Auckland AKL, New Zealand


20 Mar 2008 – Remuera

1986 – flew to all the ports around the world visited by the battleship USS Missouri to meet with Richard (my second ex-husband then), who was a naval officer in the US Navy. AKL was one of the ports of call. Graham was dating Euphemia and she wanted me to check out if he would be a suitable mate for her. My gracious Kiwi guide was the perfect host and still is.

Euphemia & I first met at a lunch on the Queen Mary in 1985 Long Beach, California thru’ common relatives (maternal side) from Hong Kong and the best part is that we became friends. It was about 15 years ago we saw each other during her Florida visit with her husband Graham.

Was greeted by her after 11hrs on the plane from BKK and a long line at the AKL Immigration & Custom. Seeing her & family made it all worth while. What a wonderful reunion, now with Charles, a charming talented son who is nearly 12. We chat all day to catch up with present time. BBQ by the pool with a view of the city and a full moon in the company of this delightful family. I could really live here! Will be heading to Hahei, about 2hrs drive from AKL for the Easter weekend.

New Zealand was colonized initially by those Australians who had the initiative to escape – Robert Muldoon