2018 – Solitary life

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December – Solitary life
I’ve been living a solitary life too long – (I’m not trying to achieve elevated states of spiritual purity – I’m not a monk.) By nature, we’re social beings – So I go out alone and be near people. And, I’m good at that.
Well, So far, I’m doing fine. I aged well, presentable in public even though I had a lot of stress in my life (people tell me I look good – haha. maybe it’s an obligatory compliment. Didn’t mean a thing.) I didn’t have a single date entire year. I must change that.

I hear retiree saying “what am I going to do the next 30 years.” Who knows, many live close to 100 with Cognitive (dementia), and physical impairments. Me? Forget about the next 30 years. I’m concentrating “at this moment” to next 3 to 5 years.

My advice to myself is “self-love”. I may be insecure or hateful about myself from time to time. I deserve love and respect just like everyone else – You must agree with me on this 🙂

Life flows like a river, yet my personal life hadn’t changed much. I had a bitter encounter with my own family this month. On the other hand, so many kindnesses I received from my neighbors and community – Love, that is.

A young man asked me, “If you could get a present from Santa what would it be?” My answer will be courage & virtues.
I wish he would give me the courage so I can challenge my bucket lists. From Road trip on Hwy 1 coastal to travel around the world. I’ll take the risk in the year 2019, however, gingerly.

Experiences – that is important to me. Good or Bad. Taking down protective walls, test my vulnerability. It will whip me hard emotionally, mentally and physically. I need that to feel “alive”.  It’s scary but I think worth it.

I really, really hope some good change happen in my life. So, I can say “How strange life is.”

Thank you for reading, being alone on Holiday Seasons and thick winter’s fog (sunny today) made me write this rants. My apology to readers – I’m kind of depressed, my blog is nothing like a feel-good movie. It’s wrong to sugar-coat, just for sake of reader’s acceptance.

My Best of 2018 (1) Trip to Japan. (2) had fostered a lovely dog for 4 months (3) 15-day Hawaiian cruise

  Note: To Mr. Not-a-liberal-elitist. He wrote to me on Dec. 7: Today is Pearl Harbor day. The day the Japanese cowardly attacked my beloved country. Also, I’ve been discriminated against because “I’M WHITE”
OK, here is “My two cents” for him: Roses are red, Violets are blue, There’s always an Asian, Better than you. 😉

Note: I’m looking for travel companions (travel by cruise ships, trains, cars) – Share expenses.
The time is now!

12/04/18: SF Opera – It’s a Wonderful Life
12/08/18: Baby shower – Roseville, CA
12/15/18: Winter Ball – Pittsburg, CA
12/18/18: Photo shoots – Golden Gate Park, SF
12/22/18: Woodminster Cascade in Joaquin Miller Park – Oakland, CA
12/26/18: Black & White Ball – Walnut Creek, CA
12/29/18: SF Ballet – Nutcracker

Photo Gallery – December 2018 events of everyday life

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Poorest president

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Jose Mujica: The world’s “poorest” president

Can we exchange Donald Trump to Jose Mujica ???

I was impressed by a speech made by Jose Mujica president of Uruguay September 2013 United Nations General Assembly 68th Session. I want to shout – What a man! What a mighty good man!
Please, see UN Page.
Uruguay | H.E. Mr. Jose Mujica, President | September 2013 (68th Session)
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https://gadebate.un.org/en/68/uruguay

Here is his interview videos on YouTube:

Jose Mujica – I earn more than I need

Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica lives in a ramshackle farmhouse and gives away 90% of his salary.

President Obama’s Bilateral Meeting with President Mujica of Uruguay

I love Obama, however, I was disappointed because he said was typical politician talk. Obama said that two countries developed an as strong relationship, trade & commerce has expanded, etc., etc, He failed to say any specific contents. Mujica appealed that Uruguay needs teachers, advanced skilled professionals from the U.S.  I wish I can volunteer someway, however, I have no skill. Perdón, pero no hablo español.

Things happened around me in November:

  • I got back from a wonderful Hawaii Vacation on Nov. 8th. I enjoyed the solo cruise. I’ll do that again.
  • I returned the foster dog to my son just before my vacation, my son found a new home for this dog. I miss him very much.
  • California faced Deadly fires started on Nov. 8th Camp Fire in NorCal and Woolsley Fire in SoCal. Thank God, rain started on 21st. The fire reached 100% containment after 17 days on November 25, 2018. The fire caused at least 88 civilian fatalities, also 196 still missing. 18,804 building was lost. How displaced people going to face this holiday season and cold winter. Unimaginable!!!
Note: I’m looking for travel companions. Male/Female (travel by cruise ships, trains, cars) – Share expenses.
The time is now! Steve Jobs Quotes “Life is brief, and then you die,” That will dramatically shift my Mindset.
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11/01/18: Lahaina. The road to Hana tour, Halloween
11/02/18: At Sea. Pacific
11/03/18: At Sea. Pacific
11/04/18: At Sea. Pacific
11/05/18: At Sea. Pacific
11/06/18: At Sea. 4:00 PM Arrived at Ensenada, Mexico
11/07/18: At Sea. along the west coast of Calif.
11/08/18: At 7:00 AM San Francisco. Disembarkation
11/08/18: Camp Fire in Butte County, Northern California
11/09/18: Smoke haze drifting over the Bay Area from the Camp Fire
11/10/18: Contemporary dance at Green Room, SF
11/10/18: Pier 39 Firework
11/13/18: Bad air, I got a cold
11/19/18: Pay it forward: cleaning up our streets and sidewalk
11/22/18: Thankful for rain’s help in battling “Camp Fire” and “Woolsey Fire” blaze
11/24/18: Guitars not Guns Annual FundRaiser
11/28/18: Taylor Mac’s HOLIDAY SAUCE at Curran Theatre

Photo Gallery – November 2018

Hawaii Cruise

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15-night Hawaiian Island cruise

My 15-night Hawaiian Islands cruise on October 24 through November 8 was fantastic. I shared a cabin with a complete stranger. Luckily, he was very kind and considerate. He was an early riser and I was opposite. So, we never really saw each other. I enjoyed pampering, good foods, dressed up after 6:00 PM. Due to my fashion, people noticed me every night. I purchased shore excursion “Road to Hana Tour” from the Princess. Lahaina to Hana is a long way. The brochure indicates the trip may not complete due to 620 curves and 59 narrow one-lane bridges. However, the bus driver kept going and stopping places to show us the best of Maui. Princess had to wait 2.5 hour extra.

aloha = hello, love, or goodbye
mahalo = thank you
ohana = family

What did I learn from Grand Princess:

  • Mostly senior couples
  • This time we had a very good Cruise director – kept daily activity program fun.
  • This time I chose “anytime dining.” It is fun if you don’t mind sharing a table with other people, you get know them.
  • I had “Table for One” dinner at Michelangelo Restaurant. Because I am hard of hearing, it is painful to set there two hours with others. Due to only one table, I must go there after 7:45. But it’s Okay, head waiters and waiters treat me nice.
  • Make sure to bring “List of all medicines you are taking” – My roommate got Flu-like illness, very early on a voyage. If he had flu, cabin must be quarantined. He was OK. Japanese elderly woman got stomach problem moment she got onboard then flew out to SF from Honolulu.
  • All passengers have different enjoyment.
    • Vietnamese people from Sacramento did Ballroom dance every day. They are good.
    • Many passengers play card games, read books, knitting, etc, where ever they can find tables and chairs. Continuation of their living room.
    • Some of the passenger challenge for Karaoke, Voice etc. They go on cruises for singing. They enjoy pleasing other people and they get affirmation.
    • I had the same cruise with the same ship (Grand Princess) two years ago. Are you afraid of flying? I have an ear problem, that’s why I chose the ship. The ship had a problem, we had to fly out from Honolulu.
PS. Nov. 9 On Royal Princess, 52-Year-Old Woman Thrown Off Ship.  Man Arrested. Stranger maybe safer. because normally, murder by husband or boyfriend.
Note: I’m looking for travel companions. Male/Female (travel by cruise ships, trains, cars) – Share expenses.
The time is now!
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10/24/18: San Francisco. 5:00 PM embarkation bound for Hilo
10/25/18: At Sea. Pacific ocean. Hilo is over 2,000 miles
10/26/18: At Sea. An average speed of 19 knots
10/27/18: At Sea.
10/28/18: At Sea. Poor visibility. Used 5 radar scanners
10/29/18: Hilo. Completed transpacific crossing  Rainy day
10/30/18: Honolulu. “Ala Moana” shopping. Rainy day
10/31/18: Nawiliwili. “Waimea Canyon” tour
11/01/18: Lahaina. The road to Hana tour, Halloween
11/02/18: At Sea. Pacific
11/03/18: At Sea. Pacific
11/04/18: At Sea. Pacific
11/05/18: At Sea. Pacific
11/06/18: At Sea. 4:00 PM Arrived at Ensenada, Mexico
11/07/18:  At Sea. along the west coast of Calif.
11/08/18: At 7:00 AM San Francisco. Disembarkation

Photo Gallery – 2018 Hawaii

Need Vacation

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October – Need a vacation
October has been good to me. The Blue Angels and other stunts jets bring excitement to SF’s October sky every year.

I need to take a vacation. I need to be pampered. I searched cabinmate for Alaska Cruise. A senior woman was looking for a partner for Alaska but didn’t work out. It is so hard to find a female travel companion (I think Caucasian women feel uncomfortable with me due to cultural differences)

Now, I found a married man looking for a cabinmate for 15 Day Hawaii cruise. He was looking for a man but his wife’s blessing, he decides to go with me. I already had the 15 Day Hawaii Cruise 2 years ago. Anyway, I needed to get out of my house. So … I paid my expense. I most likely spend time on the ship alone visiting every place on the ship. I doubt meeting single gentlemen on board. My purpose is to be carefree and pampered, I’ll enjoy delicious food beautifully served, many entertainments, Lotus Spa (I don’t know how expensive they are) also a variety of activities planned every day. Not much interest on Shore Excursion this time. Maybe the recent volcanic landscape, Circle Island tour.

Note: I’m looking for travel companions (travel by cruise ships, trains, cars) – Share expenses.
The time is now!
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10/02/18: Conservatory of Flowers
10/02/18: de Young Museum
10/05/18: Monty Python’s SPAMALOT – Musical
10/06/18: SF Fleets Week – Air Show
10/07/18: Italian Heritage Day
10/11/18: Beetlejuice movie Orinda Theatre
10/14/18: L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) by Igor Stravinsky
10/21/18: SF Civic Symphony – Piano Concerto
10/22/18: Took the dog to my son’s house. 90 miles away
10/24/18: Embark for Hawaii (15-day-cruise)

Photo Gallery – October 2018 events of everyday life

Glamorous Evening

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September – Glamorous Evening
An elegant and glamorous evening of SF Opera Season Opening Night. A new production of The Phantom of the Opera at Orpheum Theatre.

September flew by so quickly and what a wonderful month it was. My kimono draw a lot of attention at Opera House. A Young business exec invited me for The Phantom show. I was pleasantly surprised because he was “a man of impeccable character.”

On the other hand, autumn equinox puts me in a wistful mood. In Japan, people celebrate the autumn equinox called “HIGAN” – the Japanese pay their respects to their deceased ancestors.

What is in my mind right now:

  • I like to travel near and far. – – Anybody? be my companion?
  • Experience as much as I can, to learn, to inspire, to embrace ~~.
  • Emotional equilibrium disturbed?
  • I totally believe Albert Einstein’s “time is a relative” concept.
    Time is relative and flexible. According to Einstein, “the dividing line between past, present, and future is an illusion”. Thus, the reality is ultimately TIMELESS. And remember, even if love is an illusion, that doesn’t mean it’s not meaningful and real (to our brain, anyway).
Note: I’m looking for travel companions (travel by cruise ships, trains, cars) – Share expenses.
The time is now!

9/01/18: Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
9/02/18: Sun Kings Beatles Cover Band. Pleasant Hill
9/07/18: Opera Opening Night: Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci
9/09/18: Opera in the Park Concert. GGP Robin Williams Meadow
9/12/18: Union Square Live – Moonalice (American Roots/Folk)
9/15/18: Phantom of the Opera. Orpheum Theatre, SF
9/20/18: Annual Grants Convening. Herbst Theatre, SF
9/29/18: Oakland Block Party (ft. Jax The Band & Yo-Yo Ma)
9/30/18: Movie ‘Magic Kimono’ at Japantown
9/30/18: SF Music Day Herbst Theatre

Photo Gallery – September 2018 events of everyday life

Opera in the Park

Opera in the Park Concert

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SF Opera’s annual al fresco concert in Golden Gate Park. Many years, people enjoyed Maestro Nicola Luisotti led the world’s big singing stars in a concert of arias, duets, and ensembles accompanied by the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.

From Tuscan village to San Francisco opera house, Nicola Luisotti’s route to stardom reads like a feel-good Hollywood movie.
Maestro Nicola Luisotti served Music director & Conductor at San Francisco Opera from 2009 to 2017.

Former General director David Gockley (2006–2016) said: “I believe that it speaks of glamour, sophistication, tradition, and innovation all things that infuse our plans for the future of San Francisco Opera.”  David Gockley announced on January 2007, that bringing on Luisotti as the company’s music director was a large part of his goal to “reinvigorate the core Italian repertory that is San Francisco Opera’s birthright.”

He no longer with SF Opera and moved on.
I like to say “thank you” I miss him very much. He is the personable and energetic maestro.
Nice to know he is busy with the Teatro Real di Madrid, and the Metropolitan Opera in the 2018/19 season.

By the way, someone sent me a private email after seeing my blog about Richard Wagner’s four Operas of the Ring Cycle.
I saw only one of them it’s called The Ring of the Nibelung #4. Gotterdammerung: “The Twilight of the Gods” on July 1st. 2018.
He wrote:
You remind me of someone who would spend 10 hours in line to get standing room only tickets to watch/hear a five-hour Wagnerian opera. I have chosen to step it up a bit, and only get premium seats or I don’t go. So the $500 to get my ticket to see Siegfried this summer was a bit extravagant.
– – – (a lot of gibberish here) – – –
I’m still working so no ocean voyage to Europe… it’d be a quick first class trip and back… I need to maintain my income for as long as I can… $500k isn’t enough for me to maintain a lifestyle without it. – – – (and more gibberish) – – –
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Δ¥Δ¥   Mr. whoever, thanks for your email. Actually, I didn’t appreciate it. Please understand me that I am a retiree. I’m a frugal person (not cheap). I love all the luxury in the world just like you do. How do I get a luxury without a lot of money? For example, Broadway Musical or play – I go straight to the box office of the venue on a performance day. I say ‘I need only one ticket, I’m on a tight budget.’ He’d give me a center-front orchestra seat for the bargain price.  To get that, you must be charming. And, I am. (giggle)

Blue rose – an unrealizable dream

The Blue rose – an unrealizable dream

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August – Blue Rose
I had a brief encounter with someone who is a very high profile in business and charming individual. I’d say he is “Blue Rose – an unattainable dream.” Since the blue rose itself is a rarity in nature, it symbolizes the impossible or the unattainable. So, I’m feeling a bit of “the pathos of things” right now.

Excuse my language, what the heck. Maybe there won’t be sweet kisses, so? Life goes on. I live my own life and nurse my own wounds (Am I a strong woman? Not really. . . Live in America, I must pretend to be strong.  I guess that’s a name of the game.)

Orphaned Dog
This dog is amazing. I realized he is the one true companion for me. Don’t tell that to my son. My son brought this dog to me in June due to the owner (my son’s father) passed away. Strangely, he doesn’t respond to his name ‘Fang’, so I just say ‘hey’ when I need his attention. He avoids eye contact, doesn’t lick my face.
I took him with me for our adventurers. We had a good time every time, every place. Passerby strangers loved him. Everybody tells me “He is a keeper”. He is actually a better companion than any human.  I guess…

Note: I’m looking for travel companions (travel by cruise ships, trains, cars) – Share expenses.
The time is now!
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8/04/18: The UC Berkeley Summer Symphony
8/05/18: Nihonmachi Street Fair Doggie World
8/07/18: National Night Out, Pittsburg
8/08/18: Movie at Orinda Theatre
8/11/18: Salesforce Park a grand opening
8/15/18: Rose Garden Oakland
8/16/18: Charmaine’s Rooftop Bar at SF
8/18/18: Aloha Poly Fest
8/22/18: Lands End – Hike with a dog
8/22/18: Union Square Live – Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble
8/24/18: Crazy Rich Asians Movie
8/25/18: Volunteer – clean my street
8/26/18: Golden Gate Fields – Live Horse Racing
8/28/18: Opera Preview: Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

Photo Gallery – August 2018 events of everyday life