Yokohama, December 15, 1931 (Monday)

Arrived at Yokohama at 9:00 a.m. but had to go through immigration officials again. Fernandez and I went ashore in rickshaws to send telegrams and letters and then shopping at Butum(?)-Don.  Returned to the boat for lunch and out again at 2:00 to buy a suitcase.

Osmeña, Roxas and party arrived by motor from Tokyo accompanied by Cam[eron] Forbes[1] and his sister-in-law. They were royally treated in Tokyo with a banquet for 35 people – then again luncheon in the grand hotel in Yokohama.

General Ricarte,[2] wife and grandchildren were at the pier to see us off. We pulled anchor at 4 p.m. and so tired was I that I did not go upstairs for dancing.

[1] William Cameron Forbes  (May 21-1870 – Dec 24, 1959), an investment banker and diplomat,  served as Governor General of the Philippines 1909-1913 and Ambassador of the United States to Japan from 1930-1932

[2] General Artemio Ricarte (Oct 20, 1866-July 31, 1945) – a Filipino general during the Philippine Revolution was and also during the Philippine-American War when  he was commander in Santa Ana, Manila . He refused to take an oath of allegiance to the USA. He was exiled to Guam by the Americans, and eventually went to Hong Kong and then continued to live in exile in Japan. But during WW 2 he returned to the Philippines, and said “I can not take refuge in Japan at this critical moment when my people are in actual distress. I will stay in my Motherland to the last.” He died in the Mountain Province on July 31, 1945.


En route to Yokohama, December 14, 1931

Up at 9 but did not go ashore as it continues bitter cold. Read all morning. We pulled anchor at 1:30 p.m. instead of 12:00 as we were scheduled to. Slept in the afternoon and movies in the evening.

 


Kobe, Sunday, December 13, 1931

Reached the breakwater at 8:00 a.m. but it was noon before we docked owing to Japanese official red tape.  Mr. Inouye (?) as usual, met us and the whole party plus American friends, (Miss Howard, Mr. Bill Clark, and Mrs.) went off to a substantial luncheon. Its about freezing outside.

After luncheon, R[oxas].O[smeña].M[ontinola].& S[abido]. left for Kyoto and Tokyo by train. I spent the remainder of the afternoon shopping.

Dined on board, and then Tirona, Kalaw, F[ernandez] and I went ashore for a change including dancing at the D (?) Club


En route to Kobe, December 12, 1931

Very rough most of the day until we reached the Inland Sea.  It is also getting to be very cold and almost impossible to walk on the deck. After supper, dancing in the Marina Tower Room until it was boring for me of course.


En route to Kobe, December 11, 1931

Awake, or rather got up, at 12:30 noon in time for luncheon. After some reading back to bed for a siesta, awakening only in time for dinner at 7. Then a movie and letter writing. Clocks were advanced one hour tonight.


Shanghai, December 10, 1931

Cold and invigorating in Shanghai today. We left the boat around 2:30 and  were in the lobby of the Cathay around 3:00 p.m. trying to locate Mrs.  Price and Major (?) G. Barett (?) who might accompany us, failing which we divided into two parties for shopping and sightseeing.  Also a tea at the London Tavern by Filipinos which, as usual, was tiring.

Roxas, S[abido], T[irona] and I dined at the Sevilla compound by Lusitano[1] Then a drive around town and a visit to the “Little Club” when we joined Osmeña, Montinola and representatives of the $ Line who were entertaining them.  Then to the “Canidrome” for more dancing and finally to the jetty to catch the 2 a.m. tender back to the steamer.

[1] Portuguese Club in Hong Kong


En route to Shanghai, December 9, 1931, Wednesday

Up at 9 and after walking and reading, joined the Rufinos and Morenos (newlyweds) for a champagne party in Suite C with result that I got dizzy and had to lie down till lunchtime.

After lunch, a little reading, then a nap till 5:30, a walk and dress for dinner preceded by a cocktail party in Osmeña’s suite. (Mrs. Howard, Mrs. Peters et al) (4 parts crème de cacao, 4 parts cream, 3 gin).

After dinner, movies and bridge.


En route to Shanghai, December 9, 1931, Wednesday

Up at 9 and after walking and reading, joined the Rufinos and Morenos (newlyweds) for a champagne party in Suite C with result that I got dizzy and had to lie down till lunchtime.

After lunch, a little reading, then a nap till 5:30, a walk and dress for dinner preceded by a cocktail party in Osmeña’s suite. (Mrs. Howard, Mrs. Peters et al) (4 parts crème de cacao, 4 parts cream, 3 gin).
After dinner, movies and bridge.


December 8th, 1931, Tuesday – Hong Kong

Slept till 9 – and went ashore at 10 with M & Gloria to meet Louise Choa at the Hong Kong Hotel. We got a car and drove to Repulse Bay and back to town in time for luncheon with Robert Choa at the Grill Room of the Hong Kong.  Then Louise, Robert, Gloria and I taxied to the Kowloon Cricket Club to see Helen Wills exhibition match and then also meet the other Choa girls, viz. Angeline, Gertie and Pauline.  They went to see us off as we sailed at 6:00 pm.

After dinner, bridge and dancing.