Monday, January 24, 2011


So I decided to write a post tonight even though I am ridiculously tired. Had a long day of work early in the morn and errands, which include:

-return F21 shoes and top
-brow wax appt
-lunch @ my favorite ramen place
-barnes & noble for "blogging for dummies" and "digital SLR photography for dummies"
-apple store to take my broken macbook pro into the genius bar :((
-golf with dad

As you can see, one, I am addicted to blogging and addicted to being better at it; and two, I am determined to take better pictures for this blog! I had a hell of a night/early morning (430am) setting up this blog and figuring out what a "widget" is AND learning how to customize my own blog site with HTML codes. THIS is what they should really teach you in college!!!

As you can also see, I am computer-less. Funny story. Right after setting up my blog and posting my FIRST post at 430am, I wake up the next morning to find my laptop screen doesn't turn on! The power is on I know, because I can hear it, but the screen is completely and utterly BLACK! Turns out, my visual processor is broken. Bad news? It will cost about $900 and 1-3 days to fix. Good news? It's covered by Apple! Um, did I unknowingly step in some dog shit this morning?!?! Apparently, Apple turned out a bad batch of visual processors for the last generation Macbook Pros, so the repair/new processor are covered! Cha-Ching! (Fingers crossed that I will have my beloved laptop back ASAP!)

I guess the other positive of being "comp-less" is the fact that I don't have to answer my work emails?? HAH! Wishful thinking, I guess.....

SO, as I work from dad's old white macbook, I invite you into a look at some of my favorite places (and not-so-favorite places) at good 'ol Mccully Shopping Center.

I present you with Yotteko-Ya, a hidden gem on the second floor, in the left corner, if you were looking the shopping center from Kapiolani Blvd. Known for their Kyoto-style ramen, their secret is a house-made milky soup prepared from pork and chicken. What makes it a commodity? The broth is simmered for 10 hours! And the "chashu?" The most tastiest and tender pork you've ever imagined. I think it's soaked in some shoyu-based sauce or is so delicious!!! I AM ADDICTED. I must go back every week...and hey, maybe even twice if I'm in the neighborhood. You can't go wrong. (I admit I say that a lot.)

Paitan Chashu (no onions, extra mushrooms)
Japanese-style noodles (means the noodles aren't mushy and overcooked!)

Another one of my favorites? Coffee and Tea, which is on the first floor and specializes in milk teas, boba, and smoothies, but provides a large array of other "coffee and tea" drinks and desserts! Trust me, their menu is extensive, and might be sort of overwhelming for newcomers. I was lucky to come across "Jasmine green milk tea." I highly suggest this drink, plus it has to be extra popular since they have a party size which serves 18 people.

Watermelon Juice- Seasonal, so get it when you see the sign up!
Super refreshing and sweet.

Jasmine Green Milk Tea (no boba, bc I'm not a huge fan of it) to R
My friend's Passion Fruit Iced Tea (decent, but predictable) to L

As cliche as it sounds, there's always a good and BAD in every situation. Let's discuss the "bad" of Mccully Shopping Center.

Anyone tried "Snow Factory?" Ok, I know what many of you are going to say! Some of you out there really like that weird "snow ice." Yes, "it's not shaved ice, it's not ice cream, it's not yogurt...It's SNOW ICE!" Yeah yeah, ya either love it or ya hate it. I get it. For me, I definitely don't love it so much. Why? First of all, the sizing and pricing. There is only ONE size and it's close to $5 a pop. It is definitely way too much to eat (and believe me, this girl can eat), especially if you think of this as an after-dinner dessert place. It's probably better suited for two people to share. Secondly, I think it's the texture. There are just no words to describe the texture; you just have to try it for yourself to know. Lastly, my other guess (why I don't like it), is probably because of the slogan itself- I don't know what the hell it is! What exactly does "snow ice" really mean?
Verdict: I'd rather go to McDonald's and get $1 vanilla ice cream cone. Now, THAT'S what I'm talking about!

Anyway, here's a picture of me and my not-so-liking-it face:

Lychee Snow Ice

And there ya go! Try that damn Snow Factory place, and tell me what you think. I'd like to hear your opinion on it. 

But trust me on this, you will not be disappointed with Yotteko-Ya or the Jasmine Green Milk Tea. I dare you to prove me wrong. If you don't like it, lunch is on me! ;)