Anyone paying for local news?

By September 8, 2011 Musings, The Daily Dish

It’s been a month since the Honolulu Star-Advertiser starting charging people to view its premium online content.

And I’m curious to know how it’s doing.

Back when I first blogged about it, an overwhelming number of you said you won’t pay for online news, especially if you knew other ways to get it for free.

Now a month into the pay wall, I wonder how many of you caved and signed up for a subscription — and how many of you still don’t feel like you need it.

I thought I would sign up immediately to get access to the site. But it turns out I get the same news from TV stations and other websites. The only reasons I log on the Star-Advertiser’s website are to read breaking news and blogs — and both of those are free.

It’s still upsetting to think that newspapers are dying, as I’m a diehard supporter and believer of the print. (Yes, despite my overwhelming presence online and in social media circles.) I still think the best reporting is done by newspapers — and it’s sad to think those days are nearly over.

Curious: has anyone felt any difference in the way they get news now that the only newspaper in town is charging to view its content?

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Milan, Paris, Tokyo — Ala Moana Center

By September 7, 2011 Musings, The Daily Dish

Hawaii may not be considered one of the fashion capitals of the world.

But for three days starting Thursday, it will play host to a fashion extravaganza like no other.

Ala Moana Center is throwing The Fall Fashion Event, an action-packed weekend of fashion featuring more than 80 in-store events.

Here’s the weekend lineup:

• Thursday, Sept. 8: Fashion’s Night Out starts at 5 p.m. with upscale shops like Dior and Folli Follie serving champagne and dishing exclusive gifts.

• Friday, Sept. 9: Honolulu’s firefighters heat up Centerstage in a runway show featuring fall looks from Tori Richard, Reyn’s and more.

• Saturday, Sept. 10: Award-winning local designer Amos Kotomori hosts hourly shows, starting at noon, featuring the latest haute fashions from Ala Moana Center vendors.

• Sunday, Sept. 11: The final day of the event starts with a Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony, followed by a runway show with the heads of Hawaii’s non-profit organizations.

And if you can’t make it for any of the shows — or you just want to shop instead — you can redeem $250 in receipts for a free red-haute clutch (above).

For more information, visit Ala Moana Center or call (808) 955-9517.

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Postcards: Bustling campus

By September 7, 2011 Postcards

Fall semester is in full swing by 9 a.m. at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Here’s the busy intersection of North Charter Street and University Avenue.

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New eats: Shabu Shabu King in Moiliili

By September 7, 2011 Food

Oahu is littered with hot pot eateries, from the Thai-style Bangkok Shabu Shabu on Kapahulu Avenue to the casual Hanaki Restaurant in Manoa to the uber-popular Taiwanese Sweet Home Cafe in Moiliili.

So why do we need another one?

Because none — except the new Shabu Shabu King — is open until 2 a.m. Every single day.

This latest addition to the shabu shabu scene opened last month in the space vacated by TCBY on South King Street near Puck’s Alley. And while the broth, prices and service are fairly average, there are two things that set Shabu Shabu King apart from the others: interesting menu items and late-night hours.

Here’s what we ate on a recent visit:

Shabu Shabu King

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Last month Shabu Shabu King opened in the space vacated by TCBY on South King Street, adding another hot pot eatery to the Oahu dining scene.

Shabu Shabu King, 2700 S. King St., Suite 103. Hours: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Phone: (808) 951-7878

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Great Debate: Who’s got it harder, men or women

By September 6, 2011 Musings, The Daily Dish

Initially, I blogged about feeling overwhelmed. But I’ve decided to change directions with this post and turn it into a Great Debate. Read on.

I feel overwhelmed, like, all the time.

I work full time, take care of two dogs, volunteer for a couple of nonprofits and fit freelance into whatever remaining hours I have.

And I’m not even the busiest of my friends!

I have girlfriends who do everything I do — plus raise kids, take care of their parents, run marathons and somehow manage to keep their hair and nails looking great.

It occurred to me that there’s this pressure on women to do it all, to be Super Woman, to be the perfect mother and wife and employee and friend. We have to be at meetings on time, prepared with PowerPoints and perfectly edited reports. We have to plan the office birthday parties and throw baby showers for our coworkers. We have to plan potlucks for our kids, pay the bills on time, shop for groceries, wash the clothes and, on top of that, maintain (or fake it) the 25-year-old figure we haven’t seen in 10 years.

Is this fair?

I thought about this the other night when I caught a glimpse at the trailer for the new movie, “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” starring Sarah Jessica Parker.

The movie is based on Allison Pearson’s bestseller by the same name, in which Parker plays a high-achieving Manhattan woman who’s juggling everything from her career — she’s the breadwinner — to faking a store-bought mince pie to look homemade.
Here’s the movie trailer

We all know women like that. The coworker who seems to meet all her deadlines — early — and still have time to chair several committees, coach her daughter’s soccer team and bake a mean bread pudding. Or the friend who can juggle motherhood, two jobs and finish law school — and still keep her body fat percentage in single digits.

We may not like these people — on the grounds of pure envy, of course — but we strive to be like them.

I wonder: do men feel this same pressure? Do men feel this need to be the perfect dad, husband, brother, coworker, friend? Are men programmed the way women are, to feel this urge to do it all?

What do you think?

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