February 28th, 2021

A great week! It was my first one back at work, which felt strange...somehow both working and still on vacation? I can't complain, though! I managed to stay productive, and working on California time means I've been getting up early enough to see the sunrise from my apartment, as well as getting done early enough to still have lots of daylight to burn.

I've been staying busy outside of work - exploring a lot on my own, but also meeting people along the way. I've been lucky enough to be welcomed into the social group of some guys I stayed with my first week out here, and have been playing soccer with them on Thursdays. I also met a really nice group of people on a website called Meetup, and have been going to the beach to play Spikeball on Wednesday and out hiking on the weekends. Lots of photos to share:

Beautiful little cove I found away from the city while I was out exploring.
I love this photo! I was on a bench reading a book, this was the view. Very relaxing!
Sunrise from the apartment! Not a bad way to greet the day...
Thursdays I've been playing soccer at this beautiful coastline park.
Waterfall hike! There were some photographers with us, will share better pics later.
I took a Hawaiian cooking course with Linda! I could write a book about her interesting life.
Along with all the cute puppies, Linda also had a pet pig! She named him Bacon lol

February 21st, 2021

It's been a busy past couple of weeks! The move to Honolulu was mostly smooth - a few bumps along the way, but that's to be expected. I rented an AirBNB for the past week, and just settled into my own condo yesterday. I've already met some really interesting and nice people out here, and got a lot of exploring in.

This is my first experience traveling alone, and it's been both freeing and crippling at the same time. Lots to do, nobody to share with! I'm enjoying myself, though, and excited about the things I have planned for the next few weeks: hiking, scuba diving, surfing and soaking in the sun! Oh...and maybe working, if I find the time.

Waikiki Beach, just a block over from where I'm staying!
Honolulu, with Diamond Head looming behind it.
One of the hikes I went on featured this beautiful waterfall!
Selfie from the couch in the new condo! Bringing the bike was a pain, but worth it.

February 7th, 2021

Finally getting some time to rest after a long weekend of packing, cleaning and moving. Virtually all of my belongings are now in a storage unit, and the rest is either getting donated, sold or coming with me to Hawaii! Can't believe I'm less than a week away - it still feels like there's so much to take care of.

This morning, I had some errands to run before the movers arrived. While out and about, I discovered a bakery that had just opened their doors for the day. I don't normally eat breakfast, but I couldn't resist the allure of a fresh baked, cheesy sausage roll. I took it to the nearby park for a brief moment of respite, and it was just as good as I was hoping! I'll definitely miss the great local food here.

Fresh, cheesy baked sausage roll at the park!

January 31st, 2021

A few years ago, I removed myself from most social media sites for a variety of reasons, and in retrospect I'm pretty happy with my decision to do so. Now I just need to work on getting Reddit out of the equation, as well...

Anyways, last year I also accepted an offer with Google and relocated to the opposite side of the country. This put some literal and figurative distance between me and my friends, family and potential stalkers. In a couple of weeks, I'm adding another 2000+ miles onto that gap by moving to Hawaii, since I'm working remotely anyways and tired of paying San Francisco bay area rent. And with the aforementioned lack of social media, some people wanted to be able to keep up with what I'm doing, see pictures, etc. But I'm insistent on not signing back up for those abandoned social media accounts, so here we are. My very own blog!

Here's what I did this weekend - went for a bike up the east foothills in San Jose. It's about ten miles from my apartment, and the climb up sucked! But going down was very, very fun. Pics, or it didn't happen:

Halfway up at this point!
Near my final destination. I didn't make it to the top!