Glad I picked Silverado Resort and Spa04:57 PM Sunday May 30, 2021 |

May 26, 2021 Since last year I wanted to go back to exploring vineyards so for my birthday this May I chose to go back to Napa for two days birthday holiday. I wish we could stay for four nights but we couldn’t. Not enough time. There were many hotel options and it was difficult… read more

Manny Pacquiao for President12:25 AM Sunday May 30, 2021 |

I’ve been seeing social media posts and Viber messages saying that Senator Manny Pacquiao is running for president in 2022. I don’t mind if he becomes the next president of the Philippines. I’ve seen a Fil-American newspaper saying Duterte-Duterte in 2022. I have also seen a photo of Imee Marcos at a dinner table with… read more

Our neighbor’s Catalytic Converter got stolen11:59 PM Saturday May 29, 2021 |

It’s always sad and worrisome to hear stories of neighbors and friends about their actual experiences of having been victimized by robbers and thieves here in California. These are supposed to be things happening in third-world countries, not in the USA. Law and Order in America is beginning to be a tv show only, no… read more

Two Hundred Million Peso Investment Scam11:45 PM Saturday May 29, 2021 |

My daughter forwarded to us a link to an article that appeared on the online news site bilyonaryo.com. It’s about a 25-year old boy from Ateneo de Manila University who enticed his classmates and friends to invest in Bitcoin and other digital currencies to the tune of more than two hundred million pesos. Long story… read more

My new passport renewal appointment10:41 PM Friday May 28, 2021 |

I am not trying to confuse you but I got confused myself. Remember sometime in February Oyen went online and got me an appointment so I could renew my passport which was expiring in March? The closest appointment date she got was June 30. I went to SM Megamall hoping I could speed up the… read more

Burgers and Fries for a change10:22 PM Friday May 28, 2021 |

In N Out is our favorite burger and fries fastfood. But sometimes, it’s also good to try the others. My daughter said it’s really hard to lose weight because we eat not only when we are hungry. We eat when we are stressed. We eat when we are happy. We eat when we are sad…. read more

Amazing 3D Chalk Art09:39 PM Friday May 28, 2021 |

May 20, 2021, 7:25 pm I didn’t notice that I was already stepping on this amazing chalk art painting. The artists must have spent several hours on their hands and knees drawing in pastels this bigger-than-life mural of a guy playing chess. Too bad this masterpiece would soon vanish from this cement floor. In person,… read more

Dinner at The Slanted Door09:01 PM Friday May 28, 2021 |

May 20, 2021 Last night was Mexican food, tonight’s dinner was Vietnamese fusion at The Slanted Door, a restaurant, that has earned a spot in the Michelin guide.  Not quite Michelin star but the mere inclusion in this century-old French-based guide is already something to be proud of. Daikon Rice Cakes with shiitake mushrooms, shallots,… read more

Mexican Food10:19 AM Friday May 28, 2021 |

May 19, 2021 Mexican food is normally not in his list of favorites but tonight my husband agreed to have some salsa with me. He ordered grilled steak and it came with salsa, guacamole, and tortilla chips. Just like the Philippines, the Spanish Conquistadores colonized Mexico. The Spaniards were the ones who named the tomato… read more

Feeling Free from Captivity02:21 AM Wednesday May 26, 2021 |

I spent February and March in captivity. I am just exaggerating. But in a way, it’s true because I spent most of my time inside our bedroom. I kept away from people and was afraid to go to the market and grocery. My movement was a lot limited. Now, with the first dose of Moderna… read more

Ford F-150 Lightning01:45 AM Wednesday May 26, 2021 |

I keep seeing on television the advertisement of Ford’s F-150 first all-electric pick-up truck LIGHTNING. What a name! Growing up in Binangonan Rizal, it was common to hear people validate the information by asking “peksman?” It’s a local way of asking if you are indeed telling the truth. And if you don’t “tatamaan ka ng… read more

Visited San Mateo01:15 AM Wednesday May 26, 2021 |

May 15, 2021 Edmund and I visited my brother who briefly stayed at the rehab center in San Mateo while recovering from a fall. He missed a step while going down a 3-step stairs. I noticed that majority of the nurses and staff at the clinic are Filipinas. Filipino nurses take care of sick people… read more

Gucci Purse12:45 AM Wednesday May 26, 2021 |

The Gucci outlet store always has a line of customers queuing outside to get in. Even before the Covid vaccines arrived, nothing discouraged women, and men too, from shopping at the Gucci boutique. They didn’t mind waiting outside under the heat of the summer sun, and during windy and chilly days. Basta makapag-shopping lang kahit… read more

Anthropologie and Macy’s Birthday Discounts11:56 PM Tuesday May 25, 2021 |

I received in the mail the customary gift cards and coupons from Macy’s and Anthropologie. They were intended to be used during my birthday month of May. We went to Anthropologie on May 20 but it was closed already. We had dinner first before going there dapat pala I went shopping first. Not a good… read more

Basurera girls11:27 PM Tuesday May 25, 2021 |

We are a conscientious family. Basura ng ibang tao dinadampot namin. We pick up the trash of other people left on the street. My daughter was concerned that garbage would clog the waterways and pollute the rivers, ocean, lakes. It’s been windy lately. Some of the garbage bins of our neighbors got knocked down to… read more

Living in the wild10:54 PM Tuesday May 25, 2021 |

I feel like I am living in the wild. As I sit here, I hear what sounds like a cry for help from a dog or baby wolf. It’s been going on for a good 15 minutes. I looked out the window but it’s pitch dark. I don’t know what’s going on with that animal… read more

Lex Talionis Lolo12:28 AM Tuesday May 25, 2021 |

May 15 After a three-hour discussion with Kuya Lito regarding his operations im Negros and Mindoro, we went to Len’s house for a late dinner. She cooked caldereta, ano pa eh di sumobra na naman ang kain namin ng kanin. She and Bong has three daughters and no son. His boy apo Bryson is a… read more