Pineapple Ukulele

"Kala Pineapple" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/75 sec, ISO3200
“Kala Pineapple” Cedar Park, 2018

I bought a new ukulele! It’s a Kala soprano pineapple KA-P and it is wonderful! It sounds great and the smaller fretboard fits my hands nicely.

I’ve been getting into playing my concert-sized ukulele and added a low-g to it so I can play a few songs that require that lower octave. But that meant I couldn’t practice songs that have the high-g arrangement. So, of course, I had to get a second ukulele, right? 😝

The soprano is the traditional size for a ukulele, and the pineapple shape is also a classic look. What I really love about the Kala is that it has cream-colored binding around the body which gives it a clean look and accentuates the pineapple shape. Pair that with the included white Aquila Nylgut strings, and you have a great-looking ukulele!

またね~

Pet Updates

"School" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO2000
“School” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today we made a couple updates to our pet life. First, I bought three green tiger barbs and two albino tiger barbs to add to our three regular tiger barbs. With these aggressive fish, you need to keep at least five or so since one of the fish will become a bully and chase the others. If there are only a couple fish, the ones being chased get too tired, so it’s best spread out the chasing amongst several fish. Anyway, the green and albino barbs look really pretty, and I think everyone is getting along much better! 😀

"Kitty Apartment" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO640
“Kitty Apartment” Cedar Park, 2018

The next update was that we bought a large cat tree for our kitties! It’s pretty great and the cats love it. We’re happy that Anko, who is the less-athletic of the two is comfortable climbing up to the top perch. They seem to enjoy it!

”Cat Tree" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: Motorola Moto G (4), 3.64mm, f/2, 1/30 sec, ISO400
”Cat Tree” Cedar Park, 2018

I hope you had a nice day.

またね~

More Pens

"Shark Pair" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO1600
“Shark Pair” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

So, I bought a couple more fountain pens – the Jinhao 993 Shark in green and blue! Aren’t they cool? I’m going to use them at work, with Iroshizuku Ama-iro and Chiku-rin inks. I love them! What is nice about these pens is that not only are they dirt cheap, but they come with converters which makes refilling with ink super easy.

Highly recommended as a fun, beginner fountain pen. Enjoy!

"Nibs" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/80 sec, ISO1600
“Nibs” Cedar Park, 2018

またね~

Wordless Wednesday

"The High Ground" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/8 sec, ISO1600
“The High Ground” Cedar Park, 2018
"Concert Uke" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO1250
“Concert Uke” Cedar Park, 2018

Vietnamese-style Chicken

"Vietnamese Chicken" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 135mm, f/1, 1/120 sec, ISO400
“Vietnamese Chicken” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

So many food photos, I know, but hey, we eat every day so it’s a huge part of our lives. 😊 Tonight’s dinner was a Vietnamese-style grilled chicken, with marinated carrot and daikon, greens, and rice.

We’ve been using a Char-Broil TRU Infrared grill for a couple years now, and it’s been pretty good. It heats up quickly and we can be cooking in a couple minutes which is super-convenient. So for tonight’s chicken, we got to enjoy that wonderful grilled, smoky flavor without the wait. This grill is highly recommended for a small family.

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

Rainy Monday

"Rainy Monday" Austin, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/200 sec, ISO400
“Rainy Monday” Austin, 2018

Sure, we need the rain, but it was a little excessive today! 😝☔

Korean Dinner and Dessert

"Korean BBQ" Austin, 2018
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“Korean BBQ” Austin, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Tonight Mariko and I went to a Chosun Korean BBQ restaurant for some yummy meat and side dishes. Honestly, the meat was just okay but I love the side dishes and we ate so much! For the two of us, we ordered two meat dishes which was plenty. The service was really fast and friendly, which surprised me because in the past it wasn’t so great, but this time I really enjoyed the full-service cooking, and when we asked for refills of a few side dishes, they came out quickly and the quantity was even more than the first plate. Very good! I ate so many jalapeños and garlic bulbs with the meat, though, that I am worried about talking to my coworkers tomorrow. 😬

After Chosun, we went to the newly-opened Snowy Village Dessert Café for some Korean “Patibing” shave ice. I don’t have a big sweet tooth but it was really yummy! We also ordered a taiyaki, which was a bit more like crepe than a Japanese taiyaki. But it was still delicious. 😀

"Patingsu" Austin, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO320
“Patingsu” Austin, 2018
"Taiyaki Bread" Austin, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO250
“Taiyaki Bread” Austin, 2018

When we came home, Mariko watched an episode of a Korean drama, which seemed appropriate after eating so much Korean food. Overall, a great evening!

またね~