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 early-80'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!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

My Collection of Wood Carvings and Crafts from the Philippines

Besides my small collection of marble products from Romblon, Philippines, I have also a small collection of wood carvings from the Philippines. The following are some of my wood carvings collection.
These are a few of my treasured wood carvings collection from the Philippines
Last Supper we purchased in Baguio in 1992
A good d├ęcor by the fire place in our Family Room

Sample of wooden Handicrafts from the Philippines- I have several wooden bowls and trays in my collection.

Man in a Barrel. I have purchased a number of them for gag gifts. Appreciated by most recipients.

Two photos from: http://www.manilatrade.com/philippine-wood-carving-and-exporting/ in Paete, Laguna-wood carving capital of the Philippines

Thursday, February 23, 2017

My Marble Products Collection from Romblon, Philippines

Some of my marble collections here in US

If you are not a Filipino or had no Philippine connections, you probably have not heard of Romblon, Philippines. Romblon is the marble capital of the Philippines. It is a province that have touched my childhood years. I have written a chapter ( Chapter 2) in my autobiography about Romblon (http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2011/12/chapter-2-memories-of-romblon-1945.html) for your additional information.

Close-up of marble bench from Romblon
My Marble bench and table at Chateau Du Mer in Amoingon, Boac, Marinduque, Philippines ( I have 2 benches and 3 tables in the beach house)

Not all products in this photo are in my collection. I have a mortar and pestle set, 4 ash trays, 3 vases and a dozen eggs.

This is my marble lamp and square marble side table in the beach house in Amoingon, Boac, Philippines

Marble eggs and marble dildo ash trays are popular products and gift items

My Marble Lamp and 8 marble eggs in an ash tray in Fair Oaks

An example of marble erotica, a dildo ash tray in my collection.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Pleasant Memories from Some of My Old Photos

Photo taken during the Marinduque Association of Northern California (MANC) Party, San Francisco, 1988 (http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2011/12/life-after-retirement-david-e.html)

A memorable photo after my high school graduation with Manuel Villa, Dolores Legislador, Nimfa Barrido and another friend (sorry I forgot your name), Iloilo City, 1951(http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2014/12/where-heck-is-barotac-viejo-iloilo.html)

Photos from friends in the Mens South Dorm and UPSCANs (Narenhans), 1954 (http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/search?q=college+years)

Macrine and Mom-Elena Nieva Jambalos in front of Univ Of Illinois Staff Apartment, Chicago, 1962 (http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2011/12/chapter-7-life-in-chicago-illinois-and.html)

Our visit to the Cenacle convent in Warrenville, Illinois in 1963 ( With Sisters Guia Jambalos and Tessie Soriano (RIP). (http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2016/10/sisters-of-cenacle-in-asia-and-donald.html)

Macrine Graduation for her BS Nursing Degree, 3256 Ramona St.,Pinole, CA 1980 (http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2011/12/pinole-california-years-1990-2002.html)

Kona Village Vacation, Hawaii in 1979 (http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/search?q=hawaii)

Some of My FDA Awards and Recognitions, 1998 (http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/search?q=fda+years)

Macrine and I, Hamilton Heights Country Club, Gladstone, Missouri, 1967 (http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/search?q=kansas+City%2C+Missouri)

Auring Aro, Virgie Aguilar and Me at the University of Illinois Cafeteria, 1961 (http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2014/05/autobiography-update-dedication-and.html)

Visit at Jesse Santos Residence in Ceres, CA, 1974 (http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/search?q=jesse+santos)

Foreign Students in the Chicago Area Visiting Sterling Illinois, 1960 (http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/search?q=chicago%2C+Illinois)

Monday, February 20, 2017

My First Industrial Job was for Chemagro Corporation in 1964

Group Photo of the Research Department in 1964. I was #36 in the group photo.

My first industrial job after finishing my Ph.D from the University of Illinois was for Chemagro Corp in Kansas City, Missouri. My title was Chemist in the methods Development group( Biochemistry) headed by Dr. Charles Anderson ( Chuck). My primary duty was to develop methods for the detection of pesticides residues in plant and animal tissues. My work for five years( 1964-1969) resulted in several publications on the subject of analytical methods for pesticide residues in a couple of scientific journals. I enjoyed my first job very much because of my fellow employees and my supervisor, Dr Anderson.

Chemagro sponsored me for my permanent resident visa from a student visa. Looking at the group photo above, I now realized I was the first Filipino scientist hired by the company. There were 40 employees in the research Department mostly white men. There were only six women and no black scientist in our department. I was very proud to be the only Asian hired by the company for several years. As a matter of fact my photo with two other white chemists was published in the Kansas City Star as an advertising for the company.
Photo Taken in 1967

Here's the latest information about Chemagro from the Internet: Chemagro is now called Bayer CropScience, LP.

The Bayer Crop Science site is located on about 236 acres at 8400 Hawthorne Road in North Kansas City, Missouri, approximately 1.5 miles south of the confluence of the Missouri and Blue rivers. The facility occupies about 150 acres of the site and is protected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ East Bottom Flood Levee. The remaining property is undeveloped land lying outside the Levee (river side of the Levee).

Before 1956, the property was farmland. In 1956, the facility opened as an agricultural chemical manufacturing facility, known as Chemagro, which became a wholly owned subsidiary of Bayer A.G. in 1967. In 1971, the facility came under control of the Mobay Chemical Corp. as a result of the merger and restructuring of various U.S. businesses affiliated with Bayer A.G. Over the years the facility formulated and produced numerous insecticides, fungicides and herbicides for agricultural use, including guthion (azinphosmethyl), disulfoton (Disyston), fenthion (Baytex), demeton (Systox), coumaphos (Baymix) and Meta-Systox-R.

A variety of hazardous wastes were produced as part of the facility operations. From 1959 to 1973, approximately 7,450 tons of material was land disposed in three areas at the facility where trenches were reportedly dug. This material consisted of about 6,902 tons of Filter Aid (a semi-solid paste that remains after pesticide recovery), 16 tons of ethyl phosphoro-triesters with toluene, 500 tons of methyl phosphoro-triesters with naphthol spirit and 30 tons of DEF water treatment residue (polyphosphates of tri-n-butyl thioester phosphates). After the final placement of these materials, the areas were covered with a layer of dirt and then gravel or grass.

Since 1979, the facility has operated two hazardous waste container storage areas in the south-central part of the facility, with a combined capacity of 12,375 gallons; four 27,000-gallon hazardous waste storage tanks and one hazardous waste incinerator. In January 1992, the facility name changed to Miles Inc., and in April 1995 the name changed to Bayer Corp., Agricultural Division. These were not changes in ownership or operating responsibility, but changes in company name only. In 2002, Bayer CropScience LP assumed ownership of the site.

On Aug. 10, 2015, the department approved Bayer’s Class 2 Permit Modification request, allowing Bayer to, among other things, add a new 24,000-gallon capacity permitted hazardous waste storage tank and to increase the secondary containment capacity of container Storage Pad No. 2 in order to store larger-sized containers. Bayer continues to produce and package insecticides, seed treatments, herbicides and fungicides for crop protection. Bayer stores and incinerates hazardous waste created during the on-site production processes and hazardous waste from Bayer’s satellite and sister facilities and Bayer-contracted formulators.

This facility is not a commercial waste management facility, since the wastes are limited to Bayer or Bayer contractor produced wastes. Bayer also arranges for off-site treatment and disposal of waste that can not be treated in the incinerator.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Firefall at the Yosemite National Park

Firefall at Yosemite National Park-only on mid to late February at sunset and only for 10 minutes if waterfall conditions are right.

Have you ever seen a waterfall on fire? I have not except on pictures as posted in this blog. It is a rare event, since it occurs only on mid to late February at sunset if the temperature and water conditions are right and usually last only for 10 minutes. The following video will illustrate it all.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

We could have been Millionaires if we took Risks in our Investments

Our Retirement Home, Boac, Marinduque, Philippines

I have been retired from the US Federal Government since 2002. Looking back on my participation to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) back in the mid 1990's, I know I could have been a Millionaire, If I risked my savings into the more risky C fund ( stocks). At that time there were only three options to invest -The G, F and C Funds. I was putting 5% of my salary and the Government was matching it ( 6%). At that time I invested 1/3 of my savings to each G, F and C Funds because I was not risky enough to invest 100% to the C fund (stocks).

I have a fellow worker who put all his savings in the C fund. When he retired in 2002 he had almost a savings closed to 1 million, while mine was not even half of his savings. However, I did not regret since I did not have sleepless nights following the ups and downs of the stock market during those years. For more details on the TSP Savings Plan read:


Macrine and I had another chance during our younger years to become millionaires if were risky in our investments. About 3 decades ago when the condominium market was just starting in Makati, Manila, Macrine's cousin invited us to buy condos ( 50-50 joint venture) with him in Makati. We seriously considered it. However, at that time we were not sure of our retirement plans and we did not invest with him. Macrine's cousin is now a millionaire because of his investment in the condo market in Makati and Manila suburbs.
The front of our Beach House-Chateau Du Mer in Marinduque

Today, although we are not millionaires we are very happy. I invested the money I inherited from my Parents ( Iloilo) and my TSP savings building our retirement home and beach house we called Chateau Du Mer in Amoingon, Boac, Marinduque, Philippines.

For more details about our beach house and retirement home in the Philippines, visit http://chateaudumer.blogspot.com

Lesson: Money will not buy you happiness, but it makes life easier in your retirement years!
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