The Final Countdown

7 days left as of today.

Updates –

– I activated my new debit card and credit card which was a lot easier than expected.

– Last minute preparations are going to be made slightly more difficult by the fact of working 6 days in a row for the 3rd week running.

– The extra money from working 6 days in a row for 3 weeks in a row will be very welcome on the trip, though!

– Hoa’aloha and I (Ok, mostly I!) have been busy scheduling posts so you will have plenty to enjoy while we are away and we can forget about blogging while on the trip and just take plenty of photos and write down our thoughts to share with you when we arrive home

There is a Tripadvisor meetup scheduled for November 9th – if you are on Oahu you will be very welcome to join us, see this thread for updates. –

Star City Breakfast Buffet

Star City is obviously not in Hawaii. It is in Sydney. ๐Ÿ™‚ We were staying at the Astral Tower – click here for my Tripadvisor review of that hotel. If you book in for the buffet breakfast at check-in, it costs you $20 rather than $34.90. $20 is not too bad for a breakfast, in my opinion. Especially if it is a breakfast where you have a lot of options and you can pick what you want to eat.


Breakfast plate belonging to The Other Half – scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, ham and cheese croissant. He did manage another plate very similar to this one minus the croissant and hash browns. He wanted pancakes but the machine was not working.


My breakfast plate. – mushroom & cheese omelette made by the egg chef, bacon. See how perfectly the bacon is cooked, I like mine with crispy fat like that. ๐Ÿ™‚ In total, I managed this plate, a mango yoghurt, some watermelon, 2x coffee, 1 apple juice, 1 pineapple juice. Clearly I drank too much which is not a good idea when you are buffet-ing. When we got back to the room I had to lie down for about half an hour, to let all of this digest.


Juice bar – all different kinds – orange, watermelon, pineapple, apple, cranberry, there must be one I am missing though. Might be orange and mango or tropical. There was also soy milk and possibly other kinds of milk.


Pastries bar – croissants, muffins, danish, chocolate croissants, gluten free almond bread,


Yoghurt bar – mango, berry, passionfruit – I had a mango one, it was quite decent, very tart not too sweet.


Quinoa Bircher Muesli


Fruits – banana, green apple, orange, red apple


Cut up fruits – Kiwi, watermelon, fruit salad. I tried the watermelon and it was amazing, so juicy, super cold because it is kept on ice.


Cheese section – I can’t imagine eating cheese like this at breakfast however it is there if you want it.


Meats section – smoked salmon, ham, salami, trimmings included capers and red onions


Breakfast pizza & quiche


Breakfast stir fry, boiled eggs, fried rice


Waffles, sauteed mushrooms, baked beans


Chicken sausages & bacon (bacon was amazing by the way, perfectly cooked in my opinion)


Hash browns, tomatoes, scrambled eggs


Fried eggs, ham and cheese croissants


Fruit compotes – including rhubarb


Cereal bar with add ons like dried fruit and nuts


Tea bar


Coffee Bar

I’m posting this here for the following reasons –

– To give you (and me) an idea of the kinds of posts I will like to do re eating in Hawaii, when I visit there in November.

– To get used to taking photos while out and about especially of food. There are a couple of photos which did not make the cut – eg this one –


– To let you know why I am seriously thinking of cancelling the Orchids buffet we have planned – I have suspected this all along but now it is official – I am not a breakfast or brunch person, my stomach cannot handle too much food too early in the day. To pay $60+ is just excessive when I am not going to eat a lot. I think we might be better off sticking with cheaper breakfast options.

– This is my travel blog, and sometimes you are going to find info on travels I have done which are not Hawaii related.

– I know we have a lot of Aussie readers and this post might be of interest to them. Plus future travellers to Hawaii might find the blog via the Urbanspoon link.

– There are a lot of Star City buffet reviews on the web but not many are for breakfast.

– To hook up with Urbanspoon all ready to go for the Hawaii posts – here is my profile.

The Star Garden Buffet on Urbanspoon

– To hook up with Twitter for Hawaii.

I’ll possibly be doing some tweeting, instagramming and urbanspoon reviews while travelling. Detailed posts like this with a lot of photos will probably have to wait until we get home.

I hope you enjoyed this post, wherever in the world you happen to be. ๐Ÿ™‚

While in Sydney, I bought a new phone. I have been an Apple iPhone person for a while now however my tablet is Android and I have begun to get used to it. My new tablet I am planning to buy will be a Samsung, so I might as well make the switch over phone wise now.

I hate change. More than anything I hate to change operating systems. I have struggled to get used to this Mac since my windows based laptop was stolen when our house was broken into during my last Hawaii trip. That was in November 2011 – nearly two years now and I still strongly dislike this thing.

The switch has been a lot easier than I expected, though. There are some things I really love about this new phone, too. That is a post for another day. ๐Ÿ™‚

These pics you see above are the last taken with my iPhone, though I may decide to take the iPhone to Hawaii and leave the new phone at home. I definitely am leaving the sim card at home, either way.