Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Old and Recent Photos from My Album

Carenna In Red -First High School Homecoming, October, 2017. Carenna is 14 years old and my youngest grand daughter. She is the only daughter of my youngest daughter-Ditas

Carenna and Date-High School Homecoming, October, 2017

At our 60th Wedding Anniversary, May 8, 2017

Our Wedding Day, Boac, Marinduque, Philippines, May 8, 1957. Photo taken at the Residence of Macrine's parents-Bernardo Jambalos, and Elena Nieva Jambalos

My First Visit in New York City, 1960

Our First House in US with the 4D's, Platte Woods, Missouri, 1967

Me with Auring Aro and Virgie Aguilar, University of Illinois Cafeteria, Chicago, 1961

Macrine's BS Nursing Graduation, Pinole California at our Ramona Residence, 1981

Cadena de Amor Celebration, University of the Philippines,Diliman, 1953

Macrine's 81st Birthday at the Rehab Facility, Fair Oaks, Caliofornia, 2017

The David Jamily Katague Clan, 1946

Katague Clan-Barotac Viejo, Iloilo, Easter of 1949

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Life in the United States versus Life in the Philippines

Retirement Home in the United States

A couple of weeks ago, I described the five luxuries that my wife are enjoying here in the US. Today, I am adding another luxury that I forgot in that blog. The number six luxury is the service of a Gardener. My Gardener does the mowing, trimming and weeding of both our front and back yards twice a month or as in needed basis. I still do the watering and fertilizing. David III still maintains our swimming pool and minor repairs in the house.

Anyone Swimming on your Birthday suit on a Hot Summer Night?

Today I am also attaching one of my hubs about Life in the Philippines vs Life in the US from my hubpages.com account just in case you have not read it as follows:


Retirement Home in the Philippines

https://hubpages.com/health/Life-in-the-Philippines-versus-Life-in-the-United-States

Friday, September 22, 2017

Carenna KT and Verbal Bullying

The mean girls are jealous of Carenna's Poise and Beauty

I was reading the FB page of my daughter Ditas yesterday and learned that Carenna who entered 9th grade last month( first year high school) told her that there are Mean Girls in her class. This means verbal bullying to me. I could identify how Carenna felt since I was also bullied when I was in high school.

I wrote my own verbal bullying experience when I was in high school in the 1950's in detail in the first edition of my autobiography. However, a friend suggested I tone it down (the details) since it was too personal. Instead of toning it down, I decided just to omit it in the second edition of my autobiography. Writing it down however was very therapeutic. I have forgotten all about my teenage bullying, until yesterday after reading Ditas FB page.

Here's Ditas Posting: Mean girls in the HISP program at Mclatchy and we thought it would be less likely, but they are everywhere.

The following are some reactions from Ditas FB friends to the above posting:

Honestly after 2016 who is surprised?

They are everywhere, sadly. Hugs

Unfortunately they are everywhere

Contact their counselors. And continue contacting their counselors and admin with each and every incident.

College is just around the corner. Tell her it will get better. Hugs

True. Highschool... barf.... college.... so awesome!

Ditas Katague: I know right! my 35th High school reunion is next Saturday and I thought about going but after witnessing Carenna's torment this week, I have PTSD from my high school traumas. And those that caused it, I have no desire to come in contact with.

It's just preparing her for the workforce ­čś▒

Success is the best revenge.

Ditas it's high school ... mean girls are what help us grow into fierce woman and smoke them all! Tell her to hang in there it gets better!

So, how common is teenage bullying in the US?

According to statistics from Family First Aid, about 30 percent of teenagers in the U.S. have been involved in bullying, either as a bully or as a victim of teenage bullying. Data suggests that teenage bullying is more common among younger teens than it is among older teens. However, it may be that young teens are more prone to physical bullying, which is easier to identify, and that older teens are more sophisticated in methods of bullying that are not always exactly identified as such.

Physical bullying is more common among boys, and teenage girls often favor verbal and emotional bullying. Indeed, while boys report that they are more likely to be involved in physical altercations, girls report that they are often the targets of nasty rumors – especially involving sexual gossip. Additionally, girls are more likely to use exclusion as a teenage bullying technique than boys are.

For details on teenage bullying read the following:
http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/teenage-bullying.html

Related News about Verbal Bullying:

Today's news highlights the verbal bullying of Trump and Kim Jong Un:

Trump calls KIM, Rocket Man as well as “unfit,” “rogue” and “gangster”. Kim bullied back and call Trump― a mentally unbalance “dotard,” . 

So what is a dotard: According to Merriam-Webster, a “dotard” is a “person in his or her dotage,” with “dotage” further defined as “a state or period of senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness.”

Freelance journalist Jihye Lee said the original statement in Korean used a term better translated as “old beast lunatic,” but it became “dotard” in the English version released by North Korea. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Macrine Swimming For the First Time Since 2013

I can not believe this. Yesterday, she wanted me to drive her to the Motor's Vehicle Office, so she can renew her driver license. Today she wanted to swim. I can not find her bathing suit, but here are three videos I took this morning. In a couple of hours she will need her medication. Thank you Lord!



Monday, August 28, 2017

Our Five Luxuries Living in the United States

The David Katague Clan, 2016

Just recently I wrote about our four luxuries residing in the US. This posting is an update adding the 5th luxury that I just remembered the other day after buying a Shiseido lipstick for Macrine.

"This year is our 57th year living in the US. Macrine turned 81 years old last March and I turned 82 years old last December 20. We have lived in almost all regions of the US except the South. We have resided in Chicago, Illinois* (5 years), Kansas City, Missouri** (5 years), Modesto, California*** (5 years), Pinole, California**** (12 years), Colesville, Maryland *****( 12 years) and currently in the eastern suburb of Sacramento, California since 2002.

Alix Katague graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelors in Computer Science with her Dad( Dodie) and Mom ( Ruth). Dodie is my oldest son. Alix, I am very proud of your accomplishments. Alix is now working for EERO, manufacturer of WIFI in San Francisco.

We have purchased six houses during those years and saw our four children and six grandchildren finished their college education ( BS and professional degrees) except for our youngest grand daughter who is only 14 years old. We have enjoyed vacationing in several countries outside the US. We have also visited almost all the big cities in the US.(http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com)
My youngest(14 yrs old)grand daughter, Carenna KT ( Katague-Thompson)

We have also built a retirement home and beach house and conference hall in Boac, Marinduque, Philippines (http://chateaudumer.blogspot.com).

Front Yard of our Retirement Home, Boac, Marinduque, Philippines

Today we live a simple life. Our five luxuries are:

1. The service of two Cleaning Ladies for the whole house twice a month.

2. The home service for a whole body massage (one hour each) once a month

3. Food Delivery Service for Gourmet cooked meals ( just heat it for 2 minutes) once to twice a week( Munchery.com )

4. Twice a month Escapade to our local Indian Casino for Dinner and a little Gambling ( slots and Pai Gow Poker) and

5. Macrine's used of Shiseido cosmetics and products for the last 5 decades. In case you do not know Shiseido cosmetics are very expensive. Their lipstick price ranged from $28 to $35 dollars. Just purchased one lipstick just the other day. Shiseido has a moisturizing cream priced at $280 for the 50 mL size.

However, the above is not their most expensive cream. For their most expensive cream read the article on the bottom of this page##.

Prior to the PD diagnosis of Macrine, we spent from 3 to 5 months every year at our retirement home in Marinduque. However, since last year, because of Macrine's health we were not able to travel to the Philippines and enjoyed our beach house. We really missed Amoingon, Boac (Chateau Du Mer) this time of the year when the weather in the Philippines is dry and cool.

Because of her PD and medications, Macrine felt isolated once in a while. Thus a visit and phone call from relatives and friends are very much welcome.

So what is in our future? This will depend on the progression of Macrine's Parkinson. For me, my arthritis has limited my movement a little, but my mind is sharp! I still enjoyed a mean game of duplicate bridge on line.

Friends and Relatives, please pray for our health so that we can continue our simple life here in the US perhaps for another decade. Another decade may be a dream but one can hope, anyway. Give us a call just to say hello, message us in FB or send us an e-mail and if you are nearby visit us! Macrine and I are looking forward for your call, message or visit. Surprise US!"

*http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2011/12/chapter-7-life-in-chicago-illinois-and.html

**http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2011/12/chapter-8-social-life-in-kansas-city.html

***http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2011/12/life-in-modesto-california-1969-1974.html

****http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2011/12/pinole-california-years-1990-2002.html

*****http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2011/12/fda-years-and-maryland-1990-2002.html

## http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/06/shiseido-worlds-most-expensive-cream/

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Solar Lights in the Gardens of Chateau Du Mer, Marinduque

My favorite time of the day in Marinduque is at sunset and at twilight. During this time and up to midnight, I could show case my more than 50 solar lights of various types around the resort. Besides the solar lights, I have installed spot lights in all of the statuary's and garden sculptures near the Conference Hall and also in the Main House. The three photos( taken at twilight) above focused on the bridge lighting (red and white). The bridge is the focal point of the landscaping design of the beach house.




Solar Lights as viewed from the Conference Hall







The creek under the bridge is filled with native fish, crabs and snails during the summer season. Two years ago, I seeded the creek with tilapias in November. By May, it was already about 3 to 5 lbs. I feed the tilapias twice a day with commercial fish food. I told Edwin, my caretaker to harvest them before the rainy season, otherwise they will be flushed into the ocean, when the monsoon rains start around July-August. Edwin was able to harvest more than a dozen for his table. A couple of tilapias that remained in the creek were flushed into the ocean by August.


This photo is one of my favorite sunset picture taken from the balcony of the beach house. Macrine and I hope to see you soon in Marinduque-our island Paradise.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

My First Acrostic Poem-Marinduque Beloved

Mt Malindig and Poctoy White Beach

My first attempt to write an acrostic and free style poem about our second home- Marinduque-Beloved. I hope you like it.

M ajestic Mount Malinding and its sulfur springs,
A bundance of fresh sea foods, fruits and vegetables;
R eknowned for its hospitable residents and the Putong
I sland of my dreams and my beloved second home.
N eglected sometimes by its leaders and balikbayans,
D evelopment of its natural resources sometimes butchered.
U nder the guise of political scheming, its residents suffer,
Q uite silence from majority of its residents.
U nity needed, but not attained due to crab mentality,
E manates apathy, indifference retards progress to my Island.

B eyond its borders, former residents are concerned
E very thing in this island paradise I treasured;
L et my dreams of the place be a tourist mecca,
O vershadowed sometimes by enmity and jealousy.
V erdant hills, white sands beaches, panoramic views,
E lixir of my life, my beloved Marinduque,
D reams and goals of my life be a reality soon!

I never claimed to be a poet, so if this poem stinks, I will understand.
The last time I wrote a poem was during my high school days in the 1950's.
Comments, anyone?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Some of My Favorite Relaxing and Romantic Music

Let's start the month of August with some relaxing and romantic music. It' been hot here in Northern California for the last two weeks and 3-digits temperature are predicted in the next ten days. Thanks God for Central Air Conditioning!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Not Dependable Service from Clarke and Rush

Two Years ago I purchased a new Carrier Furnace 80% Boost from Clark and Rush for total cost of $4439 including installation. I Have a 10 year warranty for manufacturer parts.

Last week at the middle of the Ten Day Heat Wave here in Northern California, our Air conditioner failed. The AC is humming outside- but no cool air is coming ( appeared the blower is defective). I immediately called my installer Clark and Rush. They answered they are fully booked for three weeks and do not answer emergency calls even from customers. I was so upset, I started calling 10 other cooling and heating service companies in The Sacramento area. Of the ten I called only one( Jaguar) had an opening within the next couple of days. The rest are booked for weeks ahead. While waiting for the service from Jaguar, Macrine and I stayed at the Mall in the afternoon when the temperature outside were over 100 and inside the house was 90. One night we stayed at my daughters house in Mid town Sacramento.

Jaguar diagnosed that the problem was indeed the blower and to replace it will cost $1536. The technician suggested to call our local Carrier Dealers and verify that the part is available locally and if not it has to be ordered from the manufacturer, since we still have the warranty on the parts. The diagnosis cost us $79.

There are several Carrier Furnace Dealers in our Area. The problem is not the part but the time availability for service. Most of the Cooling companies are fully booked. Luckily, I was able to talk to a Carrier Dealer, Comfort Master. I was told the blower is not available locally. It has to be ordered from the manufacturer and a service charge of $65 for a 2-day delivery window is required.

Since Comfort Master did not diagnosed the problem, they are hesitant to order it ahead and wants their own technician to diagnose it for an additional cost of $99. The earliest they can re diagnose the problem is two days from this writing date. I was told it would be the first week of July when we will have central air conditioning again. I hope the weather will cooperate in the next 10 days.

In the meantime, the heat wave is gone. High temperature during the next couple of days are in the low 90's. We have a Wall AC unit in our bedroom, so we can sleep, but the afternoon from 3 to 7PM, the whole house is hot, even though we have electric fans in the Kitchen and Family room, we still have to go to the Mall to cool off.

Lesson Learned: Not all Cooling Service Companies are Dependable, in spite of their Claim of superior Client Service.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Arthritis of the Knee and Me


About 6 months ago, I was diagnosed with arthritis of the knee based on the X'ray taken of my left knee. My physician prescribed an anti-inflammatory/analgesic-Naprosin. Relatives and friends recommended I take Turmeric Capsults -a dietary supplement. The pain ranged from 3-4 to a tolerable 1-2 from a Pain scale of 1 to 10. My experience showed that turmeric helps but the pain is not completely gone and often times I am still limping and my activities are limited. I have a hard time bending, so my gardening activities are limited also. Here's some information about knee arthritis from the Internet.

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. Pain, swelling, and stiffness are the primary symptoms of arthritis. Any joint in the body may be affected by the disease, but it is particularly common in the knee. Knee arthritis can make it hard to do many everyday activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. It is a major cause of lost work time and a serious disability for many people.

The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, but there are more than 100 different forms. In 2012, more than 51 million people reported that they had been diagnosed with some form of arthritis, according to the National Health Interview Survey. While arthritis is mainly an adult disease, some forms affect children.

Although there is no cure for arthritis, there are many treatment options available to help manage pain and keep people staying active.
For more details read the following:

http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00212

If you know of any dietary supplement good for arthritis besides turmeric, please let me know!

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Bataan Death March Memorial Marathon in New Mexico

Just in case you were not able to watch 60 Minutes at CBS last night. This subject has touched my heart and is one of the saddest event in World War 11 in the Philippines.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bataan-death-march-survivor-60-minutes/

From Wikipedia: The Bataan Memorial Death March is an annual commemoration of the Bataan Death March attended by many of the survivors of the march, along with thousands of supporters from around the world, held at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. Held annually since 1990, this is a full marathon, with a 15 mi (24 km) route for those who do not wish to complete the full course. Covering paved road and sandy trails, it is regarded by Marathon Guide as one of the top 30 marathons in the U.S.

The race is open to all members of the public, though a significant portion of the participants are members of military units of the U.S. and foreign armed forces and their families. Civilians usually run in the full marathon, which is timed with awards though not certified by USA Track and Field. Several surviving Bataan prisoners usually await the competitors to congratulate them on completing the grueling march. Many injured veterans including some amputees attend to march as well. The race continues all day, with the slowest marchers taking over 12 hours to complete the course.

In 2011, a record 6,300 marchers participated in 2011 in both the marathon and the 15.4 mi (24.8 km) course. In 2012 over 7,000 marchers competed and due to the heat and conditions 2012 became the most medicated march yet. In 2013, conditions were such that a weather advisory was put out to the 5,800 participants to reconsider running the race if they had not trained in the heat or at higher altitudes and that officials were considering altering or canceling the event.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Flowers in My Garden-Have a Safe Memorial Day Weekend

The 3-day Memorial Day weekend is coming. A few of our neighbors are driving out of town. However, Macrine and I are homebound and will enjoy the flowers in my garden. Have A Safe Memorial DAY Weekend to All!
My Miniature Rose Bush in Full Bloom-Source of My Flower Arrangement All Summer

Strawberry-Guava Shrub in Full Bloom

Drought Resistant Ice-Plants in Bloom in the Front Entrance-welcoming Visitors


My Pineapple Plant survive the winter season- Front Entrance D├ęcor


Monday, May 22, 2017

The Art of Flower Arrangement-Ikebana

I am very proud of this Creation!

My Flower Arrangement Creation with two 60th Anniversary D├ęcor.

Last year, I started reading about Ikebana- the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging. Last week when my sister from Maryland visited us , the first thing she saw was the flower arrangement in our breakfast table( see above photos). She commented it was beautiful and looks as if it was a commercial creation. I told her I did the arrangement myself with flowers in my garden. The only materials I purchased were the 3-piece bamboo, the foam, the rectangular flower based and the two artificial butterflies. The sea shells, Nandina( Heavenly Bamboo plant) leaves and flowers as well as the red floribunda roses are from my garden. So what is Ikebana?

Ikebana is the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging. The name comes from the Japanese ike, meaning ‘alive’ or ‘arrange’ and bana meaning ‘flower.’ The practice of using flowers as offerings in temples originated in the seventh century when Buddhism was first introduced to Japan from China and Korea, but the formalized version of Ikebana didn’t begin until the Muromachi period around the 15th or 16th century. These arrangements have since become more secular, displayed as art forms in people’s homes. However, Ikebana is seen as more than just decorative, it is a spiritual process that helps one develop a closeness with nature and merge the indoors and outdoors. For more details read the following:

https://www.ftd.com/blog/design/ikebana

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Short Visit from My Sister and Brother Yesterday


Macrine and I enjoyed an overnight visit from my sister ( Agnes Galvin), her husband (Dennis) from Maryland and my brother, Dolce Ruben Katague from Bacolod City, Philippines. It was a short visit, because of their hectic schedule of driving all over the US. Ruben had to be back to the Philippines by June 2. They have visited 13 states already and are headed for Chicago, Illinois, Northern Pennsylvania, Niagara Falls and then Toronto, Canada before heading home to Gaithersburg, Maryland. Macrine and I wish you a Safe and Fun trip. Attached are photos taken from my backyard yesterday.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Birthday Carenna and Greetings to All Mothers on Planet Earth

Today Is Mother's Day and also the 14th Birthday of my youngest grand daughter, Carenna Katague Thompson. Happy Birthday, My Pangga!
Carenna 14th Birthday Cake-Row, Row your Boat-Down the Stream. Merrily, Merrily etc...

Also Sending you Mothers of the World, flowers from my Garden at Chateau Du Mer, Boac, Marinduque, Philippines. Have a Great Day!

Front Landscaping of Chateau Du Mer

Mothers Day remind me of an article I wrote five years ago as follows: http://whyretireinthephilippines.blogspot.com/2012/05/happy-mothers-day.html

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Wedding Anniversary Themes and Gifts(Traditional/Modern)


Last Sunday, Macrine and I celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary. I was curious on the theme and traditional/modern gifts for the 60 years anniversary. So I did an Internet Search. I found out from the Hall Mark list, that both traditional and modern gift is the Diamond ( yellow). The list ends at 60 years. However the list from Wikipedia ends at 90 years. Do you know of anyone celebrating or had celebrated a 90 years Wedding Anniversary? I have heard of a couple who had celebrated a 70-years wedding anniversary but not a 90 years.

The following is the list from Hall Mark

1st
Traditional: Paper
Modern: Clocks

2nd
Traditional: Cotton
Modern: China

3rd
Traditional: Leather
Modern: Crystal/Glass

4th
Traditional: Fruit/Flowers
Modern: Appliances

5th
Traditional: Wood
Modern: Silverware

6th
Traditional: Candy/Iron
Modern: Wood

7th
Traditional: Wool/Copper
Modern: Desk Sets

8th
Traditional: Pottery/Bronze
Modern: Linens/Lace

9th
Traditional: Willow/Pottery
Modern: Leather

10th
Traditional: Tin/Aluminum
Modern: Diamond Jewelry

11th
Traditional: Steel
Modern: Fashion Jewelry

12th
Traditional: Silk/Linen
Modern: Pearls

13th
Traditional: Lace
Modern: Textiles


14th
Traditional/Modern: Gold Jewelry

15th
Traditional: Crystal
Modern: Watches

16th
Theme: Coffee/Tea

17th
Theme: Wine/Spirits

18th
Theme: Appliances

19th
Theme: Jade

20th
Traditional: China
Modern: Platinum

21st
Theme: Fire

22nd
Theme: Water

23rd
Theme: Air

24th
Theme: Stone

25th
Traditional: Silver
Modern: Silver

26th
Theme: Art

27th
Theme: Music

28th
Theme: Linens

29th
Theme: Tools

30th
Traditional: Pearl
Modern: Diamond




31st
Theme: Travel/Tourism

32nd
Theme: Bronze

33rd
Theme: Iron

34th
Theme: Food

35th
Traditional: Coral
Modern: Jade

36th
Theme: Antiques

37th
Theme: Books

38th
Theme: Luck

39th
Theme: Laughter

40th
Traditional: Ruby
Modern: Ruby

41st
Theme: Office/Desk

42nd
Theme: Clocks/Watches

43rd
Theme: Entertainment

44th
Theme: Electronics

45th
Traditional: Sapphire
Modern: Sapphire

46th
Theme: Games

47th
Theme: Garden/Plants

48th
Theme: Home Improvement

49th
Theme: Copper

50th
Traditional: Gold
Modern: Gold

51st
Theme: Photos/Cameras

52nd
Theme: Bath/Spa

53rd
Theme: Plastic

54th
Theme: Glass

55th
Theme: Emerald

56th
Theme: Day

57th
Theme: Night

58th
Theme: Faith and Hope

59th
Theme: Charity
Two of the many "60th anniversary" d├ęcor furnished by Dinah at our Diamond Wedding Anniversary last Sunday-Thanks Dinah and Elaine for the beautiful set-up and d├ęcor.

60th
Traditional: Diamond
Modern: Diamond
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List from Wikipedia at the 60th and after to the 90th:


60th
Diamond (yellow)
Diamond

65th
Blue sapphire

70th
Platinum

75th
Diamond, gold

80th
Diamond, pearl

85th
Moonstone
Wine
Diamond, Sapphire

90th
Granite
Diamond, Emerald

Do you know of any couple who had celebrated their 90th Wedding Anniversary?

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