Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cherry Blossom Garden

Since we moved, Lupikona and I are exploring new walking routes every day.

We found a Cherry Blossom Garden. Are there Sakura in Hong Kong?

I didn’t see any cherry blossom flowers. There were only leaves… It’s warmer in Hong Kong than in Japan. Did they already fall?

I’ve heard the cherry blossoms started blooming in Tokyo. After living abroad, now I have stronger feeling for Sakura than when I lived in Japan.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010


I found a bird’s footprints on the beach. What kind of bird was walking there?


Monday, March 29, 2010

Thirty Seconds

The apartment we just moved in is a thirty-second walk to the beach.

That’s one of the things we like about our new place.

We can come here every day.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

While Organizing Things

I’m busy organizing things after our move.

We put doggie beds by the window so that Lupikona would feel comfortable in our new place. They were resting in bed quietly, so I kept busy with sorting out things.

While working, when I turned around,

I found them sitting in the same bed. I guess Kona moved to next to Lupita because she felt insecure in an unfamiliar place. I hope they get used to life in our new home.


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Moving Day

Today was our move-out day.

After the movers came, the room looked bare…

Bye-bye, Bamboo Bay.


Friday, March 26, 2010

Crossed Legs

When she is asleep or

awake, Lupita crosses her legs.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Good to be Home

We came back to Hong Kong this morning.

Lupikona were resting their heads on my leg peacefully.

Have a good nap. I won’t move until you awake.


Monday, March 22, 2010

We Did It!

Today was the LA marathon race day.

We completed it! Thank you all for supporting us, and for sending your thoughts our way. Your support made us keep running.

After the marathon, Masumi took us to her favorite Ramen place, Orochon Ramen for some post-marathon beer and food.

“I love Ramen.”
“Try my super spicy soup, Scott.”

“Okay, let me taste.”
“Go ahead.”

During our meal, we discussed many interesting things about dogs and Doggies911. Thank you for your time, Masumi. It was really nice talking with you.

We planned the fundraising for Doggies911, came all the way to LA and ran the marathon. We feel happy about what we accomplished and are filled with a sense of relief now.

Lupikona, we will see you very soon!

To people who agreed to sponsor Doggies911: We will send an email with our detailed results and payment instructions soon. Thank you.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Ready for the Big Day

The last run before the race was 2 miles.

We went to the Marathon Expo in Dodger Stadium to pick up our bibs.

Our race bibs. We will run with Doggies911 on our chests.

Thank you so much to people who sent us words of encouragement and who agreed to help us to raise money. We will try to do our best.

The marathon starts 7:25am on Sunday 21st in LA. (Sunday night 11:25pm in Japan, Sunday night 10:25pm in Hong Kong) So when people in Japan or Hong Kong wake up Monday morning, I might still be running!

“Good luck!” “Take it easy.” (imaginary picture)

Okay Lupikona, I will!


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Rest Day

We have to relieve our tired body, so we didn’t go for a run. We read books and magazines, watched movies and went to the beach to relax instead.

To read, we had running, surfing, interior design and cooking magazines. We also had some interesting books about dogs that I bought in LA.

We brought motivational movies to help us to run the marathon.

We went to a dog beach in Leo Carrillo State Park.

There was an artist painting upon a big canvas on the beach.

And there were dogs…

and more dogs…

and more dogs...

I will take Lupikona to the beach when I get back to HK.

Wherever I go, I always…

find myself looking at dogs.

At the parking lot in the shopping mall. There were some animals under a car.

There were ducks sitting in the shade.

Only 1 day left until the marathon.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Final Leg of Our Marathon Effort

To cure our jet lag, we spent time under the sun.

While Scott was in the water,

I was thinking of Lupikona.

At Surfrider Beach in Malibu.

The final leg of our marathon training was a 4-mile run in Topanga State Park.

Hard going up the trail.

I was doubled over, exhausted just before the top of the moderate hill.

If Kona had seen me, she would have thought to herself: “I wonder whether Yumi will be able to complete the marathon.”
“Um…”  (Imaginary picture)

I saw several wild deer while running.

Only 3 days left until the marathon!


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Will Rogers State Park

We went to Will Rogers State Park for a 3 mile jog this morning.

We ran past a runner with a dog.

A woman walking two dogs on a horse!

Both dogs look a little bit like Lupita.

They made us feel like walking Lupikona. (imaginary picture)

It’s 4 days until the marathon.