Me & Hello Kitty

Kelly Kaye
a.k.a., Akiko Yamamoto ("Kiki")

WARNING GAMMAR NAZIS: My website is written in the vernacular (colloquial) English.
Hi! If you were lookin' for a porn site; sorry, I’m not that Kelly Kaye. I'm just a [usually] fully clothed, Texan transplant, who travels a lot and keeps her clothes on.

"Batz Maru" is my traveling partner. He is Hello Kitty's cousin and is also known as the "bad penguin." I refer to him as "Tux" in some social media forums, but "Tux" is the quasi-official name of the Linux penguin.

Batz and I just got back from Seoul, South Korea. I've got a few pictures up on my Korea Page, so click here to check them out. I plan to add a whole lot more as soon as I can, so be sure to check back soon.


My B.A. may as well be in “uselessness” in Texas, but it works for me in other countries and in Hawai'i. It’s in Asian Studies/Japanese Language from The University of Texas at Austin (Hook 'em Horns!) with a minor in Korean, Chinese, and Indian (dot... not feather ) cultures. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Japanese Linguistics and would like to get one before I’m, like , old n’ stuff - or at least until I stop saying “like” where it doesn’t belong. In addition, I have a couple of other degrees that I don't use.

Professional stuff

I own a business called "Asian Social Services for the American Traveler." A mouthful, I know. It’s even longer in Japanese. I provide consulting, cultural, and language instructional services to Americans who plan to travel to S.E. Asia. My objective is to help Americans have the most enjoyable and comfortable time in S.E. Asia. I also provide personal tours of Tokyo in English; and personal tours of Oahu, Hawai'i and Austin, TX for Japanese speakers (all with translation, of course).

My husband and I also own a consulting firm called Martin Geologic Consulting. Our company specializes in water resource projects, groundwater quality assessments, and other rock-type stuff that I don’t unnerstan’ like, hydrogeologic modeling associated with mining and deep injection wells; but, he understands it, so that’s all that’s all that matters.

Other crap about my life...

I’ve done a lot of stuff. I mean a lot. Started playing bass guitar at 13. I joined the U.S. Navy (Active Duty), like, four months after high school to straighten my ass out. Call it desperation, but I loved the Navy. I was stationed at the Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD).

After the Academy, I went to Air Traffic Control School (Naval Air Station, Memphis,TN). Soon after AC school (which was literally almost harder than giving birth), I moved with my entire family (including mom and dad) to Haleiwa, Hawai'i.

I moved from Hawai'i to Austin, Texas. I became a radio DJ at the now-defunct international (U.S./Japan/Canada) Heavy Metal station Z-Rock - 98.9 FM/Austin as “Kelly Kaos.” At Z-Rock (the "Mighty Z") I played a lot of Slayer, Sepultura, Pantera, and other great stuff. Great job. Met my husband (a heavy-metal bass player for Force Fed) while working there as a DJ. Left Z-Rock when it got bought-out by a company (ABC) who didn’t wanna’ be known as a “heavy metal” station. Went to 101X (101.5 FM), then KLBJ (93.7 FM) for Years. I quit KLBJ-FM to go to Z-102.3 FM (at that time a Classic Rock station). I have always joked that radio stations gave the DJs drug tests frequently; to make sure they WERE on drugs. Simultaneously, I worked for Metro Networks (for 13 stations under five different "names"). I voiced and provided traffic and weather reports for a hunk of radio and TV stations in Austin, TX. Big whoop, right? I thought so. I re-joined the Navy after 9/11; because 9/11 "royally" pissed me off, and I felt it was my duty to this great country of ours.

My current sitcha'ation…

I live with 4/5 of our children and my husband...

This is the love of my life, my husband, Matt... 20+ years and going (forever)...

Me and Matt


Ushi Neko MooKitty ("Prada")

Louis Vuitton MooKitty ("Louie")
Gucci McGreyson ("Gucci")
Gianni Versace McGreyson ("Versace")

Note: We gave our cats regal designer names because they are all shelter rescues and unwanted castaways, so we wanted to give them names that made them special.

Our first-born son, Ryan Anthony, and our daughter-in-law Madison, are both medical doctors finishing their internships in neuroscience at Baylor U. Hospital in Dallas, soon to be residents.

Ryan and Madison

I love Asia (especially Japan), and travel often to various countries. Some call me a “jet-setter,” I call myself a “country-hopper.” I have a humongous passion for Pink Floyd (check out my honkin' wrist tattoo on the " Jolly Ol' England " page). I am especially fond of David Gilmour’s music, but Roger Waters got a mighty pretty new face as of the last ten years.

I love other stuff, too: cats (I LOVE cats!), Pink Floyd (“Helllooooo Mr. Gilmour!”), Hard Rock, and anything or anyone involved with the creation(s) of Monty Python, Absolutely Fabulous, the Office, and British humor in general.

Stuff I Like a Lot: South Park, the movies “Napoleon Dynamite,” “Tropic Thunder,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” and "Superbad," and stuff like that. If you have a sense of humor, and the ability to be compassionate, I adore you already. Funny people are the happiest people, fer’ sure. I love BMW’s and designer clothes.

Special thanks to my great friends in Austin, Japan, Korea, Poland, Australia, and England on my website who never fail to make me smile!

Check Out the Links Below!!

My life in Austin, TX

(recently updated with the spring 2014 trip to Seoul)

Poland (a.k.a, the Muthaland)
(recently updated with the winter 2013 trip to Warsaw)

Jolly Ol' England
(recently updated with pics from Christmas 2013)

(updated with the fall 2012/spring 2013 pics)



New Zealand

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Last Update - 5 March 2014