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Guenters story using present tense

Posted by guenter1960 on November 12, 2008

My dear friend, I have a exciting story for you! This story begins which happened to me last week.  Imagine this, I’m walkinged very slowly through Waikiki when .  And suddenly I seeaw 3 nice Japanese women coming from out the Aapple Sstore. One women woreais wearing a beautiful nice dress and hasd long brownain hair. Suddenly the women with the nice dress she says to me, o“Oh can you help us to find Moose’s bar“?. And respond to her,, o “Of course! Iit’s on my way. Cme with me.” So I’m walking with the 3 women in direction totoward Moose’s ba and as we r. During the walk weI have a very interesting conversation with the 3 Japanese women’s. We were discussing about the culture in Japan.  When we arrived at the bar, one of the women asks,says to me. Oh would you like to come with us in the bar?.Of course,” I admitted. In the bar we are dancing and talking and drinking for more than 3 hours.  The time is passinged very fast. At the end the women with the nice dress said to meFinally the woman in the beautiful dress ask if I would. Oh would you walk them to theibring us to our hotel. Of course I woulddid. So we lare leaveing the bar, singing during theand walk and having so much fun together as we walk. When we arrive atd the hotel, they invited me up to their room for a coffee. in  their room. While As we drinkdrinking coffee we are discussing about the difference between Japanese women and German women.

The end of the story I’ll tell you later.I’ll tell you the end later….


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Posted by joegre on November 12, 2008

When I was younger, I used to do skiing. It’s quite normal in Switzerland to do that. I just take my skis or my snowboard and go to the mountains. As far as I remember, there’s always snow in the mountains in wintertime. So it’s just natural to go there. I get on my skis, chatch the ski lift and enjoy the downhill part. Of course, sometimes it’s pretty cold there. You have to get on with that.

I remember that I was always lucky when we had a lunchtime break. It’s a pleasure to warm up with a warm meal. I like this moments of calm before the storms when you sit in the restaurant and try to recover before you go out again. — Well, when looking back the food seems to be better then he really was. But that’s an other story.

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Posted by schlumpf84 on November 12, 2008

Yesterday after school me and my friends went to the beach. Walking along the promenade and looking for the other girls lying somewhere, a boy asks if we want to play volleyball and join in their competition. We are relaxing on the beach, talking and taking a nap. After a while some of my friends and me decide to play and I’m trying my best to reach every ball. It’s not really working, because the sun shines into my face and I can’t really see the ball coming. I feel sorry about my mistakes and hope that the other player don’t avoid to flank the ball to me. After a few minutes I’m getting into the game and enjoy playing. Running and sweating in the sun is reasoning that I take a break and go swimming in the sea.  I note that I’m not fit anymore…. but I’m not wondering, after one month just eating and no exercise, I can’t anticipate something different. Hopefully I can play again and get my shape back in a few days or weeks ?!

I’m hungry now, so what should I eat? Me and a friend want to eat spaghetti with vegetables and tomato sauce, so we cook a big portion each and had a nice cold beer. I like this day, it is warm sunny and relaxing…

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Posted by ninsl on November 12, 2008

I’m sitting outside the residence and then a lot of people came by. I didn’t know them. Because I’m still arriving after my three-week trip through the USA. The new people looked at me while I’m introducing myself. I don’t like that, everybody is starring at you. I didn’t feel comfortable in that situation. It was strange.  Then they introduced themselves. I’m smiling all the time, because it was funny to listen to them. Everybody has his own vernaculare. They telling me stories about the school and how it was for them on their first day at the residence. They were very friendly and after 30 minutes I felt like sitting outside with my friends. On the next day i had to go to school. While doing the test the teacher looked at us that we couldn’t cheat. Like they did it in our school in Switzerland. But I never cheated in any test. While smoking a cigarette outside the school a saw all the people from my residence. I talked to them again. And then I’m walking to the beach, when a nice man crossed the street.

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Posted by ramyleo on November 12, 2008

I’m walking to the beach with friends when we decided to take an other way this time. Usually we walk along the main street but that day we wanted to know if there’s a shorter possibility to get there . So we are walking through the lobby of a famous hotel. When we are passing the shops in it we saw a few flamingos, penguins and small turtles. We are looking at these beautiful animals and went further. The way was not that long as all the times before. Maybe it’s just because of the new things we saw maybe our feeling is fooling us and we just believed to get our destination earlier. We are not looking to the watch so we still don’t know if the way was shorter or not.

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Big Island

Posted by schlumpf84 on November 10, 2008

Last week went to Big Island. The decision to go there happened last Wednesday while Ramona and Mirsade were talking about this trip. Spontaneously  Franzi and me joint in and had a wonderful weekend! On Monday we woke up early  in the morning, like 3am and while Franzi was taking a shower I read a few pages about Big Island. The flight took just 50 minutes and was on time. We rent a car for three days and started our trip in Hilo at the airport. We drove down the west coast and visited the Vulcano national park and saw the last active vulcane. Wesaw dust coming out of the creator and I was so exited before we went there, that it was a kind of disappointment for me. I thought you/ll see something spectacular….but it was worth to see! That’s impressing to see how huge a creator can get and for how long it keeps beeing active…

On fridaynight we drove back from Hilo to the south place where the lava hits the sea! That was great! We set on the cold black lava at a viewing point and just staring at the glowing lava flewing into the sea…I really enjoyed that moment when nobody talked and you’re just sitting there watching and try to fix this moment in your head to remember later….


And there are lots of storys from this weekend…

All in one:

It was brilliant!

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Guenter’s weekend

Posted by guenter1960 on November 10, 2008

The last weekend I was twice at the temple. On Saturday I had Okocha, what means helping the people who were visiting  the service. So I had for example to help if somebody needed a earphone.  After the service we were cleaning the temple, moving the chairs or cleaning the carpet.  It was really a pleasure for me, especially to help the older people.

On Sunday I was visiting the service and enjoyed the festival which started after the service. At the festival there was a delicious lunch included and after the lunch we could hear a nice music. While I was participating the festival I had the possibility to talk with different Hawaiian citizens.

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Weekend on Big Island

Posted by ramyleo on November 10, 2008

That was a really stressful Weekend for me. We already got up at 4 am and flew to Big Island for driving around the Island by car. First we visited the Vulcan in the park by day and in the evening we drove somewhere else we could watch it by night. Awfully it was too far away to see it clearly but I liked it. To see this strong orange color by nature was great!

We went to a black beach as well. That was the place I liked the most on this trip because while we were there, we could see the turtles lying on the beach. They look tired all the time. I think they’ve an easy life. The contrast of the plants and trees you could see there much more than if the beach’s colour is bright.

During the travel we had a lot to discuss about what we like to see. It’s not that easy all the time but I’m sure we did it well but of 5 girls! We had so much fun and we made so many pictures of all these nice places. Of course we made a little shopping tour as well. We wouldn’t be girls if we didn’t. :O)

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my weekend

Posted by michelehaar on November 10, 2008

At saturday, I stayed at the North Shore. First I was in the waimea valley,  while I was walking through the park I watched the beautiful flowers and the nature around me.
I walked nearly one hour through the park and then I came to a little lake with a nice waterfall.

In this lake I swam and I took a shower under the waterfall.
After the visit of waimea valley, I went to the sunset beach. While I was sitting at the beach I watched at the surfing people.

On sunday, I was at the East Shore, in Kailua at a wonderfull beach.

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Posted by ninsl on November 10, 2008

I was alone at the weekend. No, not really alone, but my girls left for visiting Big Island. So i had to look for other people. It wasn’t hard to find. I had a boys weekend. While we’re at the beach, we’re talking all the time about everything. It was interesting. On Friday I had a candle light dinner with a guy, but without a candle. So it was just a normal dinner. While we’re sitting next to each other, we’re having nice food. Thai food. It was very tasty and we had a lot to tell us. After eating we went to the Jazz minds. While drinking our rum coke some other friends came by and joined us. We had a great time, with good music and we laughed a lot.

On Saturday i slept until 12 o’clock. I needed that. Because during the week I can’t sleep because there;s always something to do. After sleeping we went to the beach again. In the evening we met us a t the cinema, had a good diner and good beer. While watching Madagascar 2, we’re eating popcorn and drinking big Cokes.

On Sunday we made a lazy day. Just lying at the beach and do nothing. In the evening we’re shopping at Waikiki. But I just bought sunglasses and a shirt. But i need to find a black skirt. I;m searching since 1 week, but i can’t find one. It;s always the same. When you’re looking for something special you just find everything else…..

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Let America Be America Again

Posted by Josh on November 6, 2008

Let America Be America Again

By Langston Hughes

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Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.
(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.
(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.
(There’s never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?
I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

I am the young man, full of strength and hope,
Tangled in that ancient endless chain
Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!
Of work the men! Of take the pay!
Of owning everything for one’s own greed!

I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.
I am the worker sold to the machine.
I am the Negro, servant to you all.
I am the people, humble, hungry, mean
Hungry yet today despite the dream.
Beaten yet today–O, Pioneers!
I am the man who never got ahead,
The poorest worker bartered through the years.

Yet I’m the one who dreamt our basic dream
In the Old World while still a serf of kings,
Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,
That even yet its mighty daring sings
In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned
That’s made America the land it has become.
O, I’m the man who sailed those early seas
In search of what I meant to be my hom
For I’m the one who left dark Ireland’s shore,
And Poland’s plain, and England’s grassy lea,
And torn from Black Africa’s strand I came
To build a “homeland of the free.”

The free?
Who said the free? Not me?
Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we’ve dreamed
And all the songs we’ve sung
And all the hopes we’ve held
And all the flags we’ve hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay
Except the dream that’s almost dead today.

O, let America be America again
The land that never has been yet
And yet must be–the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine–the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives,
We must take back our land again,
O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath
America will be!

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain
All, all the stretch of these great green states
And make America again!

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Maui, The Valle Isle

Posted by Josh on November 6, 2008

House of the Sun

House of the Sun

maui_mapbgThe most unforgettable and awe-inspiring experience you can have on Maui is watching the sunrise from the lofty summit of Haleakala, the volcanic peak that gave rise to Maui. Watching dawn paint the sky in fiery hues as the world’s largest dormant volcano emerges into view is an awesome experience. You’ll truly understand what Hale (house) Akala (sun) means. You have to get up really early though and drive to the top. Early is around 3am because it takes about 2 hours to drive. Bring something warm. It’s cold up there. If you really want to have fun, book a bike tour so that you can glide all the way down the volcano with hardly any effort. It’s very cool.

The bike tours end in the hip (cool) surfing mecca of Pa’ia, whose eclectic cafes dish up amazing lunchtime delights. If you like fish, you have to eat at the best fish restaurant in Hawaii, Mama’s Fish House.

Before you head to the beaches on the other side of the island, be sure to stop at Iao Valley. It will take your breath away.

Little Beach

Little Beach

On Maui, the afternoon belongs to the beach. Join the crowds ogling daredevil boardriders at Ho’okipa, the windsurfing capital of the world. Then drive over to the other side of the Island to Big

Beach, which is my favorite; and if you’re daring, Little Beach. Both are beautiful but Little Beach if for those who are a bit more open-minded.

Big Beach

The beach near all the resorts is really nice too its called Kaanapali Beach.

And if you like to snorkel, book a trip to Molokini, a crater that collapsed into the sea thousands of years ago creating the perfect reef for beautiful fish. And if you’re up for a little club-crawling, Lahaina offers a sizzling night scene.



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Obama’s family

Posted by joegre on November 5, 2008

Ok, I think we’ve heard enough about Barrack Obama. This morning I’d like to write about his family. Since I don’t live in the U.S. , I didn’t catch up a lot about the people around him. This morning there was an article in a Swiss newspaper about his daughters. The main argumentation was, that Malia Ann and Natasha are a much more photogenic decoration for their father than their predecessors Jenna and Barbara. I think this might be due to the fact that they are much younger. We will see, what future will bring to us. Will Malia Ann drink her first beer in public? And how will the press react? Or will she and her sister stay as invincible as Chelsea Clinton. My Swiss newspaper wrote that Chelsea looked somehow traumatized after the turbulent presidency of her father…

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Barack for everybody!

Posted by schlumpf84 on November 5, 2008

Last night during the election, I had ants in my pants! I was so excited to see who is going to win… My wish came true and Obama has a large margin in votes. I saw 30 minutes of the election during the afternoon, but because of my cold, I went to bed taking a nap. My first thought during waking up was: I need to know what happened the last hours! I switched on the TV and CNN sayed “Obama won the most impotent and swinging states! So it’s no question any longer: Obama will be the next president of the United States!”. I felt so happy. It’s a clear sign of change that a black man, born in Hawaii becomes president with a huge support not only from African Americans, but from every kind of class, age and background. He stands for hope, power and believe in change ‘Yes. We can.’. Hopefully also the republic voters will accept him and trust in his plans and changes.

I’m very excited about his speech because I heard it in the radio and from everybody here in school that he did the best speech ever. But I’ll also will watch McCain’s speech to see how he cope with the defeat. It going to be a big movement and everybody should do their best to start this very important change.obama

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Posted by michelehaar on November 5, 2008

I can’t say much about Obama, because I wasn’t so interested in the election and I don’t know many things about the politics in the United States.

I only can say: I think it’s good that he won the election and I hope he can make a big change in the United States.

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