HONOLULU, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles) – Forget about ‘Sleepless in Seattle.’ How about ‘Homeless in Paradise?’
Hawaii is not exempt from America’s worsening homeless problem. Even in the heart of Waikiki, one of the world’s most popular — and expensive — tourist destinations, homeless people are seen on the beach and on sidewalks, in front of ABC Stores, outside of Starbucks, and next to sidewalk newspaper stands.
At least, the same beachside showers and restrooms for tourists are also available for use by the homeless.
But nothing compares with the opportunity for occasional retreats and camping at 5-star resorts for street children and the homeless — in Manila. Under the leadership of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman, street children and homeless families are rounded up and stashed away for luxury accommodations and meals, especially when the Philippines is visited by dignitaries like Pope Francis.
A group of homeless individuals hanging out on Kalakaua Street across from Waikiki Beach wants to send a message to Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino and Secretary Soliman to consider extending this luxury benefit to them.
In order to make this happen, the homeless group has asked the City of Honolulu to provide them with complimentary one-way plane tickets to Manila. The City is seriously considering the request as an effective way to solve the homeless problem in Paradise.
From paradise (Hawaii) to the ‘Gates of Hell’ (Manila)!
Seattle, Washington – No one messes with Starbucks, not even Hot Cup Of Joe’s, the coffee shop which opened on Valentine’s Day in Spokane, featuring shirtless male baristas.
Ever heard of bottomless mimosas or bottomless margaritas? Well, Starbucks will soon introduce its bottomless baristas – male and female both. The Seattle-based coffee company said this is in response to the Spokane coffee shop’s shirtless baristas. Starbucks will open its first bottomless coffee shop in Seattle later this month, and it has nothing to do with bottomless coffee. Rather, the coffee shop will employ male and female baristas who will wear top clothing, but not bottoms.
If the new “experiment” is well-received, Starbucks said it will ask its franchise stores in the U.S. and across the globe to convert to bottomless coffee shops. However, Starbucks will authorize only one bottomless coffee shop per town or city, and the franchise stores will have to apply to be selected through a rigorous competitive bidding process.
San Francisco, California – Following the disappointing loss by the San Francisco 49ers to the Seattle Seahawks, Mayor Ed Lee signed an executive order declaring Tuesday, January 21 as a “Day of Silence” in San Francisco.
Lee said that this will give 49er fans the much-needed time to process their team’s failure to earn a spot in this year’s Superbowl and to recuperate from all the shouting, cheering and screaming that marked Sunday’s NFC championship game.
All city and county offices will be closed on Tuesday, making it a four-day weekend for most San Franciscans. Monday is also a holiday, being Martin Luther King Day.
San Francisco’s City Hall which in the past week has been illuminated with the red and gold colors, will go completely dark starting at midnight Sunday until midnight Tuesday.