waylon sitting with boggie board at borinquen beach

a beach for every occasion

“Where are all the trees?”, Holly said in shock the first time we drove down to North Padre Island in Texas.  Growing up within walking distance to Kailua Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches on Oahu, she was not prepared for the sight of what was essentially a barren, desert


necessity is the mother of… diy natto!

Sticky, stinky, stringy and downright delicious!  Japanese people love their nattō and serve it at pretty much any meal.  Being half Japanese myself, I’m certainly no exception.  I have fond memories of waking up to the smell of a traditional Japanese breakfast spread put together by my obaasan, usually


a colorful bounty of bananas

“You want some avocado with your eggs this morning?”, Holly said, smiling.  “Yeah, I guess I should have some”, I drearily replied.  We spent the last few weeks back at our friend’s little finca in the hills of Rincón again and avocados were in season.  Every morning


everybody loves a good deal

Now that we are officially “Puerto Rican consumers”, we can see firsthand how heavily the odds are stacked against them.  It’s not enough that costs are naturally elevated just by virtue of living on an island.  We also have to endure the highest sales tax rate in the nation and

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our dynamic namesake

It happened so slowly it was barely perceptible.  Bit by bit, sand from our beloved beach vanished into the sea.  We didn’t even know what was going on until one day late last year it hit us; our sandy beach had completely disappeared! Right under our noses the black and gold coast had reinvented itself into

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trash to treasure

It’s no secret that Puerto Rico has some of the most beautiful beaches you’ll find anywhere.  That’s why it’s especially disheartening when you see some of them littered with piles of trash and broken glass.  There seems to be less of a stigma with littering here than

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afraid to move to puerto rico because of the debt crisis?

I’ve been reluctant to discuss the Puerto Rican government debt crisis and it’s effects because, frankly, there’s really not much for me to say.  We’ve noticed little that’s changed in the year since we’ve arrived.  If anything, we seem to see MORE economic activity around our neck of the woods, with new restaurants

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auto insurance “no-brainer”

Every time we drove past the big yellow and red “MARBETES” sign we felt it, even if Holly occasionally left it unsaid:  “We probably SHOULD figure out how to renew our vehicle registration sticker….”  Well our sticker or “marbete” expires at the end of this month so I could


reflections on our first year

Its hard to believe that, as of this past Thursday, we’ve lived here in Puerto Rico now for a full year!  This move was a dramatic change of scenery for us, to say the least, so it’s no surprise that we had some concerns and reservations beforehand.  In this

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that life-giving radioactive ball of fire

They say that the sun’s UV rays are more intense as you move closer to the equator.  It didn’t take long  for me to be able to confirm this firsthand.  Within a few days of arriving in Puerto Rico my arms and face had darkened into a nice