A wild woman found stability

February 27, 2015

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Me and Maria, 1979.

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Me and Lisa, 1982.

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David, Maria, and Lisa.  1982.  This was the condo we lived in before we bought our house.

Ah, memories.  I can’t believe that so much time has elapsed since these photos were taken.  Now, I am 69, David is 65, Maria is 36, and Lisa is 32.  Their birthdays are coming up.

If it were not for my family, where would I be?  Life can be awfully lonely when one is alone.

I was very adventurous when I traveled around the world by myself after graduating from the University of Hawaii in 1968.  Little did I know what was in store for me.  It’s always nice to look back and reflect on what transpired.  Some of it was good, some of it bad, and some of it downright dangerous.

I am amazed that I am still alive, considering all the risks I took.  Simply traveling up Thailand by train and crossing the Mekong River by motor boat to get into Laos was scary.  Fortunately, I was not kidnapped, gang raped, and killed by thugs.  Consider what is going on in places like the Middle East and Africa at this time.

David’s life has been very different from mine.  He never had to survive on his own in a foreign country or even on the mainland.  He went from his parents’ home to living with me after we married.  He had a very sheltered life compared to mine.  But, maybe that’s what I need.  Some stability.  David is my rock and I love clinging to him.

Who would have thought that this wild woman would settle down and eventually become a wife, mother and grandmother?  If I can do it, so can you.  Life does not have to be full of upheaval and drama.

Postscript:

Here I was in Thailand, age 23:

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I enjoyed teaching English as a second language at Thammasat University, AUA Language Center, and Voice of America (January – November 1969).  I also had many private Thai students.  When I left Thailand, I had over a thousand dollars in my wallet, enough to fund my solo trip through Europe.

Kahala: Plumeria Beach House

February 25, 2015

I looked out the window and said, “What a beautiful day!  Let’s go to the Kahala Hotel for lunch.”  And that’s what we did.

This is the Kahala Hotel:

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This is the lobby:

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We chose the Plumeria Beach House to have lunch.  That’s the Pacific Ocean:

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Me and David:

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David enjoyed the Kahala Burger:

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I liked the Cobb Salad:

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And this is the final shot of the Pacific Ocean from our table:

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Another splendid day with hubby!

Happy birthday, Rylan

February 23, 2015

We celebrated my grandson Rylan’s fifth birthday at Chuck E Cheese’s in Kalihi and had a great time.

Here’s the birthday boy:

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And his parents (Maria and Grant) and sister (Julia):

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The guests:

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Maria made these cupcakes:

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Rylan blew out the candles:

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Happy birthday, grandson!  What will you be like in 20 years, when you are 25?  You might be an electronics engineer, you might be married.  No matter what, you will always be the same sweet person you have always been.  I know that for a fact, Rylan.  Stay happy, stay healthy.  Grandma said so.

Family tree in Korea

February 21, 2015

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David and I spent five days in Seoul, Korea in 2002.  That’s us in the first photo.  It was a very pleasant trip, during which we attended a ceremony honoring my maternal grandparents as Patriots of Korea.  They had worked tirelessly to liberate Korea from Japan’s colonization and control.

I wish I could research my family tree in Korea, but am hampered by my poor knowledge of the Korean language (spoken and written), though I did study the language for two years at the University of Hawaii and at Columbia University.

My maternal grandfather was born in Pyongyang, North Korea.  The other three grandparents were born in South Korea.  These four represent the first generation, who immigrated to Hawaii during the early 1900s.  I belong to the third generation.  Obviously, there is no way I can penetrate North Korea to find out more about my maternal grandfather’s relatives there.

Anyway, David and I had a wonderful time in Seoul.  We especially enjoyed cruising up and down the Han River in a large river boat.  However, it took more than an hour to get back to our hotel in a taxicab, because of the horrendous traffic.  There is an efficient subway system, but we never took advantage of it.

We would love to return to South Korea some day, depending on our health and finances.

Let’s not urbanize Hawaii

February 19, 2015

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These photos of me and David were taken on Maui sometime during the 1980s.  We must have been in our late 30s.  Don’t we look splendid?  Ah, to be that age, again.

We have been to all of the neighbor islands except for Niihau (privately owned by the Robinson family) and for Kahoolawe (uninhabitable).  Yes, we have been to Lanai, Molokai, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island, besides residing on Oahu.

After billionaire Ellison is finished developing Lanai, which he owns, we would like to revisit that island to see if he has made it better or worse.  When we were there, it was rural and basically a pineapple plantation.

I worry that developers are killing Hawaii with monstrous buildings.  It’s fine to be modern, but I hate the sight of too much concrete.  Ugh.

For instance, the mayor of Honolulu wants to “improve” the Blaisdell Concert Hall by replacing it with something more modern.

Isn’t this good enough:

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I love this concert hall just the way it is!  The acoustics inside are fine.  David and I enjoy attending symphony concerts and the opera here.

Let’s not urbanize Hawaii so much that it becomes another New York City.

Fun day with David

February 17, 2015

We had a classic American lunch at Kincaid’s in the Ward Warehouse in Honolulu:

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There was a nice view of the Pacific Ocean:

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Here we are, David and I, about to munch on some delicious bread:

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This is what I ordered:  New England clam chowder, a crab sandwich, and sweet potato fries with ketchup dip:

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David ordered the crab sandwich, too.  We both enjoyed this wonderful American cuisine.

Afterwards, we drove down the street to Ward Center and found this shop, H-Zone, where University of Hawaii athletic apparel for men and women is sold:

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David purchased two T-shirts for $16.00 each.  The great thing about this store is that it does not charge tax, because it is affiliated with the University of Hawaii, which is tax-exempt.

This is one of the shirts David bought:

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Fun day with David!

Should I go back to school?

February 15, 2015

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Me with my dog, Lani, in front of my apartment building in New York City.  I was attending Columbia University at the time (early 1970s).

I have been pondering what to do with the rest of my life.  Should I go back to school and get my Master’s degree?  That would be nice, but what subject?

My major was sociology and my minor was psychology, when I received a Bachelor’s degree in 1968 from the University of Hawaii.

After graduation, I taught English as a second language in Thailand for ten months.

Then, I studied musicology at Columbia University, but dropped out after two years and did not get my Master’s.

Later, I considered becoming an elementary school teacher, but that didn’t work out.

Instead, I became a legal assistant, specializing in litigation.  That was an extremely stressful job, prepping for trial and consoling clients when the jury ruled against us.

Then, for a while, I wrote and published books and newspaper columns.  I also wrote for the radio and spoke as a commentator.

Now, here I am an old fuddy duddy of 69 years, entering the final phase of my life.

I don’t think I’ll ever return to school, mainly because it is easier to research topics on the internet.  In fact, online research is often more up to date than books you’ll find in the library or bookstore.  No need to enroll in a class.

Maybe, all I am good for is googling old boyfriends to see what they have been up to.  Some of these ex-boyfriends have done very well in life, while others have already died.

Nothing salacious, mind you.

Self-sufficient grandson

February 13, 2015

Rylan had a fever and cough, so he skipped school and came to my home.  As usual, he was self-sufficient and knew how to amuse himself:

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He matched words in his workbook:

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And he watched a video on his iPad.  I can think of better ways to sit on the sofa, but this kid had no trouble balancing on the edge like this:

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He even knew how to take his temperature by clicking buttons on the thermometer and sticking it into his ear!  Then he told me it was wise to get a second reading.  He clicked a button and stuck the thermometer in his other ear.  He said the first reading was 99 degrees and the second reading was 99.5.  Not bad.

My 4 year old grandson is so smart.  I’m impressed.

We saw these for the first time in person

February 11, 2015

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Sea Horses (Hong Kong, 2010)

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Polar Bears (Japan, 2008)

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Dolphin (Big Island of Hawaii, 2011 – David kissing a dolphin)

Yes, we all have seen pictures of these animals, but how many of us have actually seen such creatures in person?  We have.

Now, I would love to see a Koala Bear and a Kangaroo in person, but I would have to fly to Australia to do so.  Some day, some how…

Animal rights activists and vegetarians

February 9, 2015

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Honolulu Zoo, 1982:  Me, Lisa, and Maria.

There have been a number of improvements to the zoo, since this photo was taken.

Alas, there are some individuals who are calling for the closure of the Honolulu Zoo, because it is considered too expensive to run.  I think it would be a shame to close it, as it is educational for the young children who visit it.

Besides the Honolulu Zoo, Oahu also boasts Sea Life Park and the Waikiki Aquarium.  David and I have been to all three venues many times and enjoyed ourselves.

Sure, activists feel that it is cruel to enclose animals and that these creatures should be released into the wilderness.  They have a point.

Vegetarians feel the same way, I suppose.  Why eat meat, when it means animals have to be slaughtered?

Sorry, I am neither an animal rights activist nor a vegetarian.  I happen to be a carnivore, who likes to eat meat as well as visit the Zoo, Sea Life Park, and the Aquarium.

How do you feel about all of this?


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