Welcome to My Site

If this is your first visit, welcome! This site is devoted to my life experiences as a Filipino-American who immigrated from the Philippines to the United States in 1960. I came to the US as a graduate student when I was 26 years old. I am now in my late-70's and thanks God for his blessings, I have four successful and professional children and six grandchildren here in the US. My wife and I had been enjoying the snow bird lifestyle between US and Philippines after my retirement from USFDA in 2002. Please do not forget to read the latest national and International News in this site . I have also posted some of my favorite Filipino and American dishes and recipes in this site. Some of the photos and videos in this site, I do not own. However, I have no intention on infringing on your copyrights. Cheers!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Senior's Alphabet- K is for Kidney Stones

I found this on the web from an anonymous source. If you are a senior citizen, like me, I am sure you can identify with most of the alphabets. If you are not, your time will come. You can not stop the aging process, but you could slow it down by exercise ( both mind and body), less stress, good food, good friends and a loving family and relatives.

Seniors' Alphabet

A for arthritis, B for bad back,
C is for chest pains. Perhaps cardiac?

D is for dental decay and decline,
E is for eyesight--can't read that top line.

F is for fissures and fluid retention,
G is for gas (which I'd rather not mention.)

H is for high blood pressure (I'd rather have low,)
I for incisions with scars you can show.

J is for joints, that now fail to flex,
L for libido--what happened to sex?

Wait! I forgot about K!
K is for my knees that crack when they're bent,
(Please forgive me, my Memory ain't worth a cent.)

N for neurosis, pinched nerves and stiff neck,
0 is for osteo- and all bones that crack.

P for prescriptions, I have quite a few.
Give me another pill; I'll be good as new!

Q is for queasiness. Fatal or flu?
R is for reflux--one meal turns into two

S is for sleepless nights, counting my fears,
T for tinnitus--! hear bells in my ears.

U is for urinary: difficulties with flow,
V is for vertigo, that's "dizzy", you know.

W is worry, now what's going 'round?
X is for X ray--and what might be found.

Y for another year I've left behind,
Z is for zest that I still have my mind.

How many of the alphabets, can you relate to? I can relate to a few letters and just recently K for Kidney stones. I will be scheduled in a couple of weeks for an ESWL procedure. ESWL is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy. Look it up in the Web if you are curious. It is a non-invasive procedure to break up the kidnet stones so it can paas thru the process of urination. This is the short explanation from my urologist when I visited him the other day- a follow up of my energency room trip to the hospital a month ago.

Note that A and P for Alzheimers and Parkinson Diseases are most popular but unwelccome alphabets for senior citizens all over the world.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Reading Between the Lines

Reading between the lines is to try to understand someone's real feelings or intentions from what they say or write-From Cambridge Dictionary of Idioms

Are you good in reading between the lines. Test your prowess by reading examples of rantings and writings from four of my FB friends and relatives. At the end of its writings will you be able to tell the age group, gender affinity, status and livelihood in life and perhaps the personality of the writer?. I will give the answers in my next blog if there are any responders.

FB Friend #1

Today same sex marriage is now legal in the 50 US States: Here is his comment “ I am proud to be an American today. Hey Dudes in FB are you willing to marry me? I am young and handsome!

Is this person a closet gay? How old is this person? Can you guess in what field is his current livelihood? Any guess on his personality?

FB Friend #2

How Still is Today. So peacefully quiet. How quietly all things fall into place. Today I understand the lesson that in You, there is no need that I do anything. In You, is every choice already made. In You, has every conflict been resolved. In You, is every thing I found already given me. TODAY...my heart is quite and my mind is at peace. Your love is certain and You love is mine. "Here in me is this whole world forgotten. No memory of the past, of sin, or illusion lingers on. Here in me is this resting place...so still... nothing but the hymn of heaven rises up to gladden God and his Son. Here where they both abide, they are remembered. Here where they are...is heaven and everlasting peace."
What age group in this person? Male or Female? Cleric or Mystic? Personality? Introvert or Extrovert?Educational Level? Field of Livelihood?

FB Friend #3:

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom" ?-- Anais nin.
I have begun another phase of my growth. Going thru my closets and finding beautiful suits ranging from size 12-16, shoes size 8-9 and accessories that I am letting go. This Sunday 4 pm at my house, girlfriends are invited to come for wine, tea, snacks and partake in a clothing reincarnation gathering. If you have stuff you want to let go of bring it, no ...need to bring anything though. My friend (and declutterer/organizer extraordinaire) D L explained to me why she loves helping her clients - after a session, you are literally making space for who you are now presently and who you are growing to be. Letting go of who you were yesterday and the clothing that defined you. I am shedding my protective cocoon and emerging with my heart tremendously open to letting in the deep love we all so very much deserve.
Age Group? Personality? Educational Level? Marital Status? Field of Livelihood?

FB Friend #4

New Year! It is never really safe to say it because it usually always ends up in complete failure of being what we hope it to be. Take a look at years way back in your life they were happier. Every year we all tell ourselves it is going to be a better year and the truth comes out eventually that yet again we all become lied to. We are all in such denial and living a complete lie. Life is a complete lie and we are constantly pretending that everything is fine and p...erfect when it isn't. Every year things are getting worse not better. The good times have been gone forever such a very long time ago. I haven't seen a truly good happy new year since the 20th Century. The happiest times are your childhood and when we were all young and innocent. Everything is not getting better we are all not even getting any younger. Once we are born then we live and somehow survive and hang on until we all die. Even now we are all not really living life just surviving and living a lie of false hope and superficial reality.
Age Group? Mental Status? Field of Livelihood? Educational Level? Male or Female? Gender Affinity?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Carenna Did It Again!

For sixth years in a row, My 12-year old grand daughter Carenna Katague Thompson won three awards for her photographs. She won 1st, 2nd and 3rd places of the four photos ( see above) that she submitted and was accepted by the California State Fair Youth Art Competition at CalExpo, this year. You are all invited to see her work from July 10 to 26 at the CalExpo Grounds, Sacramento. Hope to see you there.

From Her Adoring LOLO and LOLA, Dave and Macrine Katague

Monday, June 22, 2015

Selling Our Time Share at the Ridge Tahoe, Nevada

Macrine and I finally decided to sell our timeshare at the Ridge in Tahoe, Nevada. For the last three years, we have not been able to use it, so we just rent it. Renting gives me a little income but not enough to pay for the annual fees of $1000. This maintenance fees goes higher every year. My children are not interested in it.

My first action was to read all about reselling your timeshare. There are several scams and companies who are in this business. The following video summarizes the pitfalls of sellers of timeshare whose value has gone down to almost zero and if you are lucky you may be able to sell it for at least 1% of the original price of your purchase. Never pay an upfront fee is what I learned from my readings in the Internet

The second thing I did was to talk to the Ridge and inquire what I have to do to sell my time share. I was told I have to list it with them and wait from 12 to 15 months for a buyer. The money I will received will be only $675 net. I was expecting more value, but I have no choice. We purchased the time share 20 years ago for $15,000 which has been fully paid ten years ago. The maintenance fee started at $100 annually.

The Ridge Representative, informed me I could try selling it myself, but I must be aware of SCAMS. She told me never pay an upfront fee to anyone who promised to sell your timeshare for more than it is worth.

Our time share is a 2-bedroom with lock out. It can accommodate from 6 to 8. It is in the Plaza 2 unit of the Ridge at Tahoe, in the State of Nevada. The website of the Ridge is www.ridgetahoeresort.com (see photo above).

If you are interested, I will entertain any offers greater than $675.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

A Milestone in My Blogging Activities on Father's Day

Today is Father's Day here in the US. I attained my goal of writting 1000 original articles as well as sharing more than 400 articles in my blogs. In addition, I have written 32 hubs in my Hubpages Writer's Account. I have ten blogs but five are the most widely read with readers and page views ranging from 50 to 100 visits per day.

I have written on all subjects except on sex, politics and religion. I stay away from controversial topics although I had written articles on the political fiasco and corruption in my Island province of Marinduque and in the Philippines. I have also written articles on the subject of bisexuality and homosexuality as portrayed in Philippines TV dramas in the show, My Husband's Lover.

My most viewed blog is the Oblation Run, the annual event during the month of December at the various campuses of the University of the Philippines. Here are my five most popular blogs with the number of visits( page views) as of this writng date.

1.http://marinduqueawaitsyou.blogspot.com (415,093)
2.http://lifeinus1960present.blogspot.com (376,969)
3.http://theintellectualmigrant.blogspot.com (306,509)
4.http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com (47,142)
5.http://chateaudumer.blogspot.com ( 141,309)

To all my readers: Thank you for your support. I hope you continue reading my blogs and make comments. Both positive and negative comments ( for improvement) will be published. Please read my previous article in how Blogging has saved my life( January 4, 2014).

Last but not least Happy Father's Day to all the DAD's, Papas and Father's of the World.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

You Don't Have to be Young and Skinny to Dance the Tango

It is time to dance the tango again this summer. The following video shows that even the old and not too sexy man can dance the tango.
Dancing with my 2 daughters during our 25th Wedding Anniversary in Pinole, California

Tango Music and dance reminds me of my teenagers years in Iloilo, Philippines in the early 1950's. My late father was a good dancer and he taught me how to dance the Tango- The old style Tango, not the Argentine Tango shown in this video. So if you like dance and music, this video( and related vidoes in the set) is a must view for you. Enjoy!
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