This was me, yesterday.

I am mostly a plan-ahead, cautious type of person. But once in a while I like to do something just on a whim. Usually these whims turn out to be wonderful. (Sometimes not.)

Anyway, a couple of days ago, near the end of a rather difficult business trip, with my wrist/hand/arm still feeling stiff and wonky and feeling rather sorry for myself, I logged onto my [insert frequent flier miles program name] account and saw that I had a whole bunch of miles nearly expiring. And I decided I needed to spend them. Now.

So, some 48 hours later, I was at a location doing this:


Where might this be?

(Yes, my wrist/arm now feel a whole lot better - thank you! May need some attending to when I get home but am functional. However, blog updates may be a bit sporadic until next week as I may be spending a lot of time you know, chilling out. Lots and lots of chilling out.)

[Update:] Yes about half of you were right. I am in Hawai’i, on Oahu to be exact. My FF mileage didn’t quite add up to a trip to Japan (but that’s ok…I’m planning a serious long trip there next year anywho). But no one got the shaved ice shop right though :) It’s from Aoki’s, just a few steps down from Matsumoto’s. More to follow.

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I love sno-cones!

Oh, that looks delicious! And so un-packable! :)

Hmmm… I would guess…. Florida?

Amy | 14 November, 2008 - 17:52

I love sno-cones!

They’re delicious, and yet, so un-packable!

I would guess you flew to Florida?

(Then I wonder if you’ll keep people guessing all week!) :)

Amy | 14 November, 2008 - 17:54

nope, not Florida. A bit

nope, not Florida. A bit further west…

maki | 14 November, 2008 - 17:59

shaved ice?

If so, I’m jealous.

yoko | 14 November, 2008 - 18:06

That is some yummy looking

That is some yummy looking shave ice so the best guess would be Hawaii.

Lex | 14 November, 2008 - 18:07

ok - guessing California.

ok - guessing California. (Glad you’re feeling better!)

Avlor | 14 November, 2008 - 18:13

I was thinking… Hawaii?

I was thinking… Hawaii? but if a bit further west than Florida… Cali?

Kathleen | 14 November, 2008 - 18:13


Please tell me that’s Matsumoto’s. I moved away from Hawai’i, so I haven’t been there in years, but that was the first thing I thought of when I saw shave ice. :)

Kilrothi | 14 November, 2008 - 18:29

Aloha! Shave ice cures all

Aloha! Shave ice cures all ills, most certainly. This is such a lovely time of year to be in the islands!

Lil | 14 November, 2008 - 19:16

I too was thinking

I too was thinking Matsumoto’s. And now I can’t stop thinking about it, lol!

Cathy @ Chief Family Officer | 14 November, 2008 - 19:39

My vote’s for Hawaii too!

My vote’s for Hawaii too! Yay for spur-of-the-moment trips!

Jennifer | 14 November, 2008 - 19:51

ooohhhh shave ice!

Hawaii!! Little green monster rears it’s ugly head! I am jealous!

Jo | 14 November, 2008 - 20:25

It’s not waiola store…

It’s not waiola store… could be any of the 1000 other shave ice spots though in hawaii. Doesn’t look “big” enough for Matsumoto’s though

Bacon | 14 November, 2008 - 20:52

I’m going with Hawai’i

I’m going with Hawai’i since you’re eating shaved ice…Hope you’re enjoying the lovely weather, which I’m sure is a nice change from Switzerland! ^__^

Lorena | 14 November, 2008 - 21:32

I love snow cones!

I love snow cones!

enrique | 14 November, 2008 - 23:49

Oh man, I’m jealous~ I

Oh man, I’m jealous~

I sympathize with you - my wrists and arms are in a constant state of rebellion against me. I hope you feel better soon!

Dina | 15 November, 2008 - 00:26

gotta be waikiki’s

gotta be waikiki’s international market place.

denny | 15 November, 2008 - 01:12

gotta be waikiki’s

gotta be waikiki’s international marketplace.

denny | 15 November, 2008 - 01:13

Can’t be Matsumoto’s -

Can’t be Matsumoto’s - no plastic spoons there!

anon. | 15 November, 2008 - 02:33

plastic spoon or no, i think

plastic spoon or no, i think it’s Matsumoto’s. are you staying on the North Shore or in Waikiki? either way, huge props for your spontaneous ff miles trip! go maki!
p.s. shave ice is scientifically proven to cure wrist sprains, if eaten often enough. okay, at least make them feel better…

hadashi | 15 November, 2008 - 02:59

For some reason, I’m

For some reason, I’m guessing Japan. It’s cold there right now, but not so very cold that you couldn’t enjoy ice cream or shaved ice. Also the shirt in the photo seems heavy for Hawaii. In any event, I hope you’re having a great vacation and that your wrist heals soon. Best wishes.

Sandra | 15 November, 2008 - 06:29

I like to buy the rainbow

I like to buy the rainbow kakikoori in those same cups from a shop in Kyoto, but I’m guessing you aren’t there. :P

Izumi | 15 November, 2008 - 06:59


You’re in Hawaii! North Shore, perhaps?

GeoMom | 15 November, 2008 - 09:15

Japan is big, cold at some

Japan is big, cold at some places, like Hokkaido and warm in Okinawa…
I am at Yoronto and just had shaved ice too:) After mazuku somen lunch. I even had a dip in the ocean. But I was all alone to do that.
So I guess: Japan! You miss Japan, so why wouldn’t you get there, specially for free?

tanja | 15 November, 2008 - 12:20

seriously jealous!

Wish I was somewhere warm right now! (And also love seeing your site linked on the BlogHer headlines on my blog!)

Kalyn | 16 November, 2008 - 21:03

Love the hawaian shaved ice

What a nice vacation you had!
When I was at Oahu, never a day I skipped for having shaved ice… They are just soooooo good!

yun | 16 November, 2008 - 21:46


That would be so much fun to just spontaneously get up and go like that. Good for you!

Kristen | 17 November, 2008 - 00:37

That’s so cool! Yay for

That’s so cool! Yay for spontaneous vacations. I hope you come home feeling rested and relaxed.

Katy | 17 November, 2008 - 03:10

The treat's name in Hawai'i

Auwe! It’s SHAVE ice, no “d” on the Islands…. We all envy you being there and wish you a full recovery. More Spam is eaten in Hawai’i than anywhere else in the world — and you’re helping! Enjoy the aloha, the saimin (Hawai’ian style), and many other Pacific Rim foods while you’re there.

SBS | 17 November, 2008 - 18:34


I prefer matsumoto’s or waiola’s. I live in Hawaii. Don’t forget to eat at Ono’s Hawaiian Food or to try one of our many good japanese restaurants!

anon. | 18 November, 2008 - 00:58

I need the sun

Here in Ontario Canada we are getting quite a lot of ice, but not sweetened, straight from the sky in the form of frozen rain and snow. I would like a snow cone, but preferably somewhere a little warmer.

Sandy Portugal | 21 November, 2008 - 02:40

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