Kindness Of Neighbors

Kindness of neighbors

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July – Kindness of neighbors
Big thanks to Leo. He is my neighbor, replaced the old damaged fence. As anybody knows that high-cost of labor. Leo volunteered to do all the work for free. He learned handyman skills from YouTube videos after retirement from trading securities job. Other-side of my neighbor also voluntarily fix things for me. Across the street, neighbor keeps an eye on the safety of me and my house – often I forget to close the garage door. Maria lives several doors away, she often comes to get me for her home-cooking dinners – she knows I don’t like to cook.

 

A first-time grandma (not sure it’s appropriate to write this on here)?
My son Robert informed me that I’ll be a first-time grandma in January. Big surprise and least expected. Tina is a “high risk” pregnancy. Her OB/GYN says she has a 50/50 shot of carrying the baby to term. She lost her premature baby many years ago.
I really hope they have a healthy baby in January. Tina will be the best mom in the world.
Oh, I cannot wait to hold the baby in January. Too excited. . . Tina & Robert, Love you a lot.

Note: I’m looking for travel companions – Share expenses.
The time is now! I want to travel more if I don’t do it now, it’s too late.

7/01/18: SF Opera Ring Cycle #4
7/04/18: 4th of July Celebration
7/06/18: Rotunda Dance Series
7/08/18: Hamlet – Actors Ensemble of Berkeley
7/09/18: Leo my kindest neighbor
7/10/18: Free Chick-Fil-A
7/14/18: Ethnic Dance Festival – Week 1
7/15/18: ‘Ice Mother’ Movie Czech Republic
7/19/18: Rugby World Cup 7’s Welcome Ceremony
7/21/18: Chevron Family Theatre Festival
7/22/18: Ethnic Dance Festival – Week 2
7/28/18: International Tea & Fashion show
7/28/18: SF Civic Music Assoc

July  2018

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Condolence

Condolence

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June – Condolence
Morning of June 7th, my son’s father passed away peacefully. He had pain all over his body for 3 months, then finally admitted to the emergency. Doctors discovered cancer in his lung, spinal, bones, and spread all over his body. He died within 10 days. He was amazingly good looking even on deathbed. I haven’t seen him for quite long time. I exclaimed, “Wow, you are so handsome!” He replied “Handsome Devil” yes, indeed. His mind was very sharp and alert. I gave him my forgiveness and blessing.

My son, Robert was busy, going thru Checklist details and responsibilities after father’s death.
He asked me to take care dog “Fang.” I promised him for just one month. He is a good dog.

Enjoy this moment…Life is so fleeting.
The time is now! I want to travel more if I don’t do it now, it’s too late.

6/01/18: “Stomper” Oakland A’s mascot
6/02/18: Visited my Ex-husband in the hospital
6/06/18: Shadelands Ranch Museum
6/07/18: My son’s father passed away
6/08/18: Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company
6/09/18: Gamelan Sekar Java at YBG
6/10/18: Orphaned dog arrived
6/17/18: North beach festival
6/20/18: Lightshow & Summer Solstice Concert
6/22/18: Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra
Mendelssohn, St. Paul Oratorio, Op. 36
6/24/18: SF Pride Parade
6/30/18: Pasados del Presidio

June  2018

Poignant old letters

Poignant old letters

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May – Poignant old letters
It has been over a month since I returned from Japan.
I found old letters from my parents. In one particular letter from my, both parents described an abundance of love for me. The letter made me cry so hard. My sister condemned me due to my lack of “filial piety” many years ago.  However, every parent loves their children unconditionally.
I only have one sibling (my brother) in Japan now, it’s a poignant reminder of the passing of time. Also, it created existential anxiety.

5/03/18: I created Cactus Pot Garden
5/06/18: SF Ballet ” Unbound A”
5/08/18: SF Botanical Garden
5/12/18: Mother’s Day
5/25/18: BART at Antioch Station
5/27/18: Carnaval San Francisco
5/30/18: Senior Prom Dance

May  2018

J-Town Cherry Blossom

J-Town Cherry Blossom

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Cherry Blossom Parade
I watched entire Northern California Cherry Blossom Grand Parade on April 22.
The grand marshal Kristi Yamaguchi with her two daughters, SF Mayor Mark Farrell, CA State Senator Scott Wiener, and District 5 Supervisor London Breed.
Hundreds of children from Rosa Parks Elementary School, highly successful Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program (JBBP)
It was great opportunity to see/learn them and enjoy cultural festivities.

Train fare evasion
I lost my Clipper Card (all-in-one transit card for the Bay Area) because I was so distracted by watching many (8 of them) young black guys jump over the BART train fare gate (this is not a hurdles race). I am used to seeing it late night at Bay Point Station. In Japan, You will never see that type of behavior. Here, in California, some black parents themselves don’t know the morality. They have long been accustomed to behaving badly. The government must do something to break the bad cycle. It going to be a big culture change for them, and culture change is hard. (Don’t call me a racist, this is a fact)

About My Blog
My blog, only a few people see my blog. Search engines will not find my blog on trillions of websites. Still, it’s a meaningful scrapbook for me, and proof of being alive, that’s it.

I still think about my mother. She lived alone. Her life became meaningless. She actually told me that her life is so empty and no longer wish to live.
Now I am aged. I understand what she was feeling. I feel the same way quite often.
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When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves. And that’s what I am doing after retirement.
I like one of Viktor Frankl quotes “What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him.”

No learning without humility.
No growth without pain.
No reward without risk.
No change without loss.
Embrace.
Endure

Travel to Japan

Travel to Japan

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I’m so glad that I finally went to Japan. Sightseeing was fun, however, I realized my physical limitation. I walked many kilometers at a fast pace every day. My calves are still hurting.
I’m glad my brother’s entire families are thriving and doing well. It’s good to see people I have not met before – such as my niece’s kids Yuuki & Atsuki, my nephew’s wife Nana and two kids Yura & Kanata. I remember I met Auntie Kiyoko & cousin Shigeko over 40 years ago.

I wish to express my utmost appreciation and gratefulness to my brother Kanji and his wife Kazuko. I stayed at their house from March 22 to 27 and April 2 to 5. Kazuko prepared 10 kinds of side dishes for breakfast every morning. Brother Kanji helped wash dishes at home.
I forgot to say to them “May I help you?” or “How can I help?” — I am too damn lazy, shame on me.
We went out many different restaurants for dinners so I can experience different cuisine.

I just love being pampered. In Japan, people are shy, so you initiate “ask help.” Due to my bilingual, I got all the help I needed from strangers in Japan. Thanks, everyone!

What I noticed in Japan:
1) Cleanliness – Everything is spotless. It’s Japan
2) An automated external defibrillator (AED) in many places. Just in case.  Sudden Cardiac Arrest
3) Kei-cars, the minicars (the engine must be 660cc or smaller ) sold almost exclusively in Japan. They could go around and do their daily chores with this car.
4) Ultra high tech in Rail system among others. Yet, very people-centric.
5) see/hear vocabulary “reform old house” in Japan.
That sounds very strange to my ears. I jokingly thought that these houses are criminals and need to be put them in halfway house (reform house, a reform school for juveniles etc.,) LOL  
I am used to seeing/ hearing “remodeling, renovation” in the good old USA.
Reform = to adapt to modern changes in social, political, and cultural life.
Restructure = to effect a fundamental change in (as an organization or system).
Remodel = “restore to a good state of repair.” “to change the structure or form of something
Renovation = is the process of improving a broken, damaged, or outdated structure.
Refurbishment, on the other hand, implies a process of improvement by cleaning, decorating.

Also, Japanese people use many English vocabulary but they say it wrong. For example “buffet” (English pronunciation is bəˈfā where Japanese pronounce it Byuffe)

Have you ever wondered why the Japanese wear those masks? 
I had to ask my niece Megumi because she was wearing a mask all the time.
#1: She suffers from “Hay Fever.” She is allergic to cedar & cypress tree pollen. 25 million people (20% of the population) currently suffer from seasonal hay fever in Japan.
#2: Either you are sick or not wanting to get sick.
#3: Avoid Annoying People in public
#4: Too lazy for make-up.
#5: Fashion.
Click Link YouTube Video: Photos That Prove Japan Is Not Like Any Other Country

Travel to Japan  March 21 – April 5

🙂  Tokyo (Ueno, Asakusa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ueno)

🙂  Yokohama City (Chinatown, Marine Rouge Dinner Cruise, Sankei-en Garden, Minato Mirai)

🙂  Nagano prefecture (Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Zenkoji Temple, Sake tasting tour, Matsumoto Castle)

🙂  Gunma prefecture (Mizusawa Kannon, Ikaho Hot Spring, Mt. Haruna and Lake)

🙂  Commuter trains in Tokyo
Safe, convenient riding environment. Equipped with full-color LED displays, showing train information

😦   Years ago, I was furious about NBC Sports announcer.   😦   What she said was, ‘Japanese toilet is a hole.’ I couldn’t believe what she was saying. Way before that my house already had a Western-style toilet.  🙂

🙂  People are kind, considerate. Everything must be perfect, and high-quality.
I think the big fault of Japanese society is that women have no equality in the workplace – particularly Civil Servant job.

🙂  It’s a mystery to me for a few days.
“Please do not throw trash” however, I didn’t find any trash bins nearby.
You Recycle: Combustibles – Plastics – PET plastics – Alum cans – Glass bottles

🙂  My family in Japan. Thank you for the wonderful hospitality and generosity.