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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!
Thursday, September 28, 2017
A couple of weeks ago, I described the five luxuries that my wife are enjoying here in the US. Today, I am adding another luxury that I forgot in that blog. The number six luxury is the service of a Gardener. My Gardener does the mowing, trimming and weeding of both our front and back yards twice a month or as in needed basis. I still do the watering and fertilizing. David III still maintains our swimming pool and minor repairs in the house.
Today I am also attaching one of my hubs about Life in the Philippines vs Life in the US from my hubpages.com account just in case you have not read it as follows:
Friday, September 22, 2017
I was reading the FB page of my daughter Ditas yesterday and learned that Carenna who entered 9th grade last month( first year high school) told her that there are Mean Girls in her class. This means verbal bullying to me. I could identify how Carenna felt since I was also bullied when I was in high school.
I wrote my own verbal bullying experience when I was in high school in the 1950's in detail in the first edition of my autobiography. However, a friend suggested I tone it down (the details) since it was too personal. Instead of toning it down, I decided just to omit it in the second edition of my autobiography. Writing it down however was very therapeutic. I have forgotten all about my teenage bullying, until yesterday after reading Ditas FB page.
Here's Ditas Posting: Mean girls in the HISP program at Mclatchy and we thought it would be less likely, but they are everywhere.
The following are some reactions from Ditas FB friends to the above posting:
Honestly after 2016 who is surprised?
They are everywhere, sadly. Hugs
Unfortunately they are everywhere
Contact their counselors. And continue contacting their counselors and admin with each and every incident.
College is just around the corner. Tell her it will get better. Hugs
True. Highschool... barf.... college.... so awesome!
Ditas Katague: I know right! my 35th High school reunion is next Saturday and I thought about going but after witnessing Carenna's torment this week, I have PTSD from my high school traumas. And those that caused it, I have no desire to come in contact with.
It's just preparing her for the workforce 😱
Success is the best revenge.
Ditas it's high school ... mean girls are what help us grow into fierce woman and smoke them all! Tell her to hang in there it gets better!
So, how common is teenage bullying in the US?
According to statistics from Family First Aid, about 30 percent of teenagers in the U.S. have been involved in bullying, either as a bully or as a victim of teenage bullying. Data suggests that teenage bullying is more common among younger teens than it is among older teens. However, it may be that young teens are more prone to physical bullying, which is easier to identify, and that older teens are more sophisticated in methods of bullying that are not always exactly identified as such.
Physical bullying is more common among boys, and teenage girls often favor verbal and emotional bullying. Indeed, while boys report that they are more likely to be involved in physical altercations, girls report that they are often the targets of nasty rumors – especially involving sexual gossip. Additionally, girls are more likely to use exclusion as a teenage bullying technique than boys are.
For details on teenage bullying read the following:
Related News about Verbal Bullying:
Today's news highlights the verbal bullying of Trump and Kim Jong Un:
Trump calls KIM, Rocket Man as well as “unfit,” “rogue” and “gangster”. Kim bullied back and call Trump― a mentally unbalance “dotard,” .
So what is a dotard: According to Merriam-Webster, a “dotard” is a “person in his or her dotage,” with “dotage” further defined as “a state or period of senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness.”
Freelance journalist Jihye Lee said the original statement in Korean used a term better translated as “old beast lunatic,” but it became “dotard” in the English version released by North Korea.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Last week, Macrine swam in our pool for the first time since 2013 when she was diagnosed with Parkinson's. As part of her physical therapy her neurologist encourage her to swim and play the piano-the two activities she loves before her PD diagnosis. Yesterday, I purchased her a new suit from Macy-A Calvin Klein. When she tried it this morning she was so excited as shown the following photos and video.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Yesterday, I received a call from a guy pretending to be my oldest grandson. His voice sounds like Ian and I listened to him for about 5 minutes. He was asking me for bail money. He said he is in the downtown jail. Here's our phone conversation I as I remember it:
Caller: Hi Grandpa?
Me: Who is this?
Caller: Your oldest grandson.
Me: Glad to hear from you. Where are you know? Are you still in Roseville. ( I thought he was calling me for a short visit), to see us. He did not response where he is calling from.
Caller: I do not like calling you but I need help right now. I am in trouble. ( He described in detail how someone framed him by putting drugs in his car. The police arrested him and he needs some bail money.)
Me: Where are you now ?.
Caller: I am in jail downtown ( did not specify if it is Sacramento).
Me: I can not drive to downtown, because no one will baby sit for your Grandma.
Caller: You do not have to go downtown just talk to my lawyer( at this time I was really getting suspicious). The caller pleaded that I do not hang up the phone as he was trying to connect me to his lawyer.
However, I did hanged up the phone. A few minutes later, the phone rang again, but I did not answer it.
Note: This morning I sent a message to Ian's Mom and inquire if Ian is OK.
Monday, September 11, 2017
WE WILL NOT FORGET: The following hub is my contribution of the day when the world trembled. Today is the 16th anniversary of that heinous crime committed by terrorist to the USA. Here's my hub in case you have not read it.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
One of My favorite TV series besides Games Of Thrones, Outlander, Season 3 premiered today. I just finished watching Episode 1 and I really enjoyed this TV historical romantic drama. It is an excellent example of a time-travel drama. I am looking forward for the next 12 episodes. In case you have not seen Season 1 and 2 of this TV seies, here's a summary from Wikipedia.
Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Developed by Ronald D. Moore and produced by Sony Pictures Television and Left Bank Pictures for Starz, the show premiered on August 9, 2014. It stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, a married World War II nurse who in 1945 finds herself transported back to the Scotland of 1743, where she encounters the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and becomes embroiled in the Jacobite risings.
The second season of 13 episodes, based on Dragonfly in Amber, premiered on April 9, 2016. On June 1, 2016, Starz renewed the series for a third and fourth season, which will adapt the third and fourth Outlander novels, Voyager and Drums of Autumn. The 13-episode third season is scheduled to premiere on September 10, 2017.
For more pictures and details of Outlander, Season 3 read the following:
Friday, September 8, 2017
Macrine started using Shiseido cosmetics in 1960. At that time I was still studying for my doctorate degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Illinois in Chicago. We were poor but on her birthday that year, I decided to give her a Shiseido moisturizing cream and lipstick.
Since that time she is hooked to Shiseido products( cream, foundation, lipstick, perfume/cologne etc.) and is still using Shiseido cosmetics as of today. Her love for Shiseido cosmetics is one of the five luxuries in our life in the US that I described in my blog just recently. I call this love for Shiseido cosmetics one her addiction or obsession in life besides her cigarettes.
Also today, after my Internet search on Shiseido, I learned that they have cosmetics also for Men. Luckily for our budget I have not learned how to use these men products. In addition I learned also that Shiseido manufactured the most expensive cream in the world as posted in the following article:
Shiseido: World's Most Expensive Cream? June 19, 2012,By AKIKO FUJITA
Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido introduced a limited-edition face cream priced at nearly $13,300 to mark its 140th anniversary, an eye-popping sum even in a country known for its high-priced cosmetics.
They called on French designer Olivier Severe, who handcrafted jars using 30 layers of crystal, and three platinum rings.
Just three jars are set to go on sale at Shiseido's flagship store in the glitzy Ginza district in September, but the cosmetics company is offering a more "reasonably priced" version of the product, at just over $1,000 for a limited time.
"When La Crème was first introduced, only women with well-paying jobs would buy our products," Nagai said. "These days, women in their 20s and 30s buy them. Even if they can't afford the whole line, they want the cream."
Here's a short paragraph about Shiseido from Wikipedia.
Shiseido Company, Limited (株式会社資生堂 Kabushiki-gaisha Shiseidō, Japanese: [ɕiseeꜜdoː]) is a Japanese multinational personal care company, that is a skin care, hair care, cosmetics and fragrance producer. It is one of the oldest cosmetics companies in the world. Founded in 1872, it celebrated its 140th anniversary in 2012. It is the largest cosmetic firm in Japan and the fifth largest cosmetics company in the world. Shiseido is only available at cosmetic counters at selected department stores or pharmacists. The company owns numerous brands and subsidiaries worldwide, in addition to its founding label. The company trades on the Tokyo stock exchange, and it is a chief competitor of SK-II.
Friday, September 1, 2017
I can not believe this. Yesterday, she wanted me to drive her to the Motor's Vehicle Office, so she can renew her driver license. Today she wanted to swim. I can not find her bathing suit, but here are three videos I took this morning. In a couple of hours she will need her medication. Thank you Lord!