Ending our night after a yummy meal
Vinh was very curious about checking out the Navy Exchange store since it's the biggest Navy Exchange in the whole USA. It's basically a big ol' store that is discounted & has no tax for our military service personnel & their spouses. I can tell it's like a big ol' Walmart in there, but with good quality stuff. I even found Hello Kitty x tokidoki collaboration items on sale in there, score!
NEX front door
Octopus pearl necklace
Gorgeous tanzanite piece that I wanted, but too $$$
Waterfall inside the NEX
Since we were already near Pearl Harbor, we decided to drop by the USS Missouri & submarine museum. We got discounted tickets to the USS Missouri using Vinh's military ID, woot! On our way in, we passed by the USS Oklahoma Memorial. Each white pillar represents a crew member lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
USS Oklahoma Memorial
We had a lovely semi-guided tour by David, who was full of history & facts about the USS Missouri. Who knew that the unconditional surrender for WWII was signed aboard the USS Missouri? I certainly didn't, but I'm not a history buff by any means. The exact spot even has a plaque on it now. The USS Missouri is the last battleship to be built & the last to be decommissioned.
Welcome to the USS Missouri
Quite a patriotic entrance
Those are some big cannons...
Awesome shot, no?
Hanging out on deck
Where WWII ended in unconditional surrender
Vinh wanted to shoot a gun :P
Teak wood for the deck, brand new to replace the old
Bent side where a Japanese kamikaze plane hit
View from the steering room
Boat for the President or high ranking official
Crew mess hall
General McCarthy & Vinh :P
After what seemed like ages, we finally got off the USS Missouri & grabbed a quick lunch before heading into the civilian portion of Pearl Harbor. We were too late to partake in the USS Arizona Memorial so we went & did the self guided tour of the submarine museum instead.
Cheap ramen, yum!
AKA civilian portion of Pearl Harbor
I love this poem from the submarine museum :)
We ended our evening with having dinner at the original Roy's Restaurant. We tried the one in Pebble Beach, but we wanted to say we've gone to the original. Nothing beats fresh seafood while sipping on a cocktail & watching the sunset :)
Our cocktails for the evening
Sun has set & the tiki torches have been lit
Vinh's three fish entree
My butterfish entree
Free chocolate souffle with vanilla ice cream
We made a quick stop to get a pitaya (dragonfuit) bowl, much like an acai bowl. It was quite yummy as well & also healthy!
Have you been to see the USS Missouri? If not, are you planning to? Did any of the food from Roy's make your mouth water? I'm still drooling over that butterfish :)