amazing Race. I still think that I would...after all, with the amazing race their is a rockin' prize, many exciting sites to see, and generally a hunky travel partner right?! Yesterday's journey had NONE of those things!

Perhaps I'll get to India today. Or perhaps I'll be put in another cab to one of America's fine destinations.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Goodbye Guam Randoms

6/17/11

So the day that I never thought would come, did. And, surprisingly, I was sad! After all, when you don't feel like you're dying, your perspective is a a bit different! I was in a tropical paradise!

I learned a lot while in Guam, here are some of the highlights/lowlights/WTF/only me moments from my final days...

1. I was propositioned by a Federal agent. I'll say no more. This is not flattering when considering the source (perhaps it would have been flattering if the Federal agent looked something like one of the ones you see on tv...ahem Benjamin Bratt, I assure you he did not. There was no romance or swooning involved, just a simple unflattering and rather offensive proposition)

2. I had 15 minutes to make a connecting international flight in Tokyo, this resulted in a team effort in the security line (kind of like pass Laura up the line) I went from the back of the line to the front of the line in a matter of 3 jumps

3. NO upgrade on any of my flights. Commoner status the entire way home. LONG 24 hours of travel

4. Upon re-entry into the US (because I flew from Guam-->Tokyo-->Houston) when asked if I brought anything with me into the US I promptly told the Immigration officer "just my tan" without missing a beat. Upon thinking about this further, it's probably best not to use humor or sarcasm with Customs/Immigration Officials. Thankfully my attempt at it was well received. Sort of.

So now it's on to another adventure. I have to admit, I've been waiting for this next one for YEARS!!! I couldn't be more excited. Where am I (and you) going you might ask (or perhaps you don't but I'll tell you anyways)...

Nepal


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bonelos Manglo (Chamorro Air Donuts)

6/14/11

I haven't posted a recipe in a while, so what better way to start off than with a native Chamorro treat?! I received this recipe from a Chamorro woman (thankfully it accompanied a lovely Bonelo Manglo to try!)

Bonelos Manglo (Chamorro Air Donuts)


Bonelos Manglo (Chamorro Air Donuts)

Senora Cruz (Guam)


Ingredients:

5 Cups Flour
1 ½ Cups Sugar
1 ½ tbls. Baking Powder
1 ½ tbls. Shortening
1 tbls. Salad oil
1 Can Coconut Milk or 1 ¾ cups real fresh milk

Salad oil for frying

Directions:

·      Mix dry mixture first-flour, sugar, baking powder
·      Then add shortening and carfully mix with dry mix making sure all of the shortening is distributed into the mix
·      Add salad oil again, mix well with dry mix and shortening
·      Add milk slowly, mix well until mixture forms into a large ball
·      Roll out dough then cut into 2” diamond shapes (can do any shape)
·      Heat pot/pan with oil so you can fry the donuts
·      Make sure oil is hot enough to fry; test oil with one piece of donut
·      Fry both sides of donuts until golden brown
·      Line a bowl or pan with paper towel to drip dry the donuts
·      Let cool and enjoy!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Sugarnomics Take 2!

6/11/11

Went out for my final Sugarnomics run (since I'm leaving the island Friday)...what a way to go out!

Tried a different sandwich this time (there are 3 to choose from on the menu) and it was amazing!!! Cuban Pork Sandwich that consisted of pulled pork, mustard, pickles, and swiss cheese. Another awesome side salad. I of course could eat half of it, making it 2 meals in 1 :)



Again I went with the Milo Dino for my beverage, it's so tasty (like a less sweet chocolate milk!)



Desserts...where to start. I got 3 this time...that's right 3. I probably should have jogged home from the place but my belly was too full to even consider it!

Dessert 1 was a Red Velvet Cake that was topped with a brulee'd cheesecake and fresh fruit. OHMYAWESOMENESS!!

Dessert 2 was a massive piece of cake that was caramel, apple, and something else, it was amazingly delicious. Sorry, no picture!

Dessert 3 was a Banana toffee chocolate tart. 


But...the best part about the whole trip was realizing what/who the neighbors were for Sugarnomics. Each trip I seem to find some kind of pornographic/crazy shop name (ex: Balzac Coffee, Whitetrash Chinese Food)...I found my golden ticket today in the massage shop...

Friday, June 10, 2011

Guam Sunrise/Sunset Photopia

6/11/11

Finally decided to take some photos off of the good old iPhone!! Enjoy!!

I'll have some more later on this weekend. I've been actively trying to get perfect sunset pics in the evening. I think bringing my camera with me is jinxing the process!!






Sunrise

Early morning on the beach



Sunrise from my room balcony!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Guam you dirty bird!

6/6/11
So I went out on an evening adventure that turned out to bring more laughs than I've had in a while! Right next to my hotel are the classy establishments of "Club G Spot" and "Ballscratchers" which I've been meaning to get a picture of since arrival...I got way more than I bargained for last night while walking around Tumon!!!
Enjoy your pornographic tour of Guam...


Club G Spot

Club G Spot and Ballscratchers


Dirty massage parlors

I took normal pics too! Orchid growing out of a tree

Definitely NOT ESPN Zone!

Obama bobbles

Whitening Soap

Worms and Crickets that are flavored

Many choices in the bug department

However does one choose?

The Other Green Meat

Duck Me, sex toy in a mini mart

Pepero Nude

Carved wooden penis'

Obama flippies

You read it right...Placenta Soap. Also a "whitening soap"

Whitening face wash

My favorite pic of the entire evening. Cool snail!


Too bad I wasn't able to capture the really fabulous shooting star that I saw on the beach after all of the above shenanigans!!


Books Read:
Nineteen Minutes

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Chamorro Village

6/1/11

Ventured off to Chamorro Village last night. Every Wednesday the place is packed with local vendors selling everything from shell lei's to local cuisine. This is the first Wednesday that I've gone...and there was no shortage of entertainment!

There was one thing that I was really interested in prior to arriving, and that was the fresh coconut...as you can see, I was successful! It was delicious!

In addition to this coconut I also succeeded at devouring some amazing street food. I passed up the banana lumpia (which I assure you is the best thing EVER to eat) because of the junk that I had previously consumed (including a chocolate covered wild banana on a stick. Yum!

Throughout the evening there were some interesting things/encounters. A man with his pet monitor lizard (3 feet long) who had the thing crawling all over him. A water buffalo with a saddle on it, they were selling "rides". I passed on the ride but did pet the water buffalo.



It poured for most of the evening, which in the grand scheme of things was actually a refreshing break from the oppressive heat/humidity.

All in all a grand evening enjoying some local cuisine/entertainment!

Shell leis

Happy camper, and hey look, less palsy!