In 1969 at age 23, I traveled to Bangkok, Thailand to marry an American man, who was working on his Ph.D. dissertation in political science. It turned out that he did not want me and he left me high and dry there, not knowing the Thai language, history, or culture. David said that if it had happened to him, he would have flown back home to Hawaii. Instead, I remained in Bangkok, residing at the YWCA, and found work as an English teacher at Thammasat University, AUA Language Center, and Voice of America. I also had many private students.
Here are images of me during the ten months I stayed in Thailand.
I am the one in the long orange gown, attending a Thai wedding reception with some of my students:
I was invited to lunch at a Korean restaurant in Bangkok by my Korean student, who was a businessman (far left):
At AUA Language Center, I taught Thai students who were going to study at universities in America:
Me at the Marble Temple in Bangkok:
It was fun while it lasted. After ten months, I left Thailand and traveled through Europe for three months. Then, I flew to New York City, where I lived for 5-1/2 years, studying music at Columbia University. After seven years abroad, I returned to Hawaii in 1975 at age 29. And here I am, still alive at 70, married to David, and enjoying a very good retirement.