MN Masala: Good Eats Honolulu

By Jane and Chux: While vacationing in Honolulu, Hawaii recently, we sought out local good eats. Here are some of our favorites:

1. Food Court at Shirokiya department store, Ala Moana Center. This place is almost overwhelming. The entire top floor of this Japanese department store is a food court. We recommend taking a walk around the place before making a decision. There are many options to choose from, including sushi, dumplings, salads, grilled meats, noodle soups, and a beer garden. Their food and beer prices were very reasonable.

Grilled Ono

2. Dean’s Drive Inn: We had fresh grilled Ono with ginger/soy sauce, salad and brown rice. One entrée had more than enough food for both of us to share.

We also shared one of their mocha cupcakes. Fresh, healthy and delicious. Continue reading

Is marriage still relevant?

Cindy Moy

By Cindy Moy: Why do people get married?

People used to get married for intimacy, children, and financial security. Today, we can have all of those things outside of marriage. So why get married at all?

I’ve heard too many people say that marriage is just a piece of paper. If you think marriage is just a piece of paper, you should not get married. Marriage is a significant relationship–or should be–based on a commitment that is more than legal. It is not a contract, it is a covenant.

Whether a couple is dating or married, sooner or later the lovey-dovey stage ends and a couple has to figure out how to work through life’s difficulties, be they big or small. When those times arrive, it helps to remember that the person you are squaring off against was willing to stand up and pledge his devotion to you for the rest of his life.

That’s pretty significant, and a promise worthy of your respect. Continue reading

When does individualism go too far?

Cindy Moy

By Cindy Moy: Puritan John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, preached to his fellow colonists on board the Arbella in 1630. He advised them to “make others’ conditions our own, rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our community as members of the same body.”

Two hundred years later, Alexis de Tocquerville wrote about the New World in Democracy in America (1835). Tocquerville viewed democracy as a balance between the individual and the community. Tocquerville predicted that if individualism became more favored than community, American society would become fragmented.

Did Tocquerville’s prediction come true? Where does my right to do what I want, when I want, end? Where does yours begin?

Where did we get the idea that the right exists in the first place? Continue reading

What would you do with $100,000?

Janine Fugate

By Janine Fugate: I am a sucker for a sweepstakes.

As a marketing professional, I know that sweepstakes are a means to an end – the company gets increased traffic on their websites, they get more detailed information about their customers, they sell more product.

In other words, they learn more about me, and can market more directly to me. They may even sell information about me to other companies, and I don’t really like that idea very much.

But as a regular person, I am a sucker for the dream.

As a constant “nester,” I am particularly a sucker for home improvement sweepstakes. In November, I entered HGTV’s “Don’t Hate, Renovate” sweepstakes three times a day for three weeks.

Yes, you read that right. Once on each of three different websites owned by the same company.

What I couldn’t do with $100,000! Just think of the great kitchen and mudroom renos I could tackle, with maybe enough left over for the main floor bathroom or garage… This month, it’s their “Wishin’ for a Kitchen” sweepstakes (twice a day!) with the slightly lower promise of a $75,000 winner. This is certainly enough for the kitchen and possibly the mudroom, especially if I did some of the work myself.

Yes, the plans are basically drawn up in my head. I did that when my husband and I had a video interview for the DIY Network show, “I Hate My Kitchen” last summer.

Sadly, we haven’t been selected for the show… yet?

Do you enter sweepstakes? What would you do with $100,000?