Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Ski for Two

We finally did it - NO, not jet-skiing - we've been doing that all along! We finally brought our camera along this time in order to let our friends and family experience a little of the Okinawan waters with us! We've been meaning to bring our camera out in the waterproof case for awhile now, but I guess we just always forget or something. Anyway, a couple weekends ago, we finally remembered to bring the camera, wrapped it in a towel, and took it along with us on our jet-skis for a day of fun in the sun (with sunscreen). Ever since getting burned to a crisp on our last day out on the water, I've been all about the SPF - the higher, the better!

Most days that we take our jet-skis out for a ride, we simply put them in the water right at the marina where they live. However, this day, we decided to take them for a little road trip to the East side of the island to a place called X-Power, and put them in the water there. X-Power charges a small fee for putting the jet-ski's in and taking them out of the water, but the great thing about X-Power is that they are incredibly nice, helpful and also have a Yamaha repair shop right on location - this has come in handy a couple times already! I also like riding on the East side of the island better in general, because there are so many more things to see and little islands and beaches to stop at.

This particular day was gorgeous - sunny, warm, and the water was crystal clear turquoise. We even got to play "Jet-Ski Heroes" when we helped out another guy who we found - his jet-ski had died out in the ocean, and he was attempting to SWIM it back to shore! And possibly my favorite part of the whole day - the Flying Fish! As we were riding, these fish were "flying" on top of the water right alongside of us - SO COOL!! All in all, we ended up staying out for about 5 hours and jet-skiing over 30 miles!
Me on one of the Jet-ski's
The gorgeous Pacific Ocean

Check out this video clip of us on the water:


Check out this video clip of Matt playing around:

There were huge waves out there, but they all broke at the reef, so we had smooth water inside where we were riding

We stopped at this island for lunch

Check out this video clip of us going through a channel:

If you know Matt and I, you know that we can't let a good weekend of activities go without a dinner out to a new place here on Okinawa - there are just too many to try! Enter: Arashi (aka: The Ticket Restaurant to us foreigners). It is definitely a unique dining experience, and the food was so much better than I had expected. Supposedly, Arashi is some sort of "famous" restaurant that celebrities like to eat at when they visit the island... now, I'm not so sure I'm going to see Brad and Angie eating in here anytime soon, but there must be some truth behind this one... The concept is as follows: there is a large machine at the entrance of the restaurant. It looks like some sort of vending machine, but with prices and pictures of food instead of actual food items. You enter your money into the machine, push the buttons of the items you would like to order, and a ticket is dispensed for you to take. You get to choose your own table, your waitress comes and takes your tickets, and about 15 minutes later, your food arrives at the table like magic! I'm not sure why I waited so long to try this restaurant - maybe I thought the quality of food would suffer because of the ticket system?? In any case, I'm glad we tried it - we've been having cravings for the fried rice ever since;)

Matt and his soup

Yummy pork & veggie goyza

Our fried rice - they serve it here with the egg fried in the pan with the rice and you get to mix them together

Till next time;)


1 comment:

  1. Beautiful water! The ocean intimidates me! Buddy up and stay safe - unlike the guy you rescued! How fortunate he was you came along! I can see Matt on the Zingas jet-ski's doing just what he was in your video! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to visit you and experience some of what you share in your blog! Hugs along with my love!