En route to Honolulu, December 16, 1931

The sea during the past three days out was rough and Gloria was in bed most of the time.  The rest of our party went on deck only in fits and spurts – the weather being cold.  The trip , which had every indication of being uninteresting suddenly gave promise upon my meeting the stunningest little blonde I have ever known, Adorabelle (?) Massie, from Washington Falls, Texas.  We met the second night out and became friends quickly. She is traveling with her aunt, Mrs. Witherspoon and will enter college in February.

Our entire crowd is impressed by her and Sen. O[smeña] gave a cocktail party for her the second night out i.e. Dec. 12.

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.

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

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.