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Welcome to Las Vegas, Nevada- the Gambling Capital of US and the City that never sleeps! So, what has this city have to do with this site. The answer is none. I just love the photo, I took during our vacation to this city a couple of years ago. In this site, you will find articles from my autobiography, global warming, senior citizens issues, tourism, politics in PI, music appreciation and articles about our current experiences as retirees enjoying the "snow bird" lifestyle between US and the Philippines. Your comments will be highly appreciated. Please do not forget to read the latest national and international news. Some of the photos and videos on this site, I do not own. However, I have no intention on infringement of your copyrights. Cheers!
Sunday, September 23, 2018
I just came back from the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco the other day. While waiting for my turn I had a chance to converse with a number of Filipino-Americans Seniors about the Internet. There were ten seniors in the waiting room. About half of them have companions helping them with the paper work regarding renewal of visa, special power of attorneys and dual citizenships applications.
One of the senior citizen has no paper work ready and was asking me where I got my forms. I told her I downloaded it from the consulate website. Another senior in our group commented, So you are one of those rare seniors who uses the Internet ? Here's a sample of our conversation:
Me: I used the Internet not only for Face Book( social media) but I also do on-line banking and shopping. I also watch movies on line do a lot of blogging.
Senior Citizen 1: What is blogging?
Me: I have seven sites for personal blogging (writing articles) on any subject except sex, religion and politics.
Senior Citizen 2: When my grandson visit me once a month, he shows me pictures of our relatives in the Philippines in Facebook.
Senior Citizen 1: When do you have time to do your blogging?
Me: Being the primary care giver for my wife who is on a wheel chair and has Parkinson, my time for blogging is only from 9 to 1PM Monday to Friday, when Home Care Aides that I hired from two private agencies come to the house to take care of my wife. Also on Saturday and Sunday, another Aide ( personal friend of my son) comes to the house from 9 to 5PM. Our conversations ended when my number was called.
The above conversation aroused my interest, so I went to the Internet and found the following information about Use of Internet by Senior Americans.
More than 1/3 of Americans aged 65 or older do not used the Internet.
The top 5 reasons why they are not Internet users are
1. Just not interested (21%)
2. Do not own a Computer(13%)
3. Too Frustrating(10%)
4. Too old to learn (8%)
5. Lack of skills(8%)
For details visit the following site: https://thehustle.co/meet-the-11-of-americans-who-dont-use-the-internet/ll
Note: Anyone know about Senior Internet Users in the Philippines? My educated guess is probably less than 1%.
The above article discuss the number of Internet users in the Philippines, but did not discuss age groups participation. Majority of Internet users in the Philippines are for Social Media Interaction.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Yesterday, I was at the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco getting my signature authenticated and notarized for a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) documents for the Philippines. It was not a very bad experience as I expected based on what I read in the Internet. The actual time I was in the Consulate was from 10AM to 2PM with a 30 minutes lunch break. However, I spent the whole day for this, because of the horrendous traffic from Sacramento to San Francisco. I hired a personal driver and her car(135), paid the gas(40), tolls(11), lunch break(44) and Parking(18). My total cost was about $250.
We left Sacramento at 7AM via HW50. It took us 45 minutes to reach I-80 and we encountered another traffic jam at UC Davis, in spite of driving in the carpool lane. Traffic was smooth until we reached the Pinole area. It took us another 45 minutes to cross the Oakland/SFO bridge. We arrived at the consulate at 10AM. While my driver was parking I formed my line at the guard to present 2 ID's before I was allowed to the 2nd floor of the Consulate Building at 447 Sutter Street. You have to take a number prior to your entry to the office. Since I am a Senior Citizen I got a C number( 67) supposed to be a courtesy number and separated from the general public. C numbers are given to Senior citizens, the Handicapped, pregnant women and women with small children. I love this idea.
There were 5 other senior Citizens ahead of me. While waiting for my turn, I got to "small talk" to three other seniors. We talk about the traffic, paper work required, the Internet and about dual citizenships. Two of them came from Stockton and the other from Fairfield. One of the senior citizens needs her passport renewed and did not have her paper work. I told them the forms are available for download at the Consulate web site. The other senior commented, so you are one of those rare seniors who uses the Internet! I smiled without any comment.
I went out of the waiting room and found out that most of the forms are available in front of the Office, but you need to have it copied. The Consulate has a Copy Machine that charge 0.25c per copy using quarters and one dollar bills.
I waited for another 30 minutes until my number was called. My SPA papers were examined, dated and I provided 6 copies of my driver license as my ID, indicating that I personally appeared at the Consulate on September 18, 2018. I was out and ready for the Cashier on the 6th Floor by around 11:45AM. I had 4 SPA's notarized and each SPA cost $25. I was told the documents will be ready for pickup from 1 to 2PM. By this time the lines were overflowing the waiting room area was full and dozens of seniors are now in the Hallways. I am glad I came early.
My personal driver and I had a leisurely lunch at a restaurant two blocks from the Consulate Building. It was a very expensive lunch costing me $44 plus $8 tip.
After lunch I decided to go back to the Consulate, since I needed information and forms for Dual citizenship for my son, who was born here in the US. He was born before we become US citizens. Is he qualified to apply? The forms for Dual Citizenship in the web applies to those originally born in the Philippines and need to reacquire their citizenship.
I look around for a Consulate employee with authority. I found one supervising the examining clerks at the counters. I know he is a Supervisor and may be able to give me my answer and the correct forms. I was correct. The supervisor gave me 2 forms not found in the web as follows:
1. Affidavit of Delayed Registration of Birth
2. Report of Birth
Supporting Documents that my son needed are: His birth Certificate, Our Naturalization Papers and Marriage Certificate. Our Naturalization Papers will show that we were still Filipino Citizens when he was born. Now I know that all my 4 children are eligible for Filipino dual citizenships if they want it. For Benefits and Advantages of dual citizenship read:
The above information was useful. I also learned that all dual citizens application is by appointment only beginning last September 4.
At 1PM, I went to the Releasing Documents Window to give my pick-up stub. It was at 1:50PM that my name was called and all the 4 SPA's were done. My driver and I hurriedly went to the Union Square Parking Garage, so we could get out of the city before the afternoon rush hour starts. We arrived in Sacramento around 5PM, accomplished but very tired. My legs were starting to cramp for seating in the car for almost three hours each way. Thank you to my personal driver. You were a good driver and I will ride with you anytime without fear.
All in All, my experience at the consulate was not bad at all. Creating the Courtesy Line for Seniors is an excellent idea. The clerk that checked my papers was friendly and helpful. The supervisor that gave me the 2 forms for my son's dual citizenship application was formal and informative. If you have business with the Consulate come as early as you can: Office Hours: MF is from 9 to 4 PM.
Sunday, September 16, 2018
If you have been following my blogs, you probably know that my wife, Macrine Nieva Jambalos had been diagnosed with Parkinson's about 5 years ago. She is under the care of a neurologist, but since Parkinson's has no cure, her neurological disorder is progressing as expected.
There are days when she is lucid, alert and alive with all the memories of our happy and productive life together in our 61st year of marriage. The above Plaque from Marinduque International, Inc. is one example of the civic and humanitarian projects that Macrine was once involved with passion and compassion to her fellow humankind( https://hubpages.com/politics/medical-mission-of-love-to-marinduque). The next medical mission of MI, Inc is scheduled for February, 2019. If you want to volunteer and need details visit MI. Inc website or Face Book page.
Thanks are in order to the current President of MI, Inc, Agnes Lardizabal Apeles for remembering Macrine's service to the organization for more than a decade during its 25th anniversary last month. Macrine is so happy and delighted to receive the Plaque. This is one of the two other service award plaques that she has received in the last two decades.
However, there are days when she is low and could hardly stand. There are days when she is confused, angry and ready to die. These dark days always reminds me of the latest development on the treatment of PD and perhaps a cure of this neurological disorder.
For detail information on the latest development in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease, Read the following site:
Friday, September 14, 2018
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Macrine had been under the care of a physical therapist(PT) for the last 8 weeks. Macrine's mobility has improved quite a lot and today she did a few steps with the walker under the able supervision of her PT (C) employed by Blossom Ridge Home Care(BRHC) Agency. I am very please with the PT (C) performance that I reported it to her supervisor. I believe she will get a free Star Buck coffee with my call.
C excellent performance made me curious of what kind of training C had. She informed me she has a doctorate degree in Physical therapy (DPT). She is new to BRHC and just completed her 90 day probation last week and now a permanent employee of BRHC. C informed me she has a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology* and took her another three years to get her DPT complete with a doctoral thesis.
Here's a summary of what I learned about DPT versus the standard Ph.D program such as my Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Illinois.
"The practice of physical therapy is quickly advancing and moving into new realms. This is an exciting period of growth and development in this profession. The changes in health care delivery, social demographics, and globalization of health care are perfect opportunities for physical therapists to take on new and emerging roles in our health care system and to provide leadership in the field. As the profession forges ahead, a question arises: Is it time to discuss the idea of a “clinical doctorate” as the requirement for entry level to practice?
A clinical doctorate (or “practice doctorate”) programme is an entry-level degree that prepares students with the competencies required to enter clinical practice and become eligible for licensure. In physical therapy, this is often called the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. It differs from a PhD, where the focus is on research and the production of original scholarly work, and from a “post-professional doctorate” or “advanced practice doctorate,” which offers study in advanced or specialized clinical competencies to professionals who have graduated with another entry-level qualification, such as a bachelor's or master's degree".
For more information on DPT read the following: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3076909/
*One of my grand daughters graduated last April with a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology. She plans to pursue a Masters Degree from UC Davis this year.