Ring collection

June 3, 2018

Today, I am just taking it easy, relaxing at home in Hawaii.  I decided to take some photos of my ring collection.  After all, I have taken photos of everything else, why not rings, too?  If you are looking for a deeply philosophical post, please look elsewhere.

Let’s start with my wedding ring with a half carat diamond, purchased at House of Adler (now defunct).  It took David three months to pay for it when we got engaged in 1979.    He is such a sweetheart:


These are amethyst and jade rings.  My now-deceased mother bought the jade ring for me when she traveled to Hong Kong.  Very nice of my mother to do this.  David paid for the amethyst ring, probably at Macy’s:


These are mystic topaz and blue topaz rings, which I purchased at Macy’s:


This is our tour guide, Michael, displaying a 200 carat blue topaz ring at Bhandari Jewelers in Jaipur, India in November 2012.  This ring is made for a woman with extraordinarily long fingers.  Too gaudy for me, though.  I would be embarrassed to wear it:

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I think what I should look for now is a red ring, perhaps garnet or ruby.  Garnet is my birthstone, since I was born in January.  It’s a darker shade of red than ruby, but hard to find in stores.  Ruby is more popular for some reason.

When I am more energetic, I’ll browse for jewelry at Macy’s again.  Maybe, I’ll get lucky and find something that looks nice but doesn’t cost much.

Securing the house to prevent crime

June 1, 2018


This is David cleaning the windows yesterday.  It was a bright, sunny day, and I asked him to use his long arms to clean the jalousies.  He even rotated the ferns, hanging from the eaves.  This is something I clearly cannot do, because I am short and have short arms.

These windows have magnets and are wired to a command station next to the front door.  We pay a monitoring company $26 per month to notify the police or firemen in case of a breach in security or a fire.  We think it’s worth it.

Shortly after we moved into our house, someone tried to break in by removing a screen, but when he saw the magnets in the windows, he left the premises.  We have also prevented dogs and petty thieves from entering the backyard by installing a fence and a locked gate.

So, all is well.  We are snug as a bug in our nice house in a suburb of Honolulu.

New muumuus

May 30, 2018

Every month, there is a sale at T&L Muumuu Factory that is advertised in the Star Advertiser.  I drove to the factory last Sunday and walked out with three new muumuus, which were discounted by 25%.  They are all loose fitting and very comfortable to wear.





Having fun our way

May 28, 2018

David and I have fun by attending the symphony and opera at the Blaisdell:


We also enjoy Broadway musicals at Diamond Head Theatre:


We like the hilarious comedies at Manoa Valley Theatre:


David likes to watch sports on TV.  Currently, it’s the NBA finals and championship:


We attend art receptions:


Finally, we have people over for dinner:


As you can see, we don’t go to the beach anymore.  The last time we snorkeled at Hanauma Bay was in 2012.

We’re having fun our way.

Lisa is looking for the ideal car

May 26, 2018

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These are two cars parked in our garage.  I own the blue 2016 Hyundai Accent, and David owns the grey 2010 Toyota Camry.


My daughter Lisa calls us up on a monthly basis.  During her last call on Mother’s Day, she mentioned she wants to get rid of her old Nissan Altima and buy a previously leased Lexus GS with low mileage for around $27,000.  I asked her why she would not want to buy a brand new car for less and get a warranty.  She replied that she prefers a deluxe car like the Lexus GS, even if it is used.

This is funny, because I bought myself a brand new Hyundai Accent for $16,700 two years ago, and I swear it’s just as good as a Lexus GS.  It’s super smooth, it can zip in and out of traffic, and it’s easy to parallel park.

I like small cars, because I am short.  On the other hand, Lisa is very tall, so understandably she wants a mid-sized car.

Well, good luck, Lisa.  I hope you find the ideal car soon.

Decisions and choices

May 24, 2018


This photo of me at UCLA was taken by my friend and roommate, Joanne, in June 1968.  I had just graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BA in Sociology and had flown to Los Angeles, where I worked briefly as a library secretary at UCLA.  After three months, I flew to San Francisco, worked for four months as a medical secretary at UCSF, and then flew to Bangkok, Thailand in January 1969.

As I mentioned previously in my blog, the American man, who I thought would marry me, tossed me aside and I was left stranded in Thailand.  I was 23 at the time and knew nothing about Thai history, language, and culture.  Yet, I managed to find several jobs teaching English to Thai students at Thammasat University, AUA Language Center, and Voice of America, not to mention the many private students who asked me to teach them English.

Looking back, I should have flown back to Los Angeles to get a degree in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language).  But, I found myself flying to Europe, traveling for three months, and then, settling in New York City for 5-1/2 years.

This is a photo of me in my living room in New York in 1972.  I was a graduate student at Columbia University, pursuing an MA in Music, which I abandoned after two years of study.  I just wasn’t meant for a career in music, musicology, or ethnomusicology:


What would have happened if I had flown back to Los Angeles to get a degree in TESL, instead of proceeding to Europe and then to New York to study music?  All I have is a BA in Sociology from UH.

The decisions and choices we make at any given time can have lasting consequences that can affect our lives forever.

But, it’s all good.  I am pleased with my life right now.

Time sure flies

May 22, 2018

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This is a photo of me and my family celebrating Maria’s first birthday in 1979 at my parents’ home in Manoa.  That’s cousin Leona on the left and my sister in law Pat on the right.  Maria had just poked her hand into the birthday cake and was bawling.  I was 33 in this picture.

What makes this photo so poignant is that Leona died in 2000 at age 51, and Pat died in 2016 at age 73.  Who would have guessed that they would die so prematurely?  Leona died of diabetes, and Pat was killed by a car while she was crossing the street.

I have changed considerably since this photo was taken and have acquired some health related issues that are not pleasant to discuss.

On the other hand, I have every right to beam with pride at the success of my two daughters, Maria and Lisa, who have excellent professional careers and are homeowners.  My two grandchildren are healthy and normal and are doing well academically.

I am also happy that I am still married to David, and we own a large house in paradise.

Time sure flies, doesn’t it?

Ready for anything

May 20, 2018


My photo of my family at Hot Pot Heaven in January of 2018.  One of the perks of having a husband, two daughters, a son in law, and two grandchildren is having a nice family dinner like this.


This afternoon, David and I will attend a performance of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” at Diamond Head Theatre.  It won several Tony awards, including Best Musical.  We are looking forward to it.  Always fun with David.

Our automatic lawn sprinkler recently broke, when David’s lawnmower ran over a pipe in zone 3 of the backyard.  He fixed it by cutting the pipe and gluing a separate piece.  Then, he had to tighten the wires in the valve so that the sprinkler would turn on automatically.  It was quite a headache, something I could never fix by myself.  I think that if David dies prematurely and the sprinkler breaks again, I will simply turn it off permanently and water what I can with the garden hose.

Further, I have decided to live in my house for as long as I can, even if it means that I will live alone should David die.  I can’t see myself moving to a condo or a retirement facility, as the maintenance fee would be more than I could afford.  I’ll take my chances living in my house.  David feels the same way.  Should I die, he will remain in our house.  I doubt either of us will remarry.  I don’t see that in our future.

Hopefully, we won’t have to worry about dying for a while.  But, you never know.  I am ready for anything.

Mango season

May 18, 2018

My neighbor down the street has a tree that is loaded with mangoes.  Yup, the mango season is upon us.  These mangoes are still green:



We indulged ourselves by buying a mango chia omega smoothie from Jamba Juice.  It consists of mango chunks, mango pulp, Greek yogurt, and hydrated chia seeds.  Great source of Vitamin A, Omega-3, protein, and fiber:


We got two smoothies for the price of one, using the coupon in the Jamba Juice ad in Midweek, the free newspaper which is mailed to us weekly.

We stirred the contents of the smoothie with the straw and drank from the cup.  Yummy!

Trouble with 2 computers

May 16, 2018

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My previous laptop computer.  (2015)


I have been having trouble with my HP desk top computer and my Asus laptop computer.  David took the HP to Best Buy for repair.  We were told that it is a software problem and the system needs to be restored.

While the HP desk top is at Best Buy, I have been using my Asus laptop.  A pop up on the screen instructed me to install updates.  I ignored it, and guess what, the screen froze.  It took us an hour to figure out that we had to install updates.  Now it works, and I can type this post on the Asus laptop.

While all of this was going on, I seriously considered switching to Apple.  However, that would be like learning a foreign language, so I have decided to stick with PC.

You might wonder why I bother with blogging on the computer.  Well, it’s a form of self-expression.  I used to express myself through music, playing the violin, but no longer.  I prefer to blog.