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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, December 23, 2016

Getting Ready for Our Christmas Dinner

Our Entrance Hall Ready to Welcome Guests

This year our family reunion Christmas Dinner is scheduled for Christmas Eve tomorrow at around 3PM. Normally we have this celebration on Christmas Day. However, to accommodate Macrine's niece scheduled party for Christmas day we exchanged days.

Tomorrow Macrine will be using her Fine China and Sterling silver sets. Macrine has two sets of silver. One expensive set is manufactured by Towle Sterling. Our pattern is El Grande and we purchased the 40 pc set in 1964. Our other set is stainless by Oneida very much cheaper than the Towle set. The design is almost identical to the El Grande. It is not easy to differentiate the two sets by just looking. However, the Sterling set is twice as heavy and of course marked.

Macrine also planned to use her Bone and Fine Chinas. We have two sets. One set of 60 is Bone China made in Narumi, Mikasa, Japan and marked Hunter 112. The other set is Fine China by Royal Gallery, Jessica Japan, 9005G.

As we started to polish the silver, I notice Macrine has other fine crystals and china. One of them is a tea pot, a Blue Imari shown in the photo below. The Blue Imari trademark can be seen at the bottom of the tea pot.

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