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!

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Violin and the PIano: Ji-Won Song and Carlos Avila

The July 4th festivities are over. It is time now for some music. The following video illustrates the magic of the violin and the piano if played perfectly with gusto and bravado. Enjoy!

At the Opening Concert Ceremony for the 2015 Heifetz International Music Institute, violinist Ji-Won Song and pianist Carlos Avila play the Jascha Heifetz arrangement of Gershwin's "It Ain't Necessarily So." Recorded live on June 27, 2015 at the Sun Spots Studio in Staunton VA. www.heifetzinstitute.org
Published on Jul 1, 2015

Last year, Ji-Won Song was awarded first prize, worth US $50,000, at the fourth China International Violin Competition, held in Qingdao. The 21-year-old South Korean violinist currently studies with Ida Kavafian and Shmuel Ashkenasi at the Curtis Institute and has won prizes at the Schadt, Yehudi Menuhin and Stulberg International Competitions. She performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto in the final of the competition.

Filipino-American pianist Carlos Avila is quickly becoming recognized as one of the most sought-after pianists in the United States. He has performed in concert and recital in countries around the world including Germany, Italy, Holland, Spain, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Chile and in over half of the continental United States as well as at such prestigious festivals as Schleswig-Holstein, Holland, Tanglewood, Sarasota, Aspen, Banff, Music Academy of the West, Pianofest at the Hamptons, Gijon Piano Festival, California Summer Music, Carnegie Hall, Atlantic Music Festival and others.

Personal Note: Carlos Avila is the son of Rosario (Charro) Jambalos-Macrine's youngest sister

Friday, July 3, 2015

David Balleza Katague Photo Memories

Me(Nonoy)and my brother Erico, Arguelles Street, Jaro, Iloilo, Philippines, 1937

6th Grade Graduation, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo, 1947

High School Graduation, Barotac Viejo High School, 1951( me-front row, second from the Right)

Fr John Delaney, S.J and the UP Student Catholic Action, Liberal Arts Chapter, Diliman, Q.C, 1953 ( Me- Sitting in the front row, second from the Left)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Graduation, University of the Philippines, Diliman, QC, 1955

Macrine and I-Waiting for the Graduation Ceremony of My Doctorate Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Illinois, Chicago, 1964

Mama Pacing and Me, Iloilo, 1984

Trip to Ensenada, Mexico with Macrine, 1989

Getting Ready for the Ball and Rigodon De Honor, Boac, Marinduque, 2000

Marinduque International Meeting and Reunion, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2005

My Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) award
My twelve years in FDA was the happiest and most productive years of my professional life. My involvement with the Filipino-American community will be memories that I will never forget, 1990-2002.
Carenna with Mom)Ditas), Macrine and Me after her performance for the Sacramento Theatre Company, 2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Photo Memories of Macrine Nieva Jambalos Katague

Macrine and I were looking at our old photo files yesterday. We found the following photos memorable and nostalgic. The last photo in this collection is the only photo of Macrine and my mother(Paz Barrido Balleza Katague). We are very happy to share it with you.
Macrine and sister Sr Guia Jambalos, RC, 1938
Macrine and I with her cousin (Yong Nieva) and nephews (Carrions) at the Amana Resort, Cawit, Boac, Marinduque, 2011

Macrine and I playing party bridge at the Sportmen Club of Stanislaus County (SOS), Modesto, California in the 1970's

Our first Visit to Bellarocca Resort with Annie Miles Jalac and Ms Aquilina Rivas, Marinduque, 2010

Macrine as Chair of the Philippine American Festival Committee Independence Day Celebration, Washington DC, 1999

Macrine with the late Citas Reyes of Marinduque, at the Manila Hotel for dinner and entertainment, Manila in the 1960's

Macrine in the Pharmacy Section during the Marinduque International Medical Mission in Mogpog, Marinduque, 2000

Macrine with Stan Ackers singing a duet, Indian Love Call during a fund raising program, Modesto, California, 1970's

At our Golden Wedding Celebration, Boac Marinduque, 2007

Macrine during her visit to Bacolod City with Mama Pacing and Ruben, 1981

Monday, June 29, 2015

Senior's Alphabet- K is for Kidney Stones

I found this on the web from an anonymous source. If you are a senior citizen, like me, I am sure you can identify with most of the alphabets. If you are not, your time will come. You can not stop the aging process, but you could slow it down by exercise ( both mind and body), less stress, good food, good friends and a loving family and relatives.

Seniors' Alphabet

A for arthritis, B for bad back,
C is for chest pains. Perhaps cardiac?

D is for dental decay and decline,
E is for eyesight--can't read that top line.

F is for fissures and fluid retention,
G is for gas (which I'd rather not mention.)

H is for high blood pressure (I'd rather have low,)
I for incisions with scars you can show.

J is for joints, that now fail to flex,
L for libido--what happened to sex?

Wait! I forgot about K!
K is for my knees that crack when they're bent,
(Please forgive me, my Memory ain't worth a cent.)

N for neurosis, pinched nerves and stiff neck,
0 is for osteo- and all bones that crack.

P for prescriptions, I have quite a few.
Give me another pill; I'll be good as new!

Q is for queasiness. Fatal or flu?
R is for reflux--one meal turns into two

S is for sleepless nights, counting my fears,
T for tinnitus--! hear bells in my ears.

U is for urinary: difficulties with flow,
V is for vertigo, that's "dizzy", you know.

W is worry, now what's going 'round?
X is for X ray--and what might be found.

Y for another year I've left behind,
Z is for zest that I still have my mind.

How many of the alphabets, can you relate to? I can relate to a few letters and just recently K for Kidney stones. I will be scheduled in a couple of weeks for an ESWL procedure. ESWL is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy. Look it up in the Web if you are curious. It is a non-invasive procedure to break up the kidnet stones so it can paas thru the process of urination. This is the short explanation from my urologist when I visited him the other day- a follow up of my energency room trip to the hospital a month ago.

Note that A and P for Alzheimers and Parkinson Diseases are most popular but unwelccome alphabets for senior citizens all over the world.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Reading Between the Lines

Reading between the lines is to try to understand someone's real feelings or intentions from what they say or write-From Cambridge Dictionary of Idioms

Are you good in reading between the lines. Test your prowess by reading examples of rantings and writings from four of my FB friends and relatives. At the end of its writings will you be able to tell the age group, gender affinity, status and livelihood in life and perhaps the personality of the writer?. I will give the answers in my next blog if there are any responders.

FB Friend #1

Today same sex marriage is now legal in the 50 US States: Here is his comment “ I am proud to be an American today. Hey Dudes in FB are you willing to marry me? I am young and handsome!

Is this person a closet gay? How old is this person? Can you guess in what field is his current livelihood? Any guess on his personality?

FB Friend #2

How Still is Today. So peacefully quiet. How quietly all things fall into place. Today I understand the lesson that in You, there is no need that I do anything. In You, is every choice already made. In You, has every conflict been resolved. In You, is every thing I found already given me. TODAY...my heart is quite and my mind is at peace. Your love is certain and You love is mine. "Here in me is this whole world forgotten. No memory of the past, of sin, or illusion lingers on. Here in me is this resting place...so still... nothing but the hymn of heaven rises up to gladden God and his Son. Here where they both abide, they are remembered. Here where they are...is heaven and everlasting peace."
What age group in this person? Male or Female? Cleric or Mystic? Personality? Introvert or Extrovert?Educational Level? Field of Livelihood?

FB Friend #3:

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom" ?-- Anais nin.
I have begun another phase of my growth. Going thru my closets and finding beautiful suits ranging from size 12-16, shoes size 8-9 and accessories that I am letting go. This Sunday 4 pm at my house, girlfriends are invited to come for wine, tea, snacks and partake in a clothing reincarnation gathering. If you have stuff you want to let go of bring it, no ...need to bring anything though. My friend (and declutterer/organizer extraordinaire) D L explained to me why she loves helping her clients - after a session, you are literally making space for who you are now presently and who you are growing to be. Letting go of who you were yesterday and the clothing that defined you. I am shedding my protective cocoon and emerging with my heart tremendously open to letting in the deep love we all so very much deserve.
Age Group? Personality? Educational Level? Marital Status? Field of Livelihood?

FB Friend #4

New Year! It is never really safe to say it because it usually always ends up in complete failure of being what we hope it to be. Take a look at years way back in your life they were happier. Every year we all tell ourselves it is going to be a better year and the truth comes out eventually that yet again we all become lied to. We are all in such denial and living a complete lie. Life is a complete lie and we are constantly pretending that everything is fine and p...erfect when it isn't. Every year things are getting worse not better. The good times have been gone forever such a very long time ago. I haven't seen a truly good happy new year since the 20th Century. The happiest times are your childhood and when we were all young and innocent. Everything is not getting better we are all not even getting any younger. Once we are born then we live and somehow survive and hang on until we all die. Even now we are all not really living life just surviving and living a lie of false hope and superficial reality.
Age Group? Mental Status? Field of Livelihood? Educational Level? Male or Female? Gender Affinity?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Carenna Did It Again!

For sixth years in a row, My 12-year old grand daughter Carenna Katague Thompson won three awards for her photographs. She won 1st, 2nd and 3rd places of the four photos ( see above) that she submitted and was accepted by the California State Fair Youth Art Competition at CalExpo, this year. You are all invited to see her work from July 10 to 26 at the CalExpo Grounds, Sacramento. Hope to see you there.

From Her Adoring LOLO and LOLA, Dave and Macrine Katague
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