- The Decades Party: This was a flashback to those days when I travelled throughout Asia in the 80's during the days of disco. Blinking lights to the beat: I Will Survive, Stayin' Alive, Disco Inferno, Le Freak, Dancing Queen, Funkytown... They played them all. Just being there brought back memories. However, it was more than the music.
- American hotels tended to have certain standards, but something like the Lotte Hotel in Seoul had a discotheque where the best looking and most glamorous tended to be women of the night. You could dance with them and buy them a drink, but it became known pretty quickly that time was a factor.
- Many of these hotels had a small band from the Philippines with a female singer. You made song requests, and Anak always made you a friend of the group, for this was the People Power song of those times back home, written and made famous by Freddy Aguilar.
- During the height of disco, Filipino President Ferdinand Marcos abdicated to Hawaii. The People won. Today, though, Imelda is still a Congresswoman and son Bong Bong a successful politician.
- Then there were Bangkok, Taipei, Manila.... So each of these memories are far more complexed than can be adequately explained here, but I'll henceforth keep my stories short and go on next to my Maui lunch of Grilled Spam Musubi, Krispy Kreme Donuts and Guri Guri. Sad that Henry Tasaka, the Guri Guri Man, had just passed away last weekend.
- Night view of lava pouring into the ocean. My night photographic technique needs a total makeover, as none of my shots looked presentable. Here is the best I could do:
- Jefferson's Bistro with two soups, Caesar Salad, escargots and two wines. Note the aloha shirt I bought on board.
- Tour of movie filming sites on Kauai. Scroll down for details.
- Returning to Kilauea, Kauai, was particularly meaningful. Below, a photo taken 53 years ago of Pearl and Pepper at our backyard where South Pacific was filmed:
I alerted my Norwegian Cruise Line contact to let me know the next time there is another good deal. This could become an annual trip, or, maybe even semi-annual, or...