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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 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!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I want to Go Home Now! It is Hot in Here!

The whole province of Marinduque is now celebrating the Moriones Festival. The weather is hot and humid. So a few minutes ago Macrine gave a sigh of yearning, "I want to Go Home now, it is hot here and I missed my rib-eye steak". I immediately replied that we have less than 3 weeks of snowbirding left and she should be patient. I then ask what she really miss in US. Here's her list.

*Cooking in an air conditioned kitchen

* Our weekly trip to the Casino and Dinner Out

* Our weekly visit from Carenna and Ditas

The food that she misses are rib eye steak, roast beef, beef stroganoff, and Dungeness Crabs.

In my case, I really miss my 24-hr internet availability using my 48" PC personal monitor. I also missed the tender and juicy steak from Raleighs and the Chili Relleno from El Torito. Besides the above, what else will we miss when we fly back to US in three weeks?

I will miss my Garbens, Orchids, Fruit orchard, the gentle sea breezes and the lovely sunset.
I will miss the papayas, chicos, bananas and mangoes
I will miss my daily walk and exercise along the beach and inside the compound.

Here are a few things that we will never miss in Marinduque

The crowing of the roosters as early as 3:00AM

The barking of the pack of dogs in the middle of the night

The crazy and inconsiderate jeepney and tricycle drivers

The dogs,pedestrians, children and chickens crossing the national road without any warning

The electrical power brown outs and lastly

The heat and humidity of the summer months of April and May

But next year we will back to get away from the winter chills of US ( our main reason for snowbirding)


Anonymous said...

It is your lives and you may do anything that pleases you. It is also your money and you have the right to spend on whatever fancies you. But going to the casino weekly seems to be a bit too much. Why don't you go less often, say monthly, quarterly or better yet, never at all.

There are many things in life to do for entertainment outside of casinos, where you don't have to give away your hard earned money for nothing. There are parks, zoos, libraries, museums, shops, volunteer work, hobbies, sports, arts, places to tour, wineries, churches and many others. There are families, friends, social clubs or groups to meet or visit.

Many people are addicted and keep going back to casinos. Most of them are regulars, and think they will hit the elusive jackpot, which will never happen. If it does happen, they will eventually give it all back to the casino.

Have a wonderful spring day.

David Villar

David B Katague said...

Hi David, thank you for your feedback. I agree once a week may be too much, but we have a budget. Once that weekly budget is reached we go home or enjoy the delicious buffet in the casinos. In our younger days, we used to attend concerts, Broadway shows, play bridge, swim clubs, but the place where we are staying is too far for concerts and shows. But the casinos is so convenient and we have friends that come along with us. Have a Good Day!

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