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Doug, Josh, Polly, Greg Visit Me In Oaxaca!

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

I’m in Oaxaca for 11 years and all three kids decide to come visit me at once!

Doug arrived August 29th but of course he didn’t tell the others! When they heard he was coming then they all decided to come…overlapping a bit! Doug missed Josh who arrived on the 14th and left on the 23rd but was here when Greg arrived on the 26th for 4 days.

Oh my gosh! Two cooking classes for Josh and a full day Mescal Tour. And shopping, walking, shopping, walking! Tasting menus at two restaurants, El Destilado and Pitiona and a third meal at Origen! And that doesn’t count the Tlacalula Market, Benito Juarez and November 20 Markets!

One Day

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Meanwhile in Hong Kong

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
[caption id="attachment_4525" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Josh And The Shank[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4826" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Hong Kong Office View[/caption]

Chiang Mai Mountain Men

Thursday, December 8th, 2016
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Chiang Mai

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
[caption id="attachment_4099" align="alignright" width="540" caption="Sushi in Maya Mall"][/caption] On November 21, I flew from Hanoi to Chiang Mai where I am staying at the Galare Guesthouse on the Ping River where I've stayed ... [Continue reading this entry]

What I Do By Myself All Day In Bangkok

Saturday, October 29th, 2016
After the wedding in Hong Kong, I flew to Bangkok on Oct 17. Stayed in the Dvaree Bali Serviced Apartments down an alley off Sukhumvit 22 where I've stayed several times before and can hang out with the guys (expats) ... [Continue reading this entry]

Roof Top Wedding Party in Kowloon

Thursday, October 27th, 2016
Sorry I missed the do it yourself rooftop BBQ party in Kowloon with about 50 of Josh and Polly's friends. Was exhausted with jet lag so went to bed early. Sigh.

Marriage Registry

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Marriage Dinner

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Joshua Goetz and Polly Li Getting Married!

Thursday, October 27th, 2016
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Out And About in Hong Kong

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

View From Josh’s Apartment

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Back To Hong Kong!

Friday, October 14th, 2016
[caption id="attachment_3937" align="aligncenter" width="720" caption="Out To Dinner in Hong Kong"][/caption] 24 hours and 4 planes to Hong Kong from Oaxaca for my son Josh's wedding to Polly Li.

Las Vegas On The Way To Oaxaca

Thursday, June 4th, 2015
June 4, 2015 Really enjoying Greg in Las Vegas. Weather warm but perfect for me. Greg took me to a concert with Robert Plant (of Led Zeppelin) on May 28. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Doug In Chiang Mai Thailand

Friday, January 23rd, 2015
Doug said he leaned over to take a photo and she jumped up and wrapped her arms around him. He's been in Chiang Mai and border towns since November and now embarking ... [Continue reading this entry]

Greg Goes Heli-Skiing Again

Monday, January 5th, 2015
This is Greg's 5th year heli-skiing. This time I only heard from him once and then nothing. "Talk to me!" I messaged him. "You are not supposed to die before me!" That got a response!

Funny Little Conversation

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
My middle son is visiting his older brother in Las Vegas for a few days before he takes off for Thailand again. The middle one, Doug, called me. Me: Are you guys staying out of jail? Doug: Attempting to explain why ... [Continue reading this entry]

Fight Club…A Conversation With My Son

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
After a weird dinner at a remote roadside Vietnamese/Thai/Chinese restaurant a few miles outside Oaxaca City the other day, I received a black (black?) fortune cookie with the fortune written in Spanish. "You always know your heart through your words." ... [Continue reading this entry]

I’m Out Of The Box?

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
My son Josh is watching the demonstrations in Hong Kong right now. Back to containment againl No doubt given a push by the U.S. [caption id="attachment_3425" align="aligncenter" width="376" caption="Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution"][/caption] The ... [Continue reading this entry]

Heli Skiing Bobbie Burns Canada

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
While temps are in the 90's here in Oaxaca, my oldest son is buried in powder near Calgary...a 4 hour bus journey followed by a 15 minute heli flight into the lodge in the Selkirk and the Purcell mountains. [caption id="attachment_3215" ... [Continue reading this entry]

Hanging In Bangkok

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Doug's 45th birthday is today but he is in Chiang Mai and I am wishing I were with him to celebrate his 45th. I sing Happy Birthday when he calls in the morning. "Oh quit it!" he says. :-) As for ... [Continue reading this entry]

Meanwhile In Merca

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Josh Cooks For Greg's Friends I get an email from Josh saying that he and Greg and Polly had a great time on Manhattan Beach California with Greg's friend Jeff, an ... [Continue reading this entry]

Ao Nang Beach Krabi

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014
A lot of memories here where Doug and Luk lived 14 feet from the water on Khlong Muang Beach in Krabi until they nearly succumbed in the 2004 tsunami. Ten years ... [Continue reading this entry]

Lamai Beach Koh Samui

Thursday, January 30th, 2014
Doug flew from Chiang Mai to Bangkok and spent a couple days with his dad in Pattaya before going back to Samui again to say goodbye to old friends and close down his rented house. [Continue reading this entry]

Back To Chiang Mai

Monday, January 20th, 2014
Stayed in a good location...the ThaiLanna Guesthouse just outside the Anapurn Night Market. Good to be off the Soho bar street except for a couple very loud young Russian women next door. By this time, after an orgy of seafood and ... [Continue reading this entry]

Feast Fest In Hong Kong

Saturday, January 11th, 2014
Josh and Polly have treated me to five days of an eating orgy. From famine in Oaxaca, except for extraordinary Oaxacan food, to Chinese feasts in Hong Kong! Oh my! [gallery]

Hong Kong 2014

Saturday, January 4th, 2014
Yesterday I took a Dragon Air flight from Chiang Mai to Hong Kong. The efficient 20 minute high speed train from the airport passes through Kowloon and ends in Hong ... [Continue reading this entry]

Samui-Chiang Mai-Pai

Monday, December 30th, 2013
Doug had been on Koh Samui while I was in Bangkok having my teeth taken care of after we first arrived in Thailand in November 2013. While there, Doug had taken his boat, that he had just finished refurbishing, out ... [Continue reading this entry]

Christmas Chiang Mai 2013

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
Christian holidays are an excuse for a party in a Buddhist country. I spend it quietly...with Doug in Chiang Mai and skype calls from Greg and Josh...bless their hearts. Greg spends it quietly too in Las Vegas...making my ... [Continue reading this entry]

Family Reunion on Koh Samui

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
[caption id="attachment_2165" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="The Big Deals...Josh, Greg, Doug"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2177" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="Me And Greg"][/caption] It had been Christmas 15 years ago, Josh remembered, when ... [Continue reading this entry]

Bunkered In Las Vegas

Friday, October 29th, 2010
Looks like another week holed up with my son, Greg, and my favorite sweet golden laborador, in Las Vegas. If Las Vegas is invaded I am quite certain I will survive. :) I am cooking for the freezer as is ... [Continue reading this entry]

Last Day In Vegas

Friday, May 28th, 2010
Yesterday got my glasses replaced that son Greg's new yellow labrador puppy ate. Puppy? At 16 weeks he's huge...but oh so loving! And he's so cute when he carries his own leish in his mouth when we go for walks. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Video Skype Mishap

Monday, May 24th, 2010
You can just imagine the look on my son Josh's face in Hong Kong today as my chair collapsed out from under me in Las Vegas as I disappeared from view in his skype video frame! He he. Fell on ... [Continue reading this entry]

Normal In Las Vegas

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
Had an outside lunch with son Greg, his Punjabi surgeon friend, Jody, and his wife Heather, and Greg Smith who was a classmate of Greg's in high school. Playing with Val, Greg's 16 month old yellow lab who is constantly underfoot.  ... [Continue reading this entry]

Hong Kong! Relief from Heat And Chaos of Bangkok

Monday, May 3rd, 2010
So the Reds are keeping up the pressure in Bangkok. My yellow shirt friend didn't want me to take a taxi to the airport yesterday for a flight to Hong Kong (taxis being almost all Red because most ... [Continue reading this entry]

Experiencing a Hong Kong High-Rise

Monday, November 2nd, 2009
Well, as expected,  here I am at 2am wide awake on the island of Hong Kong. After a somewhat frenetic 3 weeks with Bob and I taking up Doug's kitchen and entire dining room table in Salem Oregon, Bob has ... [Continue reading this entry]

An Unlikely Discussion About Bodily Remains

Saturday, August 8th, 2009
This is actually kind of funny... My husband wrote me and our three sons an email the other day telling us what he wants done with his body if something happens to him in Thailand...where he lives...where he has regular bouts ... [Continue reading this entry]

Waiting for Alaska Flight 624

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008
Had a heck of a time getting out on the plane in the worst storm in the NW in 40 years! After a two hour trip from Salem to the Portland airport over icy washboard Highway 99 because the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Greg Misses His Wife

Sunday, August 24th, 2008
Had a nice long visit with Greg (oldest son) last week. He tells me about the mini triathlon he ran that day...happy that he is back into running, biking and swimming.  And he tells me he misses his brother, Josh, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Oregon In Summer

Thursday, July 31st, 2008
Oregon is most delightful in summer! Everything is so green. And my mouth has been watering for local strawberries, raspberries, peaches and cherries. And Walla Walla Sweet Onions! Cars obey the rules, garbage is picked up and motorcycles ... [Continue reading this entry]

Joshua Visits His Mother

Saturday, June 7th, 2008
Well, enough of politics and the weariness of world crises. When I couldn't get a visa for a three day trip to Burma (should have used a travel agent instead of going to the embassy myself) and to keep from losing ... [Continue reading this entry]

2008 Chef Olympics

Saturday, May 17th, 2008
My son the chef! abp_5253.jpgHere is a picture of me and my chefs!! Josh says: "The two in the grey are myself on the right, chef de cuisine of "One East On Third" Restaurant in the Hilton ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh In Beijing

Friday, March 28th, 2008
Wanted to post some pictures of menu items created by my son Josh at the One East On Third Restaurant in the Hilton Hotel Beijing where he is the Chef de Cuisine but am despairing of getting menu descriptions from ... [Continue reading this entry]


Wednesday, March 19th, 2008
I must be getting old. Came across this shocking article in Newsweek describing teen sex taking place openly in public parks in Santiago Chile. Actually I remember being agape at the couples in public parks in Guadalajara Mexico ... [Continue reading this entry]

In And Out Of Bangkok

Monday, March 17th, 2008
Have become familiar enough with Asia that the usual things you notice on the surface aren't so eye-catching now. Am learning to adapt to surface cultural differences with less frustration. But adapting for a traveler briefly passing through is ... [Continue reading this entry]

Almost Lost On The Subway

Sunday, February 10th, 2008
This week Josh and I went to the Beijing Exhibition which is a miniature replica of the city in a huge building. Josh says they have one of these in every major city. Very well done! Then we ... [Continue reading this entry]

2008 Olympic Venues

Sunday, February 10th, 2008
The two most impressive Olympic venues are the National Aquatics Center or simply the "Water Cube" and the "Bird's Nest." The "Water Cube," a palatial structure with an area of 80,000 sq meters that is white in the daytime and blue ... [Continue reading this entry]

Chinese New Year Of The Rat

Friday, February 8th, 2008
Chinese New Year's Eve Wednesday February 6 2008. Words cannot do justice to the fireworks we viewed across the city from the rooftop of the Hilton Hotel at midnight. It was so cold Josh had trouble holding a camera. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Amy’s International School

Thursday, February 7th, 2008
Last Friday I went to the Yew Chung International School of Beijing with Amy, my daughter-in-law. Seventy five years ago an optimistic young woman, Madame Tsang Chor-hang, barely graduated from a teacher's school, emerged from a calamitous time ... [Continue reading this entry]


Saturday, February 2nd, 2008
In the airport, while waiting for my luggage to show up, I scanned the crowd of people in the waiting area and had no trouble spotting Josh...three heads above all others. Eye candy for me! This is the first time ... [Continue reading this entry]