Mikey and I slept in a bit today. We ate lunch at a pretty crappy mexican place. After lunch, I bought some fins for $29, and then headed to Hale'iwa to visit the Ukulele Site. I shipped both my ukus home, and Mikey got a nice hard case for his. We then headed to Electric Beach. I'm so glad i got fins, as they made it much easier to swim. We swam out to where water was coming out of an underwater pipe from a energy plant. The water was very warm, and there were many fish there. I dove about 25 ft, my deepest free dive so far. We left there and ate at a place called Maui Mike's, where we each got some Maui Wowie...a chicken sandwich. We went home and hung out until we went to bed.
Today was a nice day. Mikey and I hiked an easy trail called Manoá Falls, which ended with a 100-150 ft. waterfall. There were many people, but we found a cut through on the side of the trail and found a creek that the falls fed, which was nice, as it was secluded. Before the hike, we ate at a place called Rooftop Restaurant, which took forever and wasn't very good. Oh, before the hike, we went to Kailua looking for yard sales, but only found 1, and it was pretty bad. After the hike, we came home. Maggie and Dani took us to a very nice restaurant called Hale'iwa Joe's. There was an hour and 15 minute wait, but it was worth it. I ate a full rack of ribs with a tomato based fish soup. So good. Before the meal, I fell in the mud wearing white jeans. Maggie was able to get the stain out for me. We headed home and went to bed.
Its a new year! Woohoo! I expect this year to be even better that the last! A few highlights of 2015...my sister got married and I have an amazing new brother in law! I went snowboarding with my two friends Eric and Bryan in early March over spring break. I went on a 3 week road trip to California with them as well over the summer. I got a cello this year, which I plan to use to major in music. I got serious about coffee and learned how to make it well, and I ended the year in Hawaii with my best friend Mikey...MIKEY! I met Mikey this year! I look forward to seeing how 2016 is going to be even better!
Today, Mikey and I slept in a bit. When we woke up, we headed to Electric Beach on the west side and snorkeled. It was great! The water was super clear! we saw several sea turtles, and Mikey saw a huge man-of-war, which kind of freaked me out. After snorkeling, we came home and napped. We made zucchini and rice for dinner. We chilled until we went to bed.
Happy Birthday Jesslyn! So far, today was pretty cool. Mikey and I slept in a bit, got omelets,and hiked up a volcano. It was called Diamond Head Crater, and it was actually a pretty easy hike. It took us probably an hour and a half...including 30 minutes at the top to enjoy the view. We were very close to where we ran the 5k, and actually mapped out our run from up there, which was cool. We got to the bottom, where we sat at a bench with a crap ton of bees beneath us. They didn't sting us, as they were per-occupied with some spilled shaved ice. I did 4 cart wheels. We left there & came home, where we did laundry, and left for a party at Maggie's friend Tina's house. We met her son, Steven. Steven is paralyzed from the chest down, and is constantly hooked up t machines. The thing about Steven, is that several time, and with a huge smile, said how happy he is! Meeting him was truly inspiring, and I'm so thankful that God has blessed me with health. Mikey and I left the party early, and we are now at the house toasting pop tarts and about to drink Mikey's sparkling grape juice. I think this is the first time I've ever eaten a toasted pop tart. I have truly been missing out. We plan to snorkel tomorrow morning at Electric Beach on the west side of the island.
The family was pretty loud last night; they kept me up until 1 or 2 a.m. I slept in this morning, and Mikey has felt sick all day. We have stayed in the house all day, which isn't a bad thing. We are currently making hamburger helper. Mikey has rested all day and I've been watching Friends. I'm on season 3 now. I plan to do laundry after dinner, and probably just watch more Friends.
... There were clothes in the washing machine, so I didn't do laundry. We finished the day relaxing at home, and we each took some NyQuil to ensure a good nights sleep. Mikey needed it because he felt sick; I just wanted to sleep well.
Well, we didn't surf this morning. Apparently, Ilikea, her kids, and Maggie were up pretty late and loud, keeping Mikey up until 2 a.m, so he wanted to sleep in, which is totally understandable. We made a Tombstone pizza for breakfast. I watched 1 Friends and we left for a music store to get Mikey a case for his ukulele. The cases the store had didn't fit the uku, so we have to try again later. Currently, we are hanging out in a Starbucks getting some work done.
... After Starbucks, we went to O'Reiley's to get a new light bulb for a tail light in skunk, and then got some groceries. We came home and have been chilling for hours here. Ilikea's family is still here, and these 2 little kids won't leave me alone. There are 10 people in this house, so its pretty busy.
Today, Mikey got a uku! He found a lady selling a gold label Kamaka listed for $500 on Craig's List, and he talked her down to $375. After that, we ate breaky at Subway. We went home, where I immediately helped Mikey restring his uku (it was strung for a lefty.) We played our ukus for quite some time, then Angry Birds 2, and then Mikey napped while I caught up on journaling and watched spearfishing and funny videos on youtube. We are planning on surfing Chun's in the morning. Oh, Dani's sister Ilikea and her 5-6 kids are staying the night, but I'm going to bed before they get here.
Today was pretty uneventful, but nice. We decided to have our own prayer time instead of going to church. I watched a movie called Son of God, which wrecked me for a little bit. Mikey watched a sermon. Afterwards, we headed to the swap meet looking for a uku for Mikey. We didn't find one, but Mikey got his sister a purse. We left and went to Teddy's for lunch. After lunch, we went home and rested. I watched well over 10 more episodes of Friend! I'm loving that show! We didn't do much after we got home, which was wonderful, because I'm still tired from yesterday.
I ran my first 5k today! It went great! about half way done, it got a little challenging, and it turned into a battle with myself to finish without stopping. I did, and finished in 25:38. After that, Mikey and I ate a burger and went to the Honolulu zoo. After the zoo, we drove to Mel in Pearl City and helped him move some stuff to a storage unit. After that, we went to Safeway and got groceries and went home. We showered and rested the rest of the day.
p.s. I watched at least 10 more episodes of Friends today.
Mele Kalikimaka! Today has been a strange Christmas. No Mom, Dad, or Mariah. Its pretty weird being away from home on Christmas. But, I will be home soon. We all slept in, and Dani cooked breakfast for us. A little later, we went to a beach on a military base looking for sea glass. We didn't find much, but some. After that, we went home, and I watched an episode of Friends. I walked out of my room, and the whole house was dark, and its like 4 p.m. Everyone was napping, so I watched more Friends. I've probably watched 10 episodes or so. I face timed Mom, Dad, Mariah, and Garret. It was so nice to see them! I so look forward to being with them soon. Well, I'm going to run a 5k tomorrow. But first, I'm going to watch more Friends...haha.
Its 1:00 p.m. now, and Mikey and I went to Chun's this morning. We got there a little after sunrise, and there were at least 30 people in the water already. It was a very fun session! We surfed about two hours. The waves were mostly chest high with some head high sets. Hawaiian surfers aren't the nicest, but Hawaiians in general are. After surfing, Mikey and I got a burger from a place called Seven Brothers. SO GOOD! We're back at Maggie's now. Somehow, I lost today's footage on the GoPro. I don't know what I did, but its ok, we will get more. Mikey and I went to a store called Savers looking for gifts for Maggie and Dani. Mikey got some cool wall decorations and I got two coffee mugs. When we got home, we left for a party with Maggie's family. Dani's sister took us to where she works... the Disney Hotel on the west side. She's a professional Hula dancer. So, we watched a very nice Hula dance and two guys shred some ukus. We left there and headed to the party. There was food, gift raffles, alcohol, and cigarettes everywhere. It was fun for an hour or two, but I got bored rather quickly. We left shortly after 12 and went to bed when we got home.
Today was good. Mikey, myself, and Dani went to the North Shore. Dani walked on the beach finding shells while Mikey and I surfed. Chun's was extremely populated today. I caught 4-5 waves, but 2 of them I had to bail because some dudes snuck in and took the wave. I rode 1 wave in and got stuck inside, when a wave pulled the board hard enough that the leash came off. Mikey went and got the board, and I rode some white water in and met him. After that, we came home. I napped, gassed up the truck, and we headed to dinner with Maggie's parents, Margaret and John. Very nice people. Mikey and I are leaving at 6 tomorrow to surf at Chun's.
Today is turning out to be a rest day. Mikey had a meeting with the department head of Ocean Resource Engineering at 9:30 at Manoá, so we went and did that. We walked around Manoá for a bit, got Subway, and headed home. We both took a nap when we got home. I woke up and played ukulele for a bit. I learned the C, G, Am, and F chords. The fingering is easier than guitar, but you strum with your pointy finger, which I'm not good at yet.
Mikey and I hung out at home until Maggie got here, when she and Dani took us to Boston Pizza. After dinner, we saw Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. I absolutely loved it! I can't wait for the next one! Anyways, Mikey and I plan to surf tomorrow.
I now own a ukulele! Mikey and I were planning on running up diamond head today, but we didn't set our clocks and woke up after 8. We decided to wait and do it later when we could wake up early and beat the heat. Our main goal today was to find a good ukulele shop and get a uku. We walked out the door, and decided we should invite Dani. So we did, and she wanted to come. So, we left for Pearl Ciry, where our first stop was Ben Franklin's Craft store, where Mikey purchased some stuff. After that, Dani got a hazelnut latte and we headed to BWW! While waiting for our food, I called Mom about what size ukulele I should get. She said that she had wanted one for years, so whichever one I wanted to get, get her the other! She said that she would pay for 1 and I could pay for the other, and we can share the! How cool is that! So that's what we did! We went to a music store called "Easy Music Center" where I found some nice ukus, but Mikey and I wanted to check another store called "The Ukulele Site" in Hale'iwa. SO GLAD WE DID! I found two Pono brand ukuleles, both solid acacia wood. One soprano and one tenor. Super excited about them. Mikey didn't find exactly what he was looking for unfortunately. We stopped in a surf shop, where I bought a straw hat, and they were selling a board used in the contest for $350. After that, Mikey got a smoothie, Dani got an acai bowl, and I got a sandwich. After that, we headed to the house, where I blogged until Maggie got home. We talked to Maggie for a few hours and ate hot dogs cooked in soy sauce on top of rice. It was surprisingly good!
Today was fun as well! We all (Maggie, Dani, Mikey, and myself) left the house around 8-9 and headed for the swap meet, which is like a a big outdoor market where you can haggle. It was around Aloha stadium in the parking lot. Mikey got some trinkets there, but I didn't get anything. We did find some sweet ukuleles, but we were weary of buying them there. We will do some research and probably buy them at a music store. After the swap meet, we headed North and stopped at a coffee shop called Green World, where they grow coffee. They're small, so they can only grow 1 kind, but still, very cool. Afterwards, we got lunch at a sandwich shop n Hale'iwa. I ate 1/4 of it, because I went surfing right after at Chun's. Mikey's sunburn prevented him from surfing with me. It was an easy day. Maybe waist on the biffer sets and a freak chest that broke outside that nobody got. We left there and stopped at a bakery, and then at a fish market store, where Dani got tuna and Maggie got poke, which is squid. We came home, showered, did laundry, and finished Unbroken before going to bed.
Today was such a good day! Mikey slept in a bit, so I went to try out a coffee shop Maggie had told me about called Times Coffee Shop. I got there and quickly realized that it was a breakfast place, not a coffee shop. Slightly disappointing, I walked across the parking lot to a McDonald's. As I walked in the door of Maggie's house, Mikey called me saying he was up and ready to surf. So, we ate some food and headed to the North Shore. We started at Hale'iwa, where the North Shore Surf Girls, a surf camp, told us to try. Alas, it sucked. There were 1 ft. waves and a few surf camps taking all the waves. We stayed for maybe 30 minutes and left. As we were walking to the truck, we asked a local where we could try for bigger waves. He answered, "Chun's. It's just two beaches north." So we went to Chun's. The paddle out was pretty long, over 100 yards, but the waves were fun. Mostly in the waist-stomach range, but some bigger sets came through in the shoulder-head range. We surfed there for an hour and 1/2 - 2 hours and paddled out. We caught the same wave out, which was a cool moment...Mikey and I side by side laying on the same wave, but I messed it up. I accidentally turn into him, he grabbed my butt trying to not hit me, pushing himself out of the wave. He forgave me for it. We left Chun's and went to a shrimp food truck, where I got hot and spicy shrimp. At first, it tasted weird, kind of crunchy. After around 3 pieces eaten, Mikey said something like, "Oh, dude, they left the shells on them." Yep. I ate some shrimp with the exoskeleton on them. Probably a few legs as well. Hope it all comes out alright. We headed home after that. After a little TV, we went to Kailua to check out a Goodwill, but it was awful. We gassed up skunk (the name we gave the truck) and headed home. Maggie had a doctors appointment today and didn't feel good afterwards. She asked us if she could take us to California Pizza Kitchen, so we did. We all ate salads that were really good! We left there, came home, and went to bed.
Man, we are beat! we went to bed close to 12 and got up at 5. I took the wax off both boards, and Mikey got up at 5:45. We left at 6:30. Initially, Vincent wanted to surf Makaha, which is on the west side of the island, with the infamous mean locals. But, at 6:15, he texted saying Lani's (Laniakea beach), but he arrived there, said it was too small, and went to Rocky Point, just north of Pipeline. We stopped at Lani's and looked...it didn't look super good, so we drove to Rocky Point. There were some overhead waves, but mostly chest-head waves. But rocks everywhere! Mikey and I prayed before we went in. I took the GoPro. For 20 minutes, all we did was fight the current and duck dive. Then, as I went for a chest-head waves, and Mikey yelling "paddle harder!" i caught my first Hawaiian wave. It was a fun drop, but not much line to it. I went down as the wave died, and the leash broke. On the first wave! So, I had to swim/walk on straight rocks to get it. Which, as you can imagine, sucked. So, that was my last wave of the day, because surfing without at leash isn't much fun. Mikey didn't have much fun there. He kept getting pushed into the rocks. Unfortunately, he didn't catch one. We got back in the truck and talked about it. I didn't think it was that bad, but Mikey did, so we will probably go to Hale'iwa next time, where a lot of beginners surf. There are some waist waves there too, so it should be fun. We got home, and I realized there was an extra leash in the truck, kind kind of stunk, but it didn't matter now. We left home and went to the Christmas Party at the hospital on the military base. It started at 12 and we got home at 5. Mikey and I shared a gift playing the white elephant/steal a gift game. We opened an 8-ball, and who wants to steal that? Afterwards, we gave it to a kid. The funny thing about the game was that there was alcohol given! 3-4 bottles of wine, 1 bottle of Champagne, 1 bottle of Vodka, and 1 bottle of Jack Daniel's. Oh, and Reds mango ale. We came home, Maggie and Dani napped until 7, when they went to Dani's sisters. Mikey and I stayed home and caught up in our journals. Tomorrow, we plan to go to Hale'iwa and start small.
I woke up at 7 today, worshipped for 15 minutes, and then decided to check and make sure Pipe Masters wasn't going on. Turns out, it started at 7! So, we left by 7:30 and got over there. SO MANY PEOPLE! The waves weren't as big as yesterday, but they were still over head and double over head. We saw the quarters, semis, and finals. We watched Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, and Adriano de Souze. Gabriel Medina won the Vans Triple Crown, while Adriano won both the WSL champion world title and Pipe Masters! An amazing experience to see surfers of such skill in person. Glad we didn't miss it! I snagged a couple souvenirs there. We left after Adriano gave his winning speech thing. Oh yeah, we got invited to a house party with free beer and live music. We declined. We left, and almost ran out of gas on the way home, but we made it. We went home, and Maggie called Mikey wanting some over-the-phone prayers, so he prayed. Afterwards, Maggie asked us to go to the mall with her to get gifts for tomorrow's Christmas party. So, Dani drove me and Mikey to meet Maggie, and we headed to the mall On the way, Dani wanted Popeye's, so we stopped and got her and Maggie food. We saw a thrift store near Popeye's called Savers, so we stopped. I got a Hawaiian shirt, a rash guard, and some tee shirts. After that, we headed into Honolulu and arrived at a ginormous outdoor/indoor mall. Maggie got presents for the party, and I bought wax. This kiosk sunglasses guy was trying to sell Mikey and I some glasses. I repeatedly shut him down, but Mikey went along with it just for fun. It was pretty funny. After the mall, we headed to Nadia's house (Dani's friend) and she gave us her brother's board to borrow. Its short and skinny, but its way better than the wave storm on bigger days!Mikey and I are headed to North Shore tomorrow to surf with Vincent or find smaller surf. What stinks is...we're leaving at 6 in the morning, and we're getting home close to 12 tonight... and we're going to Maggie's party at 12 tomorrow which, isn't bad, its just we can't stay very long up North or get much sleep tonight.
Today was a nice, relaxing day. Mikey and I drove to the University of Hawai'i at Manoá (Rainbow Warriors) to meet with Dr. Chueng, a professor of Ocean Research Engineering, to discuss Mikey attending there for grad school! His meeting lasted about 45 minutes. I found an Asian food truck, where I bought teriyaki chicken. They gave me rice with it, but also some green and white slimy stuff, which I didn't eat, but they gave me four weird seaweed sushi things that I ate. I have no clue what they were. After his meeting, we met Vincent, a grad student in ORE (ocean resource engineering) who actually went to UNCW. Super cool guy. Very surfer-esk. He invited us to surf North Shore with him on Friday... we will wait and see if he actually follows through with it. After Vincent, we got lunch with Mel. He talked to us about our spiritual beliefs, and asked if we knew where people today were doing what Jesus did. I responded, "Mozambique, with..." and Mel finished my sentence with, "Heidi Baker." I was super surprised at this. Mel continued to talk about things like Harry Potter and letting evil in our lives. After Mel, we headed to Pipeline! My first time on the North Shore. By the time we got there, they had finished competing, but they were still surfing. HUGE waves... like double and triple overhead waves (12-18 ft.) We left there, came home, and went to the mall with Maggie and Dani for dinner. Before we went to bed, i checked, and Mikey agreed with me, that Pipe masters wasn't supposed to be tomorrow. So, we plan to surf.
Right now its 9:00 a.m. So far, Mikey and I have eaten some fruit and I have eaten some peanuts and granola. Josiah called and gave us permission to use his board! YES! Also, Mel told us to drive to his house and pick up a board. So there we go! God has provided two boards for us! Thank you God! Now, we just have to figure out how to tie the boards to the truck, and we're golden. North Shore is too heavy today, so we plan on surfing Waikiki beach, since its way smaller.
Mikey and I were going to go to Mel's to pick up a board, but the truck wouldn't start. We prayed and cleaned the connections twice... no good. We chilled at home, playing chess and talking until Mel came to give us a jump. It worked, and Mel led the way to an O'Reiley's, where Mel bought two batteries for the truck. We tried to reimburse him for a battery, but he refused. He also had to buy four adapters for the connectors, which stunk. Mikey and I put the batteries in the truck and connected them. Mel gave us his wave storm and bungee chords as well. We left O'Reiley's and Mikey said, "lets go surf Waikiki." So, a few minutes after we had left, I told him that two hours of driving wasn't worth one hour of small surf. So, he suggested going to a goodwill. As I was looking up how to get there, we continued driving, until we were going in the opposite direction of the goodwill. Frustrated, we decided we were in to much of a rush and went home. While unlocking the fence, Mikey said that he was going to do the locking and unlocking from now on (I have been slow at doing it). Over the past few hours, both of us had gotten upset with each other, so we had a serious, but great talk, discussing our feelings and forgiving each other. We handled the being upset with each other amazingly! Love it!
p.s. I beat Mikey twice today at chess
p.s.s. Overall, today was an extremely productive day! We fixed the truck (hopefully) and got boards and a way to strap them to the truck!
So far, today has been interesting. I woke up at 5a.m. and laid in bed for an hour. I got up, made some moringa, and chatted with Maggie before she left for work and Dani left for school. Mikey and I went for a run! Gosh, we are so out of shape. After the run, we went to leave in the truck, and it didn't start. I prayed over it...and it still didn't start, which was kind of disheartening. We came back inside, and shortly after Mikey went back out to pray and clean the connections to the battery. After he prayed it started up! His first attempt to start the truck was an utter failure; no beep and no turn over at all. He chilled for a minute and tried it again...and blam! The truck started! We were stoked! We left to go see Dani at her school, and on the way Mikey told me he thought God was saying we need to put Him first everyday, that's why He waited to fix the car. We agreed that we do need to put Jesus first in our day. Dani took us to a grocery store, where...yep. You guessed it! We bought groceries! We came home, and Mikey whooped my butt in a game of chess. We hung out at the house for a bit until we left to go see the Blow Hole (I call the blowing hole or the whale) which is where water sprays out through a crack in the Earth due to volcanic pressure, or something like that. We enjoyed our time there, but the weather started to flip on us, so we left. Oh, just before the blowing hole, we found a place called Sandy Beach, which was too beautiful! People were tailgating like a football game, except they were facing the ocean! How dope is that! We found a few pieces of bleached coral and two cool nuts. Sandy Beach is the first place I touched water in Hawai'i. Mikey asked a lifeguard (named Makala or something) if he could trade his Kure Beach lifeguard shirt for his Oahu lifeguard shirt, but he didn't bring a shirt today. On the way home, we stopped at Subway and ate two great subs. When we got home, we chatted with Maggie until Dani got home, who, after a long day of two finals, cooked us a great dinner of steak and poi! Poi is a Hawai'ian root that is pounded to the consistency of play dough...and it tastes like it too. But, it was good with the steak. We watched the first half of Unbroken and went to bed.
We woke up at 4a.m. today. I made some moringa while Mariah and Mikey were getting ready. Garret got up to give Mikey and I a hug goodbye and Mariah gave us our last sundrop before taking us on over to the airport. Once we got there, we hugged her and walked on in. She was super sweet! She kept on waving goodbye at us! I would walk a couple steps, look back, and there she was just a waving away! She did that for a few look backs until we were out of sight. LOVE HER! We had no trouble getting on the airplane to San Fransisco, but flight got a little hairy as we approached California. Also, my butt was hurting for most of the flight. I guess I need to learn how to sit properly. We landed in SF, found our gate, and purchased sandwiches at some bread place. I also purchased a 1/2 lb. roll of sourdough bread for the flight, since the food on the flight is going to be for purchase only and probably not very good.
The flight to Oahu went well! I got a little bit of sleep, but I don't think Mikey got any. We played so many games of tic-tac-toe, hangman, and solitaire. I started the book Wild at Heart and man is it good! We landed in Honolulu, purchased leis for Maggie and Dani, and when we gave them to them, they had gotten us leis! So we swapped! That was super cool. Maggie and Dani are incredibly nice! We left the airport and headed straight Mel's house. Boy, Mel is a character! Mel is letting us use his truck for the duration of our stay here. Super kind of him! The truck is an old diesel Ford flat-bed truck. Its definitely has its quirks. Such as: 1) The hood open latch at the driver's side is broken, so he MacGyvered it. We have to find a chord in the front of the hood and pull it, then use the normal latch to open the hood. 2) There are two gas tanks, but we can only use the back one. Also, diesel. No gas. That would be bad. 3) The blinkers don't work. 4) The left tail light is out. 5) There's a big metal fence thing on the back windshield, so the rear view mirror is pretty much useless. 6) The registration may or may not be valid. 7) We may or may not need a special permit to drive it because of its size. But! God supplied us a truck! It works! We are thankful for free transportation and we are trusting Him to keep us safe in it. After Mel gave us the truck, we followed Maggie and Dani back to their house. We went to sleep at 10:00p.m. Oahu time. We started this day with Mariah and Garrett at 4a.m. Eastern, which is 11p.m. Oahu time the night before. So we have had a 23 hour day!
WWOOOOOOOO!!!! Hawai'i! YEAH!
Today was a great day! My wonderful parents helped me finish packing this morning, and afterwards we sat around the kitchen table simply enjoying each other, chatting it up. Mikey, who was fighting time trying to get everything finished up in preparation for the trip, e-mailed me the letters he had written to Jesslyn for her Christmas/Birthday/New Years/9 month anniversary gift. He wrote her 1 letter per day, so everyday she could open up something new. Too cool. Mikey arrived at my house, where we said goodbye to my Mom and Dad (who I think I hugged at least 5-6 times each) and headed to Wilson to drop the letters off at Jess' parents house. We did so, and departed for Mariah and Garrett's apartment in Raleigh. We arrived, warmly greeted by two amazing people and very playful Belgian Malinois. The newlyweds treated us both to dinner at a place called Smash Burger, which was so stinkin' good! I had a bacon cheeseburger with Swiss, lettuce, tomato, a fried egg, jalapenos, mustard, and grilled onions accompanied with Italian seasoned fries. Yum! Afterwards, we went home and played with Chloe (the aforementioned puppy) with a lit fire until we went to bed. Oh, I had a wicked ulcer on the back of my throat, and told Mariah about it. She said that she had some medicine for it, but it would hurt a lot. Like...a lot. Basically like cauterizing it chemically. So, I used it, and she didn't lie. It burned pretty bad. But, I woke up the next morning feeling much better.