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, December 9, 2016

Best Birthday Present I Got this Year

I received my birthday present two weeks earlier from my youngest daughter today. It is one of the best present I have received for my birthday. Both Macrine and I had one hour whole body massage from Natural Healing Massage this morning.

For the last six months Macrine and I have been inquiring for the availability of a Home Service massage, since Macrine has a hard time travelling because of her health. We asked our daughter if she can recommend someone. The first one she recommended was a Lady, We waited and waited and she never called.

So the other day I was surprised when Ditas messaged me in FB that she found a massage therapist but could only come to our residence the morning of 12/9, 12/13 or 12/19. I selected 12/9 because I have to go to DMV on the 13th and the 19th is too close to my birthday.

So today, Mark came to our house at exactly 10AM. He was finished by 12 Noon. Macrine and I are very happy of his service. We contracted for him to come once a month for 2 hour massage ( 1 hour for me and 1 hour for Macrine). It is not cheap, but we could put part of our Casino budget into the home massage service that both Macrine and I enjoyed.

Mark Richards, CMT operates Natural Healing Massage in midtown Sacramento. For client reviews and services, visit his site at

Here are featured services, Mark is offering:

Deep Tissue: Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries.

Reflexology: Reflexology is a type of bodywork that focuses on applying pressure to the specific nerve zones in your feet and hands.

Swedish Massage: Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation.

Myofascial Massage: Myofascial massage is a technique used to treat injuries and discomfort, reducing pain and increasing range of motion. Here are three comments from his clients.

1. Mark has the rare combination of skill and very strong hands to work out my knots and muscle spasms.

2. I am not one for massages on a regular basis, but as I fly a lot and travel all over the country, I develop a sore neck and lower back.

3. He really understands the body and knows how to target and loosen all of my problem areas with just the right amount of pressure.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

A Tribute to Filipino-American Cartoonist and Painter-Jesse Santos

Jesse Santos was a superstar of Filipino comic books. He began drawing professionally at the age of 14 and during World War II, spent much time as a "sidewalk artist" drawing portraits of American servicemen stationed in the Philippines. They caught the attention of Tony Velasquez, who was regarded as the "Founding Father" of the Philippine comics industry. Before long, Santos was drawing for Halakhak Komiks, which was the first serialized comic book published in his country. He was soon in many of them — an amazingly prolific artist who was often entrusted with the all-important job of designing and rendering the covers.

In 1969, Santos has the opportunity to emigrate with his family to the United States, which he did, settling in Los Angeles. He was glad to be there but he was unable to connect with the U.S. comic book industry and wound up returning to his roots in a poor-paying job: He sat all day at Farmers Market, the famed local landmark, doing drawings of tourists.

One day, two men stopped at his little booth and admired several science-fiction paintings that Santos had on display to show the world what else he could do. The men, impressed with what they saw, asked him if he'd ever considered doing comic books. He told them in his flawed English, yes, he'd drawn one or two comic books per month for twenty years in his homeland. Within a matter of days, he had quit the caricature job and was drawing comic books again.

The two men were Chase Craig and Del Connell, editors for Western Publishing Company's line of Gold Key Comics. They assigned Santos an educational comic that required diligent historical research and soon, he was drawing a new newsstand comic the company had decided to launch — Dagar the Invincible, created and written by Don Glut. It was successful and was soon joined by another Glut creation, The Occult Files of Dr. Spektor. On the latter, he replaced Dan Spiegle and proceeded to make the character quite his own. The editors at Western loved Jesse's work and he was one of the few artists on their adventure-type comics who was engaged to paint the covers of comics he illustrated. His paintings were especially striking.

Even before Western shut down its comic line in 1984, Santos drifted into animation design. He worked on many programs but his artistry especially dominated the Legend of Prince Valiant animated series produced in 1992. The list of other shows where his art could be seen include The Bionic Six, Jem, Blackstar, Dino-Riders and Tiny Toon Adventures.

Santos was the chief artist for Paraluman magazine, staff artist for Gold Star Publishing, Ace Publications, Graphic Arts Inc. and G. Miranda & Sons Publishing Co. He cooperated with Mars Ravelo, Pablo Gomez, Greg Igna De Dios, Mauro Cabuhat and Larry Tuazon on such comic book serials as 'Inspirasiyon', 'Boksingerea', 'Dambanang Putik', 'ROTC', 'Paula', 'Tomador' and 'Dar Aguila'. Santos moved to the United States in 1969, where he began an association with Western Publications in 1970. He did the book illustrations for 'Davy Crockett', and illustrated Gold Key titles like 'Brothers of the Spear', 'Dagar', 'Dr. Spektor' and 'Tragg'. He also worked for 'Mystery Digest' and 'Red Circle Comics'. He was also active as a painter. Jesse died on April 27, 2013 at the age of 83.

Macrine and I had been lucky to own four of Jesse original paintings. Two are charcoal portraits of my family and of Macrine and I. The other two are oil paintings, a Nude and a Nipa Hut landscape. I commissioned him to paint the family portrait as my surprised 25th wedding anniversary gift to Macrine.

We have known Jesse and his wife, Noami Duterte and their children when they were residing in Ceres while we were in Modesto in the early 1970's. The following are the four original art works that Jesse painted for us.

Family Charcoal Portrait

The Nipa Hut

A Jesse Santos Nude

Macrine and I -A Jesse Santos Charcoal Portrait

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

What Do You Know about Kinesiology?

Last week my nephew and namesake from Sydney Australia visited us. We had a nice conversation regarding the Thanksgiving Party in my sister-in-law residence in Palo Alto. I asked him some details about what happened at the party. He said every one was seated in a circle and take turns telling the group of what they are doing currently. I asked him what he found out regarding my two grand children, Philip and Marina. He said Philip is working in Berkeley while Marina is on her second year at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and specializing for her bachelors degree on Kinesiology. This is news to me, so I did some web search on Kinesiology. Here's what I found in Wikipedia.

Kinesiology is a scientific study of human or non-human body movement. Kinesiology addresses physiological, biomechanical, and psychological mechanisms of movement. Applications of kinesiology to human health (i.e. human Kinesiology) include biomechanics and orthopedics; strength and conditioning; sport psychology; methods of rehabilitation, such as physical and occupational therapy; and sport and exercise. Studies of human and animal motion include measures from motion tracking systems, electrophysiology of muscle and brain activity, various methods for monitoring physiological function, and other behavioral and cognitive research techniques.
Kinesiology as described above should not be confused with applied kinesiology, a controversial medical diagnostic method.

Applied kinesiology (AK) is a technique in alternative medicine claimed to be able to diagnose illness or choose treatment by testing muscles for strength and weakness. According to their guidelines on allergy diagnostic testing, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology stated there is "no evidence of diagnostic validity" of applied kinesiology. Another study has shown that, as an evaluative method, AK "is no more useful than random guessing", and the American Cancer Society has said that "scientific evidence does not support the claim that applied kinesiology can diagnose or treat cancer or other illness.

The term "kinesiologist" is neither a licensed nor professional designation in the United States nor most countries (with the exception of Canada), individuals with training in this area can teach physical education, provide consulting services, conduct research and develop policies related to rehabilitation, human motor performance, ergonomics, and occupational health and safety. In North America, kinesiologists may study to earn a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, or Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Kinesiology or a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree, while in Australia or New Zealand, they are often conferred an Applied Science (Human Movement) degree (or higher). Many doctoral level faculty in North American kinesiology programs received their doctoral training in related disciplines, such as neuroscience, mechanical engineering, psychology, and physiology. The world's first kinesiology department was launched in 1967 at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

What Kind of Weird Creature is This?

A rat-snake like creature was seen by a farmer in Torrijos, Marinduque, Philippines last Saturday. The farmer was working in his rice field when all of sudden the creature startled him. The animal emitted a weird sound as if calling for a mate or company, according to the farmer. A local veterinarian confirmed that this strange looking animal has never been seen in the Island of Marinduque. It is about 3 meters long with knife-sharp teeth. The three photos was published at

If you know what kind of animal is this, let me know. You could add the above creature to a list of weird and paranormal creatures like the Mexican devil animal-the chupacabra as shown in the following video.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Carenna KT (Katague-Thompson) Performs

Like most grand father, I am very proud of my grand daughter accomplishments. Carenna turned 13 last May and had been earning pocket money from her guitar and singing activity. She not only sings but writes most of her songs. Her earnings will help in the funding of her school trip to Boston next year.

Carenna turned 13 last May

Saturday, December 3, 2016

War in Space-The Next Battlefield

The other day I watched CNN special report on War in Space ( The Next Battlefield). It was a scary documentary but it made be aware of the importance of the US Global Positioning System(GPS) in our Technological World today.

GPS was initially conceived to aid navigation and globally synchronized time. Today the system has a much more critical function. Telecom networks rely on GPS clocks to keep cell towers synchronized so calls can be passed between them. Many electrical power grids use the clocks in equipment that fine-tunes current flow in overloaded networks. The finance sector uses GPS-derived timing systems to timestamp ATM, credit card, and high-speed market transactions. Computer network synchronization, digital television and radio, Doppler radar weather reporting, seismic monitoring, even multi-camera sequencing for film production—GPS clocks have a hand in all.

If something happens to the US GPS satellite network, chaos and confusion would occur and life in the US will be in a stand still. Very scary indeed!

Here's the video that explain it all just in case you have not seen the CNN documentary.

A Comment from one of the viewers: This entire program gives the impression the threat against satellites is a recent phenomenon. Not true, the military knew about this decades (over 30 yrs) past. And now, the US is playing catch up. This may all be too little too late. The nation is in a very serious trouble.


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