Friday, December 17, 2010


Wishing ALL my blogger friends a Merry Christmas and may all of you be richly blessed in 2011!!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sit-in gig

Every 1st and 3rd Friday of each month, Imagine Moore Winery store offers Wine-Friends-Music to public from 5 pm to 9 pm. My son was invited to a sit-in gig by the Out-of-the-blue band.

...our son, left corner.

... dance floor

... everybody had a ball. Me? just enjoyed watching 'em dance!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Summer harvest is here!

YESTERDAY, my friend, Josie invited me to go pick veggies from her garden... she is always so willing to share her bounties.

We have a very good summer this year, veggies and fruits are plentiful and are looking great...not to mention delish too!
Here I am with my morning therapy at Josie's garden bed! lol Josie and hubby planted, long and green beans, tomatoes, snow peas, squash, zucchini, corn, peanuts, cucumbers, onions and gourd.

... bag full of green beans, all for me!

... eggplants! Yum! We also picked cucumbers, snow peas and squash blossoms but for some reason, the program is not letting me upload them??? (have to look more into this problem later)

So, now please excuse me for I have to go cook and also freeze some while they are at their freshest! Hope you are all enjoying your summer!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

THE family reunion party!

HERE YOU GO! I am sharing photos of our family reunion held in the Philippines at my brother's home. I will just let the pictures do the talking. Hope you like them as much as I enjoyed taking pictures and catching up with relatives some of whom, I've never even met before since I haven't been home for over two decades. We held it in the early afternoon for it rained almost every day around 5pm followed by brown-outs.

...our t-shirts were donated by my brother from Canada ... eh? ;-) Next time will be my turn to donate and it will be: I Love NY (maybe) brother welcoming everybody. saying the blessings.

... time to eat!

... relatives

... more relatives

...niece and nephew, emcees. They prepared a show for us and did an excellent job!

... nephew (from Switzerland) from Canada.

... grandkids

...some of our children who were able to attend.

... again some of our children.

... me and my siblings, oldest to youngest, right to left, I'm 3rd from right.

Photo shoot ... there are seven of us from many geographic locations like, California, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and New York. Sad to say that our parents passed on one in 1986 & the other in '87.

... togetherness! lol ...with sisters-in-law

...again, some of our children.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Homeland trip...part 2 - Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

From Bataan, we headed off to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, it was another long drive but it was worth it! We got there around 11:00 pm, had a good night sleep and the next day we woke up with these peddlers by the beach! They were selling bracelets, and necklaces made of shells, corals and pearls. My kind of wares, and they were a good price too, so I must have bought about two dozens of 'em and gave a few to friends.

Pagudpud beach... boy, those waves can really grab you to the deep part! My suit was full of sand when I got up too!

We've found out the cure for arthritis ... warm sands! lol My sisters and I (in blue)... having fun being a kid again! lol

...our oldest brother, trying to build his (sand) castle! ;-)

Great time was had by all.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

My homeland trip, part 1 ...

Hi'ya all! I'm back ... hope you are all enjoying the summer!
I've been inundated with requests from friends and relatives to post something about my trip to my homeland, so here it is. But, just a little background ... about 5 years ago, my siblings and I planned to have a grand family reunion where all of us, no exception, will attend. It finally happened last month.
It all started up above the clouds ... 16- hour flight from the U.S. to the Philippines!

My friend's house, near the international airport, where I stayed for 2 days while waiting for the rest of my siblings before heading off to our province... a very uniquely built house. Most houses in the Philippines have grills for security purposes.

...then another 6 hours to our town and boy was it HOT and HUMID! My sweat was basically dripping! Due to family responsibilities, I haven't been home since 1986, although I am in favor of progress, it was still sad for me to see our town so crowded now. New roads, houses, college/university, fast food restaurants and all kinds of stores were built; I didn't really recognize the place! I had to ask my sister to accompany me to the market which was just a few blocks away because I didn't know how to go back home. Nothing looks familiar! I guess, 24 years of being away has its consequences! ;)

After a couple of days rest, we headed to our first tour ... Bataan, which was about 6-7 hours drive. Pictured below is a marker of the Bataan Death March, every few kilometers, you'll see these markers. Not sure if you're familiar with it, but during World War II, allied prisoners of war were marched along this route by the Japanese. From what I heard and read, those who were weak, stumbling or falling were mercilessly beaten and bayoneted by the Japanese. Any sign of faltering by the prisoners was enough for the Japanese soldiers to stab them to death. One of my husband's art school professors was in the Death March, but survived. My husband said he NEVER SMILED.

... just for fun! Me and my siblings, seven of us, from left to right, youngest to oldest, brothers from: Canada, Switzerland, California, sisters from: Germany, Me (New York), Switzerland and oldest brother based in Philippines.

... some of our kids.

Bataan beach ... water as far as your eyes can see. I believe this is part of the China sea?

I'll leave you with the Bataan sunset for now ... what a beauty! I'll post more photos next time. From my town, we toured Bataan, via La Union, to Pagudpud, (Ilocos Norte) Cagayan and back to our town, where after a day's rest, we had our grand family reunion parteee! ... please stay tuned?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

On vacation ...

Hello my friends ... I will be visiting my homeland for about a month, I appreciate you dropping by and will return your visits when I get back. Hope you all have a good and pleasant summer!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The iron monster ...

HUBBY submitted a letter to the editor to our local paper and it says it all below.

Kitten traumatized by steel leghold trap.

About four weeks ago a large, beautiful, solid black year old kitten showed up at our house ... so friendly you wouldn't believe it, and he loved to be held. It was during that terrible, terrible frigid weather, and we fixed a weather-protected box for him on the front porch with a comfortable, large old blanket inside to keep him cozy. If we had kept him in the house our territorial indoor cat would have torn him to pieces.
Then he turned up missing for about two days. We thought possibly someone else had taken him in. One evening, late, I went out on the porch with a flashlight to look around his box. He was there by the door of his box - his leg crushed in the steel jaw leghold trap that he had dragged with him from who-knows-where.
His odyssey through the woods in the dark night must have been excruciating-and here he was, trap and all , back to his newly-adopted home, pleadingly looking up at me in the rays of the flashlight, with that ugly monster still imprisoning his leg.
He was lucky that he was able to break the trap free from its station. I have heard that sometimes an animal will chew off it's own foot in order to escape. I called for my son immediately, and between the two two of us we got the strong jaws apart, freeing him once again. His leg was useless then, though he tried to hobble on it.
I took him to the vet the following day, and the x-ray revealed that his leg was luckily not broken but traumatized. The vet said that his leg would probably eventually heal, but to watch it. She gave him a shot of antibiotics. At this point he is doing well, and has pretty much full usage of his leg, as far as I can tell.
The "iron monster" is still on the table on the back deck, reminding me, first-hand, of the cruelty of this machine. If you're going to kill small game at least have the decency to shoot them. I think that this instrument of terrible suffering should be banned.

Signed: D.G.

Pictured below is the "iron monster"...if you click to enlarged you can still see a few of our new cat's fur. Getting trapped with this ought to hurt bad, don't you think? I'm not against trapping and/or wildlife management; I fully understand about the importance of restoring balance to nature but there should be a better and safer tool to restrain target animals...what if our new cat was not able to free the trap from its place?...he probably froze to death because it was zero below most nights that week...poor guy.

A while ago, I blogged about our very territorial cat, Oreo here ... as you can hear, Oreo was really hissing at Guy that is why we can not let him in. (our son named our new cat Guy, I would have preferred Inky but I was the one who named Oreo, so I let him.)
What to do, what to's too late to bring Guy to an animal shelter; we fell in love with him!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

2010 Robotics

GOOD DAY my friends ... I'm back! Between being busy and winter blah I did not feel like blogging ... but I'm a little inspired now; must be the nice weather we've been having lately, sunny and feels like spring! ... missed you guys!

Anyway, here's a bit of good news, the Naples Grapes of Wrath robotics team, where our son is a member, tested their robot last Friday and Saturday to compete against 50 other high schools around our area and all the way from Canada and Pennsylvania. I took Friday off, so hubby and I went to watch their competition. It was quite exciting!

The game for this year is a 3-on-3 soccer game. The field is divided by "humps", pictured below, with two goals at each end. Robots have to go over the humps or under a tunnel and try to make a goal. A few seconds before the game ends, robots gain bonus points for suspending from the tower in the center of the humps. I don't really understand all the rules and scoring system but it was still fun watching all those robots "play" soccer. :)

Our son, reading a book while waiting for their turn to compete... he looks tired. Their team spent the night in the city so they probably went to bed late.

When our son came home Saturday night, it was hard for him to contain his excitement; he was wearing his medal around his neck and proudly told us that they won FIRST place! Yay! All that hard work paid off ... they worked on their robots after school for six weeks, and there were times where he came home after midnight because they were building/working on their robots.
So, what better way to start my first blog for 2010 than this? ... pretty cool, huh?
Their team will now advance to the national event held in Atlanta, GA, during their spring break.

It's nice to be back! I'll come visit you soon ...