Waikiki Aquarium 2016

February 11, 2016

David and I toured the Waikiki Aquarium yesterday and enjoyed seeing the colorful fish and coral.  Here are some of the photos I took.

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Two scuba divers cleaned the aquarium:

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I went outside and took this photo of a fish tank with my reflection on the glass:

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There were also a sea lion and a seal, but I forgot to look for them.

It was sunny, but cool.  That’s Waikiki Beach beyond the aquarium lawn:

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Afterwards, we drove through Kahala to look at the beautiful homes there, and then we had a delicious Thai lunch at Champa Thai Restaurant in Pearl Kai.

We are enjoying our retirement.

Make him happy, too

February 9, 2016

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I have been busy rearranging the art in our house. The reason for this is that we ordered a new CD cabinet, which is taller than the one we have now.  This led to placing a painting, which was too large for the available space, at a different location, and then juggling other paintings to other locations, also.

Overall, we are pleased with the result. Much of our free time is devoted to improving our home.  It helps to have a tall man like David for a husband, because he is able to reach things that I can’t.  I am glad that he is a good sport and is willing to participate in our home improvement.  Lots of husbands would say, “You do it yourself; leave me alone.”

David is also a wonderful companion. When I am too sick to drive, he takes me to the doctor’s office or ER without complaining.  For example, last year, he stayed with me for five hours until my doctor’s visit was over.  He was so patient and loving that I bought him a leather recliner, which fits his body perfectly.  I explained to him, “This is my gift to you, because you are such a good husband.”

Never take your spouse for granted. If he makes you happy, then you should make him happy, too.  Reciprocate.

Super Bowl 2016

February 7, 2016

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Today is Super Bowl Sunday. Thank goodness there is no opera scheduled for today at the Blaisdell, because we would have to decide between the two.  In the past, when there was a conflict, we would attend the opera and record the Super Bowl.  Fortunately, we don’t have to make that decision today.

David wants the Denver Broncos to win, whereas I prefer the Carolina Panthers. I don’t think Denver quarterback Peyton Manning has a chance against Cam Newton.  He’s old and past his prime, whereas Newton is still in his twenties and very strong, flexible, and talented.  Anyway, let the better quarterback and team win.  I’ll enjoy the game, regardless.

For the food during the game, David wanted to order a pan pizza supreme from Pizza Hut. But, I don’t like the fat and carcinogenic nitrates.  So, we have decided to order Chinese food from Panda Express.  The food is quite good there.  I especially like the orange chicken, kung pao chicken, and the fried rice.  David prefers steak and chow mein.  You really can’t go wrong with Chinese food.  It’s always delicious.

I can’t tell you how happy I am to have this spacious home and large TV as well as a wonderful husband to watch the Super Bowl with. Life couldn’t be better for us.

Tokyo street fashion

February 5, 2016

Recently, David and I visited the Honolulu Museum of Art to view its special exhibit, Tokyo Street Fashion.

This is what Wikipedia has to say:

“There are many styles of street fashion in Japan, created from a mix of both local and foreign labels. Some of these styles are extreme and avant-garde, similar to the haute couture seen on European catwalks. The rise and fall of many of these trends has been chronicled by Shoichi Aoki since 1997 in the fashion magazine Fruits, which is a notable magazine for the promotion of street fashion in Japan.

“In 2003, Japanese hip-hop, which had long been present among underground Tokyo’s club scene, influenced the mainstream fashion industry.  The popularity of the music was so influential that Tokyo’s youth imitated their favorite hip hop stars from the way they dress with over-sized clothes to tanned skin.”  — Wikipedia

I took photos of some of the clothes and shoes in this exhibit for my blog.

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This is not the entire exhibit.  When we were done, we exited the museum and drove to Ala Moana Center to have an Italian lunch at Romano’s Macaroni Grill.

David and I at Romano’s.  The Caesar’s salad and Italian bread were very good:

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David ordered his favorite dish at Romano’s, the veal:

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And I ordered my favorite dish, the eggplant parmigiana:

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All in all, we had a nice time.  Art and food.  How can you beat that?

Why we chose San Francisco

February 3, 2016

I purchased this beautiful oil painting of Golden Gate Bridge from Suzanne McCrary. It makes me nostalgic for the good old days when I lived in San Francisco back in 1968:

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When we were contemplating the possibility of joining a group tour to Europe, we decided against it because of the refugee and terrorist problems there. I saw a photo in the Sunday paper, showing French soldiers holding machine guns while patrolling the Eiffel Tower in Paris.  Ugh.  No thanks.

Then, we considered traveling to Quebec City in Canada. It was founded in 1608 and remains a quaint city with narrow cobble stoned roads.  But, we would have to board three planes to get there.  And it is a walking city with lots of hills.  David would have a tough time walking in Quebec City, as he has arthritis.  Ugh.  No thanks.

We briefly considered New York City, where I lived from 1970 to 1975. We last visited New York in 1997.  The only reason I would go back would be to see Broadway musicals.  There aren’t any that I presently want to see.  So, no thanks.

Hence, it is San Francisco that we will visit in May.  We look forward to boarding the cable cars, dining at Fisherman’s Wharf, touring the wine country and redwood forest, cruising around the universities in Berkeley and Palo Alto, visiting Alcatraz, and just enjoying what the city has to offer.  We are very happy with this decision.

Vacation plans

February 1, 2016

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Hibiscus in our garden.

David and I have made the necessary reservations for air, room and car for a 4 night trip to San Francisco in May. We are looking forward to a relaxing vacation away from the tropics.

The last time we were in San Francisco was in 1996, so it’s been 20 years.

Prior to that, I resided in San Francisco between September-December in 1968, employed as a medical secretary at UCSF Medical Center. I remember how cold, wet and foggy it was.

I think the best time to visit San Francisco is in May, when the sky is blue and it’s sunny, but cool. Gorgeous weather!  I hope it’s like that when we’re there next May.

I have purchased a second digital camera as well as an Asus laptop computer and will take both with me on our trip.  More than likely, I will take photos and post them on my blog.

David will take his video camera, too. It will be nice to add footage of our vacation in San Francisco to our 2016 family video.

Wahiawa Botanical Garden

January 30, 2016

Since David and I have decided to travel in the near future, we intend to strengthen our legs by touring sites here on the island of Oahu. Hopefully, we can develop enough stamina for the rigors of travel.

With this in mind, we drove to the Wahiawa Botanical Garden recently. The air was cool and crisp due to the higher elevation.  This garden is a 27 acre rainforest.  Fortunately, it did not rain during the time we were there.

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This is me:

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And this is David:

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There are several tiers to this garden. This is the upper tier:

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Then, David and I walked down the steep stairs to the lower tier:

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There weren’t many flowers, but I managed to photograph a few:

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Note David in the middle of the walkway.  He is 6’1” tall, but is a midget compared to the towering trees:

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This is the bamboo grove. Note the height of the people versus the trees:

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This is a pretty sight:

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The camera battery was dying and though I had a spare battery in my purse, I was reluctant to fiddle with it while standing in the garden. I intend to buy another camera to store in my purse so that I can just whip it out when the first camera dies.  Of course, both cameras have to be small enough to fit in my purse.  No problem with Canon PowerShot cameras.

Travels

January 28, 2016

The most memorable trip David and I took as a married couple was the one to India in 2012.  Here we are in front of the Taj Mahal:

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There were other trips that I would like to mention.

Seoul, Korea (2002):

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Tokyo, Japan (2008):

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Lihue, Kauai (2008):

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Hong Kong (2010):

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Macau (2010):

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Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii (2011):

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Waipio on the Big Island of Hawaii (2011):

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Everglades, Florida (2013):

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Miami, Florida (2013):

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Arlington Cemetery, changing of the guard (2013):

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The White House, Washington, DC (2013):

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As a married couple, we have been to other places, such as Croatia, California, Massachusetts, New York, Nevada, and the Hawaiian Islands.

As single individuals we traveled to Thailand, Laos, England, Europe, and Canada.

David and I would like to travel again in the near future.  It all depends on our health.

 

Lisa, football, and leather

January 26, 2016

Lisa informed us that she will be coming home for a few days in February en route to a vacation in Australia. Then, she will spend a day or two here on her way back to Nevada.  I am so glad that we converted the rental unit into a guest room so that Lisa can sleep in it.  Great timing!

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Last Sunday, David and I watched two exciting football games, the AFC and NFC championships. As you know, Denver and Carolina won.  We look forward to the Super Bowl next month.  David is rooting for Denver, but I want Carolina to win.  I just love and admire quarterback Cam Newton.  He plays with so much joy.  It’s a pleasure to watch him.

This is Denver quarterback, Peyton Manning. Sorry, I don’t think he has a chance in hell of winning the Super Bowl:

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I found a great way to clean our leather furniture. Spray a clean, damp sponge with 409 and rub the leather with it.  The dirt will come right off.  We have had this furniture for more than 10 years.  It looks brand new, doesn’t it?

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Fraud

January 24, 2016

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Photos I took at Home Depot.

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Last week, David received an email from Visa that his credit card had been fraudulently used to purchase merchandise from Gucci, Macy’s, and other high priced stores in Hawaii. He was shocked, because his card had not been stolen, and it also had an electronic chip to prevent fraud.  Long story short, he contacted Visa, had his charges reversed, and received a new card in the mail.

We wonder how anyone could use David’s card fraudulently, when it had an electronic chip on it.

Our former tenant told us that his debit card account had been hacked, and all of his money in the bank was stolen. Thankfully, he was able to have his money refunded.

Boy, this type of fraud gives me the willies. What else could possibly go wrong with your life?


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