Tuesday, July 22, 2008

For The Web Geeks, TV Geeks & Resort Freaks

If you have no clue what this means, it's ok. I only sort of do. It's our download and upload speeds on fiberoptic cable Internet. Basically... blazin'. Craig said it's yet another reason we're happy to be living here.

I love: So You Think You Can Dance, Swingtown, Mad Men (STARTING UP SOON), and Burn Notice. Please begin watching at least the latter three shows so that they stay on TV. Take my word for it, they're fantastic.

Now - about a 15-minute ride up the road from us starts the "resort" area of Onna. It's gorgeous at this time of year - the sea has jewel tones you never thought existed in nature. But wow, don't get out of the car or you might melt. Unless you're in the water.

We went to the Renaissance Hotel up in Onna this past weekend. Mia and I had been once, we took Craig to show him. he was just as impressed.

In the lobby, there were several resident tropical birds hanging out. This is Pinkie (their names are on plates for us to read in English or Japanese):
Craig calls him the Buckeye Bird now as he is donning Ohio State colors. I think that's cool.

This is Oscar. He has a friend, Charmie who's orange - but I didn't get a good picture of him as he was preening.. very busily. Behind Oscar there's a stairway in the lobby, the bottom is turquoise and has those cool circles underneath it. It's a very pretty and tropical-looking lobby. Occasionally they have a woman on staff making balloon animals for the kids! It's a very happy place.

Mia made a friend, and they insisted in trying to give Pinkie back his feathers. He played along though, it was sweet. The other girl's parents were smiling at them too.... they were cute together.

This is the INDOOR pool. With water slides. Kid heaven. I could just leave Mia there to grow gills, she'd be fine with that.

Outside we wandered around for as long as we could stand it. Those cone-topped buildings sort of reminded me of the Hotel Del...right? To the right of this bridge were enclosures where the dolphins swam. The dolphins you could swim with if you paid enough. They're rescued, and it's an amazing program actually - I hope to do that before I leave Okinawa. (Yes, Mia was going bananas over them.)

We took the glass elevator to the top floor (12th I think?) and at the end of the hall was this. The reflection is unfortunate, but you understand why I'd put this up here. I mean... wow.

Not a postcard. A photo I took from the top floor lounge on the balcony. I hate it here. It's not like being on vacation every day or anything... I mean really. Sigh.
This is the area past the swimming beach where they give sailing lessons, scuba lessons, and they snorkel and dive. It's gorgeous, I'm dying to get out there!

Ok, more soon - I have too many photos and not enough time! nothing new. And many cool stories to share regarding my new friend, Robin. Stay tuned!


Katherine said...

Definitely going there on the next family outing. Love those postcard shots. Beautiful. I LOVE this place.

Nathan & Catherine said...

Gorgeouspictures!! Pinkie melts my heart, she looks like an Australian Galah... (or Rose-breasted Cockatoo). I need to go there, it looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing!! :)

Ernie Santa Ana said...

I need to convince my sensei the next time we travel to Okinawa for gasshuku (intensive training) that we stay a little longer and spend a weekend at a resort or ryokan. I took a peek at your friend Robin's blog. OMG! What fun and adventure! I've been to Okinawa twice; each time two weeks of training with some site seeing. But mostly, our time is spent in Naha and I've only seen the countryside for a day...and that was during a passing edge of a typhoon. I keep saying it: I need to win the lottery!

Anonymous said...

When Trey saw that shot with the water slides he about lost his mind. "Mama, Mama! Go back. Go back! Wook at dat! Are dose watuh swides?! Can we go there mama?!" I love the pics and omg... your internet...I'm SOOO jealous. Mediatti sucks.

Jessica Simmons said...

What kind of camera do you have? You take wonderful pictures! I found your page on Okinawa Hai. :o)


Jessica Simmons said...

WOW! I am so impressed with your website and am going to call you for a photo shoot as soon as we get to Okinawa! You are exactly what I have been looking for! We want some beach pictures with us and our cocker spaniel. We want to use some props like surfboards and a guitar too... I will definitely keep in touch!

Was it your idea that I read about putting colored labels on everything? You are genius! Thank you, that has made me so much more sane! I feel very organized with that system! THANKS!

Anonymous said...

Where is the swimming with the dolphin program on Okinawa?? That sounds so amazing.