Patience Kanda A comprehensive portfolio Wed, 08 Feb 2017 04:25:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Confessions of a Coffee Addict Thu, 03 Mar 2016 19:58:58 +0000

Say it isn’t so! It’s 2 p.m. on a Saturday without the usual morning commute coffee. The dull thud of a headache lulls into my cortex and I am in full denial that this is a sign of caffeine withdrawals. I’ve had a rough week and it’s catching up with me; maybe I’m about to get a visit from Aunt Flo; did I drink last night?! The answer is no, regretfully, to all of the above. I must face the facts. I am a full blown 100% coffee addict.

The worst part? The worst part is, this isn’t the worst part. Being a coffee addict is one thing. Being a bougie coffee addict is a whole different beast. If you are unfamiliar with the term, let me take this time to enlighten you. According to the Urban Dictionary the definition of bougie is:

Pronounced – /ˈbo͞ojē,-ZHē/.

So call me a hipster or bougie but I can’t stand to drink a cup of Folgers in the morning. Nor a cup of joe from McDonald’s, not for fear of having the same fate as poor old Stella, but for fear of my taste buds screaming in retaliation. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an overly high-maintenance girl. I just like a good cup of coffee!

You know the addiction is real when your normal order is a small americano, black. It’s the most simple of orders – espresso + hot water, but it can be the most delightful if you’ve got some good beans. The aroma alone can be the most alluring sense of the whole experience.

And that’s just what drinking coffee is to me – it’s not just a beverage – it’s an experience. From picking the coffee shop, to ordering and interacting with baristas, to sipping the delicate bitterness amid window filtered sunlight.

Confession 1: I am a coffee addict. Confession 2: I’m not mad about it.
Of all the substances and habits I could be addicted to, a bit of caffeine should be the least of my worries. I can almost proudly proclaim that, “Yes!” I am a coffee addict, although not too loudly for the dull throbbing of a headache is beginning to sharpen. That just may be my cue, off to a toasty-roasty cup of coffee!

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10 [More] Things Hawai’i People Learn When They Move to the Mainland Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:33:25 +0000 Recently, I read a rather comical (yet very true) post on the things Hawaii people learn. I have a sneaking suspicion that  it was not truly written by someone who was born and raised there since the title was 13 Things Hawaiians Learn…. A true local would know that we are not all Hawaiians. That term is reserved  specifically for the native blood. Which many, I’d say 90%, of the population aren’t Native Hawaiians. Anyway, let’s move away from the specifics. I read the list and chuckled. Although, for what it’s worth, I figured I’d do my own version.

1. People will call you a Hawaiian.  

Let me elaborate on the whole Native Hawaiian thing.  Yes, I know that people from Texas are called Texans, and people from California are called Californians. However, in the case of Hawaii – you can’t call us Hawaiians because that would be like calling an Irish person, simply living in France, French. I am Japanese and I live in Hawaii – which makes me a non-Hawaiian. Catch my drift?

2. There is, in fact, fruit punch on the Mainland. 

Someone once told me there was no fruit punch to be found in any Mainland McDonalds, Burger King, or any place for that matter. They lead me to believe that I would have to pack some in my bag and savor the flavor until my next visit.  This is simply not true. Rest assured, there absolutely must be a sugary beverage (besides soda) for the kiddos in all states. I’m not sure if this was just a singular experience but – it happened to me.

3. The mainland is a dangerous place full of murderers and fiends. 

I swear, this is starting to sound like Hawaii is a weird isolated dystopia but this is what people really told me. Of course there are more murderers over the span of a gigantic land mass as opposed to our tiny island. However, it’s really not as dangerous as people make it out to be. People in Hawaii can really start to sound like the snails in Turbo if they don’t ever leave. They mean well, they really do! But not every city is like Compton and walking alone in the darkness to grab a piece of mail will not lead you into the plot of a CSI episode.

4. Restrooms, Flip Flops, Snow Cones and the like. 

Repeat after me – Restrooms, Flip Flops (sandals), snow cones and middle school. These are new words. Embrace them. You will no longer say ba-troom, slippahs, shave ice, and intermediate school. Okay, don’t say flip flops – you’re never going to stop saying flip flops so just say sandals. Or only wear shoes. Or call it footwear. But whatever you do, don’t you dare call them flip flops and don’t you dare go out and buy a pair of Chacos, so help me Pele (ehrm goddess of lava for all you non-islanders). Also, people will ask about how you say the name Hawai’i or pronounce “mountain” and “button” with actual ‘Ts’ in them. Maybe the the ‘T’ thing is just in this Colorado region but there is definitely a T in those words! Coach them through saying Hawai’i properly and then tell them they’ve done a stand up job.

5. If you don’t know how to surf, learn. If you don’t want to learn, lie. 

First question when people learn you’re from Hawai’i. Oh so do you surf? Answer: Yes. Yes you do surf. You’ve always surfed. You practically grew up on a surfboard! Trust me. This is all they want to hear – and in those occasions when you will probably never talk to this person ever again – just lie. It makes it easier for the both of you. Then there is not earth-shattering silence after you’ve ruined the conception of what Hawai’i is to this stranger. Then, you can just move along with your day with no further explanation. See – it’s just better. Now, under the circumstances that this may be your newest BFF you might consider telling them the truth. That not everybody from Hawai’i surfs, but that’s your call.

6. Beach hair is no longer unintentional. 

I guess it’s a thing here? People actually go for the ‘beach hair’ waves and spray sea salted water to improve it’s hold. EVEN IF there is no beach for hundreds of miles around. In Hawai’i you usually go home to take a shower after the beach.

7. SAD is a real thing. 

Seasonal Affective Disorder – it’s not just in the depths of your Psych 101 text book. Of course how could you know better? There’s no such thing as SAD in Hawai’i because there are no seasons! It’s just sunny all the way around the year so how were you even supposed to build a tolerance? Well, you didn’t. Which is why it is terrifyingly depressing to wake up to another clouded, freezing-cold, morning.

8. Speaking of seasons – they exist too!

Although SAD can be, well, sad – seasons are actually really fun! You know all those movies and books that describe crisp autumn afternoons? Well guess what? Early autumn is actually pretty crispy! Growing up in Hawai’i, I always wondered what the hell a crisp afternoon was like. Now I know, and if I could find a place or planet that was continuously crispy I’d move immediately! It is quite possibly the loveliest of all weather. I suppose Hawaii’s usual humidity could be described as soggy. Also, upon retuning home after a long stint in the mainland you might also notice the actual moisture in the air and on everything you touch. Laying down on a bed kind of feels like sleeping on a section of moss.

9. Camping in Hawaii ≠ camping on the mainland

Camping at home is like a really long beach trip speckled with some diving, sand volleyball, and watching the sunrise on the ocean’s horizon. Camping on the mainland is not the same. There are bears. It is cold. But it has it’s own serenity. It’s much quieter since camping in Hawai’i usually means being one permit away from another loud family. There is so much, widespread wilderness that you won’t see people for miles, which is equally  as terrifying as it is beautiful.

10. There is no place like home 

Being away means truly appreciating everything that is home. That can be said about any place for anyone. Hawai’i is unique and unlike anywhere I’ve ever been or lived. I suppose that’s why people bombard us with so many questions because they want a glimpse of what it’s like too. It’s nice to call such a beautiful place your home.


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Wellp – this is it! Thu, 17 Jul 2014 02:38:36 +0000 My very first blog post. What is there to say – hello Internet! I’m sure if the internet had sound there would most definitely be echoes in response to the previous sentence. I suppose I could go on to talking about this site in general.

Well, this will be my portfolio website that I happened to wrangle all on my own! Here, I’ve posted numerous projects, however I have a lot more to upload. You couldn’t imagine how tedious it is to dig up old projects and slap them onto the inter-webs. Who knows, maybe you could imagine – but let me tell you, I had no idea it would be this demanding. Personal archeology is quite the project. It is also fascinating – the things that you find. It’s a bit reminiscent of going through old diaries. Design happens to be  such a personal account.

Anyway – a bit about myself. Hmm. I think I’ll just list my current favorites and then leave it at that. Shall we?

1. Favorite show [at the moment]: True Detectives I know what you’re thinking. What?! That show is perverse! It’s maniacal! Yes, very true. However, it is written in such a way that is so creative. The acting and directing is also impeccable. I could go on for days – we’d better jump to the next question.

2. Current Book: Right now, I’m re-reading Harry Potter. It is after all, the 15th anniversary! I remember waiting at midnight book parties, and savoring every last chapter. If that’s not nostalgia, I can’t tell you what is. On the Non-Fiction front, I’ve been reading a lot of Gary Vaynerchuck books. Jab Jab Jab Right Hook is a classic for any marketing professional.

3. iPhone or Android: I have a Samsung Galaxy S4. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE apple devices. I have an iPad and a MacBook as well, but the display on iPhones are just comical. Droids are the way to go when it comes to phones!

4. Coffee Order: Americano – Room for Cream. Sweet and simple. Caffeine without the excess.

5. Favorite social media platform: Instagram. I’m partial to Instagram. I did my senior thesis on how our society is moving completely towards picture based UI [before instagram was huge, mind you!]. Alright, I know I sound a little hipster but it’s true! You can read it if you wish!

Well, that is quite enough about myself. I think it’s your turn! Leave me a comment with these five questions and their respective answers.

Until Next Time!

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