Our Travel to Kansai, Japan-Railways, Arashiyama, and Toei Kyoto Studio Park


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Day 4 Happy 50+ Birthday to Me! Rail System Having been shown how to use the rail system during our previous trip to Tokyo and getting reacquainted with its use in Osaka we were confident that we could get ourselves to Arashiyama in Kyoto. We did make it to our destination, but discovered that we … [Read more…]

Our Travel to Kansai, Japan-Osaka Zoo, Keitakuen, Shinsekai, and Tsutenkaku Tower


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Day 3 We had breakfast at home again, and I realized that I need to study up on reading Japanese Kanji because I couldn’t read the instructions on the bag. Thankfully I had posted my delima on Facebook and one of our hanai kids translated the instructions for us (after we already made the pancakes.) … [Read more…]

Our Travels to Kansa, Japan-Bikes, Tempozan Harbor Village & Spa World


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Day 2 Got up at 6:30 a.m. and threw a load of laundry in the washer before breakfast. With a group of 8 it’s wise to do a load a day (thankfully  the vacation rental had a washer and an area to hang clothes outside on the roof top). Cooked breakfast at home to save … [Read more…]

Our Travel to Kansai, Japan-AirAsia, Rail Passes and More


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Day 1 AirAsia We booked our flight from Honolulu to Kansai (KIX) Japan on AirAsia after our friends suggested we try it. They had used AirAsia and had no problems. It was half the cost of the next cheapest airline which was great! The original price was $129 one way, which came out to $258 … [Read more…]

Oathbringer


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By: Brandon Sanderson Pages: 1242 Genre: Fantasy Oathbringer is the Third book in the Stormlight Archives series. It continues the with the main characters learning more about their powers, as they come face to face with dark forces that will take them to the brink of their sanity as they deliberate on what is right, … [Read more…]

Merlin


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By: Stephen R. Lawhead Pages: 445 Genre:Fantasy, Historical Fiction The Second of Five books in the Pendragon Cycle. This book follows the life of Merlin of the Faery Folk of the land of Atlantis as he narrates what his life was like from his birth, his years spent with the elusive Hill Folk, his short … [Read more…]

Taliesin


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By: Stephen R. Lawhead Pages: 486 A story of Cariss, Princess of the lost world of Atlantis, and Taliesin the foundling who became the Bard with the Mystical voice that could enchant his listeners. The story of their tragedies, endurance, faith and love. Stephen Lawhead takes us back to the stories before the appearance of … [Read more…]

Stars Above – Book Review


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Author: Marissa Meyer Pages:369 Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy Like her previous books in the Lunar Chronicles Series, “Stars Above” is another “you can’t put it down once you start,” book for me.  The characters that I had come to love and said farewell too in the last book were all back again but at a younger … [Read more…]

Roseblood by A.G. Howard


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Author: A. G. Howard Pages 410 Our daughter brought this book, but didn’t finish it saying it was too confusing. I decided to read it  myself and see what was confusing about it. I didn’t find it confusing, but I could see how someone who isn’t used to a book jumping from first person (when Rune … [Read more…]