Marinduque Mainland from Tres Reyes Islands

Marinduque Mainland from Tres Reyes Islands
View of Marinduque Mainland from Tres Reyes Islands-Click on photo to link to Chateau Du Mer


If this is your first time in this site, welcome. It has been my dream that my province, Marinduque, Philippines becomes a world tourist destination not only during Easter Week but also whole year round. You can help me achieve my dream by telling your friends about this site. The photo above is your own private beach at The Chateau Du Mer Beach Resort. The sand is not as white as Boracay, but it is only a few steps from your front yard and away from the mayhem and crowds of Boracay. Please do not forget to read the latest national, international, and technology news in this site . I have posted some of my favorite Filipino and American dishes and recipes on this site also. Some of the photos and videos on this site, I do not own. However, I have no intention on infringement of your copyrights. Cheers!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Time for the Joke of the Month

Are you getting depressed reading and watching the political news about the Philippines and the Clinton and Trump Fiasco? If you are one of the many that NEEDS A RESPITE from all these shenanigans, please read the following joke. Smile!

I found this joke from the timeline status of a Facebook friend titled "In Mourning". I am retitling it as My Deepest Condolences. My friend said there is no copyright and I am free to share to all my blog readers.

"Anna had lost her husband almost four years ago. Her daughter was constantly calling her and urging her to get back into the dating world. Finally, Anna said she'd go out, but didn't know anyone. Her daughter immediately replied, Mom I have someone for you to meet."

Well, it was an immediate hit. They took to one another and after dating for six weeks, he asked her to join him for a weekend in Spain. Their first night there, she undressed as he did. There she stood nude, except for a pair of black lacy panties. He in his birthday suit.

Looking her over, he asked, "Why the black panties?" she replied: "My breasts you can fondle, my body is yours to explore, But down there I am still mourning."

He knew he was not getting lucky that night. The following night was the same. She stood there wearing the black lacy panties, And he was in his birthday suit, but now he was wearing a black condom.

She looked at him and asked: "What's with the black condom?" He replied,"I want to offer my deepest condolences."

I hope this will brighten your day.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Choral Music Reminds Me of My College Years

My UPSCAN years at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, QC, Philippines, 1952-1958

If you love choral music, you must view the video below. Choral music reminds me of My UPSCAN and college years at the University of the Philippines in the 1950's. For more details of my college years, read Chapter 4 of my autobiography at

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

My Treasured and Memorable Videos

The following six videos are my treasures. They are the videos that have touched my life!

Ditas, my youngest daughter, interviewed by Comcast, as California Director of Census, 2010

Carenna singing one of her original songs

Macrine's 80th Birthday

Chateau Du Mer, 2011

Carlos Avila, Macrine's Nephew

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Mango Pancakes for Breakfast Today

I woke up early this morning with the sound of welcome rain in my roof. It has been raining here in Northern California since yesterday. This is a much welcome rain. The last significant rain we had was last February this year. I was wondering what I will cook for breakfast this morning when I remembered I have chunks of fresh mangoes in my refrigerator. I was not sure if I had a Pancake Mix. But luck is with me today. I have a Betty Crocker Complete Pancake Mix in my cupboard. Here's my very simple recipe:

1 cup Pancake Mix ( Betty Crocker or Equivalent)
3/4 cup Milk
2 Eggs
1/4 cup smashed fresh mangoes

Mixed all the ingredients: Cooked in Portions of the mix (amount will determine the size of the pancake) in a Skillet with trace amount of cooking oil. I used olive oil today. Serve with butter and pancake syrup. Garnished with fresh mango chunks and blueberries as shown in the photo above.

With freshly brewed coffee from the Philippines ( Baracco brand)-this recipe can qualify for a Good breakfast for all Seasons.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Old and Almost Forgotten Photos in My Collection

While looking at my photo files I found the following photos that I have almost forgotten. If you are in one of these photos and are still alive and kicking, I will appreciate if you get in touch with me via FaceBook!

UP Mens South Dorm ( Narra Hall) Open House with Mercy Lopez, Hector Taleon. Vivencio Villaflor, Emmanuel Espino and Me, 1954

The David Katague Family, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo without Eric and Me, 1956
After our wedding ceremony outside the Boac Cathedral, Marinduque, Philippines, May 8, 1957

Macrine and I enjoying the Pool of the Hamilton Heights Country Club, Gladstone, Missouri, 1967

The University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA) Berkeley Chapter, News on Induction of Officers, 1989

Macrine and I ( inset) during Asian Pacific Heritage Celebration with then President Bill Clinton as our guest speaker, Washington DC, 1994

The UP Chemistry Alumni Reunion ( 50th Anniversary),and Dr. Augusto de Leon and wife, 2005

In front of our Residence in Colesville, MD with my Clematis vine in full bloom, getting ready for the Phil-American Grand Ball in downtown DC. 1994

Friday, October 14, 2016

Constipation- One of the Side Effects of Carbo-Levo Dopa for the Treatment of Parkinson Disease

My wife had been diagnosed with Parkinson Disease in 2013. One of the several medications, she is taking to control her movements disorder is Carbo-Levo Dopa ( Sinemet). The drug is effective in controlling tremours but one of the side effects of the drug is constipation. Her neurologist gave her a recipe that contains bran (high fiber) and prune juice, but Macrine hates it. Currently she is also taking Ducolax-a stool softener. I also encouraged her to consume fruits and vegetables with high fiber content. The fruits, vegetables and grains that she like are: apples, seedless grapes, bananas, mangoes, kiwi, avocado, papayas, broccoli, spinach and cucumbers. The fruits and food she hates are dried prunes, pickled sugar beets, cabbage and dark bread.

The following video lists the top 10 high fiber food to prevent constipation:


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