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Today, we discovered a cool place in Dole Cannery called Rascal’s Family Fun Center perfectly suited for kiddie birthday parties and just plain ‘ol entertainment. Our son Ensen was invited to his classmate Caleb’s 4th birthday party. When Kelly and I got the invitation, we had no idea what this place was all about. We figured this place must be pretty new, but it’s actually been open for a little more than one year. What?

Ensen found Rascal’s to be a very fun place. They have an arcade, laster tag, mini bowling, mini golf, and a bouncer room. They also have a Candyland Tot Town which we didn’t get to see. It looks small from the outside, but when you go in, it’s rather large. As you can see from the video above (shot and edited on my iPhone 4 with iMovie), there lots to keep the kids busy. Ensen (in photo below) really enjoyed mini bowling and hopping around in the bouncer.

In addition to all the activities, they have private rooms to hold those special celebrations with family and friends. And, they offer three hours of free validated parking. Sweet!

Nothing against Chuck E. Cheese or Dave and Busters, but this is definitely a breath of fresh air in terms of fun and locations to hold birthday parties and special events for kids on Oahu.

Have you been to Rascal’s? What other places in Hawaii are ideal for such occasions?

Oh, and once again, Happy Birthday Caleb!

-NGK

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One of the things I love doing most on the iPhone 4 is taking pictures. They come out incredibly stunning for a 5-megapixel camera. Just look at my Kona sunset photo above. And those who know me, know how obsessive I am about taking photos of everything…especially my food. Even though I own a Canon Ti1 DSLR, I rarely leave the house with it these days as the iPhone is usually enough for my daily needs.

Lately, I’ve been playing with a few photo apps that take the photography and photo sharing experience to another level. So I thought I’d share a few of my favorite photo apps and why I like them. Click the section headers to be redirected to iTunes to download.

FOODSPOTTING

With my love of eating, this is definitely one of my favorite photo apps right now and will be for a while. Not only can I share the great food I’m eating, but I can also discover delicious things to eat around me…in any city I may be in. The food guides are a fun aspect of being a part of the community and the ability to comment on and view comments other people’s posts helps you weed out what’s good and bad. Updates can also be shared via the app on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and FourSquare. This app is free to download.

INSTAGRAM

A fun photo sharing social network where people take photos, filter them through one of the apps 12 filters, add a caption, and tagged by location before being posted. You can “Like” and comment on photos. You can even make the “Popular” page. Follow the people you like and share moments of your life via photos. Updates can also be shared via the app on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Posterous, Tumblr, and FourSquare. This app is free to download.

AUTOSTITCH

Ever wish you could create a panoramic image of a beautiful landscape?  Then this is the app for you. I love it because it’s ridiculously simple to use. Just point, shoot the scene you want in as many frames as you need to, then let the app do the rest of the work for you. It cleverly matches all of the points of reference for you and in a matter of seconds and creates seamless panoramic images (like the one below I took at the Nuuanu Pali Lookout). Updates can also be shared through the app via email and Facebook. You can save images to your Photo Album to share them via other applications. This app is $2.99 to download.

DIPTIC

I recently found out about Diptic playing around with Instagram. Many people us this cool app to create story boards or photo collages from the 19 different templates offered. Each section can be edited and the finished product can be emailed or saved to the Photo Album. Not many sharing options with this app, but fun nonetheless. Photos below were taken this weekend at a friends holiday party for the kiddies. This app is $1.99 to download.

PHOTOFUNIA

And last but not least, I just downloaded this app two nights ago and have been having a lot of fun with it. Choose from 60+ scenes to present your photos in a fun and creative way (that’s my kiddies in the photo below). You can save the final product in you Photo Album or email to share with family/friends. This app is free to download.

So there you have it, a few of my favorite photos applications for the iPhone. There’s hundreds available in the iTunes store. Which are you favorites? I’m always looking for another cool app to try out.

Happy holidays and happy photo taking and sharing!

-NGK

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First post from my iPhone

Posted: July 17, 2010 by Nathan Kam in Ensen & Avery
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Testing…testing…Here goes nothing. My first post from the WordPress app on my iPhone 4 as I ride in the back of the RAV on our way to town. Little Avery was quite a happy ham this morning. Hope you’re having a great Saturday too.

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Ensen multi-tasking on email and TweetDeck. Oh yeah, behind those screens he’s also drafting a Word document, editing video, and streaming music on Blip.fm. Not to mention, he’s watching Barney and Friends on PBS.

Without much effort from us, Ensen has become quite good at using a computer as he approaches 2-years-old. He loves to type, knows what the mouse is for and enjoys clicking it all over the screen, is always up for watching videos online, and always wants to look at our family photos on iPhoto. It’s incredible to me on so many levels how much he knows at such a young age.

Some might argue that he’s merely imitating his mommy and daddy. I’m not going to dispute the fact that we spend a good amount of time on the computer each day. But since we’ve not really given Ensen any “formal” technology training, I’m starting to think that kids in this day and age are born “wired” and ready to “plug and play” in the digital world. Like it’s now part of human DNA. Part of the evolution of human beings to come out of the gate inherently knowing what a computer is, how the Internet works, and so on for survival. Afterall, the kid could figure out how to unlock and entertain himself with my iPhone at 18-months-old.

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Whatever you call it, it’s been a wonderful experience so far raising a child and watching them grow in a digital world. Technology has enabled us to share these memorable times with my parents who live on the Big Island and other family and friends across the world via this blog, live video streaming, and social networking sites like Flickr and Twitter. Video chat has enabled me to stay connected visually FOR FREE with Kelly and Ensen when I’m traveling on business. Good stuff.

It humors me to know our son will find things that were essential during our time, like dial-up, floppy disks, and 3G, absolutely useless when he gets older. I can only sum it up this way…

We truly live in an incredible world!

It’s true and we should take time every day to appreciate this fact. And speaking of incredible, this gut-busting clip of Louis CK on Late Night with Conan O’Brien titled “Everything is amazing…nobody is happy” is a great example of just how extraordinary the 21st century as been. It also illustrates how we as a society take technology and brilliant innovation for granted. I need to thank technology and leadership speaker Scott Klososky for showing this during his social media presentation at the Travel Weekly Forums last week.

After watching this, it really made me stop and think about how I (and my fellow consumers) behave in this technologically advanced state of life. These are remarkable times we’re living in which are only going to get more and more amazing. As fast as things move forward, it’s good to look back into the past and reflect on how far we’ve come to put things in perspective.

I’ve heard time and time again that if you want to know what the future holds or what it may look like, ask you children. While Ensen may be a little too young right now to answer, he’s given us a glance of what the face of the digital future looks like and I’ve got to say it’s pretty exciting…and handsome (that’s just proud daddy talk). ;-)

-NGK

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iPhone demo by my 18-month-old son

Posted: December 27, 2008 by Nathan Kam in Ensen & Avery, Family & Friends
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As some top executives I know continue to struggle using their iPhone, it’s just old hats to Ensen (now 18-months-old) who has become quite proficient with it. Here he is tonight giving me a demonstration on how to turn it on, unlock it, and scroll through my various app screens. Priceless!

We can thank Aunty Kim for getting the little guy up to speed on the new technology as she’s been letting him play with her iPhone every time she babysits him and we go out to restaurants and the mall. Now if I can just teach Ensen how to use Twitter. :-)

-NGK


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A thunder storm rocked Oahu last night and knocked the power out across the island around 7 p.m. But just before the outage occurred, I set my Flip Mino on our lanai and aimed it north into the night’s sky. I was able to capture some of the amazing lightning show that entertained us before we sat around in the dark. I’ve condensed it down to a minute and half. Check it out!

Hawaii blogger Ryan Ozawa managed to get a post up on his site during the outage with details about the situation. With only a radio and my iPhone to keep up-to-speed on things, it was fun to follow the updates on Twitter. Reports from folks around the island were steady and easily trackable with the “hashtag” #hipower suggested by Ryan. I’m glad to report the power finally came back on in Salt Lake around 7 a.m. Time to shower.

-NGK

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Last weekend our friends Cori and Kevin tied the knot at Luana Hills Country Club, which is one of the most spectacular golf courses and settings anywhere in Hawaii (in my humble opinion). Just look at the photo above. Doesn’t it remind you of Jurassic Park in some ways without all the dinosaurs? But I digress.

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It was a beautiful ceremony on the lawn overlooking the golf course. The Koolau Mountains beckoning in the background only made the ambiance more amazing. Cori looked beautiful in her wedding dress and Kevin was calm, cool, and collected as usual. We wish them congratulations and nothing but happiness and fun as husband and wife.

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I should also mention that our Canon SD750 went missing this weekend just in time for the wedding. So without our trusty camera, I had nothing but my iPhone to use to capture the moments for our family photo album. Luckily, the iPhone camera kicks butt as evidenced by all the photos in this post.

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I took more than 50 photos that day, but this photo of Ensen and Kelly (above) was by far my favorite. Thank you iPhone and thank you weather for holding up.

-NGK


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