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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 as well as clicking on my ads below. 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!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Are You a Believer of Feng Shui? Is it Art or Science?

Our beach house with the Japanese bridge as the focal point in the landscaping design of the property. The bridge was my own design.

One week ago, I was viewing pictures in Facebook from a relative friend showing pictures of a hotel lobby and the living room of a house being redecorated by his well-known interior decorator spouse. I commented and asked him, if his wife incorporates the principles of feng shui in the rearrangement of furniture as well as coordination of colors scheme in her design and renovation projects. I have not received an answer, but those pictures in FB reminded me of my previous posting in my blogs. I titled it "Is Feng Shui a Science or Art". It was posted on the last week of December, 2012.

Please note that I am not a famous interior decorator or a landscape architect, but I have been practicing feng shui principles in my adult life in the decoration of our homes, beach house and gardens both here in US and in the Philippines.

In my younger days, I used to be an enthusiast of the practice of Feng shui. I have read several books on the subject. The practice is very interesting and to me it is all common sense. So what is Feng Shui?

Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.

Feng means wind and shui means water. In Chinese culture wind and water are associated with good health, thus good feng shui came to mean good fortune, while bad feng shui means bad luck, or misfortune.

Historically, feng shui was widely used to orient buildings—often spiritually significant structures such as tombs, but also dwellings and other structures—in an auspicious manner. Depending on the particular style of feng shui being used, an auspicious site could be determined by reference to local features such as bodies of water, stars, or a compass. Feng shui was suppressed in China during the cultural revolution in the 1960s, but since then has increased in popularity.

Modern reactions to feng shui are mixed. The Skeptic Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience states that some principles of feng shui are "quite rational", while noting that "folk remedies and superstitions, that have been incorporated into feng shui's eclectic mix" borders to a pseudo science.

I have applied the principle of Feng shui in the arrangement of furniture in our house, color scheme in the room decor of our retirement home, the location of the front door of buildings in the Philippines and also the landscaping and orientation of trees and plants in my garden. I have not become a very rich person due to my practice of feng shui, but I do enjoy practicing the art of feng shui in all facets of my life.

Try Feng shui and you will feel better, happy and who knows you might win in the lottery and become very rich in the near future. As New Year approaches, this is a good time to start new and fresh and have fun in your Feng shui practices.

Here's a short video on the rearranging furniture with the basics of Feng shui!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

2003: Kauai Vacation and Macrine's 67th Birthday

One Week in Kauai-the Garden Isle and Land of Bali Hai~

Vacation to Kauai with Carenna, Ditas and Nick



Visit to the Forbidden Isle

Macrine 67th Birthday Party Celebration in Boac, Marinduque

More BD Party Photos






Two Sunset photos from the balcony of the beach house

Bonding time with Yong and Rene Nieva and family. Yong and Rene are Macrine first cousins

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I was a Good Samaritan, Yesterday-What Do You Know about Shingles?


I was a good neighbor yesterday. The other day I wrote about a neighbor who do not use a credit card by choice. Today's posting is another incident about another neighbor who also lives alone, also a widow and do not drive. This neighbor usually request her son who lives about 10 miles away to do errands for her. However, yesterday her son was not available, so she called me if I could drive her to the doctor about a mile from our house. She said she normally walks to the doctor's office but the last three days she had back pain and have a hard time walking. Luckily when she called, my son was off from work so I could leave my wife( Macrine) on his watchful eyes while I drove the neighbor to the doctor's office. For those of you who are just reading my blogs for the first time, Macrine my wife of 57 years had been diagnosed with Parkinson Disease about one year ago. She can not be left alone for a long time, because of danger of falling.

My neighbor's appointment was at 9:45AM. We left the house at 9:30AM. By 10:15 AM we were out of the doctor's office. Her diagnosis was shingles. She was prescribed anti-viral tablets. She has to take 5 tablets per day. From the doctor's office, I drove her to CVS, our neighborhood pharmacy. We waited for her prescription for another 15 minutes. By 11:10 AM, I was home, plenty of time to prepare for Macrine's lunch and relieve my son as the sitter. My son leaves for work at 1:00PM

The event above made me curious about shingles. I did some Internet search and here's what I learned about this disease.

Shingles is caused by the chickenpox virus. Once you have chickenpox, the virus remains in your nervous system. If your immune system weakens, the virus can reemerge as Shingles. As you age your immune system naturally becomes weaker. And we know that adults are at an increased risk for Shingles. Here's a more detail discussion of shingles from www.zostavax.com

The shingles rash can last up to 30 days, and for most the pain lessens as the rash heals. But some people who develop Shingles experience long-term nerve pain that can last for months, even years.

Most people recover from the nerve pain of Shingles as the rash heals. But one in five people who develop Shingles will experience postherpetic neuralgia, or PHN–nerve pain that can develop even after the rash heals, which can range from mild to severe and debilitating. This nerve pain can last from a few months to several years.

Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. However, the virus that causes shingles, the varicella zoster virus, can be spread from a person with active shingles to another person who has never had chickenpox. In such cases, the person exposed to the virus might develop chickenpox, but they would not develop shingles.

The virus is spread through direct contact with the fluids from the rash blisters caused by shingles.

A person with active shingles can spread the virus when the rash is in the blister-phase. A person is not infectious before the blisters appear. Once the rash has developed crusts, the person is no longer contagious.

Shingles is less contagious than chickenpox and the risk of a person with shingles spreading the virus is low if the rash is covered.

I deliver my neighbor safely to her house after 11AM and wish her well. Hopefully her shingles will not cause her long term nerve pain. I feel good helping a neighbor and be a Good Samaritan yesterday. How about you? Have you been a Good Samaritan? I Like to hear of your story! Have a Great Day or Night my dear readers all over the world!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

2002: Photo Trip Down Memory Lane-My FDA Retirement

My FDA Retirement Party, October, 2002

More Retirement Party Picture

More Retirement Party Celebration

Paradise Valley Resort, Cabugao,Gasan, MRQ

Dr Shetty testimony of my supervisory and leadership style ( second paragraph). Dr Vithal Shetty is one of the five Review Chemists that I supervise as Chemistry Team Leader prior to my retirement from US FDA.

David III Putong Ceremonies, 2002

At the Moriones Festival, Holy Week, 2002

Releasing live butterflies during a Party-signifies life, hope and good luck-a Marinduque Tradition

Our pet dog Sock and pet pig for the Lechon of the future

Balanacan Sea Port, Mogpog, Marinduque

David III and my trips to Baguio and Tagaytay

Getting Ready to Return to the Main House after a whole day at the Beach House just relaxing and enjoying the sound of the waves

Monday, July 28, 2014

Living in the US without a Credit Card


Can you live in the US without a credit card? Yes you can, although you may not be able to travel via air or stay in hotels, but it is possible and perhaps inconvenient at times. According to a recent business report from 20 to 25 million residents
in the US have no credit cards. There are two types of non-credit cards holders, by choice and those who can not have a card due to poor credit, immigration status and other reasons.

My next door neighbor is a non-credit card holder by choice. She is a widow who lives in a debt-free house and pays everything in cash. She does not believe in credit cards because she wants to be debt free. Even her major purchases are paid in cash. She does not travel via airplane or stay in hotels, but drives to places within 3 to 4 hours and even pay for gas in cash. She has never used the computer or learned how to e-mail and has never heard of Facebook or Twitter. Unbelievable but true.

According to money.msn.com living without a credit card means you'll need to do a bit more financial planning than those who put everything on plastic. Every time you leave the house, you need to have an idea of how much you'll spend so you can make sure you have enough cash in your pocket.

If you have a debit card, there must a sufficient balance on your prepaid card or enough money in your bank account to cover your debit card purchases without incurring overdraft fees. This extra planning takes a bit more time and can be inconvenient. You may not be able to make purchases when it is most convenient

In my case, I only maintained one credit card and pay the balance every month so I do not have to pay the exorbitant interest that most credit cards charged to their customer. My credit card has a mileage reward or gift program redemption. For every dollar I charged I get one mile for air travel or a point for a gift redemption.

Today if you need to have a credit card comparecards.com has listed the following to be the best and most popular credit card this year. Please compare first before signing to save money.

1.Citi Simplicity® Visa Card

2 Citi® Diamond Preferred® Card

3. BankAmericard Cash Rewards™ Credit Card

4. Chase Slate®

5. Discover it®

6. Chase Freedom®

The important fact is to budget and pay your credit card balance in full every month if at all possible.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

2001: Photo Trip Down Memory Lane-MI Inc Medical Mission of Love

Lunch at the Dusit Hotel, Makati with Relatives, also celebrating our 44th Wedding Anniversary, 2001

MI,Inc. Medical Mission Dinner



Medical Mission Putong Ceremony

Medical Mission, Buenavista

Medical Mission, Gasan

Medical Instruments Donation

MI,Inc Meeting in Toronto, Canada

Welcome Picnic

Dinner Dance

More Dinner Dance Photos

Trip to Boracay Island Resort

Trip to Villa Escudero, San Pablo, Laguna

New Years Eve Party, Downtown Sacramento
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