During my life time I experience many run-ins with royalty…and although I like to talk about it like l just met the human-version of a very-glam Bigfoot, I’m not fazed at all:
…Slept at the Jodpur palace and met the king and queen, along with their dog Pepsi…sure…Winter 2000.
…An invite to stay at a royal family’s New England home…the invite is via a comicbook-creator friend I met in a meditation workshop and the brother-in-law is royalty…Summer 2008…
…Sarah, Duchess of York suddenly wants to visit my school…yup, Summer 2009.
…Friend of the Royal Hawaiian family…you got it…happening now…
…One of my mentors is personally invited to work/live in Thailand by their queen…sure…and I want to visit him within the next few years.
So now that I play the ukulele and now know my name (like a Hawaiian, I have many first names…English and Korean…not to mention my blog’s url/song moniker)… I remember specific stories of my maternal grandparents laying low during WWll. Most likely it was my great grandfather who was officially royal
And it was only this past year where I decided to google my middle name…as I’m the only one of my filial generation with a middle name, much less the name of my maternal lineage: Suh.
But you all just know me as Helenbobelen, right?
P.S. Fun Fact #1: 50% of the S. Korean populace has the last name of Kim, Park, or Lee as back in the day, most were not allowed a last name at all.
P.S.S. Fun Fact#2: This blog’s url also doesn’t allow for last names…
I’m still creating a lot of jewelry for various clients and 501c3s, however a lot of photos are on my phone…and well, that item is probably somewhere on the side of Hana Highway…
C’est la vie…
Helen(a)…my Hawaiian family calls me Helena which I kinda like because in Korean, adding an “a” at the end of a name is a term of endearment.