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!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Time for Some Classical Music-A Piano Trio


Just recently, I enjoyed listening to this Piano Trio with Carlos Avila, Ji-Won Song(the violin) and Christine Lee (cello)both from South Korea. In case you have not heard Carlos is Macrine's nephew. Carlos is the son of Charro, Macrine's youngest sister. Here's the video and Enjoy!



For Carlos short biography and musical accomplishments read: http://www.heifetzinstitute.org/program-2/faculty/2015-collaborative-piano-faculty/carlos-avila/

Comments from a FaceBook Friend: Wow! Suddenly, my music literacy went beyond Elvis and The Platters. I’m not immersed in this kind of music but just listening to it touched my soul. I wish Macrine’s genes spread long and wide for generations.

My Reply: Yes, these are the Nieva genes in action on the Macrine's mother side of the family, I believed. We are really proud of Carlos musical achievements. I hope arrangement for him to give a concert at the Cultural Center of the Philippines will materialized next year.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Ordering Meals on Line via Munchery.com


Last month, I started ordering meals on line through Munchery.com. So far I am very satisfied with the meals that I have ordered. I particularly like their salmon dishes. The meals are delivered cool and ready to heat and so far it has always been on time.

Yesterday, I ordered the Macaroni and Cheese with Lobster a new dish. It was delicious. I have ordered shrimp dishes as well as the Spaghetti with meat balls. My wife enjoyed very much the spaghetti and meat balls dish. I love their shrimp tacos and grilled salmon dishes.

If you are lazy to cook and can not drive to a restaurant, munchery.com is an excellent alternative to enjoy quality meals for a reasonable price. The meals are price from $8 to $12. Their is a delivery charge of $2.95 and an optional tip( $1 to 4) for the driver. If you sign up for membership of $85 per year, you will save from $2 to $4 every time you order.

The following article describes munchery.com that started servicing the Sacramento area last May.

http://www.sacbee.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/bob-shallit/article79901842.html

Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Pangolin in our Living Room



In the early 1970's a closed friend from the Philippines ( now deceased) gave Macrine and I a gift that until now we are still enjoying in our living room. He hand-carried it in the plane and after I received it, I have it enclosed in a glass cage ( plastic glass) as seen in the photo above. At that time I really did not know anything about this stuffed and preserved animal, but my friend said it is an ant and termite eater similar to the armadillo of Texas.

Not too long ago, I was reading an article on Pangolin in Bob Martin Facebook page, thus this posting.



Photo of Pangolin from Bob Martin blog, Live in the Philippines

Here's what Wikipedia says:

Pangolins (also referred to as scaly anteaters or trenggiling) are mammals of the order Pholidota. The one extant family, Manidae, has three genera: Manis, which comprises four species living in Asia, Phataginus, which comprises two species living in Africa, and Smutsia, which comprises two species also living in Africa. These species range in size from 30 to 100 centimetres (12 to 39 in). A number of extinct pangolin species are also known. The name pangolin comes from the Malay word "pengguling", meaning "something that rolls up". It is found in tropical regions throughout Africa and Asia.

Pangolins have large, protective keratin scales covering their skin; they are the only known mammals with this adaptation. They live in hollow trees or burrows, depending on the species. Pangolins are nocturnal, and their diet consists of mainly ants and termites which they capture using their long, specially adapted tongues. They tend to be solitary animals, meeting only to mate and produce a litter of one to three offspring which are raised for about two years.

Pangolins are threatened by hunting (for their meat and armor) and heavy deforestation of their natural habitats, and are the most trafficked mammal in the world. Of the eight species of pangolin, four species (Phataginus tetradactyla, P. tricuspis, Smutsia gigantea, and S. temminckii) are listed as vulnerable, two species (Manis crassicaudata and M. cullonensis) are listed as endangered, and two species (M. pentadactyla and M. javanica) are listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

I hope that the Pangolin in my living room is not a specie that is listed as critically endangered in the IUCN list.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

We Go to the Casinos for Free Dinners as well as Win a Little

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For the last three years, Macrine and I had been enjoying free dinners as well as win a little at our local Indian Casino.

There are two ways of enjoying free dinners here at our local Indian Casino (Thunder Valley-TV).

1. When you joined the Players Club and sign in for a playing card, you get points every time you play. These points accumulate. The points can be redeemed for dining points of for playing points. The more you play the higher will be your reward for dining and playing points. On certain days you get gifts if you play long enough to get 500 points or more on that day. After 5PM playing points are either 2x or 5X during certain months in the promotion.

2. When you check in for the day, certain days at the TV Casino, you get a dining coupon. In the case of Thunder Valley, it is Tuesday and Thursday when you get a dining coupon of buy one and get one free dinner at a certain time during the day. In Thunder Valley it is from 10AM to 4PM when you get this discount. On Wednesday Seniors get as much as 50% discount on meals in Thunder Valley all day. TV have several restaurants catering to all taste and budget.

To minimize your losses and improve your chance of winning in the slots machines, follow the following 8 items:

1. Identify a slot machine that has better odds of winning or a Casino with Higher Pay outs in their Slots.
2. Before playing look at the stats on the machine( only for new slots)
3. Play the minimum that will qualify you for the bonus feature.
4. Watch out for a machine that has been played and did not give the bonus play to the former player.
5. Once you hit the bonus, quit and go to another machine
6. Do not be greedy and expect to win a lot of money
7. If you are not an addict, take a snack, lunch or dinner breaks
8. Last but not least, enjoy the day and stick to your budget.

I have followed the above rules, and glad to report that for the last 3 years my gambling losses had been minimized. As of today, I have not donated money to the Casino and I am even a few dollars on the winning side of the game. Since I play the minimum most of the time, I will never get rich or get addicted, but for sure have a grand time every time Macrine and I visit our local Casino here in Northern California. Remember you will never get rich playing the slot machines, and stick to your budget because the slots machine can be addictive. In addition in order to improve your winning in the Casino, play the card games such as Black Jack( 21) or Poker instead of the one-arm bandits (slots machines).

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Do You Love your Grand Children more than your Children?

My Six Grand Children, 2014. From Left to Right: Carenna, Elaine, Ian, Philip, Alix and Marina.

If you do, you are not alone. You belong to the same company as well as several others that I know-Relative and Friends. A close relative of Macrine appears to love his grand children more than his own children if I based it from his loving narratives on his FaceBook Page. I have also a relative in FB describing his activities and feelings for his grand children showing the same conclusion as above. My neighbor across the street spent so much time and talked more about his grandchildren than his own children.

There is a saying that you love more your grand children than your children because your children are only your CAPITAL but your grand children are already your PROFITS.



If you have several grand children, do you have a favorite? Of course you do, but afraid to say it, because you might hurt the feelings of your other grand children. Speaking of my own grand children, I proud to report that my youngest grand daughter, 13 year-old and 8th grader Carenna KT is now earning a few bucks doing something that she loves. Carenna sings and plays her guitar every week on restaurants, night clubs and bars for about 60 minutes in the neighborhood. She also plays for her friends birthday parties. She charges $50 for about one hour. In addition she get tips from patrons. Last week her MOM told us she got $25 tips besides her normal fee. That's the way to go, my Pangga. Keep up with the good work, but remember put your school work first in priority in your schedule of activities.



With regards to my other grand children: Ian and Elaine Katague King both graduated with their Bachelors Degree last year and this year respectively. Both are looking for permanent jobs in the East Bay, San Francisco or Sacramento areas.

As I mentioned recently, Alix ( Alexandra) Katague is in her senior year at Cornell University. A job is waiting for her when she graduates next year in her field of expertise- computer engineering. Alix older brother Philip Katague graduated last year with his Bachelors degree from UC Santa Cruz. The last time I heard he found a temporary job in Oakland while studying for test for admission to Law school. The youngest daughter of my oldest son ( Diosdado), Marina Katague, is in her second year at Cal Poly Technic University in San Luis Obispo, California.

Incidentally, here in the US, last September 11 was National Grand Parents Day. It was overshadowed in the news by the 15th anniversary of the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Old and Treasured Photos and Newspaper Clippings in my Collection

I was looking at my old pictures and was delighted to see the following: The first two photos I do not remember filing in my collection. The first photo should be of interest to the members of the NIEVA clan. The rest of the photos triggered pleasant memories in my aging brain.

Mama Elena Nieva Jambalos, with Sisters and Brother and Lola Elving( Elvira Sarmiento Nieva).

Front Row: Mama Elena, Lola Elving Sarmiento Nieva, Tita Charing.
Standing: Tita Moning, Tito Will, Tita Ely and Tita Eting.
Not in the Photo: Tita Sanie and Tito Tino. Year Early 1950's ?. In the background is the statue of the Virgin Mary of the Biglang Awa. Location: Boac, Marinduque, Philippines

Mama Elena Children: Macrine Jambalos Katague, Sister Guia Jambalos ( Order of the Cenacle), Bernardo Jambalos III ( Deceased), Fe Jambalos, Edgar Jambalos ( deceased), Jean Maeda and Charro Levine

Tita Charing ( Rosario Carrion) is the mother of Puchi Carrion de Riccio, Bing Seagull and others
Tita Moning ( Monica Luarca) is the mother of Olga Luarca Quiazon, Charie Magalang and others
Tito Will ( Guillermo Nieva) is the father of Rene, Yong, Oski and others


At the Marinduque High School, Mama Elena, the high school principal and later Science Supervisor with some of her teachers. Mama Elena is standing 3rd from the Right. Early 1950's?, Boac, Marinduque, Philippines. Please let me know if you know the names of any one in this photograph.

1952 UPSCAN with Fr Delaney, Dr Vidal Tan and Professor Antonio Molina, My wife ( of 59 years), Macrine Nieva Jambalos is on the second back row, 3rd from the Left. Lyn Minoza, my teacher in Chemistry, Archie del Rosario and Jess Perlas are some of the names I can remember in the above photo. Location: University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

First Thanksgiving Day in the United States, Danville, Illinois in 1960 (Clippings from the local newspaper)

Our Citizenship Party in Modesto, California, 1972 (Newspaper Clippings from the Modesto Bee)

My GS-14 Promotion as Expert on Anti-Malarial and Anti-Parasitic Drug Products, 1993 ( Clippings from the Philippines News)

My Equal Employee Opportunity (EEO) Award from the Food and Drug Administration(FDA) in 1998. This is one of the many awards I have received during my employment with FDA from 1990-2002, in Silver Spring, Maryland

My Brothers and Sisters with our Mother-Paz Balleza Katague, Iloilo, Philippines, 1976. Last month I lost my brother Erico ( First Picture on Back Row from the Right).

Some members of the David B. Katague and Jambalos Clan at the welcome Dinner given by Rene and Genny Nieva at their condo in Eastwood after our 50th wedding anniversary celebration in 2007 and prior to vacationing to Boracay Island, Aklan, Philippines.

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