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Aunty is a new senior citizen and loving this phase of her life. Less responsibilities, less fear of being weird, able to do more of the things that I want to do! Older, yes, slower, yes, but life is even more wonderful in my golden years and I look forward to even goldener ones.

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The Mighty tiny Quyen at Salon 808

This year, Aunty stopped coloring her hair (though there is Aunty's exciting coloring trick) and didn't go to get her hair cut for over a year.  In recent photos, Aunty looked really old, which, however, had some advantage of getting senior discounts without being asked... One day, out of the blue, best pal Patricia mentioned how much she loved her hairdresser Quyen (pronounced Quin) at Salon 808.   Maybe s ...

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Rat Lungworm Alert!

Do you have "symptoms that are flu-like and usually start with a headache, most often severe, and stiffness in the neck?  There may be fever, joint pain, fatigue and nausea. The skin may feel itchy, like something crawling under it, and then become extremely sensitive to touch." Aunty has a little garden that is somewhat successful and sometimes not.  Currently there are 3 kale "trees", chili plants, Thai b ...

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Shibaraku deshita, neh? (It has been awhile, hasn’t it?)

Aunty has had life on hold for the last few months and Sunday night was a pushing point out of the house since our youngest was crowned a princess in the Cherry Blossom Festival Ball! It brought back a long ago memory at her preschool graduation ceremony 20 years ago.  Dressed in mini cap and gowns, each graduate had their shining moment on stage at which they shared their life goals as 5 year olds.  Some s ...

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Stretch! for your Health

Aunty is getting to the age of having her mother's body.  Slow, achy, stiff, and sedentary.  Lately, this happens in the morning, then disappears during the day once activities get going. It isn't fun, becoming one's mother.  We rather be forever young, but it isn't going to happen without some help. Today's email from was about a muscle (fascia) causing pain, and the answer to it was stret ...

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Great Gutters!

When our home was extended and renovated 20 years ago, our flat roof would drain via 3 openings, with most of the water diverted into the middle opening.  This resulted in water shooting out into the yard, splashing everywhere and then dripping onto awnings that took a beating.  To solve this issue was a mystery because of the velocity and volume of the water during heavy rains as well as the opening's prox ...

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Battery testing and a tip for storing them

First, the tip for storing batteries, learned from Alejandra of  I got one of those craft organizers from City Mill and stuck all those loose batteries that were rolling around on my shelf after the Costco mammoth packs were opened up and batteries would spill out in freedom. Works pretty good, though I am not sure if the ends should be all facing the same way so I put the more plentiful small ...

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Ichiriki Review (hint: onolicious!)

One of Aunty's daughters loves to eat out.  Ichiriki is her favorite lunch haunt because of their lunch deals.  Most of the nabes (hot pots) are $12. The deal with the always hungry daughter was, if Aunty found a parking and we didn't have to wait for a table, lunch was on.  We were in luck and seated on a sunken tatami mat table right away. Their menu is a feast for the eyes, and Aunty ordered the Pork Cha ...

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Review of Hospice Hawaii

Uncle fought a battle against cancer and blockage from when he was first diagnosed in November of 2013 with stage IV appendiceal cancer after surgeons at Queen's Hospital performed a right hemicolectomy.  In the ensuing months, which turned into a year, Uncle was in and out of the hospital for various reasons. We left Queen's for the last time under the care of Hospice Hawaii.  This is Aunty's review. In th ...

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World Medicine Institute Review

Dr. Hana of Brain Fitness Hawaii referred us to Dr. Chang of the World Medicine Institute in Aina Haina because of Uncle's health issues.  This place is Hawaii's best place for acupuncture treatment. Dr. Chang's business is located way up in Aina Haina in a residential section.  Her house felt like stepping into China.  Many students and assistants were present in the small comfortable waiting room adjoined ...

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Peak into the North

Aunty finished watching "Doctor Stranger" on recently.  It was about Korean doctors' love drama trauma and we had background glimpses into North Korea since some of the characters originated from there.  A link from the Palm Beach Letter (one of many newsletters that Aunty subscribes to) took Aunty to a time-lapse video of North Korea's capitol done by British filmmakers, with approval from t ...

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