Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Obama All Around The World....

Monday, January 6, 2009 - I got back from winter holiday extremely sick from food poisoning. We think it was from the Mee-Hon dish I ate in Langkawi. Langkawi is an island in Malaysia. The airlines tried to prevent me from flying, wasn't happening.

Finally, back in Japan. Sick and all, I went to a convenient store to buy saltine crackers; since I was waiting for the train (in a small town named Omiimazu) about 40 minutes from Obamashi. And found this magazine on the newsstands.

I don't know what it says, I'm working on that...Check out how his legs are crossed.

Got to love caricatures.

It was jaw dropping to see Obama talked about in Malaysia. Yea, I saw news coverage about people supporting him worldwide but to experience it. It's like Whoa. In Japan it breathtaking and now in reinforced my travel desires to see the world.

What you think about this worldwide coverage?

Barack Obama in KL!!! I was surprised Barack Obama was on Malaysia's Newsweek cover. They had a Times magazine too (with Obama) but we gave it to one of our other travel companions. Yea, I know you wondering why I was surprised. I told you I didn't see him in China. China don't get down with the brown people like that. They'll come around.

We got to Hotel Equatorial, which was great! It was a wonderful place and guess what...

Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - We arrive in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Shanghai, China. We didn't get to tour Shanghai but Beijing was definitely a sight to see. No Obama there. :-(

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Our President

December 2008- Barack Obama won the election. The worldwide media kept us updated about him, his family and all related politics. Obamashi, Japan went back to being quiet as usual. The businesses continued to sell, advertise and fish. Of course, they were planning future events. Japanese are mastermind planners and very efficient.

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

Osaka, Japan - Hankyu is a large department store. This pic is for holiday purposes. :-)

In Loving Memory of "Toot"

Our sincerest condolences to Barack Obama and his family in their time of loss.

It saddened me to hear this news. I hoped his grandmother would witness the 44th presidential election. Obama made history in so many ways; from using the advancements in technology in his election to getting the support and votes of young people to bridging the differences between the two major political parties.

The day before the election Obama learned about his grandmother's death. It was amazing to see him at the podium the night he won. He was strong, purposeful and humbled.

I know his grandmother would have been proud that he was elected the 44th President of the United States of America.

Monday, February 16, 2009


They got distracted. Al Loves the kids!

Celebrating Obama's win with my students on November 5th.

The President and Vice President. Let us make progressive change.

All of the Hula groups gathered on stage to dance and chant "Obama".

Aww... the children were celebrating too.

High school students attending the Obama party is Huge! Trust me.

Obama Hula Girl's yellow ensemble, I had to get a picture.

Obama's Hula Girls.

Hula Girls.
I wanted this baby tee-shirt. This is when the phrase went from "I Love Obama" to "I Heart Obama."

Finally, the entire Obama music group together. It was challenging to get them all at once. They were busy partying.

The Obama mascot.

The Obama music group.

English teachers came out for the election results and celebration.

Mr.Dennis N.O. Awori, Embassy of the Republic of Kenya in Japan and the Mayor of Obama, Japan

Obama Saki, anyone?. :-)

'Obamaburgers' are made of fish. They're tasty.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


More "I Love Obama" inspired food creations. In America, we usually give key chains, t-shirts etc.  for souvenirs but in Japan they give food. Usually the food that is popular in that prefecture or country. Perhaps, this helps many of us understand why Japanese created food.


President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Obama City made Obama Saki, Obama fish burgers, Obama chopsticks and Obama sweets.
The Obama Statue.
America's new leaders President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden

The organization plotted the states Obama won. (Sort of like pin the tail on the donkey.) 

Victory declared.

The BIG Day...
November 5, 2008- Obama, Japan had a huge celebration for election day. The town was so optimistic and determined to party despite the outcome.

The USA Apparel:Obama T-Shirt & Hat

Two days later, in Newark, NJ I got this cap.

August 2008, I was home. I got this great t-shirt from Atlanta, GA. I loved this gift!

Berlin, Germany

It was July 24, 2008, when I watched this speech during a layover in Detroit. I was returning home. I remember feeling so proud in that airport.

I was the only sister in the airport lounge watching the speech. I was so proud of the new positive image of black people.

It was refreshing to see a smart, cool educated man.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Obama vs. McCain

Sunday, February 1, 2009 - During the autumn season, we witnessed tragic campaign tactics, debates and finally defeat. From Sen. Obama's fist bump with his wife to the rise and fall of Sarah Palin to waiting painstakingly on election night to see the results.

Strategy , which is a well thought out plan, is important if goals are to be achieved. I did not know Sen. McCain's strategy towards the end of the race. Many people were appalled because he chose Palin as the vice presidential running mate yet I understood this move. However, the actions followed thereafter were not quite so clear, at least, in Japan.

Obama stayed the path. He did not deviate from his message. In fact, he repeated it so much I started to say it in my sleep. He branded the phrase "Yes, We Can", sought young people and used the advancements in technology throughout the entire campaign. Two of these moves were unprecedented. I mean, he drove home the message, while being inclusive of all people.

Luck = Preparation + Opportunity.