Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat

Usually Halloween is a pretty big deal to me as I grew up with an awesome childhood full of costumes & hauling ass to get myself some candy. Lemme tell you, I went on foot, neighborhood to neighborhood in an elaborate costume with the help of my loving parents. But I dunnooo.. maybe it is being in Okinawa & not being around all the serious shenanigans that come with the holiday that I'm just not that excited about it. The past few years I always went out to drink on Halloween so I always had fun but this year with work & everything I just didn't have the energy to do it so I stayed home to contribute to the trick or treaters. I also made a jack-o-lantern carrot cake. Unfortunately the icing got all liquidy towards the end but it's still good. We usually do a pretty good job of decorating but as you can see this year we didn't do much at all. I am quite disappointed in Okinawa.. Okinawan kids show up your door expecting candy without wearing any costumes or even knowing that you have to actually KNOCK on a person's door & say TRICK OR TREAT to get some candy. Super super bummed...these little things make me miss the states! So for the 3 girls who wore costumes thank you! But to the rest.. you guys are breaking my heart. :( 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Themed Treats!!

Taking a break from Taiwan.. it is the time of year... Halloween is here.. my second favorite holiday, Christmas being the first of course. ;P In Japan they have a ton of seasonal candies & I love trying all of them!!! Kit Kat has a new pumpkin cheesecake flavor & it was delicious.. I'm obsessed with pumpkin & cheesecake so it was the perfect Kit Kat for me.  Koala no March doesn't have a new flavor but all the koalas are wearing Halloween costumes & I just thought that was the cutest thing. I'm a sucker for these kind of things. :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011


In Taiwan we went to a lot of temples. A LOT. I can't even remember the names because we went to so many. :) The people in Taiwan are all about their gods. They burn these long incense sticks & make their  prayers. They also leave gifts & offerings like food, flowers, & many other things. The temples were super colorful & gorgeous, the air filled with the smell of incense. Outside of the temple a lady was making bracelets so my mother & I bought so matching red ones. <3