Honolulu: Day Three

This will not be a stellar post, dear blog reader. For one thing, even though self fell asleep without any difficulty (last memory: staring up at ceiling fan whirring overhead), was awake at 3:52 AM. Yuuuuuccch!!

Eyebags : tre – MEN – dous!

Reading tonight is at Philippine Consulate!

(Interesting observation: birds do not start singing until well after five AM. Then stop abruptly when day heats up, which is now.)

Also, self has just discovered that people who run tours here on Oahu are not really interested in drumming up business. Looked up “Pleasant Holidays” in Directory, as wondered if self could avail of package to one of surrounding islands, like the ones they offer in Hong Kong to Macau, Lantau. Unfortunately, no main number listed for Pleasant Holidays, only hotel branches. So, decide to call branch at Hilton Hawaiian Village. Lady who picks up does not seem to know what I want, keeps referring me to other tour operators: Discover Islands, or Eno something something, lack of sleep may have slurred speech somewhat, but did not think self was that incoherent.

Keep insisting, But aren’t you a tour operator?

Lady wants to get off the phone fast.

Decide to try another tour operater, Roberts. Get passed around by voice mail. Wow! Have I just uncovered the bug in this seemingly perfect paradise?

Finally, stumble upon an 800 number for previous tour operator, Pleasant Holidays. End up at “corporate.”

Let my fingers do the walking through big fat phone directory’s yellow pages. More calls, all end up in corporate offices of Hawaiian Travel Islands, E Noa Tours, etc. etc.

Realize that the expectation is that anyone flying in already has a package. For someone like self, who plans on the fly, this place is hell. Find self longing exceedingly for lack of bureaucratic tangle in Asian cities like Bangkok, Hong Kong. Decide to follow Zack’s itinerary: # A bus to Waikiki, Ala Moana Center for shopping (even though self is on very limited budget), then trolley to Pearl Harbor. On the way, will pass by Doubletree to pick up Joi Barrios.


Stay tuned, dear blog reader, stay tuned.

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