Aloha, 愛上夏威夷 (CH & EN)
我這麼愛跑, 其實數一數, 卻沒有去過很多地方, 當我找到一個喜歡的城市, 就老是想回到那裡體驗生活! 因為不同的原因, 紐約, 費城及波士頓, 一再重返的次數已經數不清了! 去年光是賭城就跑了三次, 然後東京因為第一次轉機快閃24小時不過癮, 又在年底回台灣時, 順便跑去玩了幾天! 雖然香港, 首爾, 跟上海, 都已經去過兩次以上, 但玩兩次三次真的都不夠, 要把大街小巷都走遍才滿足! 目前我的重遊名單上, 有紐奧良, 西雅圖跟洛杉磯, 假如一年可以花1/3的時間在旅行跟拍照, 我應該每天做夢都會笑吧!!!
但夏威夷不一樣~ 夏威夷對我來說, 是一個可以把所有煩惱都忘掉的地方! 放鬆的日子, 令人滿足!
夏威夷跟沖繩有點像, 但是海的味道聞起來卻又有點不太一樣! 去一樣的咖啡店, 點一樣口味的pizza, 買同一個牌子的飲料, 在夏威夷這充滿魔力的島上, 所有食物都變得特別美味; 防曬乳加上海水留在身上的味道, 是最棒的香水, 讓人一整天心情特別好!
我只去過歐胡島跟茂宜島, 兩個不同感覺卻一樣美好的島嶼; 一個超級熱鬧, 一個與世無爭; 上次跟老外去歐胡島, 因為一點點時差, 我們兩個清晨五點就醒來等著吃早餐, 不知道是因為早起讓一整天時間變得很長, 還是夏威夷本身就讓人很愉快, 在那裡的每一天, 都是完美到不行! 我們最喜歡一大早跑去吃夏威夷飯糰, 外帶兩杯kona咖啡, 在海邊牽手散步聊天。
“我的夢想是在夏威夷的海邊開一間小小咖啡店, 跟當地的居民還有我的客人變成好朋友, 讓大家分享自己的旅遊經驗”
記得第一次去夏威夷時, 我才十幾歲吧! 細節完全不記得了, 但有一件事到現在都很難忘, 就是那時候, 我們一家人剛抵達旅館, 跟弟弟拉著行李, 開門進房間時, 第一次體會到那種似曾相似的奇妙感, 就是一種我之前來過這裡, 但不確定是在夢裡來過還是上輩子的故事的那種感覺! 或許真的是因為這件事, 讓我對夏威夷一直存有好感! 後來我慢慢地發現, 其實我對於名牌包, 衣服, 跟珠寶鑽戒都沒有特別慾望, 假如可以, 我希望每天都穿著背心短褲夾腳拖, 在炙熱的夏天或是溫暖的冬天賣咖啡; 我想在自己的院子裡種水果蔬菜, 閒來無事跟老外去衝浪, 抱著相機捕捉人物街景, 陪Kono在海邊用沙子蓋城堡, 讓Coco在後院自由奔跑, 那才是現在的我對於美好生活的定義!
“如果有天我比你早離開這世界, 請把我葬在夏威夷的海邊, 讓我可以每天吹到溫暖的海風"
或許有這麼一天, 你坐在吧台邊, 一陣暖風吹來, 空氣中有一股甜甜的鳳梨味, 你喝著我們自己烘的現磨咖啡, 靜靜地聽著我的旅遊故事。 牆上掛著的, 是我們旅行的照片還有朋友跟客人們從世界各地寄來的明信片, 你說這裡給你一種家的感覺, 你說當你打開門走進店裡的那瞬間, 你感受到的是我們想要分享的幸福跟愛, 我轉過身, 給了你一個微笑, 跟你說謝謝! 那樣的每一天, 才是我想要的, 那樣的咖啡店, 是我們的。
“If one day I go missing, you can find me in Hawaii”
I love traveling, I wish I could spend at least one third of the year exploring the world; however, I haven’t been to a lot of new places. I am a weirdo. When I fall in love with a city, I always want to return to the same place for a deeper experience. I can’t tell you how many times I returned to New York, Boston and Philadelphia for different reasons. I literally went to Las Vegas three times last year and did a short trip to Tokyo twice. Cities like Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seoul are still high on my re-visit list; if I have a chance to go back to one of these cities again, I will jump on the first plane available and go in a second! And of course, I can’t wait to return to New Orleans, Los Angeles and Seattle again.
But Hawaii is different, Hawaii is not just a city to re-visit; Hawaii is a magical place where I can forget about everything and just enjoy the life. Super chill, most needed!
Okinawa, this island reminds me of Hawaii. They share the same smell of the Pacific Ocean but yet, they are still different. The coffee, the pizza (Hawaiian Pizza) and the water all taste extra wonderful in Hawaii; the smell after swimming in the ocean mixed with sunblock is the best Eau de Parfum.
I have only been to Oahu and Maui. Two different but wonderful islands in their own ways. Some people say Oahu is for family and Maui is for lovers, I will leave that for you to decide.
Last time when I visited Oahu with Gregie, we had a little bit of jet lag (I know it’s silly but the struggle was real!). We woke up around 5 am every morning and waited impatiently for breakfast to open; I don't know if it's because waking up early makes the day longer or maybe it’s because we are in paradise, but things were just wonderful and perfect during our visit. We loved to eat musubi for breakfast then get two cups of Kona coffee to go and walking side by side on the sand.
“My dream is to someday open a coffee shop by the beach in Hawaii. I want to be friends with the locals and my customers; we can share travel experiences in my shop”
The first time when I went to Oahu with my family, I was just a teenager. I don’t remember all the details now but one thing I will never forget is the day when my brother and I just entered the hotel room, I had this crazy Deja Vu feeling; it’s like I had been there many many times before, it’s either in my dream or in my past life. So real, but yet so weird.
As I got older, I quickly realized that I had no real desire for brand name purses, clothes or fine jewelry; all I want is to wear tank tops, short pants and flip flops everyday. I would love to serve coffee during a hot summer day or warm December winter. I want to grow vegetables and fruits in my garden; I want to build sandcastles with Kono on the beach; Kono and Coco will run free in the back yard and Gregie and I will go surfing or take some street photography after work. That’s love and that’s the life I want and always wanted.
“If one day I exit the world before you, please bury me by the beach so I can feel the ocean breeze everyday”
Maybe one of these days when you are sitting by the bar, you can feel the summer breeze, the air smells like sweet pineapples, you are drinking our famous freshly brewed coffee, and quietly listening to one of my travel stories; your eyes are scanning our ever growing picture wall, filled with photos we took during our adventures and the postcards sent in by our friends and customers from all over the world. You tell me this coffee shop makes you feel at home, an instant feeling of happiness and love fills your heart as you walk through our front door. I smile at you and say “Aloha, welcome to our shop”.