Hula hips

First, thank you for all the get well wishes from the last post. My eyes are doing much better. It just a matter of time before my cornea heals completely.

My nephew Jonah turned 2 weeks old yesterday. He makes a lot of facial expressions already and I try to capture it each time I hangout with him.

Jonah 03-23-11 (8)Jonah 03-23-11 (44) IMG_4797

There’s nothing like a moment when a baby smiles at you, it just takes all your worries and stress from the day away.


This morning I took Zumba class. I really love taking that class and wish my gym offers more classes. It’s a popular class among the members because it’s always pack.

I enjoy dancing a lot. Many, many years ago, I used to dance Tahitian and Hula. I loved the drum beats and all the different hip moves. Taking Zumba classes brings me back to my previous dancing days.


Paradise Cove - Hawaii 2006

I can’t help but used my hula hips when I dance salsa during Zumba classes. For some reason, my hips tend to do hula moves and I try very hard to stick to salsa when in class.

In order to raise my heart rate, I modify the steps in class and try to make it more high impact. I jump harder, I shake my butt faster and it works because my heart rate monitor went up to 85 this morning.

After my dance performance at the gym, I enjoyed sweet potato protein pancakes when I got home. Topped with maple syrup and flaked coconuts.


Delicious pancakes like these is the one of the reasons why I’m excited to eat breakfast every morning and why healthy food does not have to be boring.


The pancake batter wasn’t mixed too well and I ended up with sweet potato chunks in the pancakes. Another way to add texture to the pancakes.


Enjoy the rest of your Friday!!

We will be doing some home improvement projects tonight and this weekend. DIY projects are fun, especially the ones you can finish in a few days and enjoy the fruits of your labor.


  1. Jonah is SUCH a beautiful baby! That last picture tugs at my heart 😉 Glad you enjoy Zumba! Its very popular at our gym as well. And pancakes are a wonderful way to kick off a weekend. Good luck with the DIY projects. I am hoping to get lots of relaxing in this weekend

  2. Zumba is so much fun!!!! 😀
    Hope you have an awesome weekend!

  3. Cute kid and great idea on the pancakes.

  4. That is so cool that you can do the hula! I have the opposite problem as you in that I cannot make me hips move in the hula way. LOL. I would love to go to Hawaii to learn! 🙂

  5. Baby pictures are the best!!! 🙂 I wish I lived closer to my nephew so I could take pictures of him all the time.

    Have a great weekend … hope you get a lot done!

  6. I just came across your blog and it caught my eye because I’m a huge coconut lover too! I love the pictures of your nephew, babies are so fun. 🙂

    • Yeah I love the coconut in the name. I thought about using it in my own somehow, but oh well.

      I wish I could do any kind of dance! I always end up looking like Elaine from Seinfeld….not good if case you’ve seen it. Eek!

  7. What wonderful pictures of your baby nephew! Mine is only a few days old now – LOVE HIM. I’ve never hulaed – I’ve heard it’s SO hard and a great workout!

    • Congrats Auntie 🙂 Both my niece Jazzy and now my nephew Jonah brings so much joy. They have no idea how much they make people happy. You will love being an Auntie, it’s so much fun.

  8. Awwwwe, Jonah is SO cute!!! 😀

  9. Rebecca says:

    Yum, yum, YUM! I am the same woman that is making the protein scones. I also tried this recipe for sweet potato pancakes. They were AMAZINGLY yummy. I used the maple syrup, coconut topping. They tasted like gourmet food and I was very energetic afterwards instead of the usual crash I get after eating pancakes. Thank you for this great recipe.
    One problem I encountered was that the pancakes would fall apart when I was flipping them until I added a little bit of oil spray into the pan. Typically when I cook pancakes I don’t use any oil at all. I have a nonstick pan and that works well. But with these pancakes, when I tried to do that and they fell apart, just a little spray of oil helped to make them stay together.
    Really amazing yumminess! I am going to make these again and again. My mom wants some too!

    • Hi Rebecca,

      I do use Pam spray to help them not stick to the pan. I make the pancakes about the a tad bigger than my palm size, so I can 4 pancakes with the recipe. They are smaller and easier to flip on the pan too.

      I’m glad you are enjoying the pancakes. I have been eating them at least once a week.

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