Yangon, Myanmar...

Yangon, Myanmar...
Relaxing in the Skyline Bistro on the 20th floor of the Pagoda Tower, Yangon, Myanmar [January 2012]

Monday, January 9, 2017

Hawai'i 2016/17

Spent two weeks in Aiea, Hawai'i at the home of very dear friends. We met at the airport in Honolulu back in 1963. We then proceeded to be together for four years on Chuuk where we worked for the United Nations/Department of Interior. Our lives intersected many times after that and I remain friends for them still now [my wife, Jean, passed away in 2005].

They have a beautiful home in Aiea Heights on Oahu where I stayed in their teahouse/guesthouse. 






There are flowers everywhere and the walk down to the main house reminds me of the little time I spent in Kyoto.


There were several rainy mornings so I didn't get in my morning walk up to the heaiu, the sacred Hawai'ian burial ground. One morning there was quite a wind but I made it back home dry and hungry for breakfast.

video

There house is filled with art and I share several of the artists in my collection. One of my favorites is John Young. This is a portrait of their two children done by him many years ago.





Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Marché aux Place d'Aligre

Spent an early morning adventure at one of the best neighborhood markets in Paris at Place d'Aligre The variety of fruits and vegetables was amazing but more impressive even was the quality. There was a whole section of BIO [organic] items.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Arcades of Havana, Cuba

This slideshow: 'The Arcades of La Habana' makes me want to go back. Take a look at the beautiful architecture.



Tuesday, August 2, 2016

PARIS Birthday Trip

I will be spending a week in Paris to celebrate my 79th birthday during the first week of September and will be staying in the Marais for the first time...

a visit to le Marais on a previous trip...
Have reservations at Les Jardins du Marais hotel for the week. Will use that as my base for exploring that part of the city...

restaurant at the hotel...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Village Tour

Took friends from Hawai'i to see some of the sights of Greenwich Village. One of them had worked with us in Truk and had heard my stories of attending NYU and living in the Silver Towers there. Wanted to show off my old neighborhood.

Bust of Sylvette
The bust of Sylvette by Picasso and constructed by Paul Nesjar started in 1968 and was not finished by the time I left for Guam in June of that year. We were able to watch the whole construction/installation during that year however.

We lived here on the 18th floor of the I.M. Pei building.


Then it was off to lunch at Jane Restaurant for a delicious early dinner. The review is on the Mofongoman blog.

Monday, April 25, 2016

return to CUBA

After visiting in 2010, 2011 and 2012, I wanted to see Cuba again before the BIG changes happened. There were some changes and happily some things were just the same.

the old cars...
WiFi in every plaza...
the water...
the little kids and their music...
street art...
the flowers...

the mountains...
the calesas in old Havana...

religion...
and the ever present flight back home...

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

HAWAI'I 2015

Another visit to Aiea Heights to stay with wonderful friends. Again they gave me the teahouse as my cottage in paradise. It was wonderful to avoid the terrible weather back home...




closet doors by John Young




the view of Pearl Harbor from my lanai





Kuma, my guard dog










Took a daytrip around the island with stops in Northshore...



Laie Beach

best teriyaki hamburger ever



Chinaman's Hat
and wandered around Honolulu...


photo in the Stage Restaurant 
Iida's moved to a little warehouse store... 
mural in Kona Street alley 
Chinatown 
Plumeria Room at Kahala Hilton 
display at Pearl Harbor Museum
outrigger installation at Honolulu Art Museum


Korean market

Tokyo Bento Box restaurant
and Aloha with some flowers...