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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!
Friday, May 16, 2014
It's Summertime Here in Northern California
Summer has started this week in Northern California. Yesterday's high was in the mid 90's. Today it is also around 95 F and my central air con unit has started to hum vigorously. This reminded me of last week heat and humidity in Metro Manila. However, because of the low humidity here in the Sacramento area, mid 90's is not as uncomfortable if you stay in the shade. Mid 90's in the Philippines with the high humidity feels like you are in the "Gates of Hell". Mid 90's here in Sacramento is not as bad if you compare it to the mid 90's in Marinduque, Philippines.
The weather experts predicted last week that today should have been a 3-digit temperature day, but so far it is only in the mid-90's which is good for my energy and air conditioning consumption bills. The last couple of days, my son has been cleaning, vacuuming and adding chlorine and algicide to the pool. The water looks as inviting as seen in the photo above.
Going back to my previous experiences of spending summer in the Philippines ( month of April and May specifically): I often wondered how was I able to tolerate such unpleasant climate for 24 years of my life. That whole 24 years of my life I called the Philippines home. However, the next 55 years I am calling the United States home. But as the saying goes Home is not a place but in the Heart. Today my wife and I call Marinduque, HOME for only about 3 months and the US home for the rest of the year.
We spent our Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, Valentines Day and Mothers Day here in the US last year and this year. It was only the Holy Week and Easter Holidays this year that we were in Marinduque. But we love the Philippines and US equally. It is only during the summer season in the Philippines when the heat and humidity makes me swear not to set put on Philippines soil ever again.
I have two favorite photos that I took here in US celebrating Valentine's and Mother's Day as follows:
Miniature Orchid -Mother's day gift of Ditas and Carenna
My 2014 Valentine Gift to Macrine