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Last month I’ve began an interview and until now, I’ve still not finish to publish it now… What a shame !! Specially that Hugmamma have been such a wonderful and charming “virtual” friend to me lately !

I wish you could learn to know her as I do for this last month.

So let’s continue this interview right now. 🙂

4. What do you like to do to relax, or have fun?

 

Fun for me is blogging, because of my love for writing. Other than that, I love to watch old movies from the 50’s and before, as well as public television’s British Victorian mini-series. Reading biographies is another favorite past time. Visiting garden nurseries entices me to think of planting, especially in early spring when bulbs and blooms are for sale. Going to movies with my husband appeals to my romantic side, even though we’re senior citizens. Dating does get better with age. Just wish the energy to always be up for anything, was more like in our youth, when we were in our 50s. ha, ha.

5. What are your favorite childhood memories?

Going to the beach for picnics on weekends with my family. In the 1950s and 1960s, island beaches were more deserted than they are now that tourism has pretty much taken over the landscape in Maui. I loved playing in the water; I wasn’t much of a swimmer, still aren’t. Depending on where we went, we sometimes took along bamboo poles to fish. Lunch was always yummy, whether my mom packed it, or we bought Chinese chow fun noodles from a small “hole-in-the-wall” restaurant in Lahaina, if that’s where we were. Of course it’s no longer there, having been torn down decades ago to make room for progress.

6. What’s one thing you wish you could do if it were possible?

I wish I could be teleported anywhere, anytime. I’d love to travel more if I could just be “beamed up,” like in the TV series “Star Trek.” Airline travel these days is such a hassle, and it takes such a toll on me physically. Having to lift luggage onto security conveyor belts, and into overhead bins, is wear and tear on my body. I often need a chiropractic adjustment and/or a massage when I return home, to realign my body. Otherwise my upper and lower back are in chronic arthritic pain. My advice to you is travel while you’re young, however you do it, by plane, car or your own 2 feet.
Perhaps we’ve gotten to know one another a little better through our “double interviews.” Let’s stay in touch. Meanwhile, I wish you all life’s best “My Enlish Thoughts,” and I’ll be checking your blog periodically to see what you’re chatting about.
mahalo (hawaiian for “thank you) and aloha…and hugs…hugmamma.

Thank you so much for starting this Interview in the first part Hugmamma !! This is so much fun and I like to read that other Interview have been publish among “my” Blog Buddies ! Don’t hesitate to do it, this is a lovely way to get to know another blogger but to know you too !! 🙂

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Few days ago Hugmamma contact me to interviewed me. First I was surprised, I mean who am I to be interviewed… Just another blogger in the big Blogger World, plus because of my job, I don’t have much more time to write any more.

It’s kind of exciting on a certain way and that’s the opportunity too to get to know someone and then with the network, so many others people from all around the world ! Exactly that I was looking for when I first start to blog in French. Funny to think that I really could get this in writing in English instead of writing in my language.

If I’m interviewed, I will not be the only one ! I’ve decided to create a new category, an Interview’s category ! One a month, I will interview someone different from the wordpress community, this way, I will learn to know better my fellow bloggers, so do you ! I really hope you will enjoy this to be interviewed and to read interviewed as much than I do ! 🙂

 

Let’s start with Hugmamma !!


1. Why did you decide to blog?

There are so many reasons why I began blogging. All of them are listed on my blog site’s page “why blog.” Primary among them is that I love to write, I’m never at a loss for words or ideas, and at 61 years of age I’m concerned about getting Alzheimer’s, a disease my mom had when she died. So while I’m able, I’d like to contribute some positive inspiration in what’s becoming an increasingly negative world. There should be more compassion for others, as well as for ourselves. We should all strive to live our best lives.

2. Have you traveled outside of USA? If so, where have you been, and is there a favorite place you’d recommend my readers and I visit, both in USA and elsewhere.

 

The Island of Maui, Hawaii

The Island of Maui, Hawaii

I was born on the island of Maui in Hawaii, the 50th state in the United States of America. I would recommend everyone visit Maui if you haven’t already done so. Its scenery is breathtaking, offering the dormant volcano Haleakala whose landscape looks like the moon’s, the whaling village of Lahaina whose coastline stretches for miles and miles, and the remote villages of Hana and Kahakaloa, both of which reflect native living in the days before tourism.

 

 

Surf

Surfing in Hawaii

I’d also recommend visiting the other islands in the Hawaiian chain: Oahu, the big island of Hawaii, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai. While similar, each offers its own specia,l tropical flavor.

 


Beyond the Hawaiian islands, I’ve traveled, as well as lived, in other states here in the U.S. My family currently resides in Washington State. Totally different from my birthplace, Washington nonetheless offers its own beauty from the majestic Mount Rainier to the wide, open, uncluttered plains of Eastern Washington. Driving anywhere in this state, we encounter mountain vistas looming large, and magnificent, on the horizon. By contrast, the years my husband and I lived in New York City as a young couple, were full of adventure. It was fun discovering and experiencing everything The Big Apple offered. Only after working there for 10 years did I fully appreciate the vibrancy of the city, and the true hospitality of New Yorkers. They’ll embrace you with open arms; you just have to be open to receiving them for who they are. Look past the stereotype, and you’ll find New Yorkers have big hearts to match The Big Apple.

My husband and I have always worked in the travel industry, so we’ve traveled, but more often before our daughter was born. I’ve always loved Europe so having seen London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Lisbon, and Athens was amazing for someone like me born on a small island in the Pacific, the other side of the world, literally. In addition to the big cities, we’ve toured some of the countrysides in England, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece. We’ve also taken cruises which sailed through the Panama Canal, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Alaska. Like you, I love experiencing new places, new cultures. I must admit though that traveling is not as easy the older I get. So my advice is do whatever you can while you’re young and still have the energy!

3. When Americans visit Hawaii, are there tips you can offer which would make islanders more receptive of some tourists? I”d heard that Hawaiians might not be so friendly towards “hauoles” (Hawaiian word for “strangers”).

 

Native of Hawaii

Visiting any place that may be culturally different takes forethought, I think. Rather than bring along our own expectations of what our experiences should be, we should be open to what is in front of us. We should refrain from making comparisons, such as “this is how it’s usually done where I come from,” or “service is faster, or better, in my country,” or other similar remarks. Even though Hawaii is part of the United States, the residents of that state, especially those born there, can be offended at visitors from other states who are pushy or obnoxious. That kind of behavior is unacceptable anywhere, even in one’s own home. So why be that way with total strangers? So my suggestions to visitors to Hawaii is “go with the flow.” You may find yourselves loving the islands the way the natives do…not sweating, but enjoying, the small stuff.

 

Thank you so much for this first part of the interview ! I just want to add Hawaii to the place that I want to visit now ! 🙂 Looking for some photos to illustrate the interview remembered me the beauty of this Islands. It looks just like a little piece of Paradise, a perfect place to relax and forget about the work, just enjoying the moment and as you say “go with the flow” ! 🙂


 


 

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