Monthly Archives: February 2011

Lollipop on a Pogo Stick

That’s right, I said it. Well actually Mark said it. According to Mark, when I run, I look like a lollipop on a pogo stick.

Mark and Trisha are my triathlete friends that are crazy fit and very disciplined in their training.
My training for a new Jenn started today, I was pretty good on diet, but I need to amp up my cardio. The problem is that my foot is still in a bit of pain from the GAR. I asked them what advice they could give me so I do not look so ridiculous while running.

Trisha gave me some good pointers to help prevent injury:

1. Tighten and engage the core
2. Run on the top of your feet opposed to the traditional heel-toe motion. This way, you are moving forward faster while conserving energy
3. Remember to relax your entire body when running.
4. Focus on running forward and concentrate on your form.
5. Breathe- many people do not focus on breathing enough and end up using more energy trying to control one’s breathing.

Mark gave me some advice that is very helpful and important weather someone has been training forever or if they are just starting out:

1. Diet. Diet. Diet: Something that I cannot control, but yet still working on. Damn those Ono Pops! My goal starting today is to cut out processed sugar.
2. Exercise: Working out daily and keeping active is essential to training.  Running and swimming are on my to-do list.
3. Sleep: It is one of the most important components that I am always struggling with. However this does heavily effect weight loss/gain. Goal: Sleep 8 hours daily

Thanks to Mark and Trisha, I hope I can look as good as you both someday! At least I wont look like Phoebe!
How do YOU run and do you have any tips for me? 🙂

Girl’s Night Out!

Tonight I had a fun and fabulous girl’s night out! We ate at Doraku Sushi in Waikiki and it was dee-licious!!! I love how there can be so much variety and favor in the little sushi bites! 😀 There were lots of good laughs about movies and memories! Happy Friday everyone! Let the weekend begin!

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Doraku Sushi
2233 Kalakaua Ave # 304,
Honolulu, HI (808) 922-3323

The Breakfast Club!

Every year, the Manoa Waioli Lions hosts an annual breakfast fundraiser at Manoa Elementary School Cafeteria. This fundraiser help the Lions purchase supplies for our service projects that we help with throughout the year. There are many Lion Clubs throughout the island, however, this fundraiser is near and dear to my heart as I am a proud Manoa Waioli Lion!

I will be helping to make breakfast on Sunday, May 29th at 4AM! Last year, I was in charge of washing rice and was quickly demoted to a dish washer. Apparently I was wasting too much rice and too many grains were going down the drain. This year, I hope to serve food or even get to cook! (Wish me luck!) Everyone is invited to come down and join us!

It is a great way to support your community, have fun and receive a delicious breakfast for a donation of $5.00. Breakfast will include: Eggs (scrambled), premium Portuguese sausage, rice, and corn bread. Beverages include water, coffee, and juice.

We are always looking for volunteers for the day of the event from cooks, to food prep, dishwashers, and greeters. The Lions are a fun bunch, and one of my favorite things to to hear about how they joined as Lion!

If you are interested in volunteering on the day of the event or making a breakfast donation, feel free to email me: or direct message me on Twitter: @Jlieu

Manoa Waioli Lions Breakfast Benefit
Manoa Elementary School Cafeteria
3155 Manoa Road
Sunday, May 29th 2011


“Motivation is the driving force which causes us to achieve goals. Motivation is said to be intrinsic or extrinsic. According to various theories, motivation may be rooted in a basic need to minimize physical pain and maximize pleasure, or it may include specific needs such as eating and resting, or a desired object, goal, state of being, ideal, or it may be attributed to less-apparent reasons such as altruism, selfishness, morality, or avoiding mortality. Conceptually, motivation should not be confused with either volition or optimism. Motivation is related to, but distinct from, emotion.”-Wikipedia

I have been thinking about this a lot recently, what motivates people? After finishing the Great Aloha Run, what makes me want to run it that much faster? Am I challenging myself, or am I trying to prove to my friends I can run a 6 minute miles as well?

What makes some people what to strive for more in life while others are content? How can one judge if someone is more motivated than the other? Is it our upbringing or outlook on life? How do some businesses successfully motive their staff?

Below is Dan Pink and he discusses the Surprising Science of Motivation. It is definitely interesting and makes me wonder about why do I do what I do, and what are my beliefs that motive myself.

What motivates YOU?

About Face

Since I was a little girl, my mother has always talked about how skincare is SO important. Like many Asian mothers, my mom would always emphasize how sunscreen is THE most important step in the 4-step cleaning process. Below is my daily routine that I would like to share for a fabulous fresh face:

Step 1: Wet your face, use a light facial cleanser and rub gently.
Currently, I am using Aveda’s Botanical KineticsTM Purifying Gel Cleanser which is cool to the touch. When you apply it on your face, you can start to relax as you smell the chamomile and lavender scents.

Step 2: Use a cotton ball and rub toner to take off excess soap and oil residue
The Clinique 3-Step Skin Care System has one of the best toners! I love the “Clarifying Toner” for oily skin, it helps take away the excess dirt and grime without drying out my skin. You can find this and other great Clinique products at Sephora or other department stores.

Step 3: Then lightly apply moisturizer all over
Clinique also has a fabulous moisturizer that is oil free that will still hydrate the skin. It leaves it feeling soft and smooth (ahh love!)

Apply all over the face and anywhere your skin is exposed.
I have been using Neutrogena’s Sunscreen for about 3 years now and I have to say that it is the best value. It is about $10-$12 found in all drug stores and its formula shields your skin from harmful UV rays.

It can be a hassle to upkeep this system, however, remember, your skin is an investment. You must protect it against the elements and be gentle with it. How do you care for your skin? What is your skin regiment? Any suggestions?

The Great Aloha Run 2011

Happy President’s Day everyone! Today me along with hundreds of others are running the Annual Great Aloha Run! I met up with my co-workers around 6:30AM and we took a fun group photo! Everyone was very excited and when the gun went off, Donnie, Andrea, and I were off! This is the FIRST year I have ever ran the whole entire course without stopping! I am proud to say I did the run in 1:33:02. Last year my time was 1:37:42. Congratulations to everyone who ran and hope you all had fun! The best part about the run is that there is water and bananas at the end! 🙂 Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their day off! I am headed into work now! If you ran, how was it for you and what was your time? 🙂

I would have taken more pictures, but my phone/camera broke!

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Saturday at the Farmer’s Market

After a quick four mile run, our running group headed to the KCC Farmer’s Market to get our breakfast on and shop for fresh produce. Our first stop was to Pacifikool where I had the Hibiscus kooler, refreshing and not too sweet! Next, we had a food feast! Kyle and Justin were craving pizza and we stood in line for the best pesto, basil, mozzarella pizza ever! It was $7 but SO worth it! Some other good eats I had were:

  • @OnoPop Cucumber Shiso Yogurt (BEST EVER)
  • Kim Chee Hot Dog
  • @otsujifarm Sushi Surf Slider (one is never enough!)

My Date with Kyle!

This is a part two from my original post, The Beautiful People. It has been my dream that when I moved out on my own, I would move into an apartment, meet fabulous, make friends! I shared my story and many people say that my building is more of the norm and it is rare to find people that are friendly. The reality set in and I was pretty disappointed. However, social butterfly @Melissa808 introduced me to Kyle aka @kyleepuu on Twitter about a week ago. We had conversed back and forth and tried to meet up several times but our schedules conflicted. FINALLY, last night I met Kyle IRL (in real life) at Home Bar and Grill. We started talking and I felt that my prayers have been answered! @Melissa808 helped me find a fabulous neighbor! She is sweet, funny, easy going and LOVE TATER TOTS! The funny thing is Kyle and I have bet before, she is one of the few that have actually said “hi” to me when we shared an elevator. But now that I know she is on Twitter, we can hang out and chat that much more!

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Speaking of which, Home Bar & Grill has AMAZING tater tots. They are delicious with globs of sour cream, salsa, cheese, sprinkled with bacon and bits of green onions. We also had a couple of other dishes such as the salad and this ahi dish with crazy green sauce mixed with shiso. It was onolicious. Kyle is a foodie and I am inspired by how she has a good balance in life. She enjoys her food but working out as well! She makes me want to go to the gym again, and work out THAT much harder! Kyle also loves to hike, snorkel, and basically a fan of the outdoors!

Okay I look crazy at the beginning of this video- but here we are!

Another reason why I am so happy to have found a neighbor friend is that we can chat about our building! Parking for one is horrendous, the stalls are super small and I always thought that maybe it was all in my head, but Kyle helped me confirm that it was NOT just me! This is a start to a beautiful friendship and I am SO thrilled!!!! Thank you @Melissa808 for making this happen! Kyle you rock! See you ladies on Saturday!

If anyone wants to join, we are going to meet at 7AM the KCC’s Famer’s Market parking lot this Saturday, run for about 5-8 miles and then get our eat on at the market! DM for details @jlieu, hope to see you all there!

Networking: What’s YOUR style?

“The way of the world is meeting people through other people,” Robert Kerrigan.

When I was growing up, my father used to always tell me to succeed in this world, it is not only what you know but who you know. At the age of 10, I learned quickly how relationships with people can really help or hurt you in your personal and professional life. I have been really blessed by having so many great people in my life who have given me advice and guidance in furthering my personal and career goals. I am not an “expert ” by any means, I am learning every day as well! However I would like to pass on some tips that I have learned, hoping that this can help those just starting out:

1. Smile + handshake
2. State where you work and what you do
3. Give one fun fact about yourself (memorable)
4. Listen and absorb
5. Following up + keep in touch

Another important tip is to always be genuine and be caught up on the latest news and headlines. It comes in handy when you new boss asks about the UH game, or your co-worker talking about fashion week. Know your stuff!

What are YOUR networking tips? How do YOU work the room?

Tanaka Saimin Yay or Nay?

After a fun run with my fabulous crew, Mike and I went to run some errands and grab a bite to eat. I have heard from many that Tanaka Saimin has not been the greatest, but we were in the neighborhood and decided to give it a try. When we first sat down, the server was very friendly and we received water right away. This is important as we just came from running. 🙂  It was pretty busy for a Tuesday evening at 7PM.

Tanaka Saimin has an extensive menu ranging in hot noodles, cold noodles, sandwiches, salads and breakfast classics. Before we go further, I must clarify that there is a difference between saimin and ramen. Wikipedia explains it best:

Ramen (ラーメン, rāmen?, IPA: ˈrä-mən) is a Japanese noodle dish. It consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat- or fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork (チャーシュー, chāshū?), dried seaweed (海苔, nori?), kamaboko, green onions, and occasionally corn. Almost every locality in Japan has its own variation of ramen, from the tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen of Kyūshū to the miso ramen of Hokkaidō.

Saimin is a noodle soup dish unique to Hawaii. Inspired by Japanese udon, Chinese mein, and Filipino pancit, saimin was developed during Hawaii’s plantation era. It is a soup dish of soft wheat egg noodles served in hot dashi garnished with green onions. Kamaboko, Char siu, sliced Spam, linguiça, and nori may be added, among other additions.

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Mike ordered the Kim Chee Saimin ($6.45) and I ordered the Kayaku Udon ($8.00). The Kim Chee Saimin was okay, the soup/broth was regular saimin broth and there was a side of kim chee for the customer to add to the dish. There were bits of char siu that brought out some flavor. The saimin noodles were “so-so” Mike claims that it tastes like something you could get at a Chinese restaurant. Mike also tried the hot sauce they had at the table, an from his photo, it is hot, hot, HOT!

My Kayaku Udon seemed promising as I loved everything in the dish. It included won bok, mustard cabbage, and tofu aburage. The soup/broth tasted the same as Mike’s. There was not anything really special about the dish  however, the udon noodles which tasted okay. It was kind of pricey considering there is a lack of flavor in the soups.

I did not try anything else, however Ed Morita from Nonstop Hawaii reviewed this place and said that fish tempura sandwich was one of the better items to order. I would agree with Michael Choy that Tanaka Saimin is not a place that would be my first pick. I would give this place 3 stars out of 5, nothing is out-of-this-world. I could not vote yay nor nay-Tanaka Saimin get and “okay” from me. For those of you that are craving for noodles, I would recommend Ed Morita’s review on ramen.

Tanaka Saimin
888 N. Nimitz Highway