Scent-sational Experiences!

Tuesday Nov 14th –



Nothing beats a warm tropical morning with coffee, feasting ones eyes on lush greenery and a blue pool, with humid salty breezes brushing away cares, to start ones day πŸŒ€β˜•οΈπŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸŒ΄πŸŒΊπŸ“–


We planned on hanging out at our place for the majority of the day, as it was supposed to be a sunny one and it seems like rainy days are more popular on this side of the island.


Mike was going a little stir crazy at the idea of a SECOND day spent at the house (so weird 😜) so he and Dad went to Hilo to sign Mike up as a second driver on the rental vehicle and they passed some time there by getting groceries and I’m not exactly sure what else 😏


Pro and I walked around the yard, searching for wild flowers for a photo I wanted to take, wishing from deep within ourselves that we too, could have yards with such flowers naturally flourishing at our fingertips.


Mom made us breakfast, which was sporting the cutest little bananas, also picked from within the yard😏🍌🍳🍞🍴


Between the bouts of clouded over skies and rain and even some moments of pure sunshine whilst it rained, (which is odder to be in than it may sound) we spent the afternoon poolside.

Later that afternoon Mike, Mom, Pro (the sister whose nickname, not real name, is Pro 😜) and I decided to go check out ‘KaimΕ« Beach’ aka, ‘The New Black Sand Beach’ which was supposed to be fairly close by and have an interesting story behind it.

If you consider 80 feet of lava, covering an entire beach front-village area, interesting πŸ˜³πŸŒ‹


In 1990 the lava did just that, taking with it the previous sandy beach that had been there, but slowly the ocean has begun to create more black sand from the lava rock and people have brought coconut trees to replant in the area, adding some life back into the vast expanse of shining black lava rock that stretches out for miles.


We stopped to take a picture of this lovely little mint church while driving back and though the inside wasn’t as ornate as the church’s I’ve toured during the last two years, the cutely colored exterior was something less seen as well πŸ˜‰



Burgers and smoothies were made for supper, which was eaten outside while the weather allowed.


It gets dark out fairly early and when darkness comes, so do the frogs 😬

So evenings are mainly spent indoors.


Back rubs were swapped between Pro and I while we listened to some new ‘Adventures In Odyssey’ episodes and afterwards bedtime could be pushed no later than 9:00 pm.


The fresh air taking its tollπŸ˜πŸ‘ŒπŸ»


Wednesday Nov 15th –

Supposedly the rains and winds had been quite something during the night!

Or so said the parents😜


We gathered ourselves together and headed to Hilo to do some shopping.

We started with the Hilo farmers market, where the many smells of very ripe fruit, humid hot weather and humans, mingled into an interesting combination 😜


I bought some pomegranate flavoured balsamic vinegar and coconut peanut butter from one nice man who didn’t look creepy, wasn’t too pushy and was giving out lots of samples πŸ˜πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

It takes just the right seller for me to become a buyer😜

Some of the shops were local and interesting and some were the usual tourist like pieces, replicated over and over.

Mike and I considered a ukulele purchaseΒ but decided to wait.

…Neither of us play ukulele 😝


We ate lunch at Cafe Pesto, us three girls sharing an oriental pesto pizza which had sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, eggplant and cheese for toppings.



I liked it and it filled the void sufficiently.

Next door to the restaurant was an art gallery where I bought a floral painting that will most likely go in our bedroom 😊

The lady who was working at the gallery was… interesting 😜

Telling me she had almost sold the same painting, earlier… when I was actually that person she was talking about and then she stopped ringing out the purchase in wide-eyed shock when she heard Mike speak.

Asking if we were French, because wow, she just heard a different language 😱

He was speaking English at the time 😜

I know he has a strong accent at times but he said a whole sentence with English words, to which I replied in obviously, English words but no… to her, we were French 😜


Big Island Candies was the next location we stopped at, aΒ factory where a variety of chocolate and chocolate dipped goodies are made.

We were greeted with chocolate and coffee samples, so that made the stop worth while 😏


Then a stop at Target, because us Canadians couldn’t miss out on that kind of opportunity before heading back to the house πŸ˜‰

5:00 pm came and we all headed out to the nearby ‘Uncle Roberts Market’ 😏


It was more of a food set up, so we had been told to go hungry.

Another parade of scents assaulted our noses…not all good, not all bad…not all food😜

We squeezed our way through the crowd, eyeing up all the options before deciding to each get our own things and take a bite from everyone else’s plates to get the most flavour filled experience.



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Loempias, deep-fried crab wontons, a barbecued chicken drumstick and rice plate, some pork, a crepe with shrimp and sauce, chicken, steak and shrimp tacos and a chicken skewer were spread out and a couple pineapple coconut juices to wash it all down.

The very friendly person sitting at the long table with us, offered Mike a slice of their pizza and he accepted in the spirit of friendliness πŸ˜‚

Picture the man who offered the pizza, as having a very scraggly white beard, wearing a light colored denim jacket and having a slightly homeless demeanour and children’s book of bible stories beside him at the table πŸ™ˆ

Most of the food was good but nothing I thought of as overly fantastic but most ‘interesting’ of all was the sample of Tulsi, ‘the best drink on the planet’.


One sip and a mind-boggling mix of flavours hit my tongue, confused my brain and I’m sure my facial expressions reacted accordingly.

Strong flavours, of what I’m not sure, engulfed my mouth and then spiciness at the back of the throat followed.

A blink brought on eye watering and then down into the stomach a burn spread throughout my entirety.

My parents and Mike said that they would actually drink MORE?! 😳

I sampled the kombuchaΒ too and though that drink has brought some questioning into my mind on prior occasions, it tasted much better than I’d expected 😜

I didn’t have to look at it with all is ‘growths and babies’ and whatever else, so maybe that helped too πŸ˜‰

But hey, what better place to try out new foods, then at what looks like a highly unsanitary, open market, in a hot tropical climate! πŸ˜„πŸ’πŸ»

It was an interesting event and we left full and entertained in many different ways 😜

Sweet tropical air filling our evening instead of the snowstorm that those at home had gotten that day.Β 

Author: jessicapeters95

Hello humans 😊 This is where you learn about me I suppose, though anyone reading this right now most likely knows all the boring details ;) I am Jessica Rose Peters-Hagenouw. (Always thought I'd be able to pronounce my married name but hey, life doesn't go as we plan.) June 11, 1995, tis the day Robert and Bonnie Peters received the most adorable, amazing, wonderful, surprise 3rd child they could have dreamed of. Speaking of being the third child, I have an older brother and an older sister. Both of whom are married and have wee little families of their own, making 'Aunty Jess' another name I go by. I grew up and have lived all of my years up till November 2015 in Saskatchewan, Canada. Making summers that are extremely short and winters that never end, vast open spaces, northern lights, unthinkable amounts of mosquitoes, lakes, forests and people waving to you on the grid road all different things that mean = Home. But Home is not where I'll be for some time. My husband is a Dutchman, living in Europe. Therefore I too have been living in Europe for the last few months. The reason I started this little blog/journal/writing thing, is to document a bit of my "whole new world," for those at home who wont be awake at 3:00 am wanting to hear about how I couldn't find flour at the grocery store. Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek into my little life 😊

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