Hello! Lots of exciting stuff since last post. I finally got a car! Unfortunately for Nate, this means no more chauffeuring me around #byebyemsdaisy but I now have freedom to go explore the island! Got it just in time to experience Typhoon Halola (if you would even call it that).
In order to prepare for our first typhoon, Nate and I did what any sane person would: eat a yummy lunch and stock up on alcohol. We ate lunch at the Four Seasons Steak House which is like Benihanas but cheaper and smaller cooking griddle. It was delicious and I learned the japanese word for garlic (a staple in our family as anyone knows who's eaten my dad's food) #garlictothemax Garlic is nin'niku
ニンニク (pronounced knee knee kuu - fun to say!)
So it turns out our first typhoon was a real bust. According to one of my new favorite pages on Facebook, Okinawa Typhoon Pics & Info, Typhoon Halola was drunk and had no idea what she was or what she wanted to do #gohomeHalolayouredrunk. So we waited all Saturday for this storm to hit and it ended up just weakening out and diminished to only a tropical storm. Bummer but I'm sure we'll see our fair share on the island. We did get to see an amazing sunset though, check out some pics below
On Monday, I decided to venture out on my own - first time without Nate! I went to my first eyelash appointment on the island. Luckily it was close so I didn't even get lost, but let me tell ya, driving on the wrong side of the road is weird.
Tuesday we finally got to move into our new digs #homesweethome Got a nice little 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath house with a yard so Ricky Bobby is stoked. We have guest bedroom(s) so anyone who wants to visit - come! Had some 'stick' furniture delivered by the government while we wait for our stuff to get here - hopefully first week of September. Nice to be out of the hotel though
Also met a few neighbors who seem nice so hopefully we can do some fun BBQs and block parties #iftheyonlyknewwhatthey'regettingthemselvesinto Our house is on a little hill with about 10 others so it's a nice little community. Apparently there's a little gang of kids as well - we'll see how that goes down and if there's some type of confrontation. At least I have Ricky Bobby as the #funpolice
After move in day, I decided it was time to stock up on some groceries and try not to get lost on errands around the island. I visited the 'banana stand' farmers market and got some fresh fruit (pineapple, mango, dragon fruit, plums, and of course bananas) and veggies (broccoli, onions, green beans, carrots)
After the first farmers market, I ventured to the Aeon mall since I heard they had a grocery store with some fresh shrimp in it. Bad news is I never found the grocery store. Good news is, there's a mall with some good stores and a good food court! And an Orion (Japanese beer) brewery located next door (or as I apparently like to refer to it #beerfactory right dad? #brainfart) I had some good soba with a soft boiled egg in and some weird meat that smelled like feet #notbad. I saw these delicious pastry ice cream sandwiches that everyone was walking around with, so naturally I had to try one. Got the maccha green tea ice cream so it was at least healthy, right? #macchagreenteahealthdiet
Also, got an American phone number so I got to catch up with my parents which was nice #missthosebuggars My magic jack phone number is (209) 589-9817 and Nate's is (760) 666-7085 but it's always easier to text us on our apple id accounts or facebook message.
After my mall adventure, I headed over to the Kadena commissary to stock up on essentials for our house (spices, flours, etc) since we had to leave all that in America, land of the free. Then I headed our to our favorite other farmers market with the custard fish sandwiches. Got some fresh fish, bean sprouts, mushrooms, and purple sweet potatoes. I had to beeline out to the car so I wouldn't eat the custard fish since I already enjoyed my 'healthy' dessert for the day.
With all our fresh groceries, Nate and I finally got to cook dinner together. He made a delicious steak and I grilled up some fresh veggies and made some mashed sweet potatoes (purple mashed sweet potatoes with coconut milk is apparently an Okinawan dish - we're now officially locals). Yum!
So now you're all up to date, and your lives are a little more complete after reading this, I know. You're welcome. Hopefully this weekend we can start to explore the island a bit more, plus it will make for a more entertaining blog. #FRFR
I'll leave you with another Japanese word, to expand your vocabulary. This one is easy to remember. Green in Japanese is midoriiro pronounced midori (like the green alcohol!) 緑色
Until next time folks
P.S. Our new postal address on base here is:
PSC 556 Box 28
APO AP 96386
So if you want to send anything, it's the same as shipping in the US, just takes an extra week or so to get here.
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Just a girl raised in California and loved exploring Southeast Asia with my husband! We're back in the States but still exploring the world as much as we can!