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

WELCOME TO MY SITE AND HAVE A GOOD DAY

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!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Yoga and Meditation for Relaxation


https://www.facebook.com/david.b.katague/videos/10207844796894216/

Ditas has started a yoga and meditation exercise for us the other day. You have to do it for at least 30 minutes per day. According to the article below, the above yoga and meditation exercise is more effective than memory-boosting exercise in the prevention of AZ and other neurological disorder as you grow older. David III took the following short video during our first exercise last week.

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/reduce-risk-alzheimers-skip-lumosity-get-onto-yoga-mat#.V-hAucXu2a4.email



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Luscious Red Mangoes for Breakfast Today



I grew up in Iloilo, Philippines. Mangoes to me are the delicious Mangoes from Guimaras, Philippines. However, when I immigrated to the US in the early 1960's, Philippine mangoes were not available in the US. Thus, my family and I were happy to indulge in red mangoes mostly from Mexico. Today, I found out that the red mangoes marked Latina from Brazil is not as luscious as the red mangoes imported from Mexico.

Last week I bought one of the biggest mangoes I have ever seen as shown in the photo above. The red mangoes was imported from Mexico. It was delicious, luscious, and sweet. These mangoes I can now compare are as good as the Guimaras mangoes of my childhood years. My desires and longing for Philippines Guimaras mangoes are satiated with these Mexican Red mangoes available here in our neighborhood grocery stores. The price of these red mangoes are reasonable if they are on sale. I paid $5 for the 4 big mangoes.
Enjoying the Fruits of the Season- Big and Luscious Red Mangoes


Mangoes are considered the King of fruits and I agree with most writers that the fruit deserved its name. There are numerous varieties available. However, the most popular in the world are from India, Pakistan and the Philippines. Here in the US most of the popular varieties are imported from Mexico or Haiti.

In Hawaii, the two most common varieties are the Haden (orange/red) and Pirie (yellow/green). Rich in vitamins A and C, mangoes are typically sweet; and while taste is subjective, people often characterize the fruit as a cross between pineapples and oranges (though not as acidic), with a hint of peach. The texture is described as a mix between cantaloupe and avocado, dense yet silky when eaten.

For more information on mangoes, visit the following site:

http://www.mango.org/Choosing-Using-Mangos/Mango-Varieties

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Time for Some Classical Music-A Piano Trio


Just recently, I enjoyed listening to this Piano Trio with Carlos Avila, Ji-Won Song(the violin) and Christine Lee (cello)both from South Korea. In case you have not heard Carlos is Macrine's nephew. Carlos is the son of Charro, Macrine's youngest sister. Here's the video and Enjoy!



For Carlos short biography and musical accomplishments read: http://www.heifetzinstitute.org/program-2/faculty/2015-collaborative-piano-faculty/carlos-avila/

Comments from a FaceBook Friend: Wow! Suddenly, my music literacy went beyond Elvis and The Platters. I’m not immersed in this kind of music but just listening to it touched my soul. I wish Macrine’s genes spread long and wide for generations.

My Reply: Yes, these are the Nieva genes in action on the Macrine's mother side of the family, I believed. We are really proud of Carlos musical achievements. I hope arrangement for him to give a concert at the Cultural Center of the Philippines will materialized next year.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Ordering Meals on Line Via Munchery.com


Last month, I started ordering meals on line through Munchery.com. So far I am very satisfied with the meals that I have ordered. I particularly like their salmon dishes. The meals are delivered cool and ready to heat and so far it has always been on time.

Yesterday, I ordered the Macaroni and Cheese with Lobster a new dish. It was delicious. I have ordered shrimp dishes as well as the Spaghetti with meat balls. My wife enjoyed very much the spaghetti and meat balls dish. I love their shrimp tacos and grilled salmon dishes.

If you are lazy to cook and can not drive to a restaurant, munchery.com is an excellent alternative to enjoy quality meals for a reasonable price. The meals are price from $8 to $12. Their is a delivery charge of $2.95 and an optional tip( $1 to 4) for the driver. If you sign up for membership of $85 per year, you will save from $2 to $4 every time you order.

The following article describes munchery.com that started servicing the Sacramento area last May.

http://www.sacbee.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/bob-shallit/article79901842.html

Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Pangolin in Our Living Room



In the early 1970's a closed friend from the Philippines ( now deceased) gave Macrine and I a gift that until now we are still enjoying in our living room. He hand-carried it in the plane and after I received it, I have it enclosed in a glass cage ( plastic glass) as seen in the photo above. At that time I really did not know anything about this stuffed and preserved animal, but my friend said it is an ant and termite eater similar to the armadillo of Texas.

Not too long ago, I was reading an article on Pangolin in Bob Martin Facebook page, thus this posting.



Photo of Pangolin from Bob Martin blog, Live in the Philippines

Here's what Wikipedia says:

Pangolins (also referred to as scaly anteaters or trenggiling) are mammals of the order Pholidota. The one extant family, Manidae, has three genera: Manis, which comprises four species living in Asia, Phataginus, which comprises two species living in Africa, and Smutsia, which comprises two species also living in Africa. These species range in size from 30 to 100 centimetres (12 to 39 in). A number of extinct pangolin species are also known. The name pangolin comes from the Malay word "pengguling", meaning "something that rolls up". It is found in tropical regions throughout Africa and Asia.

Pangolins have large, protective keratin scales covering their skin; they are the only known mammals with this adaptation. They live in hollow trees or burrows, depending on the species. Pangolins are nocturnal, and their diet consists of mainly ants and termites which they capture using their long, specially adapted tongues. They tend to be solitary animals, meeting only to mate and produce a litter of one to three offspring which are raised for about two years.

Pangolins are threatened by hunting (for their meat and armor) and heavy deforestation of their natural habitats, and are the most trafficked mammal in the world. Of the eight species of pangolin, four species (Phataginus tetradactyla, P. tricuspis, Smutsia gigantea, and S. temminckii) are listed as vulnerable, two species (Manis crassicaudata and M. cullonensis) are listed as endangered, and two species (M. pentadactyla and M. javanica) are listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

I hope that the Pangolin in my living room is not a specie that is listed as critically endangered in the IUCN list.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

We go to the Casinos for Free Dinners as well as Win a Little

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For the last three years, Macrine and I had been enjoying free dinners as well as win a little at our local Indian Casino.

There are two ways of enjoying free dinners here at our local Indian Casino (Thunder Valley-TV).

1. When you joined the Players Club and sign in for a playing card, you get points every time you play. These points accumulate. The points can be redeemed for dining points of for playing points. The more you play the higher will be your reward for dining and playing points. On certain days you get gifts if you play long enough to get 500 points or more on that day. After 5PM playing points are either 2x or 5X during certain months in the promotion.

2. When you check in for the day, certain days at the TV Casino, you get a dining coupon. In the case of Thunder Valley, it is Tuesday and Thursday when you get a dining coupon of buy one and get one free dinner at a certain time during the day. In Thunder Valley it is from 10AM to 4PM when you get this discount. On Wednesday Seniors get as much as 50% discount on meals in Thunder Valley all day. TV have several restaurants catering to all taste and budget.

To minimize your losses and improve your chance of winning in the slots machines, follow the following 8 items:

1. Identify a slot machine that has better odds of winning or a Casino with Higher Pay outs in their Slots.
2. Before playing look at the stats on the machine( only for new slots)
3. Play the minimum that will qualify you for the bonus feature.
4. Watch out for a machine that has been played and did not give the bonus play to the former player.
5. Once you hit the bonus, quit and go to another machine
6. Do not be greedy and expect to win a lot of money
7. If you are not an addict, take a snack, lunch or dinner breaks
8. Last but not least, enjoy the day and stick to your budget.

I have followed the above rules, and glad to report that for the last 3 years my gambling losses had been minimized. As of today, I have not donated money to the Casino and I am even a few dollars on the winning side of the game. Since I play the minimum most of the time, I will never get rich or get addicted, but for sure have a grand time every time Macrine and I visit our local Casino here in Northern California. Remember you will never get rich playing the slot machines, and stick to your budget because the slots machine can be addictive. In addition in order to improve your winning in the Casino, play the card games such as Black Jack( 21) or Poker instead of the one-arm bandits (slots machines).

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