Sunday, March 22, 2015

Street Photoshoot in Downtown Honolulu

Blogging has became a semi-annual affair it seems.  Are any of you still out there? haha

This is a pretty late post but back in January (which isn't technically forever ago) a friend of mine invited me to model for him and his crew in Downtown Honolulu.  It was such a great experience having 5 cameras pointed at me in one of the areas in Hawaii that I rarely visit.

To say the least, I am not a night person.  Although it was a different story when I was living in Tokyo where you could karaoke all night long, explore the beautiful city lights and have a pleasant conversation at a chic bar without being approached by creepers.

However, during the photoshoot, it's as if I had found something fun to do at night in Hawaii instead of getting wasted or grinding in the club.  Thanks for the experience, guys!

Photo by: Eric Baranda

Photo by: Eric Baranda

Photo by: Eric Baranda

Photo by Julio Uyesugi

Photo by: Eric Baranda

Photo by: Julio Uyesugi
Photo by: Julio Uyesugi
Photo by: Julio Uyesugi

Photo by: Levi Viloria

Photo by: Levi Viloria

Photo by: Levi Viloria

Photo by: Levi Viloria

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Julio Uyesugi: Camera Bear

Eric Baranda: Facebook

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Semi-annual update: Koko Head Cafe

Uh, wow.  

Has it really been 6 months since my last update?!  

I'm sure most of my readers have migrated their attention to my Instagram.  I must say that between the period from March until now, A LOT has changed for me and I have attempted to update my blog for a while now but I still question how popular is blogging these days? 

Nonetheless, I've found time during my sick day to share one of my favorite new spots to have brunch in Honolulu.

I may have jumped on the boat too late on this one but this place still is raving all over town. Koko Head Cafe opened last year by brilliant Chef Lee Anne Wong who is heavily experienced in culinary and has been exposed to many cultures, making her dishes a wide range of awesome-fusion.

This is the first thing you see when you enter the restaurant.  Alcohol for breakfast? Why not. 

My boyfriend and I sat right in front of the kitchen where we could watch the cooks prepare all the dishes within all the mayhem of orders after orders.  The restaurant was packed! 

Per recommendation by our waiter, we ordered their Kimchee Bacon Cheddar Scone. Say what?! 

Yes, this was the miracle scone.  Amongst the creamy cheese, crispy bacon was the best balance of richness, spice and a pinch of salt.  Maybe not the best scone to pair with your cup of joe, but definitely a tasty snack.  

For some strange reason my boyfriend loves to order loco mocos at ANY breakfast/brunch place we go to.  He says that it's a "safe" choice because they can never go wrong with a meat patty, gravy and sunny side up eggs.  Well, they can't go wrong but Koko Head did perfection. 

The dish is not only just the meat patty, gravy and eggs.  In fact, the patty is Maui Cattle Co. beef and the gravy has mushroom in it topped over GARLIC RICE and a delicious side of tempura kimchi.  Needless to say this was the best "loco mock" my boyfriend has ever had.

I had the Donburi Chen which was Miso smoked pork, five spice pork belly on top sushi rice.  This dish is so me with the elements of Japan with the house-made pickles and sushi rice and then the Philippines with the fresh chicharron.  The French scrambled eggs for well . . . my love for the French language. :)  There's something about juicy flavory pork that makes me miss my mother's cooking and this definitely got me in the feels.

Koko Head Cafe
Location: 1145C 12th Ave., Honolulu, HI (Kaimuki)
Price: $15-20 per person.
Advice/Recommendation: There's usually a long wait but it's worth it! Don't forget to try the kimchee scone :)


It's been so long since I've blogged that I feel so rusty.  Yet writing this post seemed to flow out naturally as if it were inside of me just waiting to get out there.  I must say that I've missed doing these posts and I definitely miss doing makeup reviews!  

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Photoshoot with Stacey Nicole Artistry

Model: Alyssa
MUA: Stacey Nicole Artistry
Photography: Monica Ai 

Dusting off my Canon was probably the best accomplishment I've done this year so far.  When my MUA friend asked me to do a teaser photoshoot for her upcoming makeup business, I jumped for that opportunity.  

I've worked with Stacey before when I was a beauty consultant at my former job.  She would always give me tips and tricks for makeup as well as updating me on the current makeup trends.  Bottom line, she knows exactly what she's doing and I love it!  

Model: Erinn
MUA: Stacey Nicole Artistry
Photography: Monica Ai

We worked with two models that day as well as myself.  They were straight-up naturals (not me).  Every prepared and candid shot was perfect and I had to scan through the 200+ photos we took to pick the best ones.  I have to say that my favorite pictures were the candid ones. There's something about it that really depicts natural beauty in a person.  

Stacey really does amazing makeup art as you can see in these photos.  Very flawless and precise yet so natural.  Along with natural makeup, she can also do costume as well as headshot makeup for those special occasions.  She's currently going on the final stages of her pregnancy and I can't wait for the welcoming of her baby boy.  As soon as she pops she plans to get back into her business and I hope to be a part of her projects in the future.  

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Monday, February 10, 2014

TUTORIAL VIDEO: Bob Hair with Flat Iron

Recently was gifted an Amika flattening iron from a good friend.  I haven't had one for years since my Chia broke.  I was devastated and wasn't ready to make another big purchase especially since I didn't need it at the time with my boy hair cut.  Now with my hair at mid-length and awkward, I decided to take this Amika and spice things up a little.  Watch the video below for the tutorial! Sorry for my shitty narration, it's my first time. 


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