More colorful muumuus

May 23, 2017

Last Sunday, I drove to T&L Muumuu Factory to have a zipper replaced on my muumuu.  It cost me $10.00 to have it done.  While there, I decided to buy three new muumuus, ranging in price from $60.00 to $70.00.

I like these muumuus, because they have no zipper ($60.00):

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This muumuu does have a zipper, but I bought it anyway because of the black and white design and pretty neckline ($70.00):

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I hope T&L Muumuu Factory doesn’t go out of business, because I really like their location and the kinds of Hawaiian apparel they sell.

Nice reward for a good colonoscopy

May 21, 2017

As you know, David underwent a routine colonoscopy last Tuesday at Straub Medical Center.  It was uneventful.  He has no polyps and no inflammation.  But, he does have diverticulosis and small hemorrhoids.  No treatment is necessary.  Next colonoscopy will be scheduled in 10 years.

So, with that, I drove David to the Mexico Cantina at Ward Center for a Mexican lunch.  Surprisingly, he was not groggy, but alert enough to walk to and from the car.  On the other hand, he miscalculated the bill after our meal.  He did not add it up correctly.  When I pointed out his error, he stared at the number for quite some time until he realized his mistake.  Quite embarrassing since he was an accountant before retirement.  Well, what do you expect?  He was recovering from anesthesia and a colonoscopy.

Here are photos of our Mexican lunch in Ward Center:

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Views of Ala Moana Park:

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View of the restaurant:

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David ordered the CRAB enchiladas, Spanish rice, black beans, and salsa:

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I ordered the CRAB quesadilla, Spanish rice, black beans, and salsa:

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This is David:

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This is me:

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The crab dishes were quite reasonable:  $22.50 for the enchiladas and $20.95 for the quesadilla.

Nice reward for a good colonoscopy!

Lunch with friends

May 19, 2017

I have known Lynette since first grade at Manoa Elementary School, and we played together as neighbors.  She now lives with her husband and family in California.  A week ago, she telephoned me and said she and her husband would be in Hawaii for a couple of weeks and that she would like to get together for lunch.

Yesterday, we dined at the Museum Café in Honolulu with other Roosevelt High School classmates.  We are all college graduates, and one of us is a retired Circuit Court Judge.  So, we all have done quite well in life.

As women who are 70 – 71 years of age, we do have a lot to be grateful for — above all, managing to survive this long.  May we all continue to age well and have some fun, too.

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I don’t want to identify anyone, so I will let you guess who is who.

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Let the good times roll!

Aiming for better health

May 17, 2017

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This is a photo of me on my boyfriend’s 27 foot sailboat, when we sailed between the Hawaiian islands in 1975.  Look how skinny I was back then at age 29.  I have gained a tremendous amount of weight since then, and it shows.  Arrrrgh!

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Today, David will undergo a routine colonoscopy at Straub Medical Center.  I will drop him off, return home, then pick him up after listening to the gastroenterologist speak about the results of the procedure.  We will then have our lunch at the Mexico Cantina in Ward Center.

Which reminds me that I should schedule appointments for a mammogram and a colonoscopy, myself.

My father died at age 87 of colon cancer, and my mother died at age 99 of dementia.  If you live long enough, you are bound to die of something.

Both David and I have to take medications for our chronic ailments.  It’s too bad that we are not in better health.  But, David says that by quitting his stressful job as an accountant, he added 20 years to his life.  Stress, as we all know, can be lethal.

I think I should exercise more and eat more vegetables on a daily basis.  Above all, I should strive for peace of mind and focus on the simple pleasures of life.

Too bad we don’t own a sailboat.  On the other hand, I tend to get seasick.

Michael’s graduation party

May 15, 2017

For the past few days, I was unable to post anything new on my blog because of malware on Microsoft Windows.  Now, the malware has been removed, and I can post.  Halleluia.

Last Saturday, my cousin’s younger son, Michael, graduated from the University of Hawaii with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.  He will return to UH in the Fall for his Master’s in Economics.  What a smart kid!

Michael’s parents, Stewart and Vivien, hosted a graduation party for 61 people at Happy Days Chinese Restaurant in Kaimuki.

Me, Michael, and David:

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Michael and Stewart:

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Kanani, Toni, and Charles:

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David, me, Rylan, Julia, Grant, and Maria:

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It was so nice to see Michael and our cousins again!  Good luck and best wishes to Michael!

Ryan’s and H-Zone

May 12, 2017

I always enjoy sharing photos of Hawaii with you.  Hawaii is quite lovely and despite its small size as a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean, I think its diversity makes our state an ideal place to reside.

David and I frequently dine at Ryan’s, located at Ward Center.  This was a nice view of Ala Moana Park from our window the other day:

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I liked the colorful art on the walls:

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The French onion soup was tasty:

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So was the Pulehu sizzling steak, covered with onions and mushrooms:

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After lunch, we took the escalator down to H-Zone, which is shutting down on May 31.  There was a 70% off sale, and David purchased 7 shirts for $33.90.  The cheapest shirt cost $3.60, and the most expensive cost $6.00, so these 7 shirts were quite a bargain.  I placed the shirts on my carpet at home to show you what they look like with the University of Hawaii athletics logo:

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All in all, we had a pleasant time at lunch, and David scored big-time with these shirts.  Way to go!

Exercise

May 10, 2017

The last time David and I went to the beach was after we returned from India in November 2012.  Here I am at Hanauma Bay in East Oahu with snorkel gear on my head:

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Since then, I have had no desire to swim or snorkel.  I just don’t like the prospect of being in the water.  A hot shower is all I want these days.

David, on the other hand, enjoys swimming in the indoor pool at the gym every night.  He does 16 laps in 45 minutes.  He says that swimming produces endorphins in his brain and elevates his mood.  This type of aerobic exercise truly makes him happy.

I tend to be sedentary.  Fortunately, I have household chores, so that forces me to get up and move.

Actually, I feel like I have accomplished something by sweeping the driveway and patio every morning:

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Hence, David needs a pool and I need a broom to get some exercise.  Different strokes for different folks.  The main thing to know is that we are not bedridden.

 

Blue muumuu

May 8, 2017

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I bought this blue muumuu at the T&L Muumuu Factory yesterday.  To some people, this color might be too bright, but since this is Hawaii, I think it is acceptable.

I love to wear muumuus, because they hide my bulges and unflattering figure.  The early Christian missionaries created muumuus to clothe the native Hawaiian women, who were supposedly too naked to be respectable.

I have even worn muumuus on my trips to Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, and India as well as to the mainland USA.  I am never self-conscious.

A man in Korea asked me, “Are you from Japan?”

I responded, “No, I am from Hawaii.”

Yup, I can proudly say that I am a Korean-American from Hawaii.

100 Sails

May 6, 2017

David’s brother (Mike) and sister in law (Shirley) are vacationing in Hawaii for two weeks.  We invited them to our home for dinner last Sunday, so on Friday, they reciprocated by inviting us to dinner at a new restaurant called 100 Sails, which is located at the Prince Waikiki.  Also invited were my daughter (Maria), son in law (Grant), and grandkids (Julia and Rylan):

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The 100 Sails restaurant replaced the Prince Court restaurant.  It took less than a year for the renovation to be completed, and I must say, 100 Sails is so much better in terms of the configuration and ambience of the room and the quality and quantity of the food.

Looking at the sailboats in the Ala Wai Boat Harbor below, you will understand why the restaurant was named 100 Sails:

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As you enter the restaurant, you will see the bar and lounge:

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This is the dining area:

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These are images of the food:

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All in all, we had a great time at 100 Sails, dining and conversing with our family.  Next week, Mike and Shirley will return to Boston, where they reside.

Aloha and mahalo for visiting us here in Hawaii, Mike and Shirley!  Hope to see you again next year.

Spalding House: HoMA Select

May 3, 2017

Today (Wednesday), David and I drove up Makiki Heights Drive to view the special art exhibit (HoMA Select) at the Spalding House.  There are 22 works of art, which represent the best the Honolulu Museum of Art has to offer.  This exhibit runs through June 25, 2017:

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This is a small sample of what we saw:

Lionel Walden, America, “Hawaiian Fisherman,” 1924:

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Auguste Rodin, France, “The Age of Bronze,” modeled 1875-77, cast c. 1890-99:

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Kapa (Bark cloth), Hawaii, Late 19th century:

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Ceremonial Flower Basket, Japan, Heian period, 12th century, and Headdress, Indonesia, 19th century:

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“Sea, Cranes and Peaches,” Korea, Joseon dynasty, 1842 or 1902:

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Yamakawa Shuho, Japan, “Three Sisters,” 1936:

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To view the rest of the art exhibit, please google Spalding House for hours and location.  Admission costs $10, but parking in front of Spalding House is free.